The Columbus Dispatch has decided to examine an age old question... "Why Does Columbus Smell?"
We had a bunch of threads for "who's going to the Game" - I'd love to share my thoughts and hear how you guys did.
Game Report: I got in that morning, and learned that they close the exits for Medical Center Drive and Lane 3.5 hours before kickoff, because we were in line for Medical Center at 8:30 and watched the cops close it. I've missed it twice before, and never been able to find the closure times on Google, but now I know the hard way.
Absolutely no problems wearing Michigan gear. I parked just off campus and walked in from Bradley wearing a Michigan hoodie. I saw sporadic groups of Michigan fans and a few mixed groups, and we yelled "Go Blue" without grief, including at the Gameday crowd and touring the East and West lots looking for a friendly tailgate. To be fair, we were there early and didn't walk in from Oletangy or anything, but no problems at all.
Sitting in the student section, a small amount of shade, but it was all seriously fun. An older woman started to hand me her cell phone to take her picture with the Gameday bus and said "Excuse me, but would you mind ... oh." (I took the picture AND gave her the phone back). One kid patted me on the shoulder during warmups and said "Sorry for your loss." The drunk kid behind me was calling everybody together for the Carmen Ohio hug-rock thing, and said "Not you. I'm sure you're a great guy, but you don't get to do this." When we were dominating in the first half, one guy said (with a smile) "Man, I hate you right now!" When I couldn't help cheering for Michigan during various key moments, nobody gave me grief.
The students were a little classless to the players and the band, with their traditional cheers of "Fuck Michigan," "Fuck You, Harbaugh," and double birds. But Michigan has that stupid "You suck" on failed third downs, and they were perfectly fine with Michigan fan in person, so cae sera.
I can't say anything about The Game that hasn't been said. I give credit to those kids, each of whom played the game of their life under hostile conditions, injury, and insane officiating. It was excruciating, and if we had won, it would have been awesome. It was pretty fun being in an Ohio section and feeling them deflate emotionally during the first half, to the point that most people weren't cheering and the guy behind me just said a deflated "shit" every time the Michigan D dominated Barrett and company. It was less fun in the second half, when they sometimes got so excited that the bleachers bounced like a trampoline (seriously - I fell off once when I didn't think to bend my knees), but I guess that's what makes the rivalry.
It's an awesome game, and an awesome rivalry, but we need Harbaugh to show up and win a "What's Your Deal?" game against Urban, and to do it soon. If anybody can, it's Harbaugh.
Like an entrenched field reporter, I have been dilligently standing by for 7 years in war-torn Columbus, Ohio in order to give you first hand reports of what the Buckeye fans think of this year's Game. Any other Columbus area fans care to expand on these points?
- Hoke "gets it," and so does Meyer. They name drop RR as a guy who didn't get it, and even lump in Lloyd and Tressel for being too politically correct in the media about the game.
- They are more scared of Devin than they are of Denard. They think Devin has a better shot at stretching the defense and opening up the field. Little do they know that they will probably see both.
- They see 11-0 and 8-3 as black and white. They don't take into consideration the fact that we've lost to the two teams likely in the NCG and the third with our backup backup QB. I think they see this as a coronation, not as a contest. Hopefully the team is thinking the same way.
- They love Braxton, but harbor some nervousness about the fact that if he has a bad game, they will lose.
Now... win or lose, anyone making the trip down should stop by the Hollywood Casino. I bartend there, but I will not elaborate as to where. If you should figure out who I am, just give a Go Blue and a tip of the hat. I'll be too busy to chat much anyway. It's a fun place to be, and with all the security, likely the safest after hours spot.
Herb Frederick has attended to Michigan's football equipment for 70 years, and his duties have exposed him to that unique and long-lived combination of Ohio State football fans and urine:
“You don’t want to go to Columbus,” Herb said. “They had students living in Ohio Stadium, and they would pour water, sometimes urine, down on us when we backed the truck to unload it.”
Perhaps I'll be lampooned, but I figured I'd try to get some discussion on a slow day/week/month/summer...
I live in Columbus. Therefore, I am subject to ridicule from ohio fans. Recently, a mutual friend (who apparently has family in Michigan) claims the rivalry is "much worse" in Ann Arbor and cites being picked on and "having an ohio yard ornament/floaty shot with a shotgun in his front yard." Perhaps the latter was embellished a bit, but this leads me to my...
For those that live in Michigan or, better yet, Ann Arbor, how have you viewed the treatment of ohio fans in a hostile environment? If possible, what is the HARSHEST treatment you've seen an ohio fan experience?
Perhaps a "cool story, bro" lead-in, but I was interested in some shared insight on an ohio fan in Michigan, seeing as my role is reversed.