Thanks to reader Howard in Columbus for finding this story about out-of-control partying at Ohio State home football games, doubtless a contributing factor to the hostility to out-of-town fans there.
1) The drinking is not unique to Columbus. I’ve seen cup and can litter as bad as anything in the slideshow after home games here. The closer you get to the stadium, the worse it is.
2) The attitude, however, is. At least, the degree of the attitude. UM fans are as rabid as OSU’s, but when Dr. Frank and I went out for beers after the Notre Dame blowout, the bar we went to was packed with fans and the only thing any of them said to Frank, dressed in a UND polo shirt, was some shoulder-slapping version of “better luck next year.” Granted, they’d won by an absurd margin, but as Larcom’s column points out, a win is no guarantee of good behavior in Columbus.
I wouldn’t wear a Michigan shirt or drive a car with Michigan plates anywhere near the OSU campus on Michigan game day. It’s a “mug me” invitation. A marching-band member in one of my classes said they routinely leave Ohio Stadium under heavy security to make a safe getaway.
Which, I’d argue, is another reason the hometown columnist might be safe taking, oh, a teensy bit stronger stand when discussing the fan behavior of the school’s No. 1 rival. But hey — it’s his column.