The Most Reasonable Takeaway from the Ohio State Game

Saturday was fun wasn’t it?

That’s pretty much what my main take away is from our loss to Ohio State 34-27. I could go deep into the implications of having a chance to tie the game on the last play with our starting Quarterback and Runningback sitting out the end of the game having ruined their breast-cancer-fighting ankle tape.

Or, I could break down the similarities between Zander Diamont’s IU career to date and life and times of Bill Spencer, Jr.

I could also complain yet again about the ridiculousness of a four-hour long college football games.

I could get all worked up and indignant about the segment I heard on Mike & Mike this morning where they talked to Chris Carter about what’s wrong with Ohio State without ever mentioning once who they played on Saturday.

But I won’t do those things for the following reasons, in order.

  1. I don’t have the ability to go deep into any aspect of a football game with any amount of credibility. I know nothing, Jon Snow. Having said that, it strikes me how much more prepared Zander was to come into this game and perform than he was last year when called upon out of nowhere to be the starting QB for a Big Ten team. His experience last year, and the work he’s put in since then are really paying off. This is a very good thing.
  2. I’ve never watched an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful and even though we are all contractually obligated to talk about Zander’s dad and the job he has every time Zander plays, I’m not required to familiarize myself with his character’s backstory, so I won’t be doing that.
  3. Being indignant about this is kind of dumb. For us, IU football fans, the focus of the game is us. It’s our team, our injuries, our overall performance, our bowl chances, the implications of this game on our next, whether it was a moral victory or not, etc… For any type of national media outlet the story is about Ohio State almost losing to a consistently bottom-dwelling team. This is to be expected.

I think it’s kind of ridiculous that they didn’t even mention that Ohio State was playing Indiana, but I get it. Plus, we’re year after year terrible and until that is proven to not be the case this year, not just suspected, or potentially, but actually not terrible we don’t get to act like we’re owed any amount of respect. Plus, we didn’t win. We just almost tied. We win that game and MAYBE we’re ranked. We lose the game and MAYBE we get mentioned nationally.

This is who we are. Until it isn’t anymore. And not a moment before that.

So, instead of focusing on any of those things, all I can think of is, man, how much fun was that?!

A meaningful conference football game in early October! A near sell out for an OSU game that wasn’t 50-70% OSU fans! That’s fun.

It kind of reminds me of these donuts I had on Saturday.

We went to Apple Fest in Lincoln Square here in Chicago. Nice day. Lots of apple-related food items. I ended up standing in line for these specialty apple donuts that are only made and sold at these types of street festivals. And the demand for them was so great that they were literally pulling them out of the frier, putting them in a bag and handing them to the person who just ordered them. The line was insane. I was in line well over an hour. Which may seem nuts, but I was going to be standing SOMEWHERE during that hour and a half, at least where I was standing had donuts at the end of it. Was that true for wherever you stood on Saturday afternoon? Didn’t think so.

Anyway, the donuts were hot and tasty and awesome. A totally enjoyable experience. I don’t know if they were an-hour-and-a-half-in-line-good, but they were good.

I don’t know if losing to Ohio State on Saturday was four-hours-of-anything-at-all-fun. But it was fun.

Now, let’s see if we can beat Penn State. That would be fun. Would it?

Jeff Taylor