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

the

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/ohio-state-ups-ante-in-marching-band-war-with-michigan-090913"

target="_blank">clever game show routine earlier this season

to last week’s fantastic

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/ohio-state-band-michael-jackson-tribute-halftime-performance-102213"

target="_blank">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

href="http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2013/10/detroit_lions_louis_delmas_par.html"

target="_blank">get rid of his pet alligator.

• A Busch Stadium beer vendor is

href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/cardinals-beer-vendor-donates-tips-help-family-st-033139106--mlb.html"

target="_blank">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

href="http://boxscorenews.com/pba-world-series-of-bowling-v-notebook-rough-start-in-cheetah-championship-p66371-68.htm"

target="_blank">struggled in his latest bid to become a

professional bowling champion.

• Jon Gruden says he’d like to

href="http://www.ocala.com/article/20131025/articles/131029768?p=2&tc=pg"

target="_blank">give coaching one more try.

• Adrian Peterson got his offensive line snowmobiles:

target="_blank">Via Gifulmination, Johnny Manziel photobombed

Kevin Sumlin:

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• Abilene Christian nearly beat New Mexico State on an

80-yard hail mary play:

• Brett Favre talked about

href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/10/24/brett-favre-concussions-retirement-rams/3183279/"

target="_blank">the toll concussions took on him during his

playing career.

• The New York Giants signed Peyton Hillis away from his

href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/sports/football/giants-hillis-goes-from-watching-monday-night-football-to-playing-in-it.html?ref=sports&_r=1&"

target="_blank">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

href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9880572/rehab-factor-ruling-aldon-smith-san-francisco-49ers"

target="_blank">avoid a suspension because he went to

rehab?

• The American Mustache Institute

href="http://www.americanmustacheinstitute.org/blog/2013/10/ami-sends-red-sox-beardism-marketing-cease-desist/"

target="_blank">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

href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-27/sports/chi-spt-illinois-scheelhaase-father-arrested-20131027_1_illini-qb-illinois-quarterback-nathan-scheelhaase-police-captain"

target="_blank">was arrested in the stands during the team’s

loss Saturday.

• USA Today

href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/celtics/2013/10/25/brad-stevens-leaves-for-boston-celtics-butler-university/3189989/"

target="_blank">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

href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/d-iii-rb-rushes-ncaa-record-455-yards-article-1.1497816"

target="_blank">rushed for 455 yards on Saturday.

• Stanford is

href="http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/64263/video-a-beautiful-mind"

target="_blank">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

href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/24/3708689/lead-detective-takes-stand-in.html"

target="_blank">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

href="http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-10-24/news/fl-palm-angry-hockey-dad-20131024_1_teen-hockey-player-hockey-game-deputies"

target="_blank">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: