Sports Illustrated reports that the University of Wisconsin is severing it's business relationship with Nike due to the company's business practices in Honduras. The school wasn't happy when two Honduran factories that produced apparel for Nike were closed in January, 2009, without the employees receiving any severance pay. While the factories were not owned by Nike, the University requires "companies licensed to use its logos responsible for the actions of subcontractors." When Nike failed to address the situation in manor satisfactory to Wisconsin, the university decided to cut ties with the company.(via Sports Illustrated)
Billy Butler has a hard life. Not only is he doomed to be a member of the Kansas City Royals, but dangit, he can't even get a decent haircut. "Wife tried to help with brutal haircut. Was looking good until she noticed a spot she missed forgot guard and chunk GONE...had to buzz it." "My wife felt so bad bout the hairdo(n't)She even said "I think it makes you LOOK faster...more aerodynamic." I know its brutal but come on.."@JanaCorrie Well, I paid $13 for a bad haircut...wife just tried to fix it. Before I was sporting bald I was sporting a flat top army style!As you can tell from the image above, Butler looks like he just left the barber shop at Parris Island (at least head-wise. The goatee is another story). The good news it will grow out in a week or two. The bad news is that Butler will still be a Royal.(via Walkoff Walk, Billy Butler's Twitter)
A couple of days ago SWRT featured an image on the back cover of ESPN the Magazine with Jimmy Clausen transformed into one of Avatar's Na'vi aliens. Well, now there's a front cover with the "real life" Clausen to go with it. Here's what the front cover with the real Clausen looks like:And here's the aforementioned Avatar version:Honestly, it's not much of an improvement(via ESPN.com)
Tim Tebow will be gracing the cover of EA Sports' NCAA Football 11 video game. Tebow spent a day recently in Orlando at EA Sports' studio for a photo shoot and getting a chance to check out the forthcoming game. He also got a chance to speak with Donny Moore, the Madden NFL 11 "ratings guru" about his Tebowness' video game appearance in that game. Here are a couple of photos via ESPN's Jon Roninson. Whatdayamean I can't have John 3:16 written on my eyeblack?!? (I was going to make some slightly inappropriate comment here, but the image just kinds of speaks for itself)(via Only Gators Get Out Alive, ESPN)
The latest commercial for Reebok's Zig Tech shoe features Pittsburgh Penguins and Canadian Olympic Hockey star Sydney Crosby. This comes hot off the heels of an ad featuring Chad [JOHNSON].The music in the Crosby ad is only slightly less annoying than the kiddie singing in the Chad [JOHNSON] ad, which is so evilly catchy that it just might be the Anti-Life Equation.(via Sportress of Blogitude, Puck Daddy)
The following is apparently a promo that the Pittsburgh Pirates are showing between innings at PNC Park.It would be nice to say that at least the Pirates were trying, but they're not. Look at all the elements of this promo: The cheesy late-Eighties style animation. The sorry music. The Freudian hot dog and bun duo sadly trying to recreate a classic movie intermission moment (the one used in the drive-in scene in Grease, if you're not old enough to actually remember when movies theaters had such things). The lines "It's time to shoot some hot dogs," and "Catch yourselves some meat" that sounds more appropriate for Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild.All around fail. "Shoot some hot dogs?" It's more like the Pirates are shooting themselves in the foot...again.(via Walkoff Walk, With Leather)
If everything goes as expected, Geno Auriemma and the U-Conn Huskies will clinch their second NCAA women's basketball tournament in a row, complete with a second unbeaten season. What will Auriemma do for an encore? Deadspin's Drew Magary agrees with a reader that it's time for him to jump to coaching men's basketball. In one of the few profanity-less parts of the article, Magary says...There is NOTHING left for Geno Auriemma to do at the women's level of basketball. He's already the best women's coach of all time (you can say Pat Summit is, except that I don't care enough to argue). What would five more undefeated seasons do for his legacy?It's hard not to argue with him. There's really nothing Auriemma hasn't done in women's college basketball. The only places to go from here sports-wise would be the WNBA (which on some level could be seen as a step down), or to jump over to coach players with y-chromosomes. Odds are though that he'll stick with coaching the U-Conn women.(via Deadspin)
