Monday, May 31, 2010

Now THIS is a soccer commerical!

ESPN has finally come up with a soccer commercial worth shouting about. The latest World Cup commercial from the WWL promotes the June 12 match between the USA and England.



Now this is a soccer commercial! None of that wussy anti-American stuff with the lame Bono commentary. Here's a commercial where America is celebrated and ready to kick England and Wayne Rooney's sorry little tails back to the U.K. It a commercial America can be proud of.
Be afraid, England. Landon Donovan is coming for you. And he's planning to bring home more than just the World Cup. He's got another trophy in mind for his trophy room:


I'll bet he can't wait to show David Beckham that one hanging over his mantelpiece.

What Passes for Life: I Can't Drive 55 edition


Well she tried her best illegal move. But IndyCar officials came and crushed Danica Patrick's groove. She was bumped a spot down in the Indianapolis 500 for making an illegal pass after a caution. (From the Marbles. Apologies to Sammy Hagar.)

Add Jeff Burton to the list of people who don't seem to get along with Kyle Busch. That list should include most of NASCAR by the end of the year, if it doesn't already.(From the Marbles)

Ewwwwww! Moment of the day. MMA fighter high from "a cup of tea spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms" kills his training partner and rips his heart out. He believed the partner was "possessed by the devil." (Telegraph.co.uk)

The Bad and Good of the SEC. Sometimes it's hard to tell which is which. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Guillermo Del Toro steps down as director for The Hobbit. Blame production delays and the uncertainty of MGM's financial situation. (The Huffington Post, via Daitong at The Outhouse)

Remembering Clint Castleberry on Memorial Day. A Georgia Tech legend who died serving his country in World War II. (Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site, via EDSBS )

Memorial Day links


A Memorial Day message from "Mr. College Football." Tony Barnhart recalls visiting Cambridge American Cemetery in England, where American servicemen who died defending freedom in World War II are laid to rest. (Mr. College Football)

List of NFL players who have died in combat. Includes players from WWII, Vietnam, and Afghanistan (Pat Tillman) (Pro Football Hall of Fame)

Top 10 MLB Players in the Military. This is only a sample of those players who served. (Fantasy Pros 911)





Sunday, May 30, 2010

What Passes for Life: Sunday Randomness

Dario Franchitti wins the Indianapolis 500. It's the twelfth time in fifteen years that an foreign driver has won the Indy 500. (Yahoo! Sports)

Maybe Orlando could have used a Lord of the Pit instead of Vince Carter. Orlando Magic: The Gathering Cards.


Someone at SB Nation has a lot of time on their hands. (SB Nation)

And yes, Virginia. There's a Magic:The Gathering Card Generator.

World Cup soccer players don't like the new ball introduced for the World Cup. Who let David Stern design a soccer ball? (Yahoo! Sports)

27 thoughts on Roy Halladay's perfect game. Thought 17 involves the fact that the last Phillies' pitcher to pitch a perfect game was was Jim Bunning. So Halladay's future might involve being elected to the Senate and punking those whose unemployment benefits are running out. (Big League Stew)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Halladay Perfect Game shirt. Well, that was quick

There's already a t-shirt honoring Roy Halladay's perfect game. This from the Zoo With Roy blog.



I get a feeling ZWR's other most infamous t-shirt may soon be updated too.



(via Zoo With Roy)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

What Passes for...Mildew?

(Since today's kinda slow on the the news side, but busy in real life here at SWRT, I decided to so a What Passes for Life/Covering Dixie Like Mildew mash-up. Enjoy.)

R.I.P Dennis Hopper. (Yahoo! News)

The Sadness that is The Tooth Fairy invades the U.K. Joe Quennan, writing for the U.K.'s The Guardian newspaper, bemoans the state of the action film, and the fact that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been over to the "Dark Side" of family fare like The Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan. By the "Dark Side" he means wussing out like Rod Stewart or Eric Clapton. (The Guardian)

UFC 114. Rashad Evans vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson . Who you got?



List of the day: The Biggest "Jerk" Coaches in the SEC". And by "Jerk" they mean something else. Urban Meyer's on top, with Bobby Petrino in the number two position. Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban are probably too low. And Mark Richt still has that "touchdown celebration" albatross thing around his neck at number nine. C'mon Richt, you can do better than that. (Red Cup Rebellion)

Air Nesbitt? This appeared on a Georgia Tech blog:




Uh...no. (From the Rumble Seat)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Kevin Durant's wearing a Duck Tales t-shirt. Oh snap!

