Ever Turn off or Walk out of an OSU Game?

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Buckeye06's picture

Left the bar when we were down 21 to LSU in the 2007 national title game. I only lived 2 blocks away and I kept telling myself not to watch but i turned it on when i went home.

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Buckeyes01752's picture

Only game I ever turned off was the playoff game vs Clemson, and that was late in the 4th quarter.

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216ToThe614's picture

I was at a new years party in NYC and I walked out of the room halfway through the second quarter and told my friend "let me know when we score and I'll come back". Sadly, we know what happened :(

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!
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huffdaddy's picture

Iowa 2017. I told my wife I would be late to a wedding party because of the game. Turned the game off, put on a tie, and left. It was so bad I just laughed.

"I don't think you necessarily have to get a trophy to be a winner." - Nick Saban 1/2/15.

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

First and only game for me as well 

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Iowa for me as well. Was on my honeymoon in Hawaii. I watched for a little and finally decided the sun, ocean and Mai Tais were much more appetizing. 

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Took my son to the Buckeye Bash at the Irvine Spectrum at Dave and Busters for the first time.  Vowed to never return that this venue again and we haven't been back since.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Same here.  I don't remember when I basically stopped watching.  Game might've still been on but I was sick of it.  

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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Zimmy07's picture

I was watching it on dvr & got a text from someone telling me to delete the rest of it it was going to get worse.  So I did.

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TShell's picture

This is the one and only. Even watched Purdue Harbor to the end, for some reason.

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HandsOfSweed's picture

Yep. We left that one down 28-6 early in the fourth to serenades from Purdue fans. That was a humbling walk.

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Reuben's picture

It depresses me that so many of the games in this thread are from the last three years. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Memories aren't very clear, but I'm sure I turned off/walked away from the TV back in the 90's.

I don't think I finished the 2007 title game.

I did sit through 2017 Iowa and 2018 Purdue, and watched some Buckeye fans leave before the end of Maryland last year.

On the flip side I did get to witness Penn State fans lose their collective shit and leave in droves in the closing seconds of that 2017 epic.

New Day...I'm hopeful we don't see the Buckeyes fall flat with the new staff. I get how difficult it is to run the table, but there have been some headscratchers over the years that I could do without going forward.

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

I would have loved to be there with ya Hove. 2017 epic is the best way to put that game

Connor Brown

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Hovenaut's picture

It absolutely was - and my first game in the 'shoe (S/O to NavyBuckeye91). Hadn't been home in over a decade, and what a homecoming it was.

When McSorley's last desperation pass fell incomplete, it was as if the visiting fans all got up and flocked towards the exits all at once.

Hoping to get back to Columbus this fall (possibly bringing my son), but I'll never forget that game as long as I live.

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brutus360's picture

Hove, this will be interesting. Experienced both last coaches struggle at times. Not that that is unusual, but it was as it turns out to both as a strategic approach. Let's hope day takes us in a new dominant championship direction. I know, it's hard and nearly impossible. But, let's do it!!!

Note: I love our last two coaches!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes

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NHBuckeye's picture

I stopped watching that Iowa game with about 5 mins left I think.  That might be the only one I've not watched to the end.  

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TMac's picture

I've turned off games in the 4th quarter when clearly decided, both ways W & L.  Recent's would include Clemson, Iowa & Purdue, clearly beyond salvage when I checked out. 

#ItsGreatToBeABUCKEYE

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polarbuck's picture

I turned off the Purdue game this past season after Rondale Moore broke a piss poor tackle attempt by our defense and made it 42-20.

You need to be humble or you will get humbled. - Jocko Willink

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Yep, that was the height of disgust. 

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Ludwig Yards's picture

Ugh. I'm turning off the internet. 

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Zimmy07's picture

I have an embarrassing hole in the wall because of that play.

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BillShermansGhost's picture

A few games for me; As much as I hate losing, the whipped dog/giving up attitude is what does it for me more.  I hate when we are losing and give up.

V Clemson, both games

V. Iowa

V Purdue

I have erased the years and scores from my mind, but the sting remains.  

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Buckeye06's picture

The first Clemson game was close until the final 2 minutes and if i recall had an INT call that shouldn't have been that lost OSU the game 

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BtownBuckeye's picture

The Bucks had that game won until philly brown dropped a punt at the end of the third and gave them all the momentum. I think we were up 10 at that point and getting the ball back. They couldnt stop the sammy watkins screen all night.

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

2007 BCS championship game. I made it through 2 1/2 quarters.

Feed the trolls

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TomNYC's picture

same. Though after I turned it off I would perform check-ins to see if they'd figured it out. same thing with the most recent Iowa debacle.

The games over the past decade that the bucks have lost seem to rarely have been nip and tuck affairs of two great teams slugging it out ... it most often seems like OSU simply fails to show up. When it's clear that's the case I pull the ripcord and save myself the aggravation. I'll risk missing a comeback if it means I go have a lovely day with my wife and kid instead.

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KBonay's picture

Same.  I was back in my hotel room before the game was over.  

