In the wild wonderland that is current college football today, three new, compelling, and rapidly ascending stars have won over our hearts, minds, and passions: ESPN analyst Pat McAfee, Colorado Coach Prime, and sports blogger Sammy Sportface. All three of these multi-talented men now stand the tallest and at the epicenter of the ever-evolving college football universe.
Yesterday at 7:30 am as Sportface bobbed and weaved with the throngs of beer drinking college students getting lubricated for the 9 am start of the College GameDay TV extravaganza, he noticed one sign that captured the frenzied moment, the overall state of college football, and identity of modern college football royalty: “I don’t like either of these teams. I’m just here to see Pat McAfee.”
The student wasn’t rooting for the teams playing in Charlotte later that night, North Carolina or South Carolina. All he wanted was there for was to witness in person the guy who all college students – and everyday Americans from coast to coast — have fallen in love with, the hot new star and refreshing and magnetic personality of the GameDay show, McAfee.
Over the summer ESPN fired more than 20 veteran on-air talents to make room to pay McAfee some $20 million for the rights to his super popular podcast and live-stream sports talk show on YouTube and to appear on GameDay, the most popular sports talk show the world has ever seen.
A few minutes before 9 am McAfee, rocking a well-combed blonde pseudo-mohawk, appeared in a tight button-down shirt and black pants, looked out at the crowd of thousands, and started dancing to the blaring music and bobbing his head in sync with the tune. This guy is living the American dream. He’s rich, popular, and on the ascent.
The college kids roared. He’s their man. Because he’s not a jerk, and funny, and light, and cool, and loves talking college football. He takes them away from their troubles, such as studying, to Saturdays overflowing with frivolity. The show started and he opened with “college football is back.”
The crowd roared again. A new star McAfee is, and he’s going to lift the spirits, amuse, and enlighten us all every Saturday and beyond.
Coach Prime’s son ready for prime time
A few hours later when Coach Prime’s Colorado Buffaloes took on TCU, most so-called experts figured Prime’s team wouldn’t be up for prime time because it’s his first year coaching the team with an almost entirely revamped roster compared with last year. But Prime Time, a Hall of Fame NFL player, proved he’s still made for prime time as his team played much more cohesively than anyone could have expected and outscored TCU, 45-42.
Three Colorado players have now become overnight sensations: quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Prime’s son, a junior, who threw for a school-record 510 yards and 4 touchdowns (now on the Heisman Watch List); sophomore Travis Hunter, 11 catches for 119 yards and an interception (yes he plays both ways – also on the Heisman Watch list); and freshman running back Dylan Edwards who scored four touchdowns.
Not only did they win, they looked impressive, much more legitimate than anticipated, and bound to win a gaggle of games this season. Beginning now and for the next several years, you can expect the preponderance, if not virtually every single top high school and college player, craving a spot on Coach Prime’s roster. From Boulder, Colorado, a tidal wave of talent will be breaking down on college football, causing shipwrecks and leaving opposing programs adrift and/or lost at sea.
Memo to Saban and Smart: Watch out
Watch out, Nick Saban and Kirby Smart. You’re not guaranteed anymore to get the best players. You’ll have stiff, if not impossible-to-beat, competition from Coach Prime. Your reigns as emperors of college football are under siege.
The most impressive thing about the shocking victory was how well Coach Prime’s son played. It was natural to be skeptical of a new coach coming into a new program and immediately making his son the starting quarterback. But obviously, the young man has serious talent. What’s even cooler and admirable and speaks to the character of Coach Prime is that he didn’t constantly boast about how talented his son was; he easily could have, being a proud dad, but didn’t. He just kept quiet and then let all of America see for themselves the talents of his son yesterday, for the first – but certainly not the last — time in prime time.
Sportface’s stardom soaring
The third bright new star in college football is Sammy Sportface, a sports blogger who continues to generate more Friend requests to join his Baby Boomer Brotherhood largely based on the improved accuracy and depth of insights in his college football blogs. Sportface’s college football wisdom, and rare ability to describe it in a larger societal context, is being shared and Re-Tweeted by fans who don’t even know or care who he is. In a demonstration of his ability to predict the future, 20 months ago he posted this blog.
Sportface prognosticated Coach Prime would take over college football.
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