I'm seriously wondering if Rich Rodriguez is going to be back at Michigan next year. A few weeks ago I would've said the chances were above 75% at minimum that he'd be coaching the Wolverines for a third season. Now I'm not so sure.Purdue beat the Wolverines today 38-36. It was the first time since 1966 that the Boilermakers beat Michigan in the Big House. That's forty-three years ago. Barack Obama was five years old. The Monkees had the number one song with "Last Train to Clarksville." Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were hitting their stride on Fantastic Four. Detroit still mattered. That long ago.Things should be looking up for Michigan. Tate Forcier looks like he has what it takes to be a great quarterback, in college and the pros. The team's record has improved from last year's 3-9 disaster. But today was a setback. Even though the game was close, all the wind's been kicked out of Michigan's sails. The chances of a bowl game are slowly fading away. And possible NCAA sanctions over "practice-gate" aren't out of the question.As so might be Rich-Rod's chances of a third season as Michigan coach. Rodriguez wasn't Michigan's first choice as head coach. That was Les Miles. He bowed out in the midst of an BCS championship run in 2007. For some reason I picture Les Miles ruminating over Saturday's loss to Alabama while updating his resume, making sure there are no embarrassing George O'Leary-esque embellishments.In theory Rodriguez should get another shot at a winning season. But a good chance of losses against Wisconsin and Ohio State might be enough for some Michigan supporters. It might just be the right time to stop the bleeding.
Fedor Emelianenko looked impressive in his victory over Brett Rogers Saturday night. A convincing second round knockout was as good of an argument as any that he is the best fighter in the world. The event as a whole? Not so much.Emelianenko and Rogers gave the crowd what they wanted. A good, action packed fight ending in Emelianenko's knockout punch to Rogers in the second round. Rogers managed a good fight on the losing side, even blooding Emelianenko's nose early in the first round. Still, Emelianenko prevailed in the end. In all it was a good fight.One word of advice to Emelianenko: learn some English. It will help him out a whole lot attracting a following in this country. Or at least get a better looking interpreter.The rest of the Stroikeforce card was kind of lackluster, even comical. Jake Sheilds' defeat of Jason "Mayhem" Miller was kind of a letdown. It was five rounds of nothing to write home about. Miller made things worse with a not-ready-for-prime-time entrance complete with cheesy dancers and pyrotechnics. Not the kind of thing you see at a UFC fight (at least not since Dana White's been around).And there lies the big problem. The Strikeforce event seemed a little underwhelming. UFC fights have a big-deal feel to them. They're on par with blockbuster boxing events, even the minor cards. This card fell more as third rate as the stuff I see on the Fight Zone broadcasts on SportSouth or FOX Sports South or whichever non-ESPN wannabe it's on. The pyrotechnics gave it a feel closer to a cheesy knockoff of old school WCW Nitro in its last days.While Emelianenko-Rogers delivered, the card as a whole was a completely different story. CBS really needs to work on the production values before the next telecast. If there is one.
If I was an insensitive politically incorrect kind of guy, I'd say this who the SEC had in the replay booth for Alabama's win against LSU:But I'm not, so I won't.
Tyler Hansbrough, former North Carolina Tar Heel superstar, finder of lost dogs, and overexuberant car spokesman, scored 13 points in his NBA debut as an Indiana Pacer.All there is to say about it is..."WOW!"(via The Sporting Blog, journalgazette.net )
Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel reports Boise State is having trouble finding a big school to play on it's 2011 schedule. (They have Oregon St. and Virginia Tech on the schedule for 2010). Boise saying they'll go anywhere to play. So far no takers.It sounds like the Boise St. PR campaign is in full effect. Painting the Broncos as a team the big boys are too scared to play sure sounds like a classic PR move. Besides that, it's probably true. It's more evidence that Obama should listen to Senator Orrin Hatch and have the Justice Department check out the legality of the BCS. It sounds more and more like a monopoly every day.
