I see her eyeing my unmade bed and the buckeyes fresh from the ground scattered all over my sheets.
At the supper table I show my father one of my prize buckeyes, and he surprises me by telling us stories of when he was a boy collecting buckeyes.
The Buckeyes demonstrated that relentless defense can blunt, then neutralize a great offense.
The Buckeyes loaded up against star Miami tailback Willis McGahee and stuffed him to the tune of 67 yards on 20 carries - until he left the game with a knee injury.
It rested there for a split second before fullback Matt Stanley snatched it off Mitchell's shoulder pad and raced 55 yards past the stunned Buckeyes for a touchdown.
The advantage vanished in minutes as quarterback Austin Moherman moved the Buckeyes 81 yards for their first touchdown, a short run by Michael Wiley.
The Buckeyes have won 43 games in the last four years and played in five consecutive New Year's Day bowl games.
The Buckeyes lost more talent in one season than most programs lose in a decade.
In 1992, after the Buckeyes lost the Midwest regional finals to Michigan's Fab Five, star forward Jimmy Jackson bolted for the NBA.
The Buckeyes lost their first 14 conference games and spent each day waiting for the season to end.
have come to Pasadena four times since then and been turned back each time.
Then again, Michigan had lost two of three heading into last year's upset of the Buckeyes