Today we’ve decided to dive into something a little different. If you’re not familiar with College GameDay it’s ESPN’s college football show that has a cult following. It’s one of the biggest traditions in college football. People on the west coast actually wake up at 6 am on a Saturday to start watching it or if they’re smart they DVR it.
Bring up College GameDay in a crowd of sports fans and you’ll elevate your sports talk game to a whole new level.
The Last Night’s Game Team
Five Things to Know About ESPN’s College GameDay
- Each week the Saturday show is broadcast live from the biggest game in college football. The GameDay crew doesn’t pick the location for the game the following week until the Saturday or Sunday before. They then drive the bus there to get ready for the show.
- The picks are the highlight of the show. The broadcasters are joined by a local celebrity to pick the winners of a handful of the games that day. Celebrity guests include Kenny Chesney, Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Vince Vaughn and Mark Cuban.
- The way Lee Corso (a member of the on-air talent) solidifies his final pick is always a production. He has some sort of antics where he will pick the winning team by dressing up as their mascot/putting on a mascot head or playing with live animals (if the team’s mascot is a real animal). He started this tradition 20 years ago by putting on the head of Brutus the Buckeye, Ohio State’s mascot, when he picked the Buckeyes to win. He is 188-95 (wins-losses) all-time in headgear picks.
- Not only is GameDay entertaining but it’s a money maker. It’s estimated that Home Depot’s presenting sponsorship (College GameDay built by The Home Depot) is worth $20 million a year.
- The show has won six Emmy Awards.
- Extra credit: If you want to be entertained follow Scout Ponder on Instagram. Her mom, Samantha Ponder, is on College GameDay and is a reporter for ESPN. The two-year-old has 146,000 followers.
MLB (Major League Baseball)
- Like a phoenix. The Toronto Blue Jays stayed alive in the American League Championship Series, handing the Cleveland Indians their first loss of the postseason yesterday. Today’s game is win or go home for the Blue Jays. Can the Blue Jays take advantage of the depleted Indians pitching to win and force a Game Six?
- Cubbies choke. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs last night, taking the lead in the series. The Cubs could use a boost as they haven’t scored a run in two games. We’ll see if the Cubs can pull off a win today to even the series. The Dodgers pitcher for today’s game, Julio Urias, is the youngest starting pitcher in major league playoff history at age 20.
- College football’s Big 12 conference has been debating adding new teams to their conference. Despite the name, the conference only has 10 teams. Big 12 school presidents heard pitches from 11 different universities to join the conference but decided to stay at their current number of teams and continue to lie about their name.
- The Tennessee Titans are currently on a two-game winning streak, something they have not done since the 2013 season. Over the same time period, the Cleveland Browns have started eight different quarterbacks (that's a lot) and 1,500 characters have been killed off on Game of Thrones.
- Like most people over the age of 12, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is done with technology. He has had enough with his Microsoft tablet and is reverting back to good old pencil and paper. Somewhere Bill Gates is crying over the video of Belichick throwing a sideline temper tantrum and taking it out on his tablet.