Buckeyes Are Boring? Says Who?

Posted by dwallace on August 20, 2010 in Hall of Fame, Ohio |

Ladies, today is a day in history that most of you probably hate and don’t even know it. That’s because today, in 1920, seven men came together and discussed establishing a professional football league at the Jordan and Hupmobile Auto Showroom in Canton, Ohio. One of these seven men was the legendary Jim Thrope.

I wasn’t aware that the first four professional football teams were in Ohio, but apparently there are a lot of things about Ohio that I didn’t know. Did you know that Ohio is actually the, “Birth place of aviation,” not North Carolina? And did you know that Ohio is also the birthplace of the domestic tomato? And you probably thought Ohio was just another boring state that you never even thought of unless you’re from there, like Iowa or Wyoming. But now, every time you bite into a pizza and taste that yummy tomato sauce, you’ll be forced to remember Ohio. You should also probably fall to your knees and thank the great State for domesticating the elusive, willy-and-wild red tomato.

What’s weird is when I was looking up useless facts about Ohio, I found out that a crazy amount of famous people are from the Buckeye State. Here’s a brief list: Neil Armstrong, Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Dean Martin, William McKinley, Paul Newman, Thomas Edison, Clark Gable, James A. Garfield, Steven Spielberg, John Glenn, Ulysses S. Grant, William Howard Taft, Arsenio Hall, Warren Harding, Ted Turner and Pete Rose*. The reason there’s an * next to Pete Rose’s name is because that’s how it will look like if they ever let him into the Baseball Hall of Fame, which is not in Ohio.

So I jumped from football to famous people, so what? If you want to see what I think the best part about Ohio is, even though I’ve never been there, click here. If you want to see where my wife went in Ohio, and totally left me and home while she had a blast, click here. And I will say in her defense, it was “work” trip and couldn’t be helped.

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