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FOOTBALL SZN — Welcome to football.
Well, sort of.
While fall camp opens on college campuses across the nation, and with NFL training camp in full swing, Americans’ appetite for football is about to be satiated.
And if not, there’s always the CFL.
Speaking of which, let’s start this week with our friends from North of the Border. As always, click the video above for more Great Clips of the Week.
Why so serious?
A lot of football players try to intimidate their opponents, and a lot of those intimidation tactics involve eye black and facepaint in pregame rituals (though football players rarely compare to some of the crazy eye black belonging in baseball).
Robertson Daniel took the tactic up a notch last week during a CFL game.
The former BYU cornerback painted his face in full Batman-style Joker facepaint Thursday night in the Calgary Stampeders’ 17-16 win over the Ottawa Redblacks.
He put the mask on full display with a couple of big plays for the Stampeders, including the interception above. The makeup showed through his helmet at times, and was thick enough that he still wore it during his postgame interview — despite playing (and sweating) through most of the game.
You can see the artistic intimidator in all its glory in a postgame interview he did with the team’s media staff.
Utah was picked to win the Pac 12 at the annual Pac 12 media day last week in Hollywood.
No offense to the Utes, who are deserving preseason favorites: Washington State lineman Liam Ryan won media day.
Or more appropriately, his mullet did.
Ryan was one of two participants from head coach Mike Leach’s Cougars, and though he answered questions, played some games, and joked around with league media members, Ryan didn’t have to say anything.
Business in the front, party in the back. And the way his bleached-brown locks poke out behind his darker-brown beard is a work of art.
Where was that in the game?
Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer’s best throw against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday didn’t have any impact on the game.
That’s because when Bauer, who has been the subject of trade rumors this year and has aired his emotions in public, was being asked to come out of the game by Cleveland manager Terry Francona, the 6-foot-1 right-hander spun and hurled the ball over the center-field wall.
Yes, from the pitcher’s mound.
Bauer had just given up the go-ahead, two-run single against the Royals, and he obviously didn’t take too kindly to Francona urging him off the mound.
Kansas City went on to win, 9-6.