Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What Passes for Life: UFC, Michael Vick, Wonder Woman

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

UFC bans vuvuzelas for UFC 116 PPV. So the only obnoxious sound you'll here is Joe Rogan's voice. (Cagewriter)

Michael Vick in trouble again. Vick's story about the shooting at his birthday party doesn't quite jive with the evidence. What's wose for Vick is that Roger Goodell probably isn't in that good of a mood after dealing with Ben Roethlisberger's birthday shenanigans. (ESPN)

A history of football meanness. That's not what EDSBS calls it, but this is a more family-friendly site. (EDSBS)

Shocking truth discovered. College basketball hasn't been a factor in all the conference expansion and realignment hysteria. (I Am the 12th Man)


Wonder Woman gets revamped, with new costume.



Color me unimpressed. It looks a little too similar to Black Canary's classic outfit, sans the fishnet stockings. And it lacks the iconic American flag imagery that made the Amazon Princess famous, Namely her star-spangeled derriere. ( The Outhouse, The AV Room)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gamecocks at CWS, Saban's statue, SEC coaches and more

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


Here's a Gamecock fan at the CWS. Even in the biggest of games old rivalries aren't forgotten.And neither is pimpin' for the ESPN cameras.



(And the Valley Shook)

Nick Saban's statue won't be ready for the start of Alabama 2010 season. It's taking a little time to get Saban's likeness correct. That and the altar where 'Bama fans can sacrifice small birds, mammals, and reptiles in his name isn't compliant yet with the American With Disabilities Act. (I kid). (al.com)

Paul Finebaum ranks SEC coaches. Surprise! Nick Saban is on top. (al.com)

Georgia Tech's AD gets an extension and a raise. Dan Radakovich gets an extension through 2015 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

SEC won't change basketball tournament seeding process. Which might irk some Tennessee fans. (GoVolsXtra)

Jordan-Hare should be better, not bigger. An argument for Auburn to simply improve the facilities at Jordan-Hare stadium, rather than try to compete with the expanding Bryant-Denny stadium at Alabama. (The War Eagle Reader)

Is South Carolina winning the CWS reason enough to fire Clemson's baseball coach?

How are Clemson fans reacting to South Carolina winning the College World Series? By calling on Clemson head baseball Jack Leggett to resign, apparently. Which is exactly what DrB of Shakin the Southland did.
"Who here can honestly tell me that Jack will not always be remembered for 2002 and 2010? 17 years of successful baseball and 6 CWS appearances mean absolutely nothing to us if you can't get into the national championship series by defeating the Gamecocks. It is unacceptable."
Ouch.  But then if your school's markedly inferior (at least in your eyes) in-state rival (at least athletically) beat you and went on to win a championship, you'd probably be bitter too.
(via Shakin the Southland)

Your Moment of Tebowness: Give blood, meet Tebow

(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?

Blood donors in Fort Pierce, Florida will be in the running for a special treat: A private reception with Tim Tebow. People who sign up for "The All American Blood Drive" on July 2 at a local restaurant will get the chance to be entered in a drawing to meet His Tebowness on July 3. . Those that don't will still get a chance to get his autograph at a signing event befitting Tebow's foundation
And here's a video with details on the event.



(via TCPalm.com)

Tommy Tuberville balks at Big 12 conventional wisdom

Though all the powers that be in the Big 12 have been all "happy happy joy joy" about the deal to keep the conference from imploding, it seems that  Tommy Tuberville failed to get the memo on the good news. In an interview with Rivals Radio, The new Texas Tech coach didn't seem to think that the Big 12's big fix would last.
"I don't think this conference will last long because there is too much disparity between all the teams," Tuberville told host Bill King. "In the SEC, for instance, Vanderbilt makes as much money in the television contract as Florida. Everybody is good with it. Everybody is on the same page. Everyone gets the same votes.
"That doesn't happen here in the Big 12. We have some teams that get a little bit more money and have a little bit more stroke than some of the other teams. And when that happens, you're gonna have teams looking for better avenues to leave and reasons to leave."

From the sound of things, it seems that Tuberville is picking up where Mike Leach left off when it comes to being an outspoken Texas Tech head football coach. His bosses in Lubbock must be thrilled to hear about that. 


(via ESPN)

Chickens Win College World Series


Congratulations to the South Carolina Gamecocks on winning their first ever College World Series. Steve Spurrier's gonna be jealous of Ray Tanner for a minute or two at least.

