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This started as a post to Jimmie in another thread, but I didn't want it to get lost, wanted to share it.
When discussing the "greatest class ever", some of us recalled the impact the freshmen of 1967 had when the sheer number of just how many of them started, and impacted that 1968 team as sophomores, became fact.
As for this forum, it makes up a very diverse group, but us older guys do represent pretty well and I'm glad for the respect you folks give to us.
Though we did grow up with both the computer and later the internet, .. and though we did see that new fangled thing called the social network start to materialize, ...we did adapt.. and we're here today to converse/enjoy this robust group of newer/younger Buckeyes.
We're blessed in the things we saw. We recognize that the events in Buckeye history that brought us older guys to follow Ohio State, cannot possibly be valued by the younger guys as they are to us who witness them. It's totally understandable, and that's okay with us.
It honestly is.
Even though it doesn't seem that long ago to us that Coop was around, or Earle and Woody for that matter, .. it was.
We enjoyed a different OSU then. An OSU that won some great games, an OSU that saw a fine cast of players under John Cooper (many many of whom went to the NFL), but we also endured 2-10-1... with no national championship
Our time was wearing thin and, in my opinion, the lot of BuckeyeNation was growing smaller.
Our enduring 2-10-1 though, was a blessing when we realize it caused a change that brought that NC under Jim Tressel, and low and behold, it was that National Championship that pulled in a whole new generation of Buckeye fans into the fold.
So... while we may use a cane (not really) to get over to the keyboard, and when we sit down and view a thread that asks about great players, we are very glad to have witnessed - with you - the likes of Clarett, Gamble, Troy Smith, Whitner, Laurinaitis, Hawk...
but as time goes on, and we don't see Randy Gradishar, or Robert Smith mentioned,
or when we know that to mention a nickname like White Lightening would fall on deaf ears...
or when we wonder if anyone knows how good Jim Stillwagon was,
or if this new group has ever run across the choppy films of Howard Cassady...
or if they know what profound affect Chic Harley had on OSU history
or if our being aware that posting trivia like John Havilcek was drafted by the Browns would get little more than a "meh"
:-) it's okay. It honestly is. :-)
We might feel old when we recall things like that, but to be honest with all of you, when we all get to sit down and share an event like today, a fantastic signing day that secures the next 2-3 years of talent... it's satisfying to know that not only has the torch has been passed on the field with Urban Meyer's.coaches energetic recruiting, it's also been passed as we share it together with whole bunch of rabid Buckeyes that is larger in number than it was in the 1990s.
Go Bucks!.. (but just remember one thing.... You will be in our position one day, and it will be your honor to see that torch handed down)
Very well done, my aged brother. Very well done indeed.
'We are attacking that like animals right now.'
I'm out of upvotes Gessig, but thank you. Great post.
Thank you both for your comments.
I do appreciate it. :-)
Great post Gessig. Thumbs up from one of the "old guys", who remembers watching Jim Stillwagon and all of the other "Super Sophomores" in 1968.
I'm 35 but sometimes I feel old can I join the geriatric club too? Great post.
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