Deadspin's got an article here about Mike Nugent figurines and paintings on sale at a mall in Dayton. They, along with other people, seem to find our love of the kicking game a little weird. Two thoughts:
1. You gotta understand the phenomenon that was Nugent, and to a lesser extent Josh Huston after him. For the past four years, our kicking game has been fantastic. Imagine a world where almost every kickoff goes at least five yards into the endzone. A world where a missed field goal is a huge surprise, where you expect the kicker to make the 45-yard game winner. Basically, we're talking a world Hayden Epstein and Xavier Beitia will never know. This is what we've had as Buckeye fans. And when you end up in a lot of close games, as the Buckeyes have during most of the Tressel years, having a great, clutch kicker is invaluable. Plus, having a kicker with built-in theme music (Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold") and a cheer that confuses play-by-play guys ("Nuuuuuuuge") is a lot of fun. So yeah, we have a lot of love for the kicking game.
2. Where can I get one of those Nugent figurines? That'd be fantastic. I'd set in on top of my desk and seek advice from it.
Me: "Nugent figurine, I have a quiz tomorrow morning, but everyone's going out to the bar. What should I do?"
: "You must follow your heart, my son."
Me: "Thanks, Nugent figurine! To the bar!"