Skull Session: TBBITL pays tribute to Timmy Trumpet, Michigan message boards are entertaining and Ryan Armor secures his PGA calling card

The best thing about being 1-0 is the chance to go 2-0.

Ohio State’s defense was the story of the Buckeyes’ 21-10 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night. We’ve all had that, right?

We all thought Jim Knowles would deploy his “pretty basic” defensive scheme that would keep the nation’s No. 5 team within 10 points. And we all thought CJ Stroud would be the quarterback for an offense that needed to scratch and claw for 21 points.

Just how we drafted it.

But as they say, a win is a win. We are in the state of Arkansas.

Let’s have a happy Labor Day, shall we?

TBBITL 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” ahead of the fourth quarter gave fans who attended Saturday’s game extra entertainment outside of the football match.

“Narco” rose to fame thanks to New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Díaz, an MLB star player with a 1.52 ERA and 29 saves this season. Díaz uses the song as running music as he sprints from the bullpen to the mound at Citi Field. Last week, a clip of Timmy Trumpet performing the trumpet solo live went viral on social media platforms.

As a lifelong baseball fan, let me first say that the sport needs more of that. The crowd loves it and it’s easy to see how Díaz feeds off that energy. The same thing happened for Ohio State in the fourth quarter after Emma Wielinski stole the show during intermission. The shoe was rocking and the Buckeyes closed the door in the final 15 minutes to claim an 11-point victory over the Fighting Irish.

DISCOVER MICHIGAN’S MESSAGE BOARDS. The forum at Eleven Warriors is fantastic. I have to say, I’m deeply impressed with how active discussions can become on several different topics, from soccer, basketball, and Ohio State Olympic sports to other completely random topics.

Although you may not visit these sites, Michigan websites have lively discussions on their message board versions, although I assure you it’s not as good as what we have here. However, what you find in these Wolverine forums might be fun to read.

For example, you might just laugh at the comments found on MGoBlog after Ohio State beat Notre Dame.

Here are some of my favorite remarks featured in the tweet:

“Benching Henderson for Williams, who’s just a guy, and then pretending it’s all part of a well-executed plan to get tough is a big red flag… If Day thinks 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 anointed as tough and physical. The osu media slob festival has found a new narrative… Their O and D lines remain average. We should beat them. -Bo Harbaugh

“Book him: It’s the start of Day’s demise. He and his coordinators can recruit like no other, but development and strategy could be on the ceiling (except for Hartline)… Urban teams were damn nearly invincible and Day’s seem winnable – BleedThatBlue

I leave it to you to decide what to do with the comments and I defer to holding my tongue. Just wanted to offer a scouting report of what rival Ohio State fans are saying about the Buckeyes after beating a top five team in a season opener while Michigan beat Colorado State, 51-7, in a Week 1 buyout game.

ARMOR WIN A TURNED CARD. Former Ohio State men’s golfer Ryan Armor has played many rounds in 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 stands at over $7.5 million – Armor could have settled for Past Champion status on the PGA Tour, which would have given him the opportunity to take part in certain Tour events. However, the Akron, Ohio native continued to fight to retain his status as a full member of the PGA Tour.

Armor delivered a 65 in the final round of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship on Sunday to finish tied for 21st at 5 under par. This clutch performance secured his full status on the PGA Tour for another year.

When asked why he continues to strive to play at the highest level of professional golf, Armor said the competitor in him won’t let him take the easy way out.

“I love competing,” Armor told PGATOUR.com’s Kevin Prize. “That’s what motivates me. It doesn’t motivate me for the money. I like to go out and compete against myself and compete against other players and compete against the course. That’s what makes me get up in the morning. Go for a run or whatever I have to do to be young enough to stay here. I’m not getting any younger, but I’m trying to get out there and beat the clock.”

Armor said his family also had a significant impact on his decision to keep pushing. He also wants to continue to give back to the sport that has provided him with a foundation of ideals, morals and wisdom that extend far beyond ties.

“It’s my job. I have 13- and 11-year-olds, and I think it’s important for them to see a dad who gets up and works,” Armor said. “Golf has been amazing. He’s given me everything I have. Whether it’s a college scholarship at Ohio State, he’s given me everything.”

Kudos to Armor for their hard work and dedication. Despite his age, he continues to play one of the toughest sports in the world at a high level, even outplaying some of the young stars from time to time. May there be more tournament wins in his future.

OLYMPIC VILLAGE. The 2021-22 Ohio State Women’s National Hockey Championship team was honored Saturday in the football team’s battle of the top five 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 which plays its games in downtown Columbus at the Nationwide Arena.

Ohio State returns this season with hopes of winning another title. The Buckeyes will reunite with All-American defenseman Sophie Jaques, a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, as well as Olympic gold medalist Emma Maltais and many other key contributors to last year’s team.

Speaking of Maltese, the Canadian picked up her third gold medal in the past 12 months when she helped Team Canada defeat Team USA in the final round of the 2022 Women’s World Championships. IIHF in Herning, Denmark. Maltais also won gold in the same tournament last summer and at the 2022 Winter Olympics in February.

Ohio State alum Jincy Dunne won silver in the tournament for the United States. Incoming rookie Sofie Lundin also featured, helping Sweden to the quarter-finals, 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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