Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:30 pm

West Virginia has some new billboards

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While West Virginia is making its way to a new era in the Big 12, it's not quite ready to forget about its past. Well, at least not its recent past. 

If you've been cruising along any interstates near Morgantown in recent days, you may have noticed these nice reminders about West Virginia's recent success against Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

While this may seem somewhat insulting to Clemson fans, let's remember that the billboards are in West Virginia, not South Carolina. So it's not as if the Mountaineers are rubbing it in anyone's face.

Though a part of me does wonder if spending money on billboards is the best thing for a school that currently owes the Big East $20 million to do right now.

Hat tip: Dr. Saturday

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Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 12:23 pm

LSU is #1 in Afghanistan too

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Turns out that SEC football, particularly LSU's brand, isn't just popular in the United States. That billboard pictured above that wants you to know who's number one can be found in Afghanistan.

Now, odds are the message was spray-painted on the billboard by an American soldier currently in Afghanistan, but I'm going to pretend that it was done by an 11-year old child in the country who has never seen a single college football game in his life. It's just that the magic of Les Miles is so great that it transcends all borders, religion, and politics.

Oh, and the 11-year old kid that I like to pretend spray-painted it? Yeah, he's a Harris Poll voter too. They let everybody vote in that thing.

Hat tip: Kegs 'n Eggs 
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 2:51 pm

There's a new billboard in Waco

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Remember a time, long, long ago in which Texas A&M was deciding it was through with the Big 12 and was leaving for the SEC? Those were the ancient days of August 2011 when Texas A&M was destroying college football. Now, a few school defections and nearly two dead conferences later, Texas A&M is still officially a member of the Big 12 even though it wants to leave. That's due to a lawsuit that Baylor is threatening to file against the SEC, and the SEC doesn't want to do anything with the threat of litigation hanging over its head.

So it seems that some Texas A&M supporters have figured out a way to approach Baylor and try to get the school to let go. They've done this by putting up a billboard in Waco that appeals to Baylor's Christian sensibilities.

Now, I haven't been to church in a long time, but I did see Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments last spring, and I'm pretty sure that wasn't on on either of the stone tablets that Chuck brought down from the mountain. I could be wrong, though. 

Via @DerekAggie06 
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 12:42 pm

Dan Persa's billboard is no more

Posted by Tom Fornelli

With the success of the Northwestern football program in recent seasons under Pat Fitzgerald, the school had recently began a bit of a public relations blitz in the Chicagoland area touting Northwestern as being "Chicago's Big Ten team." As part of that campaign, the school also paid to put up a billboard of quarterback Dan Persa over the Kennedy Expressway that hyped Persa as a Heisman candidate.

Well, two games into the new season the Wildcats find themselves at 2-0, but Persa is yet to play in a game as he still recovers from an Achilles injury he suffered last year.

Now his billboard has come down as well.

It has been replaced with another advertisement for Northwestern football, which the school says has nothing to do with Persa's injury and was the plan all along.

Which could totally be the case, and I'm sure the school did plan on bringing the Persa billboard down at some point, but I can't help but think had he been healthy to start the season and having another great year, Persa would have been leering down on Chicagoans stuck in traffic for a bit longer.
Posted on: May 1, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 4:56 pm

Michigan fans mock Tressel on billboard

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Let's be honest, it's been a while since Michigan has been able to get the best of Ohio State on the football field. Which means that Michigan fans haven't had much to hang over the heads of their hated rivals to the south. Combine all that with the overall failures of Michigan football in recent years, and Rich Rodriguez's failed tenure and run-ins with the NCAA, and life hasn't been great.

Which is why the trouble that Ohio State and Jim Tressel are currently in with the NCAA is the greatest thing that has happened to Wolverines fans in a long time. So you can't be surprised if they want to have some fun with it, even if that fun costs money. Which is something billboards tend to do.

Yes, that billboard can be seen on I-94 in Michigan, taunting Tressel not only for his lies of omission, but his penchant for wearing sweatervests as well. You know the old saying, if you can't beat them, may as well kick them while they're down.

Via Kegs N' Eggs

Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 12:49 pm

"Colonel Reb Foundation" puts up billboard

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

You've probably gotten the message by now: a certain noisy faction of Ole Miss fans are not happy about the removal of less-than-P.C. mascot Colonel Reb from the school's sidelines and logo, and they're going to make sure their voices are heard regardless of what their school's administration (and a likely majority of their fans) would want.

But just in case you haven't, the "Colonel Reb Foundation " (and their not-at-all hyperbolic URL saveolemiss.com ) is here to make certain you have. Once more, gents, with feeling:

In case you can't see the top billboard there (up now in Oxford), here's what it looks like up close:

So that's subtle. By visiting the Foundation's site, you can also download a Colonel Reb "Truth Kit " (PDF) and that the Colonel is (presumably) less racially insensitive for being a whitewashed version of an early-20th century African-American Oxford resident. (Yes, less.)

As for what the Foundation will actually accomplish, other than publicly continuing to rub the university's face in its racist past despite its desperate attempts to leave that past behind? Nothing. But as we're all learning, that's not going to stop this particular faction of Ole Miss fans anytime soon.

HT: Red Cup Rebellion .

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