If You Could Add One Tradition To The Football Program... What Would It Be?

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braneli's picture

Constantly loud home crowd. I love the idea of a consistently raucous crowd that makes every damn play hell for the opposing team.

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

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TheVictoryBell's picture

^^ This. The Hive was so much better than Quick Cals. 

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HowSheGoneEat's picture

75% of the tickets going to students, 25% to alumni/fans. Seems we have the inverse of that now which leads to higher ticket prices and a quieter crowd

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Byaaaahhh's picture

From my experience, a lot of students don't show up; I'm not sure 75% would be an appropriate percentage to allocate. I think a larger portion would be great, though, for sure.

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JTFor President2016's picture

The bigger issue, imo, is the location of where they sit people. The AA and A deck is where the most noise is generated, and that is where the rich donors sit. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against those people (there is a reason we can pay people more than other BIG schools), but I would like to see more 20-50 year olds in the A deck. 

Elliott dots the eye, on this national championship win. 

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tcm1968's picture

The "rich donors" are a very small percentage of folks in seats in AA and A. Most of the fat cats are now in the suites or in the stadium club seats. The overwhelming majority of people in A and AA are folks that worked/went for the University at some point in their lives, accumulated points and then kept their season tickets for decades and accumulated more points and repeat. 

You end up with a mix of people and this is also the group that sells their tickets so you end up with a lot of opposing teams fans.. 

There's no turnover... you either have people rooting for the other team in those seats or people that have gone to games for decades so it's tough to get "up" for every game.. 

Not sure what the fix is.. you move all the A and AA folks to the South Stands to get a rowdy crowd in the A and AA seats and a good chunk of the current A and AA season ticket holders probably don't renew their seats because they've lost value.. 

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Are there even 75k students living in Columbus?

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Triv's picture

Even if you include regional campuses, the 2018 academic year only had 68k students

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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stuckupnorth's picture

Really couldn’t afford it then

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osu78's picture

Never losing

Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate.

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SilverBullets_PHX's picture

The Game being a prime time night game under the lights.

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TheVictoryBell's picture

I’m a traditionalist when it comes to CFB but I would love to see The Game at night!

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JTFor President2016's picture

2nd the thoughts of a few that we need traditions of a louder crowd. Not really a tradition, but I would love to see them relocate the majority of students to the AA and lower A decks, similarly to PSU. That end of the stadium in Death Valley is nuts. 

Tradition wise - I'd like to see them bring back The Hive, only instead of them doing it an hour before the game, I'd like it to be their final entrance before kickoff. It was cool enough to make it into the NCAA 14 video game. Also, I'd like a tradition of wearing the Cocaine Whites once a year. My goodness those are still beautiful. 

Elliott dots the eye, on this national championship win. 

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Bucks's picture

Very first thing that popped into my head:

Bring back the old damn tailgating experience.

Wax nostalgic on that experience from many years ago whenever I tailgate, which is very infrequently these days. Never coming back but wish it could!

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Bringer of JUICE's picture

We use to tailgate in the parking lot across the street from Tommy's Pizza.  Good times indeed. Campus has changed a lot in the past few years.  

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Bucks's picture

1 to you. Fond memories years and years ago.

Not saying there is no enjoyment these days but I don't get too revved up to go to nationwide arena to tailgate. Those times of Tommy's and even just hanging out right at St. John's were truly grand.

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Bringer of JUICE's picture

Another Tradition I think would be cool is if we had an annual black out vs. white out with Penn State.  Meaning for that game we always wear our black unis and they always wear their white... Kinda like USC and UCLA always wearing their home unis no matter the location.

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Triv's picture

I'd rather do the home jerseys vs Michigan, I don't want to start any tradition with PSU that makes them think we view them as a rival

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Bringer of JUICE's picture

I get that, but on the flip side I remember back in the 90's would Michigan would claim that we aren't as big a rival to them as MSU or ND.  That attitude certainly has bit them in the butt. Wouldn't want the reversal of fortune to happen like that between us and PSU.  I could see them being rival two to *ichigan's 1

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hodge's picture

Man, I'd love that. But that means we'd be missing out on seeing OSU's away jersey against UM -- which is arguably the finest in the sport.

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

an annual black out vs. white out with Penn State

Do something original rather than copy a non-rival

Shandy is not beer

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PRO8's picture

Every team in the BIG is our rival...ttun just happens to be the biggest one....

