Monday, October 30, 2006

My First OSU Game

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending my very first Ohio State University football game. A vendor with deal with at work offered up free tickets to anyone interested, and I quickly jumped on it. It was a great time.

My wife and I decided to rent a car for the trip since both our vehicles are in excess of 130,000 miles. My car is a means of getting to and from work 80 miles round trip every day, and not much else :) Part of the deal in having relatives watch the kids for the day was leaving the van so they could head to the zoo for some Halloween event, so renting was the best option (especially since my sister-in-law's husband used to work for a rental company and got us a good deal). While I wasn't keen on the transmission in the new Mazda we rented, it was a smooth and comfortable ride. We got a late start and didn't get to the vendor's tailgate party until 2:30...only an hour before kickoff. We were actually lucky to get the tickets as there was some confusion about them and they were preparing to give them away thinking they were just extras. We got the tickets and hung around for about 20 minutes to enjoy some great barbeque pork sandwiches and a few beers before making the migration to The Horseshoe.

One of the funniest moments of the weekend occured during the walk. Because we didn't have time to sufficiently ingest enough beer to keep us warm in the incredibly blustery day, we filled a few plastic cups to enjoy during the walk. So as we are crossing Lane Avenue right at Olentangy River Road (along with a mass of scarlet and grey humanity), we walk by two police officers standing on either side of a sign saying "Open Container Enforced." We look to either side of us and see numerous others with the same red plastic cups, and we notice the ambivalent looks on the faces of the officers. Then we chuckle, take another gulp of Miller Lite, and keep walking.

After a brisk, cold walk we get to the stadium and climb the endless stairs up to the C-deck. Our seats were Section 25C, Row 18, Seat 27-28. In a stadium like the 'Shoe, being in the upper deck is not a bad thing at all. We got a great view of the game, and what a game it was seeing the Buckeyes completely dominate the Golden Gophers 44-0. The game experience there is fantastic, and OSU truly has the "best fans in the land."

To make it even sweeter, we got to see OSU alum Jack Nicklaus dot the "i" in script Ohio at halftime. He's only the fifth non-band member to ever do it (the others being Ohio State President Novice G. Fawcett, actor/comedian Bob Hope, Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes and OSU ticket director Bob Ries).

All in all, we had a great time with 105,441 of our closest friends, and were it not for an important birthday party that weekend we might seriously consider shelling out the cash to see the Buckeyes play the Wolverines in the final game of the season. Nothing could be finer than watching Tressel's boys pound the crap out of an unbeaten #2 Michigan on the way to winning another national title.



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