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LeBron James, the Cleveland man who made a Yankee cap more famous than either a Yankee or Jay-Z could, skipped out on the Yankees 27th World Series Victory Parade Friday. Too bad. It probably could have helped him make that decision everybody wants him to make: stay with the Cavs, or become a Knick?Seeing the floats carrying the Yanks through the "Canyon of Heroes" of Manhattan while being showered with ticker tape and other paper products might have given LeBron a major epiphany that he probably needs to know before he makes his decision: If he goes to New York, he in all probability will never be number one there.Basketball may be the sport of the streets in NYC, but baseball is king nevertheless. And whatever Yankee is the star player on the team will be the number one athlete in the city barring a major shift in fortunes. Right now, don't expect that to happen anytime soon.When Patrick Ewing was taking the Knicks to the playoffs in the 90's, the Yankees were awakening from their fifteen or so odd slumber of mediocrity. Even before that time, baseball ruled the headlines. The manager merry-go-round stole headlines from other sports and the chaos surrounding George Steinbrenner knew no bounds.If LeBron bolted for the Knicks ,or even (perish the thought!) the Nets, he would have to be content with being no better than Number Three in NYC, behind Jeter and A*Rod. And if Eli Manning got the Giants back to the Super Bowl, he could possible drop to Number Four. Or lower, depending on what other Yankee takes New York's fancy.Could LeBron James handle not being the center of attention? It arguably has it's benefits. But if the argument for leaving Cleveland for New York is better visibility then he might be in for a shock. New York pays more attention to the Yankees, and arguably, so does America.(via Ball Don't Lie)
A week or so ago I nominated a trio of Real World/Road Rules tools to get an attitude adjustment on MTV's Bully Beatdown show. Afterwards, I remembered an absolute non-RW/RR tool who definitely needs to be sent in the cage:But seriously, it looks the host of Bully Beatdown is really trying to take the fight to stop bullying where it really needs to go: the youth of America. Jason "Mayhem" Miller is teaming up with the anti-bullying campaign We're Kickin' It to carry the anti-bullying message kids America. The MMA promotion Strikeforce (the one behind this weekend's Fedor Emelianenko- Brett Rogersfight on CBS) is also getting involved. Cagewriter reports Strikeforce fighters Scott Smith Daniel Cormier spoke in front of a group of kids at a martial arts center in suburban Chicago recently.Miller, by the way, is facing Jake Shields for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship on the undercard of the Emelianenko-Rogers fight. Nice to see a nice guy getting a chance to go for the gold.(via Cagewriter)
Two reactions I'm already sick of hearing after the news of Boise State's hiring a PR firm to help its BCS chances:1)Don Draper/Mad Men comments, which got old the first time I heard it.2)Comments about Boise State's strength of schedule, which got old years ago.Can the knocks on Boise State's schedule stop? Critics tend to forget it takes two to tango when any football program tries to schedule non-conference opponents. It's easy to ask the prom queen and the head cheerleader and the other alpha chicks at school on a date. They are under no obligation to say "yes." The same goes for the big football programs. Boise State has been willing to face bigger schools. Whether the bigger schools want to face Boise is another question.If the strength of non-conference opponents mattered that much, then Florida shouldn't be number one in the country. Their non-conference opponents? Charleston Southern (need we say more?), Troy (okay they won the Sun Belt conference, but they're not quite Boise's pesky level yet), and Florida International University (Oh. Child. Please.) The conference schedule hasn't really been that hot this year either (insert snarky Georgia comment here).Admit it, there is a different set of standards for non-BCS schools than there is for BCS schools, and it's designed that way. Boise State can ask all day to play USC or Florida, but if they don't want to play the Broncos, it doesn't matter in the end.
Embarrassing fact of the day: Tennessee Tech, Georgia's opponent this Saturday has both a better overall record (5-3) than the Dawgs Surrender Monkeys (4-4), and a better in-conference record (Ohio Valley Conference record:4-2) (UGA's SEC record: 3-3). In theory this game should put Georgia back over .500. The possibility it stays that way for the rest of the season looks pretty slim right now.
