Sunday, February 28, 2010
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's
Saturday, February 27, 2010
As an alert David Warner noticed, this UNC store is using the school's football team to sell t-shirts; the basketball shirts are there, technically, but they're relegated to a stray pile. This is like Ron Jeremy using his face to sell porno movies.
The idea that a retailer might be promoting the Tar Heels' football team over the basketball team is a real tough sell. That "2 for 20" sign screams "overstock" more than anything else. That, or it's getting ready for spring practice.
If anything, that "stray pile" of UNC basketball shirts looks like more shirts have been sold from it than from those vast piles of unsold football shirts. Some abandoning ship there.
Besides, it's doubtful that UNC fan stores selling UNC football shirts is anything for Roy Williams to worry about. Even with Butch Davis' modest success, UNC isn't close to becoming a football school.
Now if the UNC fan stores start selling Duke shirts, on the other hand...
(via Buster Sports)
Friday, February 26, 2010
All that's missing from this little clip is John and Madden as a Greek chorus.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
It was bound to happen. Tiger Woods sexcapades have apparently inspired a rap song. Or at least given Ludacris some more material.
Yes. Bill O'Reilly's favorite rapper has come out with a rap song called "Sexting" which includes a bit apparently inspired by Tiger Woods infamous voice mail message to one of his mistresses. Which besides mocking sexting, and sex addiction rehab clinics gives new meaning to the term "hole in one."
A few months ago Arkansas quarterback R**n Mallett lost his spot on the list for losing to Georgia and Alabama. He broke his foot earlier this year. If the following video is accurate about how Mallett is getting around the Arkansas campus, then it's gonna be a long time before he ever earns a spot back on the list.
Does that say "dork," or does that say "dork"?
Seriously, if I were a college QB with a foot injury I'd be having myself getting around campus in a wheelchair pushed by cheerleaders and/or hot coeds. That. my friends, would be pimpin'.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Yet another Tennessee fan has vented their hatred for Lane Kiffin on You-Tube. There's some questionable language so click to the link at your own risk. Just remember that someday, Vols fans will look at the BSC "Championship" trophies won by Derek Dooley and laugh at all this. Yeah, right. Who do I think I'm fooling here?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
(via The Big Lead, Deadspin)
Monday, February 22, 2010
Ironically, this picture originally appeared on the Inside USC blog. Oh how beautiful the irony. It makes you wonder what that shirt would look like in cardinal and gold, doesn't it? I guess we'll find out in a few years.
(via Inside USC, Dr. Saturday)
Not that he was alone. Lions' QB Matt Stafford was there too. Along with Jon Gruden, Joe Montana, and Chad (Johnson). Sam Bradford was hanging around too. (And yes genius, there are Hooters resturants in Oklahoma).
Should anybody be surprised that Eli was at a Hooters party? This was the same guy who was writing graffiti in the visitor's locker room in the brand-new
(via The Angry T, The Big Lead)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
He was the epitome of everything that's wrong in sports during the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. But now Bode Miller can add Olympic Gold Medal winner to his resume. Miller won the gold in the men's super combined event on Sunday.
Miller's reckless attitude and partying got the thumbs down by the media in 2006. His disastrous performance in the games didn't help either. That's pretty much yesterday's news now. Miller's 2010 Olympic record now includes a gold, a silver, and a bronze.
Just some advice for Miller: Don't let strange women use your medal as a chew toy like Scotty Lago did. That's still frowned upon.
(via Atlanta-Journal Constitution)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Johnny Weir's already planning his post skating career. Sadly it will probably involve the fashion world. Weir told Yahoo! Sports that he is considering retiring from competitive skating after the coming 2010 World Championships in Torino, Italy. “In figure skating your body can only last for so long," said Weir "I can’t be 50 and trying to skate but I can be 50 and be in fashion, so I have to look to my future and what I want to achieve.”
Weir mentions wanting to enroll in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. If he does expect Freudian nightmares and PeTA protests to follow.
