Last week The Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Jeff Schultz brought up the possibility (all the while claiming to dispell it) of Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson as a candidate for the Notre Dame head coaching job currently held by Charlie Weis. This week, Schultz's partner in mediocrity Mark Bradley gives the "5 reasons Paul Johnson isn't going to Notre Dame." Reason Number Five: "Notre Dame once hired a coach From Tech." Gee, a narcissistic blogger could have pointed that out. Oh wait...(via ajc.com)
From Online Athens comes this clip of the Georgia Bulldogs football team jumping off a diving platform.It seems like the perfect metaphor for this season.(via Online Athens)
Jason Whitlock hasn't met a Twinkee he didn't like. But at least he admits it in his column where he blames Kansas Coach Mark Mangino's anger problems on his weight. Still there's a lot of Mangino:Pot Whitlock: Belly going on.Whitlock's educational and professional background does not appear to include a vast history in the psychological field, but here's a question he should ponder. Are Mark Mangino's weight issues the cause of his mental state, or is his mental state causing his weight issues? Interesting idea there. It's a mental health professional's job to diagnose that, not a journalist.( KansasCity.Com)
Smokey IX here is a bluetick coonhound. I'd be blue too if I had to go around in public dressed like this. A dog wearing a tablecloth? Seriously? Is that the best Tennessee can do? Look, at least Georgia went out and got UGA his own little football jersey. What's the deal here? Is Tennessee trying to convince Smokey here that he's a racehorse or something? Yeah, he'll do well against Rachel Alexandra I'll bet.You have to feel bad about Smokey IX. His predecessor, Smokey VIII, got to hang out with Peyton Manning and saw the Vols win a "National Championship". Smokey IX? He gets to hang out with Jonathan Crompton and gets to watch the fallout of Vols players getting arrested. . I'd be blue about that too.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
Pardon the Interruption, but Michael Wilbon says that Rich Rodriguez's days at Michigan are about over. His reasoning behind this assertion? A talk with someone "affiliated" with Rich-Rod. Wilbon went on to say this source "played for Rich Rod." No word if this is a current of former player.(via Detroit Free Press)
The headline to Terence Moore's latest Fanhouse column is "Memo to BCS Bashers: Stop Whining." He then precedes to go through the tired old mantra of why the Bowl Championship is working. Here's what Moore doesn't get: it's not.Sure, whoever Number One and Number Two are at the end of the year will play for the BCS Championship. The problem is with all those other games. It's called the Bowl Championship Series. The purpose of it, as stated on the BCS's website is "to assure a match up between the top two teams — correcting a major flaw in the bowl system — while maintaining and enhancing the traditional bowl system that's nearly 100 years old." It's that last part where the BCS has been getting wrong.In the past few years the BCS Bowls leading up to America's Favorite Fictional National Championship haven't been really much to call home about. The last huge game was probably the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where Boise State beat Oklahoma (maybe the Game of the Decade). Other than that the BCS Bowls have been fair to middling.The Problem is the Bowl Committees are extremely territorial. Most of them have one conference or another pretty much wrapped up every year. And the result are some really lame match ups. Remember in 2008 where Rose Bowl featured with USC and Illinois, and the Sugar Bowl had Georgia facing Hawaii? How many people would have rather seen USC play UGA? Everybody that turned those games off or just plain didn't watch.There's a reason the BCS Bowls are moving from FOX to ESPN in 2011: the ratings. If Rupert Murdoch had wanted to outbid ESPN he would have. Instead, several BCS Games will beMaybe a baroque playoff system is too much for ask for at the moment. But could the BCS at least make some movement toward playoffs, however illusionary?Here's what is needed right now: A guaranteed face-off between the third and fourth place teams in the BCS poll. Put it on in prime time on New Years Day and fans will have a reason to gather around the TV that night.Moore doesn't seem to see the absolute flaw in the BCS. It provides a Champion (no matter how questionable it can be at times), but it doesn't do a good job at providing a complete package of quality games at the end of the college football season. If it did, it wouldn't be facing a future on basic cable.(via Fanhouse)
