If you’ve never been to Ohio Stadium (aka “The Shoe”) when The Ohio State Buckeyes are playing football, then you need to hop on ticketmaster and snag a ticket as soon as possible. I grew up watching Buckeye football my whole life and I must say, the experiences have been better with age. There is just something about the emotion of having 100,000+ people flood Columbus to cheer on this group of brothers that puts me on a whole new level of excitement. I am getting chills just sitting here thinking about it. “Buckeye Nation” is what the loyal following is known as and members range from die hard nuts to casual viewers. Whatever your interest or affiliation, Buckeye Nation is always accepting new members.
On the 12th of September I woke up, put on my white #5 jersey, grabbed a snack and took off for Lane Avenue where I met my fellow Buckeyes for some pre-football tailgating. We stopped at a few tents on the way to our destination (all overflowing with people and FOOD..lots of food) but eventually made it to Fisher Commons where our host and fellow SMF student, Taylor Richard, had buffalo chicken dip ready to be demolished. After enjoying more than my fair share of buffalo chicken dip, we took off for The Shoe and what we hoped would be another Buckeye victory.
There really isn’t anything quite like a Buckeye football game. I could go into details about the deafening roar of the crowd when we score a touchdown or the amazing feeling you get as you sing Carmen Ohio while embracing your fellow Buckeyes arm-in-arm, but I am going to let you experience it for yourself! Because my words just don’t do it justice.
One great thing about Ohio State is the wide variety of activities to participate in during the school year! One popular choice this term was intramural soccer. The MAcc team, Channel Stuffing, competes every Monday night against other groups of students. While I (unfortunately) am not able to bless the team with my (non-existent) soccer talent, I was able to go cheer them on! The team they played had another MAcc student on it, I guess this is okay even though I consider it borderline treason to be on any team besides the official MAcc team. Below are some pictures from the game!
Unfortunately, Channel Stuffing did not prevail but because they have already won a game they are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. It was a lot of fun to go see everyone play! If you are interested in learning more about intramural sports at Ohio State, click here! There are so many options it is hard to choose!
As a grad student pretty much all of my week nights are filled with classes or study sessions, so it’s nice when I have a night off to take a break from school and enjoy something fun around campus. Obviously, Ohio State is a huge football school, but during the cold winter months basketball is a fun sport to watch here in Columbus. There are also a number of other great sporting events during the winter, including the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ohio State ice hockey team. In fact, later this month the whole MHRM class is going to a Blue Jackets game together, which will be a fun outing. Last Wednesday I went to the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game and had a blast. It’s really easy as a grad student to get affordable tickets to the basketball games. My seats were in the second row, and I even got to meet Greg Oden who was there watching the game and supporting the Buckeyes. I’d definitely recommend going to at least one basketball game just for the experience. It’s definitely a good way to fill the void when football isn’t in season.
I bet you thought this post was going to be about food. Well… It’s not. Although pizza and french fries do sound pretty good right about now.
There are two ski resorts within an hour of Columbus. How awesome is that? This is one of the reasons I love Columbus, and picked Fisher. Mad River Mountain is about 45 minutes northwest of Columbus. This is where I do most of my skiing. I have a pass that allows me to ski one day a week (all you need with classes all week), and it was only around $200. If you are a skier, you know how cheap that is. For the price, this place is pretty awesome. This coming weekend there is going to be music and an airbag to land on. If you do not know how this works, you pay $25 to land on an airbag which allows you to try all the tricks you are too scared to do on the snow.Also, Friday is college night, so with your BuckID you can ski all night for $15. They also have nice deals on pizza and drinks on Fridays, too. Last, but certainly not least, there is a snow tubing park. This place is awesome, especially for those who hate skiing/snowboarding, or just have no idea how.
Snow Trails is located about 45 minutes north of Columbus. While I have never been here, others in the office have and say very good things about this resort as well. This resort has much of the same perks as Mad River. They have deals and promotions,snow tubing, bands playing on the weekend, competitions, lessons, beginner’s area, and many other awesome things.
All in all, no matter where you go, you are still being able to enjoy a family friendly environment while kicking up powder!
Just remember if you are learning to ski: pizza, french fries, pizza, french fries!
As the first semester of the MAcc program came to a close, some students had more than just finals on their minds. The last week of finals corresponded with the announcement that The Ohio State University’s football team made the first ever College Football Playoff and would be playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. Hearing this news numerous MAcc students had their sights set on making it down to New Orleans to be part of the game and support the Buckeyes. Luckily, around 10 or so MAcc students got tickets for the game either through the student lottery or other various ways; I was lucky enough to receive a free ticket from the student lottery provided by Taco Bell. Through group messages and talking at lunch, we were able to plan the drive and hotel situation. Since we were on break, many people were driving from different parts of the country (including one person who took a 16 hour megabus trip).
