A billboard supporting Texas A&M football went up in Gainesville on Tuesday as some sort of smack talk before the Aggies play their first SEC game on Saturday. The billboard, located at 13th Street and 53rd Avenue according to Gator Nation, said:
You’ve been annexed by Aggie Nation
The Best Academics & Cleanest Program in the SEC. WHOOP!
Real Football. Real Tradition.
Texas A&M said the billboard was not put up by the school, and they were actually investigating it for possible copyright violation. There investigation must have worked, because the billboard came down a few hours later.
According to USA Today’s Rachel George, the billboard was purchased by a Houston-based agency representing a group called Aggie Nation. The trademark concern was over the phrase “Whoop!” George reports.
Here’s what the billboard looked like after the A&M ad was taken down:
A USC football billboard featuring Matt Barkley that appeared in Westwood nearby the UCLA campus was covered on Tuesday, sparking a mini-mystery. Both USC and UCLA denied any role in the billboard being covered. A USC spokesman even saying the billboard was part of a city-wide marketing campaign. Finally the billboard company admitted they were the ones who decided to cover it up.
According to KTLA, the billboard site is owned by Regency Outdoor Advertising, a company co-owned by Brian Kennedy, a prominent USC donor, after whom a USC practice fields is named. Kennedy reportedly said the company decided to move the Barkley board to another location.
It seems like this comes down to some big USC fans trying to taunt UCLA by putting the billboard up by the Bruins’ campus. It’s no wonder USC tried to distance themselves from the campaign.
Regardless of who was responsible for the billboard, this is now the second time USC has taunted UCLA in the past few months when it comes to football. The Bruins need to respond on the field to maintain their self-respect.
Photos via SportsCenter/Twitter
Now we’re talking. About a month ago, Texas A&M created a video that welcomed itself to the SEC in extremely corny fashion. Students from Texas A&M were recorded as they cheered for the other schools in the SEC and recited their slogans and battle cries. We get what the school was trying to do, but it certainly wasn’t what we have come to expect from the fiercest athletic conference in college football.
It still may be too early for Texas A&M fans to hang banners like this one over the freeway, but the billboard you see above that SBNation passed along is certainly a start. The message is currently on display in Austin, Texas. While it is not insulting toward the other schools in the SEC, it certainly throws an obvious jab at the University of Texas, which is a Big 12 school. Take that, Longhorns. Aggie fans will be poisoning trees before you know it.
H/T Dr. Saturday
Much like the way letter burning has become in vogue for recruits who want to affirm their commitment to a school, billboard wars are the new way for schools to assert their dominance off the field.
NC State is the latest school to engage in this new form of trash talk. They’ve purchased billboards throughout North Carolina to declare that the state is “Our State.” The program is clearly trying to boast about its five straight wins over in-state rival North Carolina in football.
According to a tweet from the school’s athletics Twitter account, the above billboard appears in Raleigh and at major highway entrances to North Carolina. They’ve also made a commercial that features various players and coach Tom O’Brien sticking stakes in land throughout the state to claim it as NC State territory. The video is below:
If Peyton Manning is going to make a decision on his playing future based on a billboard, it would appear the Dolphins and Cardinals are two top contenders to sign the four-time NFL MVP. The photo you see above was taken in Arizona, where a mattress company is doing its part to try to convince Peyton to venture out to the desert. A few weeks ago before it was even clear if Manning would be cut by the Colts, we saw a “Manning to Miami” billboard along a highway in Fort Lauderdale.
The frenzy has officially begun, and Arizona is at the forefront of things thus far. In addition to the billboard, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett even offered Manning free parking and donuts if he signs with the Cardinals. This should get increasingly entertaining as the days pass.
Thanks to SI Hot Clicks for the picture
Boone’s Tavern, a bar in Denver, likes to have fun with the Broncos’ opponents by writing witty messages on a sign in front of the bar. Last week, their message to Kansas City fans involved a shot at former Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, who’s now with the Chiefs.
“KC we borrowed your BBQ but you have our sloppy seconds,” the sign said.
This week’s sign is much better.
“Careful ladies Big Ben is coming to town,” the succinct message says. So simple, so perfect.
It’s been a while since anyone took shots at the sexual assault allegations Roethlisberger faced. Last April, it was an Eminem song that ripped him. Then some ninjas protested his return from suspension last season. Since getting married, Roethlisberger has avoided must of the criticism, but this Denver bar won’t forget.
Broncos vs. Steelers. It’s going down Sunday.
Picture Credit: Josh Townsend via Clay Travis
During his 15-year NFL career, Jason Taylor left the Dolphins twice. He found his way back to Miami both times. Taylor signed with the Redskins in 2008 before returning to the Dolphins in 2009. He then signed with the Jets last season before going back to Miami again this year to close out what should be a Hall of Fame career. Since 131 of his 139.5 sacks and 13 of his 15 NFL seasons were spent with the Dolphins, Taylor decided to thank the fans with a billboard near Sun Life Stadium. Here is a picture that Darren Rovell passed along:
Billboards have managed to withstand the test of time through the internet and new media generation. Sometimes they work and other times they don’t. Some billboards are just for fun while others result in a player being fined for something he didn’t do. In any event, this is a classy move by one of the NFL’s all-time great defensive ends.
H/T to Los That Sports Blog for passing the picture along.
Dwight Howard is going to stay with the Magic and Chris Paul is going to join him. Actually, the Lakers are going to pull off a trade centered around Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol that brings both Howard and Paul to L.A. Come to think of it, CP3 is gung ho to play for the Knicks, meaning no team will want to trade for him if they can’t sign him to an extension. Superman will probably join him in New York. The Celtics are looking to trade Rajon Rondo for Paul and might also be interested in signing Dwight next offseason. Don’t count out Jay-Z, however — he might have interest, too.
Amidst all this insane speculation in which one scenario is no less likely than the next, you can’t say the people of Orlando aren’t trying. Check out this billboard that @DavidBaumann33 shared with us:
Don’t laugh. Broncos fans got what they wanted via the billboard route. Chicago Bears fans are still waiting, but it has worked before and it could work again. Thankfully, we should have some clarity by the end of the month. Maybe.
H/T Alex Kennedy
Now that Tim Tebow has been named the starting quarterback for the Broncos, fans no longer have to worry about launching billboard campaigns persuading the organization to play him. Instead, underwear company Jockey is taking advantage of his status as franchise savior. They announced Saturday that they’re putting up this billboard in Denver next week.
It’s clean, it’s simple, and it supports Denver and the Broncos. I like it.
Helmet knock to Eye on Football
An Arby’s restaurant in Provo, Utah is receiving attention this week for mocking BYU on its marquee. BYU was hammered by Utah on Saturday 54-10 and committed seven turnovers. The sign below was not a reference to delightful apple or cherry bakery treats, but rather a shot at BYU and their inability to hold onto the football:
Seems like a pretty clear jab at BYU following their poor performance, right? That might not be the case.
The Salt Lake Tribune spoke with the manager of the Arby’s who says the sign went up on Friday, the day before the game was played. We saw an anti-Auburn billboard go up in Starkville a few days before the Mississippi State-Auburn game, so I suppose that’s possible, but the question I have for you is simple: you buying it? I’m not.