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Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat today on The View on Monday.

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat today on The View on Monday.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

No, I don't watch The View. But this pic of Lady Gaga hanging out with Whoopi, Barbara Wawa, and crew in  an all houndstooth outfit just had to be shared. If only because of the memories of The Bear it brings up. (via Entertainment Weekly) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat today on The View

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat today on The View

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

No, I don't watch The View. But this pic of Lady Gaga hanging out with Whoopi, Barbara Wawa, and crew in  an all houndstooth outfit just had to be shared. If only because of the memories of The Bear it brings up. (via Entertainment Weekly) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tauren Poole mocks Tyler Bray's "little bitty arm."

Tauren Poole mocks Tyler Bray's "little bitty arm."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

Is there a personality problem at Tennessee? Or is there just a senior whose mouth is moving faster than his brain? Vols' senior tailback Tauren Poole gave the Chattanooga Times-Free Press one doozy of a quote regarding his team's star quarterback.  "We definitely need the running game to win games," senior tailback Tauren Poole said. "We can't rely only on Tyler's little bitty arm to throw the ball every single play, even though he's talented enough. We're going to need to run the football." "Tiny little arm?" that "tiny little arm" has done more than enough to give Tennessee fans hope that the dog days on Rocky Top are over there. Meanwhile, Poole's stats from last year are a little more up and down. "Though the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Poole was one of just six players in the league to break the 1,000-yard mark and had solid games against Oregon (162 yards), LSU (109) and Alabama (117), he had his struggles. He rushed for a combined 96 yards in losses to Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina." It sounds like Poole is going to definitely run more than his mouth this season.   (via Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Mark Richt, Vanderbilt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Mark Richt, Vanderbilt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Signs of the Apocalypse. Ten nightmare scenarios that could lead to the destruction of the SEC as we know it SEC expansion. Hide your kids, hide your wife. (Saturday Down South) On a related front, Nick Saban is the Devil. Because Matt Youmans said so. Shut up, Matt. (Las Vegas Journal Review) Getting down to business. ESPN's list of the start dates for SEC practice. (ESPN) "How Would Alabama Fans React To Another Nine-Win Regular Season?" Not too well, probably. (Saturday Down South) Another "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" article? Pretty much. (SB Nation) Experience preferred. The Knoxville News Sentinel's John Adams expects Tennessee to benefit from experience in the quarterback, offensive line, and secondary areas. (Knoxville News Sentinel) A slight change of plans? The 2012  game between South Carolina and Vanderbilt may be moved to the start of the season for a Thursday night game on ESPN. (The Tennessean) Sneaking a peek. The Tennessean gets a look at Vanderbilt's newly renovated locker room. (The Tennessean) A wise man can hear profit in the wind. Arkansas has trademarked head football coach Bobby Petrino's "We didn't come to paint" line he made after the Razorbacks' win over LSU last season. (Arkansas News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

What do Oklahoma fans think of Oklahoma State's new uniforms?

What do Oklahoma fans think of Oklahoma State's new uniforms?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

About what you'd expect.   (via Crimson and Cream Machine) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic, Panic Room edition. With UNC, Dabo Swinney, Paul Johnson, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic, Panic Room edition. With UNC, Dabo Swinney, Paul Johnson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

