Every true Ohio State fan knows Brutus Buckeye.
In his current incarnation, Brutus is a muscular figure with a two-tone buckeye nut head that has human features. He wears a Block O cap, a scarlet and grey striped rugby shirt with “Brutus” emblazoned across the chest, and scarlet sweat pants. Ever discreet, he sports a strategically placed Ohio State towel at his midsection. Brutus helps the cheerleaders lug the big Ohio State flag as they run down the field when the team enters before a football game, and he regularly interacts with the cheerleading squad, members of the band, Ohio State athletes, and diehard Ohio State fans during games and at tailgates. In Columbus, at least, he is a popular figure. It isn’t unusual to see Brutus Buckeye decals on cars around town, for example, and many Buckeye fans have a photo taken with Brutus prominently displayed at their home or office.
Brutus Buckeye wasn’t always an athletic human figure, however. When I first started going to OSU football games in the early ’70s, Brutus was a big Buckeye nut with eyes and legs and not much else. He couldn’t carry a flag because he had no arms. However, he could do an amusing little dance, his comparatively tiny legs boogieing away under that enormous nut head. He also could somehow spin the head, which was cool.
I’m not sure how long Brutus has had his current incarnation. It’s 20 years, at least. Does anyone even wear rugby shirts anymore? I therefore pose the question: Should Brutus be updated?