The Game: A Wolverine’s Guide For Surviving Columbus

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The Wolverine Survival Guide is part of the Trip Report: Buckeyes Wolverines 2016 which covers the following places:


What do you do in a city where everyone hates you? Do you cower and not wear your alma mater’s colors? Do you say, “May the best team win?” Or do you go full monty and floss your Michigan gear from head to toe?

Guess which one I did?

The City 

Columbus is a great town and the Sheraton Columbus was a great refuge for Wolverines looking for proximity to the game and the bar scene while being far enough away from the mayhem.

Day One: Food & Drink 

Condado’s Tacos 

The band of mighty Wolverines braved the empty streets of downtown Columbus and headed to Condado’s Tacos for some fuel for the long evening ahead of us. It was happy hour so I ordered a margarita but quickly switched to Don Julio as the margarita was essentially all sour mix. While I enjoyed the atmosphere, I thought the food was terrible. The restaurant provides a list of taco ingredients and encourages patrons to build their own. Why give people the opportunity to mess up one of the world’s most perfect treats? This do it yourself style became a theme of the trip as we also went to another awful place, Blaze Pizza, for the worst pizza next to Seychelles, that I have ever experienced.

Too many options
Too many options
Bad combo
Bad combo
Great tequila
Great tequila
Don Julio
Don Julio

BBR Columbus

Looking to urinate on the Wolverines, look no further than this bar and nightclub where I had one too many shots with former Buckeye football players.

Trickle down economics
Trickle down economics
Shots!
Shots!
More shots
More shots
Best friends
Best friends

Day 2: The Game 

This is what we came for. But before we went to the Horseshoe, a tailgate was in order.

Big Bar

There’s absolutely no point in going to home games. I realized this after walking into a bar packed with Buckeye fans and having drinks with the enemy. To be perfectly honest, the people were great and hospitable. Initially, I was scared that I would be assaulted, spat on, or shunned but the opposite happened. All we did was make friends.

Head to toe, Go Blue!
Head to toe, Go Blue!
Big Bar
Where’s the only one not wearing communist red?
And even more friends
And even more friends

The Walk To The Game 

This does not mean that my entire time in Columbus was without incident. On the way to the game someone threw a bottle of beer in my direction. It smashed only a few feet away from me. That’s not cool.

The Buckeye Fans
The Buckeye Fans

The Horseshoe

Wow! The energy was electric. It was remarkable. I’ve been to stadiums throughout the globe but nothing compared to this.

Entrance to the Horseshoe
Entrance to the Horseshoe
The Horseshoe
The Horseshoe
The Horseshoe
The Horseshoe
A sea of red
A sea of red
On both sides
On both sides
When it appeared Michigan was in control
When it appeared Michigan was in control
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Nervous Buckeyes
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Momentarily happy Wolverines

The Game 

In the end Michigan did not execute and while I hate to say it, the refs played a part in the outcome. Was it a first down? Probably not. Was the call going to be reversed? Absolutely not. That wasn’t the call that I was most upset about. The pass interference call on Michigan on a long third down was a killer.

The Walk of Shock 

Stunned, I walked for over an hour in the direction of the hotel. Annoying fans tried to tell me ‘good game’ but I refused to extend my hand to welcome their disingenuous congratulations.

Party Again 

“We never win anymore.” When is Michigan going to be great again? Echos of The Donald went through my head as I decided to get out of bed and rally for one more night. The first stop was Short North Pint House, a chill beer garden. From there we went to Bakersfield Tacos where I enjoyed a great spicy margarita. Inevitably, the crew ended up at BBR then the aforementioned disgusting Blaze Pizza (photos not necessary).

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Day 3

The Hangover 

The hangover the next day was not from drinking but from losing to a team that Michigan should have beat. I packed up my stuff, checked out of the hotel, and readied myself for the drive back to Michigan. But first, I thought I would stop off for some Buckeye Pho after I had great thin crust Donato’s pizza in bed.

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Every inch is important in football
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Ab diet
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All gone
Review to follow
Review to follow

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Every piece is important, huh? A great slogan. As to the game, there seem to be an awful lot of white people in the stands. No criticism, since I’m white too, but interesting nonetheless. Again, if you’re ever heading in the direction of TYS, let me know. I know the bar scene fairly well, since I own a bar.

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