Buckeye Football: The Finest 3.3% of the year

By Jeff Beck on June 27, 2014 at 11:00a
It's a beautiful thing
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With the offseason in full swing one is truly left to contemplate just how much Buckeye football doesn’t happen. Think about it. Twelve games. Twelve Saturdays. 3.3% of the year. That’s it. If you’re lucky you get two, maybe three more games (thanks to the playoff). If not, you’re left with 3.3%

No other major sport in America has such a short season. The brevity is what makes watching college football (and more importantly the Buckeyes) such a sacred experience. It’s important to cherish those Saturdays because before you know it

Sacred
For 3.3% of the year, this is sacred.

you’re here, in late June decidedly NOT watching the Buckeyes.

The sanctity of the 3.3% isn’t understood by some and unfortunately (due to the construct of other major sports’ seasons) it’s a hard sell convincing them of the importance of every game. “Watch it next week”, they’ll say as you rabidly poke your phone searching for a game stream in the middle of a baby shower.

In most cases watching next week would be a valid option. Generally speaking the fate of your team in the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL and even in most NCAA sports doesn’t hinge on their performance week-to-week. Lose a game, recover move on. That’s that. But, lose a game in college football, particularly one late in the season, and there might not be a recovery.

Conversely, if you happen to miss your team’s big play, touchdown or (God forbid) comeback you might not recover. There’s truly nothing worse than hearing about greatness second hand. Don’t watch the replays because they’ll show the faces of those who didn’t miss it. The overjoyed countenances of those who saw it with their own eyes. Those who understand the 3.3%.

Fall birthday parties, weddings, apple-orchard hayrides, they all have one thing in common. A host who simply doesn’t get it.

“Hey honey, let’s have our wedding on Nov. 9, 2002.” “Sure babe that sounds great!” That two-second interaction happened somewhere and in those two seconds the lives of countless future attendees were ruined. While they were sitting in a church pew, this happened…

If you missed Holy Buckeye, there is no re-living it. Sure you get goosebumps every time you watch the clip, but amplify those times a million and you still aren’t close. Words don’t do it justice, the grainy clip barely does. It was a moment we’ll never get back, but one you’ll never lose if you witnessed it.

You see that’s what people who criticize [insert name of cranky college football fan who is somewhere other than in front of a TV watching his/her team on a Fall Saturday] fail to realize. In college football every game is a playoff. Every game is an elimination. Every game is can't miss.

These games are the moments we wait 96.7% of the year for: twelve shining Saturdays that define what it means to be a Buckeye fan. Script Ohio, Hang On Sloopy, tail-gaiting, TBDBITL and the boys in the Scarlet and Gray. Without them the 12 Saturdays from August to November are just 3.3% of the year. With them…they’re everything.

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Hovenaut's picture

Bookmarked.

And printed.

Family outings, honey-do-lists be damned...

+16 HS
unknownmusketeer's picture

3.3% assumes the game is ALL day. Games are 3.5 hours out of a 24 hour period. Twelve games is only 0.48% of the total time for one year (not including leap day). (12x3.5)/(365x24).

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TampaBUCKNUT's picture

Ah man, way to make an already depressing situation that much worse!  Countdown is still on to the best 0.48% of the year!

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tommrkr's picture

the blinking kid in the background.   hypnotic.

45has2's picture

You sir, are both masochistic and sadistic.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

jedkat's picture

My name is Jedkat, and I never saw Holy Buckeye live.

Saying it doesn't make it better. It just makes me sad again.

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

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Tyler Durden's picture

I feel your pain. Stupid church camping trip!

+1 HS
BierStube's picture

I cut any wedding gift by 50% if the couple has their blessed day during a Buckeye game.  Main reason .. I won't be there!  However if said couple are Buckeye savvy and schedule their wedding date during a bye week .. they get the full boat and I am happy to attend.

