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Nebraska vs. Iowa on Black Friday is a smart move

Nebraska vs. Iowa on Black Friday is a smart move

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 7, 2011

A long talked about part of the new and improved Big Ten schedule is finally coming into fruition. The Universities of Nebraska and Iowa have announced that the two school's football teams will play their first two Big Ten meetings on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2011 and 2012. For one thing, it continues Nebraska's tradition of playing on Black Friday, giving Husker fans (or at least Husker male fans) a reason to avoid the malls. Furthermore, it keeps the game from conflicting with the the traditional season-ending Big Ten powerhouse meeting of Ohio State-Michigan.Which could come into play with the conference's shyness of playing late season games in the cold Midwest night. The chance of one of the other games played on the same day would be a scheduling nightmare. Especially if one game was played earlier, and was still being played when the late game started. Don't even thing of starting them at the same time. With Nebraska-Iowa on Black Friday, followed by Ohio St.-Michigan game the day after,  the Big Ten has a  terrific one-two punch to end the regular college football season. Given the fact that Alabama and Auburn's  Iron Bowl confrontation is returning to Fridays, it has to be a good thing for the Big Ten. (via Hawkeye Sports)  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Les Miles as a Mardi Gras float? Les Miles as a Mardi Gras float

Les Miles as a Mardi Gras float? Les Miles as a Mardi Gras float

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 7, 2011

Great. I had a dream last night where I was being maimed by a playful Mike the Tiger, and now this shows up. It must have been a sign straight from the Gates of Horn out of the Dreaming. The Mad Hatter at the mast of a Mardi Gras float rising up from a cloud of purple smoke. I'd like to see what the masses in Rio do to try to top this one. (And no, having Tom Brady and his alleged "ponytail" show up in town doesn't cut it, Brasil.) The Miles float was a part of the Krewe d'Etat's annual Mardi Gras parade held last Firday. The Krewe specializes in floats that skewer the scandalous people and events of the previous year. The theme this year was "Wild World of Sports," but that didn't stop them from going after targets such as  Lil' Wayne and the state of Arizona's illegal aliens crackdown. This was the parade that also gave us that Brett Favre float you may have heard about.  So expect Charlie Sheen float in the parade next year.  (via SB Nation, nola.com, Deadspin, Friends of the Program, Cajun Boy) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Pro-Auburn group calls for boycot of Scott Moore's radio station.

Pro-Auburn group calls for boycot of Scott Moore's radio station.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 6, 2011

A group of Auburn supporters is asking the sponsors of  Huntsville, AL. radio station WZZN  to boycott the station for broadcasting a program hosted by Scott Moore.  Moore has appeared on several radio stations around the South claiming to have heard audio tapes that prove Cam Newton's personal involvement with his father's attempts to get money out of Mississippi State for Newton's commitment. The group, called the Never to Yield Foundation, describes itself as being "established to promote the positive image of Auburn University, its students, its alumni and its fans," has posted a blank letter for Auburn supporters to send to WZZN's sponsors asking them to cease advertising with the station. It has posted  the following statement on its website: "WZZN radio host Scott Moore lied. His claims of tapes that incriminate Auburn and Cam Newton have been debunked. Scott Moore is an Alabama fan. His sole purpose is to boost ratings for his show and hurt Auburn in the process. It’s time to stand up against these kind of attacks." The letter claims that Moore and his co-host, William "Redfish" Barger,  as existing "for the sole purpose of elevating their beloved Alabama Crimson Tide by attempting to denigrate Auburn." (via Track 'Em Tigers) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Stephen Garcia, and...Charlie Sheen (sigh).

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Stephen Garcia, and...Charlie Sheen (sigh).

