Childhood Memories of Buckeye Football

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ELJTSA76's picture

I never went to Buckeye games as a kid, even though I grew up in Akron, mostly because my father was always on-call or doing something work related on weekends, but I did watch the games. Unfortunately, I grew up during the Cooper years, so most of my memories are of incredibly talented players and teams that steamrolled everyone to a top 5 ranking - and then lost to TTUN. 

But one of my favorite memories is the battle between Germaine and and Jake the Snake. What a game!  Also, Eddie against ND... Big Kat coming in and asking for Archie’s number, and then backing it up by starting (and dominating) as a true freshman. The Pace “pancake” campaign for Heisman. I was already grown and on my own when Clarett came to town, but he was pretty unforgettable, along with the entire defense in that game against UM. 

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sharks's picture

I thought Butler By'not'e was the best name ever

A man got to have a code...

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jamesrbrown322's picture

That's because it is. Also was a huge fan of Marlon Kerner and Chico Nelson.

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

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Buckeye Scottie's picture

Carlos Snow deserves to be on this list as well

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sharks's picture

Ken-Yon Rambo

A man got to have a code...

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QuercusAlba's picture

I liked Na'il Diggs

"I say let us give them all they want; not a word of argument, not a sign of let up, no cave in till we are whipped or they are."
-William Tecumseh Sherman

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Zakb911's picture

I feel like Snow played for 10 years

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bigtenspeed's picture

Bobby Olive and Judah Herman would like a word with you.

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gumtape's picture

Probably the fastest buckeye ever too. People talk about Ginn and Galloway being fast but by'not'e could fly.

High and tight boo boo

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Ortonhallalumni's picture

Jesus I remember Greg Frey trying to keep the ball on a 4th and like 2 against michugan. If he would have pitched to by' note he could have run a long way. Another frustrating loss to scUM. Of course no idea why we ran the option with Greg Frey, he wasnt exactly Braxton Miller.

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stxbuck's picture

I watched whatever was available on ABC or CBS-not much besides scUM. Mostly I listened to the radio broadcasts-I distinctly remember beating #1 Iowa in the Shoe' in 85.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

You didn't miss the 1994 game between Michigan and Colorado did you? 

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stxbuck's picture

Huh? I remember the play but what the hell does that have to do w/ the Buckeyes nine years previous?

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Are you slow? You're the one who wrote that you watched every game that was on ABC and CBS during the 1990s except "scUM" games. 

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stxbuck's picture

No-you are the slow one in the context of this thread-I said the scUM games vs. tOSU were pretty much the only thing available, Buckeye-wise, on TV in the mid 80s, at least for what I had as a kid.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Best childhood memories...of course the 2002 national title.  I was only 14.  I was at the PSU game (the supposed loudest game ever at the 'Shoe...I remember it and they're really not inaccurate when they say it).  I went to all the home games that year.  The end of The Game...one huge party.  

I never really got interested in football until I was about 8 or 9.  I got to go to a ton of games as a kid, as my aunt worked for OSU and I'm not sure how she pulled it off, but she was able to get 4 sets of season tickets together.  I went to my first game when I was 9...1996 season opener where OSU annihilated poor Rice 70-7.  I would go to a game or two each year until 2001, when I started getting to go to all of the games (taking over for what became my ex-uncle).  I missed maybe a handful of games between 2001 and 2009 (my last season as a student).  Since I graduated, it's back to a couple of games a year for me.  

Class of 2010.

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kmp10's picture

I grew up in the 70s. Fall Saturdays my dad and I either attended home games (walked from UA) or listened on radio to the away games while doing yard work. WOSU replayed the games and that's where we watched much of the season. I remember in 75, the MSU opener, the regular season UCLA game, The Game, and the Rose Bowl being televised, but not the other games... and PSU played in the Shoe that year. It wasn't until the Schlichter era, the late 70s / early 80s, that the games were largely available on cable or national broadcasts. I remember in 77, OSU played a night game in the Cotton Bowl Vs SMU, and we had to listen on radio. It just wasn't available in those days... but it was a special time in America in general, and in Ohio State football history in particular. 

