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Vandy Loses Timeout For Having “Anchor Down” On Their Jerseys…Gets It Back When The Coach Shows Refs An Email From The League

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Aug 299:50AM EST

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CBSThe team was temporarily charged a timeout over their jerseys. Yes: the Commodores were temporarily charged a timeout over their jerseys. The issue? Vandy has printed “Anchor Down” in the nameplates, albeit in a semi-subtle shade of gray-on-black.

As we learned earlier this month when USF announced it would be wearing jerseys with “THE TEAM” across the nameplate (then announced it wouldn’t), teams other than service academies are forbidden from using words other than last names on those nameplates. The penalty for violating that rule: the loss of one timeout per quarter until the jerseys are removed.

And sure enough, at the start of the second quarter in Nashville, the officials announced that Vandy had lost a timeout. That’s when things got truly bizarre: ESPN reported that Vanderbilt had received an e-mail from Steve Shaw, the SEC’s coordinator of officials, approving the uniforms … and that Commodore officials were rushing to get a printout of the email onto the field and into the hands of the referee.

And yes, a moment later, Vanderbilt had its timeout restored.

 

 

 

It’s College Football season baby!  Didn’t take long for shit to get reallll weird.  Like something I’ve never seen in my entire life of watching sports weird.  Vandy trying to capitalize on the unique new uniforms trend to get some excitement going and blow up on social media…immediately getting docked an important timeout…then scrambling around trying to get an email printed out to show the refs they had permission.  Like they were in school trying to prove they had permission from a parent to go on the field trip or in the doctor’s office trying to show that their insurance said they would cover the co pay, except this was on the field, on national television, on opening night, dealing with jersey fashion.

 

 

Oh and another way you know college football is back is when brains start exploding all over the field.

 

 

CTE, meet Boise receiver.

 

The Rise Of Kenny Football…And South Carolina’s Opening Night Summed Up In Two Vines

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Aug 299:30AM EST

 

 

Head Ball Coach spiking his headset in disgust and a Carolina chick with literally no clue where she is or what’s going on after getting mentally piledrived by the Aggies.  Your 2014 Gamecocks.

 

 

 

Of course the newest greatest player on the planet will do that to you.  Kenny Football, reporting for everyone’s hype, here to steal your Heisman.

 

 

 

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An electrifying on field performance, an arrest before you launched in superstardom involving some minor misdemeanor on a night out…how’s your Instagram game?  What Halloween costume do you have planned?  Do you know Drake by any chance?

 

 

 

PS – I’m probably in the minority but I thought Tebow killed it at the SEC Network desk last night.  Spurrier impression was hilarious -

 

 

 

 

Barstool U Smokeshow of the Day – Kelsie from UCLA

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Aug 299:00AM EST

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Introducing Kelsie from UCLA.  Heads up everyone, it’s Friday before a holiday weekend, so cheer the fuck up and let’s do this!

 

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Johnny Football Who?

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Aug 289:19PM EST

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I’m no expert like Tim Tebow or Paul Finebaum on the SEC Network or anything but I think 74% passing for 452 yards and 3 TD against (what was supposed to be) a solid defense and the #9 team in the country is pretty good?   Kenny Football, a star is born.

 


 

Speaking of Finebaum, such a meathead.

 

 

Magic! – Rude (Zedd Remix)

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Aug 288:30PM EST

Zedd’s fresh off a well deserved VMA for “Stay The Night,” and tonight the biggest little DJ on the planet unleashed his remix of the most unavoidable song in the world, Magic!’s “Rude.”

Barstool U Smokeshow of the Day – Jackie from Florida Gulf Coast

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Aug 286:00PM EST

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Introducing Jackie from Dunk City.   Incredible assets.

 

 

 

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Barstool CFB Season Preview: Texas A&M/South Carolina

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Aug 285:30PM EST

 

South Carolina

 

I could fill this space talking about how Steve Spurrier was able to take over a program that barely had the right to call itself part of the SEC in 2005, and has built them to be legitimate (if fringe) National Title contenders. How  he’s transformed South Carolina into a program with a legitimate national recruiting portfolio while fencing off his own backyard to outsiders (a must for anyone trying to build an elite program, any coach will tell you rule #1 is to establish that any elite talent within a few miles of your campus is yours). Or I could list off my personal favorite 10 Steve Spurrier quotes, and people will probably be a lot more entertained by that ,so that’s what I’m going to do. Viva La Old Ball Coach.

