Not BS'n you when I say that I think my friend mentioned seeing that! That (along with other stories) is why I said even the police join in as I truly recall him seeing someone physically assaulted and despite a couple of cops seeing it they did nothing. I'm truly not out to make it seem like Somolia or something as, again, most UM fans will be fine. It is just sad that many won't and the osu fanbase takes pride in it as it is allowed to happen. When they come here they get a lighthearted "GO BLUE!" or "osu sucks", etc. That is it. We and the AA police realize it is a game. Down there they take pride in being truly horrible in packs. Not every scarlett colored wolf will attack you near its home but enough will, especially in packs, to advise that you do not go without numbers. Again, my good buddy refuses to ever go there again without 10+ people and he can handle himself. They just form packs and attack both before, during and after the game. Sometimes with fists, sometimes with batteries and mostly with words. Sadly, most pathetically, even if you ignore the words they merely up the ante to the previously mentioned.
Columbus Survival Advice
I've never been to an LSU night game but most SEC fans are actually quite respectful of each other from my own experiences ( I'd image an Alabama - Auburn game gets pretty ugly, but the southern equivalent of Ohio is Alabama) I'd never go to a game in CBus, they're all truckers and frat guys.
That was my point. Games down there are largely about fun and hatred of the opposing team. Fans largely do no more than gloat after the game. My analog was in how the South deeply hates the opposing team, osu fans are allowed to deeply hate opposing fans and almost do what they wish without any legal restraint.
Hilarious, but sad. The limit to their restraint is throwing AA batteries instead of C or D size. Unbelievable.
Follow the advice of the MTA:
Remain alert and have a safe day.
Dont forget your full body armor and assult rifle. It will be like going into battle.
Not sure if this is information anyone has, but here it goes. Does anyone know the hotel and arrival time if the team in the Columbus area? Living only 20 minutes from downtown I'd like to give them a great welcome this evening.
...call me a skeptic, but I'm wondering what kind of "great" welcome you and your nine MGoPoints are fixin' to offer. If it involves anything involving the letters "O-H", just....stop.
Yeah.... you and 20 pickup truck loads of sociopathic Buckeyes (redundant?). If anyone does have this information, don't post it.
Protect your cooler at all costs, also watch out for large buckets of pee that could be dunked on your head
Don't accept anything offered to you out of a cooler by an Ohio fan
of one of his trips to Ohio a year or two ago. It turned real ugly, but then again it is Ohio
Edit; I found it http://mgoblog.com/content/pride-buckeyes
I've been to Columbus twice - 1996 and 2006. I wore a Michigan sweatshirt both times. I kept my mouth shut and didn't draw attention to myself other than the shirt.
I was perfectly fine, nothing notable happened. A few people made comments along the line of "We're going to beat you". Someone may have said Michigan sucks. The OSU fans near me mostly joked about beating me up (yes, they were joking).
Everyone was too into the game to be into me.
You'll be fine if you're not an asshole.
"You'll be fine if you're not an asshole" is not necessarily true. You may have been in your situation, but in the last six years I have been sworn at directly in my face, followed and verbally harassed and have had partially full beer cans thrown at my car. I go out of my way to keep my mouth and be non-confrontational. I think you got lucky.
His 2006 experience is the exception. Bo had died the day before and all over the radio that afternoon and the morning of the game people were being admonished to be "on their best behavior" out of respect for him. Everyone I know that went (and I had about 20 guys who worked for me go) said it was unlike any game they had ever been to from a fan perspective.
I guess if you classify saying "common guys....it's just a game" as being an asshole then we were guilty as charged. That IS pretty inflamatory now that I think about it. My 59 year old Dentist friend was probably asking for it when he said such provocative words out loud.
It sounds like you're fine. If being sworn at and having a half empty beer thrown at your car is the worst that happened to you then you're fine. I've been hit with worse than that in the Michigan student section in Michigan Stadium.
I have seen plenty of games at the 'shoe. I have never had a problem. If you must wear Michigan stuff and are concerned wear it so that you can cover it up. Cover it up when outside the stadium. Ignore everyone that yells at you or wave and smile. Inside the stadium no one will do anything because no one wants to get kicked out. Just steer clear of obviously wasted morons. They're drunk. They are easy to avoid. Don't hang out outside the stadium after the game. My experience is, after the game just outside the stadium is when most of crazy stuff goes down.
It's not a warzone. Don't be an asshole and keep walking.
If you have Michigan plates, it's probably a good idea not to park on campus. Even if you have Ohio plates, you should probably still try and park off campus. Off campus, no one will give a shit.
Stay strong. We are all proud of you.
Columbus or Mogadishu?
