Week 4 2016: College Gameday review!

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen to the portion of today where we take a minute to reflect on this morning’s edition of College Gameday!  Today’s edition of Gameday was broadcasting to your television set live from Knoxville, Tennessee for the big matchup between Tennessee and Florida.  Florida was riding an 11 game losing streak in this rivalry; one of the great rivalries in college football.

Let’s dive right into #GamedaySigns because there were a LOT of good ones today.  Lots of funny Tebow references, good old fashioned insults, and hilarious vague minutiae about players and coaches.

This was one of my favorites, although kids might not even know what this means these days.

I think they call this throwin’ shade.



And by request of @TheGamedayBaby…

We got a dose of the Sam Ponder outfit of the week, which means it is time for the @GamedayJen official Sam Ponder outfit of the week review brought to you by the Home Depot!  This week Jen liked the Sam Ponder outfit as usual.  “I really like the vest.  I’m excited to see the Sam Ponder fall outfit season.  She always has a good boot game”.


Gene W had a really nice segment on the influx of Aussie rules football players coming into college football as punters.  For those of you not from Down Under, they call it footie.  Anyways, there was a funny question segment at the end with an Aussie about American college gridiron football (or football as we call it for those of you Down Under).  Check it out below.

Onto my weekly complaint about the You Had One Job segment.  Still no online video of the funniest segment of the week.  Please tweet @jimmyg44 and let him know we need this.

This week’s Harambe watch was pretty impressive, and the Harambe memes were dank.  Let’s start off with this gem from last night apparently.  I’m confused by the “too” portion of this sign.



And of course…

The investigation into the death of Harambe by yours truly continued this week.  In week 1 all evidence from Gameday signs pointed towards Les Miles and/or Colin Kaepernick killing Harambe.  In week 2 things took a turn, and the prime suspect was Butch Jones.  After Butch Jones was cleared, week 3 saw accusations that Dalvin Cook killed Harambe.  However things have taken a shocking turn in week 4, as we have reliable evidence via #GamedaySigns that Jim McElwain killed Harambe.  You may have to look hard, but in the Tweet below the evidence is indisputable.

The best segment of the week was brought to you by new College Gameday castmember Jen Lada about how a family from Auburn and a family from LSU came together under extraordinary circumstances.  Just watch the video because I can’t do it any justice.

In reference to Jen Lada showing back up, @GamedayJen said “I’m still not sure about her”.  So we will be monitoring that situation closely.

Christiain McCaffrey had a segment which I believe is the OFFICIAL start of his Heisman campaign this year.  This piece was about the football camp he runs for kids with Down’s Syndrome.  Not only is McCaffrey lighting it up on the field, but he seems like a great guy off the field and a great story.  He’s going to need exposure like this to have any chance at a Heisman since he plays all of his games at 4AM or whenever most weeks.

When it came time to get down to the business of picking games, we were alerted to the news that we had TWO guest pickers this week.  Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer and former Florida coach Steve Spurrier were our special guests today.  I’m still convinced Spurrier is laying the groundwork for joining Gameday at some point in the future after he appeared last year, and I for one would welcome him.  Anyways, another unusual circumstance is that they picked ELEVEN games this morning as opposed to a usual batch of about 8.  Combine that with two celebrity pickers and it made for a long picking segment.  Of course, normally I would love a long picking segment, but some of us had a fresh omelette sitting on the breakfast table right as they started picking games.  The sacrifices I make for this website…

Back to picking games.  Both coaches were light hearted and had some good input on the upcoming slate of games.  To nobody’s surprise Fulmer took Tennessee while Spurrier took Florida.  Desmond and Kirk both took Tennessee while Pollack had taken Florida earlier in the show before his exit.  @TheGamedayBaby also went with Tennessee, boldly proclaiming that she was born to end Florida’s streak.  @GamedayJen took Tennessee too, leaving it lopsided from our panel of experts favoring Tennessee.  When it came time for Corso to make his pick, Smokey the dog was ready on set for Corso’s pick.  Corso loved on the dog before telling him that he was sorry, because this was purely business.  Corso threw on the Gator headgear as Smokey made a quick exit, and just like that it was time for kickoff.


Week 3 2016: College Gameday review! #CFB #LOUvsFSU #FSUvsLOU

Welcome back everyone.  The morning games are wrapping up including some nice upsets, which means it is now time for the weekly College Gameday review!  This week’s edition was broadcasting live from Louisville, Kentucky for the matchup between #2 Florida State and #10 Louisville.  This matchup between top ten teams is included in today’s fun fact that this is the first time ever that the top 3 ranked teams all play true road games against ranked opponents.  That means if the top 3 get upset, Michigan could slide all the way up to #1 for basically showing up this season. Their resume includes wins over Hawaii, UCF, and a likely win against Colorado today to beef up that schedule for a possible #1 ranking.

