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The SEC is "The Yankees of the college game?" Them's fightin' words.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 20, 2009

Leave it to ESPN to start the week off with a bad analogy for the SEC. The World Wide Leader took a look at the economics of the SEC and declared it "the New York Yankees of college football conferences." There are still parts of the South where being called a "Yankee" is about the worst thing you could call someone. All the while acting like this was something bad.Of course the issue is money, and the fact that the coaches make a whole lot of it. This is of course used as an excuse to bash the salaries that college coaches are paid. Needless to say, the article then proceeds to degenerate into the usual haves-versus-have-nots mess. In short, it's a long article that really doesn't say anything new or anything to improve the situation. Or anything much at all for that matter.(via ESPN)

Tim Cowlishaw gives praise to Jerry Jones' Heathen Temple

Tim Cowlishaw gives praise to Jerry Jones' Heathen Temple

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 20, 2009

You would think that Around the Horn panelist and BCS Tool Tim Cowlishaw would take time in his column to gloat over Dallas crushing New Orleans' dreams of perfection. Nope.Or maybe get closer to home gloat about Texas beating North Carolina. You're getting warmer, but not even that.Nope, Cowlishaw spent his precious column time heaping praise on the venue of Saturday's Longhorn beating of the reigning NCAA Basketball Tournament Champions: The Heathen Temple of Jerry Jones Avarice a.k.a Cowboys Stadium.Cowlishaw was impressed at Cowboy Stadium's capability of handling a big-time sporting event other than a football game. The game, well that was neat too.Or course Cowlishaw gives praise for what distinguishes The Heathen Temple from that other contender of misplaced greed, the All-New, All Different Yankee Stadium: The retractable roof. "Give Jerry Jones as much grief as you choose for his failure to hire a general manager. But he (and the taxpayers) left nothing to chance when they built this place, which should instantly work its way into regular rotations for all the major sporting events. That includes the one Texas and Alabama will travel to the West Coast to play in January." As mentioned here before, the roof is what makes Cowboys Stadium more important than Yankee Stadium or that new stadium the two New York-in-name-only teams will be playing their home games in nest year. The one they're hoping gets a Super Bowl. The one without a roof. Good luck with that.(via Dallas Morning News)

[BLEEP] YOU, MASCOT! The Ramblin' Wreck

[BLEEP] YOU, MASCOT! The Ramblin' Wreck

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 20, 2009

Ah, the Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech. Nothing says you're a forward looking institution like a nearly 80 year-old motor vehicle as a mascot. The Ramblin' Wreck is a 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe. I'm sure that it was the state of the art back in the day. Sadly, that day was when Bobby Bowden was a year old (if that. He was born November 8, 1929).Do you realize how old the Ramblin' Wreck is? It's four years older than Donald Duck. It's eight years older than Superman. It's six years older than John McCain, for crying out loud!Not to go Colin Cowherd and dismiss everything that existed before ESPN, but you would think Georgia Tech would want to do more to show itself as a forward thinking organization. Then again, it was responsible for this ad that ran during the broadcasts of Tech football games this year:Of course as anybody could tell you, the Space Shuttle is 30-40 year old technology. I think my iPod has more computing power than the shuttle's computers do.(Apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)

Julio Jones rap video reveals sorry state of rap music in Alabama

Julio Jones rap video reveals sorry state of rap music in Alabama

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 19, 2009

You know that youe state's music industry is in sad shape when the best rapper is a blonde white girl.Look, not every place in the Dirty South can be The ATL, but c'mon! Put a little more effort into it, dangit!No word yet on the true identity of this young maiden,or what her momma named her. Though this being the internet age you know that won't last long. The YouTube channel's user profile gives the username "uacrock" and not much else.And by the way, it there anything lamer than a houndstooth baseball cap? Seriously 'Bama, you take this Bear Bryant worship to the wildest of extremes.(and yes, DMX and Q-Tip are from Alabama. What exactly have they done lately?)(via The Sporting Blog)

Dawgageddon: Who wants to be a defense coordinator?

