I’m not saying my decision not to record The Game was outcome-determinative, but . . . well, c’mon, you know it was!
What a performance by the Buckeyes, their coaches, their much maligned defense, and their equally maligned offensive line! Beating That Team Up North never gets old. And this win is made all the sweeter by the fact that Michigan came in expecting to win.
Seriously — where can I get a recording of The Game, 2018?
We’ve got a pretty big game to be played in Columbus, Ohio today. On this rainy Saturday, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines line up again for the best rivalry game in all of sports.
Normally I would set up the DVR function on our TV and record this year’s version of The Game. I’m not going to do so this year, however, because every time I have recorded the Buckeyes they’ve played horribly. On the other hand, when I haven’t tried to record them, they’ve played well. Given that track record, the proper course of conduct is clear.
It’s embarrassing to admit it, but I’m a firm believer in jinxes. Of course, it’s ludicrously far-fetched to think that the activities of an old guy far away from Ohio Stadium could possibly have an impact on a football game — but then we’ve all heard of the butterfly effect. Maybe the mere act of setting up a recording disturbs the ether and karma just enough to affect how Ohio State plays. Who knows how these things work? I just know I’m not going to take a chance on upsetting the mystic balance and feeling like I’m responsible for another less-than-stellar performance. If not recording The Game somehow gives Ohio State a minute advantage, that’s good enough for me.
I’m guessing I’m not alone in this sentiment. All across Buckeye Nation, fans of the Scarlet and Gray are donning lucky apparel and avoiding activities that seem to be somehow associated with failure. Of course, fans of TTUN are no doubt doing the same thing, and fervently hoping that their individual activities will produce a win. With two devoted fan bases each working to promote maximum luck and good fortune and avoid the dreaded jinx, who knows how the balance will tip?
Either way, there’s no recording of the game today. Go Bucks!
The on-line world once seemed like a fun, open place where you could easily and happily keep track of your friends’ trips, kids, and birthdays. But as it has developed it seems to get angrier, and weirder, and creepier every day — to the point where many of the thoughtful people I know have decided to retreat completely from “social media” and avoid the on-line world like it’s a dangerous dark alley in the low-rent part of town.
Why have they decided to abandon Facebook and remove themselves from the internet to the maximum practicable extent in today’s on-line world? Consider this story, about a woman who posted a negative on-line review of a local tavern where she’d gone for a bachelorette party. She says she and her friends were well behaved and were inexplicably treated rudely by the bartender, so she gave the bar a bad rating, and some highly critical comments, on Yelp. Other patrons of the bar, and the bartender, say the bachelorette party group was drunk and disruptive.
If we simply had a disagreement about what actually happened at the bar when the bachelorette party arrived, there would be no story here — we all know that there are two sides to every story and people’s perceptions of events can differ. But this story took a sick and twisted turn when some people started reacting to the bad review by posting ugly, sexually explicit comments about the reviewer, found her Facebook page and where she worked, and even went on her wedding website and RSVP’d that they would be attending. It’s a classic example of over-the-top, alarming cyberbullying that, unfortunately, has become increasingly common on-line. And you never know what might trigger such behavior; a comment that you consider to be fair under the circumstances might push a cyberstalker over the edge and make you their target.
My grandmother used to say, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It’s not bad advice to keep in mind the next time you’re tempted to write something negative on-line. These days, who knows where a few harsh words might lead?