Dec 132013

From Posted By Keith Obermann.

Paul Finebaum joins Keith Olbermann to discuss the Heisman race, Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors, and Johnny Manziel’s NFL prospects.

Sep 272013
By Finebaum Fan.

Every college student looks forward to the day he completes his collegiate studies. Today was that day for American InterContinental University student, Clifton Channell, who completed his studies in the field of graphic design.

But, that’s not all he completed today. Clifton has been working on one last project – a caricature of ESPN radio host and Southeastern Conference football guru, Paul Finebaum.

Paul Finebaum Suitable For Twitter

Paul Finebaum by Clifton Channell

Why Finebaum you ask?  Well, here’s the story…

You may recall a recently-played football contest between The University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas A&M University Aggies.  You remember – the one billed as “The Game of the Century”.

The on-field and off-field exploits of Aggie quarterback, Johnny Manziel, were widely publicized prior to the game. Manziel received extensive media coverage for an NCAA investigation into allegations he received payment for signing autographs.

Opinions of his exuberant style of play were voiced throughout the country.  The attention Manziel received prompted CBS to assign a dedicated camera which followed Manziel’s every move during the game. The camera came to be known as the “Johnny Cam”.

As a class project, Channell decided to design a caricature of the Aggies’ Heisman-winning quarterback incorporating the Manziel autograph and the CBS camera.

Paul Finebaum was one of the most prominent and opinionated figures speaking out on the events involving Manziel.

Upon completion of his artwork, Channell alerted Finebaum to his creation via Twitter.

Keep in mind that I never knew of Clifton Channell until this point.

While browsing Twitter, i noticed the #johnnycam caricature.  I thought the idea and the artwork were great and commended Channell on his accomplishment.  I had once heard Finebaum (on air) mention jokingly that he needed a new caricature for his radio studio’s logo and my two thoughts collided.

Encouraged by Channell’s confidence, I thought to myself, “I can do that”.  After all, he had the hard part. Envisioning the finished Finebaum masterpiece, I knew my part would be easy.

I patiently waited and a few days later I finally got a little teaser.

Ahhh, very cool. Time for some “Larry the Cable Guy” type encouragement!

“Hmmm”, I wondered to myself, “Could this be it?”

Finally, all my “hard work” of typing a half dozen “tweets” had come to fruition!

Anyway, this post is my attempt to live up to my promise to “make sure he sees it”. So Mr. Finebaum, as Carl Spackler said in “Caddyshack”,  “Hey, Lama! Hey! How about a little something, you know – for the effort?.”

No need for “total consciousness”, just a little acknowledging tweet to @ChannellDesign would be nice!  In return, here’s a new Twitter Logo to replace the “clown head” you found in College Station.  I just don’t want him to say, “Hey, he’s gonna stiff me.”

And, LOOK, he’s a listener!

Now, i would never dream of taking advantage of someone’s good nature and obviously gifted talents. And, I certainly don’t expect any agent’s or finder’s fee for my “discovery” of Channell.

But hey, I wouldn’t turn down any either!

Clifton Channell will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.

Congratulations Clifton.  Thanks for “The Finebaum”.

And, for goodness sake, someone GIVE THE MAN A JOB!

Clifton Channell’s Story From His Website

Ever since I first laid my little hands on that fat pencil they give you in Kindergarten, I have been in love with creating things. Although my technique and skill level have changed since those days of tablet paper and fat pencils, my passion and love for creating things has remained.

If someone had told me 25 years ago that I could actually color for a living, I would probably be a millionaire. Well, maybe not a millionaire, because crayons and supplies are expensive, and I like to have the best tools for the job. Unfortunately, none of my teachers gave me such advice; instead they told me that I needed to stop doodling on my papers and actually pay attention in class or I would never get a job.

To make a long story short, mainly because I would rather be creating something rather than writing this, I decided to go back to school and pursue a degree in coloring Graphic Design. The difference between these teachers and the ones who took my big pencils and crayons away is that my current teachers gave me Adobe software and challenged me to think visually.

For three long years I studied and colored day in and day out to earn my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. I now get the opportunity to do what I love every day, and the kicker is that I actually get paid to do it. So, for all my teachers back at Flatwoods Elementary, it looks like you were wrong. And to all the kids out there with their fat pencils and tablet paper, don’t let anyone tell you that coloring is not a job.

Check out Clifton Channell’s website, portfolio, and his resume’.

A Few More Examples

Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory

Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory

Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory

Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory

Dr. Leonard Hofstadter from The Big Bang Theory

Dr. Leonard Hofstadter from The Big Bang Theory

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Sep 242013
Drake and Paul Finebaum

Drake and Paul Finebaum

By Finebaum Fan.

ESPN radio host, Paul Finebaum, joined Canadian rapper, Drake, on ESPN’s SportCenter earlier today.

The two brought to mind the 1933 science fiction movie, “When Worlds Collide“.  Apparently, public perception of the two places them at opposite extremes of the spectrum.

Twitter exploded with comments related to that interview.  Here is some of that reaction.

Sep 242013

From by Chris Yuscavage.

Over the course of the last six months or so, Johnny Manziel and Drake have become best buds. Okay, maybe not best buds. But they’ve clearly become pretty good friends. In fact, back in April, Johnny Football credited Drake with helping him become a changed man during the college football offseason. He took a trip to Toronto to hang out with Drake and seemed genuinely touched by the way the rapper treated him during his visit.

“To meet the No. 1 person on my bucket list, and for him to treat me like he did and how that whole trip went for me,” Manziel said, “I came back a completely different person.”

During an appearance on ESPN First Take earlier today, Drake spoke about his friendship with Manziel and defended his recent actions both on and off the football field. He also talked about what he has been talking to Manziel about in order to try and turn him into a better football player.

