Johnny Weir's already planning his post skating career. Sadly it will probably involve the fashion world. Weir told Yahoo! Sports that he is considering retiring from competitive skating after the coming 2010 World Championships in Torino, Italy. “In figure skating your body can only last for so long," said Weir "I can’t be 50 and trying to skate but I can be 50 and be in fashion, so I have to look to my future and what I want to achieve.”Weir mentions wanting to enroll in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. If he does expect Freudian nightmares and PeTA protests to follow.(via Yahoo! Sports)
File this under "this shouldn't surprise me, but it still does" dept. Clemson has reported 17 secondary violations to the NCAA. There's not much that stands out in these violations. The most unusual is where an assistant coach wrote on a prospect's Facebook wall. Don't expect the see any penalties from these violations. But it does give Lane Kiffin a new goal to reach at USC.(via Buster Sports, The State)
Jerry Jones was seen last night in Vancouver watching the men's figure skating at the Winter Olympics. This can't be a good sign. You know that once Jerrah's been to an Olympics, he's going to want one of his own. After all, he needs something to fill up the Heathen Temple to His Own Avarice Cowboys Stadium during the NFL offseason, doesn't he?(via Dallas Morning News)
Ole Miss students will be voting next week to decide if they want a new mascot as a replacement for Colonel Reb. This comes seven years after the mascot was retired for being too connected to the "Old South" (as in slavery, the Confederacy, the Civil War, segregation, etc.)Ole Miss students won't get to actually pick a mascot at this point, but that hasn't stopped some enterprising students. There's a movement afoot to make Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi the replacement for Colonel Reb. (Because he's a commander of the Rebel Alliance, get it?) Like all absurd movements, it even has a Facebook page.It's a really dumb idea. but if we're really going to go there...UGA: Chewbacca. If there's a Star Wars character you want on the sidelines, it's got to be Chewie. And Chewie epitomizes the kind of ferocity UGA V showed back in 1996 against Auburn. Besides, the best advice is to let the Wookiee win.Florida: Darth Vader. Too obvious.Vanderbilt: C-3PO. The gold shell of C-3PO perfectly matches the Commodore's school colors. And his prissy, intellectual demeanor fits just as well.Tennessee: Jabba the Hutt. (Insert Phil Fulmer joke here)(via Dr. Saturday)
Terence Moore thinks Nike's "MVPuppets" of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James demean African-Americans. Well, there's a shock. Moore's a longtime expert at abusing the race card, so this is just par from the course.Moore refers to Kobe and LeBron's puppet avatars as "the anti-Barack Obamas" and that they "mostly lounge around their apartment as they live in a world filled with rapping and folks speaking broken English."What really set Moore off is the "House on Fire" commercial where "Kobe's" shoes set the puppet's shared house on fire.Just like various poisons, these Kobe-LeBron puppet commercials have names, which brings me to the one that pushed me over the edge: "Shoes on fire." It begins with Kobe and LeBron returning home to a smoldering mess after an inferno at their apartment. They are questioned by a couple of firemen who are sifting through the rubble inside the shoe closet of the two players. After a while, the white fireman says to the black fireman, "Chief, I think we've got something over here," as the white fireman holds up one of Kobe's smoking sneakers with a pair of pliers. Then the black fireman goes into his best Pigmeat Markham routine (you know, "Heah com du judge") by snapping his neck while saying, "I'm tell YOU as an official of the fire department -- this shoe right heah is just . . . TOO hot." To which the Kobe puppet says to the LeBron puppet with glee, "LeBron, you hear that? My shoe hot." Ha, ha. Ho, ho. Barf, barf.I don't want to say Moore's got hearing problems, but I watched the offending part of the clip several times over, and I'm pretty sure that the Fire Chief puppet says "I'm telling you" as opposed to "I'm tell YOU." Maybe it's time Moore went to the otologist.(via Fanhouse)
The rumors are true. Janell Wheeler, the young woman who is one of Tim Tebow's umpteen aledged girlfriends, is one of the "Final 24" who made the cut on American Idol. This despite a less than stellar final audition in Hollywood.The question now is will Tebow show up in the audience for American Idol. (He might be a little busy with his own "auditions" for the NFL) Or whether the subject even comes up on the air. But whether they know it or not, two of America's biggest cultural obsessions may just be ready to collide. Hope they both survive the experience.(via Tampa Bay Online)
Valerie Shea of Stalking Steve Philips claims that the following Vitaminwater commercial featuring Steve Nash "is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time!" Shea really needs to get out more, or at least she needs watch more television.What this commercial really proves it that Steve Nash should consider himself lucky that Shaquille O'Neal stole used his idea for a TV show where Nash went one-on-one against other athletes and turned it into Shaq vs. Because a show called Steve Nash vs. would never have gotten made by an American television network. Heck, the CBC would probably have turned him down. Nash should just be happy that Nelly Furtado dropped his name in "Promiscuous"(via Stalking Steve Philips)
Lindsey Vonn has won the gold medal in the Olympic downhill competition at the 2010 Olympics. Julia Mancuso won the silver, making it a one-two punch for the US. Austrian Elisabeth Goergl took the bronze.Just don't expect to hear this on NBC anytime soon. I'm seriously hoping for a massive culling of NBC execs when Comcast takes over, with Zucker and Ebersol going first.(via Yahoo! Sports)
A couple of Canadian blogs, Bloge Salming and Down Goes Brown put together a friendly little clip about the Canadian Olympic Hockey team. Not what could Sydney Crosby and our friendly neighbors to the North have to say to us? Not to mention Russia, Finland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.(Warning: Language you wouldn't use in front of your mama.)Gee, maybe Rick Reilly had a point. Well, maybe not.Oh well. at least the music in the Opening Ceremonies wasn't bad. Though I'm beginning to wonder about K.D. Lang. Is she still a vegan? She looked like she'd taken a few trips to the hot bar at Golden Corral. Applewood bacon rocks. That or she ate a PeTA supporter or two.(via The Sporting Blog)
It's been over a month, but it seems a few Vols fans are still not over Lane Kiffin. Below is a magnum opus from The Ridge Boys called "You's A Coward." Warning: There's some language you're mama wouldn't approve of.Maybe Vols fans will cool down before September. But I hope not.
