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Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Michigan-UNC game may be played on ship that buried Bin Laden at sea.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Michigan-UNC game may be played on ship that buried Bin Laden at sea.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 2011

USS Carl Vinson The upcoming Veterans Day college basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina was already going to be special, as it will be played on a US Navy aircraft carrier. But now word comes that it might any aircraft carrier. The game will in all probability be played on the USS Carl Vinson, which was the aircraft carrier upon which Osama Bin Laden's bullet-laden corpse was buried at sea.  “Now that the Carl Vinson is back safe and sound, and America is now well-aware of the important mission that was tasked to the Carl Vinson, we find it to be a source of pride that this ship will make history twice in 2011,” (Morale Entertainment Foundation spokesman Mike)Whalen said." There's still a chance the game might be played on the USS Ronald Reagan, but it's looking more and more like a remote chance. (via the Detroit Free Press)  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Iowa's James Vandenberg, Jim Tressel, Herbie Husker, and more.

Big Tentacles: Iowa's James Vandenberg, Jim Tressel, Herbie Husker, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Hi, Herbie. We'll get back to you in a moment.  An athlete and a scholar.  James Vandenberg, the man taking the reins of the Iowa quarterback position in 2011, talks about his educational background, and his major in integrated physiology. (The Gazette)  You're not my real father!  Coaches should be wary of trying  to be father figures like Jim Tressel tried to do at Ohio State with Terelle Pryor. Because Rob Oller said so. (The Columbus Dispatch) Gimmie a beat! The Penn State Blue & White Society plans to add two "Beat Zones" flanking the student section ("The S Zone") for certain Nittany Lion home games at Beaver Stadium. (Victory Bell Rings) Let's Make a Deal.  Northwestern is working on a new contract for athletic director Jim Phillips. Philips has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Tennessee AD job. (The Chicago Tribune) Dream On. An in-depth look at Northwestern recruiting trends, including prospects saying Northwestern is their "Dream School." (Lake the Posts) Leading the race.  Former Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr will be the Grand Marshal Sunday for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway. (Detroit Free Press) Michigan recruiting.  More Michigan recruiting news than you can shake a stick at. (Maize n Brew) Michigan vanity license plates. More fun with Michigan license plates than the Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles ought to allow. (Maize n Brew) Husker Du.  Nebraska mascots Herbie Husker and Lil' Red are profiled, along with the Nebraska Spirit Squad. (Corn Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Derek Dooley, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Derek Dooley, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 18, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Tyler Bray profiled. ChuckOliver.net's Seth Stokes does an in-depth profile on Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray, and looks at what he needs to do to continue the Vols' "loco" ways in his sophomore year. (ChuckOliver,net) Going before the board.  Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley says that he learned "a lot of lessons" from Tennessee's  eleven-hour hearing before the NCAA infractions committee. They probably all are on the line of "don't do anything that Lane Kiffin would do." (Knoxville News Sentinel) Not so fast, my friend.  Socrates of Leather Helmet Blog says that Georgia fans shouldn't expect the upcoming season opener against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to be anything the butt-kicking the Dawgs gave the Broncos in Athens back in 2005. (Leather Helmet Blog) Man on a mission.  Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will be heading to Honduras on a mission trip next week. (Athens Banner-herald) One Step Closer. Mississippi State's planned new football facility took another step towards becoming reality with the leasing of the property the projected facility will be built upon. (The Clarion-Ledger) Hog wild.  Arkansas' improving defense is seen as key to continued success in 2011. (Mobile Press-Register) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

100,000 Hits!

100,000 Hits!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 18, 2011

Sometime around 1:00 in the morning on Saturday SWRT got it's 100,000th hit. Or at least the 100,000th hit according to the counter. Thanks, y'all. Keep on enjoying the blog, and here's to another 100K hits in the near future. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Bubba Watson's pants salute the US Military.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Bubba Watson's pants salute the US Military.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 17, 2011

Bubba Watson has been making quite a few headlines involving fashion this week. (With the term "fashion" being used in the loosest way possible. First there was that now-infamous  "Golf Boys" music video (and again that term is used loosely) where he danced around the golf course shirtless in a pair of overalls.  Then you may have noticed the camo golf pants that Bubba Watson has been wearing the past couple of days at the U.S. Open and wondered what was going on.  They're part of a  "millitary-inspired outfit paired up with a shirt created in a contest help by Travis Mathew. "Watson and golf apparel maker Travis Mathew have teamed up for the limited-edition 2011 "U.S. Open Polo" that was created through the company’s Design Bubba’s U.S. Open Polo contest. Watson and Travis Mathew selected the design because it "best represents the theme of the U.S. Open," the company said in a news release.  Watson will wear the polo shirt each day, as well as Travis Mathew "Camo Pants.' " The shirts are on sale at Travis Mathew's website, with $10 from every sale going to the PGA Tour's "Birdies for the Brave" program for military vets. (via The Tour Report) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Will Michigan get a mascot to roam The Big House?