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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BTBuckeye's picture
I'm only 30 years old, but grew up watching the Bucks on an old-ass 1960's TV like the one below throughout the 90's. In the fall, I sat every Saturday on the floor about 2 feet away from the screen. Buckeye football was the realist thing in the world to me...it's the first thing I ever remember actually caring about. I was 12 years old watching Eddie run all over Notre Dame....then Tim Biakabatuka running all over us. It still means just as much to me to this day, although now I know "it's just a game." But damnit, do I still care just as much. Sorry for the random post...Go bucks!

 

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BierStube's picture

Dude .. I have that TV ... now I feel bad!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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spqr2008's picture

Those TVs last and last.  My parent's first major purchase as a couple was the first color TV either of them, or their parents, had owned, a Toshiba 22" color TV from 1973 (It doesn't have an IR adapter for a remote).  When I went to OSU, it was in my dorm and my room in various apartments until I bought an LED.  It finally quit in 2011 (yeah, 38 year old TV, with only one tube ever replaced).  Many good memories of that TV watching cartoons as a kid, plus, it was the first TV I saw the Buckeyes and Star Wars on.

+6 HS
Codeezy's picture

Is that a dreamcast?

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UFest57's picture

1) Please note the DreamCast on the tv. Ah memories

2) I watched Tim "f*cking" Biakabatuka run all over us in person. I was in 3rd grade. The 90's are so hard to forget.  Thanks Cooper.

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buckeyedude's picture

I was 29 and in the Big Shit Howse for that game. I never really hated Michelin until that game. I vowed from that day forward that I would always root for who(m)ever they play.

 

 

Zaphod Beeblebrox's picture

How in the world did Jon 'The Pooper Scooper' Cooper get into the College Football HOF?

osubigcunn's picture

The best of part of that picture isn't the TV or VHS player. It is the Sega Dreamcast.

 

Go Bucks!

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Normal Buck's picture

Awesome!  When I was in jr high and HS, I would wait up until like 10 PM on Saturday nights to watch the replay of the games on the PBS station on one of those monsters.  All the games weren't on live TV back then - I shudder to think about such an existence.

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OSU_Football_is_Life's picture

I had one just like this, it died my Sophomore year in college.  Wish it would've happened before I carried it up two flights of stairs that year.

A win over TTUN is one of the most important annual milestones I can think of!

cjkanski's picture

We had a Zenith that looked just like that while I was growing up!! Earliest I remember was 1978, but I think my folks got it in 1973/4 and it lasted until sometime after I joined the Navy in 1992!!

 

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RBuck's picture

What do you mean 12? This year I expect 15.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

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JasonR's picture

My best friend got married on the day of The Game, foolishly guaranteeing that he will miss it most years due to his anniversary. He also caused me to miss like, half of the game that day. WTH?? Luckily there was a sports bar across the street from the church.

BigZ's picture

I need to forward this article to my Fiancé who tells me all the time how she cant have her dream fall wedding because I refuse to get married on a football Saturday. I have always loathed those who would do such a despicable thing to their guests, and no way in hell am I going to be that couple!

+2 HS
stittracer99's picture

The DVR, my best friend and yet worst enemy. I love DVRing games to relive over and over again, but my wife thinks that it is a perfectly fine substitute for watching games live. In fact, I often hear "Just DVR it and watch it later, without commercials!". Might as well just shoot me. I'll watch it now and watch it later, thank you. Some people just don't get it.

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OnceaBuckeye's picture

Pease explain this to my wife! I hear all the time just DVR it.  Uhhhh...No... just take a picture of me and set it at my place at your mother's Thanksgiving dinner table.  THE GAME is on and I am watching it live!  And btw you can watch it again with me when you get home, cause I am recording it

 

And when we win the game we'll buy a keg of brew

THEOSUfan's picture

The evolution of marriage combined with Buckeye fanaticism:

Years 1-2: "Sure we can attend that wedding or go to that festival Saturday".

Years 2-5: "I'd rather not. Would Honey Buns please let me watch the game, but I'll go if it's important to you."

Years 5-10: "Thanks for recongnizing that I'm miserable when I have to go somewhere on Saturday, and for letting me opt out most of the time."