(via Rivals.com)

15,000 page hits. Thanks y'all

If you keep up with the counter, you'll notice that SWRT has hit the 15,000 mark. Thanks to everybody who has stopped in and taken a look around. That goes double for all of you who have come back.
This does give me a chance to remind everybody to follow along with SWRT on Twitter. And that there's a SWRT Facebook group for you to check out too. Thanks again and enjoy the comming 4th of July weekend.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What Passes for Life, Macho edition: NBA Draft, College ties and more

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

"How to Be "Macho Man" Randy Savage." About fifteen years after it really mattered.  (Uproxx)


If the NBA Draft had a soundtrack...The Cleveland Cavaliers part would be accompanied by Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U," since they serve LeBron James whether they like it or not. Or for that matter, whether LeBron James even cares or not. (Ridiculous Upside)

Laser Show on hold. Dustin Pedroia out six weeks with broke left foot. (Yahoo! Sports)

Where have all the ties gone? Ivan Maisel laments on the lack of ties around college coaches' necks. (ESPN)


Is Jerry Buss obsessed with the Eighties? The possibility that Jerry Buss' issues with Phil Jackson are over the desire of the Lakers' owner to return to the "Showtime" style of basketball. (The Association)

Seth Petruzelli returns. The man who destroyed the myth of Kimbo Slice (and the EliteXC promotion along with it) is back in the UFC with a fight against Ricardo Romero on Saturday's UFC 116 card. (Cagewriter)

Kevin Millar goes to a dark, scary place...inside Carlos Zambrano's head. (Big League Stew)

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow at NFL Rookie Symposium

(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?

Here's Tebow at the NFL Rookie Symposium, talking about his experience as an NFL rookie, Major Wright, and his new coach, Josh McDaniels.









That is one ugly visor, though.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: 6/29 College World Series Game 1, FSU, Ole Miss, Auburn and more

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

Foghorn Leghorn beats Yogi Bear. South Carolina takes Game One of the College World Series by whipping UCLA 7-1. One more win and they'll have a National Championship. (ESPN)

Derrick Brooks will have number retired by FSU. The Seminoles will honor the linebacker by retiring his #10 jersey number Nov. 13, when the Seminoles play Clemson. (ESPN, WCTV)


Does Ole Miss really need a mascot that bad?  The Ghost of Jay Cutler (I kid you not) argues the search for a replacement is frivolous and that Ole Miss doesn't really need a mascot. (Red Cup Rebellion)

Orange with envy. A call for expansion of Jordan-Hare Stadium to compete with Alabama's expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium. At least 'Bama had a good excuse to expand Bryant-Denny. They needed the place to look good for that statue of Nick Saban they're installing. (Track 'Em Tigers)

The U comes to DVD. The now legendary ESPN 30 For 30 documentary on Miami will be released on DVD August 17. (The 7th Floor)

"20 Losses in 20 Years." The look at Tennessee's worse losses of the past decade returns with a look at The Vols' loss to Arkansas in 1999. (Rocky Top Talk)

Crimson Tide stadium intro for 2010

Here's the stadium intro for the 2010 season for Alabama. It's got what you would expect from a Tide intro. Boasting about stats, clips from last season, and computer animated elephants with...crimson face paint?



PeTCAA (People for the Ethical Treatment of  Computer Animated Animals) isn't gonna like that last part.
As for the music selection...well, if you're going to use AC/DC I guess "Thunderstruck" is okay for a sports team. Though  all those elephants makes me think of The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" a little more than AC/DC.

(via Roll 'Bama Roll)

Monday, June 28, 2010

What Passes for Life: Fedor, Ron Artest, Tim Burton, Bobby Labonte

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

 Fedor tapout fallout. A look at the fallout from Fedor Emelianenko's shocking loss to Fabricio Werdum, especially what it means for Strikeforce. (Bloody Elbow)

Ron Artest plans a parade. Artest will hold a parade in Queensbridge to celebrate  his delusional ego the Laker's  NBA championship. SB Nation has some interesting suggestions who should be in it. (SB Nation)

Tim Burton to helm project new project with The Addams Family? The word is Burton might direct a stop-motion animation film in the style of the original Charles Addams cartoons from The New Yorker.  You know, a Ron Artest stop-motion animation film directed by Tim Burton might just be creepier. It certainly would be kookier. (The AV Room)

Well, somebody had to do it! Bobby Labonte becomes the first NASCAR driver with his own smartphone app. (From the Marbles)

Andy Roddick chokes again at Wimbledon.

Here's the least shocking news story of the day: Andy Roddick is out at Wimbledon. This time he was taken out by Yen-hsun Lu from Taiwan. This once again shows why the powers that be in the tennis world need to force Roddick to wear this out on the court:


Or quite possibly...





(via Yahoo! Sports)

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow on soon becomming a millionaire

(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 still hasn't signed his contract yet with the Denver Broncos, but it's sure to be for a lot of money. While the 25th pick in the NFL Draft won't get you the money Sam Bradford will be getting as the first pick, it will still be still be a lot of money for most Americans. Last year's 25th pick, cornerback  Vontae Davis, signed a five-year $10.5 million deal with Miami. His Tebowness will probably see a little more money than that.
Still,  His Tebowness looks at his future membership in the millionaire's club in a way you would expect from someone like him.

“Money really hasn’t meant anything to me and my family,” said Tebow, who grew up the son of missionaries. He proudly calls himself an MK: missionary kid. “Growing up, we really loved with little because we were often on missionaries.”

Still, Tebow is excited about the impact his salary can make.

“You do need money for the things I have planned,” he said. “To build orphanages and to help kids, you need money so I look forward to having that opportunity. … But I’m here for football not the money.”


And apparently to extend his reach beyond the football field. too. 