Oh snap! Kevin Durant's gone and found himself a Duck Tales shirt!



Not that there's anything wrong with Duck Tales. But Darkwing Duck is just better. I'll bet Kobe Bryant would wear a Darkwing Duck shirt. That's because Kobe likes to get dangerous.

(via SB Nation)

What Passes for Life: Good news for whiners edition.

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)

Good news for all those in the media complaining about the cold weather Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey in 2014. Sex and the City 2 is out today.

Great minds think alike. And so do bloggers. Think the parody of "Candle in the Wind" in honor of Jared Allen's late lamented mullet was bad. Wait so see and hear what Tauntr did. (Tauntr, via Sportress of Blogitude)

It could happen. Boise State might get the official invite to join the Mountain West Conference next week. (Mountain West Connection)

Today's list: "10 Most Wanted Missing National Baseball Treasures." Items missing (and believed stolen) from institutions including the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Hauls of Shame, via Walkoff Walk)

Adam Jones briefly detained in Canada. The Orioles outfielder. Not Pacman. (Big League Stew)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Dueling "Laser Show" T-Shirts





It seemed a good idea at the time. Dustin Pedroia started a minor meme with his "Laser Show" comment. So naturally somebody had to go and make a t-shirt about it. The trouble is that someone else had the idea too. And now they're sniping at each other.
The original shirt (at least they say it was) was created by Barstool Sports ($23.00). Which looks like this:



Now here's where it gets complicated. Another site put out a similar shirt. Sully's released their own "Laser Show" shirt ($14.99) which looks like this:























Now here's where the fun starts. NBC's HardballTalk reported on Shirt A, but linked up to Sully's and Shirt B (the fact that it's an NBC-related site screwing things up is no shock.) The poster at Barstool Sports, El Presidente, wasn't amused and complained on facebook. A spokesman from Sully's responded with a snarky comment. El Presidente then went on the Barstool site and got even snarkier.
One word guys, "Relax."

(via Barstool Sports)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Love and Theft Edition

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)

Did Flordia steal the idea for Gatorade from FSU? That's what an FSU blog claims. (Tomahawk Nation)

Still more SEC expansion silliness.
This time involving The Usual Suspects (FSU, Miami, Clemson, Texas, Texas A&M, Clemson) , and breaking down the SEC into four divisions. With its own version of the Final Four. Please kill me now. (Fanhouse)

Auburn players like Gene Chizik. "This is my coach. There are many like him, but this Chizik is mine. My Chizik has the best Hummer Limo in the SEC. He is my life. I must master him as I must master my life." (ESPN, Apologies to Loser With Socks and Stanley Kubrick.)

Jackets making Big Bucks in the NFL. A look at what Georgia Tech players made in the NFL. (From the Rumble Seat)

Rocky Top Schadenfreude. At long last a new entry in the "20 Losses in 20 Years" countdown of Tennessee's toughest losses in football. At number seven: Losing to Memphis in 1996. (Rocky Top Talk)

Waitaminute: There are people in Tennessee who have been defending Lane Kiffin? Insert inane "drinking corn from a jar" comment here. (Loser With Socks)

Mark Richt wants his coaches to keep things simple. Which considering the defense last year may be a good thing. (Mr. College Football)

The "Other Mark " at UGA Outfoxing Georgia Tech. Mark Fox is attracting in-state recruits to Georgia than Paul Hewitt is to Georgia Tech. (The ACC and SEC Blog)

Oh yeah. I did say this was the Love and Theft edition of CDLM, didn't I?







Your Moment of Tebowness: Woody Paige mailbag edition

(Your Moment of Tebowness is SWRT's recurring feature on the cultural phenomenon that is His Tebowness. Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?)

Woody Paige is one of a long line in the media who have developed a mancrush on Tim Tebow. So someone naturally asked Paige in his weekly mailbag column when he and His Tebowness were getting married.

"Woody Paige: Tom, thank you for asking. Tim and I are thinking about a June wedding. Seriously, though, his religion probably does not permit same-sex marriages, and my own belief system does not allow me to marry a gerbil or anyone from Chicago."


Well Tebow's not from Chicago, but for some reason I can't imagine Tebow scurrying around in a Habitrail for some reason.

