OSU alum unite to watch National Championship game

OSU alum unite to watch National Championship game
Former band members entertained the crowd. (Source: WOIO)
Former band members entertained the crowd. (Source: WOIO)

STRONGSVILLE, OH (WOIO) - There is statewide excitement for the

, especially for

, who keep traditions going.

At Cleats in Strongsville, there's a major Ohio State alumni watch party happening with standing room only. It includes entertainment from alums within.

Bob Windle is one of them. He's an OSU alum who used to hit the field to play in the band in the 1950s. He even ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated back in 1958. 

"It was exciting to accidentally show up on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Sort of like a band member's revenge against all the football players who never got there," said Windle.

Windle, Duane Smith and friends are still playing, and they're pumped to watch the big game. 

"This is so much fun to be a part of a special event. This one's historic because it's the first championship under the playoff format," said Smith, another former OSU band member.

Several hundred Ohio State grads have gathered at Cleats, where they're also raising money for scholarships by selling raffle tickets, beads and beer glasses. 

"We've been raising about $20,000-$40,000 a year and those monies go out to students that are from the Cleveland area that end up attending Ohio State. We've awarded over $100,000 worth of scholarships in the last five years," said Tom Dee, president of the OSU Alumni Club of Greater Cleveland.

It's a night where old friends can reminisce, while raising money for a good cause.

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