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Ohio v. Buffalo, Part II: My Nose is Still Running

Remember yesterday when I gushed about the joys of covering baseball at Bob Wren Stadium at Ohio University? All of that goes away when it’s 45 degrees outside and you have to pee the whole time but are too embarrassed to ask where the bathroom is.

After Ohio handled Buffalo Saturday, I realized that I have a conditional love for covering baseball.

I do realize also that this is just part of the reason I love what I do, the unpredictability. It’s difficult to think that one day I could perhaps be paid to watch sports. Like Dick Vitale says, “It’s like stealing money.”

To robbery,

–BP

Athens Half Empty (or Half Full?)

I thought this picture was interesting. A place typically busy and bustling makes for fun photos when deserted like this. For those who don’t go to Ohio University, this was taken from atop the Baker University Center (with my ancient cellphone), a place with typically high traffic. However, with so many students gone for Easter weekend, the town of Athens was left fairly empty. It’s not often you get a chance to see such busy places like this completely empty, so I thought it appropriate to capture the moment.

Peace be with you,

–BP

Why you should watch the MAC Championship Game

Tyler Tettleton

Ohio brings a talented young QB to the table in Tyler Tettleton. Will you be watching?

Channel-flippers may land on ESPN2 sometime tonight, see the words “Ohio” and “Illinois” in the description, look down at the field of play and sit wondering why the Buckeyes and Illini have turned green and red, respectively.

“Are those special Christmas-themed uniforms?” the channel-flipper will ask to no one in particular.

After several confused minutes of head-scratching and an expedition into the depths of the channel-flipper’s sports knowledge, s/he hits the “INFO” button on the remote control. The description reads: Ohio Bobcats v. Northern Illinois Huskies (or something similar).

“Who the [noun] is this?” the channel-flipper will exclaim.

At the flipper’s exclamation, a blue-, green-, and white-clad superhero will burst through the wall to exclaim, “I am MAC Man!” He will then go on to describe how Ohio University – the first official state university in Ohio – was seeking its first MAC title in football since 1968, Northern Illinois its first since 1983.

Okay, so I lied about the Mid-American superhero, but the game still holds much weight for both schools. Ohio is looking to improve its bowl standing and with a win will head to Mobile, Alabama to play Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. The Bobcats’ bowl record doesn’t speak well for the team as they are 0-3 under current head coach Frank Solich, 0-5 all-time.

Before changing the channel and grumbling multiple grumblings about how poor the MAC is, the channel-flipper should know this: The MAC offers an extremely exciting brand of football. The conference boasts high-scoring affairs and competitive match-ups in which any team can come out on top.

In the absence of the NBA for the first part of what was supposed to be its season, ESPN found itself scrounging for games to show and, lo and behold, it was left with exciting MAC football games. Ohio’s win against Temple and the late-game drama involved attracted 1.4 million viewers in the United States. Just two weeks later, “MAC East Champs” trended worldwide on Twitter after Matt Weller’s game-winning field goal gave Ohio the MAC East title.

No, there won’t be any BCS bids on the line in tonight’s game, but the forecast calls for a competitive football game with a 100 percent chance of excitement. Who knows? Perhaps the channel-flipper will become loyal to the MAC Man MAC, man.

*The game can be seen on ESPN2 Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Not so fast, OU.

Recently, the Miami Student ran an op-ed piece on how Miami University students should embrace the stereotype of Miami (Oxford) being an elitist campus.

From reading the article, it’s easy to see that the foundations of that article are questionable at best. Yes, many students dub Miami “J. Crew U” and also enjoy poking fun at the plethora of jackets from the North Face, Sperry Top-Siders, and pairs of Uggs spotted on campus. But since when have other students claimed Miami students are better than them? More articulate? More mature? I’ve yet to hear those stereotypes.

Being from Southwest Ohio, I have plenty of friends who attend Miami and I understand that it is a fine institution. However, to brush aside Ohio University along with Kent State and Eastern Kentucky “for obvious reasons” is wacky. I’d like to know what exactly those “obvious reasons” are.

From my experience, Ohio University is a pretty good school. However, the Post at OU stooped to Miami’s level by publishing a rebuttal to the op-ed piece.

In the letter to the Post, the writer titles his letter: OU Students Don’t Have to Flaunt School Pride. He then goes onto flaunt school pride.

