Sometime Monday morning SWRT reached 2,000 hits. Thanks to everyone who has taken time to check the place out. This includes friends in real life and online, and those strangers who have kind of wandered on the site through a Google search or some other search engine. And for those hits I've gotten from places like India and Germany all I can say is...wow.SWRT hit 1,000 hits on November 11. It hit 2,000 on November 30. I wonder how long it will take to his 5,000?Anyway in the next few weeks expect a few end of the year shenanigans, a Christmas related post or two, and who knows what. Stay tuned.
Derek Jeter has gotten the nod for Sports Illustrated's 2009 Sportsman of the Year. Hard to say that there was a more worthy athlete for this honor than him this year. Tim Tebow might be a close second, but a lackluster close to his college football career may have done his chances in.The Yankees pretty much have been the sports story of the year. Everything from the new stadium to A*Rod's performance enhancing drugs use to winning the World Series has happened in 2009. And in the center of it all was Derek Jeter, the greatest Yankee of this generation.Jeter's numbers might be behind other Yankee players. But without a doubt he is the centerpiece of what could possibly become the next Yankee Dynasty What can be said of Jeter is that he is probably the player a lot of parents would want their son to grow up and be like.(via Sports Illustrated. Thanks to Frag It over at The Outhouse for pointing this one out.)
It's official. Charlie Weis is out as Notre Dame head football coach. Cue the Wagnerian music:The Twilight of the Dome has begun. If you see any giant serpents or ships made of fingernails making their way towards South Bend let me know. In the meantime, sit back and watch the Domers who ran Weis off choke on their own hubris as their dream coaches all turn down the chance to coach the Former Irish, and ND has to settle with some b-lister.(via New York Post, Deadspin,)
What the frak? Seriously. What. The. Frak? It looks like Hello Kitty got drunk and was knocked up by Captain Caveman (the Hanna-Barbera character, not Warming Glow and Kissing Suzy Kolber's resident Jarhead). This is what came out nine months later (or however long it takes furries to gestate).This is actually Quatchi, one of the mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouner, Canada. In case you couldn't tell by the name Quatchi is susposed to be a Sasquatch. Yeah, I'm gonna download in by skivvies if I see this goober in the forests of Canada. Seriously, you call that a Sasquatch? THIS is a Sasquatch:John Byrne >Whichever dang fool came up with Quatchi.Vancouver 2010's official website says Quatchi's dream is "To become a world-famous goalie," or at least the world's most famous goalie in Canada. Boy, he sure does look pretty imposing there in front of the net, doesn't he? I'll bet Alexander Ovechkin is shaking in his skates looking at this. Is party now indeed.I guess we could expect worse ideas for a mascot from Canada. Monte the French Canadian Maple Leaf maybe? Though maybe a sasquatch was a tad too cliche maybe. They should've gone with a Wendigo. Trust me, wendigo's are way cooler than sasquatches. Nine out of ten X-Men agree.(Two John Byrne references in one post. FTW.)(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier. Probably one or two to Marvel Comics also.)
Fanhouse's Terence Moore has a problem with the comments made by Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson after their surprise loss to Georgia Saturday night. Moore claims that Johnson's comments made it sound like the Yellowjackets were setting their "sights too low."Here's what Johnson said:"You can't let one game define a season. Our No. 1 goal is to try to win the ACC. We have an opportunity to play for that (next week against Clemson). Like I said, we're all disappointed. We all understand this is a big game. We all wanted to win the game. It just didn't happen, so you move on." Moore somehow took that on to mean that Georgia Tech wasn't trying to get higher in the BCS:A bigger game? If the Jackets say so. With that ACC championship game ahead on Saturday in Tampa, they finished the regular season at a pretty good 10-2 instead of an excellent 11-1 after lacking the mindset (I mean, every game is big for those who truly wish to win a national championship) and the run defense (339 yards rushing to an opponent that was averaging 140 yards rushing per game) against Georgia. As a result, the Jackets aren't poised anymore to challenge Texas and those other five teams that were ahead of them in the Bowl Championship Series standings.Uh, Terrence...this just in: The Jackets weren't in any position to challenge the teams ahead of them in the BCS before the game. Everybody ahead of them (all the undefeated teams) won their games. So one-loss Georgia Tech moving up wasn't really much of a possibility. They might have jumped Boise St. but that's about it.And G-Tech's BCS fate is pretty much sealed if they win the ACC Championship next week. They're automatically going to the Orange Bowl. There was no serious possibility for a BCS Championship in the cards. Unless major clusterflocks happen it will be Florida/Alabama vs. Texas for the BCS "Championship," with TCU still having a chance to be the BCS buster if Texas goes down.Logic has never been Terrence Moore's big strength. Everybody in Atlanta who read him in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution could tell you that. But this claim that Georgia Tech could've been a contender is a whole new level of illogical.(via Fanhouse)
