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What Passes for Life: 6/21

What Passes for Life: 6/21

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) Batista jumping from WWE to MMA. He's doesn't have a contract yet, but he's been in talks with Strikeforce (no contract yet, though) (SB Nation) Johnny Miller compares US Open field to the Gulf oil spill. What does foot taste like, Johnny? (Devil Ball Golf) The NCAA would like to have a word with Iowa State. A Black Heart Gold Pants piece of madness. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Buzz Bissinger admits he's  an idiot "Twidiot." Congrats, Buzz. You're the last person to figure this out. (The New Republic, via Deadspin) Who will direct The Hobbit? District 9's Neil Blomkamp might be in the running. Original LoTR director Peter Jackson produced District 9, so it wouldn't be too much a surprise if he got the nod. (Ain't It Cool News)

Oh Snap! Moment of the Day: Vuvuzela Hero is real!

Oh Snap! Moment of the Day: Vuvuzela Hero is real!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2010

Oh snap! There actually is a real, playable version of Vuvuzela Hero. It's not a dream, not a hoax, not an imaginary story. The link is here. Sadly it's in all in French. So if you're like me and took Spanish, you're screwed. (But at least I'll be able to communicate with the majority population thirty years from now. I win.) Not surprisingly, there's also a Facebook page...also in French. But somehow it seems appropriate. (via Sportress of Blogitude)

Ewwwwwww! Matt Hamill fought with a staph infection.

Ewwwwwww! Matt Hamill fought with a staph infection.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2010

Matt Hamill fought through a lot of pain his Utlimate Fighter 11 Finale fight with Keith Jardine.  He overcame a hand that was broken in the first round, and getting poked in the eye by Jardine (on top of being deaf). He also fought with  staph infection on his back. On one hand fighting through injury shows what kind of heart Hamill has as a fighter. But it also exposes MMA continuing problems with staph infection. And arguably, Hamill shouldn't have been allowed to fight with such a condition. Especially since Jardine got bloodied up pretty well. (via SB Nation)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Ole Miss, Miss. St., Saban

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Ole Miss, Miss. St., Saban

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2010

What are the SEC's referees doing this summer? Refereeing World Cup matches, apparently.  Does Mike Bianchi have a heart? Mike Bianchi wants the SEC to dump Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Maybe the Mississippi hate is too soon after the Oil Spill. I seriously don't have the heart to make any. (Orlando Sentinel, via Arkansas Expats) And while Bianchi's at it, he suggests Florida erect a statue to a bail bondsman instead of Tim Tebow. (Orlando Sentinel)  And speaking of Old Miss, It's Ole Miss week at Team Speed Kills. (Team Speed Kills) Why did Arkansas decide to stay in the SEC, and not bolt for Big 12? Some interesting speculation here. "I can only assume they had to do this to keep Bobby Petrino from looking for another job. You know, he's always wanted to coach in the SEC, and if the Hogs left for another conference, Petrino would have to start angling for the LSU job or something." (Bulldogs Blog) Does the downsized Big 12 mean bad news for the ACC's BCS hopes? A debate from the BC Interruption guys. (BC Interruption) Nick Saban tours Gulf Coast area affected by Oil Spill. Saban has a very good quote about what really matters down there: “I think several things are important,” he said. “First, there are the 11 oil rig workers who lost their lives. That’s the most important. Next, there are thousands of people whose lives will be affected in ways they don’t even know yet. These are people who have worked there all their lives and they don’t know what the future will be. Then there is the environmental impact of it all.” (Tuscaloosanews.com, via Team Speed Kills) List of the Day. "Five College Football Teams That Won't Be As Good As Advertised In 2010". If you're a fan of Alabama, Arkansas, UGA, Georgia Tech, or Oklahoma, you might be out of luck this upcoming season. (Dawg Sports) List of the Day, Part Deux. "The Best Coaching Jobs in the SEC." Florida comes out on top, not surprisingly. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Yankees ban Lady Gaga from clubhouse

Yankees ban Lady Gaga from clubhouse

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 20, 2010

The Yankees have reportedly banned musician/exhibitionist Lady Gaga from their clubhouse after she invaded the clubhouse uninvited. She was reportedly drunk and was acting pretty unladylike. There's no visual evidence of Gaga's drunken romp, but this clip of the Philly Phanatic can give you an idea of what when on. (via Deadspin)

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 20, 2010


Sunday Brunch: Pierogi blue plate special.

Sunday Brunch: Pierogi blue plate special.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 20, 2010

Pirates fire costumed pierogi racer. It seems that one of the guys who runs around dressed up  as a pierogi in Pittsburgh's Sausage Race knockoff got fired for mocking the manager and GM on Facebook. A pierogi could run the Pirates better. Not a guy in  a costume. I mean a real pierogi. (Big League Stew) Speaking of Facebook. Have you checked out the SWRT page on Facebook yet? It's your way of knowing when SWRT is updated. Join now and let's see where we can take that puppy. Get updates through Twitter too. The Dallas Morning News doesn't have a sense of humor. A Bulldog blogger relates his failed efforts to register on the Dallas Morning News website. It seems the username "84 Cotton Bowl UGA-10 UT-9" was deemed too offensive. (Dawg Day Afternoon) Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale wrap-up. In case you missed it, Court McGee (and his beard) beat Kris McCray in the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale match. Also Matt Hamill beat Keith Jardine, and bloodied  Jardine up pretty well on the way. (Cagewriter) Chip Brown gets his own TV show. (Dawg Day Afternoon)

