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"Sexy" Lane Kiffin update: Still down but not out.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 14, 2010

The good news is that "Sexy" Lane Kiffin has picked up ground in his Esquire "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" matchup with Heather Mitts. The bad news is that he still lags behind Mitts, who leads with a 59%-41% advantage. "Sexy" Lane still needs your help, so vote now. It'll be a better use of your time than Spencer Hall's attempt to mash Auburn up with Justin Beiber.(via Esquire)

Friday Morning Free-for-All

Friday Morning Free-for-All

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 14, 2010

More Proof that the NFL can't take a joke. The NFL sent out a cease and desist letter to the 420 Football League, which was using a logo that the NFL said was too similar to its own. See if you can tell the difference:Now why would Roger Goodell get bent out of shape about that? (The Last Angry Fan)What does T.O. dream of when he takes a little T.O. snooze? Like Mike Tyson's tiger in The Hangover, Terrell Owens dreams of Halle Berry. No word if he dreams of Berry in her Catwoman suit. (The Big Lead, TMZ)Bud Selig: Threat or Menace? Forbes claims Bud Selig's threats to force the sale of the Texas Rangers to go through could hurt the ability for teams to get financing in the future. Heck, he does that just by breathing. (Forbes)

Your Freudian Nightmare of the night. Law and Order edition

Your Freudian Nightmare of the night. Law and Order edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 14, 2010

There's really no explanation for this, it just is. Enjoy.(via Warming Glow)

WAR LAMENESS!!! Auburn needs your help picking out music

WAR LAMENESS!!! Auburn needs your help picking out music

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 13, 2010

Auburn is asking fans to vote on the song to be used for 2010 inrto video song on its website. The school picked a sundry group of possible songs ranging from the hip and current (30 Seconds to Mars "Vox Populi,") to the tired and clichéd (Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." Ha Ha). At least Auburn had the taste to include "Hero," by Skillet in the mix, if only to give the Christian rock fans something to vote for. It'd be hard to not to vote against that one, though.Of course Auburn did give "fans" the chance to nominate their own choices. Because as Dream of the Endless once said, "What could possibly go wrong?"Enter Spencer Hall (aka the blogger formally known as Orson Swindle), who is calling on EDSBS readers to write in "Baby" by Justin Bieber. Needless to say this is may be the dirtiest attempt of internet skulduggery since Colin Cowherd got his listeners to cause The Big Lead to crash.Seriously, don't be talked in to performing a stunt like that. As funny as the phrase "War Beiber!" might sound, any such shenanigans just aren't worth it in the end. Just vote for the Skillet and go on your merry way.(via EDSBS)

Ole Miss + Boise State= More Cowbell!

Ole Miss + Boise State= More Cowbell!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 13, 2010

Ole Miss has announced that Boise State will be coming to Oxford for the Rebels and Broncos first ever meeting on the gridiron in 2011. This is a perfect matchup. On one hand, the Ole Miss fanbase are known for their love of cowbells as noise makers during the game. As for Boise State...Yep, I went there. I wonder if she'll still be in school by then.(Ole Miss Sports)

What Passes for Life: Be kind to animals edition

What Passes for Life: Be kind to animals edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 13, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. Leonard Davis of Dallas Cowboys helps a group of wayward ducks out of the 11th hole sand bunker and out of trouble at the team's Sponsor Appreciation Golf Tournament.View more news videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/video.Too bad there's not anybody who can keep the Oregon Ducks football team out of trouble like that. (Deadspin, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth)Mountain West wants to take Boise State to the prom. The Mountain West Conference might be ready to send an invite to Boise State to become a member. This has everything to do with the MWC wanting that elusive automatic spot in the BCS. (SB Nation)Things I learned last night. On a related front, the Mountain West Conference has its own network. Who knew? (SB Nation)Olivia Munn unleashed on network television. Olivia Munn may be currently be getting spanked by Evangeline Lilly in Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament NBC has picked up the sitcom Perfect Couples, which will star the geek fantasy diva. Sadly, thirty minutes of Evangeline Lilly spanking Munn on TV would probably get better ratings. (Warming Glow, The Live Feed)How to make Junior look like Peyton Manning. Speaking of Esquire, the magazine went to NFL Flims president Steve Sabol for tips on filming your kid's sporting event. Now you can make Junior's Pop Warner game look like a Super Bowl highlight reel. (Esquire)America's Next Top Harry Potter Wannabe. Tyra Banks is writing a series of fantasy novels about a school for models. At least Oprah only picks crappy novels for her fans to read, not write them. (ABC News, thanks to Jude Terror at The Outhouse for the word up.)2011 MLB All-Star Game not going anywhere. MLB Dictator for Life Commissioner Bud Selig has said the 2011 All-Star Game will stay in Phoenix, and not move in protest of that pesky anti-immigration law. No news if any of the MLB's Hispanic players plan to show up. (Yahoo! Sports)Taking rap a little too seriously. Even though Real World: Brooklyn cast member Ryan A. Conklin inspired a lot of people with his service for America as a Soldier in Iraq, he isn't known for taking himself too seriously. He recently posted a clip on his YouTube channel reciting rap lyrics verbatim. Funny stuff.Make sure you check out Conklin's memoir on his first tour of duty in Iraq, An Angel from Hell. It's an awesome book telling what the war in Iraq is really like from a Soldier's point of view.

