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Chestnut Ridge Buckeye

Bear Rocks, PA 1 hour southeast of Pittsburgh (via Mount Vernon, OH)

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I was not really an Ohio State fan in childhood even though several members of my family were. I guess I'm guilty of being a "bandwagon" Buckeye, since I signed on during the "68 season. I was there at the Horseshoe when "Woody went for two", but I was oblivious enough to be completely ignorant of the significance of the game I was watching. "Is the game with Michigan that big of a deal?" Fortunately for me, the game program i pored over once we got home filled in some of the gaps in my knowledge.
My partner of 17 years (whose favorite college football teams are WVU and anyone who beats Penn State) and I live in southwest PA on Chestnut Ridge with our 3 Golden Retrievers, who are also Buckeye fans. My handing out treats when the Bucks score a touchdown may have something to do with that.
Buckeye football has been an important part of my life since that first taste in'68, and attending games in the Horseshoe with my dad was one of the highlights of what was often a difficult childhood/adolescence.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: I became hooked on OSU football way back in '68, after SI had said in their college football preview-in which Purdue and Leroy Keys were their pick for #1-that the Big Ten title might well be decided in October when the Boilermakers came to Columbus. There, Woody Hayes was about to unveil the best crop of young players he had had in years. I listened to that game on the radio as OSU crushed Purdue 13-0, and was so exhilarated I could hardly stand it. The score doesn't really give a clue as to how dominating the Buckeyes were that afternoon.
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: The estimable Mr. Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Browns-and I live in Steeler country.
  • NHL TEAM: Penguins if I had to pick; Mario Lemieux is a god
  • NBA TEAM: Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Indians (are my Cleveland roots showing?)

Recent Activity

Comment 20 Sep 2014

Gotta second that observation. The phrase "completely tone-deaf" seems to best describe his attempts to apply his "marketing" background to UM football. 

Comment 11 Aug 2014

One of the greatest things about being a Buckeye fan is seeing the many examples of young people who really live the truth that it's not what happens to you but how you respond to it that's important. I feel bad that this re-injury has occurred, but I am touched and inspired by his example. He's already a winner in my opinion.

Comment 20 Jul 2014

Add another vote for this one. I put this one in the top 5, as it had all the features of the other classics, and for me was Troy Smith's signature game. As someone else mentioned, 2006 was ruined for me by the loss to the Gators. Bowl games made both OSU and UM look like pretenders instead of contenders.  

Comment 20 Jul 2014

My first loss iike that was the '69 loss to Bo and his defensive stone wall that Woody's greatest team couldn't breach for most of three quarters 

It was inconceivable, unbelievable, and devastated my world almost as much as JFK being shot in Dallas six years earlier on a late November Friday. I apologize if that sounds blasphemous, but subjectively, that best describes the level of shock and actual grief I experienced after that game.

At the time, I couldn't fathom how my dad was able to handle the loss so cavalierly. He just said "terrible thing" in the mocking voice he used when we kids were upset and over-reacted to something. I hear younger people speak of the 2007 loss to Florida as being their rock-bottom as Buckeye fans, but for me, that doesn't come anywhere near '69. I had a bad feeling the Florida loss might be coming after watching the Wolverines, fresh off of the 2006 edition of "The Game", perform so dismally against USC in the 2007 Rose Bowl. 

My point being, the lows are indeed terrible, but the high points and the shared joy and triumph with others in "the family " are more than adequate compensation. And this season has been a special one that one loss won't-in time-dampen. 

But Ramzy is right, and I would add make sure you maintain other passions/interests to help keep you on a more even keel. 

Thanks so much for your post. Very nice job.   

Comment 20 Jul 2014

I like the way you phrased this. I wanted to name Penn State. I have a looonnnng memory, and Penn State has been a perennial football power* as long as I have been following the Buckeyes.

But since I live in PA, I hate to grant them that status and inflate the ballooning egos of their fans even more. But calling them "secondary" rivals serves to acknowledge the program's stature while simultaneously, and subtly, dissing them. 


*I have to add that this is more based on historical performance before joining the B1G. I had always maintained that their impressive W/L record prior to joining the conference was due partially to having a fairly weak schedule most years, as an independent in the East. Their fans called in the Cleveland sports radio station I listened to, and pissed and moaned about joining the "lowly Big 10", how it was such a step down for PSU, and boasting how they'd be in Pasadena 4 out of the first 5 years of their conference membership. 

I predicted that their fortunes would tend in the opposite direction, and have seldom been so gratified in being proved abundantly correct. 

Comment 19 Jul 2014

And I gotta emphasize for the record what a fantastic accomplishment that was. I was as frustrated with Cooper's "malaise" as anyone, but I have been vexed throughout the intervening years that people seem to have forgotten how utterly dominant OSU appeared during the '95 and '96 seasons. Of course that made the season-ending train wrecks all the more outrageously unacceptable, but I those were some really sweet victories you mentioned there...

