Luke Poehlmann wins Babino Award

You ever notice that oftentimes the funniest people aren’t really trying to be funny? They just are. Most of us press a bit too hard in our feeble attempts at making others laugh.

I had a buddy in college, Jay, who is one of the funniest people I know. Yet, to my knowledge, didn’t make it a point to be funny, he just was. Mannerisms, perfectly-timed retorts, impeccable delivery were hallmarks of his comedic genius.

One fine evening, our group of friends was watching a UT game in the dorms. The particular game was against a pre-Leachian Texas Tech squad. The only reason we weren’t at the game was for the simple reason that it took place in Lubbock.

UT ended up winning a close game on a Phil Dawson (now with the Cleveland Browns) 53-yard field goal. During the game, Jay noticed one of the Horns’ backups waving a white towel, not in surrender mind you, but in support of his teammates.

That player was none other than backup linebacker Aaron Babino, who apparently has appeared in NBC’s Friday Night Lights.

Jay, for some reason, singled out Babino for the towel-waving and from that moment on Babino and his white towel were forever enshrined in our minds as the dynamic duo of athletic support.

Fast-forward to last night’s Fiesta Bowl match-up between Ohio State and the Texas Longhorns. Yeah my ‘Horns pulled it out at the end, yes the game was exciting, blah blah blah.

Borrrring. Well at least in comparison to the Babinoesque antics of Longhorn redshirt freshman Luke Poehlmann.

Poehlmann, a 6’7″, 252 lb O-lineman, who sat out his true freshman year, drew an inordinate (or not) amount of attention from Fox cameras for his act (see end of video below).

Congratulations Luke for nabbing the Aaron Babino Towel Waving Award, and perhaps earning at least a part as an extra in the next Dukes of Hazzard movie.

And by the way, thanks for sating cherished Texas stereotypes held by those outside of our great state, and for wresting the “Best Mullet in the Universe sported by a guy named Luke” award from Mark Hamill (below).

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Bad haircuts, one more jewel on the crown that is the Skywalker legacy

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