Once we all got to New Orleans we made a plan for the trip. We spent all of New Years Eve day in the city, seeing the sights and fully exploring the culture of New Orleans. We stopped by Cafe Du Monde to enjoy some beignets and coffee, which is a must if you are ever there. We also enjoyed an early dinner on Bourbon Street and were able to get some signature Louisiana dishes you always hear about. New Orleans is without a doubt a city worth visiting if you get the chance (go to Pat O’Briens).
Luckily for us we weren’t there just to see the city, we went for the Sugar Bowl. New Years Day we got to the Superdome early to pick up our tickets and check out the pregame festivities. The atmosphere surrounding the game was unreal and the streets were packed with both Ohio State and Alabama fans. Having won a ticket in the student lottery I was able to be part of the student section and had seats only 11 rows up from the field. It was a great game to be a part of and Ohio State was able to come away with a win, putting them in the National Championship against Oregon. The whole experience was something I will never forget and it was wonderful to be able to share it with some of my best friends from the MAcc program.
One of the best times of the year to be an Ohio State student is during Beat *ichigan Week, it is a time when all the students rally to beat TTUN (that team up north)! One of the biggest events before the game is to jump in Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is normally a peaceful place to walk around on campus right by the South Oval, but on the Tuesday night before everyone goes home for Thanksgiving Break it transforms into pandemonium. Students are everywhere partaking in the event and jumping into the freezing cold lake! This year was my fourth year jumping and it was a lot of fun to go with some of the other MAcc students because they had never jumped before. Needless to say, we were frozen running back to North campus from the South Oval but it was definitely worth it! Below are some pictures from that night.
While mirror lake is an exciting aspect of Beat *ichigan Week, the best part of the week is the actual football game! Normally this game is one of the toughest of our season but Michigan football has fallen on some hard times. I went to the game with my sister who also attended Ohio State for undergraduate and graduate school so we were pretty invested in the outcome. My first game as a student was with my sister and now I have officially gone to my last home game as a student with her, bittersweet! We stayed through Carmen and rushed the field after the game, overall a great experience!
This weekend I will be traveling to Indianapolis to watch the Buckeyes take on the Badgers in the Big 10 Championship, hopefully we come out victorious! Go Bucks!
So as shocking as it may seem, I have never been to a men’s basketball game. I know that seems blasphemous to some but no worries, that was remedied Friday night. I had the pleasure of attending the first basketball of the season against UMass Lowell. Now I know UMass Lowell doesn’t seem like a super intriguing matchup, but it was actually a lot of fun. Students are able to sit super close to the action and members of Block O make sure to keep the energy up in the Schott. OSU ended up winning 92-55. Don’t feel too bad for Lowell though, they are the “Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution” which is a title Columbus is unable to claim.
The weekend of sports continued to Saturday when the Buckeyes took on the Gophers. This was a more important game than everyone had anticipated with Minnesota eking out a top 25 ranking. The MAcc class watched at Hounddog’s Pizza, the best pizza place in Columbus (well at least I think it is the best pizza place in Columbus…)
We all had a great time eating pizza, hanging out, and cheering on the Buckeyes to a 31-24 win. Hopefully we can win this weekend against Indiana before taking on Michigan. The Michigan game is a horse of a different color, can’t wait to attend over Thanksgiving and fill everyone in on the adventure!
While the softball game we played versus the second years was mainly for networking and getting to know our fellow MBAs, the Fisher 1st Year Flag Football Championship was all about pride.
After playing soccer intramurals with two different teams due to roster size limitations, we again had to split the Fisher first years who wanted to play intramural flag football into two teams, the Fisher Scarlet and Fisher Gray teams. I captained one team and another first year who organized most of this captained the other. We drafted all the students who wanted to play onto one of our two teams in snake-draft fashion (we missed out on having an NFL Draft-style stage to do this in the lounge).
My team went for speed (and missed taking the fastest player) and the other went for size and players who looked like they could play actual tackle football.
There was a three game season and after rain outs and rescheduling, our two teams were scheduled to meet in an epic clash across from Fisher Commons, at Fred Beekman Park, in the 2nd of the three games. You just needed to win one of the three games to make the playoffs.
The Scarlet team was absolutely jobbed out of a win in their first week after the refs completely mishandled the most basic rules of the league. The Gray team got absolutely pounded by law students, one of whom was a former BYU quarterback (yeah well I passed the NY State bar so I’m better than those law students anyway. Jerks). So a playoff spot was on the line in the Fisher v. Fisher game.
I can’t speak for the Scarlet team, but our Gray team had an hour and half long practice before the game at the ARC at OSU and got all of our formations and routes down. We figured out who was going to play what position and how to best exploit the rules for the game. We figured out which one receiver to focus our defense on. Real business school thinkin’ right here.
