Posted by Chip Patterson
In the last decade or so, the art of the "roast" has become more and more popular as a structured way to both honor someone/something and completely obliterate all attendees with humor. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly recently was one of the guests of honor at "The Roasting of Jeff Ruby" in Cincinnati. Ruby, one of the city's most recognizable resturaunteurs, put himself on the hot seat Thursday night to raise money for the Ohio Cancer Research Associates. The guest list was pretty impressive, including Kelly, Marvin Lewis, Dusty Baker, NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung, as well as Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman, former Oakland Raiders star and Super Bowl Champ Phil Villapiano and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. Also a guest of honor was current Cincinnati football coach Butch Jones. When Kelly took the podium, he decided to have a little fun at the expense of his Bearcats' successor.
“I had a steak named after me at The Precinct. It was 12 ounces, and I thought that was fitting for someone who went 12-0," Kelly joked to the crowd. "But I’m no longer on the menu… So Jeff and I cut a deal. He said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do for you. How about if I cut Butch Jones’ and Marvin’s steak down to 4 ounces, since they only won four games?’ ”
Obviously the jokes were all in good fun, and the event was for a good cause. Jones succeeded Kelly not only at Cincinnati, but also at Central Michigan. Jones also served as Kelly's offensive coordinator in 2004, Kelly's first year with the Chippewas. Marvin Lewis reportedly was the hit of the roast, breaking out a PowerPoint presentation of all the notables at the event and delivering clever one-liners for each. When Lewis was questioned about his photoshopping skills, he simply replied: "I've got a little time on my hands."