A Letter To Coach Meyer From Any Ohio State Fan, Vol. 3

By Jeff Beck on August 8, 2014 at 10:45a
Hey, Coach

Hey Coach,

Here we are again, can you believe it? The beginning of August with the promise of another football season on the horizon. This is your third year on the sideline. WOW that went fast. It feels like just yesterday I was talking about how I used to hate you.

Of course we’re over that now. How couldn’t we be? You’ve given me nearly everything a fan could ask for: offensive explosions, wild comebacks and of course two undefeated regular seasons. But you, with your attention to detail, probably noticed one word that was askew in that last sentence. You saw it right? Yeah you did.


Nearly is a funny word. When you’re a kid nearly is a good thing. It suggests improvement. It suggests growth. “Oh Johnny you nearly rode it without the training wheels!” That kind of thing.

Conversely, in sports, nearly isn’t a word you want to see in the same sentence as your rooting interest. You’re a Tribe fan right Urban? In 1997 the Cleveland Indians nearly won the World Series. How did that nearly feel Coach? Yeah, I know…me too.

Nearly in sports hurts because it implies you had a shot, and having a shot is far more painful than coming up incredibly short. We had a shot last year coach. You knew it, I knew it the nation knew it as Auburn’s, Chris Davis, raced down the sideline untouched on a November night in Jordan-Hare stadium.

Everything lined up perfectly. The 24-0 Buckeyes finally had a chance to prove to voters, computers, whoever that leaving them at No. 3 despite a mountain of wins was the wrong decision.

Well unfortunately the rest is history. The Scarlet and Gray ran into a Michigan State buzzsaw. A porous secondary was exposed for what it was, and the Spartan defense did just enough to bring it home. All that was left was sadness…and The Papa. It was an unceremonious end to a storybook ride, but there was still a chance for redemption…and we nearly had it if not for a punt return gone wrong (ugh, there’s that word again).

Dixon doin his thang
A new piece. The spoils of "nearly".

But, like I said, nearly is funny. It can drive you to do strange things like take a hard look at what went wrong. With that introspection comes improvement. A new leader, a new scheme, new pieces, and new drive. Those are the burning embers that emerge out of the ashes of nearly, and they’ve been heating up all offseason long.

So here we are at the beginning of camp. We’ve got the most talent you’ve ever had on a Scarlet and Gray roster, we’ve got the most speed Ohio Stadium’s seen in a long time…and we’ve got nearly. For the first time in your Columbus career...we’ve got nearly.

That’s a powerful thing.


Any Ohio State Fan.


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Bucksfan's picture

He would probably punch you for this.

+16 HS
Hovenaut's picture

Nah. UFM is in the middle of an icon...ic change.

He'll just bomb your photo.

+11 HS
d5k's picture

These two comments remind me of Rod Farva... "how about I photobomb your face for free?"

+12 HS
saluki2007's picture

I really wish I could give you a helmet sticker for this.

+2 HS
Bamabucknut's picture

YEAR 1  Under Urban Meyer-------Ohio State was not  allowed to compete for the Big 10 conference championship 1x.

YEAR 2  Ohio State wasn't good enough to win its conference or a bowl game 1x.

YEAR 3  It is time............. to win the Big 10. It is time...................... to win our bowl game.

+5 HS
jedkat's picture

well if you go by the underpants gnome scale and swap the values of profit for championships, and phases to years then this has all been foretold:

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

+8 HS
Brutus1972's picture

I am going to side with him telling you that he would "NEARLY, beat you to death" and ask you how it felt later. I would not even want to be recognizable as the mailman delivering this letter.

jedkat's picture

We nearly lost to Miami in 2002, but we didn't and we won the national Championship.

See I used nearly in a way that works well for sports!

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

+19 HS
Hovenaut's picture

I nearly gave you two upvotes...

+21 HS
Boxley's picture

We nearly had that game stolen from us by poor refereeing!

We nearly had that game stolen from us by all of the pundits that said we had NO CHANCE to compete, let alone win that game.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

James Mee's picture

Being on the opposite side of the pundits is fine with me. Less pressure and more satisfaction when you win. 

cajunbuckeye's picture

After that great victory by the Buckeye's, I nearly had my windshield broken out by an angry Miami fan. I was lucky that the back window of my pickup was able to slow the cinder block just enough....

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

buckz4evr's picture

Great post.  Great comments. 

+2 HS
Tater_Schroeder's picture

It does appear that "nearly" is seeing a slight rise in popularity lately.

Nearly Use


Run_Fido_Run's picture

When is gnarly going to make a comeback?

+2 HS
Hovenaut's picture

Soon I hope.

And this guy should lead the way...(ENGAGE COOL BUZZ)

+5 HS
D-Day0043's picture

Aloha Mr. Hand!

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

+3 HS
BrutusBuckey3's picture

Funniest comment I have ever read. #Gnarly

+1 HS
0therion0's picture

Wait... gnarly isn't a cool thing to say anymore? Bogus!

I stopped being cool before it was cool to not be cool. #TrendSetter

+3 HS
buckeyefn31's picture

Like Totally Bogus.

OSUBias's picture

Our pass defense nearly stoppedBAHAHAHAHA ok sorry I couldn't get through it

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

+1 HS
Texasbucksfan's picture

I am glad you wrote this.  I am sure these same thoughts do not go through his head "nearly" every night.  I am sure he is just off fishing and photobombing and not paying any attention to what has happened the last two years or thinking about how to fix them.  I am also sure that he was not pissed that he "nearly" missed playing for the  2012 B1G championship even though he beat both of the teams that played in it.   It is interesting that he took the job here knowing he would not be able to compete for a B1G championship in his first year and he would have "nearly" the same number of scholarships as everyone else.      

There is nothing in the man's history, including health problems that "nearly" took him out of coaching that does not clearly indicate that he doesn't obsess over winning.   But it is good that you are here to keep him focused.    

-1 HS
Go Buckeyes14's picture

Cleveland Indians: 97 almost world series champions. Ughhhh

+1 HS
BrutusBuckey3's picture

Yeah that was a gut shot

+1 HS

We will get more shots. Won't win all of them as last year showed but I'll take any wager that Meyer's win % in those remaining shots will be above .500 by the time he's done in columbus. He's just too fierce a competitor. 

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

penguinpower's picture

My letter is short and sweet.  Fix the damn defense.  I don't every want to see that again.  The end.

+3 HS
Gametime's picture

Excellent writing Mr. Beck.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

Clinger76's picture

If he builds it (the defense), they will come (Championships)! Silver bullets to the rescue!

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats, But if you take no risks, you will earn no victories."

+1 HS
James Mee's picture

Well written. I'm ready for football to finally be here. Stop teasing me Urban, just let me have it! I need the wins!

Poison nuts's picture

I don't think he'd punch anyone for this letter...I'd think it'd be more like "I know - we need to be better - it's coming"...then maybe he'd punch a wall.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.