More reasons to hate the Florida Marlins: Vuvuzela night

More reasons to hate the Florida Marlins: Vuvuzela night

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 2010

Earlier this season the Florida Marlins gave baseball a hideous team song sung by Scott Staph Stapp. Now they're bringing in the one sound more annoying than Stapp's voice: Vuvuzelas. For Saturday night's interleague game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Marlins plan to give out 15,000 vuvuzelas. While other teams like the Yankees have kicked people out of the stadium for bringing the annoying World Cup noisemakers in, Florida is actually going to hand them out.That should be more than enough to guarantee the game not to be a sellout. Luckily the team claims that this will only be a one-night event. Sun Life stadium doesn't allow noisemakers like that brought it. And as the Marlins only rent the place out, they don't really have much of a say about what can and can't be brought into the park. (via ESPN)

Your Moment of Tebowness: His Tebow makes one young fan's day special

Your Moment of Tebowness: His Tebow makes one young fan's day special

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 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 met with Diego Lemos, a young fan who lost part of his leg in a bus accident in April at a camp held by fellow Bronco Daniel Graham. Lemos is an avid Tebow fan. So the experience is one that he's sure to treasure for years to come. (via 9NEWS.com)

Your  Ricky Stanzi

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, love it or leave it!" moment of the day starring the Man(zi) himself

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 2010

Ricky Stanzi became an American legend on January 5, 2010 for two reasons. First, he led the Iowa Hawkeyes in a 24-14 Orange Bowl victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. And then (and most importantly) in an interview with FOX's Chris Myers he made the following comment that will forever put him in Our Nation's hearts. It took about six months, but a reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette asked Stanzi what led him to make such an audaciously patriotic response to an obviously "softball" question. And fortunately there was a camera there to record his telling of the story behind the story. Total awesomeness. And if you think that's cool, look at how Stanzi connects with fan at Hawkeye Day for Camp Courageous, described as "a  year-round recreational and respite care facility for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, brain injuries, hearing and visual impairments, autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and special needs."  Double total awesomeness. ( via  Dr. Saturday, Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Be very afraid: This will be real soon enough

Be very afraid: This will be real soon enough

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 2010

Okay, maybe not as a real game, but I can imagine an mock-up of this showing on YouTube sooner or later. Until thin, enjoy this (slightly) less annoying little tune by Dave Henson. (via boingboing)

What Passes for Life: He Hate Me edition

What Passes for Life: He Hate Me edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 18, 2010

He Hate Me. "The Most Disliked People in Sports," according to Forbes. Somehow Lane Kiffin dodn't make it to the list, but the obvious suspects like Michael Vick and Al Davis did. (Forbes.com) The ratings are in. Thursday night's Game 7  was the most watched NBA Finals game since Michael Jordan and the Bulls won their sixth and final title in 1998. ABC probably thank Ron Artest's psychologist too. As well as that Kobe guy. (Warming Glow) Leonardo DiCaprio to play J. Edgar Hoover? In a Clint Eastwood directed biopic even? That's what the story is. No word if Leo wears a dress in the film. (Ain't It Cool News) An end of an era in Boston? It might just have been the end of the line for one Celtic legend last night...Brian Scalabrine (Ball Don't Lie)

Vols fan wants to humiliate Kiffin with billboard

Vols fan wants to humiliate Kiffin with billboard

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 18, 2010

(Cue the Carolina Liar) You would think Tennessee fans would have finally gotten over Lane Kiffin dumping the Vols for USC and were all set to start building heathen altars in their dens to Derek Dooley's hair (in front of the shrine to Peyton Manning). But along comes the NCAA and those pesky Reggie Bush related sanctions to USC to pull the scab off the wound. Well, did take a while, but some Kiffin-related silliness is starting to take place. It looks like a Vol Fan  wants to put up a billboard in Los Angeles mocking Kiffin and USC. Update on our humiliate on Operation Humiliate Kiffin. We're now doing a BILLBOARD. Perhaps on THE SUNSET STRIP! It's going to be about 7 grand. We have a guy who will match any donations we get by the end of today.. Here's a look at what the billboard might look like:  Not quite original and probably quite delusional as well. (via Loser With Socks, The Edge on Tony Basilo.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Friday 6/18/10 edition

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Friday 6/18/10 edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 18, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Chicken vs. the Sea. South Carolina to face Navy in 2011. And they're paying the Midshipmen $950,000 to play to Columbia. (Leather Helmet Blog) Razorbacks not going anywhere. Arkansas chancellor denies sending out feelers about joining the Big 12. (The Times Record)  Javarie, we hardly knew ye. Maryland incoming freshman Javarie Johnson leaving school due to "academic and personal issues." He plans to transfer to another school. (Testudo Times) I'm opposed to the idea, but...Alligator Army blogger mlmintampa comments about the statues Florida plans to Heisman winners Tim Tebow, Steve Spurrier, and Danny Wuerffel, and how the privately donated money used could have gone to other needs. It's not going t stop him from getting his picture next to His Tebowness' graven image, though. (Alligator Army)

Golden State Warriors go back to the future with new logo and unis

Golden State Warriors go back to the future with new logo and unis

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 17, 2010

Remember that line in U2's "God Part II" where Bono sings "You glorify the past when the future dries up?" Well, the Golden State Warriors are testing that theory out with their new logo and jersey. The logo recreates the classic "The City" logo with the Golden Gate Bridge, replacing it with the under-construction Eastern Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. It's also boring as crap. The old "City" logo may be popular with some GSW fans, but it was kind of boring and gaudy at the same time. While the return to blue and gold it welcome, it would have been better to go with something a little more modern. Or if going retro absolutely positively  had to be a priority, Golden State should have gone with something closer to the unis of the "Run TMC" days. Which were a lot cooler in their own conservative sort of way. That was sweet looking. Maybe the fact GWS doesn't go back to something closer to this has to do with their giving Mullin the boot last year in his GM role.  Too bad. The uni looked way better than  the "City" version. It had a classic, but not dated look. (visa SLAM Online)

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