Holy crap. I was a super busy lady this weekend. I got caught up with work related stuff and while I adore my job and who I get to work with (kids), I am so over the mundane paperwork. Nevertheless my job comes before this blog, sad but true.
But Saturday night. Let’s talk a bit of some college football. Sports falls into the pop culture scene, as well, and it’s a good thing, because I am obsessed with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Like you have no idea how much I love them. I think I would even give up my love of other televisions hows for my love of Ohio State. I wish a college football game was on every day. I grew up being one of four daughters. My dad is a farmer and sports fanatic. I was the only daughter who gave a crap about sports related things. I was a tomboy and loved being outdoors and playing tackle football and soccer. I didn’t pay attention to college football very much until the mid 90s. When I hit about 11 years old, I remember riding in the combine with my dad on Saturday afternoons. (A combine is the large piece of farm machinery that takes crops off the field). He would have a college football game on the radio and he would get SOOOO angry about Ohio State losing or any big ten team losing really. He’d even listen to Michigan games if they were the only team playing. He LOVES college football. I remember asking him about the game, what it meant when they said downs, or three and out, what a punt was, what the difference was between a halfback and a running back, why they were called corners and safeties, what they difference between a defensive lineman and linebacker was. I am a very inquisitive person by nature and I want to know things. He spent many hours explaining the game to me. We didn’t have a television growing up, because my mother believed in the power of reading. She didn’t want popular culture corrupting our minds and she wanted us to be smarter and more intelligent than they were. But on New Year’s day we’d pile into the truck and drive over to my grandmother’s house. We’d watch the Rose Bowl Parade with my grandparents and then it was nonstop college football bowl games. We’d watch them all, even the bad teams. Back then they were all on network television. We’d start at 11 a.m. and go until 11:00 at night. And Ohio State in those days always played a bowl game. I wasn’t a huge fan until that fateful night on January 1, 1997. It was the moment I fell in love with Ohio State. The moment I can look back and say, “That is the day I became a true and forever Buckeye.” It was the Rose Bowl against Arizona State University Sundevils. They were undefeated and Ohio State had only one loss. Arizona State went into being the favorites to win. Everyone thought that with Jake “The Snake” Plummer, a college standout, that they would just dominate. I remember watching that game in the beginning and thinking, this game is sort of exciting. But it just progressed. Ohio State would just not quit. They wouldn’t go away. The game went back and forth until the last minute of the game. Ohio State was down 17-13 with less than a minute to go. Joe Germaine, who I still consider a college football God, because it was his play that made me the fan I am today, came in. At the time, Ohio State was running a two quarterback system, but Germaine got that final call. He went in and threw a perfect touchdown to David Boston in the endzone with less than 20 seconds to go and it solidified Ohio State’s win and my place as an Ohio State fan forever. I was lucky enough to find someone who saved the game and made it into a dvd for me. I now watch that game every New Year’s day, regardless of if or when Ohio State is playing, because of the history and what it meant to me as a 14 year old girl experiencing what it was like to be an Ohio State fan for the first time.
Back to the game on Saturday night though. Ohio State didn’t look as good as I thought they would, but this was the first test of the season against a ranked team. It also didn’t help that Braxton Miller, the amazing and outstanding quarterback was injured for the past three weeks. But this was his first game back and yep. He’s still amazing as ever with suffering a horrible injury. I am so proud to be a Buckeye fan after the amazing night victory over Wisconsin. It was a close game, you could tell the atmosphere there was electric, and the noise even on television was amazing. I can remember actually being in the stadium and watching games and the time my cousin got married at Ohio Stadium and me getting to run in the grass on the field. I have an amazing picture of my dad and my sisters and I doing the infamous OHIO pose in the endzone. For reals, one of the best experiences of my life. Nothing can top that honestly. Anyways… Ohio State plays again on t.v. this Saturday night on ABC and I am super excited about it. They played an even higher ranked team this time. Cannot wait for Saturday night. GO BUCKS!
P.S. I am sorry for my overabundance of sports passion/love. I cannot help it. It’s part of who I am.