One of the scarier college mascots roaming the sidelines is getting a makeover. Purdue is sending Purdue Pete to the plastic surgeon (or is that the fiberglass manufacturer?) for a few cosmetic changes.One of the reasons for the change is obvious. Purdue Pete scares the heck out of little kids."Look, I'm the one who gets the phone calls from parents who say that big face scares their 3-year-old," said Morgan Burke, athletic director."It's been 25 to 30 years since he got a makeover. At some point, the poor old guy has to come into the 21st century."The reaction from some Purdue fans and alumni is also obvious...they don't like it."We don't want him to be too cute and too pretty -- we're trying to convey that we're tough," said Sherman Winski, 61, a Frankfort business owner who saw his first Purdue game at age 7 and now tailgates at home football games in a black and gold ambulance."He's a Boilermaker, after all. And we're not pansies," said Winski.Purdue's recent success on the gridiron says otherwise. How the basketball team will do without Robbie Hummel is in doubt.(via Dr. Saturday, Indy.Star.com)
Russia's success in the 2010 Olympics was fleeting at best. It ran sixth in the medal count, well behind the US, Germany, and Canada. Needless to say the Russian athletic community is taking it on the chin. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is calling on officials involved with Winter Olympic sports to resign or "we will help them." No word on what Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister (and the real power in the country) thinks, but it's probably along the same lines.The members of the Russian Olympic Hockey team who play in the NHL are probably lucky they had somewhere else to go besides the Motherland also. Coach Vyacheslav was quoted last week as saying “Let’s put up a bunch of guillotines and gallows. We have 35 people on the hockey team. Let’s go to Red Square and dispatch with them all.”Oh well, I hear Siberia's very beautiful this time of year.(via Yahoo! Sports, New York Times)
Well, it was a fun idea while it lasted. John Smoltz has squashed talk of him running for a seat in the US Congress. Some Republicans in Georgia had been floating the idea of drafting Smoltz as a GOP candidate to replace the retiring Georgia Representative John Linder (R, 4th district).The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway contacted Smoltz, who claimed he isn't interested in running for the job.That's kind of a shame. Because there are so many places a Smoltz campaign could go. Imagine the "Smoltz for Congress" signs with a tomahawk on them. Imagine all the PC police getting hot and bothered about it. Then there are the inevitable baseball cliches that could have been used ("Vote for Smoltz the strike out taxes"). Then again, opponents could have brought up all those Divisional Championships the Braves won, with only one World Series. Oh well, it's too late now.(via Atlanta-Journal Constitution)
Buster Sports posted the following image on its website, raising a red alert that at least one North Carolina apparel store might be abandoning ship with the basketball program for the football program, of all things.As an alert David Warner noticed, this UNC store is using the school's football team to sell t-shirts; the basketball shirts are there, technically, but they're relegated to a stray pile. This is like Ron Jeremy using his face to sell porno movies.The idea that a retailer might be promoting the Tar Heels' football team over the basketball team is a real tough sell. That "2 for 20" sign screams "overstock" more than anything else. That, or it's getting ready for spring practice.If anything, that "stray pile" of UNC basketball shirts looks like more shirts have been sold from it than from those vast piles of unsold football shirts. Some abandoning ship there.Besides, it's doubtful that UNC fan stores selling UNC football shirts is anything for Roy Williams to worry about. Even with Butch Davis' modest success, UNC isn't close to becoming a football school.Now if the UNC fan stores start selling Duke shirts, on the other hand...(via Buster Sports)
It had to happen sooner or later. Somebody had to take the Brett Favre story and pair it with show tunes. something called Kyle and Taylor (Literally Entertainment) had produced a ten minute musical film primarily focusing on the last few years of the Brett Favre era. This is extremely pro-Favre. And extremely lame.All that's missing from this little clip is John and Madden as a Greek chorus.