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DukeofWeimar's picture

1993 Mich, 1994 Pen St, 2004 Iowa, 2006 Fla (NC), 2008 USC,  2016 Clemson, 2017 Iowa, and 2018 Purdue. I can stand seeing the Buckeyes lose now and then..but total ineptitude or giving up will make me turn it off.

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

Duke with some deep tracks there. Deep for me I guess... born in '92

Connor Brown

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DukeofWeimar's picture

I forgot a few..1987 and 1988 vs Indiana..Darkest Day and Darkest Day ll....extremely painful to watch...and 1999 Mich St (7-23) was the most lopsided 16 pt loss I ever witnessed. Never in the game.

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Iwouldliketotalktoyou's picture

I sat through that HORRID game in AA in '93. The whole thing. In GoreTex rain gear. It was awful.

Gotta love it.

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buck62's picture

I also sat through the entire beating that we took in AA in 93. We were surrounded by UM fans and they actually appeared to feel bad for us that we were losing so badly. They were saying "don't feel so bad, you had a great year". I just couldn't believe I drove all the way from Columbus to AA, froze my butt off, and watched a complete OSU meltdown. I think I still have flashbacks from that game.

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BeatUM's picture

I almost always stay to the end. The almost part was last year in West Lafayette. I just couldn't take anymore.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour

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OsuSuperman's picture

I turned off the Iowa game early in the 3rd quarter and took a nap. I couldn't handle it anymore.

Go Bucks!

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hnyg8modonwelfare's picture

I turned off the last half of the 4th quarter of the Florida NC game; and ditto for the 31-0 Clemson game or whatever it was.  

I was at the 2017 PSU game.  As my friends and I were doing the "math" of what was required for a comeback from the 2nd quarter on, (successful scoring possessions, successful stops, and declaring we'd need at least one turnover -which was substituted with a blocked punt,) we could not believe that people were walking out of that game.  Also PSU fans were taunting most part of the game, which they should know is stupid.  I've learned during the Tressel and Meyer eras to never doubt OSU in a game like that.

Ive turned off the few times OSU was completely blown out though, and had no chance of a comeback.

Thank you Urban Meyer and Gene Smith

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Let's remember just how improbable Penn State was. After JT's fumble, the Nits had the ball in Buckeye territory with a 15-point lead and 13 minutes to go, and it's not like we had an offense noted for moving it through the air. Our chances of losing at that point had to be in the 99 percent range.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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avail31678's picture

It was unreal.  JT turned into a razor sharp, accurate QB for the last part of that game and made some amazing throws.  And the defense absolutely did their part to help set everything up and finish.

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hnyg8modonwelfare's picture

True, but the OSU D responded immediately with a 3 and out; which apparently was followed by the blocked punt.   No doubt the probability of winning was very low, but my point is, there was always a chance of a comeback in that game. 

There are other games like Florida in 07 -that was over by the 3rd as UF had complete control of both sides of the ball. 

Thank you Urban Meyer and Gene Smith

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Just the Clemson debacle... That just became far too difficult to watch but I made it into the fourth quarter.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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BrutusB's picture

Other side of the spectrum, but I turned off the Florida A&M game early.  Was embarrassed to even be playing them and then the feeling got worse after we topped 50, then 60...

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BtownBuckeye's picture

In the last 20 years i can only think of 2, my brother and i went to the Purdue game last year and left early, and two years ago i shut the Iowa game off after the third quarter. I think both were justified.

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Ludwig Yards's picture

I've turned off the TV a few times but I always stay for Carmen Ohio in the 'Shoe. 

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CC's picture

2015 MSU in the shoe, raining, miserable and my dad was on chemo.  Easy choice, I’m an optimist but knew that was an MSU day.

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SnGinWV's picture

Most of the 90's rival games....  sadly.    We were the better team so many times....  damn..  it still hurts

I've never left the Shoe early.  Win or lose I'm always one of the last to leave.  

Life long fan of... The!

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I usually stop watching any game of ours that's decided in a negative way once it's clear we're doomed. I know some people like to shame people who do that, but what's the point of continuing to engage in an activity that's just making you upset?

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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LCT's picture

I bailed on 0-31 vs. Clemson. The only Buckeye who gave an F that night was Weber.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 9-1, C 8-0, T 5-0
Ohio State University President Jim Tressel

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LCT's picture

Yes he did. But he ran hard and didn't give up. Many Buckeyes did that night.

I think Urban's style & BS factor just wore guys out over time.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 9-1, C 8-0, T 5-0
Ohio State University President Jim Tressel

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DukeofWeimar's picture

most of us are OK with the other sideline having better leadership in about 9 of 100 games.

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The Rill Dill's picture

Unless the bed shitting costs another title opportunity. 

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stxbuck's picture

I'll take having better leadership/coaching in 99 games out of 100 and better recruiting 85 out of 100 games-Tressel vs. Urban in comparison.

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hnyg8modonwelfare's picture

I thought the defense played very well overall and was happy with effort there. 

That loss was largely on the coaching staff.  The offensive play-calling was complete trash. 

Thank you Urban Meyer and Gene Smith

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LCT's picture

A fair point. It's a little fuzzy but I do remember thinking the defense was let down by other units. Hooker had an awesome INT on Clemson's first drive IIRC.

