Tuesday, September 6, 2011

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL: Go Bucks!

RILEY AND GRANDPA
80TH Birthday Party
Thanks to the extreme generosity of my lovely daughter, Kimberly, and a wonderful grandson, Riley, who gave up their tickets to Ohio State's season opener, I got to take my wife, Julie, to her first college football game.  It is an experience that will be long remembered.


OSU football has gone through a difficult year.  Coach Tressel resigned, Quarter Back Terrelle Pryor quit college to turn pro.

Trying to quietly correct a wrong commited by Pryor, Tressel got into trouble and lost his high paying head coach position.  Pryor, who caused the problem, left the school in the lurch and became a high paid pro quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.  Go Figure! 

OSU COACH JIM TRESSEL

Jim Tressel, a-prince-of-a-fine-man, is dearly loved by OSU fans.  In his ten years as head coach he compiled a 94-22 record which included a National Championship, six Big Ten championships, and a 5-4 bowl record.

 
Julie drove us down to Columbus where we checked in at the University Plaza Hotel, nearby the OSU campus.  We had planned to go to a favorite restaurant for dinner the first night but were too bushed from the excess heat.  We ordered in.

Up and at'em early the next morning we enjoyed a great breakfast at the hotel and caught the shuttle to the stadium.  We still had to walk over a mile I'm sure to get to the Ice House for the pregame "skull session".  That was about as enjoyable as was the game, although the heat inside was stiffling for the large crowd.
BEST DAMM BAND IN THE LAND!
The Roar Was Ear Splitting As They Marched In
It was band alumni day and there was almost 700 alumni present, the oldest being 94 years-of-age.  The ages of the alumni marching band ranged from 21 to 93.  WOW!  There were also alumni cheerleaders who put on a great show.
The 700 Alumni Band Members Took Up The Whole Field
Although we had "nose bleed" seats, it was a blessing as we got a breeze from time to time.  It was dangerously hot, 95 degrees, under a blistering sun for the 119,000 in attendance.  We were in our seats at 11AM for the noon game.  At half time we had been in the sun for three hours and had to leave.

  TWO OFFICIALS, SEVERAL BAND MEMBERS AND MANY, MANY FANS COLLASPED IN THE HEAT.  Thankfully, we were able to use the handicap elevator up and down.  It was maybe a mile walk out of the stadium and we saw people down all along the way.  We had planned to walk back to the hotel but changed our minds and took a cab.

OH YES, THE BUCKS WON 42-0!

GO BUCKS!

God bless you and yours!

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