Best of the Bull Pen

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We’ve received hundreds of submissions from OKTC readers in the last 5 months, and I have read every single one of them. Sometimes reluctantly. But more often, I’ve been impressed by your knowledge, observations and humor. Each of you have contributed to the success of OKTC, and Clay and I cannot thank you enough. All I want for Christmas is for y’all to keep submitting brilliant articles.

In case you missed them, here are the best Bull Pen posts of 2012: 

A fan’s journey from Tiananmen Square to the SEC:
Why? Because it beautifully illustrates the achievement of an underdog and the many ways sports unite us. 
Female fans as equals:
Because it’s true. And you’re blocking the TV. 
SEC coaches as Game of Thrones characters: 
Not just because this article is brilliant and funny, but also because it proved eerily relevant by predicting the firings of Dooley, Chizik and Phillips and its spot on analysis of Mark Richt as Jamie Lannister: 
The ladies love him, and he seems like he SHOULD be the guy, but there’s just something……..can’t quite put my finger on it…….he just doesn’t want to be the MAN. Just seems like the type of guy who would be captured by Robb friggin’ Stark in the World’s Largest Outdoor Whispering Wood, right? An enigmatic second banana who manages to stick around and keep it interesting. We feel like we should get more out of both of them……will we? That’s OK, I’m sure the next season will be his breakout performance…..
Bitter rivalries: 
Because everyone hates Alabama. 
Sort of. 
Inevitable personnel changes: 
Because we’ve always wondered how the support staff feels when a head coach is fired. 
Family and football: 
Because we all know it’s more than just a game. It’s a Saturday tradition, a family legacy, and a lifetime of memories. 
Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments. Thanks again to all of you. It’s been a great year. 

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.