ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series directed its lens at Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarett for a two-hour movie that premiered Saturday night.
Those of us who lived through the year Clarett played for the Buckeyes and the following months in which his standing at The Ohio State University spiraled down hill, expected the film to be over loaded with salacious details of a player-coach relationship that derailed in a very public way.
Instead Youngstown Boys pulled the curtain back on misunderstood and mis-characterized relationship that may be stronger today than it was in the Buckeyes championship season of 2002.
Youngstown Boys took time to lay the foundation for both Tressel's and Clarett's success. It lead viewers down the trail that lead both men to Columbus and put them on a certain collison course which included the highest highs and the lowest lows.
What it did not do is drag either man through the mud. If anything, it cleared some of the mud off the backs of two men who until this film have kept the details of their relationship largely to themselves.
I came away from the film having more respect for both of them. Anyone who watched it should have learned there is much more to playing and coaching at Ohio State than anyone not associated with the program could possibly imagine.
It's easy to dimiss Jim Tressel as a coach who gave Maurice too much until this documentary shows you he learned how to treat players while watching his father coach at Baldwin Wallace.
His father rarely spoke with players about X's and O's chosing instead to ask players about life and dreams and goals outside of football.
Tressel spoke of a football team as a family and of each of his players as members of that family. That is why he refused to kick Clarett to the curb even while Maurice was running OSU into the ground verbally.
On Clarett's end, I have always know him to be an engaging young who never shied away from an opportunity to strike up a conversation. He was opinionated to be sure and more than a little confident. But his willingness to share his thoughts made a conversation something to remember.
This isn't to say either man is without fault and neither would claim to be faultless today. However we judged them ten years ago, none of us every could have envisioned a day when both would appear on ESPN speaking of one another with respect and admiration.
Who's going to find fault in that?
The Buckeyes are going to Miami to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
No, it's not the BCS Championship but a BCS-sized consolation prize complete with sandy beaches, sunny skies and an atmosphere that will make any mention of anything having to do with Michigan seem a million miles away.
Of course, since the game will be played in the heat and humidity of South Florida, fans will need tee-shirts. Preferably Ohio State themed tee-shirts which allow buck-nuts to wear their colors on their sleeve.
Ohio State fans could go with a block "O" design, a "gold-pants" shirt highlighting the win over Michigan or the newly released Marcus Hall salute shirt.
This tee-shirt, available at Simply Vague at Polaris Fashion place features the now iconic image of the Ohio State lineman flipping the double birds at the Michigan Stadium crowd shortly after being ejected from the 2013 edition of The Game.
Hall's image makes up the "H" in the word Ohio. Just below that is the phrase "State of Mind".
The woman in the store says the shirt is the product of former Ohio State basketball player Brandon Fuss-Cheatham.
From fame and humiliation springs a fashion statement for the brash and crass class of the Buckeye fan base.
The moment was a costly one for Hall. He missed the final three quarters of his team's win over the maize and blue. He ended his career against Michigan with a moment that will endure forever.
Hall was reprimanded by the Big Ten. Urban Meyer benched Hall for the Big Ten championship game saying he was "disappointed by his actions."
His teammate, Corey Linsley told reporters Hall was "distraught and completely wiped out about what he did."
Hall has not spoken publicly about the moment, but he did offer an apology through his Twitter account which said in part, " My actions do not reflect who I am as a person and teammate. I love The Ohio State University and appreciate everything it has done for me."
And now there's a tee-shirt to help keep this moment fresh in everyone's mind including Hall's.
It's understandable. Ohio State fans love to share their hatred of all things Michigan with the world.
Somehow wins on the field are not enough. Dominating the series since the turn of the century is not enough.
Double Birds in the Big House serves as a simple lowest common denominator for fans who prefer sign language over any hint of sportsmanship.
As a result, a moment that embarassed and humiliated a Buckeye player, his coach and his university is celebrated as a great moment in the history of the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry.
Sadly, the tee-shirt will sell and someone will realize a profit. But this gain comes with a clear loss as well.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hasn't lost a game at Ohio State. He won two national titles at Florida. In 14 years as a head coach at 4 schools his overall record is 128-23.
Yet he has more critics than any other head coach in the game.
Here's the latest. Caution, if you love Ohio State and Urban Meyer, this will make you angry.
Secondly, I am just the poster, not the author.
For most people, November is for turkeys.
In college football, November is for contenders. The phrase/cliche is not new. I'm sure the first coach to realize the rhyming magic in those words used them to motivate his football team decades ago.
Former OSU coach Jim Tressel made it a month-long theme during his tenure at Ohio State. A tenure that coincided with 24-hour online Buckeye information overload. So, the expression has enjoyed renewed success since the turn of the century.
But it's December now. With college football's 12-game, conference championship landscape being what it is, this month is more important than November.
What rhymes with December?
Let's go with "remember".
As memorable as the season's last Saturday in November was,(and it'll be tough to beat) the first Saturday in December is setting up to be a scintilating encore.
First, a quick review. Ohio State ran through November unscathed while others contenders stumbled.
Oregon lost on November 7th.
Stanford lost on November 16th.
Baylor lost on November 23rd
Alabama lost on November 30th.
And the BCS gates that seemed to lock out the Buckeyes at the beginning of November, swing open now as Christmas month begins.
December's devine intervention? It seems so.
Ohio State is now second in the BCS rankings. Good enough for a shot at the title.
But there's one more hurdle to clear.
The Buckeyes must beat Michigan State in Saturday's Big Ten Championship game.
You think Woody ever envisioned a game after the Michigan game that was more important that The Game? Well, here it is. In December.
Once viewed simply as a conduit to print more money for major conferences, there are at least three conference championship games this weekend that will determine the fate of the national champion.
The Buckeyes play in one of them.
Top-ranked Florida State plays 20th ranked Duke for the ACC title Saturday. But the game that has the potential to impact the Buckeyes the most matches 3rd ranked Auburn against 5th ranked Missouri for the Southeastern Conference title.
Both sets of Tigers believe they can lay claim to a spot in the national title game by winning the SEC championship game. Both also know one of the two teams ahead of them would have to lose for that to happen.
The Buckeyes need to keep the steamroller moving along. Flatten Sparty Saturday and they'll make it a December to remember.
And put a nice Scarlet and Gray gift under the tree at the same time.