Mike Defee Gus Johnson

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.

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.

“Defee has continued his hard work in the weight room…he’s JACKED!”

Later on, Gus kept the arm strength appreciation going.

Back in his element, Gus is doing plenty of other Gus Things during the broadcast so far and (most) fans are enjoying it.

As a bonus, Gus even pronounced Jose Altuve’s name correctly this time, so you know he must be feeling it.

It’s Gus Johnson’s Day. We’re all just listening.


About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Curbed, Neighborhoods.com, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.