ESPN The Magazine has teamed up with the makers of Avatar to transform Jimmy Clausen into a Na'vi.This will be the on back cover of ESPN The Magazine's 2010 NFL draft preview issue, which apparently will mirror the front cover of the real Jimmy Clausen. It's not like a stunt like this isn't unexpected from the WWL, but the choice of Clausen to get the treatment is a little underwhelming. Sam Bradford, the probable Number One draft pick would have been a more logical choice for the Na'vi treatment. Ndmukong Suh as a Na'vi would have been more intimidating. And Tim Tebow as a Na'vi would have been just too perfect. Clausen? Meh. This is the blue creature Clausen reminds me of:(via Kissing Suzie Kolber, PFT)
And now your NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Champions"Duke was the kind of team that rooted for the bad guys in the movies"
Nike has signed Tim Tebow to a $300,000 endorsement contract. While that pretty low compared to the reported $90 million dollar deal Nike signed with LeBron James in 2003, it is pretty notable for an athlete who may not even be a first round draft pick in the NFL.Tebow's number one spank supporter on the internet, Dan Shanoff puts it this way:This is unprecedented. It is unprecedented for a rookie coming into the NFL who will, more likely than not, be a 2nd-round pick to get a monster endorsement deal from a Nike. It will be the biggest shoe/apparel deal that any NFL rookie in 2010 will sign. Including Sam Bradford.But that's not where it ends: Not only will Tebow get the Nike deal, but he will get the EA deal (inevitably), as he will get the Gatorade deal. And that's just the obvious ones. Then there's the vitamin. The watch. The credit card. The automobile.The number of endorsement deals Tebow gets may make headlines. But its the numbers and headlines Tebow makes on the gridiron that will matter. And those are the ones that will prove or disprove if all those endorsement deals will turn out to be money well spent.(via TIMTEBLOG)
Al Iannazzone of The Record is reporting that the New Jersey Nets want to lure Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to the NBA. The Nets' soon-to-be owner, Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov is supposedly ready to hand Coach K somewhere between $12-$15 million dollars to join the Nets. Krzyzewski already said he wasn't interested in the job earlier this year. Whether possibly winning another NCAA Championship Monday would change his mind is unknown.(via Nets Daily, NorthJersey.com)
Steven Tyler performed "God Bless America" in Fenway Park for the 2010 Opening Day game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. It may have been the worst rendition of a patriotic song in a baseball park since Rosanne Barr butchered the Star Spangled Banner.Maybe Aerosmith do have a point in trying to replace him.And if that weren't enough, the Sox brought in Neil Diamond to perform "Sweet Caroline" live for the Red Sox Nation.I may go Nick Swisher and yell out "No way, dude!" when I hear "Sweet Caroline" now.Mind you, Boston took the lead after Tyler's performance, so probably won't be much complaining in Boston of the performance (if they hold on).
I hope you have a Happy Easter, and that the Easter Bunny/Beagle remembers to shower you with Chocolate bunnies and Cadbury Creme Eggs.In the meantime, I have good news. The Gus Johnson Soundboard is back up and running! No word how it happened. Let's just hope it's there for the NCAA Championship Monday.(via Deadspin)
Via the crew over at Walkoff Walk, here's a Sports Illustrated commercial featuring Kansas City Royal's relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry from 1986. Which was back in the day when both the Kansas City Royals an Sports Illustrated still mattered.With Hot Tub Time Machine the rage, you could imagine what athletes might do with a time machine. Think about it, with a Hot Tub Time Machine, Dale Earnhardt Jr. , for example, could go back tell himself that trying an American LeMans Series race might not be a good idea. (One of these days I'm going to write on my theory on how Jr's racing problems are all psychologically related back to that race. Just not today). Bill Buckner could go back to 1986 to tell himself to keep his legs together. Mark Chmura could go back and tell himself to stay out of hot tubs with high school girls. Imagine the possibilities.(via Walkoff Walk)
Remember the story Thursday that The San Francisco Giants were going to give out Tim Lincecum bobbleheads, and that six of them would have real human hair? Well guess what? Seems that Big League Stew got the story wrong.The bobblehead dolls will have synthetic hair, not anything remotely resembling human hair. And apparently all the dolls will have hair, not merely six of them. Six is actually the number of bobblehead giveaways the Giants will have this season.Big League Stew is reporting this as an error on their part, and not any sort of April Fools Joke. I'm not sure whether to be relieved, disappointed, or embarrassed (since I blogged on it that the story was wrong.(via Big League Stew)
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