Reporter's Notebook: What The Hell is Rough And Rowdy?

For the last four years, as a USA Today sports host and reporter, my job was to cover big sporting events; set the scene, tell stories, interview athletes and provide pregame and postgame context and commentary.

In my time there, we got to see it all. I covered two World Series’, Three College Football Playoffs (including the National Championship), three Super Bowls, three Final Four’s, two NFL Drafts, two NBA Finals, the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and two NBA Summer League’s.

As you might imagine, the fanfare is epic. The volume is through the roof. The anticipation that has been building all year is now in overdrive. And the feels. The elation of victory and the drastic let down of defeat. The burning smell of champagne wafting in the air. The squishy, wet carpet from said champagne. And confetti. There is always LOTS of confetti.

But in all of my time covering these big events, I can truly say that these experiences will pale in comparison to what I’m about to see next. Rough and Rowdy 10.

When I got to Barstool I had never heard of this event. No clue. Everyone at the office kept referencing it. Friends from DC asked me if I was going to cover “it”. I had no idea what “it” was.

So what the fuck is Rough and Rowdy?

According to what I could gather, Rough and Rowdy is an amateur fighting event. Locals from the area can sign up (as long as their not professional fighters) to enter a single elimination tournament to compete in refereed boxing matches. Most of the fighters are untrained and if you watch tape, some of the fighters look like they came straight from working in the coal mines. Washington Post called it the event “where the forgotten town dukes it out once a year”. WOW. Love it.

THAT got me interested.

I then dug a little deeper. I watched the promo video, some clips of prior fights, sideline reports… you know, all standard sports fare. Only, this was not like anything I’d ever seen before. One man was throwing haymakers in jeans. One person had milk, YES milk, thrown on them. There were Romeo and Juliet style familial feuds that turned into brawls IN THE CROWD!

Another wrinkle on this is that Dave and Big Cat commentate the whole thing, improv style. That’s worth the price of admission alone. Caleb and Rone work the sidelines and interview fighters and folks in the crowd. The spontaneous banter is AMAZING.

I’m ENTHRALLED.

I’ve now made it a personal mission to go inside, like the former journalist I am, and get the inside scoop.

This. Should. Be Wild.

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RNR 10

Rough N' Rowdy

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10 Minutes Of Caleb & Rone Breaking Down The Best Fighters From RnR 12

10 Minutes Of Caleb & Rone Breaking Down The Best Fighters From RnR 12

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RnR 12 WEIGH IN Featuring Midget Fights, RED vs BLUE Rivalries, Undefeated Champions... FULL FIGHT CARD ALSO RELEASED

RnR 12 WEIGH IN Featuring Midget Fights, RED vs BLUE Rivalries, Undefeated Champions... FU...

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Wake Up With The Rough N Rowdy 12 Weigh-In Full Of Crazy Bastards (RnR 12 Is TONIGHT BUY NOW)

Wake Up With The Rough N Rowdy 12 Weigh-In Full Of Crazy Bastards (RnR 12 Is TONIGHT BUY N...

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Caleb & Rone Break Down The Best Fights From The RnR 12 PPV On Friday Night *Part 3/3*

Caleb & Rone Break Down The Best Fights From The RnR 12 PPV On Friday Night *Part 3/3*

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Caleb & Rone Break Down The Best Fights From The RnR 12 PPV On Friday Night *Part 2/3*

Caleb & Rone Break Down The Best Fights From The RnR 12 PPV On Friday Night *Part 2/3*

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Caleb & Rone Break Down The Best Fights From The RnR 12 PPV On Friday Night *Part 1/3*

Caleb & Rone Break Down The Best Fights From The RnR 12 PPV On Friday Night *Part 1/3*

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WATCH Everything That Went Down At The RnR 11 WEIGH IN Including 3'11'' TEO Snatching The Lightweight Title Out Of 4'2'' Smidge's Hands...

WATCH Everything That Went Down At The RnR 11 WEIGH IN Including 3'11'' TEO Snatching The ...

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This 10 Minute Documentary Shows EVERYTHING That Makes Rough N' Rowdy Worth Watching

This 10 Minute Documentary Shows EVERYTHING That Makes Rough N' Rowdy Worth Watching

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Join Our FREE RnR 11 Fanduel Contest With $10k + Merch Prizes... 6'0'' vs 6'7'' 335 lbs Pick IS IN

Join Our FREE RnR 11 Fanduel Contest With $10k + Merch Prizes... 6'0'' vs 6'7'' 335 lbs Pi...

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Join Our FREE RnR 11 Fanduel Contest With $10k + Merch Prizes... Heavyweight Title Pick IS IN

Join Our FREE RnR 11 Fanduel Contest With $10k + Merch Prizes... Heavyweight Title Pick IS...

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The Picks Are IN For Our 3'11'' vs 4'2'' Lightweight + Heavyweight Title Matchup

The Picks Are IN For Our 3'11'' vs 4'2'' Lightweight + Heavyweight Title Matchup

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Watch Our Full 4'2'' vs 4'3'' Title Fight To Pregame For 3'11'' vs 4'2'' At RnR 11

Watch Our Full 4'2'' vs 4'3'' Title Fight To Pregame For 3'11'' vs 4'2'' At RnR 11

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Only 1 WEEK AWAY From 3'11'' VS 4'2'' And Heavyweight Main Events At Rough N Rowdy 11

Only 1 WEEK AWAY From 3'11'' VS 4'2'' And Heavyweight Main Events At Rough N Rowdy 11

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Watch The Top 5 Callouts So Far For RnR 11...NOW ONLY 8 DAYS AWAY!!!

Watch The Top 5 Callouts So Far For RnR 11...NOW ONLY 8 DAYS AWAY!!!

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Rough N' Rowdy And The Barstool Party Are Coming To Miami For The Biggest Event Of The Week...Oh And Guess What Else Is Coming Back

Rough N' Rowdy And The Barstool Party Are Coming To Miami For The Biggest Event Of The Wee...

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Mike Live Fighting In RnR Main Event Says He Has "The Biggest Dick In The Country", Won't Stop Talking About It On IG

Mike Live Fighting In RnR Main Event Says He Has "The Biggest Dick In The Country", Won't ...

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To Travis Turman, The RnR Fighter Who Says I'm A "Stupid Bitch Who Can Suck His Dick"

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I'm Officially Singing "O, Canada!" TONIGHT With Boston Vs Montreal Leading Off The RnR 10 PPV

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RnR 10 Tale Of The Tapes Have Arrived... Vote On Winners Now And Watch PPV At 8 PM Friday Night

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Rough N Rowdy 10 Weigh In Recap Blog

Rough N Rowdy 10 Weigh In Recap Blog

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Nearly 24 Hours Away From 4'2'' VS 4'3'' And More Boxing History At RnR 10...

Nearly 24 Hours Away From 4'2'' VS 4'3'' And More Boxing History At RnR 10...

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Do I Have To Fight The RnR Heavyweight Winner In Order To Get A Damn Title Belt? This Is Bullshit!

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Everyone Needs To Root Against This Creep At Friday's Rough n Rowdy

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New England Title On The Line At RnR 10 Friday With "Lights Out" From Mass VS. "Mike Live" From RI

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