 

From this year or last year:

 

  • (On Stephen Garcia) “I don’t know, I thought he’d be real good at that arena ball”
  • “Dabo probably thinks there’s only like, what, nine planets out there. I think I read where Pluto may not be considered one now.”
  • (Explaining the SEC Network to his players) “You know what this means, right fellas? More money, just not for you.”
  • (On beating Arkansas at home) “That’s not fun. Getting your butt beat at home. Homecoming and all that.”
  • “We aren’t LSU and we aren’t Alabama, but we sure ain’t Clemson”

 

Classics:

 

  • “ In 12 years at Florida, I don’t think we have ever signed a kid from Alabama… Of course, we found out later the scholarships they were giving out at Alabama were worth a lot more than ours”
  • “Know what FSU stands for? Free Shoe University”
  • (On playing Georgia Early) “I always sort of liked playing them (that early) because you could always count on them having two or three players suspended”
  • “I know why Peyton wants to come back his senior year…He wants to be a 3-time Citrus Bowl MVP”
  • (When an Auburn football dorm burned down and damaged several Auburn players textbooks) “But the real tragedy is many of them hadn’t been colored in yet”.

 

Overview:

 

I really can’t get a feel for this South Carolina team from what I’m reading about them. Everything I read or see about them on TV is signing their praises and how good they’re going to be, how Spurrier built this program to compete  with the big boys and this is the year they prove it. Hell, I’ve seen people pick them as darkhorse contenders to make the 4-team playoff and represent the SEC in the National Championship. I just don’t get it. They lose their best player on both sides of the ball (Connor Shaw and Jadaveon Clowney). Dylan Thompson has provided flashes of brilliance as a backup, but he’s still a career 55% passer in the opportunities he’s been given, which mostly have come in garbage time. They replace about half their defense including 2 cornerbacks. I just don’t see it with these Gamecocks the way everyone else is. South Carolina is set at 9.5 . I’m taking the under on it.

 

Texas A&M

 

I’ve grown up hating Texas A&M. Hate their fans, hate the stupid “Aggie Corps”, think most of their traditions are totally lame. But it’s hard not to like Coach Sumlin and how this team has shown absolutely no fear since entering the SEC. Sure having the best player in the conference for two years has a lot to do with that, but the fact of the matter is when Texas A&M beat Alabama, they did the classic prison take-out-the-biggest-guy-to-earn-everyone’s-respect move. And now they have it. Until proven otherwise, they are the premier destination for stud recruits in the state of Texas (although I think Kliff Kingsbury and Charlie Strong will have something to say about that very soon). Good on them.

 

Overview:

 

People aren’t really that high on Texas A&M this year. Vegas only has them winning 7 games, no pundits have them as a darkhorse to make a run, ranked outside the Top 20 this year. And it’s understandable. The Aggies the defense during the Sumlin era has been, what’s a nice way of putting this, suspect, and has often relied on the offense (aka Johnny Manziel) to bail them out when letting up big points against the Ole Miss’s and Duke’s and Mississippi State’s of the world. In fairness to the Aggie D though, advanced metrics suggest they may be deceptively better than the box score would suggest, with point totals being exaggerated by the high-paced offense Sumlin runs. Still pretty bad, just not quite as awful. Anyway, the defense almost completely returns minus Steve Jenkins and Toney Hurd, so maybe they’ll make some strides there. But Texas A&M wins by outscoring people, and their three best player son the offensive side of the ball (Manziel, Evans, Jake Matthews) are all playing for contracts now. I say they lose tonight to South Carolina, with the Gamecocks covering the 10.5 spread. As for the Over/Under, I find it really hard to believe that this is a 6-6 team, so I’d push for 7-5 or hesitantly take the over for 8-4. But I’m not touching it, and you shouldn’t either.

That Time I Fought Some SB Nation Twitter Douche On Behalf Of Barstool

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Aug 284:50PM EST

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Pres just blogged about this and I’m not normally enough of an egomaniac to think people care about my Twitter squabbles, but enough people asked for a blow-by-blow recap so here we go:

 

Meet Travis Hughes. He’s a hockey writer for SB Nation, mostly blogging under their Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey. I hadn’t heard of him, maybe you have. Doesn’t really matter. The reality is a lot of these guys like taking shots at Barstool. Feitelberg pointed it out with Harrison Mooney a few weeks ago after it was revealed Mooney was scummily creeping on girls on Twitter, for whatever reason they look at us like the septic tank of the Internet and for someone like me whose major part of the job is helping Barstool grow — regardless of how people think about us approaching that in the last few weeks — it gets pretty tiresome.

 

Friend of Barstool and sports blogging person of note A. Isaac sent me the tweet this morning and I didn’t think it was worth going after the guy about. People shit on Barstool to feel better about their career choices, fine. We’re an easy target for people who don’t really get what we do. But then he continually tried to make something of it, just attention whoring at Barstool’s expense to get his overly liberal followers to go, “Yeah, Trav! You show ‘em!”

 

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And our Stoolies on Twitter went after him. The thing I’ve grown to understand about our readers is that they love to rally to these causes. But they often make things worse when people come at Barstool, calling people “fags” and whatever other epithets come to mind. It comes from a good place, we know, but it does often feed into their whole “What a bunch of cretins” angle the anti-Barstool voices take. However this time the replies hit the Barstool Sports Twitter stream and they were…shockingly eloquent and/or funny.

