Countdown to kickoff: East top tradition?

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: East top tradition?

See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

See our other 2014 countdown to kickoff posts:

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Dienhart: Script Ohio. This one’s easy, and I’ll keep it short: There is nothing better than watching script “Ohio” get formed by The Best Damn Band In The Land. Capped, of course, by the doting of the “I.”


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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Merriman: Script Ohio. This pregame tradition is like no other in college football. It actually dates back all the way to 1936, which gives you an idea of what a rich history this tradition has. The OSU band caps Script Ohio by the “dotting of the I, which gives Buckeye fans chills down their back, and rightfully so. There are some really good traditions throughout this conference, but when it comes to the best of the best, Script Ohio tops the list.


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Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Brent Yarina: Go Blue Banner. “Script Ohio” is magical and I always love a Beaver Stadium White Out, but Michigan’s dramatic entrance is something that can get any football fan’s heart racing. The playing of “The Victors” is cool on its own. Throw in the players running out of the tunnel and jumping to touch the Go Blue Banner at midfield, and it’s amazing the players can make it to kickoff. It’s such a cool sight, moment.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (14 Comments)
Doug on 8/23/2014 @ 11:33am EDT Said:

MSU running out of the tunnel throug the fog with thunderstruck being played is awesome, hey brent, you should leave ann arbor once in a while, nobody is intimidated with them touching a banner, big whoop

Chaz on 8/23/2014 @ 1:25pm EDT Said:

I like Ohio State’s script Ohio.

Dave on 8/23/2014 @ 1:46pm EDT Said:

I like the MSU band Drum major….back lean until tassel hits the ground.

Lbeezie on 8/23/2014 @ 3:41pm EDT Said:

Brent Yarina, do you honestly think players jumping 2 feet off the ground to touch a banner is better than the iconic sight of Script Ohio – or 107,000+ fans all wearing white at Beaver Stadium? If so, you are a hack of epic proportions!

Zombie on 8/23/2014 @ 7:38pm EDT Said:

Remember ohio fans, your beloved Script was first performed by, that’s right, the Michigan Marching Band, to pay our respects to your team.

David W. on 8/24/2014 @ 2:39am EDT Said:

Forget MSU drum major touching their hat tassel to the ground… In Ann Arbor they lose the hat and lean back until their head touches the ground. Go Blue! Doin’ it better. Doin’ it right.

Kevin Lewis on 8/24/2014 @ 7:26am EDT Said:

Nothing that TSUN does is the best! They suck at everything! Ooooo aaaahh!! They touch a banner…who cares! Script Ohio is the BEST rates tradition in all of college football!

GoBlue on 8/24/2014 @ 10:03am EDT Said:

Do you realize that it was Michigan’s band that did the first script Ohio in 1932!? I guess the best damn band in the land learned the script Ohio from the real best damn band in the land…Michigan’s band!!! Go Blue!

Mark on 8/24/2014 @ 3:48pm EDT Said:

As long as Michigan fans insist on living in the past.. (at this point is all they have). Remember how Jesse Owens set 4 world records on m’s track and then m erected a historical marker to that Buckeye’s honor. Remember when Woody said m couldn’t beat him with 10 coaches and then m hired O grad Bo Schembechler then named their football center after that O grad once he retired.. Remember Appalachian State and how they beat m a few years ago and how their coming back for m’s “revenge” game next weekend. Well we all hope m can handle that titan of college football this time. Enjoyed reminiscing with you.

Doug on 8/24/2014 @ 9:58pm EDT Said:

Hey David W. It’s funny when M travels to Spartan Stadium I’ve never seen M’s band leader do that, try again ! Michigan’s band is nothing compared to MSU’s, which is twice as big and better !

hadley smith on 8/25/2014 @ 9:31am EDT Said:

@ Doug…I know the band leader does what David said..Ive seen it and so has millions of other fans. But maybe he doesn’t do it at away games because he only does it for home gms…does your band leader do what you said at away gms. too? Prolly not, and michigan’s band is a LOT better than yours and just as big or dont even go there…so, you struck out twice there douggie…betcha that makes ya feel good huh??

kmachefski on 8/25/2014 @ 5:32pm EDT Said:

All of the tradition in the BIG 10 are great!!!!! There is no other conference that can compare to not only the traditions but to the educations that the students get!!!! That being said “GO BLUE”!!!!

Ben on 8/25/2014 @ 8:51pm EDT Said:

Has brent lost his mind? Michigan players jumping up and touching a banner is nothing better than MSU running out of the tunnel with fog. Script Ohio is clearly the best tradition.

P-Dot (@PDot___) on 8/25/2014 @ 11:29pm EDT Said:

uh hey Mark, thas because Michigan’s band only does that at home, jus like lil brothers band only does theirs at home games…please go get a clue. (another delusional sparty)