Ohio State vs. Michigan: A Time-Honored Tradition

I am proud to say that I have never been a student at OSU to witness a defeat to “that team up north.” I was a little worried this year that tradition might come to an end, but this Thanksgiving weekend the Buckeyes did not fail to produce a big W. There is so much team spirit at the game before and after that is makes for quite an experience.

There are so many incredible traditions that come with this game, that an entire week is dedicated to following these traditions exactly as they have done for over 100 years. This week was the annual Mirror Lake Jump in which thousands of students descend upon teeny, tiny mirror lake to jump in the water for what is supposed to be a good-luck charm to defeating M*ch*g*n. The weather is always below or at freezing, which makes for quite the evening. People usually start jumping in at about 9pm and people jump probably until around 2am. There are police and ambulances all over in case of an emergency as well as those who just want to watch the mayhem and not participate by jumping in the lake. It is normally on the Thursday before the game, but since this year was Thanksgiving, the jump was scheduled for Tuesday before the game. Also a tradition is the many rivalries that occur between both schools through various student organizations. Fraternities have blood drives to try to beat other fraternities from M*ch*g*n in blood giving. Finally, OUAB (the student activities board) hosts a Beat M*ch*g*n crafts night, for students to prepare items for the game.

There are some things about this game, that as an OSU student, must be observed. As seen above (in the previous paragraph), the word M*ch*g*n should be spelled in writing with stars or referred to as “that team up north” instead of using their actual name. Also, stores that carry Big Ten items with all of the schools, are supposed to place the M*ch*g*n flag upside down.

This year there were a few new traditions that were added to the continuously growing list. One of my new favorite things I saw this year for Beat M*ch*g*n week, we the “Dump the Blue” campaign at some of the local bookstores. Students had the option to get rid of any blue clothing they had in exchange for a red rally towel to be used at the game on Saturday. Another of my other favorite things about this years game was the chant at the end of the game that was, “SEVEN STRAIGHT” alluding to the fact that OSU has beaten these opponents seven times in a row.

Here’s hoping it will be eight straight next year…. Go Bucks!

The first picture is from the OSU vs. UM 2006 #1 vs #2 “game of the century” after everyone rushed the field.

Tim and Rebecca

Another from 2006….Thank you to “Block O” for creating this gem…..

No to Michigan

Finally, we made it to AA deck!!! Picture from the 2010 game….

view from seats
OSU vs. UM 2010 view from our seats

My First Football Game

I went to my first football game on October 9. It was a game between Indiana Hoosiers and Ohio State Buckeyes. Buckeyes demonstrated their dominance on the field and played an exciting blow out game for all the home fans. By the way, after that game, Buckeyes became the No.1 team of the country.

the Horse Shoe

As a foreigner, I have heard thousands of times from my friends who had worked or studied in the United States that Americans are crazy about football; however, it was not until I came to America that I realized the fascination of football for Americans. It’s not only a game or an activity, but an all-day event for people to enjoy the exciting games and spend the weekend with their friends and families. You can see many people tailgating along the road and around the stadium. Especially, for the people in Columbus, Buckeye football must be one of the most important parts of their lives. Buckeyes football is famous and reputable nationally. Also, this traditional strong team bears the expectations and the pride of the city.

Tailgate outside the stadium

As a Buckeye, you must go to the “Horse Shoe” at least once. Ohio Stadium, with the seating capacity of 102,329, is the fourth largest on-campus football stadium in the U.S. I was fascinated by the atmosphere in the stadium as soon as I stepped in. The marching band played before the game started and at the halftime. People jumped and yelled during the game. The fans would also do stadium waves. It is common to see people do fan waves at a game; however, it is totally different when 100,000 people do the stadium waves at the same time. The most exciting part of the game to me must be the time when the marching band came up to our deck. They played the marches right in front of me and it was so exciting!

Overview of the stadium
Marching band at the halftime
Marching band came to the upper deck

The more I know about the American football culture, the more I understand why Americans love football and why it is the biggest pastime. The game itself is up tempo and very intense and the game also provides a great chance for people to get together! I am now really looking forward to the last game of the year, the traditional classic rivalry battle between Buckeyes and Wolverines!

a blow out game

Halfway Home

On Tuesday night I finished my 4th quarter in the Working Professional MBA program. I can’t believe that I’ve been in the program for 11 months and that I am halfway finished. It’s weird to think that I’ll be graduating at this time next year. It is going to be hard to go back to class after having 4 weeks off from class, but that’s life. I will be spending these four weeks relaxing and watching football.

I picked up my student ticket on Wednesday and was excited to see how close to the field I will be each Saturday. The last time I attended Ohio State football games as a student, the Buckeyes won the national championship. It would be great if it happens again this year.

I am really looking forward to the fall. During football season, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than Columbus. It’s a lot of fun to get together and tailgate with friends every Saturday there is a home game…but I digress. Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys the end of the Summer. The next time you hear from me, it will be autumn. Until then – Go Bucks!