"Conference Realignment Will Tear Us All Apart." Deadspin takes a cynical look at the Big 10 and Pac-10 pushes for expansion. (Cue the Joy Division) (Deadspin)So Bryce to be with you. Point guard Bryce Cartwright commits to Iowa. Don't be afraid of Black Heart Gold Pants, Bryce. They don't bite. (Black Heart Gold Pants)So long it's been good to know you. Michigan assistant coach Mike Jackson leaves to take job at Purdue (The Wolverine Blog)Don't leave me this way. Cue the Kansas chancellor begs Nebraska counterpart not to bolt the Big 12 for the Big 10 (Cue the Thelma Houston. Or The Communards, if you prefer) (NCAA Gridiron Gab)Art appreciation. Michigan sophomore Craig Roh inspires this piece of fan art.(MGoBlog)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)MLB Draft tonight. Hyped to the hilt prospect Road Warrior Animal Bryce Harper is expected to be drafted first by the Washington Nationals. (Yahoo! Sports)Cavaliers looking at Tom Izzo. The Cavs are willing to do anything to keep LeBron. For some reason the Adam Ant song "Desperate But Not Serious" comes to mind. (Yahoo! Sports)Shrinking Violent. UFC fighter Frank Mir is looking to drop to the UFC light heavyweight division. He's currently around 240 and would have to drop 35 pounds or so to 205. Anything to not have to fight Brock Lesnar. (Cagewriter)Stupid protest idea of the day. FlashForward fans plan "blackout" in front of ABC offices to protest the show's cancellation. I liked the show. But both ABC and the producers are both to blame for the show not taking off. Putting the show on Thursday nights against Survivor, The Office, and Bones, is not a formula for success. Neither is putting the show on hiatus for three months, using not wanting to compete with the Winter Olympics (which lasted two weeks) as an excuse. Then bringing the show back the night of the start of the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. ABC seems to be blacked out behind the wheel already. (Warming Glow)Cool move of the day. Atlanta Falcons players scheduled to take military veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan from fishing. And bringing some cheerleaders along with them. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The first casualty in the current expansion chaos looks like the dream match-up of the Mountain West and Boise State. The conference was expected to invite Boise St. to join by today. But with the all but certain collapse of the Big 12, the invite was put on hold. It looks now like the MWC will be looking adding what scraps of the Big 12 they can get.This is in the end a probable good move. The idea of inviting the Broncos has everything to do with getting an automatic BCS bid. The possibility of adding current Big 12 schools such as Kansas, Kansas State and even possibly Colorado (if the PAC-10 is forced to drop its reported invite in favor of Baylor) can't be ignored. While not the most prime of cuts, the remaining Big-12 schools would increase the chances of joining the BCS.(via SB Nation)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)Mark Ingram's future at Alabama. Heisman winner Mark Ingram dodged questions on whether he would enter the draft after the 2010 college football season. (al.com)The top 15 local media packages in dollars. Eight of the fifteen are SEC or ACC schools. Well, seven are SEC, and North Carolina has the ACC's only spot on the list. (Leather Helmet Blog)Miami strikes it big. The Hurricanes get two big commitments. (The 7th Floor)Dooley's Doo. More on Derek Dooley's hair. (Fanhouse)Christian Ponder's focus is on Seminole wins, and not winning the Heisman, so he says (Fanhouse)
(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?)Here's some video of a moment many people were probably curious of seeing. That being Tim Tebow in his full Denver Broncos' uniform. This is another clip from the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere.Tebow in Broncos' gear looks quite different from the Tebow we knew in college. While His Tebowness is no stranger to blue and orange, the darker blue is quite a change from the Gator blue known to college football viewers. Also, notice the socks. they're pulled up to the hilt. Gone is the youthfulness of the NCAA, replaced with the rigid professionalism of the NFL.Tebow in his Broncos' uni is different from the Tebow of days gone by. At Florida, he was a young adult enjoying the rush of the college game. Now, in the NFL he's a man. A man with a mission (besides his obvious Evangelical one). A mission to prove his critics wrong. And now he's dressed for the part.Still, everything isn't all business for his Tebowness. He is getting time to relax and show off the qualities that made his Florida years so legendary, Here, he is giving one young lad a moment he will never forget.Tebow is a man of the moment now, but he knows how important the future is.
