Q: What’s wrong with you? You live in Columbus and don’t like the Buckeyes?!?!?
I get that question a lot. Probably more often than with any other interest I have or don’t have. Why is that? Why is it mandatory that everyone in Columbus cheer on the Buckeyes? There are plenty of other things I don’t like (beer, lettuce, chocolate, cars) but I get much less ridicule about those.
While I appreciate what OSU’s college sports do for our local economy and our national recognition, I really don’t feel it necessary for everyone in this city to be expected to universally worship all things scarlet and gray. I never liked pep rallies in High School. I don’t like sweatclothing. And I honestly don’t think red and grayscale are a very stylish color combination.
I’m not trying to say that all OSU fans are bad people, because they’re not. But many act as if I’m some sort of alien because I don’t have any personal interest in local college sports. Why do I have to explain myself? Why can’t we just leave it as a difference of taste?
I honestly can’t think of any other interest that has been thrust harder upon me as an individual. I mean, those PETA people at Gallery Hop are pretty annoying with their videos and flyers showcasing how delicious meats are produced, but at least I only have to put up with them a handful of times per year in passing. OSU football is everywhere you look. 24/7/365.
Whew. Ok. Just wanted to get that off my chest a bit. I do hope OSU wins the game tomorrow. According to this article it would mean a $2 million bump in revenue for OSU, a lot of which would fund academic programs and scholarships at the university. So that would be a-ok with me. I just personally won’t be watching the game. And that should be a-ok with the fans.