I love tradition, but I might love big night games more.
I'd honestly be all for it one year to see how it is.
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At a minimum, do a 4:00 start. It gets the game more in line with recruits in later time zones who may not be paying as much attention to a game that starts at 9:00am for them. Plus it ends under the lights.
The 2006 #1 vs #2 was a 3:30 kick that ended after dark. That was pretty awesome. Noon games suck (an opinion only partially explained by my west coastness.) When I was at OSU, kicks were at 1:00, which is at least better than noon. Not sure that I'd want to attend a late November that game started at 8:00, though I'd be perfectly happy to watch it here in Seattle starting at 5:00 PST.
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I bet a bunch of young high school kids would too. Especially since they all have film on Saturday mornings and can't watch a game that early to begin with.
The majority of high school teams seasons will be over by then
Exactly, and those are kids who have been recruited to play for football schools, and the reason they still have film is because they are still in the playoffs (at least on the Ohio schedule, not sure about all the states and their seasons though. I heard a rumor that Texas plays high school football year round).
Agree with the 3:30 or 4pm ET start for the late November game is to be preferred to 8 PM for the crowd to endure and then travel home.
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I was there, and honestly as awesome as that game was, in addition to being deaf after two and half hours, my nuts were also cold.
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I really don’t get how you could have a single complaint after that game. I think I was fine and had a T-shirt on, I did crash hard around 10 Pm and woke up around 10 am. One of the great days in my fandom.
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The major problem is we’re talking about Columbus or Ann Arbor, at night, at the end of November.
I’d be in favor of 3:30, let the iron bowl play prime time
Yep. We take whatever time slot we want and then tell the SEC to go fuck themselves.
Fuck the Iron Bowl. Seeing as The Game gets more viewers, we will dictate when the games are played
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I'm all for traditions, but I'm more so for improvement. Night games, by default, bring more energy and emotion. There's no comparison between an 8pm kickoff and a noon banger. I see no reason why the biggest game of each year shouldn't be in prime time.
Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan.
But if it's a noon game you get to enjoy the whole afternoon and evening reading mgoblog and how we cheated again etc. If it is at night then you have to stay up all night reading it. Guess it's a win win
One of the best posts ever. I love going over to mgoblog and watch the meltdown!
Nowadays they close the site after big losses. I pray that Shawn L Martin is back on twitter at somepoint to lick his tears.
Nope. I hate night games already purely on the basis of having to wait all day to watch the game, but I love knowing we handled business by 3 & spending the rest of the evening enjoying the other games & the bragging rights anxiety free.
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On the flip side...you can get shit done before you start drinking. For early games, you start drinking and become completely demotivated to do anything the rest of the day.
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Amen. Plus, I like to party for The Game. The noon start allows me to drink at a reasonable pace and still remember the game. With a 8PM kick, not a chance.
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The Iron Bowl is always either afternoon or night
It's also 50 degrees warmer in Alabama in late November than Ohio or Michigan
Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite
LOL no it isn't. It might be 10 degrees warmer, or it might not be any warner at all. It is definitely not 50 degrees warmer. Alabama ain't Hawaii.
Relax, it was hyperbole. On average, 11/25 (last year's OSU/Michigan and Bama/Auburn game date) is 15-20 degrees warmer in Tuscaloosa than Columbus. I'm sure there are instances where it's been similar temperatures. I'm also sure there are instances where it has been 50 degrees. To say it's not significantly warmer is incredibly ignorant.
The record high in Columbus on 11/25 is 68. The average temperature in Tuscaloosa on 11/25 is 64.
ahhh...so that's why the Packers, Bears, Patriots, Steelers, Browns, Bengals and Bills never play home games in November or December...
Yes, because the NFL and NCAA are 100% identical and therefore scheduling is done 100% the same in both leagues
On a serious note, there is exactly 1 Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night game played north of the Mason Dixon line after Thanksgiving that is not in a stadium with a roof
Nice stat...didn’t know that. Don’t forget about playoff games...
Don’t they flex games to Sunday night though late in the season, or is that over with?
