Throwback Thursday: The Star Wars Mascot at Ole Miss That Wasn’t To Be

Today marks the 40th anniversary since Star Wars debuted in theaters. Few could have foreseen the space opera -- derived from an Akira Kurosawa film The Hidden Fortress, and filmed on a modest $11 million budget -- evolving into a milestone for cinema and pop culture. Four decades since the original film's release, it made…

National Whiparound Week 11: Pitt Pounces on Clemson

Week 11 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- including several big upsets that are sure to cause a major shakeup in the College Football Playoff rankings. Three top-4 teams -- No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Washington -- were all defeated for the first time all season. That will make…

Saturday Six-Pack Week 3: Top 25 Throw-Down

Week 3 in the 2016 college football season takes us to Munich, Germany, for this installment of the Saturday Six-Pack. Why? Because a loaded smorgasbord on the gridiron here in the States coincides with the first day of the Oktoberfest celebration. More on that in the Six-Pack later. First, we feast on a Week 3…

Stuart Stevens on the Intersection of Civil Rights and College Football

Stuart Stevens is one of the biggest names in political strategy. Stevens' resume includes working for President George W Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. He's also an accomplished author, including The Last Season, which centers on Stevens attending Ole Miss games with his father in 2013. I spoke with Stevens about his book, what college football…

Florida State Comeback A Perfect Close to Week 1

Could Week 1 have closed with a more fitting finale than Florida State completing the greatest comeback in program history? The Seminoles' rally from down 22 points just before halftime against Ole Miss gave @OldTakesExposed fresh fodder -- I know I personally went into the intermission counting down the minutes until the Rebels' date with…

Game Balls: A New Year’s Eve Paradigm, Shifted

When the College Football Playoff announced plans to hold national semifinals on New Year's Eve, Bill Hancock promised to create "a new paradigm" for the holiday. A plummet in television ratings in Year 2 of the Playoff, and the first with New Year's Eve semis, forced the committee to immediately shift back. The Game Ball…

Game Balls: Happy Canada Day

Another happy Friday to you all, a pleasant July, and a merry Canada Day to our neighbors up north. Much like America's own Independence Day, Canada Day celebrates the nation's gradual departure from the British Empire with the ratification of the 1867 Constitution Act. See, before England craved isolationism, it sought to unify the world…