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Dayton newspaper trolls Ohio State with authority in front page headline (photo)


While considered an upset seeding-wise, lots of folks gave the Dayton Flyers more than a fighting chance of beating its in-state rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes, in the teams’ second round matchup in the NCAA Tournament.

And the Flyers did not disappoint its fans or those bracket-fillers who put their faith in the squad. Vee Sanford’s running bank shot with 3.8 seconds remaining fell through the rim and Aaron Craft’s desperation 10-footer did not, clanking off the backboard, as time expired. Voila, a 60-59 win that sends the No. 11-seeded Flyers into the next round.

With its collective chests puffed out with pride and a bit of bravado, the editorial department of The Dayton Daily News pulled off an expert display of trolling with its front page headline in the paper’s Friday edition.

Yep, THE University of Dayton. BAM!

Take that Buckeyes Nation. You just got served up a piping hot bowl of comeuppance utilizing your own bit that is used to separate your university from its in-state contemporaries.

The reasons why the victory was especially sweet for Dayton are twofold:

An FAQ answer on Ohio State’s website notes that “Legend also has it that “The” was used to show the other colleges which institution was supposed to be the leader in the state – both in size and in financial support from the legislature.”

Ohio State doesn’t schedule games against in-state colleges, meaning meeting OSU in the tournament is the only way the Flyers ever get a shot at the Buckeyes.

Great win. Even better trolling.

[H/T The Dagger]