really I'm ok with both of those droughts continuing through this year. Michigan going 0-2 against 20% of the top ten to end their season would be glorious and the COY award just feels like a consolation prize at this point, I'd rather end up with the real prize
The NFL gets good ratings for Thanksgiving because its been ingrained into everyone's traditions at this point - mention Thanksgiving and everyone thinks turkey and football. NYE and CFP just isn't the same, maybe it could have been if they had a couple really stellar matchups in a row the first 5 years but last year's games blew that chance
if you like the stories, check out the story behind the newest Olympic team, you'll find them in the Opening Ceremony right ahead of Brazil because they have no country name.
(mods, I know this is probably toeing the commenting policy line, delete it if you feel its necessary)
I love the Olympics, I'll watch literally everything, I usually just have the live events running in the background whenever I'm at home
Sports I will specifically search out to watch - water polo and rowing, because those were my HS/college sports and the Olympics is the only time they are ever on TV
I've had NON-alumni/OSU fans correct me when I say I went to "Ohio State" which pisses me off to no end! "You mean THE Ohio State University?" I specifically did NOT say THE Ohio State so no dude, don't try to mock me for our arrogance when I intentionally removed myself from that! UGH
This is off topic a bit but I've been wondering if the new alumni ticket sale method this year will do anything for atmosphere. My thinking is that since actually buying alumni tickets took more effort (you actually had to sit online the morning they went on sale and scramble for the first come, first serve batch) vs in past years when getting into the lottery just meant clicking one of the dozen or so reminder emails they sent out and waiting to see what you got, maybe this year we will end up with alumni who want to be there more and were willing to put effort into getting tickets instead of the "well we have tickets, I guess someone should go to the game" crowd? Not sure if it will make a difference in the end but the optimist in me is hoping we notice a crowd who actually seems like they want to be there.
it depends on how they run it. If they focus the entire show on the game they are at, then yea, snooze-fest for half the season. But if they highlight the game they are at plus some decent coverage on the rest of the B1G games happening that day, plus a few minutes of whats happening in the rest of the country, it could be quite good. Especially if they pick strategic games the first year or so that have plenty of interesting material beyond the 2 mostly mediocre teams about to take the field (I'm think B1G games with rivalry trophies and the history/stories behind them, stuff like that to take some time away from endless Indiana highlight reels)
They don't have to compete vs Gameday nationwide, I think it would be a success (not to mention a huge step towards the growing image of the conference) if it can compete on half the weekends, say whenever a big B1G matchup is on or Tailgate heads to a prominent school (ie OSU, Michigan, Sparty). Lets face it, the people who don't have BTN now aren't likely to get it just for Tailgate, at least not anytime soon. But its certainly a step in the right direction
known to the locals as "Pennsyl-tucky"
There are women reading everything in this thread. And commenting in this thread. I see it as a bit of a show of their restraint that some of the comments haven't been down-voted into oblivion. Or maybe they are just reluctant to take on fights when they are outnumbered.
Honestly, this thread is WAY more civil than most of the Stanford rapist related comment sections on the internet and I commend the quality of the 11W readership for that but wow, still a long ways to go for some people.
I never specified accused or convicted, please don't put words in my mouth and also maybe consider why you felt the need to jump to the defense of a hypothetical wrongfully accused man when that was not a part of the conversation
but on the other hand, its been widely shown that a scary high number of sexual assaults go unreported. If you're going to critique the studies for what they (maybe, sometimes) include that you think isn't "true" sexual assault then you should also acknowledge that the data gathering method is flawed and therefore they are probably missing plenty of cases as well, especially with an issue as taboo as sexual assault.
Related to that, people constantly defend rapists by saying "well what was she expecting by acting like that/getting drunk?!"
A hangover! She was expecting a hangover.
questioning how it can affect the team and the game is natural (along the lines of 'I wonder how they will cope without him'), the problem is when that is automatically your FIRST thought instead of sympathy for the victims or rightfully acknowledging that the man is a piece of trash. The BIGGER problem is when fans justify or argue for less punishment because of HOW IT WOULD HURT THE TEAM or the athlete themselves. If you find yourself doing that, STOP IMMEDIATELY and silently apologize to the victim for putting a game above her health and wellbeing
I've noticed though that the people who regularly voice their disbelief of this stat also say that they don't know anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted (not trying to accuse you, BrutusAndBeers, just pointing out my anecdotal observations)
Personally, for years I was convinced that this statistic was inflated or erroneous because (by my reasoning) I didn't know any sexual assault victims so how could it be that high? Well, then I found out that 2 different women very close to me had been victims of sexual assault that I hadn't known about previously. Suddenly the statistic seemed a lot more believable.
The only Big Ten stadium that can hold a candle to the Horseshoe is Wisconsin's Camp Randall, with Purdue's majestic Ross-Ade Stadium trailing in a distant third.
careful DJ, if the Penn State fans hear they aren't top 3 in something you're likely to get mobbed by a hoard of drunk undergrads screaming "WHITE OUTS!!!!"
personally, I agree with your list
my favorite experience was when I was trying to convince my younger sister (not a true Buckeye, sadly) that there really are Ohio State fans everywhere, she didn't believe it so I bribed her to yell "O-H" in the middle of a crowded sidewalk in NYC. She looked around first and said "but there aren't any Ohio State people around". I told her to yell it anyway and she did, very skeptical the whole while, and got 2 immediate responses. She didn't question Buckeye Nation ever again.
Also, I fly back to cbus for a home game once a year and always fly out of Dallas and its great because you can tell which gate is the Columbus flight from halfway across the terminal because at least 3/4 of the plane is completely decked out in gameday gear!
I have 2 Ohio State tshirts that became my default hiking tshirts and literally every hike I have worn them all, in all corners of the US, I pass at least one person and usually multiple people on the trail who yells a "Go Bucks" or O-H", its great!
no way. If we get a chance to play an SEC team every Sept, ANY SEC team, I want at least half those games in the Shoe
not all Ohio sports teams are created equal
for years we've been trying to figure out what would push the middle B1G to step up their game. well, here you go.
Ramzy, everything you wrote here needed to be said, so thank you for writing it
...I just kind of wish I hadn't read it because now I'm angry, frustrated, and sad all over again.
If you're curious about the science behind that Mirror Lake test question, it is based on actual research a group of OSU students did in 2008/2009 which, yes, did include elbowing through crowds of drunk half naked undergrads to take water samples every half hour. Here's a Dispatch article about it:
even better, the research was later published in a peer-review journal and presented at an national geology conference
for years I actually assumed backpack-sized weren't allowed only because I had never tried to take one into a game and never saw anyone with one in the student section around me. how much do you need that wont fit in pockets? and if you say flask, may I suggest the hood of a sweatshirt...best hiding spot to get past pat-downs