I get that Seattle is a west coast team and 8pm there isn't 8pm here... but they have THREE night games after thanksgiving. Add them into this stat and you've got 4 out of the 11 night NFL games played after Thanksgiving in cold weather. 4 out of 11 isn't too shabby. And yea... they play plenty of playoff games in cold weather.
If I'm not mistaken... doesn't Seattle have a retractable roof? That is why I excluded them. If not, that is my mistake. You added to the point in saying those games are technically being played at 5 as well, and not 8.
But the NFL and NCAA are also two totally different leagues, with totally different scheduling. It's baffling that people use "but NFL playoffs!" for a reason that the NCAA should schedule more games in the cold. Could the players play in cold weather night games? Sure, not a single person on this post has argued other wise. Does it make sense for OSU to schedule Michigan at night? No, because $$$$. Ohio State has made it very clear that they don't care about creating a better environment or home field advantage. Money is all that matters, and they make more at noon than they do at 8, especially when their TV slot isn't competing with arguably The Game's rivalry equal in The Iron Bowl.
You also have to account for the extra security required for a night game, when the average BAC is going to be much higher than a noon kick. When people are tailgating all day long in 35 degrees, they're going to drink... heavily.
No retractable roof in Seattle, but the upper deck sideline seats do have some cover (not exactly like, but similar to our B Deck seats) due to their stadium's structure.
My argument was more in regards to your "night games north of the mason-dixon line" implying weather is the issue. Time slots and competing match ups across the country are more the issue than the weather. In a year when Alabama and Auburn are down, The Game could easily slide into that slot and get an ever bigger TV rating.
Triv- The fans are the exact same though. Unless somehow NFL fans are just tougher and able to handle the could somehow, and CFB fans can't, even though they are the same people. We are northerners, we can handle the cold.
How many at night though? Seriously asking, not a huge nfl fan
The record high and low in Tuscaloosa on those dates is 78 and 10 so like I said, maybe 10 degrees warmer on average, not really that much of a difference to determine whether a game is later in the day or not.
The average difference is 16 degrees (64 in Tuscaloosa, 48 in Columbus), which absolutely is a significant difference. It's the difference between a winter coat + hat/gloves (30 degrees/snow possibility) and a simple sweatshirt (46 degrees, no chance of snow) if there's a cold front
Although let's be real. People form Ohio would be wearing a t-shirt or maybe a sweatshirt in 46 degree weather. People from an area where it's routinely in the 90s are wearing a winter coat.
Yeah no difference at all between Columbus and Tuscaloosa..in fact I don't even consider Bama to be in the south..I usually say they're 'somewhat north'.
Love the game over any team fandom.
Noon? 3:30? 8? 11pm? I'll show up on time and ready party.
That being said, as a consideration, noon slot helps thousands of families avoid having to pay insane prices for hotels. Much easier to drive in and drive out imo. So I'm fine with noon since I drive in from CLE for THE GAME every year.
So what you're saying is that there is a game on Saturday and your ass will be there?
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I for sure wouldn't shoot down the idea to at least try it and see how it feels. It's like a new pair of underwear, at first it's restricting, but then it becomes a part of you, right?
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My main complaint about The Game being at noon is that we always travel for Thanksgiving and now its a pain to make it back in time to watch (or have to listen to The Fan on the train for the first quarter). 330 would be way more convenient.
I go through this every time I have my turkey in Marion. We generally stay for the game and then I'm on my phone on the drive home, revisiting box scores and highlights, and trolling Michigan fans. Still, if it were a 3 PM start (Central time), I'd be home in time.
Brutus - you are going about it all wrong. We used to travel for Thanksgiving every year too but once they moved the game, the traveling ended. Used to say to the inlaws, "Love you guys - but not that much. See you at Christmas."
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There's a chance that people will burn down cbus if michigan wins.
IF michigan wins, i'd say let it all burn!!!
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Weather. Late November can bring snow. We’ve had snow numerous times on thanksgiving about an hour from Ann Arbor. Fans don’t want to be outside in 28 degrees with the wind blowing. I would bet that most of the players would not like that either.Its still about the Benjamin’s at the end of the day.
