The tradition. The pageantry. The passion. The biggest rivalry in college football. Nothing compares to “Michigan Week” as proud Buckeyes throughout Ohio – and especially here in Columbus – get their game face on as we prepare to battle arch-rival Michigan.
All of us at Germain Cadillac of Easton proudly wear our scarlet and gray as we enthusiastically support our beloved Bucks. So we thought it would be fun to share with our fellow fans some of the great traditions and little-known facts that surround this most glorious gridiron contest.
The Buckeye Tree and Buckeye Grove – Its nuts are poisonous (especially to anyone wearing the maize and blue!), it thrives where other plants can’t, and it’s very difficult to kill. No wonder that this hearty, resilient, and beautiful tree epitomizes what it means to be a Buckeye. Take a stroll through Buckeye Grove and pay homage to the great All-Americans who have brought glory and victory to OSU over the years.
“Across the Field” was written by W.A. Dougherty, Jr. in 1915 as a rousing fight-song companion to the more subdued “Carmen Ohio.” The “Buckeye Battle Cry” is played as the OSU marching band charges onto the field before each game.
The Mirror Lake Jump began back in 1934 and is still going strong today as students show their Buckeye pride by braving the lake’s frigid waters the Thursday night before the game.
The tradition of giving a “Gold Pants” charm to every player after every victory against Michigan began in 1934 when then first-year Coach Francis Smith said of the other side: “They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like everybody else.”
Red “Ms” begin secretly springing up all over the OSU campus during the Monday of game week as every “M” is covered with scarlet tape.
Blood Battle is a civic-minded competition between OSU and Michigan to see who can donate the most blood to the American Red Cross. The Wolverines hold the edge, but OSU students hope to come out on top this year for this most worthy cause.
Buckeye Craft Night gives students the chance to decorate signs, make buckeye necklaces, and show their support. Best of all, it’s free.
“TBDBITL” stands for “The Best Damn Band in the Land.” The phrase was coined by Woody Hayes to describe the Ohio State Marching Band. And it symbolizes the high standard of excellence in all academic and sports endeavors that all Buckeyes strive to achieve. The band was formed in 1878 to provide marching music for the school’s ROTC cadets. This proud military heritage can still be seen in the band’s military-style uniforms, and the precision drills the band performs.
The world-famous “incomparable” Script Ohio and “Dotting the i” formation was first performed on October 10, 1936 during halftime of the OSU/Univ. of Pittsburgh game. A fourth or fifth-year sousaphone player is given the honor of “dotting the i” as the band plays the French regimental tune: “Le Regiment de Sambre et Meuse.” Golfer Jack Nicklaus and astronaut John Glenn are two of the most famous non-band members to have the honor of “dotting the i.”
A Tradition of Great Deals
These are just a few of the many inspiring Buckeye traditions that surround what ESPN calls “the greatest sports rivalry of the 20th Century.” And here at Germain Cadillac of Easton, we also have a great tradition of giving you the best deals on our huge inventory of new and certified pre-owned Cadillacs. From the premium equipped 2015 Cadillac XTS with its 3.6 liter 305 hp V6, and the sophisticated 2015 Cadillac ATS with available BOSE® Active Noise Cancellation, to the versatile 2015 Cadillac SRX crossover SUV, and the futuristic, all-electric 2015 Cadillac ELR with its remarkable 85 mpg city/80 mpg hwy fuel economy, we’ll help you find the Cadillac that’s just right for you. Whether it’s “Michigan Week,” or any week, stop by and see us at Germain Cadillac of Easton. We’re conveniently located next to the Easton Town Center at 4200 Morse Crossing, Columbus, OH 43219. Give us a call at (866) 928-844 to schedule a test drive.