What, me worry? (Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)   Looking a little freaked out there, 8-Ball?  Well you should, and not just for Clemson, either. It seems that a lot of ACC schools have more issues than the Book-A-Million magazine rack. Is "UNC Football at the Crossroads?" It seems like it's about at the edge of a cliff, if you want me to be really honest about it. (Tar Heel Fan) From the "There's a possibility, but no chance" dept.  Some probably mindless speculation on current Texas head football coach Mack Brown coming back to UNC. Yeah, I don't see that happening either. (The Sports Assassin) Panic on the streets of Clemson. According to ChuckOliver.net's Jody Whitt, Clemson fans should have a lot to be concerned about in the upcoming season. (ChuckOliver.net) Dazed and Confused? Meanwhile, the Kang of College Football himself, Chuck Oliver,  compares Dabo Swinney to George W. Bush. And not in a good way, either. (ChuckOliver.net) Off on the wrong foot? The relationship between new Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall's staff and one of the state of Maryland's elite high school programs may already be on the rocks. (The Washington Post. HT: Testudo Times) Condition Critical? 2011 could turn out to be a "critical" year for Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson. (From the Rumble Seat) Boston College's 2011 depth chart. It sounds like BC fans should be a little worried when it comes to the quarterback. It's a long way down since the days of Matt Ryan. (BC Interruption) Get 'em while they last.  Single-game tickets for Miami football this season can be had for as low as $19. Except for the Ohio State game, which starts at $40. That's even with the Buckeyes coming into the game with two black eyes. (The Miami Herald) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Here's the Dan Persa Heisman Trophy campaign billboard.

Here's the Dan Persa Heisman Trophy campaign billboard.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, this is what the billboards promoting Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate will look like. Drivers in Chicago and Bristol CT. (the home of ESPN) will get to see this in person on the side of the road (or wherever it finally shows up). Notice that the billboard refers to Persa as "Chicago's Heisman Candidate." Never mind the fact that he's really from Bethlehem, PA. It's part of Northwestern's campaign to brand itself as "Chicago's Big Ten Team." But wait, there's more. The Sun-Times also provided a picture of the 7 lb. purple dumbbells that will be going out to sportswriters across the country. (Presumably, the ones who actually vote on the Heisman.) It's a nice package, but the 7 lb. weight (a reference to Persa's no. 7 jersey number) seems a little light. I get the joke, but the amount of weight isn't quite what I have in mind when I go to the gym. Persa Strong deserves at least a 25-35 lb. weight. (via The Chicago-Sun Times. HT: Sippin' on Purple) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Kirk Cousins, Luke Fickell, Kirk Herbstreit, and more.

Big Tentacles: Kirk Cousins, Luke Fickell, Kirk Herbstreit, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 31, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Why is this picture of Herky Hawk here? Because I saw Captain America last week and it was awesome. Need a better reason? Hungry Like the Wolf.  Michigan State senior quarterback Kirk Cousin's plan for the Spartan's conquest of the Big Ten in 2011 involves keeping the team hungry and motivated. (The Grand Rapids Press) I Will Not Take These Things For Granted.  Despite a successful 2010 season, Michigan State free safety Trenton Robinson doesn't go around thinking that he's entitled to be a starter in 2011. (The Grand Rapids Press) Ain't nobody gonna hold him down? P. Diddy's son, Justin Combs, is being recruited by Illinois. (The Sports Bank) Strong enough to be your man.  The Heisman Trophy campaign for Northwestern QB Dan Persa now has its own Twitter hashtag with #Persastrong.  And a Twitter account featuring the man himself. (Lake the Posts) How's the Hawkeye reaction to the Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" name? About what you would expect. (Black Heart Gold Pants) October. And kingdoms rise. And kindgoms fall.  With Nebraska, Michigan St., and Ohio St. on Wisconsin's  schedule for October, the Badgers should know if their in the penthouse or the poorhouse when comes to the Big Ten Leaders division title by the time Haloween rolls around. (Dr. Saturday) Jim Tressel was "a tragic hero." Because Michigan St. head football coach Mark Dantonio said so. (Detroit Free Press) An uphill climb.  Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell has a tough job ahead oh him keeping in-state prospects from skipping the beleaguered Buckeyes in favor of its Big Ten rivals. (The Detroit Free Press) Plausible denial.   Kirk Herbstreit denies that moving his wife and unholy band of Aryan hellspawn cute little kids from Columbus, OH to Nashville, TN had anything to do with Ohio State fans mad over his remarks about former Buckeyes' head football coach Jim Tressel. (The Oklahoman) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mark Richt's favorite song was written by his son.

