There is a thread woven through the hubris that is Notre Dame's firing of Charlie Weis. It is something heard from the lowliest Domer to Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick: The final nail in Charlie Weis coffin was the loss to Navy. That loss seems to have more sticking power than the losses to Connecticut and Stanford that followed it. Nothing was worse than losing to Navy.Memo to Domers: Get over yourselves.Domers are acting like losing to Navy was worse than anything else on the planet. Losing to Navy is worse than your dog getting run over. It worse than your losing your job. It's worse than losing your girlfriend to the Trekkie next door.Domers act like Navy is the worst team in the world to lose to. Too bad the facts don't match up to their delusions of grandeur Navy are 8-4 so far this year. The odds are pretty good this year that will end up 9-4 after this weekend's game against Army. They'll all set to face a Big 12 opponent in the Texas Bowl in Houston on New Year's Eve.This isn't part of a trend, by the way. This will be Navy's seventh winning season in a row. Second year head football coach Ken Niumatalolo has pretty much picked up what Paul Johnson built up when he left for Georgia Tech (Yeah Domers, that Paul Johnson. The one that was allegedly on your wish list until G-Tech gave him an extension). And that's seven seasons of at least eight or more wins. Sure Navy had a long streak of insignificance before that. But that's no excuse for not giving them credit for turning things around.By the way Domers, stop treating Navy like the plague in the first place. The Midshipmen are going to school to do a job your precious little Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate don't have the guts to do...serve their country in a time of war. Many Midshipmen have risked their lives serving their country. At least one former Navy football player was killed in action in Iraq.So Domers, man up and quit whining about losing to Navy. Do you think Florida threw a massive hissy-fit when they lost to Georgia a few years back? (Ole Miss, yes. But, that's another story) Quit acting like losing to Navy was the worst thing that could have happened to your precious little team. There's not a nobler or more honorably team that you lost to this year.(One more thing: Here's a link to the JP Blecksmith Leadership Foundation, which honors the Midshipman player I mentioned in passing.)
The Bobby Bowden era at Florida State is all but over but the press conference. A season-long war of words over Bowden's future surrounding a 6-6 season is probably not the ending either party would have liked, but this is how it turned out."Hubris" gets a lot of use around here, but somehow with the Bowden situation it fits. Bowden probably could have retired on top years ago without anybody questioning his greatness. But his constant chasing Joe Paterno for all-time winningest FBS coach became became more of a farce as it went along. At times it seemed Bowden put the chase before what was good for the program. Keeping Jeff Bowden as offensive coordinator didn't help things either.Somehow I don't think the Jimbo Fisher era is going to last as long as the thirty-three or so year run of Bowden. He might get five years at best to turn the program around, if that.
Alledged "Mr. College Football" Tony Barnhart tried to come up with a scenario where Florida and Alabama faced each other in a rematch for the BCS "championship." But honestly, it wasn't a real good one.Basically Barnhart's argument falls on two factors a)Texas losing to Nebraska in the Big 12 championship, and b)The loser of SEC Championship not dropping too far in the polls.Not enough in my book. The only possible way I see a rematch happening is if Alabama beats Florida, and Texas loses to the 'Huskers. If both Alabama and Texas lose, it might pave the way for TCU. Maybe. If 'Bama loses and Texas wins, it'll be Gators vs. Longhorns.(via Atlanta-Journal Constitution)
SEC Championship Week is here. Expect loads of tributes to Tim Tebow from here on, especially if the Gators win Saturday night. Sadly, expect to see one or two like this:Me and God are gonna have a long talk about posting this one someday. It's so wrong, but you'll probably see worse.(via YouTube)
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.
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