You would think the insanity of Brett Favre returning to Lambeau Field as a Viking couldn't get any worse. Well, thanks to FOX (guess who!) it was. Ryan Wilson over at Fanhouse reports that both FOXSports.com and NFL.com will be featuring a "Farve-cam" that will be monitoring the Cute Purple Dinosaur during the Vikings-Packers game. (Insert John Madden/Peter King/Colin Cowherd joke here.) Expect screen-catches of Favre picking his nose or scratching himself in all the wrong places on Deadspin as soon as they happen.(via Fanhouse)
Apparently the UFL went to the Daniel Snyder School of Fan Relations. Deadspin tells of an account by a fan who sent the fledgling football League an e-mail and got a response back basically telling him they weren't even going to read it, and it would be deleted. Now that's a way to show your few fans how much care about their support. With reactions like this, the UFL will be joining all the other wannabe football leagues in the professional sports league graveyard.
If Daniel Snyder has a problem with a sign like this, then I hope the Redskins never win a Super Bowl while he owns the team. He seriously owes an apology to the Men and Women in our Armed services and their families over this one. He also needs to get his cranium out of his rectum. (Pardon my French)(via Deadspin)
Apparently Kyle Busch is more popular than anyone thought. From the Marbles reports that Busch leads other NASCAR racers in Halloween costume sales. It seems a little strange, until you remember that Busch drives the number 18 car sponsored by M&M's. See the connection? It makes a lot more sense kids would want to wear a faux fire-suit with M&M's on it than say Office Depot or Lowe's.(via From the Marbles)
Real World/Road Rules: The Ruins is really starting to hit its stride. For those not in the know, this is the MTV show where alumni of the various Real World and (now defunct) Road Rules seasons get together to compete for cash and squeeze every last minute of their fifteen minutes of fame.There are usually one or two people on each season who stir up trouble to either ahead in the game or because of complex interpersonal issues that develop season after season. They pretty much bully around other, a occasionally a punch or two are thrown. I think its time these guys show up on another MTV show: Bully Beatdown. In this one worthless schmucks get to send a bully that's making their lives a living you-know-what get to send said bully up against a professional MMA fighter. Seems like a perfect place to give some of these Real World/Road Rulers an attitude adjustment.The most egregious RW/RRers to throw in the cage:CT TamburelloWay too obvious of a choice, but he may be the most notorious of the RW/RR bullies. He's been kicked off twice for punching other cast members. Besides that, he has more issues than a Barnes and Noble magazine rack.Wes BergmannThe other obvious choice. Wes came on The Ruins with romance issues (he was engaged to Johanna Botta, but she kinda cheated on him on The Island). He was also complaining a lot at the start about fairness (see below) for picking who got sent into The Ruins elimination challenge, but that was more for reasons more selfish than altruistic. Wes only thinks about himself. He's also very combustible. He also gets in a lot of shouting matches with other people.Evan StarkmanI like Evan, but he is an absolute schemer. He's been trying to get Wes off his team since the competition. On top of that he's a Grade-A button pusher. His little stunt with putting a plunger in Katie's bed is slowly becoming an internet meme. I hate to do it, but Evan could use a few rounds with an MMA fighter due to that one.