Years 10-20: "You are not going to make me feel guilty - well, not much - for devoting 6 days to your agenda every week vs. 1 day a week for 1/3 of the year to my agenda"

Years 20-30: "Not only no, but hell no."

Years 30+: TBD

+16 HS
The Butler's picture

So true. I remember reading Blondie comics as a kid and wondering how the husband could ignore his wife so easily. After 20+ years of marriage, I understand completely. 

I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.

 

+1 HS
THEOSUfan's picture

Don't get me wrong - I love Honey Buns.  She is my best friend and lover.  But she doesn't get football, and won't even try to get it.  It's not something we can share.

Marriage can get really stale, and you have to work at it to keep it from staying stale.  On issues like my love for CFB/the Bucks and her complete disinterest, we had to reach a grand bargain.  I first just conceded to her (set a bad precedent).  She was happy, but I was miserable.  She tried guilt as a weapon to try to get me to keep conceding to her, which I resisted, resulting in both of us being miserable.  The solution I offered (most of you will laugh) is that I set up a system where I earned what I called "Nag-free Football Saturdays."  Every January she makes a list of 12 projects (post season games are off limits) that she wants me to do for her.  They have to be completed by the end of August.  When I have those 12 things done, she is not allowed to criticize the fact that I sit on my ass all day on 14 Saturdays (I don't think she realizes that there are also 2 bye weeks too -shh), stuffing my face with all manner of unhealthy food and drink, while watching football into the night.  She no longer even asks me to do anything on those Saturdays, she doesn't nag me, and both of us are very happy.

As it stands right now, I have completed 10 projects.  I still have to build a tool shed by the garden that looks like an outhouse (don't ask me because I don't understand it either) and I have to line a flower bed with barn stones.

+14 HS
causeicouldntgo43's picture

Those young and idealistic amongst the 11Dubbers who aren't yet married, or who may be recently married will likely not get this. They may even down-vote it thinking love conquers all, you misogynistic bastard you! The rest of us Buckeye-fanatic married dudes applaud your problem solving skills. Dr. Phil should take notes. A tool shed that looks like an outhouse? She may be getting back at you......

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buckeyedude's picture

Damn dude. 12 projects? I think you need to hire someone to negotiate for you. I'd only give her 3 projects.

 

 

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THEOSUfan's picture

The trick is to accomplish my goals: reserve my fall Saturdays for football AND maintain a marriage.  3 projects wouldn't quite help me with the marriage part.  12 satisfies Honey Buns, and besides, a husband's job is to serve his wife.  If you spoil her, you tend to get spoiled by her in other ways - I'll just leave it at that.  :)

+2 HS
ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

The evolution of marriage combined with Buckeye fanaticism:

Years 1+: "Fuck that, the Buckeyes are on".

My wife understands this and is starting to like to watch football more and more with me.  Well we did miss the 2011 season opener against Akron because we took a vacation trip, but I don't regret missing that game at all.

Class of 2010.

+3 HS
Crumb's picture

Be happy you weren't there in person, it was hotter than the hottest corner of hell. Very foreshadowing in hindsight.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

exnwohiobuckfan's picture

My wife learned really quick not to ask anything from me on Saturdays in the fall. As a trade off, I dont watch pro football on Sundays.

+1 HS
cjkanski's picture

The first 2 years of my marriage I tried to juggle a new wife 2 daughters and football on the weekends. I'd already given up on Pro ball, and I made a deal with my wife, I'll go anywhere you want on Saturdays as long as I can watch the Buckeyes live. After a couple of years she realized I wasn't asking for much. I'll record and or pause any other game to take care of household stuff (breakfast for the now 3 daughters and her), and I have all Saturday for College ball!!

MichaelJ721984's picture

My friend had his wedding last year during the Buckeyes opener. The girls were pissed when we showed up for pictures late and piss drunk. Shit happens.

+7 HS
buckeyedude's picture

Sounds like The Hangover. At least you didn't lose the groom, right?

