As things are heating up on the academic front with finals rapidly approaching, it was fantastic to momentarily escape the stress this Saturday night at the Ohio State Buckeyes football game.
Having earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, I am no stranger to Big 10 sporting events. During my four years in Champaign-Urbana, I attended numerous Illini football and basketball games. In January 2008, I traveled to Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl game between The University of Illinois and The University of Southern California. All of my experiences at Illini sporting events wrapped into one cannot compete with my first Buckeye football game.
The fans, the band, the stadium, everything surpassed my high expectations. Not a single student in my row sat down from the opening kickoff until the fourth quarter. It was truly fascinating to witness the passion in which Buckeye fans cheer on their squad.
Although the football team played great, the Ohio State Marching Band might have been one step better. A flawless performance highlighted by the designed formation of a cowboy tipping his hat as members of the band scurried back and forth in perfect unison.
Coming into the Wisconsin game unbeaten in 16 straight, the highly touted Buckeyes rode the Horseshoe’s electric atmosphere to their 17th victory in a row. Wisconsin was no slouch, but the Buckeyes looked the superior team throughout.
Before Saturday’s game, I strongly considered selling some of my tickets. There is absolutely no chance of that happening now. For now, I will have to patiently wait for my next chance to see the Buckeyes. October 19th could not arrive soon enough!