As the school buses return, the state’s mind turns to things of Autumn. Football, festivals, and fun. Some people say you must go to Texas to understand football fandom. They’ve never been to Ohio in the fall. The NFL started in Ohio. The NFL’s first game was in Dayton. The NFL even choose Canton, Ohio to house the Hall of Fame and kickoff the pre-season every year. The footballs and the whistles used in the Super Bowl are made in Ohio. Other places may “like” football, but Ohio is football.
Despite the troubles they may have, Ohio’s Pro Football teams have a legion of fans all their own. The Browns in the north, and The Bengals in the south. While it has been over 50 years since the Browns won a championship, and they have never been to the Super Bowl, fans all over the state are still loyal. The Bengals have made the playoffs the last 4 years. They have even been to the Super Bowl twice, but lost both times to the 49ers.
While Pro Football in Ohio might not be winning championships, college is a whole different story. Buckeye mania has gripped the state this year as the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes return to The Horseshoe. Ohio Stadium is located on the campus of The Ohio State University and is impossible to miss on game day. While OSU might be the talk of the town this season, they aren’t the only college team in Ohio. Every corner of this state has a team and any given Saturday in the fall the sounds of marching bands and cheering fans blare through out the land.
While Saturdays are for college, Fridays are for High School. While some schools might do better than others, like the pros, fans still support the local team. With cheerleaders, marching bands, and students helpers the Friday night lights in Ohio shine over more than just the Football team. Friday nights have become a community of their own for local high schools in Ohio.
From the pros to pee wee Ohio is football and Football is Ohio.