Tag:Jon Hamm
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 1:21 pm

Don Draper is sorry, Mizzou

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last October 23rd the Missouri campus was abuzz due to what could have been the biggest game ever played on the school's campus. The Tigers, 7-0 and ranked 11th at the time, were set to host the top-ranked team in the country in the Oklahoma Sooners. ESPN's College Gameday had come to town for the game, and the show always features a celebrity to pick games. Usually an alum of the host school.

Which at Missouri could only mean one man. That's right, Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm. Just one small problem, the Mad Men star never showed and the show went on without a celebrity. Unfortunately for Mizzou, Hamm couldn't make it, though that didn't stop the Tigers from beating the Sooners 36-27. Still, despite the win, Hamm is still sorry he couldn't make it to the game as he's a huge Missouri football fan.

"I was trying to come in for it and I had to bail out at the last second," Hamm told the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter. "Somehow it wouldn’t work out. I had something to do — I don’t know what it was — but it was something I couldn’t miss. It bummed me out. I knew it was a real special moment. I ended up watching it on TV and it looked like everyone was having a pretty good time." 

Really this shouldn't have come as a surprise to any Missouri fan who watches Mad Men. Don Draper is always going to disappoint or let you down before drowing himself in a bottle of expensive scotch that he likely got for free. Still, I have a feeling that if Missouri finds itself hosting another huge game this season, Hamm will make his way to Columbia whether ESPN is there or not.

Though if he really wants to make it up to the students, he should probably bring Christina Hendricks with him.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 5:53 pm

Hinnen's Insane Predictions, Week 8

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that  South Carolina would fail to score a point in the second half against Kentucky a week after knocking off the Tide? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week . Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely

Playing at home for interim coach Jeff Horton and that until-now foreign concept known as pride, Minnesota surprises Penn State and their ever-creaky offense with 17 first-half points, then hold on for a 17-13 upset. After the game, Joe Paterno offers up something even more surprising, issuing his resignation effective at the end of the year to ESPNU's speechless sideline reporter. To drive his point home, Paterno leaves his trademark glasses at the edge of the TCF Bank Stadium field, a la an Olympic wrestler leaving his shoes on the mat. ESPN issues a press release promising to include footage of Paterno's gesture in every college football montage from now until 2024.

Severely Unlikely

At halftime of the Missouri -Oklahoma game, the visiting Sooners hold a commanding 24-3 lead. Just before the break, Gary Pinkel is spotted pushing a button on some kind of radio-like device on his belt. A few minutes later, Bob Stoops is just about to begin his halftime team talk when there's a knock on the locker room door. It's Mizzou alumnus Jon Hamm , dressed as his famous Mad Men character Don Draper . He introduces himself as Draper and asks if he could speak to the team for a minute. Stoops, a huge Draper fan, is awestruck and concedes. Hamm/Draper has a lackey wheel in a wet bar and offers Stoops and the rest of the Sooner staff a stiff drink as he begins to pitch the rest of the Sooners on what he calls a "revolutionary" sports drink called "Gator-ade." Too polite to decline, Stoops and his staff are severely tipsy by the end of the break. 12 different second-half double-passes back to quarterback Landry Jones later, Missori escapes with a 27-24 win.

Completely Ludicrous

Washington State goes on the road and defeats No. 12 Stanford.

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