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October 18, 2006

Another one?!?!?!

Don't say I never do anything for this record label.  I made a MySpace page for Lee Wadlinger today.  Check it out at http://www.myspace.com/leewadlinger.  We're taking over with our two MySpace pages--first the Knights, now Lee.

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October 16, 2006

A little housecleaning

By popular demand, I archived Mr. Wadlinger's complete OSU-UT diary.  You can now easily access all three parts, along with the two pages of pictures, by clicking the links to the right under the heading, "The OSU-UT Diary."  Enjoy.
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October 09, 2006

The OSU-UT Diary Photographic Supplement II

Photos from gameday.  Thanks again, Kacey.


The Incomparable "Script Ohio"
The view, from Kacey's luxury suite, of the OSU section (I'm the one wearing the scarlet Ginn jersey way up in the first lower level section where there's no upper deck)
When, like Kacey, you get to sit in a luxury suite for a Texas game, you get to watch the action with the head of one of the former incarnations of Bevo


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The OSU-UT Diary Part III

Part III, in which Day 2 in Austin (GAMEDAY!) is covered.

Saturday, September 9th

  • 10:58 a.m.: We've been watching ESPN College Gameday for a while.  The crew is about to make their picks for the day, and before Corso makes the pick for the Ohio State-Texas game, four jets fly in formation over the set.  They fly over our hotel about five seconds later.  This is gonna be a big day....
  • 11:02 a.m.: Corso picks Texas (of course), and dons the Bevo head.  Whoever was in the crowd holding up the sign that said "Corso is a huge tool" was right.
  • 11:23 a.m.: I'm hating our hotel room cable package.  How is it that we only have one game on TV (UNC-Va. Tech)?
  • 11:28 a.m.: The announcer for the Va. Tech game (not Chris Spielman, the play by play guy) says that OSU-Texas is the "Game of the Year."  He asks Spielman if OSU is gonna win, and Spielman says, "I'll tell you in the second half."  Sorry, Spiels, I don't think I'll be watching then.
  • 11:35 a.m.: We switch to the Federer-Davydenko U.S. Open match.  McEnroe (whichever one is doing the commentary) is spitting out jokes that make no sense.  He rules (whichever one he is).
  • 12:10 p.m.: Dave and I get a cab to head toward campus.  We're hoping to pick up our tickets when we get there.  What--you're wondering--shouldn't we already have tickets?  Well, no.  We got our tickets through the student lottery, so--in order to keep us from selling them for ridiculous amounts of money on EBay--we have to pick them up at the stadium on game day.  The plan is get there before everyone else, since we're guessing that they'll hand out the best seats on a first-come, first-served basis.  I'm a bit nervous, though.
  • 12:15 p.m.: A song from the new Bob Dylan album comes on the radio.  Either our cab driver has good taste in radio stations, or Austin radio stations are better than the ones in Columbus.  Actually, I don't listen to the radio in Columbus, so I really have no idea either way.  Whatever, I'm psyched they're playing Dylan.
  • 12:37 p.m.: The cab driver drops us off as close to the stadium as he can.  We make a beeline straight for the stadium.  Tickets, here we come!
  • 12:44 p.m.: After walking all the way around the stadium, we find the will call gate.  The only problem is that no OSU tickets will be distributed until two hours before the game, at Gate 16.  Looks like our plan was foiled.  At least we won't have to be nervous about carrying our tickets around all day.
  • 12:45 p.m.: I see a guy wearing a Michigan shirt.  I have to hold off telling him he's in the wrong state for the game.
  • 1:04 p.m.: We encounter our first rowdy Texas fans of the weekend.  There's guys in a pickup truck, waving the Texas state flag, and shouting down all the scarlet-clad visitors.  After this truck drives by us a few times, we realize that the guys are doing laps around the state Capitol building.
  • 1:05 p.m.: I insist that the Ohio state Capitol building is cooler than Texas's.  Dave disagrees.  I think that Texas's looks too much like every other capitol building, and Ohio should get credit for being inventive.  Dave isn't listening.  I guess we're all entitled to our opinion.
  • 1:17 p.m.: We're back at Stubbs again.  Of course, it's jam-packed with OSU fans.