It’s not a big deal, school pride is meant to be flaunted. People wouldn’t wear school-colored T-shirts with school names plastered across the chest were it not for school pride. If you have school pride, why wouldn’t you want to show it? I know I enjoy talking about how great my school is and it makes me proud to be a Bobcat.

I think the giant contradiction that is this letter and the reaction to the Student article I’ve seen from many of my classmates reflects poorly on OU students.

In the letter, the writer calls OU students “fun-loving, happy-go-lucky party-goers” and then mentions the national attention that surrounds the Athens Halloween celebration.

When I think of “happy-go-lucky” people, I think of people who enjoy living life to its fullest, trying new things, and making new memories. They enjoy everything life has to offer (extra emphasis on “everything”). However, when I think of the typical OU student, I don’t see a happy-go-lucky person. Each weekend, the only question is: Which bar am I going to tonight? People claim they had a good night when they don’t remember it.

The party school reputation, in my opinion, has plagued OU. When I hear the girl at the other end of the table at the dining hall talk about how she chose to come to school here because it’s a great party school; when I see the packs of scantily-clad women and fashionably-inept men (an entirely different issue) chugging their way up the hill to Court Street every weekend; when I see the pictures from an unkempt house’s grimy basement (Cleveland Browns jersey often hanging on the wall, symbolic of the trashiness of the house); those are the times I sit and ponder humankind.

Getting back to the issue of school pride, it seems OU students have pride for all the wrong reasons. Many are quick to don the #1-Party-School T-shirts and purchase their jersey for fest season, but how many students can name the last time they stayed past halftime for a football game? Who walks around with a #1-Journalism-School T-shirt? (I know I would.)

I miss when I could ask someone how their weekend was without once hearing the phrase “going out” in any form. It seems our generation lives and dies by the phrase: The nights you don’t remember are the ones you won’t forget. Pardon me for wanting more than that.

So as I see OU students pointing the finger of shame at Miami for the Student op-ed piece, I wonder how many fingers should be pointed right back at us. I’m reminded of this false sense of school pride more this weekend, Halloween weekend.

You remember Halloween: the holiday in which young children would go out trick-or-treating with their parents on a chilly fall night to get the once-yearly delight of a sack full of candy. However, OU students have twisted this weekend into yet another reason to get wasted.

Didn’t parties used to be celebrations of some special event? A birthday? An anniversary? A championship? Now, a “party” is just another day.

So OU students can point the finger at Miami, if we so choose. But it is important to remember that we are not so perfect ourselves, so perhaps before raising that finger we should take a look in the mirror.

Royal Flush 2

Cyhi Da Prynce

Royal Flush 2, by Cyhi Da Prynce ((c) 2011)

Every few weeks or so I find myself looking for new mixtapes on Datpiff.com. I see it as sort of a guilty pleasure when I can’t afford to buy new music. (Don’t worry, mixtapes are free by nature.)

Cyhi Da Prynce burst onto the scene with his appearances on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Fridays songs “Looking For Trouble” and “Take One For The Team.” Cyhi followed that up by being featured on B.o.B’s most recent mixtape, No Genre.

This week I read a tweet from a schoolmate at Ohio University about Cyhi’s new stuff being worth a listen. To be honest, I didn’t know Cyhi had any new stuff–or old stuff for that matter.

I downloaded both Royal Flush and Royal Flush 2 and found myself pleasantly surprised. I went in thinking of him just as a good featured artist, but found his beats and verses extremely groove-worthy. Cyhi Da Prynce is clearly benefitting from having West as a boss.

Royal Flush 2 starts off strong with “When The Smoke Clears,” a typical power track. Cyhi follows with great head-boppers “Bulletproof” (a mix of the La Roux song, featuring Yelawolf) and “Thousand Poundz” (featuring Pusha T).

However, he lost me in the middle of the tape and begins to sound monotonic. He loses the flavor he had with the first few tracks by going into similar verse after similar verse–almost to the point where I wanted to stop listening. Don’t get me wrong, the songs were good; good but monotonic.

Cyhi manages to save it in the end with a great track in “Woopty Doo” (featuring Big Sean and produced by West) and a soulful song in “Beautiful Mind.” He ends on a high note featuring B.o.B in “Stadium.”

As far as mixtapes go, Royal Flush 2 is worth the download and worth a listen. Kanye West seems to be doing great things with G.O.O.D. Music and this is a perfect example. Enjoy this mixtape for the tracks in the beginning and end, but keep the middle tracks for an occasional hit on your iPod’s shuffle.

Rating: 2.5/5