(via ESPN)

If you're making YouTube videos of Fred Hoiberg, you must have a lot of time on your hands



There must be a logical reason why somebody is making videos of this to former NBA player and current Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. I just don't know what it is.

(via Black Heart Gold Pants)

Shocking news of the day: Some people in Alabama don't like 'Bama football



 You mean there's more to life in Alabama than football? That or an Auburn fan finally snapped.

(via Roll Bama Roll, Passive Aggressive Notes)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: College World Series, Duke in bowl game?

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

Chickens vs. Bears. South Carolina faces UCLA in the first game of the College World Series Monday night. (Los Angeles Times)

SEC Coaches speak out. Eleven of the twelve head football coaches in the SEC speak out on a variety of issues. Nick Saban is the odd man out. But has reigning BCS champion, he got his own interview. (The Sporting News)

Possible sign of the Apocalypse? Duke could possibly go to a bowl game this season. (Pre-Snap Read)

Clemson's ten worst losses: 2000-2010. The start at a look at the worse Clemson defeats over the past decade looks at 2000's loss to Georgia Tech. (Shakin the Southland)

Don't know much about history. John Calipari claims that the five Wildcat players who were drafted in the NBA Draft's first round constituted "the biggest day in the history of Kentucky's program." Most of the Wildcat nation probably wouldn't agree with him. Especially the ones the Lexington Herald-Leader spoke to. (KentuckySports.com, via Team Speed Kills)

Possible Ole Miss  mascots. A list of possible mascots from Old Miss' Mascot Selection Committee include a bear, a lion, a blues musician, and a land shark. Just get Admiral Ackbar and get it over with already. (Ole Miss Mascot Selection Committee, via Red Cup Rebellion)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Your Moment of Vuvuzela presents Vuvuzela, The Motion Picture

Sooner or later it will happen.  Someone will make a film involving a vuvuzela. Maybe it will supposed to  be a comedy. In reality, it will probably be more of a crime against cinema.
But that won't stop me from having a little fun and suggesting some titles for the inevitable cinema debut of the vuvuzela. (And probably a TV series or two also)



The Sound of Vuvuzela
The Man With the Golden Vuvuzela
Star Wars Episode V: The Vuvuzela Strikes Back
Vuvuzela Encounters of the Third Kind
I Dream of Vuvuzela
Vuvuzela, The Forbidden Dance
Megashark Vs. Giant Vuvuzela: A SyFy Original Movie
Vuvuzela Over the River Kwai
Dances With Vuvuzelas
Robin Hood, Prince of Vuvuzela
Romancing the Vuvuzela
Lord of the Vuvuzela: The Fellowship of the Vuvuzela
Dr. Strangevuvuzela
The Spy Who Loved Vuvuzela
The Wizard of Vuvuzels
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Vuvuzela
Vuvuzelas in the Mist

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: NBA Draft, Maryland, NC State, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas

Kentucky 2010 or Florida 2007: Which NBA Draft class was better? Comparing the The five 'Cats players drafted to the three drafter from Florida's second NCAA championship team. (Team Speed Kills)

Why did Debbie Yow Maryland AD job for NC State? In all probability it was a combination of family ties to NC State, regime change at Maryland, and issues over how she handled the program. (Testudo Times)

Bryant-Denny Stadium expansion on schedule. Seating capacity will increase to over 101,000. (TideSports.com, via Roll Bama Roll)

Florida needs a Men's Soccer team. Because domination in one kind of football isn't enough. (Alligator Army)

"Get to Know Bobby Petrino." Before he leaves for another job. (Arkansas Expats)

Yes, the SEC will have no vuvuzelas

At first it looked like that the SEC would allow vuvuzelas into SEC events. Now, the conference is stating the World Cup noise maker is not welcome. The SEC has made it clear that only "traditional" noisemakers that are tied into a school's history would be permitted (i.e. cowbells at Mississippi State).


"Our policy allows for ‘traditional' artificial noisemakers to be allowed in stadiums and played during specific times. Other forms of artificial noisemakers are not allowed. I do not believe a vuvuzela is tied traditionally into one of our institutions." ...
"Vuvuzelas cannot be brought into the game per policy. Cowbells, since it is traditionally tied into one of our schools, can be brought in at that school."
So SEC fans are saved from that infernal buzzing. They'll just have to go back to adult beverages for that.

(via SB Nation)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Clemson vs. South Carolina, NC State steals Marylands' AD, and more

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


Chickens and Cats. A look at the South Carolina Clemson rivalry, for what it's worth. (Team Speed Kills)

More Chickens and Cats. A look at tonight's South Carolina-Clemson College World Series Match-up. The winner going to the National Championship. (And that's a real National Championship. Not the mythical BCS one). (Shakin the Southland)


How fast can a Terrapin turn into a Wolf? Pretty fast. Reports claim that Maryland AD Debbie Yow will become NC State's new AD. (newsobserver.com, via Testudo Times)


Don't sit under the Saban tree with anyone else but me. A look at coaches who have served under Nick Saban, including Derek Dooley and Jimbo Fisher. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

Auburn's "Season of Hope." If I see an Obama-esque poster of Aubie, I'm gonna puke. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Derek Dooley plans to creat his own state for recruiting (sort of)

Derek Dooley has come up with with a new idea in recruiting. Creating his own state, sort of. His plan is to consider anywhere that's in a 300-mile radius of Knoxville as "in-state." That would include the Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, and Dayton, Ohio.  metro areas, but would in fact go further.