Dawgageddon: Who wants to be a defense coordinator?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 18, 2009

With Vic Koennig picking Illinois and Ron Zook over Georgia its beginning to looks pretty bad for the Dawgs getting a blue-chip defense coordinator to replace Willie Martinez. If it gets any worse, Mark Richt may have to see a DC at "Lowered Expectations," Mad TV's fictional dating service.If the search gets any worse, Richt may be interviewing Bo Kunkle, the (now ex-)high school football coach Tia Tequila dumped on A Shot at Love II with Tia Tequila before too long. (I was really hoping not to mention Tia Tequila on this blog. Now Iv'e done it three times in one entry, dangit!)Or even worse yet, Richt may have to put on his own reality show to fill the job.Just a few possible (nightmare) scenarios:Iron Defense Coordinator: Contestants have to come up with five defense plays using a theme ingredient.The Ultimate Coordinator: Candidates for the DC job fight it out in the octagon. (You did know Forest Griffin went to UGA?)Defense Coordinator Chalenge: The Ruins: DC candidates face off in challenges an arena built within the ruins of what's left of Vince Dooley's house.So You Think You Can Coach? Candidates have a dance-off for the job.Yeah, it could probably get much worse.(And you think that's bad? Look what I found on YouTube looking for "Lowered Expectations."Yes, that's Shaq. Please kill me now.)(via ajc.com)

Gratuitous Tiger Woods story of the day

Gratuitous Tiger Woods story of the day

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 18, 2009

Things I didn't know until today:American Media, Inc., the company that publishes the National Enquirer, also publishes Men's Fitness.Things I did know before today:Tiger Woods is a horndog.(via Deadspin)

The Orlando Sentinel gives us one for the Hall of Bad Analogies

The Orlando Sentinel gives us one for the Hall of Bad Analogies

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 18, 2009

Its one thing for a columnist to drop a bad analogy into one of his or her columns. So imagine what joy it would be to read a column with at least three of them. Fortunately for America, The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi has few dandies in his column on the University of Central Florida's matchup against Rutgers in the St. Petersburg Bowl, and how it could lead UCF into the Big East.(Just in case you're confusing UCS with USF: UCF is the team coached by resume enhancing George O'Leary. USF (University of South Florida) is coached by Jim Leavitt, who may or may not have gone Bobby Knight on one of his player's throat).Bianchi provides his readers with a few little gems of bad analogies. First up is this dandy on how the St. Petersburg Bowl could lead to greater things fort UCF:"Don't laugh. It wouldn't be the first time an obscure, out-of-the-way place helped decide history. The United States of America became a BCS nation at a tiny bowl locale known as the Battle of Yorktown" Okay, we're comparing made-for-ESPN bowl games to Revolutionary War battles here. And comparing Rutgers to the 18th century British Army is pretty much a stretch to begin with."Likewise, UCF can go a long way toward joining the BCS league of nations in Saturday night's Soiree by the Bay. On the same week expansion talk has multiplied like Tiger's mistresses throughout college football, what better way to send a message to the Big East Conference than by beating Rutgers in a stadium jam-packed with thousands upon thousands of UCF fans?"So the BCS is like the League of Nations? So, how well did that group turn out? And does this mean a playoff system would be like the United Nations? Yeah, that's going to win support form conservatives.And congrats, Mike Bianchi. You're the last adult male in America to make a Tiger Woods joke."Never before have UCF's chances of gaining admittance into a coveted BCS league seemed so close at hand. Reminds you of the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and friends come out of the woods and into a beautiful, poppy-filled clearing where they can see their destination, the Emerald City, in the distance. "There's Emerald City!" Dorothy exclaims. "Oh, we're almost there at last! At last! It's beautiful, isn't it? … Let's run!"...Where Dorthy and friends eventually learn the Wizard is a con artist that would make Bernie Madoff look legit.Oh look! Bianchi's article is even causing bad analogies to pop up here! It's like H1N1. Oh wait! There's another! I need to stop before things get totally out of hand!(via The Orlando Sentinel)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: T-shirts honor bad draft pics