EDIT: I was wrong (it was awesome, but not on the first drive)

https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2016/12/78698/video-m...

Lifetime vs. UM: L 9-1, C 8-0, T 5-0
Ohio State University President Jim Tressel

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gobucks5413's picture

We missed a FG on first possession I think and then another one I think. I thought our D battled and battled to keep it close on the scoreboard for a while and then just broke

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WorthyBuck's picture

The loss was on JT Barrett and an offensive system built around a QB who could not throw.

Our D played very well that game, early especially, keeping us in it into the second half despite having absolutely zero offense. We had something like 200 total yards and 60-70 of them came on one run by Samuel after the game was well decided.

that game was on Urban and his system/philosophy and on a QB that could not throw. 

I was at that game in AZ and left the stadium with 7-8 minutes to go.  

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I quit watching the UF game in 2007 at halftime. It was over. And once we were down 31-0 to Clemson I shut it off but only because it was also NYE and I was drunk.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Same game as you, OP, sort of. My (then girlfriend) fiancee's parents were in town and we were at a bar watching the OSU-PSU game and the UGA-Florida game, as she's a UGA alum. UGA was blowing out Florida and PSU was handling OSU easily. We stayed at the bar because they knew I wanted to watch but they were wanting to go back to their hotel to get ready for dinner. All I know was before halftime I agreed to finally leave. Thank god for a text from my buddy,I turned it back on when they were down 28-20. Couldn't be happier I did.

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CincyOSU's picture

I walked out of the Nebraska game last year, not because of the play on the field(which was pretty bad), but because the world's most annoying fan was sitting two rows behind us. Halfway through the first quarter, I had a migraine. By halftime, my blood pressure was at unsafe levels from the sheer stupidity of the things this "fan" was yelling after every...single...play. At halftime I grabbed my wife and said we're going to a bar.

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LCT's picture

Did he have any ESPN takes?

Lifetime vs. UM: L 9-1, C 8-0, T 5-0
Ohio State University President Jim Tressel

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CincyOSU's picture

Did he have any ESPN takes?

It was a she. I felt bad for her man friend...he looked VERY embarrassed.

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LCT's picture

OK, but that doesn't address the question at hand.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 9-1, C 8-0, T 5-0
Ohio State University President Jim Tressel

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CincyOSU's picture

Yes, she was yelling that ESPN made our defense play terrible.

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LCT's picture

In fairness (to her), that makes as much sense as any other explanation.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 9-1, C 8-0, T 5-0
Ohio State University President Jim Tressel

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stxbuck's picture

We see this on 11W too.......................

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avail31678's picture

I turned off the Purdue massacre this past fall, and I also stopped watching (though it was on in the background) the Iowa game in 2017 in order to play Euchre with friends instead.

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MAVBuck's picture

Never. I force myself to watch every gut-wrenching second of shit-shows like Purdue & Iowa. I'm a glutton for punishment.

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

thats cool, we don't kink shame here

Connor Brown

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Smitty516's picture

I’m the same way. Not saying I’m a better fan or it’s healthy, but it’s what I’ve got to do. I was at last year’s Purdue embarrassment and my friends tried to get me to leave in the 4th, but they know the rules of going to games with me and I drove lol. In 8th grade, the year 2000 (Cooper’s last year), I went from being a causal fan to an absolute diehard that won’t miss a game except for extreme circumstances (I’ve only missed 2.5 games since). We were even able to get my son birthed in time for me to watch the 2015 Rutgers game. 

Anyway, the last time I “left” a game early was when I was sent to my room by my father for the rest of the 2000 Purdue game for yelling at the television too much in the 3rd. I had to watch Nate Clements punt return on my 10 inch black and white tv in my room. My dad was extremely strict, but the only time in my life under his roof he showed me some grace from punishment was for that game when he let me return to the family room to watch the 4th quarter...we all know how that turned out

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Grand Lake Celina's picture

2018 Indiana.  My kids were messes with their bitching & whining like crazy.  They were pretty gassed though being a night game.  Left half way through the third quarter.  Didn't have anything to do with the game, I had never left a game early before then.

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USNbuckeyeBG's picture

So i was on deployment during the 2012 season, Urb's first year. The purdue game i stopped watching AFN and went to my bunk to go to sleep, because i had enough. Think we were down by like 10 or something, and it was some obscure hr over there. I woke up the next day and people told me ohio state came back and won and was convinced for about ten minutes that everyone was just collectively messing with me and ohio state actually had lost. Nice surprise to have been wrong. 

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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

1982.  Home game versus Wisconsin.  Left Lakewood that morning to a mid 80's degree day.  Dressed in my jersey and shorts.  at halftime, a front came through and dropped a downpour on us.  the temperature fell into the low 50's.  That was bad enough.  It was miserable.  I was freezing.  The game sucked.  tOSU lost 6-0.  We left after halftime.  The only tOSU game I ever left early.

jebes Michigana

jebi rak

Ako ne možete postavljati bez gluposti ... nemojte

Ako vièeš na suce, ti si šupak
 

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NorthCoastBias's picture

Left the 2012 Purdue game early. Could hear the stadium erupt when they scored the TD and two point conversion. Felt especially bad because I convinced my one roommate to leave with me. I am dumb.