Packers and Bears fans don't have a problem with it.
Maybe.They seat 80000 and 66000.You would still have to seat another 20000 and 40000. While I think the shoe could do it. To me it seems that the old money fan base doesn’t get rowdy as it is. I could be very wrong never been there. “From what I’ve read”the clientele don’t get excited. Again could be very very wrong. Also got to think about the young men out there.
You're 100% right about the fan base not getting rowdy but I would think that an after-dark winter-weather game might make those individuals pass on going to the game in the first place, opening the door for more rowdy attendees to get tickets.
Packers and Bears aren't students who also have class on Monday. This is one of the issues with travel and with night games.
For what it’s worth, the time of day doesn’t really change that much. I sat inside the shoe for OSU-Michigan game when it was high 20s low 30s, 25mph wind and snow, also sat inside the big house for OSU-Michigan game when the high that day was upper 20s. Both of those were noon kickoffs and obviously cold. Way I see it, when it’s that cold outside you’re gonna freeze your ass of regardless. Might as well do it under the lights in a hyped atmosphere lol.
I like the noon tradition, and I like that by 3:30 I know the outcome and just enjoy the rest of the day stress free. But I also know the intensity the big time night games bring and it would be nuts for a night Michigan game. As mentioned above, the 3:30-4:00 slot would be great too like in 06 where the game finished under the lights
I'm already a ball of nerves that morning, nearly to the point of vomiting (thanks Coop!) so I don't know if personally I could handle waiting until a night game. That's the only game I hope we play at noon. However, if we're undefeated and they have one loss heading into it and they want to move it to 3:30 then so be it, but please don't push it to night.
Exactly, I want to get it over with early. I love and hate this game every year...the anxiety, stress, etc....I want to get it over with honestly (and then re-watch highlights all day if we win). Nothing better than repping OSU gear the rest of the day after a huge win, it's glorious when you run into a skunk fan.
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3:30 would be the best of both worlds--early enough that cold isn't a major factor, late enough that the crowd is awake and you get to play the second half under the lights.
2006 was a 3:30 start and it was amazing.
I can’t wait all day for that game.
I hate noon games in general and I am totally baffled as to where so many OSU fans go this notion that noon was some kind of traditional kickoff time. It isn't. Noon kickoffs were a TV invention in the '80s. Up until the mid '90s OSU's traditional kickoff time was 1:30. And if you look back through the record books it used to be 2:30 before games started going close to 4 hours. Noon and 3:30 are TV inventions, not tradition. I'd love the OSU-Michigan game tome a 1:30 kick, but 3:30 is better noon, and a night game is fine too. High school playoff games are all played at night, even the state finals in Ohio Stadium in December kickoff after dark. This notion that weather is a big issue is also bogus. The average high / low temperatures in Columbus in late November are low 50s/ mid 30s.
Noon games are garbage. I don't understand why anyone supports them, but especially this BS tradition of The Game being played at noon.
Football is meant to be played under the lights.
I don't care what time The Game is played, I just want to hammer TTUN. Waiting until 11:00 is rough on me. Waiting until 2:30 may cause my wife much strife with my impatience.
Never had issue with earlier time slots for The Game, actually prefer them - so much going on that time of year.
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No. Dont mess with tradition.NOONER!!!! Get off my lawn.
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Sorry, I have to trump your lawn card. Noon kicks are only traditional for Buckeyes of a certain age. Most home games used to be 1:00/1:30.
Because of train schedules?
No. Absolutely not. I believe the 1 vs 2 matchup in 2006 (easily the best Game from the last 15 years IMO) was actually flexed to 3:30 due to it being the biggest game of the year and I remember hating having to wait with anxiety about the outcome for an extra 3 and a half hours. We play enough night games as it is and the Game tbh wouldn't feel right to me being played under the lights.
I was actually able to go play 18 holes with some buddies, and then came home and had a watch party with a shit ton of food that year. It was a perfect day. We played cards after the game, and then went out to the bar after. Oh to be young again...and I'm only 36!
You are correct and that was the last time they did such a thing because it was clear that noon is the prime time for the game.
