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Friday, September 15, 2006

Could someone please explain this to me?

You're the number one team in the country. You just went on the road and spanked the #2 team in the land, the defending national champions. You ended their 20+ game winning streak and avenged a loss to them on your home turf last season. Life is good and celebrating that just-finished victory is the only thing on your mind, right?

Not if you're Ohio State.

Below is a YouTube clip of the Ohio State band and their fans in DKR stadium in Austin performing following the Buckeyes' big win over Texas last weekend. After the band sings their alma mater, Carmen Ohio, as they do after every game, the entire band and fans start singing another song that left me scratching my head.

As the Buck fan who sent this to us even said in his email, "The texas fans almost seemed confused, as if we were at the wrong game."



Now, I can't for the life of me imagine the Michigan band and Wolverine fans breaking out in a reciprocal way in South Bend if we were to beat Notre Dame this Saturday.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't get the Buckeye mind.

Big thanks to ED for the tip!

48 comments:

Brickeye said...

What's not to get. We don't give a damn about ya.

Anonymous said...

So you don't give a damn SO MUCH that you make it a tradition to sing a song commemorating the fact that you're DEFINITELY NOT obsessing about the thing you're obviously and clearly not giving a damn about even though you give a damn enough to write a song about not giving a damn. Anybody else see the irony in this???

Yost said...

LOL, Brickeye!

matsut said...

I'm with brickeye on this one, AND yost; he obviously gets it - and anon doesn't. If I were a Michigan fan - and thank sweet merciful Jeebus that I'm not - I'd see this as a tip of the cap to the school Up North. As much as we sweated, fussed, and worried about the UT game, you've got to know that we really only care about you guys - albeit in a stalkerish kind of way...always remember that it's a thin line between love and hate, and we were just showing y'all a twisted lil' bit of love right there.

Now beat ND already, ya bastids!

Anonymous said...

my favorite line from the original article posted by Yost

"...if we were to beat Notre Dame this Saturday. "

now that's comedy! :)

Anonymous said...

Actually, he have two songs. The 'We don't give a damn' one, and one called 'We all know that Michigan Sucks' to the Blues Brothers theme song. I distinctly remember singing the latter after the Buckeye victory in Tempe last year. Its like matsut said, more of a tip of the hat to all Michigan, kinda like saying, 'Yea, this win was good, but Michigan's our rival, and we always got The Game on our minds.' Even Tressel said in an interview this year when asked if we were ready to build a shrine to him in Columbus that the past doesn't matter 4-1 doesn't matter, all that matters is how you're gonna get the win next year

Jeremy said...

Anon is correct. If you really didn't give a damn, you wouldn't have written a song.

That said, I love this. I fucking love that they did that. I have a recording of that song and all week before The Game it's the first song I play in the morning. Chills down my spine, goosebumps, etc. OSU fans piss me off so damn much it makes me sick.

But I wouldn't have this rivalry any other way.

Mike said...

OSU... thinks their bigger than Texas... GO BUCKS! :0P

Trojan Mike said...

At USC games, and usually after when the Trojan Marching Band plays, they always include TUSC, where we yell U-C-L-A Sucks, throught out the song. Even when we are not playing them. Probably the same type of deal.

Jeremy said...

The Trojan marching band is a joke. I don't care what they do about UCLA. Please don't mention them again.

matt said...

i love that they hate us and write songs about us and take time from celebrating big wins to bitch about us. i want them to have to take time from every celebration to worry about us. and i hope they come into the game at 11-0 so we can rip their fucking hearts right out of their fucking chests.

as anyone who's been to columbus knows - complete fucking assholes, every one of them.

Eric S. said...

#1 - Matt, we're not all complete "fucking assholes" as you refer to us. Just because some are, doesn't mean we all are. "All Michigan fans are shitty and sit on their hands at games, yelling at other fans who want to stand up and cheer." See, not true, although SOME fans do that, not ALL do.

#2 - I was at the game in Austin, and during our pep rally in their basketball arena, right before the band was leaving, they started up "We Don't Give a Damn." Keep in mind, T-minus 2 hours till game time. Texas game time. First, I was like WTF? And then, I realized that's why it's the best rivalry in the world.

screwa2 said...

ever see the band members after we score a running around with an old stuffed banana that says 'beat blue'....


....it's called preparation and heart.

check it out sometime, maybe it would help you in november!!

Crabapple Buck said...

If Cooper was still at OSU, you would sing love songs about us. Since JT arrived and restored our dignity, we have remembered what the 3rd Saturday in November is about. It is the greatest rivalry in all of football. The song was an homage to your place in our hearts.

Now go out there and beat the shite out of ND. Don't come back to A2 saying its another case of "the man" keeping you down.

Anonymous said...

This kind of reminds me of the guys who used to (maybe still does) sell "[UM opponent] Sucks" shirts on East University Street. One year he was selling "Notre Dame Sucks" shirts. That year ND was off our schedule, but he cleverly had a sign next to them that said "I know that we don't play them this year but they still suck."

