First up, the Ohio State University Buckeyes (I refuse to capitalize “The”). First of all, let me preface this by saying that I hate everything about Ohio State. Everything. Living in Bowling Green, Ohio for three years I had to put up with nothing but Buckeye fans and that experience turned me off to OSU sports forever. The arrogance is unrivaled in all of sports and nothing makes me happier than to see a Buckeye cry. I will even root for Florida football if it makes an OSU fan weep. That being said, I’ll try to be as objective as I can, but my passionate hatred wells up whenever I even think about Ohio State, so it’s going to be tough.
Mascot: Seriously, this is the mascot of the nation’s largest university and one of the most successful, profitable and popular athletic programs in the country? It’s a felt nut wearing a rugby shirt and sweatpants! Classically designed and simple? Yes. Perhaps time to upgrade? Definitely.
On the other hand, it’s probably one of the most accurate mascots anywhere. That’s the expression that most Ohio State fans have on their face when reading, writing or doing arithmetic (objectivity be damned!).
Overall: As I have said ad nauseum, Ohio State is simple, classic, conservative and…who am I kidding…boring, just like the state that it represents.
Team: the Ohio State University
Conference: Big Ten
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Arena: Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center