(via Denver Post)

Security breach at the White House. Or: When Duke and Kyle Singler met Obama


Security at the White House seriously needs an overhaul. That's because there is no way that Kyle Singler should ever be allowed to get this close to President Obama. Where's the Secret Service when you really need them?

(via Citizen-Times.com)

SEC expansion silliness with the usual suspects


The ACC and SEC Blog has come up with a list of the "5 Teams Deserving Consideration in Expansion." And sadly, it's a list of the usual suspects you would probably expect in theoretical SEC expansion talk. In reverse order the schools are Georgia Tech, Miami, FSU, Texas A&M, and Texas.
Why Texas A&M? Because the Aggies who hold high places in Texas (like the Governor) would never allow Texas to leave the Big 12 without Texas A&M being thrown into the deal.
The school that's not on the list that should be is Clemson. Clemson just feels more like an SEC school than any of the schools on the list. Reviving the once-annual UGA-Clemson rivalry would be great for college football. And a Florida vs. Clemson annual matchup alternating between The Swamp and Death Valley would be epic.
The schools not on the list nobody's talking about: Houston, and TCU. The chances of getting Texas in the SEC are pretty slim unless the Big 12 totally collapses(and don't hold you're breath hoping that will happen). Chuck Oliver (The "King of College Football") brought up the idea of Houston as an SEC on his show on 680 the Fan in Atlanta Thursday, and was promptly ridiculed by co-host Matt Chernoff among others at the station. But its closer to SEC country than Austin, and is a way larger media market. TCU in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area makes it a possibility. And TCU is one of the hot schools at the moment. Hotter than at least 3/5ths of the schools on the list.

(via The ACC and SEC Blog)

Chicago gives America another reason to root for Philadelphia in the Stanley Cup Finals

The lions in front of the Art Institute of Chicago may have been the lamest attempt to show support for a home team ever. That is until somebody decided to dress up the Michael Jordan statue at the United Center.

All you can say after this is "Go Flyers." And Phil Knight probably isn't too happy the statue is pimping a jersey manufactured by Reebok, either.

(via The 700 Level)

If I Ever Get Back: Baseball Links and Hi-Jinks

Ouch! The Mets Ike "The Stimulus" Davis made another dive into the dugout for a foul ball. But this time without success. At this rate, The Mets are going to have to start looking for a steel covered athletic supporter to protect the, uh, "Stimulus Package." (Yahoo! Sports)

Go, West. MLB is reportedly fed up with Joe West's pimping himself. So they may suspend him. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tumbling Dice. Boston Red Sox winning streak ends thanks to Daisuke Matsuzaka. (Yahoo! Sports)

More Kowbell. Take one California Angels first baseman (Kenny Morales). Add one lame nickname (Kowbell). Add one old (and getting older by the minute) Saturday Night Live skit
(More Cowbell). Mix together. Put on YouTube. Instant lameness. (Halos Heaven)

Chipper, we hardly knew ye. This may be Chipper Jones' last season. (Talking Chop)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

What Passes for Life: Shaq-Fu edition

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)

Shaqille O'Neal wants to fight in the UFC. At least Dana White says he does. In the meanwhile, you can fight as Shaq in the new UFC Undisputed game. He's a hidden fighter you can unlock. (Cagewriter)

This year's Dancing With the Stars wardrobe malfunctions. There more of the Project Runway reject type than the Janet Jackson type. But Erin Andrews, Evan Lysacek, and Chad (Johnson) are all featured. (Yahoo!TV )

The BCS isn't fair, but it isn't supposed to be. Because Tony Barnhart says so. (Mr. College Football)

What the Mets need to do to make the NL Playoffs. It's mostly pitching, pitching, pitching. Not mentioned: Hoping that the Braves, Marlins, and Nationals suck less than they do. (Which actually could happen) (Bleacher Report)

Deadspin giving away a body hair groomer. There's a Grady Sizemore joke around here somewhere, but I'm not going to be the one to touch it. Or his coffee cup, for that matter. (Deadspin)

Black Heart Lame Pants. In case you missed it in today's Covering Dixie Like Mildew, here are the pants Arkansas will be wearing this year. Modeled by Ryan Mallett.



They haven't gotten any less lame since this morning. Neither has Mallett. (Hog Database)

England soccer's Leighton Baines fears leaving home. Does he have good reason?



England soccer team member Leighton Baines has a little phobia he's going to have to deal with as his team heads for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. It seems he's afraid of leaving home.

