Buckeye Fans Want You to Know: It's Just a Rental Car

By DJ Byrnes on May 5, 2014 at 10:52a
56 Comments

Speaking from experience, driving a rental car with Michigan plates can be a disgusting feeling. Buckeye fans — some of the most beautiful people in the world — suddenly detest you and do things like honk at you to draw your attention before flipping you the bird. 

These Buckeye fans, however, apparently got a little creative when dealing with his conundrum: 


I probably would've added "Please don't kill me" or "Don't key my rent-car, bros!" at the end of that just to be safe.

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osugreg04's picture

Somebody tell this amateur he's gotta request a new rental car.  Come on, act like you've been there before!

+10 HS
Earle's picture

Woody would never rent a car in that state up north...

Italics are for emphasis.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Earle, you are absolutely correct; unfortunately, you're often stuck with the car the rental agency assigns. The correct procedure would be to not take the vehicle in the first place & never use that rental car company again!

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Earle's picture

Woody would not accept such a feeble excuse.

By the way, is that SRV in your icon?

Italics are for emphasis.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Lol! Good point, Earle. WWH would have refused to accept the vehicle in the first place!

Yes, that is the one and only Stevie Ray... Another amazing talent that left us too soon.

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BHT's picture

They must have been desperate. If you are driving around in Ohio, why get a rental car in that state up north?

IH8UOFM's picture

i see a lot of Ohio plates here. I think its just from the drop-off from cars that have different origins.

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BierStube's picture

This is the only way to properly return a rental car with M*ch*gan plates.

 

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

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M Man's picture

I drive my car around Columbus and especially Dublin quite a lot.  Not only do I have Michigan plates; I have University of Michigan plates.  And apart from some very interesting and curious looks from the locals, I have never been cut off, flipped off, keyed, or anything else.  I got a ticket once from a very polite Ohio Highway Patrolman just south of Kenton but it was because I really was speeding.  (Beautiful countryside; the speed limit is too low.).  Normally, I am extremely careful in how I drive in Ohio.  As I should be.  But nobody has gone out of their way to give me a hard time.

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doofenshmirtz's picture

That's because Ohio St. fans are the best.
 

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I was flipped off three times over a weekend while driving with Michigan plates in like 2007? It was in November right around The Game though, so that'd probably explain it.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

thatlillefty's picture

Nah, you probably did something to deserve it. I bet you drive like a Nancy.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Ha. I don't play games when it comes to driving. A to B in 4-6 seconds, and when I get to B, I'm usually pissed off.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BroJim's picture

Ha. I see what you did there!

I season my simple food with hunger

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TUNBUCK89's picture

Usually pissed off won't cut it !............You should be ALWAYS pissed off when you get to "B".

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M Man's picture

This is not my plate:

I actually thought about this; how I seem to not get into any trouble over my license plate.  Then I thought; what would I do, seeing an OSU plate in Michigan (as I do, on a monthly if not weekly basis)?  And the laughably easy answer is... NOTHING!  What the heck am I supposed to do about a car with an OSU license plate, other than to think about how that little devil Dontrelle Willis started a fight in the last game?  Just drive on.  Why wouldn't Ohioans think and do the same?  As it turns out, virtually all of them do just that.

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acBuckeye's picture

LOL, this guy??

 

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M Man's picture

This "Dontrelle Willis."  It's a Todd Blackledge thang.  I wouldn't understand.

 

BTwrestle04's picture

I love how you threw in the "Dontrelle Willis started a fight" in there. Clearly that's what happened.... Get real.

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avail31678's picture

M Man - thanks for the heads-up.  I'll put out a city-wide bulletin calling all hands to step up our game.

 

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buckIalum's picture

On 23? The speed limit really should be 85 MPH. There is nothing and no one around from Marion until Findlay.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

HOW SOON YOU FORGET ABOUT MAJESTIC UPPER SANDUSKY, BUCKIALUM.

I usually drive 80-90 mph on that stretch of 23. Never really been hassled by police outside of getting popped by a freakin' plane clocking me in like 09. But agreed, the speed limit is entirely too low on that stretch.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

M Man's picture

23 is great.  I never have any problems on 23.

I was on 68.  And unfortunately I was doing 68, on a clear, dry, sunny Sunday afternoon.  Kenton is beautiful.  68 and 31 can be speed traps.  I went to the Courthouse there a couple of weeks later to write a check; it is a magnificent old building.  After I got my ticket and drove 55 all the way to Finley, I was passed by at least four semi tractor trailers.

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UFest57's picture

Kenton is a drug infested hell hole. You must have been driving too fast to notice that. DJ wouldn't speak so poorly of Marion if he spent some time in ole Kenton. 

M Man's picture

Well there goes my image of pastoral Kenton.  I really, really wanted to go to one of the Kenton Cougars' games last year.  To see this guy, playing for Maty Mauk's dad:

Kenton (Kenton, Ohio) has produced two of the most prolific passers in high school history in Ben and Maty Mauk, but current Kenton quarterback Grant Sherman did something that even the Mauk brothers never accomplished - throwing eight touchdown passes in one half.