  • 2:04 p.m.: A Buckeye dog walks by.  And when I say a "Buckeye dog," I mean a Buckeye dog.  Someone dressed their tiny pup with an OSU jersey, scarlet and gray shoes, and scarlet and gray ribbons.  You really have to see this dog to believe it--there is seriously a crowd of people following it around and taking pictures.  I actually think the Buckeye dog is more popular than the Woody Hayes look-alike (who's here again today).
  • 2:41 p.m.: After heading north from Stubbs, we arrive at the Erwin Center, home of UT basketball.  There's thousands of Buckeye fans waiting to get in the building for a pep rally.  Apparently, the OSU Alumni Association is the first rival university group to rent out the building.  Then again, I don't think it's really every day that 40,000 visiting fans come in for a football game.
  • 2:50 p.m.: Two smiling Texas fans brave their way through the OSU throng.  They're heckled mercilessly.  I think they just wanted attention.
  • 2:54 p.m.: The OSU Marching Band arrives in about five separate buses.  The crowd waiting outside the Erwin Center goes wild.  When people erupt for the band's bus arrival, you know they're fired up.
  • 3:07 p.m.: We finally get inside the Erwin Center.  It's flooded with scarlet and gray.  They've got an OSU merchandise area set up, and, of course, a beer stand.  There's already 60 people in line for beer, so we decide to pass it up for now.
  • 3:31 p.m.: Archie Griffin takes the stage to start the rally.  He points out that Texas used their victory in Columbus last year to catapult them to the national championship.  This year, Archie says, we're going to return the favor, and use a victory in Texas to propel us to the top.  That's all I needed to hear.
  • 3:38 p.m.: Archie brings Gene Smith on stage.  All the heavy hitters are here.
  • 3:41 p.m.: The band files in for a rousing performance.  People are going crazy, and it all reaches boiling point during "Hang On Sloopy" and the fight songs.  As the band is heading out and things are wrapping up, they tell us that OSU has gotten more people in here than Texas does for its preseason basketball games.  Not too shabby, I guess.
  • 4:46 p.m.: Dave and I finally get in line for our tickets.  There's about 40 people ahead of us, so we're thinking we should be alright.
  • 4:55 p.m.: Our ticket position is helped out a bit as the OSU team bus arrives.  People rush over to snap photos.  I stay in line, so I really can't see anyone.  Dave comes back and says Chris Carter is here.
  • 5:10 p.m.: After standing right outside the gate in the most inefficient ticket line ever (to describe it would be counterproductive, really--I don't want to give anyone any ideas), we get our tickets.  Mine is Section 10, Row 47, Seat 9.  I'm just happy to be in the stadium.
  • 5:15 p.m.: After grabbing two hot dogs, I'm in my seat.  They kind of suck.  We're in the third to last row in the corner of the north endzone.  Normally, this wouldn't be too bad, but Texas's stadium has about 40 yards of grass infield behind the north endzone.  We think maybe this is where Bevo grazes.
  • 6:12 p.m.: The place is starting to heat up.  Texas's players are running along the sidelines trying to fire up the crowd.
  • 6:30 p.m.: I call a couple of friends (who will go nameless) back in Ohio.  They're at Panini's on High Street, and--of course--they're completely sloshed.
  • 6:37 p.m.: The Buckeyes take the field.  There's about 4,000 OSU fans in our corner of the stadium, with other Buckeyes scattered throughout the rest.
  • 6:58 p.m.: The Texas band takes the field--the stadium sounds like it's going to explode, and the game hasn't even started.
  • 7:01 p.m.: The jets fly over again.  It's cool to see them, but they suspiciously flew over during the middle of "Carmen Ohio."  Texas mindgames won't work on us, though.
  • 7:07 p.m.: Mack Brown appears on the Godzillatron to spread the "be nice, Texas fans" message.  Our section boos.  The Godzillatron, though, is really awesome.  It's supposed to be the biggest jumbotron in North America, or maybe even the Western hemisphere for that matter.  It's impressive.
  • 7:13 p.m.: Texas wins the toss, which figures, because Lance Armstrong is on the field.
  • 7:14 p.m.: Kickoff has arrived!  The Buckeyes are getting the ball.  I can't wait to see Teddy Ginn take the field.  Of course the opening kickoff results in a touchback.
  • 7:17 p.m.: Ginn makes a huge catch for 46 yards on the second play from scrimmage.  The place goes nuts.  This is what we needed to do--come out firing.  New-school Tresselball!
  • 7:21 p.m.: After the opening drive stalls on the Texas 12 yard-line, Pettrey botches the field goal.  That's not what we needed to do.
  • 7:34 p.m.: After getting the ball back and two first down catches by Anthony Gonzalez, we get our first Beanie Wells carry of the day for six yards.  This guy is gonna be awesome.