"Everyone wants to be a part of England, to come away and play, but I have always found it really hard, even when I was teenager, being away from home.

"I have always struggled with it, that's quite tough, but the more time you spend around the lads, the more you begin to feel part of everything.



While being homesick doesn't seem to be that big of a problem, it probably doesn't help when there are American fans carrying around signs like this one:


Luckily for Baines that's Wayne Rooney's decapitated noggin that Landon Donovan has in his hand. But you never know where Hannibal Landon has Baines on his list.

(The Mirror, Dirty Tackle, The Spoiler, Deadspin)

Hawks co-owner is today's Dumbest Person in the NBA



A member of the group that owns the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for, you guessed it, talking about LeBron James. Michael Gearon Jr., part of the dysfunctional Atlanta Spirit Group, got the smackdown by David Stern's office for comments about Matisyahu* to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here's what the genius said.

"If somebody came to us tomorrow and said you can have LeBron for max money and it puts you in the luxury tax, I’d do it in a a heartbeat. But am I going to do that for Ilgauskas? Am I going to do it for Jermaine O’Neal? I don’t think so. . . "


Stern should have fined Gearon another $25,000 or more just for being stupid. Because absolutely nobody and his dog thinks that LeBron James would sign with the Hawks. At least not with the Atlanta Spirit Group as owners. Gearon isn't the only intelligence-challenged individual among that group. When they haven't been suing one another, the Atlanta Spirit Group have pretty much ran the Hawks on fumes. The group doesn't have the money to sustain a successful playoff team beyond this season.
Don't believe me? Star Joe Johnson will reportedly talk with James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh on who they should all sign with next season. (Where is Stern on that little gem?) There is little chance Johnson will be back in a Hawk uniform next season. So there's zero chance i that James would play in the ATL. At least not as a Hawk.
The may have one thing that Gearon and the Atlanta Spirit Group may have less of do in the bank account, and that's brains. Kurt Cobain has more active brain cells after he blew his head off than Gearon and crew has.

*Oh wait, I did say I wasn't going to call LeBron that. My bad.


(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New York Post)

Oh Snap! Moment of the Day: What If? Edition

I wish this was a real comic book. The sad thing is that I used to own the original "What If Rick Jones Had Become The Hulk?" comic (one of the better of the What If? series, actually)


(Thanks to Dragavon over at The Outhouse for finding this.)

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow moves up the depth chart

(Your Moment of Tebowness is SWRT's recurring feature on the cultural phenomenon that is His Tebowness. Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?)

Tim Tebow is beginning his slow climb up the Broncos' depth chart. Or is "slow" too deceptive of a word? The Denver Post reports that His Tebowness has jumped over Tom Brandstater to become the number three quarterback for the Broncos. (Yeah, I had to do a Wiki search on Brandstater too). That isn't quite like Matt Ryan or Alex Sanchez getting the starting job, but the Broncos aren't in a desperate spot at the QB position with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn.
Of course if those persistent trade rumors of Orton's being on the trading block (which Denver denies), it could be a quick leap to the number two spot by the start of the 2010 season.

(TIM TEBLOG, Denver Post)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Thursday wrap-up

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)

Argument for Texas in the SEC. T. Kyle King of Dawg Sports makes the argument that the SEC needs to nab Texas to keep up financially with an expanding Big Ten. Texas being the only school that actually helps the SEC when it comes to market expansion. (Dawg Sports)

Mississippi State's chances for a bowl in 2010. It pretty much depends on going 6-6. In a year where Mississippi St. has to face Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky from the SEC East, along with the usual in-conference suspects, that may be tough. Not surprisingly, the best chance for an upset may be against Georgia. (Team Speed Kills)

It's those dern Northerners in Boston's fault. Debate on whether Boston College hurts attendance figures for the ACC baseball tournament , if only by being in the ACC. (BC Interruption)

Who should replace Georgia Tech on Alabama's schedule? A poll asking who Alabama should get to replace the Yellowjackets on the schedule in 2013 and 2014. A lot of big names for the picking. It'll probably end up being Troy or The Citadel. (Roll Bama Roll)

Will Kyle Parker be at Clemson next year? The possibility of Parker being picked in the MLB draft might mean his departure from the Tigers. (The State, via Dr. Saturday)

Need more evidence Arkansas new uniforms suck? Look at the pants. Being worn over Ryan Mallett's sorry thighs.


