They said it couldn't be done, but there may be a stupider bowl game name than the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl. And sadly, it's New York City that gets that is the loser. The bowl game to be played at Yankee Stadium unofficially nicknamed "The Yankee Bowl" now has an official name: The New Era Pinstripe Bowl.Ouch.Why this thing isn't called the Yankee Bowl is beyond all logic. It probably involves lawyers, trademark law, and the general stupidity of Major League Baseball. Not only does that go down as possible the worst name ever for a bowl game, it possibly outmatches the Pork the Other White Meat 400 as the worst named sporting event ever.The game first game is set for December 30, 2010. It will see the sixth place team in the Big 12 against the third place team in the Big East. NYC may most important city in the world (at least to New Yorkers, and it's hard to argue with them), so the most important city gets the leftovers from the Big 12 and Big East. Yeah, that will work. New York and college football deserve better.(via nj.com, SB Nation)
You would think Athens would the center of all things troublesome involving bars and underage drinkers outside of the metro Atlanta area. Apparently not. First there's that nasty business in Milledgeville involving Ben Roethlisberger. Now word comes out that Georgia QB Zach Mettenberger (left) got himself in a little trouble with Mr. Po-Po in Remerton, GA. A city just outside of Valdosta.According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Mettenberger was charged with underage consumption/possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and two counts of having a fake identification." In other words, "the usual" for a Bulldog.If you think Valdosta is just a sleepy little town, think again. Apparently it warranted a visit by the Girls Gone Wild bus while it was making its way to The ATL. It looks like Athens has some competition now. Not that it's making Mark Richt's job keeping his team in line.(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Valdosta Daily Times, EDSBS, Deadspin)
Think there are too many college bowl games already? Tough. There are already plans underway to add more. Dr. Saturday reports on plans to add three more bowl games to the already packed schedule of meaningless bowl games. These are:The Dallas Football Classic (at the Cotton Bowl stadium, replacing the actual Cotton Bowl now played at Jerry Jones' Temple to His Own Avarice Cowboys Stadium).The Yankee Bowl in New York City (three guesses where, and the first two don't count).The Cure Bowl, described as "a benefit for the Susan G. Komen breast-cancer research foundation and the American Cancer Society, is tentatively scheduled for December 18 at Bright House Networks Stadium (home of the UCF Knights) in Orlando."The Cure Bowl sounds like the most interesting of the three. It unwittingly conjures up visions of goth sadness, epitomized by the patron saints of goth sadness, The Cure. Football and Goths, while diametrically opposite to each other, share a lot in common:Fans of both are known to wear bizarre clothing and facial make-up. Many football players already use eye-black. (Insert Tim Tebow joke here)Football players are known to cry. (Ditto)Black is the preferred color of garments for goths, and is popular among football teams in home or alternate uniforms. A loss to a bitter rival can result in a insubordinate level of sadness and grieving. The Cure Bowl seriously needs to be put on the bowl schedule. And if Robert Smith and the boys aren't responsible for the halftime show, than that may be the saddest thing of all.(via Dr. Saturday)
SB Nation editor Jon Bois' column on the last Louisville Cardinals game played in Freedom Hall hasn't really gone down well with some fans. Maybe that's because it was less of a thoughtful reflection on the passing of an era, and more like Roy Clark's "Thank God and Greyhound."Bois' reflections on the all but former home arena of Louisville (which despite the title of this column isn't really going anywhere) are not too favorable. His complaints about Freedom Hall location range from its "isolated" location from the campus in a "concrete desert' to the Hall's exterior.It's there that Bois drops what may be one of the best put-downs ever."Of all the sports venues in the United States, Freedom Hall is surely the easiest to draw in MS Paint. My God, this building is boring. I do not know who designed it but I will bet you ten dollars that his favorite dish was oatmeal."Needless to say some Cardinals' fans aren't happy with Bois. One of which claimed that Bois "must have been neglected as a child and raised by wolves – GAY ones (no, I am NOT homophobic!)." Which is apparently already starting to become a meme on its own. You can tell internet greatness when it begets more internet greatness. This is it.(via SB Nation)
The Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans succeeded last night in setting the world record for "the largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets" Friday night. Translation: a whole lot of people wearing Snuggies.This may be the best argument yet for LeBron James signing with the Knicks next year.(via Ball Don't Lie)
Nothing says that you are a strong, formidable team like an old white-haired guy as a mascot. Vanderbilt University was named after Cornelius Vanderbilt, who donated had donated an endowment of one million dollars to the then-named Central College in Nashville (the school was renamed in his honor after his death). Vanderbilt was nicknamed "The Commodore" due to his interests in shipping and railroads, though he never served in the military.Vanderbilt university adopted the name "Commodores" for it's athletic teams. The mascot designed to look like an 19th century naval commodore. Sadly, it's a pretty old looking commodore with gray hair and Elvis-like sideburns. Yeah, pretty intimidating. Stupid is more like it.The white haired mascot really does nothing to promote the school as an athletic powerhouse. Mind you, Vanderbilt University has a lack of desire to be an athletic powerhouse in the first place. But honestly, The Commodores could do a lot better. How about a makeover where Mr. C looks more like Lionel Richie?At least he'd be more relevant to the modern athlete.If anything, Mr. C's white hair speaks reminds me of Cornelius Vanderbilt's most famous living male descendant, Anderson Cooper.You can come up with your own joke on your own. I ain't touching that one.
