Growing up in the Buckeye state, I’ve been around Ohio State Football for my entire life. Being a fan of Buckeye football for more than a decade, I’ve realized there’s more to the team than just football. Seeing as there’s been a lull in major recruiting news, I’ve compiled a list of the top Buckeye traditions to keep you busy!
Script Ohio: Before every home game, The Best Damn Band in the Land spells out “Ohio” in what is considered one of the best pregame performances in all of sports. Usually, the ceremonial “Dotting of the I” is done by a senior sousaphone player. However, many famous Buckeyes, such as legendary Head Coach Woody Hayes, have been given the honor.
Carmen Ohio: Composed by freshman Fred Cornell following an 86-0 loss to The State Up North (M*ch*gan), Carmen Ohio is the oldest song still used by the university. After every home game the Ohio State Marching Band leads the team and fans in the singing of the first verse, guaranteed to send chills down the spine of any true Buckeye (especially after a win).
The Victory Bell: Residing in the southeast tower of The Horseshoe, the bell is rung following every Buckeye victory. Given as a gift from the classes of 1943-1945, the bell can be heard (on a calm day) from up to five miles away!
Block-O: Overlooking the opposing team’s end zone, “Block-O” is the section of the stadium reserved for Ohio State students only. The section was created in 1938, and has grown to become the largest student organization on Ohio State’s campus (not to mention one of the rowdiest).
The Game: Finally, we come to my favorite Buckeye tradition: the Michigan game. “The Game” is played at the end of every season, and any true Buckeye will tell you it’s the most important game of the season. Ohio State-Michigan is one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, so what better way to end the season than with a victory against The State Up North? However, The Game has it’s own traditions worth noting.
- Gold Pants: Dating back to 1934, first year coach Francis Schmidt made a remark about the Michigan team, saying that “They put their pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else.” His Buckeyes then went on to defeat The State Up North four years in a row, all by shutout. Since then, a pants-shaped gold charm is given to each player and coach following a victory over the Wolverines.
- Mirror Lake Jump: Every year, on the Thursday before the Michigan game, students congregate and jump into Mirror Lake, a small lake near The Horseshoe. The jump is a somewhat ceremonious start to the weekends festivities. Let’s not forget, the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines at the end of every November, making the jump a frigid journey for those brave (or drunk) enough.
On top of all that, who can forget Urban Meyer’s words before the 2012 Michigan game:
I hope you all enjoyed catching up on your Buckeye history and traditions. One last thing…55 more days until Ohio State Football! Follow this site for updates on Ohio State Football recruiting every week during the offseason!
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