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)
It's the dumbest storyline coming out of Super Bowl XLIV, so Dan Wetzel obviously had to do a column about it. Yep, it's time for the boring onslaught of "Who's Archie Manning rooting for in the Super Bowl?" time. Will it be Number One Son Peyton, or his old team the New Orleans Saints?Here's the words from The Man himself:“I’m pulling for the Colts, 100 percent,” Manning said. “One-hundred percent. That’s not close.”End of story. Put your laptops down, sportswriters.Seriously, does anybody think Archie's rooting for anyone besides his main gravy train? Peyton's the main reason Archie keeps showing up in commercials. It's not because of his years with the Saints.Sadly, that's not going to be the case. The number of sports goobers who are going to pull this topic out of their rear is going to be numerous. Every one of them should get their credentials yanked if they bring it up. That and their Super Bowl XLIV press passes too.(via Yahoo! Sports)
Forget about the Mayan Calendar and the Prophecies of Nostradamus. It's the Super Bowl that foretells the end of the world. And the bad news is that time's just about up. You just have to see this one to believe it, folks.That's just part two. Part one of this is just as bonkers, but not Super Bowl related.Maybe they should've gotten R.E.M. to perform the halftime show this year. "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" is beginning to sound more and more appropriate, especially with all of the NFL's unsettled labor issues and the possible uncapped season.(via You Tube)
The Annual Brett Favre Retirement Two-Step isn't even twenty-four hours old, and the sports mediots are already acting silly. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz is already speculating that the Vikings might look at Michael Vick as Favre's replacement.Please. Kill. Me. Now.Any smart person could tell you that Vick isn't what he used to be. Even then, he was more smoke than fire. Any attempt to make Vick a starting QF again has to be filed under the title of "desperation move." It's a move to be expected from a team with nothing to lose like the Raiders of Bills, not a team that was oh-so-close to the being the NFC representative to the Super Bowl.The Vikings' chances of a repeat NFC Championship visit pretty much depend on Favre coming back next year. The more logical outcome of another Farve retirement limbo will be Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels fighting for the starting QB job. With Brad Childress hoping that Favre changes his mind once again.(via ajc.com)
I hate to say it, but expect Super Bowl coverage to take a Hurricane Katrina vs. Haiti angle and blow it completely out of proportion. On one hand there's the New Orleans' Saints. It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina, but don't think the media's going to let people forget that. (And expect that kind of coverage to get worse as the anniversary of Katrina pounding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast gets closer.) On the other hand, Pierre Garcon (pictured)presence on the Colts were certainly warrant mentioning of Haiti's efforts to recover from the earthquake.While not trying to trivialize these horrible events, the media in all probability will draw on them for storylines going into Super Bowl XLIV. With it usually comes the heavy-handedness when sports and "the outside world" collide. This can sometimes lead to great events being exploited and minor personal tragedies getting overblown (pick and Olympic athlete profile. Any Olympic athlete profile).It would be nice if the media could go easy on connecting Katirna and Haiti too the Super Bowl more than those events already are. They can't be ignored, and there's still a lot of work to be done in those areas. In the end Super Bowl XLIV will be about two teams. It won't be a referendum on tragic events or the triumphs of the spirit that have overcome them.
It's seriously time for Bobby Knight (left) to retire the sweater. Or at least wear a sport coat over it. People get that the v-neck was his trademark outfit while coaching. But now that he's at ESPN doing the play-by play with Brent Musburger, It just doesn't look too cool. I get the joke, it's just not funny anymore.Let's be honest for a moment. The sweaters look a little frumpy. They don't look like kind that's found at Brooks Brothers. They look more like they're from Sears. Or worse, Aramark.Knight really needs to consider dressing it up a little more. .The v-neck at courtside was a cute trademark look. But if Michael Phelps was doing commentary for a swim meet, would you expect him to be wearing a Speedo? Probably not.The announcer's table or in the studio at ESPN is a little more of a dress up thing, at least in prime time or on Sportscenter. Mike and Mike may dress casual for the morning simulcast, but when they do Sportscenter, they're both in suit and tie. Knight needs to consider that. Nobody would blame him for going a little classier look for TV. They might even thank him for it.ESPN should at least try to get some classier looking sweaters. Heck, Knight could make a killing with his own line of them.
Least shocking news of the day: Urban Meyer will be coaching Florida spring football practice. If there are any doubts left that Meyer won't be back for the 2010 season put them away now. Meyer's health may still be an issue, but how could he not return with most of Florida's rivals in such disarray? Tennessee's a mess. Georgia's a slightly less smaller mess. LSU fans are about ready to run Les Miles out on a rail. And as for that in-state rival FSU...well, I wouldn't be planning any major long-term plans if I were Jimbo Fisher.Who else is happy with this news? Lee Corso. His job is apparently safe for another year.(via ajc.com)
Ever wondered what a Lane Kiffin-Derek Dooley meet-up might look like? Well, as luck would have it, The Lane Kiffin Show oh YouTube has made your dreams come true. If your dreams pictured Kiffin and Dooley looking like Playmobil figures, that is.And no, I don't know why Kiffin is nekkid. And I really don't want to know either.
