Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ohio State vs. Penn State in Pictures!

One of my favorite Ohio State games that I’ve had the pleasure to attend was October 30, 2010 at the University of Minnesota. If I remember correctly, the the game wasn’t particularly close and the outcome was never in doubt (after looking it up, OSU won 52-10). What made the game stand out was how much fun the Minnesota student section was having. The majority came in costume and cheered and danced and had a wonderful time despite their team getting crushed. It was exactly what the college football atmosphere is supposed to be.

IMG_9093This picture was taken about 30 minutes before kickoff in 2010

Fast forward to this year, the University of Minnesota had a noon kickoff versus the University of Nebraska. I watched part of the game on tv. Again, it looked like many fans were dressed up, including Goldy Gopher in the coolest mascot costume of the year (pictured below).

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Back in June, one of my gifts to my groomsmen was that I would take them to an OSU game of their choice. Jonny-boy quickly took the Penn State game on the last Saturday before Halloween. When we were discussion our plan for the game, I told him how awesome it was in Minnesota with everyone dressed up and he was very quickly convinced that costumes were the way to go.

After more planning than I care to mention, we decided on Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas in their orange and blue tuxedos from the Dumb and Dumber movie. After a bunch of research, we found a set on Amazon and were good to go. I can honestly say this was one of the best times I’ve had at an OSU game. Below are the pictures with quick descriptions.

20131026_173733Me in my Harry Dunne outfit. I was in such a
hurry that I left my cane at home. Not smart
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of us posing in our costumes. We added the Buckeyes to make
sure everyone knew what team we were for

IMG_2114Our first view of Ohio Stadium. It looks absolutely
beautiful draped against the sunset. One of my favorite
places on earth

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IOU’s all night since they’re as good as cash!

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IMG_2130Our seats in the stadium. The seats were in the front row under the
press box so I’m sure we can be unintentionally seen in lots of pictures

IMG_2140After the game, we found the only other OSU fan with a costume

As I mentioned, we only saw one other fan in costume, which was a disappointment. We had a blast and hope we started a trend at Ohio State. In the end, the game turned into an afterthought because I got my wish and Ohio State won by 49 points. For anyone thinking of dressing up to next year’s Halloween game…. I’d recommend the words of Harry Dunne…. “Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!”

If you have any thoughts on the costume or want to drop an idea for a costume for next year, please use the comment box below.

Ohio State vs. Penn State Prediction

Let me start this week by saying I don’t like Penn State. They’re probably my least favorite team in the Big 10 and they have a deserved reputation as having the worst fans in the league. For an example, check out this video from 2007….

Personally, I hope Ohio State wins by 50 but that probably won’t happen. Penn State is coming off a huge win two weeks ago versus Michigan and had a bye last week to rest up and prepare. Ohio State on the other hand looked about as good on offense as they have all season versus Iowa. Unfortunately, the defense continued to be exposed against the pass. I’ve said all year that I don’t understand why the cornerbacks and safeties give a 10+ yard cushion to the opposing wide receivers on every play. It’s maddening to watch.

With that said, I really think Penn State is going to come out throwing the ball and it’s going to be up to Ohio State to stop it. I’m not sure Ohio State is up to the challenge. On the other side, I don’t think PSU’s defense can match up with Ohio State and Braxton Miller. For this, I think Ohio State wins, but not by more than 14. I think both teams will be able to move the ball down the field, but no way Penn State beats OSU on the road at night. I’ll be in attendance to hopefully witness the Buckeye victory!

OSU Pan1My seats from the 2010 PSU game (OSU 38…. PSU 14)

Line – Ohio State by 14.5

Over/Under – 56.5

This week Predictions – PSU covers and the Over

Last week – 1-1

Season – 5-6-1

Ohio State vs. Iowa Prediction

 

Well…. we’re six weeks in on my experiment on how I would do if I gambled on Ohio State for every game all season long. So far it continues to be a cautionary tale on the evils of sports betting. At the halfway mark, I’m a pathetic 4-5-1. Based on my understanding of vigs and whatnot, by the end of the season, I would need to have a winning percentage of around 56% to break even and 60% or above to make any money.

Before I make my OSU pick, I want to throw out there that I’m really excited about the Playoff Selection Committee and I think they scored a home-run by getting Condoleezza Rice on the committee.  I’m not sure the rationale of some people bashing having a woman participate. It’s 2013. I think we should have the smartest people who have a diverse background and know how to get things done. Judging on the interview by Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel, she seems more qualified than most. She’s exactly the type of person that I want on a committee.

So this week Ohio State hosts the University of Iowa in Columbus. The line is that Ohio State will win by 17 points and the over/under is 55.5 total points. Both teams are coming off of a bye week so they should be well rested. The talk around Columbus is how great the Iowa defense is and how sloppy Ohio State played versus Northwestern. I think this game is going to be a low scoring game and Ohio State pulls out a comfortable victory, but I don’t think they win by 17 points.

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So this happened in 2008. I don’t look prepared to
have my picture taken. Bad times.

