The best thing about being 1-0 is the chance to go 2-0.
Ohio State's defense was the story in the Buckeyes' 21-10 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night. We all had that, right?
We all thought Jim Knowles would deploy his “rather basic” defensive scheme that would hold the No. 5 team in the nation to 10 points. And we all thought C.J. Stroud would quarterback an offense that needed to scratch and claw for 21 points.
Just how we drew it up.
But as they say – a win is a win. We're on to Arkansas State.
Let's have a good Labor Day, shall we?
TBDBITL X TIMMY TRUMPET. The Ohio State marching band does not disappoint. Script Ohio, a killer halftime performance involving drones and this fantastic rendition of Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet's “Narco” before the fourth quarter gave fans who attended Saturday's game additional entertainment outside of the football game.
“Narco” has gained fame from New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Díaz, an MLB All-Star with a 1.52 ERA and 29 saves this season. Díaz uses the song as run-out music while he sprints from the bullpen to the mound at Citi Field. Last week, a clip of Timmy Trumpet performing a live rendition of the trumpet solo went viral on social media platforms.
As a lifelong baseball fan, let me first say that the sport needs more of this. The crowd loves it and it's easy to see how Díaz feeds off that energy. The same occurred for Ohio State in the fourth quarter after Emma Wielinski stole the show during the intermission. The Shoe was rocking, and the Buckeyes closed the door in the final 15 minutes to claim an 11-point win over the Fighting Irish.
EXPERIENCE THE MICHIGAN MESSAGE BOARDS. The forum at Eleven Warriors is fantastic. I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with how active the discussions can become about several different topics from Ohio State football, basketball and Olympic sports to other completely random subjects.
While you might not visit these sites, Michigan websites have lively discussions on their versions of message boards, though I assure you it is not nearly as good as what we have here. However, what you'll find in those Wolverine forums might be entertaining to read.
For example, you might have a good laugh at the comments found over at MGoBlog after Ohio State beat Notre Dame.
Michigan fans on their board believes Ohio State is trying to copy Michigan by having a power run game. In fact because Ryan Day decided to run the football, that is the start of his demise. pic.twitter.com/WbrrfYdHxd— jbook (@jbook37) September 4, 2022
Here are some of my favorite remarks featured in the tweet:
“Benching Henderson for Williams, who is just a guy, and then pretending that is all part of some well-executed plan to get tough is a large red flag... If Day thinks that becoming more (like) Harbaugh than Harbaugh is the way to beat Michigan, I predict that bodes well for us in Columbus.” - brad
“They are now being annointed as tough and physical. The osu media slob fest found a new narrative... Both their O-line and D-line remain average. We should beat them.” - Bo Harbaugh
“Book it: this is the start of the demise of Day. He and his coordinators can recruit like no other, but development and strategy might be at the ceiling (except for Hartline)... Urban's teams were damn near invincible and Day's seem winnable.” - BleedThatBlue
I'll let you decide what to make of the comments and defer to holding my tongue. I just wanted to offer a scouting report of what Ohio State’s rival fans are saying about the Buckeyes after they beat a top-five team in a season opener while Michigan beat Colorado State, 51-7, in a Week 1 buy game.
ARMOUR EARNS TOUR CARD. Former Ohio State men's golfer Ryan Armour has played a lot of rounds over 46 years. He's spent the last 23 as a professional, making 475 starts on the PGA and Korn Ferry Tours and winning two tournaments along the way.
With his age, experience and career prize money – which currently sits at more than $7.5 million – Armour could have settled for Past Champion status on the PGA Tour, which would have given him the opportunity to still compete in some Tour events. However, the Akron, Ohio native kept fighting to retain his status as a full PGA Tour member.
Armour carded a 65 in the final round of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship on Sunday to finish tied for 21st place at 5-under par. That clutch performance secured his full status on the PGA Tour for another year.
.@ryanarmour24 has made 475 starts across @PGATOUR and @KornFerryTour.— Kevin Prise (@PGATOURKevin) September 4, 2022
Battling rib injury but doesn't want to settle for Past Champion TOUR status
"This is my job. I have kids that are 13 and 11, and I think it's important they see dad gets up + works."
Projected 23rd into R4 pic.twitter.com/kw6ziNTY25
When asked why he continues putting forth an effort to play at the highest level of professional golf, Armour said the competitor in him won't let him take the easy way out.
"I love to compete," Armour told Kevin Prise of PGATOUR.com. "That's what drives me. It doesn't drive me for money. I love to come out and compete against myself and compete against other players and compete against the course. That's what gets me up in the morning. Go for a run, or do whatever I have to do to be young enough to stay out here. I'm not getting any younger, but I am trying to go out and beat the clock."
Armour said his family also significantly impacts his decision to keep pushing. He also wants to keep giving back to the sport that has provided him with a foundation of ideals, morals and wisdom that stretch far beyond the links.
"This is my job. I have kids that are 13 and 11, and I think that it's important that they see a Dad who gets up and works," Armour said. "Golf has been great. It's given me everything I have. Whether it be a college scholarship to Ohio State – it's given me everything."
Cheers to Armour for his hard work and dedication. Despite his age, he continues to play one of the world's most difficult sports at a high level, even outshining some of the younger stars from time to time. May there be more tournament wins in his future.
OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Ohio State women’s hockey’s 2021-22 national championship team was honored Saturday during the football team's top-five battle against Notre Dame. Head coach Nadine Muzerall and her players received a standing ovation from the Buckeye fans in attendance – a fitting celebration for the talented group of skaters.
The team also received a shoutout from the NHL organization that plays its games in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena.
Things you love to see: THIS— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) September 4, 2022
Ohio State returns this season with hopes of winning another title. The Buckeyes will return All-American defenseman Sophie Jaques, a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, as well as Olympic gold medal winner Emma Maltais and many other key contributors from last year’s team.
Speaking of Maltais, the Canadian picked up her third gold medal in the last 12 months when she helped Team Canada defeat Team USA in the final round of the 2022 IIHF Women's World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Maltais also won gold in the same tournament last summer and at the 2022 Winter Olympics in February.
Ohio State alumna Jincy Dunne took silver in the tournament for the United States. Incoming freshman Sofie Lundin also competed, assisting Team Sweden to the quarterfinals, while graduate Andrea Braendli saved 150 shots in a fourth-place finish for Switzerland.
SONG OF THE DAY. “Light Switch” by Charlie Puth.
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