Don't tell ABC and ESPN this, but Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews have recorded a song together. Luckily it's probably too slow tempo for a montage of game highlights, but that might not be enough to stop them from trying. At worst they could use it for...nah, better not give them ideas.
One more quick thought about the "Yankee Bowl". Do the organizers really expect New Yorkers to support this? You've got the the fourth best team in the Big East against either the seventh best team in the Big 12 or Notre Dame (if it's available/really sucks that year). I'm not an expert on New Yorkers, but I bet they can tell the difference between good and bad bowl games as good as they can tell the difference between Rent and Freud: The Musical.I guess the idea is that fans and alumni of both participating schools will want to come to NYC in the dead of winter just to see a meaningless bowl game, and stay in town for New Years festivities. Problem there is that the "Yankee Bowl" will basically play second fiddle to the Ball Drop in Times Square. A good Bowl game takes a life of its own, the Rose Bowl being the best example. It will be hard to do that in NYC around New Years.Maybe it would work because its New York. But NYC isn't quite the center of the college football universe like the non-BCS Bowl towns like Atlanta, Dallas, and Jacksonville. It'll take a huge amount of energy to make the "Yankee Bowl" a yearly success.
The absurdity of college bowl games never seems to end. From the top dogs in the BCS to the lowliest meaningless game in the middle of nowhere, every new wrinkle in the system does nothing to dispel the real need of a playoff system.The latest in bowl madness: A bowl game to be played in New York City at Yankee Stadium. Say that to yourself and consider how ludicrous that concept is. College football and NYC; two things that never really had any real reason for each other. (You could mention Columbia University, that won't help) It appears that this bowl will feature Plans call for the third or fourth best team in the Big East to play the either a)The seventh best Big 12 team or b) Notre Dame if no Big 12 teams are bowl eligible.That's nice. There's going to be a bowl game in the biggest city in America, and it'll feature the scraps of two football conferences and/or the scraps that used to be Notre Dame. Yeah, that'll sell.No word yet on an exact date either. But plans call for it to be after the 2010 season between Christmas and Dec. 31. Translation: Not even NYC can pull off this kind of boondoggle on Jan. 1.It's too bad really. NYC should get a better bowl than this. It can be argued that it's a start, but it'll be an uphill battle to get anywhere in the sea of meaningless bowls.
And another name to the growing list of people getting into MMA who absolutely don't belong in MMA. First it was Tommy the Green Power Ranger (White Power Ranger, same dang thing). Then it was Herschel Walker. Now comes word that rapper DMX is going to be fighting on the undercard of a Thunder Promotions event headlined by Butterbean vs. Tank Abbot in Birmingham, AL. What, Jose Canseco wasn't available? Wait, don't answer that.If anything, this shows the one step forward, two steps back approach MMA as a whole takes when it comes to being seen as a legitimate sport. Despite the efforts of Dana White and the UFC, stunts like celebrity cage fighters tend to drop MMA down a notch. At least when UFC goes the celeb route with fighters like Brock Lesnar and Kimbo Slice they at least make sure they actually have some sort of actual background in MMA or wrestling or something. For some promotions it seems publicity is more important than legitimacy.
I thought the clip of Ric Flair scratch off lottery tickets was the facepalm moment of the day. Leave it to the WWE to prove that I was sadly mistaken. In its never ending quest to turn off its fanbase, the WWE has announced Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger will be the special guest host of next week's Monday Night RAW.It's really hard to tell who looks worse in this situation, Mr. Roethlisberger or Mr. McMahon. On one hand you've got Big Ben showing why people question his judgement at times. On the field he can be a little too much of a gunslinger at times. Off the field there are incidents like the motorcycle crash sans helmet, singing altered versions of Christmas classics with questionable lyrics in public, and that (probably bogus) sexual assault allegation. The RAW appearance could lead into some not so positive situations.As for McMahon, the whole guest host gimmick has irked a few fans who really just want to see good pro wrestling. It's sad when the average ten minute or so CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go has better action than a two-hour RAW broadcast. Maybe if Vince McMahon would work on that more ratings would improve. That and stop shoving talentless box of kittens Randi Orton down fan's throats, but that's another story.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. There's really no way to describe how sad this is. It just is:
Store this image for a future adult beverage commercial. At least the part with Junior in it.
Matt Ryan's new commercial for Gillette Fusion MVP. Guess which team the opposing team is?You'd think he'd be able to put two and two together there. Here's a little behind the scene's action:Well, at least it's better than the AirTran commercial.
Now that Ryan Mallett has safely been put in the pretender's category, it looks like Alabama's Greg McElroy is next SEC Quarterback De Jour. And honestly, McElroy has a good argument with being first in the SEC in passing, and third in the nation. Dr. Saturday's Matt Hinton is already propping up McElroy with a rundown of his stats and his apparent deep-threat passing abilities. Certainly Alabama's record helps McElroy's case. The Tide has a victory against Virginia Tech. The true test will be if the Tide gets to the SEC Championship in December, where a showdown with Florida is in all probability on the the horizon (yeah, like Georgia's gonna be there. Child, please).Still, McElroy hasn't shown the kind of larger than life aura that Tebow has (I said aura, not halo. Shut up). He's flown most of the season under the radar. It will take a major game to bump up his national status. And the Heisman is probably not in the picture this year, with Tebow and Colt McCoy being the top contenders. Still, McElroy and the Tide may well be the one team that spoils The Gators perfect season. But that's a great big "may." The season's still young any many a missteps are still out there.
