Six things you didn't know about Phil Steele

I realize the title of this article may be a bit of an oxymoron for many readers, as most people don't seem to know anything at all. In fact, as a New York Times profile revealed, many people believed college football's most voluminous prognosticator wasn't a real person at all.

For those who don't know, Steele's preview magazine is one gigantic data dump that reads like a language all to its own. Written in the tiniest legible type and filled with acronyms like VHT, Steele's magazine is the premier source for knowing things like Kent State's record the last seven seasons when out-rushing their opponents on the road. His office has a dozen (not an exaggeration) televisions and, together with his staff of more than a dozen people, he somehow manages to follow a game on each of them every fall Saturday. 

Phil Steele exists. He is 53 years old, lives and works in the Cleveland area, and is, indeed, human, although a very particular type of one. He owns two rabbits in fact, Roxy and Bun-Bun. Here are some other things we learned:

- Kirk Herbstreit uses Steele's magazine exclusively. “To have it all in one source, where you can thumbnail through it and say, ‘Oh, that’s right, I haven’t thought about that guy’ — it’s really cool to have all that at your fingertips."

- He's kind of loaded. Steele lives on a six-and-a-half acre property with an indoor basketball court. He says his circulation has doubled from 200,000 subscribers in 2004, all paying $12.99 for the magazine or $9.99 for a digital copy. You do the math.

- He makes more than 400 radio appearances a year. I honestly thought it would be more.

- He got his start publishing a weekly newsletter picking college and NFL games against the spread. It took him seven years to become profitable. 

- He's beginning to resent pro sports. Steele let his staff take over duties for his NFL preview magazine, and could do the same with college football in the not too distant future. "If they started going to the paid thing, yeah, I would become less of a fan of college football," he said. "There’s no doubt about it."

- His influence is only growing. The Times stated Steele is slated to begin appearing on ESPN this fall. 

Read the full profile here.

Video: Inside look at LSU's locker room in Tiger Stadium

Quite an upgrade for the Tigahs!

Three and out - The most impressive 2-year-old you've ever seen, the world's last hermit, and LSU's locker room renovations

Doug: I can only name (maybe) five professional wrestlers in the history of the WWE/WWF/NWO professional wrestling, so take this next sentence at face value: This two-year-old could put to shame just about any super-fan, naming 20 WWE superstars by their walk out music alone.

I could probably think of a few ways to channel that talent in a different direction, but it's impressive nonetheless.

Zach: As someone who works from home alone every day, I am both fascinated and horrified by this person: The World's Last Hermit.

Scott: For those of you that haven't seen it, check out some pictures (and a newly released video) of LSU's renovated locker room. Pretty impressive.



Rank 'em: Steve Spurrier's 10 best wins at South Carolina

Here's how I know Steve Spurrier was not in charge of ranking the top 10 moments of his own era of South Carolina football. Had college football's ultimate troll master been involved, his half-dozen defeats of Clemson either would have ranked Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, or they wouldn't have made the list at all.

Instead, 'Cocks fans picked the 2010 win over then-No. 1 Alabama as their No. 1 moment and, really, it's the only choice. As an impartial observer, I absolutely loved that game. Columbia's first GameDay, an epic takedown of the top-ranked, defending national champions complete with breakout performances by Marcus Lattimore (23 carries, 93 yards, two touchdowns) and Alshon Jeffery (seven catches, 127 yards, two touchdowns), as well as a vintage performance by Stephen Garcia complete with beautiful throws and a completely unnecessary safety combined to create one of those afternoons that no other sport can touch. It was a perfect snapshot of what makes college football the best sport on Earth. 

1) No. 19 South Carolina 35, No. 1 Alabama 21 - Oct. 9, 2010

2) No. 10 South Carolina 31, No. 6 Clemson 17 - Nov. 30, 2013

3) No. 8 South Carolina 33, No. 24 Michigan 28 - Outback Bowl, Jan. 1, 2013

4) No. 22 South Carolina 36, No. 24 Florida 14 - Nov. 13, 2010

5) No. 20 South Carolina 27, No. 5 Missouri 24 in double overtime - Oct. 26, 2013

6) No. 6 South Carolina 35, No. 5 Georgia 7 - Oct. 6, 2012

7) No. 12 South Carolina 45, Georgia 42 - Sept. 10, 2011

8) No. 13 South Carolina 27, No. 12 Clemson 17 - Nov. 24, 2012

9) No. 9 South Carolina 30, No. 24 Nebraska 13 - Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1, 2012

10) South Carolina 30, No. 12 Florida 22

Video: Arizona teaches you how to do the Haka

Very few things are better when executed properly than the Haka. But how do you properly execute the Haka?

Thankfully, Arizona gathered seven of its Polynesian players for a how-to video on the ancient battle ritual.

"More than trying to scare the opponent, that's the misconception that they have nowadays, traditionally the Haka is calling upon, 'Who's going to be the next leader? Who's going to stand up?' And basically as a team we unite together as one. We call upon our ancestors and we unite as one, and bring together that vibe," explains Arizona defensive lineman Sani Fuimaono.

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