The Annual Brett Favre Retirement Two-Step isn't even twenty-four hours old, and the sports mediots are already acting silly. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz is already speculating that the Vikings might look at Michael Vick as Favre's replacement.Please. Kill. Me. Now.Any smart person could tell you that Vick isn't what he used to be. Even then, he was more smoke than fire. Any attempt to make Vick a starting QF again has to be filed under the title of "desperation move." It's a move to be expected from a team with nothing to lose like the Raiders of Bills, not a team that was oh-so-close to the being the NFC representative to the Super Bowl.The Vikings' chances of a repeat NFC Championship visit pretty much depend on Favre coming back next year. The more logical outcome of another Farve retirement limbo will be Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels fighting for the starting QB job. With Brad Childress hoping that Favre changes his mind once again.(via ajc.com)
I hate to say it, but expect Super Bowl coverage to take a Hurricane Katrina vs. Haiti angle and blow it completely out of proportion. On one hand there's the New Orleans' Saints. It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina, but don't think the media's going to let people forget that. (And expect that kind of coverage to get worse as the anniversary of Katrina pounding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast gets closer.) On the other hand, Pierre Garcon (pictured)presence on the Colts were certainly warrant mentioning of Haiti's efforts to recover from the earthquake.While not trying to trivialize these horrible events, the media in all probability will draw on them for storylines going into Super Bowl XLIV. With it usually comes the heavy-handedness when sports and "the outside world" collide. This can sometimes lead to great events being exploited and minor personal tragedies getting overblown (pick and Olympic athlete profile. Any Olympic athlete profile).It would be nice if the media could go easy on connecting Katirna and Haiti too the Super Bowl more than those events already are. They can't be ignored, and there's still a lot of work to be done in those areas. In the end Super Bowl XLIV will be about two teams. It won't be a referendum on tragic events or the triumphs of the spirit that have overcome them.
It's seriously time for Bobby Knight (left) to retire the sweater. Or at least wear a sport coat over it. People get that the v-neck was his trademark outfit while coaching. But now that he's at ESPN doing the play-by play with Brent Musburger, It just doesn't look too cool. I get the joke, it's just not funny anymore.Let's be honest for a moment. The sweaters look a little frumpy. They don't look like kind that's found at Brooks Brothers. They look more like they're from Sears. Or worse, Aramark.Knight really needs to consider dressing it up a little more. .The v-neck at courtside was a cute trademark look. But if Michael Phelps was doing commentary for a swim meet, would you expect him to be wearing a Speedo? Probably not.The announcer's table or in the studio at ESPN is a little more of a dress up thing, at least in prime time or on Sportscenter. Mike and Mike may dress casual for the morning simulcast, but when they do Sportscenter, they're both in suit and tie. Knight needs to consider that. Nobody would blame him for going a little classier look for TV. They might even thank him for it.ESPN should at least try to get some classier looking sweaters. Heck, Knight could make a killing with his own line of them.
Least shocking news of the day: Urban Meyer will be coaching Florida spring football practice. If there are any doubts left that Meyer won't be back for the 2010 season put them away now. Meyer's health may still be an issue, but how could he not return with most of Florida's rivals in such disarray? Tennessee's a mess. Georgia's a slightly less smaller mess. LSU fans are about ready to run Les Miles out on a rail. And as for that in-state rival FSU...well, I wouldn't be planning any major long-term plans if I were Jimbo Fisher.Who else is happy with this news? Lee Corso. His job is apparently safe for another year.(via ajc.com)
Ever wondered what a Lane Kiffin-Derek Dooley meet-up might look like? Well, as luck would have it, The Lane Kiffin Show oh YouTube has made your dreams come true. If your dreams pictured Kiffin and Dooley looking like Playmobil figures, that is.And no, I don't know why Kiffin is nekkid. And I really don't want to know either.
He hasn't been a graduate of Florida for even a month, and what does Tim Tebow do? Show up in a video pimping another college!It would seem that with those silly little NCAA amateur rules out of the way, the Tim Tebow Victory Tour for Fun and Profit is on. The first scheduled stop: Nashville's Lipscomb University on April 17 for an event called the Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. Tickets for the school National Bison Club on January 25, with the leftovers going on sale to the general public on February 15. It's not quite The National Press Club, but everybody's got to start somewhere.Here's how Lipscomb is promoting this event:I'd use this time to say "(Insert obvious joke here)," but Deadspin already has.Here's the fun part of this story; Tebow shows up in a video promoting the event on Lipcomb's web site wearing a Lipsomb purple and yellow t-shirt. (Insert irony here, LSU fans) Luckily for Tebow, Lipscomb University isn't allowing this little gem to be embeddable. Otherwise it would be dynamite in the hands of Tebow (and Gator) haters everywhere.(via Deadspin)
His name was Prince, and he was funky. His lyrics were raunchy enough to freak out Tipper Gore. Not he's become a sad, twisted, shell of his former self. No longer funky, and even worse...he's a Vikings fan.Apparently Prince's support of the team goes farther than just showing up at last Sunday's playoff win against the Cowboys. His (former) Royal Badness has written a song in honor of the team titled "Purple and Gold." The full song is posted over at the Vikings' official website.The song can best described in two words: Purple lame. The lyrics are worse than your high schools lame as frak alma mater. And the music sounds like a fife and drum marching band. Prince sings it in a falsetto voice that just cries out "weenie" instead of "Bad Motherlover Football Team Headed for the Super Bowl" The Super Bowl Shuffle" it's not. It's not even the "Electric Glide," for crying out loud.(via myfox9.com)
