At my daughter's soccer game yesterday afternoon, one of the moms was lamenting that her husband "made" her cancel the babysitter so that they could stay home and watch the Michigan game.
She was very surprised that I - as a devoted Michigan fan - had planned an evening out with my wife. (If you're a Beatles fan, you need to see the movie "Good 'Ol Freda.) My response was that the game should be a blowout, and, if it weren't, I wasn't really interested in watching it. Plus, we were going to be home in time to watch the 4th quarter.
It reminded me of a column - written by a lapsed sports fan - I read about a month ago. His thesis was that the lows began to outweigh the highs. That when his favorite team lost or performed poorly, it negatively affected his mood for days. (I think we all have experienced this after the Horror, Toledo, Akron, etc.) And when his favorite team won, the positive effect on his mood was muted and lasted for a short period of time.
This theory best describes why I had no desire to watch the game last night. I've seen more than my fair share of cupcake games over the past thirty years, and the bloom has long been off of the rose. The blowouts aren't that exciting...and the losses/close calls stay with me sometimes for days. I enjoyed being at the CMU game, but the Akron game negatively affected me more than the CMU game positively affected me.
Any thoughts on this? Are the lows sometimes lower than the highs are high for you? Have you ever thought about giving up being a Michigan fan or trying to lessen your passion for the teams, so as to reduce the emotional toll the teams' ups and downs have on you?
I would request that if you don't have a constructive comment to refrain from commenting. Please keep the snark and witty negative responses to yourself.
To maybe distract some of your minds from our once again shitty performance yesterday, I will give you a review of my trip to enemy territory yesterday for the Ohio-Florida A&M game. I got offered a free ticket so I said I would go.
First off, the upper deck at the shoe is scary. Very steep. I was probably ten rows from the top but the view is pretty still pretty good. The seats are similar size to Michigan...I was basically sitting in the isle.
I feel like the shell they put around the stadium hides the original construction a lot, but it is a very impressive structure from the outside and inside.
This is what was quite different from Michigan and not for the better. They do have a few ads along the side of their scoreboards, but that wasn't extremely noticeable. What got me was that the game itself was brought to us by Lowes, the replay was sponsored by someone I can't remember, and Tim Hortons is the official coffee of Ohio State athletics. I will be furious if we ever take that route.
They also do a lot of animations that I thought were extremely lame for a program like them. When there was a holding penalty they showed a phone on hold. Just a lot of weird things like that.
I wasn't expecting much since it was Florida A&M. Basically the same thing as a noon game as Michigan Stadium: golf clap when something good happens and not really much noise when the other team is on defense (like they really needed to). I decided to wear my Michigan shirt under a fleece so I didn't get harassed or anything. One guy at a tailgate had a flag on his flagpole that had a block M with a screw through it. I thought that was...clever.
Pretty much all of Ohio Stadium was full besides a small section at the top of the endzone seats and student seats. Yes, even osu has these problems. They only have two very small sections in each endzone (total of about 2,500 seats) and they didn't even fill those.
Half time show and band:
As much as it pains me to say this, their band is quite good and much louder than ours. They did a tribute to The Beatles and formed BEATLES, a guitar, and the name of each member. Then after that the Ohio School for the blind marching band was honored and OSU's band did the script Ohio and the Ohio School for the blind also formed Ohio in braille form. When I like that I wish we would do is once they were done with script ohio the tuba players play the Buckeye Battle Cry (their fight song) and the rest of the band sings it and the crowd sings a long.
We ended up leaving with about 5 minutes left in the 3rd at that point it was 69-0. Oh yeah, shout out to Meyer for going for two on the second touchdown and failing. Ass.
Overall it was a pretty good experience. I'm sure it would be better to judge it for a big game, but not like I would spend my hard earned money for that, and I don't know if I'd ever want to go see Michigan there.
Feel free to share your experiences at the shoe if you've ever been there.
So is this what the interior of the line is trying but failing to do? It seemed to me that on a lot of that run to the left, the interior d-line was just beating attempted combo blocks by the center and left guard. http://www.footballoutsiders.com/word-muth/2013/word-muth-inside-zone-and-emerson.
MOD EDIT: Because of a fear of an onslaught of excessive individual posts regarding this and other topics, this is now the Sunday Snowflake Thread. - LSA
Does anybody know whether the WTKA post game has started yet? I'm listening to WTKA via the internet right now, but all I'm getting is a non-stop string of public service announcements.
"I'm having a stroke..."
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I don't understand y everyone is making a big deal over Arian Foster saying he got money while he was in college. News flash We all did.