(via Yahoo! Sports)
(via Buster Sports, The State)
Friday, February 19, 2010
Jerry Jones was seen last night in Vancouver watching the men's figure skating at the Winter Olympics. This can't be a good sign. You know that once Jerrah's been to an Olympics, he's going to want one of his own. After all, he needs something to fill up
(via Dallas Morning News)
Ole Miss students will be voting next week to decide if they want a new mascot as a replacement for Colonel Reb. This comes seven years after the mascot was retired for being too connected to the "Old South" (as in slavery, the Confederacy, the Civil War, segregation, etc.)
It's a really dumb idea. but if we're really going to go there...
UGA: Chewbacca. If there's a Star Wars character you want on the sidelines, it's got to be Chewie. And Chewie epitomizes the kind of ferocity UGA V showed back in 1996 against Auburn. Besides, the best advice is to let the Wookiee win.
Florida: Darth Vader. Too obvious.
Vanderbilt: C-3PO. The gold shell of C-3PO perfectly matches the Commodore's school colors. And his prissy, intellectual demeanor fits just as well.
Tennessee: Jabba the Hutt. (Insert Phil Fulmer joke here)
(via Dr. Saturday)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Terence Moore thinks Nike's "MVPuppets" of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James demean African-Americans. Well, there's a shock. Moore's a longtime expert at abusing the race card, so this is just par from the course.
Moore refers to Kobe and LeBron's puppet avatars as "the anti-Barack Obamas" and that they "mostly lounge around their apartment as they live in a world filled with rapping and folks speaking broken English."
What really set Moore off is the "House on Fire" commercial where "Kobe's" shoes set the puppet's shared house on fire.
Just like various poisons, these Kobe-LeBron puppet commercials have names, which brings me to the one that pushed me over the edge: "Shoes on fire." It begins with Kobe and LeBron returning home to a smoldering mess after an inferno at their apartment. They are questioned by a couple of firemen who are sifting through the rubble inside the shoe closet of the two players. After a while, the white fireman says to the black fireman, "Chief, I think we've got something over here," as the white fireman holds up one of Kobe's smoking sneakers with a pair of pliers. Then the black fireman goes into his best Pigmeat Markham routine (you know, "Heah com du judge") by snapping his neck while saying, "I'm tell YOU as an official of the fire department -- this shoe right heah is just . . . TOO hot." To which the Kobe puppet says to the LeBron puppet with glee, "LeBron, you hear that? My shoe hot." Ha, ha. Ho, ho. Barf, barf.
I don't want to say Moore's got hearing problems, but I watched the offending part of the clip several times over, and I'm pretty sure that the Fire Chief puppet says "I'm telling you" as opposed to "I'm tell YOU." Maybe it's time Moore went to the otologist.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The rumors are true. Janell Wheeler, the young woman who is one of Tim Tebow's umpteen aledged girlfriends, is one of the "Final 24" who made the cut on American Idol. This despite a less than stellar final audition in Hollywood.
The question now is will Tebow show up in the audience for American Idol. (He might be a little busy with his own "auditions" for the NFL) Or whether the subject even comes up on the air. But whether they know it or not, two of America's biggest cultural obsessions may just be ready to collide. Hope they both survive the experience.
(via Tampa Bay Online)
Just don't expect to hear this on NBC anytime soon. I'm seriously hoping for a massive culling of NBC execs when Comcast takes over, with Zucker and Ebersol going first.
(via Yahoo! Sports)
What this commercial really proves it that Steve Nash should consider himself lucky that Shaquille O'Neal
(via Stalking Steve Philips)
(Warning: Language you wouldn't use in front of your mama.)
Gee, maybe Rick Reilly had a point. Well, maybe not.
Oh well. at least the music in the Opening Ceremonies wasn't bad. Though I'm beginning to wonder about K.D. Lang. Is she still a vegan? She looked like she'd taken a few trips to the hot bar at Golden Corral. Applewood bacon rocks. That or she ate a PeTA supporter or two.
(via The Sporting Blog)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Maybe Vols fans will cool down before September. But I hope not.
It figures that with all the Big 10/Pac-10 expansion talk/speculation/silliness that somebody would have to go and start talking about SEC expansion. And leave it to Bart Wright of Gannett News Service to go and suggest Clemson as an SEC candidate.
