So last spring semester was my final semester at Ohio State. Best 5 years of my life, I might add. Anyways it was Thursday night, just a few days before graduation. The Cavs were playing the Bulls in game 6 and they were looking to close out the series. So my friends and I went to Chumley's for schooner night and watched the entire game there. By the time the game had ended, I had downed 5 schooners (32 ounces a schooner) of Yuengling Black and Tan. We are all feeling great and are ready to take on the World. To celebrate the Cavs series win, we then headed out and went to Out R Inn. Here, our horrible plan starts to develop. We decide that we (graduating baseball seniors) are all going to go into the stadium and take a senior picture on the 50 yard line. Note: All week, people had been going into the stadium to take senior pictures and did not get in trouble at all so we thought we were good going to do it at 2:30 AM. Well, after I don't know how many double whisky cokes at Out R Inn, we begin our inevitable descent to the Shoe. We go in through an unlocked gate so everything is going well.....
So let me backtrack some. On our way to the stadium, we see another group messing around by us at Smith Lab. Some kid tries to go in through the window and the whole damn building went off with alarms. Security cars and cop cars are speeding around trying to get to the building. We jog off to distance ourselves since we weren't involved. One of my friends Tom, who was smarter than the rest of us, said it probably wasn't a good idea to go into the stadium with all the cops on alert. So he left and on his way home, gets stopped by the cops on his way and they start questioning him about Smith Lab.
So fast forward again and we are in the Stadium and get to the 50 yard line. The graduation area is in the middle of being set up and I get nostalgic reminiscing about my college career. Well, all good things come to an end as my phone starts ringing. It's Tom so I answer. I remember answering my phone and Tom says in a panicked voice, "Dude, where are you guys right now!?" I reply, "50 yard line man!!!" Tom then just replies, "RUN! Cops are coming!". (Apparently when the cops stopped to question Tom, they got radioed in about kids in the Stadium doing 100 yard sprints down the sideline.) I don't really remember what happened during the time that I left the 50 yard line and the time when I went out through the North band ramp trying to escape, but the next thing I remember was being covered in mulch and I had my hands cuffed behind my back. I'm screwed, I'm not walking at graduation. Parents are going to kill me. I'm going to lose my job.
I had never been in trouble with the law and went through college unscathed. I'm a good kid. Three days until graduation though. THREE DAYS. And I make the stupidest decision of my life. So I'm sitting outside of the rotunda and one by one, all the seniors are getting brought to my location tied up like a bunch of cattle. So all of us get a talking to. We're told that Ohio Stadium is a top terrorist target and with graduation being only days away, security was increased 10 times more. They were telling us they weren't going to let us graduate and walk. Like come on, I've been here five years already. I love Ohio State but I'm not trying to be on Tommy Boy college plan. I need to get out of college.There had to have been 20 cop cars, I kid you not.
Well thankfully, we were all cooperative and told them what had happened and told them we were sorry. I honestly think one of the kids was sobbing but I can't confirm that right now. Well, they let us go. History. I had never been so scared in my life.
I graduated on May 10th and it had to have been the saddest day of my life. For all of you new Buckeyes starting your Freshman year, cherish it. These next 4, 5, and even possibly 6 years will be the best time of your life. Don't blink because when you finally open up your eyes, you'll have a diploma in hand and you'll be walking out of Ohio Stadium wondering where the time went.