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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Huffing paint fumes from the mustache killed alot of brain cells.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

I wish these "Super Fans" would go away.  

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TTUN@SS@SIN's picture

Damn, 5 down votes. Are their more of these "super fans" than we know about?

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain

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WC Buckeye's picture

I will have empathy for them until another line gets crossed, the way Coach Bruce's tribute was treated by Buck-I-Guy. Banishment or censure is a punishment that we should reserve to mete out on our own TO our own, regardless of what cameramen do, which to most of us is put these mugs on the air as a representation of who WE are. I am not them, and neither is anyone I know. I will tolerate them for the good works they do, yes, but that's where it ends, for me.

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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buckvolspar's picture

I hate to bring linguistics into the argument, but he literally spells it Buck I Guy...I love my Buckeyes but the Buckeyes aren't mine, he literally changed the spelling to make it more about himself than the team/school.

Big Nut does donate a ton of money, as did Neutron Man.  He was able to get the same seats every year because he donated a bunch of money every year for like the entirety of the 1970s.  Buckeyeman (note the non-self-aggrandizing spelling) is asked by the university to attend Buckeye events regularly (and to the poster below a ways, he actually is in his 70s, I know him personally- always freaks him out when I call him by his real name when I see him at the stadium haha). 

I don't get the superfandom in general, but as long as it's more about our beloved Ohio State than oneself, it's fine by me.  Buckeye Guy (I refuse to spell it the way he wants it) took it too far, but the others are doing it the right way, IMHO.

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WC Buckeye's picture

100% agree, and Neutron Man, as most acknowledge, never made it about getting on TV - Orlas was just doing his thing and clearly loving his place in the Buckeye world, cameras be damned. I love that these newer guys donate money back to the university, but like many I just wish they'd throttle back on the "me" element.

My point simply is that we can all coexist peacefully until/unless they cross a line like Chubb did; I'll take your stance one step further and say that I refuse to acknowledge him as "buck" anything anymore.

GO BUCKS

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Buctor's picture

To each his or her own.

But DO NOT invade anyone else's space.  If they own those front row seats fine.  If they push their way there, they should be expelled from the event.

Why anyone, looking at you espin, cares is beyond me.

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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brutus360's picture

Amen brother! 

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

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Bolt's picture

I've had to sit next to all three of these clowns on more than one occasion because they just pushed their way into ours and our neighbors seats and kept telling us that we'll get to be on TV if we let them sit there. Big Nut appeared to be the only one invested in the game we were watching. Buck I Guy literally didn't watch 5 minutes of the game and just screamed at the camera man to "show me some love" non-stop for four straight hours. It was truly pathetic. Who gives a shit about making it on TV for 3 whole seconds anyway? When I was 19 and in school, sure I'd be excited about making it on TV or whatever. But what old man is this desperate to be on TV for a split second dressed up like a clown?

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Doug James's picture

He's not the only one with the narcistic disorder (pathological narcist). These people are everywhere.  It's a condition we don't want to have.  Can you imagine living like this?  Very sad.   I've had a few bosses and relatives that have/had it.  A lot of sports stars seem to have it.

DJ

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Homey1970's picture

Social media exacerbates this condition/disorder.  Outside of commercialization, how many individuals use it to genuinely connect with friends/family versus using it on a quest for daily affirmations?  

Here’s looking at you, Stuart Smalley.

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58Buckeye's picture

To each his or her own.

But DO NOT invade anyone else's space.  If they own those front row seats fine.  If they push their way there, they should be expelled from the event.

Why anyone, looking at you espin, cares is beyond me.

If it isn't your spot that the superfan is in, why do you care? In thought you said "To each his or her own."

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chemicalwaste's picture

Have you ever thought about standing up for something that is right, even if you get nothing out of it yourself?

Ignorance isn't bliss for the rest of us.

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BeatTTUN's picture

You know what was and still is great about Neutron Man?

Everything 

The End

Nice work Ramzy 

Go Buckeyes 

Beat Michigan 

I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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brutus360's picture

Clapping. Standing ovation with head shaking in a a yes way, up and down!

Ramzy, you’re a Master!!!

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

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osusteveb5875's picture

As I was reading this, I was thinking “all of them suck, except Neutron Man”. 

The beauty in him being a super fan was it was 100% genuine and organic. Not some guy who developed a persona and thought he was bigger than the program.  Unfortunately, it takes years to let something like that grow organically, so in all, we are stuck with the current crop, although I couldn’t care less about any.

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script-ohio's picture

Yes.  For those who weren't around in Neutron Man's time, I feel obligated to point out that he was an amazing person with real love for Ohio State and for TBDBITL in particular.  My natural reaction to these "superfans" is extreme distaste.  I am tired of seeing them and would just rather they go away, generally speaking.  If they're really just huge Ohio State fans who happen to have attracted attention, I can get behind that, but these guys for whom the point of an Ohio State game is to draw attention to themselves and further their own brand and visibility - get the hell out of here.

And I didn't like the Neutron Man at first, either, not that he ever presented as a "me, me, me" kind of fan.  He had his seat up at an angle from the band, kind of just in the middle of nowhere, and people seemed to like when the band played Neutron Dance and he did his thing.  Eh, whatever.  But as a 5 year member of the marching band I got to know him a little bit - he'd host the band to a fun night and steak dinner at his expense.  And he truly loved the OSUMB and truly loved Ohio State and that love and passion shined through.  I felt like HE felt like he was so lucky to be able to host us and show his appreciation for us and to be affiliated with us. 

I very quickly changed my tune on the guy, he's a REAL superfan the way superfans should be.

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58Buckeye's picture

 he'd host the band to a fun night and steak dinner at his expense. 

I very quickly changed my tune on the guy, he's a REAL superfan the way superfans should be.

Ok.Let's see if I undestand what you are saying? You would be fine with the other superfans if they give you something or feed you? Correct?

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script-ohio's picture

You have an incredible ability to see what you want to see, apparently.  How about reading the next line? "He truly loved the OSUMB and truly loved Ohio State and that love and passion shined through.  I felt like HE felt like he was so lucky to be able to host us and show his appreciation for us and to be affiliated with us."

He loved Ohio State and felt blessed to be associated with it.  It wasn't about him.

At least try and show a little reading comprehension please.

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58Buckeye's picture

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"Nothing but love for my favorite fan. He has a ton of pride and represents hard for OSU. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t Buckeye crazy. I also remember the human side of him when he dropped me off under clothes and money in prison when I didn’t have any. Got love 4 u champ."

This is AWESOME. GO BUCKEYES &  Buck-I-GUY!

Have a try yourself! 

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brutus0717's picture

You've missed the entire point of his post, and badly.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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58Buckeye's picture

You & Script-Ohio, are the ones who wrote the book on fandom?

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Homey1970's picture

I think fondly back on my undergrad years, sitting in my seat near Neutron Man in B Deck on Saturdays in October.

IMHO, there’s no comparison between what Neutron Man did and what these showboaters do today.

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niblick's picture

I have publicly praised and enjoyed almost every word you've dished out here at 11W and next to byrnes, you are my literary hero.  But this line may be your mona lisa when it's all said and done... "As a Nasrallah, I've got an unwritten code I follow when participating in air travel that involves not wearing gaudy costumes or shouting at people." 

Hilarious as well as a reminder that common sense will get you a long way in life.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I still remember Ramzy's travails in Israel.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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niblick's picture

thanks for the link!  i was in East Lansing that weekend and must have missed that piece in my week long recovery, I don't remember seeing it at all.  helluva piece

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Seattle Linga's picture

Ramzy has a way unlike many others.

