I have to keep reminding myself that heartbreak is about as longstanding a tradition at Ohio State as dotting the i. Watching other Big Ten teams shit the bed on New Years Day was like, "oh yeah, this crap happens almost every year. Why am I so upset? I should have expected it."
It sucks, because this had the makings of a team that should have rattled off many dozens of wins in a row with multiple national championships - something Ohio State hasn't experienced since maybe the 50's. This was the first time I expected not only this year's championship, but next year's too. Maybe that's my mistake.
"The important thing is not always to win. The important thing is always to hope." - Woody Hayes
We've seen other programs enjoy dynasty runs - Miami, USC, Alabama, Clemson. The Buckeyes win a ton of games, but always fall just short. National titles at OSU come from teams you don't expect...1968, 2002, 2014. But they far more often blow it by losing the wrong game...1969, 1972-1974, 1979, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2006, and most years from 2010 thru today.
On to 2020.