Read The Rest

Sep 142013

By  FinebaumFan.

Harvey Updyke - Show Me the Money!

Harvey Updyke – Show Me the Money!

Harvey Updyke, notorious‎ University of Alabama football fan and part-time arborist, is alive and well and still pulling for the Tide.

A visit late Saturday afternoon to his Facebook page revealed this photo of Harvey celebrating the Tide’s 49-42 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies.

The description on the photo said simply, “Talk trash now Johhny punk”.  Even though he misspelled his name, Updyke was referring to Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel.  Updyke seems to be imitating Manziel’s “Show me the money!” gesture.

Uppdyke, also known as “Al from Dadeville”,  is best known for a phone call to the Paul Finebaum radio program admitting he had poisoned the beloved Toomer’s Oaks in Auburn.

You can hear this call and others here.

Updyke pleaded guilty to unlawful damage of an animal or crop facility.  He was released from jail after 104 days of incarceration and will serve five years of supervised probation as a result of his plea agreement.

“Al from Dadeville” Call to Paul Finebaum Show


Harvey Updyke “Apologizes” to Auburn Family


Sep 132013

From by Carol Robinson.

Paul Finebaum in College Station

Paul Finebaum in College Station

Paul Finebaum also weighed in on Johnny Football. “I think the nation will be pulling for Johnny Manziel. I don’t care what I’ve said, what other people have said,” Finebaum said. “He’s just one of the most enigmatic players I have ever seen.”

“He is the reason why the ratings tomorrow will be a record number,” Finebaum said. “It’s not Nick Saban. He’s been there for a long time. Alabama is part of the texture and tapestry of college football, but Manziel is different. He’s new. We’ve never really seen anyone quite like him and I don’t know if we’ll see anyone quite like him in the future.”

Finebaum said an A&M victory Saturday would further elevate Manziel. “His reputation has certainly taken hits, but if he knocks off Alabama, forget Time Magazine, he’ll be in Times Square.”

Saturday’s faceoff is the biggest game in Saban’s career from a preparation standpoint, Finebaum said. “I really believe that Nick Saban has stayed up a little later every night. I’ve been told he’s brought in ex-coaches, defensive wizards, consultants from the NFL, they’ve broken down every game Johnny Manziel has played, which isn’t that many, and looked at all kinds of analysis and he has a game plan.”

Now what does that mean? “I don’t have any idea,” Finebaum said. “But he has never prepared harder or more diligently for any other football game.”

When Finebaum joined ESPN earlier this year, he declared Alabama would easily beat the Aggies in this game. “I’ve backed away from easily. The more I see of A&M, I think it will be a very competitive game but I think Alabama will win,” he said. “That not a prediction you can make and say I will guarantee my life on it, but I think Alabama has the motivation.”

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Sep 112013


"Bear" Bryant and Johnny Manziel

“Bear” Bryant and Johnny Manziel

Bear Bryant was born 100 years ago Wednesday. That was about 50 years too soon to rescue Johnny Manziel.

Maybe Bryant could have made Johnny Football grow up. Nobody else seems to be having much luck.

We’re all familiar with Manziel’s antics by now. The partying, the preening, the petulance, the payoffs. Oops, strike that last one. After a 37-minute investigation , the NCAA couldn’t find any of the unmarked bills autograph brokers allegedly gave Johnny Autograph.

Manziel was suspended for half the Rice game. He promptly showed his remorse by flashing “air autographs” and getting a personal foul for taunting.

“That wasn’t very smart. That’s why he didn’t go back in the game, either,” coach Kevin Sumlin said. “You would hope at this point, you’d learn something from that.”

It’ll take more than a half-game slap on the fanny. Bryant certainly would have been up to the task. He had the original Johnny Football, a fellow who’d later become known for his love of blondes, Johnny Walker Red and the greatest guarantee in football history.

Bryant’s trademark hat was a staple of his Alabama legend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Before Broadway, Joe Namath ruled Tuscaloosa. But when he went Manziel during the open week of 1963, Bryant suspended Namath for the season’s final two games. If Sumlin dared to try such tough love he’d likely be run out of town by Texas A&M fans, the Sugar Bowl committee and CBS executives.

In case you haven’t heard, the Aggies are playing Alabama this weekend. Manziel Mania is boldly going where no football craze has gone before. There’s now a backlash against the backlash. A ESPN column spoke for many fans Tuesday when it decried the smug bashing of Johnny and pined for more characters like Brian Bosworth.

“They want to see maturity and class,” it read.

Well, yeah.

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Sep 032013

With “The Game of the Year” coming up in just eleven days, we thought it would be a good time to revisit last year’s SEC showdown between The University of Alabama and Texas A&M .

What went right  and what went wrong?  It depends on which team you were cheering for.  Can we expect a repeat or will things be different this year?

Watch the game again and decide for yourself!

From Posted by Dustin David Hart.

Full Game HD Video

Texas A&M Upsets Alabama: Johnny Manziel Topples No. 1 Crimson Tide

From By John Zenor. 11/10/12

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Johnny Football and the SEC newbies from Texas A&M took down the biggest bully in their new neighborhood and left No. 1 Alabama with badly bruised national championship hopes.

Johnny Manziel, better known around Texas as Johnny Football, staked the 15th-ranked Aggies to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Texas A&M held on to beat the Crimson Tide 29-24 on Saturday.

The Aggies (8-2, 5-2), playing in the Southeastern Conference for the first season after ditching the Big 12, also might have ended the league’s run of BCS titles at six years.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1), who have been No. 1 almost all season and had won 13 straight, didn’t go quietly.

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