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Appalachian State is now owner of the single most dramatic alternate uniform reveal in college football history | This is the Loop

If you know us, then you know we enjoy few things more than a good college football alternate. A Bryson bomb. A Belichick presser. A cheeseburger and a beer, not necessarily in that order. But that’s it. That’s pretty much the list. So when we say that Appalachian State’s icy white unveiling ahead of this weekend’s BIG tilt with Coastal Carolina is straight-up, no-chaser the most dramatic, over-the-top, white-knuckle reveal in college football history, you damn well know we’re telling the truth. Sound WAY the hell up.

A piano plinks as cold winter sun filters through coniferous undergrowth. The wind whips stinging snow, blotting out the visage of a solitary pigskin, undeterred by the elements. Winter, as the ‘Game of Thrones’ stans used to say, is coming. Then the orchestra drops with all the might of Eminem in ‘8 Mile,’ and out of the blinding blizzard trudges Preseason First Team

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Matthew McConaughey owes pretty much his entire career to this drunken golf story | This is the Loop

It’s hard to remember a time when Matthew McConaughey wasn’t a walking, talking, living, breathing legend. But, according to rumor and heresay, there was such a time. 1992, to be exact, when McConaughey was just one of a bajillion prospective film students at the University of Texas. In a year’s time, he would be a cult hero thanks to his turn as Wooderson in ‘Dazed & Confused’, but it was a role he might never have gotten if it weren’t for one (very) drunken golf story.

The scene, as it’s laid out in Melissa Maerz’s new book ‘Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused’, is this: Don Phillips, Hollywood casting agent (and legendary drinker), bellies up to the bar at the Hyatt Austin. It’s the summer of ‘92. Phillips is in town filling a few final roles for a film he calls “this generation’s ‘Fast

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Apparently that Kyler Murray Hail Mary was only the third most improbable completion of his career | This is the Loop

By now, you’ve seen it a million times. Kyler Murray scampering right, flicking it across his body, 50 yards, a perfect freaking spiral. If you close your eyes, you’ll see DeAndre Hopkins going up and getting it, spitting three Bills defensive backs with a leap that should get slapped on the NFL crest a la Jerry West. But go ahead and watch it again. It can’t possibly hurt (well, unless you’re a Bills fan)

Incredible. Improbable. Impossible. Except not quite. In fact, as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport pointed out on Monday, according to this pesky little thing called statistics, Murray’s hail mary heave was only the third most improbable completion of his career.

Now listen, Kyler Murray does lots of crazy things on a weekly basis. In fact, we’re willing to bet he is the single most fun football player to watch on the entire planet right now, Patrick

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Masters 2020: Here’s your first look at College GameDay’s epic Masters set | This is the Loop

As you’ve probably already heard so many times you’re about ready to swear off college football, throw your 4K flatscreen in the trash, and go all Henry David Throeau up in this bish, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 24th, College GameDay will make its lmuch-ballyhooed Masters debut. Word is it’s a pretty big deal, but if the hype has turned to hate for you, don’t worry, we have just the thing to win you back.

Behold, CollegeDay at the Masters.

Not bad. Not. Bad. At. All. Flanked by the serene surface of Ike’s Pond and punctuated by Masters-logo-emblazoned helmets, the sprawling desk screams “AUGUSTA FREAKING NATIONAL,” right down to its cedar paneling (is that cedar? It looks like cedar.) Now just imagine Rece, Kirk, and Desmond all perched up there making picks while moving day heats up around them. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

Except that

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Masters 2020: Kirk Herbstreit said no to THREE separate Augusta National invites from a legendary college hoops coach | This is the Loop

As every golf junkie knows, there are a handful of invites you simply don’t say no to. Invites that make you drop everything you’re doing to get on a plane or hop in the car with your sticks. Invites that flip your entire world on its head. Augusta National is one of those invites.  

Kirk Herbstreit, co-host of “College GameDay,” which will air live from the Masters this Saturday, apparently doesn’t share that sentiment. During a Zoom call with a handful of reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Herbie admitted to committing one of the gravest sins a golfer can commit: saying no to an Augusta National invitation. As if that wasn’t enough of a gut punch to those who dream of an invite inside ANGC’s gates, Herbstreit made an even more stunning admission—he said no THREE times. 

The level-headed folks reading that may be thinking, “hey, Kirk’s a busy man. I’m

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Western Michigan’s onside kick-fake spike TD combo produces finish of the year in college football | This is the Loop

It’s said that the Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday. The football equivalent of that: MACtion games don’t start until one team is down by 10 points with under three minutes remaining. 

OK, so maybe that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but it was true of Wednesday night’s heartstopping tilt between the Western Michigan Broncos and the Toledo Rockets. It was a back-and-forth game for much of the night, but Toledo appeared to ice it with a 14-play, 65-yard touchdown march that took 6:12 off the clock, leaving the Broncos with a 10-point deficit and just 2:54 to go. 

At this point, no one would have blamed WMU if it had packed it in. The officiating was absolutely horrific, and I’m not just saying that because I bet the Broncos -2.5 and money line. It was downright criminal. I’m talking that-crew-should-never-work-another-game criminal. But WMU

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Wish and it will come true: College GameDay is officially coming to the 2020 Masters | This is the Loop

Back in April, as rumors of the Masters’ November postponement swirled, our own Chris Powers sewed a tiny (and much-needed) seed of optimism for suffering sports fans everywhere: What if College GameDay, he asked, happened AT THE MASTERS?

It was a pipe dream, a Flutie-esque hail mary, a joke between ESPN colleagues, but nothing more. In fact, even Powers himself admitted as much, pouring cold water on the fire emoji of an idea. “The tiny problem with this idea,” he wrote, “is that it has no chance of happening, at least on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National. Something tells me Lee Corso putting on a mascot head behind the 18th green while some drunkard holds up a “F— LANE KIFFIN” sign in the background wouldn’t fly at ANGC.”

Well, thankfully for all of us, he was wrong. Wonderfully, gloriously wrong.

On Tuesday, in perhaps the greatest press release

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