 

 

+1 HS
clint5507's picture

One of my best friends scheduled a wedding for September 6th this year.  Which was great until, ya know, ESPN asked them to switch the week of the Va Tech game.  

I'm going to have to apologize to the bride for having an ear piece in during all the pictures.

bigtenspeed's picture

My Dad's cousin's kids in Philly chose their wedding date for the day of the game in 2004. I'm on the phone "did you see Gonzalez?" And "there goes Ginn" and "Yoboughty just sealed it." It was not a fun day for him.

Buckataltitude's picture

I am lucky. My wife gets it. She is a rabid fan too. We married on Friday night, Oct. 2, 2009, on account of the Bucks playing on Saturday.

It is irritating when people do not get it. I am in a wedding on Sept. 6th and have another the following week. This year is going to be rough.

+1 HS
bigtenspeed's picture

Selfish and inconsiderate...not you, the bride and groom.

+3 HS
YTOWNBUCKI's picture

This was nothing short of amazing.  Sometimes it's nice to have a reminder as to why we wait, why we watch vigilantly, and why no one understands it when we do it.

AirAssaultBuckeye's picture

Was at the Holy Buckeye game in the end zone bleachers.  You know that ticket is framed at home.

Friend of mine got married when we played Iowa at home and we figured, ok we are up 56-0 at halftime we can go there now...lol  Was in a wedding when OSU played at PSU but we were covered.  Entire bridal party (outside of the bride since of course we can't see her prior) were watching the game in a room off the side of the sanctuary up until starting time.  Pastor gave the halftime score as we began the ceremony... ;-)

Rendezvous With Destiny

+1 HS
WolverineKiller's picture

Great article, this will help my wife understand why I'm in such a crappy mood whenever I don't get to watch the game live and throw a temper tantrum like our 5 year old. Will someone please calculate the percentage of game hours to hours in the year please?  

Just Win.

+1 HS
Frostybuck88's picture

My dad set the tone for the entire family early.  Summer is boating season (Marblehead), Fall is Buckeye season, Winter and Spring are open so please plan your weddings, reunions, gatherings, and if possible, deaths for these two seasons if you would like his attendance.  His favorite Christmas lights?  Tail lights headed out the lane of course.

The Dude abides...

+4 HS
dubjayfootball90's picture

Well said. Pumped again for Fall Football!!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

+1 HS
IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

My stepbrother got married the night of the OSU-UCLA game in 1999 and the reception was in a hotel. The bar had the game on. I kept going back and forth to see updates but I couldn't stay long because it pissed my dad and stepmother off. Funny thing was my stepbrother was envious that I got to see the score and he didn't. Don't think the bride appreciated that LOL.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

MN Buckeye's picture

My niece is getting married on Oct 25 this fall. Good thing it's a 1:00 wedding.

Condor's picture

Ohio U used to have Saturday final exams in the fall. In 93' I had a Spanish final exam scheduled for 12:00 PM on the day of The Game. I skipped it... (the exam that is)...

I have yet to forgive Coop for either the F or the heartbreak.

 

 

"Do not fear me gypsy, all I want is your tears."

 -- Borat Sagdiyev

 

+4 HS
allinosu's picture

My wife closes our restaurant on the days we have an 11:00 start as we are central time. She could not have told you that OSU was the buckeyes before we got married. 

+1 HS
Chief B1G Dump's picture

For my own wedding, First thing I did was consult the sporting calendar for acceptable weddings dates. Wife was cool with it because she knows what's up. 

I have skipped a number of weddings for football games and shown up to the reception already hammered. Those nights were some of my best performances. 

Lastly, Holy Buckeye was memory I'll never forget. I was a student then and since it was a road game I visited some of my buddies at Miami that weekend. Being from Toledo, my Miami set was a mixture of Buckeye fans and a few wolverine jerks. We were watching at a big house party, day drinking hard. I was on pins and needles that whole game and ready to punch people talking shit. That ball went up in the air and it was total silence. I remember thinking "oh no, oh no, oh no, please" and then the camera following the ball revealed Jenkins streaking and when the catch was made it was an ultimate rager for the rest of the weekend. 

Now you know. 

+3 HS
bigtenspeed's picture

My wife convinced me to go to a UC game with other couples in 2007. I did not want to go but since she always complains that we can never do anything during football season I reluctantly agreed to go since it was only Illinois. I hated every minute of being there. Plus, I'm convinced that me missing the game was the reason we lost. There was good that came out of it. She's never asked me to go to anything during an OSU game again.

+2 HS
Barnsey69's picture

The only reason that weddings occur on a fall Saturday in Columbus (at all), is because the facility discounts are so great due to no business in general on said Saturdays.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

Eph97's picture

OSU football means even more to me now since I gave up on watching MLB (thanks Dolan!), NBA (nice letter there Gilbert!), and NFL (ugh Browns).

Zaphod Beeblebrox's picture

Between Dolan, Gilbert & Haslam Cleveland has the Three Amigos of clueless owners.

Buckeyeneer's picture

My wife usually gets it. But after three weekends in a row last year where something "had to be done" during OSU games I sat my wife down and explained to her that I don't spend so much time on sites like 11W all year because I don't care about the team.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

+1 HS
motobuckeye's picture

I think 11W members should form our own colony.  This article confirmed to me, that all of us who read, are exactly the SAME!  Imagine how amazing it would be.

doodah_man's picture

I live in Montgomery, Alabama. The hellish no-zone that exists between Tuscaloosa and Auburn, Alabama.

In the run up to the championship, for the first time ever, every tOSU game was televised. Every GD game. So I could have watched every one at home. But I decided to go out to California because, hey, if you are going to miss a game, it might as well be Purdue, right. I was sitting in a hotel room, listening to the non-televised game (there) on internet radio. This is why I drink.

That weekend, I did get to see a new driver at Fontana get his first NASCAR win. Guy named Johnson or something.....dipstick burned out his engine celebrating.

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

Mike413's picture

Hey Doodah_man..

I am just north in Prattville.  We need to meet up for beer or a game sometime.

doodah_man's picture

Sounds good to me.

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

808buckeye's picture

Good thing for NHL, college BB, and and the end of NFL.. The wait is still brutal

seize the carpe

Buckeye1004's picture

That reminds me, I need to check the schedule and block out my calendar for those 12 Saturdays.  Come to think of it, I'll include the B1G Championship Game and the Semi's and Final as well.

Son of Sevenless's picture

I don't miss many games, but I did miss that one - heard holy buckeye in a car on the way to a wedding. The bride and groom aren't big college football fans, they just watch the Browns. Sad.

airbuckeye's picture

I have pissed of more than a few family members and friends over weddings and birthdays and even have been outcasted by a few LOL. Oh well their lose not mine i refuse to miss a game for anyreason even when i had my triple bypass back in what 98 when we lost to MSU i believe it was.

Liked to killed me that game because all i could do is set and watch without getting upset and screaming at the tv which i did'nt know i even had in me LOL. But like i say nothing come before my Buckeyes on Football Saturday i have even told people if your cash in and kick the bucket you better damn well do it from Sunday to Friday or im not going be there.

Habu71's picture

Triple bypass, kudos to you sir! I can't profess to that type of commitment, but can say that I refused to attend the 30th wedding anniversary of a close friend. They scheduled it on the Saturday of a home *ichigan game. When they attempted to protest my absence, my wife read them the riot act for clashing with The Game. I was never more in love with her than I was that day. 

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jpbuckeye's picture

You are one self controlled dude! To remain calm during that game I would have needed more Propofol than Michael Jackson, thus limiting my viewing of the game. What a lose lose situation.

I am sincerely glad you are still alive. If I had been you I would be watching with Woody, Bo (for the game), and Nixon (lol).

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Crumb's picture

~~Without them the 12 Saturdays from August to November are just 3.3% of the year. With them…they’re everything.

