You guys do a great job with this site. Not only is the content very good, the usability is very high. You have struck a good balance of being contemporary with web design but still being utilitarian and easy to navigate - and that isn't easy to do.
OSU fans have already done this, but better
Read what I wrote to BHT above, live it all up, soak it all in be a part of it. Go to every game of every sport you can - those are your peers out there and they could use your support, plus you might even find a new sport you like.
As far as school - it will get frustrating at times, OSU is HUGE and can be very much full of red tape (I used to say I got by B.A in BS from OSU because I felt like I had to deal with so much of it) but don't let it bother you, and never be afraid to ask questions. Ask your professors, ask the people who work there, ask the alumni - one thing about OSU - people who have been there or are involved there always want to help. And just like the sports, take a class in some subject you have no idea what it is about, you might find a new interest, or just gain an appreciation for another point of view or way of thinking. Take your studies seriously, but have fun along the way - the time goes by fast - even if the days seem to drag, the years will fly. Enjoy it and know that you are a Buckeye for life!
You will quickly learn that a lot of things at OSU are "poorly organized" I decided early on that it was part of my degree program and tried to not let it bother me.
Welcome to OSU!!! Even if you have been a lifelong fan, your OSU fandom will change immensely starting right now, and continuing forever. The feeling of being at a game as a student is completely and totally indescribable. Soak it all in, enjoy it, be a part of it and live and die with every play. You only get to do this once for 4 or 5 years so make the most of it. Best of luck as you begin your studies at the greatest university in the history of the world!!
I am few years older than you, and I know exactly what you mean about Block O. I was excited when I got assigned there and then hated the first of just about every game.
Hell one game we were doing a card stunt and play resumed, our RB (can't remember who, probably Carlos Snow, this was in '90) went for like a 50+ yard TD and we started jumping up and down and screaming... you know like you're supposed to do... well the Cheer Nazis didn't like that one bit, and were rather stern on their little megaphone about how since we screwed up the little card show we had to do it AGAIN. Man I hated those people.
I am still pissed that we even stooped down to that level to play those games. That first year my alumni ticket was YSU. I returned it for a refund and have never bought alumni tickets again. I have never watched 1 snap of the 2 YSU or the FAMU game and I never will. It was unethical, uncalled for, and embarrassing that OSU even scheduled those games.
Nice article, but I for one do not believe for one second that Urban doesn't have any input into the schedule. Of course he does! I have to believe that there is a list of "don't plays" and a list of "try to get these guys" that Urban has given him. Coaches are control freaks (as they should be) and to think that they give up complete control of the OOC schedule is absurd.
Yeah I was shocked to see us agree go back up there to play at BC. When I was a student we played up there (1990 I think) and even back then OSU decided it would never go to an away game (non B1G) in a stadium under 50k because we lost money on the trip. I can only surmise that either BC has expanded their stadium or it will be played where the Patriots play.
I was at this game too. Good God what a shitshow Pitt was... and still mostly is.
I went to Baltimore for the game. It was about as boring and bland as an OSU game could be. I was shocked at how empty the stadium was - I think it seats around 70k and there were maybe 50k there, I really thought it would be like an IU or Northwestern type game where Buckeye fans sell out the place. Obviously we had the vast majority of the fans, but it wasn't anywhere near a sell out. The game itself was also very boring as we really didn't do much other than wait for Navy to run out of gas and then pound them.
And I wish we hadn't canceled those. Although right about the same time both the SEC and the B1G were changing their conference schedules too - the B1G going to 9 games and the SEC starting conference play in the first week. So those series might never have happened anyway. BUT we should still keep them on the radar, and I would assume they are on there.
I agree with most of his picks. I think Oklahoma will win the B12 and make it to the playoffs. TCU and Baylor really only won that league last year because OU and Texas were tire fires. Oklahoma won't be down for long and they will reassert themselves this year and probably win the B12 by 2 games.
I disagree on the SEC, I think Georgia finally breaks through and beats the West (which is probably LSU or Bama) Tennessee is smoke and mirrors and will finish no better than 4-4 in the SEC. The big question for UGA though, is can they get past GT? Can you imagine the uproar if they lose to GT, then win the SEC - what the hell does the committee do with that?
P12 doesn't really have a legit contender this year IMO, so those predictions are as good as any, but I would not be surprised to see the P12 be the league left out this year. if FSU or GT is sitting at 13-1 they are probably a stronger case than any P12 1 (or certainly 2)-loss champion. Especially if GT is the champ and owns a W over UGA.
The one difference between OSU's and MSU's defense is that one team gave up 40+ points 3 times, while another team didn't do it once. Oh yeah and one team won the national championship. Oh yeah and beat the other team 49-37 in their own house, while intentionally not scoring on its last possession to go over 50.
That seems like a lot of differences to me.