Mark Richt's favorite song was written by his son.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 31, 2011

ESPN gave the coaches of the SEC a questionnaire containing the usual assortment of touchy-feely questions. Included in the batch was one asking what the coaches' favorite song and/or musician. Answers ranged from the totally obvious (Tennessee's Derek Dooley being a fan of the school's number one jock sniffer, Kenny Chesney),  to the somewhat disturbing and hard to comprehend (please tell me Les Miles was kidding about listening to Lil' Wayne). Florida's Will Muschamp gets bonus points in picking Van Morrison's "Crazy Love," the song he and his wife first danced to as husband and wife. As for Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, he had to go the full sentimental route and picked a song written by his second oldest son, David. The title of the song is "Thinking About You," and not surprisingly, it's a praise and worship song. Sure Richt went all dad with his answer. But honestly who could blame him? (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, Les Miles, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, Les Miles, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 31, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Leaders of the Pack. Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore lead the pack of SEC Heisman Trophy hopefuls. (thetowntalk.com) Where'd You Go? Alabama is dealing with a slew of departing players. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) Superstition ain't the way. T. Kyke King of Dawg Sports is a little unnerved over the fact that Georgia head football coach Mark Richt claims that he isn't a superstitious person. (Dawg Sports) On a related front, Georgia not getting hammered by the NCAA over Mark Richt's inadvertent text message to a recruit is apparently being credited to Richt, uh, murdering a unicorn. With a kitten. Someone's obviously been  reading Black Heart Gold Pants' too much. (Year of the Dawg) Auburn fans reveling in 'Bama's T-Town Menswear mini-brouhaha? Of course they are. (Track 'Em Tigers) Head exploding scary thought of the day: Les Miles listens to Lil' Wayne. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Northwestern begins pimping Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Northwestern begins pimping Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 31, 2011

There's strong, and then there's "Persa Strong."* That's the slogan Northwestern will be using in its campaign to promote senior quarterback Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate. And school is going to splash it on billboards in Chicago and  Bristol, CT. Latter being where ESPN is headquartered. The Bristol location for one of the billboards makes sense as ESPN has greater influence on the college football world than any sports media guru in New York City. Which was the site of the most notorious example of using a billboard in a Heisman campaign involving Oregon's 2001 pimping of QB Joey Harrignton in Times Square in. It also makes sense in the fact the credit for the inspiration (or blame) for the inspiration of the slogan is being given to ESPNs' Bruce Feldman. "NU officials chose the theme "Persa Strong" after ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman named Persa the 10th-strongest player -- and strongest quarterback -- in the nation. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Persa can bench-press 360 pounds and squat 520." Northwestern will also be sending out 7 lb. purple dumbbells to 80 lucky members of the media. Because Persa's number is no. 7, get it?  That idea was so cheesy Wisconsin should have used it. *Apologies to the U.S. Army (via The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 30, 2011

I've seen the future and it will be. Clayton Fain of ChuckOliver.net looks five years into a SEC future with Texas A&M and Oklahoma as members. A nightmare scenario if there ever was one. (ChuckOliver.net) Tiger Talk. LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe touted the Tigers' experience on the offensive line at an event in Baton Rouge. (The Times-Picayune) Walking in to  Memphis.  Alabama wide receiver Keiwone Malone will reportedly be transferring to Memphis. (al.com) Alabama adds Tennessee-Chattanooga to its 2013 schedule. The Tide are playing Virginia Tech in that year's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, so the desire to get all over them for putting a cupcake school on the schedule is kind of muted. But only kind of. (al.com) Tennessee-Chattanooga gets around. The Mocs will be facing the big dog school in the Volunteer State, Tennessee in 2014. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Norm Chow, Lary Scott, and more

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Norm Chow, Lary Scott, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 30, 2011

