ESPN has finally come up with a soccer commercial worth shouting about. The latest World Cup commercial from the WWL promotes the June 12 match between the USA and England.Now this is a soccer commercial! None of that wussy anti-American stuff with the lame Bono commentary. Here's a commercial where America is celebrated and ready to kick England and Wayne Rooney's sorry little tails back to the U.K. It a commercial America can be proud of.Be afraid, England. Landon Donovan is coming for you. And he's planning to bring home more than just the World Cup. He's got another trophy in mind for his trophy room:I'll bet he can't wait to show David Beckham that one hanging over his mantelpiece.
Well she tried her best illegal move. But IndyCar officials came and crushed Danica Patrick's groove. She was bumped a spot down in the Indianapolis 500 for making an illegal pass after a caution. (From the Marbles. Apologies to Sammy Hagar.)Add Jeff Burton to the list of people who don't seem to get along with Kyle Busch. That list should include most of NASCAR by the end of the year, if it doesn't already.(From the Marbles)Ewwwwww! Moment of the day. MMA fighter high from "a cup of tea spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms" kills his training partner and rips his heart out. He believed the partner was "possessed by the devil." (Telegraph.co.uk)The Bad and Good of the SEC. Sometimes it's hard to tell which is which. (Leather Helmet Blog)Guillermo Del Toro steps down as director for The Hobbit. Blame production delays and the uncertainty of MGM's financial situation. (The Huffington Post, via Daitong at The Outhouse)Remembering Clint Castleberry on Memorial Day. A Georgia Tech legend who died serving his country in World War II. (Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site, via EDSBS )
A Memorial Day message from "Mr. College Football." Tony Barnhart recalls visiting Cambridge American Cemetery in England, where American servicemen who died defending freedom in World War II are laid to rest. (Mr. College Football)List of NFL players who have died in combat. Includes players from WWII, Vietnam, and Afghanistan (Pat Tillman) (Pro Football Hall of Fame)Top 10 MLB Players in the Military. This is only a sample of those players who served. (Fantasy Pros 911)
There's already a t-shirt honoring Roy Halladay's perfect game. This from the Zoo With Roy blog.I get a feeling ZWR's other most infamous t-shirt may soon be updated too.(via Zoo With Roy)
Dario Franchitti wins the Indianapolis 500. It's the twelfth time in fifteen years that an foreign driver has won the Indy 500. (Yahoo! Sports)Maybe Orlando could have used a Lord of the Pit instead of Vince Carter. Orlando Magic: The Gathering Cards.Someone at SB Nation has a lot of time on their hands. (SB Nation)And yes, Virginia. There's a Magic:The Gathering Card Generator.World Cup soccer players don't like the new ball introduced for the World Cup. Who let David Stern design a soccer ball? (Yahoo! Sports)27 thoughts on Roy Halladay's perfect game. Thought 17 involves the fact that the last Phillies' pitcher to pitch a perfect game was was Jim Bunning. So Halladay's future might involve being elected to the Senate and punking those whose unemployment benefits are running out. (Big League Stew)
(Since today's kinda slow on the the news side, but busy in real life here at SWRT, I decided to so a What Passes for Life/Covering Dixie Like Mildew mash-up. Enjoy.)R.I.P Dennis Hopper. (Yahoo! News)The Sadness that is The Tooth Fairy invades the U.K. Joe Quennan, writing for the U.K.'s The Guardian newspaper, bemoans the state of the action film, and the fact that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been over to the "Dark Side" of family fare like The Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan. By the "Dark Side" he means wussing out like Rod Stewart or Eric Clapton. (The Guardian)UFC 114. Rashad Evans vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson . Who you got?List of the day: The Biggest "Jerk" Coaches in the SEC". And by "Jerk" they mean something else. Urban Meyer's on top, with Bobby Petrino in the number two position. Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban are probably too low. And Mark Richt still has that "touchdown celebration" albatross thing around his neck at number nine. C'mon Richt, you can do better than that. (Red Cup Rebellion)Air Nesbitt? This appeared on a Georgia Tech blog:Uh...no. (From the Rumble Seat)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Good news for all those in the media complaining about the cold weather Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey in 2014. Sex and the City 2 is out today.Great minds think alike. And so do bloggers. Think the parody of "Candle in the Wind" in honor of Jared Allen's late lamented mullet was bad. Wait so see and hear what Tauntr did. (Tauntr, via Sportress of Blogitude)It could happen. Boise State might get the official invite to join the Mountain West Conference next week. (Mountain West Connection)Today's list: "10 Most Wanted Missing National Baseball Treasures." Items missing (and believed stolen) from institutions including the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Hauls of Shame, via Walkoff Walk)Adam Jones briefly detained in Canada. The Orioles outfielder. Not Pacman. (Big League Stew)
Oh snap! Kevin Durant's gone and found himself a Duck Tales shirt!Not that there's anything wrong with Duck Tales. But Darkwing Duck is just better. I'll bet Kobe Bryant would wear a Darkwing Duck shirt. That's because Kobe likes to get dangerous.(via SB Nation)
