Here's my lukewarm take for the day:
I was at the very first Student Appreciation Day and it was incredible just because it was entirely the opposite of what they have created the event into after a short six years. Back on that fateful first day it was amazing for OSU football junkies such as myself because they ran the thing pretty much exactly like a regular practice, there just happened to be a small mob of students on hand to watch. It was like peeling back the curtain, sort of like getting to be a fly on the wall. Fascinating stuff, got to watch all the position drills and try to interpret and divine what all the activities and positioning meant for the upcoming season.
Fast forward to the more recent years, and inevitably, the thing has been built up into a huge production. Now I acknowledge that is just a part of any OSU ran event, however it has been seriously diluted from something that was extremely cool for the more hardcore part of the fan base to something that is much more catered to the masses. They don't really run it like a practice, much more like a light scrimmage. Then they throw in the fastest student competition, DJ's, and catering? Just really changed the overall look and feel of the event.
I know my musings on the interwebs don't mean anything and something like this is unavoidable, however I just figured I would post some nostalgic longings from what suddenly feels like a very distant six years ago that I enjoyed very much.