Anonymous said...

I have never sang, or for that matter, even heard of an anti-Buckeye song. Does one even exist?

Coach Jim Tressel said...

October 25, 1902 is a dubious day in OSU football history. The Buckeyes lost their fourth-ever meeting to Michigan by an 86-0 count, still to this day the worst loss in school history.

From great despair, though, dogged determination arose that continues to define Ohio State football. On the train back from Ann Arbor, team member Fred Cornell put pen to paper and wrote CARMEN OHIO.

You guy's are always on our minds...

Andy said...

"Since JT arrived and restored our dignity"

Crabapple: I think I am going to puke. You mean to tell me that your dignity is defined by winning a football game ?

Anonymous said...

Duke students chant "Go to hell, Carolina, go to hell" near the end of every game; I think it's more of a sign of a great rivalry then delusions or anything. You don't hear Penn State signing about their storied rivalry with Michigan State, do you?

Crabapple Buck said...

Andy, get a sense of humor.

Its people like you & Matt who generalize about "all OSU fans" and never get the back and forth repartee that Yost and company have perfected on this blog. Inspite of "fans" like you, I'm still pulling for you guys to be 11-0 on 11/18, and 11-1 on 11-19!

Andy said...

Where was the humor in your statement ?

Despite the ample and obvious opportunity, I don't generalize about all tOSU fans. I have many friends that root for the bucks and very few of them burn sofas and say "f*ck" every other sentence.

I do think it is humorous that most buckeye fans hold JT in the "savior" status -- until they lose a game (which they will eventually).

Crabapple Buck said...

I didn't know I had to write (tic) for every moron who thinks JT is thought of as a savior. He simply restored the glory to OSU football and rekindled the rivalry which Cooper never quite grasped.

We had teams in the 90's that were capable of being champions and on numerous occasions ruined by UM, or in 98 by MSU. Thus, we have two schools to not give a damn about (tic).

Anonymous said...

Andy, I'm sure Ohio State will lose a game at some point but it won't be to Michigan. As long as LC is at the helm and Michigan continues to misuse talent and play tight in The Game, Columbus is looking a many more late November celebrations.

Crabapple Buck said...

BTW, Tressel has lost 13 times, so he's not undefeated. He will lose again, hopefully not this year or at least until next season.

The King said...

Interesting that OSU fans, for the most part, root for us to beat ND and to be 11-0 when we play them.

Yost and I were just discussing this the other day. I would rather see OSU be 0-11 when we played them than 11-0. I don't care how much it would help the Big Ten or our program to score a win over an undefeated team. Watching that team lose is like Christmas morning for me.

Crabapple Buck said...

Get ready for another lump of coal King

Scott Boswell said...

It's a grey area...

For example, Texas fans have 3 options during our fight song:

"Give 'em hell, give 'em hell..."

1. Go Horns Go! (Old people)
2. Make 'em eat shit! (Students)
3. OU Sucks! (Middle demographic)

#3 is perfectly acceptable regardless of our opponent.

But, this is not nearly as bad as the CU game in 2000. We got completely drilled by OU 63-14 the game before. After every 1st down, the CU band played the "Boomer Sooner" fight song. (ou's)

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who takes issue with the idea that Tressel returned "dignity" to OSU football? There is no question, he has brought consistent and extreme success on the field, but can even the biggest Buckeye fan say that what has gone on with the program in general since he's been there has been "dignified"? Robert Reynolds on the field, Maurice Clarett off it, this felon on the recruiting trail, and the fires in Columbus. Even as a proud UM fan, I concede Tressel has done wonderful things for OSU on the football field, but associating his reign with "dignity" is absurd.

CaliGirl said...

WTF?!?! I have to agree, I will never understand the Buckeye mind....

I get we hate each other, as do many other teams and their respective rivals...but seriously people, this is simply stated....sad.

Malibuckeye said...

You're right. tOSU shouldn't obsess so much with Michigan. Next thing you know we'll have a fan blog that focuses more on them than it does on our team.

:)

Anonymous said...

Yost, I've yet to see you comment on another Buckeye pastime that is quite common. On any forum board or even walking down the street someone will type or yell what time it is and then state that Michigan Still Sucks! An Example would be such a posting as this:

It's 12:35 and Michigan still sucks!

Anonymous said...

Screwa-Its actually a burlap sack, and there is a Wolverine 'Tail' sticking out of the back of it.

Last Anon-good catch, I forgot about that one. Usually only hapeens during football season, and basketball season when the PA announcer says '1 minute remaining'

Richard Cranium said...

It's 1:10 PM and Michigan still sucks. Now go beat Notre Dame and be 11-0 when we play you. Oh and for the sake of your own sanity, Quit Bitchin!!! Like a bunch of ladies at a beauty shop just yammerin on and on!!!