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Every team in the BIG is our rival

You spelled "conference opponent" wrong. If every team in the conference was a rival then rivalries wouldn't mean a damn thing.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Can we get those Men in Black memory wiping pens and go back in time and take Enter Sandman from VT? 

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

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

The tailgate in The Grove for Ole Miss look really great. 10 acres of elaborate tailgate setups. Also the Texas A & M tradition at the stadium the night before the home games is neat.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Get rid of Quick Cal's

Addition by subtraction 

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

I'd like them to start a tradition of giving me free tickets to every game and letting me fly with the team for away games.

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

May get downvoted to hell for suggesting this, but some of the traditions I love are in the SEC. I hate the SEC as much as the next guy, but Dixieland Delight and Rammer Jammer are killer at Bama. The band playing Neck at LSU is phenomenonal. But undoubtably the coolest tradition in the country is at A&M. Midnight yell and the Aggie War Hymn are so damn cool. Getting 50k people to come to the stadium the night before the game and then everyone in the stadium swaying in unison as they basically give a giant middle finger to Texas is what makes college football great. Traditions that display the passion of the fanbase are what I love the most. We have the most passionate fans in the country, but I don’t always feel like our traditions showcase that. 

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

+1 for sharing your opinion. No one should get dvs for an honest opinion that doesnt put anyone down

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allinosu's picture

I really like that 'jump around' that Wisky does. Wish we would have thought of it first. Iowa's wave at the children is great too.

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infantrybuck's picture

Stop wearing alternate uniforms for the game. Not against them anytime else and actually like the black helmets. But leave the game out of it. 

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Bringer of JUICE's picture

Agreed, nothing beats the buckeye leaf's lined up against the winged helmets.

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TheVictoryBell's picture

Bring back the true Buckeye uniform. Grey sleeve stripes, shiny grey pants. Best in sports. No need for an alternate when you’re wearing the best uniform in sports. 

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Never allowing TTUN to score another point

Shandy is not beer

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avail31678's picture

Free football tickets to 11W users with more than 25k helmet stickers.

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GINNandjuice's picture

That sounds elitist as shit 

All Glory is Fleeting

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BuckIDave's picture

I would like to see "Ohio State" and "Buckeyes" written in script in the end zones. Script lettering would give it more of an old time feel, more in line with the history and age of the Horseshoe.

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Iwannagobacktoohiostate's picture

I like your POV. when my dad played for Woody I think there was a scarlet and gray argyle pattern in the end zones.  That plus GRASS!   I understand the water table took that away however. 

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Monclovabuckeye's picture

I am old enough to remember the scarlett and gray diamonds painted in the end zones. They were breath taking to a nine year-old kid stepping into the horseshoe for the first time.

I don't give a damn for the whole state of Xichigan.

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hodge's picture

Replace "Hang On Sloopy" at the start of the Fourth Quarter.

It's a nice idea, but it never hypes up the fans the way it should. Because the location of the band and the limited participation of fans singing along, it's just kind of a mess. We need full audience participation here -- and that means a song that every buckeye knows by heart. Fortunately, we have a song that fits that bill perfectly: "We Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan". 

Think about it. It keeps the rivalry close to our hearts year-round, and the sound of 100000 strong singing damn near anything is intimidating on its own. Besides - it puts everyone else in the Big Ten in their place. Even when our rival is down, it's still the game we circle on our calendar every single year. The fact that it would drive Penn Staters nuts is a nice bonus, too.

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typeOHpositive's picture

I agree with replacing Hang On Sloopy.....this may not be popular, but I hate that song, it's boring and does nothing to pump anyone up.

"I don't want to be around average, why be around average!" -UFM

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Bringer of JUICE's picture

I'd be cool with changing Hang On Sloopy as well.  It is a nice tradition, but heading into the fourth Q you don't want to be "nice"

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BillShermansGhost's picture

I've thought Hang on Sloopy needed replaced for a few years now.  No disrespect to the older folks, but it doesn't resonate very well with today's crowd.  (it was released in 1964).  It doesn't have to be something from today's music, but the idea is a song that gets people up and excited because they've been sitting for 3 quarters.  

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High St Heismans's picture

Hodge 23 JUL 2019, 1:28 PM 

Replace "Hang On Sloopy" at the start of the Fourth Quarter.

