The Brutus Blog is dedicated to Ohio State fans for being notoriously nuts about all things Buckeye, especially their mascot, Brutus Buckeye. The hope is that some of those fans will have their fancies tickled by information and insights on these pages, and that others will be inspired to share their stories here.
Brutus Lost and Found: Tom Sherer, 1966
A year-long search for a “lost” Brutus ends in success. We welcome Tom “TJ” Sherer to the Brutus Alumni ranks.
Out-of-the-Way, but Well-Worth-It, Buckeye Shopping
Now that Ohio and other states are starting to reopen stores as we navigate the murky waters between social isolation and the need for contact and commerce, my mind drifts to my three favs for Buckeye shopping. I’m talking about three merchants with bountiful Buckeye...
On the Lawn Where it Happened
What’s the recipe for a mascot? You could say flexibility, crowd appeal, something related to the team name. Sure that’s part of it. But how do you really make a mascot? Let’s go back to 1965 at Ohio State, in the days when Homecoming floats were built of chicken wire...
Flag Waving Brutus: Kyle McQuaid, 1987-89
It’s fun to been known for creating a tradition. Kyle McQuaid, Brutus 1987-89, was at the front end of several. One, Brutus carrying flag onto the field. Two, the Fighting Brutus logo. Three, THE Ohio State University.
Fame, Notoriety and the End of a Chapter: Keith Burkes, 1974 – 77
Bell-bottomed pants were all the rage in the 1970’s. Our beloved Brutus the Buckeye was as hip as they come. Despite being confined to the big fiberglass head created in 1966, Keith Burkes brought style from the waist down with his plaid bell-bottomed trousers. But...
The Mischievous Brutus: Bart Suver, 1990-92
When Brutus was a “teenager” in the early 90’s, he got into a lot of mischief, thanks to Bart Suver. “The most fun prank,“ Bart recalls, “is when I put on the Brutus suit upside down.” He put the shirt over his legs and stuck his arms in the pant legs and pinned the...
Block “O” – the official student section for Ohio State sports founded in 1938 and known for card antics
The Lantern – official, daily student-run campus newspaper
Ohio Stater – a member of Ohio Staters, Inc. Now coed, the honorary was all male when Brutus was created in 1965
‘Shoe – Ohio Stadium, referring to its original horseshoe shape
Skull Session – Seated band practice in St. John Arena two hours prior to game time
TBDBITL – Ohio State Marching Band, lovingly called The Best Damn Band in the Land
TTUN – The Team Up North, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Ohio State’s arch rival.
If any readers have Brutus, Block “O” or other memorabilia (ticket stubs to THE game), please will them to OSU Archives or turn them over within your lifetime.