Tim Lincecum's off season has only been about a month or so long and it's already gone to pot...literally. Seems the former Cy Young winner for the San Francisco Giants was busted for misdemeanor posssession of marijuana.According to The Colombian (I'm not making that up!) Lincecum was pulled over for speeding in his Mercedes-Benz on October 30. The report goes as follows:The speed limit there is 60 mph. The trooper pulled the Mercedes over. When the driver, Lincecum, rolled down his window, the trooper smelled marijuana. He asked Lincecum to hand it over, and Lincecum reached into his dashboard console and produced a small pouch and a pipe, Schatzel said.The amount was 3.3 grams, Schatzel said, which is considered only enough for personal use. Lincecum did not appear to be impaired behind the wheel and is not being charged with a felony crime, Schatzel said."Not unless there's something else going on," Schatzel said. "With this amount of marijuana, that's normally the way we deal with it."There's a Michael Phelps joke around here somewhere, but I can't seem to find it.The report states Lincecum is scheduled to arriagned on Nov. 23. No word when Bud Selig plans to take young Timmy back behind the woodshed.(via Deadspin, The Columbian)
What seems to be today's subject of contention about the state of Georgia football? It would seem to be the Dawgs'Surrender Monkeys' conditioning program. Bill King's Junkyard Blog at ajc.com diplomatically broaches the subject. Tony Barnhart brought up the subject yesterday. And Coaches Hot Seat Blog pretty much throws the program under the bus.At the moment Georgia has so many problems it would be hard to figure out where to start to fix them. Things will probably won't start getting fixed until the season is over. And only if Mark Richt can get his head out of the sand.(via ajc.com)
So much for Wreck Style. Wake Forest hasn't even played Georgia Tech yet, but they scored on them. It's being reported by wsbtv.com that Wake's punking Tech by refusing to allow the Jackets to wear white jerseys at home. There's some ACC rule that says the visiting team has to sign off on deviations from the norm like that, and The Demon Deacons said nyet.What this means is that the Bees will be wearing either gold or blue jerseys at their home game this week, depending on what the players want. Paul Johnson has nixed an all gold shirt/pants combo, saying it made the Jackets looks like "giant french fries." And if that doesn't work, I hear Mark Richt may have some black jerseys he'd like to get off his hands cheap.(via wsbtv.com)
Before the four Super Bowls, three Super Bowl Rings, Giselle, and that disturbingly homoerotic YouTube video, Tom Brady was a quarterback at Michigan. He was questioned about the recent sorry state of the team by South Florida media in a conference call related to the Patriots' upcoming game against the Dolphins Sunday."I watch Michigan every week, and I'm one of those fans bitchin' at the TV screen when we're not doing well, so hopefully we get it turned around. We haven't had a great year this year, but if we beat Ohio State, it will be a good year. That's how it works with Michigan." He went on to praise his former head coach Lloyd Carr. No mention of Rich Rodriguez, though. It's tough to say whether that's an endorsement or an indictment of Rich-Rod.(via Freep.com , SunSentinel.com)Bonus Coverage: Want to see what Sports Illustrated said about Tom Brady after the Pats drafted him? Read here.
The University of Central Florida is in the final year of a sponsorship deal with adidas . Final being the word emphasized in that sentence, since adidas has decided not to deal with UCF in the future. You can blame Michael Jordan's kid for that.Marcus Jordan, who plays guard for UCF decided he didn't want to wear adidas because of his dad's ties to Nike. So in a exhibition game against Saint Leo Wednesday night he wore a pair of Air Jordans. Naturally adidas wasn't amused and announced it would not have any future business dealings with the school in the future.This was a real smart move on Marcus Jordan's part. This little stunt could potentially cost his team millions in an economic downturn. I doubt this will endear him to UCF head basketball coach Kurt Speraw either. I get the feeling he might be out of a little pocket change also.I imaging Phil Knight is going to ride up on his white horse (or is that a Pegasus) and save the day with a Nike sponsorship deal for UCF. Though I almost want to see UCF punk both Marcus Jordan and his dad by signing a deal with Under Armour. Problem there is that Under Armour doesn't make basketball shoes.(via ESPN)
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