The game: there is only one
Other smaller college football games have coined what they consider catchy names for their annual competition on the grill: “The Red River Shootout”, “The Holy War”, “The Apple Cup”, “The Battle for the Old Wooden Bucket “, the” Will Alabama Cover the Spread Bowl “and so on.
But for all their lame attempts, nothing comes close to the simply known contest The Game, which is so well known and popular that it doesn’t even need quotes.
For readers born in the 19th century or who have lived in the East Lansing wilderness for many years, The Game is an annual college football competition between the Ohio State University Buckeyes and a team that has ugly helmets and a member of Weasel. family as a mascot.
These two teams faced off 116 times before COVID-19 stuck a rebar in the spokes of the bike that has propelled The Game for the past 120 years and forced the cancellation of the 2020 competition.
But The Game is back this season and the stake is 364 days (give or take) of off-the-chain bragging rights in which basic slurs, non-PC jokes, and the occasional brawl in games. bars are being launched for good measure. God bless America.
Q: How do I get to Ann Arbor from Columbus?
A: Drive north until you feel it, then west until you get in.
As a fair and impartial journalist who plays it straight in the middle when it comes to sports news and reporting, I’ll keep that in mind as I shoot for the Scarlet and Gray ALL THE WAY for three-and-one- half hour Saturday. I grew up in a home where Ohio State was The Top Team, a list that included our local high school teams. Those in our household who did not support the Buckeyes (in any sport) with active and steadfast support, including children, risked being banished forever to the East Lansing wilderness. Pop was always a little disappointed when the Buckeyes didn’t win with more than 40 points no matter who they played.
Former Ohio State coach and Charm School graduate Woody Hayes saw his team score a late touchdown against TTUN in 1968 to bring the score to 50-14. Rather than giving an extra point, Woody opted for the two-point conversion. He gave the conventional answers and apologies to reporters who asked about it immediately after the game, but in the end a friend asked him why we picked two at that point and Woody was frank. .
“I couldn’t go for three.”
While Pop and Woody had very few personality traits in common (to my knowledge, Pop has never dismantled a court scorer on national television), Pop was 100% with the coach on this one. I think Pop was probably a little disappointed that the two point conversion failed until his death 50 years after the fact. 52-14 has a much better sound.
Growing up in this atmosphere, I was surprised to find that when I joined the military I encountered disbelievers who rooted for such hated and despised teams such as USC, Notre Dame, the ‘Alabama, Texas and evenâ¦ TTUN. The Saturday afternoons of the fall in the cantonments were hotbeds of rivalry, screaming, unaffordable bets, and the occasional hook and jab. Growing up in Ohio, we didn’t give a damn about Florida playing in Georgia (we have The Game in Buckeye State, to cry out loud), but Bulldog and Gator fans have enough prospects. different. At one point, Oklahoma fans thought Lincoln Memorial Stadium was a direct opening to the portal to hell. And not the upper levels either.
Q: Why does TTUN have artificial turf on its field?
A: It prevents the crowds at home from grazing during halftime.
After I got married and left my hometown, the local school colors are royal blue and red. When my daughter played her first game as a freshman for her high school volleyball team, guess what color the uniforms were. I had to stand up and shout âGo Blue! Of the pits, after which I underwent a short round of TIA and a 72 hour ‘observation’.
But after several years of using the above sentence, I am better now because my youngest now plays football for Wittenberg, the home of the Red and Whites and this sentence is no longer part of my vocabulary. Tiger high!
Q: How do you keep a TTUN graduate off your front porch?
A: Paint a goal line on the steps.
Yes, TTUN leads the all-time 116-game streak 58-51-6, but in my son’s 19 years on this Earth he has only seen Michigan beat Ohio State University twice. and we got ripped off in one. of these games.
Right now, the longest winning streak between the two teams belongs to TTUN, who won nine in a rowâ¦ before WWI. Ohio State can tie that record on Saturday with a victory in the Big House, after beating these guys in the funny helmets. eight times in a row.
Here is number nine coming on Saturday.