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What Passes for Life: American Idiot edition

What Passes for Life: American Idiot edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 4, 2010

- A teenager was tased last night for being on a baseball field when he didn't belong there. Sadly, it wasn't Justin Beiber. (Big League Stew)- In related idiot news, a man was arrested for threatening to blow up the WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. He was upset that WWE had released Mickie James. (Wrestle Scoop)- And for the trifecta: The Broadway version of Green Day's American Idiot recieved a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical. This symbolizes either the apex of collapse of the traditional American musical tradition. Or both. (Yahoo! News)-Vinny Del Negro is an ex-Bulls coach. (Yahoo! Sports)- Is Jeff Gordon really being compared to Charlie Brown. I might compare Gordon and Jimmie Johnson to Peppermint Patty and Marcie sometimes, but never to Good Ol' Charlie Brown. (From the Marbles)- Oh well. Since I already went there:- Expansion hysterical hyphothetical of the day: Arkansas rejoining its old SWC brethren in the Big 12. (Dr. Saturday)- List of the Day: "The 6 Greatest Movie Villains We Just Forgot About." (Uproxx)

It's always a dummy in Philadelphia

It's always a dummy in Philadelphia

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2010

Here's the winner of the "Goober of the Day" contest. A Philadelphia Phillies fan ran onto the Citizen's Bank Park field during Monday night's game against St. Louis. Security saw nothing funny about it and tased him.No word yet on who the genius is. Though it'd be funny if it turns out to be out to be the boyfriend of the girl holding the Chase Utley sign from last night. Now that would be awkward.(via SB Nation, The 700 Level)

Is Lane Kiffing starting to take this

Is Lane Kiffing starting to take this "Sexiest Woman Alive" thing seriously?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2010

There are only two days left in Round Two of Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament. Standings have been updated, but there's no big changes top report. Lane Kiffin is still beating Danica Patrick in their match-up. It looks like Kiffin will now easily make it into the Sweet Sixteen and a probably face-off with US soccer player Heather Mitts.Meanwhile, it look like Kiffin is starting to take this whole thing seriously. He posted on his Twitter account today that he was "working out with olympic 200m breaststroke gold medalist Rebecca Soni" (Apparently nobody ever told Lane that "Olympic" was supposed to be capitalized.) I'm sure that Layla Kiffin is gonna be happy to hear about this one.(via Esquire, Lane Kiffin's Twitter)

Look, I know Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love, but this is ridiculous.

Look, I know Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love, but this is ridiculous.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2010

Let's hope that that guy to her right isn't her boyfriend. For our sake and his.(via The 700 Level)

The Golddomedammerung: The fallout from the

The Golddomedammerung: The fallout from the "We Are Notre Dame" video continues.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2010

Notre Dame is apparently getting around to finding out who was responsible for that debacle of a music video. At least Black Heart Gold Pants is claiming it is. Needless to say this is another example of BHGP goodness.Speaking of the ND video:This should have been a Rickroll.( via Black Heart Gold Pants, EDSBS)

Kobe Bryant proves once again that athlete's and photo shoots don't mix

Kobe Bryant proves once again that athlete's and photo shoots don't mix

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2010

The LA Times Magazine got a chance to do an article and photo shoot with Kobe Bryant. And what do they do? Dress him in some of the goofiest outfits they could find.For an article titled "White Hot," the magazine dressed the Black Mamba in a series of white outfits that got goofier and goofier as they went along. Want proof?:Here's Kobe in a outfit that makes him look like Culture Club member Mikey Craig circa 1983. Seriously, just add Jon Barry in a Boy George costume and it'd be perfect. Scratch that, let's not give anybody any ideas.Oh wait, it gets worse:This is high fashion? It looks like men's underwear from the 1880's.What is this, Kobe of Arabia? It looks like he's ready to hang out with the Sex in the City girls in Dubai.You'd think pro athlete's would be a little more wary of magazine photo shoots after the A*Rod debacle. Apparently not.(via Ball Don't Lie, Los Angeles Times Magazine)

FedEx is an ex-Orange Bowl sponsor.

FedEx is an ex-Orange Bowl sponsor.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2010

The Orange Bowl is absolutely positively looking for a new corporate sponsor. FedEx has decided to end its 21-year sponsorship with the Orange Bowl, balking at the reported $20 million dollar annual commitment that ESPN (who will be airing the game next year) was looking for. ESPN wants corporate partners to "buy a lengthy and more expensive college football package starting in September" when it comes to naming rights.It is understandable why FedEx would end its involvement with the Orange Bowl. The game has been the lowest rated of the BCS bowl games for the past two years. A larger and more expensive commitment to it makes less sense financially.(via EDSBS, Sports Business Journal)

What Passes for Life: Sunday links and hi-jinks

What Passes for Life: Sunday links and hi-jinks

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 2, 2010

Least Shocking News of the Day: LeBron James named NBA MVP. (Yahoo! Sports)Least Shocking News of the Day, First Runner-Up: Kentucky men's basketball team has the worst GPA in the SEC. (Kentucky Sports.com)A Boise State blog is looking for a "Public Enemy No.1 for the 2010 season. (One Bronco Nation Under God)Baltimore Orioles sweep the Boston Red Sox. Armageddon declared in Red Sox Nation. (Over the Monster)

McDaniels and Tebow sittin' in a tree...

