I'm not entirely sure what to think of this promotional Youtube video for Arizona football, but I think it is hilarious.
High Noon with Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Football Staff
This will end well...
If they were sitting at the bar enjoying Mrs Ritas famous nacho dip the video would have been perfect.
Somehow I knew it would have Ro-tel and Velveeta.
After years of buildup and hype... That's all it is? Jimmy Dean's sausage and the standard Ro-Tel dip recipe?
It's like finding out about Santa all over again.
What...what about Santa?
I won't call it hilarious, but I did think it was creative and funny. Don't want Hoke and Co. doing something like this, but then again UM's football program is not UA's football program.
I agree that the video itself is not intrinsically hilarious. However, the fact that Arizona chose to do a video like this and the RichRod and his staff agreed to do it is hilarious.
I also wouldn't want Hoke do do anything like this. More to the point, there is no way in he/they ever would. It may be a gimmick that works for Arizona. I have no idea.
That's kind of how I look at it. I mean, it's Arizona football. Not exactly the bastion of tradition and a ravenous football fan base. Stuff like this is OK for them to drum up some sort of publicity for the program. What do they have to lose?
The fact that he made this video just proves how much he did not fit in here. The guy just can't stop being ridiculous.
I don't know, man, those things seem to pretty naturally slot into a hierarchy of ridiculousness, to me.
Your theory seems to be "anything outside of football competition that creates buzz for a football program is inherently ridiculous, and equally ridiculous to any other such instances." Which is pretty lazy, intellectually.
As is "any reaction is a successful one." Tommy Tuberville walking out on a check that was coming from a recruiting dinner sure created some buzz, but I'm not sure Cincinnati would agree with you that it was "successful."
On a quest for the rose, so you just smoke, drink and play poker? Occasionally throwing someone out the front doors....I wonder how much money was spent on that hot garbage
probably not much. It's the old Tucson studios and only the coaching staff in the video
Continuing to change the game, Until only offense remains.
I am so glad that Michigan doesn't need to stoop to such things though. Nobody let Dave Brandon see this.
This is much better than his Tommy Bahama look.
He looks like a cool customer right here ^^. I picture him sweaty and frazzled while begging the townspeople to form a posse.
He really does look the part of a world weary sheriff. I would take any excuse to be able to smoke a cigar and play some cards on the job.
Hopefully the old Northern Competent Defense Railroad gets built through there soon.
I am not sure what to say. I know that poor RR didn't have a say in putting this together, but could you imagine a world in which Hoke and Mattison ever agree to be in something like this?
I can't imagine a world where Hoke wouldn't do whatever the AD/administration asks him to do, since it's probably in his contract. While DB would never have his coaches smoking cigars, I can imagine him coming up with something equally tacky, and forcing the coaching staff to go along.
So fergodsakes don't let Brandon see it!
Considering it had a December release date and got bumped by Universal (Rita Rodriguez was totally not content with the original ending), I think they totally saved the project here. Solid stuff all around, though I think some of the subject matter makes an "A" (for all Arizona fans) rating slightly inappropriate. Not suitable for Wildcats under 16. Or any. Ever.
There is a reason why they disabled the comments on the Youtube video.
That was pure awful. And I'm a former fan.
When can I get my Jeff Casteel action figure?
Fuck I miss RichRod sometimes.
Watching this video would not be one of those times however......
I tried to embed and failed. That being said, THEY STOLE OUR VIDEO!!!!
I take comfort in the fact that Tech's is way better, even with Tuberville in it. Guns Up.
...the battle for most absurd western themed promo video with that.
I had lingering doubts about firing RichRod and wondered about giving him one more year. Those doubts are now gone. Thank you for that.
Next to TT's film, RR looks like a pussy again.
We do what we can, whether it's messing someone's title hopes/perfect season, or just making better western themed videos, we're always waiting to drop from the rafters, ruin someone's day, and then fade into the shadows again.
It's the Texas Tech way. I'm okay with it.
On the other hand, I'm left without much to say after watching that.
Except, this is so not Hoke, Mattison, Borges. Also, for that matter, not Urban Meyer. There are some things that just shouldn't be done.
USC, Alabama, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, or any other program with tradition on their side.
Arizona has been an after thought for quite a few years. I'm not seeing why it's all that big of a deal when put in that perspective.
Ummm...have you not seen the Notre Dame Freakbass video? That thing's way worse.
That was awesome. It was not serious enough to the point where it can be laughed with and not (well maybe a little) laughed at. Can't wait for the sequel. That's Tarrentino if I'm not mistaken
It kinda dragged, and it needed more of a story. If they had started it with gunslingers representing the other PAC-12 schools kicking him out of the bar, then rounding up his coaching posse to come back and stand off against them, with some sort of to be continued this fall thing, it might have been more entertaining. Something to signify how they're going to kick ass and take names, rather than just standing around in a bar, and going into cool poses. (Is there a reason they're throwing each other out of bars and rolling them down the bar?)
