LIMA — Even if you can’t make it to Arizona to watch The Ohio State University take on Clemson University in the Fiesta Bowl, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the football game from home.
Sami Lulaks is originally from Wapakoneta and said she is likely “the only Ohio State fan in the state of New Mexico,” where she now lives. Her mom, Lisa Austin, will remind her of kickoff time each week so they can each watch and text during the game.
“Once you’re a Buckeye, you’re always a Buckeye, even if I’m 1,500 miles away,” she explained. “I just had a little boy in July, and he has an Ohio State outfit he wears every game day. I don’t always have to wear the same thing, I’m not that superstition or anything, but I always wear something Ohio State that day. Everybody down here is either Texas or Oklahoma fans, so they all talk crap when I wear OSU anything.”
Like Lulaks, most Buckeye fans make sure to represent scarlet and gray on game days at the very least. Curt Kremer, of Minster, said he usually just watches the game at home with DVR.
“If I watch the game live, half the time it’s at a bar or local Eagles,” Kremer said. “If at home, I will sometimes mute the TV and listen to the radio, as I believe Paul Keels is the best game announcer out there.”
The Lima Elks Lodge is hosting an Ohio State watch party tonight that will be open to the public, not just members. They will be serving ‘Buckeye brats’ and burgers with drink specialties available. The Lima Moose Lodge 199 will open to non-members accompanied by members and offer hot dogs, chili, bucket specials and draft specials.
“Usually for the bigger games, we see a better turnout,” explained Elks club general manager Matt Stetzer. “It’s open to the public to come in and enjoy the club for a different type of environment than a BDubs or nosier place.”
For those looking to embrace the noise, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beer Barrel, Buffalo Wings and Rings and the Lima Eagles 370 will have the game on.
Both Ohio State (No. 2) and Clemson (No. 3) enter the game undefeated. The winner will face the winner of the LSU (No. 1) and Oklahoma (No. 4) game in the college football playoff national championship game Jan. 13 in New Orleans.
Clemson enters the game as a 1½-point favorite. Ohio State has never beat Clemson, losing all three times they’ve played.
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