Hey there, Nittany Lion. Do you even have a name? Colleges usually give their costumed mascots cute little names like Buzz, or Goldie, or Hairy. But you, you're just The Nittany Lion or "The Lion" apparently. Penn State doesn't give you much love do they?They sure haven't done much for your complexion there, buddy. You look old and ratty there. That costume looks straight out of 1966, but then with Joe Paterno as coach that's not surprising. He's not really one for keeping up with the times, you know. Boring uniforms with boring white helmets. A mascot who looks like an old, cheaply made teddy bear from the county fair seems appropriate.And the Doctor Who scarf? Sorry, that's not doing anything to hide the truth. Buddy, you need a makeover. That suit there looks like it came straight from a second rate costume shop. I've seen better looking homemade costumes at sci-fi conventions, for cryin' out loud!Seriously, you need an upgrade there. I'm afraid that's going to have to wait until after JoePa hangs his clipboard up though. Modern day mascots need to look sleek and athletic. You, Nittany Lion? You look kinda whimpy.(with apologies to Matthew Gasteier)
Things are starting to go downhill real fast at Minnesota since their mascot, Goldie Gopher decided to poke fun at praying Penn State DE Jerome Hayes. The team's been 0-2 since the Oct. 17 game versus Penn State. Now word comes that wide receiver Eric Decker's out for the remainder of the regular season due to a foot injury. If I were Minnesota I'd start looking for a new cosplayer to put in that gopher suit. That or call in that Creek medicine man/Baptist preacher who was sent in to de-curse Talladega. (I talked to one of the staff at Church about that one. He doubted the compatibility of holding both roles too)(via EDSBS and Twincities.com )
Here's another reason Bears' fans should be proud of Jay Cutler. He was spotted at a local radio station promotion where the original American Idol Kelly Clarkson performed a five song acoustic set. There's a Vanderbilt joke around here somewhere, but I can't seem to find it. Cutler at a Kelly Clarkson concert does seem to punch a few holes in Kissing Suzie Kolber's well crafted image of the Chicago qb as a sulking, emo-boy. Then again, maybe it doesn't.As for Cutler's ex-team, the 6-0 Denver Broncos? I get the feeling this is the Kelly Clarkson song they're singing these days regarding the whole breakup with Cutler.(via The Big Lead)
Celebrity guest general managers on RAW have to be the lamest idea the Vince McMahon ever came up with. With the possible exception of the Gobbledy Gooker. And the Katie Vick mess. And the proposed WWE cable network. And...Anyhow, last night's RAW featured NASCAR racers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano as the guest general managers of the night. There's only one reason for this: they're the only racers/race WWE could get to promote the new Smackdown Vs. RAW video game. Okay, maybe it makes sense for Logano to promote it because Game Stop is one of his sponsors. But really, WWE could've done a little better. Why not try to get Jeff Gordon or Carl Edwards to host RAW? Or mabye Tony Stewart?Maybe Vince should have been more willing to spend a little more to nap a bigger NASCAR driver's hood.(via From the Marbles)
I told you this would happen. Just a couple of days after posting this little rant Jay Mariotti goes and does what I say would happen. His own long-winded rant about a late October/early November World Series and what's wrong with the MLB.Least.Shocking.Tirade.Ever.But it's like I said. The Yankees knew they're going to play in months with cooler temperatures and bad weather. And they still didn't compensate by putting a retractable roof on their new billion dollar temple to their own avarice stadium. Maybe its MLB's fault that retractable roofs on new stadiums aren't a requirement. It would certainly help cut down on rain-outs and snow-outs. But owners should be smart enough to figure it out on their own.(via Fanhouse)
Interbasket.Net has come out with a list of the Most Xenophobic NBA Teams. And by "Xenophobic" they mean teams that are lacking significant numbers of international players. At the top of the list are the Boston Celtics, which shouldn't shock anyone who remembers the Celtics of Bird, Ainge, and McHale. The Knicks, Pacers, Heat and Wizards round out the list.That there are teams with little or no international players shouldn't be a shock. In reality international players are in many ways like players who jumped from high school to the NBA. Sure there's LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and some other notables. But there have been quite a number of players who probably could've used a little more time in the oven and played a year or two in college (Kwame Brown, anyone?). It's the same with international players. A few international players like Pau Gasol and Tony Parker have been successful and helped their teams win championships. But then there are international stars like Yao Ming or Dirk Nowitzki who made names for themselves, but still don't have a championship ring to show for it.It may be good to have international players on an NBA team, but it doesn't guarantee success.(via Ball Don't Lie)
