Even if you don’t know Mike Defee by name, you probably know him by his arms. Gus Johnson certainly does.
A few years back, Defee made headlines while officiating the 2017 national championship between Clemson and Alabama with his sizable guns that could give Ed Houcholi a run for his money. Known as Beef Ref, Defee’s arms even earned themselves their own short-lived Twitterfeed. And although the hype surrounding this swole referee died down, those biceps have not.
They and Defee were on display Saturday when the head ref found himself in the middle of a pre-game scuffle between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners as Red River Rivalry tensions boiled over before the game even started. After the kerfuffle, Defee hit every player on both teams with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, ensuring that if anyone gets another one during the actual game they are immediately ejected.
Official Mike Defee tells Texas and OU captains before the coin toss: "You will play this game with sportsmanship. Are we clear?"
I am not making this up.
— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 12, 2019
So far, cooler heads have prevailed and the game is being settled the old-fashioned way on the field. Gus Johnson is calling the game for Fox and, as Gus is wont to do, he made sure to give Defee a shoutout and remind us all that Beef Ref was always still here.
Gus Johnson loves him some Mike Defee biceps pic.twitter.com/ppVHKi4N6A
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 12, 2019
“Defee has continued his hard work in the weight room…he’s JACKED!”
Later on, Gus kept the arm strength appreciation going.
LOL. Gus Johnson: “Well, there is another reason to take a look at the play, that’s to get another look at Mike Defee. He’s obviously working on the biceps… now over to our own guy, Mikey Rulebooks."
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 12, 2019
— Dirty Sports (@TheDirtySports) October 12, 2019
Gus Johnson during the replay just started naming body parts on Beef Ref that looked particularly swole
— BUM CHILLUPS, NPR CLASS PUNDIT (@edsbs) October 12, 2019
Back in his element, Gus is doing plenty of other Gus Things during the broadcast so far and (most) fans are enjoying it.
You just can’t beat Gus Johnson pic.twitter.com/baNHIs82rZ
— Harrison (@harrisznburns) October 12, 2019
Dicker the Kicker as time expires (in the first half) ? pic.twitter.com/lpfdAalUBg
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 12, 2019
As a bonus, Gus even pronounced Jose Altuve’s name correctly this time, so you know he must be feeling it.
— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) October 12, 2019
@BenDuBose Gus Johnson said Altuve's name right this time
— Andrés (@A_Garcia713) October 12, 2019
It’s Gus Johnson’s Day. We’re all just listening.