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

Seattle Sounders 2019 MLS Champions

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Zimmy07's picture

and don’t drink Ned Flander’s coffee.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

But I do know Superfans aren't going away, and like Neutron Man and the rest of us, they'll all eventually be replaced.

I'm a little surprised Buckeye Man is still on the job, so to speak. I've seen him up close, and he looks like he's about 70 years old. The average 70 year-old fan at the games is none too energetic.

My feelings about the superfans are similar to Ramzy's: I groan when they're shown on TV (which is every game), but it's not really their fault, and it's not like there aren't real problems to concern ourselves with. Buck-I-Guy took it too far last week, obviously.

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

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BrutusB's picture

but it's not really their fault

Uh..what?  They could like, NOT dress in a giant costume to draw attention to themselves, or push to the front row of sections to find a cameraman.  Somehow I've managed to go to a ton of games in my life and (to my knowledge) haven't been on TV for more than a passing second. 

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KINGBUCKEYE419's picture

They're cool to me, I like seeing them on TV during the games. I don't know them personally tho.

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BiggHoww's picture

I'm with you. It's good visuals for TV. To each his own. No one is getting hurt (except some haters feelings) . No tree's are poisoned. Fan(atics) are dressing up, having a good time and making some cash. Haters should use their hate time to help find lost children.

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brutus0717's picture

"Haters should use their hate time to help find lost children"

Like the ones Chubb pushes out of the way to get to the front row?

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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sharks's picture

For me, this piece actually served to show the human side of all of them. I now think that Buck-I-Guy signed the poster not because he's a classless douche, but because he thinks he's an important part of the team. Whatever, I guess. I'm sure he learned his lesson and was embarrassed by the entire thing (rather than indignant that someone covered him up).

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster...

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FunZone's picture

...he thinks he's an important part of the team.

This is an important distinction. With all the shit he gets online, you'd think he'd get heckled the non-stop in person. But if you've ever sat near him you know that random fans come up to him for pictures the entire game.

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MichiBuck12's picture

I too took this article as a look at the human side of these guys. I still cringe when I see them on TV or walking around on gameday. I still find their costumes and their antics obnoxious. But deep down, I think they are decent people. Buck-I-Guy visiting Clarett in prison is a pretty stand up thing to do. And the only reason we know about it is because Mo said something. Same with Big Nut donating a ton of money to charity. For all their attention seeking douche baggery on game day, they seem to have another side that does good things for people and seek no attention at all for doing so. Good for them.

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CincyBuck's picture

I now think that Buck-I-Guy signed the poster not because he's a classless douche, but because he thinks he's an important part of the team.

FWIW, I'm not certain these two things are mutually exclusive.  He can both (1) be a classless douche and (2) think he's important to the team.  In fact, I suspect both are accurate (though I might say utterly and completely tone deaf, in addition to other issues, rather than "classless douche").  The key is delusion. 

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buckeyetjn80's picture

Exactly...it's a cause & effect thing..he's a classless douche because he thinks he's a part of the team

Love the game over any team fandom.

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BiggHoww's picture

Like it or not he/they are more of a part of OSU football than some players will ever be. My father played for Woody. The bk I guy would get approached far more than he would.

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That doesn't make Buck I Guy more a part of OSU football than your father. Your father is/was literally OSU football. 

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BiggHoww's picture

Eleven Warriors is a part of OSU sports. Just as much as everyone else who supports. Without fans there are NO sports. There is a place for everyone.

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script-ohio's picture

@ Bighoww are you forgetting the context here is a poster intended for the TEAM to sign?  Not some abstract notion of the "'Buckeye Nation" team, the actual team.

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BiggHoww's picture

I didn't mention the poster. Not that I care. That's for the owner of the poster to decide.

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58Buckeye's picture

@ Bighoww are you forgetting the context here is a poster intended for the TEAM to sign?  Not some abstract notion of the "'Buckeye Nation" team, the actual team.

 Script-Ohio,Were you there for every conversation that Buck-I-Guy and coach Bruce had? Do you know for a fact that coach Bruce never told him that he was a part of the team? Coach Bruce probably knew that Buck-I-Guy was a standup guy who did good things for the program. Just in case you don't know, Kids love him. Kind of how many of you felt about Ronald McDonald when you were kids. Would you be thrilled to sit next to Ronald now that your (suposedly) grown up?

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script-ohio's picture

How about the fact that the players scratched that shit out, does that give you a bit of a clue?  

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58Buckeye's picture

How about the fact that the players scratched that shit out, does that give you a bit of a clue?  

Do you think those players were with Bruce 24/7- 30 years, that they knew for certain that Bruce & Buck-I-Guy weren't close friends? If you say "Yes", it will tell me all I need to know about you.

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script-ohio's picture

How do we know Bruce wasn't close friends with my Uncle Joe, too?  It's a stupid point.  If my drunk Uncle Joe walks in and signs it I can just say to you "How do you know they weren't close friends" and you'll think that's a good argument?  No, you won't, because it's not.

When the poster is for players & coaches and you're neither, a non-douchebag even who thinks it may be appropriate for him to sign would double-check first.  And that's someone who may actually have reason to think it'd be appropriate.  There's slim to no chance this way appropriate, as the reactions of former players & coaches and his own apology have revealed.  

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58Buckeye's picture

How do we know Bruce wasn't close friends with my Uncle Joe, too?  It's a stupid point.  If my drunk Uncle Joe walks in and signs it I can just say to you "How do you know they weren't close friends" and you'll think that's a good argument?  No, you won't, because it's not.

 You are dead wrong! Yes I would! We don't know who he was friends with. You can prove he wasn't family, BUT you can't prove he wasn't a close friend. PLAIN & SIMPLE! It's only "a stupid point" to the person who can't use it to push their "Me,Me,Me" agenda.

Do you know for a fact that coach Bruce never told him that he was a part of the team? 

 Can you honestly prove that Buck-I-Guy is not supported (given tickets) by TOSU. Just think about it McDonalds had a clown too. His name was Ronald McDonald, he was paid to attract childeren to the business. But hey what do I know about promotions, I am 59 years old & have owned my own business for 40 years. Just because you are offended by something doesn't mean it doesn't attract the attention it is intended to. Point being you have no possible way to know if Earl Bruce EVER told Buck-I-Guy he was part of the team. But it is entirely possible that he did just that.

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brutus0717's picture

The dude apologized for signing it, so obviously he discovered that he was wrong. You're trying to argue an inarguable point. If any of Earle's family would have told him it was okay for him to sign it, we would have heard that from Chubb, not an apology.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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faux_maestro's picture

There was a sign next to the picture that said "former players and coaches". Is Buck-I-Guy either of those?

They're all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I gotta know, did you find out if Buckeye Guy was in full regalia when he visited Clarett?

In all seriousness, this is s really good write up Ramzy, as always. As much as we may dislike their antics, you summed it up perfectly in your closing:

I'm grateful to be happy in my own skin, all of the time. Maybe we should try to have empathy for those who aren't quite as comfortable.

I’d never thought of it that way, and appreciate your perspective. My mind is a little more open regarding them. Maybe my intense frustration and anger I feel when I see them will begin to fade too.

FWIW, I thought it was hilarious to hear Herbie’s reaction to them on live national TV.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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TTUN@SS@SIN's picture

Buckeye Guy was the only prison visitor that ever requested a second body cavity search.

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain

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BiggHoww's picture

Also did he sign the visitors log Buck-I-Guy

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TTUN@SS@SIN's picture

Buck-I-Guy down voted you. 

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain

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aboynamedtracy's picture

There you go again, turning caricatures into multidimensional complex human beings. Now I have to develop nuanced feelings towards that lot of misfits. Thanks for nothing...

