Woody Hayes might be the most popular Hayes in modern Buckeye history, but Ohio State’s oldest remaining campus building, Hayes Hall, was named after Rutherford B. Hayes, not the legendary coach.
At the same time Ohio University and Miami University—the state’s two oldest colleges—were jockeying for the land from the federal 1862 Morrill Act, which provided states with 30,000 acres to found or fund institutions of higher education, Ohio governor at the time, Rutherford B. Hayes, fiercely advocated for a new institution, one nearer to Ohio’s legislature. As the fight heated up, Hayes pushed aside opponents and established the new Columbus institution in 1870. While Hayes would go on to set the foundation for social and civil service reform as the 19th President of the United States, he counted the creation of what would become THE Ohio State University as one of his greatest achievements.
Ohio State’s one and only mascot—and don’t forget, multi-sport, year-round athlete—debuted a half century ago at the Buckeyes’ 1965 Homecoming game against Minnesota.
Originally donning a cumbersome, homely, papier-mâché headpiece, Brutus has come a long way from his first Ohio Stadium appearance. As for the name, Buckeye Nation has alum Kerry Reed to thank, who proposed “Brutus” in the Union Department Store “Name the Buckeye” contest during Michigan week later in the season and who was handsomely rewarded for the moniker with a $50 gift certificate. Celebrate 50 years of Brutus with our quintessential super-soft ringer.
It doesn’t matter if you were born and raised in the great state of Ohio, “That State Up North,” or anywhere else in U.S. (or even the world)—for college football fans, the annual Ohio State-Michigan showdown transcends geography and has become known simply as “The Game.” Ranked as the greatest North American sports rivalry by ESPN in 2000, the two schools have been meeting at the end of the season for over a century, and have decided the Big Ten championship between themselves on 22 different occasions.
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!
Ohio, o, my, o, we got the sweetest little shirt for the sweetest little Ohio-reppin’ girlies!
In the vast Buckeye songbook, “Fight the Team” and “Carmen Ohio,” are runaway favorites, but the most fun tune, that’s Ohio, O, my O! Played by “The Best Damn in the Land” as far back as 1930, the song was made popular by Al Jolson. While it might not steal the show now, the song is still a fan-cam favorite to get “The ‘Shoe” pulling out some throwback jitterbug moves. Rep the spirit down by the Ohio!
After every Buckeye touchdown, Block O rises with the rest of the stands and Ohio Stadium thunders with the familiar refrain of the Ohio State fight song. Along with “Hang On Sloopy,” a Saturday in fall just doesn’t feel right without TBDBITL and your eleven warriors charging across the gridiron. Rep the Buckeye tradition right with this super-soft tee, perfect for the season-long haul to the playoffs. Gear up for number nine. O-H!