With the collapse of the Big 12 through the machinations of the Big 10 and Pac-10 looking more and more imminent there begins to be a need for villains and scapegoats. Dan Wetzel of Rivals.com provides both, with Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany (pictured) and the Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe in the respective roles.Wetzel's column uses the backdrop of the failed push for a playoff a few years ago by the SEC and ACC. The moved was opposed by the traditionally joined at the hip Big 10 and Pac-10. Dan Beebe decided to side with the later two conferences, and the idea was dead in the water.Wetzel claims that Delany's opposition had more to do with self interest than tradition."It’s clear now that Delany used opposition to a football playoff not to preserve some bit of “tradition.” His expansion plans clearly indicate he cares nothing about that. It certainly wasn’t done for the sake of aiding Big Ten football, since a playoff with on-campus home games likely would’ve helped his teams.The goal was to starve out the Big 12, Big East and even the ACC of the hundreds of millions a playoff would’ve given them and thus turn the future of college sports into a battle of television sets."Wetzel is even more vicious on Beebe, treating him like an hapless Daniel Webster to Delany's devil."Delany couldn’t assure that the Big Ten would’ve done well in a football playoff. Maybe the league would’ve succeeded, maybe not. With 26 percent of the nation’s population, tradition rich clubs and its own cable network though, the Big Ten will always dominate if everything boils down to TV revenue. It was a genius, cutthroat throat play. He set the terms of the game so he’d win. The Pac-10, led by aggressive new commissioner Larry Scott, is taking advantage also. I’m not blaming Delany here. I may not believe a 16-team Big Ten (or Pac-10) is in the best interest of the league’s current members (or the NCAA as a whole), but it’s not that big of a deal to me. Whatever happens, happens. Besides, it’s not Delany’s fault he’s smarter than the other guys."Sure you do, Dan.Wetzel suggests Beebe is not only responsible for the in all probable collapse of the Big 12, but also for college football losing out of hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been made from a playoff. That is the greater crime, from his perspective.(via Rivals.com)
Leave it to the Texas state legislature to throw a monkey wrench into the dreams of the Pac-10 to raid the Big 12 of its crown jewels. The Pac-10 reportedly wants to invite Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado into the Left Coast fold. Now comes reports that some Texas legislators would work to block any move by the Longhorns, Aggies, and Red Raiders unless the Pac-10 dumps Colorado for Baylor,the odd man out in the Big 12 South when it comes to expansion.There's a reason why Baylor didn't get an invite to the Pac-10. If the state of Texas were the Brady Bunch, Texas would be Greg Brady, Texas A&M would be Peter, and Texas Tech would be that product of a one night stand that Mike never told Carol about. Baylor? He'd be cousin Oliver, the one who's pretty much there and nobody really likes.Texas is the real prize the Pac-10 is looking for. While Texas Tech could arguably earn an invite due to recent success, Baylor is a joke. and Texas A&M has pretty much been one in recent years. The only reason they get in the Pac-10 is because of certain state officials playing Laban to the Pac-10's Jacob, forcing the Pac-10 to take Texas weaker sister schools along with the Longhorns.(via Dr. Saturday)
Rafael Nadal wins the French Open title. I just want to know when Nike hired Greg Brady to design tennis apparel.(Yahoo! Sports)Today's list: "Top 5 camps in MMA". At least one blog's opinion. (Top Cheddar)Elton John performs at Rush Limbaugh's 4th wedding. No word if he played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight," but it would be the most ironic rendition ever if he did. (Entertainment Weekly)CBS Sports World Cup coverage will include Steve Nash. Because Nash doesn't have anything else important to do right now. (Bleacher Report)
(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?)It was mentioned in passing in yesterday's "Moment of Tebowness" that Tim Tebow had been sporting a little bit of a beard lately. Now comes some visual proof of The Tebeard, courtesy of Becket Media. This was at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premieres event. It's barely a little over scruffiness, but somehow His Tebowness pulls it off.
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)The Most Interesting Man in the World...(Of Hawkeye football). Yep, it's more fun with America's quarterback Ricky Stanzi. Remember, Ricky Stanzi is America, and you can too.How interesting is Ricki Stanzi? He once killed a bear with a spork. (Black Heart Gold Pants)Jaws is alive! A metal shark created for Universal Studios cast from the original mold used from the film has been rediscovered. (Yahoo! Movies)M*E*T*S. Oliver Perez goes to the DL with a knee injury. Fellow Mets silently cheer the move. (Hardball Talk)Sam Bradford hasn't made it to Rams' first team yet. Somewhere in Colorado, Bronco's third string QB Tim Tebow is saying "Ha Ha!" (Pro Football Talk)List of the Day: "The Best and Worst Hollywood Vampires." Guess where Twilight ranks. Though Love at First Bite doesn't get a mention and it's awesome (if only for Dracula in a disco. Dancing to "I Love the Nightlife." (UPROXX)Quote of the day. "South Carolina is the Orient of the South. The people eat rice and worship their ancestors." (Leather Helmet Blog)Song that makes me want to throw Drew Magary through a brick wall. "Mongoose" by Elephant's Memory. The band backed up John Lennon on the Some Time in New York City album. "Mongoose" predates this by several years, and is just an awesome trippy song.
Colorado Rockies' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki comes to the place with Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." blaring. And now he looks like her father, Billy Ray. Mullet fans rejoice, because Tulowitzki is sporting the hairstyle Jared Allen gave up for marriage (for now). And he's doing it for the kids.Tulowitzki is growing the hockey hair in support of the Rockies' "Wins for Kids" charitable campaign that helps out Colorado Special Olympics and The Children's Hospital of Denver. As long has fans donate the cash, he grows the mullet out.(via Walkoff Walk)
First the expansion silliness infecting the blogosphere pelted the internet with mindless speculation. Then came tiny fragments of truth, And now? What passes for humor on the internet.The Michigan blog Maize n Brew presents the Big 12 as the cheerleading squad at College Football High School, complete with bickering, infighting, and loads of the kind of behaviors parents don't their children involved in.Of course the main gist of the exploration of silliness is that certain Big 12 cheerleaders being asked out by the Pac 10. Six of the girls teams get asked, but the rest don't. Mindless but funny high school humor ensues. (And a lot of not Sunday School approved language, so be warned.)Of course if you wanted to take the high school analogy further, the Big 12 cheerleaders probably wouldn't be that crazy about the Pac-10 in real life. That's because the Pac-10 is more like the Glee Club. And even though Glee is the hot show on TV, deep inside you'd be worried if your kid were part of it. The Big East is of course the basketball squad. The Big 10 is lime student government, who all like to pretend they run the place. Who really does run the place? The SEC. They're the football team.(Maize n Brew, via Black Heart Gold Pants)
Ken Shamrock a.k.a. "The World's Most Dangerous Man" wants up to beat up his adopted brother Frank. This apparently has to do with Frank's treatment of their late adoptive father.A fight between Ken and Frank Shamrock probably sounds better than it actually would be in real life (like most UFC PPV headline fights lately). Still, a season of The Ultimate Fighter with these two as coaches might be interesting. How about it, Dana? (via MMA Fighter Videos)
(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?)Mark your calendars for September 9, and get your groove on. The creators of the Broncogator apparel line are planning what they refer to as "the world's second largest cocktail party" when Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos come to Jacksonville to face the lowly Jaguars on the first week of the NFL's 2010 season. (The first one in that category would be that Georgia-Florida game that Dr. Evil Michael Adams doesn't like referred to by that name).Obviously the idea of a cocktail party in honor of His Tebowness speaks of great irony, due to his Christian background. But Broncogator creator Ed Marlow puts the celebration in some context. "Knowing Tim, I doubt that'd be something he'd participate in," Marlow said of Tebow's strict Christian beliefs.. "But I've heard of virgin cocktails, which are alcohol free."In that case maybe Marlow can get Dr. Evil to show up.(via Click Orlando)In other Tebow-related news. Denver has released QB Tom Brandstater, which officially makes Tebow the Broncos' number three QB, behind Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. (Denver Post)Tebow and McDaniels getting shaggy. Both Tebow and Bronco's coach Josh McDaniels are both sporting beards. McDaniels claims it as an "OTA beard," while Tebow puts the blame on "laziness." If they start dressing alike, be afraid. (PostBroncos twitter)
GQ's 50 Coolest Men in the World. Most of whom are so cool that you've never even heard of them. Prince Harry is number one. Dude served in Afghanistan, so I won't argue with it. (Your Hollywood Gossip, via Kissing Suzy Kolber)Tom Brady is 23rd on the same list. And KSK doesn't even top to think to remind readers of that one pic Brady probably wishes he hadn't agreed to:(Kissing Suzy Kolber)Stupid stunt of the day. Strasburg, Va. may change its name to Stephen Strausburg. (Big League Stew) Fedor Emelianenko entering Russian politics? Emelianenko is among a list of possible candidates in the Russian version of congress by United Russia, the ruling party in the Russian government. (Bloody Elbow)Jonathan Crompton now the world's most valuable catfish. The former Tennessee Volunteer quarterback signs a reported four-year $2.68 million deal with the San Diego Chargers. That's a lot of miney for holding Philip Rivers' clipboard. (Go Vols Xtra, via Rocky Top Talk)Heidi Klum vs. Brooklyn Decker for Esquire "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament final. This is still going on? I stopped caring after Lane Kiffin and Olivia Munn got knocked out. (Esquire)
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