Leave it to Nike to try to fix something that probably didn't need fixing in the first place. Spartan Football reports that Nike teamed up with Michigan State to update the Spartans' logo. The result which has been leaked:The current logo is on the left, the Swoosh-generated logo is on the right.For some reason, the new logo reminds me more of X-Men arch-enemy Magneto than Michigan State. It's more abstract, and without the gradient divided up like the current version it's harder to recognize it as a helmet on first glance. The old version looks more like a classical idea of an classical Greek helmet, and is easier to figure out. Orson Swindle at EDSBS is less gracious, and compares the design to a horseshoe crab.As for the Michigan St. fan base reaction. Not so hot. There's the obvious anti-new logo group on Facebook, with over 6,400 members. Pretty impressive for a Facebook group a day or two old.The new logo is reported to be officially rolled out in April. Long enough for Spartan fans to either get used to it or force alterations in the design. Probably more of the former.(via Spartan Nation,EDSBS)
Jim Boulton (picture), major league pitcher and author of the infamous tell-all book Ball Four, has a bone to pick with modern-day home run hitters. In an interview with Shotgun Spratling of The Blue Workhorse, Boulton complained about the drama hitters have injected in their running of the bases. And no, he wasn't talking about steroids."I wish the players today were more respectful of the game, were more humble. Not so into themselves. When Mickey Mantle hit a home run, he put his head down and ran around the bases as fast as he could so as to not show up the pitcher, went in the dugout, and sat down. Now, a guy hits a home run, oh my goodness, his hands go up in the air, he's going around the bases, he just found a cure for cancer you'd think. He takes his time. He's pointing to the sky. He's kissing jewelry. Gets to the guys in the dugout, he takes a big bow. Then he goes in to sit down. Then he has to come out for a curtain call...and this is all in the second inning! "I don't know who these guys think they are. They're just baseball players, and home runs have been hit before. I don't like the over-inflated thoughts of themselves that you have with today's athletes. There's just no humility what-so-ever; no self-awareness; no modesty. There's just no respect for the game or the opposing team. If they did that in my day, the next time up, he'd be on his ass. Believe me, he wouldn't be doing that any more. (Bouton chuckles.)(via The Blue Workhorse)
It looks like Ruffin McNeil has landed on his feet. Joe Schad reports via Twitter that East Carolina is set to name the former Texas Tech defense coordinator as the its new head coach. ECU must have been impressed at McNeil's job as interim Texas Tech coach in the Alamo Bowl, where he stood in for Mike Leach.Let's soak in the irony for a moment. McNeil, who stood in for Leach after the Adam James fiasco, is replacing Skip Holtz. Holtz left ECU to replace Jim Leavitt at USF. who was fired for allegedly going Bobby Knight on one of his players. Holtz was also the SWRT choice for the Texas Tech job.On top of that McNeil is going to a team nicknamed the Pirates. His ex-boss has a notorious obsession with pirates. It's funny how things turn out, isn't it?(via Joe Schad's Twitter)
Just when you thought you've seen every kind of anti-Lane kiffin music video imaginable, Elvis has to send a message from the great beyond on his views on the subject:The only amazing part about this that it took a week for it to show up.
(Cue the Carolina Liar)While some Tennessee fans are trying to make Lane Kiffin's car crash into something worse than Chappaquiddick, other are finding more creative ways to show their disgust. An attorney named Drew McElroy wants to name a waste treatment plant in Knoxville after Kiffin.McElroy paid a non-refundable $262.00 fee to file the paperwork for this. That's $262.00 he'll never see again.(via The Sporting Blog, The Wiz of Odds, ESPN)
It's stories like this that even make a blogger who thought he'd heard everything this past six months to go "Oh snap!" Janell Wheeler (pictured, right next to you-know-who), who may or may not have been romantically involved with Tim Tebow is rumored to be one of the 24 finalists for this season's American Idol. Mind you, there have been a bunch of alledged Tebow girlfriends out there, Including Lucy Pinder of all people.(I'm sure Ma and Pa Tebow would've been thrilled it that was true). But the idea of seeing Tebow and SImon Cowell in the same place at the same time might be to actually get me to watch the dang show for once.(via Bumpshack, The Tebow Zone)
Sick of anti-Kiffin songs? Well someone finally wrote a song about Derek Dooley:It ain't "Rocky Top," but 'tis enough, 'twill serve.
It's a shame that Jay Mariotti (pictured) has stopped doing actual journalism and now relies solely on his first emotional knee-jerk reaction to a story. Take for example his latest overreactionary masterpiece over at Fanhouse about The Dallas Cowboys retaining Wade Phillips for another season.To be honest, if you're read one criticism of Jerry Jones, you're read them all. Mariotti pretty much doles out all the usual criticisms of Jerry Jones. He meddles. He's an egomaniac. He spent too much money on the Heathen Temple to His Own Avarice Cowboys' Stadium. Pretty much it could be summed up by The Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before." Move along, nothing new to see here.Which is a shame, because it would have been nice to get Mariotti's opinion on Adam Schefter's contention about the retention of Phillips. Schefter suggests that the possible work stoppage that could derail the 2011 NFL season might factor into Jones' thinking. "If the work stoppage many are predicting does materialize, teams will need coaches who know their players and players who know the coach's system," he says. "A coaching change at that time could be destructive, and teams know it."Mariotti's blowing sports stories out of proportion can be fun, but when it lacks any sort or new insight it can get a little tiring. It helps a writer when he's writing to be willing to listen to other voices. Other voices than the ones in his head, that is.(via Fanhouse, ESPN)
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