Posted on: August 23, 2008 12:31 am

To All You Ohio State Haters

How in the world can you consider our fans, our players, our coaches, arrogant? I've never seen Jim Tressel come on the post-game show and say, "What a great game we played out there. I think we may just be the best team in college football." Or you don't hear Malcom Jenkins come on and say "We played terrific defense out there. I think we have the best unit in the nation." No, you don't hear that. What you hear is Tressel praising the other team, and maybe even exaggerating on how well the other team played. And then he goes on to point out the negatives of his team, and how he's going to smooth them out for the next game.

I think people are getting tired of seeing Ohio State in the National Championship because their teams aren't being rewarded with the honor to be in OSU's position. Yeah, maybe they have lost the last two big games. But the truth is, none of us Ohio State fans expected to have a big year last year. We lost the Heisman Trophy Winner Troy Smith, Anthony Gonzalez, and Ted Ginn Jr. Every single one of us, whether or not they want to admit it, were saying "Oh great, a rebuilding season. Just what we need after losing the National Championship." Nobody expected Todd Boeckman to play as well as he did. I think a lot of us could see our defense being pretty solid, but few saw a light on the offensive side that wasn't shining on Beanie Wells.

Anyways, back to our so called, 'arrogance'. What we see from the Ohio State athletes, not just of football, but of all sports, is a great deal of respect for all of the other teams and their athletes. In all my life, I have never heard any Buckeye say anything negative about another player, coach, or team. They may think that in their head, but the university teaches these young athletes about respecting others, as well as how to speak. Sometimes you see these guys talking after a game, and you can't understand a single word they are trying to say. Either because they're mumbling, or they just can't speak with intelligence. If you watch an Ohio State athlete speak, you can actually understand what they are trying to tell you, without having to clean your ears out and crank up the volume.

And tell me, when was the last time you seen an Ohio State athlete taunt someone on the field, without being provoked by the actions of another player? You don't see Chris Wells run into the end zone and start doing the electric slide. You don't see James Laurinaitis tackle someone in the backfield, and then start doing push ups. And you certainly have not seen Jim Tressel jump around and scream after his team scored a touchdown. You never saw Greg Oden pound his chest and scream at everyone after dunking on someone. *cough* Joakim Noah *cough*

All I want to say, is that I can't believe how hateful some of these college football fans are towards Ohio State. We've never done anything but show respect towards you and your teams. Everywhere I look on this site, it's "Ohio State is overrated, we're obviously the better team", or "I can't believe how bad Ohio State has played in the Championships, our team is more deserving." No, nobody thinks you guys are cocky because your team doesn't play in the National Championship every year.  All I'm wondering is why playing in the Championship game makes us arrogant. Us fans didn't vote the Buckeyes into the game, so step off.
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