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 5, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  The New York Times' effect on man. The New York Times takes a look at the Alabama-Auburn rivalry in the wake of the Toomer's Corner poisioning. (The New York Times) Psychotic Reaction. South Carolina bloggers respond to the story of Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia's pre-Chick-fil-A Bowl bacchanalia in Atlanta. (The Rubber Chickens) The King and Dan Mullen. Chuck Oliver, the King of College Football, interviews Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen. (680 the Fan (Atlanta)) Derek Dooley as...Sterling Archer? Yes, Barbara Dooley shows up as Mallory Archer. (EDSBS)  Aaron Murray makes a funny. Georgia QB Aaron Murray responded to the exaggerated stories of his right ankle sprain last week by saying “My leg got amputated last weekend, so I’ve only got one leg...I’ve got to steal one to play the season with.” (Chattanooga Times Free-Press)   On a related  front, Matt Hinton doesn't seem too impressed by Murray.  At least not at the moment(Dr. Saturday) Georgia's new offensive coordinator...Charlie Sheen? Because good satire can't wait for April Fools Day. And neither can this. (ChuckOliver.net) BASKETBALL Money for Nothing? Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari is the highest paid coach in NCAA men's basketball. .  The three coaches behind him on the list, Tom Izzo (Michigan St.), Billy Donovan (Florida), and Bill Self (Kansas), have four titles between them. (Rivals.com) Hate is a four letter word. A Kentucky blogger explains why his hate for Tennessee over all over teams is due to the amount of success the Vols have had over the years against even the best of Wildcat teams. (A Sea of Blue) PREP SPORTS Blind-sided. Sean Tuohy, Jr., The youngest member of the Baltimore Ravens' Michael Oher's adopted family (and called S.J. in The Blind Side), is now a high school junior and plays point guard at Briarcrest Christian School. (Prep Rally) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Chuck Smith's epic meltdown

Chuck Smith's epic meltdown

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 4, 2011

In case you haven't heard about the epic twenty-four minute meltdown former Tennessee defensive line coach had in front of Neyland Stadium, here it is. It's going to be interesting to hear Derek Dooley's response to this. It sounds like this relationship going sour may outrank the fallout between His Hairness and Bryce Brown. ( via Football Scoop ) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Oregon, Brandon Davis, Boise State, and more

Unquiet on the Western Front: Oregon, Brandon Davis, Boise State, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 4, 2011

The center of the storm. A look at Will Lyles, one of the men reportedly paid by Oregon for "recruiting services." (ChuckOliver.net) All-around honor? An anonymous graduate of BYU comments on the Brandon Davis affair, and how enforcement the school's Code of Honor may not be as objective as you might think. (Deadspin) Midnight Confessions?  Could Lane Kiffin confess to rules violations? He might if it meant he was able to get out of meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions and having to face a still penalty. (Conquest Chronicles) The terrible twos. One Bronco Nation Under God looks at the games that may constitute the toughest two-games stretches Boise State may have to face in 2011. And they want your help in trying to figure it out. (One Bronco Nation Under God) BASKETBALL West Coast Conference preview. Only Gonzaga or St. Mary's have a real chance of winning the tourney. But you already knew that, didn't you. (The Slipper Still Fits) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Scott Moore, Derek Dooley, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Scott Moore, Derek Dooley, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 4, 2011

A different kind of football lockout. Florida head football coach Will Muschamp may close spring practices to the public as well as the media. It looks he's already trying to one-up Urban Meyer. (GatorSports.com) Moore mudslinging. Scott Moore is now claiming that former Florida head football coach Urban Meyer is the one who blew the whistle in the Cam Newton case.  (al.com) Meanwhile, Senator Blutarsky pretty much suggests Moore is blowing something else. (Get the Picture) Assume the position. Georgia safety Alec Ogletree will move from to inside linebacker for the 2011 season.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Circle the date, Vol fans. Tennessee head football coach will speak at the Middle Tennessee Christian School's annual Spring Banquet on April 21, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County's annual Steak and Burger fundraiser on April 28. (The Daily News Journal) "The Hotel Diaries of Will Muschamp". An  EDSBS exclusive. I'm waiting for "The Hotel Diaries of Stephen Garcia," myself. That should be epic. (EDSBS) BASKETBALL Looking for luck in all the wrong places. T. Kyle King wonders what superstitious and probably meaningless act he can do to bring the Georgia basketball team good luck this weekend as they face Alabama. Hide your kids. Hide your wives.  Hide your goats. (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Steven Garcia's Rockin' New Year's Eve (eve). Or: Why the Gamecocks chocked in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Steven Garcia's Rockin' New Year's Eve (eve). Or: Why the Gamecocks chocked in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 3, 2011

