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Cal Football Interview: Todd Barr & Jason Gibson, The Berkeley Bromance

Are they best friends or is it all a show for these frenemies? Is there a mancrush at Memorial? Our own Lindsay Brauner investigates!

Our thanks to Leland Wong for transcribing the interview!

Lindsay Brauner (LB): Hey, it's Lindsay Brauner here with Todd Barr and Jason Gibson. Thanks for joining us, guys!

Jason Gibson (JG): Thank you.

Todd Barr (TB): No problem--it's a pleasure.

LB: How is it hanging out on the sidelines with all this new, exciting coaching stuff happening? What's that like? Just how depressed are you?

TB: I really don't like it, of course. I really love playing football, so having to sit on the sideline and watch is terrible. I don't really like it.

JG: I agree. I want to be out on the field to show my talents. We've got people in the stands now since our practice is open, so I want to show people what I can do. It's kind of weak

LB: So, on a scale from "losing in a scrimmage" to "losing to Stanfurd," it's kind of more along the lines of "losing to Stanfurd?"

TB: Yeah, basically.

JG: Definitely.

TB: Definitely.

LB: How much do you guys participate in the drills? Can you guys do any of the things out there?

TB: We basically do everything that doesn't involve hitting. We strike the sleds and stuff like that, but when it comes to full-on contact, we can't do that.

LB: When are you thinking about getting back out there?

TB: I'll be back for fall camp; I'm out for the rest of spring ball. I just want to have time to really rest up because I have a recurring injury, so I'm just gonna give it the right amount of time so I can come back and never have this injury again.

JG: I'm coming back in the fall, too. They have me doing the drills in spring ball right now, but they don't want me to do anything crazy and hurt myself. They just want me rested for fall camp.


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LB: So, I know you guys are friends--do you like playing together? What's that like?

JG: Him?! I don't like this guy.

TB: We're not really friends.

JG: We're not friends at all, actually.

TB: It's an act!

JG: It's only on camera.

TB: We gotta show team unity.

LB: Are there ever any fistfights on the field with you two?

TB: Not usually because we're on the same side of the ball, but between offense and defense, there are some fistfights.

LB: Not between the two of you, even though you dislike each other so much?

JG: I'm not gonna put my boy out there like that; he can get his butt whooped sometimes, but--


JG: Sometimes it can get a little intense.

TB: False statement. False statement.

JG: This is my boy, TB, and we're from the same area--So Cal. This is my boy. We gotta eat together, so we live in the same house. We're just gonna do this together. We came here together, so we're gonna go out together. That's what you do.

LB: You guys really came here together? One of you made the decision and the other did?

JG: Honestly? That's exactly it.

TB: He called me and said, "I committed [to Cal], so are we gonna do this there?" Like, five minutes later, as soon as he committed, I committed.

LB: Did you guys play together for a long time before coming here?

TB: No, actually, he went to [Junipero] Serra [High School]; I went to Lakewood [High School]. They're about 15 minutes away. We just became kind of close at some of the camps and official visits.

LB: Todd, Jason, thanks for joining me and I hope you guys work out all the problems between the two of you.

TB: Thank you, I appreciate it. We'll try.


LB: Do you guys wanna use that microphone for anything musical? Please?

TB: Music talents is behind closed doors.

LB: What were you just doing now?

JG: Just beatboxing, you know?

*commence beatboxing extravaganza*

JG: See, that's all we've got, though. That's what it is.

TB: Get our mixtape.

JG: We bring ‘em in, then we drop ‘em.

TB: We're gonna drop a mixtape; you can get it there.

LB: That was like a lead-in to nothing.

TB: A tease is what we call it.

JG: The Tease! That's what it's called!

LB: Well... what is it teasing us for..?

TB: For the mixtape that's gonna drop at the end of spring ball.

LB: Oh! Really?

TB: Yeah!

LB: Really? Where?

JG: No, no!

LB: Darn, you got my hopes up. Would you guys be rapping about football?

*pensive silence*

LB: Maybe not...

TB: Possibly. Maybe...

JG: See, they've gotta get the mixtape to find out. We can't tell them nothing. We can't leak that.

TB: No leaks.


Will you be buying The Tease by Barr and Gibson?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Pre-ordered already!
    (21 votes)
  • 28%
    Definitely--I can't wait!
    (14 votes)
  • 30%
    No, I'm a horrible person who actually loves Stanfurd.
    (15 votes)
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