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.)    Pressing their Luck. With a new head football coach in David Shaw, Stanford is depending on quarterback Andrew Luck more than ever. (Deseret News) There's a possibility, but no chance.  Oregon's off-the-field issues and Stanford's new coach could give another Pac-12 North team a chance to rise to the top of the division. A very small chance. (FOX Sports West) Boise State's first season in the Mountain West will not be a cakewalk.  Because Stewart Mandel said so. (SI.com) Ace in the Hole.  Utah's will get help navigating the somewhat terra incognita of the Pac-12 from offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who was OC at both USA and UCLA. (KTVX) That uneasy feeling. BYU's non-football coaches are felling a little verklempt about joining the West Coast Conference while the football team goes independent. (Deseret News) Cougars vs. Utes is all the buzz in Utah.  With Utah now in the Pac-12, and BYU as independent, the Sept. 17 rivalry game between the two schools is becoming a highly anticipated game. At least in The Beehive State. (Deseret News) Will Larry Scott save the NCAA, or destroy it? The Pac-12's Commissioner Larry Scott is seen as the man who could someday lead the NCAA. If the doesn't get the major conferences together to rebel against it, that is. (SB Nation Bay Area) Worth the wait.  The Golden Bears may have to wait for Memorial Stadium's renovations to be completed in 2012, but Cal's brand new Student-Athlete High Performance Center will be ready to open in October. (San Jose Mercury News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Luke Fickell, Nebraska-Iowa, and more.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Luke Fickell, Nebraska-Iowa, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 29, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.) Dan Persa is scary.  Because Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald says so. (The Chicago Tribune) Ready to Start.   As for the Northwestern quarterback himself,  Persa believes he can improve on his injury-shortened performance from last season. (The Chicago Tribune) Too soon to call? The Omaha World Herald's  Dirk Chatelain takes umbrage to the crowning of Iowa as Nebraska's biggest Bug Ten rival even before the Huskers' first game as a Big Ten member. (Omaha World Herald) Laying down the law.  Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gathered the twelve Big Ten coaches together and told them to keep their collective noses clean following the Tresselgate debacle at Ohio State. (The Chicago Tribune) State of Shock. Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell was a little taken aback by the size of the media presence at Big Ten Media Days. (The Columbus Dispatch) Not letting his guard down.  New Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke doesn't view eternal Wolverine rival Ohio State as being "wounded" by Tresselgate. (Detroit Free Press) Tag Team back again.  Purdue head football coach Brady Hope says that he'll use both Robert Marve and Rob Henry in a two-quarterback system in 2011. This won't end well. (The Chicago Tribune) Four more years! Four more years! Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno thinks he can coach for another "four or five years." (The Patriot News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Nebraska-Iowa game to be called the "Heroes Game." Seriously?

Nebraska-Iowa game to be called the "Heroes Game." Seriously?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 29, 2011

Nebraska is known for corn. Iowa is known for corn. Combine the two, throw in some pigskin, and you get the corniest name for a college football game possible. In the spirit of the Big Ten's "Leaders" and "Legends" division monikers, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne joined his Iowa counterpart Gary Barta  to announce that the new Cornhuskers-Hawkeyes annual rivalry will be called the "Heroes Game." "The schools are taking this "Heroes" tag seriously. They plan to recognize one Iowa citizen and one Nebraskan for an extraordinary act prior to each year's game. Friends, neighbors or co-workers can nominate people for the heroes distinction, and those chosen will be honored on the field during the game and will have their name and hometown etched on the Heroes Game trophy. The schools also plan to use proceeds from the game to benefit the Iowa and Nebraska chapters of the American Red Cross."   Not to belittle the fact, but seriously? Is "Heroes Game" the best they could come up with? This is what happens when you let faceless media guys and university officials come up with a name, instead of letting things happen organically. Do you think school officials at Florida or UGA came up with "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?" (Bite me, Dr. Adams!) Or "The Iron Bowl?" No, those sort of happened over time. Seriously, the fans can come up with something better, and they will. Personally, I prefer to call it "Black and Blue Friday." (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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