Gadget Spot: Ohio State blankets

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It was delightful, but painful. Downright nerve-racking, and not in a particularly good way.

Those are this Gadget Guy's feelings about Saturday's Ohio State-Iowa football game. All's well that ends well, I suppose, but there's no doubt that "taking a chance" wasn't in the Buckeyes' playbook. The coaches enveloped the team in a swaddle of predictable, low-risk plays.

Like many of you, I usually root for the Buckeyes in front of my big-screen HDTV. Assuming temperatures return to their normal winter averages, I expect to be swaddling myself for the final two games in MV Sport's OSU Sweatshirt Blanket ($35 at the Ohio State Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Campus Gateway). The OSU Sweatshirt Blanket is soft, machine-washable and comes in a variety of OSU colors and logos.

With 54-by-84 inches of heavyweight polyester fleece, this product will keep me protected from the winter elements. Much like Coach Tressel tends to keep Terrelle Pryor protected from mistakes - and far away from any actual opportunity to break a game wide open.

The bigger the game, the more ultra-conservative the OSU play calling. Sunday's Dispatch described Pryor's effort against Iowa as "a rather quiet game." Gregg Doyel at bluntly titled his column on OSU-Iowa: "Everybody a loser in Ohio State's disgusting 'victory.' "

In the spirit of keeping things "under wraps," B&N has another option for those who watch football from the couch - the OSU Collegiate Snuggie ($25). The infamous "Blanket With Sleeves" now comes in scarlet, loaded with logos saluting The Ohio State University.

When I wrote about the original Snuggie nine months, I explained its annoying tendency to leave wearers covered "shoulders to ankles in red fuzz." For that reason, I'll pass on this incarnation.

Besides, who needs to have their arms and hands unfettered when Terrelle is rarely allowed to throw downfield? That kind of play calling guards against turnovers, don't you know.

I can certainly unwrap for those fleeting moments when there's a need to flail one's arms in recognition of an OSU touchdown or give a high five. That's assuming I haven't dozed off during the first three quarters of the game, when the team is so busy "avoiding mistakes" they keep their own game under wraps.

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