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Goin' Against the Gray

10/19/2009 05:16:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
A few weeks ago, I was talking with some co-workers about college football and one of them remarked how her husband was excited about the Michigan win over Indiana. Somebody asked her if he was a Michigan fan and she replied "No, he just likes to go against the gray." I laughed because that's exactly what I like to do.

It may come as no surprise to anyone that I am not a Buckeye fan. But most people's mouths drop to the ground when they find this fact out because I have lived in Ohio for most of my life. So, let me explain...

When I was 14 years old I became aware of the fact that most people were gaga over the local college football team. I figured since we had lived in Columbus for many years that I should join in the fun. My family was driving in the van one day when I asked my parents if they had heard that "we" had won the game on Saturday. They looked at me and said "We? 'We' are not Buckeyes!" I had never seen my parents so adament about anything sportslike. They explained that back in the day when they were at BYU, there was a football game between the Cougars and the Buckeyes. Now, usually, no matter what the rivalry on the field the bands are cool with each other and would often hang out together. Not so with the elite Buckeyes. They made a point to stay away from their fellow band geeks and even made fun of my mom, who played the tuba, saying things like "Why would you ever let a girl play tuba?"
Really? Are you 12?

So, I have been an anti-Buckeye ever since. I root for teams that I have a connection to, such as BYU or USC. Or I pick teams where I like their quarterback, like Florida. Or teams such as Texas which has a cool mascot. Or, of course, I root for my alma mater- the wonderful Ohio University. GO BOBCATS!

Just putting this out there- OSU will be beat at least 3 more times before the year is out.


Nicole M said...

I like that. "Go against the Gray." When we were done in Athens this past weekend, they had a few great anti-OSU shirts. "OS-WHO?" and "We are Ohio. You are State."
My friend Michelle said that when they annouced that OSU lost, everyone in the stadium cheered. I'm sad I missed that! :)

Valerie said...

Love it! I should get one of those shirts.