Note: This article was written for Canespace by blogger OhioCane.
Full disclosure to start off: I have lived in Ohio for the last 20 years. I know it is sad, but true, that over 95% of my friends and family are long time, and big time, Ohio State fans. However, let me tell U that as a Miami Hurricanes fan my hate for the Buckeyes could not run any deeper.
Let’s be honest, how could we possibly talk about Ohio State without bringing up the word “Hate”. It sounds good, it feels good, it rhymes, and it just fits.
My hate for Ohio State may run a little deeper than some of yours simply because I’ve had to listen to their annoying, arrogant, and clueless fans for the better part of my life, up close and personal, and not just over the internet or in the media.
Believe me when I tell U, it doesn’t get much worse than listening to a fan base be more over-confident and over-bearing than the Bucknuts. Let me break it down for you bullet-point-style:
Their Fans: As I’ve alluded to previously, it’s the FANS! To be completely fair, there isn’t any other sport or team worth cheering for in Ohio, especially in college, so they kind of get every fan from the state that doesn’t already have a favorite team. Then the rest gets them to follow along and scream “OH-IO” and sing “Hang on Sloopy” until their redneck vocal cords fall out. Sitting there drinking their Old Milwaukee beer and screaming their heads off and playing their fight song with every single yard gained. Seriously, it’s 2nd and 9 and your team gains 2 yards, and you go nuts? Seriously? You know it’s now 3rd and 7, right?
Their Fans (AGAIN): Yes, they deserve more than one bullet. I don’t know about U, but I always have to listen to this: “Why does Miami call themselves ‘The U’, and why do they have a ‘U’ on their helmet? That stands for University, so every school in the country could call themselves ‘The U’, that’s stupid”. Are they kidding? This, coming from a team with uniforms that don’t match (silver helmet and gray pants) and has a mascot of a Buckeye, which is a nut that fell off a tree? They’re NUTS, that’s for sure.
DID I MENTION THEIR FANS? Seriously, they’ve won one National Championship since 1970 and they act like the best thing since sliced bread. Mention the 5 National Championships Miami has since 1983? They respond “What happened in 2003?” or “Who won the most recent one?”. Mention “24-6” (The most recent Canes’ beating of OSU) and they respond with the same questions as an answer. Mention how Miami has more 1st round draft picks in the NFL, most players in the NFL, most Pro-Bowlers in the NFL, etc? They respond with the same answer. Give me a break!
Not only that, but then U add in this: “THEE Ohio State University.” This is not only their fans, but the players, alumni and coaches all say it too. Why the need for “Thee” before hand? It’s not like there are two Ohio State Universities and you are trying to claim being THE ONE to separate yourself so no one confuses it. You’re the ONLY one in the Country, and it’s just Ohio State University. Maybe if it was a private university, like Miami for example, then you could be arrogant, but you're still just a state-funded public university. Don’t try to church it up, son.
Their Conference: They showboat their record and conference championships like they won the National Championship every year. Yes, they’ve won the Big Ten almost every year for the umpteenth time, but let’s be honest, the Big East excluded, they are in the worst conference in America that claims to be a powerhouse. They keep hiding behind this weak conference and even weaker out of conference schedule. Take any top team in the country from any year, and they’d beat this Bucknut team on a regular basis. Ask the most recent 2 National Champions who dominated them on college football’s biggest stage - Florida (2007) and LSU (2008).
Their Stadium: Albeit a nice and historic facility, it’s shaped like a toilet seat. Seriously. Have U ever looked at the view of “The Horseshoe” from above? Looks just like one from a gas station bathroom. I’d like to sit on top of it and take a nice, long, brown…Buckeye!
Their former coach: Old Sweater Vest was a lying prick. Sorry, but it’s true. Yes, he recruited good players, but he also paid them and lied for them both of which have been proven. For some reason he kept getting a pass from the NCAA, until recently, when it was impossible to sweep it under the rug and he was finally cut loose by Ohio State.
Their current coach: Same story, but even worse than Tressel. Not more than four months into his tenure as The Bucknut’s coach, and he was already ruffling feathers in the Big Ten due to his sleazy recruiting tactics. He’ll continue to coach and recruit players the same way he did at Florida. He’ll baby them and give preferential treatment to his star players who will go on to the NFL and continue to be big babies there (See: Percy Harvin).
January 3rd, 2003: U know where this part is going, don’t U? How could U bring up the HATE for Ohio State without mentioning that date? Oh, I’ll never live this day down with friends and family. In all fairness, this game never should’ve come down to one call on one play that would take away another National Championship. The title was stripped from the hands of arguably one of the best Hurricane teams ever, and definitely the best team in college football history to NOT win a championship.
In conclusion, there are many, many, many reasons to hate Ohio State. There are probably even more than those that I listed. U can chose one, choose a few, or choose all of them.
I, for one, choose them all. I really do hate Ohio State.
P.S. THERE WAS NO PASS INTERFERENCE!