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Is Steve Spurrier Turning Into Robert Smigel's George W. Bush?

Yes. It appears he is.

"Your silly questions bore me."
"Your silly questions bore me."
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Amidst the doom and gloom of the upcoming football season err... C.J. Duncan's ACL tear, many of you might have missed one of the best Spurrier performances to ever Spurrier.

The Ol' Ball Coach, who has been the subject of unapologetic ageism by South Carolina sports reporters this year (and in fairness, the past few years) due mostly to the Game Penises' down year in 2014 and comments that he might retire in a few years.  The latter prompts the hyperbolic reaction of "But what are you going to say to recruits???" or "How will any recruits come to South Cackalacky if they think you won't be around???"  It's a logical question, but one that probably shouldn't be asked to a legend.

As such, Spurrier has been even more blase with the sports reporters who've been following him around this year.

After practice Wednesday, the Ol' Ball Coach went nuclear, unleashing 90 seconds of hypothetical "what no coach would ever say this time of year" brilliance.

Highlights include skewering the "everyone is undefeated this time of year" mindset like:

  • The quarterbacks?  They can't hit the broad side of a barn right now.
  • Receivers?  They couldn't catch a cold in February.
  • Our kickers?  Gee, it's like the army.  Left, right, left, right.
Beyond the humor of flipping the script on preseason expectations, I noticed something else I hadn't picked up on before.  Spurrier has always evoked a down-home country dialect/accent, but in his self-parody, he sounded exactly like Robert Smigel's George W. Bush impression seen on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Exhibit A:

What does all of this mean?  Well, on a scale of 1-10, I give it an A+.