I'd like to see it at 3:30. Night would be nice but it can get pretty cold that time of year later in the day. I just think the viewership would be a whole lot better at 3:30. I'm ready for change
Hard pass on making Ohio State - Michigan a night game.
I'd make the drive for that night game. I've never felt that stadium rock like it did for the night games I attended.
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Wasn't it a night game once when they were 1 and 2 in the polls? Maybe I just am remembering that wrong.
I would still prefer that it was not. It still gets pretty big ratings. An afternoon game is as late as I would go. I imagine it could get cold that time of year at night. Even with things warming in general, the chance for cruddy weather and fans getting in and out would be a potential pain in the butt.
Started at 4:30 If i am no mistaken
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Its broke. I think the fact that it is an early game makes it seem like it isn't important. Plus the atmosphere of night games is soooo much better. Noon for OSU TTUN is a terrible time in my humble fact.
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For sure not worth the weather concerns.
New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.
I am good on any time, Urban teams seem to play best at noon, but both teams should always wear home unis, it is absurd that wasn't put into place sometime in the last 60 years.
I think it’s more of a policing issue as for the early start. I recall all sorts of horror stories from the late start in 2006.
The extra drinking time leads to bad things in the rivalry. I hate ttun as much as anyone but everyone deserves to attend and cheer their team without fear. Good natured ribbing is one thing but assaults in parking garages are another.
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Why not try it and see what happens? I am a big fan of night games as the atmosphere is not even comparable to a Noon game.
But I understand that the weather would be a big factor. As others have already mentioned, I think a 3:30 start time is a good compromise. Takes some of the weather out of the equation, finishes under the lights, and doesn't finish too late. Now that I am on the west coast I especially dislike Noon EST games.
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For the life of me, I'll never understand why The Game isn't played at night. It's like we're forcing it into comparative irrelevancy vs. the Iron Bowl. Big time college football should be played under the lights -- and college football doesn't get any bigger than The Game. I don't get the hand-wringing about temperatures, either. Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, and New England don't seem to have trouble drawing outdoor crowds for night games in the dead of winter -- let alone mid-to-late fall.
Play The Game at night -- or 3:30 in a year where one of the two teams is having a down year. OSU - Michigan is the finest rivalry in all of sport. Let's start treating it like that.
Green Bay almost had to black out a playoff game just two years ago because it was ~15 degrees. I went - it was a blast watching A Rodgers toss that pre-half Hail Mary but even a half-case deep, it was miserable. It's one of those things where it's cool to say you were there, but you'd give anything to feel your toes or have an extra 10-20 degrees.
My dad had season tx from 1986 til last year. Getting home at super late times of the night and too many tv timeouts did that in. People traveling from out of town probably prefer the earlier games. Columbus people probably like the night games. I am sure there are thousands of exceptions though
The biggest reason to not play The Game at night is that the B1G championship game is the following weekend. I know many of you may disagree, but most coaches do not want to play a meaningful night game that starts at 8 pm and finishes at around midnight or later when they have a game that is every bit as important if not more so the next weekend. It is bad enough when it is a home game, but it is miserable when it is an away game.
How many times has OSU played a marquee night game only to struggle the next weekend (looking at Iowa last year)? Many of you may want to think that it does not matter what time the game is played, but I can assure you that most coaches would prefer an earlier game in that circumstance. You will note that the iron bowl is usually slotted for the 3:30 slot. The most significant reason is to allow the winning team time to recoup for the SEC championship game.
Even Meyer has suggested that there only be two away night games per team per year (excluding championship and bowl games) because it is just too hard for the players to recover for the next week and keep up with their school work.
People ignore that the players are students, with class and obligations the Monday after a night game. Add in travel and overnight....
The weather argument doesn't makes sense. It could be 20 degrees at noon just the same as it could be at 8:00. Or it could be 70 degrees. Ohio/Michigan is fun like that.
As much as I like night games I still wouldn't want it for OSU/Michigan. 3:30 would be perfect in my opinion. Enough time to have some fun before kickoff but not too much time.
Really I just wish all games were 3:30 with a couple of night games a year (early season big game and mid-season big game).
