The Wisconsin Badgers may have lost the Big Ten Championship game, but at least we'll always have Turf Guy.
Trailing Ohio State 24-13, the Wisconsin offense found the end zone for the first time in the game in the fourth quarter with a bruising one-yard run by RB Chris James.
In the course of the play, the turf in the end zone got ripped up by the feet of the Ohio State defense.
The field exploded! pic.twitter.com/62y2e7kAbe— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) December 3, 2017
When the officials examined the damage, the stopped the game for safety reasons until the turf could be repaired.
THEY BROKE THE FIELD pic.twitter.com/vIzWbzhOkx— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) December 3, 2017
Literally ripping up the field
Too much grit
Big Ten Football, so much grit they broke the field pic.twitter.com/KkRyRz0x9N— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) December 3, 2017
Yep, that's ripped
That is not supposed to happen
Then, the sporting world met Turf Guy
Turf Guy gets to work
Cue the memes
Since the game was stopped and the cameras continued rolling, Turf Guy (who was identified by the Fox Sports broadcasters as Eric Harlow) became an immediate and inevitable Twitter sensation.
Unseen footage of Eric Harlow (turf guy) when his walkie-talkie beeped: pic.twitter.com/mzNTGK6oII— RB (@RBaroff427) December 3, 2017
It's Go-Time, Turf Guy
"A little help?"
Shoutout to this guy fixing the turf all by himself.... anybody wanna help a guy out???— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 3, 2017
No pressure, though
We're pulling for you
Turn the sound on for this one
A hero indeed
A bit more of the Turf Guy backstory
Nice topical college football coaching joke there
Sources: Eric the turf guy has turned down an offer to become Tennessee's next head coach— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 3, 2017
We could all learn something from that work ethic
Coming this fall
Turf Guy for the College Football Playoff
1.Clemson— Tyler Fello (@YourFelloMan) December 3, 2017
We have our 4
Hot Take: Celebrating Turf Guy for fixing the turf ignores how Turf Guy's deficient turf management probably led to the turf mishap in the first place— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) December 3, 2017
That's a good point, though
Sorry ladies, he's taken
btw I’ve apparently reached “that age” where the first thing I noticed about turf guy was that he was wearing a wedding ring— sleepy spice (@Twerk_Nowitzki) December 3, 2017
Go pro, TG!
With the 1st pick of the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select TURF GUY. What a great pick, he stays low to the ground and makes it to the end zone.— Ally Badza (@AmazingAlly16) December 3, 2017
Great gift idea for dad
He showed them all
I'd be fe-lyin' if I said I didn't chuckle at this one
Now everyone's going to slide into his DMs
Get that man a medal
We totally agree, JJ
Proud of the boys, hell of a fight. Hats off to Ohio State. Let’s be honest, the winner of the night is Turf Guy.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 3, 2017
Your 15 minutes starts now
Eric the Turf Guy now internet famous.— jimmy dunn (@jimmydunncomedy) December 3, 2017
Just got representation.
Pitching at HGTV Monday.
Working title “Turf Appeal”