Well, you’ve got all day to plan your attack for tonight… personally, I’ve got plans to go to “all the candy is on sale” day tomorrow. We’re digging through our country albums for today’s soundtracks; one goofy, one “creepy”. Country not your thing? Well remember, we used to think this and this were OK as well.
Commentary- We’re Goin’ Streaking!
As you probably know, Ohio State is pretty good at football.
With a 20 game winning streak (hearkening back to before Purdue Harbor 2… shudder) as a franchise and a 21 game streak for their head coach, the Buckeyes and their fans have gotten used to being on the positive side of the scoreboard at the end of the game.
The players have talked some about how the coaching staff has worked to keep them hungry and focused on the task at hand. Even in the midst of “doldrums” the likes of the first halves of contests with Iowa and Northwestern, you never got the sense that this team is one that expects to throw its uniforms out on the field and automatically win the game.
But the awareness of the growing streak has got to be somewhere in the backs of their minds… Braxton spoke about it a few weeks ago, and certainly no one wants to be the one that misses a tackle or drops the ball and breaks the chain.
I’m curious- does this change the celebration after games at all? Does it become more about relief than rejoicing… that another bullet has been dodged, rather than another foe being vanquished?
Because, if I’m honest, that’s the way it feels for me these days. It’s Halloween, so let’s open the crypt and talk about what frightens me as a fan- losing a game.
But, I can say that any tension that I feel on Saturdays right before I
get kicked out of leave the livechats is trepidation that this will be the game that Ohio State loses. Hell, I even say that to Eric every week… it’s a talisman, of sorts, against the darkness.
I realize in the middle of the PSU game that this was the case- that I was more excited that the Buckeyes wouldn’t lose this game than I was thrilled at how well the offense and defense were playing. When I mentioned it to my wife, she diagnosed this as being a part of my PCSD- Post Cooper Stress Disorder.
While I think that’s true, I also think that the following administration has had impact as well. While the Vest loved to score points as much as the next person, and was great against the spread, “Tresselball” at it’s foundations was seemingly built on not losing. Defense, field position, doing whatever it took created a legacy that will be hard to surpass in Columbus… but also may have bent my psyche just a little bit.
And we all know that it didn’t need much help.
Heck, even my first B1G experience with my wife complicated things… when you watch your team give up the biggest comeback in Nebraska history, your fears that “this could be the one” certainly aren’t allayed easily.
So, I’m in recovery mode, even now during Meyer’s second year. With an offense that’s shattering all of the school marks and a defense that’s coming into its own, it should be easy to let the healing happen.
This time of year, people in my area and across the country intentionally pay money to have the bejeezus scared out of them… in part, to face their deepest fears and enjoy the adrenaline ride that comes with screaming in terror. It’s fun to be frightened.
But Saturday, as we watch our Buckeyes enter their programmatic house of horrors, you should know that I’m going to doing my absolute best to do what is so often asked of coaches and players.
I’m going to be cheering to win, rather than not to lose.
Around The NCAA
Could be that Halloween just ain’t your thing. No sweat… there’s still a great way to”celebrate”: