If you follow me on twitter (@SPGallagher2), you know I have been tweeting occasionally about the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon for the past 11 days. Sorry. Well, not sorry.
The marathon is in its 11th day and Episode 500 just aired. FXX also unveiled its schedule for The Simpsons following the 12 day marathon. They'll show 24 hours of Simpsons (48 episodes) a week.
They've also released new promos for The Simpsons on FXX.
This one includes Ned Flanders, or "Stupid Flanders" or "Stupid, sexy Flander" as Homer calls him.
They edit Flanders' head on normal people dancing to country music, as well as a male cheerleader, while a song that is kind of like "Cotton Eye Joe" plays. You listen to it a few times, it's stuck in your head all day.
My question: Who came up with this song that goes along with Ned's diddly lingo? Did someone write it on the spot for the commercial? Did someone else write it?
After doing some investigative reporting (kind of sad I did it for this), the song is called Diddley Dee by Cartoons, a Danish band more known for their Euro Club version of the song "Witch Doctor." The band was should have been a warning that others like Aqua, who are known for "Barbie Girl," would emerge someday.
Here's the original song from the promo that Ned Flanders would say is "Fine Diddley-ine."
Not back by popular demand, but I've been doing this for a few seasons.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of FBS-FCS matchups in Week 1 of college football.
The Good: FCS Teams that Beat FBS Schools.
-North Dakota State upsets Iowa State 34-31
The Bison are the best in the FCS and they have made many FBS schools regret scheduling them over the years. Make that five regretful years in a row.
Last years victim was Kansas State. This year, they defeated another Big 12 team, Iowa State, Saturday 34-14. Now that's embarrassing.
The Bison moved up from Division II A little over a decade ago.
Other FBS schools they've defeated since 2010: Kansas, Minnesota and Colorado State.
When does North Dakota State join the Mountain West Conference? Maybe the Big 12?
Also, when you say "Bison," the "s" is a "z" sound.
ESPN's College Gameday traveled out to Fargo to do their weekly show last season. Here's a story on the team that is quietly assassinating FBS Schools each year.
Honorable Mention: Villanova vs. Syracuse.
The Wildcats took the Orange to double overtime, but fell short 27-26 at the Carrier Dome. Although a defeat, we're not talking old-time Big East basketball here. Nova is FCS in football.
The Bad: FCS Schools That Lost Bad, But Not Exactly Ugly.
-Michigan State beats Jacksonville State 45-7
The eighth-ranked Spartans were one of a handful of Big Ten teams that played an FCS school. The conference will stop playing FCS schools in the near future. Thank goodness.
A Friday night game in East Lancing that was already decided by the second quarter.
Could've been worse for the Gamecocks, who are out of the Ohio Valley Conference in Jacksonville, Alabama.
Honorable Mention: Michigan beats Appalachian State 52-14.
That 2007 loss at Ann Arbor still stings to Wolverine fans. No contest seven years later. Can't believe it's been seven years since the game that shocked the college football world.
The Ugly: FCS teams who were humiliated for a big payday.
-Pittsburgh beats Delaware 62-0
After being embarrassed two years ago by Youngstown State, the Panthers opened another season at Heinz Field with FCS foe, Delaware. PITT fans remember that all too well.
The Blue Hens are not the same team from Joe Flacco's days on campus. They finished 7-5 and 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
I don't know if the game says anything about Pittsburgh, but it will put the cynics minds at ease for a week, and when most people think of Delaware, they think of this...
Honorable Mention: Oregon beats South Dakota 62-13.
The Ducks were on late on the East Coast on the Pac 12 Network. I doubt many of you not on the left coast watched this.
The Coyotes scored all 13 points in the first half, and then Oregon added on to a 41-13 halftime lead in the second half.
South Dakota is out of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They were 4-8 in 2013.
The Oregon Duck is in for another high scoring season and many pushups.