"In that radius you also have some city and metro areas that produce good talent like Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., and Charlotte, to name a few. Those city centers are actually closer to Knoxville, Tenn. than Memphis. But the fact of the matter is that because of Knoxville's location, 300 miles or so almost gets you to the state of Florida (south), Charlotte (east), and Dayton, Ohio (north)."
So Dooley pretty much wants to take over a good chunk of Georgia. If it were just enough of Georgia that Atlanta wouldn't have to put up with South Georgia politicians, then I'd be all for it.
On the other hand it pretty much means  that "Rocky Top" would probably be the state song, but since it was co-written by a Georgia boy, I can live with it. And Derek Dooley hair would serve as a better Governor than anybody Georgia's produced in 30 years.

(via ESPN, EDSBS, )

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Your Moment of Vuvuzela

Hyundai has reportedly built the world's largest Vuvuzela.



(via Jalopnik)

In related vuvuzela news, the SEC wont ban vuvuzelas. Huge mistake. Imagine "Rocky Top" performed with vuvuzelas. And don't think Tennessee fans won't try. (The Sporting Blog, via EDSBS)

What Passes for Life: 6/24 Links and Hi-Jinks

If NCAA coaches has sponsors. Little gems such as "Bobby Petrino, Mayflower Van Lines Head Coach, University of Arkansas," and "Lane Kiffin, Ed Hardy Head Coach, University of Southern California." No mention of Derek Dooley, Vidal Sassoon Head Coach, University of Tennessee," though. (Dr. Saturday)

Celebrities at sporting events is like a "Bad Romance."  David Whitley isn't fond of stars at sporting events. Especially Lady Gaga. (Fanhouse)

Two ex-teen pop stars + SyFy = Crapfest. Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, starring Tiffany as a park ranger matching wits against animal-right activist Debbie Gibson, with a giant snake and a "Gateroid" somehow involved. I don't know what a "Gatoriod" is, but I hope it involves a mutated Tim Tebow. (Warming Glow)

Octopus predicts German World Cup group stage victory against Ghana. Psychic octopus? This really should be the basis for a SyFy Original Movie!  (Dirty Tackle)

UFC drops Keith Jardine. Last Saturday's loss to Matt Hamill was it for Jardine. (Bloody Elbow)

Derek Dooley bans his mother Barbara from the state of Tennessee

Derek Dooley has a bit of a problem on his hands. His mother, Barbara Dooley, has become a media celebrity in her own right in Tennessee. Which is not surprising to anybody in the state of Georgia, where Barbara can be very outspoken and sometimes outrageous when she gets in front of a microphone.
So how is the best hair in the SEC dealing with such a situation. Simple, he says he "had to ban her from the state."

"She has developed a bit of an icon status in Tennessee, and I've had to ban her from the state."
Derek said he asked his mother not to do any interviews with in-state (Tennessee) media.
"Mom has violated my media policies," he said. "She does it every day, and she doesn't give a (darn). My power can only go so far. She thinks it's fun. She's not going to think that when we have some bad years."

Dooley Doesn't seem to be having that problem with father Vince, though.

"My dad doesn't want to tell anybody if he goes (to the game) because he doesn't want it to become a spectacle," Derek said. "How many times have you had to look at a quarterback's dad (like Archie Manning in a stadium whenever Eli or Peyton is playing) on TV before you start going 'Please!'"

Which is probably good, because any sight of Vince Dooley in Frosted Orange would probably mean irate members of the Bulldog Nation ready to run Dr. Evil Adams out of Athens with pitchforks and torches a-blazing (like they need an excuse to do that).

(via Go Vols Xtra)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Peyton Manning, stregnth coaches and tennis

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


How 'Bout That Dawg! Former Georgia men's tennis team member John Isner wins longest tennis match in history at Wimbledon. (Yahoo! Sports)




Pey-Pey on Derek Dooley. Plus a few comments about that other guy. (You know, Kiffin)




(Go Vols Xtra)

Fear the Free Range Chickens. Why the Bulldog Nation should be worried about South Carolina. (Dawg Sports)

Know your SEC strength coaches. A look at SEC strength coaches (Duh!). (ESPN College Football Nation Blog)

Know Your ACC strength coaches. Ditto (ESPN College Football Nation)


Is this a good thing or a bad thing? What North Carolina State QB Russel Wilson's new minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies might mean for the Wolfpack this upcoming season. (Star News Online, via Backing the Pack)

[BLEEP] YOU, MASCOT!...Hey, not literally!



(via The 700 Level)

Why is Colt McCoy Smiling?


You may have seen this picture of Colt McCoy floating on the internet, notably over at EDSBS. But exactly why is the Browns' rookie in such a rollicking jolly mood? Here are some possible answers.