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Hovenaut's picture

They (the uber-fans) can do they.

I'm content Buckeye-ing on here in 11W anonymity.

While I've not tested to verify, I'm pretty sure saying "Go Buckeyes" has the same impact with or without the wearing of a cape.

Go Buckeyes (yep, still good).

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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jamesrbrown322's picture

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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OleTimbo's picture

Buck-I-Guy, Big Nut, and all the other guys make me sick. Sorry, not sorry.

At least we're not from Detroit...

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58Buckeye's picture

Buck-I-Guy, Big Nut, and all the other guys make me sick. Sorry, not sorry.

You don't have to be jealous all your life. You can go out & buy your own costume! 

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58 buckeye - All right.. which one are you? Buck I guy? Big Nut? One of the others ? You are getting emotional and nasty at some of us who think these clowns embarrass us on national TV. You are not listening to any of the opinions, just getting upset and defensive.

buckeyeinla

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OleTimbo's picture

He probably is Buck-I-Guy. I have seen all these guys consistently move seats to self-promote themselves. Saw it first hand against Navy in Baltimore. Big Nut went right over to the Midshipmen just so he can get on TV and act like he is a representative of tOSU. They can do whatever they want - but don't expect me to applaud it.

At least we're not from Detroit...

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58 buckeye - All right.. which one are you? Buck I guy? Big Nut? One of the others ? You are getting emotional and nasty at some of us who think these clowns embarrass us on national TV. You are not listening to any of the opinions, just getting upset and defensive.

buckeyeinla

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SnGinWV's picture

Neutron Man:  I always enjoyed seeing him get some air time....  these other guys.. not so much.

Just because something evolves...  doesn't mean it's better

Life long fan of... The!

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Keyser Soze's picture

Neutron Man just did his thing, he was having the time of his life, never seeking attention. I mean seriously look at some videos or if you were lucky like I was got to sit near him for some games he was just a pleasure to be around and his beaming positive energy could have powered the lights at the stadium for a night game. 

No way we can use anything close to the word evolving when it comes to these guys even though Big Nut is a really good dude.

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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CharlieBuckeye's picture

Ramzy - Thank you for bringing perspective to these individuals who are amongst those who as you stated may not be all that comfortable in their own skin. I too cringe and sometimes swear at them as they grab TV time. However, at the end of the day I am just happy being my own version of a SUPERFAN of Buckeye football like the hundreds of thousand others out there.

To those who dress up into the personas you choose to be - Keep being you and I will keep being me.

GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."

Charlie Baker - OSU - 1986

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Maybe we should try to have empathy for those who aren't quite as comfortable.

Nah...! Empathy is over-rated!

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avail31678's picture

Appreciate the insights Ramzy.  I'm pretty sure the Superfans do some good here and there, and I will respect those actions just like I don't respect their other actions.  Like every other human, they are not perfect and will do good and bad things.  

But while you say (paraphrasing) "I don't NEED these superfans to go away - it's not on my list of asks" - I conversely don't NEED these superfans to be a part of my live or TV Buckeye game experience.

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sdbuckeye11W4's picture

I've run into Buck-I-Guy a couple of times during away games. In fact, I got a picture with him and my daughter at the Cal game a few years back. He seemed like a guy having a good time and helping helping others to do the same. Everyone likes attention and maybe Super fans like it a little too much, but where's the harm? Go Buck-I-guy and go Bucks.

I'll even let you in on a little secret. We are going to win it all this year. I'm a Super Fan, but don't wear a costume. :>)

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He was in a tailgating lot at Purdue while I was libating with friends. Looked a little lonely, so I approached and tried to start a conversation. He was polite, but I could tell he wasn't interested in talking. I went back to my friends. Imagine my surprise when he changed into costume and walked to the stadium.

Scooter

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45has2's picture

Was sitting in a campus area bar the day before Jim Tressel's gift to YSU chatting with the bartender and two or three others at the bar. One guy a couple of stools down seemed very introverted, not much of a conversationalist, then a couple of his friends came in and sat on either side of him. The friends did most of the talking, he was still quiet. One of the friends then told me that "John" was Buck-I-Guy. My unlicensed psychological opinion is John needs Buck-I-Guy to bring him out of his shell, identify as a winner and be the person he really wants to be. 

Censores irrumasti.

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BayCountyBuck's picture

In addition to visiting, Buckeye Guy also sent Maurice underwear and money while in prison. I met him in Fort Lauderdale after the Miami game in 2011 at the airport. He was not flying in uniform and had someone not egged him on, he would have never revealed who he was. We had a couple beers while waiting on flights and had a fine time. I know not all share a similar memory or opinion and while superfaning isn't my thing, I'm not throwing rocks. 

When I was 6 I was thinking about this rivalry. This one is seared on your soul, It's ingrained through every part of your body. -Urban Meyer

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I had a beer with him in San Francisco the night before the Cal game.  He seemed like a decent guy then, and hearing the Mo C story confirms it for me.  Maybe it's because I can relate to the human being behind the cape that I can't get too worked up about his character (and at least it's unique.)  No question that last week was a major fail though.  

It's the face-painted yahoos that really bug me.  They are not even very original, as seemingly every NFL team has an army of them.  I almost invariably swear at the TV when they show them, as they inevitably do.  I'm glad to hear that at least some of them use their notoriety to give to the university, but on the whole, I wish they would just go away.  

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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58Buckeye's picture

I had a beer with him in San Francisco the night before the Cal game.

I don't drink, but I don't wish that all the drinkers would stay away from the games. I am smart enough to understand that the $$$ help the cause. Maybe a few of the superfan haters should think about how these guys attract kids as fans & that just might be a big part of why these 4 & 5 star players got hooked on Ohio State Football in the first place.

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Are you fucking serious with this?

Lol good God.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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58Buckeye's picture

In addition to visiting, Buckeye Guy also sent Maurice underwear and money while in prison. I met him in Fort Lauderdale after the Miami game in 2011 at the airport. He was not flying in uniform and had someone not egged him on, he would have never revealed who he was. We had a couple beers while waiting on flights and had a fine time. I know not all share a similar memory or opinion and while superfaning isn't my thing, I'm not throwing rocks. 

 
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"Nothing but love for my favorite fan. He has a ton of pride and represents hard for OSU. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t Buckeye crazy. I also remember the human side of him when he dropped me off under clothes and money in prison when I didn’t have any. Got love 4 u champ."

  1. This is AWESOME. GO BUCKEYES &  Buck-I-GUY!
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brband64's picture

Oh, man. You said pretty much everything on this topic I could ever have wanted it to say, including its place in the grand scheme of things (Flint, Puerto Rico) and the blurring of lines that comes with being human (rarely absolute good or bad). My lens is skewed by my acquaintance to Orlas, who did so much for the band publicly and privately... But while I don't enjoy seeing any of the three current "superfans" pop up on my TV (I especially wish they all knew when to say when), as long as they are not solely using their powers for evil by donating any proceeds to charity, then I'm willing to live and let live.

"It feels great ... it feels like, 'Shit, I got it.'" ~ Jeff Hafley

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bucked up's picture

Curiously, I found this link to a compilation from the 2002 season (sorry for the separate link. I can't figure out how to post youtube videos on this site). At the 10:10 mark you can see a crowd shot of pre-Buck-I-Guy Chubb dressed in normal clothes and sitting in what appears to be a seat that he didn't have to access by shoving children out of the aisle. Simpler times

https://youtu.be/CRFkCR__TOg?t=10m10s

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script-ohio's picture

It's worth noting that if you click on that youtube link, the video quickly moves into highlights from the Purdue game.  And I don't think there's such a thing as seeing Holy Buckeye too many times.

