Scott gives us his thoughts on a great evening in Columbus, while WVa provides the pictures!
Night games at Ohio Stadium never get old.
I have been to five of the 14 prime time games, including the last three. Always looked forward to them. Always enjoyed the party atmosphere.
Maybe it was the cold weather, perhaps the disappointment of the BCS standings or maybe the location where I was tailgating, but it didn’t feel like the most recent two.
Not a lot of yelling. Did not hear a lot of “O-H, I-O.” It felt like a noon game on ESPN35.
We (my brother and I) arrived around 5:30, parked in the Ninth Avenue Garage and walked to our pre-game spot near the Towers.
This is a rather subdued tailgate, with some TVs showing different games but there was plenty of yummy food and plenty to drink.
We were visited by the women’s glee club which sang a medley of OSU favorites. Nice to look at too. Hee hee.
Of course no live music event would be complete without someone yelling “Freebird!” I was happy to oblige.
Headed up the stairs and by the Towers about 7:15 and got up to 18C, row 27 without the need for CPR.
On the way to the tailgate I had to visit the “facility” so I hit a Jimmy John’s. Encountered a Penn State fan in the bathroom who was very cordial. I started thinking that maybe the PSU fans would be OK.
Not! About 10 minutes before kickoff a pair of Nittany Lions fans sat behind us.
One barely spoke. Too bad his buddy didn’t follow the lead. This jackwagon was non-stop, and had a comment for everything.
When the PSU Blue Band came out, he said “this is the best damn band in the land.” It’s a wonder he didn’t get tossed down to B Deck at that point.
And he wouldn’t shut up. Ever. Not even for one minute. A dropped pass? “That’s OK.” A 3-yard gain? “That’s good, we’re moving it.” Before every drive? “Come on ‘Hack.”
I think you get the point. He was “one of them.”
And to make it worse he kept kicking us whenever he moved. Can’t figure it out. My feet were nowhere near near the people in front of me. Why were his feet giving me and my brother colonoscopies?
Then after the outcome was decided this genius decided it was a conspiracy and the B1G wanted OSU to go undefeated so Penn State wouldn’t get any calls.
And yes, there were plenty of Jerry Sandusky jokes flying and he even chipped in once or twice.
But toward the end, his conspiracy comments were too much. Someone commented that a classy fan would just congratulate us on a great win and not make excuses. He countered that classy fans wouldn’t mention Sandusky.
Twenty minutes before that he was fine with the jokes.
As for the game, the atmosphere was electric at the start but we all were in blowout mode quickly when the Buckeyes blitzed their way to a 14-0 lead en route to a 42-7 lead at recess and the 63-14 win.
OSU seemingly couldn’t do anything wrong on offense. Braxton Miller made the right call on about 90% of his reads and he found the open receiver with good, solid passes. Carlos Hyde was a beast.
I was most impressed with the defense which finally pressured the QB and didn’t get burnt in the secondary.
I can’t find too many things to be unhappy about.
Except the %*#!?$& fan sitting behind me, of course.