Wednesday, August 26, 2009


When Ohio State hosts the Naval Academy on September 5 to kickoff the 2009 college football season, the biggest concern from many Buckeyes fans is how the Midshipmen will be received by the OSU faithful.

Sure, it seems foolish that 105,000 Buckeye fans would give their typical "booing" welcome to the Midshipman — a group of men who are serving our country and protecting our freedom as Americans — but hey, nothing surprises me these days.

C'mon, prior to the 2006 showdown with Michigan when the stadium was holding a moment of silence for former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, who had died the day before, you could hear the "boos" cascading throughout the stands. And don't give me this nonsense that they were chanting "Bo." I can tell the difference between "Bo" and "Boo."

Buckeyes quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, said that no matter how the fans react to the Midshipmen, he is giving them their due respect.

"You know that they're going to be tough," Pryor said about Navy. "They serve our country. You have to appreciate that. They serve our nation and protect us. I have a lot of respect for them and what they do."

The concern for how the Midshipman will be received has even inspired a group to circulate a video titled "Ohio State's Take the Field Tribute for Navy Sept. 5." You can find the video by clicking here.

The Description of the "Take the Field" reads: "On Saturday, September 5th over 105,000 Buckeye fans can show our appreciation with a simple, yet powerful gesture ... RISE TO YOUR FEET AND CHEER for the US Navy football team when they Take the Field just as loud as you do for Ohio State! "

It seems like a great idea and an honorable way to pay tribute to men that are fighting and dying for our freedom.

Let's face it, there are some things bigger than football.