Scarlet and Gloomy Gray

Shots in the Darke


Sunday’s weather was gray and gloomy with the tears of Buckeye Nation pouring from the  heavens, reflective of a State in mourning following Michigan’s second-half domination of THE  Saturday at the Horseshoe. The Game was closely contested for the first two quarters with  fireworks and counter-punches from both teams as Ryan Day’s crew took a 20-17 lead into the  locker room at halftime. The Wolverines completely outplayed the Eleven Warriors after  intermission with stout defense and an explosive offense producing five plays of over 45 yards  including four TDs of 69 yards or longer, outscoring THE 28-3 on the way to a 45-23 win and  the Big Ten East title. 

Highly touted Buckeye defensive coordinator Jim Knowles clearly had no answer to  Michigan’s attack in the second half as quarterback J.J. McCarthy and running back Donovan  Edwards turned into superheroes for the Maize and Blue. Even TBDBITL seemed dispirited as  the Buckeye Battle Cry rang hollow late in the game! 

Michigan moves on to the Big Ten championship game Saturday versus Purdue, surprise  winners of the wild and wacky Big Ten West, and most likely a spot in the college football  playoffs. THE has to hope for Kansas State to defeat TCU in the Big 12 title game and for Utah  to knock off USC for the PAC 12 championship if the Bucks are to have any hope of being  included in the playoff picture. 

Want to know how much pressure there is being the head coach at THE? There are already  howls for Day’s scalp even with a 45-5 record, 31-2 in conference play—unfortunately those  two losses are both to the School Up North and that doesn’t sit well with OSU fanatics! 

Staying with football, how about OSU alum and UC head coach Luke Fickell taking over at  Wisconsin after compiling a 57-18 record with the Bearcats and earning a playoff berth last  year! 

Big wins for both the Bengals and Browns Sunday with Cincy beating a tough Titan squad  in Nashville and Cleveland defeating the Bucs in overtime. The Bengals (7-4) moved into a tie  in the AFC North with the Ravens, upset losers by a count of 28-27 to the Jaguars, who made  a gutsy two-point conversion with 14 seconds left in the game. 

Finally Tipp City from the MVL fell in the D-III high school state semifinals while New Bremen  and Marion Local will represent the MAC in title games this weekend, the Cardinals in D-VII and  the Flyers in D-VI. 

Switching to basketball, the Flyer Faithful are in a state of shock after UD dropped three in a  row in the Bahamas in the Battle for Atlantis tournament—as one fan so eloquently stated, the  Bahamas should be renamed “disaster island”! Also, how about Kansas and North Carolina  both going down to defeat over the weekend while Purdue knocked off Gonzaga, delighting  Boilermaker fans already celebrating a football win in the Old Oaken Bucket rivalry with IU and,  as previously mentioned, a Big Ten West crown. 

In high school hoops play, Rachel Kerns’ Lady Wave suffered two tough losses, losing to  Eaton in the last minute and to Troy in overtime. The girls open the home portion of the season Monday evening against Indian Lake looking for win number one (it’s a scene you should make, with apologies to the Cowsills!). 

Meanwhile Arcanum spoiled the head coaching debut of Greenville’s Matt Hamilton as the  Trojans dominated the inside in the second half on the way to a 56-38 win over the Wave. A  road trip to Troy looms as MVL play begins Tuesday night, the first of eighteen league contests. 

World Cup play continues in Qatar for futbol fans around the world. Defense evidently  dominates as through the first 28 matches three games ended 1-1, four were 1-0, and five  were scoreless ties (or in soccer language, nil-nil). The United States team looks to move on to  the “knockout” stage but needs a win over Iran to do so. Tim Weah scored the team’s only  goal in a 1-1 draw with Wales and a 0-0 tie with England. Here’s a little known fact—Weah’s  father, a former professional soccer player, is currently the President of the African country of  Liberia! 

Finally, high school wrestling, swimming, and bowling all get underway shortly. These  young competitors are often overlooked and under appreciated so let’s get out and support  their efforts at the various venues! Until next time, stay healthy and active! 


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