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Man takes part in ‘O-H-I-O’ — from his casket


In my 42-plus years on this earth, and especially in the past several months, I’ve witnessed firsthand the passion and loyalty of Ohio State fans.

To say that the fan base, especially when it comes to football, is fervent would be a massive understatement, and the fact that the school’s nickname is a nut turns the fervor into sheer poetry.  It should go without saying their passion is almost unrivaled — I wrote “almost”, SEC fans; save your emails — in the world of college football.

The latest proof of that?  Family members of an Ohio State fan recently decided to, as OSU fans are wont to do, bust out an impromptu “O-H-I-O”.  At a funeral.  With the dude in the casket serving as one of the letters.

In the description of the picture, the family wrote that the guest of honor was a”[l]ong time fan who was always the “I-O”, is forever the permanent “I”. Roy Miracle was shown in an OSU turtle neck that he loved, and holding the position that he loved!”

I may be in the minority here, and could care less if I am, but I have to say that that is totally… freaking… awesome.  Creepy?  Kinda.  Morbid?  Somewhat.  The eighth level of awesome?  Absolutely.

In fact, I can only think of one thing involving a corpse and tOSU that would be more awesome: dotting the “i” in Script Ohio.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Kegs & Eggs)

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26 Responses to “Man takes part in ‘O-H-I-O’ — from his casket”
  1. jaggedmark says: Jul 12, 2011 7:14 PM

    How appropriate, since COI is about to bury the Buckeyes.

  2. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 12, 2011 8:22 PM

    Go bucks!

  3. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 12, 2011 8:40 PM

    Mr. Taylor (no relation),

    This, I believe, is the first tOSU article you have penned that your input was positive and full of positive passion.

    Feels good doesn’t it?

  4. virusgvr says: Jul 12, 2011 8:44 PM

    I think this is probably the biggest joke ever this dead guy was probably a life long Michigan Fan or even a Wisconsin Fan, and the family did this as a huge joke. I can see it now,….

    Jenny: Hey I know how we can get ole gran-pappy back for all those years of misery?

    Susan: How?

    Jenny: We can just stand around and do the O-H-I-O pose just before we shut that old bastards casket!!!

    Susan: You know that sounds like a great idea, let me call around and fund 2 more people to agree on this, and I think we got him!

    Jenny: ok call me back….

    And you see that’s how this picture really came to be. All they really needed to do to really spite him is to dress him in some Michigan underwear.

  5. dirtyharry1971 says: Jul 12, 2011 8:48 PM

    I bet i know how the guy died too, i bet it happened after the world found out that OSU and their coach were all dirty and all their wins went out the window from last year. Yep he woke up one day realizing all these years everything he believed in was a scam!!

    Down with OSU
    GO ANYONE else!!

  6. fatcamper says: Jul 12, 2011 9:53 PM

    I’m not a fan of the school, but props to the family and OSU. Looks like they celebrated the ending of his life the way he would have wanted it. I’ll also give props to OSU for creating such a fanbase.

  7. zachariathegr8 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:50 PM

    Some of the comments on here are absolutely disgusting. Shame on you idiots for posting such hate. Think of the family who took this picture.. They probably read this article and it helped their grieving process by giving this man some notoriety for the amount of love he had for his alma matter. Cowards attack those who cannot defend themselves.

  8. mdnittlion says: Jul 12, 2011 11:25 PM

    Still not as creepy as that dude executed down south last year who’s finally words were “Boomer Sooner”.

  9. overratedgators says: Jul 13, 2011 1:06 AM


    Forgot about that one. Yep: all time creepy fandom award winner.

  10. virusgvr says: Jul 13, 2011 2:40 AM

    zachariathegr8: “cowards attack those who cannot defend themselves”

    What a joke!! Don’t get on this post preaching your high moral ground about “what if the family see this,” and show “some compassion”… This picture is classless in itself, first of all who smiles and jokes about Ohio St. Football at a funeral, and then wheels old grandpa’s corpse into position to be the “I” ??? Look at everyone in this picture? They are just laughing it up like they are tailgating and drinking beers at the game!!!! Woooooo!!!! Another thing, did you think that the family of this post was just going to get all kinds of “I’m sorry for your loss” comments on a blog that people can comment on? Get your story straight and then perhaps common back here and comment. Ya tool!!!!