Kenton got off to a hot start in its playoff opener against Galion, taking a 58-0 lead after the first 24 minutes of play. Sherman was a big reason why as he completed 37 of 50 passes and 510 yards in the half with eight touchdown passes. The eight touchdowns ties a national record, held by two others.

Sherman also reportedly tied a national record with five touchdown passes in one quarter, which is held by three others according to the National Federation of High Schools Record Book. However Adam Stremlow of Coleman (Mich.) broke that mark this year with six in one quarter.

Where is Grant Sherman playing football next year?  It ought to be West Point, of course.

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DeuceOSU78's picture

Minor correction, it is the Van Wert Cougars, and Bath and Kenton Wildcats, along with the Celina, Defiance, and Elida Bulldogs, the Shawnee Indians, Wapakoneta Redskins, and Ottawa-Glandorf Titans in the WBL.  I will be surprised if Sherman sees the field if he is lucky enough to go to a D1 school.  He has a side-armed delivery that will not work at a higher level and he isn't as elusive as either of the Mauk boys.

DeuceOSU78

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

I would like to inform any "holier than thou" TSUN lurkers (MMan, you're legit) but being from Toledo and back when I went to OSU, I have a couple good fiends who went to UM.  We drove up to Ann Arbor for a weekend to party and hang out on a random weekend, non football related.  The only Ohio markings on our car were the license plate, and OSU license plate holder and a small Brutus sticker on rear side window (it was an SUV).  Out of hundreds of cars in the parking lot, ours was the only one to have the windows bashed out and hood dented in.  I do not think it was a coincidence.  Kind of funny now, it wasnt at the time, but it was like 10 degrees outside and we drove back to CBus with no windows on 1/2 of the car.

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M Man's picture

What parking lot?  Where in Ann Arbor?  Ann Arbor actually needs a parking lot that can hold hundreds of cars...

I'm glad that Will Campbell wasn't blamed for your hood...

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

My buddy was in a fraternity (I know, I know but he's a chill dude) who shall remain nameless and there was a fairly sizable lot nearby, I have no idea the exact location.  We were there because the Wailers were playing a show in their lawn.  It's a whole other story but is was an otherwise really awesome weekend.  We got to hang out with Bunny Wailer, et al, in their basement - you do the math.  Anyhow, when we returned to the car on Sunday, it was bashed to hell.  Nothing was stolen out of it, just windows broken and somebody clearly jumped on the hood.

 

I had to Google who Will Campbell is, but I find it humorous that he was arrested for trying to pull a Dukes of Hazard on a car hood.

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Oyster's picture

He got it reduced down to tripping over a curb.  That is a fact.  Felony destruction of property to tripping over a curb.  The owner probably got a few seasons worth of season tickets out of the deal.  They are in the student section of course, because we all know there are plenty of seats there.

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M Man's picture

So I never paid much attention to it, but I think this was the story...

A felony charge was considered, because the amount of one body shop repair-quote was more than the misdemeanor destruction of property threshold amount.  Then I think somebody figured the whole car (it was an old beater, wasn't it?) wasn't worth that much.  When everybody finally stopped laughing, they decided a misdemeanor charge was what was warranted.  It was the only time in five years that Big Will was ever in trouble as far as I know.

Whoa Nellie's picture

Damage couldn't have been done by their football team.  They don't hit that hard.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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Oyster's picture

Well of course they don't give you a hard time M Man, they are too busy trying to get away from you because they don't want be associated with your kind ; )

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doodah_man's picture

Challenge accepted!

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

IH8UOFM's picture

Wish I could say the same. From the kids driving the beat up Saturn with no muffler hanging a UofM flag out the window at 40mph and swerving all over the road, to the 60's old man balling his fist and waving it at me. The list goes on. Not a day passes when I dont have someone take a picture of it when they are behind me at a traffic light. Actually had some pretty unique experiences last week. One of which some kid was hanging out the window while I was in the turn lane shouting pro-OSU propoganda followed by a "WOOOOO!"

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thatlillefty's picture

does your plate match your username?

IH8UOFM's picture

Absolutely. My avi is the back of my car. I knew getting this plate and living in michigan was gonna get a few looks here and there but had no idea it was gonna be an everyday thing. MSU fans like it more than the Buckeyes I know.

The president of the homeowners association in my new neighborhood saw my car when the garage was open and came over and knocked on my door to ask "Does your license plate say I hate U of M? Because it it does, you and I are going to get along GREAT".

thatlillefty's picture

ah, i missed that. Well played, sir.

TBDBITL0509's picture

The way all my UM acquaintances tell it, driving to a game in Ohio with your Michigan plates is a guarantee for unending harassment and assault. They put up Facebook rants every other year about the perils of venturing to Cbus (rent or borrow a car with non-Michigan plates!)

I've yet to hear a legitimate (first hand) account of actual issues from those driving or parking legally. Okay, except for the riots of 2001, but everybody's car got flipped that night. Thanks for keeping it real, M Man.

