(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)So, what's it like after yesterday's convergence of events?Texas must listen to any offer to join the SEC. Because Tony Barnhart says so. (Mr. College Football)The SEC must go after Texas A&M. Because Team Speed Kills said so. (Team Speed Kills)Not going anywhere (at least they say they aren't). Miami and Virginia Tech athletic directors say they're sticking with the ACC. Namely because the SEC hasn't talked to them about bolting. (Team Speed Kills)Be careful what you wish for. A look what happened when the ACC expanded to add Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College. It seems John Lennon was right about karma. (From the Rumble Seat)Bargain basement prices (if you're basement is in Beverly Hills). The minimum amount permitted for a lifetime donation for first-time Georgia season ticket buyers has dropped to $1,500. It was $10,651 two years ago. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Caught between a rock and a hard place. Alabama seems reserved that nothing will be done to alleviate the "opponent off-week" controversy. (al.com)Shut up, Auburn. There's not a chance Auburn will be declared 2004 BCS Champion. (Dr. Saturday)UGA reports nine secondary violations. Compared to USC, and/or Lane Kiffin, they're amateurs. (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?)Sports Illustrated features a Peter King written article on Tim Tebow in Denver Broncos training camp. While King gets a lot of grief on the internet for alledged slobbering over players like Brett Favre, the article is a pretty sober look at His Tebowness' progress in training camp. While Tebow has obviously impressed his coaches, it's obvious from the article that he still has a long ways to go toward being a starting QB in the NFL.(BTW, it's King's birthday too.)(via Sports Illustrated)
So. anything interesting happen at USC today? (ESPN)Regarding expansion, the SEC is quiet. Too quiet. Because Tony Barnhart says so. (Mr. College Football)And as the Big 10 adds Nebraska, there's a suggestion from a blogger that Michigan should be kicked out of the Big 10. Three guesses which school that blogger supports. (Eleven Warriors)What exactly is in the water in Kansas City? A Kansas City TV station sites sources saying Texas and Texas A&M are trying to get in the Big 10. Remember, the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources. Especially if it's coming out of KC. (KCTV)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Would you take advice from this man? Las Vegas Weekly asked Forrest Griffin to play Dear Abby and hand out some advice. Don't take it, because you'll probably end up spending the night at Mr. Po-Po's house. (Las Vegas Weekly, via Cagewriter)"I'm waiting by the phone. Waiting for you to call me up and tell me I'm not alone." A Rutgers blog gives reasons why Rutgers should be in the Big 10. (On the Banks)Rapunzel, or Medusa? Disney's Tangled features a reimaging of the Rapunzel fairy tale featuring a Rapunzel that is in a lot of ways more similar to the newly aquired Fantastic Four character Medusa. (Ain't It Cool News)Florida Marlins' new stadium to feature aquariums in the seats behind home plate. The Marlins will probably spend more money on the fish than they do the players. (Big League Stew)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)SEC expansion? Don't hold your breath. A satirical look at how the best candidates for the SEC may, uh, not be so great looking. (Team Speed Kills)Paul Finebaum thinks the SEC should kick Arkansas and South Carolina out. Shut up, Paul. (al.com, via Arkansas Expats)"Why no soccer in the SEC?" Well, somebody had to ask. What's shocking it that it's Roll 'Bama Roll doing the asking. One would think they wouldn't care about that "other football" game thing. As for answering the question, it probably is somehow Title IX related. (Roll 'Bama Roll)Why can't Georgia Tech fill up Bobby Dodd Stadium on a regular basis? High temperatures during early games and competition with the Braves and Falcons are investigated as factors. (From the Rumble Seat)Ryan Mallett goes under the knife again. This time to replace a screw in his surgically repaired left foot. Guess it's back to the scooter for Ryan .(Sports Illustrated)And since I'm on the subject. Has anybody noticed that Ryan Mallett looks a lot like Jorhan Van der Sloot?
Colorado isn't waiting for the Big 12 South to decide whether they stay or abandon ship. The Buffaloes have decided to roam toward the Pac-10. Apparently the school decided that waiting for the Texas schools to make up their minds was taking too long and decided not to wait on them. That leaves five schools left on the Pac-10's wish list. They had better be careful what they wish for.Colorado and Ralphie have better be careful too, they might end up shooting their eye out over this.(via Dr. Saturday)
So, you think that Nebraska doesn't deserve to be in the Big 10? Or that no reason why the Cornhuskers belong with Purdue, Wisconsin, and the rest of the bunch.Where here's Exhibit A to prove you wrong: Herbie Husker.Nothing says that you're a Big 10 school like a nightmare-inducing mascot. While Herbie isn't bad as Bucky Badger or (gasp!) Purdue Pete, he certainly ranks higher on the fright-o-meter than Brutus Buckeye (and Brutus is at least a five).Of course Herbie is just part of a one-two punch when it comes to mascots.Exhibit B: Lil' Red.Inflatable mascots suck. Nightmare-inducing inflatable mascots suck worse. Especially when they do stuff like this:Still think Nebraska isn't a Big 10 school? Wait till these two enter your dreams and do their disturbing dances. You won't sleep for weeks.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
It's beginning to looks like Lane Kiffin's chances of ever earning a title ended when he lost out to Heather Mitts in the Esquire "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament. It will be funny if Tennessee and Derek Dooley somehow manages to win the SEC championship this year.
