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Sonof'47alum


MEMBER SINCE   March 26, 2015

I have been a Buckeyes fan since the 1960s.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Earliest favorite moments as Buckeyes fan (all from '68 season): 1) reading newspaper account of upset of #1 Purdue, 13-0 (couldn't get the game on TV or radio in NY metro area back then); 2) listening to The Game on radio: a 50-14 rout; 3)!watching the Rose Bowl on a b & w TV with my mom and dad as the #1 Buckeyes beat #2 USC (with OJ Simpson) to secure the national title. What was great back then too was that they actually showed the Script Ohio in its entirety on TV.

    Two favorite specific moments of recent years: 1) Cie Grant's blitz on 4th-and-goal at the end of the 2nd OT against Miami that resulted in the Buckeyes' first national title in 34 years--what an incredible feeling; 2) Zeke's 85-yard TD run that all but secured the win over Alabama.

    And, how can I possibly omit this: finally making a trip to the ''Shoe and seeing the band come down the ramp and perform the Script Ohio; and, of course, seeing the Buckeyes play in person.

    And the latest: seeing my first Rose Bowl—the Buckeyes’ 28-23 win over Washington.

Recent Activity

Comment 14 Nov 2019

Here is some more from the article:

“Of the 99 computer rankings tracked by Massey Ratings, which use a variety of methodologies, 64 pick Ohio State at No. 1. Only 31 choose L.S.U.”

Comment 13 Nov 2019

Perhaps I didn’t articulate that as well as I should have.  

And, in reality, after roughly a 15-year stretch  comprising the 1980s and first part of the 1990s, where Ohio State fared poorly overall in the final national rankings (including not even finishing in the Top 20 at times),it was Coop who started the revitalization of the program to bring it back to the consistency of excellence achieved by Woody.

Comment 13 Nov 2019

Fantastic!  Thanks for posting.

Comment 11 Nov 2019

I feel unequivocally they are one of the top four teams in terms of talent. But that does not necessarily equate to one of the four best teams from my perspective.  They have to earn it on the field.

Comment 10 Nov 2019

I don’t think anything will compare to ‘69 simply because they were the defending national champs and they were destroying opponents—putting a ton of points on the scoreboard—at a time where there was relatively little passing and offenses were not looking to go no-huddle and speed up the game.  It was total domination until the shock against TTUN.  

Comment 08 Nov 2019

I’m feeling much more positive having read the latest reports re 1) that the payment was not from an agent and 2) it involved getting a loan to fly his girlfriend to the Rose Bowl.  That would be a small loan in the scheme of things.  And, if he was upfront about the situation, that should mean no more than a 2-game suspension,

I don’t believe it was anyone from TTUN that somehow had the info and leaked it.  They would have waited three weeks.

Comment 06 Nov 2019

What this year’s team has achieved to date is a consistency of excellence—something that is indeed so hard to accomplish (as exemplified by the ups and downs of even the best Buckeyes teams over the years).  

More likely than not they will be tested in the 4th quarter of a big game at some point in the next month (although hopefully it won’t be comparable to what they faced late in the 4th quarter against Maryland last year)!

Comment 04 Nov 2019

I understand that as well.  And I suppose part of the equation for current students is that they would love to be part of a season that would be remembered forever.

But I also remember as a student what it was like from the perspective of a player—in my case, soccer in the Ivies. We had no realistic chance of winning a natty although we did go to the NCAA tourney one year.  If you had told me we could win the Ivy title—which would have been a very big deal for us—but would lose to Harvard in the process, that would have been unacceptable.  

I played on multiple state championship teams in high school but one of my biggest thrills as a player was trouncing Harvard 3-0 freshman year.  And in the two other years I played we won one game and tied one.  

So, as a player, I was very fortunate in never having experienced the bitterness of a loss to our biggest rival—and, as a lifelong Ohio State fan, I can say that the Yale-Harvard rivalry is not as intense as Ohio State-Michigan.  So I can’t imagine that the current Buckeye football players would ever be wholly satisfied winning a natty if they lost The Game.