It wasn't a horrible first week of games like in past years. But there are still FBS schools scheduling FCS schools. Some conferences are encouraging their schools to stop scheduling them all together. A couple will continue to, and one day, they will fall to an FCS team and will end up on this list in 2015.
North Dakota State's 2015 schedule shows no FBS matchups. Everybody must have gotten the memo. Probably read "Don't schedule North Dakota State. Save yourself the embarrassment."
Let's applaud USC, UCLA and Notre Dame for not scheduling an FCS opponent again this year. They are the only three FBS schools that have never done it.
USC opened with Fresno State, Notre Dame with Rice and UCLA traveled East to play Virginia.
Introducing the best of the web.
If you're like me, you read several sports articles, columns and other stories on a daily basis.
The ones that caught my attention can all be accessed right from this single page.
-Just when you thought Major League Baseball games were too long, this high school game in Japan took four days to finish. [From Deadspin]
-Eastern Michigan has a new grey turf field. Watching Boise State and Eastern Washington on television during their games is hard enough. Check out EMU's new field. [From the Detroit Free Press]
In their first game on the new turf, they also had an entrance that probably didn't go as planned. Stop! Sledgehammer Time! [From ESPN.com].
-The SEC Network has Tim Tebow, so why wouldn't the Pac 12 Network hire this fellow Heisman Trophy winner who had a short NFL career? [From Awful Announcing]
-North Dakota State won their fifth straight game against an FBS opponent. This time it was Iowa State. Tom Fornelli says FBS teams need to stop scheduling the Bison. [From CBS Sports]
With college football beginning tonight, it also ushers in the Post-BCS era as FBS football finally has a playoff system.
From 1998-2014, we had the Bowl Championship Series. From 2006-2010, FOX Sports carried 4 of the 5 BCS Games (ABC had the Rose Bowl). With their coverage, it gave us this commercial promoting their BCS coverage that would begin in January 2007.
Being FOX, you're always in for an interesting promo with a "Fox Attitude."
This one is called "Ladders."
Let's break down this promo before you watch it:
We begin on a practice field with the Texas Longhorns. All of a sudden, the ground starts shaking, and a ladder emerges from the ground and shoots for the sky.
After some confusion, the Longhorn players strap on the helmets and start climbing this mysterious ladder.
We then cut to the Texas players ascending above the clouds, and we see Florida State players climbing a ladder. We also see several other ladders and football players climbing them.
Did anyone bring oxygen?
This promo has its fair share of action and violence.
In one shot, its appears that a Florida State player is attempting to snap the neck of a Florida player, as he screams in pain.
Our next shot shows Notre Dame players climbing a ladder. Because it's not a BCS promo without Notre Dame football. They had their own seat at the BCS table, so they have their own ladder, too.
We then see a USC player on another ladder eying the Irish players. Using a random rope hanging from the heavens, the Trojan swings over to the Notre Dame ladder. An Irish player see him and kicks at his shoulder pads. No wonder Notre Dame never won a BCS bowl game.
Then there's Michigan and Ohio State. Yeah, it gets sketchy.
A Buckeye throws the Wolverine off the ladder as he falls to his certain death.
As he is falling, he knocks a fellow teammate off the ladder.
Luckily, our ropes from the heavens tangled up the Michigan guy who was thrown off the ladder by the Ohio State player as he grabs his teammates arm before he falls to his death.
They truly don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan in Columbus.
Next. Hey, do you hate the Miami Hurricanes? Well, FOX decided to display that bad boy "U" persona in this commercial.
A guy in a Canes uniform breaks the ladder in half with his forearm, and sends a Penn State, Alabama and UCLA player plummeting to their deaths. But good news, nobody dies. The falling ladder hits another ladder and a rope from another ladder catches them. It leaves our three friends hanging on for their lives. I wonder if the Michigan guys are dead?
As we reach the end of the commercial, the Oklahoma Sooner guys seem to be having an easy time climbing their ladder. This was the year Boise State beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
And then we see what they're climbing toward: The Coaches Trophy. It's so shiny.
Watch the whole commercial here: