By Sean Lynch
The BCS era of college football ended in dramatic fashion on Monday night (December 6) as No. 1 Florida State defeated No. 2 Auburn at the hands of freshman quarterback, and Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston. Winston’s two-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left sealed a win for the Seminoles. But Hip-Hop’s presence at the 2014 BCS Championship was the talk of Pasadena, California.
Auburn tailback, Tre Mason may just be a star to those lucky enough to catch more than a glimpse of the speedy running back on their television sets. But Mason has heavy ties to Hip-Hop, heavier than you would think. Tre Mason is the son of Vincent Lamont Mason Jr. whose stage name is DJ Maseo otherwise known as Plug Three of De La Soul. The Hip-Hop trio are pioneers in their own right, but last night the elder Mason was a proud father, as he found his son on the big stage.
The junior running back found himself in the running for a Heisman Trophy, turning in a remarkable season. Highlighted by a 164 yard game in a win over Alabama, only to follow that up an SEC Championship record-setting 304 yards on 46 carries against Missouri. Last night was no different as Tre carried the ball 34 time for 195 yards and a touchdown. Making his case for any questioning his contention last year for the Heisman trophy.
But Tre wasn’t Hip-Hop’s only connection to the Auburn Tigers. The offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who just six years ago was running High School Sports The Magazine, used a very unique way of calling in plays to his Quarterback and team. Auburn’s offense play cards sported images of Jay Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Ron Burgundy for their plays. An unorthodox-method in college football but surely an unconventional way to mask the offensive scheme.
Take a look at some of Hip-Hop’s tweets from last night:
I have to say tonight's game was an incredible experience I'm truly proud of my son. I am inspired by his love and passion for football.
— DJ Maseo; DE LA SOUL (@DeLaSoulsDugout) January 7, 2014
Winston is the truth
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 7, 2014
FSU let's go!!!
— Dee-1 (@Dee1music) January 7, 2014
Does Auburn have one more miracle play left in them? They've done it twice before?
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) January 7, 2014
Watching Maseo aka @DeLaSoulsDugout 's son Tre Mason play in this BCS championship game #GoAuburn #GoTreMason
— DanteRoss (@DanteRoss) January 7, 2014
Auburn played they heart out. Actually played solid throughout. But JW played big when needed. I'm glad the BCS is OVER!
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) January 7, 2014
Shoutout to the OG @DeLaSoulsDugout. I know you're shining like the proud poppa you are, my brother...lol. Salute!
— Phonte (@phontigallo) January 7, 2014