  • 7:37 p.m.: A lame grounding call stalls the drive.  Trapasso punts for a touchback.  We better stop squandering all these opportunities.
  • 7:45 p.m.: Texas is driving.  We can't stop Charles and Young.  See, I told you we shouldn't have squandered those opportunities.
  • 7:47 p.m.: Texas gets the ball on our 7 yard-line after a pass interference call that could have gone either way.  Billy Pittman makes a catch and runs into Laurinaitis trying to get to the goalline and HE FUMBLES!  Brandon Mitchell recovers and returns it to the 50!  Whew, talk about a momentum shift.  But wait, Texas is challenging...
  • 7:48 p.m.: The call on the field is upheld!  Alright, now we really have to get the ball in the endzone.
  • 7:50 p.m.: Tony Gonzalez makes another big catch, for 26 yards, on the first play of the third drive.  He's looking good tonight.
  • 7:52 p.m.: We get flagged for a false start.  The penalties are killing us.
  • 7:54 p.m.: Smith rolls right for a touchdown to Gonzalez!  Beautiful play!  7-0 Buckeyes!
  • 8:03 p.m.: We tackle Charles for a loss on 3rd-and-1 on our 41 yard-line.  Another big play.
  • 8:10 p.m.: After a nice pass to Robiskie, the OSU offense stalls out.  Trapasso gives us a nice 56 yard punt, though.  I'll take it.
  • 8:18 p.m.: After a Texas three-and-out, Smith throws down field for a wide open Ginn, and it's ... overthrown.  Oh well, keep the heat on the DB's.
  • 8:23 p.m.: Texas has the ball back, and Selvin Young just went off for a 29 yard reception.  Texas is driving again.
  • 8:29 p.m.: A bogus roughing the passer penalty gives Texas the ball at our 4 yard-line.  Freakin' penalties are killing us.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Touchdown Texas.  It was a nice drive for them.  We're tied at 7.
  • 8:35 p.m.: We get flagged for holding.  The OSU fans are irate.  One of the four Texas fans in our part of the section turns around and says, "You could call holding on any play."  I restrain myself from asking him, "Did you learn that from Madden '04?"
  • 8:37 p.m.: We take a timeout with 28 seconds left in the half and 1st down on the OSU 47.  What's Tressel cooking up?
  • 8:39 p.m.: Out of the timeout, Troy Smith throws a nice pass to Gonzalez for a 24 yard gain.  Gonzalez has really been impressive tonight.  We take another timeout with 22 seconds left on the clock.
  • 8:40 p.m.: Out of the timeout, Smith looks to Ginn, and ... TOUCHDOWN TEDDY!  Man, Ginn just slid right past the defense.  OSU 14-7 heading into halftime!
  • 8:46 p.m.: The OSU Marching Band takes the field.  Good to see that Texas doesn't go to great lengths to keep visiting bands off the field like we do.
  • 8:51 p.m.: "Script Ohio" starts.  Nice to see us asserting our marching band dominance.
  • 8:59 p.m.: Texas's marching band does a "Script Texas."  Good try, but it's lame.  It looks more like "Script Toxoo."
  • 9:06 p.m.: Kickoff time!
  • 9:08 p.m.: Wait, now it's kickoff time.  These TV timeouts are killing me.
  • 9:10 p.m.: Laurinaitis intercepts McCoy.  It was a horrible pass--right to Animal's son.
  • 9:11 p.m.: Smith is sacked for a seven yard loss.  It's the first sack he's taken this season.
  • 9:13 p.m.: Pettrey makes the field goal!  Six halves into the season, we hit our first FG.  Now we're cooking.  17-7 OSU!
  • 9:18 p.m.: McCoy is crushed on an option play.  The defense looks like it's ready to play now.
  • 9:20 p.m.: McCoy tosses a floater to Selvin Young, and we crush him for a six yard loss.  Texas takes a timeout before punting.
  • 9:25 p.m.: Antonio Pittman makes a great 11 yard run on 2nd and 8.  He's really one of the unsung keys to this offense.
  • 9:26 p.m.: We get flagged for a false start.  Could we stop committing penalties, please?
  • 9:27 p.m.: Robiskie drops a pass to kill the drive at our 32.  Oh well, at least the defense is looking better.
  • 9:28 p.m.: Trapasso delivers a 53 yard punt.  He's been good tonight.
  • 9:30 p.m.: Matthew McConaughey appears on the Godzillatron.  He's running up and down the Texas sideline trying to get the UT fans going.  He's in really bad shape.  He's bloated and his hair looks unkept, and the windsprints have him sweating profusely.  Best to keep him off the Godzillatron, Mr. Camerman--I don't need to see the alcohol molecules in McConaughey's beads of sweat.
  • 9:35 p.m.: Holding negates a McCoy first down run.  Finally, a call goes our way!  Our section erupts in mock-applause.
  • 9:38 p.m.: It's time for the 4th Quarter!  Here we go....
  • 9:45 p.m.: Texas goes for the endzone ... it's caught, but out of bounds.