I've always hated that sappy,sorry song.There is nothing resounding/elevating about it.It sounds like a Pussy's lament."Across the Field" - Fine,"Buckeye Battle Cry" - Great,but dump that childish,chimpy chant - IMHO

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Earle's picture

I like where your head is at Hodge, but as endearing as it is to Buckeye hearts, everywhere, I'm wondering if a song sung to the tune of "The Old Gray Mare" is really going to rev up the crowd.  Maybe something from the Dead Schembechlers would fill the bill?  I'm thinking "Bomb Ann Arbor Now!" would work nicely.

Axe leukemia!
#Poppystrong

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Brohio's picture

The fact that we recruit mostly out of state kids with no emotional connection to Ohio State, yet voluntarily forfeit the prime time national exposure of the biggest rivalry game of the college football year and still play it at noon for no logical reason in 2019 is mind boggling. While you’re at it, play it as a color vs color uniform matchup. 

Also if I’m honest our “running out of the tunnel” routine is pretty sub par and I absolutely hate admitting this out loud, but the SECs tailgate experience runs circles around us. We could use big time improvements on both fronts. 

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Triv's picture

yet voluntarily forfeit the prime time national exposure of the biggest rivalry game of the college football year and still play it at noon for no logical reason in 2019

The Game 2018 scored a 7.5 with 13M viewers, good for the 2nd most watched game of the regular season, only scoring behind the SEC championship game. In 2017 it was 5th, behind SEC/B1G championships, The Iron Bowl, and Alabama/FSU on opening weekend. In 2016, it was more watched than any regular season game in the country, including conference championships.

Having it at noon avoids splitting people between The Iron Bowl and The Game. It makes mountains of sense and the results speak for themselves. 

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Triv's picture

Too late to edit, but I will add that I would be fine with a 3:30 kick. The only 3:30 kick in the last 2 decades happened to align with the 1v2 game in 2006 so perhaps the ratings are a tad skewed by the implications of the matchup, but it is the 2nd highest rated regular season football game in CFB history I believe at 21M viewers. (2016 version is #5 with 18M viewers)

Either way, primetime is not the answer

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

The Iron Bowl is usually a 3:30 start. Starting The Game at 8:00 doesn’t interfere with the Iron Bowl. 

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Triv's picture

Ahh yes that is accurate, my mistake.

Starting The Game at 8:00 though would be a mistake, imo. It's regularly the most viewed game of the CFB regular season in it's current time slot. There's no need to change it. If anything, move the Iron Bowl to 8 and have The Game at 3:30, it's a hell of a lot warmer in Alabama in late November when the sun goes down than it is in Columbus/Ann Arbor

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Brohio's picture

Tell you what, screenshot this and save it. If The Game moves to prime time and it isn't the highest viewed regular season game in Ohio State history, I'll send you the title to my car. Are the numbers good enough now? Sure. Would they improve by moving to prime time like just about every rivalry/championship game? You have to know that it would be. 

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Triv's picture

If The Game moves to prime time and it isn't the highest viewed regular season game in Ohio State history, I'll send you the title to my car.

I'm not gonna hold you to this because I don't want you to lose your car. Unless The Game was a 1 v 2, there's next to no chance even a prime time version of The Game beats 2006's 21M viewers (for comparison's sake, that's higher than 6 of the 10 CFB semi-final games). Fans of college football are going to watch The Game whether its at noon, 3:30, or 8:00. I genuinely don't believe moving it to prime time would add more than an additional 1-2% increase in viewership. I'd be fine with them moving it, but it makes total sense why they don't move it.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Brohio's picture

there's next to no chance even a prime time version of The Game beats 2006's 21M viewers

Not to "Well actually" you, but the 2006 game was a 3:30 kick...directly competing against the Iron Bowl. 1 v 2 was the obvious main draw here, but you honestly don't think moving it later helped the ratings on a national scale?

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Triv's picture

3:30 still isn't primetime, and the Iron Bowl 2006 was a 10-2 15th ranked Auburn vs a 6-6 Alabama team. There wasn't exactly a competition there like the Iron Bowl draws today. That's a pretty weak "well actually"

As you said yourself, the main draw was 1 v 2. I'm actually in favor of the game being played at 3:30 should the Iron Bowl agree to move to 8:00. However from a ratings standpoint, I think the increase would be marginal at best because people tune in to watch The Game regardless of the time.

My point still stands that it would take a 1 v 2 game between two massive fanbases (like OSU/UM) to surpass the 2006 viewership numbers, regardless of kickoff time. Ratings history tells us matchups matter significantly more than kickoff time. 3 of the top 5 viewed regular season games in 2018 were not primetime. 2 noon kicks (OSU/UM and OU/Texas) rated higher than the OSU/PSU primetime game. The Iron Bowl (3:30) rated higher than the B1G championship (8 PM).

