An Ohio State "superfan" went viral for all the wrong reasons last month. John Chubb, the Buckeyes fan known as "Buck-I-Guy," caused controversy for his actions at the memorial service of former OSU head coach Earle Bruce. Buck-I-Guy showed up to the service in his full outfit and then signed a photo labeled for "players and coaches only."
A petition was started to ban Buck-I-Guy from all games and events. Our story on the petition was shared nearly 5,000 times. Clearly, this is a passionate subject for many.
Another Ohio State superfan, Big Nut, spoke to the Toledo Blade about his fellow fan's actions. He says he definitely does not condone his actions.
Big Nut - Jon Peters in real life - also had a message for Ohio State fans. He doesn't want everyone grouping all of the superfans together.
“I definitely do not condone his actions,” Jon Peters told me the other day. “Totally out of line and wrong.”
Peters is better known as Big Nut, his face-painted, flair-accessorized alter ego who has become perhaps the school’s most recognizable supporter.
In the spirit of equal time — and with the conceit of super fandom under attack — I reached out to the 57-year-old Fremont man. His message to Buckeye Nation: Don’t judge a nut by his shell. “It’s unfair to group us all together,” he said.
Fair enough. That's probably not going to happen, though. Superfans have started to receive more and more criticism over the years and it doesn't look like it's going to stop.