Hey Media...Screw You!
For those of you not into sports or living in a van down by the river, there has been a lot of controversy this spring about the fate of my beloved OSU Buckeye football team. There has been some misdoings going on over on the campus of THE Ohio State University and I am not defending the actions of some of the players and possibly even of head coach Jim Tressel, aka "The Sweatervest".
Everyone loves to hate OSU. I don't know if its because we manage to keep a winning program going up North here when all of the "good" teams are supposedly in the SEC, we walk with a certain swagger during football season that rubs some people the wrong way or if we are just an evil football empire and I am too close to the trees to see the entire forest. Next week a Sports Illustrated article comes out further harpooning the reputation of OSU and even our former players are speaking out against the program. Whatever form the next black eye comes our way, I don't care. On a cold November afternoon against the Wolverines there is nothing you can say that will deter over 105,000 screaming Buckeye fans in the Horseshoe and hundreds of thousands more watching on their TV's that the Bucks aren't the best damn team in the land!
Buckeye Nation wasn't too popular outside of Ohio before "Tattoogate" and probably won't be after its all said and done anyway either. People will always remember us for the two losses in BCS Championship games in the first decade of the 2000's, but not for the fact that we won one and got to three BCS title games in the first place. They will forget our seven national championships and remember we lost to a USC team that now may forfeit that season. The will forget our great run going against our arch rival Michigan but remember that we are down in the overall series. Its cool, we're used to it. I do think that they remember though how well Ohio State fans travel around January to get away from the cold weather when a bowl game in a warm location is though...and how well we spend our dollars there too.
What I wish people would remember though is the Spring practice helmets. Painted a digital camo pattern similar to the Army ACU pattern, 25 of these helmets were sold for $1,000 a piece after the final Spring scrimmage game to benefit the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness program. Supporting the families of guys serving overseas helping to protect our rights to spend so much time and energy on covering what amounts to just a game. Now that is something worthwhile remembering.