Tim Brando is the host of CBS's college football studio show and a play by play man for the NCAA Tournament. His daily radio show is also syndicated on CBS Sports Network each weekday. You don't think of Tim Brando as someone likely to be embroiled in a massive donnybrook with one of the biggest fanbases in the country, but alas, that's what happened Tuesday because of way-out-of-left-field comments Brando made on his radio show.
Phase I - Tim Brando asked guest Aaron Taylor on his radio show if he could believe Urban Meyer's arrogance with Meyer's politicking to play for a Big Ten conference and/or division title. There's just one problem with this line of questioning and the pair's bizarre rant against Meyer. It never happened. It never happened! There's not one piece of evidence (as we'll see in Phase II) that depicts Meyer as whining or politicking to play for a title this season. In fact, the news about Ohio State (and Penn State) being eligible for a division title was uncovered by ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg. The video below has absolutely no basis whatsoever in reality...
I don't know what Urban Meyer did to hurt Tim Brando and Aaron Taylor, but this is insane. The messy way Urban Meyer left ESPN, pulling a Sgt. Schultz with the Ohio State job, was ridiculous. However, there's no denying his ability as a football coach and the unfounded nature of these attacks. To hear Brando and Taylor rip Meyer mercilessly for being arrogant, a whiner, and a griper for several minutes because of something Brando dreamed up in his head defies explanation.
Phase II - The Ohio State football fanbase is a peculiar beast. It's been named the largest college football fanbase in the country and fans are incredibly passionate. Buckeye fans get a bad rap around the country though because their fringe two-percenters are more visible and vocal than anyone else. Columbus is a one horse town without a major professional team in the four major pro sports (and no, the Blue Jackets don't count) so Ohio State, and more specifically, Ohio State football dominates the sports landscape.
After Brando's show, Buckeye fans took to Twitter to call the host out on his Urban Meyer rant and ask him to produce one piece of evidence that depicted Meyer whining or arguing for his team to win a division or conference title. This led to a Twitter War of epic proportions with Brando being pounded into submission by Buckeye fans, bloggers, and even journalists.
Get one of those movie theater popcorn making machines, because this is a Twitter fight for the ages...
Brando reminds me of Denzel Washington's character at the end of Training Day. Angry, defiant, entertainingly crazy, but at the end of the day, a beaten man. Even though King Kong ain't got sh*t on Tim Brando, the victoy goes to Buckeye Nation by way of a 13th Round TKO.
Tim Brando knew he was backed into a corner, and try as he did to punch himself out, he never found a way to back up his own words. This was his fatal flaw, as it should have been. Brando referenced "published reports" about Urban Meyer wanting a B1G division or conference title. In fact, he told everyone asking for proof to "get a LIFE." The all caps means he's serious. So what does Brando do? Not only does he succumb to the pressure and offers a link, he offers a link that totally discounts what he ranted and raved about for hours. Even though Brando finished this Twitter War with an "Lol" it's Buckeye Nation who has the last laugh.
@Bmcdonald11 haha saw that. God I love sports radio. This is what happens when an entire industry's is built on talking about your opinion.
@awfulannouncing how did this compare to other commentator-fanbase dust-ups? entertaining? one-sided?
Really reflects poorly on Brando and CBS. The rant has no basis, he gets called out on it, and then can't stomach to apologize. He's clearly upset that Meyer left the SEC in such a huff which is affiliated with CBS. I imagine various SEC coaches and personalities have helped taint his perspective to the point where this bullshit spewed from his mouth.
@KennedyMLB What a moron.. "Its just an opinion" That he states is based on fact.. But cant offer any proof of these "facts" #TimBrandoHack
This was good RT @awfulannouncing If you somehow missed a classic Twitter War between Tim Brando and Buckeye Nation, http://t.co/1wu1HtjO
How about you, saying the Blue Jackets aren't a professional team calling them out for no apparent reason? You are as much of an idiot Yoder as Brando. If you are going to call out somebody's unprovoked blatant disrespect why don't you look at your own. People like you have no business in sports writing.
@buckeyefansonly @GreggDoyelCBS @TimBrando he looked like a message board troll that bit off too much. #BuckeyeNationRules
@juginn @greggdoyelcbs Exactly! @timbrando can suck it. Hey Timmy B, any other bogus garbage about OSU you wanna puke up for a ratings hike?
@GreggDoyelCBS Media members apologize??? Since when? Mantra: "I was misinformed" #ZeroAccountability
@awfulannouncing great read about Brando vs Buckeye Nation but 13th rd TKO? This one was Mike Tyson vs Marvis Frazier
@GreggDoyelCBS @TimBrando I'm a Michigan fan, Tim. You owe OSU fans an apology for representing something as fact that was your opinion.
@cassell14 Brando just got caught in a lie and was called out. He needs to be a man and apologize so everyone can go back to ignoring him.
@cassell14 I never said it was anything other than an opinion, and I inserted that in my line of questioning. I've been attacked before.
@TimBrando @cassell14 Not to beat a dead horse, but you asserted your opinion was based on facts, not on feelings. Therein lies the problem.
@TimBrando @cassell14 Rubbish! You claimed you had "seen the reports". Quit lying. Admit you stuck your foot in your mouth, big boy.
@TimBrando @cassell14 Timmy, when you attack someone by lying about them, expect to get some back, punk! And until you apologize
@TimBrando love the backtracking.... Just man up and apologize instead of digging a bigger hole #CBSec
@TimBrando nice biased opinions that you call published reports. Not sure how you have a job. Get a hobby.
@TimBrando this is from your tweet last night: " I've read the published reports on what Urban wanted from your Commissioner." Opinion?
@TimBrando @cassell14 http://t.co/H8kRczC2
@TimBrando @cassell14 Really??? @TimBrando: "multiple published reports"?? http://t.co/H8kRczC2
@TimBrando Stop lying. There is audio. You never said it was your opinion until people called you out about lying.
@TimBrando @cassell14 U attacked Urban stating he made comments he didn't make & this is opinion? Not opinion, more like slander. #lawsuit
@TimBrando @BuckeyeEmpire @cassell14 so your "opinion" was somehow demonstrated by multipled "published reports"? Weird.
@TimBrando @GreggDoyelCBS You can tell yourself that all you want but when a judge asks me to prove something, I need more than you've shown
Epoc fail. @TimBrando lol.. Called out Urban Meyer, then he gets called out by Buckeye Nation. Just another day on Twitter!
@awfulannouncing I saw published reports that Bigfoot is real and 2 of by buddies agreed with me so it must be fact. #Brando
Why do people still get so upset when these self-proclaimed "journalists" make statements that are based of fictional evidence or events? That's the way it works in the 21st century. Get used to it. the idea is to draw attention, not perform professional journalistic activities, like accurate reporting.
@awfulannouncing ESPN talks about ND not moving to ACC in football, but in all other sports, featuring ND football highlights. #oy
@dinkdumpdish Urban must have really pissed off Brando. Either way though.... Brando is a dumbass @CBSSports commentator.
@Bamagirl_4_ever @dinkdumpdish @cbssports I used to love Brando. Still do in college bball, but this is ridic and I hate OSU.
@Bamagirl_4_ever - I haven't followed Brando show until the last year, but there must be some Urban beef going on.