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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TX_Buckeye's picture

Fun topic.   I cut my teeth on Buckeye football watching Art Schlichter connecting with Doug "White Lightning" Donley in the '70s.   My Mom worked at the College Football Hall of Fame, which was in Kings Island, OH at the time.   She was dating some dude who had press box access plus a few seats in the bleachers right in front of the press box on the 50.  Yeah - I was spoiled.    Went to just about every home game while at school there from '83 - '88.  Most fun was knocking off #1 Iowa in the rain in '85 and a trip to the '85 Rose Bowl with 8 other guys in a rented motor home.  

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kiddbuckeye's picture

Yeah when I was growing up they didn't have all these recruiting information so you are kind of surprised who the players were already kind of learned about him either to the radio or TV broadcast. I remember all the Buckeye mission games that always be on TV with Keith Jackson of the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day then to be one game throughout the year like the Iowa game I remember I also thought there was a Illinois game on our one year as well. I definitely went trade dussehra for that era but I think that are made me appreciate this are much much more. Especially if you grew up in the prime of your youth during the 90s in the coupe years I really believe that era divides Buckeye fans the ones who lived in the ones you did it pentateuch categories which formulate our opinions.

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Wyandot Buckeye Fan's picture

I was born in 1978, my dad took me to my 1st Ohio St. game in the late 80's, it's when they had astro turf. I've only seen 5 games in The Horseshoe, with my last game coming 2 weeks ago. I would like to see 1 game live every year, but big screens and HD might ruin that. The last game we paid 130 for 2 tickets, 20 for parking, 40 for food.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I'll never ever forget walking out of the tunnel to our seats and seeing how green the grass was, how the scarlet jerseys popped, and the gray helmets shone in the sunlight. Easily my favorite memories from childhood are  holding my dad's hand walking around campus, visiting Conrad's, listening to Munch and Hineygate, and listening to the roar of the crowd as the drum cadence began for the band's ramp entrance at The Shoe.

Buckeye Battle Cry still gives me chills and will always call my mind back to those autumn Saturdays in Columbus. I haven't been to game at The Shoe since Ginn and Troy's coming out party against Indiana in 2004. But I can still remember every one I attended with my father, from the first time I saw them obliterate Northwestern to tying Michigan, to clinching their birth in the Fiesta Bowl in 2002. I still miss watching the games with him, but we spend 75% of the big games on the phone and always have conversations after the ones that are "givens."

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

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

First game was in 1993 against Northwestern at home. Bdeck. Box seats. Just about the 50. Blew my mind. Still have the program and the white plastic coca cola cups.

I'm gonna a cry like a baby when I take my son to his first. Bet your ass he's getting a program and whatever overpriced cups they have now.

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

I Believe In Ohio State.

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kiddbuckeye's picture

I remember getting my student ticket for all football games back in 86 and it was $35. Someone offered me $50 for the last game of the year which obviously was the game and I refused. That was the only game between those two teams that I ever went to and of course we lost. I still don't understand why and third-and-one Cooper decided to throw a screen pass to Chris Carter in the flat and that sealed the game.

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jmmysms's picture

My dad was not a fan of sports. My grandfather was ill so I spent my weekends at his house helping do chores.That meant I got to watch and listen to football and eat whatever I wanted. My grandmother worked at a pie shop and loved to make cookies.

My grandfather was my baseball coach and helped start up girls softball in the Akron area. He was the exact opposite of Woody Hayes but he loved to watch Woody and the bucks with me. That was in the mid to late 60's, a time when tOSU was pretty good. That would set the standard for me ever since.

I have also mentioned that I was at a buddies house in 1974 when they played Michigan State. On the last play when it looked like they scored I jumped up, fists in air and yelled touchdown. I had actually and accidentally punched a hole in his ceiling. My buddy's dad left that hole there for years telling everyone I did that when Ohio State did not score a touchdown. We are still friends some 40+ years later and we still tell that story. It gets in your blood and never leaves!