I wonder if Tim Tebow saw his future six months from now when he was unconscious?Okay, I got that one out of my system. I suck for finding humor in Tebow's concussion. If it were any worse I'd obviously not make light of his condition. And if it weren't for having watched FlashForward last week I probably wouldn't have come up with that.Anyhow, that's probably the least of the Tebow jokes you've heard this weekend. And no, I'm not going to repeat the other ones. Not that they were bad, but they just tended to fall on the sacrilegious side of things. If you know about Tebow I guess you can figure out where those went. The ironic thing there is that I've heard two different sermons in the past month at two different Churches that dealt with taking God's Name in vain. I'm not going to even try to figure out that one.As it is, the concussion might keep Tebow out of the LSU game in a couple of weeks. Those things can be pretty dangerous if not treated correctly. It's been suggested multiple concussions were partly the cause of Chris Benoit's murder-suicide of himself and his family. The NFL has also taking heat in recent years over players with head injuries. A more serious situation would keep the bad jokes off the radar for a while. But they'd show up sooner of later.It's a dark side of human nature to deal with chaotic events with dark humor. Knowing what's permissible and what's not is a pretty tricky slope to navigate, especially in life or death situations. It's used to alleviate tension but it can cause much more when used in the wrong way. Knowing which situation is which is the tricky part.
Okay, I'm going to get the obvious smarty pants comment out of the way: Miami calls it's team the Hurricanes, but they get clobbered in a rain storm against Virginia Tech? If it were a closer game, they might get a mulligan due to the atmospheric conditions. But the Hokies trounced the 'Canes 31-7. Rain's been an issue all day on the east coast, with close games (as of 10:14 ET) in Iowa/Penn St. and Arizona St./UGA. But Va. Tech had no problem with processing the 'Canes. What gives? Has Univ. of Miami President (and former Clintonista) Donna Shalala, wussiffied The U that much?At least one potential Freudian Nightmare seems to be a little farther in the distance now: Jacory Harris' threat to wear a pink suit complete with pimp cup to the Heisman ceremony looks like it might be premature.
Chalk up another Top 5 team getting upset. The Iowa Hawkeyes upset Penn State by coming from behind in the fourth quarter. This coming on a day where the BCS picture got hazy with Miami lost to Va. Tech, and an already sick Tim Tebow went down with a possible concussion. The fun part of the rankings coming out will be to see if Boise State goes in the Top 5, or if Oklahoma and/or Va. Tech somehow end up leap-frogging them.
Now that Ole Miss's Jevan Snead's been exposed in Thursday's loss to South Carolina, it looks like ESPN has found another pretender to the throne of "Best Quarterback in the SEC." You know, the one with the words "Property of Timothy Richard Tebow" engraved in it?Well that didn't stop ESPN from asking Friday night if Arkansas' Ryan Mallett is worthy of the title. Sure, had five touchdowns against Georgia. But a troop of Girl Scouts could do the same thing (and even if they lost, they'd beat the spread). Any genuine claim to the title is going to have to roll through Alabama (if you should pardon the expression).The Tide has the third best defense in the country, so don't expect a lot of TD's this weekend from Mallett.Anyway the point is mute, unless Tebow's the best QB in the SEC at the moment, and it's going to be pretty hard to knock him off that perch at the moment (about as hard as it is to admit it's the truth. Arkansas plays the Gators in The Swamp on October 17, so the best chance for Mallett to stake his claim is there. It's doubtful that Tebow is going to take any challenge lying down, so don't hold your breath. Heck, there's a chance I'll start refusing to call him "Ryan" by the end of tomorrow night (you'll just have to read this to explain that oneThe good news Mallett's a sophomore, and he might well be in line for the title when Tebow run at Florida is done at the end of the season. And if Mallett tanks like Snead did Thursday don't say I didn't try to warn you. And don't start claiming that Joe Cox is the Best SEC QB either.
I guess Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl decided Lane Kiffin has gotten too far ahead in the "Let's embarrass our school" competition and decided to get back in the game. Sadly this time it's sort of backfired. Pearl has had to apologize for this little gem:“I’ve got a tough job. I’ve got to put these guys from different worlds together, right? I’ve got guys from Chicago, Detroit. I’m talking about the ‘hood! And I’ve got guys from Grainger County, where they wear the hood!”Yeah, not a smart move there. There's not enough body paint in the world to cover this one up. If you want to hear Pearl's joke in all it's uh, glory, click here.
The only NFL game that stands out this Sunday for all the good reasons is Atlanta @ New England. The Falcons take a 2-0 record into Foxborough against a Patriots team reeling from a loss against the Jets, key injuries, and a still shaking off the cobwebs Tom Brady. It marks the return of last year's Offensive Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan to a Boston area that allegedly didn't even know he was there. Now he comes back as both Falcons QB and the scientifically proven Handsomest Quarterback in the NFL. Not that Brady's really sweating his posistion as America's Mancrush or anything. He's too busy trying to right a ship that really hasn't been working on all engines this season.That could all change this weekend. The Falcons' defense is still very young and reeling from the loss of first round draft pick Perria Jerry for the season. And while Ryan has shown a lot of growth and has built up strong chemestry in a short period with Tony Gonzalez, Brady has the advantage of maturity on his side, and the evil genius of Bill Belichick on the sidelines. Should make for an interesting game.
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