In before the Section 1 takeover.
30 seconds. Blow something up because my attention span is too short to watch a bunch of old dudes, in slow motion, doing . . . nothing. Oh, and add some bewbs, Amber Heard would be a good start.
I think they should have slowed down the transitions a little more. You know, build up the edge.
You raise me up.
Those who are not familiar with Tucson may not know that Old Tucson is a historic area just outside of the city where many old westerns were produced. So the video has an element of loyalty/locale that many people here might miss. As an alumnus, I found it kind of boring. It needed more plot and action. I suppose this will be played on the jumbotron on opening day or something.
Well, "historic area" in the sense that Old Tucson was originally constructed in 1939 as a movie set. Some famous movies were shot there ("Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" in 1957 and "Cimarron" in 1959).
(The "real" O.K. Corral is in Tombstone, AZ, which is about 90 miles east of Tucson.)
Old Tucson is set very near the Saguaro National Park, which is just strikingly beautiful in a Sonoran Desert sort of way. Want to see Saguaro cactus? There are lots of them in the park.
It's going to be an interesting year for U of A football. If progress year-over-year is made, then I think there'll be more around here who start taking an interest. But after years of ho-hum football, it's going to take a year or two of really good football to regain the allegiance of the fans around here.
Needs more Johnny Ringo. Meanwhile it looks like the old gang is having fun in the desert.
That video was largely devoid of action.
Also, if I'm Arizona's PR department, I don't know that I like the idea of putting all the coaches out there smoking, drinking, and playing cards. Not exactly a wholesome look.
Also, I must have missed this several months ago, but Tony Gibson is no longer on Arizona's staff. WTF? I thought he and Rodriguez were boys. It looks like Gibson is back coaching the safeties at WVU.
not wholesome? What would Don Draper say?
The best decision they made in the making of this video was disabling the comments.
Good riddance. He is an embarrassment.
At first, the idea of D1 football coaches doing such a thing cracked me up. As did RR in costume. But then...it just....kept...........going....................
I thought it was hilarious, though I agree it does show how unfit RR was for Michigan. I personally don't think that fact reflects 100% well on Michigan, but I get that there are reasonable differences of opinion on this.
Two other things: I'm really surprised they were allowed to use tobacco. Not appalled, just surprised. Second, David Lockwood (@1:56) is a serious badass.
Good thing for him that he coaches at a school with no history, no expectations and is thrilled to win a new mexico bowl.
What a stooge. He doomed himself in his first presser. Astonishing how he even got the job here. Thank God for Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon.
No, it's not. At the end of the 2007 season, RR was one of the hottest young names in college football, coming within a Pat White hand injury against Pitt of ending up in the national championship game. If you'd asked 100 college football experts who the 10 best coaches were at that time, RR would have been on virtually everybody's list.
It may seem obvious now that he wasn't going to be successful in Ann Arbor, but hindsight is 20/20.
Everyone always says that now, but I remember plenty of people being pretty skeptical at the time, myself included. I'm not saying I expected 3-9 or anything like that (or that anyone else predicted the floor dropping out quite as far as it did.) But I sort of expected a period of adjustment and a couple medicore seasons leading up to a run of 9 or 10 win seasons that always left us just short. And really, that was a moderate prediction compared to a lot of other fans.
I mean, doesn't anyone remember all the anger over our transition to a new style of offense? All the people that said it'd never work in the Big 10? There's a reason the RR bandwagoners still say he was never given a chance, and it's because a significant number of UM fans just plain hated the idea of running the spread from day one.
Maybe most of those critics were just stodgy old-timers that hated change, as opposed to having rational arguments against hiring Rodriguez. But this whole "No one could have possibly seen any of this coming!" defense of the hire is at best forgetful and at worst a case of revisionism. Yeah, there were a lot of people that loved the choice and thought Rodriguez was going to "dominate the slow, old-fashioned Big 10." But not all of us felt that way.
How come everything I have read says he was Michigan's 4th (at best) choice?
- Les Miles
- Kirk Ferentz
- Greg Schiano
and then tell us that Ferentz and Schiano would have been more highly regarded across the country than RR at the end of 2007.
...that the quality of the promotional videos don't necessarily equate to quality of football. Case in point:
(Warning: While totally SFW, it will make you cringe)
in the Rose Bowl since joining the league (recent additions Colorado and Utah excluded).
Frankly, I like Arizona's future chances under Rodriguez and Co. (including Casteel).
Come to think of it, the PAC-12 is already the island of misfit, outlaw coaches: Rich Rodriguez, Lane Kiffin, Mike Leach, Todd Graham and Sonny Dykes. Such a commercial ad doesn't really surprise me at all, and somehow it actually fits Arizona, PAC-12, the Tombstone/death meme, and with it a new era of offensive "gunslinging" that has taken over the league (again).
This video is a perfect example of why he just was not the right fit for our program. Initially I thought he would be best served by landing down south somewhere, but it looks like AZ is going to be a good fit for him.
