Since I want to forget about this game as fast as possible, I’m going to try to keep this short. So here are my observations from this week’s game in Columbus:
- I also went to the 2011 Penn State-Ohio State game in Columbus, and there’s just something that’s unappealing to me about Ohio’s capital. This has nothing to do with the fact that I’m supposed to dislike Ohio State. I think it’s because Columbus is an actual city while State College is a middle-of-nowhere college town (which I love about it). It was also pretty cold and the game itself didn’t make me feel any better about the situation.
- I’ve interacted with lots of Ohio State fans over the last few years and for the most part, they’ve been pretty nice and courteous. This weekend I encountered some of those, but I also encountered fans who weren’t so nice and courteous. My friends and I were harassed by lots of Buckeye fans about the actual game and these fans made the typical jokes, too. We just ignored all of them and kept walking. So I did lose some respect for Ohio State fans this weekend.
- When the Ohio State team arrived at the stadium, fans were able to line up and give them high fives as they entered the stadium. It didn’t even come close to how Penn State fans are when the team gets off the blue buses. There were loud cheers and claps when Urban Meyer was the first one off, but besides that it was pretty dull. I don’t want to say that Ohio State fans are a little spoiled by their team, but they kind of are.
- By kickoff, the stadium was full and looked great. But it filled up very slowly, especially the student section. So for the pregame festivities and for when Ohio State does that thing with the hand motions in front of their student section, there were still a bunch of empty seats.
- The halftime show put on by the Ohio State band was pretty cool. They did formations of things from various movies such as Superman, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s hard for me to describe the halftime show in words, so look it up somewhere online and check it out.
- I’m sure if you watched on TV you heard Hells Bells being played every time the Penn State offense faced a third down. And of course the Buckeye fans would all stand up and start making noise when the song started. That’s cool and all, but my problem is that they never got really into it other than those situations. Now obviously the game got out of hand rather quickly, but still, it shouldn’t take a third down and a cool bell sound to get fans of the #4 team in the country fired up.
- I’m not sure if you could hear it while watching on TV, but the PA announcer pronounced Zach Zwinak’s last name like “Zwynak.” Just thought I’d throw that in there.
Like I said, it would be best if we all just move on and forget this game as fast as possible. At least there’s good news: Penn State plays Illinois next week! And at home too! So check back here after that game for another edition of Notes from Nittanyville.