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College Gameday Drinking Game: Week 15

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To Start:
Take a drink for each person wearing a black suit coat.
My Friend Game: One person is designated “My friend”.  Every time Corso says, “Not so fast, my friend” everyone besides the designated person finishes his drink.  The last person to finish becomes the new “My friend” for not being fast enough.  When Lee says “Not so fast, [ ]” with any ending besides, “Friend”, the Friend must drink until Lee stops talking.
Pollack’s Bitch Game: One person is designated as David Pollack Bitch.  Every time David Pollack insults a team, player, or coach, Pollack’s bitch drinks for five seconds and then passes the roll onto some of his choice.
Analyst Game: Pick an analyst (Kirk, Lee, or Desmond).  Each time your analyst is shown alone on camera or previews a game take a drink….if you’re analyst goes off screen, the person who takes his place at the table is now your analyst (for better or for worse).
Additionally, if two analysts are shown on screen, you must compete in paper-rock-scissors with a person who has selected the other analyst.  IF you lose, you take a drink.
Signs and Flags
Take a drink for each Washington state flag in the background
Take a drink for each sign referencing Auburn
Take a drink for each sign referencing the Iron Bowl

Take a drink for each sign playing off of ESPN
Take a drink for each sign referencing Urban Meyer
Take a drink for each sign referencing Jameis Winston
The Samantha Ponder Game:
Take a drink each time Samantha Ponder is shown.
If when she’s shown, you think Samantha Ponder is a Smokeshow continue drinking until she is off screen.
During the show:
If at any point during the show, an analyst picks your alma mater or favorite team to win, finish your beer.  (If picked during Saturday Selection, you only need to finish only a single beer)
Make sure to continue following the “My Friend”, “Pollack’s Bitch”, and “Analyst” games
Take a drink every time Blake Bell, Blake Bortles, Bob Stoops, or Clint Chelf are shown
Take a drink whenever “_____ conference championship” is said
Take a drink each time the word “Iron Bowl” is mentioned or the final play of the Iron Bowl is show.
Drink for the amount of seconds you think are equal to the length of Paul Finebaum’s ears (in inches) when he is shown the first time.
Take a drink every time a stadium is shown.
Take a drink each time Ohio State and Auburn are compared
Take a drink whenever Jameis Winston or his charges are mentioned
Take a drink whenever the “Prayer in Jordan-Hare” is mentioned or shown.
Take a drink every time Kirk says “Win Big”
Take a drink every time Lee Corso says “Closer than the experts think.” or “By a field goal”
Take a drink each time Lee Corso stumbles over his words.
Take a drink whenever someone mentions Michigan State’s defense.
Finish a beer if the guest picker is Larry Bird
Take a drink every time The Bear is shown.
Perform the Saturday Selections.  Each time you agree with your analyst, take a drink.  Each time you disagree, take 3 drinks.  If you fail to make a pick, take 5 drinks.  (Desmond’s partners will be paired with the guest picker.)
During the MSU-OSU pick, if it is mentioned that Lee Corso’s first headgear pick was OSU, finish a beer.  If Corso dons the Brutus head, finish a beer.  If Corso picks up the Brutus head and then throws it before putting on the Michigan State gear finish 3 BEERS.  If he just puts on the Spartan gear finish 2 Beers.
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Calipari Criticizes own System

A lot can be said of what John Calipari has and will continue to accomplish as the head boss in the University of Kentucky’s basketball program.  He’s become a recruiting dictator, seemingly grabbing whatever he recruits he deems worthy, and the unparalleled talent the Wildcats rush into Lexington every year becomes more and more apparent as each season trudges onward.  Well, Winter is Coming, and the Wildcats, unsurprisingly, have the most talented laden team in college basketball.  Julius Randle is going to manhandle anyone daring enough to challenge him for post superiority, James Young might become the most hated sharpshooter in the country before season’s end, and the Harrison twins are 6’6″.  When the shortest player you usher onto a basketball court is 6’6″ you’re either the Philadelphia 76ers or the Kentucky Wildcats; however, for all his talent and ability Calipari chose to unleash a little verbal tirade recently which sent this writer into a tizzy and the rest of the nation into absolute apathy.

I’ll post the comment as a picture, because I have the ability.

The irony behind Coach Cal’s complaint is honestly hilarious since he’s the cause.  I understand his is probably just Calipari giving the media a little tidbit, hell maybe the guy was even trying to cover his future tracks in case the Wildcats lost to the Spartans…which they definitely did!  His point resonates, a team like Michigan State with talent and experience is likely to jump out to an early lead and do little things in a game which his inexperienced yet far superior talented freshman might not.  He’s not wrong with the content of his quote, it is irrational to expect a Kentucky team with four freshman starters to be tantamount to a highly experienced Michigan State team on November 12th (just a couple of games into the new season).  The content is fine, but Calipari has absolutely no right to be criticizing his team’s situation because he created it.  Everything boils down to Calipari and his system, his way of trying to win.  Remember?

He tore down the walls of college basketball, showed that his system works: you don’t have to have anything but talent to win the championship!  He proved you can simply through the most talented team out there night after night after night after night after night…..I go caught in a never ending loop….and stomp all competition into fine powder without any experienced players leading the way.  This is the best recruiting class in history, right?  Even more to the point, he actually returned two starters from last year.  Experience?  Calipari is rife with it compared to his UK teams of recent past.  Now, after his success…his championship, he has the gumption to turn around and mutter, “This isn’t fair” like a schoolkid whose recess was taken away because mocking the teacher finally caught up to him.  Our little simile created his persona, the class clown, running with it throughout his school days.  The crowd loved him and he was a winner, but eventually he was caught and punished…unfair?  Like our simile, Coach Cal has created his own system, his persona if you will.  Cal recruits the most talented and most NBA-ready players to Lexington, sends them out on the court for a year, and watches them evacuate to the NBA come summer.  So, while it isn’t fair to expect his teams to make the quantum leap to Michigan State level chemistry and ability in a few months of playing together, who is to blame?

Blame the schedule makers?  Blame Tom Izzo?  Erroneous!  John Calipari needs to shoulder the blame…why?  Because he chooses to recruit the same ilk of player.  Would you argue Calipari has the ability to recruit say an Adreian Payne type player to Lexington?  Payne lacked the skills to enter the draft for the bulk of his career, but has matured and grown under Tom Izzo to become one of the finest college basketball players in the country.  Will Payne be as good as others at the next level?  Absolutely not.  There are perhaps a dozen big men alone who are going to be drafted ahead of and have better NBA careers than Adreian Payne; however, you’d, loyal reader, be dead wrong to take more than a handful of players in the country over Payne at the college level.  This types of players are available…in fact, they are in abundance around the nation!  Not every team is full of freshman, right?  John Calipari can recruit whomever he wants to come to Kentucky, he’s proven it by bringing in some of the greatest recruiting classes in the history of college basketball.  So, who is to blame for Kentucky having their doors blown off for the first half against Michigan State?.  It would seem appropriate to blame the kid watching as the other toddlers play on recess.

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