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My Game Day Experience

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by Oh8ch, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    I have a tendency not to post too much during Michigan week – especially if it is a home game. My emotions are just too raw and I would rather keep to myself and not talk about the game. I save it all up and let it out in the Stadium. Saturday I got to do that in one of those storybook games that you only dream about. I think this game was - in its own way - even more emotional than 2002 because in 2002 it was all about tension. So much on the line and a game that was not decided until late

    This year - once we got the big lead - it was right there in front of us and every play that brought us closer brought another explosion. It all built and built towards that eventual, inevitable, outcome.

    But I didn’t believe it would end that way when I entered the stadium. We just had too much to overcome. Our DL had underachieved all season and was no match for the dominant Michigan OL. Our secondary was banged up and could not cover Edwards, let alone all of Michigan’s great receivers. How could this Defense possibly stop the balanced Michigan attack that also included a great RB when we had been unable to stop mediocre RBs all season? And even if we could - how do you win a game with no Offense? We couldn’t pass, we couldn’t run. You can’t beat a team like Michigan with gimmick plays, FGs and punt returns.

    And the start pretty much matched my worst fears. Sure, we scored first. But a long pass that you barely get off on 3rd and 13 isn’t evidence that you have an offense. It is luck. One of those fluke plays that gets you some points, but certainly doesn’t mean you’ve found an answer for the Michigan D. Worse yet, our next two positions featured our patented three-and-outs. Then back comes Michigan, not once, but twice – marching through our D like butter. Exploiting all of their strengths and our weaknesses and showing that the game might match my nightmare scenario - perhaps the worst rout ever at their hands. I must confess (and I don’t think I am alone on this) that after the second Michigan TD, I was ready to hang it up. We were only down seven, but the writing was on the wall. Who was going to stop them? Not Mark Snyder. He hasn’t been able to make the needed adjustments all season. Still, I sucked it up and tried to believe. I had been at the Fiesta Bowl after all. I had seen miracles.

    And the first miracle arrived. We stopped them. We can do it. Fantastic. Now let’s do something with the ball!

    But what is this? A 59 yard punt - to the one yard line? The one yard line for a team that doesn’t have an O?

    That is when I had my finest moment of the day. As folks on either side were grumbling and swearing I mustered my best false bravado and said: “You can’t have a 99 yard drive unless you start at the one.”

    And so the miracles began in earnest.

    For those who have not attended any home games this year you have also not seen the pre-game scoreboard animation. It is all clouds and rain and a single Buckeye nut lies on the ground. As lightning flashes players from the past are shown being absorbed into this pod. Then it grows into a tree and – using the strength of that past greatness - one by one smites our opponents, finally pulling Michigan down into the ground. And that is the way it unfolded.

    A Troy Smith emerged that I had never seen before. Suddenly he could sense the pocket collapsing. He ran, not as a first instinct, but at precisely the right moment. And when he ran it was beautiful to watch. His passes were crisp and on target – hitting receivers in stride. He made great decisions. And let us not forget the fumble recovery.

    The oft maligned DL gathered the strength of past OSU greats and stood toe to toe with the Michigan OL. They pressured a young QB and made him look like the Freshman he was. The secondary miraculously healed itself. The linebackers took care of the running game. Snyder somehow tapped into the wisdom of past masters and stymied the Michigan Offense. Jim Tressel morphed into an offensive genius. The crowd stayed loud and transmitted a flow of energy that was present on every play. And there was Ginn.

    It was magnificent.
     
  2. slickman

    slickman keeping tan

    A+

    I've been thinking that this is the best game I've ever seen any Buckeyes team play.
     
  3. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    words cant describe how i feel after being at my first michigan game. there is nothing like it.
     
  4. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude

    Saturday was the greatest game I have ever been to. The stadium atmosphere was electric! If I were a recruit at that game...I wouldn't be able to contact the coaching staff quick enough to accept a schollie.

    ...Spectacular day. I'll never forget it.
     
  5. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Damn and to think I have to wait 2 years to get tickets
     
  6. daddyphatsacs

    daddyphatsacs Let the cards fall... Staff Member

    As a fan who was witnessing his first home OSU-Michigan game, I must say that this was the greatest game that I ever had the privledge of watching. Ohio State finally came out and played like the team that we expected them to be this season (or any season for that matter). The crowd all united and screamed their asses off. Troy Smith threw precise passes, and made great runs all day long. Mark Snyder executed a fantastic defensive game plan. Lastly, our beloved Buckeyes figured out a way to take down a better team than them (at least that is what they said) on a Saturday that reminded us why we love college football.

    I ran on to the field as the game's ending was still fresh, I thought to myself "if there is anything better than this feeling right now, I sure would love to know what it is". Wow, what a great game that was. I consider myself fortunate for having the opportunity to be there. I got a piece of the sod on the field to always remind myself of the great time I had. Thanks Bucks!
     
  7. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    im trying to decide what was better, the '02 PSU game or this one. both were awesome.

    i just wish meshitagain wouldve put up a fight. that was embarrassing :lol:
     
  8. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    The description you gave, including this wonderful paragraph, gave me some chills man. I only made it to 1 game this year, the PSU game and seeing that animation pre-game with my 7 and 10 year old boys sitting on either side of me was spine-tingling. There is no doubt that my boys are going to OSU (a product of good parenting) and seeing the montage to great players from the past, while sitting next to future OSU alums, provided a moment in my life that words cannot describe but one that I will never forget. Great post oh8ch!
     
  9. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

    My most memorable gameday experience was after the game at Hineygate.

    The Danger Brothers closing the night by playing "Hang on Sloopy" while thousands of Buckeye fans sang and tossed their beers in the air in wild celebration.

    And all I kept thinking to myself was "What kind of person throws a $6 beer in the air!?"
     
  10. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Well I was hammered and beer #20something was pointless in the world of intoxication anyway:2004:
     
  11. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

    Well you needed to pass it on to your Buckeye brother who was too impatient to wait in line 30 minutes to get tickets for the beer and then another 30 to get the beer itself. :biggrin:
     
  12. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    The best part of my day yesterday wasn't the game itself - don't get me wrong, that was a GREAT friggin part of the day... But, the BEST part? I'm putting my 2, almost 3 year old son to bed, we do our good night ritual. "Don't let the bed bugs bite" "Love you" and such... So, I'm about to walk out of the room, and he says, "Daddy?" and I say, "yeah" he says, god's honest truth here, "Michigan stinks"
     

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