Comment 16 Jul 2014

His stats speak for themselves, and I see no point in continuing to treat him as a pariah; he has commented that he is bothered by the ongoing resentment toward him among some of OSU's fans. 

Having said that, I have had the opportunity of talking with some of his contemporaries from Jeanette HS, as well as a few parents, and they pointed out the air of entitlement he carried during his high school days, which only seemed to get worse once he played at the college level. As gifted an athlete as he was, he seemed have a chronic sense of being under-appreciated, even in high school. That sense continued to dog him while  he was here, and I think contributed to the feeling among some that he never quite lived up to the expectations that all the hype around him generated. It also led him to say dumb things to the media. 

But he is, after all, one of our own, and his accomplishments were/are outstanding. He should be honored for all the positive things he did for the program.

Comment 09 Apr 2014

I'd always wondered why there was no real follow-up in mentions of his stellar accomplishments. Thank you, Johnny for enlightening me about what I intuitively knew but didn't want to acknowledge.

Comment 18 Dec 2013

Dear fellow Nutinpa,

Well, when you put it like that...I guess so!!

Seriously, I had not laid all 3 of "The Game" s out like that, all in a row, to ponder...

I'll waste no more tears on them skunkweasels!

Comment 18 Dec 2013

I'll probably take a hit for this, but as a long-time Buckeye fan, while I think your assessment of the current state of the Wolverine's program is valid, it is axiomatically true that a victory over a depleted foe has less value. 

I know how agonizingly frustrating the repeated losses during the Cooper years were. I remember  driving to work and screaming at the radio post game analysis after the 1996 loss and wanting to just bag the whole rivlary thing if we weren't going to even show up any more. I mention this because many commenters here seem to have crystallized their hatred of TTUN during those years. But my formative years were during the late 1960's-70's, and I wish to emphatically state that beating Bo's best teams made our whole subsequent winters seem cozy and wonderful. Those games when both teams were ranked within the top 5 or so in the nation were sources of great anxiety and anticipation as the seasons progressed, and while the losses were bitter beyond my power to describe, the victories carried a savor and a warmth that seems lacking now. 

The other benefit to having both programs so highly ranked was that "The Game" commanded national attention and envy, and I maintain there has never been a better time to be a Buckeye.  

So I have mixed feelings about Blue's current malaise. There is undeniably some satisfaction in schadenfreude, but ultimately, as their period of mediocrity lengthens, I feel we're losing out on something too. 

And so I was heartened somewhat when this year's game came down to the final play. It brought back many fond (and not-so-fond) memories. 

Comment 11 Dec 2013

Thanks to both Larry and Nutinpa for these posts. 

As I saw Dantonio develop his team over the course of the season, I felt both anticipation, and honestly a bit of dread as it appeared more likely that we would face them in the championship game. I felt that their strengths matched up favorably (for them) with our weaknesses and that we would need our absolute best game to beat them. 

Unfortunately, we only got that for about 20 minutes, but our Buckeyes still made a thrilling battle out of it during that time. Congratulations to the Spartans. We nonetheless have ample reason to be proud. I think MSU's current ranking more closely matches where they should have been for the latter half of the season. I don't envy Stanford. 

It has been frustrating during some past seasons to watch the Bucks be outmatched by clearly superior efforts from good teams, but this team gave it their all, and more than earned our continued praise and support. 


GO BUCKS!! BEAT CLEMSON!!             

Comment 09 Dec 2013

Wise words there. I already have similar things to balance against the pain of a buckeye loss. So it's not as if a loss is devastating now. Moderation in all things...

Losing still sucks though...

Comment 08 Dec 2013

I have no immediate plans to abandon my obsession with "The Rivalry" or "The Game"; there's way too much history and I have invested too much emotion to abandon it now at this stage of life.

But this is an intriguing post, especially in light of the upcoming re-alignment in the B1G, and MSU's status as an annual game on OSU's schedule for the foreseeable future. I think Dantonio and his staff will be formidable in coming years, and can feel the intensity level of competition within our division increasing already. In short, I think MSU would make a dandy additional rival for Ohio State, and look forward to possibility of having some good rivalry games in the 'Shoe during warmer weather than the last week of November. And thank you for emphasizing the idea of mutual respect. I personally think all the emphasis on hate gets a tad overplayed. 

Comment 06 Dec 2013

It's refreshing to see a player express heartfelt remorse as opposed to all those "apologies" required by administrators and/or lawyers. 

And because of his actions, he was forced to sit for his final year edition of "The Game", which turned out to be one for the ages. 

No one outside of the OSU/UM communities can comprehend what a severe punishment that is. So nuts to all the pundits complaining that Urban should have added on further suspension. 

He's suffered enough already. 

Comment 04 Dec 2013

I guess that all depends on perspective. It pretty much sounds like classic-older-Jackson to me. I enjoyed his calling of that game, and I can't think of a currently active game analyst/team that I like as well. But, each to his own. I'm just an old fart.