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toad1204's picture

I'll do me, they can do them and I hope if our paths cross it will be briefly.  

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

It's tough not to lump them all in the same category.

Buck-I-Guy for my experience reading how the "superfans" carry themselves, has shown to be the worst of the worst and he's gotten his face busted over it (there is evidence of that on the internet).

Big Nut, from my understanding, is the most charitable of the three main superfans.

And Buckeyeman, from my understanding, is just a crazy douche bag that doesn't know where the person under that wig begins and the wig itself actually ends.

I don't know, I don't really like to judge, but I'm stoked on just being myself, fanning out with my dudes here on 11w, and enjoying the games as they happen. If you're a superfan, most likely I would just want to give you the finger and go on about my day.

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

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ashtabulassassin's picture

Of course perhaps this perhaps how they best know how to be themselves... 

Buckshots... in case you have amnesia.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Buck-I-Guy? Is that you? Do you post on 11w?

Of course, I kid. I mean they can be whomever they want to be, but when you make a spectacle of yourself like that, you have to expect some blowback. 

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

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks for story Ramzy - I will NEVER understand some people as long as I may live. 

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

Seattle Sounders 2019 MLS Champions

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SilverState's picture

More Brutus. More fans. Less TV time for super fans of the non-Neutron man variety.

"Remind me," I asked, "that's a Superfan? The bald one, right? The one with the decals on his jowls?"

LOL. 

I put my face back in my phone and decided to just tweet through it, years before I learned this was a presidential method for coping with unwanted anxiety. 

Another reminder that the no politics policy is a commenting policy for us 11W plebeians. 11W's owners can and will passively tip their views.

He sat in the same seats every Saturday and watched every minute of the damn game. He didn't find the camera; the camera found him.

And that subtle difference speaks volumes. 

"Year for what?"

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GareBear's picture

Where do we submit this thing for an award? 

Michigan sucks

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downtownbuckeye's picture

If its all the same, I'd rather not have them be on TV and wish they would fade into somewhat anonymous obscurity (well as much as you can being dressed in a cape) as I don't really love that they are "public image" for OSU fans at large. Frankly, the fact that there is this story means that in the collective, we are letting them occupy wayyyy too much of our brain space. 

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gobucks1966's picture

I get what your saying but every team has people like him and is he really any different than the Adams guy who beats the drum at every Indians home game? What about the fans that show up with signs to be seen on Game Day with Herbie and the boys.

Denny

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downtownbuckeye's picture

I completely agree, every team has the same types of people - this is no different. Marlins Man, the NYJ Fireman, etc. I guess that's my point, it's time to move on and accept it for what it is. 

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avail31678's picture

Different situations IMO.  Cleveland fans LOVE the drum.  The drum pumps the crowd up at critical points in the game.  The guy doesn't try to get into the first row just because he's the drum-banging guy.  And on GameDay, there's like actual encouragement to make signs from the show.  

I get what you're saying, I do, but they're just not the same IMO.  

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gobucks1966's picture

To most some if not all these cats are over the top. The first guy I remember as a person that showed up every place in all sports was Rock in Roller with the Bible verses and colored afro wig. I also said how does he get prime seats and afford to go from place to place. The bottom line these cats are not that much over the top than people like you me that have Buckeye Man Caves and dress with Buckeye gear and chant O H I O as we walk to a game or see a fellow Buck Nut at a Wall Mart and yell out Go Bucks. After all Fan is Short for fanatic. Ray was wrong with what he did at Earls funeral but his heart wasn't. I followed M.C. high school career but after I heard of the tales about him in high school I wouldn't go across the street to see that dude, To bad but what a great talent and he cost us a couple great recruits too that stared at ichigan.

Denny

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BrutusB's picture

I don't give a damn how much they try to hide under the cover of charity or scholarship funds.  They all disgust me and I would very much like them to disappear entirely.

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ashtabulassassin's picture

I thought the skewer buck-I-guy thread from a week ago was the worst thread I've ever seen on 11w and lost lots of respect for the readers that day. People cast the first stone waaaay to often. Glad this article at least showed some of the positive sides.

Buckshots... in case you have amnesia.

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Browns88's picture

I really enjoy the game day atmosphere.  Dressing and painting up and all that stuff.  The White Out in Penn State is really cool.   What I hate Is the non-stop attention grabbing whores, by a certain few middle aged men.  This drives me crazy.    Also buckeye tickets are not cheap.  Specifically front row.  How do they afford this?

Browns88

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D.J. Byrnes's picture

Buck-I-Guy is good and he's my family.

Los Angeleno by birth; Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

The resemblance is uncanny

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

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BrutusB's picture

"He gave some money to my hometown so I choose to ignore all the bad things he's ever done."

You're basically what every politician is hoping for in a voter.

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D.J. Byrnes's picture

Thank you, BrutusB.

Los Angeleno by birth; Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

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Bourbon Meyer's picture

Our Superfans don't hide behind a mask. 

Seriously, I got no problems with the Superfans. It's a free country and they can celebrate OSU

football the way they want. Plus I like seeing them in opposing teams stadiums.  For those haters,

my advice is to look down from your TV screen when they show the Superfans on camera this fall,

look down and examine your own soft beer guts and reflect on where your lives are going.

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

All I need is cold beer to enjoy the game, no paint,wig, or cape necessary.

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58Buckeye's picture

All I need is cold beer to enjoy the game, no paint,wig, or cape necessary.

I would never take that right you have to drink cold beer to enjoy the game,either.

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BELLEFONTAINEBUCKEYE's picture

I will never forget the time when I took my oldest daughter to her first game(she was 5). We were in aa section and Buck I guy came over and offered to take a picture with her. He was loud and moved around a lot causing her to cling to me in fear.

I don't care for superfans much, but all I could think of at that time was, what the fuck is going through his mind walking up to a small child yelling and flapping his arms?

I kindly told him to back off and wiped the tear from her eye. For the life of me, I can't understand why this guy seeks so much attention from fans not asking for it!

IMADELOUSYPICKS

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58Buckeye's picture

Some kids are afraid of Santa too. Most parents try to explain to their childeren that there is nothing to be afraid of. The nerve of Santa to dress up around all those kids./s

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DukeofWeimar's picture

I was walking by Orlas King's RV in the parking lot of Carter Finley and he invited us over. I had a beer and shared some random Buckeye fandom conversation with what I would characterize as a quiet and unassuming man. Three weeks later he passed. He didn't ask if I wanted to take a picture..he asked if I'd like some home baked cookies.

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Fatpants's picture

Buckeyeman gives a lot back, probably more than most of us. I can't criticize him for being a vocal fan. Lots of people (not in costume) see fit to yell OH and GO BUCKS in public places far away from Columbus.

http://www.urbanacitizen.com/news/8019/lokai-named-osu-distinguished-alu...

PG <3 PG

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Lighteyes's picture

Lots of people (not in costume) see fit to yell OH and GO BUCKS in public places far away from Columbus.

Fun fact: I've lived in Atlanta for almost a decade. I regularly wear an Ohio State hoodie or polo when I'm going out somewhere as part of regular life - shopping, church, restaurant/bars, etc. In all that time, there's been maybe a half dozen times total where I've worn Ohio State gear and NOT had someone comment on it and start a little chit-chat about football.  

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Andy Vance's picture

I'll second what FP said - I've known Buckeyeman (not Buck-I-Guy) for the better part of 20 years, and he's good people. The number of Buckeye necklaces he's given away over the years is astounding, and I've never seen him take a dime for photos or speaking to civic groups (he refused money when I asked him to speak to a Masonic group some years back, and he was a fountain of Ohio State stories and trivia).

