The new year kicked off in style today with Ohio State playing in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl. Alan and I had roses on the mind all day long.
After returning from Grandma Debbie’s, we watched some of College Gameday and the Tournament of Roses Parade. On Gameday, Alan was happy to catch the highlight of Parris Campbell’s 78-yard TD dash during the Michigan game during an “Images of the Year” montage. That was Alan’s favorite play this year, as he loved how Campbell ran away from defenders like he was shot out of a cannon.
During the parade, Alan enjoyed seeing the Ohio State Marching Band perform on a big stage once again (Side Note: I can’t imagine any other band having played both the Thanksgiving and New Year’s parades in the same season).
While we were watching the parade, Robbie and Jill stopped by to see Alan’s Christmas train in action. Alan got it running pretty well after making some engineering adjustments to the train tracks. Alan also showed off Super Mack and his new fort.
Afterwards, Alan changed into his Braxton Miller-era OSU #5 jersey and got ready to watch the first half of the game with Robbie, Jill, and David at Tata and Papa’s apartment. Alan packed up an OSU foam finger, an OSU football, and a rose to take with us. He also packed his new Buckeye plane from Christmas and a Buckeye truck for the city he sets up on the coffee table.
During the game, Alan got to see a TD catch by Parris Campbell, who set OSU’s single season reception record and went over 1,000 yards on the season during the first half. Alan also saw some nice runs by OSU’s current #5, Mike Weber, who played his best game of the season at the Rose Bowl.
While driving back home, Alan of course followed along on ESPN Gamecast, as Dwayne Haskins threw his 50th TD pass of the season, good for 6th most all-time in the NCAA record books.
To Alan’s delight, Ohio State coasted to victory in the second half. And as the sun set on the Rose Bowl, it turned into a retirement party for Urban Meyer.
Here’s to Urban and 86 wins over the past 7 years!