1. "I left Texas just in time to avoid having the stench of the Big 12 fiasco rubbing off on me."
2. "Ever since I got knocked out of the BCS Championship, I've felt like so FABU! Pain killers are so awesome."
3. "I'm glad that I  don't have to worry about sharing a shower with Brady Quinn.  Tim Tebow had better not drop the soap in Denver."
4. "Someone laced my Gatorade at the Browns' training camp with ecstasy."
5. "You'd be happy to if you never had to face those creepy Aggies again."
6. "Things are going well. No one has suspected me yet. The plan for UT dominance of football continues. The Big 12 is in the hands of my Texas masters. It will only be a matter of time before the AFC North falls under its control as well. Texas shall reign supreme!

(via EDSBS)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today's soccer match against Algeria was great. But admit it, soccer fans...


This is still the best moment in American soccer history.

What Passes for Life: SchadenFrance edition

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

SchadenFrance. Making fun of France's disastrous World Cup is funny.  Especially after the USA advances. (Deadspin)

Florida Marlins break Fredi Gonzalez's heart. And they fire him too. (Fanhouse)

 I'm  Ghanna Get You Sucka. Landon Donovan and crew face Ghana Saturday after the latter's loss to Germany. (Yahoo! Sports)


Megan Fox wants to know what it's like to be a Rainmaker. Megan Fox wants to play the Gen 13 character Rainmaker if they ever make a Gen 13 movie.  She may have just cut that film's chances of happening in half. (AV Club)

Autographed Strasburg rookie card bidding at $101,000. (Big League Stew)

Joker Phillips and Kentucky walk into thorny territory with camo pants



Joker Phillips may have made his first tactical error as Kentucky head coach with the above yearbook cover. Phillips, flanked by two of his players, appear on the cover wearing BDU pants above the caption "Ready For Battle."
The comparisons to war and sports are nothing new, and intertwining the two can get thorny at times. In cases like the San Diego Padres' alternate Desert Storm-era camo jerseys, it can be used to honor America's servicemen. At other times, it can fall into self serving parody.  Kellen Winslow is the obvious example here.
College football and camo can be very tricky too. South Carolina and Maryland wore unis with camo designs last year, it was to honor Veterans Day and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. However, there is one rather infamous reason why college football programs might want to avoid the camo gear. Two words: The U.


It's not the kind of image colleges really want their programs to be remembered by. Miami's infamous donning of the camo fatigues went hand in hand with the team's image as an outlaw program. Something Miami has tried to live down while at the same time trying to get back to the success of those teams of the 1980's. Imagine if John Calipari and not Joker Phillips was wearing those BDU pants. The sports media would have a field day raking him and Kentucky over the coals.
Phillips and Kentucky's intentions with the BDU pants may have been good with that yearbook cover, but perception tends to overtake even the best of intentions. It might not have been the best move for a rookie football coach to make for a first impression.

(via EDSBS, Military.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Terrapins, Tide, Gators, Hogs, and Pigs (Paul Finebaum)

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


Maryland's Alex Wujciak is being watched. Wujciak is one the watch lists for the Nagurski Award, the Lombardi Award, and the Lott Trophy (Testudo Times)

Sportsmanship is not extinct. Ole Miss' Rodney Scott awarded SEC's Sportsmanship award for lying still while medics attended to Auburn's Zac Etheridge, who had tackled him. (SEC Sports)

 Will Arkansas be Alabama's toughest game in the SEC West? A look ahead at the game that might decide who goes to the ATL for the SEC Championship. (Insert usual jab at Ryan Mallett here) (Roll 'Bama Roll)

Finebaum's "conference chaos" winners and losers." On a related front, Arkansas is declared a "loser" in the the expansion silliness of the past few weeks. Wrong! Arkansas is a winner because they're not under Texas' thumb like the rest of the Big 12. Paul, shut up. (al.com, via Arkansas Expats)

Just a friendly reminder for Gator fans. John Brantley is the Gator's quarterback now, and not Tim Tebow. (Alligator Army)

Possibly the dumbest list ever. "Boston College's Most Popular Sports Alumni." It has a soccer player (Charlie Davies), an off-the-bench basketball player (Jared Dudley), and an MMA fighter (Kenny Florian) ahead of Matt Ryan. FAIL! Ryan's probably better known in Boston than the other three. This is why people don't take Boston College seriously as a football school. (SB Nation Boston)

Mets give David Wright the (foam) finger, Lady Gaga style

There's a reason why the New York Yankees are considered the pinnacle of all major American franchises. There's also a reason why the New York Mets are considered...well, The Mets. The Yankees have Monument Park and "New York, New York." The Mets have that giant Home Run Apple and now apparently, Lady Gaga.
To help push David Wright in the All-Star Game balloting The Mets will be holding "Go Gaga for Wright" Night" tonight during their home game at Citi Field against The Detroit Tigers. (Wright is currently 100,000 votes or so behind the  Phillies' Placido Polanco for the slot at third base) The name is a sly nod to all the havoc Lady Gaga has caused both New York franchises in the past week. She gave the  Stone Cold Steve Austin salute at  Mets fans and paparazzi at Citi Field.  Then she got banned from the Yankees' clubhouse for invading it in a drunken stupor.
Of course the Mets are going to honor this event (at least the Mets' part of it) by giving out 20,000 foam fingers with "Make Wright #1" printed on them. Classy, just classy. But at least they won't have the middle finger extended...hopefully.