Pac-10 exapnsion and media talk: Everyone else is doing it so why can't we?

Pac-10 exapnsion and media talk: Everyone else is doing it so why can't we?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 13, 2010

Any sign that the Pac-10 is finally deciding to enter the 21st century is something to take note of. The conference has hired the powerful Hollywood firm Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for consulting in several areas, including expansion and media rights. CAA was given the nod to help rebrand the conference as what Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott calls "a modern collegiate conference." This could lead up to the Pac-1o starting its own network.That may seem a harder task than it looks. The Pac-10 has been very much as a conference more concerned with tradition than with progress. But as its joined-at-the-hip traditional Rose Bowl opponent, the Big 10, has taken the first steps in entering the 21st century expansion and the Big 10 Network, the Pac-10 obviously sees the need to keep up.CAA got the nod for its ties with Hollywood. It's expected that the agency will be bringing out some of the media celebrities it represents to Pac-10 events, which ranges from Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, to Miley Cyrus and Will Ferrell. Imagine a theoretical Pac-10 football championship with Miley Cyrus performing at the halftime show. One word: ratings.Of course the bigger idea is for CAA to help out with conference expansion and to handle a new media rights deal. With the Big 10 Network and the SEC's deals with ESPN and CBS as examples of what the Pac-10 needs to do to keep up, this will be a major focus for the conference. A Pac-10 network is a huge possibility and CAA is working on a business plan for such an undertaking.Of course the possible expansion of the Pac-10 is the thing that most sports fans and media pundits would be paying to. CAA was brought in to help point out which markets the Pac-10 should look to and which schools make the best candidates for membership. Not that the Pac-10 probably doesn't probably already know there to look (the Rocky Mountain region. Utah and Colorado to be exact). But CAA will be able to provide the best strategy to lure schools into cutting their current conference ties and jump over to the Pac-10.The Pac-10/CAA partnership is a bigger deal than it appears on the surface. While it looks like an average business deal at first, it could lead to possibly the biggest rebranding and reorganization in college athletic history.(via EDSBS, Sporting News)

"Sexy" Lane Kiffin needs your vote NOW!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 13, 2010

The first results are in for the Sweet Sixteen round of Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament, and they aren't looking good for "Sexy" Lane Kiffin. Soccer player Heather Mitts is currently beating Kiffin by a 64%-36% margin. That's a lot of ground to make up, but Round Two has eight or so more days left for "Sexy" Lane make up the difference.In fact most of the Cinderellas from the previous two rounds aren't doing so hot either. Tanith Belbin is getting pummeled by ex-WWE Diva Stacy Keibler. And even worse, Evangeline Lilly is beating previously unstoppably Olivia Munn 66%-34%. But that may be due Esquire putting the screws on geeks getting creative with stuffing the ballot box for Munn. Which may be the only way geeks get to...well, you know.But back to the matter at hand. Kiffin needs your support and your vote NOW to keep the dream of being the Sexiest Woman Alive alive.(via Esquire)

Random Triangle Time Machine: Chicks dig the long ball

Random Triangle Time Machine: Chicks dig the long ball

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2010

In honor of the announcement of Tom Glavine's number being reitred by the Atlanta Braves, here's the classic "Chicks dig the long ball" Nike commercial featuring Glavine, Greg Maddux, Heather Locklear and Mark McGwire.Of course now we know that McGwire's hitting power wasn't due to the shoes. Or any of that homoerotic sadomasochistic stuff Maddux was pulling on Glavine.(via The Grit Tree)