JMMYSMS

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

My early memories of Buckeye football was the John Cooper era. I want Michigan to go 0-12 every year from now until they close the program. You young ones that want them to be good when we play them, show yourselves out.

My only memory of my first football game was walking down the middle of a beer can filled Lane Avenue. Those must have been good parties at Hineygate!

Pray for potatoes with a hoe in your hand.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Hineygate was awesome!

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

My username says it all. Eddie George was the first memory I ever had of Ohio State football.

Pure dominance.

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

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Buckfrombirth's picture

I was at the '95 Illinois game. He was unstoppable and the whole stadium was chanting "Heis-man...Heis-man". Illinois had that ass-beating coming.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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OSUVantastic's picture

1st game at the Shoe, age 14, parents had tix in end zone bleachers, scalped mine which turned out to be first row upper deck 50ish yd line. Buckeyes beat TTUN 14-11. Archie Griffin's freshman year. I was awestruck !

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Football was always big in my family. On Fridays, we never missed a Wintersville Warriors (OH) football game. On Saturdays after yardwork, we'd either watch or listen to the Buckeyes, followed by church and the Steelers on Sundays. My first real OSU memories were from the Schlichter and Tomczak eras when my sister was in school and after that, I was a fan for life (although my sister said Tomzcak was "a cocky little asshole"). My first live game was in 1987 against Minnesota, in a downpour, in C-Deck, and it was incredible to see the cathedral in person: The turf, the scoreboard, the PA system, TBDBITL's ramp entrance, and a huge Buckeye win. I saw two more games (Wisconsin and MSU) over the next couple years, which were both huge wins. When I was at OSU from '92-'97, I never missed a game. Growing up, it always seemed like OSU would lose to either Illinois or Purdue. It was during the 1983 Illinois game (a 17-13 loss) that I heard my big brother drop the f-bomb for the first time. It was also against Illinois that I remember Keith Byars running out of his shoe with his sock flailing as he ran. Ahhh, memories. GO BUCKS!!!

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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NapaBuckeye5's picture

The last game I went with my Dad was 2002 vs. MeatChicken.  My Dad played for Woody after Korea (not a starter, more of a practice team guy), and this would be the last time he was in that stadium.  Super special day for me, and all of the fans that had waited for a long time for a Championship.   IT WAS COLD AF that day, but the SHOE was on fire. 

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Buckfrombirth's picture

That game was epic. My buddy and I sat there afterwards and cried in front of my TV. Then, about a 1/2 hour later, after the endorphins ran out, we looked at each other and said something along the lines of, "Holy shit...now we gotta play Miami...". Little did we know just how ELITE that Buckeye team really was.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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NapaBuckeye5's picture

Talk about a team that played hard and together.  A true unit.  I cried when they beat Miami. 

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wpbbuckeye's picture

Buckeye football in the 1970's constitute my favorite memories of my time in Columbus. I was fortunate enough to have access to season tickets from 1975-1980, when I was 12-17 years old.  My mom worked for the University and I vividly remember going into work with her at 8:30 on Saturday, then walking across the Oval over to the Stadium around 10-10:30 (all games were noon at that time IIRC).  I saw Archie's senior year, Art Schlichter's dreadful debut and subsequent redemption, the incredible Oklahoma game where we lost 29-28. Later I also was able to attend the 1984 Illinois comeback game. And the road games--the Faculty Club would organize annual road trips, including the great win in Ann Arbor in 1975 as well as ritual thrashings of Purdue, Indiana, etc.  I remember once the bus company went on strike at midnight the day of a trip to East Lansing.  My buddy and I took about 40 unused tickets with us for scalping.  We ended up being surrounded by about 30 empty seats!

