Dear Nation: It’s OK to like the Buckeyes

OSU FootballEveryone that participates in the Blogpoll has a team affiliation. This serves many purposes, most of all to point at the homers and laugh when they overrate their teams and to weed out other such biases.

The good doctor is associated with Southern Miss, a team that is as middle-of-the-road as they come. There’s something to be said for fans who root for teams that loss more than a few times a year on a regular basis. It can’t be easy. Maybe they glom on to oether teams in a “I’ll root for them as long as they’re not playing my team” sort of way. Deep down, I think Dr. Saturday is a closet Ohio State fan. And trust me, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Luckily, with this lack of apparent “bias,” he can say things like this, and look impartial. And get away with it:

Four straight years and counting. Again, I’ll repeat myself from last September’s loss in Corvallis: If Ohio State deserves to be ridiculed and scorned and run out the mythical championship picture on a rail for its primetime, big game failures, when are we going to hold USC accountable for repeatedly losing the little one?

Another writer, perhaps with a little more of a bias but, as far as I can tell, not an OSU fan, Adam Rittenberg, also makes a case for easing up on the best team in the Big Ten:

Despite the parallels, Ohio State continues to be the nation’s piŮata, while Big Game Bob Stoops and the Sooners get a pass. The latest example arrived Sunday, as Ohio State moved down two spots to No. 13 in the AP Poll, while Oklahoma moved up two spots to No. 10.

Maybe it’s just me, but the tide is slowly turning against this Buckeye Hate™ (most recently invented by the dynamic duo of Mark May and Trev Alberts, now honed to a razor’s edge by Mark May). Ohio State will always be a target due to its huge, rabid and, at times, emotionally stunted fanbase. But most of the hate thrown their way is logically unsound and motivated by irrational emotions. But people are opening their eyes. The Buckeyes are a good football team, and people are slowly coming to grips with that.

Comments

  1. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard the end of it. No matter how many times I bring up both points made here, I continue to have OSU’s recent failure thrown back in my face. Truth be told, I would rather lose BCS/Nat’l title games every year, than lose to say Indiana or Northwestern every other year. Oh and just to add to your point. Has anyone noticed how bad VT is? They jumped the Bucks in one poll as well. I am looking forward to Miami putting up a 33-6 victory up on them this week!

  2. I hate the buckeyes with a passion, but you guys are being screwed by the national media. Look at Oklahomo for goodness sakes! Marv Levy was never skewered like you guys are.

    Keep winning, Bucks. Bring the freakin house every single time.

    UM fan

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