Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, October 9, 2013

Ohio State football is sacred to so many people. But, for 90-year-old hospice patients Richard Payne and Robert Evans, both 1949 Ohio State graduates, it has added value. These guys remember greats like Hopalong Cassady, after all.

"It's not just a team, it's 'The' team!" Payne said.

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Well, Payne and Evans recently got to get as close to "The" team as they've ever been. The two lifelong Ohio State fans were given an all-access tour of the program's football practice facility through their hospice program, Senior Independence Home and Health Hospice.

They touched Archie Griffin's Heisman Trophy, they visited the team's equipment room, they watched practice, and they even got to talk to Urban Meyer.

"Oh, hell, I'm happy as a lark." Payne said.


About Brent Yarina senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for He writes the popular uniform feature "Clothes Call," which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina's RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.