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Friday, January 13, 2012

Well done, MZone readers

I tweeted about this the other day but felt it deserved its own post.

Last December we asked MZone readers to help the state of Ohio come up with a new slogan for their license plate.  Well, the results are in and apparently you made your voices heard.

Put it this way, here's the opening paragraph from the The Plain Dealer story about the license plate campaign:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's pretty clear: Ohioans love God. And they also love to mock Ohio State football.

Uh, I'm going to go out on a limb and say the "they" the writer is referring to aren't Ohioans.  Just guessing.  Because here was another paragraph later in the story:

But some were downright mean and surely won't make the final cut, such as "Worst State Ever," "O-Lie-O" and 81 votes for phrases containing the word "sucks." You get the picture. 

Priceless.  Finally, the story mentioned this:

But about half of the OSU-related suggestions referenced the school's embarrassing recent NCAA scandal, including "Free tattoos."

Terrelle Pryor, the former OSU quarterback who left the school in 2010 amid scandal, pulled in nearly 800 votes from fans or haters, many of whom cannot spell his first name -- there were seven different variations.

And then there was Pryor's coach, Jim Tressel, who was booted from the school and subsequently punished by the NCAA over the same issue.

Tressel received only 16 votes, far fewer than the football program's most popular coach ever, Woody Hayes, who reeled in 656 votes. Even Hayes' arch-nemesis, Bo Schembechler, former coach of That School Up North, got 225 votes. Go figure.

Yeah, go figure.

Best of all, the link above for the Plains Dealer  contains a searchable database of all the submissions.   Gee, I wonder how variations on "Buckstache" got five submissions? (Although the MZone takes no responsibility for whoever submitted "Titty Fucking" as their suggestion.  Really?  "Titty Fucking"?!)

Anyway, I just think it was mighty neighborly of so many MZone readers to help Ohio out.  Well done, folks.  Well done.

11 comments:

carl tabb said...

I'm pretty sure "titty fucking" was an actual, sincere submission from some ohio fan.

Dennis said...

Are you sure Michigan folks were doing this?

[re-reads article]

...many of whom cannot spell...

No doubt about it, clearly it was Michigan alums.

I'll still blame you and say the Titty Fucker was inspired by your unneeded healing pic.

I learned how to selectively take quotes out of context at Ohio State. ;)

Congrats though on the Buckstache entries.

Ramona said...

Yeah, I have to agree with Carl.

Pam said...

The fun never ends at TOSU
http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20120113/US.Ohio.St.President/

carl tabb said...

And now Polak jokes are off-limits?! See, ohio? This is why we can't have nice things.

surrounded in columbus said...

well, Pole jokes used to be ok. then they joined NATO, so we have to be nice to them.

Yost said...

Bless you, Pam. Just passed that on via Twitter.

Mikoyan said...

Why is Gee dissing the Polish Army? These are the guys that fought Panzers on horseback. That may not be the best course of action but it was f'ing brave. These were also the guys that pretty much got chewed up at Arnhem because the Brits screwed them over.

ghp said...

I'm proud to say that I voted "Buckstache"!

Boy, I hope Urb doesn't fire Gee over the Polak joke kerfuffle! Poor Gordo must be quaking in his boots...

Mikoyan said...

Posted on facebook:
So Gordon Gee is making jokes about the Polish Army? Is this the same Polish Army that stood up to Hitler's Panzers with horses? Gee couldn't even stand up to a doofus in a sweater vest and he's making jokes about those guys?

phil said...

So JoePa now states he "didn't know where to go with the information" and upon finding out about an FBI investigation of tats/players, Tressel says "didn't know where to go with the information." OMG, is it possible that JoePa and Tressel are the same man??