  11. twindaddy says: Jul 13, 2011 5:36 AM

    though most funerals are sad, they are supposed to be a celebration of life. I see nothing wrong here. so to those on their high horse….stfu. just because it isn’t done your way doesn’t make it wrong.

  12. smartbutlazy says: Jul 13, 2011 8:34 AM

    Yep. White Trash.

  13. outlawjerseywhales says: Jul 13, 2011 9:32 AM

    A funeral?
    Who dresses like these people for a funeral? The woman in blue is wearing sandals, for crying out loud!

  14. dkhhuey says: Jul 13, 2011 10:28 AM

    @JT – thanks for the great chuckle!!! This is a fantastic tradition that we Buckeyes all share!!! There are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of pictures on OSU’s site with fans doing this from just about every possible corner of the world! My all time favorite are the kids using TD Jesus on Notre Dame’s campus as the I!!! Priceless.

  15. zachariathegr8 says: Jul 13, 2011 3:47 PM

    You don’t have to have high moral standards to not make fun of a tribute to a deceased relative. In fact, all you need is ounce of morality to know that is wrong. Taking shots at Ohio State is fine & fair game, taking shots a dead man and their grieving family.. Not ok. I’m not going to further any kind of silly debate with you. Just know where to draw the line between sports and real life and have some respect.

  16. stairwayto7 says: Jul 13, 2011 4:27 PM

    These old farts are smiling at his funeral? Must be getting a whopping $10,000 in inheristance! SIMPLY CLASSLESS! Where are Pryor and Tressel at??

  17. florida727 says: Jul 13, 2011 4:55 PM

    This is wrong on soooo many levels :)

  18. virusgvr says: Jul 13, 2011 5:05 PM


    You don’t have to have a debate with me at all, just read all the other peoples comments. I especially like the one where someone comments about the blue sandals that the lady is wearing. Most everyone would side with me how dumb as hell this photo is.

  19. silverdeer says: Jul 13, 2011 6:39 PM

    Whether or not you agree with the picture and the taste of the people that were involved in taking it. There is one thing that everyone needs to remember. Funerals are for the living as the dead don’t care. As a Michigan fan, I personally could care less about the fact that he was used for the I. However, I have to give kudos to the people in the photo for celebrating the mans life rather than sitting in the doldrums over his death. Losing a loved one is a difficult time, but too often everyone acts like it is the end of the world. I have it in my will that there will be an open bar at my wake and that everyone is to celebrate life both current and past.

  20. bhawkce says: Jul 13, 2011 7:39 PM

    That’s good stuff… someone is putting the ‘fun’ back in funeral. It’s all good. ..I am down with silverdeer, I would like my funeral to be a celebration of life and love.. not everyone moping around.. have a party!

  21. twindaddy says: Jul 14, 2011 2:19 PM

    The only “classless” people are the ones attacking this picture.

    Go Blue!

  22. mike2347 says: Jul 14, 2011 4:12 PM

    want the real story?

  23. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 14, 2011 11:51 PM

    well said twindaddy – long live the rivalry

  24. Deb says: Jul 15, 2011 12:35 PM

    You can see he was an old man, so he lived a full life and it’s clear his family remembers him fondly and with smiles on their faces. What more could anyone ask?

  25. waynefontes says: Jul 19, 2011 11:33 AM

    Rather than take another shot at Ohio State, I’ll just go with what Dr. Seuss once said, something I think is so true when it comes to the end of anything special, especially life.

    “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

    All the best to him and his family.

  26. tdub821 says: Jul 19, 2011 1:20 PM

    Hopefully his family didn’t dress him up in a red gay sweater vest.

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