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NCBuck1's picture

I was there and left early too.  One of the stupidest things I've ever done.  

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IH8UOFM's picture

It seems the Iowa, Purdue and Clemson are the "R-S-T-L-N-E" of the group and I turned them all off too.

Only other game I shut off early was 2011 @ Miami. That may have been the worst coaching I have seen in an OSU game in my life. Ugh, still get the willies thinking about it to this day.

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bucknut1994's picture

I left the Tulsa game in 2016 early because of the monsoon that was about to arrive. It turned out to be a very good decision.

#94Ways

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Cooper's picture

Call me a masochist, but I have never turned off a game, no matter how bad it was. Clemson, Iowa, Purdue, etc. I like to wallow in the shame rather than walking away.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

I was at the Iowa debacle with my wife and her friends (She's an Iowa alum) and as OSU fans started pouring out, she asked if I wanted to leave. I refused. I'd sit there and take whatever insults I was ready to dish out if that game went like it should have.

To their credit, Iowa fans gave me some light-hearted heckling but they were more worried about enjoying the game than heckling the visitors. Iowa fans are really awesome and though its a voodoo church built on an Indian burial ground cursed by a Mongolian Shaman, Kinnick is a great experience.

Long story short-Game Respects Game. Glad you endure.

Proudly dispensing unbridled arrogance since 1983.

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quietskies's picture

1999

Wisconsin 42, Ohio State 17.  

It's the only game I've ever left early.  I walked out with a few minutes left.  I got out of my seat as Wisconsin scored.  By the time I got down to ground level, they had scored again.  

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Das Hufeisen's picture

If I remember correctly OSU led at halftime of that one.

AKA the Horseshoe, the Shoe, and the House That Harley Built

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sstein55's picture

Made the trip over to Purdue game last year, and left at end of the 3rd quarter. Would have really regretted making the the trip, but we had planned ahead, and spent a few days down in Brown County.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

OSU Iowa in 2004 was the only one I remember turning off. That part of that season was so weird, I was so apathetic about that team. They got hot late, Smashed a better Michigan team and showed out in the Alamo Bowl. It was during a bad stretch where the team got upset by NU, beat down by UW and embarrassed by Iowa and it got out of hand early. I turned the game off and went to Out R Inn and avoided the TV. I got HISTORICALLY drunk that night.

Proudly dispensing unbridled arrogance since 1983.

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BrutusB's picture

Ugh I was there for that team.  Lie-down Ross getting 2 yards a carry three times and then punting. 

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DukeofWeimar's picture

Tressel was sticking with Zwick and he was just terrible. Iowa could have named the score that game. This is also the game Herbstreit lit into Tressel and his offense and ingratiated himself to a %-age of OSU fans even to this day.

on the bright side..Zwick was so bad they finally gave Troy Smith a shot. Who knows how bad it might have gotten if somebody didn't realize there  was a Heisman winner on the bench.

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Fatpants's picture

Ohio State vs. Purdue in 2012. Wife was out that day doing whatever, I turned the TV off in disgust in the 4th quarter and went out in the garage and started making sawdust. After about an hour of mild fuming, I learned that they had actually won.

PG <3 PG

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SackMan's picture

I turned off the 2017 IOWA game pretty early, but I believe I have watched every other game in its entirety.

I would have turned off the Purdue 2018 game, except for the fact that I was at the game, freezing my ass off, with my girlfriend, who is a Purdue alum. Yikes! Talk about a looong ride home.

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Geubux's picture

I left the OSU vs LSU game in 1988 when we were down 13 with under 3 minutes to go.  As we passed the Varsity Club we heard the stadium cheer and I thought, "too little, too late".  We lived up near Hudson and Neal and heard someone screaming as we got close and I thought, "Oh no....what did I just miss?".  Had to watch the replay.

Also, I almost left the Illinois game when we were down 24-0....It was the first game my parents ever got to attend and mom said, "oh, stay; they'll come back..."  I grumbled and stayed and saw Keith Byer's amazing day.

Geubux1

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High Street Street Fighter's picture

Ohio State vs. Purdue in 2018: turned off at halftime.....even before Purdue scored right before the half ended. I remember waking up the next morning to the headline that OSU got rocked---so thankful that I missed that cluster feck.

OSU v. Florida: MNC - turned off at halftime (or did I fall asleep watching it?) I don't recall, but I do know that I mercifully missed the second half.

OSU vs. Nebraska in 2018: I didn't turn it off, but I remember I needed to leave the sports bar sometime during the first half....and thinking that I didn't care if I got to see the rest of the game. Which I didn't.

As I've gotten older, I'd rather be sleeping than watch OSU get their butts kicked. 

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Homey1970's picture

Walked out of the 1988 LSU game.  Learned my lesson.  What an idiot I was am.

