To be perfectly honest I've never been a huge Signing Day guy. You can call grown men obsessing over seventeen and eighteen year-old high school boys recruiting. I call it something else.Still there have been some things that have caught my eye.Georgia is paying the price for bungling the search for Willie Martinez's replacement. Losing Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee is a huge embarrassment. Especially considering the chaos after Lane Kiffin's departure. At least it didn't take over a month to find Kiffin's replacement. Auburn's recruiting class is being hyped up. It looks like some of the stunts Auburn has pulled like the white stretch Hummer limo might have worked. Expect the NCAA to ban Hummers in college football in the near future. German-born Bjoern Werner is a high school defensive end who would rock you like a hurricane. He would, that is, if he hadn't committed to Florida State, that is. He announced his decision today on ESPN. His on-air attempt at a tomahawk chop was a little weak. But it could have been worse. (Insert obvious joke here.)
You knew this was coming. Some internet genius had to link Lane Kiffin to USC's most notorious alum, OJ Simpson. Sadly, this is only in Playmobil-esque computer animation. But given that the real OJ is in jail looking for the real killers, this will have to do.Y'know, Playmobil's missed an opportunity to make money by not actually coming out with college football Playmobil figures. Same with LEGO. Imagine a LEGO version of Stanford Stadium or The Swamp. They're both missing out.
Here's yet another Danica Patrick career milestone not related to her actually winning a race. Patrick will appear in a February 10 CSI:NY episode playing...wait for it...a race car driver. That's a real artistic stretch there. Her character will be involved in the investigation of the suspicious death of a "racing great" played by former General Hospital star and underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr. An underwear model and Go-Daddy spokesperson starring in the same TV show. It somehow sounds appropriate.(via ajc.com)
Continuing with SWRT's coverage of what various corners the animal kingdom think will win Super Bowl XLIV, here is what a bunch of cats predict will happen.In a related front, it appears that the internet is actually made of cats.Well, that would explain why cats like to sit on keyboards.
Did you hear the one about Pitt joining the Big 10? That was the rumor burning up the Pitt Panther nation this weekend. The problem is that it looks like it's not true. Which is a good thing for the Big 10.Pitt joining the Big 10 would do absolutely nothing for the conference, other than give it that twelfth team it needs to got to a divisional championship system. For one thing, it doesn't really expand the Big 10's market. The conference already has Penn State, so another Pennsylvania school doesn't really accomplish anything outside of giving Penn St an in-state rival.And seriously...Pitt? Look at the Big East schools that would be the most likely to be raided. Rutgers and Syracuse would seem to be the most desirable if only for the chance at the New York/New Jersey market. Cincinnati's been the hot team in the conference (pre-Brian Kelly), so it would bring some attention to the conference. West Virgina could bring both market and attention. Pitt? Zero in both areas.Pitt as a Big 10 school really doesn't make much sense. It's only benefit for the Big 10 is that it would be a twelfth team. Other than that it accomplishes little in terms of market expansion.(via Dr. Saturday)
One week until the big game and Super Bowl silliness seems to be kicking into high gear. At least it is in the animal kingdom. Princess, a camel from the Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River, NJ, was enlisted to give her predictions of who will prevail in Miami.Actually Popcorn Park Zoo sounds like a nice place. It's an preserve for wildlife and domestic animals that were mistreated, sick, or elderly. So a little Super Bowl silliness to raise awareness (and cash) can't be too bad.
If you look over to your left, there's a poll on which "sporting event" is the most fake. Your choices are: WWE Royal Rumble, NFL Pro Bowl, or the Winter X-Games. Have at it!
