Peter Burns, as he occasionally does, took over for Paul Finebaum during his usual afternoon slot on Monday.
Some like the occasional switch while others aren’t a fan, but Burns’ SEC knowledge more than holds down Finebaum’s throne for a day every once in awhile. Monday, Burns decided to use his soapbox to preach about the University of Central Florida.
Specifically, the uproar among Alabama and other SEC fans about the program’s claim to a national title last season for going undefeated and beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
Burns’ main message: Who cares?
“I hate to upset Finebaum callers and listeners and I know I do that a lot when I fill in,” Burns began. “Actually, I’m not even going to apologize because I feel strongly about this so let me go on to this rant. I don’t care that UCF hung a banner, gave out the rings, nor should you care. It’s a brilliant marketing campaign. There is no reason in hell I would still be talking about UCF had they not done about this. I don’t care about UCF Florida. But guess what? You know what they do every once in awhile they’ll come up and be like ‘Hey, we’re doing this.’ They unveiled the national championship thing in their stadium’ who cares? Let them do it, we all know it’s not the real national championship.”
He’s referring to the multiple schemes the program has set up for its fans. They put a banner up, the state passed bills, they even held a parade. Burns was there to remind the SEC faithful that it’s all smoke and mirrors. None of it actually exists because the school didn’t really win the national title.
He reminded viewers that they’re eating out the program’s hand every time they see UCF and get angry.
“Every time you say, ‘Well, UCF isn’t the real champion, guess what? They love it,” Burns said. “They’re trying to trigger you. Don’t fall for it. You’re too smart of a sports fan to fall for the little bitty marketing ploy that UCF has. This is what they have, to unveil rings, to unveil banners, to do championship parades because nobody is talking about UCF outside of central Florida. Ok? Nobody is really talking about it. I love Shaquem Griffin, I love him. I love Scott Frost and the job that he did there. I love that the athletic department went all in for this team because guess what? We’re not ever going to see it again so allow them to have their little 2 minutes of fame. Don’t be petty, just pat them on the head say congratulations enjoy your ring we know there is only one trophy and it resides in Tuscaloosa and it could have been housed in Athens. Either way it was going to an SEC squad so allow them to have their little fun moment.”
Burns’ thinking actually isn’t even that far off from that of his co-host. Finebaum himself has called the parade “laughable” as well.