The Ohio State Buckeyes aren’t playing this weekend. After a grueling last few weeks in the Big Ten meat grinder, and some hard work in pulling out a win over Northwestern at Evanston, the Buckeyes are getting a well-deserved rest.
We fans, however, are pining for a weekend game. I enjoy the adrenalin rush the games provide, and I rationalize that the spikes in my blood pressure caused by bad calls from referees during an OSU game probably are good for my system. Every once in a while, you want to make sure that your body can withstand various stresses. Isn’t that what those doctor-supervised stress tests are all about? Getting seriously into a Buckeyes game is just the self-administered version.
Still, in a way it’s also nice to have the weekend off. We get to see other teams play without having an enormous emotional investment in the outcome. Today I’ll watch the Michigan-Michigan State game. Whatever the result, it will help the Buckeyes in their quest for a higher seed in the Big Ten Tournament. If Michigan loses, they drop below Ohio State in the loss column; if Michigan wins, Michigan State joins Ohio State and Michigan with five losses in the conference.
So today I’ll watch the games with a relaxed attitude. I’ll be husbanding my emotional and stress-related resources for Tuesday night, when Ohio State travels to Bloomington for a make-or-break game against the top-ranked Hoosiers.