Actually Clemson is suggested as a replacement for Arkansas if the Razorbacks were to bolt for the Big 12 to replace Colorado bolting for the Pac-10 and/or Missouri bolting for the Big 10. Clemson is brought up because of the size of Death Valley is large enough for an SEC school, and of the "small-town atmosphere" that fits in with other SEC schools.
The article doesn't bring it up, but it would also lead to the annual renewal of the rivalry with Georgia, unless the SEC did something blatantly stupid and moved UGA to the west to balance out the divisions. Then again, the SEC could just go and expand to 14 teams, picking up Clemson and picking up a school in Texas (TCU's the obvious choice with the least complications.)
Then again, the SEC could go for the money and make a run for Miami. But the Hurricanes have jumped division twice in the past decade or so. That makes that possibility less likely.
Expect this kind of silliness to continue until something actually happens. The eventual outcome will probably more underwhelming than what fans and the media are speculating about.
(via The Times and Democrat)
Monday, February 15, 2010
Now that the Texas to the Big 10 talk is pretty much toast, something had to replace it. So what pops up other than talk about Nebraska making the leap. Talk from Tom Osbourne that he would be willing to listen to a Big 10 pitch certainly help those stories.
Honestly, The Huskers make more sense geographically as a Big 10 team than Texas does. And despite recent setbacks on the gridiron, Nebraska is still somewhat of a big enough name to make people notice. The drawback might be the lack of academics that the Big 10 might be looking at. But the schools that can provide all three needs are few and far between. Notre Dame would be it on all three accounts, but the Irish are still too chained to their precious tradition of independence to join the Big 10.
Nebraska might a better candidate realistically than other schools. It wouldn't make too big of a splash as Texas or Notre Dame would, however. Not that there are that many truly exciting candidate schools out there in the first place. For the Big 10, it's really looking like a case of lowered expectations.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The Daytona 500 got red flagged at lap 122 because of a pothole that developed in turn Turn 2. As of 4:49pm, the hole was still trying to be patched up. So the race has been delayed about 90 minutes.
The organizers of the Vancouver Olympics must be feeling better about right now. At least he glitch at the Opening Ceremonies didn't bring the games to a stop.
Don't let the baseball diamond fool you. Sly Fox is the mascot of the NBA's New Jersey Nets. At least he is until they move to Brooklyn to be doing. If they move they move that is. Or maybe they'll move to Newark. Everything is up in the air, as is as big of a mess as the team is on the court.
So maybe it's appropriate that Sly is on a pitcher's mound. If things totally go to shreds he might be looking for another gig. Of course things could get worse for Sly. Most people look at Sly's silvery fur-covered body and see a cuddly mascot. Johnny Weir, on the other hand...
Johnny-boy here could make three or four costumes out of Sly's hide.
Shaq fired the opening salvo first saying “You tell me who the real Superman is? Don’t compare me to nobody. I’d rather not be mentioned. I’m offended.”
Howard responded with “I just felt like Shaq being who he is with what he’s done for the NBA, me being a young player trying to get where he is at, I just felt like it would be better for him to try to get me there instead of trying to bring me down, especially in front of you [media] guys."
Let's just settle this one here and now. THIS is the real Superman.
Any questions? Didn't think so.
(via Yahoo! Sports)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The talk about Texas joining the Big 10 might just be talk. Kirk Bohls of The Austin American-Statesman pretty much pours cold water on the idea. According to his sources, the move doesn't have a chance of happening. The reasons being the long-distance the Longhorns and it's followers would have to travel to away games, the extra amount of time lost in class by students by the move (stop snickering), and that the Texas legislature might demand Texas A&M be forced to go along for the ride. (Don't laugh at that one either. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, is an Aggie.)
Texas in the Big 10 didn't make much sense anyway. Even with all the money the Big 10 brings in, it would cost a lot of money for Texas to haul its various sports programs up to compete closer to the states closer Canadian border. That includes the programs that don't make money like the football program (which means most of them). It's one of those cases where the idea sounds more sexy than practical.
via (Dr. Saturday, The Austin American-Statesman)
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Listening to all the arguments on how a Big 10-Texas marriage would work, it brings to mind one of the biggest business busts of all time in AOL/Time-Warner. It sounded good on paper, but it ended up bringing both companies down. The merger didn't last the decade either.