Stanford has reportedly hired disgraced UGA defense coordinator as an assistant coach. I could have sworn Jim Harbaugh had more sense. Especially after reportedly turning down an offer from Oalkand to replace Tom Cable.Speaking of the Raiders, this is probably how Lane Kiffin reacted when hearing about Martinez's hire.Yeah, Kiffin's job just got easier, dangit.(via ajc.com)
Hello there, Will D. Cat. You're the Villanova Wildcats mascot. Boy do you look menacing, showing off all those teeth. Actually, you don't. You don't look too wild, either. Surly maybe, but not wild.Will D. Cat looks like an old school college mascot, all covered with fur. As opposed ot some of these all soft sculptured and foam rubber cosplay monstrosities out there. He's a lot like The Penn State Nittany Lion, except Villanova cared enough to give there mascot a real name, while Penn St. didn't.Then again Will D. Cat isn't the most original of names. It doesn't quite roll off the tip of the tongue, either. Of course Wild D. here dates to around 1950, much too early for the era where mascots had "hipper" names. Wait, mascots have hip names? Forget I said that.
You know that Super Bowl silly season has arrived when somebody decides to ask zoo animals for their Super Bowl picks. This one's from the Indianapolis Zoo. Gee I bet those animals aren't biased, are they now?There's a Mark Wahlberg joke around here somewhere, but I won't be the one to tell it.
It may either be the most brilliant or the dumbest advertising promotion on the internet. Either way it involves Brett Favre and his legendary/infamous indecisiveness streak.Sears, the ever-increasingly irrelevant retailer, is giving America the chance to ask Brett Favre to help them make up their minds on their big decision. Just ask the Cute Purple Dinosaur for his advice, and click on his Magic Favre Ball to find his answer. Just be warned that it might take a while. (Cue The Smiths...)
This was going to happen sometime or another.Actually it was more like 378 days, but who's counting?Hey, it could be worse. It could be something like "I Am Curious (Tennessee Orange)." Or "Changing Lane Kiffin's."
If you think the NFL is the No Fun League, think again. The SEC is trying to steal that title away from the pros. The SEC has levied a $25,000 fine against South Carolina after fans rushed the court after Tuesday night's victory over first-place Kentucky. This on top of a previous $5,000 fine after a similar win against Kentucky in 2005. The next fan rush would levy a $50,000 fine.It seems the SEC is cracking down on any expressions of accomplishment on the field or on the court. It's just a matter of time before they get anal over things like socks or messages in the eyeblack.(via GoGamecocks.com)
Johnny Weir, the U.S. figure skater who's gotten as much attention for his off the ice ambiguous lifestyle than for his on the ice performances is taking heat from animal rights groups. Friends for Animals is complaining to Weir and his costume designer Stephanie Handler about Weir's recent use of fox fur in his costumes. Weir's response:“I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals. But it’s not something that’s the No. 1 priority in my life,” Weir said on Tuesday. “There are humans dying everyday. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti. “I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it’s my choice.”Weir's compassion for humanity would feel heartfelt, if it didn't come sounding off like it was straight off of FOX News. As for the costume...sheesh! It looks like Cosmic Boy's costume from the 1970's, if it had pants. (Now if I could only get Sasha Cohen to dress up like Shadow Lass...)(via Yahoo! Sports)
The already unexciting Super Bowl XLIV Halftime show featuring what's left of The Who has surprisingly gotten even less exciting. In an interview with Billboard Pete Townsend has revealed the playlist for the halftime show. "We're kinda doing a mashup of stuff," the guitarist tells Billboard. "A bit of 'Baba O'Riley,' a bit of 'Pinball Wizard,' a bit of the close of 'Tommy,' a bit of 'Who Are You,' and a bit of 'Won't Get Fooled Again.' It works -- it's quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it -- we've always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot."Translation: It's going to be a CSI infomercial. The only way this could get better is if a CSI episode was airing after the game (the recent lingerie football episode of CSI:NY would have been perfect.). Sadly, CBS has decided to premiere the already uninteresting Undercover Boss.It's at this point real alternatives to the halftime show would be really useful. Remember the In Living Color halftime special, complete with the infamous "Men on Football" sketch that pretty much destroyed Richard Gere's reputation? Or when the WWF had a Rock vs. Mankind match on USA? One of those would be really useful this year.CBS really needs to hope for a close, exciting game this year between the Colts and Saints. Otherwise there might be a lot of channel switching this year.(Billboard.com, Warming Glow)
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