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.)
If you happen to be looking for a way to have an impact this Christmas, I've found Operation Christmas Child a pretty worthwhile and enjoyable project to be involved with. It's a program of Samaritan's Purse, which was founded by Franklin Graham, reached out to 7.9 million children with shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene materials, hard candies, and other items to show what Christmas is all about. Click on the links for more information on how to fill a shoe box and where drop-off locations are in your area.(Note: Yes, this is a Christian group, and material mentioning Jesus does get distributed along with the shoe boxes. But I really hope that doesn't dissuade you from getting involved. It's a real cool project to be involved with.)
There's really nothing much to add to this. The photo says it all. Well except that it was apparently part of a fashion show (?) for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation .(via Deadspin)
Vols quarterback Jonathan Crompton was named AT&T's All-America Player of the Week. I'll repeat: JONATHAN CROMPTON WAS NAMED AT&T'S ALL-AMERICAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK! Somewhere in Las Vegas, Orson Swindle's head is exploding. Around the world, catfish are celebrating his award. And somewhere in Athens (or maybe they're in Nashville by now), a once-proud football team once again nods their head in shame.(via EDSBS)
The Red River Shootout is just a day away, and how better to celebrate the annual fiesta known as the Texas-Oklahoma game than with a sorry-as-folk Oklahoma take-off on Beyonce's "Single Ladies?""Oh What a Beautiful Morning" it ain't. The lameness is high as an elephant's eye. Seriously, I hope Black Lantern Rogers and Hammerstein rise from the grave to take out these goobs. With Black Lantern Agnes de Mille coming in to handle cleanup.The only good thing to come out of this is a frakin' lame excuse to post this little bit of Falcon rookie hazing of Matt Ryan and Oklahoma native Sam Baker.(via Deadspin )
It may be premature to call the Michael Vick comeback a total bust, but it isn't looking too good at the moment. Besides the lackluster play on the field. Vick ranks second to last in a survey of the most likeable newsmaking celebrities of 2009.A company called HCD Research did the survey, which ranked celebs in three categories of likeability (do you like the crap they're saying/doing), believability(do you believe the crap they're saying/doing), and sincerity (do you belive that they believe the crap they're saying/doing). Mind you, survey like these can be a lot of bull sometimes, especially considering that American Idol's Randy Jackson ranked at the most likeable and most believable celebrity of the year. And the list of names could be considered suspect as such random people as Levi Johnson (baby daddy of Sarah Palin's grandchild) and Peter King are on the list (could most Americans even pick Peter King out of a lineup?)The good news for Vick, he ranks just above Joe Jackson (Michael's publicity hound dad) in all three categories. That really isn't saying much.(via Shutdown Corner)
Don't you hate it when video game trends get together and polymorph into something even more banal? Well, I hate to tell you this, but Rock Band has gone LEGO. Yep, LEGO Rock Band will feature LEGO versions of acts like Blur (pictured), Foo Fighters, Queen, and Bryan Adams. What, no White Stripes? That should've been an obvious one. Well, they're on Guitar Hero, so that might have been a problem.(via Kotaku)
Wednesday night's 28-21 Boise State win against Tulsa probably won't help their BCS chances. The Bronco's last close game this year resulted in their ejection from the Top 5. And they're still on the outside looking in on the USA Today Coaches Poll. This game probably didn't help their chances to get back in the Top 5 any either.Boise State's best chance to move up this week will be a loss from either Florida (vs. Arkansas. Don't hold your breath.), Texas (vs. Oklahoma. Could happen if Bradford holds up.), Alabama (vs. South Carolina. Child, please!), Virginia Tech (vs. Georgia Tech. Could go either way.), or USC (vs. The Former Irish of Notre Dame. There's a possibility, but no chance). And it would probably take two of those teams to lose for anything to really happen. And a good showing from Ohio State (vs. Purdue) could possibly allow them to leapfrog Boise.Boise State's best odds are on losses from Texas, Va. Tech, to move up. But it seems like moving up in the polls is going to be a tough act to pull off this week.
Fortune has an article on Bobby Lowder,Colonial Bank founder and notorious Auburn alum. Sport fans know him for his heavy-handed dealings with the Auburn athletic program. Which included the infamous "Jetgate" incident where he tried to get Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberbille replaced with then-Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino. Tuberville resigned/was fired last year.Colonial recently became one of the biggest bank collapses in Ameirican history, and the article mentions Lowder could face criminal charges. Somewhere, Tommy Tuberville is laughing his hind parts off.(via The War Eagle Reader)
Well, at least one smart decision had been made this week over in Athens. Sadly, it didn't have anything to do with replacing defective defense coordinators. Online Athens, the website for The Athens Banner-Herald, reports that UGA has declined the offer by the Atlanta Sports Council to move the annual rivalry game between the Dawgs and Georgia Tech in 2011 to the Georgia Dome for that year's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in September.As stated here, it was a stupid idea in the first place. As much as seeing either Tech or Georgia playing in the Kickoff Game, it would just be better if they were playing some team other than each other. Like maybe Tech against Florida, or UGA vs. Miami. Tech-Georgia in the Dome is more like visiting your Aunt's house at Christmas instead of your grandparents. It doesn't have quite the same feeling.
Just when you thought Georgia's loss to Tennessee couldn't get any worse, it gets worse. Georgia's defensive coordinator Willie Martinez is being compared to Maurice Gustave Gamelin, the head of the French Armed Forces in World War II by the blog Hey, Jenny Slater. (Gee, a blog title more absurd than this one) The one in charge when the Nazis overran the Marginot Line, to be exact. That's low. And slightly inaccurate as the French could've put up a bigger battle against the Vols last Saturday.On the plus side for Martinez, he wasn't compared to someone like Marshal Philippe Pétain or Pierre Laval. The worse that could happen to Martinez is getting fired.(Via The Sporting Blog )
So Rush Limbaugh wants to own the St. Louis Rams. Who cares? Well, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do apparently, and they want you to know it. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association isn't too pleased either.Big deal. People are running around like Limbaugh is going be like Jerry Jones or Robert Kraft. He probably isn't. Limbaugh is partnering in the bid for the Rams with Dave Checketts, owner of the NHL's St. Louis Blues. Checketts would in all probability be the one making all the decisions. Limbaugh would be like Gloria Estefan or the Williams, who own shares of the Miami Dolphins. They own a stake in the team, but don't run the everyday operations of the team.
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