Given that we're about 9 hours out from the release of the inaugural CFB Playoff (pairing? selection? playoff?) whatever, I could spend the time I have awake right now breaking down the best possible case for Baylor vis-a-vis TCU and Ohio State, our primary competition for what is probably the only remaining Playoff spot after Alabama, Oregon, and FSU all won. The problem: I'd characterize our chances of actually getting that spot as slim to none, and I don't want to write about that right now. I'm in a good place and that would only seriously bum me out.
Instead, I've decided to do another Twitter Reacts post off the day's events. If you've been under some rock and haven't seen most of what's happened, today should go into the annals as one of the best in Twitter history, if I'm any judge. We kicked things off with College GameDay, where a sign about Patterson's wife being fatigued somehow made it on air before Samurai Mike Singletary beat up Lee Corso for picking Kansas State, just about everything that could have gone against us in the day's non-Baylor games did, Baylor WON THE BIG 12 FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW over Kansas State, and Baylor released one of the greatest media blitzes of all time highlighted by Art Briles putting basically the entire CFB world on blast, starting with our conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
You'd better pack a ... light snack or something? because we're going to be here for a while.
Note: Since Prashanth already did such a great job cataloging the best signs of the day, I won't touch most of those again.
Huge fan of McLane Stadium. If Miami is looking for ideas on building a new stadium, need to look no further that what Baylor has here.— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) December 6, 2014
"This is a great day for Waco, TX and Baylor University." - Art Briles— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 6, 2014
Art Briles is channeling some WWE swagger in this interview. Or a rock star dropping the mic— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 6, 2014
LITTLE DID WE KNOW AT THIS POINT THAT BRILES HAD ONLY BEGUN TO SWAGGER.
THEY WERE WEARING MASKS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
Baylor offense drives 81, 81 and 80 yards on its three 1st-quarter possessions. Pretty good. #KSUvsBAY— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 7, 2014
Offense was good early, is what I'm getting at here.
Word to your Moms, Baylor came to drop bombs. You knew they would eventually.— Brice Cherry (@BriceCherry) December 7, 2014
Boom. Bryce Petty has been terrific tonight. #Baylor— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) December 7, 2014
That pass to Fuller. pic.twitter.com/oU4YZPNOVK— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
There was more that happened during the game, obviously. But all of that paled in comparison to what was to come. Before we get there, though, Mike Greenberg isn't backing down:
Briles: "This is America. If you and I race and you beat me, you’re better than me." #SicEm— Matt Hayes (@Matt_HayesSN) December 7, 2014
THE TROPHY CEREMONY:
I'm going to set the stage for you in case you weren't there: When the game ended, Baylor's fans rushed the field again (hate on, haters) while they prepared for the trophy ceremony with Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. He was booed heartily at every mention and every word. Beyond that, several chants started up drowning out whatever the heck he was actually trying to say, then things got really wild.
While Bowlsby was standing on the dais with Briles, Bennett, and the celebrating Baylor players, Briles and Bennett visibly confronted him in a manner that seemed less than friendly. That was right after Briles got on the mic and threw the conference completely under the bus with comments I've captured below. This would become a trend over the following few minutes:
Baylor fans going heavy on the One True Champ chant.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 7, 2014
Baylor fans booing Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby during trophy presentation. Don't think they like the "co" champions deal— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) December 7, 2014
Briles on podium: "As the Big 12 Conference states, there's 'One True Champ' and it's the Baylor Bears."— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 7, 2014
It's getting real now.
After each made some public remarks, Art Briles and Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby had an animated conversation at back of the award podium.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 7, 2014
Sources: Briles and Bowlsby arguing over the definition of the number "1". Bowlsby seen holding up 2 fingers.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
This was a joke, but it might as well have been true.
I was so worked up at this point that I commissioned a gif.
Baylor fans chanted "The real champs, Bowlsby!" "Have pride in your conference, Bowlsby!" "One true champ!" #KSUvsBAY— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 7, 2014
If you know anything about Briles, know this: he won't back down to anybody, including his conference commissioner. And he didn't tonight.— Gene Wojciechowski (@GenoEspn) December 7, 2014
Baylor 61 TCU 58 ..One true Champion.... #dropsmic— trey wingo (@wingoz) December 7, 2014
THE PRESS CONFERENCE
After leaving the field behind, Briles took his show to the press conference room. The complete video is up on the front page right now.
