beat *ichigan week: the jump, the game, the rivalry

To the *ichigan readers of my blog, I’m sorry not sorry for this post.

This week, there are only 25 letters in the alphabet.





We take crossing out that letter seriously. This is all over campus. Guys…OSU campus is HUGE.

*ichigan and Ohio State hate each other. This is the greatest rivalry in all of sport, and if you aren’t watching “The Game” this weekend, what else could you possibly be doing? I mean, what better way to recover from Thanksgiving dinner and one-too-many slices of pie than screaming with joy and anger and fear and excitement all at the same time (while eating even more food)?

If you don’t know it, THE Ohio State Buckeyes are crazy. I can’t give the explanation for it (we’re just that awesome), but we’re renowned as the rowdiest sports fans and nothing exemplifies this more than a tradition that sprung up many years ago–Mirror Lake Jump. On the Tuesday before the game, in the middle of 20 degree weather, die-hard Buckeyes strip off their clothes and dive into our calm and tranquil Mirror Lake in an attempt to send good fortune towards our OSU Buckeyes… because if we don’t jump, we won’t win. It’s the perfect logic.

Yeah, your school is cool and all, but does yours jump in a freezing lake in late November for the sake of tradition and rivalry? Yeah… I thought so.

Did I jump? You bet I did! This was my first time participating and I had an absolute, total, utter BLAST. I wish you guys could have heard my campus last night. In my friend’s house, with the windows and doors closed, campus was still SO LOUD.

Choruses of: ‘O-H answered with I-O’, then ‘*ICHIGAN SUCKS’ followed by very loud renditions of White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army…

and then the actual Mirror Lake. Thousands and thousands of drunk half-naked college students, some carrying flags, some carrying floaties, running full force down a hill into a muddy lake that’s freezing…and I mean freezing…cold.

It may sound like a really dumb tradition when you think about it, but then again, it’s not because the atmosphere is unquestionably contagious. I was officially baptized as a Buckeye last night. It felt incredible to be part of a tradition with 14,000+ of my Buckeye friends!

Though some loss cell phones, other lost dignity, and basically everyone lost sandals, the experience will stick with us for a lifetime. And for most folks who took the plunge in the 28 degrees fahrenheit weather, their immune systems will make sure the experiences lingers for at least another 7-10 days. But it is so. Worth. It.

I’d also like to point out that Ohio State is in the lead for the Ohio State vs. *ichigan Blood Battle. Looks like we just beat them at everything, huh? 😉


We’re coming for you, Michigan. The amounts of damns given is unchanged.

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

You might also like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

Read more

Subscribe

Categories

random posts

flickr

Archives

currently reading

1984