My Bucket List includes seeing at least one home game at as many of the 128 Division 1 FBS schools as I can before I die. I'm a ways in, clocking about seventy games at various venues. By far, the single worst experience I've ever had was at Camp Randall. I am still stunned by the level of sheer assholitude shown to a visiting fan by Badger fans. To this date, I hate Wisconsin, and the whoopin' the Scarlet and Gray put on them last season was by far the sweetest drubbing of an opponent I've ever seen.
I was at the game with my seventy year old mother. She graduated from Ohio State in 1959, and was a lifelong Buckeye. She was thrilled to accompany me to the 2002 game to see her team play. Of course, we both represented our team with school colors, and that is something I feel proud to do when watching my team play an away game (showing up in Ohio State garb is something obligatory, right?). Anyway, we beat the Badgers that day by about five points. During the game, there was an obscene level of hostility and poor sportsmanship displayed by Badger fans to the visiting Buckeye fans...and not one Badger fan saw fit to chastise their fellow fans for this. My mom got beaned in the head with ice cubes!
During the game, we witnessed the arrest of four brawling fans not far from us who were, presumably cheering for the same team. And though we were seated on the fringe of the visiting fans section (where we probably should have expected some level of agitation from the home fans) and I was expecting these fans to show their asses, I am still somewhat shocked by the behavior of the home crowd in Wisconsin.
It is never fun to feel threatened as a visiting fan, but I was worried for a little while as we exited the stadium. This is the reason I make every effort to behave myself when in the Horseshoe, and I try to help visiting fans enjoy themselves by being a gracious host. It isn't hard to do, and generally makes the game more enjoyable for everyone. School pride is one thing. Menacing hostility is not something a good fan base should promote, and I'm proud of my fellow Buckeye fans that are of a similar mindset.