He hasn't been a graduate of Florida for even a month, and what does Tim Tebow do? Show up in a video pimping another college!It would seem that with those silly little NCAA amateur rules out of the way, the Tim Tebow Victory Tour for Fun and Profit is on. The first scheduled stop: Nashville's Lipscomb University on April 17 for an event called the Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. Tickets for the school National Bison Club on January 25, with the leftovers going on sale to the general public on February 15. It's not quite The National Press Club, but everybody's got to start somewhere.Here's how Lipscomb is promoting this event:I'd use this time to say "(Insert obvious joke here)," but Deadspin already has.Here's the fun part of this story; Tebow shows up in a video promoting the event on Lipcomb's web site wearing a Lipsomb purple and yellow t-shirt. (Insert irony here, LSU fans) Luckily for Tebow, Lipscomb University isn't allowing this little gem to be embeddable. Otherwise it would be dynamite in the hands of Tebow (and Gator) haters everywhere.(via Deadspin)
His name was Prince, and he was funky. His lyrics were raunchy enough to freak out Tipper Gore. Not he's become a sad, twisted, shell of his former self. No longer funky, and even worse...he's a Vikings fan.Apparently Prince's support of the team goes farther than just showing up at last Sunday's playoff win against the Cowboys. His (former) Royal Badness has written a song in honor of the team titled "Purple and Gold." The full song is posted over at the Vikings' official website.The song can best described in two words: Purple lame. The lyrics are worse than your high schools lame as frak alma mater. And the music sounds like a fife and drum marching band. Prince sings it in a falsetto voice that just cries out "weenie" instead of "Bad Motherlover Football Team Headed for the Super Bowl" The Super Bowl Shuffle" it's not. It's not even the "Electric Glide," for crying out loud.(via myfox9.com)
Leave it to Nike to try to fix something that probably didn't need fixing in the first place. Spartan Football reports that Nike teamed up with Michigan State to update the Spartans' logo. The result which has been leaked:The current logo is on the left, the Swoosh-generated logo is on the right.For some reason, the new logo reminds me more of X-Men arch-enemy Magneto than Michigan State. It's more abstract, and without the gradient divided up like the current version it's harder to recognize it as a helmet on first glance. The old version looks more like a classical idea of an classical Greek helmet, and is easier to figure out. Orson Swindle at EDSBS is less gracious, and compares the design to a horseshoe crab.As for the Michigan St. fan base reaction. Not so hot. There's the obvious anti-new logo group on Facebook, with over 6,400 members. Pretty impressive for a Facebook group a day or two old.The new logo is reported to be officially rolled out in April. Long enough for Spartan fans to either get used to it or force alterations in the design. Probably more of the former.(via Spartan Nation,EDSBS)
Jim Boulton (picture), major league pitcher and author of the infamous tell-all book Ball Four, has a bone to pick with modern-day home run hitters. In an interview with Shotgun Spratling of The Blue Workhorse, Boulton complained about the drama hitters have injected in their running of the bases. And no, he wasn't talking about steroids."I wish the players today were more respectful of the game, were more humble. Not so into themselves. When Mickey Mantle hit a home run, he put his head down and ran around the bases as fast as he could so as to not show up the pitcher, went in the dugout, and sat down. Now, a guy hits a home run, oh my goodness, his hands go up in the air, he's going around the bases, he just found a cure for cancer you'd think. He takes his time. He's pointing to the sky. He's kissing jewelry. Gets to the guys in the dugout, he takes a big bow. Then he goes in to sit down. Then he has to come out for a curtain call...and this is all in the second inning! "I don't know who these guys think they are. They're just baseball players, and home runs have been hit before. I don't like the over-inflated thoughts of themselves that you have with today's athletes. There's just no humility what-so-ever; no self-awareness; no modesty. There's just no respect for the game or the opposing team. If they did that in my day, the next time up, he'd be on his ass. Believe me, he wouldn't be doing that any more. (Bouton chuckles.)(via The Blue Workhorse)
It looks like Ruffin McNeil has landed on his feet. Joe Schad reports via Twitter that East Carolina is set to name the former Texas Tech defense coordinator as the its new head coach. ECU must have been impressed at McNeil's job as interim Texas Tech coach in the Alamo Bowl, where he stood in for Mike Leach.Let's soak in the irony for a moment. McNeil, who stood in for Leach after the Adam James fiasco, is replacing Skip Holtz. Holtz left ECU to replace Jim Leavitt at USF. who was fired for allegedly going Bobby Knight on one of his players. Holtz was also the SWRT choice for the Texas Tech job.On top of that McNeil is going to a team nicknamed the Pirates. His ex-boss has a notorious obsession with pirates. It's funny how things turn out, isn't it?(via Joe Schad's Twitter)
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