Gotta give it to the guy, he finally found a place that embraces doing weird shit like this.
Hash Bash is totally NORML to me
Thank God this guy is no longer our coach. May have been a good guy who tried his best, but had he gotten to stay, he only would have driven this program further into the ground both on the field and with PR stunts like this, and set us back another year or two.
He should be thankful he's at a school with minimal expectations for its football program, minimal to zero tradition, and only sees football as a way to pass the time until basketball starts.
Maybe they can start hunting opponents in the wilderness like the Golden Gopher promo that was posted here last week.
There has to be a Lane Kiffin doppelganger lying in the weeds out West.
Great idea, but replace the killer gopher with Sam McGuffie. I know he only played one year for Rodriguez and never at Arizona and isn't even in college anymore, but somehow it just seems right to me.
I'm guessing the 2 guys tossed out of the saloon were thrown out for suggesting they take up defensive positions in the upcoming gun fight.
By Josh Groban.
Gunfight at the OK Corral or Blazing Saddles.
Have had enough of those beans.
Mmmmm... Mongo like candy.
to "strap it up". Now all they need is a little more tape on those wrists and some air in those hats.
This is a Michigan blog.
Why, Johnny Ringo, it looks like someone just walked over your grave.
You're no daisy.
I spotted a copious amount of contraband in the video.
Already notified the NCAA.
Also, did anyone realize Richrod finally got rid of Gibson? It's about time man. About time.
Bill Karalewich looks like he was born to play a gunfighter in spaghetti westerns. Some of the other guys, Matt Caponi in particular, not so much.
The video had better production value than I would have thought, but more plot or action would have made it much better. To win the Rose, all you need to do is hang around a saloon? That makes no sense. (And is pretty boring.)
This video should allow Zona fans to rest assured that the right men are on the job.
This video makes me appreciate the Michigan tradition even more. If everything went extremely well and Arizona got just what they wanted, they would become the next Oregon with a gimmicky offense, a torrent of ever changing uniforms and all the authenticity of a pop tart.
Sometime I get frustrated by the wine and cheese crowd at Michigan, but if they are keeping us from these kind of shenanigans, I am fine with that. Rooting for a program with roots and gravitas is so much more fun than supporting a school that is always desperately trying to keep up with the joneses.
This is Michigan fergodsakes.
I'd say oregon's gimmicky offense has done them well, a national title appearance, a few rose bowl's and other BCS bowls. That's probably not the best comparison.
I also don't think Arizona will ever approach what Oregon has accomplished, but you're right. It's not fair to call Oregon's offense a gimmick anymore. It's just plain a really good college football offense.
helped Oregon kick our arse 31-7 in The Big House in 2007 as well.
Do you mean something sometimes sweet and tasty but mostly dry and bland, something that is relatively the same no matter the ingredients, something with a lifespan that will outlast either one of us and something that has zero creativity? Where were you for the debord years of Michigan offense? If anything, RR was like the lucky charms of offense - might be a spoon full or marshmallows, might be a spoonful of whatever not marshmallows are, might be right in the middle, but usually productive and some degree Of enjoyable.
You cannot use this video to call Arizona inauthentic, in my opinion (see my post above). This video is a homage to Tucson tradition, where the university is located. Yes, it is cheesy as hell, and Arizona will never have the tradition that Michigan does.
I'll say this.....could have used some highlights from their past season to help the video. Seems like they could have let me know it was a football promo video.
Either way, I hop ethe best for RR and hope to see him in the Rose Bowl one day (to watch Mattison completely eat it alive)
This video is ridiculous and just dumb
That video is plenty cheesy and I'd cringe if Michigan ever put out anything like it. I have to agree that it's cheesy in a RichRod sort of way. Cultural fit, etc.
Related: I'm about halfway through Three 'n Out (which, for some reason, only recently found its way to my reading list). If 3% of what Bacon reported there is true, responsibility for the '08 to '10 debacle was shared. It wasn't entirely RichRod's fault. That idea would be a hard sell for some of the simple-minded posters here.
I'd trade Borges for Calvin Magee.....
Still not over it......
It bothers me not because it's cheesy. In fact, I thought it was generally good natured and fun (if not a little too long). What bothers me is the single minded attention on the coaches. RR seems to demand credit and delegate blame (talking about not having good players, etc.); Hoke does exactly the opposite (it's always about how the players succeeded after a win and how the coaches failed after a loss). That's why I think none of us can imagine Hoke doing a bit like this... ok maybe the cigar and sherriffs badge have something to do with it too.
agrees to a video like this one is the same reason he was never a good fit at Michigan.
I just finished Three and Out for the second time. Interesting to reflect sometimes...
It is clear in the book RR thinks of himself as a "master motivator" and for the most part, he's pretty darn good at it. This, however... not so much.
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It could have been a music video to a Pop Evil original.
The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight.
they scrapped the original video he did using Josh Grobin's greatest hits collection...