Flashback Friday Moment of The Week: 8/26/2022

by Just Juan

While I was checking the early activity on Facebook this morning, I took a peek at my Memories. It was on this day 8 years ago that I made a bold call. That brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: the Ohio State 2014 national championship proclamation.

How I first came across this moment? This all started when Braxton Miller suffered a season-ending shoulder injury the week before. All of the national writers and media personalities had written off the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes without the senior leader. I was especially peeved when former Florida State quarterback Chris Rix said they would lose 3-4 games. I felt as if Ohio State was being disrespected so I took to Facebook and wrote my very emotional thoughts.

What it meant to me then? At the time, it was a very emotional post. But it was valid. Ohio State football is one of the premier programs in the nation and was coming into that season as winners in 24 of our last 26 games. We had nationally-relevant players and a superstar coach. Yes, the loss of Braxton Miller was catastrophic but Ohio State was Ohio State. That was the point I wanted to make by asserting that we’d be holding up the national championship trophy at AT&T Stadium at season’s end. Two weeks later, it seemed like I was going to eat crow on that as they lost to Virginia Tech at home in spectacular fashion. However, the Buckeyes bounced back and never lost again. They indeed hoisted the national championship trophy and I was there to see it.

What it means to me now? Every year, I remind my co-best friend Adrian about this as he was big on his Florida State Seminoles repeating as champs. I also fondly recall my post in the immediate aftermath of the game, shouting out everybody who doubted me. It was a moment I even replicated in 2017 on Opening Day when I proclaimed that the Dodgers would win 100 games and go to the World Series. The 2014 proclamation is one of the signature moments of the fandom of my alma mater.

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