There's nothing better in the morning than waking up to a rumor about Notre Dame replacing Charlie Weis. This ones a doozy: Fanhouse reports on a story that Bob Stoops could Oklahoma for Notre Dame. Please Kill Me Now.Just because 2009 has been an annus horriblis for Stoops and the Sooners it doesn't mean that he's ready to jump ship. Stoops' chances at a BCS title/bowl game in 2010 are better at OU than they ever will be at ND. And as much as Domers want to believe otherwise, it's going to be that way for years to come.(via Fanhouse)
An internal audit by the University of Michigan has discovered Rich Rodriguez didn't file papers regarding how much time his players dedicated to football. This after some of his players accused him of violating NCAA time limits for football related training. Oops! Even worse. The audit looked at seven different Wolverine men's and women's sports. Only the football program was lacking in keeping time records. It's not quite a smoking gun, but if UM loses to Ohio State in might be enough for some to call for his job.(via Rivals.com)
If you're a college or pro football fan hoping to find that Chucky wearing a visor and polo shirt in your team's colors you're out of luck. Everybody's favorite ex-Buccaneers coach (at least the one not named Tony Dungy) has inked a long term deal with ESPN to stick with Monday Night Football. Oh well, at least we still have Lane Kiffin to kick around. Then again, the phrase "long term contract" in sports doesn't really mean much anymore, does it?(via The Sporting Blog)
Sad news to report out of Alabama. Taylor Fortinberry has announced the retirement of his J.T. Bowtie character.I honestly half expected this to be a load of bull. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Bama-banged, sunglasses wearing fratboy made another appearance. In other words, don't hold your breath that this is the last we see of Mr. Fortinberry's alter.Still, it does give me an excuse chance to honor the passing of a modern day folk character:Goodbye J.T BowtieThough I never knew you at allYou had the grace to hold yourselfWhile those playing 'Bama crawledYou out of the woodworkAnd you yelled into our brainsThey set you on the treadmillAnd they made you change your nameAnd it seems to me you lived your lifeLike a fratboy in the windNever knowing who to cling toWhen the death threats set inAnd I would have liked to have known youBut I was just a bloggerYour candle burned out long beforeYour legend ever did
Michigan lost another game, this time to Wisconsin. The Wolverine Nation is not going to be amused by this one. One more loss and UM can kiss the postseason bowl games goodbye. The bad news is UM has one last game, and it's to Ohio State.Even worse for Michigan, Rich-Rod and Tate Forcier aren't seeing eye to eye reportedly. Forcier's had to deny rumors he wants to transfer, in fact. He really needs to stick around. With luck he'll be playing for Les Miles in a year or so. Maybe sooner.(via Detroit Free Press)
Someone paid $5,250 for an absolutely obscure Atari 2600 video game on e-bay. Apparently "The Music Machine", described as a knockoff of Kaboom!, was a game aimed at the Christian market and only sold in Christian bookstores (sort of like how the the Guitar Hero knockoff Guitar Praise is sold today). Thus finding one in mint condition (still wrapped in plastic no less) is pretty rare. Either this means the recession is really over, or someone with money wants in rub it in everyone's face.(via plugged in)
The epic opera known as Die FlerderWeis isn't quite over yet, but there's a plus-sized lady wearing a viking helmet at the edge of the stage waiting for her cue. The Fighting Former Irish of Notre Dame lost to Pittsburgh 27-22. The Irish faithful, possibly the most delusional fanbase north of the Mason-Dixon line, are clearly going to want Charlie Weis fired after this. The sad part is that in all probability Weis gets fired, gets replaced by the coach de jour, and and the tragic operatic cycle of The Golddomedammerung will begin again.
Memo to the World Wide Leader: It's cool mentioning that Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is in favor of a playoff during the pistol whipping game against Duke. But do you have to repeat it at least three times? It's admittedly not much of a game. But surely your announcers could find something else to talk about. Oh wait, this is Pam Ward we're talking about here. Never mind.
Kotaku takes a look back at ESPN NFL 2K5, and asks if this was the best sports-related video game ever made. This was a title made before EA Sports gobbled the exclusive rights to the NFL for the Madden franchise, so it was one of the last of its kind. The article also discusses why sports games don't get the attention or respect that regular video games do. Pretty interesting article. Go check it out.(via Kotaku )
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