They look like 80's sweatpants, for crying out loud! I expect better from the Swoosh! (Hog Database)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Celtics lose second in a row to Magic. Are they cursed?

A few days ago, the Celtics were a game away from sweeping the Orlando out of the playoffs. Then the Magic bounced back, won two in a row, and have now forced a Game Six. Just what could have caused this unbelievable turn of events?




Nah.

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Only Kings Have Rings

I never bought into the "King James" thing with LeBron James. It always seemed a cute little nickname some unoriginal serf at Nike came up with before James even proved worthy of the title. And in cases like this year's chokejob in the playoffs against the Celtics, he hasn't.
It looks like somebody else out there agrees with me. Apparel company The Forrest Lab make a very credible case about who the real "King" of the NBA is:




The back of the shirt pretty much says it all.



Not a bad argument for $29.99. And it comes in white and gold colors, too. Why there's no purple one I'll never know. There should be one, since purple is the color of royalty.
Oh well, it looks like LeBron's going to need a new nickname. How about "Matisyahu," since LeBron is apparently a "King Without a Crown." Scratch that, I know what that songs about, and LeBron ain't that, either.

(via First Cuts)

What Passes for Life: Jared Allen's mullet memorial edition

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)

R.I.P Jared Allen's mullet..and his manhood.
Allen ditched his infamous mullet for his wedding.

"And it seems to me, you lived your life
like a haircut in the wind
Never knowing what to cling to
When the helmet went on"

(Vikings.com)











Great moments in the history of Steve Nash's face. A look back at the damage Steve Nash's face has taken playing in the NBA (Hooped Up)

Non-BCS schools are doing better in BCS Bowls than ACC or Big East. At least a lobbyist for the Mountain West conference says they do. But he's got some good evidence to back-up his claim. (Mountain West Connection)

Auburn blogger interviews The Reverend Horton Heat. Surprisingly, there's an Auburn connection with The Good Reverend and Auburn. (The War Eagle Reader)

Tim Lincecum gets his own cartoon. As you can guess, it's all trippy and freaky. (TAUNTR)

Chicago shows support for the Blackhawks with giant helmets

The Stanley Cup Finals are fast approaching, and the fever is hitting Chicago pretty hard. Even landmarks like the Art Institute of Chicago are getting into the act, by topping the lion statues that guard the front of the Institute with hockey helmets.




It's supposed to invoke feelings of pride (pardon the pun) and a show of support for the Blackhawks. But for some reason it reminds me of David Wright wearing that extra-protective batting helmet.


That's probably not what the Art Institute intended.

(via Puck Daddy, Battle of California)

Landon Donovan gets carded at the copier


It's not been Landon Donovan's week. First the US Soccer team gets beat by the Czech Repulbic in a "friendly" soccer match by a 4-2 score. Now even the copying machine is giving him problems in this ESPN "This is Sportscenter" commercial.













To be honest, this is the best "Sportscenter" commercial since the one where Arnold Palmer makes an Arnold Palmer.

Future Bulldog Hutson Mason raises levels of expectations, artisitc pretentiousness


This is Hutson Mason, recent a recent high school graduate and signee to Georgia who Dawg fans a-buzzin' if you should pardon the expression). If the Bulldog Nation got anymore excited about Mason, it would have to be fitted with an ankle bracelet.
This picture of Mason recently appeared online at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's website. As you can tell, photographer Jason Getz got a little creative here. Maybe too creative. This picture features Mason, in what I assume is his high school football jersey, photographed through a tire with a football placed inside of it. He's sitting down, his left elbow resting on a football, while he holds another football atop his right knee. At his feet are a trio of footballs. Gee you think he plays football or something? This looks more like a cheesy graduation photo than a newspaper photo. (And Getz is an AJC staff member, so I assume it's not).
Mason's signing has raised up the Bulldog fans' hopes of a brighter football future. He also seems to have raised the level of artistic pretentiousness up a notch or two.