What I remember most is the spectacle.  Seeing the band come down that ramp, the amazing drum majors (I think Dwight Hudson was one of them, and he was UNREAL), and if you were lucky, "Script Ohio" (I think they only performed that a couple of home games per year back then). The great Marv Holman on the PA calls--how many times I must have heard "Archie Griffin the ball carrier"   in 1975!  Afterwards, a friend and I would toss the football on the Oval or watch the 3:30 ABC game, which was the only televised game of the week.  And of course the 610 WTVN or 1460 WBNS postgame and scoreboard shows were critical sources of information for up to the minute (or hour) scores.  Great times that will never be replicated.

thanks to the OP for bringing these memories back!

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Buckfrombirth's picture

I'm sitting in my garage right now, watching BYU-Utah State on my iPad, but the simpler times were just so good. College football used to be about the spectacle as much as the money. Now, it's all about the money. Don't get me wrong - I love being able to watch the Bucks every Saturday, and that's because of the money, but what we've given up to get here is a little sad.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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BuckeyeWags's picture

My dad took me to my first game in 1959. I was seven. I remember Tom Matte, Bob Ferguson, Paul Warfield, Matt Snell, Arnie Fontes, Greg Lushutka, Bill Long, Kern, Tatum , Stillwagon, Otis , etc. It is hard to express how much Buckeye football has meant to me, my brother, my father, my daughter. I still get chills for Buckeye Battle Cry, The Regiment Sambre Le Meuse. They played Fight the Team at my Grandmother’s funeral. It has enriched my life. 

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shiloh's picture

As a fellow old-timer my 1st vivid memory was the 1968 13-0 win over Leroy Keyes and Purdue. IIRC that put the Buckeyes in the NC discussion. Listened to the game on the radio in the front yard by a large oak tree. Ditto for the 50-14 ttun game that year which was a balmy late Nov day in northern Ohio temp @ 60/65.
 

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Reading these is like therapy. Great OP.

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analyticalguy's picture

The 1968 run to the national championship - unleashing the Super Sophs, upsetting Purdue, remaining undefeated (back when that was much more difficult to do), laying a massive hurt on TTUN, and then taking out OJ & USC. TV coverage was rare - I had to listen to the Purdue game huddled with my transistor radio, and the only games I remember seeing (on TV) were TTUN and the Rose Bowl.

Nothing since has compared, perhaps because after 1968 I had already experienced my magical season (something everyone should have), with everything else since being diminished by "expectations."

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spiBuckeye's picture

"OldTimer" here. I remember Rick Middleton playing linebacker. I lived just down the street. Cool guy with all us youngsters.

New Orleans Saints was my first NFL jersey as he was drafted by them

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sstein55's picture

Telling my age here, but back in the days I started following the Buckeyes, very few games were on live television. I would always listen to the games on radio, and then stay up till 11:30 pm, and watch the game on WOSU (I think), which would replay the game. Made it a little tough getting up Sunday morning and going to 5:20 mass at Holy Trinity in Coldwater, so I could help my grandfather clean the American Legion. We would get done about noon, and ogo over to my grandfathers place, to watch the Cleveland Browns. Good ole days!!!

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MercyTex's picture

If I remember correctly the replay was just video tape with no announcers.  Those replays were my first views of Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson and many of the greats from the 70s.  We listened to the games live on the radio and I could not wait to see the replay that night.  We have a little more access today to see our Buckeyes.

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DonTurner's picture

My ex wife is an ichigan fan. During the Cooper in a stupor years I suffered dearly.  I still remember Biatookiewookie running anywhere he wanted.   Arrrgggghhh  those days were pure agony.    When Coach Tress gave his famous speech 310 days in Ann Arbor Michigan on the football field was the best day for Buckeye fans !!!! 

All I want this year is for the Buckeye defense to crush ichigan and make Patterson wish he stayed in the marshmallow SEC.

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kiddbuckeye's picture

I remember that game. I got so mad I broke a rake. I feel like if you lived during the Cooper years you have a whole different perspective about that team up north. You want them to be winless and you want to spank them badly every year. You never wish for them to be good for the Rivalry in fact the longer that they're irrelevant the happier we are.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

As a product of the Cooper era, the tag line on my posts says it all. I couldn't give a rip if TTUN loses EVERY SINGLE GAME to eternity. There is nothing redeeming about that team, and I do not care about what their record means for The Game. I quite literally hate that team.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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Bigmarty's picture

Got to watch games in the stadium dorms when my older brother was a student at OSU and I visited for the weekend.  Big old console wooden radio...listened to Hop Cassidy.  Was in the Shoe when we beat scUM 50-14.