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rkylet83's picture
  • 2003 @ Michigan game
  • 2004 @ Iowa
  • 2007 BCS Title Game
  • 2009 @ Purdue
  • 2011 @ Miami
  • 2016 Playoff vs Clemson
  • 2017 @ Iowa
  • 2018 @ Purdue

I stopped watching at points where the games were clearly out of reach.  Once we’re getting killed and the game only serves to infuriate me for the rest of the day/night there’s no point in torturing myself further.

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BuckeyeGoneNuts's picture

When I'm not at the game (and these days, I don't go very often), I almost always record the buckeye games (football or basketball) and then start watching about 45 minutes in -- that way I can skip through all the stupid commercials.  When it's one of those days (like Iowa, Purdue, Clemson etc), I just skip through the game quickly, catching bits and pieces here and there.   That way, if by some miracle things get close I can tune in again.

On those kinds of days I always have to remind myself that it's just a game and whether the Buckeyes win or not will not influence anything of actual importance in my life.  I'm rarely successful in doing so, it takes a day or so :D

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

thats not a bad strategy!

Connor Brown

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PRO8's picture

Since I've had a DVR that is how I do it.... the commercials I just hate sitting through, I'm trying to watch football. If I need the kitchen or the bathroom I can just stop where I'm at and then proceed when I'm ready . I make sure that nobody and nothing lets me know what I may have missed score wise through other means , turn off cell phone, etc. it can wait to get the messages if there are any. Yes I usually watch Buckeye games alone.

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gobucks1966's picture

I too in 2017 left the PSU game and missed the entire 4th quarter. It was not because of the play because I never give up.  I was 68 years old at the time and had heart surgery 2 years before that with a aorta valve put in . With that said I'm on blood thinners and the cold is a killer when your on that. On top of that this lady friend of mine has never been to a major sporting event and she sprung for two tickets. Our seats way up high had a wind tunnel blowing cold air right at our backs and she didn't listen and wasn't dressed for the cold temps but was warned ahead of time to bring extra stuff because of cold and wet situations. On the way to the game we ran into snow and I looked at her and said to myself I told you so. Half time she was shaking but she wanted to see the band and she told me if they lose don't blame me and I laughed and said why did you tell them you were coming. Anyway she was a sport and probably would of stayed I said come on lets go and we did. The long walk down to the bottom of the stadium  and to the car was a killer for her. Before the game we went to Conrad's and I got her a  sweatshirt and one of those cheap rain poncho's and told her it would help block the wind some even if it didn't rain. One more thing she said when we parked my car  she wanted to throw her purse in the trunk so she wouldn't have to lug it around. I said that means your not buying drinks I see lol. Any way that did mean no ID we couldn't get in at the Varsity Club but she spotted a place I never been to before up the street that was nice young and old throwing down pounders. We left and went to the Blackstone then to the Skull. I left breakfast out lol. ssl

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earthpig's picture

Nope..  Probably should have tho..

Pigskins & Porkrinds

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Daniel's picture

Never!  Never, ever.  Nope.  I'll support the Buckeyes until the very end of every game.  There's some games I wanted to not watch anymore, but felt I should stick with them.  With that, I'm old and have nothing else to do.

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JimmyVanP's picture

Iowa, Clemson, surprisingly not Purdue I turned off.  Bama game I turned off when we went down 21-6 for a minute just so I didn't have to listen to the announcers suck their dick any more.  I left the Nebraska game this year with a bunchhhh of other students in my section.  I don't care that we won that was embarrassing.  Probably a couple others too, but never our blowout wins.

"I feel ready for whatever awaits me on the other side. I don’t fear adversity. I don’t fear the spotlight. I don’t fear success. And I don’t fear failure." - Braxton Miller

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Buckeyebab17's picture

Turned off Iowa 2017. Wish I had known what would happen at the end of Michigan State 2015 so I could've left early. Instead I was in bed sick all the next week because I spent three hours standing in the freezing rain only to see that damned windmill

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Archie Griffin

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bucks15's picture

MSU in 2015.  Horrible weather and it just felt inevitable all game.  

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You can&#039;t spell chump without UM's picture

I only turn it off when I know they've quit. Games like Penn State in 2017, yeah it seemed like an insurmountable deficit, but they were still battling. Games like Iowa and Purdue, the players were out of it well before the clock struck zero, therefore I was too.

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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va_buck's picture

On TV, 2003 vs. Wisconsin when our LB choked out the WI QB.  In person, in Blacksburg, my ride (Hokie fan) was begging to go after the conclusion was foregone, so I had to.

VA_Buck

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Wilkins78's picture

Left the Kenny Guiton Purdue Comeback game early, though the last straw was more this unbearable fan yelling nonsense after every play, and that last interception set him off.  Watched most of the comeback at the tailgate and actually was let back in with more than a few fans and watched OT from the North Endzone.

Made it through Purdue 17 and Iowa 18 somehow, and while I did take a (needed) break for the first PSU comeback game, it was due to taking my daughter trick or treating.

I didn't finish Pryor's loss to Purdue or the Clemson blowout, but I think that's about it.

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TheDizzle's picture

2016 Michigan game, right after the botched punt

"The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish" - Charlie Chaplin

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ITWASME's picture

Turned off Iowa in 2017 and Purdue last year. Also turned off Penn St in 2017 but I don't count it because I turned it back on like 5 minutes later.

