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Nothing Is More Keeno Than Being Beano (Although Some Beef-A-Reeno Would Be Nice)

I’m not kidding, it must be a gas (heh) to be Beano Cook right about now. Why? Because everybody’s favorite near-octogenarian ESPN college football analyst/disoriented curmudgeon of some renown has just had the 38th Bert McGrane Award bestowed upon him. The award, “is given annually by the Football Writers Association of America in recognition of service to its membership and of contributions to the sport.” Beano, informed of the award during a podcast, is obviously thrilled with the honor, and as you can see by the screengrab above, finds it incredibly difficult to control his emotions at times.


“I don’t know what to say,” Cook said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Then, recognizing his trademark phrase, Cook said, “I guess I should say, ‘Unbelievable!’ “

Cook, 79, worked as a sports information director at Pittsburgh from 1956 to 1966 and publicized college football for ABC from 1966 to 1974. He did the same for CBS from 1977 to 1982, then returned to ABC to work in front of the camera as a college football commentator before joining ESPN.

“I’m shocked,” Cook said after the podcast. “The only person more shocked in recent years over getting picked was Sarah Palin. I’ve come to the conclusion that if you live long enough, you’re going to get some type of award whether you deserve it or not.”

Ha! Sarah Palin. That gal is ripe for parody, as the saying goes. And what Beano says is true, you live long enough, you’re bound to get an award. That’s why I’m holding out hope that in 2040, I will finally receive my much-deserved Sexiest Sports Blogger Career Achievement Award. Sure, such an award hasn’t been invented yet, but there’s plenty of time before 2040 for those details to get ironed out.

Beano Cook honored with award [ESPN]