I don’t know about the rest of you Loyal Readers and Listeners, but I’m happy to see 2016 go and Shane certainly shares those sentiments as well. Between the crappy Notre Dame football we witnessed, far too many pop culture icons kicking the bucket (especially within the last week, good God), and professional lives being summed up as “could have gone better”, we will not miss this year at all.
Hopefully your 2016 was far better and hopefully you are ready to end it with the last podcast we will record in 2016.
Enjoy a summary of the past week’s bowls games–well, “summary” might be kind considering the level of attention that we’ve given to the slate thus far, discussion on some of the biggest headlines in CFB, and, of course, lots of Notre Dame talk surrounding the departure of Mike Denbrock.
Happy trails to college football’s best hair. No, we aren’t talking about Mike Gundy and his mullet, but UCONN firing Bob Diaco. And who does UCONN replace him with? The same guy that decided to leave the team without saying goodbye to his players.
Always knew that Paul Finebaum had the best takes. Deciding to take down Michigan and their fans out of the blue? Hero.
Here’s something Shane and I would love to say farewell to. Sexual assault and football continue finding themselves intertwined. Minnesota fans are not happy with how their head coach handled the recent player protest and Stanford’s official hearing policy on reported sexual assaults certainly leave a lot to be desired. Make no mistake, this isn’t just a Minnesota or Stanford issue, but the rate at which we see these kinds of headlines across college football is beyond disturbing.
AWKWARD TRANSITION TO A FUNNY STORY. Because we need to tip our hat to the best name in CFB Law & Order since Brandon Chicken, Jeremy Sprinkles got busted for attempted shoplifting at Belk while on a $450 shopping spree given to him by the Belk Bowl. The only thing funnier is the list of what he tried to steal:
Here's what Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle shoplifted according to Charlotte police: pic.twitter.com/AxDK39LR5l
— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) December 29, 2016
Notre Dame will have to replace another assistant coach. After Pete Thamel reported that Denbrock was out, the ND beat encouraged everyone to tap the breaks, but, before we recorded, the confirmation happened:
— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) December 30, 2016
Eddie and I are almost done with picks for the year. The #FadeEddieMac bot (Jude) is running away with the damn thing, but here’s hoping we can both turn things around.