College GameDay’s Twitter account has retweeted a message from host Kirk Herbstreit stating that Katy Perry will be showing up on the show tomorrow. Katy Perry bounced back with a Tweet confirming their confirmation, which I guess makes it official. Is this an odd choice? It certainly seems like it. But but Perry certainly will not be the ODDEST of College GameDay celebrity appearances. Over the years there have been plenty of College GameDay celebrity appearances, and all manner of celebrity has gone on ESPN and dispensed dubious college football expertise to the masses. Here are nine of the most “questionable” inclusions on the show.
Katy Perry will be making a stop in The Grove this weekend, and rather than spend a day off from touring doing her usual wig shopping or buying breast-sparklers, she’ll be visiting the folks at GameDay. It seems that her lifelong manager is a huge Ole Miss fan, which I guess makes Ms. Perry an Ole Miss fan too. I can’t imagine she’ll have much to say on the world of college football, but she will certainly bring an interesting demographic to the makeshift set. It’s a prediction, but I don’t see this going great for anyone.
9. Katy Perry
Actually, I’m fine with this pick, but enough people like to rag on Hootie that it must be included. Darius Rucker, a South Carolina native, has long held a flame for the Gamecocks, so he’s got more of a right to be here than that Duck Dynasty guy (below). But why’s he wearing a suit? He can’t be THAT important. Just sing “Hold My Hand,” make your picks, and chug a beer.
8. Darius Rucker, aka “Hootie”
Chesney showed up at the Horseshoe at South Carolina to throw some support behind his team and sing a few songs. It was remarkably uneventful, but it was part of a larger charity benefit, so we can’t put him TOO high up on the list. He does mesh well with the GameDay viewership, for what that’s worth (not very much, get McConaughey).
7. Kenny Chesney
Charles Barkley getting up on GameDay, schilling for his alma mater, Auburn. What do I think of the decision to include a sleepy Barkley on the live broadcast? I think it’s turrible. Just turrible.
6. Charles Barkley
You would think a guy named Bubba would be right at home on College GameDay. He’d eat a chicken fried steak, pound three red cups of Keystone, then paint his face some SEC color and get to business. But this Bubba’s different. This Bubba’s a golfer. He’s also a huge UGA fan, lest you think that the Western Kentucky Hilltopper lost a lot of weight. Man, that’s a lot of red, Bubba. Even for a UGA fan. See ya on the links.
5. Bubba Watson
It’s really hard to put Bill Murray on this list, because most everything he does is awesome. However, “most” is not universal. His College GameDay appearance seemed like one of the few instances that Murray was just doing something for appearances. Most of the fans on GameDay have an allegiance. Bill Murray’s allegiance is to “awesome,” which is great normally, but it left GameDay viewers scratching their heads as to why he was there and what he was doing. He picked Clemson over FSU, which was a little off in 2013.
4. Bill Murray
There was one mitigating factor in Stone Cold’s appearance in Arlington. Did you know that the former wrestler is known as the “Texas Rattlesnake?” I didn’t know that. He didn’t have much to offer, letting the world know which GameDay host would be the best wrestler (WHY?), but he did do his patented Coors Light shotgunning thing, which likely hit just the right note with the GameDay fans.
3. Stone Cold Steve Austin
If there was an NFL coach equivalent of the 1972 Dolphins, someone who just refuses to fall back out of the spotlight, it might be Mike Ditka. And I'm including Don Shula in that competition. His presence is less and less fun as he ages. The guy from the Miller Lite commercials is long gone, and the guy that replaced him struggles discerning Ole Miss from Mississippi State. The only acceptable excuse is that he’s totally wasted.
2. Mike Ditka
His name is Willie Robertson, and I care as much about his college football acumen as he does about my ability to pluck the feathers off ducks. He picked LSU against the aforementioned Bubba Watson’s UGA pick. It isn’t easy to be more of a Bubba than a guy named Bubba, but Willie Robertson takes this in a walk.
1. Duck Dynasty Guy
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