The Phillie Phanatic was the guest picker on ESPN College GameDay.

The Phillie Phanatic was the guest picker on ESPN College GameDay.

The best signs from ESPN College GameDay in Philly for Temple vs. the Fighting Irish

There are few times when it’s socially acceptable to barbarically boo an 80-year-old man on national television while gathered on some of our nation’s most historic grounds.

College GameDay is one of those times.

That’s what happened when ESPN’s Lee Corso grabbed the Notre Dame headgear instead of putting on a Temple Owl headpiece this morning, effectively picking the away team while snubbing the hometown heroes on thier way to an undefeated season.

ESPN’s moderately absurd college football television show pitched its Home Depot-branded tent on Independence Mall earlier today, a clear signal for thousands of people to descend upon Old City for a morning of debauchery marked by watching a giant television screen and holding offensive signs. GameDay came for the Temple – Notre Dame matchup scheduled to take place tonight — the first time in Philadelphia history that two ranked college football teams have played here.

Mayor Michael Nutter made a special appearance, as did the Phillie Phanatic, who acted as the show’s guest picker and singled out his teams through playing charades with the hosts. The thousands of people who crowded Independence Mall were largely inebriated and dancing to — I kid you not — DJ Khaled during commercial breaks while posing for panning crowd shots.

We walked through the crowd this morning and took photos of some of the best signs we saw:

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Big, if true.

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That’s one that we don’t think made it on TV…

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OK this guy has a point.

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YEAH, ANYWAY.

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A terrible person, indeed.

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Always agree with that.

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Just, oof.

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And he never looked better!

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OK, fine yes. That’s a fact.

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RIP Al Golden’s days at Miami.

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Good job, good effort, Notre Dame fan.

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Simply the finest.

And here are some of the other signs that popped up on Twitter this morning:

No, no he did not.

Not condoning beer funnels, but that’s some illustration skill right there.

We remember it well.

Yup, it’s always sunny here.

Sums up Philly nightlife perfectly.

Pizza Hut cheesesteaks are probably what they eat in Indiana, anyway.

Innovative, anyway.

You want fear and loathing? We got plenty.

Jar Jar <3 ND.

Please go home, Notre Dame fan. Just go.

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