CrimeNotes said...

Friends and I were discussing this last weekend: My ideal is for Notre Dame to go 0-12 every year, but for OSU to be undefeated until facing Michigan. Pulling for Texas last week was an aberration.

Anonymous said...

this is the same as boston red sox fans busting out in "yankees suck" chants every game, even if they are playing the royals

or even at patriots games

its just jealousy



from a domer

Anonymous said...

Yes, we are certainly jealous of that 7-4 record. I wish OSU could trade in their trophy for a 7-4 and a Capital One Bowl...Jealousy, that's what it is...

You speak of how OSU obsesses over Michigan, yet 3 out of every 4 posts on this blog are about OSU. So the rule in Michigan is "Do what I say and not what I do"?

Yost said...

Anon 11:28,

The reason there is so much Ohio State material is b/c Ohio State is a comedic wet dream. It's a chicken or the egg situation, even as a Buckeye fan you must realize that.

With fans getting arrested for whacking off in the library, your coach "miscommunicating" his USA TODAY vote, your former star player arrested for the 58th time with five handguns in his car, with another player living in a plastic bubble, Prozac in your water, Buckeye rappers and another fan wearing his Buckeye best when arrested on NBC's To Catch a Predator, well, you get the idea.

Believe it or not, some nights Benny and I will be, "Ok, we're not putting up any Tosu stuff," but then a check of inbox will reveal another dandy. Such was the case with this video here. We were actually done for the night when this was sent to us.

What were we supposed to do, ignore it? Fat chance.

paulwesterdawg said...

This happens all over the place. Georgia Tech's Ramblin Wreck fight song includes the verse:

"But if I had a son, sir,
I'll tell you what he'd do--
He'd yell: 'TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!'
Like his daddy used to do."

The sing that after every TD...no matter who they are playing. Sometimes I laugh at their obsession with us.



That said, I think hate is underrated and a big part of what makes college football great. The fact that someone hates you 24x7x365 is the best part about beating them.

Malibuckeye said...

Have you ever heard the aTm War Hymn? The entire second verse (and subsequent ones that have been created, I've heard) is/are dedicated to UT, their rivals.

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Aggie_War_Hymn

It's what makes college football so great... A team can go 7-5, but if one of those wins is against their arch nemesis it feels like the national championship...

Or 8-3, if you prefer.

Scott Boswell said...

Ageed Mali. As posted above, the Texas fight song includes a chant that "ou sucks" It also has a line about a&m in there.

In return, a&m's entire 2nd verse is about beating UT. (It's the only one they sing at games) ou's official hand signal is an inverted "Hook 'em" This goes beyond football regardless of any opponent/function.

Perhaps Michigan fans could shave their testicles to emulate Brutus? :)

Trevor Pitt said...

I'll admit it is ironic, that by singing a song about not giving a damn about the whole state of Michigan, we actually are giving a damn. But this country is full of irony. Look at who runs this place! I'll say one thing though; the sheer existance of this blog took away your greatest weapon through the late 80's & early 90's. You have no idea how irked OSU fans were when the Michigan fans, players and coaching staff acted as if the OSU v. Michigan game didn't matter. Instead they would retort that MSU was their only rival. Oh, how times have changed. The only difference is OSU fans have NEVER denied the rivalry. In fact, some might say it's more important than a bowl game.

Brickeye said...

Trevor, well said my man.

Yost said...

Trevor,

I must agree with you: OSU is and always will be Michigan's main rival. This weekend is huge for us, MSU is a big game. But M/OSU is The Game for both teams.

Ares, God of War said...

My Darling Michigan,

This tender moment merely reflects our deep devotion to you, and only you. No matter how far apart we may be, you are always foremost in our mind. Forgive our fling with those longhorned floozies, they cannot hold a candle to our truest partner. The singing of this song merely washed the taste of Texas from our mouths in anticipation of that sweet reunion with you.

Kisses,
Ohio

(sorry...The WVU-Maryland game is a tad boring despite Steve Slaton's antics)

Anonymous said...

Our "feelings" towards Michigan dates back to the 1900's when you guys kicked our butt early and often. Running up the score on your up and coming neighbor to the south was common. Our dislike has been inherited from our forfathers.

With that said we owe Michigan everything we have gained since the early days. As mentioned above "Carmen Ohio" was a result of our worst loss ever, an 86-0 loss to Michigan. Script Ohio was first performed by the Michigan band. As said earler, a thin line divides love and hate.

Take our "feelings" as a compliment.

The genes run strong in Ohio. My son who can give a crap about football watches the tOSU/scUM game every year with me and cheers for the scarlet and grey.

Long live this rivalry!

Go Bucks!

Nicole said...

That video made me motion sick!

Anonymous said...

maybe the fact that you guys are 1-4 against us in the last 5 yrs is a reflection that you don't "get it"

Badger Tracker said...

Funny? Pathetic? ... Buckeye!