Here's the news that's going to burst the little bubble of superiority Canada has been feeling since beating the U.S.A. for the gold medal in Olympic hockey. Though it isn't the best kept secret in the world, either. Trevor Gretzky, son of Canada's beloved hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, plays football at a high school in California and not hockey. And that's American football. Not that twelve man sissy CFL stuff.In fact, Trevor Gretzky is a pretty good football player. He will be playing quarterback at Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, CA. This is the same school that produced Jimmy Clausen. It was also the school attended by Joe Montana's son Nick, who's committed to Washington.The younger Gretzky "has already received interest for UCLA, Arizona State and Miami," according to Buster Sports.So enjoy the medal, Canada. Trevor Gretzky's going for the gold in America's sport.(via Buster Sports)
It would seem that some Canadians are getting a little bit cocky since the Canadian Olympic Hockey team beat their American Counterparts in the Olympics last Sunday. Apparently some genius working for the Ottawa Senators decided it would be fun to show clips of Canadian gold medal winners during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Tuesday night's home game against the New York Rangers. This culminated with a clip of Sydney Crosby's game winning goal for the Canadians. There apparently was no similar video presentation during "O Canada."How did the visiting Rangers take it? Well Rangers' right wingman Ryan Callahan says he wasn't even paying attention to it. "I didn't have any idea. I don't look at the scoreboard during the anthem. I look at the flag."The Rangers beat the Senators 4-1, by the way. Put that in your humble pie and chew on it, Ottawa.Look, Canada, just because you beat America in hockey doesn't mean your top dog in the world. And after that atrocious closing ceremony with the inflatable giant, inflatable Mounties giant beavers, and Nickelback, it'll be a dang long while before you get to host an Olympics again.(via Deadspin, New York Post )
It's been a long time, but notorious Alabama fan J.T. Bowtie is back. If you recall, J.T. is the creation of Alabama student Taylor Fortenberry, who became infamous last fall with his series of videos mocking other SEC schools and their fans. Things got to a point where Fortenberry was getting death threats after ridiculing Ole Miss fans, so he decided to retire the character.Well that retirement was short lived. J.T. Bowtie is back. But now it seems like he making himself the butt of his jokes rather than other schools, as you can see from the following clip.Whether this remains the course has yet to be seen. But the SEC had better watch out.
Here's another disturbing image for your Freudian nightmares: "Lane Kiffin" and his USC coaching staff, aledegly trying to recruit players to USC.There's a Full Monty Kiffin joke around here somewhere, but I'm not going to touch it.The sad thing is that with Land Kiffin and Ed Orgeron there is the very good possibility of this actually happening.
Here's the WTF? Story of the Day:Agent Suspect Zero Gilbert Arenas is keeping busy during his gun-related suspension from the NBA by helping PeTA distribute fur coats to women in need.Yes, you just read that.It does seem odd for the most notorious animal rights group to be giving away fur coats. But these coats were "all donated by people who bought them, then had a change of heart and wanted to discard them for ethical reasons." PeTA turns around and donates them to homeless or people otherwise in need to stay warm in the winter.Arenas' involvement with PeTA began earlier in the current NBA season before the locker room incident involving himself, Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton, and a couple of firearms.They have continued to support him after the Wizards virtually wiped any trace of his existence from the Verizon Center, and Adidas dropped him as a sponsor."It's just like anything. When something happens, everyone flees away," Arenas said. "So I already knew all that was going to happen. But PETA, they stayed behind me, they stayed with the cause, and that's the reason I came."The best thing that can be said about Arenas' situation is that he's making a good use of it.(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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)
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