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Six times two in 2007
January 7, 2008 - Rob Weaver
It's not a chant likely to intimidate an opponent — although it does imply consistent dominance over all but one team — but Ohioans could proclaim “We’re No. 2” at least a half-dozen times in 2007. It began with the Ohio State football team losing to The University of Florida in the Fiesta Bowl a year ago — a 41-14 disappointment that only stung worse when the Gators beat the Buckeyes 84-75 in the Georgia Dome in three months later. Then, professional sports teams in Ohio got into the act. In June, the San Antonio Spurs — yes, another team from the South — swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Indians at least finished second in the American League to an East Coast team, blowing a 3-1 lead in the ALCS and sending the Boston Red Sox hurtling through the World Series. Just last month, the Buckeye soccer team dropped the NCAA title match, 201, against Wake Forest, as yet another OSU squad finished second in the nation. At least that time, it was close. That same weekend, Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Mount Union 31-21 for the Div. III football title. Sure, for every time Ohio finished No. 2, there were sports fans in 48 other states wishing they could get to the title game. Tonight, I’m just hoping we can win instead of place in the big show.
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