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"Tribulation Force National Championship" *slow clap turning into standing ovation*

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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Jason Kirk

I see it as people introduced to Game of Thrones through the HBO shows first season meeting the book readers in real life, exclaiming how nuts GOT is and the book reades readers replying, "Just wait." Like ASOIAF, college football is a sprawling, detailed, long-historied universe. Is this comment a precursor to Coach Prime becoming Khaleesi? Not really, but wouldn't that heel turn be fantastic?

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Yep, that entirety of blankness checks out for Minnesota

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Jason fix your daaaaaaaaaates! I kid. Also thank you for this o7

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There's always room for more weirdos who just hadn't found the way in yet. Case in point I new literally nothing about football until college, and I was in the marching band at every single high school football game.

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It's funny how stuff happens, and doesn't. If a certain Dallas FBI special agent doesn't suffer an untimely stroke, and that tragedy doesn't derail a certain public corruption prosecution, there might have been political will to scrutinize the debits and credit around Prime Prep Academy. But both of those things happened, as did the incursion of pro wrestling kayfabe into the public sphere, and here we are.

I hope what we're seeing at UC Boulder leads to bigger opportunities for good TV humans like Lewis Riddick, but more realistically I just can't wait until Steven Godfrey breaks the news about which program has reached out to The Rock about their coaching job.

The hangover is going to be epic, but I guess we might as well enjoy the buzz however long it lasts.

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We moved to the mid-atlantic near the end of 2021 (before my beloved team won their first title in 40 years) and people couldn't understand my excitement, and they also can't understand my strong feelings against that teams from outside Opelika.

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Has there been anything written on why college football’s popularity didn’t take off in the northeast like it did in the rest of the country? I guess one obvious answer is that a lot of northeastern states don’t seem to have a flagship university that folks in the state can rally around? (I grew up in New York, and it was always odd to watch SportsCenter as a kid and see the highlights for the game between Louisiana State University and Alabama University, but never a University of New York.) Like New York has four state universities that have enrollments greater than 15,000 undergrads, but I wouldn’t classify one of them as New York’s flagship school in the same way that UGA is to the state of Georgia. I imagine there was also a conscious choice at some point that northeastern public schools were not going to invest in athletics the way a lot of other Power-5 (or hell, Group of 5) schools did, but I’d love to know why that happened.

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Blaine County, MT

STAND UP!

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Sickos GOTW replaced by Bad Vibes GOTW? I like it, but why not have both

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Nebraska: It Just Means More

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