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Ohio State’s message going into this game vs. Penn State – silence.

September 27, 2018 - 11:00 am

Ohio State plays Penn State on Saturday night. Number 4 at number 9. It’s a big game. Primetime. Happy Valley will be rocking. And as you’d expect, Penn State is making it a whiteout game. And that can be one hell of an intimidating environment. It’s crazy. It’s hostile. It’s loud. 

But Ohio State has a plan. They’re rallying their fans and they’re starting it on twitter with this tweet:

Silence the white noise. #gobucks #winthemoment

And the graphic is of a football player, with his finger to his lips, and the word silence in all caps, in white, on a red background, above him. 

Let me repeat that: Ohio State’s message going into this game is – silence. 

And my message is W.T.F.

Because, and correct me if I’m wrong here, but your football program has just spent the last couple of months embroiled in a scandal that was all about silence. 

And “silence” is going to be the word you want to use before this game? 

Maybe it’s just me, but if I worked at a school that was dealing with a scandal involving silence, I probably wouldn’t use that word to fire up my fanbase. 

And if I worked at a school that was dealing with more than 100 allegations of sexual misconduct involving a school doctor, and a lawsuit about a former coach of the school’s diving club sexually abusing a former athlete, and a federal investigation into the handling of abuse allegations, I definitely wouldn’t be splashing the word “silence” on twitter. But that’s just me. 

Quick question: what’s worse than tone deaf? That tweet. I don’t know a word or phrase that can actually sum this up. 

Does Ohio State not know how that comes across or do they just not care? Really I want to know I ask, because I really can’t figure out the answer right now. 

I mean, do you really want to invite people to bill the game between Ohio State and Penn State as the silence bowl?

Did anyone proof that before it went out? Has anyone in the football department or the social media department of the football department picked up a school newspaper recently? 

You’re just inviting an avalanche of memes, clips, and photoshops involving Urban Meyer.

But, as often happens in these situations, when someone drops a truly regrettable tweet, there’s a quick follow up tweet. And there was here, too. And it reads: 

...in case you needed that phone background too (with a sunglasses emoji)

Fantastic. They’re so proud of their work, they want to make sure you can carry it with you everywhere you go. 

You know what would be great? If Urban Meyer had that phone background on that phone where they couldn’t find text messages beyond the past year. That would truly be next level. That wouldn’t even be 2.0 that would be 3.0. That would be the iOS 12 of moronic moves. The I-O-S-U, if you will. Great work everyone. 

I know, I know. Urban says he had nothing to do with the missing text messages, but just for old time’s sake, here’s what the investigators wrote about how Meyer reacted to the report that he knew about the 2015 incident and lied about it at big 10 media days: “upon seeing this report when it first came out (at about 10:17 a.m.), Brian Voltolini, who was on the practice field with coach Meyer went to speak with him, commenting that this was “a bad article.” The two discussed at that time whether the media could get access to coach Meyer’s phone, and specifically discussed how to adjust the settings on Meyer’s phone so that text messages older than one year would be deleted.”

But yes, by all means, definitely make a phone background with the word “silence” highlighted. That’s a great idea. Take A. Bow. Give yourselves a round of applause. 

I don’t want to talk about Ohio State’s scandals. I really don’t. I’ve said everything I have to say about it, but they seem to want to make sure everyone keeps on talking about it. Because they keep on bringing it up. Because either they don’t think it’s a problem or they don’t care that it’s a problem. And either way, that’s a huge problem.