If you're competing with fellow diehard Buckeye fans to buy team memorabilia, you'll have to be quick to secure your quarry. Some fans found that out the hard way.
Several preliminary events were scheduled to whet fans' appetite before Ohio State's spring game, among them a spring equipment sale. Needless to say, Buckeye fans were on that like locusts on wheat stalks.
Ohio State advertised a sale of all kinds of equipment – shirts, helmets, cleats, cheerleader gear, CDs, socks, you name it – at the French Field House from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday morning. By the time the doors opened, the line easily had dozens of people in it.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) April 18, 2015
The prized items were jerseys; according to some observers unscrupulous people took armfuls of them. The chrome helmets (selling at $1500 each) were also treasured. In fact, nearly everything was gone within an hour.
OSU spring sale was a mess. 1st few guys in line each grabbed about 30 jerseys. Jerseys were gone in under 2 minutes.
— Ben Kehoe (@BenKehoe) April 18, 2015
Somehow, I suspect the people who grabbed armfuls of jerseys are not keeping them all for themselves.
The OSU equipment sale was the most poorly run thing I've ever seen. #smh
— Evan McElhinny (@Emaculate25) April 18, 2015
The last items of clothing left were size 17 shoes and similar objects – great if you're Anthony Davis, less so if you're a fan of average build. Otherwise, you were limited to field turf, which you could get in an acrylic box, as a doormat or as a bag. (The doormat actually sounds pretty cool.)
Andddddd just about everything is sold at the equipment sale at French Field House. Size 17 shoes, and turf are really all that's left.
— Scarlet & Gray Radio (@SGSR_OSU) April 18, 2015
People at the Ohio State equipment sale... SAVAGES
— Justin Groshon (@Justin4_OSU) April 18, 2015
In hindsight, maybe Ohio State athletics should have had some rules like "no more than three jerseys per person" and "adhere to the norms of society", but at least they achieved the sellout. It's just more incentive for fans to get in line earlier next year.