  • 9:48 p.m.: Greg Johnson misses a 45-yard field goal.  The tension is building.  We need more points.
  • 9:52 p.m.: With less than 12 minutes to go, Ginn makes a nice catch for first down, with a facemask penalty on top!  Let's get going, boys.
  • 9:53 p.m.: Now the offense is cooking--we've gotten three straight first downs.  The afore-mentioned Ginn play, a pass to Gonzalez, and a Pittman run.  Nice.
  • 9:54 p.m.: A nice defensive shift by Texas leads to an OSU false start.  Don't start this penalty thing again, Buckeyes.
  • 9:55 p.m.: We get flagged for holding.  What did I just say?  Now it's 1st and 25.
  • 9:56 p.m.: Even Steven!  Pittman rushes for 2 yards, but the second Texas facemask of the drive (this one is of the 15 yard variety) leads to an OSU first down.
  • 9:59 p.m.: Smith pump fakes then passes to Robiskie for a first down.  Nice play by Troy, and nice catch by Robiskie.
  • 10:00 p.m.: Pittman runs in for a touchdown!  We're going nuts now.  It's 24-7 OSU, with 6:31 to go!
  • 10:05 p.m.: The attendance is announced: 89,422.  It's the highest attendance ever for a college football game in Texas.
  • 10:07 p.m.: McCoy is sacked on second down by David Patterson and Quinn Pitcock.  'Atta way, defense.
  • 10:09 p.m.: Charles only gets 3 yards on 3rd and 16.  4:22 to go, and we're getting the ball back!
  • 10:14 p.m.: The "We're No. 1" chant starts in our section.  We're all feelin' good.
  • 10:15 p.m.: After three Beanie Wells runs, Trapasso pins them in at the six yard line.  1:33 to go!
  • 10:16 p.m.: Freeman just misses an interception.  That would've really put an exclamation point on this game.
  • 10:20 p.m.: Texas makes it to our 49 yard-line before committing a holding penalty.  Eight seconds!
  • 10:21 p.m.: The clock runs out, and we're victorious!  24-7--I really can't believe it.
  • 10:24 p.m.: The band, team, and fans sing "Carmen Ohio."  After seeing the Texas fans sing their fight song at Ohio Stadium after our loss last year, this feels really, really good.  I don't want to leave.
  • 10:35 p.m.: The band marches out, to cheers from the many OSU fans still left.  What do you think, should we try to colonize this stadium in the name of Ohio?
  • 10:45 p.m.: Dave and I decide we should head out.  This was a hell of a game.
  • 10:52 p.m.: We try to walk over to the Game Day set to watch the wrapup, but they won't let us back in.
  • 11:10 p.m.: We walk by a restaurant called the Brick Oven.  Jack Hanna is on the TV.  Ohio owns Austin!
  • 11:35 p.m.: Dave and I have our first post game beer at--where else?--the Iron Cactus.  I feel serene.  There's more Texas fans out tonight, but it's probably an even distribution between UT and OSU people on Sixth Street.  The Texas fans are in surprisingly good spirits.  They're smiling and laughing and doing their "Hook 'em horns" thing still.  We get a bunch of "OSU Sucks!" jeers, but nothing's gonna ruin this night.
  • 11:48 p.m.: Across Sixth Street, a bar is showing the 2006 Rose Bowl on a huge projection screen.  Really, the Texas fans have the right attitude.  Sure, they lost tonight, but it's not like they didn't win the national championship eight months ago.
  • 11:52 p.m.: We get back in line for pizza, at the same place as last night.  When Dave gets up to order, the guy at the counter says, "How're you feeling?"  Dave says, "Pretty good.  Pretty good."  The guy says, "I remember you from last night."  Dave gets a bit sullen, and says, "Oh...."
  • 1:15 a.m.: After pizza and an otherwise uneventful hour or so at the bars, we decide to head back.  It's been a long weekend, and we'll be able to enjoy this victory for a long time.

And so, thus ends the diary.  I won't bore you with our drive to the San Antonio airport early Sunday morning, or our rushing to catch our second connecting flight at Hopkins Airport in Cleveland, only to find out that the plane hadn't even arrived yet.  And I won't bother to complain about how annoyed I was that the airport sports bar in Hopkins only has three pieces of Browns memorabilia to go with the 40 or so pieces of other NFL teams' memorabilia (well, maybe I just did).

Obviously, though, it was a great trip.  Austin lived up to all of it's advance billing--it's a great city, with a fantastic assortment of live music venues and truly cool people.  There were just as many jerks in Austin as there were last year in Columbus, but the vast majority of Longhorn fans were gracious and fun to hang out with.  I'm hoping to make it back down to Austin for South By Southwest in the Spring, and hopefully I'll be able to wear a new OSU National Championship t-shirt when I do.

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