And yes, I'm a big hypocrite because when I see the other Superfans on TV during a game, I curse ESPN for giving them camera time, but I'll go to bat for Buckeyeman any time.

TheAFBuckeye's picture

To add, I've never seen anything bad about Buckeyeman.  He gives away tons of Buckeye necklaces everywhere he goes including every year at Freshmen orientation.  I think he's been doing this for something like 20ish years.  He's retired and is actually an Ohio State alumnus.  I think I read that he may have been faculty at some point as well.  He's from the area I grew up in but I don't know him personally. I just know that he does a decent amount in the way of giving from what I've seen.

Let's Go BUCKEYES!!!!!

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Ultimately, these superfans are human beings like the rest of us.  They do things that are good, but they have their flaws.

Class of 2010.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

"The older you get, the more you realize that it isn't about the material things, or pride or ego. It's about our hearts and who they beat for." --- Jane Welch

If the Three Amigos (Buck-I-Guy, Big Nut, Buckeyeman) have hearts that beat for our beloved Buckeyes, then I'm content with their antic faces and extroverted personas. And as I've heard somewhere before: It takes all kinds to make the World go 'round.

Thanks for your perspective, Ramzy.

Go Bucks.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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BuckeyeRy4's picture

I think most of them probably started out with intentions other than self promotion, but it doesn't take much to start an addiction, and we're left with a signature on a memorial picture meant for folks other than superfans. Take them for what they are, but don't get too bent.

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Frimmel's picture

This brings to mind a line from William Saroyan, "It takes a lot of rehearsing for a man to be himself." 

You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. 

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Buck-I-Guy's antics with Earle Bruce and his family was horrendously embarrassing. Dude is lucky the OSU players in attendance didnt throttle him. I can guarantee you Urban saw that and said to Shelley. "Please have security escort that guy out at my funeral."

We loved Neutron Man. He cheered for the home team, danced, cried (Sparty 1998), and cheered some more. Remember the old scoreboard at the Shoe that actually had a Neutron Man animation? You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who loves these current crop of Superfans. Tolerate yes. Roll their eyes at, yes. But love? LOL.

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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Bristol24's picture

I was in that 98 MSU picture with the Neutron Man.  He did not want his picture taken that day.  That loss hurt.

In fact, Neutron Man walked behind him me to avoid getting his picture taken.  He put his hands on my shoulders as we felt the pain of the loss.  (Everyone was stunned...were getting ready to storm the field if we scored.)  Then, a somber fan was walking toward us on our left and he reached out to hug this fan and me at the same time.  The picture was taken. 

I spoke to him a couple years later about it...a good man.  He passed so after.  

#RealFan

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Hovenaut's picture

Rereading through, and stopping with respect here.

Thank you for sharing, Bristol24.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Buckeyeneer's picture

That picture will forever be seared in my mind. Thanks for adding some context.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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saluki2007's picture

Wait, so people actually curse at the TV when they see these guys?  Are they annoying to look at every game, sure.  But so is the same commercial 10 times during the game.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  and move on.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

TBF - I curse each successive Buick Enclave commercial I see during a CFB game after the first one.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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stpetebuck's picture

Gotta come clean here. Until I heard the negative side to these guys, I loved seeing them get camera time at away games, especially PSU, MSU, and scUM.  

It never occurred to me this was all self motivated.  It’s expensive and very difficult to make all those games.  

But then one shows up to a funeral and I’m like, “oh fuck!”

For those who hate buck I guy , he just committed super fan suicide with that one. He is both the accused and executioner. 

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andretolstoy's picture

I see a move-documentary potential here ... wait.. no...sorry.

If you die before you die, then you won't die when you die. 

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Bourbon Meyer's picture

So by definition “Superfans “ are fanatics of Ohio State football who use their fanaticism for profit and attention getting?

Ramzy Is that you?

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WPB-Buckeye's picture

Bigger fish to fry in life.  Stay in your lane (whichever lane that is) and all is good.  We search to find bad in people.  Are either of these guys at the game drunk and fighting, curseing people out, doing bad inappropriate things?  This is the first time I have heard something bad about these guys.  I’m talking about bad, not “he is annoying”.  You know how many of our own fans are annoying to me?  Does that make them bad people? The people who should be banned are the guys that are dropping F bombs all game while kids are sitting right next to them.  Just my 2 cents.  And I’m off to the next subject.

Go Bucks!

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58Buckeye's picture

 Does that make them bad people? The people who should be banned are the guys that are dropping F bombs all game while kids are sitting right next to them.  Just my 2 cents.  And I’m off to the next subject.

  • BINGO!!!! 
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Sanantonefan's picture

It costs nothing to be kind.

I hate that the TV cameras focus on them so much. I'd rather they focus on Brutus or TBDBITL or the student section, but I wish them no harm. It is a minor annoyance.

I was not happy about the Bruce memorial incident, but I try to worry about things I can control.

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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TTUN@SS@SIN's picture

They are all Egomaniacs with inferiority complexes.

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

The fact that Neutron Man gets lumped into the same category as the other guys is a damn shame.  

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Cooper's picture

All I took from this is that you really, really don’t like Ohio State’s wide receivers. 

In all seriousness, I agree with the overall theme, but these super fans do not require my nuanced take on them, and I choose not to have one. I’m ambivalent at times, if not indifferent. I’ll enjoy myself and Buckeye football regardless of their existence.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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Jumar's picture

All I took from this is that you really, really don’t like Ohio State’s wide receivers. 

OSU is WRU though. JT just couldn't get them the ball.

If you continue to think what you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. #AlumforStaff

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buckeyeinWI's picture

this...  I pay them no mind whatsoever...

GO BUCKEYES!

15-1 is SWEET!

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tbuckeyew's picture

To answer your question...yes.  We are all superfans.  We all scream at our television, are Monday morning quarterbacks, get excited about recruiting, call out different plays when something isn't working, and scream our heads off at games.....all the while rooting for our team.  We just don't wear costumes.

Great article.

Go Bucks!

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Buckeyechuck5's picture

"presidential method for coping with unwanted anxiety"
-see the commenting policy........

"Life is not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. THATS HOW WINNING IS DONE!!" - Rocky Ballboa

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OSU1978's picture

Well written and fair.   Thanks for your insight.

Go Bucks!

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cdubs's picture

Isn't Chubb/Buck-I-Guy/whatever the one who runs the entire ticket scalping racket around football games?

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LoufromOSU's picture

That's the rumor.

"Great moments are born from great opportunities."  - Herb Brooks

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ohiopanda's picture

I don't really see what the big deal is about such 'Superfans', and I don't understand why they are making so many people sick and hurting their feelings. Sure, the dude signing the picture was a real douche move, but did every Superfan do something like that? More of an indictment of that single guy, rather than lumping them all together as some have commented.

I don't understand people who have these alter egos nor the need for attention/popularity, whether it be at games, on websites, or wherever. But worrying about such a minor thing seems a bit much, especially considering that there are tons of much worse and negative fans out there. I'm more than happy to go watch the game and enjoy the atmosphere while letting other fans support how they wish.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I've never understood face painters, topless men in subzero temperatures wearing dog masks, or super fans.  I just never knew what the big deal was.  They don't bother me.  Well, except for the guys in dog masks throwing D Cell batteries around a stadium like their cotton balls.

Having said that, Florida State has everyone beat with the FSU Cowgirls

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Sanantonefan's picture

In my experience, topless men in subzero temperatures usually were filled with antifreeze...at least, somebody told me that.

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Almost everyone. Respect for fans willing to wear bikinis in 20 degree temps.

https://goo.gl/images/EiYnF2

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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osu78's picture

A guy I knew in the Navy was a NESEP and chose to attend Ole Miss for similar reasons. 