Will Michigan get a mascot to roam The Big House?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 17, 2011

Michigan fans might want to sit down for this one. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is talking about a big change on the Wolverine sidelines. Not any kind of coaching change or improvements to The Big House, mind you. Instead, it's something that's never been seen before, at least Michigan-wise - a mascot. "We're interested in doing a mascot but it has to be something that fans love, that children love and everyone can embrace," Brandon said. "So far, we haven't figured out a way to do it. Until we come up with something we love, we don't have a mascot.  "I'm struck by the fact that when opposing teams come to our stadium, and they bring a mascot, all of our young fans are lined up to see if they can get a picture taken with it, whether it's the Penn State Nittany Lion or Sparty. That's a little annoying to me. You can't get your picture taken with a Block M. Mascots are really embraced by the youth demographic, and we want to take advantage of that, for all the reasons that are obvious" Of course,  Brandon doesn't mention the licensing money that Michigan is missing out of from merchandising deals that fellow Big Ten  and NCAA schools make from their mascots. Ohio State has at least dozens of licensing deals for Brutus Buckeye merchandise. Obviously, it's a lucrative racket that Brandon, the former CEO of Domino's Pizza, wants in on. Up-Oh! Did someone mention Domino's? Brandon might want to remember the nasty little situation that occurred when a real-life man with the surname of Noid took a Domino's Pizza hostage.  He might want to avoid another situation like that one involving  a Michigan mascot. Of course the worst that could really happen is that Michigan joins the list Big Ten schools with Freudian nightmare-inducing mascots. Why should Bucky Badger and Purdue Pete have all the fun? (via Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: UNC, Mike Glennon, Jim Kelley's nephew, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: UNC, Mike Glennon, Jim Kelley's nephew, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 17, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)     No Parking on the Dance Floor.    North Carolina players fined over $13,000 for parking tickets. (ESPN) Mikey Ice? North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon is already being compared to Atlanta Falcon's QB Matt Ryan. (Rivals.com) Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?  Maryland is looking into building an indoor practice facility. (Testudo Times) Dotting the I's and crossing the T's. Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson wants to make sure the Yellow Jackets have the right deal in place before agreeing to play in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Jim Kelly's nephew chooses Clemson. Chad Kelly, a high school QB, commits to Clemson. Expect the Tigers to go to four BCS championship games in a row. And lose four BCS championship games in a row. (Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Will Tate Forcier go Hawaii 5-0?

Will Tate Forcier go Hawaii 5-0?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 2011

Forcier jamming to "The Hawaiian Wedding Song?" Time to add another school to the list of football programs that former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier is looking to transfer to. Now it seems he's looking at Hawaii (Hawai'i, whatever) as a possible landing strip from his current holding pattern. "Tate Forcier, one of the top "free-agent" quarterbacks in college football, has contacted the University of Hawaii football team. According to people familiar with the situation, UH received a three-page letter from Forcier, including a copy of his scholarship release from Michigan, where he played the past two seasons." The University of Hawaii would have obvious drawing power of a growing young man like Forcier. It might also be the perfect place to keep him away from the glaring eyes of the ever-watchful college football media/blogosphere.  Mind you, Forcier will have to sit out a year, (unless he's found a Jeremiah Masoli-sized loophole). And Hawaii doesn't make the headlines like it did under former head football coach June Jones. But things might can work out for both parties. (via Honolulu Star-Advertiser. HT: Mountain West Connection) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Westrern Front: Cliff Harris,  UCLA, and New Mexico State

Unquiet on the Westrern Front: Cliff Harris, UCLA, and New Mexico State

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 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.)   Harris gets suspended. Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been suspended for at least the first game of the 2011 season for his 188 mph traffic citation. (The Register-Guard) Why Can't I Be You? Bruins Nation blogger Bellerophon why UCLA uniform outfitter Adidas doesn't hook up the Bruins with spiffy looking alternate unis like they've done with Michigan and Notre Dame. (Bruins Nation) Well, it had to be somebody. New Mexico State is ranked 120th in Rivals'com's list of the 120 top FBS teams. (Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les, Miles, Jordan Jefferson, Barry Brunetti,  and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les, Miles, Jordan Jefferson, Barry Brunetti, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Take the Money and Run. Florida's athletic department gives the school $6 million. (The Gainesville Sun) Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before. Ole Miss could be looking at another transfer as its quarterback this season, with former West Virginia QB Barry Brunetti playing the role of Jeremiah Masoli. (al.com) The five worst SEC games of 2011. Because Pat Dooley said so. Shut up, Pat. (The Gainesville Sun) Great Expectations. LSU head football coach Les Miles expects a lot from QB Joedan Jefferson this season. (Shreveport Times) Choice Hogs.  Arkansas wide receivers Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright are named by ESPN to be the SEC best receiving corps. (Arkansas Sports 360) What do Vanderbilt quarterback Charlie Goro and Lionel Richie have in common? Answer: They are now both ex-Commodores. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

OOPS! Mark Richt's accidental texts leads to secondary NCAA violations.

