I am not talking about the Pitbull song.
Although if Midway happens to be blasting it as you walk by this coming Saturday at 3:44pm when Zeke breaks one for six…then sure, I am talking about that song.
Do you guys remember last year? Last year was the best…our Buckeyes rode into the sunset as champions of the first ever College Football Playoff.
59-0, 42-35, 42-20.
Incredible, miraculous, absurd, 12-GAUGE, ZEEEEKE, URBAN!
Those are all words to describe last year’s Buckeye squad. We were playing with house money as DJ Byrnes of ElevenWarriors.com liked to say. It was not supposed to happen that way. Not after that infamous 7 yard out that brought XBrax1 to the practice turf in pain. Not after TTUN attempted, and failed once again, to rip the Buckeyes’ dreams apart along with JT Barrett’s ankle. Not after we were tasked with facing the Big Bad Wolf that was Alabama.
But we all know the script which somehow played out even though Hollywood wouldn’t have had the guts to write it up that way.
I don’t want to anger anyone here, but last year is over. It lives in the form of Blu Ray – DVD combo packs, BTN reruns, and memories of exactly where you were when Cardale launched missiles directly into the heart of the south.
That brings me to the point of this post. After last weeks thrashing of Hawaii, our players had to apologize for not kicking Hawaii’s a$$ by enough. I am pretty sure that is the only time I have ever heard a guy who scored three(THREE!) touchdowns in a game get asked why his team didn’t play well enough.
Back in 2002 I went to the Buckeye’s game against San Jose State. It was Jim Tressel’s second year coaching our beloved Buckeyes and we all were still trying to figure out why he loved the punt so much. Before a (then) record crowd at Ohio Stadium, I got to see the Bucks. I had no expectations going into that game other than I couldn’t wait to see the band,and couldn’t wait to see Maurice Clarett tote the damn rock. I thought we would win, sure, but wasn’t predicting scores at all.
You remember how many points we put up?
50!!!! FIFTY!! Halfway to a hundred!!
My dad and I couldn’t believe it. We beat them 50-7 and it was amazing. Tresselball was fun! I love to punt too! Lets get 50 points every game and we can also punt it 50 times!
To think that the margin of victory was “only” 43 points that day, and to compare reactions from that game to the 38-0 Buckeye donut run that we took the Rainbow Warriors on blows my mind.
I do not think anyone asked Maurice Clarett why the offense didn’t play as well as they should have. I really don’t think anyone came home after that and wondered if we could beat an SEC team.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand that 2002 Ohio State is so much different from 2015 Ohio State that it is tough to draw actual parallels. What I am trying to say is that all 104,892 fans that day had a bunch of fun inside the confines of the ‘Shoe.
What I am asking of fans this year is to do the same.
The Buckeyes score a TD? Chest bump your neighbor! Buy someone a drink! Yell “Go Bucks” at everyone you see! Start singing Hang On Sloopy! Act as if that is the last Buckeye TD your tired old eyes will ever see. Breaking into a song about how many damns you give about that state up north is also ALWAYS acceptable as well.
Then hopefully within 5 minutes, do it again!!
The Silver Bullets are back! We have ZEKE! Braxton Miller is catching passes! Did you ever think you would see Braxton Miller catching passes??
You get my point. We are sitting in the Toys ‘R Us of college football playmakers with no parents around (NOOO PARENTS) and we are complaining that there are too many toys to play with.
Fellow Buckeyes: Your mission is clear. It is to watch every Buckeye game from here on out with 2 goals in mind.
1. Win the Damn Game
2. Have fun
Not hard, not at all.
Let the media ask their questions. After all, that is their job. Our job can be summarized below in the words of a pretty well known song:
Smash thru to victory,
We’ll cheer you as you go;
Let’s go out there today and have the most fun we’ve had as fans since…..well since last Saturday. Chest bump your neighbors, high five everyone, and get ready to see the Buckeyes score some points!