On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army defeated the French forces of Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla. Today it is used as an excuse to get drunk celebrated as Cinco de Mayo. Now, on July 17, 2010. Mexico punks the French again. This time at the World Cup. Mexico's soccer team defeated their French counterparts, all but ending France's dreams of reaching the World Cup championship game. Mexicans will be celebrating this as a huge victory today. So it pretty much means that Americans should do so as well. With a little push, Diecisiete de Junio could be as huge as Cinco de Mayo. Party on! (via Yahoo! Sports)
Yes, there is a conference expansion drinking game. And not surprisingly, a Georgia Bulldog blogger invented it. (Dawg Sports) "Things That Will Get Charlie Sheen Killed in Jail." Like being Charlie Sheen isn't enough? (UPROXX) (By the way, I wonder if Charlie ever saw brother Emilio Estevez in In the Custody of Strangers?) Dangling Chads. The New York Yankees have a disproportionate number of Chads on the roster. You mean that the Yankees having a disproportionate number of anything is really a shock? (Walkoff Walk) Feds raid an Atlanta BBQ joint. They had a tip the place was using a recipe straight out of Fried Green Tomatoes. That's not true, but it'd be awesome (in an admittedly disturbing sort of way). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Infant pandas are fugly. But not as fugly as Real World dorks wearing panda hats. (Deadspin)
Just when the dust is settling over the Big 12 non-implosion, Jerry Jones has to come around and kick some more up. Jerrah wants the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Big 12, and back in its traditional role as another of Texas' lapdogs. And he wants to bring in Notre Dame as well. It seems that being in the SEC isn't good enough anymore for Jerrah's beloved Razorbacks. Or maybe he's been counting the money he'd lose with a ten member Big 12, and no Big 12 Championship in The Heathen Temple to His Avarice Cowboys Stadium. It may actually be more of a case of the later than of the former. The Razorbacks may just be the most convenient (and closest to the heart) means to an end. While it's hard to say that Jerry Jones will succeed in his latest scheme, it's hard to say that he won't, either. At least not in some form or another. He might not succeed in getting his alma mater in the Big 12. He might be able to twist the arms of Dan Bebe and whoever he needs to in Texas to get a couple of teams to replace Nebraska and Colorado. (via SB Nation)
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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?) Having Tim Tebow's "Promise" speech engraved a plaque in front of the Heavener Football Complex apparently wasn't enough for Florida. The UF athletic association has given approval for a bronze statue of Tim Tebow to be installed outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Bronze likeness of His Tebowness will be joined by statues of fellow Gator Heisman Trophy winners Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel. They will all be paid for through private pledges. Apparently the association didn't want to people to think that they were singling Tebow out for his achievements at Florida. But we know better than that, don't we? The Spurrier and Wuerffel statues will be shown passing the football, while His Tebowness' statue will be carrying the football. But honestly, I was kind of hoping that this is the image it will be based on: It just screams Tebowness, doesn't it? (via EDSBS, The Chalkboard, The Gainesville Sun )
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Remembering the Ramblin' Wreck's wreck. Recalling the anniversary of the accident where the Ramblin' Wreck was damaged while being transported to a wedding in Savannah, of all things, and the efforts to repair it. (From the Rumble Seat) Former USC linebacker Jarvis Jones transfers to UGA. Reports say this has to do with USC refusing to clear him for spring practice after a neck injury than with those pesky NCAA sanctions. It's a story that's almost believable. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Auburn deserves 2004 Championship title. Auburn and its supporters should really be more focused on winning the 2010 BCS instead of living in the past. (al.com) More silly SEC expansion rumors. As usual, the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources. (Loser With Socks) Les Miles vs. FOX News' Shepard Smith. The LSU coach gets in some friendly jabs at the FOX News personality, who attended Old Miss. (Friends of the Program)
Tom Izzo's decision not to bolt Michigan State for the Cleveland Cavaliers brought out the manlove in his players, who almost turned into a very public furpile. (The Only Colors, Beyond the Arc)
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.) The Izzo stays put. Tom Izzo picks staying at Michigan St. over the job of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and the uncertainty of whether LeBron James will be there next year. (Yahoo! Sports) Trying to figure out how Big 10 divisional play would look like. Heck, I did this months ago. (Eleven Warriors) For the love of Nebraska. A Big 10 look at reasons to love Nebraska football. (The Rivalry, Esq.) And what exactly does adding Nebraska do for the Big 10? An examination of what newest Big 10 member Nebraska brings to sports other than football. (Black Heart Gold Pants)
The Strasburg manlove continues. Stephen Strasburg named NL Player of the Week. (Yahoo! Sports)Miami-Dade county in Florida considering changing its name to Miami-Waid county for a week. I though that there wasn't anything more pathetic than Cleveland trying to get LeBron James to stay. But sadly, there is. (The Miami Herald)Mirko Filipovic detained by Canadian authorities. They thought "Cro Cop" might have been a war criminal, because of his being a policeman in Croatia. (Cagewriter)What to wear with your World Cup soccer team jersey. I hear the English team is wearing paper bags over their heads with theirs. (Esquire)
Chipper Jones owns a ranch in Texas. Which somehow makes perfect sense considering the on and off-again announcement of his retirement at the end of the Braves' 2010 season. What he essentially did today was what Texas has been doing for the past week or so. While Jones' decision didn't involve the kind of massive upheaval to keep him from making an announcement today, it does leave the door open for a minor drama point for the Braves as a post-Bobby Cox era looms.(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
(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?)WUFT, a PBS station owned by the University of Florida took a look at how Gator fans are starting to root for Denver now that His Tebowness is a Bronco. And yes, there's a mention of that pesky Broncogator thing.
