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Comment 19 hours ago

Terrific article, Johnny.  As a little background I grew up in Sylvania, Ohio, attended Ohio State in the mid-60s, then moved to Nevada in 1982.  It took many, many years to adjust to being without everyday coverage of Buckeye sports.  To the article about declining attendance at college football games, my wife and I were Nevada Wolfpack season ticket holders for 25 years (1989 - 2013).  Mackay Stadium held about 18K in 89 and expanded over the years to about 30K in 2012.

For many years in the 90s it was hard to get a good seat ticket to games as the Pack was really good.  However, student tickets were free for the games and the students showed up in mass.  The loyal Pack fans, like us, sat in the same seats for decades, passing them down from generation to generation.  So, to make a few extra bucks because Nevada had no huge TV contract, they decided to make special seating areas available at mid-field for a price.  Then they decided to offer special parking areas for a price.  Then they opened a separate tailgating area ..... for a price.  Nevada also added areas of seatback seating, instead of the metal bleacher seats we sat on for 25 years, ..... at a price.  In 1990 our 2 season tickets for 6 home games was $300.  In 2013 the same 2 season tickets were $600.00  Plus we were paying $78.00 for two permanent seat backs.  I almost paid the $100.00 for the special parking area but decided that walking the extra half-mile was better.

On the declining attendance figures, the last 5 or 6 years we went you could throw a rock in some sections of the stadium at some games and not hit anyone.  With beer (although good beer) at $8 a bottle (not a cup, but without the cap), hotdogs or burgers for $6, it was too damn expensive to go and have a good time anymore.  Plus, and here goes the "get off my lawn guy diatribe" Nevada began catering to the younger crowd.  Those of us that had been the lifeblood of Wolfpack sports, especially football, were being excluded in the media blitz.  The in-stadium atmosphere had changed; the programs were changed to attract the younger crowd; and the stadium announcer sounded more like a rap star than a football fan.

Although I can still afford the season tickets, and can stomach the atmosphere changes in the stadium, it just is too much of a hassle to go anymore.  I can watch all the games I want at home, as others have mentioned, for free.

As other have stated it is easier to see the Buckeyes play on the road than at home because of the price.  My wife and I have been in Tucson, Anaheim, Cal, and Pasadena (that was not cheaper) watching the Buckeyes.  If and when the Buckeyes come west again I will be there if possible.

It is my fervent hope that Ohio Stadium maintains it place in sports heaven.  I had the best time my two years there and would love to spend an afternoon again along the Olentangy River watching the Buckeyes bludgeon ttun.  Until that happens, I can watch every game here in my Brutus Cave for free.  Thanks for letting me rant and GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment 17 Jul 2016

1968, still my all time favorite Buckeye team (just inching out 1961).  All Buckeye fans need to read the two-deep chart posted above.  Read the players heights and weights posted.  This would not even make a good sized high school team today but they were a team. They played like a team no matter the game or situation.  Those of us alive then like to remember, with scarlet-colored glasses, how dominate they were.  However, with the exception of Wisconsin and ttun they could have had a few losses.  This was a very experienced team before the season began and the sophomores added just enough to make this a magical season.

I still can't believe that ABC did not broadcast THE GAME.  My brothers and I had to listen to WSPD radio for the call.  ABC never made that mistake again.

I knew some of the defense guys and loved watching them destroy Ron Johnson that day, even if it was only on radio.  Coach Hayes proved that season he had the stones to make good on his promises to bring back Buckeye Glory.  Thanks for the amazing recaps and the great color pictures from Sword52.  Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment 14 Feb 2016

My freshman year, Dec 1966, Coach Hayes stepped off the elevator, sixth floor, Park Hall as I was getting a drink at the water fountain.  He said hello, asked my about finals and then spent 5 minutes telling my about my History Class final.  I don't remember saying more than hello and thanks. For my Spring 67 History class final I wrote an essay featuring Coach Hayes (at least I quoted him alot in the essay).  He had and still has a great effect me, my children and grandchildren (all are Buckeyes).

