Johnny G- Your clear pessimism is very different than UFMs honest realism. Urban calls it like he sees it, and when he sees it like he wants it to be, he calls it greatness.
You have explained that you always see it negatively until it's over and it turned out better than you hoped, then you can celebrate that it wasn't as bad as you feared it would be. Dude, that's SAD. But if that's all the hope and joy you'll allow yourself as a Buckeye, so be it.
I prefer to be an optimist realist, believing in the greatness of the OSU and coach Meyer, but realizing that sometimes we just mess up or the other team has everything go their way and we lose. Generally, however, our skill and preparation creates our good fortune and we win most of the close ones and blow out the rest of our opponents. I was optimistic for the Wisconsin game, but realized it could go either way (until it didn't). After that I was more optimistic because we had performed greatly. I was rewarded with a great post season with little anxiety and am still basking in the glow.
None of last year will help this day, but we are clearly starting from a stronger place than last year.
Woo-Hooooo!!!! Go Bucks!!!!