It’s officially summertime. Football isn’t here just yet, the NBA and NHL are done for the season and there’s nothing but baseball being played in the world of sports.
That means for some sports personalities, it’s time to come up with some outlandish content to get through the dog days for sports talk programming.
Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd did just that by comparing some big-name college football programs to national soccer clubs. This segment comes after Iceland captivated the soccer world with an incredible upset over mighty England in the knockout round of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
Cowherd named a couple of Big Ten programs during his cross-sport correlation and one of his comparisons was simply baffling.
He first compared Ohio State to perennial contender, Italy, which has won four World Cups and one Euro title.
“Italy is Ohio State,” Cowherd said. “Mostly known for defense, several titles, always feared.”
This comparison isn’t terribly far-fetched. The Buckeyes are much flashier on offense than in the past, but have claimed eight national championships and are consistent contenders in the Big Ten and nationally.
Cowherd’s more questionable comparison involved Iowa, which he harshly compared to Iceland. The Hawkeyes only have one claimed national championship and are 14-14-1 overall in bowl games, but they’ve definitely had far more success in their sport than Iceland has had in soccer.
Iceland has never qualified for the World Cup and has already accomplished its best result in a European tournament. Perhaps Purdue would be a more accurate parallel, but certainly not Iowa.