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

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Dillon G's picture

Criminal non-Christian professional thief Jim Baker had a prison story once, kind of like Clarrett 's tale. If I remember right, everyone in America was condemning Baker. Even after being relocated to prison. The late Billy Graham showed up without fan fare.

#walkaway

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BeatUM's picture

When I see people engaged in over the top behavior I usually shake my head and mutter “it takes all kinds”. I saw Chubb in costume at the St John’s memorial, but at least it was a public ceremony. It takes all kinds.

But the story line that he didn’t see the sign requesting just former players and coaches sign the photo doesn’t wash with me. The Bruce family made a clear request that the second ceremony was for close family friends, former players and coaches. He should not have been there in the first place.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour

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58Buckeye's picture

close family friends

How many times have you visited Coach Bruce? Do you know how many times Buck-I-Guy visited him? 

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Ba Ba Boolio's picture

Why do you respond to every post critical of Buck I Guy? Is he your dad or best friend?

Really odd.

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Buck298's picture

Yeah, 58 is really vested in this issue. Maybe he is "close family friends" with Buck I Guy. Or closer. 

Send the Earth Reverberating

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58Buckeye's picture

Why do you respond to every post critical of Buck I Guy? Is he your dad or best friend?

Really odd.

Because they are all butt-hurt crybabies. Not one of them can tell you a story where he actually did anything to any of them. But they hate him. Think about what hate is. Ok now that you have thought about it, hate is actually jealousy. A few examples; I faught him 3 times & he won every time, "I hate him" (jealous you couldn't beat him); You and your buddy go out to the bar, there is a realy hot blonde sitting on your left and your buddy is sitting on your right. This hot blonde is all over you things are really looking like your gonna... All of a sudden your buddies brother walks in & leaves with that hot blonde,"I hate that SOB"(just jealous he got what you wanted). Anyone that down votes this is a LIAR, 90% of the people that go to the OSU games set the DVR to record the game so they can come home & see if they can see themselves on TV.  Doesn't it piss you off that you see BUCK-I-GUY instead? I think we just found that exposed nerve. 

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Keep fighting your battle, 58, but hatred and jealousy are not the same thing, even if they do go hand in hand sometimes. Plus I think your made up statistic of

90% of the people that go to the OSU games set the DVR to record the game so they can come home & see if they can see themselves on TV 

is inflated. Most of the people who have issue with this guy is not because they wish they were on TV instead.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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ChicagoBuckeye10's picture

58 - you sound more butt-hurt than anyone on this comments board.

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CincyBuck's picture

Also, it'd be cool if we could put a moratorium on the term "butt hurt."  Least productive phrase in the history of sports talk.

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CincyBuck's picture

Lot to unpack from this post.  Hate and jealousy are most certainly not the same thing.  They can be close companions -- as can be the case with several other complex emotions. 

I don't really "hate" much of anything.  But I do strongly dislike when people are overly close-minded and/or bigoted; I'm not jealous of those people.

Anyone that down votes this is a LIAR, 90% of the people that go to the OSU games set the DVR to record the game so they can come home & see if they can see themselves on TV.

Whaaaaaaaaaaat?  Seriously, does anyone do that?  And if so, how old are these people?

But, FWIW, I tend to agree that there are far worse things to be concerned about than so-called "superfans."  They're annoying as crap, and it's a bit annoying that they try to take attention away from the young men who've worked so hard to be where they are.  I also find it fundamentally sad the degree to which they are defined by the successes (or failures) of 18-22 year old men -- though I understand that irony of saying that on 11W.  Still, for the most part, their existence doesn't really impact any of us too much, or the world at large.   

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BeatUM's picture

This is not about hate or jealousy. This is about a day and a time when the whole of Buckeye nation (well, apparently almost all) wanted to take time to honor the life a great coach, father and lifelong Buckeye. A Buckeye Legend. What your guy did was spectacularly disrespectful IMO.

Oh, and having a beer with somebody does not make you a “close family friend”. If are confused on this point, please ask a member of the coach’s family.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Maybe we should try to have empathy for those who aren't quite as comfortable.

Just as long as that lack of comfort isn't unwanted anxiety. 

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buckeyearchie76's picture

Neutron Man was a classic! He was entertaining as could be.  And, if you wanted a TV shot of him. you had to climb up to C-Deck because that is where he danced.  He entertained the fans and did not seek national attention by pushing himself closer and closer to cameras.  He was a true Buckeye and just like anyone else just at the stadium, he was doing his part to root for OSU.  But, he was not obnoxious like those other clowns.  He was a tradition.  These other fake pretenders are clowns and should be just be ignored.  Go Bucks and God Love the Neutron Man

Louis Haynes

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CCatanzaro's picture

Given the amount of attention the story about Coach Bruce's funeral received on social media, I find it hard to believe that Buck-I-Guy will be around much longer as a character.  I almost feel bad for the guy, because I think he will obliviously proceed this season as he normally does, but will receive significant backlash from the Buckeye majority.  I'm imagining him appearing on the large video scoreboard in the 'Shoe to an echo of boos, getting verbally wrecked his entire walk to his seat, etc.

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.

 

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Chic&#039;sGhost's picture

I was at that game too, and I remember seeing Big Nut walking towards me, with eye contact, with a smirk on his face, like I should recognize him or something.  I loathe these guys. 

Its almost like something is missing in their lives, and they need this attention, and think they are somehow semi-famous.  They are fully loathed by me.  

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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Jdadams01's picture

Have had two clashes with Buck-I-Guy and both showed his terrible side. First was at a tailgate where he just walked up to our group, legit picked up a brat, and started eating. Then asked us if we wanted pictures with him. Second was when he tried to seat crash and when we said we'd gladly let him stay if he paid us for the cost of one of our tickets he got pissy.

Frankly, I do not have the ability to feel empathy for that man. I do not dislike him because he's a 'superfan', but because he's a jerk.

I've never met the other two and therefore don't have much of an opinion and try to not let my feelings toward Buck-I-Guy taint them for me.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

I do my best to ignore them but I was irritated by the intrusion on a funeral service.

Let's Go Bucks

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

LOL, he carries around a sign of himself.

A sign that says "Go Team" is a superfan.  A guy that has a sign of himself is a superdouche

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SilverState's picture

One of these is unlike the others:

"Year for what?"

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cdubs's picture

LOL, he carries around a sign of himself

Don't forget his doll!

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TTUN@SS@SIN's picture

I don't care if someone is just a legit fan and wants to act like a goofball. I don't like the fact that the superfans always seem to think they are entitled to do whatever they want. I mean what normal human being would do that on a plane, or at a memorial service? I don't like it when they want the focus on them, and not the product on the field. I mostly feel sorry for them that they feel as though they need to take it to such an extreme to be accepted and wanted. I am sure just like most people they have some good and some bad in them, they just want to make sure we all see it. They don't seem to ever respect anybody's personal space. 

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain

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RCRoy45's picture

Fantastic article... these Superfans... argh...   If you asked my friends and my wife ... I bet they would consider me a superfan... but nowhere near the scale of these yahoos..   Both my daughters have names influenced by my love of Ohio State..heck I wrote two children's books on Ohio State.. Ohio State football became my support system as a kid.. because I was basically on my own at a young age..  and I happened to meet Woody Hayes as a kid and he spent 45 minutes with me that forever changed me...  hence the strong influence...  but I also made sure to have bobble head dolls of Woody and Bo in their rooms so they knew they were friends as I didn't want them to grow up to be meatheads...  although they will not utter the name of That Team Up North... and when my daughter, then 4, ran into the Women's Golf Coach for TTUN at a high school national golf tournament.. she screamed at the top of her lungs "Go Buckeyes" ... so which even the women's coach laughed and gave her a thumbs up.. haha.. I suppose.. this is my culture... and I love it and love it for what it means to myself and now my bigger family... but the ability to have perspective and somewhat keep that love in it's own lane as you manage life is that thin red line that seperates the big fan.. from the potential lunatic... 

