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Ohio State Buckeye Football Helmet Stickers A Tradition 46 Years In The Making

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It's the time of year when dog bones are appearing on Georgia's helmets, paw prints on Clemson's and tomahawks on those of Florida State, just to name a few. But it all started with those buckeye leaves. Which begs the question: why? The exact reason has been lost, perhaps in a cloud of dust, to history.

"Woody was always trying to get that extra motivational edge," proposed Rex Kern, OSU's quarterback during that magical fall of '68.

In all likelihood, Hayes and Biggs reasoned that rewarding great plays provided incentive for more of the same. That rationale remains, yet like the Buckeyes' uniforms, there have been some subtle changes to the tradition over the years.

Visibly, the stickers themselves have been reduced in size, and the criteria for receiving a buckeye has been considerably refined. Coach Jim Tressel favors a teamwork approach over an individual-based award system, which means that touchdowns and interceptions no longer necessarily guarantee a coveted sticker. Big plays are now solely considered such at Tressel's discretion.

Every team member, however, receives a buckeye for each OSU win, plus an additional sticker for Big Ten victories. Entire units are eligible if they meet certain criteria. If the Buckeyes' defense, for example, racks up at least five three-and-outs, each member receives a sticker. The Buckeyes' offense, upon executing 10 plays which gain 12 or more yards, is rewarded similarly.

Gamification! Who wouldn't want a sticker for effort?

Just me or do those stickers look like marijuana leaves?

It's you. Everyone knows buckeye leaves are strictly palmate, whereas marijuana leaves are sharply toothed and grow in clusters of 7.

Every marijuana user knows. The rest of us are easily confused. 

That was a joke! And Adam... you know that people don't smoke the leaves, right?

They don't?!?! Next you're gonna tell me no one snorts marijuana either. 

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