Since OSU was playing YSU I decided to just skip football that day. I had returned my tickets to the OSU ticket office because there was no way in hell I was going to support OSU's first ever dip down to the lower ranks for the inexcusable scheduling of a I-AA opponent and counting it as a real game. That was also the last time I bothered to apply for alumni tickets. Anyway since I skipped football that day and went kayaking instead I had no idea what was happening up north, I didn't even realize they had also scheduled a I-AA game until I got back in my truck and started to hear radio reports of what happened. After I got home I decided to go ahead and turn on the TV just to watch replays of the glorious afternoon in AA. I still giggle at the highlights and the realization that that team up north actually LOST to one of those I-AA creampuffs.
IMO it is pointless and stupid to even try to begin comparing teams from different seasons. I still maintain that the 1998 OSU team was BY FAR the best CFB team I have ever seen, and if not for dicktripping against MSU would probably be in this conversations, no matter how stupid it is. If we had just maintained that 3 score lead we would have beaten every team, by more than 2 scores. That is domination.
I don't think he is very comfortable with the media to begin with, and he probably had the words discomfort and uncomfortable in his head at the same time and made up a new word. I do that at times too. I like to call it a sign of high intelligence :)
I got mine through StubHub, and paid about $300 each, which compared to other road OOC games is more than reasonable.
I agree. I think a big reason why we saw Zeke explode was the he got a much larger percentage of the carries. JT ran quite a bit - he had nearly 1,000 yards on the season, and was always a threat to take off. Cardale, while he was more than serviceable with his legs, didn't have near the amount of called runs. All in all the entire season last year was an amazing demonstration of how every single part of a team can improve during the season, and when they put it all together... watch out!
This was my sophomore year at OSU and that was just a stupid season. First of all, that USC game is NOT OVER YET!! There are 2:36 left and we can still win it!! The Illinois game was a joke - they win the game on an illegal play. They blocked a FG try and forward lateralled it for a TD that put them ahead. With replay there is no way that would stand today. If that doesn't happen I think we win that game. And the season ender... ugh.. we are driving for the winning score and run option on 4th and 1? Option??!! With Greg "no wheels" Fry? wtf? And as far as I am concerned that Liberty Bowl never took place since our players didn't show up and said they had no desire to be there. We should have refused the bid - teams still did that back then.
I have long been amazed at the role the S&C coach takes on. Like the players say, he is the "surrogate" head coach and often he becomes a confidant/father figure for so many players, all the while making sure that each of them has a program tailored to his own individual position and body type. I think it takes a unique kind of person to succeed in that role, which is really many different roles, and by all accounts it sure seems like we have a pretty damn good one.
As many others have said OSU fans should certainly be used to the hate by now, it has been around since before all of us were born, and it will continue long after we are all dead. I love it, I am humored by it, and I find it fascinating. I have always completely understood why fans of other B1G teams hate us - we pummel their teams every year, but the hate from fans of far away teams that we have never played, or maybe played once or twice years ago, that just flat out amuses me.
As far as my own "hatred" goes, there is only one team I hate on a permanent basis. Any other team might get my hate for 3 or 4 hours on a given Saturday, but then they disappear back into the woodwork like ever other team that isn't TTUN.
Why would the B1G get involved in an individual player matter? As far as I am aware the B1G has NEVER gotten involved in this kind of thing. Pretty much the only thing they had down punishment for is if a coach says something that the conference rules prohibit (like bitching about officials in a post game presser).
Marijuana use = underage drinking, both of which are up to the university to handle the way it sees fit.
Certainly the 24x7 media age that we live in has fueled the hate, and given haters a platform, or should I say thousands of platforms (how many message boards are there out there?) to express that hate. But there still was some hatred back in the olden days. I wasn't around for the Wooden-era UCLA heyday, but my dad and his brothers had, and still have no love for UCLA. Their position is that Wooden was given an easy path to the title since there were no other power teams out West and he got to play a lot of his tourney games on his home court. Remember OSU was just coming off a dominant/dynasty period of our own in basketball when all of a sudden UCLA popped up. So while the level of hate doesn't reach the Defcon 5 stage we now live in, UCLA was not "universally loved" across the board.
Endurance was certainly a part of this. Having been around basketball practically my whole life I can tell you that "conditioning" is emphasized more than "strength" in terms of percentages. Strength is certainly important but is done in conjunction with endurance conditioning. If you can't keep up for 40 minutes, it doesn't matter if you can lift a car, you're passed out on the bench.
And I think we can safely say OSU' strength and conditioning programs at the 2 marquee sports are in good hands.
Yes, it was kind of a crazy news day for OSU yesterday, however I am certain this was all orchestrated by Urban and the OSU administration. Releasing the news of the suspensions, which occurred weeks ago, on the opening day of the B1G Media Days, coming not he heels of "leaking" the worst kept secret of Braxton's position switch are not coincidences. Those 2 stories deflected the obvious questions of "how are you going to repeat? how are you dealing with 3QBs? how are you dealing with expectations now that you are #1 in the polls again?" etc. Toss some fresh news for them to gobble up. Brilliant.