All Steelers fans are well-informed that the city formerly known as Pittsburgh has longtime defense coordinator Dick LeBeau to thank for the newer moniker.
Behind the standout strength of linebackers Kevin Green and Greg Lloyd, LeBeau’s 3-4 zone-blitz relentlessly tore through NFL offenses and dominated the Steelers’ playbook during the mid-90s, leading the team to Super Bowl XXX in 1995. Pay homage to the definitive Black and Gold era with this super-soft Sunday staple.
Rubber City’s largest institution of higher ed is the University of Akron, and we’re all for the Zips’ storied tradition, which dates back to 1870. Off the field, the university prides itself on its total STEM domination: your Zips are ranked number one in the nation when it comes to patents issued per research dollar spent.
And on the field: it’s total soccer domination. After going undefeated throughout the 2009 regular season but losing during PKs in the NCAA Division 1 Championship, your Zips threw it into another gear and in 2010 brought home the school’s first national championship—a standout title among the school’s multiple football and basketball conference titles. Rep your Blue and Gold pride in this Zip staple.
Any other day, Cleveland’s Municipal Parking Lot is just that: a place to drop off your car. But this isn’t just any day—it’s game day.
Welcome to the Muni Lot, a tradition handed down generation after generation. The epicenter of Browns pride, here 10,000+ diehards congregate in their Sunday best and enjoy the finest culinary creations and liquid offerings—but NO ALCOHOL—as they withstand whatever the weather gods wish to throw Cleveland’s way. Secure your spot early and dive into the sea of Orange and Brown revelry. Then head to FirstEnergy Stadium for the second half of the day’s action. Go Browns!
Since 1922, Ohio Stadium (better known “The Horseshoe” or just "The 'Shoe” because of its distinctive shape) has been the home field for the Ohio State Buckeyes. When it opened, The Shoe held just over 66,000 fans; after a 2014 renovation that added more seating in the end zone, the official capacity is now 104,944, making it the fourth largest stadium in the United States and fifth largest in the world.
The season that was nearly written off after the second game now lives as arguably the most memorable in the Buckeyes 125-year football history.
Coming in at number five in the 2014 AP preseason rankings and with a solid schedule, Ohio State was an early favorite to fill one of the four slots of the inaugural College Football Playoffs. But that all changed when your Buckeyes lost their starting quarterback before the season even kicked off. And a loss in week two to unranked Virginia Tech all but sealed their fate of missing out on the playoffs. Then momentum shifted. Your Buckeyes found their form and put together nine straight wins to steadily climb back up the rankings. Alas, during the final game of the regular season, another devastating blow: Ohio State’s second-string quarterback suffers a season-ending leg injury. Without flinching ahead the Big Ten Championship, Ohio State called on the next man up, a redshirt sophomore, and the team delivered a 59-0 rout to Wisconsin to send them into the playoffs as the fourth and final team. With the same playbook from the Big Ten Championship, your Buckeyes dominated #1 seed Alabama in the semis and #2 seed Oregon in the final to become the first Football Playoff National Champions, bringing their tally to eight national championships. Pay homage to the incredible comeback season, and gear up for the grind for nine. O-H!