We finally made it. Give yourselves a round of applause. I know how hard everyone worked all year. The late nights, the early mornings, the countless hours spent cooking, driving, sweating, shivering, cheering, yelling, scowling and refreshing Twitter feeds. This year took a lot out of all of us. But it was rewarding, that's for sure. For a bit, it seemed as if this season might be a downer -- but like every other year, it found ways to be truly special.
Between the Hashes wasn't able to capture every great moment of 2013, but it certainly did its best to provide an accurate cross-section of the offbeat things that made up college football from week to week. What follows is an attempt to point out the best of the regular season. Feel free to add anything else you loved that didn't make the cut in the comments.
As the great scholar Mario likes to say, let's a go.
Best College GameDay sign
This category isn't sending multiple finalists to New York. There is only one winner. And the winner is this:
Most poetic moment
The Eminem interview with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit that still doesn't make a lot of sense. We knew when it happened we wouldn't be able to top it.
The Memorial UGA I – UGA VIII Mascot Award
Who doesn't love a good mascot? Sure, there are those out there who might fear mute (often dancing) people in costumes, but to most others these furry friends (and cute, cuddly live animals) are a source of joy. Like cartoons, they seem to exist outside the normal laws of society As such, they're able to perform feats most humans would be arrested for in day-to-day living. Here are a few of the best.
5. Mike the
We used to let Mike chew on a keg. Potentially the most LSU thing of all time. pic.twitter.com/fbeyM5R1mM
— Matt DeVille (@Matt_DeVille) November 2, 2013
4. FOX ON THE FIELD:
3. Goldy Man:
.@GoldytheGopher is looking awesome in his Iron Man costume! Well done! #Gophers #GopherGameDay pic.twitter.com/Jx6bqi2kfv
2. Iowa Blue Persuasion:
Meet Iowa's new mascot: "Heisenbird," the one who hawks. http://t.co/cduUkdNmUO \ pic.twitter.com/T5dfsK3YEt
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 26, 2013
1. Diesel the high-fiving dog:
(via SB Nation)
Plays of the year
There are a ton of candidates in this category, but here are a few that really stood out to me for athletic prowess, drama, improbability or otherwise.
8. Arizona interception:
7. Ron Kellogg's Hail Mary to beat Northwestern (sorry, 'Cats):
4. Kodi Whitfield's one-handed grab:
3. You just got Bortles'd:
2. Miracle at Jordan-Hare:
1. The Kick-Six:
5. Hold me closer, UF dancer:
4. Tailgate wedding: the solution to all of fall's problems:
SEC! RT @LauraLMonroe33: You know you are a true VOL fan when you have a combined tailgate / wedding at the game! pic.twitter.com/rwG3sKDoFv — Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) September 7, 2013
PHOTO: #Huskers fans with No. 36 banner and blue and yellow balloons. pic.twitter.com/sGBKFFamnt — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) September 14, 2013
2. Michigan face:
Michigan fan is not amused. pic.twitter.com/Df1slBBiOl — Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 19, 2013
1. All hail, Raptor Fan:
Quotes of the year (non-Spurrier division)
5. This seems dangerous:
Justin Scott-Wesley on how open he was on his TD: "You could've thrown a grenade and the only person who would have died was me." — Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) September 8, 2013
4. Les Miles on Columbus Day:
3. Did you remember the laundry detergent?
Bud Foster didn't know who VT's replacement kicker, No. 1, was out there today: "I think we must have picked him up at an aisle at Walmart." — Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) November 14, 2013
2. Fight their whats off?
1. Despite the logistics ...
After the loss to Oklahoma, Brian Kelly handled this difficult question about as well as he could have: pic.twitter.com/myUHyJ1ofi — George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 29, 2013
The Head Ball Coach was on point all year. Here are a few of his best one-liners.
5. On Arkansas:
Spurrier: "I do feel badly for Arkansas. That’s no fun getting your butt beat at home, homecoming and all that." — Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 12, 2013
4. On Gatorade, which Spurrier expanded on earlier this week as well:
Spurrier - "sorry I'm late, had to get that damn Gatorade outta my hair. Supposed to do that after bowls, not home games." — Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) December 1, 2013
3. On Florida:
2. On Florida State:
1. On Jadeveon Clowney:
Spurrier has not spoken to Clowney about speeding. "On Jan. 2, he'll have enough money to pay the ticket that’s for sure," SOS says.
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) December 18, 2013
Everybody Saban, every-everybody Saban
Typically, Nick Saban likes to make things more about The Process and less about himself. But even he had some of his most quotable moments in 2013.
3. Air guitar:
Nick Saban is now discussing a song by The Eagles on his radio show. "I could get up and play air guitar to that right now." — Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) November 8, 2013
2. Hot chocolate:
Nick Saban opens up his presser by describing his beverage. "Hot chocolate, baby."
— Chris Vannini (@CoachingBuzz) November 14, 2013
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
All year, we celebrated the statistical stars of 2013. Here are some of the best.
Virginia safety Anthony Harris: 80 tackles, 8 interceptions, 5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick
Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey: 1,716 rushing yards, 17 TD, 173 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
Auburn running back Tre Mason: 1,621 rushing yards, 22 TD, 121 receiving yards
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde: 1,408 rushing yards, 7.7 yards per carry, 16 total TD (in 10 games)
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds: 1,038 passing yards, 8 TD, 1,260 rushing yards, 29 TD
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr: 4,866 passing yards, 50 total TD
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston: 3,820 passing yards, 42 total TD
Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams: 122 catches, 1,645 yards, 23 TD
Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery: 58 catches, 937 yards, 10 TD, 159 rush yards, 2 TD, 997 kick return yards, 2 return TD
Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans: 65 catches, 1,322 yards, 12 TD
Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin: 50 catches, 957 yards, 14 TD
Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley: 67 catches, 1,319 yards, 13 TD
LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.: 57 catches, 1,117 yards, 8 TD, 141 punt return yards, 806 kickoff return yardsGator Hoskins: