WATCH: Ohio State Marching Band Surprised by Tom Cruise

by Chase Thomas

The 2021 Ohio State football season did not end the way that the Buckeyes faithful may have hoped for. The expectation is to be in the College Football Playoff every year at Ohio State. However, Ohio State fell to their arch-rival Michigan in the last game of the season to remove them from the CFP conversation. It was a tough way to wrap up what was still a great 10-2 season for the Buckeyes. However, the Ohio State Marching Band got some holiday cheer from Tom Cruise who surprised the band with swag and a movie screen with the actor himself in the spring.

This generous offer from Tom Cruise was inspired by the marching band playing Top Gun in their halftime performance and Cruise was watching and enjoyed it. Now, the whole band will get to watch the film with Tom Cruise entitled Top Gun: Maverick next spring.

Fans loved the sentiment by Tom. One fan tweeted, “I just KNEW Tom Cruise would appreciate that Top Gun halftime tribute. That’s pretty cool !!”

Another fan tweeted, “Really neat deal. Congrats to #TBDBITL…”

Ohio State Falls to Michigan

The Buckeyes fell to Michigan to close their 2021 regular season. Because of the loss, it left the Buckeyes out of the Big Ten title game and the subsequent college football playoff. After the Wolverines won, they drubbed Iowa in the conference championship and now face the Georgia Bulldogs on New Year’s Eve in a gigantic matchup.

The way in which Michigan drubbed Ohio State was a rare sight. The Buckeyes of Ohio State could not slow down Michigan and were hit in the mouth time and time again. Head coach Ryan Day said after the game, “Feel awful. Just got done talking to the team … it’s a failure. It hurts a lot.” It was a rough loss not only for the players but also for the coaching staff.

Day continued, “I just know that we didn’t get the job done today.” It was rare to see the Wolverines pound the Buckeyes the way they did. Ohio State could not do anything with C.J. Stroud and it resulted. ina rare domination in the series in the twenty-first century.

Head coach Ryan Day also added, “You feel like they control the game when that happens … we weren’t able to stop that.” He pointed out that this was not a common thing for the Buckeyes. The defense had been shaky early dating back to that early loss in the season to Oregon. However, they had turned the corner until that game in Ann Arbor. Michigan was able to run all over Ohio State and the Buckeyes could not do a thing to stop it.