Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wants President Obama to sic the Justice Department on the BCS, calling into question whether it violates anti-trust legislation.Look, let's just get down to what this is all about: money. Hatch is p.o'ed about the distribution of cash as least as much as he is that the Utes got punked out of the BCS championship. Here's what he said in a essay in the July 6 issue of Sports Illustrated:In addition, every team from a preferred conference automatically receives a share from an enormous pot of revenue generated by the BCS, even if they fail to win a single game. On the other hand, teams from the less-favored conferences are guaranteed to receive a much smaller share, no matter how many games they win. The numbers are staggering. Last year the Mountain West Conference had one team qualify for the BCS, Utah, as did three of the automatic-bid conferences. Yet under the BCS formula the Mountain West received $9.8 million—roughly half of what the three bigger conferences got. And despite having the nation's only other undefeated team, Boise State, the Western Athletic Conference received just $3.2 million in BCS revenue.It's pretty much stupid that the BCS doesn't try to get the WAC and Mountain West involved anyway. The Rocky Mountain states are one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Utah was percentage-wise the fastest growing state of the Union. The slowest growing states? Michigan, Rhode Island and (which both lost people) and Ohio. (Those are Wiki facts, but they're the best I could find) And outside Virginia, there's not a state with Big 10 or Big East in the top twenty.It's too bad the BCS isn't really run like a business. It would have brought in the Mountain West and WAC years ago to expand their market. As the BCS seems to be more of an old boy's club, it stays short-sighted when it comes to making an honest profit.
Yesterday, SWRT got it's 100th visitor since I added the counter. Today, it's reached 150. Thanks to everybody who's taken a look at the site. That goes double for those who have made a second or third trip (or more).By the way there is a Shirts With Random Triangles Facebook page. Check it out if you want to learn when there's a new entry or you want to make some new friends. Just be gentle with the constrictive criticism.
Brad Childress may be getting a new contract, at least according to NBC Sports. It would seem that signing everyone's favorite Green Purple Dinosaur is beginning to do the magic Childress wanted: keeping his butt out of the hot seat. Minnesota may be getting ahead of itself here.A 6-0 schedule sound good, but half of those victories are from facing junk teams (Lions, Browns, Rams). The Vikings squeaked by The Ravens (3-3) last week, and the Packers and 49ers kept their losses reasonably close. This weeks up-coming game against the Steelers may well be the game which tells how good the Vikings are. And Minnesota still hasn't faced Chicago yet.And those victories? They probably had more to do with Barney and The Repitllian than Childress' stellar coaching skills.The Vikings should probably be planning on how to deal with the inevitable post-season Favre "retirement"/"non-retirement"/"I'm too good for training camp schtick that made Green Bay tire of him in the first place. Then again, re-upping Childress may just be the first step in trying to see that doesn't happen.(via The Sporting Blog)
It looks like the long national nightmare of the NBA referee lockout is over. The NBA and the referee's union have reached an agreement on a new deal. It looks like the replacement refs will have to go back to the D-League and the WNBA (oh wait, the WNBA season's over. Oh wait, is the WNBA still around?) It looks like America will just have to be satisfied with slamming MLB umpires and SEC referee crews.
Halloween will be marked in Denver by an attempt to break the world record for most people wearing in gorilla suits in the same place. Even better, they'll be running in them. The Denver Gorilla Run (now in it's sixth year) is a benifit for The Mountain Gorilla Conversation Fund, which as you would guess, seeks to aid in the preservation of the Mountain Gorilla and its habitat in Africa. There will be an attempt to break the Guiness world record for most "People Dressed as Gorillas" (yes, there's apparently a category for that). Woody Paige used his "Showdown" victory on Around the Horn to promote this event, so it sounds like a good cause. Click on the links to check it out.
It seems Minnesota's furry mascot, something known as Goldie Gopher, decided it would be fun to mock Penn State DE Jerome Hayes while he was praying.Minnesota lost the game 20-0. I'm not saying, but it does make you think, don't it?(via Deadspin and YouTube )
It took a couple of weeks after Tennessee's dismantling of UGA, but Lane Kiffin finally has done something to remind everyone that yes, he's Lane Kiffin. Seems that Kiffin thought it'd be a neat idea to see if The Vols could wear their frosted orange home jerseys when they play Alabama in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Needless to say, Alabama shot that idea down pretty quick.Kiffin probably should've though this genius idea out a little before he opened his mouth. It's hard to think that he he didn't know the reasons why 'Bama fans probably hate Tennessee more than any team outside of Alabama Polytechnic Auburn.It has a little to do with Kiffin's predecessor Phil Fulmer ratting out Alabama in an NCAA investigation of recruiting violations in 2000 (someone at 'Bama forgot that you can't pay recruits to come play for their school. That or they just didn't give a darn). It was a pretty nasty and complicated affair, and led to a lot of hate for Fulmer. (I'm surprised that The Alabama legislature hasn't made the anniversary of Fulmer's Nov. 4, 2008 resignation/firing a state holiday yet).Did Kiffin really think that Alabama was going to take the idea of the Vols wearing their home jerseys seriously? Just because he's not fat and named Fulmer doesn't mean 'Bama's hatred for the Vols has lessened any. In many ways it could be argued that Kiffin's antics in the off season made things worse.Tennessee's overachieving this year (if you can call 3-3 overachieving), staying competitive in the team's three losses. But this far from the Vols of the days of Peyton Manning. Kiffin should be more worried about how well the Vols play, as opposed to how they're dressed.(via The Sporting Blog and Volunteer TV)
The Duke basketball team has released their 2009-2010 team photo:To these guys, being a Duke Blue Devil was better than being President of the United States.Hey, it could be worse. Deadspin has an entire collection of bad football team photos. Most of them filled with imagery bound to give you Freudian nightmares. At least the Dookies kept their shirts on.(via The Dagger)
The Broncos are 6-0 after a Monday Night Football 34-23 win against the Chargers. Sadly they did it in retro unis only slightly less uglier than last weeks brown and yellow monstrosities, but only because they were the away versions. And the vertically striped socks were black and white instead of gold and brown ones. It will be such a good thing when this AFL 50th anniversary thing is over.And San Diego wore their original powder blue unis that some sports reporters romanticize to no end. Personally, there a little dull. At least the helmets are. It seems more like a case of nostalgia making things look better.The Broncos are still looking like a genuine contender for the Super Bowl, however. Which is surprising after a chaotic off-season. The Bronco's previous 6-0 starts have led to the Super Bowl, the last two leading to victories. We'll have to see how this run ends.The socks were there. No sign of Josh McDaniels Nazi salute, though.
