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Skull Session: This northern team now controls the rivalry, as Michigan dominates Ohio State and gets the last laugh in Columbus

This past weekend can be summed up in two tweets.

Let’s (do our best to) have a good Monday, shall we?… Ehhhhhhh, Who am I kidding? This Monday is going to blow and we know it. Get through it as best you can.

IN THE BLOOD. The Ohio State vs Michigan rivalry is in my blood – literally. As the son of an Ohio State coach, I learned to hate That Team Up North from the moment I took my first steps. Whether it was football, synchronized swimming or any other sport, the Wolverines were bad and the Buckeyes were good. That’s what I was taught. That was what I knew. I never questioned it.

From an early age, my investment in The Game was deeply rooted in this hatred. My parents told me that I should never hate anything. Hate is a strong word, they would say. But they allowed me to hate the Wolverines, so I did.

Anyone who wore a blue and corn uniform was an enemy. I hated Chad Henne, Mike Hart and Mario Manningham. Denard Robinson, Jabrill Peppers and Chase Winovich. I had no reason to hate them, really. The only explanation was that they were playing for Michigan, but that was enough for me.

Meanwhile, I loved the Buckeyes. Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and Beanie Wells. Terrelle Pryor, Brandon Saine and DeVier Posey. Braxton Miller, JT Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott.

I could go on with my very long list of favorite Ohio State players forever, but before I do, I’ll get to the point:

For the past two decades, I’ve never – ever – woken up on game day thinking Ohio State would lose.

Before 2021, the Wolverines had only beaten the Buckeyes four times in my life, in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2011. I had only a few weeks for the first loss, a 1 year for the second and a 3 year- old for the third, leaving the fourth loss as the only one I remember. Even then, Luke Fickell coached all season with one hand tied behind his back, and he still nearly beat a No. 17-ranked Michigan team with a 9-2 shootout record, failing Ann Arbor 40-34. .

For example, prior to the 42-27 embarrassment in the Big House last year, I had truly suffered only one Ohio State loss to Michigan in my lifetime. I know that sounds crazy to those who lived through the Cooper years, but it’s true. That said, I had no reason to believe that Michigan would beat Ohio State. I had no benchmark because it just never happened.

But then he did.

And then it started again.

Because of that, I changed my paradigm. It was once a certainty in my mind that Ohio State would win its final regular season contest. Now I’m not sure.

If the Buckeyes and Wolverines enter The Game with the same set of circumstances in 2023 that the game has possessed the past two years – two undefeated teams with a Big Ten East title, a trip to the conference championship and a College Football Playoff bid – I would wake up thinking Michigan would win.

My body shivers as I type those words, but that’s the new reality of being an Ohio State fan. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines have taken the rivalry by force for the past two seasons, as a school bully would take lunch money from a weaker classmate. It is now up to Ryan Day and the Buckeyes to regain control.

If Day and his team can’t on Nov. 25, 2023, then we’ll experience what would be — in some ways — the final version of the darkest day in Ohio State football history, leaving Buckeye Nation with 365 days until the sun could rise again.

DOMINATED. How badly was Ohio State beaten on Saturday? Considering Michigan’s offense had one of the best performances against a top-five team in 17 years, I’d say the Wolverines beat them pretty badly.

Oh, and Michigan did it in Columbus in front of over 100,000 fans in the shoe. In other words, the Buckeyes were kicked out of the building in their own building on their way to the program’s first loss to the Wolverines at Ohio Stadium since the 2000 season.

Wrong. Very very bad.

THE LAST LAUGH. Michigan made sure to let Ohio State players, coaches and fans know just how commanding their victory over the Buckeyes was on Saturday by celebrating the victory in a number of ways, from a royal wave to a flag planted on the grass at Ohio Stadium.

It started when Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy, who recorded 290 total yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown against Ohio State, sent home Buckeye fans who have chose to leave Ohio Stadium early with a flurry.

The celebration continued when defensive end Mike Morris hopped onto a bench on the Michigan sideline and began shouting, “You’re all sweet!” to fans seated on the east side of the Horseshoe.

After the game, some of the Wolverines players paraded onto the field with a team blue flag with Michigan’s Block M corn waving in the wind. They planted the flag on Block O in the middle of the Ohio Stadium field.

Following this event, many of these same players picked up Harbaugh and carried him into the locker room. The head coach told his post-game press conference that he had a ‘locker room full of heroes’ at Michigan and that they – along with his staff – were the reason the Wolverines emerged victorious Saturday.

Seeing all these things is enough to make your blood boil, but honestly, you can’t blame them for taking the celebrations to extremes. They broke the brakes at Ohio State. The Buckeyes did nothing to stop them in the game, so they have no right to stop them from celebrating afterwards.

It’s sad, but it’s true.

SAY IT OUT LOUD. Another thing the Wolverines did on Saturday was chant “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine!” in the visitors’ locker room at Ohio Stadium after their 22-point win over the Buckeyes.

  1. It will never be great to be a Michigan Wolverine.

  2. I heard that chant many times as I walked through the big house last year while covering Ohio State’s 42-27 loss at Ann Arbor and never thought I’d hear it again so soon.

  3. I hope this video and song will be played inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center as much as possible next year until November 25, 2023. Maybe another 362 days to see what Michigan at the stadium ‘Ohio – on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the shoe no less! – will finally get the message across that this kind of thing can’t happen again.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash.

CUT TO HUNTING. NASA released updated pictures of the moon of his Artemis mission… Monkeys in a central Thai town mark their day with a feast… New York sergeant hailed for helping 2017 birth helps another… Match of the World Cup between the United States and England seen by 19.98 million on American television… Avian flu causes the slaughter of 1.8 million chickens in Nebraska.

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