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osu07asu10's picture

Okay, except for the riots of 2001, but everybody's car got flipped that night. Thanks for keeping it real, M Man.

HA! I was in HS at the time and was visiting my brother who lived on 13th. We stood on his balcony and watched my poor 93' toyota corolla get bashed to all hell (no broken windows surprisingly).  Had about 6 guys getting ready to flip it when the CPD showed up in full riot gear making it rain tear gas.

The rolla' made it another year on campus and wore her dents with pride from that riot.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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buckeyedude's picture

I work in Michigan and got pulled over by the Michigan State Police for a MINOR violation. The female cop confiscated my license because she said,

"because you are from out of state, and you don't have at least $100 cash in your wallet,

 the only way I know you're going to pay your fine is if I keep your driver's license as bond. When you pay your fine, I will send you your license in the mail." True story.

 

 

 

 

osu07asu10's picture

For the 2006 MNC game, we all got into town a few days early and we drove up to Sedona to enjoy the desert mountains.

We stopped in this little create-a-town about 30 miles North of Phoenix of 17N because my wife (gf at the time) just HAD to have a FOUNTAIN diet coke.

We pull into this McDonalds, my maxima is decked out with buckeye flags, we're all in buckeye gear, ohio license plates (yep, we drove), the whole 10 yards...

We pull up behind an old guy and his wife in a black Lexus LS400.  I look and he has a UM alumni license plate bracket and I point it out to my wife and two friends. After he orders and starts to pull up, I gave the horn a few friendly honks and when the guy looked in his review me and my buddies are all flipping him off.

The old man thows his car in park, gets out, takes of his leather coat, throws it in the dirt, and comes over to my car screaming and yelling, starts slamming his fist on the hood calling us mf'ers this, mf'ers that...

I cracked the window just the slighest bit and said, "Sir, go bucks!"...he kept screaming MF'er this and that while his face was turning purple, grabbed his coat and got back in the car.

Needless to say, that was the last time I ever tried to engage in some friendly fan fire between us and scUM on the road.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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avail31678's picture

Rest easy, friend.  You did the right thing.

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IH8UOFM's picture

Judging by your reaction (or lack thereof) all I can gather is that you are prior military and/or a pilot. I couldn't have held back once he hit my car.

Hovenaut's picture

Nice color, the rental agency must have been out of scarlet.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Bucksfan's picture

Funny, but the Focus is made in Michigan anyway...so they should have asked for a different car entirely.

(Disclaimer: I own a new Focus, and I love it.)

OSUpawn's picture

This is a true story. I went to rent a car (in Ohio) for a road trip. Filled out all the paper work went to walk around the car to check for dents and scratches. Seen the scUM plate and told them "that's not good" "what's that?" She said. I pointed at the plates and said "I want a new car".

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

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IH8UOFM's picture

I was in traffic a few months ago and saw a car with Ohio plates and was liek "alright, some natives!". Got closer and it was slathered with UM stickers and even a "michigan family" stick figure get-up. Was sickened and proceeded to get in front of them and let them know my sentiments.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I will make sure to do this if I ever rent a car with plates from that state.  I'll throw on a hearty "UM sucks" for good measure.

Class of 2010.

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podux's picture

Here's how I solved the problem of being a resident of that state up north for a few years. It definitely ensured that I got more thumbs up than middle fingers when I ventured back to Columbus.

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Crumb's picture

A handy license plate frame is great for fixing this problem. It's what I used when I got stuck with *ichigan plates. It was a good thing it was during that 7 year stretch where Tress was slaughtering them otherwise I may not have shown such restraint.

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

Seattle Linga's picture

This one is an oldie

 

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M Man's picture

Yeah; if I am not mistaken, it is somebody who lives in East Lansing.  

The beauty of that particular plate is that the insult to the University of Michigan nets about fifteen bucks to the Big U's general fund every time the plate is renewed.  kthnxbye.  (By the way, there's something wrong with that photo -- Michigan vehicles only have plates on the back.  We're a one-plate state, unlike Ohio.  So just maybe, the owner of that plate isn't even registering it anymore.)

I'm rethinking my M plates.  I like visiting Columbus, and Madison, and Evanston, and I don't like worrying about my parked car while I am in those places.  It's not like I'm slacking on my financial support for the University of Michigan.  My Preferred Seating Donation is in the low four figures.  

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Seattle Linga's picture

I'd gladly pay the 15 dollars per year to your Univ just to see the faces of parents and kids alike when they drove by.  

Knarcisi's picture

Should have gotten a big discount ...

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InvertMyVeer's picture

I had a rental with TSUN plates once and went to pull into the gas station for the first time. I pulled in with the pump on my left, like I do in my car, but the gas went in on the other side in the rental. So I had to back up and turn around and whatnot, and when I finally did the attendant (it was a Swifty's) went "Is that how they teach you to drive up there" - I was laughing too hard to even tell him it was a rental!

Football is complicated...