England soccer team member Leighton Baines has a little phobia he's going to have to deal with as his team heads for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. It seems he's afraid of leaving home."Everyone wants to be a part of England, to come away and play, but I have always found it really hard, even when I was teenager, being away from home."I have always struggled with it, that's quite tough, but the more time you spend around the lads, the more you begin to feel part of everything.While being homesick doesn't seem to be that big of a problem, it probably doesn't help when there are American fans carrying around signs like this one:Luckily for Baines that's Wayne Rooney's decapitated noggin that Landon Donovan has in his hand. But you never know where Hannibal Landon has Baines on his list.(The Mirror, Dirty Tackle, The Spoiler, Deadspin)
A member of the group that owns the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for, you guessed it, talking about LeBron James. Michael Gearon Jr., part of the dysfunctional Atlanta Spirit Group, got the smackdown by David Stern's office for comments about Matisyahu* to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here's what the genius said."If somebody came to us tomorrow and said you can have LeBron for max money and it puts you in the luxury tax, I’d do it in a a heartbeat. But am I going to do that for Ilgauskas? Am I going to do it for Jermaine O’Neal? I don’t think so. . . "Stern should have fined Gearon another $25,000 or more just for being stupid. Because absolutely nobody and his dog thinks that LeBron James would sign with the Hawks. At least not with the Atlanta Spirit Group as owners. Gearon isn't the only intelligence-challenged individual among that group. When they haven't been suing one another, the Atlanta Spirit Group have pretty much ran the Hawks on fumes. The group doesn't have the money to sustain a successful playoff team beyond this season.Don't believe me? Star Joe Johnson will reportedly talk with James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh on who they should all sign with next season. (Where is Stern on that little gem?) There is little chance Johnson will be back in a Hawk uniform next season. So there's zero chance i that James would play in the ATL. At least not as a Hawk.The may have one thing that Gearon and the Atlanta Spirit Group may have less of do in the bank account, and that's brains. Kurt Cobain has more active brain cells after he blew his head off than Gearon and crew has.*Oh wait, I did say I wasn't going to call LeBron that. My bad.(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New York Post)
I wish this was a real comic book. The sad thing is that I used to own the original "What If Rick Jones Had Become The Hulk?" comic (one of the better of the What If? series, actually)(Thanks to Dragavon over at The Outhouse for finding this.)
(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 is beginning his slow climb up the Broncos' depth chart. Or is "slow" too deceptive of a word? The Denver Post reports that His Tebowness has jumped over Tom Brandstater to become the number three quarterback for the Broncos. (Yeah, I had to do a Wiki search on Brandstater too). That isn't quite like Matt Ryan or Alex Sanchez getting the starting job, but the Broncos aren't in a desperate spot at the QB position with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn.Of course if those persistent trade rumors of Orton's being on the trading block (which Denver denies), it could be a quick leap to the number two spot by the start of the 2010 season.(TIM TEBLOG, Denver Post)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)Argument for Texas in the SEC. T. Kyle King of Dawg Sports makes the argument that the SEC needs to nab Texas to keep up financially with an expanding Big Ten. Texas being the only school that actually helps the SEC when it comes to market expansion. (Dawg Sports)Mississippi State's chances for a bowl in 2010. It pretty much depends on going 6-6. In a year where Mississippi St. has to face Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky from the SEC East, along with the usual in-conference suspects, that may be tough. Not surprisingly, the best chance for an upset may be against Georgia. (Team Speed Kills)It's those dern Northerners in Boston's fault. Debate on whether Boston College hurts attendance figures for the ACC baseball tournament , if only by being in the ACC. (BC Interruption)Who should replace Georgia Tech on Alabama's schedule? A poll asking who Alabama should get to replace the Yellowjackets on the schedule in 2013 and 2014. A lot of big names for the picking. It'll probably end up being Troy or The Citadel. (Roll Bama Roll)Will Kyle Parker be at Clemson next year? The possibility of Parker being picked in the MLB draft might mean his departure from the Tigers. (The State, via Dr. Saturday)Need more evidence Arkansas new uniforms suck? Look at the pants. Being worn over Ryan Mallett's sorry thighs.They look like 80's sweatpants, for crying out loud! I expect better from the Swoosh! (Hog Database)
A few days ago, the Celtics were a game away from sweeping the Orlando out of the playoffs. Then the Magic bounced back, won two in a row, and have now forced a Game Six. Just what could have caused this unbelievable turn of events?Nah.
