I had the opportunity to go back to Ohio this weekend. It was my first game since I was a Master's student back in 2000. This was my first year as a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association and as such was able to participate on the Football ticket lottery. Most who apply do get a ticket and it was my first year, so I had no expectations. Just a few wishes. 1. I wanted a conference game. I didn't want my first game in over a decade to be OSU vs Ohio U and to walk away from a game where the score was 42-0. 2. I didn't want the game to be too early in the season. The sun and I are not very good friends and I didn't want it to be sweltering.
Well, imagine my surprise when I got the notification that I had gotten tickets for OSU vs. Iowa. A conference game! And it as homecoming! I was so excited. It was a great game. My friend from grad school - Jamie - came with me. We were up pretty high, but it didn't matter. We were part of the sea of scarlet and grey. I've been to a Patriots game. I've been a Pats fan my whole life and I went to my first game this year. It was exciting and Gillette Stadium was very nice. But there's just something about college football. 105,000+ screaming fans in the stands. There was 1/10th of the population of my whole home state of Rhode Island in that stadium on Saturday.
Despite the freezing cold - my hands were going numb, the game was incredible. I had fun cheering on my beloved Buckeyes knowing that I was in the stadium with other students, alums, and fans who all wanted the same thing. A good game and a good win. Tied up most of the time, OSU pulled away in the fourth quarter for the homecoming victory.