Well my Wolverine friend, let me tell u like this....I live in Cols, and I love the Wolverines and I dont miss a game here in the Snake Pit, but this year they've taking things to another level..SERIOUSLY....Best advice watch it on TV!!!!!!! these folk are ready to do what ever, to WHOM EVER!!!!!!!! So for the first time in a long time I'll be watching it on TV....Good Luck and God Bless
As an Alum I can attest to the fact that UM fans get treated worse than any other fan base here. Here are some of my tips...
- If you are a thin skin UM fan or easily offended, stay at home. Columbus is not gonna be Sugar and Roses or Disneyland. If you can't take at minimum trash talk and/or dirty looks don't go.
- DO NOT park your car on any side streets (i.e. Indianola, 8th, 9th, ...) or near campus. If you do so, you're asking for something to happen to your car.
- Don't do anything to attract attention to yourself. If you don't look for trouble it won't look for you. Do not feed or contribue to the rage, wearing Maize and Blue is enough...
- Find some where safe to park your car. If you're coming off 71, get off at the 17th street exit. There is a lot by the Ohio State Fair grounds that you can park at with a shuttle back and forth to the game.
- If you know of an OSU fan who is willing to associate themselves with a UM fan during the game, stick with them. They can be your saving grace.
- When walking to the stadium try to avoid the following streets: High, Lane, Neil, or Woody Hayes Dr. Cut through campus and the Oval and follow the flow of people walking to the Shoe.
- When in the stadium, don't do anything to attract your attention to yourself if you're in a mob of OSU fans. Every OSU fan has a pocket full of buckeyes read to throw at you, Jk. A few Wisconsin fans near my section learned the hard way after having drinks poured on their heads last year.
- If UM wins, get the hell out of sight and don't do anything to attract attention to yourself. No victory chants, no waving of the M flag and etc. In 2008, a few Penn State fans had to learn the hard way. I have no idea what its like to lose at home to UM but if I was a UM fan I sure as hell wouldn't want to find out.
- In victory or defeat be respectful of the experiences you have.
I can't say these are all the tips to having a good time in Columbus but its a start. Make the most of your experience and enjoy THE GAME.
I dove with sharks and hiked with Komodo dragons this summer and there were fewer precautions required.
All this "watch out or the Ohio fans will get you" is nonsense. Take any normal precaution one might take when going to an away game. Been there many times, besides some normal ribbing, never had a problem.
To All Suckeyes Posting the Hell Fire and Brimstone Warnings:
We've been to your stadium and arm pit of a town. It isn't the 7th circle of Hell like you want everyone to believe. So you've got random assholes who throw stuff and fight? Well, the thing about random assholes is they are everywhere, randomly. Including the Big House unfortunately. I'd accept the theory that there are a few more random assholes per capita in Columbus, but my opinion may be formed by other than fact. So quit with the propoganda. We'll go to your stadium in our colors, yell for our team, and then leave with the same number of arms/legs/digits/sensory organs as what we showed up with.
ohio is an open carry state.
makes me wanna drive down with my 9mm in a thigh holster wearing blue and wander up and down high street. haha
Since when does Maurice Clarett post on this board?
OK- so this year is marking my first ever trip to the horseshoe. I've traveled to many other stadiums in the B1G with Michigan, but scheduling never allowed for a trip to The Game. I'm heading down with a friend, but have NO idea where to park, where to walk (safely), etc... That being said, I am 6-8 and 290 pounds. I'm not a big slb either, I have a bodyfat % of about 11.5. That being said- anyone want to figure out a place we can meet up and head in safely? I feel pretty confident in defending myself, as I was also a police officer for 4 years- I just know the value of going in large groups. Hell, if anyone is planning on heading down bright and early, I'd even meet up and be good with following some other UM fans down.
I might be picking up a last minute ticket tonight and would also be going solo.
If you still want a co-pilot/driver (or anyone else does for that matter), I wouldn't mind splitting the gas and having someone else along for the ride.
Feel free to give me a shout at email@example.com
Like any other fanatical base the b(s)ucknuts. Keep a pleasant smile on your face, avoid eye contact, cheer as much as you safely believe you can and STOP at the signs of any B.S
This is a fan base that is 50% normal and 50% ---well, NOT. I has the misfortune to live in Gahanna, the S.W side of the city for 5 years. Age? 12-17. Place of birth. Ann Arbor Michigan. These people are delusional to the point of danger. That is a proven point. You're going to be surprised that an entire City can be so rude and classless over a Football team. Good luck, have fun, if we win---RUN;-)
I want to hear horror stories from those who made the trip and survived to tell their tale. This year, specifically.