Cavalcade of Whimsy: Best GameDay Ever, We Got Through Week 1

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Cavalcade of Whimsy: Best GameDay Ever, We Got Through Week 1

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Cavalcade of Whimsy: Best GameDay Ever, We Got Through Week 1


Jim Cantore just showed up in full gear to warn, prepare, and report on the coming storm

There is no more miserable fan base in all of sports than the one that lives and dies with the Ohio State Buckeye football team.

That’s not meant to be mean or disparaging. Literally, Ohio State football fans are miserable – they’re never, ever, ever happy.

Of course that’s a gross generalization, but I have yet to encounter a group of fans in any sport that takes so little joy in having so awesome a team to root for.

It doesn’t matter how nice you are to Ohio State fans, because there are always a slew who’ll find some reason to yell at you.

I got my butt kicked nationally back in 2002 with the call that Ohio State was going to beat Miami to win the national championship.

And Buckeye fans got mad at me for correctly saying their team got a giant break with the pass interference call on Glenn Sharpe that kept the game alive.

On the big Jerry World screens in front of 85,000+ people in AT&T Stadium at the first College Football Playoff National Championship, I put the biscuits right there on the chopping block by emphatically saying there was no reason to watch the game because Ohio State was going to beat Oregon in a blowout.

And the second I walked off the set, a few Buckeye fans – who were very nice; 94% of them are – got on me for correctly pointing out that Ohio State wouldn’t even be in the College Football Playoff if TCU didn’t lose after failing to convert a late fourth down against Baylor in the epic 61-58 shootout.

After winning that national title, I wrote a glowing piece about Urban Meyer and how the win cemented his place as one of the best college football coaches of all-time.

And Buckeye fans honked at me for the “one of” part of that.

I went batspit insane in article after article and appearance after appearance screaming that 2017 Ohio State – who got hammered by Iowa, but handed Wisconsin its only loss for the Big Ten title and whose only other loss was to an Oklahoma team that got in the CFP – absolutely belonged in the College Football Playoff.

And after the CFP was over, I wrote a nice thing about Alabama winning it all, and Ohio State fans got on me for suggesting that the national title was totally tainted.

On a recent radio hit with Rothman & Ice in Columbus, I said that Ohio State was going to be national championship-good for the next bazillion years. It’s not like 2020 was the program’s one shot at a special season.

And I got honked at for suggesting that while this totally stinks, not getting to play a silly game for the next few months wasn’t the end of the world.

I say all of that as I take comfort in normalcy wherever I can find it right now. I know that anything I write or say about Ohio State that isn’t kiss-kiss-smooch-smooch – and even if it is – will be met with vicious scorn and furious venom, so …

Ohio State fans, quit acting like your team was a mortal lock to win the national title if the evil Big Ten hadn’t taken your season away.

The Buckeyes were our preseason No. 1 team, but without anyone big playing yet and not knowing a thing about how the season will play out, would I take them over Clemson or Alabama in a really, really, really, really big game? Ehhhh, not sure.

This program has had awesome teams for a bulk of the last 50+ years, and will have awesome teams for the next 50+, too. However, the fact remains that, yeah, it’s that one questionable pass interference call and that one fourth down stuff away from being without a national championship since 1968.

Winning a national title is never a given.

Yeah, Ohio State had an awesome team returning this year, just like it did in 2019. That team didn’t even play for the national title, much less win it.

It had an awesome team returning in 2018, too. It didn’t even play for the national title, much less win it.

It had awesome teams in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, (2012 gets a free pass because of a silly probation, which, Ohio State fans, I screamed super-hard for your side, too), 2010, 2003, 1998, 1997, 1996, and 1995, and none of them played for the national title, much less win one.

When Ohio State did play for it all in 2006 and 2007, it didn’t win those, either.

But THIS team. THIS was a done deal.

THIS year was going to be when Ohio State was going to win the national title, and it’s all Kevin Warren’s fault.

And Ohio State fans are miserable about it.

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