News of the New York Yankees' interest in the Seattle Mariners Cliff Lee came with little or no shock. It also came with the a slew of "Evil Empire" comments from Big League Stew's David Brown, with a slew of other Star Wars references thrown in. Yawn. The Yankee/"Evil Empire" cracks have really gotten old. Especially since George Steinbrenner seeded control of the team to sons Hank and Hal. Neither one of which seem to be in any hurry to become Palpatine II. The whole schitck was kicked off by the Boston Red Sox, who themselves have in many ways become Cybermen to the Yanks' Daleks. The real "Evil Empires" in the MLB are probably teams at or near the bottom like the Florida Marlins or the Pittsburgh Pirates, who don't even try to win or break up teams at the first glimmer of success. Those "Welfare" teams that feed off the luxury tax money that's supposed to keep them competitive. (via Big League Stew)
(Actually the music is by Ten Masked Men)
Funny, I always pegged Obi Wan as a Celtics fan for some reason.
With the 2010 college football season on the way, the campaigns for Heisman are bound to follow. FSU has already unleashed CP7 for Heisman, an interactive site that promotes Ponder as an student athlete and as a person. If the Heisman selection just depended on these websites, then Ponder would win. CP7 for Heisman is very impressive. It looks like what you would expect from a football program which has produced two Heisman winning quarterbacks. When you enter the site, you're welcomed to audio clips of FSU radio broadcasts featuring Ponder's touchdown performances, and the sounds of the Tomahawk chop in the background. (You are able to turn this feature off). The Media Gallery includes a welcome from Ponder, along with photos, clips of game highlights, interviews, and even golf course hi-jinks. There's also a wallpaper generator. This is what I came up with. There's even "CP7's Playlist," which links into iTunes where you can download Ponder's prefered tunes. Songs include selections from the Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, and Billy Joel. ("Piano Man," which brings up sad images of Joey Harrington. Maybe the site's only blunder) Overall, it's quite professional, interactive, and well done. CP7 for Heisman is the measuring stick what future Heisman online campaigns are going to be graded by. Grade: A
Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says he's found "The ideal candidate to be Georgia's AD." "There’s this guy, OK?" he says. "He has been an athletics director at a BCS school for four years, OK? And he’s really good at his job, OK? And his football team just won its conference title and played in a BCS game, OK? And he has an SEC background, OK?" Sounds great who is it? Dan Radakovich, AD for Georgia Tech. Non-starter of the decade. Even if some Georgia fans would jump at trying to get Radakovich to defect to the Bulldog Nation, it isn't going to happen. This is what passes for sports journalism in Atlanta now. This is why circulation for the AJC has gone down the tubes. Things have gotten so bad the paper is ditching their offices for an abandoned Macy's distribution center for crying out loud. What a disgrace.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) UT's Mike Hamilton on turning down playing 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. A radio interview with Vols' AD Mile Hamilton on why UT declined the offer to play USC and Lane Kiffin next year. (104.5 The Zone, via Rocky Top Talk) So is Tennessee being smart or chicken in turning the game down? Yes. Clay Travis makes a lot of good points in Tennessee's favor, though. Like the money the Vols would lose exchanging a home game for a trip to Atlanta. (Fanhouse) It's official. The ACC/ESPN deal is done. (The ACC.com) Georgia Tech's "5 "Best Losses" of the 2000's." Gotta hand it to the Bees trying to look on the bright side of things. (From the Rumble Seat) Mark Richt on Damon Evans debacle. Richt finally speaks out about Damon Evans. "Actually, we exchanged voice mails. It seemed like everytime I called him he wasn’t able to pick up and vice versa. Nothing that I would want to divulge. Nothing earth shattering but just talking about the situation as best you can through a series of a couple of messages we left for each other.” (OnlineAthens.com, via Team Speed Kills) Still crowing about the CWS. A look back at the Gamecocks' CWS championship season. It'll be the only thing the Chickens will have to crow about for a while. (Garnet and Black Attack)
How popular is Barbara Dooley, mother of Derek Dooley in Tennessee? Well Scott McNutt, a humorist for the Knoxville-News Sentinel suggested the mother of His Hairness be named President of the University of Tennessee. The basis of his piece is that Barbara's popularity would put a sugary coating on the massive budgetary issues plaguing the school at the moment. How bad is it for UT? Things are so bad they're raising tuition, slashing budgets and trying to sell the president's mansion, for crying out loud. (They can't find anyone to take it off the school's hands, either.) "So why appoint Barbara Dooley president?" Cheek said. "We eliminate the cost of a search. Her flamboyance will distract people from the tuition increase and budget cuts. Her son being coach, she has a vested interest in seeing this fine institution prosper, so she'll be willing to purchase the president's mansion and settle in long-term. Plus, she appreciates our traditions. We know, because she already has an orange boa."Another reason to name Barbara Dooley UT President? She taught His Hairness his personal grooming skills, of course. "I read a while back coach Dooley saying his hair was perfect because he'd spent his life training it and how he used that as a metaphor for building a solid ball program," Cheek explained. "Then I read how he couldn't train his mother to interact with the media. The juxtaposition of the controlled coiffure and the uncontrolled matriarch inspired me. I thought, 'Why not make her the one that's in control - the one grooming the hair, so to speak?'" Coach Dooley's hairstyle was unavailable for comment."Despite all the humor. It does underscore the kinds of financial trouble the University of Tennessee is in at the moment. The kind of trouble that probably keeps it from being able to accept Lane Kiffin's challenge to face USC in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2011 if they want to. UT just can't afford to do it. Or at least not to the point of justifying buying out North Texas, Middle Tennessee, Cincinnati, or North Carolina. The money really isn't there. Besides, if Barbara Dooley was that good, Dr. Evil Michael Adams would be naming her UGA Athletic Director. Anything to keep her from showing up to the Georgia-Tennessee game in her orange feather boa, reminding everybody how he fired Vince Dooley. (via Knoxville News Sentinel)
