Many of the Ohio State fans I know try to downplay our annual game against Penn State. Can’t get excited about playing a team that’s been in the league for such a short time, they say. We beat them too often, they say — how can we get fired up about that?
Those Ohio State fans? They don’t live in Pennsylvania.
I will grant those guys one point: Penn State is not Michigan. But in the past 15 years, I’ve come to see the game against the Nits as a very close second, and there is nothing I enjoy more than living in Pennsylvania the week after Ohio State beats Penn State.
Last year’s game was rough. It wasn’t pleasant watching the Nits win their first game in Columbus since joining the Big Ten in 1993. And while I won’t have any kind of sense about how good the teams will be for several weeks, I can say I’m looking forward to getting revenge on Nov. 7, when Ohio State visits Happy Valley.
I’m becoming more and more aware of a pretty decent number of Ohio State fans among my extended Twitter family here in Pittsburgh, and there’s nothing I would like more to get them together — maybe even with a few brave Penn State people — to watch that game. And that’s why we’re calling it a Tweetup, boys and girls — Nov. 7, probably at 8 p.m. (a time has not been set, but if both teams are undefeated in the conference, there’s no way ABC won’t make that the day’s national game), at Ruggers Pub on the South Side.
This won’t be an easy one, my Pittsburgh Buckeyes. If you have what it takes, RSVP at the Ning site, and we’ll see you in November.