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Brohio's picture

You gotta think broader scope than just OSU/TTUN fans. Sure people that love Ohio State/Michigan will watch the game if it was played at 4am on a Tuesday. But that isn’t the point of prime time exposure. You’re trying to grow the brand and get as much TV revenue as possible. That’s the networks goal, that’s the university’s goal. If you think western US people are getting up at 9am/10am to watch a game that they have no emotional attachment to, you’re crazy. I live in LA. You can barely even get casual fans to the game watch parties for 9am kicks. Forget about non fans. 

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

I agree completely. There’s a reason the biggest games across the rest of the country are played at night. The atmosphere is just different at night no matter the opponent. Hell I’d be a fan of playing every single game under the lights. I know logistically every game can’t be, but it just amps up the crowd so much more. If OSU should have at least 2 night home games a year, 3-4 3:30 starts, and then just 1-2 nooners. I don’t think anyone can complain about the atmosphere at the shoe when half of the home games are at noon. I consider Death Valley in Baton Rouge and Happy Valley to be the 2 best atmospheres in college football, but those crowds aren’t amped up at noon either. It’s just not a good time to start a football game if your goal is to create a great environment. 

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Triv's picture

The 2018 Michigan game was the loudest game at Ohio Stadium since....

The 2016 Michigan game. MAYBE the 4th quarter of 2017 PSU matched it, but from a continuous noise standpoint, the Michigan game is regularly the loudest game of the season when its in the shoe, kickoff time be damned.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

It’s loud in spite of the kickoff time. You can’t honestly believe the atmosphere wouldn’t be even louder if the game was under the lights. 

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Smitty516's picture

Don’t get me wrong, 2016 was loud, but as we struggled for most of the game, it was no where near what the 2018 game was. The only time I’ve heard the stadium that loud was for the 2005 Texas game. 2009 usc was up there as well, but there was something special about The Game this past year I haven’t felt in the stadium for nearly a decade. The stadium was going nuts and amazing when with Samuel’s Brooklyn Dagger and the 4th quarter comeback in 2017 against penn st, but for a full game, I think you have to go back to 2005, just my opinion though.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

There’s a reason the biggest games across the rest of the country are played at night. 

This isn't actually true, but the larger point is that it's pretty cold at night in late November in the Big Ten, so who really cares what they do in the rest of the country? (In the same vein, LSU plays mostly at night as a defense mechanism against how hot it is in Baton Rouge well into the fall.)

You can always tell who here only "follows" the Buckeyes on the tube.

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

It’s late November. It’s cold at noon and it’s cold at night. Who the hell cares? It’s colder in January, but yet that doesn’t stop them from playing NFL playoff games at night in Lambeau, Solider Field, MetLife, Heinz Field, etc. spare me the cold nights bullshit. That’s a lame excuse. 

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Triv's picture

Who the hell cares? 

I mean, Gene Smith literally said as much last year when he was asked about it. You can say "spare me the cold nights bullshit" all you want, but fact of the matter is it absolutely is a major factor.

Also..

It’s cold at noon and it’s cold at night.

Do you live in Ohio? Because it's at least 10 degrees warmer when the sun is out in the winter. (It was 51 and sunny at kickoff on 11/24/18 and 42 with no sun at 8 PM). Could most of us handle it? Sure. But to say it's no different is patently false. I'd be fine with them moving the game to primetime, but I completely understand why it's at noon (tradition, more than anything) and have no problem with it being at noon.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

It’s still bullshit no matters who’s mouth it comes out of. 

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Triv's picture

That's a completely fair opinion to have, it's just the opposite one of all the people who actually decide on the time of The Game. 

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BillShermansGhost's picture

I wouldn't mind a later game, however I think the TV ratings showed a good look at this last year.  A lot of unbiased people around the country tune into our game at noon, because their attention isn't pulled away by their own matchup, and because it is known as THE biggest rivalry.

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Iwannagobacktoohiostate's picture

Give the students all AA seats on the visitors sideline  and make south end zone into massive, towering box seats complex, etc for boosters      Won’t be long until more people will watch games on Tv and 100,000 is a nice round attendance number anyhow

wont happen but....

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rosycheeks's picture

This isn't a new tradition, but I'd continue the one where they beat Michigan every year.

