I'm no fan of the use of Seven Nation Army in Ohio Stadium - I haven't been for a while, but it seems to sit well with the students so I've been able to shrug it off up until now. After seeing the crowds in State College tonight (and last night) singing it, I thought it would be good to ask the Athletic Department to no longer play the song in Ohio Stadium (especially since our only remaining home game is against Penn State). I encourage anyone else who agrees to do the same (email addys available here).
Below is the body of an email that I just sent:
Misters Smith, Brown, and Quisenberry,
I'm writing to request that you remove all use of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" from in-game video/audio from the Ohio State/Penn State football game next Saturday. Given the song's history of use by Penn State (and the fact that OSU adopted the song immediately after the win in Happy Valley in 2009), it seems extremely inappropriate for the university to publicly play the song as part of the stadium experience.
The past few days have produced horrific news coming from State College, and part of the student response (both at Coach Paterno's residence last night and on campus this evening) has been to sing the song as a sort of rallying cry. As such, I feel that it would be in the best interests of the team and university to separate from the song. I realize that there may be many more pressing matters that you have in your duties, but I ask that you stongly consider simply omitting the use of Seven Nation Army before kickoffs. The crowd surely will provide enough noise.
Thanks for your time, and Go Bucks.
Dennis H. Mayo
The Ohio State University
Class of 2006