It's too bad LeBron James didn't give ESPN enough time to put together LeBron James: The Decision so it could have the proper media tie-ins it deserved. Like any overhyped media event, LeBron James: The Decision, deserves it's own tie-ins. Such as LeBron James: The Decision, the video game, or LeBron James: The Decision app for your iPad. Then of course there's LeBron James: The Decision the official soundtrack. Which probably sound a little something like this: "Dancing With Myself," Billy Idol "Should I Stay or Should I Go," The Clash "Made You Look," Nas "New York, New York," Frank Sinatra "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland "Miami " Will Smith "Money," The Beatles "My Prerogative," Bobby Brown "Where Are You Going," Dave Matthews Band "Back Stabbers," The O'Jays "Cleveland Rocks," Ian Hunter
NASA can't seem to find the money to keep the Space Shuttle flying, or go to back to the Moon. But for some reason it can find money to test the maligned World Cup soccer ball. And the government wonders why there's a tea party movement. (via Dirty Tackle)
Spain and Netherlands in World Cup Finals. Game will be replay of the Eighty Years' War (1566-1648). (Yahoo! Sports) Rob Lowe buying Miramax? Well, it isn't like he's never directed a movie of anything like that. (The AV Room) Your "Name of the Year" candidate of the day. God's Gift Achiuwa, Erie Community College forward from Nigeria. (The Dagger) Most Annoying Coaches. Round up the usual suspects. (Eleven Warriors) "Wait, did I say that?" Yes, Josh Barnett, you did. (Cagewriter)
The Phoenix Suns' Jared Dudley has dropped this little gem of a news item on Twitter: Breaking News!!! My sources tell me Lebron will announce that he will be goin to the NY KNICKS tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!! The voices in your head don't count as reliable sources, Jared. (via Deadspin)
(Cue the Carolina Liar) You would think that Tennessee would jump at any chance to go after Lane Kiffin so they could "rip out his heart and rip that sucker flat" (to paraphrase Lewis Grizzard who would be watching it down from Heaven with Catfish and UGAs I-VII with a huge grin on his face). But nope. Tennessee has turned down an offer by Kiffin to face USC in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Vols are claiming scheduling conflicts for declining the offer. A look at the Vols' 2011 schedule doesn't show any real scheduling conflicts, but is is full at the moment. It might be a little more than a cakewalk for Derek Dooley's team, though. In addition to the SEC East, the Vols face Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas, which are pretty much the "Big Three" in the SEC West at the moment. (Shut up, Auburn.) Plus, the out of conference schedule features a visit from Cincinnati and a trip to North Carolina. Both of which could easily into the "trap game" column. It isn't the toughest schedule, but it could be a challenge for a rebuilding program. Besides, Tennessee is already scheduled for the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against NC State. That's three trips to Georgia in two years, SEC Championship Games not included (yeah, right). Even with Georgia being Dooley's home state, His Hairness might not want to travel down that close to Athens that much. (It's awkward enough for Vince and Barbara as it is). There are a lot of open slots for a USC-Tennessee game in 2012 from the looks of things, but one would suspect Kiffen wants a neutral field so he doesn't have to travel back to Knoxville. And if Tennessee agreed to face the Trojans, that might not be an option for him. (via ESPN Los Angeles)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Damon Evans' replacement. Frank Crumley taking over as interum Georgia AD while a permanent replacement for Damon Evans can be found. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Pimpin' ain't easy, Heisman style. FSU unveils it's campaign for Christian Ponder's Heisman Trophy hopes. There's a new website pimping Ponder which includes stats and video. (Tomahawk Nation) Sprucing up the Thrillerdome. A look at plans to renovate Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Colleseium in time for the 2012-2013 season. The dome will still be there, but everything else will just about be replaced. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) How is USC's Ed Orgeron taking Malik Jackson's defection to Tennessee? Not too well, apparently. (Rocky Top Talk) Phil Steele named Virginia Tech ACC Team of the Decade. Since the Hokies have only been in the ACC since 2004, there might be an argument for a big sloppy "*" next to that title. (Phil Steele's College Football Blog, via Gobbler Country) Boston College 2010 preview. A look at six teams on the Golden Eagles' schedule that "are ranked in the bottom 60 of various preseason countdowns." Though NC State and Clemson are ranked a little higher in some. (BC Interruption) How's new Wake Forest basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik liking the job so far? Pretty good, but "The parking has been a pain in the butt." (Winston-Salem Journal, via Blogger So Dear)
Quarterback Mitch Mustain is reported to be among to potential USC players planning to transfer off the probation-burdened USC ship. And guess which frosted orange-clad school in the SEC is among the possible schools he could transfer too? Yes, Tennessee is on the list. Mustain, along with already transferred Malik Jackson, would keep Vols fans crowing like Gamecocks for a season or two. Mustain is among four other possible transfers out of USC, along with three who have already left. Not that Lane Kiffin is captaining a program akin to a sinking ship or anything, but the USC fight song may have to be changed to this. (via Leather Helmet Blog)
Remember that Nike "Write the Future" ad featuring Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and other soccer megastars whose teams were eliminated from play in the World Cup? Remember "Hocus Pocus," the minor Seventies' hit that's played during the commercial? Well guess what? The song was recorded by Focus. A band formed in...The Netherlands, who are in the World Cup finals. Believe it...or not! (Where's Robert L. Ripley when you really need him?) (Thanks to EDSBS on Twitter)
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