Posted by Adam Jacobi
We're five months and change away from the start of the 2011 football season, and the clever fellows at Solid Verbal are bored. Bored stiff, bored silly. Bored so silly that someone got the notion to produce an Oregon-Stanford highlight reel narrated entirely by out-of-context Alex Trebek quotes from Jeopardy!. Seriously.
The professorial, dispassionate approach Trebek takes to hosting his show either carries over beautifully or horribly to college football, depending almost entirely on one's appreciation for novelty. Some fans may enjoy a simple "very good." in the middle of a long touchdown run instead of an announcer bellowing out the runner's progress ten yards at a time. Others, craving familiarity as part of the Saturday viewing experience, would call this idea the single worst decision in televised college football history. And they would probably have a point. I would like to watch one game -- or at least one half -- of Trebek'd football, personally. But I also like weird things, like putting Sriracha in my coffee. JUST TRY IT.
Speaking of Solid Verbal, by the way, I appeared on their show last week and talked long-windedly about Big Ten football. Check it out here.