“The Catch” is the stuff of legend, which might make George Will wax poetically on the George Will Sports Machine, if such a show existed.
Towards the end of the first half of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football game, a rowdy fan dressed in in a rushed onto the field at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
This unruly behavior was unwise to do around Ohio State Buckeye Football Assistant Coach Anthony Schlegel. The Buckeye’s conditioning (strength) coach was a linebacker for OSU as part of the class of 2006. In addition, Schlegel was a 3rd round draft choice by the New York Jets in 2006 as well as playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
So when the disruptive fan evaded a security guard while storming onto the football field, Coach Schlegel sprang into action. Schegel made a horse collar tackle and body slammed the disruptive fan onto the turf, but Schlegel was not penalized on the play.
The record setting crowd of 108,262 Buckeye boosters roared its approval. Security officials then escorted 21 year old Anthony Wunder off the field, who apparently is a 6’2″ Ohio State University Senior who hails from Cincinnati. Wunder will be arraigned on charges of criminal trespass for his stunt. No word on how many ice packs Wunder needed after his close encounter with Schlegel.
While the Buckeyes beat the Bearcats 50-28, the big winner of the day seems to have been Coach Schlegel for his protective tackle. Pro wrestler Steve Austin shared his kudos on Twitter, suggesting that Schlegel earned several performance perks usually reserved for players, Another enterprising Buckeye booster scored the scene into a music video titled “Here Comes the Boom”.