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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 13 Dec 2014

Does anyone know whether the picture on the shirt is silkscreened, or is it-for lack of a better word-"rubberized"? The latter I can't wear as they cause me to break out in a rash. 

Comment 12 Dec 2014

But snow and a real blizzard are not the same thing. As a thundershower is not the same as hurricane. So Airbuckeye I think you're safe. 

Comment 12 Dec 2014

I'm curious as to what the overall attendance was like. There didn't seem to be many panoramic shots of the whole stadium/arena, suggesting there may have been quite a few empty seats (?)

Comment 12 Dec 2014

OK, obviously a rhetorical question, but the challenge is to do it with wit and style, to be innovative and creative and not just recycle tired, worn out taunts or jokes. The OP's example could be exhibit A in what not to do. It was old back in the '70's. 

BuckeyeVet gives us a better example, by singling out Michael Hart for ridicule, as his insufferable boasting and trash talking opponents when he played for TTUN makes that picture/caption a gem for the ages. 

And Seattle Linga has used a picture that is both timely and a great testimony to the concept of "less is more". Bravo!

Comment 10 Dec 2014

God Bless you for doing this and Happy XXVlllth, DJ! One of 11W's finest contributors, and that's high praise. 

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Reactions to both wins and losses, but particularly losses, are always overly emotional. I'd wager most of us felt like the season was as good as over after the VT loss. I sure did. But a college football season is a long process-even though it passes waayy too quickly-and a team in September is often almost unrecognizable as the same group of players by November. This 2014 Buckeye squad is one of the finest examples of this process I have ever seen. (Remember how high the proportion of freshmen is on this team.)

What a ride this season has been! And it ain't over yet!!!

Comment 07 Dec 2014

Couldn't agree more. I think they deserve it, and I want them to get in cuz that's what they want, but it's up to a committee, and I refuse to let any committee lessen the joy and admiration I feel for the 2014 Buckeyes. What an outstanding team of young people, and what a great season, Virginia Tech be damned!!!

Comment 07 Dec 2014

I dvr'd this, The Game, and the MSU game, and I plan on watching all 3 of them many times in the next few weeks. They'll help me stay warm this winter. 

What a superb time to be a Buckeye!!

(the Fox game calling team really sucked, but who cares, I can always turn the sound off.)

Comment 07 Dec 2014

I've been following the Bucks since '68, and I can't recall any game that was more of a complete domination of an opponent than this one. Combining that with all the anxiety/elation with the quarterbacks' performance(s) throughout the season…just…WOW!! I'm completely blown away. Savor this moment my friends!! You'll remember this night all your lives. 

ps to Nashbuck…the win over USC was suspenseful compared to this. Great game, but wasn't decided until the fourth quarter. 

Comment 05 Dec 2014

Lived in central, then northeast Ohio until 1997, when I moved to the Laurel Highlands area of Pennsylvania, which is not too far away. Still have a sibling and friends in Ohio, and fly my Buckeye flag the better to irritate my PSU fan neighbors. 

Comment 03 Dec 2014

This team's resilience and closeness and ability to weather repeated storms and "bad luck" should be remembered and celebrated as a model for future teams. The hardware of a championship is of course a major goal, but they are already champions in real life. IMO, they're as good as any previous OSU football team, whether or not they win any more games this year.

And next year…lookout CFB world!

Comment 02 Dec 2014

This is a pretty good summation from my point of view. The high-profile losses to USC didn't help either. And remember all the gouge-your-eyes-out, nail-bitingly close wins leading up the the NC game in 2003; all of these contributed to OSU being called the "luckeyes", and people thought their success was a fluke. 

There will probably be a residue of this kind of talk as long as the BIG continues to show up poorly in OOC play.

Comment 01 Dec 2014

I read somewhere on M-Go Blog that Gardner would be up for a CLASS award. I may have missed a hyperbolic spin on the statement, but I wanted to ask if there is such a thing. If so he should be a shoo-in for all the class he has shown toward his teammates over the past 4 years. 

Comment 01 Dec 2014

Thanks so much for posting this.

Learning a little more about him doesn't necessarily make it easier, but it still helps in a way I can't quite describe. 

RIP dude; prayers and peace for his family.