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.