The cat is out of the bag where it comes to why South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia preformed so badly in the Gamecocks' loss to Florida State in the Dec. 31. 2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. While no one is surprised that Garcia was partaking in non-Truett Cathy approved behavior the night before the big game (Garcia's name has been used in the same sentence as the words "Aldus Snow" before), no one really knew how bad he was partying until FITSNews broke this story today about that fateful night. Multiple sources tell FITS that Garcia – who is known to party like a rock star – was involved in a massive, all-night bender in his hotel room the night before the bowl game. In fact, Garcia’s alleged party became so raucous that the S.C. Highway Patrol – which provided security for the team during its stay in Atlanta – was called to investigate. Upon entering Garcia’s hotel room, they are said to have discovered the quarterback in a highly-intoxicated state in the company of five different young women – two of whom were completely naked. You can expect how that made Steve Spurrier fell the night before a big game that could have totally restored his reputation. And how did The Old Ball Coach punish his star QB? Rather than let Garcia sleep his big night off, our sources say that the USC coaching staff forced him to run on a treadmill while he was still hungover. There was reportedly even talk of benching him for the bowl game – or at least sitting him out for a series. Well, when you can't make your players run up and down the stadium steps, you have to invoke the immortal words of Heartbreak Ridge's Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Highway (aka Clint Eastwood) and"Improvise, adapt, overcome".  There's no full account of Garcia's big night in the ATL, but this is probably similar to how it might have gone down. (Hopefully without the, uh, "sex without asking".)  (via FITSNews. HT ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

And the nominees for NCAA Football '12 cover boy are...

And the nominees for NCAA Football '12 cover boy are...

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 3, 2011

EA Sports have announced the candidates to succeed Tim Tebow as the cover athlete on NCAA Football '12. The choices are Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, and Washington quarterback Jake Locker. You can vote for your pick over on Facebook. The interesting absence? Fairley's Auburn teammate Cam Newton. You would think EA Sports would try to get the absolute breakout player of the 2010 season. Either EA Sports doesn't believe Newton can move enough video games, or Cecil Newton asked for too much money. (via War Eagle Extra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Scott Moore, Ryan Mallett, LSU, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Scott Moore, Ryan Mallett, LSU, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 2, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) I love to dance a little sidestep.  Scott Moore, the Huntsville, Al. radio show host who claims to have heard the tapes with Cecil Newton shopping son Cam Newton's commitment to Mississippi State  with Cam allegedly by his side, was on Atlanta's 680 the Fan Monday, dodging a lot of questions from Matt Chernoff and Chuck Oliver. (680 the Fan) Dubious insult of the day. Meanwhile, Moore is called "Harvey Updyke with a microphone" over on ChuckOliver.net. It's hard to tell if Moore or Updyke is the one being insulted here. (ChuckOliver.net) Welcome home. Auburn brings back Mike Pelton to be the Tiger's defensive line coach. (al.com)  New Tiger Blood. LSU  freshman defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson looks ready to compete for a starting job on a Bayou Bengals defense. (ESPN) There is no Ryan Mallett witch hunt.   @SummerofMallett, on the other hand,  is on a...well, you can figure that one out for yourselves. (Arkansas Sports 360) It wasn't me. Meanwhile, Freinds of the Program ponders whether its aforementioned Frankenstein creation may be responsible for those stories of the real Mallett's alleged drug use. (Friends of the Program) BASKETBALL The Last Time? Georgia's Senior Night game against LSU may also be the last home game for underclassmen Trey Tompkins  and Mike Leslie. Both are expected to enter the 2011 NBA Draft (Athens Banner-Herald) Regime Change? ESPN's Doug Gottlieb said in an interview on Kansas City WHB that Arkansas men's head basketball coach Mike Pelfrey may be out of job. The Razorback's recent on-the-court success may say otherwise. (Arkansas Sports 360) On the Rocks. Tennessee center Brian Williams  has missed three days of practice due to a back injury. (Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Tennessee Vols are the kids with the Pumped Up Kicks

The Tennessee Vols are the kids with the Pumped Up Kicks

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 2, 2011

All the other kids in the SEC better run, better run, faster than the Vols'. That's because Tennessee players are sporting some new orange Addias sneakers. This pair of "Pumped Up Kicks" was worn by Scotty Hopsonon Monday at practice, according to Wes Rucker. They reportedly look better if they're worn with black socks, but who knows how much Bruce Pearl wants to deviate from the traditional frosted orange and white Tennessee colors. But getting some new shoes could be the thing to put some steam in a season where the team has floundered with on and off-the-court issues. Speaking of Vols' hoops and shoes, last Saturday's night's game against Mississippi State provided fans with the chance to donate to Soles4Souls, described as "a Nashville-based nonprofit that distributes donated shoes to needy people worldwide." It's nice to see Tennessee "Foster the People" for a good cause. Go click on the link and check it out. (via Rocky Top Talk, Knoxville News Sentinel, @wesrucker247) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Prince Amukamara, J.J. Watt, Mark Dantonio, and more

