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The Interchangeable Fan

In the past few months, as Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel’s web of lies have unraveled and more shenanigans have been exposed in the football program, we’ve realized something that had previously escaped us:

Ohio State fans are college football’s equivalent of Pittsburgh Steeler fans.

They both have an irrational sense of entitlement, they both think their team’s you-know-what doesn’t stink, and no matter what their coach, owner, athletic director or player says or does, they always fall back on the argument that “(fill in the blank) did something worse” or that critics are just “haters.”

They both stagger through life with blinders on, seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil.

And both carry a paranoia that someone is always out to get them.

With OSU fans it’s the NCAA or the media, primarily The Columbus Dispatch. We know it is hard for some people to understand, but The Dispatch is not a public relations arm of the university, existing only to write fawning pieces about the latest recruiting class.

With Steeler fans, the NFL is the boogeyman.

And you truly haven’t experienced paranoia and irrational thinking until you’ve heard Adrian from the Burgh on Sirius NFL Radio. Words simply cannot do him justice.

After taking a closer look, Scarlet and Gray & Black and Gold are closer on the color wheel than most would want to admit.

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We’re sure the Bengals were happy when they made wide receiver A.J. Green their first pick in last month’s NFL Draft.

But being the Bengals, they apparently forgot how Browns corner back Joe Haden shut down Green in college:

  • In 2009, the Gators won a blowout over the Bulldogs, 41-17. Green was a non-factor. Haden held the receiver to just three catches for 50 yards and zero touchdowns. Green’s biggest play in the game was a 19-yard reception. But other than that, Green had trouble shaking Haden.
  • In 2008, Florida won another blowout, 49-10. Green had more success this time, with five receptions for 91 yards. Probably worth noting is Green’s quarterback that year was Matthew Stafford, who turned out to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Detroit Lions. To Haden’s credit, he intercepted Stafford in the game and returned the pick 88 yards.

Of course, that’s what make the Bengals the Bengals.

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The ’70s were a strange, strange decade. (h/t UniWatch)

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2 thoughts on “The Interchangeable Fan

  1. Ouch Titus!! I ave always been a Buckeye fan through thick and thin, but to compare us to Pittspuke? I defend no one but I thinkest you have gone too far. In pits…they have a sense of entitlement that comes from 50 years of losing. When you wander in the wilderness for that long you get a little crazy. So in my book, you can always rip the pits but never the Bucks!!!! I still love the blog

  2. I don't know, sometimes we have to call them like we see them.

    OSU won in, what, 1968? And if that ref would have kept his flag in his pocket in the Fiesta Bowl against Miami they would be looking at 34 years without a national title.

    As it is, that's only 1 title in the lifetime of a large majority of their fans.

    That's the same number during that time span as BYU, Georgia Tech, Clemson among others. Not exactly college football royalty if you know what we mean.

    But glad you generally are happy with what we're doing here. I'll try to go easy on the Bucks.

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