For the second time this season, ESPN College GameDay returned to Tallahassee on Saturday. The Saturday morning circus has become second nature for FSU fans — it's the fifth time in four seasons that ESPN's road show has been on campus — but this week's installment had a different tone in light of numerous recent allegations against Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston. Seminole fans rallied around Winston and attacked its network guest, making for one of the most eventful GameDay crowds of the year.
The Jameis Winston autograph allegations were the inspiration for some of this year's most memorable GameDay signs:
Early leader for favorite GameDay sign in Tallahassee pic.twitter.com/6OkMrn16Wv— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 18, 2014
"Jeff Driskel paid me for his autograph" pic.twitter.com/uU48VTzlI2— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) October 18, 2014
My buddy's sign pic.twitter.com/D8cQyMeOU3— Jon Marchant (@MrWarchant) October 18, 2014
May be waving the #wsu flag, but I still bleed garnet and gold! #collegegameday #fsu #gonoles
Other fans opted for attacking ESPN, whose Darren Rovell reported this week that Winston had signed some autographs.
The ESPN barbs extended past the network's Winston coverage and into its partnership with the SEC:
And this is awesome. Co-signed, Every Other League In America. pic.twitter.com/AE5tDxsQWI— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 18, 2014
The #BlameJameis movement was in full force (though mostly kept off the air):
Look for us on ESPN's Gameday! #blamejameis
Look for @kay_holla and I on ESPN's College Game Day live from Tallahassee, FL! #GoNoles! #GetUp4GameDay
BREAKING: None of these guys are actually Jameis Winston:
Some embraced the witch hunt:
Still others embraced the Dark Side:
Game Day signs
These three managed to check almost every box:
Look for us on ESPNs College GameDay! #collegegameday #espngameday #tallahassee #blamejameis #witchhunt
This young man asks the question we all are asking:
5:30am wake up call for ESPN college gameday.