 

 

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But Travis couldn’t live with the idea that maybe just MAYBE Barstool is a comedy site that does good things and has readers who appreciate its many different takes on Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and, on occasion, sports. So after reading what was actually being said, in an effort to get more of the “Barstool? Boo hiss!” crowd on his side, he lobbed something I knew had no shred of truth to it:

 

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It’s a default argument against Barstool. According to the haters, our audience consists of mouthbreathers who immediately lob caveman insults because they can’t think of anything else. We have our share of idiots — every website on Earth does, welcome to the Internet — but the bottom line is our audience is much smarter and loyal than we ever get credit for. So I decided to chime in:

 

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Apparently Travis was unaware that Twitter and sites like Topsy have search features that show entire histories of at mentions.

 

At this point it’s worth noting that Travis Hughes does not subscribe to Pres’s rules of fashion. This guy fucking LOVES wearing undershirts with button downs:

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I really wanted Travis to show those tweets that were so homophobic and awful that I knew didn’t exist. So I tried to bribe him using the one thing I knew about him:

 

Unfortunately, those gosh darn Tweets that definitely existed and showed how terribly homophobic and awful the Barstool readers are just weren’t coming.

 

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It’s a bullshit excuse, the kind of thing you say when you know you’re wrong. When you’re a city blogger for a sport in its offseason, your timeline isn’t so congested that you can’t screengrab one or two things to completely shut me up. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one who figured that out.

 

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Travis may have been on the ropes but he wasn’t done. He had the trump card, the one EVERYONE loves to break out when they need to show Barstool’s wrong. Yep, the ol’ Pres skinny jeans blog:

 

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The honest truth about that blog, as I see it? I hate that it exists. When the Sam Ponder bullshit happened and the world tried to shit on Barstool, that was tweeted out by every SB Nation douche around. It looks bad. And honestly it is bad without the context of other blogs that week showing what Pres was talking about with KO Barstool and whatever other controversies of the week. It pains me that I have to explain it to people but, moreso, it pains me that people don’t understand what it’s like to run a site like Barstool. How many jokes do you think Pres has made over the ten-ish years of Barstool? Has to be in the hundreds of thousands, right? When you’re putting out content at that volume, there are bound to be at least handful of things that you’d like off the table.

 

But really what breaking that blog out means when you’re an outside party attacking Barstool is that you’ve been beaten. You have no more arguments, you’ve been rebuffed or caught in a lie, you break out the skinny jeans blog. It’s another easy way to show Barstool is the devil and you’re just guarding the Internet from the Hellraiser box that is this site. It’s lazy and unoriginal and, combined with this tweet, revealed exactly the kind of person we were dealing with:

 

 

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A thing to know about me is that I’m an easy-going person with very little stress or concern…except with things like this. Just something about people A) Shitting on Barstool without cause and B) Continuing to take a moral higher ground when lying through their teeth. So, naturally, I took his little signoff as time to completely lay into him, snoop his Facebook, and generally be an awful person at the expense of his @ mentions.

 

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Thankfully, others were willing to be a sociopath along with me, gleefully attacking a person we’ll never meet or never remember by tomorrow morning.

 

 

 

 

He hasn’t tweeted since even though I tried really hard to win him back as a friend:

 

I’m sure in the future Travis Hughes will claim that he was right, we were wrong. He was an innocent man pointing out the drain on the media that is Barstool and we cyberbullied him until he coolly walked away to enjoy a few bikini ‘tinis.

 

But this is the thing guys like this don’t get. Barstool was built on being a place people actually want to read. This site didn’t grow because of SEO or a sick content management system or partnerships. Pres, KFC, and everyone else at Barstool didn’t need to raise over $60m from investors to make people give a shit about the site. They did it through being funny, being interesting, and being different than every other site out there. Regardless of how long you’ve been a reader of Barstool, no matter how many times you visit each month or comment or how many “VIVA” pics you send us on Twitter, you’re a part of this community. For some of us, this is a place to escape from a shitty work day. For others of us, this is a place we’ve put our careers in the hands of. You fight for the team you’re on and when people come at Barstool with less than valid claims, you’ve got to stand up for what being a Stoolie is all about. Barstool is the online personification of “open hand, closed fist” and every time we have one of these squabbles, it’s a perfect reminder that no matter how big Barstool gets or how many cities there are, we believe in one thing:

 

 

Barstool Beats Back To Stool Mix by Elephante

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Aug 284:20PM EST

The hottest EDM artist on the planet lays down the ultimate back to school mix, Barstool style. Yes, it’s as good as you think it is.

Click here to download Elephante’s Back To Stool 2014 Mix for free

We Are 21 Days Away From Blacking Out At Lupos In Providence! You Don’t Want To Miss This…

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Aug 284:00PM EST

Let’s do a little Throwback Thursday to our past Blackout Shows in Providence

 

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Tickets

 

As you all can see Providence LOVES to fucking party and Lupos gets absolutely wild!!! This Blackout is going to be no different! All smokes get in for free and there will be a TON of them there. September 12th we are taking over Lupos Heartbreak Hotel, this is not something you want to miss! Tickets are on sale NOW!!!

 

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