When the football team staged their come-from-behind victory last weekend at Northwestern, they did not have the band there with them to provide support for the first and only time this season. Thanks to markedly increased funding this season, the Ohio State University Marching Band was able to afford to travel to more away games this year and the band eagerly took advantage. Unfortunately this past weekend was homecoming at Northwestern and due to the special events planned for halftime due to the occasion, the OSUMB would not have been able to perform at halftime and as a result elected to stay home and give the band members a much deserved weekend off.
In addition to the off weekend giving the band a chance to rest, it gives me a chance to write about one of the most popular OSU football traditions and clear up some misconceptions.
‘Script Ohio’ is TBDBITL’s most famous tradition and most Buckeye fans would probably say that gameday in the Shoe isn’t complete until they see a fourth year sousaphone player strut out to dot the ‘i’. Fondness for ‘Script Ohio’ isn’t limited to OSU fans though as evidenced by it being declared the greatest tradition in college football by numerous media sources and the praise heaped on it by countless fans of other teams.
Of course, you can’t please everyone and ‘Script Ohio’ does have it’s critics and their criticisms tend to boil down to three things: 1. the Script is too long and boring, 2. It is just a follow-the-leader drill and isn’t that impressive, and 3. It was invented by Michigan and the OSUMB stole it.
On gamedays, many fans don’t get the full experience around the stadium and actually in the crowd. So, I started this feature a couple years ago and enjoyed doing it in an independent blog before joining tBBC to give readers a taste of Columbus Saturdays
It really never gets boring because there is always some good things to talk about and/or take pics of. As my good friend Gary eluded to yesterday, I may have been lazy, until I heard the #Juice
Most games have a lot of exciting things going on to keep peoples attention during tailgating and whatever may be taking place inside the stadium before the gates open. Yesterday was no such day. Due to a very late arriving tailgating and attending the game crowd I will just bore you with what I saw and remembered to take a pic of with my trusty iPhone.
The day started off great getting to walk up and spend some time at the DRIVEN tent talking to Roy Hall and Josselyn Temko at their fancy new digs reminded me its time to get back into the groove of doing our part to help out. Roy’s organization is one of the fastest growing and most helpful I’ve been involved in. Please do your part, become a part of the Impact Team and visit DRIVEN and do what you can. Read More
Growing up a Buckeye fan was one of the few things my dad and I had in common. We watched every game on TV or listen to it on the radio. Whether it was on TV or radio, we did whatever it took to make sure we caught the game. Unfortunately, I never got to experience and game at THE Shoe with my dad before he passed away. After all those years of watching and listening to the games and dreaming of how great THE Shoe must be, I never thought I would be able to get to see it in person.
My first game at THE Shoe was versus Penn State in the infamous game where the Buckeyes won and the only touchdown was Ted Ginn’s punt return. Then five years ago, after being on a waiting list for 6 years, I was chosen to be an usher. I went from not knowing if I would ever see a game live to being able to see EVERY game and I still don’t think it has sunk in yet. Today I would like to step in for WVaBuckeye and give you my view from section 15 on the D Deck.
Being the band geek that I am, of course I have to start with The Best Damn Band in the Land. The Ohio State Marching Band is almost as famous as the football team itself, and every week they come down that ramp in the North stands to a standing ovation to 105,000 of its dearest fans. And every week the Silver Bullets charge on the field through the band’s tunnel, but this year is a little different as they spell out “OHIO” in a very classy diamond formation and then the team charges through that. Read More
Time for the wrap up of college football news, updates from Coach Fickell’s Tuesday press conference and other notes from college football
I wasn’t sure if it was my heart that was pounding or the screams from the crowd, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere, unbelievable experience, just to be a part of something obviously a game like that. But that’s what Ohio State football’s all about.
And I just want to say thank you to all the fans, the students, everybody that made that such a special night.