The talk of the Big 10 expanding past it's current 11 teams may be gaining some momentum. This is after The Chicago Tribune reported that the conference is accelerating the timetable in which the proposed expansion could occur. This means that the Big 10 may be informing other conferences of its plan to raid their member schools as early as next week.That's because the Association of American Universities is holding it's semi-annual meetings in Washington, D.C. through next Tuesday, and where Big Ten representatives are scheduled to be meeting with on Sunday. ESPN reports Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany will be attending the conference.With a mandate for expansion, Delaney could go into meetings held by the BCS next week near Phoenix ready to inform other commissioners that the Big 10 plans to begin officially contacting their member schools about switching conference affiliations.(via Black Heart Gold Pants, The Chicago Tribune, ESPN)
Scratch one quarterback controversy off Mark Richt's back. Troubled freshman QB Zach Mettenberger was dismissed from the team for unspecified "violation of team rules." Whether those team rules were related to Mettenberger's wild romp in Remberton , GA is unknown.(What's with QB's whose last name ends with -berger causing havoc in the state of Georgia anyway? There was that mess with You Know Who (Okay, Ben Roethlisberger. Who the heck did you think I was talking about?). Then there's the drama with Mettenberger. Is it something in the water that drives these QB's crazy?)(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
BYU running back Harvey Unga (pictured) has withdrawn from school. As has Keilani Moeaki who was on BYU's women's basketball player Keilani Moeaki. Both are mentioned to have violated the BYU honor code. No further explanations were given, or if the honor code violations were related. I figure they were caught drinking Mountain Dew together or something.(via, Deadspin, KSL.com)
Shirts Without Random Triangles: Tapout presents your "America: love it or leave it" moment of the dBy Juan Cena in SWRT on April 17, 2010
Below are the Tapout designed t-shirts that respective MMA fighters Jake Shields and Dan Henderson (pictured wearing his) will apparently be wearing in their middleweight bout on tonight's Strikeforce Nashville card, to be aired live on CBS/Strikeforce Saturday Night Fights.As you can tell, both have an all-American patriotic theme . Shield's shirt featured an eagle and shield (gee, I wonder why?), while Henderson has a battle-worn US flag and the Patrick Henry quote "Give me liberty, or give me death." I'm sure that Ricky Stanzi would be proud to wear either one of them.The shirts are a refreshing change of pace from all the skulls and quasi-satanic imagery that dominate MMA shirts these days. And they are definitely better than the neo-nazi crap that Hoelzer Reich sells. I'm sure Mask would approve.(via Cagewriter)
Ndamukong Suh is one of the most awesome defensive tackles over to come out of Nebraska. He was the inspiration for what the quite possibly the greatest example of photoshopping I have ever seen. And now he has announced an awesome gift to the University of Nebraska. Suh plans to donate two million dollars to the school's strength and conditioning program, and $600,000 to an endowed scholarship for Nebraska College of Engineering. (Suh's degree is in construction management).Suh obviously plans to getting the money for the gift through his future contract with whatever NFL team drafts him. It was thought Suh would be the first selection in the NFL Draft. But that was before the Rams figured out that "Oh snap! We don't have a QB, and we passed on Matt Ryan Mark Sanchez!" and started looking hooking their horns into Sam Bradford.While Suh's pledge is a tremendous gift, it's makes you wonder if the amounts Suh is donating to the two programs should be switched. While two million to the strength and conditioning program is a great gift, it would probably be more useful as scholarship money. Like many schools Nebraska is facing budget cuts due to the economy. Two million to the College of Engineering could have helped a lot of engineering students more than some new weight room equipment would.(via, SB Nation, 1011Now.com)
Here is the retro uniform the Iowa Hawkeyes will be styling in the upcoming 2010 season. It is inspired by the 1958 Hawkeyes team, considered by some to be the best Iowa has produced.It would have been nice if Iowa could have gotten Ricky Stanzi to model the uni. But he was probably too busy keeping America safe from godless communists like Joe Paterno. That or he had a class.(via Black Heart, Gold Pants, GazetteOnline.com)
David Ortiz is having it rough out on the baseball diamond right now. And he may have it rougher in the courtroom if Jay-Z has his way. Jay-Z is suing Ortiz over claims that Ortiz's the name of Forty-Forty club, is swiped from the raper's own 40/40 clubs, located in New York City, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas. Ortiz's club located in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo.If it's true then Ortiz was foolish to think Jay-Z was going to let a Red Sox get away with stunt like that. Which part of "Empire State of Mind" did Ortiz not get? Especially the part of making "The Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can?" You'd think Ortiz at least get a clue when Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed the song at Yankee Stadium during the World Series last year.Memo to Ortiz: Don't mess with Jay-Z. You might find yourself buried in Yankee Stadium in the spot where that Red Sox fan tried to bury your jersey trying to curse the Yanks. (How'd that little stunt work out, by the way?)(via AP/Yahoo! Sports)
March Madness may be over, but Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Especially if you're obsessed with embarrassing Lane Kiffin by trying to make sure he wins this whole dang thing. So far, Lane's ahead in Round Two against Danica Patrick. But Miss Go Daddy isn't going down without a fight. Kiffin is ahead 55%-45%, so Danica is hanging in there.In other big matchups: "The Panamanian Cricket Team" vs. Stacy Keibler: Alleged wrestler Keibler is beating the alleged cricket team 59%-41%.Matthew Stafford's Girlfriend vs. Tanith Belbin: The hot Olympic ice dancer is ahead 54%=46%.Giselle Bundchen vs. Adriana Lima: In what has to be an upset, Lima is beating Mrs. Tom Brady 73%-27%. Brooklyn Decker vs. Alessandra Ambrosio: Decker is decking Ambrosio pretty good 72%-28%. Heidi Montag vs. Olivia Munn: Not even a contest. Munn is spanking Montag 99%-1%. And trust me, I know a whole lotta geeks who'd paid to see that.
