A student at Columbus State Community College was fired from his pizza delivery job for making what he thought was an innocent comment about the Ohio State Buckeyes defense. The lifelong Buckeyes fan went on a local television station on Wednesday, although he didn’t reveal his name, and said he was given the boot last month after taking a phone order and discussing his concerns about the Ohio State defense.
The problem? Well, the person on the other end of the line was none other than Amy Fickell, the wife of Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. The driver claimed his boss informed him the next day that Ms. Fickell had called in to complain and felt belittled by the remarks.
Today the Buckeyes released a statement claiming Fickell was called about the incident, and not the other way around. They went on to say they didn’t ask for anyone to be fired and feel terrible that this individual lost his job. The driver claims he said things only in a joking manner and just wanted the defense to improve its tackling.
Perhaps “Pizza Gate,” as I am now calling it, motivated the Buckeye defense to step up their game. They had arguably their best performance of the season in a 17-16 victory over the Michigan State Spartans right after the incident took place.
Somehow, the Buckeyes have overcome doctored game tape and pizza scandals in recent weeks to remain undefeated. If they can play strong football in the face of such adversity, there is possibly no limit to what they can achieve.
If you ask me, the pizza place is being a little fickle–pun intended. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Although my lifelong belief that there is no such thing as a bad pizza seems slightly shaken now.
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