Meeting the parents of the person you’re with can be stressful as it is. Try doing that as a Buckeye fan — in Washington State, the heart of Husky Nation.
One of them is questioning if they will be able to withstand the pressure of nostalgia, the other is confident they will make a good impression. Either way, the Buckeyes will have at least two fans cheering them on from Washington State this week.
Rob Cohen and Becky Rush have a few things in common: A love for vinyl and the Buckeyes are just two of them.
Becky grew up in Washington State a fan of the Huskies before coming to Ohio nearly two decades ago.
“When I got here I was so shocked by the Buckeye hype,” said Rush. “I was like, I better just hide my tail if I’m not a Buckeye fan.”
And she learned quickly what not to do.
“I bought the baby a blue and yellow, cute, cute, little polo fleece thing, and my ex-husband said, ‘Oh, Michigan colors.’”
In a few days, she and her boyfriend Rob will be visiting her parents in Washington State just in time to watch the Rose Bowl together. Becky says temptation to cheer for the Huskies will surround her.
“When I get home and everything is purple and white that might be a bit of a test.”
Rob, on the other hand, is not nervous. He’s a Buckeye fan for life and he’s been behind enemy lines before.
“I’ve been to one game in Ann Arbor in my life, in the Big House, and I wore scarlet and gray there and I had no problem with their fans.”
And Becky says, her father loves those little Buckeye candies, so she has a plan if things get out of hand.
“If they talk any smack I’m going to say gimme back the buckeyes.”
Other than that, the couple will just have to improvise…not unlike the jazz they’re enjoying tonight.
Both Becky and Rob expect the Buckeyes to win. Rob is going to proudly wear his Ohio State gear on the plane and during the game while Becky is working up the same courage.