Shirts Without Random Triangles: T-shirts honor bad draft pics

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 18, 2009

In case you're looking for that last minute Christmas Gift, Pennant Race Gear has the shirts you may be looking for. That is if you're more desperate than Alex P. Keaton in a lame Family Ties knockoff of A Christmas Carol. This company has decided to celebrate rotten draft picks of the past for their "Infamous" line. Included at the moment are 1984 Portland Trail Blazers #1 draft pick Sam Bowie (and if you have to ask who was picked right after him, you don't need to know) and 1987 Seattle Seahawks draft pick Brian Bosworth. No word yet if or when the Brady Quinn and Greg Oden shirts comes out. And you Jacksonville Jaguars fans may want to go ahead and reserve your "Infamous" Tim Tebow shirt now.(via First Cuts)

The Golddomedammerung: Notre Dame picks tradition over Big 10

The Golddomedammerung: Notre Dame picks tradition over Big 10

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 17, 2009

The Big 10 hasn't even decided yet on whether to expand to twelve (or maybe even 14 teams) and Notre Dame is already turning the conference down. Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick has already put the kibosh on the notion. His reasoning: tradition."Our strong preference is to remain the way we are," Swarbrick told the Tribune. "Independence is a big part of the tradition of the program and our identity. We'd sure like to try to maintain it."Translation: Notre Dame likes living in the past, and believes it can continue to do so."All of this has a lot more to do with our priorities than it does with business issues," he said. "Our independence is tied up in a lot of the rivalries we have. We play Navy every year and have the tradition of USC weekends. Frankly, it works pretty well to play USC in October at home and in November at their place."Being in the Big 10 would stop Notre Dame from playing USC. Bull hockey. Being in the SEC doesn't stop Florida from playing rival Florida State (an ACC school) every year. The same goes for SEC school Georgia playing rival ACC school Georgia Tech. Besides, being a Pac-10 school hasn't stopped USC from playing Notre Dame, has it now?There's enough room in a twelve game schedule for Notre Dame to play USC and Navy. If the Big 10 split the conference into two divisions, ND would face five teams in its division, and at most three or four teams from the opposite division. That's at most eight or nine Big 10 opponents every year. There's enough space left for USC, Navy, and one or two additional schools on the schedule.Putting ND in the theoretical SWRT Big-10 East a possible Notre Dame schedule might look like this:Michigan Michigan St. Ohio St. Penn St. IndianaWisconsin Purdue NorthwesternUSCNavynon-division opponent xnon-division opponent y(theoretical east in bold, theoretical west in italic, non Big 10 normal)So it is possible for Notre Dame to maintain it's traditional USC and Navy rivalries in the Big 10, and still have room for a couple of snuff games. Congrats, Swarbrick. You've been pwned.(via The Chicago Tribune)

Could the Big 10 become the Fab 14? Or the Sweet 16?

Could the Big 10 become the Fab 14? Or the Sweet 16?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 17, 2009

So you're the Big 10, you've got to decide between Rutgers, Missouri, and Pittsburgh as the possible twelfth school in you're conference. Which one to ask?How about all three?The Big 10 is actually considering adding as many as three to five schools to the conference, if you believe and article posted on The Chicago Tribune's website. The Tribune quotes an unnamed source that "Anything is possible," when it came to the subject of expansion.Fourteen teams sounds like a lot. But with two divisions of seven, its feasible. There would still be room for a non-division game or two. Sixteen teams may be too many, unless the NCAA adds a game or two to the schedule.The other question this brings up is the possibility of other conferences joining in expansion. If the Big 10 added three teams how soon before the SEC and Big 12 followed? And would smaller conferences like the Big East and Mountain West survive the feeding frenzy? The landscape of college football might be considerably different from where it is now if the Big 10 goes beyond twelve teams.(via The Chicago Tribune)

Alabama fears 2010 bye weeks.

Alabama fears 2010 bye weeks.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 17, 2009

The website al.com Mal Moore, the athletics director at Alabama, has asked the SEC to look into the number of teams the Crimson Tide are scheduled to meet in in the future that will be coming off of buy weeks. Six of the eight SEC on Alabama's 2010 schedule have a bye week before facing the Tide.Moore is now amused by this situation. Two of Alabama's closest games this season came against Tennessee and Auburn, who were each coming off a but week. 'Bama sees the teams on the 2010 schedule as having an unfair advantage. The SEC has agreed to look into the situation., and could make alterations to the 2010 schedule.(via al.com)

Should the Big Ten look at Navy as 12th member?