If Texas were to jump to the Big 10 it would have to be a heck of a deal. It may also be one that looked too good on paper to work in real life.
(via SB Nation)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Getting in the Pac-10 won't be easy, however. Scott said potential member schools would have to work "academically and culturally'' in the Pac-10. Translation: [BLEEP], you Boise St.
EDSBS gave the obvious choices for new Pac-10 schools in Utah and Colorado, and it's hard to argue with those choices. The trick here is how much the FBS landscape would alter as a result of the Pac-10 raiding a Big 12 school. Which school would the Big-12 replace Colorado with? It's doubtful the conference would try to raid the SEC, and the Big East doesn't provide much that would be really appetizing. TCU would fit more into the Big 12 geographically, but wouldn't do much for market expansion. Which leaves either BYU or Boise St. as possible replacements. Boise St. might be the bigger name, BCS buster-wise, but BYU might have the market advantage.
Where would this leave Boise St.? Left out in the cold. It would probably cripple the Mountain West. The best thing for both would be to band together and leave the WAC behind.
Pac-10 expansion could possibly bring big changes into the FBS. Potential BCS-busters could end up being brought into the BCS fold, but somebody would still be left in the wilderness. In all probability that would be Boise St. And the BCS landscape would still have a gaping hole in it.
(via, EDSBS, The Seattle Times)
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Meet Johnny the Thunderbird, one of the newest members of the mascot community. Johnny is the mascot of the St. John's University Red Storm.
It is kind of funny that a school than changed their name not to offend Native Americans would pick a Native American legendary creature as a mascot. St. John's used to be called the Redmen. But the school decided to change the name in the spirit of "Well, we didn't mean our old name to be a reference to Native Americans, but we're changing it anyway so they won't be POed."
So they changed the name to the Red Storm. And last year, the school unveiled this creature. A Thunderbird named "Johnny" in a contest. Pretty original, huh?
Actually Johnny is somewhat unoriginal and sore of lame. He invokes images of Hokiebird (the Turkey-based Virginia Tech mascot) as opposed to the mighty bird who made thunder ring out with the beating of his wings. He's not very scary. He won't be inhabiting my nightmares like Bucky Badger or Purdue Pete do.
(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
Monday, February 8, 2010
If anything, the debacle shows the ridiculousness of the NCAA in handling it's member schools. Spencer Hall (who's apparently dropped his Orson Swindle moniker with EDSBS's move over to SB Nation) had this to say about the issue:
"On a larger note, the NCAA's reason for existing becomes even more nebulous. As far as we know, the NCAA hands out large sanctions to tiny programs committing infractions defined by charter rules, collects large dollars for running a huge basketball tournament, and keeps a pretty handy stats page for NCAA football. Much as we'd like to pay an organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year to do this, there are probably more efficient ways to do this, much less ones that involve an organization with actual powers of sanction.
(Then again: if the NCAA merely represents the will of its members to regulate themselves, then there is zero will to regulate programs who commit violations.)"
The NCAA shows little or no desire or ability to truly hold it's member schools accountable when it comes to violating it's rules, at least when it comes to serious issues at big time programs. It is becoming more and more rare to see the NCAA take true punitive steps to punish a programs who have serious problems. The coming showdown with USC over various issues may just well show how serious the NCAA is about cleaning up big time college athletics.
Congrats to the Saints. They did a good job coming from behind to beat the Colts. A lot of that had to do with Peyton Manning's costly interception into the hands of Tracy Porter, which might have been the most memorable past of the game.
Still, SB XLIV wasn't as exciting as it was cut out to be. Most of the game was about field position than actual scoring. The Sean Peyton's decision for an onside kick did more to tip the scales in favor of the Saints than much of what Drew Brees did on the field.
The ancillary events surrounding the game were just as underwhelming.
