COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Urban Meyer remembers his mother bundling him up against the cold and whisking him out of the house to introduce him to what would one day be a major event in his life.
"She said we have to go run an errand or something. She looked like she was out of her mind," he said, grinning at the thought of his first Michigan-Ohio State game. "We went to some outdoor area, like a mall. They were playing The Game' over the loudspeakers. And I'll never forget that as long as I live, listening to (former Buckeyes) Pete Johnson and Archie Griffin and the boys."
From an early age, kids in Ohio and Michigan are tutored in what happens every year in late November in the cold of a massive stadium on either side of the state line. The tales of past games are legend: Bo Schembechler being carried off the field in `69, the Snow Bowl in `50, even Tyvis Powell's game-saving interception in a 42-41 Ohio State win a year ago.