Should the Big Ten look at Navy as 12th member?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 16, 2009

Dan Shanoff of The Sporting Blog gives his suggestion of which school should join the Big 10: Navy. Some of his arguements are serious ("Academic credentials are impeccable. Football program is solid."), some are less so ("Feds could use the BCS bowl revenue"). One arguement he doesn't make: Players at Navy aren't as likely to attack other students on campus.Plus, Navy has a national following, unlike a school like Rutgers. Though arguably Rutgers has a better shot because of it's proximity to the New York market (even if its in New Jersey).Shanoff says "If the Big Ten hates America, it will dismiss Navy's value to the conference. If it loves America, it will see Navy's obvious value and bring them in" Well we already know the Big 10 hates America. The conference is one of the biggest opponents to a playoff system.(via The Sporting Blog)

Rick Reilly  uses closed captioning as excuse to consume adult beverages

Rick Reilly uses closed captioning as excuse to consume adult beverages

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 16, 2009

In a sad, admitted excuse t0 get plastered, Rick Reilly sat in a bar looking for closed captioning flubs on the TV. This isn't an lame excuse to put adult beverages on Reilly's ESPN expense account, this is a cry for help,* if only for a problem with writer's block.Even sadder is some of the things on the closed-captioning he came up with. Ndamukong Suh was transformed into "INCOME CONGRESS SUE." And Mike Tomlin's (via Gladiator) now infamous "Unleash Hell in December" quote became "UNLEASH HOWL IN DECEMBER."Reilly tries to give the people writing the captions some slack. But on some level you expect them to try to do better. Closed captioning was created to help those who were hearing impaired, as opposed to giving joy to inebriated sports journalists. They really need to try a little harder to get it right the first time.(*And no, I am not seriously accusing Rick Reilly of having a problem with alcoholism. Living off the fumes of past glories? Well that's another question.)(via ESPN)

"Here comes Frenchie Claus, Here comes Frenchie Claus..."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 16, 2009

Don't be fooled by that man in the red suit. It is none other than the Mets' Jeff Francoeur handing out presents at the Mets' Christmas party for area school children in New York. He bringing lots of toys and goodies for the kids in the same way he that he was one of the few things to bring tidings of comfort and joy to Mets' fans this year. Which is in sharp contrast to his former team, the Braves, who deserve nothing but lumps of coal and switches for trading him for that worthless excuse of a carbon based life form, R**n Church. (Yeah, I guess that would make R**n Church a lump of coal on some level).The bad news, apparently previous Mets' playing Santa have run into bad luck in the following season . Hopefully Frenchie can prevent that from happening next season, and continue to prove that Terry Pendleton's incompetence as hitting coach was/is the problem.(via Can't Stop the Bleeding, New York Times )

Jason Garrett might not have the job security he thiks he does in Dallas

Jason Garrett might not have the job security he thiks he does in Dallas

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 15, 2009

It's been a(nother) long December for the Dallas Cowboys. And there's no reason to believe that maybe this season will end better than the last.* In other words, Wade Phillips is probably going to be updating his resume pretty soon. He's might not be the only one if Tim Cowlishaw has his way.It long been figured that Cowboys' offense coordinator Jason Garrett was heir apparent for the job Cowboys' head coach. He was hired by Jerry Jones even before he hired Wade Phillips, for cryin' out loud. Cowlishaw argues that Garrett's poor handling of the Cowboys' offense this year should be the main reason he shouldn't get the job. "Just getting rid of Phillips in order to raise Garrett's status to match his $3 million salary makes about as much sense as watching Nick Folk miss field goals on a weekly basis and deciding that the problem is the holder," Cowlishaw writes. "And the Cowboys already tried that, with costly results in a 3-point loss to San Diego." Ouch. Nice little back handed cheap shot at Tony Romo there.The good news for Cowboys' fans is that it does look like the Wade Phillips era is almost over in Dallas. The bad news is that the Jerry Jones Reign of Terror will continue for the near future. If Cowlishaw's lucky, he'll get his wish and Jason Garrett won't be head coach next year. On the other hand, he might end up with Charlie Weis or something more ludicrous than that. I hear Willie Martinez is available.*(Apologies to Counting Crows)(via Dallas Morning News)

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