As a lifelong sports fan, I have a very strong attachment to the New York Yankees and THE Ohio State Buckeyes. I was born in the Bronx, New York and as anyone can imagine the Yankees were the first sports team that I can remember. Of course New York Cityalso had the Mets, but most people in my neighborhood were Yankee fans with an occasional Met fan sprinkled in. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Yankees were terrible. It was not easy to be a Yankee fan (as it is today) and the Mets had just won the World-Series in '69 and made another World Series appearance in '73. That Span of about 10 crappy seasons demonstrated to me what being a “True” fan really means: supporting your team 100% despite the record.
There are far too many Yankee fans today than there should be. Many of these people will tell you they have been, “Yankee fans their whole lives;" yet they are from places like Chicago, Detroit or Dallas and couldn't possibly have grown up rooting for a team thousands of miles away. These “bandwagon jumpers” are trying to enjoy the good times and success of a franchise without having to endure the losing, taunting and feelings of disgust that any loyal fan goes through.
I became an Ohio State fan(atic) in 1979 when my family moved to Columbus, Ohio. My high school used the music of the Ohio State fight song as its own and everyone wore Scarlet and Gray on Fridays during football season. OSU came a Rose Bowl win short of the National Championship in January of 1980 and then lost no fewer than three games for the next thirteen seasons in a row. All the bandwagon fans were gone by 1993, and when OSU won sixty-two games over the following six seasons everyone claimed they had been behind the Buckeyes through it all.
It was exactly the same between 2002 and 2011 - everyone claiming to have been a fan and supported the Buckeyes even though they had not invested one single ounce of heartbreak or tears through the Cooper years. They were only invested in the winning and good times.
There are several criteria that fans should have to meet in order to really call themselves true “fans,” whereas one or more may apply -no comments
When 4-Star Pennsylvania linebacker Alex Anzalone de-commited from Ohio State on Friday the immediate thinking from the viewing public was that it may be due to the story of convicted sex-offender Charles Eric Waugh and the fact that the two were seen together in a photograph taken after this year's spring game in Columbus. The father of the prospective commit did nothing to squash that thought with his coments on the situation and, in the process, encited quite the stir from the Buckeyes' fan base and some national media outlets. The elder Anzalone's harsh comments towards to university from Friday evening, via Reading Eagle:
“There’s a disconnect between what Alex thought was there (at Ohio State) and what is actually there. Something’s just not right at Ohio State. It’s not for him.”
"You don't want your son to go to a place where there's a potential issue (like this). You expect the (football) staff to have some sort of control on how things are handled with recruits when they visit. This is ridiculous."
"I was concerned with what recruits do, and with them being allowed to visit these kind of places where it puts kids at risk. That's the issue. You entrust people (at the school) to do the right thing."
And the younger (Alex) Anzalone on the reason's behind his de-commitment:no comments
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And on the seventh day, Buckeye Nation recovered from a Cinco de Mayo used to wash away the late-week drama otherwise known as The Recruiting Trail. No?
Over the last seven days we've had two linebackers from the class of 2013 de-commit from our beloved program and one Kentucky man go from sex-offender to fan to friend and back to sex-offender (WTF?) in just fourteen days. Next stop for our resident inspirational quoter Charles Eric Waugh: likely a jail cell.
We also have a couple former Buckeyes playing prominent roles in this year's NBA Playoffs and seven more headed into the NFL ranks - three of which weren't even drafted last weekend. Where to begin.....
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Last weekend's NFL draft didn't give us the 'usual' Ohio State performance with early-draft picks coming fast and often. Instead the first Buckeye taken was OT Mike Adams taken 56th overall (Pittsburgh) after seeing his draft stock fall following a positive drug test at the NFL combine. Next to be taken was WR DeVier Posey 68th overall by the Houston Texans, followed by Boom Herron 191st overall, in the in the next to last round, by the Cincinnati Bengals. But it was the final Buckeye drafted that raised the most eyebrows.no comments
Plenty to catch up on around The Ohio State University sporting landscape, so let's get this show on the road in case you missed anything from what turned out to be a fairly eventful week for the Buckeyes - as well as those who support stalk them. We bring you news, notes, voices, snippets and links from around Buckeye Nation - twenty of them to be exact.
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- Second linebacker in a week de-commits from Ohio State, this time it was Alex Anzalone - the 4-Star from Wyomissing, PA.
- Urban Weaponry - Class of 2013 Update brought us video highlights of the first twelve to commit to Meyer and the Buckeyes.
- Jaamal Berry to plead guilty in a case that will now be settled outside of court dating back to his assault of a man back in October.
- Former Buckeye Dominic Clarke signs on with Illinois State to continue his college career after being released from scholarship in January.
- Ohio State loses Lewis Neal, 3-Star linebacker out of Wilson, NC, who de-committed on Tuesday.
- DeVier Posey - A Career Pictorial looks back at DeVier's Ohio State career in photos now that he's been drafted by the Houston Texans.
- Tim Tebow comments on Ohio State (video) from a conference held in Columbus.
- Boom Herron - A Career Pictorial looks back at Boom's Ohio State career in photos now that he's been drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Less than two weeks after attending the Ohio State spring game, prior to committing to the program the same evening, 4-Star linebacker Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, PA) has de-committed from The Ohio State University. Anzalone is the second linebacker from Urban Meyer's class of 2013 to de-commit in the last four days, following the same change of mind made by Lewis Neal on Tuesday.
Just 24 hours ago Ohio State's student newspaper The Lantern broke a story on convicted sex offender Charles Eric Waugh and his contact with current Ohio State players, as well as recruits and commits - including Anzalone.
He was the 12th commitment of the class, doing so the same day as 4-Star defensive end Joey Bosa.
The loss of Anzalone and Neal have left a serious need at linebacker for the 2013 class, one Urban Meyer will certainly address in the coming weeks.
Since taking over at Ohio State back in November, Urban Meyer and his staff have been relentless on the recruiting front. They've pulled in talent for the 2013, twelve thus far, from as far east as New Jersey, south to Florida and Texas, and as close to the Pacific ocean as Riverside, California. They've drawn one in from Missouri, another from neighboring Pennsylvania and the other half dozen from right here in Ohio - including 5-Star Trotwood-Madison cornerback Cam Burrows.
We've heard all the names and seen the announcements come in seemingly one after another. Woodard. Burrows. Lisle. Baugh. Barrett. We even saw one de-commit on Tuesday (Neal), which brought us to the current number of twelve. But we don't always go out of our way to find video, game tape and highlights of these kids Meyer wanted so badly. We'll try and give a quick recap here, adding in a highlight video of each along the way. Heeeeeeeeere we go...no comments