Big Tentacles: Prince Amukamara, J.J. Watt, Mark Dantonio, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 2, 2011

A-Maizing Adventures. Michigan declares Saturday, Mar. 5 game against Michigan State a "Maize Out."  (Detroit Free Press) Black Socks Gold Shorts. ESPN plans to air the 30 for 30 documentary The Fab 5 on March  13. Michigan fans can watch and remember those Final Four appearances that Chris Webber and company's involvement with booster Ed Martin forced the school to vacate. (MGoBlog) Hey, man you disrespecting me? Michigan State players were upset when fans walked out of a home game against Purdue last Sunday, where the Boilermakers blew out the Spartans 67-47. (Detroit Free Press) Marchinfornication, Rd. 1. Former Iowa basketball player Brendan Cougill faces off  dinosaurs...in Racecars! Because Black Heart Gold Pants rolls that way. Vote early and vote often, sports fans. (Black Heart Gold Pants) FOOTBALL He said "Combine?"  I said "Watt?" Former Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt had a standout performance at the NFL Combine. Enough to probably improve his draft stock. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) His name is Prince. Former Nebraska players Prince Amukamara and Roy Helu erased the doubts in many scouts minds by having impressive showings at the NFL Combine. (Corn Nation) There's a possibility but no chance. The Detroit Lions are reportedly interested in drafting Amukamara and reuniting him with former Defensive Rookie of the Year (and former Husker) Ndamukong Suh. But it looks like Amukamara's Combine performance will mean he gets drafted way before the Lions are on the board with the thirteenth pick. (The Detroit News) Reflections of the way life used to be. Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio looks back on the eventful 2010 season, including his early-season heart attack. (MLive.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is this the head of new Ole Miss Mascot costume?

Is this the head of new Ole Miss Mascot costume?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 1, 2011

This image is allegedly the head of the new Ole Miss Black Bear mascot costume, along with possible other parts of the costume. I told Ole Miss it should have gone with the Land Shark. But did they listen? Nope. (via Red Cup Rebellion) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Jimmer Fredette in Black and Yellow? (Maybe)

Jimmer Fredette in Black and Yellow? (Maybe)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 1, 2011

Another day, another expression of Jimmer Fredette manlove on YouTube.  I want to say this is parodying Wiz Khalifa's  "Black and Yellow," But the rapping doesn't really fit the backing track. My bad for not keeping up with hip-hop as well as I should. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles:  Ohio State, Bobby Knight, Joe Paterno, and more.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Bobby Knight, Joe Paterno, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on March 1, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Back in the Saddle Again.  Ohio State is back at number one in the ESPN coaches' poll. (ESPN) How low can you go? ESPN's Joe ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Michigan State has Michigan State as a no. 12 seed, and Michigan State in a play-in spot. (Detroit Free Press) The one that got away? Steve Lavin says that he had sent his resume to Penn State after he has been fired from UCLA, and the job for coaching the Nittany Lions was open.  They hired Ed DeChellis instead and Lavin went on to coach presumably NCAA Tournament bound St. Johns. (Black Shoe Diaries) The Fame Monster. Indiana coaching legend and ESPN college basketball  commentator  Bob Knight has will be one of the eight nominees going into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Michigan all-American Cazzie Russell will also represent the Big Ten in the Hall's class of 2011. (ESPN) Marchinfornication brackets are out! It's hard to believe that KOKaine didn't make it into the tournament. But you can probably expect evil dirty commie Joe Paterno to have him doing something to stop America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi. (Black Heart Gold Pants) FOOTBALL No reprieve. The NCAA refuses to allow Purdue wide receiver Keith Smith a sixth year of eligibility. Smith missed most of the 2010 season due to injury. (ESPN) Clayborn's draft stock rising. Former Iowa defensive end Adam Clayborn looks more and more like a first-round NFL Draft pick after an impressive showing at the NFL Combine. (Des Moines Register) And how did Clayborn's teammate, QB Ricky Stanzi do? Not so well. (The Gazette) The (Re)Name Game. There's a group which wants to rename Penn State's Beaver Stadium after Joe Paterno. Of course they do. (The Morning Call) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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