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Ortonhallalumni's picture

I remember listening to the radio in the tractor as as teenager during harvest time We always seemed to have a big lead 35 to 7 over the little 8. I remember watching the commercial free rebroadcast of the game on PBS with Paul Warfield
I remember Garcia Lane returning punts..
The Keith Byars Illinois game losing his shoe on a long run..

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c11058's picture

My Dad attended OSU on the GI bill in 1946, after WWII.  He didn't have much money, so he worked in a fraternity kitchen for his room and board.  When he first got there, the frat boys kinda looked down on the hired help until they found out my old man was a combat veteran.  He parlayed his Ohio State education into a life long engineering career and we watched the Buckeyes on TV every chance we got.  "Fight the Team" was sung to me all through my younger years and it ALWAYS brings back great memories.  

I'll long remember Woody's final game vs. Clemson; watched it with my Dad.  Although I am a BG grad, my ties to OSU and OSU Football run pretty deep.

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

We went to the alumni band game every year from about 1976 thru 1985 as my dad was a band alum.  After 1985 he slowly started losing his battle with MS and could no longer march. 

Those games were always one of the early season pre-conference games and almost always a weak opponent (top of my head I recall seeing Syracuse, Miami FL back when they really sucked, Duke, Oregon and I think Baylor) so the games were rarely truly competitive, but I got to see the quad script Ohio every time.   

The more exciting part was we would travel down Friday night, stay in a hotel (which was a huge deal back in the day) and the alumni band would practice in St. John's arena until very late that night.   I vividly recall having my run of an empty St. John's to the sounds of classic OSU songs by TBDBITL.  Great memories, wish I could do it all over and really appreciate how cool it was.   

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Forgot to add, but as many have noted, back in the day few games were on TV, so most times we listened on the radio, but in Cleveland, channel 25 (public tv) would many times replay the games at 10 pm Saturday night.   I loved staying up late watching those and seeing the team.   Man we are so spoiled now that we get to see every game no matter what.  Thanks goodness for that.

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kiddbuckeye's picture

Yes, I thought that WPVZ ?? would show the games and I would watch them on a 13" TV and the signal was spotty but it was Buckeye football. I would stay up in my room watching.

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Yea, that sounds right.   And the production values were pretty low,  not many camera angles, not much in the way of replay.  But it was a chance to see the Bucks so I wasn't gonna be picky.

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JTFor President2016's picture

My first memory of a game was the 2002 National Championship. So I grew up in the Tressel era. Due to this, I consider myself quite the spoiled Buckeye fan. Lost to UM twice in my football memory, and 2003 is foggy (Although I can still hear my dad yelling for Krenzel to be benched). I turned into a hardcore fan during the Troy Smith years. 

My generation of OSU fans are the fans who really need to understand the history of OSU. We have had it so good, for so long, that at times I feel unappreciative, and wonder how many would stick around if we go through a rough patch (Please No)

Elliott dots the eye, on this national championship win. 

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QuercusAlba's picture

My seventh birthday present was tickets for our family of four to see the Bucks play Wisconsin, in October of 1997. I don't remember much except that we won, and hearing Pepe Pearson's name called quite a bit, but that's still one of the best birthday presents I've ever gotten. Unfortunately its a wee bit more expensive nowadays, I don't think it would have been able to happen now. 

"I say let us give them all they want; not a word of argument, not a sign of let up, no cave in till we are whipped or they are."
-William Tecumseh Sherman

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CandygramForMongo's picture

1996. That was a close one. OSU eked out the win...barely.

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NoMad Buck's picture

Mom was a Michigan fan. Dad is a fan of the good guys. I chose wisely. Novembers were a bit contentious growing up.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Keith Byars losing his shoe vs. Illinois. Watched the game on TV with my dad. I was 11. I remember laughing so hard seeing Byars running away from the Illini defense minus a shoe. He couldve outrun them barefoot.