OOPS! Mark Richt's accidental texts leads to secondary NCAA violations.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 2011

 Nobody's perfect, even goody two-shoes Gerogia head football coach Mark Richt. (Though you could obviously tell that from the Dawgs' record the past couple of seasons). Georgia had to report two secondary violations to the NCAA due to Richt "accidentally" texting a high school prospect...twice. "In Athletic Director Greg McGarity’s letter of explanation to the SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, dated May 27, he explains that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of football prospect Jordan Jenkins of Harris County on May 26th (text messages to prospects or their family members are impermissible per NCAA rules until one day after a prospect has signed a national letter of intent with the school). In the first instance, Richt received a text from Ron Jenkins asking for camp dates. Since Richt did not have the number programmed in his phone, the text was identified as “unknown.” Richt intended to forward the text to a recruiting assistant for identification but accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins, which was a violation NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1.2. Richt immediately reported the inadvertent violation to compliance director Eric Baumgartner, who subsequently asked if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidently replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation." Oh well, it could have been worse. He could have sent the recruit a picture like this one: Anthony Weiner, anybody? (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and the Longhorn Network.

Dancing in the Ruins: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and the Longhorn Network.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 16, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.) The waiting is the hardest part. Oklahoma-Oklahoma State may be more anticipated than Texas-Oklahoma is this year. (The Oklahoman) Paint It Black. A brief history of Oklahoma State's black alternate uniforms. Shut up, Mark Richt.(Cowboys Ride for Free) TV time in Texas.  A partial schedule for the Texas-based Longhorn Network has been released. (ESPN Media Zone) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Gene Chizik, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Gene Chizik, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 15, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Joining the no-kickoff club. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is the latest coach to come out in support of getting rid of  kickoffs. (Athens Banner-Herald) Gene Chizik's raise is "well-deserved." Because Barrett Sallee said so. Shut up, Barrett. (ChuckOliver.net) Depth perception. The injury to Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers is causing ripples on the Vols' depth chart. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Yo, I'm taking a survey. LSU is asking season ticket holders about possible expansion of Tiger Stadium. (The Times-Picayune) At the newsstand.  The Gainesville Sun looks at what the college football preview mags are saying about the Florida Gators. (The Gainesville Sun) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Brian Kelly, Zach Brown, Jim Tressel, and...Dirk Nowitzki?

Big Tentacles: Brian Kelly, Zach Brown, Jim Tressel, and...Dirk Nowitzki?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 15, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Jim Delany spends his nights dreaming of ways to capture  this Leprechaun. Zero Sum. Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly doesn't see the Fighting Irish gaining any recruiting advantages in Ohio resulting from the fallout of Tresselgate. (The Chicago Tribune) Together again. Penn State and Pittsburgh will renew their rivalry with games in 2016 and 2017. (Rivals.com) Badger no more? Wisconsin running back Zach Brown is considering transferring to Pittsburgh. (ESPN) Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Eleven Warriors compares Jim Tressel  with the titular character of Shakespeare's Othello in regards to the pitfalls of passion.  (Eleven Warriors) Rich Rodriguez lands a job at CBS Sports Network. Which may be the only general cable sports network with a lower profile than Vs. (Detroit Free Press) Rotten to the core. A look back at the notorious Illinois-Iowa "Apple Bowl" of 1952, which included Illinois' John "Rocky" Ryan punching Iowa's Richard Wolfe, Iowa fans throwing apples (among other things at the Fighting Illini players, and a fifteen-year gap between Buckeye-Illini meetings. (The Gazette) Beautiful Nebraska. Off Tackle Empire's Nebraska week continues with a profile of the Bugeater Cornhusker State. (Off Tackle Empire) What if? Dirk Nowitzki could have gone to Northwestern. (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Duck Amuck: Things get stranger in Cliff Harris speeding case.

Duck Amuck: Things get stranger in Cliff Harris speeding case.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 15, 2011

Things might be getting a little harrier in the case of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris' speeding arrest. It turns out that the latest member of Oregon's Insane Clown Posse was driving a rental car that was rented under name of an university employee. "On Tuesday, officials from the compliance office of the UO athletic department spoke multiple times with Mindy Schmidling, the payroll specialist in the university’s office of business affairs who rented the car and loaned it to Harris and another unidentified player. In an e-mail exchange with The Register-Guard, Schmidling described herself as a friend of Harris’ who rented the car for her own needs Friday night and extended the rental at the request of the players, who compensated her financially for the use of the car. She said she was told that another player, whom she would not identify, would be behind the wheel. Schmidling, 27, said she is not a UO graduate, nor has she worked in the athletic department." Oops. The NCAA Infractions Committee is probably not going to be happy with this one.   (via The Register-Guard) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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