Happy Birthday, Coach.  Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment 06 Feb 2016

Love is never having to say you're sorry.  Especially to a turd like Hairball.  Watching Bosa destroy the skunk weasels three years in a row you just know he loved it.  Thus, never having to say you are sorry, even with a little sarcasm added in.  Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment 06 Feb 2016

Congratulations to Orlando Pace.  Now the Pro HOF matches the College HOF with the three best tackles to ever play football: Jim Parker, John Hicks, and now Orlando Pace.  Let us all have a huge stack of pancakes to celebrate.  Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment 31 Jan 2016

Free throw shooting dooms the Buckeyes again.  7 more made free throws would have put a W in the win column.  I suggest that this team spend 1 hour everyday (practice day or not) just shooting free throws.  One of the assistant coaches has to be able to coach them.  Paulus was pretty good as I remember at the FT line.  Still, the future does look bright for the men.  I love the hustle from Giddens and Thompson.  Even Loving hustled a few times today.  Keep your head up and go full out.  Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!!!!1

Comment 13 Jan 2016

Not surprised by the overnight rating.  Did anyone outside of Dixie really watch this game.  I had zero interest and spent zero seconds on it.  Without The Ohio State University Buckeyes involved it was a non-entity.

Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment 27 Dec 2015

Really good game to finish the preseason.  My favorite part was watching Thompson and Giddens actually play basketball.  They played defense, rebounded and scored, too.  What a great change from what we suffered through the last 4 years.  If they keep growing, the 5 spot for Coach Matta won't be a constant worry this season.  Keep the momentum going BBallers and smash through the BIG.  Go Buckeyes

Comment 27 Dec 2015

Too bad the pre-season is over so soon as the young BBall Buckeyes are really starting to play well.  Saying that, it is great to see them playing well now that the real games are beginning on Wednesday.  Go Buckeyes, beat the Bears and then start the BIG season with a win over the gophers.  Go Buckeyes

Comment 27 Dec 2015

Johnny, a really good article with lots of yucks.  Just a few corrections though:

1. Utah State Aggies, Utah is the Utes

2. Chris Ault retired 10 years later not 20 but you were right about his hissy-fit after losing to BG.

3. In 1970 & 1971 Toledo was ranked in the Top 20 at the end of the season, I remember #11 or 12 in '71.

Go Buckeyes, beat ND.

Comment 28 Sep 2015

Great recap of WMU.  Coach Meyer sees all and knows all about getting his team prepared for the stretch run the next 8 games.

On Jones: has anyone else noticed that he very seldom throws a pass that the received has to keep running and reach out to grab?  Almost everytime the receiver has to slow down or stop to catch the pass.  Please come back Devin Smith.

On the interior D line and McMillan: it got to be gut wrenching on Saturday watching that run up the middle.  You could almost predict it on 2nd and short.  Coach Fickell needs to teach McMillan to watch the ball and fill the hole as the back comes to it instead of just rushing forward where he thinks the hole will be.  Maybe it was the scheme or maybe Fickell called the wrong coverage but it was hard to watch.  Thank goodness the WMU line got called for holding or they would have had at least 2 more TDs.

Go Buckeyes and beat that team in Columbus West.

Comment 15 May 2015

Because I have lots of Scarlet and Gray decor in my man cave, my then 4 year old granddaughter began calling it the "Brutus Cave."  I raised my two daughters to be Buckeyes and my two granddaughters are being raised right, too.  Go Buckeyes!!!!

P.S. how many of you outside of Ohio have a Governor that is President of the local Ohio State Alumni Association?  Nevada does and he gave me the O - H sign yesterday.

Comment 21 Feb 2015

Screw that community college on the Ohio River.  I have hated them since 1961 when they stole the NCAA Bball championship from the Buckeyes.  My hate for the skunkcats isn't as intense as my hatred for aa community college, but really, really close.

Its 3:45 p.m. in Nevada and ttun still sucks