Giving Navy a cheer is only a first s...

Giving Navy a cheer is only a first step for some fans

There are 52 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 30, 2009, titled Giving Navy a cheer is only a first step for some fans. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Whoever came up with the idea to give Navy a standing ovation when it enters Ohio Stadium on Saturday deserves one, too.

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Sailor son

Grove City, OH

#1 Aug 30, 2009
Without the Navy I wouldnt be here in Buckeyeland in the first place. Easy call;Service Academys trump civilian schools in every way but one. OSU 34 Navy 10
sonny waverly

Van Wert, OH

#2 Aug 30, 2009
Right on. There's an idiot in Chillicothe who goes by cancerstick that says this is just more of Tressel's propoganda. I asked hin what country he thought he was living in, no reply yet.
Jonathan

Dublin, OH

#3 Aug 30, 2009
The solution is obvious. Rather than cheer the opposition and boo a service academy, just sit there. Let Navy take the field in silence!!!!
AAA

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 30, 2009
And perhaps this can be a good start to the season? Could OSU fans manage not to "boo" every other team that comes on the field? I'm as big a Buckeye Football fan as anyone, but I can't bring myself to publicly denounce some students from another school. It' like booing the sacrificial lamb on the way to the altar. Go bucks.
Bill

Cambridge, OH

#5 Aug 30, 2009
Hopefully us Buckeye fans can show some class. The majority do I believe but there is always that knucklehead mentality (unfortunately there are a lot) that show up and give us a bad name.

I personally wish it were possible to point these idiots out to the players. Somehow get security to grab these guys, throw them down on the field, and let them speak their mind to the players, particualarly the linebackers.
Terry and Barb

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 30, 2009
We need to support our troops current and past that are protecting our freedom so we can have such simple things like college football. A true Buckeye will be on his or her feet Saturday cheering all the armed forces
Jim

AOL

#7 Aug 30, 2009
Re: Jonathan -- ummm, no. Cheering the Navy team when they take the field is the classy thing to do. I'd be embarrassed (rightfully so) if Ohio State fans treated Navy your suggested way.
Florida Buckeye

Naperville, IL

#8 Aug 30, 2009
Some fans have no class. I attend one or 2 games a year but we've all seen and heard not only the booing of the opposing team when they take the field but also the Band from the other school...and the Band is there to entertain us at half-time. Makes sense doesn't it. I oppose booing any team. Boo a bad call but not a team.
Indianabucki

Newburgh, IN

#9 Aug 30, 2009
I think this article is genius. I have sat beside many a fan that is rude, ugly and an embarrassment to Ohio State Football and most likely not an alumni, but one of those ignorant fans that just have to be a Buckeye without earning the honor. I will be at the game and I will proudly stand and cheer for the Navy team and what it represents to us as free Americans. I also hope that the tradition continues and it makes OSU the institution that began yet another great tradition.
John in Worthington

Lewis Center, OH

#10 Aug 30, 2009
I have no problem with giving Navy a standing ovation when they take the field. Those guys are going to graduate and take low paying jobs courageously defending our country.

I do have a real problem with giving USC a standing ovation when they take the field? When those yo-yo's graduate, they're going to become petulant multi-millionaires over a very mediocre 10 year career in the NFL. Er uh, and if we're talking about USC, I wonder how many of them are already multi-millionaires?(cough)
Greg

Houston, TX

#11 Aug 30, 2009
What kills me is, if there wasn't other teams, there wouldn't be anybody to play. Just think how uninteresing college football would be for us if it wasn't for UM. They make it fun No other college football team has a rivalry quite as old, rich and meaningful.