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

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JLBNYC's picture

Moved to Columbus in 1970 when i was 6.  OSU had been upset by UM the prior year and everyone was still talking about it that season.  I don't remember much else from that season other than the 1971 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford (I remember the Stanford marching band didnt seem to be wearing uniforms and had spray painted their tubas hippy style!).  I attended my first game during the 1971 season, seeing a win against Cal.  My dad worked at OSU so was fortunate to then see nearly every home game from '72 to '81 (and then i attended OSU during the '80s and got my own tickets).  My strongest memories are of  Archie, Corny Greene, Neil Colzie, Pete Johnson, Randy Gradishar, Tim Fox, Brian Baschnagel.  Cornelius Greene, Neil Colzie and Pete Johnson were my favorites.   All i knew as a kid was OSU would beat everyone in the Big Ten, including Michigan, then play USC in the Rose Bowl . Oklahoma would be in the Orange Bowl, Bama in the Sugar.  It was shocking when MSU knocked us off in '74 (Not just the nature of the loss, but the mere fact that the Bucks lost a regular season big ten game).  I remember when Michigan went to the Rose Bowl after the '76 season, the crowd booed when they announced that Orange Bowl tickets would go on sale the next week!

As others have mentioned-- only a couple of games  a year were nationally televised on ABC, so we would catch the WOSU replay (10:30 pm Sat night? another one Sunday AM?).  The Woody Hayes show was on Saturday night as well, and we always watched that one.  

Most memorable games i saw live:  "72 and '74 wins over Michigan.  '75 win over Penn State.  '77 loss to Oklahoma (the game was that good). Later- -the '85 win over No 1 Iowa; '84 Keith Byars going berserk against Illinois. '82 win over Michigan.  And i guess it was thrilling to see John Elway lead Stanford to a two-minute drill and lead Stanford to a last-minute win (OSU intercepted Elway to, in theory, lock up  a win, but, for some reason, the Bucks passed the ball and Stanford got an interception to set up the Elway drive). 

I thought Byars was the best back i had seen, until Zeke.  Troy Smith the best QB. Gradishar or Spielman the best LB. Cris Carter the best WR. 

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binger18's picture

Late 1970’s...Osu vs Oklahoma in the horseshoe. Oklahoma comes out in the wishbone with Billy Sims, Lott, Overstreet and immediately goes up by 20...0su storms  back to take a lead but Oklahoma hits a 50 plus yd field goal by uva von schomman as time expires.  Woody called a time out to try and ice the kicker who stood on the field waving the crowd to get louder. The stadium went from as loud as I have ever heard to dead silent in seconds.  The Oklahoma cheer leaders ran across the oval after the game waving their big flag and celebrating. Even though we lost, one of the most exciting games I have ever seen. Osu got its revenge in Norman the following year as Dr. John Frank had a huge game.

Abcdesteele

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Ohiostate1957's picture

As a young Buckeye my family moved from Columbus to Ann Arbor. Wore my colors with pride and received much verbal commenting. We put up our OSU banner on the front porch to the annoyance of our neighbors on game days (and especially on The Game day).

My favorite childhood Buckeye football  memory is attending a TTUN football clinic at the Big House in the summer of 1970 being put on by Bo Schembechler and his assistants. I wore an OSU football t-shirt. Bo saw it while addressing the group, stopped, and called me out by pointing at me: "who is that kid wearing that Ohio State t-shirt?" Scared the crap out of me. Then he grinned. Bo is the only reason I know how wide a football field is. He pulled a dollar bill out of his wallet, held it up, and said whoever could tell him how wide a football filed was wouls get the dollar bill. One of the assistants whispered the answer to one of the kids (160 feet). I have never forgotten this. So this is kind of an OSU football memory.

