Gobbler Country, a Virginia Tech blog, has asked the question "Is Playing Boise State Still a Lose-Lose Proposition?" The answer is "yes," probably in more ways than one. Boise State, being from a non-BCS conference which it continually dominates, never really gets the kind of respect it deserves when it comes to competition. Gobbler Country certainly has a point when it comes to the perception the Broncos get because of this. "If a team from a BCS conference had gone 14-0 the season before and only lost one starter, everyone would vote them the preseason No. 1. But because Boise plays in the WAC there are still skeptics out there and that's why I wonder what the reaction would be if Virginia Tech were to win this game. Would the Hokies be praised for beating a Top 5 team or would the public just consider Boise overrated and exposed?"Virginia Tech has a bigger problem on its hands with perception than it thinks. For several years now, Boise State has been the team that the anti-BCS crowd has put their support behind (for the most part). Going into this game, Virginia Tech can be seen as the villain, or at least the team that has the backing of the pro-BCS (i.e. "the bad guys") crowd. If the Hokies lose, they look bad because they lost to a non-BCS team with a weak conference schedule. If they win, they look bad because they probably ended this year's chance of a non-BCS team finally busting the BCS, which a lot of fans want to see happen. Virginia Tech is pretty much wearing the black hat in the game against Boise State, at least when it comes to the anti-BCS crowd. While the Hokies may be favored by the pro-BCS faction, that one is seen by many as standing in the way of a playoff system and a "true" National Champion. While the Hokies could win this game against the Broncos, it could possibly end up wearing the black hat for the rest of the season. (via Gobbler Country)
The genius behind "The Lane Kiffin Show" on YouTube has come back with the Derek Dooley version, conviently called "The Derek Dooley Show." Subject for the first episode? You guessed it...the Vol Brawl. The big problem with this is that the Derek Dooley Playmobil avatar looks nothing like His Hairness. Well okay, the hair is pretty close, but not close enough. And with those glasses, Playmobil Dooley looks more like a generic banker. Also, since when did Andre Lott sport a British accent. It's not too bad for a start, but it needs a lot a work.
Obviously Lebron James' "Decision" to bolt for Miami has resulted in more t-shirt ideas than could possibly be featured here. But here's one of the more interesting ones from I Love the Hype. Honestly, I'm not quite sure if LeBron is going for the Falcon Punch, or trying to rip the heart out of the poor puppy. Mind you, the latter might be too Michael Vick-is. But Cleveland hath no fury like a fan spurned, and everything's on the table when wrath gets in the way of good taste or common sense. (via First Cuts)
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(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?) In case you missed it in last week's issue of Sports Illustrated, here's the Nike print ad for the regular version of the Nike Trainer 1.2, the shoe Tim Tebow is endorsing for Nike. (via Only Gators Get Out Alive)
Need carpet? Mark Richt and his wife Katharyn "The Watergirl" Richt can point you where to go.
Derek Dooley may not have his image immortalized upon the edifice of the refurbished Neyland Stadium next to that of General Robert Neyland yet, but he does join the General on the tickets to this season's home games for Tennessee. His Hairness and the General join five other past Tennessee coaches to be honored on the Vols' 2010 home game tickets. Dooley's comes first, for the opener against Tennessee-Martin on September 4. Other coaches honored on the tickets include Johnny Majors, Bill Battle, and Phillp Fulmer, accompanied by one of General Neyland's maxims. Fulmer, by the way, appears on the ticket for the home game against Alabama (Insert your own comment here). And no, genius, Lane Kiffin didn't get his face on a ticket. (Go Vols Xtra)
Bad agents making Nick Saban angry. Don't make Saban angry. You won't like him when he's angry. (Mr. College Football). Don't make Tony Barnhart mad, either. "You have made Nick Saban mad and you’ve screwed up the first day of SEC Media Days, which is nothing short of a Southern holiday in this part of the world. It is not to be messed with and you, my friend, have just messed with it." (Mr. College Football). Questions that you won't be hearing at SEC Media Days, but should. Includes asking Mark Richt "Would it have killed you to invite Damon Evans to team ping pong/ice cream night?" And asking Urban Meyer about Clay Travis' virginity. (Dawg Sports) Picking on Marvin Austin. A look at the the center of the UNC agent mess through the lens of Austin's own trail of tweets and images. (StateFans Nation) Boston College's recent record against first-year coaches. The record is 19-3 in the past decade. That includes wins against Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia), Mark Richt (Georgia), and Paul Johnson (Navy). Interestingly, one of the three losses also comes against Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech. (BC Interruption) Speaking of Paul Johnson, here's part two of that massive Paul Johnson interview. An interview so awesome, it had to be broken down into four parts to keep the public from spontaneously combusting in the site of its awesomeness. (ACC Sports Journal) From the Golden State to the Sunshine State. Five star recruit Chris Martin (linebacker/defensive end) will transfer from California to Florida. Martin felt being too close to his hometown of Oakland, CA. was a distraction.(Only Gators Get Out Alive) Virginia Tech down two players for Boise State game? Linebacker Barquell Rivers and reserve center Michael Via are questionable for the make-or-break VT season opener against Boise State. (Gobbler Country) A pictorial look at Neyland Stadium renovations. Includes ginormous pictures of Peyton Manning, Reggie White and General Neyland himself (Rocky Top Talk)
