Local Reaction: Ohio State University vs. University of Michigan

By: John Mulvaney
By: John Mulvaney

Ohio State vs. Michigan. It is always one of the most anticipated games of the year, and rabid Ohio State fans in our region have even more to cheer about this year. That's because it is the first time in 103 meetings that the teams are one and two in the polls.

Loyal fans and buckeye beads. You won't find much more than red and grey today at the Endzone in Ironton.

Leslie Blackwell knows that's true. She's a third-generation Ohio State alum, and even carries a lucky buckeye in her pocket every season.

"This is the best place in the tri-state to watch it," said Blackwell. "You can tell the excitement, and there is energy in the air. The owners are big Ohio State fans, so they make this a great place to watch the game."

So it's a great place for Ohio State fans, but what about any other fans that might have needed a place to watch the big game?

Derek Bacon is a paying customer, and the only Wolverine fan in the building.

"As you can see, I'm sitting back here in the corner," said Bacon. "I can't get in the middle of them it might get a little violent, so I'll stay back here."

But the Buckeye fans that have been branded for life, will always feel at home in the Endzone.

Of course, the owner says all fans are welcome at the Endzone.

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