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aphilly02's picture

I remember watching the Labor Day game Clemson was involved in a few years ago. They drive those buses up there to the top of the stadium and run down after touching the rock (Howard's idk?). That had me so juiced. The crowd was insane for that.

"To Buckeye Nation: You have my word that I'm going to give everything I have to continue the tradition of excellence and winning that this program has enjoyed during its storied history."

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milhouse4588's picture

Not a tradition but I agree with the location of our loudest sections (students) needing to be closer to the field. I understand the need to satisfy our donors and rich folk with prime seats in AA/A deck between the 20s but sacrifice a little of that to become a consistently loud stadium.

Unless it's Michigan or a hyped up, ranked opponent the stadium might as well be empty except for the occasional big play.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

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AWC 89's picture

Never happen, but I would like to see one commercial/advertisement free game per year.  No public address commercials and no commercial coordinator waving his arms on the field dictating when the teams can resume play.

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Iwannagobacktoohiostate's picture

Love this... imagine a game at Ohio Stadium that we, the fans, see in real time ....and then you can walk to a bar and watch the fourth quarter and know the final score already. Bartender says “how did you know K.J. was going to return that punt for a TD?”   Answer: “I was there and saw it live an hour ago”

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BillShermansGhost's picture

Oh so you want an untelevised game? 

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aphilly02's picture

lol

"To Buckeye Nation: You have my word that I'm going to give everything I have to continue the tradition of excellence and winning that this program has enjoyed during its storied history."

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JarheadBuck's picture

Ceremonial pissing on the M pre-game instead of Quick Cals.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I think the best traditions just kind of happen. No one planned on Hang on Sloopy to become a thing when the band first played it. Merely announcing that something is now a tradition, like they tried with the mostly pointless "Quick Cals,"  doesn't make it so.

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

It’s really annoying to hear people still recite that since The Game gets great ratings every year that keeping it at noon is the way to go. It’s not. The Game gets great ratings because it’s Ohio State and Michigan for Gods sake. You could start that game at midnight and it would still be one of the highest watched games of the year. You put these two programs on national television and people watch. Plain and simple. I don’t understand how someone could think that this matchup doesn’t deserve a prime time audience. It’s the biggest game in the sport year after year and yet it’s played when the other side of the country is just rolling out of bed. That’s asinine. Big time football football games deserve big time stages and the stage is always bigger under the lights. Despite how great The Game has been at noon, I think it’s crazy to believe it wouldn’t be even better under the lights. 

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RedBeard's picture

Ohio St vs Michigan should be played for the “U   P” upper peninsula “Toledo” key. And the day after the game we get to call it U  P Ohio. And if the sky falls, they get Toledo, Michigan. Then Monday goes back to normal. 

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

I wouldn't mind having the U. P. For a year, as long as that meant I could use my Ohio fishing and hunting licenses there.

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Smitty516's picture

Get the gray back on the scarlet sleeves permanently! I also like the idea of putting out student section behind the opposing bench in AA...that would be a great motivational factor to get them to the games.

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TheVictoryBell's picture

Grey sleeves! Bring back the best uniform in sports!

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CedarBuck92's picture

The team runs down the ramp instead of out of the tunnel. There are some obvious safety issues with cleats on the ramp but I'm sure they could figure it out. 

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

The Sacrifice of the Superfans. 

It'd be bloody and barbaric, I grant you that, but on the brightside the Big Scary Sky Man would probably make our corn grow taller and give us the strength to crush our enemies

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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SwnsnGody's picture

IMO Seven Nation Army "White Stripes" playing during kickoff has run its course. Time to hang it up and switch to something else

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sullie's picture

Every single urinal cake in every single urinal in the stadium should have Hairball's face on it or change it a yellow urinal cake with a blue M on it after he quits or gets fired.

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DeacBuck's picture

Sandstorm at South Carolina is pretty epic. Happened to be at this #4 vs #5 matchup back in the days of Clowney.

Go Bucks, Deacs, Panthers, Braves

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TheVictoryBell's picture

It’s been said on here already:

1. Bring back the true Buckeye football uniform. Grey sleeve stripes, shiny grey metallic pants. Never wear alternates again. 

2. Switch back to natural grass at the Horseshoe. 

3. Bring back the Hive, shoot Quick Cals into the sun.

4. Make the tailgating great again. Bring the real tailgaters back around the stadium, not corporate tailgates. 

I love the idea from the OP of new freshman receiving a Buckeye leaf instead of a Black stripe removal.  

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