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ESPN's Skycam came crashing down

The video is self explanatory. 

Glad this didn't come down on anyone...




The FootballScoop Happy Hour

We sent an advance team to San Antonio earlier this week to find just the right spot for the party this year...and we booked the best place in town. Full details will be released on Monday...stay tuned.

Earlier in the year, there had been discussions about having Les Miles be our featured guest this year (performing magic tricks, telling jokes, being Les) but the guy just kept winning and thus we'll all get to watch him play on TV.

As for plan B, we've thought all along about asking Mike Leach and his new AD Bill Moos to come and share some of their conversations over the past few weeks...but we have to admit that Gundy is winning us over...first we heard he wanted to come and do "The Gundy" at the party, now we see that he's willing to ride the bull...




Bowl TV Saturday

Five bowl games on the schedule today. Have a safe and happy new year!

All times are eastern.

NFL:

No games.

College:

Car Care Bowl: Northwestern vs. Texas A&M - Noon - ESPN

Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Utah - 2 - CBS

Fight Hunger Bowl: UCLA vs. Illinois - 3:30 - ESPN

Liberty Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati - 3:30 - ESPN

Chik - Fil - A Bowl: Virginia vs Auburn - 7:30 - ESPN

High School:

No games.




Video: Terry Bowden speaks to the crowd

Terry Bowden was introduced to a standing ovation at last night's basketball game against VCU.

Bowden told the crowd that his main goals are to win the MAC title, and regain control of the rivalry against Kent State where they battle for the "wagon wheel" annually.

You can almost feel the crowd feed off his energy in the video below.




Video: BYU wins it on the fake spike, back shoulder

BYU was driving for the go ahead touchdown, and the clock was ticking...everyone in the stadium is thinking they spike the ball.

Instead, they pull this one out of the playbook. 




Wisconsin's Rose Bowl uniforms

Wisconsin finally gave us a peek at their Rose Bowl uniforms after weeks of speculation.

The new uniforms have some mild changes, including the addition of a rose pattern inside of the trademark "W" on the side of the helmet, and within the numbers.

Very classy, subtle changes for the Badgers.

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WiscUniform




You can't coach this

We've implemented a new rule at FootballScoop...if you write an article aimed at coaches' wives, you must immediately follow that up with a video of guys eating hundreds of pounds of beef. 

Wisconsin and Oregon took part in a great Rose Bowl tradition yesterday, getting a chance to grab some prime rib at Lawry's in Beverly Hills.

The Badgers threw down an impressive 723 pounds of prime rib, over 100 more pounds than the Ducks who consumed 612 pounds of the signature dish.

In a performance that would make offensive line coach Bob Bostad proud, lineman Travis Frederick plowed through 8 servings of prime rib by himself (beating his previous record of 7 servings last year)...and added that he had room for more if time had permitted.




This one is for the wives

We don't often write articles on this site aimed at coaches wives (OK, we've probably never done it before); but this video resonated with us. 

Stanford special teams coordinator Brian Polian's wife Laura filmed a short clip for Stanford Athletics this week while in Scottsdale for the Fiesta Bowl.  The first minute or so of the video is Laura talking about the hotel where the team is staying...that's not the part that resonated with us.

Later in the segment she speaks about watching her husband coach. She mentions that she thinks he's a great coach, great mentor, etc...then she says sometimes she wishes he was a little softer on the players... (and then the clouds parted, sunlight appeared...cue the FootballScoop music)..."but that's his job...and they recognize he can't be soft on them".  

This clip should be required viewing for all prospective coaches wives. Well said Laura.