Rivals.com has updated projections of what the BCS bowls might look like:BCS (alledged) Championship: Alabama vs. TexasRose Bowl: Ohio St. vs. OregonSugar Bowl: Cincinnati vs. FloridaFiesta Bowl: Boise St. vs. USCOrange Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. TCUUSC vs. Boise St.? OH PLEASE! OH PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN! That would be a more epic game than whatever championship game the Bowluminiati could ever come up with. Why? Because it could just turn out to be the ultimate "Put Up or Shut Up" game when it comes to schools like Boise St. A Boise win against USC might be the tipping point on whether the BCS finally bites the bullet and expands into the WAC and/or Mountain West.Sadly, that might also be the reason for this match-up doesn't happen, but it really needs to.(via Rivals.com)
The late great Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard once said "In the south there's a difference between 'Naked' and 'Nekkid.' 'Naked' means you don't have any clothes on. Nekkid' means you don't have any clothes on ... and you're up to somethin!" Well, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalezis up to somethin'. And yes, he's nekkid.It seems Gonzalez has gone where many a celebrity have gone before him: he gone and done an ad for PeTA in the buff. Yep Tony Gonzalez is one of them kind of fellas...a vegan. And he and his wife October (what January was taken? Oh wait, it was) have followed in the footsteps of Pamela Anderson and Eva Mendes is baring it all for America's most annoying animal rights group. It's another in a long series of anti-fur ads that PeTA is infamous for.The ad covers most of the unmentionable stuff up. And no, you don't get to see Gonzalez's tight...well, you know. And I'm sure Falcons' owner Arthur Blank and GM Thomas Dimitroff and really gonna love this kind of exposure.(via The Sporting Blog)
The hot choice to replace the still not fired Charlie Weis as Former Fighting Irish head coach seems to be Cincinnati's Brian Kelly. Jeff Schultz, columnist for the alleged newspaper The Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggests a possible alternate candidate: Georgia Tech's second year coach Paul Johnson.Oh child, please.It sounds like this idea is more trying to sell papers than any actual reporting. It is seriously doubtful that Notre Dame is going to be looking toward the North Avenue Trade School for a head coach again. Does the name George O'Leary ring a bell? Thought so.Johnson said he has no plans to leave Tech after only two years. Why should he? Most of the ACC is either a downward spiral or just spinning around delusionaly. The same could be said of Georgia Tech's in-state rival, UGA. Johnson is in a prime area for recruiting, and will probably steal as many blue chip recruits from Mark Richt this year as Lane Kiffin will. Thought so.Schultz should be ashamed of himself for even trying to pull a stunt like this.It sounds more like a feeble attempt to justify a paycheck than actual reporting.(via ajc.com)
If you watched the Real World: Brooklyn on MTV earlier this year you know about the story of Ryan Conklin, an Army vet who served in Iraq. While the show was being filmed, Ryan got word he was being involuntarily recalled to serve again in Iraq. It was one of the most emotionally powerful events in the show's history.Wednesday night MTV is showing Real World Presents:Return to Duty, which follows Ryan's transition from civilian life back to the military. It includes footage from Iraq recorded during Ryan's service there. (He's scheduled to return home early next year). The show's going to be on at 9:00 PM EST. Check it out.
Thanks for all those who have served our nation in times of war and peace.
Memphis Grizzlies center Hasheem Thabeet, the second overall draft pick in the 2009 NBA Draft got a broken jaw Tuesday night. Oh wait, it gets worse. He got it from colliding into his fellow teammate, forward Zach Randolph. First , the first overall pick Blake Griffith goes down, now Thabeet joins him. If I was James Harden, I'd be knocking on wood right now, and hoping to avoid another rolled ankle.(via Yahoo! Sports)
Hi, Superfrog. You're the mascot of TCU, this year's BCS buster darling that really isn't going to bust anything. Not even with those horns on your arms and legs. You're nest hope for the BCS championship is for Florida and Alabama to be abducted by giant cave spiders during the SEC Championship. I don't see that happening.Superfrog? I don't think so. Sorry, I'm not seeing any frog here. Not even a horned frog. I'd say you're more like a kiddie-fide version of Doomsday, the monster that "killed" Superman (he got better).I'll bet that Superfrog doesn't get a lot of dates. You think girls are going to want to make out with a guy with spikes on his arms and legs? Nah, I didn't think so. And seriously, the shimmel shirt doesn't help your chances there, either. Wearing that as everyday fashion went out in 1983. Going for the retro-tool look there, Superfrog?You're more lame than impressive there, Superfrog. In a sea of goofy mascots, you're more the flotsam or jetsam.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
"Mr. College Football" Tony Barnhart has his latest BCS Bowl projections up on ajc.com. It you're looking for exciting football match-ups, you may have to go somewhere else. Like Madden 2010.Barnhart's projections:BCS "Championship": Alabama vs. Texas.Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. IowaFiesta Bowl: USC vs. TCUSugar Bowl: Florida vs. CincinnatiRose Bowl: Ohio State vs. OregonThe sound you hear coming out of Bristol is ESPN execs banging their head against walls.(via ajc.com)
North Carolina opened up the 2009-2010 basketball season in style by beating Isiah Thomas and Florida International University 88-72. In the style of the 1957 Tar Heels, that is.As part of celebrating 100 years of Tar Heel basketball, North Carolina donned uniforms commemorating national championship teams of the past. They started out with honoring the 1957 championship team, which featured shorts with a red waistband and red trim on the neckline.The problem with the unis is the red waistband made it looked like the Heels' collective boxers were showing. Oh the other hand, the reminded me of Ferro Lad of the Legion of Super-HeroesI wonder if this makes Duke the Sun Eater? The Dookies probably hope so.(via Rivals.com)
ESPN showed on the Nov. 9 edition of the Monday Night Countdown program why it's the Worldwide Leader in Sports Lameness. To promote Tuesday night's 30 for 30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek, ESPN reunited the old CBS The NFL Today team of Brent Musburger, Phyllis George, and Irv Cross. What could have been a really cool segment turned into The Brady Bunch Movie, with the trio still acting like it 1985 (No sign of Bruce Springsteen or Madonna, though. Or Bowling for Soup, for that matter...thank goodness!). Tom Jackson and Chris Berman didn't help things much.If The NFL Today crew had just been brought on to talk about old times or reminisced about Jimmy the Greek or put into perspective how covering the NFL had changed since the 1980, it would have been a great segment. The chances of seeing these three together in one place on TV don't come around ofter. ESPN just plain blew it.The NFL Today reunion could have been a great segment. Getting cutesy ruined a really cool moment. It's another case of over-thinking at ESPN, or just plain non-thinking.