Today’s show opened up with a quick tribute to former Louisville head coach Lee Corso, who coached there from 1969 to 1972.  The highlight of this tribute was Corso’s glorious sideburns during his tenure at Louisville.  I assume shortly after this photo was taken that he went to meet up with Potsie and the gang down at Arnold’s.


Early on in the show Sam Ponder was brought in which brings us to the @GAMEDAYJEN OFFICIAL SAM PONDER OUTFIT REVIEW OF THE WEEK!  She was sporting a nice outfit of which Jen said “Ooooooo!  The skirt is nice!”


A curious addition to the Gameday was presented today in new reporter Jen Lada.  Possible Sam Ponder rival?  Or replacing Tom Rinaldi?


She presented the story of Cuyler Duncan.  Duncan is the former member of the Silver Spurs at the University of Texas, who take care of mascot Bevo.  He is a die hard Texas fan who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and given possibly days-to-weeks to live at the time.  As his story spread through the internet, various video messages and phone calls came in to him from notable names such as Vince Young, Colt McCoy, Mack Brown, Quan Cosby, Matthew Mcconaughey, and President Obama.  He began his fight against cancer and after enduring chemo began to recover enough that he attended his first Texas game since the diagnosis.  He is now returned to work and continuing life where he left off before the diagnosis.  Check out the full video below.

Former College Gameday host Chris Fowler made a cameo return today since he was calling the noon game with Kirk Herbstreit on-site.  They previewed the Louisville/FSU matchup today, and it was great to have him back.  Due to the rain moving in, they broadcasted from under a tent, no doubt to protect Herbstreit’s hairpiece.


#YHOJ was back again this week, and still no video online… Grrrrrr.

Rece Davis ran the gauntlet with George Whitfield again… Grrrrrr.

During this segment, the Gameday crew did a quick relocation to inside the stadium since Herbie was going to be calling the game immediately following the show.  Also because the entire crowd behind Gameday would probably be gone by kickoff.  I love it when Gameday goes inside the stadiums.  They used to do this somewhat regularly many years ago and it always had a really fun feel to it.

Let’s stop down for a minute and review some Gameday signs.  For starters, Detective Cole collected more evidence this week in the hunt for who REALLY killed Harambe.  In week 2, the prime suspect in Harambe’s death was Butch Jones.  In week 1 it was alleged that Les Miles and Colin Kaepernick killed Harambe.  This week’s lead is that Dalvin Cook killed Harambe.

Other signs included this high effort submission:

This one was all over social media starting yesterday:

Other submissions for your review:

Waffle Stomp FSU
FSU Hates Harambe
Harambe for Heisman

And of course:

I am glad to say that we saw the return of maybe the greatest recurring segment every season.  That would be when walk-ons get scholarships.  There’s a lot of sappy stories and feel-good segments peppered in throughout the whole season, but this is one that needs to happen every year because it truly delivers time and time again.

Today’s celebrity guest picker was Laila Ali; daughter of the late Muhammad Ali who was being honored at Louisville today.  She provided good energy compared to many celebrity pickers and seemed to be genuinely into this thing.  When it came time to pick the big game, Desmond went with the surprise upset pick in Louisville.  To nobody’s surprise Laila picked Louisville as well.  When it came time for Corso to make his headgear pick, the tension was high.  He had never picked Louisville, and has a fondness in his heart for picking FSU where got his start in coaching.  Since he spent time at both schools, who would win out?  He pulled the trigger on the upset pick today, going with Louisville over FSU.  @GamedayJen and @TheGamedayBaby both went with Louisville as well.  Seems like the whole world was against FSU today, and apparently it was the right move given today’s result.  Fun stuff and a great show today to get us all ready for a great slate of games today.

Week 2 2016: College Gameday Review #BattleForBristol #CFB

It is time once again for the weekly College Gameday review.  This week’s edition of College Gameday emanated live from Bristol, Tennessee, where we will see the BATTLE FOR BRISTOL between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies.  They are playing the game tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway, where they plan on setting the all-time attendance record for a college football game tonight anticipating 150,000 football/NASCAR/beer fans turning out to celebrate this spectacle.  They have built the football field in the infield of the racetrack so that if you are attending this game, you too can watch this exciting game from a quarter mile away.  I for one am totally pysched that they chose such an important game between these two long-time heated rivals to attempt this all-time record.  Right?


Since they were at the Bristol Motor Speedway today, I expected a lot of NASCAR schtick and they certainly delivered.  Desmond Howard claimed to be a HUGE NASCAR FAN, which I’m not sure I totally believe.  However, we did get to see video of him riding shotgun during a test drive around the track, because, you know, BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY!