Line – Ohio State by 17

Over/Under – 55.5

This week – Iowa covers and the Under

Last week – 0-2 (thanks to the last second touchdown by OSU)

Season – 4-5-1

Ohio State vs. Northwestern in Pictures (and words)

I went to Chicago last weekend for the Ohio State Buckeye vs. Northwestern game with my main man Jonny-boy. We took Friday off work and drove to Chicago to save some money. It was certainly an awesome trip. As soon as we got off the highway exit to go to the hotel, Google Music started playing ‘Hang On Sloopy’! Sign two was when we got to the parking garage, we had the best spot in the house thanks to Wattson!

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After checking in to the hotel, we went out for some deep dish pizza. The concierge recommended Lou Malnati’s, which didn’t disappoint.

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We asked the waitress for places to go in the city and she recommended Jimmy Green’s next door. Since Jonny-boy shared the same last name, we considered this another great sign.

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We watched the Oakland vs. Detroit playoff game. Once that was over, they brought in an awesome D.J. who totally rocked the house (pictured below with Fat Mark). He wasn’t overwhelming and played really fun music. The highlight of the evening was meeting a super drunk girl who said she invented TIVO. It was awesome!

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That concluded our Friday night. We ended up cabbing it back to the hotel.

When Saturday came around, we were in desperate need of breakfast. Once we got situated, we asked the concierge for recommended breakfast options. He suggested 11 City Diner. This could not have been a better recommendation.

11 City Diner turned out to be a Jewish diner with an amazing atmosphere and wonderful service. I would go as far to say from this point forward, anytime I go to Chicago, I will always go to 11 City Diner. Similar to going to Minnesota and hitting up The Lion’s Tap.

The food at 11 was perfect. I had ‘The Tom Waits 2am Breakfast 1987″ which was two eggs, two pancakes, two bacon, two sausage, house potatoes and toast for $12.99…. I repeat…. $12.99. Absolutely incredible. We sat at the bar and the people were fantastic. I ended up getting my picture taken with the bartender. I’m already looking forward to going back.

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On the way out I stopped at the candy station of the restaurant and bought the concierge a chocolate bar for the amazing recommendation and I bought some Hebrew Bazooka Joe for us. We obviously couldn’t read the comics.

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After breakfast we headed back to the hotel and got ready for the game. We took the Red Line to the Purple Line and got off the train when all the OSU fans got off the train. We had tickets to the OSU Alumni Club of Chicago tailgate. We checked out the stadium and then headed to the tailgate. We met the only people in Northwestern gear who explained they had a child in the band.

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The rain was crazy and ended up drenching everything in sight. Below is a picture I took of the parking lot on our way out of the tailgate.

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We met some great Northwestern fans who invited us to their tailgate (not pictured). We enjoyed their hospitality but eventually needed to head near the stadium to scalp tickets. We ended up buying for $100 each, which was cheaper than retail and stubhub. After we got tickets, we hit up the parking lots near the stadium. The sky turned an incredible redish/purple as the rain left.

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We eventually found a good tailgate and met the Northwestern fan Jacob (future surgeon). I immediately started calling him Turk. You can see he wasn’t amused.

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Once we got into the stadium, the field was a complete mess (pictured below). I think this played into the flow of the game. It seemed like OSU couldn’t get in a grove until the very end.

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Mark and Jonny-Boy at the game.

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We sat next to a group of Ohio State fans. I thought this guy looked amazingly like John Salley.

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The first picture below is a shot shortly before OSU’s go-ahead touchdown. You can see the Ohio State contingent in the background. This was an away game but I would say there were at least 55% OSU fans in attendance. The second picture is immediately after the game.

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After the game we headed to Wrigleyville to celebrate. I couldn’t resist a quick picture in front of the stadium.

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When we got to Wrigleyville, it was another sign when we found Mullen’s so we had to go.

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We took a cab back to the hotel and drove home the next day. We were absolutely spent when we got back to Columbus, but overall, an amazing trip where the Buckeyes continued their winning streak to a remarkable 18 games!

If you have any great Chicago stories or want to comment on our trip, feel free to drop a note below.

Profile of a Crying Weimaraner

Let me start by saying that I love running with my weimaraners. I love the company and the pure excitement for running.  I would go as far as saying that running is one of Tobey’s favorite things in life (Lillian’s is eating). It’s gotten to the point where it’s almost unbearable for me running alone. One of my events I look forward to each year is the CHA Dog Jog in August. Since 2009, Tobey and I have raised close to $3300 for homeless animals in and near Columbus (although… to be fair, Tobey hasn’t done much fundraising).

Anyway, I usually try to take both pups when I run. Lillian (our Blue Weimaraner) runs on the left and Tobey (our Gray Weimaraner) runs on the right. This adds a level of complexity because I don’t have full use of my arms because I’m holding the leashes. If I’m going for a long run or if I’m tired, my preference is to roll with only Tobey and leave Lillian behind.  This is what happened the other day. Thankfully my wife recorded Lillian’s reaction to us leaving her behind.

If you want to drop a note about how sad Lillian sounds or how cruel I was for leaving her, please use the comment box below.