A company part-owned by Curt Schilling is developing a board game in which English colonists are pitted against Native American tribes. Titled "King Philip's War," the game is based on events in a conflict between the 1600's involving the two groups.Native American groups aren't too happy with the game's developer, MultiMan Publishing, to halt production. It may have something to do with a die players can use to generate "different combat scenarios, such as an ambush, massacre or spying."So far, Curt Schilling isn't backing down."But Schilling, who won World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox, said historical events should not be whitewashed for fear of offending someone. King Philip's War helped forge early American identity, even if it "clearly exposed the horrible side of humans in some cases," he said. "If everyone intent on keeping historical events stopped at content that might seem offensive, we'd lose sight of the horrific mistakes this nation, the world and the human race are capable of, and that would be a horrific thing," Schilling said in an e-mail sent through his publicist."It doesn't look like the protests will stop Schilling's company from releasing the game. I'm still waiting for the "Curt Schilling Put the Blood on the Sock" game myself.(via Yahoo! News)
Need more reasons to hate the Marlins not involving Jeffery Loria being a cheapskate? Well, here's a doozy for you. Scott Staph Stapp, lead singer of Creed has rewritten his song "You Will Soar" into an anthem for the Marlins. Sadly, its titled "Marlins Will Soar."At least when Prince came up with his song for the Minnesota Vikings he wrote something original, not filked one of his old tunes with sports related lyrics. Then again, Prince has forgotten more about making great music than Scott Stapp ever learned.Know what's even worse? The Marlins had Stapp sing the Star Spangled Banner during the opening day ceremonies at Land Shark Sun Life Stadium.Is this enough proof that Jeffery Loria hates America? It's about time to sic Ricky Stanzi on Loria's sorry rear end and ship him back to Montreal. (I don't care if Loria was born in New York City. He should be run out of the country all the way to Quebec. So there.)(via SB Nation, SunSentinel.com )
(Cue the Carolina Liar)It's been quiet on Rocky Top lately. Too quiet. At least in terms of hatred towards Lane Kiffin that is. But just as it seemed it ready that the Frosted Orange Nation was ready to turn it's collected (and probably unwarranted) disdain towards Derek Dooley, along come another anti-Kiffin song.So the Vols don't like going down Memory Lane, but they keep dredging up the past. Go figure.
Here's some Dolphin reaction to the Denver Broncos trading Brandon Marshal to Miami. Apparently he's really, really happy about it.To paraphrase Ryan A. Conklin "Dolphins are like frat boys with dorsal fins"At least I think the dolphin is a he.(Thanks to GodImpulse2k1 at The Outhouse for finding this)(via Shutdown Corner , flashnews.com)
Dr. Saturday's Matt Hinton has come up with a list of "The worst coaching hires of the decade (non-Kiffin edition)." This was in response to a contention by The Sporting Blog's Brian Cook that "We can now confidently proclaim (Sexy Kiffin) the worst hire of the decade in college football." So Hinton has to just go ahead and prove him wrong.How bad were Hinton's choices for the list? So bad that Notre Dame's hiring of George O'Leary only makes it to the "Honorable Mention" list, at least in his view. Though O'Leary's "creative writing" on his resume certainly would count in my book. Maybe O'Leary didn't make it because Ron Zook takes up two spots for being head coach of both Florida and Illinois.Hinton's choice for Number One? Alabama's hire of Mike Price. The reign of Price as Crimson Tide coach was terminated before the season began due to that little stripper related scandal. Ed Orgeron (Ole Miss), Ron Prince (Kansas State), and Steve Kragthorpe (Louisville) also make the list.Not on the list, but probably should be: Michigan's hire Rich Rodriguez. Which is what Cook compared Tennessee's hire of Kiffin to in the first place. Though honestly the Rich Rod hire should have made the list. Expect a classic meltdown to happen in Ann Arbor this upcoming season.(via Dr. Saturday, The Sporting Blog)
Round Two of Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament is underway. Lane Kiffin is facing Danica Patrick this round. And to break down the competition, here's the Virutal Lane Kiffin, with his wife, the Virtual Layla Kiffin.Seriously, how is Layla not in this competition. I know the jollies Esquire has with placing Lane in the brackets. But Layla seriously needs consideration for next year. Especially if Lane wins and Esquire decides not to let him defend his tiara next year.(via Esquire)
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