Logan Gray staying at Georgia

Logan Gray staying at Georgia

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2010

Joe Schad has reported via Twitter that Georgia quarterback Logan Gray has decided not to transfer to another school following Aaron Murray being named starting QB for the 2010 season. This probably comes as a huge relief for Mark Richt, as the dismissal of Zach Mettenberger meant a loss depth in the quarterback position. Gray will by Murray's backup, and if things go wrong, maybe a shot at starting QB.(via SB Nation, Joe Schad's Twitter)

What Passes for Life: Stimulus Package edition

What Passes for Life: Stimulus Package edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Stimulus Package. New York Mets rookie Ike "The Stimulus" Davis made a breathtaking crash-into-the-dugout catch to end last night's Mets victory against the Nationals. Apparently so did one of his teammates. (Deadspin, MLB.com)NASCAR Hall of Fame opens in Charlotte. From the Marbles gives a brief tour of some of the legendary stock cars on display. Also on display is a recreation of Junior Johnson's moonshine still, which was assembled on site by Johnson himself. No, they're probably not giving out samples. (From the Marbles)So, does Lefty eat at Five Guys, or did he eat five guys? It turns out there may have been a secret agenda behind Phil Mickelson's pimping of Five Guys during The Players tournament. It seems he co-owns the franchise rights to Five Guys in Orange County, California. (Deadspin, CNBC)Comedy Central cancels "The Sarah Silverman Program." Drew Magry and AJ Daulerio found dancing with glee around Deadspin offices. (Warming Glow)Turkey Hunting with Bobby Knight. No, Knight did not choke the turkey with his bare hands. (The Sporting Blog)His Tebowness does not need your seven-figure endorsement deals. Tim Tebow claims he's turned down seven-figure endorsement deals to focus on football. Meanwhile, His Tebowness is taking batting practice with Memphis University School. That's really focusing on football there, Timmy. (Tim Teblog, Gator Bytes)

Jimbo Fisher: Cliché we can believe in.

Jimbo Fisher: Cliché we can believe in.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2010

At left is an image created for the program cover of the Seminole Boosters Coaches Tour & Legends Golf Tournament. Guess what imagery they used for a new coach with the "change" mantra? Yep, a garnet and gold variation of the already cliché Obama "change" imagery. Just cue The Smiths already, because "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore."Then again this brings up a whole lot of other boring jokes about whether Fisher was even born in America, or whether he has a valid birth certificate or not. But I'm not going there. No sirree.(via SI.com)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Steve Nash

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Steve Nash "Eyes without a face" edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2010

It figures some enterprising entrepreneur would try to cash in on Steve Nash going Nick Fury with his one-eyed clutch performance against the Spurs. And doing so without trying to mess with such pesky things as licensing agreements. So twoeightnine design came up with the "Nashty" shirt, featuring a shaggy mane of hair and a band-aid above a featureless face where the right eye should be (Nash's right eye, your left). While this makes the image of the shirt look more like The Question than Nash, anybody worth their salt will probably be able to figure it out.(via Ball Don't Lie)

SI cover curse starring Shaq: Cleveland is doomed! Doomed, I tell you!

SI cover curse starring Shaq: Cleveland is doomed! Doomed, I tell you!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2010

Here's the cover to the new issue of Sports Illustrated with Shaquille O'Neal. And judging from last night's Celtics-Cavs game last night, the SI cover curse is already coming into play.And isn't that blurb "Good Old Shaq" just a little too mean? Okay, Shaq's been in the NBA since 1992, but did SI really have to go there? Besides, what first comes to mind when you hear "Good Old (insert name here)" is spoken? (via SI.com)

Vanderbilt a Big 10 candidate? Oh snap!

Vanderbilt a Big 10 candidate? Oh snap!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2010

You'd better sit down for this one. Someone suggested that Vanderbilt might be a candidate for Big 10 expansion. Oh snap!Okay, it was only a matter of time before Big 10 expansion went from just being silly to completely going off the deep end. And after Black Heart Gold Pants chimed in with its projected schools, that's saying a lot. But seriously, Vanderbilt?Here's the logic from Team Speed Kills (who are passing the blame on Andy Katz for this): Vandy is very close in proximity to certain Big 10 schools. It's also has similar academic credentials as Northwestern. Translation: It'll be another geeky school with coke bottle glasses the other Big 10 schools can beat up on.Vandy may also get a look-see more for the basketball than for the football. Apparently the same goes for Georgia Tech out of the ACC. But Tech almost makes even more sense. Maybe not geographically, but it still is considered a good school academically. Plus it has at the moment relatively strong football and basketball programs (which obviously Vandy can't say).Where Andy Katz (or Team Speed Kills, or whoever) got this story is anybody's guess. But just remember: the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources.(via Team Speed Kills)

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