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)
It's almost time for the annual Georgia Tech/Georgia game aka "Clean Old-Fashioned Hate." It's pretty much going to be a clean old-fashioned beatdown given to UGA by Tech this year. The Bulldog Nation can pretty much expect to hear Techies singing "I'm a Ramblin' Wreck From Georgia Tech" early and often in the game. Probably even more than they heard "Rocky Top" a the loss to Tennessee earlier this year."I'm a Ramblin' Wreck From Georgia Tech" has a lot in common with "Rocky Top." It's a seemingly innocent fight song which hides certain evil thought and ideas. Just look at the first verse:"I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer, A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of an engineer, Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear, I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer."Techies drink whiskey? No wonder they wrecked! And all that cussing. Do Techies talk to their mothers with that mouth?And about that drinking. I'm not saying there's a problem with consumption of alcohol at Georgia Tech, but the band frequently plays this at games:And they call UGA a drinking school with a football problem.Back to the subject at hand: "Oh, if I had a daughter, sir, I'd dress her in White and Gold, And put her on the campus, to cheer the brave and bold. But if I had a son, sir, I'll tell you what he'd do. He would yell, "To Hell with Georgia," like his daddy used to do."Why does a Sublime song come to mine when I hear this? And "Cheer the brave and bold?" is that what they call it these days? Setting your daughter in what is pretty much considered a rough part of Atlanta isn't a really cool idea. Besides, what exactly are you planning to do your daughter on campus? Seriously, I think someone needs to call DFAC. "Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds, A college bell to put it in and a clapper to stir it around. I'd drink to all good fellows who come from far and near. I'm a ramblin', gamblin', hell of an engineer."Gee, what could a Techie do with rum, 3,000 pounds of sugar and a bell? I've heard of moonshine stills exploding with less than this. Heck, Doctor Doom could probably make an neutron bomb with less less than a pound of sugar.So, what do we have here from Georgia Tech? Drinking, drinking and diving, cussing, child prostitution, possible acts of domestic terrorism...gee I really want my kids (if I had any) to go there. I really don't want to be visiting them in prison.
Thank you, PeTA. Thank you for giving Americans yet another reason not to feel guilty for that second or third plate of turkey for Thanksgiving. The latest source of PeTA insanity: Asking UGA to replace the recently deceased UGA VII with "an animatronic dog."The complete e-mail from PeTA, via WGAU:In the wake of the untimely death of the University of Georgia's (UGA) bulldog mascot, Uga VII, PETA has asked the school's athletic director, Damon M. Evans, to replace the mascot with an animatronic dog--or to rely solely on a costumed mascot--instead of using another real bulldog. Bulldogs are prone to breathing difficulties, hip dysplasia, heart disorders, and other congenital ailments, and acquiring a dog from a breeder perpetuates the animal overpopulation crisis while causing another dog waiting in an animal shelter to be condemned to death. "It is time for the university to put an end to the cycle of suffering endured by dogs who are brought into the world solely to represent the school's 'brand'," says PETA Assistant Director Kristie Phelps. "By choosing a humane alternative to the use of live animals as school mascots, UGA can show that compassion always wins.Oh. Child. Please.Someone needs to tell PeTA UGA already has a costumed mascot to go along with the UGA Dynasty.(And if weren't for UGA VII's death there would've been a good chance Hairy would've been a [BLEEP] YOU, MASCOT! target this week.)Needless to say the internet has been abuzz over when an "animatronic" dog would look like. Mark Bradley of the The Atlanta-Journal Constitution gives us what the mad scientists at the North Avenue Trade School Georgia Tech might come up with as UGA VII's replacement. EDSBS gets bonus points for transforming K-9 into a tailgate companion worthy of Jimmy Football. (I wonder if I could get one with a Coca-Cola dispenser instead?)No word yet from UGA about this foolishness, but this is what most of the Bulldog Nation wishes Damon Evans or Mark Richt would tell PeTA:(via WGUN, ajc.com, EDSBS,)
Michigan State football players were reportedly among a group of 15-20 individuals involved in an attack on students at a dorm on the Michigan State campus. The attacked occurred Sunday evening according to the police.Witnesses claim the group was looking for another student who was not present when they arrived. Several male and female students were injured, with one student reported as having to go to the hospital.It's doubtful that this is the way Mark Dantonio wanted to cap off the Spartans' regular season. No arrests have been reported, but if players are involved it won't look good for a team that went 6-6. It doesn't reflect well on Dantonio's or the institutional control of the program either.(via EDSBS, Sporting News, The State News)
Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans has put the kibosh on alternate uniforms. This after the Dawgs were slammed in a loss to Florida wearing black helmets and black pants.I know there are times when you try to use uniforms to maybe change the mood of the team and so forth, and that’s been done . . . [with] the blackouts we’ve had in the past,” Evans said. “But . . . I like our traditional uniforms –- the silver britches, the red jerseys, the white jerseys and the red helmets -– and that’s what we need to stick with at the University of Georgia. . . .Congrats, Evans. Your football program is officially going backward. Sticking with the red and black and ditching alternate unis smacks of a team that is slowly regressing and stuck in the past.Here's a helpful rule of thumb involving tradition: Tradition is good if it links you to the past. Tradition is bad if it binds you to the past. It means you're more willing to rehash the glory days of the past than to build a future to be proud of. It means not taking risks now because that's not how they did it in the good old days. It means not willing to let go of the dead weight that's holding you back.Alternate unis aren't what caused Georgia to lose. It's that defense coordinator that Evans and Mark Richt keep propping up. Admit it, Willie Martinez has fewer active brain cells than Kurt Cobain did after he blew his head off. Everybody except Richt can see that.(via ajc.com)
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