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October 14, 2011 - Kim Collette
This football season has been a long, strange journey for fans in the Ohio Valley and it's only at the beginning. The teams that fans are used to see win are chalking up "L's" left and right. Former powerhouses are squeaking by in the wins they do get. Everything is upside down and it seems like it might stay that way for awhile. The Pittsburgh Steelers (although impressive last Sunday) have started their season slow. The Ohio State Buckeyes, well, we all know their story this year. While I believe the Steelers will right their season and probably make the playoffs once again, it will be a long, long year for the Buckeye faithful. I am a loyal Cleveland Browns fan so I am used to a topsy-turvy football season. The Browns, I was taught at a young age will play good enough to just always break your heart. In my lifetime I think there have been more losing seasons than winning, but they are still my team. So, although I was not too pleased after last Saturday's debacle by the Buckeyes in Nebraska, I being a seasoned Browns fan, could handle it. I'm used to games going that way for "my team." Buckeye Nation needs to do as Patsy Cline says and "stand by their team." I hope that the faithful realize it is going to be a long time before we see an OSU team like we have been spoiled with for the last 10 years. There have been no NCAA sanctions yet. Once there are there will be a snowball effect to the team. No bowl games, fewer scholarships, whatever they might be, it all effects recruiting and who will want to be a Buckeye. Would you want to go to a school that has no chance to be in a bowl game for your entire career? Doubtful. Would you want to go to a school where it might not be beneficial to your future prospects? Again....doubtful. The other thing that fans need to be aware of is that even if Luke Fickell is not retained as coach. Who will want to come to a school that has huge sanctions against it? The popular name floating around is Urban Meyer. Ok. Get this straight folks, even if the legend Urban Meyer is hired as the Buckeyes next coach. Even after all of his magical coaching....the program will still not be what we are used to for at least 5 years. I'm not trying to discourage Buckeye Nation. I just want to be realistic. I will always love the Buckeyes just as I do with the Browns. A fan is a fan.
Until next time friends!
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