I don't have a problem with ribbing the other side a bit but I've witnessed too many Buckeye fans that give the entire fan base a black eye.
OSUgrad

AOL

#12 Aug 30, 2009
I would love to see our fans gain similar respect as Nebraska fans, who have been known to give standing ovations to opposing non-conference teams AFTER defeating THEIR Cornhuskers. I witnessed it once when Florida State beat them in Lincoln in 1985 and couldn't believe my eyes or ears. I know that will never happen in Columbus, but cheering the Naval Academy at the start is a start. Just remember, treat the opposing team and fans as we would like the Buckeyes treated when they hit the road.
reese

AOL

#13 Aug 30, 2009
Some of the absolute WORST fans that I have E-V-E-R encountered were at Penn State (2005) and Wisconsin in (2003). There are some Buckeye fans that occassionally get "out of line" but NOTHING compared to the outrageous antics that I witnessed at Penn State. After seeing it firsthand I wouldn't root for those Kittycats against the School for The Blind.
Petabuck

Foster City, CA

#14 Aug 30, 2009
Some years ago Ohio State campaigned for their fans to show good sportsmanship, to be the best fans in the land. I wish Buckeyes fans would welcome fans and players of all teams, and treat them with respect and civility. Cheer loudly for OSU and against the opponent during the contest, and still respect them and their fans before, during and after the game.

It is just a game, after all, even though we often put so much of our hopes and even personal esteem into it. Perhaps the good fans could chide those Buckeye fans who behave poorly into channelling their enthusiasm positively - toward just encouraging the Buckeyes.
Mary

Horseheads, NY

#15 Aug 30, 2009
I'd like to see Ohio State warmly welcome each opposing team and be the first school to start this tradition. Then go on and BEAT THEM! That's true sportsmanship.
anonymous

Beverly, OH

#16 Aug 30, 2009
reese wrote:
Some of the absolute WORST fans that I have E-V-E-R encountered were at Penn State (2005) and Wisconsin in (2003). There are some Buckeye fans that occassionally get "out of line" but NOTHING compared to the outrageous antics that I witnessed at Penn State. After seeing it firsthand I wouldn't root for those Kittycats against the School for The Blind.
You watch a crowd of drunk OSU students follow a middle-aged Wisconsin fan out of the stadium calling him a c***sucker, threatening both to slit his throat and rape his wife, WHILE HIS YOUNG SON WAS HOLDING HIS HAND CRYING IN FEAR (yes I saw this in '99 when Wisconsin put up 42 straight on us to win 42-17)... and see how you feel.

Sorry, I love Columbus and I love Ohio State, but we have some of the worst redneck frat-boy fans in the nation, and lots of them. It can be sad at times.
Jon

United States

#17 Aug 30, 2009
Yep ... We all gotta cheer the Navy Football team upon entering the Field of play in Ohio Stadium + John Glenn Dotting the ' I ' in Script Ohio . Go Buckeyes ! Go TBDBITL ! Go Buckeye Fans Everywhere !
John in Worthington

Lewis Center, OH

#18 Aug 30, 2009
"You watch a crowd of drunk OSU students follow a middle-aged Wisconsin fan out of the stadium calling him a c***sucker, threatening both to slit his throat and rape his wife, WHILE HIS YOUNG SON WAS HOLDING HIS HAND CRYING IN FEAR"

Anonymous in Hilliard (what, would a mere first name make you any less anonymous?)

I really-really doubt this happened as you said it did? I'm sure something in poor taste was said by Ohio State fans, but "threatening to rape the guy's wife?" and "slit his throat?"

Oh c'mon.
Jonathan

Dublin, OH

#19 Aug 30, 2009
Jim wrote:
Re: Jonathan -- ummm, no. Cheering the Navy team when they take the field is the classy thing to do. I'd be embarrassed (rightfully so) if Ohio State fans treated Navy your suggested way.
I guess some people missed the sarcasm. Yeah, getting 100,000 people to be silent would really happen.
Here we go

Orlando, FL

#20 Aug 30, 2009
Terry and Barb wrote:
We need to support our troops current and past that are protecting our freedom so we can have such simple things like college football. A true Buckeye will be on his or her feet Saturday cheering all the armed forces
Well said!

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