The Who's halftime performance was possibly the weakest since the NFL stopped using Up With People. The light show and stage effects were far more interesting that what was left of the band itself. The NFL seriously needs to reconsider using rock acts from the Jurassic Era, and going for more current acts. Wardrobe malfunctions be danged.
The commercials weren't any better. The Late Show spot with David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, and Jay Leno was probably the only true WTF moment of the night. Quite a shocker, considering Leno and Letterman's past. The majority of the rest didn't hold up to previous years. Even Budweiser's ad with the Clydesdale's and the longhorn steer was pretty lame. (A bucking bull from the Professional Bull Riders would have been better).
In the end, the game was kind of...meh. It was more of a grinder than a shootout. It won't go down as one of the greatest or most memorable Super Bowls.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Sadly, it seems Sears has taken down the Magic Favre Ball, so that can't be of any help anymore. Not that it was in the first place.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The possibilities here are endless.
Theismann thinks that Tebow should have retired after his college football career ended.
"Rock star status preserved," Theismann said.
"Obviously at Florida they don't teach throwing the football," Theismann opined in explaining that Tebow's mechanics are "poor." Theismann also said that Urban Meyer and his staff have "no clue" regarding the process for preparing a quarterback to play "at the next level."
Obviously Theismann knows nothing about rock stars, because they can't seem to retire either. Super Bowl halftime show starring The Who anyone?
America's Best Dance Crew they're not. We Are Heroes could easily have blown the Husky players off the dance floor last year. Heck, if they went up against the crews from the ATL that were in the ABDC Southern Regionals last week I'm sure they would get dominated.
(via The Dagger)
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Still there have been some things that have caught my eye.
- Georgia is paying the price for bungling the search for Willie Martinez's replacement. Losing Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee is a huge embarrassment. Especially considering the chaos after Lane Kiffin's departure. At least it didn't take over a month to find Kiffin's replacement.
- Auburn's recruiting class is being hyped up. It looks like some of the stunts Auburn has pulled like the white stretch Hummer limo might have worked. Expect the NCAA to ban Hummers in college football in the near future.
- German-born Bjoern Werner is a high school defensive end who would rock you like a hurricane. He would, that is, if he hadn't committed to Florida State, that is. He announced his decision today on ESPN. His on-air attempt at a tomahawk chop was a little weak. But it could have been worse. (Insert obvious joke here.)
Y'know, Playmobil's missed an opportunity to make money by not actually coming out with college football Playmobil figures. Same with LEGO. Imagine a LEGO version of Stanford Stadium or The Swamp. They're both missing out.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Here's yet another Danica Patrick career milestone not related to her actually winning a race. Patrick will appear in a February 10 CSI:NY episode playing...wait for it...a race car driver. That's a real artistic stretch there. Her character will be involved in the investigation of the suspicious death of a "racing great" played by former General Hospital star and underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr. An underwear model and Go-Daddy spokesperson starring in the same TV show. It somehow sounds appropriate.
In a related front, it appears that the internet is actually made of cats.
Well, that would explain why cats like to sit on keyboards.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Did you hear the one about Pitt joining the Big 10? That was the rumor burning up the Pitt Panther nation this weekend. The problem is that it looks like it's not true. Which is a good thing for the Big 10.
Pitt joining the Big 10 would do absolutely nothing for the conference, other than give it that twelfth team it needs to got to a divisional championship system. For one thing, it doesn't really expand the Big 10's market. The conference already has Penn State, so another Pennsylvania school doesn't really accomplish anything outside of giving Penn St an in-state rival.
And seriously...Pitt? Look at the Big East schools that would be the most likely to be raided. Rutgers and Syracuse would seem to be the most desirable if only for the chance at the New York/New Jersey market. Cincinnati's been the hot team in the conference (pre-Brian Kelly), so it would bring some attention to the conference. West Virgina could bring both market and attention. Pitt? Zero in both areas.
Pitt as a Big 10 school really doesn't make much sense. It's only benefit for the Big 10 is that it would be a twelfth team. Other than that it accomplishes little in terms of market expansion.
(via Dr. Saturday)