Without an NFL team of its own to complain about, The Los Angeles Times ran an editorial piece about the Washington Redskins. Guess which tired argument it was making? Yep, it calling on Washington to drop the Redskins from it's "racist" name.Wait, it gets better. The Times even went as far to suggest Washington should just call themselves the "Washington Reds." Like a certain baseball team from Cincinnati is going to allow that to happen. Different sport, yes. But that doesn't matter in the anal landscape of modern day copyright protection. Besides, "Reds" has all sorts of connotations on either side of the political spectrum. They'd either be insulting commies or teabaggers.There are enough problems in California right now for The Los Angeles Times to focus on. Complaining about the Washington Redskins is totally unproductive. Besides, it's doubtful Daniel Snyder is listening. He doesn't listen to anybody else.(via Maynard Institute, Los Angeles Times)
Our long National Pastime nightmare may be over...but not yet. The Sporting News reports Bud Selig turned down an offer from a group of owners to remain as Dictator for Life Commissioner of Baseball after his current contract expires in 2012. The bad news in all of this is that we'll still have to deal with Selig until 2012. But at least there's a possible end to the MLB's downward spiral from cultural relevance.(via The Sporting News)
In its further retreat from cultural relevance, the NFL have named The Who as the act Super Bowl XLIV half given the halftime show to The Who. Or at least what's left of the most overrated band in rock history not named Pink Floyd. There might not be a band that has been more successful at living off it's own exhaust fumes than The Who has been able to do. It didn't take long before the band had started selling this "official" T-Shirt on it's website:Note: Two of the band members on this t-shirt won't be on the halftime stage in Miami, as they are both a tad bit dead.(via Can't Stop the Bleeding)
The University of Georgia has sent a strong message to PeTA: Go play dead.Well, that's at least what a lot of people would like Georgia to tell PeTA after the animal rights group suggested replacing the recently deceased UGA VII with an "animotronic dog.". That or drop a few lines from that Jay-Z song I suggested a couple of days ago.But actions speak louder than words. And UGA has spoken by naming UGA VII's half-brother Russ as the intirim mascot until a replacement for UGA VII can be found. This pretty much means PeTA dream to replace UGA with Dynomutt are pretty much shattered. But luckily for them Georgia may be needing to replace an offensive or defensive coordinator in the near future, if not both. And even a Slinky Dog would be a suitable replacement for Willie Martinez.(via Athens Banner-Herald)
Everyone's favorite Cute Purple Dinosaur told The Chicago Sun-Times that he of himself in Jay Cutler. Yes, you heard correctly. Brett Favre has given Cutler the Human Interception Machine his seal of approval.Yeah, I'm pulling the BS card out for this one. I'm sure it has absolutely nothing to do with both of them sharing the same agent (Bus Cook). No, absolutely nothing whatsoever.Does Favre really expect anybody to believe this? I believe this as much as I believed his last retirement was legit. Okay, they're he and Cutler are both from the gunslinger side of the quarterback tree. That doesn't really mean Cutler is Favre Jr.Then again, maybe Cutler reminds Favre of himself in his days as back-up quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. Back when Favre's partying led the Falcons management to believe he was a bust and traded him off to Green Bay. That one I could believe.(via The Chicago Sun-Times)
Here's a fun game for you. Try to figure out which of the following tweets are by two of the most infamous twitter feeds out there right now: Inside the BCS or by NotJayCutler. Click on the tweet to see if you're right, but don't cheat!1. The strong and understandable push for a playoff beyond 1 v 2 is proof positive of the gravitational pull of bracket creep.2. Can't decide how to wear my hat; foward (brim to the left) or backward (brim to the right).3. In 08, the 8-8 Chargers made the playoffs but 11-5 Patriots and 9-7 Jets didn't.4.@adam_schefter Am I playing this week? Urlacher wants to go to the Hatebreed show in Milwaukee on Saturday and we don't want to drive back.5. #imthankfulfor Signing a contract extension at the beginning of the season.6. More than any other sport, the regular season is the most critical in college football. Each week matters. That's a great strength.7. Vince Young and I have a lot in common. We both replaced alcoholics and we love white women.8. Of course Cincy is AQ - up late reading all the tweets. Sorry Bearcats and Big East.9. Haven't yet seen a way to create a playoff without some sort of poll or ranking system. Hoops can invite 64 - tough for FBS.10. I'm pretty bummed about all this criticism. I don't even have the desire to go to Hooters tonight.Yeah, I kind of hard to tell, both ooze of Massengill.