Art Briles’ message to the Big 12 and Bob Bowlsby tonight pic.twitter.com/jY9olfadvr— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 7, 2014
Art Briles' America: Vote Baylor or leave it.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) December 7, 2014
When Art Briles is killin it in this press conference pic.twitter.com/auVOZSdtxN— Carter Rodman (@TypicalRodzzz) December 7, 2014
#Baylor coach Briles on digs taken at Big12 in presser: "If I get outtta line, Bob (Simpson) will cover my fine. So I'm in good shape."— Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) December 7, 2014
BTW, BY FAR my favorite aspect of this is Briles saying Bob Simpson will pay the fine. Briles has Texas oil money backers, y'all.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
Baylor coach Art Briles in ESPN interview: "I can’t remember where Kirk Herbstreit went to college, but we can figure it out."— Nick Mathews (@Nick_Mathews) December 7, 2014
Briles is full on campaigning in his post game press conference. Bryce Petty says he told guys yesterday to "give me some ammunition."— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 7, 2014
There's disease in this house, so Art Briles is going to just burn the whole place down.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
The #CFB committee needs to see this entire Art Briles press conference right now. Sounds like he's trying to close a case in court— Pierre Noujaim (@TheNouj) December 7, 2014
Art Briles on if @CFBPlayoff system is working: "It’s not working, if we’re not in it"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 7, 2014
I expected Art Briles' comments about scheduling to be endorsed by Ken Starr, telling him "Don't stop him, he's rolling."— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) December 7, 2014
Briles has taken the high road for about a month, but he's firing off some scud missiles right now. Has probably been waiting to go off.— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) December 7, 2014
Briles going hard in the paint on Bowlsby and the Big 12 is not something I expected to see today. But he's got my axe.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
Briles just broke his foot off in Bowlsby's behind.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
I just knew Art Briles would put this in perspective. Something about a front door and a back door and doing one thing... all w a twang.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 7, 2014
Man, Art Briles in the post game was pure Texas, baby. Fiery passion.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 7, 2014
Spencer Hall's take on the whole deal:
Art Briles just said "Herbstreit. I don't know where he went to college, but I guess we can find that out." ON ESPN. ARRRRRT.— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) December 7, 2014
The Wyatt Family charges the ring and tries to steal the mic from Briles but ART DROPS ALL THREE AND WILL NOT STOP SPEAKING TO HIS PEOPLE— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) December 7, 2014
I take back everything I said about that PR firm.— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) December 7, 2014
Here's why he said that last part. Brace yourself.
I've used a fair bit of hyperbole in this post, all of which I stand by. I'll do it again: this may be the Mona Lisa of tweets, one of the greatest we have seen or will ever see. When this whole thing went down, I was sitting in a parking lot of the HEB in Bellmead trying to get a handle on things before driving back. This particular tweet made me laugh so hard I started crying, and again, it was only the beginning. Baylor Football went on to tweet basically direct shots at the conference, TCU, and just about everything and everybody else.
BACK-TO-BACK WINS OVER TCU? BAYLOR, YOU NAUGHTY MINX.
NO YOU DIDN'T.
Those were all taken directly from the @BUFootball account, either as their tweets or tweets they retweeted.
While all this was going on, Bryce Petty steps up:
Bryce Petty on back-to-back champs: "Just ready for the bowl game." Whole room erupts in laughter.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 7, 2014
Briles eventually went searching for larger prey, appearing on SportsCenter and (I think) another ESPN program. I don't yet have any video from those, but I'll try to find them.
I want Art Briles to lead me into war. I wouldn't care what we're fighting for. Just whatever Art wants— David Giraldi (@davidpgiraldi) December 7, 2014
"I think it's America!" Baylor and coach Art Briles are doing WHATEVER it takes to influence the Playoff Committee. " http://t.co/RRbTW3RocE— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 7, 2014
If the college football playoff committee considers quality of coaches' media interviews, Baylor will be the top seed.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 7, 2014
BREAKING: Helicopter spotted flying north to the Gaylord carrying Briles, Bennett, Ian, and Simpson blaring this: http://t.co/KfR749dRVS— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
Just realized that if KSU had beaten TCU, Bob Bowlsby would have given trophies to BOTH TEAMS THAT JUST FINISHED PLAYING TONIGHT.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
Naturally, this made me start thinking about how ridiculous that scenario would be. In fact, it's so ridiculous that I have a hard time believing a group of professional decision-makers sitting in a room never considered the possibility. What would you do? A joint trophy presentation on the field of one of the teams? Separate presentations, like with one in the lockerroom? Wait so it doesn't happen on TV at all? It's mind-boggling, and it could have happened.
"You guys played a great game tonight. Take a knee, grab an orange slice, and let's hand out trophies." - Bowlsby in that scenario— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
"The pizza party will be Tuesday. I think the team moms are putting together a little video for each of you. No, we didn't keep score."— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
Obviously, there are thousands more tweets that I could and probably should include on any number of topics. Because it's late enough to be early and I'm finally winding down from what was, even considering the fact that we're probably not making the CFB Playoff, still an incredible day for Baylor Athletics, I'm going to stop. But first, one last tweet.
Turns out the @Big12Conference has one true champion and guess what it's you— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2014
I know I missed some, so give me your favorites in the comments.