Just beat blue....I don't care if it starts at 2am.
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I like the time slot where it is. Some things need not change, The Game is usually one of them.
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No. Just no. Noon or 1:00. Period.
Win the game. Eat some Turkey day leftovers. Drink more beer. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
No night game vs. TTUN. Just say no.
Now, get off my lawn, thank you very much.
To all the people talking about it being colder if it was a night game and the players and fans wouldn't like it. DID NONE OF YOU PLAY FOOTBALL OR GO WATCH FOOTBALL IN PERSON? As a player the cold doesn't matter unless your a pansy! You get up for the games under the lights! Your acting like The Game is gonna be in February. The biggest game under the lights, NO ONE is gonna think or care about it being maybe at worst 30°! Black out the Shoe against TTUN with our normal scarlet jerseys! Tell me the Shoe wouldn't be rockin and the players pumped up beyond belief!
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Tell me the Horseshoe wasn't rocking and all the players pumped up beyond belief in 2002.
Kicking off at noon doesn't make The Game irrelevant. Michigan being irrelevant makes The Game irrelevant outside of Ohio and Michigan. Auburn beat Bama a year ago. M hasn't beaten tOSU (legitimately) in 15 years.
2006 was a bigger deal and ended under the lights. Everyone knows night games are more exciting period.
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How about the game moving to London, a 3 pm start is 9 am game in Columbus and a night game in Tokyo starting at 11 PM.
Tressel for prez, tOSU or USA, I'm good with either
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Night game ag. TTUN ??? Problem here is the weather ... Could be really cold for the fans and even the players if a game would be played late november under the lights ... Not sure but i think B1G teams can t schedule night games in november ... It s a rule .
Maybe the rule has changed though ... I don t know .
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We have a night game vs Nebraska in November this year.
Has that been confirmed ?
I think people are just assuming that Black Uniforms = Blackout the Shoe = Night Game. I haven't seen anything on any of it apart from some homeless dude on Twitter.
Good catch! I thought it was confirmed. My apologies!
NFL games are played at night into January...
I think we should change the tradition and play it at night every season. It's the biggest rivalry in college football. If there's any game on our schedule that deserves to be primetime, It's The Ohio State Buckeyes vs those dudes that are apparently tough as hens teeth...
We could wear alternate unis at night against a team that matters. You want a blackout? You better believe the fans would actually do it.
In my personal opinion, this is a horrible idea. The alternate uniform Vs *ichigan? Why on earth would you choose not to wear that iconic helmet in that iconic game? C'mon... this is utter bullshit, and that OSU continually opts to wear their non-traditional uni in The Game, of all games, is dumbfounding.
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Hear hear! Keep it traditional for The Game!
Edit...double post. Blast.
As others have said, late November is probably too late in the year to play a game at 8PM. Better to stick with tradition and play Michigan at noon.
I'd like to see more "big" games at noon, like the 48-3 MSU game in Columbus last year. I understand that broadcasters won't like it and many fans won't like it. Don't give the opposition the platform, a "spectacle" night game, to use as an incentive when they come into Ohio Stadium. Play football at high noon. Michigan State in Columbus should be at noon every year.
And, next year, Penn State should be a noon kickoff. Just my opinion. Leave the pomp-pomp spectacle night game for Penn State. Let's play football at high noon.
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Flying in from Idaho Thanksgiving morning. 3:30 start time if 10-1 vs 11-0 would be awesome just like 2006. Don't fly home till Sunday AM so,works for wife and I.
No thanks, I don't like night games
Even if people typically associate the noon games as less exciting, I think all bets are off for Rivalry Saturday. People expect awesome games throughout the whole day. High Noon for The Game has clearly become a tradition (even if it wasn't always that from the inception of football), and I like it.
Even though Michigan-OSU is the biggest and best rivalry, I have a ton of respect for the Iron Bowl, and it would be stupid to not allow college football fans to watch both, live, in their entirety.
On the November/weather issue, not having it be a night game is not unique to the Michigan game. My recollection is that there weren't any November night games at all until recently, and even now it's just the first weekend. The wisdom of the schools/conference has weighed in on this, and my instinct is to trust them.