Just had to share this one.I had heard the stories of this happening when the wii came out, but I never actually saw it happen until now. I guess that's one urban legend down. What next, a verifiable chupacabra sighting?(via Plugged In)
There seems to be a growing online obsession with Micheal Phelps growing obsession with black automobiles. And a few websites seem to have a growing obsession covering his obsession. In a short amount of time, Phelps has been seen with three black vehicles, and like any white twenty-something millionaire dork, has a need to stand in front of them trying to look all gangsta. Instead he looks like a white twenty-something dork.Gawker sites Deadspin and Jalopnik, and Celeberty Cars Blog (unowned by Gawker) have been posting pics of Phelps new rides. you could click there, or you could just be lazy and look at 'em here:Here's Phelps' Mercedes Benz SL63. It goes perfect with his black t-shirt, orange gym shorts, and black baseball cap he can seem to wear straight.Here Phelps is with his Range Rover. The long sleeve white shirt works well with the the blue shorts with white trim and sandals and backwards black cap. The looks says "white dork trying to look gangsta like nothing does.Here's Phelps with his BMW Series 7 (apparently an older ride). The classic slacker look of t-shirt with animal print layered over a long sleeve white t-shirt, jeans and sneakers is a welcome change of pace for Phelps.It is kind of sad that an American icon like Michael Phelps can't seem to purchase an American made vehicle. Hey Mike, I can hook you up with a guy if you're looking for a Ford F-150.It's even sadder to see Deadspin joining in the obsession with Phelps' auto tastes. Would AJ and the boys rather see Phelps spending his millions on bong parties? Wait, what am I saying?
The first BCS standings of the year are out. No surprises at the top: Florida, Alabama, and Texas rank one, two, and three. Boise State manages to take the fourth spot, even though The Coaches' and Harris polls have them ranked fifth behind USC. Cincinnati finishes out the bottom five, benefiting the most of Virginia Tech's loss to Georgia Tech.It looks like USC (seventh, behind Iowa) is getting the shaft for having an worse strength of schedule than Boise St., if that is all possible. They're ranked 67th in SOS (tied with Cincinnati ), while the Broncos are ranked 59th. Florida's SOS is 8th, by the way. Don't be shocked if they are in the Top 5 by the end of the year, though. The Bearcats and Hawkeyes may be ahead of the Trojans, but the chances are still good that somebody among the unbeaten are going to stumble. And Florida and Texas weren't too impressive this week. Stay tuned.
The Cleveland Indians have apparently interviewed ex-Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta for their open managerial position. That ought to make the Tribe faithful feel better about next year. What, Willie Randolph isn't available? Heck, Mets fans would probably trade you Jerry Manuel for a bucket of baseballs (and throw in Omar Minaya for free).Here's an idea for the Indians. If they're looking for a manager that they already know is going to suck, why not interview Braves' intern hitting coach Terry Pendleton? Or have they still not gotten over 1995? (Yeah, I know Pendleton wasn't on the Braves' team that year. And see what they went and did without him?)(via Yahoo! Sports)
10:29 PM ETMemo to ESPN: Enough with breaking in with these "Score Alerts" on the Bottom Line scroll when there hasn't been an actual change in scores. I've seen quite a few "Alerts" or "Updates" in the ALCS between the the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the New York Yankees of the Bronx in the past 10-15 minutes or so, and the dang score hasn't changed one iota!Seriously, it's annoying as crud. Especially when it's a game you're trying to follow, but can't switch channels for some reason.And if there are multiple sports going on, how about differentiating if it's a football score or a baseball score or what not? Sure, you do it on the regular scroll, but not with the break-in "alerts" twice as annoying as crud.
A Melky Cabrera single led to Jerry Hairston Jr. scoring the winning run in the bottom of the thirteenth inning to lead the Yankees over the Angels. Thus ending an over five hour baseball game. The Yanks will probably be up all night celebrating their 2-0 lead in the ALCS, while the LAAoA will be wondering what went wrong. And commentators around the country will be up all night looking the best smart alec remark about why this explains what's wrong with baseball. The Yanks are probably going to be the only ones doing anything productive of the three for the next few hours.(And yes, this was pretty much an excuse to use an Our Lady Peace lyric. Deal with it.)
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