Volunteering at the 2011 Fisher 5k

On Sunday, May 1, 2011, I volunteered at the 2011 Fisher 5K.  For those of you who don’t know, The Fisher 5K is a charity race organized by the Fisher 5K Association at The Fisher College of Business.  It is an annual run/walk race (3.1 miles) which began in 2004 and is the largest service event hosted by the Fisher graduate programs and the largest 5K race on campus.  The proceeds of the race go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.

When attending the FCOB, you will have plenty of opportunities to volunteer for worthwhile causes.  Even if you decided (like me) that 3.1 miles was a little too long to run, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do something to help out.  I signed up to work at the registration booth and had a great time.  I even got to hang out with Brutus the Buckeye!

If you missed out on the Fisher 5K, below are some pictures to take a look at!


Front Row of Ohio Stadium

Being at The Ohio State University has its privileges. A great education, top-tier professors, and an alumni network around the globe. Then there is Ohio State football. Tickets to the game are discounted for students, and given the fact that I went to Ohio State for undergrad, and I’m still here, I ended up with some great seats.

I never had the opportunity to experience front row seats before, so when I showed up to the game and realized I was sitting front row, I was very excited. The game featured The Buckeyes vs. The Bobcats, OU vs. OSU, or The Battle of Ohio. Anyway you spin it, the game featured the #2 team in the nation, so excitement was bound to happen.

Check out the video below to see what happened when I spotted Brutus!

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Not in this House, Brandon Hanning

Bobcat:  Hitting Brutus was ‘whole plan’

Ohio State Football is definitely an experience for the ages.  Over the years,  I have been to quite a few collegiate and professional sporting events and I would say attending a football game at ‘The Shoe’ tops ’em all.

First of all, I was absolutely ecstatic to learn that I would have the opportunity to purchase student football tickets this year.  I didn’t think I would get the chance since I was newly admitted to the university in mid-April…but the FOOTBALL gods saw SHINED upon thy self and, lo and behold, I have tickets.  (NOTE to new students…APPLY for your tickets EARLY!  I’m glad I did so I had the opportunity to order tickets.)

Now, at sporting events, I tend to be a casual observer.  I am not a FANATIC, but I do enjoy watching good teams playing good games, all the while engaging in some lighthearted and fun, on-the-field gamesmanship as well as exhibiting an appropriate amount of sportsmanship.  For me, it’s the entertainment factor.

But what I witnessed on Saturday was anything but “entertainment”.  I was seated in section 34A, messing around with my camera, and this guy behind me pipes up, “Hey, check out the OU (Ohio University) mascot…what is he doing?”  So I look and see the OU Bobcat pouncing on Brutus.  I guess I didn’t think anything of it…I thought it was purely for show. But after reading ESPN today, I thought wrong (click here).

I feel like Jim Rome right now…and I think I’m gonna ‘BURN’ for a moment, if you don’t mind.

Brandon Hanning.  Seriously.  C’mon man.  You are a 19-year old college kid who happens to the be the mascot for a Div. 1 intercollegiate football program who happened to be playing the #2 college football team in America. Instead of being like every other ‘normal’ 19-year old college male who occasionally skips class, participates in all-night keg stands and plays way too much PlayStation 3…you decided to turn into Generation Y’s version of the Unibomber and plan a kamikaze attack on Brutus the Buckeye Mascot.  It’s not like you were attending the game with a bunch of buddies from your 4th floor dormitory at OU and got double-dog dared to run out on to the field and tackle an interstate rival mascot.  Heck, the worst you would get for that is tasered, carried off in cuffs and be on SportCenter’s Not so Top 10.   Not you, Ted…whoops, I mean, Brandon…you decided methodically plan it for an entire year!  You say, “I think I planned it pretty well…and I definitely would do it again.”  Well, Brandon, I got a sober suggestion for you:  how about you ‘plan’ on showing up to this week’s game and try ‘that’ again?  I guarantee you will get swallowed up by 105k passionate Buckeye Fans, my friend.  Let me just say this:  Next time you “plan” on doing something as idiotic as “that” again, in the words of my friend Ice Cube: “Chickity Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself.”