The last time a football game was played here it was an exhibition game between the Eagles and Redskins in 1961.  I can’t imagine watching that game in this setting without THE WORLD’S LARGEST HANGIN VIDEO BOARD over the field to watch.



Everyone has been crapping on this weekend’s schedule of college football after the greatest opening week in college football history, but Rece Davis pointed out early on that FOUR ranked teams lost to unranked opponents the last time there were no ranked-vs-ranked matchups.  Bet those dogs everyone.

Speaking of football, they made all of the Saturday morning reporters dress up in racing fire suits for their early reports, because, you know, BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY!  This brings us to the “OFFICIAL @GAMEDAYJEN SAM PONDER OUTFIT OF THE WEEK REVIEW PART 1A” because Sam Ponder first appeared in a fire suit.  Gameday Jen said in regards to this outfit, “Why?”


Early on in the show, Gameday presented a segment which is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite weekly staple: WHEN WILL LSU FIRE LES MILES?  I guess I’ll just never understand why they want to run him out of town so much.  Apparently LSU fans (?) have set up a GoFundMe to buy out Les Miles’ contract.  I’m sure we’ll be back next week with another update as this story develops.

We now rejoin the OFFICIAL @GAMEDAYJEN SAM PONDER OUTFIT REVIEW OF THE WEEK PART 1B!!!  Sam Ponder appeared again having either done a very quick change out of her fire suit or having recorded that segment yesterday, and this time her outfit was much more well received.  Gameday Jen said “I LOVE the outfit!  I love the shirt and the skirt!”  Well done this week Sam.


Gene Wojciechowski presented a very nice piece on a young autistic man named Bo Paske who befriended FSU player Travis Rudolph.  Travis was on a visit to Bo’s school and saw Bo sitting by himself at lunch so he decided to join him, and their friendship was born.  It was good stuff, so check out the video below.

My favorite segment, YOU HAD ONE JOB, was back again this week.  But no video posted online, so no video for you.  Write your local congressmen and let them know we need #YHOJ posted online for the lulz.

They presented a preview from the upcoming Tom Rinaldi interview with Art Briles in which the whole Baylor mess is covered.  It was not well received by the crew at Gameday.  I don’t exactly know why Art Briles is all over the place putting his face on TV during this time period, because he’s not going to look good when his lawyers have no doubt told him to steer clear of any specifics in these appearances.  Maybe someone can explain this to me, but why is a football coach, or the university for that matter, involved in the chain of authorities when a rape is reported?  I would think victims in this situation would go straight to the police?  Unless there are allegations that I missed of the police being pressured by Baylor’s football program a la the allegations against Jameis Winston and the Tallahassee police department colluding with FSU to cover up alleged crimes.

During this VERY serious discussion on a VERY serious issue, something went wrong with the audio and audio from what sounded like a very light-hearted broadcast was being piped in along with the Gameday audio.  Not exactly the BEST time to have someone laughing on this mystery audio track when discussing rape allegations at Baylor.

As the show progressed, we were once again pleased to see what will no doubt be a recurring segment this season: NON-FOOTBALL RELATED CELEBRITY SHOWS UP TO PROVIDE LITTLE-TO-NO INPUT ON THE DAY’S BIG GAME!!!  Last week we had Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tell us how she excited for the game because her dad and brother “like sports”.  This week, racing legend Richard Petty showed up to give Lee Corso a hat and picked “Virginia” to win the game tonight.

“THE GAUNTLET” with George Whitfield returned.  I really have nothing more to say about this segment because every week is the same.  Sigh.

Bear’s Bank is in full force this week.  He went 1-2 with the Bank, but looks to pull at least even with this week’s slate.

Top signs this week include BUTCH JONES TAKES METAMUCIL, and allegations that Butch Jones killed Harambe.  Maybe by the end of the season we will get to the bottom of this mystery and find out which college football head coach ACTUALLY killed Harambe.  See photo below, top right.

However, this week’s best sign of the week is equally confusing as it is great.

The actual best segment of today’s show was probably the story of James Conner from Pitt.  This guy blew out a knee last year, and during knee rehab was found to have cancer.  Not only did he beat the cancer, but while taking in chemo and recovering he continued offseason workouts for football.  My mind can’t even process how a person does this while going through chemo treatment.  He returns today against Penn State.  It is a must watch segment.

Now, the time comes for the Gameday crew to get down to business.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the crew to pick games today, and he actually seemed pretty knowledgeable.  When the time came to pick the day’s big game, Desmond went with the upset in Virginia Tech.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. also went with the upset because his fiancee is from Kentucky and said he’d be walking home if he picked Tennessee.  Corso trolled the crowd back and forth before out of nowhere a GIGANTIC racing helmet in Volunteer colors showed up for him to put on.  @GamedayJen and @TheGamedayBaby both went with Tennessee too, so all three will stay tied for the season no matter who wins tonight.

Enjoy your night!