(via ESPN)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What Passes for Life: Skip Holtz, "Kurt" Teixeira, TRON, and colored bacon (you heard me)

Skip Holtz disses the Big East. “I hope USF (ends up) in a good, competitive conference.” That's never a good sign that your team's coach is a long-termer. (SB Nation)


Mark Teixeira obsessed over Kurt Cobain as a teen. He called himself "Kurt Teixeria" for a brief while after Cobain's suicide. C.C. Sabathia reportedly called himself "C.C. Deville," until he found out the Poison guitarist wasn't dead. (I kid! I kid!) (Big League Stew)

SyFy's new stunt: Let viewers votes decide what happens in one of their infamous made-for-TV  movies. Three words: Broncogator, The Movie. (Yahoo!news)

Strikeforce compared to Japanese MMA promotions. But not in a good way. (Bloody Elbow)

TRON Legacy toys and whatnot. A look at products from the long awaited TRON sequel. Some of this stuff actually looks good enough to get.



(Ain't It Cool News)

Colored Bacon.
 


Oh snap. (Bacon Today, Foodiggity, Deadspin)

Minor league baseball team to hold Twilight night

There's no use to try to explain this minor league baseball promotion for the Binghamton Mets. It just is.



But seriously, all fans get out of it are fake vampire teeth? Sheesh! How lame can you get? (Oh wait, this is a Mets minor league affiliate. Don't answer that question.)

No Vuvuzelas allowed at Big Ten games. THANK YOU!

The way things are going Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney will become President Delaney someday. First he set off the mad rush of expansion, nearly causing the implosion of the Big 12. Now the conference has performed a great service to sports fans and humanity in particular, announcing that vuvuzelas fell under the category of "Nonpermissible Items" as an "irritant" (as a noisemaker). It's things like this that are bringing the Big 10 back to national prominence. Now if only the Big 10 could do something about those Ro-Tel ads.


(via EDSBS)

NCAA and NFL drop the hammer on the Broncogator

The Broncogator phenomenon/merchandising scheme has hit a brick wall. Well, more like a wall of NFL and NCAA lawyers. Just as the Tim Tebow-inspired merging of the Denver Broncos and Florida Gators icons had slowly been slowly creeping into national prominence, along comes the NFL and NCAA to spoil all the fun. This statement has appeared at Broncogator's website.

“As of Sunday the 20th at midnight, this site will be temporarily closed while we negotiate a redesign with the NCAA/NFL. We will be back ASAP, until then ALL ORDERS RECEIVED BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY WILL BE TAKEN AND HONORED. IF YOU ORDER, IT WILL SHIP WITH OUR CURRENT LOGO. We gave our word to try and work with them on a redesign and we will honor our word, to them and to you, our Broncogator fans.”
“All orders already received will be handled the same as always as far as shipping, returns, exchanges, etc. We are NOT going anywhere. We will constantly be available every day to meet your questions and concerns and to provide great customer service!”

Like they didn't expect that to happen.
It is good that the parties involved seem to be working to come up with a suitable replacement for the original "Broncogator."  There needs to be a way to seperate the real Broncos fans from the jean shorts-wearing bandwagoners.

(via Busted CoverageSportress of Blogitude, ESPN))

South Carolina is "neither Carolina nor USC."

Kevin Noon of Rivals.com went on a little rant titled "Ten things I hate about you College Football." Among the shots at inflatable mascots, overpriced food at the concession stands, and Nike's using  Oregon as its own personal Barbie doll, this little gem about South Carolina shines the brightest.

"Attention South Carolina, you are neither Carolina nor USC. This one just bother me to no end. I took an informal poll of people I know from across the nation and when I asked people to identify who the real USC was more than 95-percent of people picked the one that is on the west coast. The numbers were also very similar when I asked people who should be called Carolina between North and South. Just because you call yourself something doesn’t mean that you are. I would like to call myself a Pulitzer Prize but it wouldn’t make me one. From here on out you are either to identify yourself as South Carolina or The University of Super Chicken."

Ouch. But that's what you get when you try to identify yourself as something other than "Gamecock." Or you're trying to hide the fact that your school's mascot involves something that's now socially unacceptable as cockfighting. Honestly, I prefer to just call them the "Free Range Chickens." A little long, but it brings the point across pretty well.

