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Waking Up to College Football, or: Hi There

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Punchline, Inspiration, Anti-Drug.
Punchline, Inspiration, Anti-Drug.

Hi guys, my name's Pete, and I'm new here. Some of you might know me from being an insufferable smartass on Twitter, or from my days handcrafting artisanal blog posts for the likes of Deadspin, Jalopnik, and Sports By Brooks. Some of you might even remember the before-times, when I spent my college years and early '20s trolling various Big 12 message boards. I apologize for all of it, especially Sports By Brooks. In any case, I'm your problem now.

Every good online introduction has to include some sort of personal information, I think, so I'll let you in on a little secret: I don't really have any idea what happened in college football over the past two years. I didn't plan it that way; it's just that these things tend to happen when your alma mater hires Turner Gill. There are mammals whose gestation periods are longer than the time it took Turner Gill to completely crater the Kansas football program back to the...well, late '90s, I guess. But then I woke up one morning to find myself in a dark place, a place where hiring Charlie Weis is considered legitimately good news, and I realized I've spent the past two years in the football equivalent of a hardcore ketamine trip. Well, it's time to wake up. Nobody expects the Charlie Weis thing to go all that well, but even a train wreck can be entertaining to the demented. And college football fans are certainly that.

Long story short, I'm joining Barking Carnival to write about football, the amazing and insane culture surrounding college football, and various happenings from around the "new," radically weird, Holgo-ized 10-member (heh member) Big 12. Many thanks to Drew Dunlevie for asking me to join the crew here, and I am honored and humbled to be making words about college football for an amazing site like BC. Please to enjoy.