1. The Age Old “Campus Polleyes Vs. Myle’s Pizza Pub” Debate
Stuffed Bread Sticks or Piping Hot Pizza? The “Sophie’s Choice” of college food. This debate may never be solved in civilized conversation, usually ends with a chair being thrown. But we will drive over 2 hours just to taste them. And the Home made ranch dressing? I think people have sold their first born for a pint!
2. Singing “Ay Ziggy Zoomba” At The Top Of Our Lungs
With the lyrics of
“Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Ze
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zi
Roll along, you B-G warriors
Roll along, and win for B-G-S-U!”
How can you not get into the Spirit? I’ve been to weddings of fellow BGSU Alumni’s and its still sung with as much bravado as a freshman!
3. Ohio Pride!
We are Bowling Green, Ohio NOT Kentucky. We have one natural hill in Oak Grove Cemetery & we love to let everyone know that The Cleveland Browns got their colors from us. You’re Welcome Dawg Pound.
4. The Squirrels
Those little animals will one day take over the city, but they are so gosh darn cute! And, if you look just at the right time, you will see the Albino squirrels.
5. Our Mascots That Make Us Smile……
How can you not instantly smile when Freddie & Frieda Falcon walk into a room? This Brother & Sister team have been making us pumped up since 1950s. No one knows who are behind the masks until The Beheading at the last Basketball & Hockey games of the year. It’s kind of like revealing who wins “American Idol”.
6. …………And Our Spirit Squad That Still Scare Us
Ohhh SICSIC….. The signs, the masks, the prison jumpsuits & your ability to sneak up on us makes us love and fear you all at the same time.
7. The Downtown Nightlife
We miss our affordable drinks, the ability to walk down the street and hit 5 bars in 10 minutes. We have great memories at The Bar Formally Known as Junction (now City Tap/The Attic), Seeing random music acts like Jordan Knight at Nate & Wally’s along with your Fish Bowl, Hardcore shows at Howard’s Club H, all that is Sky Bar, the distinct difference between Uptown & Downtown, Heading to Brathaus to get a Legal Joint Drink and the Cla-zel being converted from silent movie theater to a dance club. We have favorite bars that at Homecoming we descend on with a vengeance.
8. The Metamorphasis Rock
Admit it- you’ve taken a picture or 50 here. I know I have!
9. The Rock
I suspect it’s really the size of a pebble, but years of being covered in paint has increased its size 10 times! The Rock has moved due to the ever changing BGSU landscape, but it is still as majestic and paint covered as ever.
10. Intramurals & Sporting Events
BGers play hard & tailgate harder! We boast about being the Intramurals champs of our dorms / organizations for years.
11. El Zarape
This Mexican restaurant is a STAPLE. Their Monster Margaritas are legendary and perfect to split 4 ways (Or just one, on your 21st birthday).
13. The Blotter
Whether to check to see what craziness occurred during your all-nighter at The Jerome Library or to see what happened after you left a party off Troup, The Blotter was your go-to read every Monday Morning. Nothing beats reading about a fire alarm at 5am in Mac for a hair dryer!
14. People On The Street
Come on, you know you always wished The BG News had asked you anything just so you could frame this!
15. The Bowen Thompson Student Union
This place has everything: Starbucks, a movie theater, Marge & a Bar. What’s not to like?
16. Clubs & Organizations
Whether you joined Greek Life, The BG News, Rugby, Anime Club, VideoBank or any of the hundreds of clubs & organizations BG had to offer as an undergrad, as an alum you still love it.
17. Mr. Spots
Great Philly style food AND they deliver beer? I call it Heaven!
18. Kermit’s / Waffle House / Frisch’s Big Boy / Bob Evans / Occasionally The Sun Dial
The morning after brunch.
19. House Parties on E. Merry, Troup, Campbell Hill, Copper Beech, Manville, etc
20. The Battle of I-75
We take rivalry seriously here at BGSU and the Battle of 1-75 is huge. Always Tuck Foledo my friends. Always.
21. Tom The T-Shirt Guy, Brother Jed, Blue & Boom Box Guy
Every college has their set of interesting characters. BG has 4. And you know we all think about Boom Box Guy every winter without fail.
You can’t tailgate / study for finals / spend a weekend without playing cornhole!
No party or event was ever complete without this song.
For one glorious weekend a year, we can finally relive everything we loved about college. We wear our Orange & Brown and party hard at The Doyt. We have fun with our themes from “Shake Your Tail Feather” to “Don’t Stop BG’ing” to this year’s theme “Let The Good Times Roll Along”, we love it.
Hope this list gets you excited about Homecoming Falcon Alums!
Thanks to Matt (@mgvanwormer) for his help with compiling this crazy list together. Alumni, I’ll see you at Quarters in October.