You got that right, there have been years of my life that looking back, sucked so much the only good take away from them was that 3.3%. Some weeks leading up to those Saturdays were so awful but then for a few hours on those Saturdays all the things that were awful went away for a while, that's why the 3.3% can be everything.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

+1 HS
buckeyedude's picture

~~“Watch it next week”, they’ll say as you rabidly poke your phone searching for a game stream in the middle of a baby shower.

Let the record state: Buckeyedude NEVER EVER missed a Buckeye football game due to a baby shower.

 

 

+1 HS
buckeyebfd's picture

Holy Buckeye is indeed one of those moments you don't forget where you were when it happened. I was in Rhode Island visiting my gf's parents.  Her dad had the infamous "black box" on his cable to open up all the channels and I stayed at the house while they went out shopping or some silly shit to watch the game. Probably a good thing they weren't there when the game was going on,  I went ape shit on that play.

+1 HS
kc_buck's picture

I don't recall the title of the article, but just last week our 11W staff referred to the upcoming season as "next season".  I'm so ready to call it "this season" damn it.

+1 HS
airbuckeye's picture

I don't how many Tv's i went through on Buckeye Saturdays when we were losing but i know it was a shit load of them. I took after my mom who was a rabid Buckeye fan and still is and the fact i hate the tatse of losing or a lose by a team i have followed since my childhood.

Its just a big part of my DNA and the fact i grew up with Woody and like Woody i lose just does not set well every in your heart and soul when you bleed Scarlet and Grey.

+2 HS
BeatTTUN's picture

I really love reading accounts of how far "We the Buckeye Nation" go to avoid missing or at least keeping informed of the Buckeyes during a game day. I cleaned the kitchen floor and cooked for my buddies (he Roll Tide) children last season in order to watch the Purdue game. I don't have the BIG Network. That was a dirty dirty floor that I cleaned on my knees and it was worth every second because I didn't miss the game.

My wife figured it out pretty quickly that Buckeye football is important to me. I take care of her on game days the "honey do list" is finished before the game starts. I live on the West Coast so getting up around 4 AM to get stuff done as to not be bothered with wife non-sense during the game is worth it.

What is beyond thunderdome awesome is that my first son was born 11/22/2003. The loss is not held against him because he was not out of the womb yet. Dude went on a 7 game winning streak and is 9-1 lifetime vs TTUN (do we even count 2011 as actually happening, not only the TTUN game but the entire season?)

 

Go Buckeyes

Beat Michigan

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

+2 HS
chicagobuckeye's picture

Here's the problem I face. While I have plenty of friends who enjoy watching buckeye games with me, they don't get the fanhood. That's fine I don't need them to understand, but I get bothered when they ask me to do certain things. The issue occurs when the game is against Purdue, Illinois, Indiana etc. and the comment I always hear is Ohio state is always good who cares they'll beat (insert bad big ten team here) no problem. Well they might or it might be a close game and Kenny g needs to save a perfect season. Regardless I only ask for 12-15 3.5 hour windows a year doesn't matter if it's kent state or the game. Leave me alone if that's what I want to do. 

+2 HS
Habu71's picture

Sitting in the stands at Cal last season, I had periodic conversation with two gentlemen in front of me. They'd witnessed the level of support Buckeye Nation brought, then got to see Script Ohio. One of them looked me in the eye after Script and said "you guys have something special". I responded, "wait until the team takes the field". 

Having sat at a Kansas game during the day, then seeing their Midnight Madness draw a larger crowd later that night. Or looking on at  a Pitt game and hearing my wife say "our high school games generate more excitement than this". I can truly say, you'll appreciate and understand what we have a little more after seeing what others have. Ohio State and Buckeye Nation are truly special. 

And *ichigan still sucks!

+4 HS
BoFuquel's picture

One day with your family is more important than a lifetime of Buckeye football memories. If you don't believe that; just wait till most of them are gone, and you will know what matters. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

+1 HS
Bucki78's picture

I consider myself lucky.  My wife originally scheduled our wedding for 9/11/1999 which was the day of the BIG game with UCLA.  After careful coaching from MY family of tOSU Alumni, she was ok with moving it up 2 weeks earlier.  This year, we leave on our 15th Anniversary for Baltimore to watch the Bucks take on Navy!!  I can honestly say she is hooked on College football Saturdays as well.

