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OP: OSU’s cookie-cutter tailgating packages are lame and I hate them

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Is IMG Trying to Reinvent the Tailgating Wheel?

Ohio State is offering to “copy and paste” its football tailgating fan experience on Saturdays and it sucks.

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and IMG’s Tailgate Club service are working together to offer Buckeye fans several options to pregame home football games near the Horseshoe with a ready-made tailgate setups available for purchase at a price not everybody can afford.

Here are the three new tailgating packages for the Rutgers game as an example:

  • Buckeye – A 10’ x 10’ Ohio State tent that would accommodate up to 10 people with five OSU-themed chairs, a 6’ folding table with linen and 1 Kottman Hall lot parking pass ($470 + tax)
  • Buckeye Plus – A 10’ x 20’ Ohio State tent that would accommodate up to 20 people with 10 OSU-themed chairs, two 6’ folding tables with linen, 1 cooler with ice and 1 Kottman Hall lot parking pass ($930 + tax)
  • Buckeye VIP – A 20’ x 20’ Ohio State tent that would accommodate up to 40 people with 15 OSU-themed chairs, three 6’ folding tables with linen, 2 coolers with ice, a media package and 1 Kottman Hall lot parking pass ($1,865 + tax)

For the game against That Team Up North—with the same packages detailed above—the prices for each package increase as follows:

  • Buckeye = $570 + tax
  • Buckeye Plus = $1,180 + tax
  • Buckeye VIP = 2,590 + tax

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For a season pass of five games —with the same packages detailed above—the prices for each package increase as follows:

  • Buckeye = $2,617.50 + tax (includes a 25% discount)
  • Buckeye Plus = $5,257.50 + tax (includes a 25% discount)
  • Buckeye VIP = $10,878.75 + tax (includes a 25% discount)

Gene Smith made the following remark in a press release:

“Buckeye Park by Tailgate Club provides a turnkey experience that will allow Buckeye fans to make the most of their visit to campus.”

A “turnkey experience?” Hell no.

Tailgating the old-fashioned way is a novel experience that should not be cookie-cutter.

My best tailgating memories are going to an RV that’s set up by family friends, identifiable by a unique flag waving in the air. Sitting outside with friends eating home-cooked food, playing cornhole and admiring other individually decorated RV’s and tents from Buckeye fans is priceless and part of the fun of college football Saturday.

Tailgating is a showcase of creativity.

The place to see an organized, streamlined sea of scarlet and gray is inside the Horseshoe cheering the Buckeyes across the field to victory.

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Buck Wild: A visual history of Brutus

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As any true Ohio State fan knows, Brutus Buckeye is more than just a school mascot, he’s a crucial member of the OSU family. Since debuting on Oct. 30, 1965 at the Minnesota vs. OSU homecoming football game, Brutus has gone through many iterations, some definitely better than others. Here’s a look back at how Brutus became the lovable nut head we know him as today!

-1965-

The original Brutus Buckeye costume was an unwieldy papier-mâché creation, pieced together with crude bits of wood and chicken wire by undergrads Ray Bourhis and Sally Lanyon. They were simply tired of not having a proper school mascot, and decided to take things into their own hands. Surprisingly, it was an instant hit among the student body. After two weeks, the head was upgraded to a lighter and more durable fiberglass version, and the name was selected in student-voted poll in November 1965.

-1968-

Three years later saw the costume’s first major redesign, bringing with it a mouth that could be flipped from a wide grin to a pouty frown when the Bucks were doing poorly in a game. Luckily, because we’re talking about Ohio State athletics, that was almost never the case, so the mouth was kind of a moot point.

-1975-

For some reason, a full decade after introducing a mascot that was quickly beloved by the student body, Ohio State decided to really switch up the game and go with a much smaller and grotesquely horrifying head. The costume also featured a much more anthropomorphic body allowing the wearer full use of their arms. We understand what they were going for, but as you can see, the result was a goddamn horrendous disaster. This terrifying Brutus only lasted one year.

-1976-

After that ill-conceived costume was laid to rest, it was back to a large fiberglass head for the 1976 season. The arms were once again lost but the addition of big bushy eyebrows made this rendition still sort of creepy in its own unique way.

-1977-

Just one year later saw the debut of this incredibly dopey looking Brutus featuring a very timid facial expression and no mouth whatsoever. Not too intimidating by any means, but that hat is pretty sick.

-1980-

It took the school 15 years before they finally landed on a costume design that resembles the one we know and love today. A new decade saw Brutus’ enormous nut-head shrink to a size that could comfortably rest on the shoulders of its wearer. This allowed them the freedom to use their arms to get sports fans pumped the fuck up, which was the whole point in the first place.

-2007-

More than 40 years after he first debuted, Brutus had definitely earned a place as one of just eighteen characters in the Mascot Hall of Fame; a great honor that includes characters from all sports, both collegiate and professional.

-2017-

Today Brutus appears at over 500 events every year, from sporting events to charity appearances.  While he may undergo minor updates and wardrobe changes over the coming decades, he’s finally found his look, and Ohio State’s iconic nut-man is here to stay.

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OSU Football is back! 6 game schedules announced

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We know you're still wrestling with the loss against Purdue, but it's time to move on and mark your calendar for the Buckeyes 2019 season. Six Ohio State Football games have been announced, including four noon games and the regular-season finale against the teaX who shall not be naXed.

The season-opening game against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31, Cincinnati on Sept. 7, Indiana on Sept. 14, and Xichigan on Nov. 30 will all be played at noon.

Ohio State’s game Oct. 5 against visiting Michigan State will be at 7:30 p.m. Unique this year is a Friday kickoff against Northwestern at 8:30 p.m.

The Florida Atlantic, Indiana and Michigan games will be broadcast by Fox. The UC game will be televised by ABC. The Michigan State game will be on ABC or ESPN, and the Northwestern game will be on FS1, reports buckeyeextra.com.

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You may recognize OSU spring graduation speaker from CNN, best-seller shelf

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A man who delivers international headlines is now making local ones after being selected to give the spring commencement address at the Ohio State University.

You may recognize Fareed Zakaria from hosting Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) for CNN Worldwide, or from his his biography on the inside cover of his three New York Times best-selling books. Or maybe you've seen his byline in The Washington Post or The Atlantic.

“An award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Dr. Zakaria is a leading voice in our national discourse on global and domestic affairs,” President Michael Drake said in the announcement, per The Lantern. “His extensive knowledge of our broader world will enrich and inspire our graduates as they embark to make a meaningful difference in communities near and far.”

This will not be Zakaria’s first time addressing an OSU audience. Back in 2016, he delivered the keynote speech at the Fisher Centennial, marking the 100th year of the Max M. Fisher College of Business.

Zakaria is a Yale University graduate and earned his doctorate from Harvard University.

He will be among many other prominent individuals who have had the honor of sending Ohio State graduates out into the world, like Barack Obama in 2013, Archie Griffin in 2015, Neil Armstrong in 1971, John Glenn in 1984 and 2009, Woody Hayes in 1986, and Barbara Walters in 1971 to name a few.

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