Friday, September 3, 2010

And so it begins... YAY!

Football season is officially back!! While we had been somewhat enjoying the preseason NFL games, it is exciting to have college football in full swing w/the NFL soon to follow. DH and I scored some great tickets for the game last night. We are lucky enough to have lots of friends with tickets and are able to buy a few here and there at the low student prices.

The game, for those of you who either live outside Ohio, or are in Ohio and live under a rock, was OSU versus Marshall. Our tickets were on the south end zone, five rows up from the field. This is by far the closest we have ever been to the action and it offered a different perspective than I have had the opportunity to see before. When the play was not TOO far down the field, and we were behind the quarterback, I could actually see the play developing, which is something I have never been good at. I could see why the RB did or did not try to cut through a certain hole, and when a receiver magically became open in the chaos of the play.

We also were right by the band and the cheerleaders, which was cool. Those cheerleaders really work hard, I just can't imagine throwing a girl up in the air, catching her by one foot and then finding the strength to balance her and hold her up for a few minutes. Its seriously impressive.

Another part of the entertainment for the night was a very large meeting of the marching band Alumni. There were so many of them!! It was really cool. They sat in the section where the rival band usually sits (and then some, since there were so many of them). They also performed before the game and at half time. At half time they did a big show, it was really cool. The grand finale was Script Ohio... x4!! Thats right, they had enough band members there (+some) to do four Script Ohios, two on the main field and one in each endzone. Very impressive. They had a lot of the drum majors from various years, so there were batons flying everywhere. I think some of those men LIVE for this reunion. When else do they get to use their finally honed baton skills? There were also alumni cheerleaders. We were waiting for one of the 50 yr old guys to try and do a lift and throw their back out, but luckily that did not happen.

The game, by the way, was a complete blow out. We left a few minutes into the fourth quarter (as did half the crowd it seemed, based on our walk back to the car). It was a really fun night. I love night games, and I love football!

1 comment:

Allison said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the alumni band show (and the game experience as a whole)!

As a side note, there have been two female drum majors...I know one didn't make it (she lives in Texas), but I don't know if Shelley Graf was there or not--she typically is since she works at the OSUMC.

But yes, a lot of the people in the alumni band live for that game every year. After hearing accounts from a lot of my friends from band, I think we're going to make a point to go next year. There were men out there who were in band in the 30s and 40s. Amazing!