There wasn’t much action in the first half aside from turnovers and me getting decked by a girl (this happens a lot when I play sports. Usually by the same girl). A couple of interceptions almost got returned for scores, but nobody was able to get through there and the defenses consistently stopped the offenses after the turnovers. Things finally heated up, however, on the last play of the first half when the opposing QB dropped back to pass and threw an incompletion. But of course ya boy committed roughing the passer and they got another play.
What happened then was bogus to say the least. The other team’s best receiver CLEARLY stepped out of bounds multiple times but the refs missed every one and they scored on the last play of the first half on a play that started with zero seconds on the clock. They missed the conversion but went up 6-0 at the half.
The Gray team scored on a QB scramble to tie the game and would score another touchdown to go up 13-6. The Scarlet team got a few chances but couldn’t even it up. They ended up with one more drive to attempt to tie the game.
On the last play, with only a few seconds left, their quarterback threw a desperation heave to the flag and somehow completed it and made the score 13-12 with no time on the clock. They had to complete the one point conversion to be able to get the game to be a tie and likely send both teams to the playoffs pending final standings.
But the Scarlet team got too cute. On an end around to the Copedaddy, Ben Prater, fellow author on this blog, dove and took off the Copedaddy’s flag and ended the game 13-12. The bench exploded onto the field and nearly tackled Mr. Prater.
We got a bunch of MBAs to come out and watch and played a hell of a close game. Everyone who played had fun and everyone on the sidelines was getting into it. Even the class Grandpa (<3 you B-Rad).
My Gray team made the playoffs and the Scarlet team missed by a point and a referee mess up. And it turns out, we may be playing the second year Fisher team if we can win our first playoff game. My god.
Being in Columbus, one would assume that all sports-related events revolve around Ohio State. Although that is true for the majority of the year, Columbus is also home to the NHL Blue Jackets. And the Cleveland Cavaliers usually play one exhibition game right before the start of the regular NBA season in Columbus at the Schottenstein Arena.
Bulls vs The Return of the King: Or shall I say, the D Rose dominating the court. October 20th, the Schottenstein Arena hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. Even though this was a preseason game, the Arena was packed in hopes of seeing LeBron, K Love, and Kyrie taken the floor and play D Rose and the Bulls. A group of us from the SMF program had very good seats and took advantage of the festivities by showing up about 3-4 hours early. There was tents for free Cavs t-shirts and places to play basketball and eat. Quite a few people were down on the court meeting LeBron, D Rose, and K Love.
While the scene was not near as exciting as it was in LeBron’s return home for his first regular season game as a Cavs, again, it was definitely buzzing with excitement.
The game itself was exciting until the Cavs pulled away in the 3rd and 4th quarter, but Derrick Rose kept it interesting for as long as possible. Derrick Rose ended the night with 30, as the Bulls fell short by 9. The surprise of the night was Anderson Vaerjao who put up 22 points and 8 rebounds. Kyrie had 28 points while LeBron only had 18. The most interesting part of the night was in the 4th quarter during LeBron’s curtain call. The place erupted as he came off the court.
With events like seeing LeBron play without even having to drive to Cleveland, who wouldn’t want to come to Columbus?!?!
There’s naturally going to be a rivalry between MBA classes. Second years will think they have the best class ever and the first years will naturally think they have the coolest, most awesome and interesting class ever (I only say that because it’s true in this case). And, as far as I know, there’s only one way to settle which team is cooler: pickup softball games in the rain.
I’m the cool guy manager in the middle
Just as a preface to what I’m about to write, the first years are still way cooler and more handsome/beautiful and way more interesting. Just so you know.
The second years here are multiple time OSU intramural softball champions. They all have coordinating shirts and their own equipment and play baseball together pretty much every week.
The first years have never played softball together. We had no idea who was good, who wasn’t or if anyone would even care enough to show up.
The second years have at least one former professional baseball player on their team.
The first years unanimously decided to play intramural soccer rather than baseball.
What I’m saying is that this was a mismatch.
The first years valiantly hung with the second years for a few innings, but unearned runs and errors were our undoing. Despite a valiant and inspiring speech before the last inning and solo cups in center field, we just couldn’t overcome their actual talent and caring.
But, it was much closer than it had any right to be and if anything, brought our class together just a little more. We showed that we could be better if we worked at it like they had and had more people show up from our class than theirs, including our own cheering section.
The fact that we were even close was surprising and the fact that we easily could have won with a little work in the field showed us that we were the true champions.
After a night of networking that I was forced to leave early, we knew the second years were pretty good at baseball, but the first years were the most awesome and smart and just flat out inspiring.
Both classes are united in their own ways and every class after ours will be, even if I’ll prefer ours. Small class sizes let you meet every person in your class and know them fairly well. When there are only 120 students in a grade, you really get to know everyone intimately in a fashion you just can’t at a bigger school, and it allows for opportunities like this where everyone interested can get involved.