The life of an Ohio State fan


Louise Swartzmiller - Bellville Star



Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer holds up the Leishman Trophy during post game of \ the 105th Rose Bowl game January 1st 2019 Photos By Don Speck


HALLELUJAH CITY – We have made it through the first day of the year.

And the much awaited day of reckoning: The Ohio State Buckeyes in their confrontation with Washington.

To say I don’t care would be to dismiss it. I DO care. How could I be allowed to leave this, being brought up on Ohio State football.

The bottom line. Ohio State defeated Washington, 28-23.

Oh, so much hand wringing.

What did all this mean to the venerated Urban Meyers? He, of the troubled start of the 2018 football season.

Here’s what happened. Possibly bad handling of affairs with an assistant coach.

So it goes, in the land of the real.

I am a season ticket holder for football. I was brought up traveling to Columbus, while my mother ventured to the stadium with Uncle Roderick, who served on the athletic board when they hired Woody Hayes.

I always thought it charming to see Uncle Roderick venture to the basement to get a bottle of sherry, something to “warm people from the chill” of being in the stadium. It was a ritual, after the game.

I learned early on to reserve judgment about happenings at Ohio State games. It was never over until it was over.

Mom would watch games on television, and if she didn’t like what was happening on television, she would leave the room.

I adopted that habit.

I went to game after game this season, and other seasons. My college roommate, Terry, and I would watch things, and wonder about the reasonable course of events.

Several times this season, the team under-performed. That is putting it in a far too laudatory way.

Yes, Dwyane Haskins had the moves. He had decided early on in his life he would be an Ohio State star. And he did show he had necessary talents.

Will he make himself available for the National Football League draft?

Oh my.

Leaving the college football team for one of the most renowned teams in the country?

Yes. But he could do it?

Ohio State. How I love thee. Let me count the ways.

I think college roommate Terry would applaud my feelings on all this. She has traveled to Columbus to meet me for numerous games.

Sometimes you just want it to be all over.

Yes. A reputable Ohio State season. A trip to the Rose Bowl.

That’s incomparable.

I once journeyed to the Rose Bowl with mom and dad, and we shopped on Rodeo Drive. A former friend from Ohio State worked in Santa Monica, and she shepherded us to the Rose Bowl parade and to the game.

Mom even bought some fancy shoes/boots at Saks on Rodeo Drive. The location of those boots is now unknown.

Getting back to the not to be forgotten people involved with Ohio State football.

Urban Meyer.

Good bye, Urban. Good job. Sorry you had a rough time.

Yes, you did very well.

On the realistic side, you were also a person who bought in to the flattering shimmering things being a coach of that stature brings.

Money. A salary of more than $5 million never hurts.

One of the things that always bothered me about going to Ohio State games was that everything there had been merchandised to the maximum.

You want a ticket? Great. Just fork over a minimum of $68. If it’s a desired game, like Ohio State versus Michigan, double that.

And your seats? Yes. All kinds are available. But if you want what is really comfortable, you can purchase these special cushions. No back pain, guaranteed.

I don’t think mom would be angry with my venting this way.

Ever the realist, if she didn’t like it, she would leave the room.

Nuf said.

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer holds up the Leishman Trophy during post game of \ the 105th Rose Bowl game January 1st 2019 Photos By Don Speck
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Louise Swartzmiller

Bellville Star