McDaniels and Tebow sittin' in a tree...

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 2, 2010

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post isn't shy about how he describes the relationship between Denver Broncos' head coach Josh McDaniels and number one draft pick Tim Tebow. He out and out calls it a "man crush."There's a nagging suspicion McDaniels didn't draft a Heisman Trophy winner so much as he fell head over heels for a football soul mate. Here is a coach and quarterback whose hearts beat as one.Up oh, Urban Meyer is going to be so jealous.The fact that the McDaniels-Tebow coach-player relationship may have already taken a turn for the Brokeback doesn't leave Kiszla too impressed. He seems to prefer QB's who have lifted up college non-powerhouses like Drew Brees or (surprise!) John Elway. While he likes McDaniels, Kisela is concerned that the coach's enthusiasm for Tebow has more to do with the QB's character than his on-the-field skills. And that it might be skewing his judgment.With McDaniels' history so far as the Bronco's head coach his judgment can certainly be called into question after the debacles with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. Drafting Tebow in the first round certainly raised a few more red flags in some critic's heads. Time will tell if McDaniels and Tebow become a formidable coach-QB team on the field. Or if it's a bromance built on delusion.(via Denver Post)

Pittsburgh Marathon diverted by...a pasta bomb?

Pittsburgh Marathon diverted by...a pasta bomb?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 2, 2010

A portion of the Pittsburgh Marathon was diverted Sunday when a suspicious package was discovered near the finish line. The device, detonated by the Pittsburgh Bomb Squad, was described as "A microwave oven containing a suspected explosive device and pasta."Great, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is getting radical. Just what the world needed.(via Deadspin, WTAE)

The disturbing Kyle Singler news item of the day

The disturbing Kyle Singler news item of the day

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2010

Here's the latest on Duke's most disturbing player, Kyle Singler. Singler's younger brother, Oregon player E.J. Singler, had tweeted "Spring Game .... Hit Somebody! Let's Gooo," The elder Singler replied "You remember when I broke that kids ribs in middle school? Haha."Taking glee in injuring another human being is always a nice message to hear from one of your team's star players. Coach K probably wouldn't be too happy with Singler after that comment. Then again, Coach K may be too busy trapped in Singler's underground dungeon (or something like that) to care. Anybody seen him lately?

I'll go with

I'll go with "Places I Don't Want to See My Team's Starting QB," Alex: Jay Cutler at the Playboy Clu

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2010

Memo to Jay Cutler: What happens in Vegas, shows up on the internet. Especially if it involves you and a Playboy bunny. Cutler celebrated his birthday in Vegas Friday night at the Playboy Club in the Palms Casino Resort. reportedly with Mark Sanchez, Jake Long, and former Denver Broncos teammate Brandon Marshall, among others. Cutler and Marshal's former coach Josh McDaniels was apparently not invited. Neither was Ben Roethlisberger, for some reason.Cutler is reportedly being given the exclusive key to the Playboy Club in the picture on the left. Sadly, the key doesn't grant Cutler access to the women's bathroom, which is off limits to NFL quarterbacks. (Yeah, two Big Ben jokes in a row. Deal with it.)(via, Blog Down, Chicago Bears, Blak4rest)

Ole Miss goes Bollywood

Ole Miss goes Bollywood

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2010

Sooner or later it had to happen. A school in the SEC had to go and prove that they could come up with something as lame (or lamer) than those Penn State tailgaters jamming to Miley Cyrus. And of course, it had to be Ole Miss to do it.That's "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire, in case you didn't know. This is a pretty strong case to kick Ole Miss out of the SEC if there ever was one.(via Loser With Socks)

What Passes for Life: May Day hi-jinks

What Passes for Life: May Day hi-jinks

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2010

Happy May Day, you dirty commies! I'm sure you're spending the day dancing around your maypoles, protesting capitalism, and toasting Marx, Lenin, and Joe Paterno. But when you get a chance, check out some of these links.Alabama and Georgia Tech were set to play each other in 2013 and 2014. Now they're not. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Want to know what Jeff Ireland's interviews with Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, and Sam Bradford were like? Or at least what they might have been like? (Ted Williams Head)So, who are you rooting for in the big Mayweather-Mosley fight tonight?Army 1st Lt. Caleb Campbell finally gets his chance to make the Detroit Lions roster, two years after getting drafted. (ESPN)Want see what Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy looks like with a Mike Tyson face tattoo? Or a ZZ Top beard? (Orlando Sentinel)And since you can't have enough Grace Jones....

Postcards From the Edge: Washington Huskies pimp Jake Locker

Postcards From the Edge: Washington Huskies pimp Jake Locker

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2010

How is the best way to get sportswriters to pay attention to your quarterback? Well if you're the Washington Huskies you mail out postcards with Jack Locker's picture on them. Washington has sent these out to members of the Football Writers Association of America, which feature Locker on the front with quotes from various media spanks, and his stats on the back.Why the postcard? Well, while the words "Heisman Trophy" don't actually appear anywhere on the card, it's obvious to anybody this is part of a subtle campaign to draw attention to the voters of said award.While the snail mail route doesn't seem as the most media savvy form of promotion in the digital age, it is a little less obnoxious as, say, putting your QB's picture on a giant billboard in New York City a la Joey Harrington. Probably a tad cheaper too.(via Dr. Saturday, The Seattle Times)

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