It figures that with all the Big 10/Pac-10 expansion talk/speculation/silliness that somebody would have to go and start talking about SEC expansion. And leave it to Bart Wright of Gannett News Service to go and suggest Clemson as an SEC candidate.Actually Clemson is suggested as a replacement for Arkansas if the Razorbacks were to bolt for the Big 12 to replace Colorado bolting for the Pac-10 and/or Missouri bolting for the Big 10. Clemson is brought up because of the size of Death Valley is large enough for an SEC school, and of the "small-town atmosphere" that fits in with other SEC schools.The article doesn't bring it up, but it would also lead to the annual renewal of the rivalry with Georgia, unless the SEC did something blatantly stupid and moved UGA to the west to balance out the divisions. Then again, the SEC could just go and expand to 14 teams, picking up Clemson and picking up a school in Texas (TCU's the obvious choice with the least complications.)Then again, the SEC could go for the money and make a run for Miami. But the Hurricanes have jumped division twice in the past decade or so. That makes that possibility less likely.Expect this kind of silliness to continue until something actually happens. The eventual outcome will probably more underwhelming than what fans and the media are speculating about.(via The Times and Democrat)
Now that the Texas to the Big 10 talk is pretty much toast, something had to replace it. So what pops up other than talk about Nebraska making the leap. Talk from Tom Osbourne that he would be willing to listen to a Big 10 pitch certainly help those stories.Honestly, The Huskers make more sense geographically as a Big 10 team than Texas does. And despite recent setbacks on the gridiron, Nebraska is still somewhat of a big enough name to make people notice. The drawback might be the lack of academics that the Big 10 might be looking at. But the schools that can provide all three needs are few and far between. Notre Dame would be it on all three accounts, but the Irish are still too chained to their precious tradition of independence to join the Big 10.Nebraska might a better candidate realistically than other schools. It wouldn't make too big of a splash as Texas or Notre Dame would, however. Not that there are that many truly exciting candidate schools out there in the first place. For the Big 10, it's really looking like a case of lowered expectations.(via ESPN)
Don't let the baseball diamond fool you. Sly Fox is the mascot of the NBA's New Jersey Nets. At least he is until they move to Brooklyn to be doing. If they move they move that is. Or maybe they'll move to Newark. Everything is up in the air, as is as big of a mess as the team is on the court.So maybe it's appropriate that Sly is on a pitcher's mound. If things totally go to shreds he might be looking for another gig. Of course things could get worse for Sly. Most people look at Sly's silvery fur-covered body and see a cuddly mascot. Johnny Weir, on the other hand...Johnny-boy here could make three or four costumes out of Sly's hide.
You know it's going to be a long season for NASCAR when the premiere event of the year is halted because of a pothole. For a sport that has taken quite a few hits over the past couple of years, this is absolutely bad news.The Daytona 500 got red flagged at lap 122 because of a pothole that developed in turn Turn 2. As of 4:49pm, the hole was still trying to be patched up. So the race has been delayed about 90 minutes.The organizers of the Vancouver Olympics must be feeling better about right now. At least he glitch at the Opening Ceremonies didn't bring the games to a stop.
Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard are having a bit of a hissy fit competition over which of them is the "real" Superman of the NBA. Or at least Shaq is.Shaq fired the opening salvo first saying “You tell me who the real Superman is? Don’t compare me to nobody. I’d rather not be mentioned. I’m offended.”Howard responded with “I just felt like Shaq being who he is with what he’s done for the NBA, me being a young player trying to get where he is at, I just felt like it would be better for him to try to get me there instead of trying to bring me down, especially in front of you [media] guys."Let's just settle this one here and now. THIS is the real Superman.Any questions? Didn't think so.(via Yahoo! Sports)
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