Weirdly, this feels like one of the more exciting things about moving to Hawaii.
Was thinking this sounded a lot like my experience before I saw who wrote it, heh. Well put. The business of life is weaving meaning into happenstance, and sometimes caring about a bunch of guys running around on grass is the best practice there is.
It doesn't matter how good the medical staff is unless the culture changes. I'm torn between helpless sorrow for the family and friends of this young man and anger that such a wasteful death occurred when there was so much that could have been done if there had been adequate communication and solid priorities. I hope there is some serious outreach and education going on. Nobody needs blame. We do need action. The stupid thing is that most concussions can be recovered from well unless you go out and reinjure the brain while it's trying to heal, and that's what happens. And concussions themselves can influence decision-making and ability to rationally think through the big picture so it can't all be on the kid. Even if they didn't, they're very young men who rely heavily on the approval of others. We need to recognize and reward decisions that lead to long-term ability rather than conflating toughness with willingness to play no matter what.
But without practical solutions, mostly the anger just serves to distract from the sadness. This is unbelievable. It shouldn't have happened. I'm so sorry for everyone involved.
And now 11w is literally exactly like my family's discussions of OSU football. Makes me feel like home.
edit: sorry, doublepost
I would love to hear more about the band and from any current/past members about their perspective on it. A regular column would be terrific.
I don't know for sure about Grambling, but that's happened to almost every state-supported school in Ohio I know of in recent years, so I imagine it's part of the same wave of cuts. States have been cutting budgets to save money, and universities have all been raising tuition or fundraising to make up the gap.
Now just to keep up this level of intensity for a week.
Your efforts are noticed and appreciated!
I went to a party and didn't get the game on until there were 9 minutes left, so I'm pretty sure it's all my fault. Sorry everyone.
No excuse for fans yelling at each other, though. Usually that doesn't come from the people who need to sit down as much as it comes from the people who want to sit down.
I wish there were dedicated sections for people who want to sit during the game. The most dedicated OSU fan I know is my grandfather, and the thought of him sitting down and standing up as much as I do is pretty painful. I know there's handicapped seating somewhere, but there's a lot of room between people who physically can't stand up and people for whom standing for three hours is pretty horrible. Plus, I imagine a lot of people for whom standing up is difficult are also buying seats where they don't have to climb many stairs, which puts them close to the field (where you'd hope people would be standing up and cheering). Likewise, I've had great experiences at the stadium sitting around families with little kids at their first game, who are obviously... short. So I do get why having everybody standing up could be annoying. But it seems like this could be managed better.
Might want to reduce your caffeine intake.
I'd love for somebody to make a random generator that would play that introduction and then transition to a random Youtube video, because that would just make as much sense and be more entertaining.
When I watch the Monte Ball gif I get nervous and triumphant in 2 second cycles, forever. I can still hardly believe that defensive stand.
That's a big thing. Also, the band. And I don't mind the human contact either.
I feel like they put too many people on the sidelines period. It's no one reporter's fault that they've gone to this absurd men-joking-behind-a-desk, women-wearing-cute-outfits-and-asking-coaches-how-they-feel-about-being-behind-at-halftime layout for broadcasts, and I do feel for Pam Oliver here, especially because she's the one who has to actually get hit with a trombone or a football when somebody else decides she'd look better with nothing but green field in the background. It's a goofy trend and I hope it goes away soon.
That said, I will always, always cheer at footage of the band plowing someone over.
For me, it's like Seven Nation Army. They do it all over the place, including little MAC schools and NFL games full of people who are more fans of beer than football per se. O-H-I-O coming after the kickoff is overpowering and unique, it's annoying to have a garbled mess come after it.
I O from Ohio!
They're finally here! Finally!
Ok, now let's beat Buffalo into the ground. First things first.
I'm kind of happy for them. I went on a similar hellishly early bus ride when my non-OSU alma mater played Michigan and it was just such a surreal/terrible experience: thousands of people quietly sitting in a giant hole. They put all 24 of us all the way in the "top" outside corner and then actually shushed us for yelling and standing up. I hope Buffalo's fans have a good time at the stadium and a good example of what football can look like at a higher level.
The Grim Reaper standing in the Black Death display in the history tunnel did it for me!