I think Ramzy hit the nail on the head and these people have some sort of a personality disorder... kind of like that relative or guy you knew in high school with no social life who feel as if they can conduct their own partisan version of Face the Nation or Meet the Press regardless of which side of the political spectrum they fall on.. and all they get is a lot of the silent majority simply blocking them or snoozing them...  unfortunately unless Ohio State itself steps in.. we cannot block or snooze these people as we watch them revel in their own mild to serious insanity...  All fan bases have them.. I imagine there are some real gems in the SEC... and the Miami superfans I have run into have been by in large.. violent... very violent.. so it could be worse... 

gonna be a long 85ish days till football arrives.. Go Bucks.. great writing Ramzy as usual!

“And in the night of death, hope sees a star and listening love hears the rustle of a wing.”

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NewPhilaFan's picture

I have used one of William Covey's principles for my feelings about them. At least I think it was Covey's.

His thoughts about Circles of Influence and Circles of Concern. The superfans are outside of my Circle of Influence so I ignore them.

However, if one of them pushed my granddaughter it would now be in my Circle of Influence. I also consider signing onto the petition as something I can help influence.

Let's Go Bucks

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James Varney's picture

I admire your sportsmanship. But I'm afraid I'd have to draw the line at the kids having Bo bobble head dolls.

Beat Michigan!

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KBonay's picture

There is a time and a place.  And right now isn't the time, and Ohio State isn't the place. 

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

I sat near Orlas King for many years. He wasn’t a “Superfan” of the modern ilk. He just danced in the aisle when TBDBITL played Neutron Dance. I was there the first time he did it and everyone watched because he was having such a good time. That made everyone cheer. And a tradition was born.

I met Buck-I-Guy when he passed our tailgate on the way to the stadium for the Minnesota game (2009, I think). He took a picture with my then 10 y/o son and could not have been nicer. He shook hands with my uncle, a true Superfan, who recently passed having attended the most home games in row (dating back to the 1940s - no costume, but usually his block O sweater).

Did Chubb make a mistake at the Earle Bruce memorial? Yes. Should it have been pointed out? Yes. But my experience with Superfans is that they get so much joy from OSU football that they want to be part of it somehow. This is the closest they can get. I don’t need that feeling, and I don’t judge them either. There have been some truly nasty comments posted here about them. And that actually makes me much sadder than any of their antics, which are generally harmless.

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Northbrook's picture

This is a super fan. Those three guys are just bad clowns.

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Crumb's picture

I'd have a lot more sympathies for those guys if they were like this. Just like the other 110,000 people who are just fired up to be in the Shoe watching the Buckeyes. 

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TTUN@SS@SIN's picture

Now that is a superb fan!

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain

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BuckeyeBig2012's picture

These guys are well known to people who love college football but don't follow OSU that closely. They are always in crowd shots and have become de facto representatives of our fans. Television loves them because who doesn't love an enthusiastic fan (shortened from fanatic) to show during slower moments in the telecast.

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Northbrook's picture

Wasn't there a guy who wore a scarlet and gray tinsel ghillie suit for a while? I wonder if he died of heat stroke.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Yeah, him and Captain Buckeye are both MIA.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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cdubs's picture

I saw the captain guy the morning of this year's spring game in one of the Lane Ave. parking lots posing with his motorcycle for photos/tips. No takers at the time, though.

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blu.fan's picture

Great article. I am not a big fan of superfans, OSU, Michigan, or otherwise. I enjoy Ramzy's writing.

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James Varney's picture

Unaware about what happened at Earle Bruce's funeral, I was astounded so much space and time and attention was being devoted to these guys. I fail to see what the big deal is. Big Nut was in New Orleans for the Final Four and my son saw him in the lobby of the Sheraton. He wanted a photo. Big Nut could not have been nicer, my son loved the photo and got a kick out of meeting a "famous" Ohio State guy. What's the harm in that?

On the other hand, the guy on the plane does sound obnoxious.

Beat Michigan!

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James Varney's picture

This line depressed me the most in the piece: "...completely extinguishing any mystique I once viewed college football through."

I'm sorry that's happened, Ramzy.

Beat Michigan!

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I wish a national publication would pick this up, not only to show off Ramzy's fantastic writing, but to show our fanbase's true feelings towards these asshats.

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gobucks1966's picture

Bottom line I feel almost everyone wants that moment in the sun or 3 minutes of stardom. Ever notice how people climb over each other when the camera comes in their direction. Nutron Man shouldn't be lumped in with the others but I bet he enjoyed that 2 minutes that he received during the dance.

Denny

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gobucks1966's picture

This may have been touched on sorry didn't read every post. Why haven't people complained about these folks before? Will there be haters out there that may want to either jump down these guys throats are kick their ass? I think I would be looking over my shoulder if I was them.

Denny

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KillrNut's picture

they have been complaining. For years.

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cdubs's picture

Why haven't people complained about these folks before? 

Please enjoy this Eleven Warriors discussion from 2014

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sword52's picture

I dont care how nice big nut or any of them may seem, they are all about themselves and camera time. Helping charities is no excuse for the me me me mentality. Thousands and thousands of nice guys go to the games. We all sit where we can. These attention whores sit where they want. No way they buy those seats at every away game or bowl game.  Now only if the networks would stop showing them and show little kids, elderly fans or good looking women and yes Brutus.

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

My entire beef with these guys is they are permitted to use the likeness of The Ohio State University for promotion of themselves and for solicitation while some mom and pop trying to keep the lights on gets a cease to exist letter over selling a few key chains and t shirts.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Because their charities are registered 501(c)3 non-profits. Now that's doesn't mean that whomever runs the NPO doesn't get paid...handsomely...for their efforts. 

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

So "non profits" can use the likeness without any kind of licensing or do they have that as well?

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osu78's picture

No, but these guys are wearing licensed apparel (I assume) so there would be no issue with that, versus selling unlicensed gear. Since tehy do not claim to be representing the university the probably are safe there as well. Finally, going after them would probably be a bad PR stunt for the university IMHO.  

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

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NapervilleBuck's picture
The one and only.....
The one 

See you in Indy! B1G!

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Yenots11's picture

I’m with you on most things Ramzy, and maybe Jimmy Neutron was cool back in the day; but in this social media climate, all of these dudes are asshats. 

Go Bucks!! 

"Aut viam inveniam aut faciam!"

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Crumb's picture

I can't say much about Buckeyeman or Big Nut other than that they are over the top. I've never met them. I have however met John Chubb. He was a complete and utter tool. The Clarett story is the first good thing I've ever heard spoken about this guy. I've heard many stories of his "all about me" ways, I've experienced one, seen others (Leaving the PSU game early last year, His signs of himself, making a donkey out of himself last week, etc.) I don't like the man. 

If the camera's want to show people who live and die as Buckeyes they'll show the guys wearing the "Ohio Against the World" Shirts in the Sugar Bowl, or that fired up girl at the la cross game, or someone who is thrilled to be at their first game. My friend took his 7 year old to his first game last year, the soggy and cold Illinois game. They loved every soaked and shivering minute of it. They told me how a random old Buckeye fan had a huge bag of Buckeye nuts and was just passing them out to people, and telling the kids that they were lucky and that if they kept them, it'd bring good luck to Ohio State. That random nameless guy, HE is a super fan! My friend's 7 year old son who loves the Buckeyes because his dad does, or my nephew who has never lived in Ohio but at 2 started saying "O-H" and "I-O" with his dad. The super fans to me are the people who's hearts quicken when they see the Buckeyes take the field, not people who's hearts quicken when they see a camera. 