It seems telling Sam Bradford "I told you so" has been in fashion since he originally injured his shoulder, and twice as much as when he re-injured it in the Red River Shootout against Texas. The self-congratulatory crowd of media who said he should have bailed from college last year after winning the Heisman Trophy are now in absolute self-righteous mode. Talk abounds of the millions Bradford gave up this year staying at Oklahoma.The latest: Deadspin's headline reading "Sam Bradford Reminds You Not to Stay In School, Kids."It points an article written by Dallas Morning News columnist Chuck Carlton, referring to Bradford as a "cautionary tale" for future juniors who could jump from college to the NFL Draft.Gee, a columnist in Texas criticizing the moves of a quarterback from Oklahoma. What are the odds of that? I wonder what Mr. Carlton thinks of Colt McCoy's making the same "stay in school" move Bradford made? Or if McCoy was the one who ended up injured?Just lay off Bradford. He wanted to win a championship this year for Oklahoma. He knew what he was doing. He was closer to winning a championship for the Sooners than he probably ever would if he was picked Number One by The Detroit Lions (how's your season been, Matthew Stafford?). Being known as a champion last a lot longer than wealth does in many cases.And don't feel sorry about Bradford's future financial situation. If surgery goes well he won't fall too far in the NFL Draft. The worst he could do would be to land on a winning team and end up as back-up for a few years. Besides, Bradford's a finance major. He should be able to manage whatever feeble millions he gets from the NFL, and probably better than some of those juniors who skipped graduating.(via Deadspin)
Despite all his awkwardness when it comes to living by the byzantine rules of the NCAA, Kiffin is going to be a good-to excellent coach for the Tennessee. We should enjoy these of mocking Lane Kiffin's missteps as a young head football coach for the Vols while we can.Kiffin's latest Brittney moment: The SEC has reprimanded Kiffin for criticizing the referees during the Vols' loss to Alabama. The reason this time for knocking the refs? Because they didn't call an unsportsmanlike conduct on Terrence Cody for throwing his helmet after blocking that last-second field goal attempt. Like the refs were going to call that one after the excessive celebration calls in the past few weeks.Still, this does bring up the growing pains of a (relatively) young head football coach. The learning curve is steeper in the SEC than it would be in a less significant school. Though a pattern is emerging where I can see Kiffin getting canned not for on-the-field success or lack thereof, but from off the field issues such as massive recruiting violations, or just rubbing the wrong people the wrong way at Tennessee.(via rivals.com)
Charles Robinson writes in his Winners and Losers column for Yahoo! Sports about the team in the NFL currently impersonating the Cleveland Browns. They wear the Browns' colors and claim to uphold the traditions of the original Browns. But there nary a connection between this team and the original that moved to Baltimore and mutated into the Ravens.The latest part of the "Browns" debacle concerns the team's apparent benching of Brady Quinn over money issues. By not putting Quinn on the field, the team saves allegedly saves about $10.6 million they'd have to pay out in salary escalators written into Quinn's contract. Meanwhile the "Browns" continue to lose with Derek Anderson as qb.Whatever money the "Browns" are saving, it's probably not worth it in the end. It looks like they're going to have to look for another quarterback as early as next season (especially if they manage to trade Quinn away). If I were that qb's agent, I'd be sure to get as much up front money as possible, and avoid the incentives trap, since the "Browns" don't seem to be willing to pay them out. Expect the contract negotiations for Cleveland's next "quarterback of the future" to be as contentious as the ones for Quinn.(via Charles Robinson's Winners and Losers)
Every Day Should Be Saturday's mythical weekly magazine EDSBS The magazine just came out with it's latest "edition". Among the stories this week is "ZomBees. Georgia Tech will. Not. Die."The funny thing is, apparently the North Avenue Trade School's Department of Housing held a zombie-themed seminar about survival skills. this fall. Called "Watch Out for Zombies" appropriately enough, helped Techie students in such areas such as Urban Survival, Outdoor Survival, Financial Survival, etc. And then:The evening concluded with residents sharing their knowledge of zombie movies and how to survive in the event of a zombie attack!(By the way, the GT student newsletter The Technique's website doesn't seem to have any sort of vi sable search engine on it. The Red and Black over at UGA has a search engine. Heck the student newspaper at Gainesville State College has a search engine, for cryin' out loud! How the frak does it happen at a place called THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ?)Anyhow, zombies are so Two Thousand and Late. What you really need to be on lookout for are Black Lanterns. You think you don't have anything to worry about? Wait to you see the awesomeness of... Black Lantern Ted Williams!(via EDSBS)
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