Meet our couples…
Adam (UC) & Melissa (OSU) Kozzin
Melissa Kozzin: Adam and I actually met online via JDate.com. We ARE an online success story and will be married 4 years this April!
|Although raised by OSU grads, Lauren Kuska attended UC |
as an undergrad before attending OSU for Pharmacy school.
No matter the outcome, Thursday’s game is a “win-win” for her.
Mary Nicley: My husband and I did not know each other during our college days…probably a good thing! We met at work and dated for several years and almost 10 years later, this September, we have been happily married!
How are you feeling about Thursday’s big game? Any “parting” words?
Melissa Kozzin: Adam and I have some choice words for the upcoming game on Thursday, but may the best team win!
|Ryan and Mary Nicley’s Bearcat vs. Buckeye rivalry|
is “exciting and all in good fun.”
Zorya Kluska: I'm stoked, but also a little concerned. The last few UC games have been exciting but nail-biters, not leaving a lot of room for error. I really hope the team that played Syracuse shows up (vs. the team that played Louisville in the Big East Championship).
Lauren Kluska: I'm actually kind of dreading it! I grew up a Buckeye fan, raised by Xavier and OSU grads and even followed in many of my family members’ footsteps and attended Pharmacy school there. I have deep roots at OSU and certainly have Scarlet and Gray in my blood. I also went to UC for 3 years for undergrad. I attended CCM as a ballet major my first year, and eventually changed my major to pre-pharmacy. UC is an amazing school with wonderful people. We have a great core group of friends who are all Bearcat alums, and we tailgate and travel to watch the Bearcats together frequently.
I am a big Bearcat fan, as long as they are not playing the Bucks, so I am torn. Mix in some OSU-hating Bearcat friends and it gets complicated! Someone told me it is a "win-win" for me, and I really am proud to have both my teams represented in the Sweet 16!
Mary Nicley: I am excited about the game this Thursday. To be quite honest, I follow Ohio State football a lot more closely than I do their basketball team, so I'm not sure how this rivalry is going to play out. If I had some "parting words" it would be "O-H-I-O" all the way!!!!!! My husband on the other hand, is a man of few words. He just says "may the best school win.”
How do you plan to watch the big game?
Melissa Kozzin: In our respective school’s gear, I’m sure, we plan to be positioned securely to our respective sides of the couch, with a possible bowl of snacks to SHARE in the middle (as a safe divider!)
Zorya Kluska: I was going to try to convince her to watch the game with our Bearcat friends, but she wouldn't bite (Lauren: I was dreading the hating from a certain group of people!). As we have 2 daughters under 4, and they made the game so late (again!) we'll be watching together on our couch (Lauren: and screaming at the TV!)
Mary Nicley: We will most likely just watch the game at home since we have 2 small children…which is fine because sometimes I can get a little loud during the games. Yet, he always seems to stay calm and cool. We seem to balance each other out in that area.
Who do you think will bring home the win?
Melissa Kozzin: I know that this is for the UC Alumni Association, but I can’t root against my school – GO BUCKS!!!!!
Zorya Kluska: UC of course!
Lauren Kluska: Hmm probably OSU, but would be thrilled to see UC advance! Should I just plead the 5th on this one??
Mary Nicley: For me, I believe Ohio State will bring home the win and it will probably be in true Ohio State fashion and come down to a nail biter in the last few seconds of the game. My husband says he knows, not thinks, that UC will bring home the win. As you can see, it is truly a house divided!
|Adam and Melissa Kozzin’s advice to other Bearcat/Buckeye couples: |
“BREATHE, but have fun! At the end of the day, it’s just a game.”
Zorya Kluska: Don't take it too seriously, and make sure someone other than you is a bigger “hater” of your spouse's team (e.g. I have plenty of Buckeye hater friends). It takes a lot of the heat off of you.
Lauren Kluska: Try to support one another! Zorya watches Buckeye games with me and my family, and even cheers! I root for UC and attend UC games and events. We try to make it fun, and support the universities that we feel grateful to have been able to have attended.
Mary Nicley: Whether it's OSU playing UC in football or basketball, it can be a sticky situation at times. But we are always respectful of each other and support each other. Yet, at the same time, we remind each other frequently who the best team is!
Are you raising your kids as Bearcats or Buckeyes?
|Adam and Melissa Kozzin tell us their daughter is a born |
and raised Bearckye…50%cat, 50%nut!
Zorya Kluska: We have a 3-year-old, Ava, and an 18-month-old, Faith. Our girls cheer the UC fight song with me every game we watch together, but Lauren's dad has been working on them for Buckeye cheers too. Not too long ago he was trying to get our 3-year-old to say "Go Bucks" and all she would say was "Go BEARCATS!" They must have gone back and forth a dozen times until he gave up. A classic moment!