Fireworks, hot dogs and a parade salute to Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor

Fans poke fun at Pryor, honor Tressel on Fourth of July

Twitpic via Jim Davidson (@Bucknik)

On Monday we celebrated the Fourth of July the only way we know how. Flipping burgers and hot dogs, smoking some ribs, drinking some American beverages of choice, shooting off fireworks and watching a parade down Main Street. I love a parade as much as the next guy but sometimes they get a little stale.

High school marching bands, local servicemen, Boy Scouts and Girl scouts and the occasional float or two. It’s all good fun and it is a way to honor our nation’s past so I have no issues with that. But I have to give credit to some Upper Arlington, Ohio residents who took the opportunity to get one last jab in at former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Professional sports photographer Jim Davidson set his camera up for the Upper Arlington parade on Monday and came away with some nice shots from the parade, including an Angry Birds themed float. But the car representing “Pryor’s Tattoo and Gold Exchange” takes top honors among college football fans. A poster at the end of the car depicts Jim Tressel about to be stabbed in the back by the Ohio State athletics department.

Which brings us to the other big Ohio State parade news of the day.

Doug Lesmerises, Ohio State reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, tweeted that there was a “Tribute to Tresel” in a Columbus parade that featured about 20 people dressed in sweater vests that played well to the crowd. Kids and adults walked down the street in gray sweater vests with a banner that recapped Tressel’s on-field success against Michigan, in the Big Ten and reminding everyone of his lone BCS championship.

Image via yfrog user Michael Calo (@MCalo10)

The Tressel idea may have been better if blindfolds were part of the gimmick, seeing as he pretended to know nothing about any past violations when given an opportunity to come clean to the athletic department, university and NCAA, but to each their own.

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