In an epic showdown worthy of, well, something, Nick James out-lasted defending champion Kaleb Eulls for an upset victory Sunday. Eulls had taken the title in both 2012 and 2013 following the annual Beeing' Up The Bulldogs steak dinner provided by the state's cattlemen and beef producer associations as well as the campus agricultural sciences department.
A reported 210 ribeyes, all 16-ounce editions, were prepared for Bulldog players, staff, and even a handful of typically-alert media attracted by the free fodder.
The post-meal highlight was the hay toss competition of course and Eulls seemed sure to hold his title a third time. That was until James unloaded a heave that the official scorer ruled was of the same distance. The two defensive tackles tried it again, and both were marked at 24 feet, 10 inches to force one more throw.
This last time, James got to 24 feet, 5 inches, but Eulls was unable to match it.
Readers will be spared the sight of Bulldog players coaxed into following a vet's example and reaching into the stomach of a live campus cow throw the window cut into its side. Just watching the digestive process in action was enough for most players. Who fortunately had already dined fine.
Coach Dan Mullen puts the team back on the practice field Monday evening after the first day of fall classes. This will be the first chance to discuss results of Friday's second and final scrimmage, and the transition from training camp to game-preparations.