November 05, 2011
Of course he did. San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson(notes) pitched for the LSU baseball team back in the day, so when the opportunity came for him to visit the ESPN College GameDay set Saturday, he dressed from helmet to tail in Tigers football gear. Even shoulder pads. When it comes to his costumes, Wilson is all about the authenticity.
And why not? Not only did Wilson want to outdo the mascot-head-wearing Lee Corso, but he had to get himself psyched for the biggest game of the college football season so far — LSU at Alabama.
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Corso (who donned a fake Wilson beard and S.F. Giants cap) also had Wilson give his picks for a few other games. If you find Wilson amusing, he was his usual amusing self when doing so:
Arizona State at UCLA: "UCLA has great weather, good seating, bad team. Mmmkay? ASU, that's where our spring training facility is and the women are hot."
Vanderbilt at Florida: "I'm a huge fan of sea captains. I'm gonna have to go with the Commodores."
South Carolina at Arkansas: "Weird mascot game — you've got the 'Backs verse the Cocks. Never bet against the Cocks. I'm going with South Carolina."
When it came to picking No. 1 against No. 2, Wilson busted out a trumpet ("If I had a trumpet ... whoa! What is this?") and "played" a few bars of the "Tiger Rag." And then he put on the Tigers mascot's head.
Big BLS h/t: 30FPS for the photo captures.
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