His father labored for the United States Office of Agriculture. Marlin Icenogle grew up in the western section of New York point out, but he remembers the spouse and children relocating to Texas for the citrus time and investing his summers in Ohio for the corn and tomatoes.
“We were like carnival people,” he stated.
I suppose that’s how you end up in the food enterprise you, as the child afterwards did. But I tracked Icenogle down over the last several weeks with an additional issue: “Are you the proprietor of the auto with that blasted license plate?”
Additional on that in a little bit.
Oregon will journey to Columbus, exactly where the Ducks will enjoy Ohio Point out on Saturday. The Buckeyes haven’t misplaced in their residence stadium due to the fact 2017 when Baker Mayfield beat them, then planted Oklahoma’s flag at midfield. Which is 23 straight dwelling victories, and far more impressively, underneath coach Ryan Working day no person has even played in just 6 details.
The betting line: Buckeyes by 14.5.
The anticipated attendance: 102,000-as well as.
The license plate?
“Yeah,” Icenogle instructed me about the cell phone, “that’s mine.”
A couple of months ago, I achieved Icenogle’s son-in-legislation in the parking good deal of a Starbucks. I’d seen a silver 4Runner parked in the considerably corner of the good deal. Regular enough, other than for just one thing. The vehicle’s personalised Oregon license plate study: “OHIO ST” And I had to know how that driver felt motoring close to the condition of Oregon obtaining seems on the freeway these days.
Turns out Icenogle, who now lives in Milwaukie, broke his hip at the starting of the pandemic. He was motionless for a stretch and simply because of that lent the 4Runner to his son-in-legislation, Chris Hoem. He’s been driving all-around, acquiring occasional waves, bizarre looks, some honks, and a Michigan fan even tracked him down to question, “What gives?” So Hoem wasn’t all that stunned to obtain me waiting around exterior his motor vehicle to obtain out who owned the auto with those people prop-Buckeye plates.
Icenogle, 86, has owned a several cars and trucks in his lifetime. He explained to me about them on that mobile phone contact. There was a Buick station wagon from the late 1960s, a number of Fords which include an Explorer, then a Jeep Cherokee and the 4Runner. All of them in scarlet crimson or silver/grey. He’s transferred that prized “OHIO ST” license plate from automobile to vehicle. I at first preferred to know the tale of the plate, but as I spoke with the guy who owns it I became significantly more interested in his journey.
He attended college or university at Ohio Point out, of system. Graduated in 1957 with a degree in agriculture. Icenogle fulfilled his spouse in church in Illinois although doing work a person of his early careers in the market. He remembers looking at Nancy, now 83, and contemplating, “I like the look of that youthful lady.”
Also, he reported, “I imagined, ‘I’ll bet I could make her a Buckeye admirer.’”
He’s sort of proper — and completely wrong — about that. Nancy, who attended the College of Illinois, sits and watches the game titles with him. Even however they reside in Oregon, the few had Ohio Point out soccer season tickets for several years. They’d make the vacation to Columbus, put on scarlet, and cheer for the Buckeyes.
What’s it like to be married to an Ohio State fan?
Claimed Nancy: “I am telling you … it … is … hell.”
On excursions throughout the region, she stated her spouse plastered their vehicles with Buckeyes flags and logos. He wears Ohio Condition T-shirts, much more than the moment they’ve operate into other Buckeyes admirers on vacations.
“You can’t consider how a lot of Ohio Staters are out there,” Nancy mentioned. “They stand close to and have these uninteresting discussions and I get to go see Yellowstone on my individual. So that is what it is like. I went to Illinois, who hasn’t had a good group due to the fact Crimson Grange.”
Her spouse, in the history, had a superior chuckle at that a person.
Marlin and Nancy moved to Oregon in 1965. He was hired by Smuckers to run their plant in Woodburn. He ran another 1 in the state of Washington. They experienced three daughters, who gave them 10 grandchildren. There are two wonderful-grand little ones, much too. The entire family members has relished Ohio Point out soccer in some variety or style at some time. They’ve rooted for Oregon Condition, and supported the groups below, but Columbus continues to be a particular area in the Icenogle story.
“Every 12 months we’d go back again to online games,” Marlin mentioned, “and at times we’d get small children or grandchildren.”
A person of his daughters, Julie, mentioned a person of her most vivid spouse and children traditions was waking up just about every Saturday morning in the course of faculty soccer time to the sound of the Ohio Point out struggle music blaring through their property.
“He’d crank it,” she stated, “… Buckeyes are nuts — pretty much.”
Ohio Stadium is the 3rd most significant in college or university soccer, with a capability of 102,780. The Nationwide Park Services additional it to the Nationwide Registry of Historic Sites. Also, it may possibly be the toughest spot in the state for a browsing university soccer staff to engage in.
“The measurement of that stadium is a thing,” Marlin reported. “All you see is purple.”
It is been a tricky calendar year for the Icenogles. That broken hip was a bummer. He tripped on a rug on a vacation and fell. The pandemic has designed it more hard to see the youngsters and grandkids. Soccer, for a time, came to a cease.
“I appeared all over,” Marlin stated, “and I observed persons who experienced it a good deal worse than I did.”
Standpoint is a great ally, isn’t it?
Marlin said he subscribes to The Columbus Dispatch to examine about his soccer group. Like a ton of Oregonians, he’s been hunting forward to observing the Ducks perform the Buckeyes. He’s been fired up about this activity for a though. A great deal of us have. So I’ll think about him a minimal as I settle into my seat in the press box on Saturday at the stadium. I’ll seem all around at the sea of scarlet in the parking whole lot and stands. There will be 100,000 Marlin Icenogles in one particular place on Saturday.
Mentioned Nancy: “Don’t get me begun on those Ohio Staters.”
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