Trending: Ohio State band, Giants, MNF
The Ohio State Marching Band went "Out of this World" during its halftime show Saturday, time-traveling to the 1990s. It was, according to the routine's introduction, "a decade when the Blue Aliens beat up our Buckeyes -- of course, it will never happen again in the future. That's why the Michigan Martians are taking a Buckeye cheerleader back in time to the 1990s to celebrate their victories. It was the end of the world as we know it." The clip features a pretty sweet dancing alien at the 4:00 mark and the DeLorean from "Back to the Future" fame at the 7:30 mark.
What say you, Michigan?
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes moved into upper echelon of this week's Facebook College Football Social Power Rankings at No. 6, no doubt helped by the buzz created by this video and their 29-22 overtime victory over the Boilermakers.
Florida, No. 2 in the BCS standings, reclaimed the top spot on Facebook this week, thanks to the Gators' 44-11 rout of South Carolina, a healthy dose of pregame hype during ESPN's "College GameDay," and a national television audience. The Gamecocks remained No. 9 on Facebook despite the loss.
Each week, Facebook weighs and combines total mentions received by each college football team with both the raw change in mentions on the site as well as the percent increase in mentions to arrive at an overall score -- the Facebook Social Power Ranking. Mentions are tabulated by aggregated posts or comments containing terms specific to each team.
• The Giants, indeed, win the pennant.
Game 1 of the World Series is Wednesday night in San Francisco:
Giants vs Tigers should be a hell of a series! #eatemuptigers— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) October 23, 2012
2012 NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro received congratulations from many quarters, including this 2010 NLCS MVP and former Giant:
Scooty!!!!— Cody Ross (@IamCodyRoss) October 23, 2012
Detroit's Prince spent some time with a rap and hip-hop king before leaving town:
Got a chance to meet and hangout with Detroit's own Eminem tonight before heading West.Ready to get this WS started. say.ly/eok4qEP— Prince Fielder (@RealPFielder28) October 23, 2012
This California girl is rooting for the "home" team -- so to speak:
you people assume things way toofast.yes im happy for giants( CAL alum here), and will root for them in the WS, but MY team is the Angels!!— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) October 23, 2012
• On Monday, we told you how Brandon Marshall was getting into the Bears game against the Lions. Well, he indeed showed up and caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 13-7 victory over Detroit. His reward was indeed sweet:
During the second quarter, Jay Cutler was sacked by Ndamukong Suh and ultimately left to have his ribs examined before returning in the second half. Suh said after the game that Cutler told him he was "good" when he checked him after the play. Things weren't so good with Marshall, who had plenty to say about the hit on Twitter early Tuesday:
A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn't cool. Great players don't have to do that.— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012
A Suh. Something I've learned and now passing down to you. Succeed with character— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012
Suh had no comment on Twitter as of Tuesday morning, but he did post this Dick's Sporting Goods ad Monday featuring himself and Morgan, although it's unlikely they'll be rooting for the same team when it comes to the World Series.
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