At least the agony of defeat didn't strip Ohio State coach Urban Meyer of his appetite.
After winning 24 consecutive games, the Buckeyes entered Saturday's Big Ten Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium with a lot on the line. They couldn't keep their winning streak rolling, however, as they fell 34-24 to Michigan State. The loss cost Ohio State not only the conference title, but likely a shot at playing in the BCS title game as well.
So, Meyer did the only reasonable thing a man in his position could do. He ate cold pizza in the corridor.
Surrounded by family, Urban Meyer eats postgame pizza very quietly in corridor beneath Lucas Oil Stadium. pic.twitter.com/80FtTVegWQ— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 8, 2013
Although the possibility that Meyer may actually be lactose intolerant and this is merely a form of self abuse is not lost on me, this looks more like somber eating while the mind drifts to recent regrets.
Eating cold pizza in the bowels of Lucas Oil Stadium while seated on a golf cart: No one's idea of fun. pic.twitter.com/HMSSXLnDDr— Patrick Brennan (@DaPatBrennan) December 8, 2013
I don't know about you, but I've taken solace in the comfort food of pizza while being too dejected to even heat it up a time or two. This has even happened in a basement before, and had I ever had a basement big enough to get a golf cart into, or ever owned a golf cart for that matter, I'm sure I would have eaten it on the cart.
There's some sort of cosmic symmetry about eating a mini pizza on a mini vehicle. Next time I get a little down, I'm going to eat a Hot Pocket on a mini motorcycle.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This shot leaves a thousand in the dust. It also sparked a lot of comments coming in the form of 140 characters or less.
Lana Berry took the opportunity to point out the injustice of life about Meyer's modest serving:
I get a large pizza and breadsticks if I stub my toe. Urban Meyer loses a huge game and gets a mini-pizza. sometimes life isn't fair.— Lana Berry (@Lana) December 8, 2013
Come on! The guy's dreams were just shattered! I hope the crust of that mini pizza is at least stuffed.
The sense of injustice is not as prevalent in the following tweet:
AWW we ALMOST feel sorry for the guy. PHOTO: OSU head coach Urban Meyer looks sad eating cold pizza after MSU loss: http://t.co/3jT1XKcLNC— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) December 9, 2013
The sympathy expressed there may be a tad hollow, but that is exactly how we want sentiment to be between two rivals.
This fan was not quite as subtle:
That picture I just retweeted of Urban Meyer eating sad pizza was literally the greatest thing I have ever seen.— Alex Enfroy (@AEnfroy) December 9, 2013
While the majority of the reaction inspired by this photo focuses on the sadness of Meyer, it is easy to miss out on what this shot says about the greatness of pizza. USA Today reminds us all of the true hero in this story:
It should be no surprise that the Twitter account for a pizza business took this opportunity to hail the magical powers of pizza:
The best cure for Rose Bowl loss blues? Pizza, of course. http://t.co/HmKGSgAUMV— Neapolitan Express (@NeaExpress) December 9, 2013
As much as I love a nice tribute to cheese, dough and a little meat, in the end, I'm left siding with this next tweeter:
A description of this shot can't accurately depict the isolated agony Meyer is dealing with of being so close to his goal only to see all tumble out of reach.
The guy had won 24 straight games, yet none of that success could help alleviate the pain of his most recent loss. While time heals all wounds, this loss will likely be attached with pangs of grief that stick with Meyer his whole life.
At least he can count on pizza being there to help get him through it all.