Here at Shirts With Random Triangles there's a little something called "The Ryan List". Ryan is the name of winners , heroes and champions. Like Nolan Ryan, Matt Ryan, and Real World: Brooklyn cast member and Iraq vet Ryan Conklin. A few months ago Arkansas quarterback R**n Mallett lost his spot on the list for losing to Georgia and Alabama. He broke his foot earlier this year. If the following video is accurate about how Mallett is getting around the Arkansas campus, then it's gonna be a long time before he ever earns a spot back on the list.Does that say "dork," or does that say "dork"?Seriously, if I were a college QB with a foot injury I'd be having myself getting around campus in a wheelchair pushed by cheerleaders and/or hot coeds. That. my friends, would be pimpin'.(via EDSBS)
It was bound to happen. Tiger Woods sexcapades have apparently inspired a rap song. Or at least given Ludacris some more material.Yes. Bill O'Reilly's favorite rapper has come out with a rap song called "Sexting" which includes a bit apparently inspired by Tiger Woods infamous voice mail message to one of his mistresses. Which besides mocking sexting, and sex addiction rehab clinics gives new meaning to the term "hole in one."
Yet another Tennessee fan has vented their hatred for Lane Kiffin on You-Tube. There's some questionable language so click to the link at your own risk. Just remember that someday, Vols fans will look at the BSC "Championship" trophies won by Derek Dooley and laugh at all this. Yeah, right. Who do I think I'm fooling here?
Want to know the real reason Tony Kornheiser wasn't on Pardon the Interruption yesterday? The Big Lead reports that Kornheiser has been suspended from PTI for a few days due to comments made about one of Hannah Storm's outfits she wore on ESPN last week.(via The Big Lead, Deadspin)
Well, it didn't take too long for someone to come up with a shirt for those still irate over Lane Kiffin Tennessee Vols fans (cue the Carolina Liar...). Not the most original statement here, but still effective.Ironically, this picture originally appeared on the Inside USC blog. Oh how beautiful the irony. It makes you wonder what that shirt would look like in cardinal and gold, doesn't it? I guess we'll find out in a few years.(via Inside USC, Dr. Saturday)
What was Eli Manning doing while big brother Peyton was preparing for his Super Bowl chokejob appearance? According to The Angry T, Elijah was apparently hanging out at a Super Bowl party hosted by Hooters.Not that he was alone. Lions' QB Matt Stafford was there too. Along with Jon Gruden, Joe Montana, and Chad (Johnson). Sam Bradford was hanging around too. (And yes genius, there are Hooters resturants in Oklahoma).Should anybody be surprised that Eli was at a Hooters party? This was the same guy who was writing graffiti in the visitor's locker room in the brand-new Jerry Jones' Heathen Temple to His Own Avarice Cowboys Stadium. Archie should have raised him better.(via The Angry T, The Big Lead)
He was the epitome of everything that's wrong in sports during the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. But now Bode Miller can add Olympic Gold Medal winner to his resume. Miller won the gold in the men's super combined event on Sunday.Miller's reckless attitude and partying got the thumbs down by the media in 2006. His disastrous performance in the games didn't help either. That's pretty much yesterday's news now. Miller's 2010 Olympic record now includes a gold, a silver, and a bronze.Just some advice for Miller: Don't let strange women use your medal as a chew toy like Scotty Lago did. That's still frowned upon.(via Atlanta-Journal Constitution)
Johnny Weir's already planning his post skating career. Sadly it will probably involve the fashion world. Weir told Yahoo! Sports that he is considering retiring from competitive skating after the coming 2010 World Championships in Torino, Italy. “In figure skating your body can only last for so long," said Weir "I can’t be 50 and trying to skate but I can be 50 and be in fashion, so I have to look to my future and what I want to achieve.”Weir mentions wanting to enroll in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. If he does expect Freudian nightmares and PeTA protests to follow.(via Yahoo! Sports)
File this under "this shouldn't surprise me, but it still does" dept. Clemson has reported 17 secondary violations to the NCAA. There's not much that stands out in these violations. The most unusual is where an assistant coach wrote on a prospect's Facebook wall. Don't expect the see any penalties from these violations. But it does give Lane Kiffin a new goal to reach at USC.(via Buster Sports, The State)
Jerry Jones was seen last night in Vancouver watching the men's figure skating at the Winter Olympics. This can't be a good sign. You know that once Jerrah's been to an Olympics, he's going to want one of his own. After all, he needs something to fill up the Heathen Temple to His Own Avarice Cowboys Stadium during the NFL offseason, doesn't he?(via Dallas Morning News)
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