All the talk about atmosphere is annoying to me. All I see of your "Atmosphere" anymore as I age is drunk stupid kids screaming and yelling and not even being able to recognize and respect a special moment or the tradition that goes into some of the things in the stadium. Getting beer spilled on my back when you jump and cheer is not atmosphere. Stepping in spilled beer, or worse puke is not atmosphere. Unless you've got a booty like J-Lo, sit on it during the game. Not everyone is able bodied to stand for the whole game. Be respectful of your fellow Buckeyes. That is what has ruined the atmosphere, not the old biddies. I feel the same way about the Kentucky Derby and other things that should rest on tradition and pomp.
Last year I was glad that I couldn't go to the game that my Alumni tickets awarded me. I'd just rather watch on my TV. People thought I was awesome because I donated them to a veteran here on the site, but to be honest then I was really and still am a little peeved that I lost out on the money. Not one of these millions of new friggin' fair weather fan could pony up for Indiana? That makes me feel phony and dickish, definitely not proud.
Speaking of fair weather fans, I tend to hide my fandom anymore. It seems anytime tOSU is at the top of the heap we get millions of new fair weather fans that bitch about the "atmosphere" and other stuff that doesn't make a damn bit of difference to me about the game. Learn the tradition, the excellence, and all the other beliefs that go into making tOSU revered among college football's hallowed grounds. To me being in the 'Shoe on a beautiful fall afternoon as the band comes marching down the field is akin to a spiritual moment to me. Time slows down, the colors become brighter, the sounds become more focused, and I thank God for the opportunity to be there and witness history and tradition. The fact that you are already drunk and screaming like the assclown you are ruins the experience. Screw you if I want to actually hear the band over your screaming. Hiding my fandom also helps with the OH-IO chants and other assclownish behavior. There are times and places for that where it's acceptable. While I'm eating or in the bathroom are two places where it's never acceptable. And doing it more than once is just amateurish anyway. Smile and nod at a fellow Buckeye and be smug in the satisfaction that you share a fraternity and bond that goes back 100 years built on tradition and excellence.
My last confession is probably the one I'm most surprised by....I miss the Cooper era. Maybe it was because I was young and impressionable, but it seemed like it was always a giant struggle back and forth between Ohio State and Michigan. The two titans of the grid iron, every game important, but none more so than that last game in November. No looking ahead to a B1G championship game or beyond. That game either made or broke your season, so there was no reason to think ahead. When those warriors on both sides of the ball left the field, you know that you had just witnessed an epic battle. They were exhausted, bloodied, and had left it all on the field. You never felt shame loosing to Michigan because you knew that if you lost, truly the better team that day won fair and square, not on gimmick or luck. I hope and pray that Michigan returns to what it once was so that I can hopefully feel that sensation again.