The Clemson Insider is reporting that Kyle Parker will be returning to Clemson this fall to play football. Negotiations between the Colorado Rockies, who drafted Parker in this year's MLB Draft failed to secure a deal to exclusively play baseball by the Parker family's deadline of July 20. Talks reportedly will continue for a deal where Parker will play both football and minor league baseball in the Rockies' farm system. A public announcement will reportedly be made by Parker on Wednesday. (via The Clemson Insider, Shakin' the Southland)
Major League Baseball joins First Lady Michelle Obama's fight childhood obesity. Insert Prince Feilder joke here. Whoops! Somebody already did. (ESPN, Sportress of Blogitude) Wyatt Earp....Beyond Thunderdome Spider-Man director Sam Raimi to direct a film adaption of the graphic novel Saints for Sinners, which features Wyatt Earp in what's described as Eyrp being "transported to a ravaged future where the only remaining boomtown is Las Vegas." (The Guardian) Jake Shields signs with UFC. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion is officially signed to the UFC and will fight Martin Kampmann at UFC 121. (Yahoo! Sports)
The latest in ESPN's "It's Not Crazy, It's Sports" commercials features NASCAR haulers for rivals Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski getting involved in a little bit of non-sanctioned racing. It's bad enough ESPN is promoting illegal highway racing with 18-wheelers. It's a whole different matter that one of the big rigs is for NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, whose car is sponsored by an Aflac, an insurance company. Is this speeding on the highway kind of thing Aflac really wants to be associated with?
Leave it to the University of Texas to come up with their own brand of bottled water. The water, called he H2Orange is described as being "Texas Purified" to achieve optimum purity and taste." It comes in a bottle in the shape of the famous University of Texas Tower, which marks the first time the Tower has been used for licensing in such a manner. Proceeds from sales of H2Orange will go to raise money for "academic scholarships, fellowships and internships." (via University of Texas at Austin, EDSBS)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference) Parity in the SEC. Parity? What parity? (Dr. Saturday) Preseason Coaches All-SEC team. First team features Alabama's Mark Ingram, and Julio Jones (his mama named him that), Georgia's A.J.Green, and (sigh) Ryan Mallett. (The Red and Black) Will he or won't he? Kyle Parker still hasn't signed his deal with the Colorado Rockies yet. He still could be starting QB for Clemson this season. Or maybe not. (The Herald) Tony Barnhart has more SEC Media Day questions. Boy, the SEC coaches are gonna hate Mr. College Football's guts by the end of the week. (Mr. College Football) Media bias in UNC scandal? An NC State blog complains about the lack of coverage of the NCAA's investigation of UNC's football team by The News and Observer. (Riddick & Reynolds) Schadenfreude wears a hob-nailed boot. Rocky Top Talk's "20 Losses in 20 Years" countdown continues with #3 and the 2001 loss to Georgia, famous for Larry Munson's "We just stepped on their face with a hob-nailed boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!" call. Needless to say, Dawg fans would probably rate this one a little higher. (Rocky Top Talk) An interview with Paul Johnson. Interviewing the Georgia Tech coach is an event so massive that it takes four parts. Part One is here. (ACC Sports Journal) Charlie Strong is a chicken...sandwich. The Champions Sports Bar & Grill in Lousiville has put the "Charlie Strong UL-timate Chicken Sandwich" on its menu to honor the new Cardinal head coach, formally the Gators' defensive coordinator. (U of L Card Game)
An old clip from The Electric Company. Boy, those 70's PBS children's programs were sure disturbing. At least in hindsight.
The Kyle Parker era at Clemson may be ending by tomorrow. Or by the end of the week. Or maybe not. There was reportedly a Tuesday deadline for Parker to make a decision on whether he would sign with the Colorado Rockies and leave Clemson early, or stay with the Tigers for another season. Parker reportedly wants to go with the former, but contract negotiations are hampered by the size of the signing bonus. The Rockies reportedly want to pay a $1.3 million bonus, Parker and his team of negotiators want twice as much.) There could be something signed this week, but then again, it could be next week before Parker's future is clear. Meanwhile, Clemson is probably hoping the clock Parker and the Rockies are using is the one Daniel-Striped-Tiger used as his home in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe...the one without any hands. (via College Football Talk)
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