In 2011, the New York Jets beat the favored New England Patriots in the AFC Playoffs by the score of 28-21, prompting Jets linebacker Bart Scott to fly over to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio like an airplane (a jet, if you will) and deliver a postgame interview for the ages. In it, Scott specifically called out ESPN's Tom Jackson as one of the "non-believers" that had the temerity to pick the Patriots over Jets, before staring down the camera and telling America that "anybody can be beat".
It's one of my favorite football interview moments of all time, along with Michigan State coach John L. Smith slapping himself after a loss and Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree dreaming a win over Texas in his head, and now Ryan Day popping off on a barely intelligible octogenarian joins that pantheon.
It's absurd and slightly weird that a narrative peddled by a tiny, barely lucid Lou Holtz apparently lives rent-free in Ryan Day's brain, but also: Ohio State won last night, and they did it by (eventually) playing with the kind of heart and grit and toughness people have tried to deny them since Day took over the team. He and his players had every right to be angry about comments like that, and every right to hop in a Camaro and do some cathartic victory donuts in Holtz's front lawn after the game.
A little goofy? Sure. But that's football, baby, and dammit, that's my coach right there.
Non-believers are officially on notice.
Our honor defend. So we'll fight to the end for O-hi-o.— Brian Hartline (@brianhartline) September 24, 2023
keep doubting .. I love my brothers . 4-0.— Tyleik Williams (@tyleikk) September 24, 2023
Mannnnnnnnn..what??!!!— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) September 24, 2023
To God be the Glory!! 4-0!!!
GOD DID!!!— DeaMonte Chip Trayanum (@Chipperrz_) September 24, 2023
Our honor Defend, we will FIGHT to the End, for O-HI-O!!— James Laurinaitis (@JLaurinaitis55) September 24, 2023
Soooo proud of these kids!! 4-0!!#ToteNation— Coach Tony Alford (@CoachTonyAlford) September 24, 2023
Thats what TreVeyon can do. Home run hitter.— Anthony Schlegel (@schlegelvellie) September 24, 2023
4th and inches and a jet sweep????— Beanie Wells (@BeanieWells26) September 24, 2023
I wouldve ran in— Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) September 24, 2023
Great win— Chris Olave (@chrisolave_) September 24, 2023
Be honest, Buckeye fans. How many of yal gave up hope?— Chimdi Chekwa (@ChimChek) September 24, 2023
I know yal, lol.
Say what you want, Kyle made some big big throws that last drive!!! Looking forward to the progression and development of this young QB! #GoBucks— Cardale Jones (@CJ1two) September 24, 2023
WWWWWWWWW— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) September 24, 2023
we was never down though pic.twitter.com/hTIJy7HGYW— Evan Ravenel (@e_rav24) September 24, 2023
Theres a lot to fix, but lets worry about that later. Lets celebrate and enjoy this win and figure everything else out Monday. #GoBucks— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) September 24, 2023
Great night to be a Buckeye— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) September 24, 2023
TALK THAT SHIT, RYAN DAY
Welcome to Ryan Days fever dream— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) September 24, 2023
You like what you see, Lou Holtz?????? pic.twitter.com/XYA1efvXzC— Proton Don (@proton_don) September 24, 2023
Ryan Day fed up . Lets go— Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) September 24, 2023
cutting a wwe promo calling out a 90 year old after a top 10 road win is objectively very funny— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) September 24, 2023
Ryan Day didnt hold back. pic.twitter.com/livTerTznQ— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) September 24, 2023
Im emotional about this. For a reason is gonna go platinum in my home this winter— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) September 24, 2023
Ryan Day, lathered up and dripping Just For Men, swinging by the local nursing home to talk shit to the elderly— Kyle Koster (@KyleKoster) September 24, 2023
Lou Holtz went to bed hours ago— Michael Bennett IV (@mike96bennett) September 24, 2023
Day should go kick down lou holtzs hotel door tonight with his son filming it like hes Deion Sanders Jr— Colton Denning (@Dubsco) September 24, 2023
Buckeyes getting loose 45 minutes before kickoff. pic.twitter.com/VHqYgGGXz8— Garrick Hodge (@Garrick_Hodge) September 23, 2023
There's the football cheer "Hold that line!!!" Then here tonight pregame for @OhioStateFB at @FightingIrish there is the "Hold it!!" line. Must be at least 30 porta potties. pic.twitter.com/ZIKaosJdJ1— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) September 23, 2023
A funny moment during pregame. Chip Trayanum apparently thought Ryan Day was a little too serious, so he snuck up behind Day and grabbed him. pic.twitter.com/cTzpgMqEDw— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) September 23, 2023
This is why you come to Ohio State— Adam King (@AdamKing10TV) September 23, 2023
This right here is peak college football.
The Buckeyes are on the field at Notre Dame stadium pic.twitter.com/cjuX8utZG1
Its time. pic.twitter.com/yISu4U2GzS— Caroline Rice (@carolinerice19) September 23, 2023
Trey likes touchdowns pic.twitter.com/pLlRFUBZ0L— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 24, 2023
TreVeyon Henderson's TD run was 61 yards -- the same yardage of Eddie George's legendary run in 1995.— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) September 24, 2023
Sweet Jesus. College football is the best.— Beau Bishop (@BeauBishop) September 24, 2023
Ohio State, you know EXACTLY what play you need to call here pic.twitter.com/p3z6UY3CQe— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 24, 2023
The stadium is stunned. What a comeback and what a call!— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) September 24, 2023
.@ENERGY please prepare for the strain on our national grid notre dame message boards are about to create— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) September 24, 2023
The Sam Hartman Surrender Stefon! pic.twitter.com/WnVXH8O9aj— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 24, 2023
CHIP PUT THE TEAM ON YOUR BACK BUCKEYES LEAD pic.twitter.com/hJafrYxj3A— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 24, 2023
Ohio State won pic.twitter.com/SbcQlyb8PX— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) September 24, 2023
Offensive coordinator Brian Hartline leads some happy Buckeyes into the tunnel after the 17-14 win. pic.twitter.com/uLBQWD4fvW— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 24, 2023
Buckeyes win 17-14 over Notre Dame. pic.twitter.com/q2gUeh9V0O— Kyle Robertson (@KRobPhoto) September 24, 2023
Sheamus Fleming pic.twitter.com/CHvDpp5eI1— Matthew Piper Jenks (@MattPiperJenks) September 24, 2023
Were better than them.— The 4 Horsemen Podcast (@HorsemenPod) September 24, 2023
the fucking refs— Barstool Irish (@BarstoolIrish) September 24, 2023
The number of the day: pic.twitter.com/KAyfB3LiSn— Dr. Ls Real Polyamorous Tantric Sex Guru (@LosRealAli) September 24, 2023
WALK OFF!!!!!!!!! LFG @OhioStateFB— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 24, 2023
BUCKEYES WIN!! CHIP TRAYNUM!!— Adam King (@AdamKing10TV) September 24, 2023
Kyle McCord goes running to celebrate with fans! pic.twitter.com/HxR4BP4tPs
What a night. pic.twitter.com/N5NuUsGk4m— Garrick Hodge (@Garrick_Hodge) September 24, 2023
Next week is a Bye! We need it! See you against Maryland!