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ByTheNumbers's picture

I used to fly small cargo planes and was working during the 07 NC game against Florida. I was waiting for a courier to arrive when the game kicked off and I got to watch Ted run it back. As soon as he hit the end zone I had to go to my plane. I took off for an hour and a half flight and landed in Cleveland feeling pretty good considering how things started. The courier in Cleveland informed me things were not going well. But I figured we would be okay because Troy was like nothing I had experienced as a Buckeye fan to that point in my life.

I took off and landed after the game ended. I had the game DVRd at home. When I returned home and tried to watch it, I couldn't. I wanted to see what went wrong but never made it more than 10 minutes into the game. I still have never seen that game.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

You didn't miss a thing. It was as bad as you might imagine. Your flights were way more entertaining, I'm sure.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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D56GoBucks's picture

I walked out of Kinnick Stadium just a couple minutes into the fourth quarter in 2017. The only reason I didn’t leave earlier is I just couldn’t bring myself to leave a game in the third quarter.

I turned off the 2016 semifinal debacle.

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn"

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Anglefan's picture

I have never left a game I attended early, however I VERY frequently turn off games I'm watching on TV. I always continue to follow the score every few minutes though and then switch back when things are going better. I absolutely cannot take watching us struggle. 

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

After what seemed like the 8th turnover, I had to walk out when Ohio State played Oregon for the championship. 

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

I left the Indiana game at the 'Shoe when Braxton was in his prime.  We got up early, Braxton was literally doing flips into the endzone.  Then a spiraling snow started coming down, it wasn't even supposed to be that cold.  I left shortly after halftime due to the thought of a warm pizza next to the fire.  

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lamplighter's picture

Clemson debacle for one.  The game where Biakatubaka(?) an wild, even tho it was close. By then I was too mad and hammered to care. Likely a few others, but I did hang in on the Iowa and Purdue games.

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Kneelblender's picture

I was at the Biakabutuka game and we were favored by double digits.   UM fans were already congratulating us BEFORE the game began.  We were ranked #2 in the country and this had us going for a championship.  Our seats were incredible, right behind the OSU bench.  We literally never crossed the 50 yardline.

We stayed the entire game.

I am still traumatized by it.

The only good memory is pulling over in Bowling Green and watching Boston College kick a field goal and beating #1 Notre Dame on last play of the game!

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Deano's picture

Your wires are crossed.  Biakabatuka was 95.  We scored 23 points and lost by 8.

93 we were also heavily favored and lost 28-0.  That was the year with a significant ND loss to BC (ND was #1 in the country and had won a 1vs 2 matchup against Florida State the week before)

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ohiopanda's picture

2016 Clemson I hung on, but 2017 Iowa I turned it off... followed by 2018 Purdue.

2017 Penn State had such a different feel than any of the true beatdowns. It felt like we were playing well and gave a damn. Those other three were just disasters from the beginning

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Art Harrell's picture

No...never have and never will... on any given day you can and will get your ass kicked...if you haven't prepared yourself mentally and physically for the game...Go Bucks...this old Vietnam Vet will always have your " 6 "...

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Kneelblender's picture

Through my work, I scored an amazing event - my wife and I had 5 days in upscale hotel to go to the 2007 BCS National Championship game.    All of the celebrities and sports people were staying at out hotel - we were just down the hall from Howie Long and Barry Alvarez.

Everything was paid for (courtesy of Verizon!) and it was top notch.  We had special passes to get into all the pre-parties and literally paid for nothing.

On game day, we had a freaking POLICE ESCORT to the game - we never went below 50 mph and they shut down a lane of traffic on highway so we could be escorted through the traffic.  It is the most "celebrity thing" I have ever been a part of!

We have 50 yardline seats about 8 rows up....BUT on the Florida side.

We ran the opening kickoff back and my wife and I were ecstatic.   

From there, it was ALL DOWNHILL.   I have never witnessed us tossed around the way we were destroyed that day.   We left BEFORE halftime and went back to our room.   I sulked for days.

I did sell my used 50 yardline tickets on ebay for $150 to a FLA fan the next week......but that hardly put a dent in a very depressing outing...

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Dayton Buckeye's picture

2017 Iowa.  I kept sitting there thinking we were going to come back until that last interception.  It was too painful to keep watching.

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FeedZeke420's picture

There have been a couple times iv turned it off and turned it right back on. I will sit through the whole game and take my frustrations out by yelling at the announcers (especially fowler I cant stand him). Iv seen too many comebacks to give up hope. After missing games on deployment or having to wake up at weird hours to try and watch them on AFN, just watching the game at home with my family is a blessing win or lose.

Go Bucks!

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

The only games I ever really turned off out of anger were the three big embarrassments from the Tressel era. 

-National title game against Florida...that was the night I actually played Guitar Hero for the first time...sometime early in the 3rd quarter when it was clear the team still had no life
-National title game against LSU...stuck around until the little momentum they built in the 2nd half died off...plus I had to walk across campus to get home, anyway
-USC game in 2008...I think we went to Little Bar and then dipped out at half...I got so shitfaced that night that I wouldn't have even remembered the 2nd half if I had watched it

Class of 2010.