(via Rivals.com, Carolina March)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Saban "mellows," Dooley reads, Ponder rises

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


Nick Saban claims he "mellowed." Excerpts from that Sporting News interview with Saban that everybody's talking about. (al.com)

What's Derek Dooley reading? The best hair in college football is reading Neyland: The Gridiron General by Bob Gilbert. That's coming straight from Dooley's Twitter account (yes, he has one). (Loser With Socks)


What do Virginia and the Titanic have in common? Five Virginia players jump ship. Cavaliers fans should be on the lookout for icebergs. (SB Nation)

Under construction. A look at the Georgia's currently under construction training facility, and at the current "Dungeon" the Dawgs train in now. (Ledger-Enquirer.com, via Dr. Saturday)

Christian Ponder's draft stock rising. The FSU QB is rated seventh overall by National Scouting, and is tied with Jake Locker for best available QB. (Tomahawk Nation)

In praise of Mississippi. Well, somebody had to do it. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Monday, June 21, 2010

What Passes for Life: 6/21

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

Batista jumping from WWE to MMA. He's doesn't have a contract yet, but he's been in talks with Strikeforce (no contract yet, though) (SB Nation)

Johnny Miller compares US Open field to the Gulf oil spill. What does foot taste like, Johnny? (Devil Ball Golf)

The NCAA would like to have a word with Iowa State. A Black Heart Gold Pants piece of madness. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Buzz Bissinger admits he's  an idiot "Twidiot." Congrats, Buzz. You're the last person to figure this out. (The New Republic, via Deadspin)

Who will direct The Hobbit? District 9's Neil Blomkamp might be in the running. Original LoTR director Peter Jackson produced District 9, so it wouldn't be too much a surprise if he got the nod. (Ain't It Cool News)


Oh Snap! Moment of the Day: Vuvuzela Hero is real!

Oh snap! There actually is a real, playable version of Vuvuzela Hero. It's not a dream, not a hoax, not an imaginary story. The link is here. Sadly it's in all in French. So if you're like me and took Spanish, you're screwed. (But at least I'll be able to communicate with the majority population thirty years from now. I win.)
Not surprisingly, there's also a Facebook page...also in French. But somehow it seems appropriate.

(via Sportress of Blogitude)

Ewwwwwww! Matt Hamill fought with a staph infection.

Matt Hamill fought through a lot of pain his Utlimate Fighter 11 Finale fight with Keith Jardine.  He overcame a hand that was broken in the first round, and getting poked in the eye by Jardine (on top of being deaf). He also fought with  staph infection on his back.




On one hand fighting through injury shows what kind of heart Hamill has as a fighter. But it also exposes MMA continuing problems with staph infection. And arguably, Hamill shouldn't have been allowed to fight with such a condition. Especially since Jardine got bloodied up pretty well.

(via SB Nation)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Ole Miss, Miss. St., Saban

What are the SEC's referees doing this summer? Refereeing World Cup matches, apparently. 

Does Mike Bianchi have a heart? Mike Bianchi wants the SEC to dump Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Maybe the Mississippi hate is too soon after the Oil Spill. I seriously don't have the heart to make any. (Orlando Sentinel, via Arkansas Expats)

And while Bianchi's at it, he suggests Florida erect a statue to a bail bondsman instead of Tim Tebow. (Orlando Sentinel)

 And speaking of Old Miss, It's Ole Miss week at Team Speed Kills. (Team Speed Kills)

Why did Arkansas decide to stay in the SEC, and not bolt for Big 12? Some interesting speculation here.

"I can only assume they had to do this to keep Bobby Petrino from looking for another job. You know, he's always wanted to coach in the SEC, and if the Hogs left for another conference, Petrino would have to start angling for the LSU job or something."

(Bulldogs Blog)


Does the downsized Big 12 mean bad news for the ACC's BCS hopes? A debate from the BC Interruption guys. (BC Interruption)

Nick Saban tours Gulf Coast area affected by Oil Spill. Saban has a very good quote about what really matters down there:

“I think several things are important,” he said. “First, there are the 11 oil rig workers who lost their lives. That’s the most important. Next, there are thousands of people whose lives will be affected in ways they don’t even know yet. These are people who have worked there all their lives and they don’t know what the future will be. Then there is the environmental impact of it all.”

(Tuscaloosanews.com, via Team Speed Kills)
List of the Day. "Five College Football Teams That Won't Be As Good As Advertised In 2010". If you're a fan of Alabama, Arkansas, UGA, Georgia Tech, or Oklahoma, you might be out of luck this upcoming season. (Dawg Sports)



List of the Day, Part Deux. "The Best Coaching Jobs in the SEC." Florida comes out on top, not surprisingly. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yankees ban Lady Gaga from clubhouse

The Yankees have reportedly banned musician/exhibitionist Lady Gaga from their clubhouse after she invaded the clubhouse uninvited. She was reportedly drunk and was acting pretty unladylike. There's no visual evidence of Gaga's drunken romp, but this clip of the Philly Phanatic can give you an idea of what when on.



(via Deadspin)

Happy Father's Day

Sunday Brunch: Pierogi blue plate special.

Pirates fire costumed pierogi racer. It seems that one of the guys who runs around dressed up  as a pierogi in Pittsburgh's Sausage Race knockoff got fired for mocking the manager and GM on Facebook. A pierogi could run the Pirates better. Not a guy in  a costume. I mean a real pierogi. (Big League Stew)

Speaking of Facebook. Have you checked out the SWRT page on Facebook yet? It's your way of knowing when SWRT is updated. Join now and let's see where we can take that puppy. Get updates through Twitter too.


