2011 Ohio State
Sometime after the 2003 incarnation of The Game, I remember walking past a belligerent Ohio
State fan by Bell's Pizza on my way back to my house on Packard Avenue across from the weird laundromat/hardware store/hot-dog shop that sits on the very end of Arch Street. I can't really recall the specifics, but he was angrily belittling Michigan despite the outcome of the game. I believe a beer or a punch was thrown by Ohio-guy, who was easily pushed to the ground and subdued by a throng of Michigan Men enjoying the opportunity to righteously enact some minor harmless violence on a Buckeye mouth-breather. We were sick of the cockiness and undeserved arrogance that 2002 had brought to their already aggravating fan base. Until that win we had little to say in response. Now? We were back. Our fall from the mountain brief.
The cops came and it was broken up. We all laughed about how stupid a guy must be to initiate a fight with Michigan fans in Ann Arbor after The Game. Our sense of superiority - already mounting after the victory and the subsequent field-storming - grew ever larger. We were content. Order had been restored to the Michigan football universe after a national championship was delivered to Columbus the previous fall. We planned a trip to Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl that coming New Year's.
I recalled that moment this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which was my desire to feel connected somehow to the emotions that must be flowing through Ann Arbor right now. I couldn't recall whether I had joined the fray. I believe a handful of my friends had, and I somewhat often found myself needlessly entering frays in college and shortly thereafter. While this was partially due to some heightened sense of duty to my friends - although that usually was my (post-hoc) justification - I've always found that there's something inherently and undeniably thrilling about knocking someone down who deserves it. Also, blind rage. That doesn't suit my narrative though.
I am off to celebrate, but just wanted to share the photos I took in the last five minutes and during the post-game pandemonium. Best day ever? Best day ever.
I have no recruiting news to report except they all looked very happy (we're not allowed to talk in the tunnel), Bri'onte Dunn included. Mike Martin, RVB, and Will Heininger all came back out of the locker room with their phones to take pictures with the fans still on the field—those are the last few blurry photos. Couldn't be happier for the team, and especially the seniors.
Go Blue. Celebrate safe tonight, everyone.
I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place. I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further.
Of course, this is Urban's secret code language for "I've called up Hernia Movers and they'll be at my front door on Monday."
Yet Central Ohio News 10tv.com confirms Meyer has accepted job: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7272658/urban-meyer-denie...
Mod Edit: We're going to do the thread consolidation thing again. This is your Urban Meyer thread for today. The only additional threads allowed are seriously new news. If a reliable news source (not Joe Schaad, Deadspin, or Sports by Brooks) says there will be an official announcement, then create a new thread. [zl]
Suspensions have apparelntly used up all of OSU's depth on the offensive line. Adams's 5-game suspension is well known, but apparently Corey Linsley is suspended for 2 games according to 247. He's not on the 2 deep that OSU released as part of its game notes. Back ups at all five positions include 2 guys who were unrated as recruits (Kramer and Blackman) and three freshman. Hall is starting at guard where Linsley was expected to start and Norwell is in at left tackle for Adams.