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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Dawgs, Duke, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Dawgs, Duke, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 27, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Derek Dooley Factoid of the Day: Derek Dooley has a law degree from the University of Georgia. Which is something that might interest the Tennessee Titans right now. Imagine His Hairness cross-examining Lane Kiffin in court. Dawgs' Dent disabled. Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent is out 4-6 weeks with an injured toe. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Recession? What Recession? Despite tough economic times the Iron Dukes fundraising organization's contributions to the Duke athletic program were up 20% this past fiscal year, while UNC's Rams Club fundraising group's contributions were up 5%. (Triangle Business Journal) Mr. College Football meets Mark Herzlich. Tony Barnhart spent time with the Boston College linebacker, who spent last season off the field fighting a rare and agressive form of cancer. Herzlich is cancer-free now, and is working on getting back on the gridiron this season. (Mr. College Football) Bonus Herzlich coverage. If Herzlich is able to return to college football and perform at the level he did in 2008, he could possibly be a Heisman candidate. (SB Nation) Does the Chick-Fil-A Bowl hate Boston College? The former Peach Bowl has never invited Boston College to play in the Georgia Dome. Does this represent some sort of  sentiment against the alma mater of Matt Ryan? BC Interruption thinks so. The cows holding the signs saying "Eat Mor Golden Eagle" might have been the tip off. (BC Interruption)

Lane Kiffin to face a clash with the Titans in court?

Lane Kiffin to face a clash with the Titans in court?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 26, 2010

Lane Kiffin may have outdone himself. Kiffin's hiring of Tennessee Titans' running back coach Kennedy Pola has gotten the NFL franchise steamed. Steamed enough to sue Kiffin for ""maliciously" interfering with Pola's contract." And the Titans are suing Pola to boot. Kiffin's new boss, Pat Haden can't be liking this. The week after sending Reggie Bush's Heisman back, he has to put of with this leftover of the past regime. A few more Kiffin-esque moves like this, and Harden might be asking himself "I left the Notre Dame announcer's booth for this?" That and deciding whether it's better for USC to make Kiffin a one-season coach. (via ProFootballTalk.com)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a $50,000 iPod?  Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a $50,000 iPod.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a $50,000 iPod? Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a $50,000 iPod.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 26, 2010

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is reported to have a $50,000 diamond-encrusted iPod. It's probably safe to say that this isn't one of the songs on it: Though it wouldn't be a shock if  there were on  it: "I Don't Wanna Fight"-Tina Turner "Duck and Run"-3 Doors Down "Runaway"-Bon Jovi "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"- Meat Loaf "Running Scared"-Roy Orbison "Coward of the County"- Kenny Rogers (via Yahoo! Sports)

What Passes for Life: Joe Theisman, Texas Longhorns, Joshua Jackson

What Passes for Life: Joe Theisman, Texas Longhorns, Joshua Jackson

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 26, 2010

Two (and possibly three) annoying things that would be more annoying together. USA Today thinks Joe Theisman is the best choice to replace Pat Haden in the broadcast booth for NBC's Notre Dame football broadcasts. (USA Today) Texas and Branded Retail Energy team up to create Texas Longhorn Energy. First there was H2Orange bottled water in the shape of Texas Tower, and not this. What next, Bevo Brand Taco Meat? (Sports Business Journal, Deadspin) Joshua Jackson tries to hi-jack Comic-Con. The Fringe star holds his own "Pacey-Con"for fans of his old Dawson's Creek days. He even reportedly handed out his own Dawson's Creek fanfic out. No word if he was with Dawson or Jack in the stories. (Warming Glow) Someone in the media picks Nevada to win the WAC over Boise State. Okay, who gave Steve Spurrier a vote in this? (Orlando Sentinel) Bowl Games are making selections already? Nah, it's just a bit of Black Heart Gold Pants madness. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Great Moments in Bad Sports Art:

Great Moments in Bad Sports Art:

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 26, 2010

Anamorphic alligators playing with crystal balls.  This kind of speaks for itself. This so needs to be made into a SyFy Original Movie. (via EDSBS)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban haters, and a double dose of schadenfreude

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban haters, and a double dose of schadenfreude

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 26, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Everybody Hates Nick. Roll 'Bama Roll lists the columnists that criticized Nick Saban for referring to agents as "pimps." These writers should be worried, since R'BR has an elephant riding a steamroller on its banner. Never a good sign. (Roll 'Bama Roll) Florida State and Miami "need to start pulling their weight in the ACC." Because Mike Bianchi said so. (Orlando Sentinel) Just when you thought the world was safe from conference expansion talk...ACC  commissioner John Swofford mentions that the conference has looked into expanding to 14 or 16 teams, and there's always the chance it could happen. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)  Orange is the color of Schadenfreude, Part I. Rocky Top Talk's countdown of "20 Losses In 20 Years" hits the number two spot, with the Vols' 1990 loss to Alabama. Gene Stallings was in his first year as 'Bama coach, and Tennessee was ranked #3 in the nation. The Vols were expected to win this one. Guess what happened? (Rocky Top Talk) Orange is the color of Schadenfreude, Part II. The Clemson version "The Worst of the 2000's," hits #3 and the 2004 loss to Duke. And yes, that's the Duke football team they're talking about. (Shakin' the Southland")

Andy Roddick now officially the Atlanta Braves of tennis

Andy Roddick now officially the Atlanta Braves of tennis

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 25, 2010

Andy Roddick lost to Mardy Fish Saturday night in the semifinals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Which is somehow fitting, and makes this photo of him throwing out the ceremonial first pitch Thursday Night at Turner Field even more appapropriate. (Fish went on to win the tournament, beating John Isner) He should be made to wear this out on the court permanently. (Yahoo! Sports, Busted Racquet)

Virtual Lane Kiffin meets... Virtual Sarah Palin?

