Out-of-towners gear up for The Game

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – With just hours to go until the Buckeyes take on the Team Up North on Saturday, visitors streamed in from out of town and fans prepared for the game.

At Conrads College Gifts in Columbus, fans loaded up on Buckeyes gear and talked about how far they had driven to attend the game. Some came from as far away as Florida, California and Nebraska.

Cash Kimmerle, a Columbus native who now lives in Los Angeles, brought his two nephews and his two close friends to the store to get ready for Saturday’s game.

“Michigan once again is our Bichigan,” Kimmerle said, showing off both sides of a T-shirt he planned to buy. “Guess we can’t put that on TV, I don’t know.”

Kimmerle’s nephew, Christian, is 12 years old and has attended two prior games between OSU and the Team Up North, both of which the Buckeyes won. The Kimmerles said they move around the stadium while the game is going on.

“Just spread the luck all over,” Christian Kimmerle said.

Kimmerle’s friends, who are originally from New Jersey, consider themselves adopted Buckeyes.

“We’re Jersey, we know family, but we adopt a family right here,” Danny Rossano said.

Rossano joked that he couldn’t cheer for Rutgers because “basically, they suck,” and said, “every other college team sucks except for the Buckeyes.”

Brian Kenefake drove more than 12 hours from Omaha, Nebraska, back to Central Ohio where he used to live. He said his dad and uncles went to Ohio State. He last attended the OSU game against the Team Up North in 2008.

“There’s nothing like it,” Kenefake said. “Pro football doesn’t even compare.”

No matter how bad the view at the stadium might be for some fans, the excitement of game day is the most important thing.

The cashier asked one customer if he had good seats, to which he responded, “We’re in the stadium.”

“That’s all that matters, I guess,” the cashier said, laughing.

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