I was born in Cincinnati, lived for brief periods in Geneva and Granville, and then the family moved to central Michigan when I was in elementary school (1960s). I took my allegiance to the Indians and the Browns (the real Browns) with me. I was, dare I say, a fan of a certain school up north in my less informed days. But Michigan State was always beneath any serious consideration.
When I went to Graduate School at Ohio State in the early 80s, at the time primarily for the unique graduate Welding Engineering program, I "rediscovered" my Ohio roots and, proudly, became a Buckeye. My experience at Ohio State was like coming home. My first game in Ohio Stadium, my first script Ohio, was beyond inspiring. I may be a bit unique here, with my dual state experience and seeing the rivalry from both sides, but I have grudging respect for the rivalry. But make no doubt about it, I am now a Buckeye through and through.