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College Football Playoff: Identity crisis in Oregon, Ohio

When the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday, January 12, residents in the city of Oregon, Ohio will have a temporary identity crisis. The city will change its name, and the local high school will change its official school colors in a uniformed show of solidarity for the Buckeyes and their national title hopes.

The idea of changing the name of the city started out as a simple online petition, as so many things often do, and the word spread quickly. It started with two natives of Oregon, Ohio putting the idea together to call the city anything but Oregon.

“I grew up in Oregon, Ohio and love the city, but for the day of the ‘Big Game’ I am asking the city council to make a proclamation to change the name of the city for one day,” Oregon, Ohio native Matt Squibb said in the online petition. “Call it Buckeye Town, Ohio City, Brutusville, whatever, you get the point. Let’s not leave anything to chance here! Change the name and support the Buckeyes!”

The idea was picked up by the city council, and an official proclamation is expected to be mad eon Monday to rename the city on January 12. What the new name will be is unknown.

Good thing there is no Buckeye, Oregon that I am aware of.

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Kevin McGuire
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