Ohio State band does it again

Ohio State was dominant again on Saturday, pummeling Penn State
63-14 for the team’s 20th consecutive victory, but if you can
believe it, the football team might not even be the most impressive
group of Buckeyes taking the field each weekend.

The Ohio State Band has been absolutely on point this season, as
marching bands go. Always considered one of the most skilled bands
in the country, OSU has made every halftime show a hit — from
clever game show routine earlier this season
to last week’s fantastic
Michael Jackson tribute.

Seemingly every show has checked off the three main boxes for a
good Ohio State halftime show — make fun of Michigan, play
great music and make inconceivable shapes out of humans — but
perhaps none has executed the job quite as soundly as
Saturday’s presentation, an ode to the big screen.

In a matter of about eight minutes, the Ohio State band moves
seamlessly from formations depicting a Superman logo to Clark Kent
in a phone booth to a Lord of the Rings tribute to Harry Potter
playing quidditch to a T-Rex eating a Michigan fan (and spitting
out his hat) to a battleship fight to a Jolly Roger — and
it’s absolutely riveting.

The staff at OSU deserves every penny it’s being paid, and
then some for its creativity each week. Because, whereas most
football fans see halftime as a good time for a potty break or a
snack run, the halftime show in Columbus has become must-see

The Best Damn Band In The Land, indeed.

Now, for some links:

• Louis Delmas had to
get rid of his pet alligator.

• A Busch Stadium beer vendor is
donating his tips to help the family of a St.
Louis boy killed in a fire.

• No more entries — this baby wins Halloween:

• Rice’s 4-foot-9 walk-on running back got his first
career carry:

• Terrell Owens
struggled in his latest bid to become a
professional bowling champion.

• Jon Gruden says he’d like to
give coaching one more try.

• Adrian Peterson got his offensive line snowmobiles:

Via Gifulmination, Johnny Manziel photobombed
Kevin Sumlin:

• Abilene Christian nearly beat New Mexico State on an
80-yard hail mary play:

• Brett Favre talked about
the toll concussions took on him during his
playing career.

• The New York Giants signed Peyton Hillis away from his
1,300-acre soybean farm.

• A Boston College hockey defenseman made an impressive
— if illegal — game-preserving save:

• Erik Johnson made it very difficult for his teammate
Ryan Wilson to complete an interview during an Avalanche game over
the weekend:

• LeBron James and his wife got LeBron’s father
in-law with a Halloween prank a few days early:

• Could Aldon Smith
avoid a suspension because he went to

• The American Mustache Institute
has had enough of the Boston Red Sox’s

• There were plenty of good tickets available for
USF-Louisville on Saturday:

• Duke freshman Semi Ojeleye can dunk:

• The Calgary Flames unveiled a new third jersey:

• The father of Illinois’ quarterback
was arrested in the stands during the team’s
loss Saturday.

• USA Today
has the story behind Brad Stevens’ decision to
leave Butler for the Boston Celtics.

• Metta World Peace completely wrecked a kid sitting

• Oregon fooled everyone with this fake punt Saturday:

• Ridiculously photogenic Notre Dame player went on the
Today Show to talk about himself:

• Western Connecticut running back Octavias McKoy
rushed for 455 yards on Saturday.

• Stanford is
putting its backup center’s photographic memory to
on the sidelines.

• The Knicks revealed a new uniform that is very

• Nice to see Gregg Popovich is already in midseason

• Jurors
were shown a confession in the Sean Taylor
murder trial late last week.

• A hockey dad was arrested after allegedly going down
onto the ice and
attacking a 14-year-old.

• David Eckstein filmed a fake commercial for that fake
Parks & Rec law firm:

• The MTSU band got called out for playing during a play
against Marshall: