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.”
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.
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.