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Yoda888's picture

appropriate title and article. there's always a "ME" culture in very generation and facets of life. social media and the current culture just supercharged it. now douchebaggery is able to permeated through civil society in 140 characters or less and instantaneously. it does have a serious impact...for everyone. kids. especially.

Yoda888

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45has2's picture

One name and one name only proves your point. Kardashian.

Censores irrumasti.

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Redjim91's picture

Great article.  Thank you for sharing.

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Kernfan's picture

I always thought the camera's showing the OSU superfans was odd since they are pretty boring, just weird costumes.  Neutron man was funny and looked to be having a good time. Here in DC Georgetown University used to have a guy start dancing to the Hawaii Five-O theme song, who always took off his shirt.  He was not as "svelte" as Neutron man so its good I can't find a video since the mods don't like jiggling.  My other favorite fan around here was Wild Bill Hagy, a drunken taxi driver who supported the Baltimore Orioles.  Here is a link to an 8 minute B-more TV spot on Bill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVoSYXQ1EEM

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osu78's picture

A blast from the past, when the Birds were great. I liked the Elrod bit; I caught a foul ball a Tampa Bay game when the Birds were in town and he autographed it for me. Great guy, we talked a few minutes about the great tams of the 70's with Boog, Brooks, Frank, the Big 4 (Cueller,Dobson, McNally,and Palmer), et. al.

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

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Olemissbuckeye's picture

Dear Superfans, I have thought about this a lot, and here is my position:

From hell's heart I stab at thee.

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Coin toss's picture

For all to know BIG NUT did donate 50 grand to Ohio State and that was because he had too !, This money was in his so called Big Nut account where he made this money by selling his products with scarlet and grey on them ...callanders with his clown face and T shirts with his Face on it too... Oh yes he gave out scholarships but the rest was going to him and his wife so they can hit all the games ....No way could he afford going to all the bowl game and Championship games like he has in the past and with the seats that they had ...He was using what he called scholarship money....And yes he also uses handicapped parkiing ...But this BIG NUT can walk all the tail gating parties and walk up and down stadium stairs .... He also throws pizza at fans at OSU basketball game cause he was being yelled at cause he was seeking the camera guy all the time and FANS couldnt see the game cause he was wearing a plant on his head and they couldnt see around him ...He was  escorded out from the first row and fans were clapping and thats when he threw pizza at them.... Dont let him fool you ...He is in it for himself!! 

Coin toss

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Coin toss's picture

I forgot to mention...The BIG NUT was turned in for having that money in his BIG NUT account....He finally got caught ...

Coin toss

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buckzilla1's picture

While arguments against or for tolerance for these Superfans is at the core of comments on this story it occured to me that one thing holds true for all of these "Superfans". Each one of them displays a pattern of Narcissitic disorder. They are in their good deeds and erratic misdeeds true narcissists and should be treated as such.   One don't negate the other and there is nothing redeemable about these folks at all.

You never lose to those pricks. Ever. Ever. Urban Frank Meyer

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Iwannagobacktoohiostate's picture

“Sometimes I dance in my underwear, it doesn’t make me Madonna.”

Please.  Just.  Go.  Away.  Now.

It’s just that simple!

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HOLYbucknut's picture

I’m way late in reading this but are just gonna ignore that little pot-shot at Zack Smith at the very end? That one got a chuckle out of me.

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awlinBrutus's picture

For me this topic is beyond played out. Personally, i would never dress up like that, to each their own. Yet i don't get so upset about it that i would DV a fellow buckeye because i disagree with them.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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bucksfan92's picture

I do my best to ignore that they even exist.  I could not care less about any "good deeds" they may do, plenty of other people do just as much and more without making spectacles of themselves and being embarrassingly desperate for attention.  None of those fools' appearances in their ridiculous costumes is in any way shape or form a positive for OSU, and the university should take steps to stop that kind of behavior at its functions.

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tjshaffe's picture

Another fantastic read, Ramsy.  And your conclusion touches on something that is very important; Empathy.  Something that I feel the world needs more of.  I appreciate your candor and thanks for the read.  Cheers.  

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BrewstersMillions's picture

I think I've just made my peace with these guys. I have a long list of reasons that I love Ohio State football but if I am making a short list of top reasons, the fact that Ohio State is so universally detested is at the top of that list. I don't want to use the phrase Bad Boys because that would imply some sort of renegade program, which despite evidence to the contrary (a boatload actually) everyone is convinced Meyer is the worst thing since...well....Tressel. let's face it. Some people aren't enjoying college football unless Ohio State is struggling (how's that working out lately B T dubs?)

With all that in mind, these guys add to that. People want to see Ohio State lose so guys like this are on camera with their sullen, sad, crying Jordan faces. When that doesn't happen, and that only happens about one in ten games the Bucks play, then they just have to swallow their tears for another Saturday. I've embraced being hated and actually sort of revel in it. These guys are part of that.

OH

Proudly dispensing unbridled arrogance since 1983.

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Poisonous Nuts's picture

Theres no “I” in Buckeye.  

But there is one in “Buck-I-Guy”.

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M-villeBuck's picture

More proof that Andy Warhol was right about people wanting some fleeting fame - at least 15 minutes worth!  Fans is a derivative of fanatics 

OH2NoVa2CVA

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My Dad Is A Wolverine But I&#039;m A Buckeye's picture

These guys have always confused me. I can definitely give props to Big Nut but the others, come on now. I wonder what motivates their incessant desire to be seen or dressed up, especially considering that for some of them, it is more about them than the game. Some people are just happy to be at the games, considering how expensive they are nowadays. To each their own, I suppose. I know that I cringed when I saw Buckeyeguy in the promo material for the 2017 edition of "The Game." 

Number 1 rule in life: always beat That Team Up North. 

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DdougOSU's picture

Went to church with the Chubbs aka "Buck I Guy" for years when I was a growing up and he's always been about making himself the center of attention. Example one day he decided to wrap a cash offering in a paper bag and interrupt church service to bring it into the pulpit and hand it to the pastor instead of just waiting until after or before service stared. Nothing surprises me after that I was cringing and so was the other 200 people there such a douche 

humpty hump

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BBQ_Fan's picture

Nice article.  Personally I don't understand these people, but I find it hard to condemn them as a group (although there seem to be numerous, questionable individual actions).  Seems like a great topic for someone's Sociology PhD dissertation though. 

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chopshop79's picture

Do other schools have these guys? I know everyone has people that have a schtick, but only go to a couple games. Does everyone have these guys that go to every single game, home or away?

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THE SHRUG's picture

This is hilarious.  All the comments, and any comment for that matter, about narcissistic behavior in this case is incredibly ironic.  If you don't like Buck-I-Guy then don't pay any attention to him.  Any thought, comment or energy directed his way only feeds the beast.  Let it go, and eventually it will go away.

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SilverHaven's picture

And so...Bourbon Guy,

do you have any good mint julep recipes for this coming weekend?

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Bourbon Meyer's picture

In a highball glass muddle the mint, sugar and ice then generously start pouring Wild Turkey 101.

The definition of a “Superfan” is an Ohio State football fanatic who uses their fanaticism for personal fame and profit.

Ramzy Nasrallah is that you?

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Braxtonkeepsit's picture

I don't like superfans, either, but this article is such blowhardy virtue signaling that I feel sorry for them.  I would bet that, on another plane headed to that game, some normally clad person probably shouted O-H to see if there were any other fans onboard.   

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