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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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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 the 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 TV.

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 rehab?

• The American Mustache Institute has had enough of the Boston Red Sox's beards.

• 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 courtside:

• 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 use on the sidelines.

• The Knicks revealed a new uniform that is very orange:

• Nice to see Gregg Popovich is already in midseason form:

• 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:

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