Thank you for a really intelligent point. Seriously, I appreciate it.
I’m a deer hunter. The Game at night would allow me to at least get a morning hunt in during the rut in the mid South so I’m all for it.
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I’m a big no. The first reason is purely personal and selfish as I’m not a fan of November night games.
The other reason is logistical. Every other year it might be OK for the players but when it is not a home game it involves a 3.5 hour bus ride after the game, after the interviews, after whatever else. Puts the players back at the Woody around 4-5 am.
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I was in the student section for the 2006 game (I was 56 at the time). While the atmosphere was great, at least in large part due to the hype of 1 vs 2 and the back and forth, high-scoring game, it was really cold. The students were either half asleep or already blitzed. Finally, one of the female students yelled at her friends if the old guy has the energy to stand and yell for every play, then get off your asses and start yelling. The energy level was like a wave in that on each ensuing play more and more students got up and started screaming. By the end of the game we were all out of energy and our voices.
The downside- once we came off of the adrenalin rush, it was one of the longest, coldest walks to our car that I ever made. Bottom line- if you are watching on tv, great. In person, not so much.
Beat them at night-beat them at noon, 3:30, 5:00 am....it doesn't matter.
Enjoying daily the back to back ttun beatdowns.
I really like the 7 or 7:30 KO time. The Penn Sate Game time was ideal as far as I'm concerned..
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Isn't the iron bowl always a 330 kick?
Noon is fine with me, would hate waiting all day for that game.
If you take everything I’ve accomplished in my life and condense it down to one day, it looks decent!
Yes, the iron bowl is a 3:30 kickoff Eastern time. Alabama time is 2:30.
8pm would be great especially if its wicked cold out. I would only hope it would push out the "knitters" and "down in front" terrible fans we have to not attend and would bring in true fans. It makes me sick to my stomach seeing how many people sit the entire game and don't get into the game. Maybe Ohio Stadium sells spiked hot chocolate?
Just dropped in to say that The Game at night would be lit.
I think they did in 2006, but my memory is fuzzy. To be honest, its just too damn cold to sit four hours in a stadium in late November.
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A night game would be great, although I'd definitely be watching on an HD TV in the comfort of my home. If I was actually going to the game, I'd prefer a noon start.
Give me a 3:30/4pm kickoff. More time to travel and/or tailgate depending on where the game is played. That #1 vs #2 game was epic for MANY reasons, one of which was the time they played. That game ending under the lights was simply amazing and felt right.
I'd be good with the game being at 3:30. The thing about OSU and 8pm games is that I literally plant my ass on a couch at noon and do nothing but watch college football and drink. When OSU is playing in a prime time game and they come out flat against a big opponent, which obviously happens often, it drives me to drink more. By the end of the game I'm sloppy drunk and have to piece together what happened in the fourth quarter the next day.
I wouldn’t mind seeing The Game at 8pm. I’m also becoming more and more fine with noon the older I get
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Something about Buckeye night games that makes the whole day electrifying. Watching the other teams play as a prelude of what's to come. Like Ohio State is headlining the mainstage and all the other teams are the lesser bands vying for ELITE status. Make any game a night game and you change the whole dynamic and feel. Adding the darkness of the night as a backdrop to the pageantry, TBDBITL, and the best rivalry in all of sports....I get chills just thinking about it!
Like mentioned above, the game was meant to be played under the lights.
Regardless of tradition, ask any player what they preferred, Friday night lights or Saturday afternoon? Tradition from the 80's be dammed, it's not like it's the indy 500 and has had the same start time for 100 years. I'd be more defensive about that, the 3:30 '06 GAME was everything! Having that game finish in the lights with everything on the line was peak primetime for everyone!
Lets also not forget from a talent acquisition standpoint tonnes of kids who don't live in Ohio and OOS visitors/fans have to rush to get in and you have to wake up super early to get ready, getting up at 8 with no time to pregame just to get ready/get a taxi then walk for 45 min didn't fuel me enough for the noon banger. Let the tailgates and fans marinate.
Love night games but this game deserves a "high-noon" start.