(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stylin' and Profilin' edition

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)










Stylin' and Profilin'. Here is Ryan Mallett modeling the new Arkansas uni. Hard to figure out which is least impressive: him or the uni. (Arkansas Expats)














Meet "Baby Tusk." On a related front, here is the future Tusk IV, mascot of Arkansas. This is probably the biggest commotion a pig on a leash can get. Baby Tusk is more impressive looking than Mallet, though. (Arkansas Razorbacks.com)

















A look forward to the 2010 season.
A look at what could go right and what could go wrong for all 12 SEC teams in 2010. (Dawg Post.com)

And now a look back. A look at the most six winningest SEC programs since 1983. Obviously Florida is first, followed by Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and LSU. Take out vacated and forfeited wins, and 'Bama drops to fifth. (Third Saturday in Blogtober)

Obligatory look up North of the day. Boston College is looking for a team to play in 2014 after the University of New Hampshire backs out of facing the Golden Eagles in that season. Here's an idea, man up and play an SEC team. Or at least am FBS team. (BC Interruption)

Duke football prospect Shaquille Love. He may never play at Duke. He may never do anything notable college football-wise. But Shaquille Love is at least looking like a good "Name of the Year" candidate. (Blue Devil Nation)

It's Mississippi State week at Team Speed Kills. More Cowbell. (Team Speed Kills)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ronaldo miffed over sharing Vanity Fair cover with Drogba



Christiano Ronaldo is reportedly livid over that Vanity Fair cover where he peeled down to his skivvies? What getting his boxer briefs in a bunch is that he claims he didn't expect to be sharing the cover with an equally skivvied Didier Drogba. Ronaldo is even threatening to sue the magazine over the manner. Aparently he's learned the adage around here that athletes and photo shoots don't mix.

(via Dirty Tackle)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: It had to happen-The Broncogator

There's just no use in trying to describe this, it just is.
Behold....the Broncogator Shirt.



Today a Tim Tebow themed Denver Bronco/Florida Gator mashup t-shirt, tomorrow Broncogator, the SyFy movie. Just wait.

(Thanks to Adam Wynn for finding the Broncogator logo)

What Passes for Life: Pool Party edition

Florida Atlantic celebrates conference title with pool party. In their unis, no less.



(Big League Stew)

John Fogerty to preform "Centerfield" at 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It took MLB/the HoF 25 years to figure out that this would be a good idea. (Sportress of Blogitude)

Think the 2012 Olympic Mascots were bad? Check out Fast Company's look at FIFA World Cup mascots. Some of them slightly stereotypical. (Fast Company, via Deadspin)

Phil Jackson will not return to the Bulls. Because Jay Mariotti says so. (And honestly, he makes some sense. That's almost a first.) (Fanhouse)

Your daily Moment of Tebowness. Forbes columnist thinks the Jacksonville Jaguars screwed up by not drafting Tebow. Then again, the columnist is an admitted graduate of Florida. (Forbes)

New MMA Nicknames. The blogger who come up with the "10 UFC Sponsors Who Make Me Embarrassed to Like UFC" list come up with some new nicknames for MMA fighters. Some of them probably should be used. (UPROXX)

Joe Mauer screams for ice cream. Joe Mauer has a new endorsement deal with Minnesota diary. (WCCO)

Starasburg rookie card going for $10,499 online.


Steven Strasburg hype may be the closet thing to Tim Tebow mania. Neither have yet to make their debut on the big stage of professional sports, but it hasn't stopped media and fans from obsessively monitoring their every moment.
The piéce de résistance in the Strasburg case may be the current e-bay auction involving the one-of-a-kind Strasburg Bowman 2010 Chrome "Superfractor" card. The bidding for the card is as of 1:15 p.m EST 5/25/2010 is $10,499.00. This for a pitcher who has yet to play a single game in the Bigs.
If anything this card shows why baseball cards are fading from relevance in America. Cards are being made that kids can only dream of having. It's become too much of a hobby for adults.

(via Big League Stew)

Internet gremlins work to get Pat Burrell in the All-Star Game.


Former Tampa Bay Devil Ray Pat Burrell is currently teamless. That apparently hasn't stopped him from taking fourth place in the voting for the American League DH spot in the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. Needless to say, internet gremlins are at work busily trying to work their mischief trying to get Burrell first place in the voting. Or at least one Phillies' blog is.
Burrell would probably prefer a spot on a Major League roster right now to the All-Star Game gig. The sad reality may be that this might be his best shot at being in the Bigs at the moment. Though with Vladimir Guerrero in the lead, and with Burrell around 244,068 votes behind, that's a pretty long shot.

(via The Fightins)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Because they said so edition.


