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Ohio Stadium nickname question: is "The Shoe" offensive to anyone?

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by luckobucko, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. luckobucko

    luckobucko Robust T

    I don't post here (or anywhere else for that matter) all that often, but I do like to read the posts and check the various OSU boards regularly and I have question for you guys: is anyone offended when Ohio Stadium is referred to as "the Shoe"? It seems like once a week or so, someone on the O-Zone calls it "the shoe" and a group of posters go into a conniption fit saying its disrespectful, call it the horseshoe, etc. To me, whether someone calls it Ohio Stadium, the horseshoe, or the shoe, anyone that calls themselves a college football fan knows what you're talking about. "The Shoe" isn't offensive or flaming, it doesn't berate Columbus or belittle OSU - so what's the big deal?
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  2. Nixon

    Nixon Wears Scarlet-colored glasses

    I think those posters need to get a life myself.
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  3. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    is anyone offended when Ohio Stadium is referred to as "the Shoe"? It seems like once a week or so, someone on the O-Zone calls it "the shoe" and a group of posters go into a conniption fit saying its disrespectful, call it the horseshoe, etc.

    This is a joke, right?
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  4. luckobucko

    luckobucko Robust T

    Unfortunately, it isn't. I just started an innocent thread there to see if anyone bites, I'll link it for you when the flaming begins...
  5. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    Actually, several national equestrian groups have lodged formal complaints with the university stating that it is disrespectful to horses to call our stadium the 'horseshoe'. I believe that's why some people have dropped the 'horse' in the slang name for the stadium. I think it would be most appropriate to just call it the 'equestrian footwear sporting complex'. That way, everyone is happy.

    :roll1: :crazy:
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  6. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    too funny, FCollins :bow:
  7. OSUMBuckeye

    OSUMBuckeye Newbie

    In a way, I think it is kind of cool to know that our stadium is so well known. College football fans across the country woud know what you are referring to whether you call it Ohio Stadium, The Horseshoe, or even just The Shoe. Aside from M*ch*g*n Stadium, I don't think there is any other college stadium in the country that is so well known by both an official name and a nickname.
  8. HineyBuck

    HineyBuck Old newb

    "The Shoe" doesn't bother me. But sometimes when I hear Ohio Stadium referred to as "the Shoe" I get this image of Ed Sullivan ("really big Shoe").
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  9. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    I only refer to it as The Shoe. I have to think for a second when someone calls it Ohio Stadium.

    I also love to call michigan's stadium The Big House since that is a nickname for prison.
  10. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

  11. BIATCHabutuka

    BIATCHabutuka out of chaos comes playoffs

    if that is offensive to the equine we could just use whoreshoe, whores love being degraded like that.
  12. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned


    It's funny you mention that
    Since the renovation of the stadium and the increase in capacity, I have a buddy that'll call and say,"Hey, why don't we try to get tickets and make it down to the reeaallly big shoe."
  13. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    seeing as how I call it The Shoe, I don't have a problem with you calling it The Shoe... :biggrin:
  14. I'm stating the obvious, but the original stadium design, with the open south end...seen from shaped as a horseshoe, emblematic of Ohio State's origins as an Ag school...and Ohio's rich history as the capital of trotting horses. Also it's a symbol of good luck.

    Ok, so I'm talking to the choir, but "Horseshoe" or "Shoe" is appropriate for all occasions...especially for those who want to call the icon "Buckeye Stadium."
  15. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    The shoe, the big house, the swamp, the coliseum, coral gables,the rose bowl, between the hedges, death valley..

    second tier: camp randall, the plains, *cant remember the tennesee stadium for the life of me*... where else?

    I think its almost complimentary that we have one of the few stadiums in the country that EVERYONE knows what you are talking about when you mention it..
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2017

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