My first introduction to the enshrinement in Upper Arlington of Woodrow Hayes and the Buckeye bulldozers came in the late 50s when I was working as a young reporter at the Columbus Citizen. (Now dead and buried) On those Saturday afternoons when the team was at home, the newsroom would be vacated save for a few guys like me who were told to look after things until the others returned from the game. Even the managing editor could not resist the temptation to write something about what he had witnessed on the field. The Sunday paper not only included a play-by-play report, quarter by quarter, down by down, but also a sports reporter's long narrative of the game that replicated the play-by-play.
So affection for the team has been around for awhile. I recently learned that the team so overwhelms Ohio athletic competition that it has not lost a single game to another Ohio team since the days of, oh... Charlemagne. Unfortunately the mindset doesn't extend to the state's dismal performance on other more critical matters over the years.