Rapper Jack Harlow Will Perform on Gameday in Columbus, Act As Guest Picker

By Johnny Ginter on August 28, 2022 at 1:59 pm
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ESPN's College Gameday will have a performance by rapper Jack Harlow, who will also act as the celebrity guest picker for Ohio State's tilt against Notre Dame.

This weekend, ESPN's College Gameday will add another visit to Columbus to their very, very long list of appearances in the capitol city, and they're bringing star rapper Jack Harlow with them to perform and act as a celebrity guest picker.

I know you probably don't know who Jack Harlow is, and will also probably make sure that everyone else knows that you don't know who Jack Harlow is by making a comment below that says "I don't know who Jack Harlow is" so I'm going to save everyone a lot of time and tell you a few facts about Jack Harlow so that you know who he is and don't have to let everyone know you've never heard of him:

  • He's a rapper that kids like
  • His song "WHATS POPPIN" got huge on TikTok in 2020
  • He just released an album called "Come Home the Kids Miss You" with a single called "First Class" that hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts
  • His actual real name is "Jackman" which is hilarious
  • He's 24, from Louisville, and has no obvious connection to either Notre Dame or Ohio State that I can see

The crime here isn't necessarily that Jack Harlow is a bad rapper or whatever (although, in the opinion of this intrepid reporter, he is in fact bad at rap), but that for what seems like the billionth time, ESPN has just randomly trotted out a dude to get eyeballs on the last 15 minutes of Gameday instead of someone Ohio State fans in Columbus might have some kind of shared attachment to.

On the other hand, the best possible choice (Dave Thomas) and the second best possible choice (Afro Duck) are both sadly no longer with us, so maybe they should just pull a random drunk guy off High Street and call it even.

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