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Blockandtackle's picture
  • Earliest memory: When I was 6/7ish and watching Champ Henson score a touchdown in the closed end of the Shoe from his spot in the T-formation. That name and those beautiful jerseys made an impression. 
  • I became a fan-for-life a few years later during the Archie years. During this same time period (I was around 10 at the time) I got a book about the history of the Bucks.  I remember vividly laying in my bed and reading that book over and over again. I became a high school history teacher (still am) and high school football coach(not anymore) and I attribute that career trajectory, a least in part, to that book.
  • Rick Leach. He became the embodiment of my hatred for ttun. Only because my love for my daughter is greater than my hatred of ttun, I did not put up a fight when she decided to attend that school. However, after she first visited that school, she and my wife came home wearing urine and blue clothing. Of course the three of us had to have a little sit-down, where they were told in no uncertain terms that those colors were not allowed in the house - and, I haven’t seen them since.  My wife grew up in Virginia and went to Northwestern so the poor thing doesn’t understand the blood-feud. 
  • Memorable games: The two UCLA games of 75. Every Michigan game. The Oklahoma game we lost in the mid-seventies. My first time watching a game in the shoe when I was a freshman in 82. Horrible seat right behind the Bucks bench. Getting embarrassed as my eyes began to tear.....when TBDBITL entered the stadium. Watching John Elway throw lasers on the way to a Stanford victory. Side note: I played QB in high school and coached the position in high school, so the number of hours that I’ve watched tape of the position is vast, yet, to this day, I’ve never seen a ball travel through the air like I did that day. Sneaking 48 beers into the stadium my sophomore year. On a grassy knoll just outside the stadium some frat brothers assisted by taping 6-packs around my body and then stuffing every pocket until they bulged. I looked like the Michelin Man as I waddled in, but the attendant took my ticket and up to C-deck I went, to the delight of my thirsty brothers. Keith Byars’ TD run when his shoe came off and Ted Ginn’s punt return against ttun stand as the two most exhilarating plays I ever saw live. The loss to Sparty in 98?, which I also saw live. And, of course the 3-game run to the national championship in 14, which is unquestionably the most historic run in our illustrious history.  Lastly, some dear friends, who have done quite well for themselves, gave me their luxury box at M and T stadium for my 50th birthday present.  It was the first game of the memorable 14 season and my oldest and closest Buckeye friends came to Baltimore from all over the map to celebrate as we kicked off the season against Navy. What a day!
  • As if the day could get any better, as The game neared it’s end I looked over and noticed that Archie Griffin and Gene Smith had come out of the suite next to ours and were sitting 20 feet away. As I stated above, this whole love affair I have for my Bucks began with #45. So I ask my wife and a few others if I should straddle the rail and say hello., to which they all eagerly said, “Hell yes!”  So I did. I suppose some people might get emotional if they meet a president, Mick Jagger, Movie Star, etc. For me, there is no one, other than my father, who embodies that boyhood hero role more than Archie Griffin. So I walk over, ask if I can shake his hand, and briefly tell him how his career and his life have inspired me from childhood. Luckily, I exited before I made a complete fool of myself and went back to the party with tears of pure joy streaming down my cheeks; a joy that lasted, well, until the following week when VA Tech kicked our ass. 
  • Now and forever....Go Bucks!

A joy which death alone can still.

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My parents got 4 season tickets in 2001, best decision they ever made. I became addicted during the 2002 season

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https://www.elevenwarriors.com/blogs/todd-not-boeckmann/heritage-and-tra...

I wrote that blog a few years ago about my Mom; known to everyone as Grandma Buckeye.  It actually says that on her headstone.  It details my formative years growing up in a Buckeye obsessed household..

My earliest memories of back in those radio days was my Mom putting her stack of TBDBITL LPs on the record player at 10:00am and playing until the pregame came on the radio and then sitting around and listening to the Nationwide Insurance broadcast ot the game with Marv Homan.  To this day, that iconic jingle about nationwide is on your side takes me back to those days.  Once I-71 opened and it became much easier to drive to Cbus, my parents started going to games, things changed.  But those are my earliest memories.

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