It seemed a good idea at the time. Dustin Pedroia started a minor meme with his "Laser Show" comment. So naturally somebody had to go and make a t-shirt about it. The trouble is that someone else had the idea too. And now they're sniping at each other.The original shirt (at least they say it was) was created by Barstool Sports ($23.00). Which looks like this:Now here's where it gets complicated. Another site put out a similar shirt. Sully's released their own "Laser Show" shirt ($14.99) which looks like this:Now here's where the fun starts. NBC's HardballTalk reported on Shirt A, but linked up to Sully's and Shirt B (the fact that it's an NBC-related site screwing things up is no shock.) The poster at Barstool Sports, El Presidente, wasn't amused and complained on facebook. A spokesman from Sully's responded with a snarky comment. El Presidente then went on the Barstool site and got even snarkier.One word guys, "Relax."(via Barstool Sports)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)Did Flordia steal the idea for Gatorade from FSU? That's what an FSU blog claims. (Tomahawk Nation)Still more SEC expansion silliness. This time involving The Usual Suspects (FSU, Miami, Clemson, Texas, Texas A&M, Clemson) , and breaking down the SEC into four divisions. With its own version of the Final Four. Please kill me now. (Fanhouse)Auburn players like Gene Chizik. "This is my coach. There are many like him, but this Chizik is mine. My Chizik has the best Hummer Limo in the SEC. He is my life. I must master him as I must master my life." (ESPN, Apologies to Loser With Socks and Stanley Kubrick.)Jackets making Big Bucks in the NFL. A look at what Georgia Tech players made in the NFL. (From the Rumble Seat)Rocky Top Schadenfreude. At long last a new entry in the "20 Losses in 20 Years" countdown of Tennessee's toughest losses in football. At number seven: Losing to Memphis in 1996. (Rocky Top Talk)Waitaminute: There are people in Tennessee who have been defending Lane Kiffin? Insert inane "drinking corn from a jar" comment here. (Loser With Socks)Mark Richt wants his coaches to keep things simple. Which considering the defense last year may be a good thing. (Mr. College Football)The "Other Mark " at UGA Outfoxing Georgia Tech. Mark Fox is attracting in-state recruits to Georgia than Paul Hewitt is to Georgia Tech. (The ACC and SEC Blog)Oh yeah. I did say this was the Love and Theft edition of CDLM, didn't I?
Security at the White House seriously needs an overhaul. That's because there is no way that Kyle Singler should ever be allowed to get this close to President Obama. Where's the Secret Service when you really need them?(via Citizen-Times.com)
(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?)Woody Paige is one of a long line in the media who have developed a mancrush on Tim Tebow. So someone naturally asked Paige in his weekly mailbag column when he and His Tebowness were getting married."Woody Paige: Tom, thank you for asking. Tim and I are thinking about a June wedding. Seriously, though, his religion probably does not permit same-sex marriages, and my own belief system does not allow me to marry a gerbil or anyone from Chicago." Well Tebow's not from Chicago, but for some reason I can't imagine Tebow scurrying around in a Habitrail for some reason.(via Denver Post)
The ACC and SEC Blog has come up with a list of the "5 Teams Deserving Consideration in Expansion." And sadly, it's a list of the usual suspects you would probably expect in theoretical SEC expansion talk. In reverse order the schools are Georgia Tech, Miami, FSU, Texas A&M, and Texas.Why Texas A&M? Because the Aggies who hold high places in Texas (like the Governor) would never allow Texas to leave the Big 12 without Texas A&M being thrown into the deal.The school that's not on the list that should be is Clemson. Clemson just feels more like an SEC school than any of the schools on the list. Reviving the once-annual UGA-Clemson rivalry would be great for college football. And a Florida vs. Clemson annual matchup alternating between The Swamp and Death Valley would be epic.The schools not on the list nobody's talking about: Houston, and TCU. The chances of getting Texas in the SEC are pretty slim unless the Big 12 totally collapses(and don't hold you're breath hoping that will happen). Chuck Oliver (The "King of College Football") brought up the idea of Houston as an SEC on his show on 680 the Fan in Atlanta Thursday, and was promptly ridiculed by co-host Matt Chernoff among others at the station. But its closer to SEC country than Austin, and is a way larger media market. TCU in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area makes it a possibility. And TCU is one of the hot schools at the moment. Hotter than at least 3/5ths of the schools on the list.(via The ACC and SEC Blog)
The lions in front of the Art Institute of Chicago may have been the lamest attempt to show support for a home team ever. That is until somebody decided to dress up the Michael Jordan statue at the United Center.All you can say after this is "Go Flyers." And Phil Knight probably isn't too happy the statue is pimping a jersey manufactured by Reebok, either.(via The 700 Level)
Ouch! The Mets Ike "The Stimulus" Davis made another dive into the dugout for a foul ball. But this time without success. At this rate, The Mets are going to have to start looking for a steel covered athletic supporter to protect the, uh, "Stimulus Package." (Yahoo! Sports)Go, West. MLB is reportedly fed up with Joe West's pimping himself. So they may suspend him. (Yahoo! Sports)Tumbling Dice. Boston Red Sox winning streak ends thanks to Daisuke Matsuzaka. (Yahoo! Sports)More Kowbell. Take one California Angels first baseman (Kenny Morales). Add one lame nickname (Kowbell). Add one old (and getting older by the minute) Saturday Night Live skit(More Cowbell). Mix together. Put on YouTube. Instant lameness. (Halos Heaven)Chipper, we hardly knew ye. This may be Chipper Jones' last season. (Talking Chop)
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