NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Andrew Hawtrey likes my stuff.
Who is Andrew Hartley? You know him better as the scruffy dude on those Allstate commercials, "Bergwood". In the latest installment Bergwood has an equally scruffy puppet on his knee hurling insults.
Yeah, I know. It’s weird but when a semi-celebrity says he likes your writing you take notice. Especially when he sits down next to you moments before the Sugar Bowl last night.
Apparently, Hawtrey/Bergwood came all the way around the Superdome to introduce himself in the press box. Who was I to be a big shot? You take compliments where you can get them.
Anyway, he’s an Iowa fan which ought to help my rep in Hawkeye Nation. If you follow my byline, I’m not exactly a favorite among Iowa readers.
I'm a State Farm guy but that’s not going to keep me from watching the commercials. They’re actually pretty good. They were filmed in the L.A. Coliseum parking lot, Hawtrey said, and were all done over a two-day period.
The irreverent Bud Light-like quality to the ads has earned Hartley a few moments of fame. Think of him as a Spuds McKenzie for the ‘10s.
Who can forget this classic from a recent Allstate tailgate?
Friend: “Where did you meet your wife?”
Friend: “Ohhh, she’s from Europe.”
Now, that’s writing. Nice to meet you, Andrew.
In other news, it's been a huge 24 hours for Florida. Hours after winning the Sugar Bowl,Urban Meyer/Steve Addazio picked up two commits out of the Under Armour All-Star -- Chris Dunkley a receiver from Pahokee, Fla. and Dominuqe Easy, a defensive linemanfrom New Jersey.
It's on to the Disneyland ESPN Zone to listen to Saban and Mack. Talk to you later.