Joel McHale… Football Jock?

This is not a shot of an upcoming episode of Community (coming to Yahoo Screen in 2015) but a real live photo of Joel McHale dressed in his Washington Husky football uniform.  This isn’t new news but I was pleasantly surprised to learn this tidbit of info while watching the Rich Eisen show (Joel was a guest host).  Below are his comments from an ESPN interview which gives some additional insight into this alternate universe… enjoy.

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Joel McHale: I had been recruited to row at the University of Washington and I only played one year of football in high school. I got into a fight with the crew team over not pushing in a chair properly. They have all these rules I never figured out. The freshmen shave their hair and eyebrows off and throw all that hair into a pillow. They have a whole display case full of hair pillows from over the years, which is a wonderful thing to look at. This friend of mine, we’re surrounded by [the crew team] and got into a fight. That was pretty much the end of that.

McHale: I really didn’t know what I was doing. It was not smart. It was one of those things where I didn’t know how long I could do this for. And then I turn around and all of a sudden, six months had gone by. I had gained a bunch of weight, I was in much better shape and I was really enjoying it.

McHale: The university had a healthy walk-on program because Don James, the coach, felt like you create the competition that will push the scholarship players to work harder. As a walk-on, you’re friends with the other guys — but you don’t have a scholarship so you kind of felt like you were members of the Dirty Dozen or the Bad News Bears.

McHale: I was very good at making the defense look good when I was on scout offense. I knew how to crumple really well and get tackled.

McHale: What happened was: You’re running the plays for the other team. If the play is successful, you run it again. The first time we ran it, the ball was thrown my way, I caught it and Dave Hoffmann leveled me. Then you hear, “We’re doing it again.” The wind has been knocked out of me and has not come back yet. We run this play again. I catch the ball — same thing, Dave levels me. So I got the wind knocked out of me twice. And then they wanted to run the play a third time, I don’t know why. I look up and I can’t breathe. I look at Dave and he’s looking at me and says, “You’re okay.” I just basically ran off the field.

I started in January of 1992 and left in August of ’93. There’s a side of me that would have loved to play. The time spent there I felt was very precious and I learned a ton. I was doing school, I was doing football and I was doing theater and those days really taught me about work ethic and what you have to do: You have to work really hard at the thing you love doing to be able to do it.

Droppin Google Images – Super Bowl

You know how sometimes you are searching for images on Google and the strangest photos come back? Sometimes the results leave you scratching your head… welcome to Droppin Google Images.  These are real results to a Google image search… isn’t the internet great?  If you have a suggestion for a future Google image search, leave a comment below.

Super Bowl:

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Droppin Google Images – Gatorade Shower

You know how sometimes you are searching for images on Google and the strangest photos come back? Sometimes the results leave you scratching your head… welcome to Droppin Google Images.  These are real results to a Google image search… isn’t the internet great?  If you have a suggestion for a future Google image search, leave a comment below.

Gatorade Shower:

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BYU Blackout!

Where did this come from?  BYU has been trying to be more creative lately but this is the complete opposite of creativity.  They have asked fans to wear white for a “white-out” and then for another game they asked them to wear blue or white, depending on their section, and now they are planning a black-out for when Oregon State comes to town.  Never mind that black is one of Oregon State’s primary colors and nowhere to be seen on BYU’s color palette… it makes perfect sense.

Even the execution of the uniforms are awful.  I would much rather see the Royal Blue throwbacks or some funky pro-combat re-design.  I’m glad they are making an effort to mix things up but in my book, this just doesn’t make sense.

Here is the official press release…

BYU announced Monday the home football game versus Oregon State on Saturday, Oct. 13, will be a blackout — on the field and in the stands, not the television broadcast.

For the first time in the modern era the Cougars will wear a black uniform, specially created by Nike. Fans are being encouraged to support the team by wearing black to the game that will air regionally on ABC at 1:30 pm MT (3:30 pm ET).

“The uniform was designed to have the same striping and maintain an element of tradition, while also creating a fun atmosphere for the team and the fans,” said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. “Our plan is to wear the uniforms for this one game.”

The Athletic Department plans to sell the uniforms with proceeds going back into the football program. The uniforms will first be offered to members of the Cougar Club, followed by the general public if some are still available. [DROPPIN.com EDIT: because they are hideous, I’m sure some will still be available]

In addition, the BYU Bookstore has created a special ‘blackout’ shirt and other merchandise that is now available at the BYU Bookstore.

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