It truly was a bizarre Saturday in college football. By now, you may have heard about ESPN announcer Mike Patrick's verbal meanderings about Britney Spears at a key juncture of the Georgia-Alabama game that went into overtime. If you haven't, we have the clip below. Meanwhile, poor former Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge, who was Patrick's broadcast partner, acted like he was blindsided by the entire Michigan defense.
"Who?" says a stunned Blackledge when Patrick brings up "Britney" out of the clear blue.
As Patrick continues on the Spears tangent, Blackledge asks, "Is she here?" obviously wondering if Patrick has just been returned to the broadcast booth following an alien abduction.
And, of course, topping off the day for Blackledge was Michigan beating Penn State, 14-9, proving that you, me and nine random guys who attended your wedding could dress up in those goofy helmets and somehow outscore the Nittany Lions.
But in the most incredible, shocking, stupefying event of them all -- Wofford beat Appalachian State, 42-31.
Now, I won't go into the business of "since Appalachian State beat No. 5 Michigan and Michigan just beat No. 10 Penn State." But I'll issue this challenge -- without looking it up on the Internet -- what is Wofford's nickname?
So returning to the ESPN broadcast booth as the 'Dawgs and the Tide are in a death struggle, we have what can only be described as a desperate cry for help by Mike Patrick.