Yes, that's the Ramblin' Wreck. That's a photo from 1969, with its pre-1974 paint scheme. Bobby Dodd himself picked the now-familiar gold color. It's a cool enough photo that might make it into the regular CDLM mix. (From the Rumble Seat)

Miami listed among "Five Teams That Will Disappoint in 2010. The other four are Cincinnati, BYU, Iowa, and Nebraska. But they aren't SEC/ACC, so they don't count here. The reason Miami's on the list? Non-conference games with Ohio State and Pittsburgh, and playing Georgia Tech and Clemson in away games accent a tough schedule. (Elite Kickoff)

The SEC can't ignore Big 10 expansion. Because Tony Barnhart says so. (Mr. College Football)

Ryan Mallett named top SEC QB by Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley. As Mallett has been of the list of the people who have earned right to be called "Ryan" around here, you can tell how much I think of that. (Gatorsports.com)

Bruce Pearl picks Florida to win the SEC basketball title next year. Because he said so.
(Rocky Top Talk)

Dallas Braden shows off his tattoo to his homies.

They said it couldn't be done, but Oakland Athletics' perfect game pitcher Dallas Braden came up with a tattoo lamer than Tyler Bray's


That "209" is the area code of Braden's hometown of Stockton, California, where he showed it off at a local minor league baseball game. In Gothic numerals. No less. (Hmmm. Bray. Braden. I sense a pattern here)

(via Deadspin)

What Passes for Life: Rock and Roll edition



(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)

Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" edition. Yep, it's another poll of " the best songs of all time." No real surprises at the top. Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" is Number One. The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is in second place. (Do you sense a pattern here?) The overrated "Imagine," by John Lennon is No. 3. In case you're wondering, No. 500 is "Shop Around," by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. And "Stairway to Heaven" was No. 31.
Biggest shock? Madonna's "Like a Virgin" is nowhere on the list. Neither is R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" or Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," or "Ms. Jackson," by Outkast. Nothing by Pearl Jam, either. And The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" at No. 477 is criminally vulgar. (contactmusic.com. Plus I wasted ten bucks on the thing yesterday)

NFL loses Supreme Court decision. Unanimous Supreme Court declares NFL is a group of 32 teams, not a single business entity. It pretty much means that the NFL doesn't have the kind of legalized antitrust protection that Major League Baseball has. (Yahoo! News, Deadspin)

Nauseating thought of the day. The way things are going, Brett Michaels might end up on People's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2010" list. Vince Neil must be jealous. (Rolling Stone)

Georges St. Pierre spars with a 275 pound NHL player. And pretty much whips him. (Cagewriter)

Beware of fake Tebow jerseys. The Feds seized a shipment of counterfeit NFL jerseys, including fake Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow jerseys. (Pro Football Talk, TIMTEBLOG)

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Somebody fell asleep in Social Studies class. A lot. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

ESPN takes Tim Tebow coverage to a new level of ridiculousness


Just when you think the obsession over Tim Tebow has reached the point of total ridiculousness, it climbs to a new plateau of total ridiculousness. ESPNs newest online feature is the "Tebow Watch," which covers anything and everything about His Tebowness. Thus putting the college star and unproven NFL rookie on a level with LeBron James, who has his own "LeBron Tracker" on the site. Tracking Tebow on the web is nothing new. Dan Shanoff has been doing much of the same with his TIMTEABLOG. But such obsessiveness is new relatively new for the WWL. Slowly but surely, ESPN is becoming ESTMZN.

(via Deadspin, ESPN,)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Scoreboard edition

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)


Mark Ingram Jr. has scoreboard. A lot of people boast how they have "scoreboard," but Alabama's Mark Ingram Jr. can make the boast with the knowledge that he can prove it. (mlive.com, via Roll Bama Roll)

That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, Georgia Tech edition. (Cue The Smiths) Georgia Tech reaction to Heisman campaign for FSU's Christian Ponder is so last year. One hint: Kanye. (From the Rumble Seat)

Alabama Gubernatorial candidate talks about cutting Nick Saban's salary, then backs down from statement. Surprise! He's an Auburn grad. (Sports By Brooks)

Expansion silliness, ACC edition. A look at which teams the ACC should go after for expansion, especially if FSU and/or Miami to the SEC. Basically it's another Big East raid, but Navy and, surprisingly, Kentucky, make the list. Don't hold your breath for that last one. (The ACC and SEC Blog)

John Calipari accused of witchcraft. This is obviously a joke. Sadly, there are people in Kentucky who would probably believe it (especially around Louisville). (A Sea of Blue)