I was getting psyched to see the final table of the World Series of Poker on ESPN tonight, but Yahoo! has to go and spoil it for me. In it's infinite wisdom Yahoo! announced the winner of the WSOP in the headlines section of it's homepage, even thought it won't be televised until tonight at 9:00 PM on ESPN. Nice job there. I', sure ESPN is going to enjoy the loss of viewership because of this reveal. I know I'm less enthused of watching something I already know the outcome of.
Even before Navy beat Notre Dame for the second time in three years that calls for Charlie Weis' head coaching job came in. There was that goober at the start of the year who wasted paid money for that billboard mocking Weis' record if you recall. To be honest, its not looking too good for Weis keeping his job actually.But before deciding to hand Weis his walking papers, those in South Bend may want to take a look up north to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to see how firing Lloyd Carr has worked out. After a dance with Les Miles, the Wolverines had to settle with Rich Rodriguez. In paper hiring a coach on the rise who had taken West Virginia to new heights in the BCS era. Two years in, the program is nowhere near a Rose Bowl, and maybe nowhere near am Outback Bowl, either.In fact, Michigan could possibly be in competition with Notre Dame for replacing their head coach. The best guess is that Michigan will take another chance at Miles. Notre Dame might be looking at Miles too, for that matter. The wish list for both school probably would have a few names duplicated on each list.
NBC Washington is reporting that former baseball roid freak star Sammy Sosa has undergone a radical transformation. He's become...well, see for yourself:From the article:"Recent photos snapped of the former Chicago Cubs slugger show a shocking transformation: his skin is turning white -- stark white. In addition, he appears to be wearing green contact lenses, which is no big deal compared with the impossible-to-miss pigmentation change."(Insert Michael Jackson joke here. And no, not that one!)(Thanks to Royal Nonesuch at The Outhouse for pointing this NBC Washington story out.)
Want to keep track of Peyton Manning's march to the top of the NFL record books? The Indianapolis Star's website has a Manning Meter that marks 18 Chatterbox Left's place on the list of touchdowns, completions, passing yards and wins among the NFL's best. It also gives projections when Manning is expected to pass each quarterback. All except one, that is. It seems the leader in all four categories is a certain Cute Purple Dinosaur. And there's no telling when he's going to retire for good.(via The Indianapolis Star)
I'm seriously wondering if Rich Rodriguez is going to be back at Michigan next year. A few weeks ago I would've said the chances were above 75% at minimum that he'd be coaching the Wolverines for a third season. Now I'm not so sure.Purdue beat the Wolverines today 38-36. It was the first time since 1966 that the Boilermakers beat Michigan in the Big House. That's forty-three years ago. Barack Obama was five years old. The Monkees had the number one song with "Last Train to Clarksville." Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were hitting their stride on Fantastic Four. Detroit still mattered. That long ago.Things should be looking up for Michigan. Tate Forcier looks like he has what it takes to be a great quarterback, in college and the pros. The team's record has improved from last year's 3-9 disaster. But today was a setback. Even though the game was close, all the wind's been kicked out of Michigan's sails. The chances of a bowl game are slowly fading away. And possible NCAA sanctions over "practice-gate" aren't out of the question.As so might be Rich-Rod's chances of a third season as Michigan coach. Rodriguez wasn't Michigan's first choice as head coach. That was Les Miles. He bowed out in the midst of an BCS championship run in 2007. For some reason I picture Les Miles ruminating over Saturday's loss to Alabama while updating his resume, making sure there are no embarrassing George O'Leary-esque embellishments.In theory Rodriguez should get another shot at a winning season. But a good chance of losses against Wisconsin and Ohio State might be enough for some Michigan supporters. It might just be the right time to stop the bleeding.
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