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Football still No.1 for Ohio delegates

posted 9/4/2008 8:03:12 PM |
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Let's face it: Even at a national political convention, football -- and particularly Ohio State football -- is never far from the minds of Buckeye delegates.

So football loyalties reared their heads when Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann, a Republican who tried to become governor of Pennsylvania, came to the Ohio delegation breakfast yesterday to pump up the troops and tout the GOP ticket.

When Swann, who helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win four Super Bowls, was introduced, he joked, "This is a first -- a standing 'O' in Ohio."

Sure enough, someone piped up: "Go Browns."

That caused Swann to respond that he didn't wear a tie because he was "afraid you might hang me with it."

But it wasn't until Swann mentioned the upcoming USC-Ohio State game, and proclaimed that he would be rooting for his alma mater in southern California, that the crowd of delegates and other Ohio GOP party officials really got heated.

"O-H! I-O!" the crowd roared, repeating the chant several times as Swann smiled.

I got this from the Columbus Dispatch today. I wanted to share it with some of you that's into politics and football, and it's meant as light hearted humor.

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Sep 4 @ 8:25PM  
Lynn Swann played for USC dude. LMFAO.

Sep 4 @ 8:29PM  
Where is Archie Griffin when you need him?

Sep 4 @ 8:32PM  
Lynn Swann played for USC dude.

Yeah, I didn't know he went to college there until I read that artical

Should be a very good game between Ohio St. and USC on Sept.13 where USC is ranked #1 in the country, and my Ohio St. ranked what, #3 in one poll and #5 in another?


Sep 4 @ 8:49PM  
I don't follow college ball.....sorry

Sep 4 @ 9:17PM  
I am looking forward to that game and cheering for OSU. I hate USC even though I am from Cali but have a lot of family ties to OSU.

Sep 5 @ 3:21AM  
Since I do not have ties to either team I normally would not root for either. Then again I am kind of torn; do I root for OSU in the hopes that they make it to another BCS and another easy win for the SEC or for USC in the hopes they knock OSU out of BCS contention so, hopefully, we can have a good competitive championship game this year.

Sep 5 @ 4:56AM  
It's all about priorities. I would bet that if the USC-Ohio game had been played during the RNC, none of the OH delegates would have been at the convention. The RNC TV ratings would have plummeted!

Any game between top ten teams in September is worth watching, even if I'm not a fan of either school. Gives the season a kick in the ass to get started.

And, yeah, I hate that D1 schools play the smaller schools. The only positive is that the bigger school pays the smaller school a few hundred thou for an easy win. It's the equivalent of Mickey Mouse classes for athletes in the revenue sports.

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Football still No.1 for Ohio delegates