Everyone but Texas, that is.(And you only thought it was a commercial jingle.)
The Winner: Texas. Hands down, Texas wins the huge game of chicken that the Big 12's meltdown and subsequent rescue has turned out to be. It gets the chance to have its own network, it keeps the rivalry with Texas A&M (which won't be bolting for the SEC), and it pretty much solidifies itself as the true power in the Big 12.The Loser: Pretty much everybody else. But more specifically:Dan Bebe. Even in saving the Big 12 (for now), his reputation has gone through the ringer. He has pretty much become the Brad Childress to Texas' Brett Favre. And if he can't back up his promises, all he's done is postpone the inevitable. Bebe pretty much need to just go find a tattoo parlor and get "Property of the University of Texas" tattooed on his rear end. Or maybe his forehead. It might even be more appropriate.The rest of the remaining Big 12 schools. They've pretty much become subservient to Texas in how the conference is run. They might as well add "UT" in front of their names (UT Oklahoma, UT Kansas, UT Texas Tech, etc.) Nebraska and Colorado will be lucky they got out when they did. Unless they end up deciding to come back to the Big 12 and take their place at the kiddie table with the rest of the gang.The Pac-10. So much for the mega-conference. Guess it'll have to be satisfied with Colorado and whatever morsels it can raid from the WAC and Mountain West. Speaking of which.The Mountain West Conference. The chance to pick up the the remaining Big 12 North schools is gone. Worse, the Pac-10 will probably come looking for Utah. Meaning even after scoring Boise St., the MWC will probably end up back at square one in trying to get that elusive automatic BCS bid.The SEC. It doesn't get Texas A&M. Oh wait, that actually is a win. No worries about an odd number of teams or having to possible realign the conference divisions. And no having to deal with a train wreck of a program that's third or fourth best in its state. Speaking of which...Texas A&M. Maybe it is appropriate that the Aggies' mascot is a female collie. Because now and forever, they're Texas' you-know-what.
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Boston is the Bros capital of the world. A collection of Bros attending Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Boston. So which of of these bros is Tommy Boy, and which one is Sully? (Ball Don't Lie)Clash of the Big 12 reporting Titans. The "tale of the tape" between ESPN legend Joe Schad and hot internet sensation Chip Brown. (EDSBS)This may be a first in Reality TV. A couple of high-school track team members have a rock band named after Real World Brooklyn cast member and Iraq veteran Ryan Conklin. (Mansfield News Journal)(And if you haven't checked out Conklin's book on his first tour of duty in Iraq, An Angel from Hell, go ahead and do so. It's highly recommended.)USC compared to Enron. (Dr. Saturday)Fight week. Events from Strikeforce, Belator and the UFC's Ultimate Fighter Finale, are part of a five-day stretch of MMA on television stretching from Wednesday to Sunday (with an off-day Friday). (Cagewriter)More proof that Strasburgmania is getting out of hand. Strasberg merchandise was being sold in Cleveland at Progressive Field. And fans were buying it up. Nice fans you've got there, Cleveland. (The Sporting Blog)
The best description for the Big 12 may have come from Black Heart Gold Pants, which compares the conference's status to Schrodinger's Cat. It may still exist and it may not. What is known is that if Texas decides to leave, most of the conference goes with it. Dan Bebe may have found a way to stop the Longhorns and co. from bolting, and preserving Big 12 its now 10-member configuration. But it pretty much its two-parts admission of the control Texas has in the conference, and one part terms of surrender.Either way the mass exodus of teams west (possibly south, in Texas A&M's case) looks to be on hold. Bebe's plan for a Big 12 Network that would allow Texas to start its own network looks to be the linchpin of the deal. It also does nothing to equalize the issues with the disparity of revenue sharing in the conference.Bebe has all but given Texas the keys to the conference. The deal does everything but move the Big 12's offices into a stall in the barn next to Bevo. And that may be happening sooner or later.(via Black Heart Gold Pants, ESPN, Orangebloods)
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