The Dallas Morning News doesn't have a sense of humor. A Bulldog blogger relates his failed efforts to register on the Dallas Morning News website. It seems the username "84 Cotton Bowl UGA-10 UT-9" was deemed too offensive. (Dawg Day Afternoon)

Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale wrap-up. In case you missed it, Court McGee (and his beard) beat Kris McCray in the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale match. Also Matt Hamill beat Keith Jardine, and bloodied  Jardine up pretty well on the way. (Cagewriter)

Chip Brown gets his own TV show.




(Dawg Day Afternoon)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

More reasons to hate the Florida Marlins: Vuvuzela night


Earlier this season the Florida Marlins gave baseball a hideous team song sung by Scott Staph Stapp. Now they're bringing in the one sound more annoying than Stapp's voice: Vuvuzelas. For Saturday night's interleague game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Marlins plan to give out 15,000 vuvuzelas. While other teams like the Yankees have kicked people out of the stadium for bringing the annoying World Cup noisemakers in, Florida is actually going to hand them out.That should be more than enough to guarantee the game not to be a sellout.
Luckily the team claims that this will only be a one-night event. Sun Life stadium doesn't allow noisemakers like that brought it. And as the Marlins only rent the place out, they don't really have much of a say about what can and can't be brought into the park.

(via ESPN)

Your Moment of Tebowness: His Tebow makes one young fan's day special

(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 met with Diego Lemos, a young fan who lost part of his leg in a bus accident in April at a camp held by fellow Bronco Daniel Graham. Lemos is an avid Tebow fan. So the experience is one that he's sure to treasure for years to come.











(via 9NEWS.com)

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, love it or leave it!" moment of the day starring the Man(zi) himself

Ricky Stanzi became an American legend on January 5, 2010 for two reasons. First, he led the Iowa Hawkeyes in a 24-14 Orange Bowl victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. And then (and most importantly) in an interview with FOX's Chris Myers he made the following comment that will forever put him in Our Nation's hearts.















It took about six months, but a reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette asked Stanzi what led him to make such an audaciously patriotic response to an obviously "softball" question. And fortunately there was a camera there to record his telling of the story behind the story.



Total awesomeness. And if you think that's cool, look at how Stanzi connects with fan at Hawkeye Day for Camp Courageous, described as "a  year-round recreational and respite care facility for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, brain injuries, hearing and visual impairments, autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and special needs." 




Double total awesomeness.

( via  Dr. Saturday, Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Be very afraid: This will be real soon enough


Okay, maybe not as a real game, but I can imagine an mock-up of this showing on YouTube sooner or later. Until thin, enjoy this (slightly) less annoying little tune by Dave Henson.



(via boingboing)

Friday, June 18, 2010

What Passes for Life: He Hate Me edition

He Hate Me. "The Most Disliked People in Sports," according to Forbes. Somehow Lane Kiffin dodn't make it to the list, but the obvious suspects like Michael Vick and Al Davis did. (Forbes.com)

The ratings are in. Thursday night's Game 7  was the most watched NBA Finals game since Michael Jordan and the Bulls won their sixth and final title in 1998. ABC probably thank Ron Artest's psychologist too. As well as that Kobe guy. (Warming Glow)

Leonardo DiCaprio to play J. Edgar Hoover? In a Clint Eastwood directed biopic even? That's what the story is. No word if Leo wears a dress in the film. (Ain't It Cool News)

An end of an era in Boston? It might just have been the end of the line for one Celtic legend last night...Brian Scalabrine (Ball Don't Lie)

Vols fan wants to humiliate Kiffin with billboard

(Cue the Carolina Liar)

You would think Tennessee fans would have finally gotten over Lane Kiffin dumping the Vols for USC and were all set to start building heathen altars in their dens to Derek Dooley's hair (in front of the shrine to Peyton Manning). But along comes the NCAA and those pesky Reggie Bush related sanctions to USC to pull the scab off the wound. Well, did take a while, but some Kiffin-related silliness is starting to take place. It looks like a Vol Fan  wants to put up a billboard in Los Angeles mocking Kiffin and USC.


Update on our humiliate on Operation Humiliate Kiffin. We're now doing a BILLBOARD. Perhaps on THE SUNSET STRIP! It's going to be about 7 grand. We have a guy who will match any donations we get by the end of today..

Here's a look at what the billboard might look like:

 Not quite original and probably quite delusional as well.




(via Loser With Socks, The Edge on Tony Basilo.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Friday 6/18/10 edition

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

Chicken vs. the Sea. South Carolina to face Navy in 2011. And they're paying the Midshipmen $950,000 to play to Columbia. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Razorbacks not going anywhere. Arkansas chancellor denies sending out feelers about joining the Big 12. (The Times Record


Javarie, we hardly knew ye. Maryland incoming freshman Javarie Johnson leaving school due to "academic and personal issues." He plans to transfer to another school. (Testudo Times)

I'm opposed to the idea, but...Alligator Army blogger mlmintampa comments about the statues Florida plans to Heisman winners Tim Tebow, Steve Spurrier, and Danny Wuerffel, and how the privately donated money used could have gone to other needs. It's not going t stop him from getting his picture next to His Tebowness' graven image, though. (Alligator Army)