Sports is a reflection of culture, which is why so many people identified Tressel ball with a small town, conservative, "Slo-hio" form of rust belt football that would paper cut opponents to death. Meyer is a rock star who plays pedal-to-the-metal, goes for the jugular and demands excellence of everyone around him. As long as he never compromises that mantra, people nationally may or may not love us but they will fear and respect us.
I could never for the life of me figure out why there was so much hate for Urban coming out of the local Orlando media while he was coach at UF. Once he took over our program I began to see the similarities to Woody Hayes that made him great but also a lot of enemies. He is either a very humble, shirt off his back guy or 200% gung ho, play hard, no bull. That doesn't mesh well with the media who like generally like self-effacing personalities they can rib or get more quotes out of. Tools like Bryant Gumbel, Clay Travis and Bianchi are always going to look for a raw nerve they can touch and get under guys skin. Meyer needs to continue taking the high road and not fall into those traps (although it wouldn't hurt Ohio State or Urban to be a little more media savvy and get ahead of some of the stories the media throws out there).
Having said that I agree there is a lot of hate coming towards OSU (particularly from Orlando) but it doesn't mean we shouldn't stand up for ourselves with a passionate, intelligent defense of our program without reducing ourselves to d-bags. One of the things I've learned from being around USC out here in LA is that they treat every team as an arch rival because you will never get love from another fan base as long as you're winning, only envy. If they won't love you then they will respect you but that has to be earned by winning championships, winning the right way and a fanatical loyalty to our school.
By the way I thought this was the most even and well-constructed write up of the Urban Meyer/Aaron Hernandez story from any source which just so happens to come from a Gator blog writer:
I'm glad everyone agrees we don't need to take a risk like this or piss off current RBs and recruits. We're still trying to clean up the PR damage from the last two years.
Awesome baby. Love the pick up, love the pancake blocks, love the gifs. Roll, Bucks, roll.
I was at that game too and it was just an awe inspiring play. I've seen more violent hits by a LB but never a game changer like that. My friends from MU (love their campus though I've never figured out why they are the U of Missouri but refer to themselves as MU) felt really good that the Tigers could hang in the game. After that hit (which sound and feel the video just couldn't capture) the game literally changed in an instant. The crowd went silent and was never into it again, the Mizzou players seemed to lose confidence, it was truly amazing to feel the air come out of the place.
Hope your mom has a speedy recovery.