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Topic:  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone

Topic:  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
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RSBobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/15/2021 10:31:35 PM 
FearLeon wrote:
Antonio Pierce wrote:
Cellis033 wrote:
cc-cat wrote:
OhioCatFan wrote:
cc-cat wrote:
Spot on suggestions so far. I helped lead the Ozone equivalent in the early 80s. . .


My memory is a little dim on this, but was this group called the "Krazy Kats," or something close that?


Indeed - but without the Ks - Crazy Cats. Started as a project in Sports Ad and then stuck around for a few years. Used to have a keg in a classroom in the Convo after the game with the players and Nee - yea, that's not happening again.

On a side note I like something like Crazy Cats (think Cameron Crazies - damn we were first) rather than O-Zone. O-Zone is a section, Crazy Cats were fans/people. More interest in joining (and recruiting) a group of like fans, than a "section."

Took Nee a few games to get his first win. Few of us cut up basketballs and wore them over our heads until he got the win. Got people's attention. Like Cameron Crazies, dress crazy, act crazy.




Crazy Cats would be a great idea for what I'm trying to go for. I've got almost 10 people interested so far and we have a group chat set up to communicate chants / distribute information etc. We are planning on keeping it simple with some basic chants like "I believe that we will win" and "SUCKS" after each opposing player is announced in the opposing team's starting lineup.


Cellis033 if you come up with a design and order I'll cover the cost of the shirts. You can PM me and we can connect.


Count me in for a contribution. Would love to see this happen and it will add to the home court advantage.



I would also make a contribution - Start a BA members Ozone contribution thread....On the Basketball page - vs Ozone page.....And Sell it with Enthusiasm!


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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/15/2021 10:35:54 PM 
JSF wrote:
cc-cat wrote:
Agree - start a Gofundme page - don't let the administration say they'll fund you $500 - but then have rules and over site. Keep it the students!!!


The university owns the trademark for O Zone, so they're going to have oversight.


Then ask them what are they doing with it?? And Press, then press more. If no solid response then go viral with pressure - Like a Real O Zone member would....


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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/15/2021 10:45:29 PM 
Cellis033 - PM me. I might be able to get some local product (already a proud OHIO athletics sponsor) biz support as well - e.g. free product that students would enjoy, maybe even an O Zone T Shirt tie in - Let's talk!


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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/16/2021 7:21:35 AM 
cc-cat wrote:
JSF wrote:
cc-cat wrote:
Agree - start a Gofundme page - don't let the administration say they'll fund you $500 - but then have rules and over site. Keep it the students!!!


The university owns the trademark for O Zone, so they're going to have oversight.


He's not sure they are going to use "O-Zone" - will see

can we all agree they need to get rid of the Black Seats in front of the students? I know it most likely won't happen since the season has started, but come on.


That was the beginning of the end for a rowdy Ozone, but I have a feeling it's something that won't go away. Too many big time donors in those seats. Definitely hinders the students from really getting into the game.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/16/2021 7:53:27 AM 
Good or bad, but I've noticed the black seats are more occupied for the first two home games this season compared to 2 to 4 years ago.

Last Edited: 11/16/2021 7:53:56 AM by bobcatsquared

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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/16/2021 8:54:37 AM 
bobcatsquared wrote:
Good or bad, but I've noticed the black seats are more occupied for the first two home games this season compared to 2 to 4 years ago.


Absolutely...Coach Boals has brought a program to the court that people want to see. The Convo has been more full in general. Great things happening with Ohio U!
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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/16/2021 10:40:26 AM 
6,100 fans for a Monday night game against Bobby Mo. I mean....truly unbelievable. Four years ago, it would have been 2,200. We really have a chance to get crowds dating back to Trent Sophomore/Junior year. Credit to Boals and staff for the product and his willingness to get out in the community and be active on social media. It all resonates with fan enthusiasm.

Last Edited: 11/16/2021 11:07:16 AM by FearLeon


#BleedGreen #TrentIsGOAT

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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/16/2021 1:48:14 PM 
FearLeon wrote:
6,100 fans for a Monday night game against Bobby Mo. I mean....truly unbelievable. Four years ago, it would have been 2,200. We really have a chance to get crowds dating back to Trent Sophomore/Junior year. Credit to Boals and staff for the product and his willingness to get out in the community and be active on social media. It all resonates with fan enthusiasm.



I agree with this, and hoping maybe I can get him to collaborate with us and make some social media posts in the near future!


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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/16/2021 1:55:42 PM 
I also got some great news - I had an amazing call with the AD this morning and they are very excited on my commitment to bring the O-Zone back - they also have 30 other students like me who are highly interested in helping make the Convo electric during home games and I'll be in the process of reaching out to some of them in the future. I really also want to thank RSBobcat, Antonio Pierce and everyone on this great page for reaching out and offering support, advice, sponsorship and donations. This is looking to be a very promising start and I won't forget this page while I'm helping to run the O-Zone. I'll try to tell some other students about it as well.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/16/2021 6:15:11 PM 
I can send some money your way, too. Feel free to DM me.

I'm sure a GoFundMe focused on this board and OU alumni on LinkedIn would also be effective.

Last Edited: 11/16/2021 6:15:54 PM by Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame

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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/16/2021 6:16:57 PM 
Shit, I know I'd kick in some money.

Godspeed, gang.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/17/2021 5:04:30 PM 
It's truly awesome that you seem to be taking the reigns of this. It's great that your talk with the department went well. It's also great to see many of us here offer their services, advice, and money.

However, I'm of the belief that the support you're receiving is not necessary to have a student section that accomplishes what we all want to accomplish. It doesn't take this level of support for you and any other student that really wants this to work to commit to standing during game action. It doesn't take this level of support to chant "Let's Go Bobcats," "De-fense," "Airball," or any other coordinated chants at least every other possession. It doesn't take this level of support to encourage and invite other students you don't know to join in. What it will take might be a little stepping outside of your comfort zone to commit to truly being a leader when you are actually at the game.

I didn't expect everything to be different during the Robert Morris game, not even close, but I still see a student section that 100% sits.

Don't sit. Don't sit. Don't sit.

Last Edited: 11/17/2021 5:05:05 PM by shabamon

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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/17/2021 9:02:29 PM 
shabamon wrote:
It's truly awesome that you seem to be taking the reigns of this. It's great that your talk with the department went well. It's also great to see many of us here offer their services, advice, and money.

However, I'm of the belief that the support you're receiving is not necessary to have a student section that accomplishes what we all want to accomplish. It doesn't take this level of support for you and any other student that really wants this to work to commit to standing during game action. It doesn't take this level of support to chant "Let's Go Bobcats," "De-fense," "Airball," or any other coordinated chants at least every other possession. It doesn't take this level of support to encourage and invite other students you don't know to join in. What it will take might be a little stepping outside of your comfort zone to commit to truly being a leader when you are actually at the game.

I didn't expect everything to be different during the Robert Morris game, not even close, but I still see a student section that 100% sits.

Don't sit. Don't sit. Don't sit.


I saw 99%. Cellis033, were you the solo stander? Band muffed the timing of Losing Team Winning Team, it got totally lost.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/24/2021 5:33:14 PM 
JWBobcat wrote:


As many others have said already, it was all about the passionate 15-30 people who were the heart of the OZone, the glue that kept everything together and people around them - including the fair weather fans - interested. But we had some damn good turnouts (George Mason Bracketbuster in 2008 was awesome, Ohio-Miami Green Fever in 2009)


I would pay a handsome bounty for a DVD of that George Mason game. That was the most fun I've ever had watching live sports.

That Green Fever game was the one where the big Ukrainian recruit that ended up at Arizona took his official visit. Students were "borrowing" Ukraine flags from Gordy Hall.
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   Posted: 11/25/2021 2:43:25 PM 
Sadly I was. I was legit the only one that knew the Winning Team, Losing Team chant. Some kids wanted to join in but didn't know the chant. I know me and the AD were discussing ways to educate others about the chants / pamphlets at games for students etc.


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   Posted: 11/25/2021 3:03:39 PM 
You said that you have a group of people that wanted to bring the student section back. Show them those old videos before the game starts and teach them the words beforehand however you can.
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   Posted: 11/25/2021 3:49:58 PM 
Victory wrote:
You said that you have a group of people that wanted to bring the student section back. Show them those old videos before the game starts and teach them the words beforehand however you can.


I plan to educate as much as I can. Would love to discuss bringing back the Mickey Miami chant for the Battle of the Bricks.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/26/2021 3:24:07 PM 
Cellis033 wrote:
Sadly I was. I was legit the only one that knew the Winning Team, Losing Team chant. Some kids wanted to join in but didn't know the chant. I know me and the AD were discussing ways to educate others about the chants / pamphlets at games for students etc.


It all starts with being on the same page as a group. I think itís a MUST that you have printouts distributed through the Ozone. Encourage them to be on their feet. Jumping up and down on tip off. Newspapers for the opposing team starting lineups.. make them aware of the more common chants and the winning team/losing team cheer. The band does a great job of passing it down year to year, general students can do this too!
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   Posted: 11/29/2021 3:28:12 PM 
After reading this thread, I'm just curious...

Is 'winning team' not a thing anymore?
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   Posted: 11/29/2021 7:40:34 PM 
Apparently not.

I know there's been a lot of things thrown out, but stuff like dirt sheets, signature cheers, they didn't all happen at once. We have to let stuff build. Just get some people excited and loud. Go from there.


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   Posted: 11/29/2021 9:34:46 PM 
JSF wrote:
Apparently not.

I know there's been a lot of things thrown out, but stuff like dirt sheets, signature cheers, they didn't all happen at once. We have to let stuff build. Just get some people excited and loud. Go from there.



Bingo! You can't make things happen -they need to evolve and more importantly, be original and/or unique.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Interest in Reviving The O-Zone
   Posted: 11/30/2021 1:19:37 AM 
JSF wrote:
Apparently not.

I know there's been a lot of things thrown out, but stuff like dirt sheets, signature cheers, they didn't all happen at once. We have to let stuff build. Just get some people excited and loud. Go from there.


+100.

Just be passionate and have fun. Let it be organically contagious. Then let the group get creative and put their own spin on things (it will be more fun that way anyway and you can be a part of starting a new tradition). Sure you can carry over some stuff from the past if the group wants to - but starting with a list of all the things the cool kids used to do back in the day is the wrong way to go about it IMO. Listen to the Dragon.

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