Thanksgiving can mean so many different things to different people.
For me, it is a time to reflect upon, and appreciate the people, and things in life that I care for and cherish the most like my parents, my children, my wife, my closest friends, etc....
If you're a sports fan, it also can be applied to the teams you love, or those you love to hate.
Here are my top 10 things to be thankful for this year—Buckeye Football Fan Edition.
No. 10—I was not born in TSUN.
I'm not a fan of potholes, ugly women, or the smell of hot dog water, so I am very happy to be from Ohio and not from the abyss to our North.
No. 9—I am not a fan of a certain hated, and currently God-awful team from TSUN.
UM football has been horrible over the last four seasons, and since 2001, the Wolverines are just 1-8 vs. the Buckeyes. Why anyone would voluntarily want to be a fan of such a down-trodden program is beyond me.
No. 8—It has been 2,559 days and counting since UM beat Ohio State in football.
While the Buckeyes are in position to play in yet another BCS bowl game this post season, UM is just happy to finally be bowl eligible again (thank goodness for those four out-of-conference cupcake games) after missing a bowl game the past two seasons.
Motor City or Little Caesars Bowl, here comes the Wolverines!
No. 7—For the fourth straight year, the OSU seniors can finish their careers 4-0 vs. TTUN.
Each year Ohio State wins the rivalry game, the players earn a set of gold pants. There sure have been a lot of them handed out lately!
In March of 1934, when asked how his Buckeyes would do against Michigan, coach Frances Schmidt replied, "They put their pants on one leg at a time, the same as we do," and the tradition was born.
No. 6—SCOREBOARD, SCOREBOARD, SCOREBOARD...
Ohio State has won a school record six meetings in a row over UM. Barring an act of God, they should make it seven in a row and nine of the last ten this Saturday in Ohio Stadium.
No. 5—Having Terrelle Pryor playing quarterback for my Buckeyes.
Pryor has improved so much as a passer in his three years and the scary thing is he still can be even better next year.
He is now 29-4 as the starting QB for OSU and he is practically a lock to finish his Buckeye career with over 40 wins. A Heisman Trophy and a National Championship could also be in his future.
No. 4—Having six Heisman Trophy winners.
Pryor could become number seven in 2011.
In the meantime, last years winner, Alabama's Mark Ingram, has no shot at the 2010 Heisman. That means Ohio State still has the only two-time winner, the great Archie Griffin!
No. 3—Having seven National Championships, and 34 Big Ten Championships.
We might have to wait until 2011 to get a shot at another college football national title, but a win this week secures at least a share of the conference title.
That would be Ohio State's sixth straight shared or outright Big Ten title and their 35th overall. There's really no end in sight to them winning many more in the coming seasons either.
No. 2—Having been lucky enough to go to several OSU games with my Dad.
Having that time with him in the greatest venue in all of sports, Ohio Stadium is priceless.
It is a great father-son experience that I recommend to all.
The Horseshoe is a true National Treasure and I still get chills every time I walk through the gates. There really is nothing like a Saturday in "The Shoe."
No. 1—This was a very easy choice for the top slot.
Having this guy...
instead of this guy...
leading our football program.
It's not always pretty, and Tressel-ball certainly isn't flashy, but a 103-22 record in 10 seasons, six conference championships, eight 10-plus win seasons, 10 bowl games in 10 years with a 5-4 record, including the 2002 BCS Championship. speaks volumes about Coach Tressel.
I could go on, but the point here is that Tressel is a winner, and so too are we, the fans, and also the young men that suit up and proudly wear the Scarlet and Gray under Tressel.
The 2010 season has flown by and I'm not thankful for that, but I am thankful for the opportunity to see the Buckeyes play Michigan this week, and one more game in January.
I also want to give thanks for the visions I don't want to get out of my head of more Heisman, and National Championship trophies that could each end up in Columbus in the very near future.
In closing, I'm also thankful that Mike Hart came back for his senior season to, in his words, "Beat the Buckeyes, and win a National Championship..."
Thanks for the memories (of epic failure) Mikey!
To those that hate and/or do not root for THE Ohio State Buckeyes:
Just kidding...Happy Thanksgiving to scUm fans too, from BlockONation!
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