It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that sports are a way of life for me. Recently, I decided that I would make an effort to watch the Buckeyes play at every Big Ten campus. I may be biased, but I have been to four Big Ten football stadiums so far (Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State, and Wisconsin), and Ohio Stadium without a doubt takes the cake. We just do it best here at
The Ohio State University.
During fall break, I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin with a good friend and fellow sports enthusiast. We visited the campus at University of Wisconsin, and of course, went to the game. This game was much more exciting and nerve wracking than just about every other Ohio State football game I have ever attended, but the mental breakdown and butterflies were absolutely worth it when Tyquan Lewis sacked Alex Hornibrook in overtime to win the game for the Buckeyes. I hugged about 12 strangers and almost shed tears. Being a Buckeye is really, really awesome.
The following week, I traveled to State College, PA, to visit a friend from high school whom I had not seen in a few years. This trip was not nearly as fun. I was the lone Ohio State fan in the heart of the Penn State student section. When the game clock ticked down to zero and I realized that we had just lost (because of a blocked field goal attempt returned for a touchdown… ugh) to the unranked Nittany Lions, my head was spinning. My beloved Buckeyes had just lost. While the Penn State fans were on the field celebrating and in the streets rioting, I was sitting on the floor of a bathroom in Beaver Stadium holding my head in my hands and trying to comprehend how in the world this happened.
Photo cred: CBS Cleveland
This moment of intense agony helped me realize how much I
love Ohio State. Overwhelmed by the loss, I thought about how proud and lucky I am to be a Buckeye. The pain of the defeat was stronger than the joy of victory, which shows how incredible it is to be a part of something as special as Buckeye football. In circumstances such as these, Ohio State students must come together and continue to support their beloved Buckeyes as they bounce back!
After my one win, one loss road trip with the Buckeyes, I have concluded that there is no place like home. The Shoe is the loudest, most exciting atmosphere in college football. We are very, very lucky!
We have now played (and won) two more games since the depressing and miraculous loss in State College, and are very much alive in the playoff race. I, along with hundreds of thousands of Buckeye fans across the United States, have plenty of faith in this team!
In Urban We Trust!
P.S. Football may be in full swing, but don’t forget that college basketball comes back on Friday!