It looks like USC's Men of Troy are going to end up looking like the original men of Troy after Odysseus got through with them. ESPN reports the NCAA dropped the hammer on USC, complete with a two year postseason ban, and having to forfeit wins from the 2004 season. This is a result of the schools' handling of Reggie Bush's alleged dealings with an agent while at USC.The Los Angeles Times is reporting that USC "will lose more than 20 scholarships in football."If the reports are accurate it pretty much means USC is toast as a BCS contender for at least two years, maybe longer.(ESPN, Los Angeles Times)
(Cue The O'Jays)When Tom met Kobe. Do you ever Tom Brady does these things just to torture his fans in Boston? He seems to do things like this on a regular basis. He must get sadistic pleasure out of stuff like this. (WBZ)On a related front, Jay Mariotti calls Boston Celtics "Whiny." Insert irony here. (Fanhouse)Fifth Die Hard installment to be titled Die Hard 24/7. If the title reminds you of 24, it should. It seems there was actually talk of a John McClane/Jack Bauer team-up, but Keifer Sutherland wants spend more time launching a 24 movie franchise. Too bad, it would have been a total "Oh snap!" moment. (Ain't It Cool News)ESPN out of the Zone. ESPN plans to close the remaining ESPN Zone restaurants. (Deadspin)Everybody else is doing it, so why can't we? Like the Ravens, the Oakland Raiders lose time for OTA's due to rule violations. (SB Nation)
(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?)The Denver Broncos' drafting Tim Tebow in the first round sent shockwaves through the NFL. With such a high profile player being drafted higher than most in the know ever expected you could expect questions to his role on the team this upcoming season. ESPN's Bill Williamson may have a few answers."The Broncos, at the very least, probably will get Tebow involved in a few plays every game before he takes over as the full-time starter. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said the team probably will design some packages for Tebow on a game-to-game basis. He probably will get some action in the Wildcat formation and perhaps in some red-zone packages to utilize his mobility and strength as a ball carrier."With Tebowmania reaching a crescendo possibly even bigger than ever imagined in His Tebowness' college years, it's looking like the Broncos will have to find some way of having him active on Sundays.(via ESPN)More Tebowness. Forbes has another look at "The Tebow Effect," looking at ESPN's "Tebow Tracker," prices of Tebow rookie cards, and the "Broncogator" phenomenon. (Forbes)
ESPN is reporting that Nebraska is going to move to the Big 10."A source close to the Nebraska program told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that athletic director Tom Osborne informed athletic staff members within the past 24 hours that the Cornhuskers were going to make the move to the Big Ten conference.An athletic director in the Big 12 told ESPN's Joe Schad that Nebraska has had discussion with the Big Ten and that there was a "good chance" Nebraska would join the Big Ten as early as Friday."Welcome to the new reality.(via ESPN)
Totally bogus: SEC invades Cuba. Totally bogus, but it would be totally awesome if it would happen. (Team Speed Kills)Georgia's "Dream Team" gets another member. Georgia gets commitment no. 11 for its "Dream Team" as Nick Marshal chooses to play for Mark Richt and company. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution)Georgia Tech in the SEC would save gasoline. This is the kind of analysis you would expect from a Techie. (From the Rumble Seat)BFF's forever. Boston College and Notre Dame renew their deal to face each other six times between 2011 and 2019. (BC Interruption)We're not saying our team is fat and out of shape, we're just saying. A call for Clemson to improve the football team's nutrition program. (Shakin the Southland)
The road to Big 10 expansion is taking a pitiful turn in Kansas. The attempts by the Chancellor of KU to convince Nebraska not to bail on the Big 10 is now reportedly being joined by Kansas politicians. The trouble is that instead of getting on their knees begging the Huskers to stay, KU officials and supporters should be saying "can we come too?"Kansas in the Big 10 makes a lot of sense. The Big 10 represents the Midwest, and in some ways the heart of America (especially if you're Ricky Stanzi). If anything, the idea of Kansas speaks of the Midwest as much as Iowa or Ohio or Michigan. It seems a natural fit for the conference.Of course expansion has more to do with money and markets than it does with symbolism. But that still isn't stopping The Big 10 from looking at Nebraska. The status of the football program has a lot to do with it too. Nebraska football, while not as good as the glory days of the '80's and '90's, does seem to be on the rebound. Last year's team, featuring Ndamukong Suh, nearly beat Texas last year in the Big 12 Championship, and nearly blew up the BCS with it. (You have to wonder if that extra time put on the clock at the end of the game has anything to do with Nebraska's desire to move.)Kansas' football team, on the other hand is in a bit of a freefall after the Mark Mangino debacle. Though if Turner Gill can set the Jayhawks back on course things will be looking up. That boat should be heading north toward the Big 10 though. Especially if the Texas schools bolt to the Pac-10.There is one exciting possibility of a Kansas move to Big 10 nobody seems to be looking at. That's KU basketball in the Big 10. Big 10 basketball with Kansas would be huge. Imagine KU playing Michigan State or Purdue several times a year. More interesting than playing Baylor and Texas Tech, isn't it? Sadly, it seems that basketball seems to be taking a backseat to football.Kansas should be looking at what's best for the school in the wake of a possible collapse. Trying to keep the band together seems to be a lost cause.(via Dr. Saturday)
Say it ain't so, Pete. A bat Pete Rose used in 1985 turns out to have been corked. Next thing you'll tell me is that he bet on baseball games. Oh wait. (Deadspin)Aaron go postal. Aaron Rogers lobbies some verbal shots at Tony Kornheiser and Ron Jaworski. (Shutdown Corner)Glimmer of hope for Clippers fans? David Giffen reportedly interested in buying controlling interest in the Los Angeles Clippers. (SB Nation)
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