I never bought into the "King James" thing with LeBron James. It always seemed a cute little nickname some unoriginal serf at Nike came up with before James even proved worthy of the title. And in cases like this year's chokejob in the playoffs against the Celtics, he hasn't.It looks like somebody else out there agrees with me. Apparel company The Forrest Lab make a very credible case about who the real "King" of the NBA is:The back of the shirt pretty much says it all.Not a bad argument for $29.99. And it comes in white and gold colors, too. Why there's no purple one I'll never know. There should be one, since purple is the color of royalty.Oh well, it looks like LeBron's going to need a new nickname. How about "Matisyahu," since LeBron is apparently a "King Without a Crown." Scratch that, I know what that songs about, and LeBron ain't that, either.(via First Cuts)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)R.I.P Jared Allen's mullet..and his manhood. Allen ditched his infamous mullet for his wedding."And it seems to me, you lived your life like a haircut in the windNever knowing what to cling toWhen the helmet went on"(Vikings.com)Great moments in the history of Steve Nash's face. A look back at the damage Steve Nash's face has taken playing in the NBA (Hooped Up)Non-BCS schools are doing better in BCS Bowls than ACC or Big East. At least a lobbyist for the Mountain West conference says they do. But he's got some good evidence to back-up his claim. (Mountain West Connection)Auburn blogger interviews The Reverend Horton Heat. Surprisingly, there's an Auburn connection with The Good Reverend and Auburn. (The War Eagle Reader)Tim Lincecum gets his own cartoon. As you can guess, it's all trippy and freaky. (TAUNTR)
The Stanley Cup Finals are fast approaching, and the fever is hitting Chicago pretty hard. Even landmarks like the Art Institute of Chicago are getting into the act, by topping the lion statues that guard the front of the Institute with hockey helmets.It's supposed to invoke feelings of pride (pardon the pun) and a show of support for the Blackhawks. But for some reason it reminds me of David Wright wearing that extra-protective batting helmet.That's probably not what the Art Institute intended.(via Puck Daddy, Battle of California)
It's not been Landon Donovan's week. First the US Soccer team gets beat by the Czech Repulbic in a "friendly" soccer match by a 4-2 score. Now even the copying machine is giving him problems in this ESPN "This is Sportscenter" commercial.To be honest, this is the best "Sportscenter" commercial since the one where Arnold Palmer makes an Arnold Palmer.
This is Hutson Mason, recent a recent high school graduate and signee to Georgia who Dawg fans a-buzzin' if you should pardon the expression). If the Bulldog Nation got anymore excited about Mason, it would have to be fitted with an ankle bracelet.This picture of Mason recently appeared online at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's website. As you can tell, photographer Jason Getz got a little creative here. Maybe too creative. This picture features Mason, in what I assume is his high school football jersey, photographed through a tire with a football placed inside of it. He's sitting down, his left elbow resting on a football, while he holds another football atop his right knee. At his feet are a trio of footballs. Gee you think he plays football or something? This looks more like a cheesy graduation photo than a newspaper photo. (And Getz is an AJC staff member, so I assume it's not).Mason's signing has raised up the Bulldog fans' hopes of a brighter football future. He also seems to have raised the level of artistic pretentiousness up a notch or two.(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)Stylin' and Profilin'. Here is Ryan Mallett modeling the new Arkansas uni. Hard to figure out which is least impressive: him or the uni. (Arkansas Expats)Meet "Baby Tusk." On a related front, here is the future Tusk IV, mascot of Arkansas. This is probably the biggest commotion a pig on a leash can get. Baby Tusk is more impressive looking than Mallet, though. (Arkansas Razorbacks.com)A look forward to the 2010 season. A look at what could go right and what could go wrong for all 12 SEC teams in 2010. (Dawg Post.com)And now a look back. A look at the most six winningest SEC programs since 1983. Obviously Florida is first, followed by Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and LSU. Take out vacated and forfeited wins, and 'Bama drops to fifth. (Third Saturday in Blogtober)Obligatory look up North of the day. Boston College is looking for a team to play in 2014 after the University of New Hampshire backs out of facing the Golden Eagles in that season. Here's an idea, man up and play an SEC team. Or at least am FBS team. (BC Interruption)Duke football prospect Shaquille Love. He may never play at Duke. He may never do anything notable college football-wise. But Shaquille Love is at least looking like a good "Name of the Year" candidate. (Blue Devil Nation)It's Mississippi State week at Team Speed Kills. More Cowbell. (Team Speed Kills)
Christiano Ronaldo is reportedly livid over that Vanity Fair cover where he peeled down to his skivvies? What getting his boxer briefs in a bunch is that he claims he didn't expect to be sharing the cover with an equally skivvied Didier Drogba. Ronaldo is even threatening to sue the magazine over the manner. Aparently he's learned the adage around here that athletes and photo shoots don't mix.(via Dirty Tackle)
Florida Atlantic celebrates conference title with pool party. In their unis, no less.FAU's baseball coach jumps in pool to celebrate @ Yahoo! Video(Big League Stew)John Fogerty to preform "Centerfield" at 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It took MLB/the HoF 25 years to figure out that this would be a good idea. (Sportress of Blogitude)Think the 2012 Olympic Mascots were bad? Check out Fast Company's look at FIFA World Cup mascots. Some of them slightly stereotypical. (Fast Company, via Deadspin)Phil Jackson will not return to the Bulls. Because Jay Mariotti says so. (And honestly, he makes some sense. That's almost a first.) (Fanhouse)Your daily Moment of Tebowness. Forbes columnist thinks the Jacksonville Jaguars screwed up by not drafting Tebow. Then again, the columnist is an admitted graduate of Florida. (Forbes)New MMA Nicknames. The blogger who come up with the "10 UFC Sponsors Who Make Me Embarrassed to Like UFC" list come up with some new nicknames for MMA fighters. Some of them probably should be used. (UPROXX)Joe Mauer screams for ice cream. Joe Mauer has a new endorsement deal with Minnesota diary. (WCCO)
There's just no use in trying to describe this, it just is.Behold....the Broncogator Shirt.Today a Tim Tebow themed Denver Bronco/Florida Gator mashup t-shirt, tomorrow Broncogator, the SyFy movie. Just wait.(Thanks to Adam Wynn for finding the Broncogator logo)
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