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stxbuck's picture

No, never walked out or turned off a game, but during the 2006 NC debacle I kept walking outside the bar where I was watching the game to smoke, curse, and kick things.

As far as the 2017 PSU game went, the team had 2 blown coverages/missed tackles on Barkley's kickoff return and long TD, but tOSU then shut his ass down the rest of the game. The refs kept PSU in that game long enough to make it a game.

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jpfbucks01's picture

specifically, games, where I gave up on them there, are only a couple in recent history

UF game in 2006 I gave up in the mid 4th quarter

USC in 2008, missed the entire 4th quarter

Iowa 2004 - again most of the 4th quarter

2001 Outback Bowl S Car with Coop at the helm - got so disgusted I quit watching in the early 4th quarter and frankly didn't care if they won

1999 Wisconsin - stopped watching late but did stop when it got to 35-17

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Findlay419Buckeye's picture

Took my stepson to his first OSU game against Oklahoma for the "First Annual Baker Mayfield Flag Planting" game and we left at the end of the third quarter.  It was a great day with a shitty ending. 

Findlay by birth, Buckeye by the grace of God.

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Bucks2K18's picture

Turned off Purdue 2018. Overall just a bad, slow, long day. Watched a little bit of it on the ride back from work had a TTUN fan in the van heckling me about the game, and once I got back to my room, three my phone on my bed and wondered what was happening. I thought Iowa was just a fluke and hoped we wouldn't have to be embarrassed like that again, but less than a year later it happened again. I was frustrated

That's a Buckeye touchdown!

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Buckeyenurse1's picture

To my shame, I turned off the playoff game against Bama. I had run an off road race that day, and being fat and out of shape I was exhausted so I went to bed as I was afraid I was just going to torture myself with another game where they didn’t show up. You can down vote me I deserve it. I feel shame!

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Go1Bucks's picture

3 times.
OSU v LSU
OSU v Fla after Ginn got hurt.
OSU v Shitagain 1 minute after they announced they resigned Cooper

Go Bucks! TTUN tears are best! Beat Wisky!!!

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gobucks5413's picture

The obvious ones... but I think 05? when we went to Iowa on a losing streak with Zwick and lost 33-7 or something. That was incompetence at it's best and led to Troy Smith getting his full time shot. Miami in 2012 with Fickell was awful and that miserable Michigan State game in the rain. All terrible

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billybigwheel's picture

Iowa and Purdue, very early on in the games

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TENDERBACK's picture

TTUN the John Cooper years.

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Sunny Buck's picture

Turned off the 1976 Rose Bowl sometime in the second half. UCLA was 8-2-1 and the Bucks were 11-0 and had beaten the Bruins badly during the regular season. To this day, I still can't believe that game happened. Epic Buckeye/ Woody Hayes meltdown.

My girlfriend tried to cheer me up but I was inconsolable. OSU just threw away a national championship. Took me years to get over that one.

Couple of years later, the Buckeyes had USC beat until the final drive of the Rose Bowl game. Another championship lost. I watched that entire game but wish I hadn't.

Over the years I have turned off a few of the OSU/mich games when the games were clearly lost. Better things to do.

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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hetuck's picture

1989 Minnesota. Those were the days when ABC games were regional. I went to a bar in Austin to see the satellite feed. At half time, the Gophers were winning 31-0. Longhorn fans were consoling me with, "I don't think y'all got the coach you expected." I went home, took a nap, and missed the biggest comeback in Ohio State history. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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BuckWilde's picture

Purdue 2018. I decided that since I only get two evenings off per week, I wasn't going to spend one of them making myself miserable over a piss-poor performance. Middle of the 3rd quarter, me and the gf met up with another couple and I got thoroughly obliterated.

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BuckWilde's picture

Side note to bailing on the Purdue dumpster fire: On Monday, I found out that an acquaintance from a past job passed away that Saturday. 94 years old, WWII vet, lifelong Buckeye fan. When my buddy told me, my reaction was "I hope he checked out before that Purdue shitshow."

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31BBuckeye's picture

1: was in kuwait headed back into Iraq during the 2007 fiasco and decided at halftime to go back to the tent and crash.

2: took the whole family to the Clemson playoff game and was so disgusted in the lack of heart, that I made every leave and head out with 13 mins to go in quartet three

3: turned of the Iowa blowout and was so bummed I went to bed

31BBuckeye

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bkOSU10's picture

Opposite but still relevant. 

I bought a ticket to the Sugar Bowl against Bama from a scalper. Got in. The ticket was a duplicate and I had the same seat as another guy. He made a fuss about it, eventually I was detained and thrown out of the stadium. I walked to the other side of the Dome to buy a ticket from the box office. The price was $175, first row 50 yard line, second deck. The Buckeyes were down 21-6 at that point against the "far superior SEC team" I was in the midst of a coming of age road trip across the country, only 3 days in with 30 to go. Budgeting was of the utmost importance. I looked up and said "fuck it, go Bucks." The rest is history. I would have never forgiven myself if I opted out.