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

+1 HS
CGroverL's picture

I know this is kind of goofy when it comes to Buckeye trivia, but the importance of it almost cannot be matched when you throw in the characters and where they are from.

What do you get when you have Brent Musberger as commentator, a Quarterback born in Utica, Michigan that was never declared a "great quarterback with a great arm" by anyone and the kid had a major in molecular genetics and his molecular genetic field was in oncology (trying to cure cancer), a WR from Tampa, Florida that came to college as a track star that ended up as a first round draft choice in the NFL, and then you throw in a coach that is constantly ragged on by the entire country for his outlook on punting and field position while his team is facing a 4th and 1 while his best power back  (which happens to be a freshman wearing jersey #13) is banged up and standing behind coach with his helmet off. Oh! on top of all of that, your team has the ball on the opponents 38 yard line with the clock under the 2 minute mark while your team is down by 3 points and has been kept out of the end zone ALL DAY.

Normally, since the conservative coach who is without #13, his most powerful a dynamic player of this season and the offense needed  just a FG to tie in this 6-3 ballgame, you would see an offense trying to gain a few more yards and centering the ball for the best possible look at the tying FG try. After all, there was just 1:44 on the clock when the 4th and 1 play call was made and this coach, named Jim Tressel was not just known for his conservative ways, he was especially known for those conservative ways in the 4th quarter.

Well....as we all know...that play at 1:44 left in the 4th quarter was not an easy two yard out pass or a run play as the OL was a force to be reckoned with that season. The play called in was a play I'll never forget. The offense knew the play as "King Right 64 Y Shallow Swap". Being as I played defense in my football years, I can really only tell you that THAT play is not a running play. In fact, I have no idea what the play means. All I know is that Brent Musberger then started calling the play "Holy Buckeye" and the name has stuck. Last...I know that it was a play that Tressel normally DID NOT keep up his sleeve and the play was very "un-Buckeye-like". In the end though, I can't think of how a Michigan kid threw a 38 yard TD pass to a Florida kid  totally against everything Buckeye-like or Tressel-like...and it took our beloved Buckeyes to greener pastures that ended up in a 2003 game against a team that was on a historic winning streak and were thought of by a great many as "one of the greatest college football teams of all time". In the end of that game that same kid from Utica, Michigan, mixed with some help from a freshman RB (from Ohio) and a kid that played both offense and defense and originally came to Ohio State from Florida to end the longest winning streak that my old ass has ever seen.

"Holy Buckeye"...it was the play that showed the Buckeyes that they could not be beaten in 2002. Everything was against them and they knew they were the best damn team in the land. We owe a lot to that one year Buckeye from Youngstown, those 2 Floridians, that team leader from Michigan, and to the Senator as well. "King Right 64 Y Shallow Swap". Four words, one number, and a single letter was what started that team on its way to becoming the best team of 2002...and I still don't know what it means besides the start to winning the only National Title I have ever seen my beloved Buckeyes win. In Buckeye fashion though, it does make me want "King Right 64 Y Shallow Swap" tattooed to myself and my two daughters that were born in 1999 and 2001. Go Buckeyes.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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Dirty419Boy's picture

Great post CGroverL.  If I could give you 20 or 30 upvotes, I would.

klfeck's picture

This is why I forgo vacation and purchase season tickets. 7 days on the beach or 7 glorious Saturdays in the Best Stadium, at the Best School, watching the Best Damn Band in The Land and the Best Damn Team in America. Easy choice.

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

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Nutinpa's picture

Here is how I'd rather look at it, Jeff:

College football season starts when camp breaks around August 1st. 

Season runs through the Bowls on or through December 31st. 

That makes for a 5 month season....or nearly half the calendar year. 

That is how I prefer to look at it....especially during the dog days of summer.

Zaphod Beeblebrox's picture

8-30-14 can't get here quick enough!