Virtual Lane Kiffin meets... Virtual Sarah Palin?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 25, 2010

This will tide you over until the inevitable Virtual Lane meets Virtual Jeff Fisher showdown.

What Passes for Life:  Miami Heat hate, R.E.M. Chris Berman and more.

What Passes for Life: Miami Heat hate, R.E.M. Chris Berman and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 25, 2010

Why do people hate the Miami Heat? Dan Le Batard on  post-LeBron Miami Heat Hate . (The Miami Herald) Elton John meets Napoleon the Pig? Elton John reportedly working on a musical version of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Now if we could only get a Broadway version of 1984 from Eurythmics things would be perfect. (The AV Room) Cancer survivor learns to play hockey at age 40. And he's making a film about it. (Puck Daddy) Top 40 R.E.M. Songs. Number One is "Losing My Religion." Way too predictable choice. And it's wrong. The best R.E.M. song is "Fall On Me" hands down. And "Orange Crush" is number two, but this list has it all the way down at 40. Stupid. (about.com)  Quote of the day (possibly the year): "If ESPN’s Chris Berman isn’t the most universally mocked/vilified sportscaster in the business, that’s probably because Joe Buck is isn’t on television very often."- Can't Stop the Bleeding

What Passes for Life: Stan Lee at Comic-Con

What Passes for Life: Stan Lee at Comic-Con

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 24, 2010

Here's Stan Lee at San Diego Comic-Con International 2010, sitting on Odin's Throne, brought in to promote next year's Thor movie. Actually, that's Jack Kirby's chair Stan's sitting in, but nobody had the heart to tell him. (He does look kind of small sitting in it, doesn't he?) (via The Outhouse, HT to David Bird)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Miami, Kenny Chesney, A.J. Green vs. Julio Jones (His mama named him tha

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Miami, Kenny Chesney, A.J. Green vs. Julio Jones (His mama named him tha

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 24, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Miami and Notre Dame to face each other once again in 2012. The two teams haven't faced each other since 1990, which was almost the last time The Irish were relevant. (SB Nation)  Kenny Chesney thinks Bill Curry's sexy. Chesney interviewed the first-year Georgia State Panthers coach for the documentary on college football coaches he's working on.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) South Caroling blog takes umbrage at predicted third-place  SEC East finish. This ain't baseball, chickens. (Leftover Hot Dog) Historical SEC team helmets. A pretty interesting look at SEC team football helmets of the past fifty years. (The Helmet Project) Who is the better receiver: A.J. Green or Julio Jones (His mama named him that!)? The tale of the tape going into what will probably be the last season in the SEC for the both of them. (Dr. Saturday)

Thursday night Nov. 18  Alabama/Georgia State game set to run on ESPNU.

Thursday night Nov. 18 Alabama/Georgia State game set to run on ESPNU.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 24, 2010

The now-infamous November 18 Thursday night showdown between Alabama and the Bill Curry's  Georgia State Panthers has been scheduled to start on ESPNU at 7:30 PM EST. So Alabama moved the game to Thursday Night, canceled classes, and had to pay extra Georgia State extra for added expenses. And for all it gets for going through the trouble of all of that is a 6:30 game time on what is essentially ESPN, The Cuatro? (And since ESPN 3 is the online outlet, that's shows you what the WWL really thinks of it.) Boy, the Tide got hosed bad on this one. ESPN, by the way is showing UCLA vs. Washington that night, featuring Heisman frontrunner Jake Locker that night. Admittedly a game with a greater national spotlight being a Pac-10 match-up with Heisman hopeful Jake Locker. Meanwhile Alabama has Mark Ingram, the current Heisman Trophy winner, on the roster. That at least deserves ESPN2.  (via Roll 'Bama Roll)

Tim Lincecum:

Tim Lincecum: "What, Me Worry?"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 24, 2010

Tim Lincecum does his best Alfred E. Newman while checking out the iFly Hollywood vertical wind tunnel in conjunction with a new sponsorship deal with Red Bull. At least found a way to get high without smoking pot. Well, it does provide an excuse to link to the second episode of "Timmy and Bus," featuring Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, Steven Strasburg, a psychedelic talking bus and...Lady Gaga? (via Big League Stew)

What Passes for Life: USF, Dana White,  Batman, and more

What Passes for Life: USF, Dana White, Batman, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 23, 2010

What's the bigger deal for USF: Winning the Big East and going to a BCS bowl game, or beating Florida, FSU, and/or Miami? It's a trickier question than you think, involving nation recognition and in-state recruiting. (Voodoo Five) Dana White says boxing is doomed. I think they said that about Madonna's career several times over. (Cagewriter) Another new Batman series?  DC Comics announces Batman INC., which spews forth from the mind of Grant Morrison. (The Source) Deadspin repeating sentences in headlines again? Deadspin repeating sentences in headlines again. (Deadspin) Brad Pitt is Moneyball.  Which I guess makes Angelina Jolie The Blind Side. Move over, Sandra Bullock. (SB Nation)

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow invited to become The Bachelor?

Your Moment of Tebowness: Tebow invited to become The Bachelor?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 23, 2010

(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 invited to become The Bachelor? Tim Tebow invited to become The Bachelor.  "I talked to Tim Tebow yesterday. I'm really not joking. His brother Robby was there. I asked him in front of God and Country. He hasn't said yes yet, but he did say he would be a better version then Jesse Palmer. I told him, "Wait until you play in the NFL first my friend, because Jesse Palmer was quite the bench warmer." Tim Tebow invited to become The Bachelor.   (via TIMTEBLOG)

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