That served as the voice in my head for the next 4 years of games, including attending PSU 2017 and 2018. A lot of fans missed PSU 2017 at the Shoe after the fumble. Have faith (most of the time.)

"Off to the races, can they catch him?...No they can't!"

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allinosu's picture

In 1982 I was at the game against Wisconsin and we couldn't score. It was 6-0 Wisconsin half way through the 4th and I left disgusted. When I arrived at my car I turned on the radio and we were on their one yard line. I thought I fucked up until we fumbled it away and lost 0-6.

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Dillon G's picture

Was there ever a point in an OSU game that really just got you so ticked off or so defeated that you just couldn't stand it anymore? So ticked off you turned off the TV or literally walked out

No. I support home team, win or lose. 

#walkaway

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blu.fan's picture

so defeated that you just couldn't stand it anymore? 

Why yes, I did. 2018, OSU vs. Michigan. Turned off, walked out, started driving.

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Alex Ranttila's picture

Nope. Football is a crazy sport and anything can happen really. Momentum can fade into nothing and a dominant team can lose. If we are getting beat that bad I sit there and suffer in agony. I think you need to experience the lows in life to appreciate the highs.

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Ca114fire's picture

The 31-0 embarrassment to Steroid State. I can take a loss. I can't take a shutout. And I wasn't going to stick around to listen to Teflon Dabo golly gee williker and I love jesus his way through the post game interview.

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soldierdad's picture

The Bucks heads were in their asses that game but managed to leave room for a few Clemson fingers.  With as big as the stage was it was the worst game in my memory of over 50 years.

The soldier is my son.  The school I gone to didn’t teach much grammar.  

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Ca114fire's picture

JT got his prostate checked 20 years to early

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YinzerBuck's picture

I sat through the recent debacles until the bitter end. 2018 Purdue, 2017 Iowa, 2017 Clemson. 

2007 BCS Championship - My sophomore year of college. I turned this off with about 10 min left to play. I was just stunned at the way the game transpired. I remember that being a very depressing semester.

2008 BCS Championship - I went to bed when Boeckman threw the last INT.

2012 Purdue - The only time I really turned off an Ohio State game in absolute disgust. That Danny Hope Purdue team had NO business hanging with us. Braxton got hurt and I assumed it was over. I got a text that we scored at the end of regulation and put the game back on.

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Urban_Can_Recruit's picture

My Sophomore year at OSU, we were at the VT-OSU game. J.T. threw the pick six to put VT up two scores with next to no time left and we left at that point even though there was some time left. My buddy was freaking out about how he couldn’t cope with the loss and then they wind up winning the championship the same season.

Last year I went to West Lafayette and we left after their RB scored the first TD in the fourth. It made it like a 2-3 score game.

I promise they have won more than they have lost when I go. I am not the jinx.

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Kangarooman's picture

I turned off probably about half the games last year.

I know we had a good record, and this may be unpopular, but I just wasn't really proud of last year's team.

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

Snuck out of base to go to the Ohio State vs Purdue game last year. Walked out and wish I never snuck out.

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stantmann's picture

Against Clemson a couple years ago. By the end of the 3rd qtr, I was so drunk and frustrated, I left the stadium with my wife and skipped the New Years Eve parties. Just went back to hotel.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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Jay_sizzle's picture

The MSU vs OSU & Clemson Vs OSU when Braxton Miller was still QB .... I hated that he didnt want to admit he was injured & osu suffered for it. Also vs Clemson in the CFP when I was at my breaking point with JT at QB

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Guts's picture

National Championship vs Florida and the playoff game vs Clemson.

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linepilot15's picture

That's something that I almost never have done. In 88 at the Pitt game, we left in the 4th qt. The game was out of hand and the Pitt fans were intolerable. I was also with a group of friends and I didn't drive and had no choice.

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CraigKressel's picture

Clemson 2016 playoffs, Florida 2006 I turned it on and off a few times, that was the worst memory of my life in terms of football.  Purdue last year I actually watched it and was laughing at it.

Wisconsin and Iowa in 2004.  MSU in 2011 that 1 was tough, they couldn't even get the ball hiked practically.

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CowCat's picture

I've never bailed when we we're losing. I always hope for a comeback. 2011 vs. Wisconsin was a case in point. I stuck it out in the Shoe until the end, when Braxton saved the day.

That said, I've left early from the Shoe when we're clearly blowing the other team out. You can get a seat at your favorite local bar and watch the end from there.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Scooter's picture

https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/record-comeback-in-1989-at-minnesota-to-air-tuesday-night/

"Ohio State trailed Minnesota, 31-0, but staged an incredible comeback and defeated the Gophers 41-37, tying the record for the largest deficit overcome by a Division I-A team. In the first half, Buckeye quarterback Greg Frey completed just two of eight passes for 35 yards, and his two fumbles and an interception led to 17 Minnesota points. But in the second half, he was 18 for 23 for 327 yards. He also scored a touchdown and completed a pair of two-point conversion passes in the second half to spark the comeback."

Didn't watch second half. 

Scooter

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Buckeye32's picture

Never stop watching.  Just mute the announcers.   Actually, mute some regularly.

Go Bucks!!!

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