The communication game has been raised by a college football team yet again. Oregon State dropped this play card in its 2017 opener.
That is your friendly neighborhood Crying MJ meme, the internet sensation that’s photoshopped onto any and every unfortunate thing that happens to someone.
The incredible irony of Oregon State’s Crying MJ play card is that on the very next play, the Beavers fumbled.
These funny play cards are on seemingly every college football sideline.
And they’re much more compelling visually than the way things used to be done:
Sometimes the giant play cards are decoys; other times they may be conveying a message with one of the pictures. Here’s one of Clemson’s from this year’s national championship game.
They serve a dual purpose of conveying a complex message into something simple while simultaneously making the NFL upset. That’s a movement we can all get behind.
These signs are unique to college football. They’re used to help teams run their offenses faster. It eases the mental workload on a quarterback because players can look to the sidelines instead of going into a huddle. They're also used in a lot of concepts that don't require the quarterback to change the call or decipher the complexities of a defense.
The proliferation of the sign is becoming bothersome to some in the NFL. Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said it’s making it harder to evaluate quarterbacks.
But the play cards can be broken into a few distinct categories. We’ve grouped those right here for you, the reader.
The ones that are at least tangentially about sports
Some are clear references to sport. Others are a little backhanded, but still work.
I like to think they're like the play cards that college football coaches hold up now pic.twitter.com/zIBRFWe2r8— colton kiser (@coltonkiser_) March 29, 2017
The bus rolling baby!! War Eagle!! pic.twitter.com/6hHR8UA9ed— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) October 5, 2014
Speaking of Auburn, Samford put former Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on one of their play cards. He had some fun with the whole situation.
Lookin’ at you, Clemson.
You just need to hold up some play cards like college football pic.twitter.com/QO3u4ne9gD— Billy (@BillyLong07) July 26, 2016
Clemson opponents are getting in the act too.
Pop culture and such
1 UA Practice...1 AU Practice... 6 hours on the road & what did I learn? That I want to see Auburn run this play. pic.twitter.com/b0sO4VHOBb— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) August 3, 2013
The ones I’m not quite sure of
I think this has something to do with the Sugar Bowl. I think.
The one doing it for the Gram
The one doing it for love
There are many, many more too.
Have your own personal favorite play card?
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