No sooner had Washington Wizards' owner Abe Pollin passed on were that people were calling for the team's name to be changed back to the Washington Bullets. Sheesh, D.C., can we get some breathing room before silly stuff like this can start up?A few years back Pollin was asked by a fan about the name change.Delgardo Franklin – District Heights, MD: I'm a life-long Bullets/ Wizards Fan. What was the rationale, if any, for the team name change? Abe Pollin: It has been awhile since I have been asked this question. Believe me when I say it was not an easy decision. I won a World Championship under the name Bullets. However, too often during the mid to late ‘90s, I would hear the word “bullets” associated with guns and violence instead of my basketball team. While the name was longstanding, I finally reached a point that I was simply tired of the association between the two. Then, my good friend, Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated in Israel. That was the final straw. It was time to change names. With regard to the name “Wizards,” we held a three-tiered contest to determine a new name. The name “Wizards” was selected by the fans and has adorned our uniforms since that time. There is a huge difference between personal conviction and political correctness. Personal conviction is based on what the individual's own beliefs what of right and wrong are. Political correctness is more about groupthink as opposed to the individual's beliefs. It would seem that the affect of Rabin's murder on Pollin had more to do with the name change than the banalities of political correctness. Changing the name back from the Wizards to the Bullets may be reverse political correctness at best.Old time Wizards'/Bullets' fans may not like the name change, but that's not who Ted Leonsis Pollin's probable successor as the Wizards' owner, should listen to. The name change was because of Pollin's personal convictions. Leonsis should honor those convictions and the reasons behind them.(via Mr. Irrevelant, NBA.com)
Happy Thanksgiving to everybody! I truly am thankful for everyone who's checked SWRT out. There have been over 1600 hits, from places as far as Great Britain, Benin, Germany, and South Korea.Here's a little Thanksgiving song for you all.Well, at least it's a song about Turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving, HokeyBird. Oh, don't look so suprised. Even a casual visitor to this blog could have figured out you'd be the target for today's entry. What, you expected me to go after CavMan today or something? (Don't worry, he's gonna get his sooner or later).You're really a leftover (OOPS! Did I say leftover? My bad) from the days when Virginia Tech teams were called the Gobblers. According to legend has less to do with turkeys than it does to how the athletes ate their food...they gobbled it up. The team was called the Gobblers until football coach Bill Dooley changed the name to the Hokies (an early 20th century term from a team cheer c. 1896) because he plum didn't like it. Imagine that. Your team's name gets changed because your new coach is anal. Imaging if Lane Kiffin tried that stunt at Tennessee. Wait, let's not give him ideas.Anyhow for a turkey you're pretty hefty looking. I'll bet you're invited over forto dinner a lot. Yeah, a lot of the Hokie faithful would just love to have you at the table. You're very popular so I guess you have a real recipe for success. (OOPS! did I say recipe?) You sure do add flavor to...Dang! there I go again!Aw, forget it. MOM! When do we eat?(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
It's still not quite Thanksgiving yet and I'm already tired of one kind of turkey: sports turkeys. These is the annual lists created by unimaginative sports talk hosts needing to fill space. They really don't accomplish much, other than providing more embarrassment for some sports personalities that really didn't need it.Is it that hard to come up with interesting things to say on the day before Thanksgiving? It wouldn't be so bad if more than one or two outlets were doing it. But it seems every one has a turkey list. The usually more creative Pardon The Interruption did their take Wednesday afternoon. Not to be outdone, David Flemming also has his own turkey list over at ESPN.com. Sports Illustrated has an entire sports turkeys slide show. And over at FOX Sports.com, Mark Kriegel comes up with his list of coaching turkeys. Bah Humbug. (I know, wrong holiday. Ask me if I care.)Sports Turkey lists are one Thanksgiving tradition that needs to put on the chopping block. Believe it or not, there's a lot of good stuff in sports to be thankful for. So wasting a good five minutes or so of everyone's lives really isn't needed this time of year.(via ESPN.com, SI.com, FOX Sports.com)
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