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Big Tentacles: Michigan State, The Outback Bowl, Wisconsin's James White, and ...Mike Tyson?

Big Tentacles: Michigan State, The Outback Bowl, Wisconsin's James White, and ...Mike Tyson?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 30, 2010

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)   FOOTBALL    Big Pimpin'. Mark Dantonio  making his case for why Michigan State deserves a BCS bid. (Detroit Free Press) Sugar Time. Like it or not, the Sugar Bowl seems to be the likely BCS destination for Ohio State. (Along the Olentangy) Money's Too Tight To Mention. Large buyout clauses in FBS coaches' contracts like Mississippi State's Dan Mullen may hamper Minnesota's search for a new head football coach. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Tie Me Kangaroo Down. Iowa, Penn State, and Illinois are in the running to represent the Big Ten in the Outback Bowl.  (examiner.com Philadelphia) The Freshman. Wisconsin running back James White named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by coaches and media voters. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) Do pinstripes and orange go together? The inaugural Pinstripe Bowl looks to be the bowl season landing spot for Syracuse. (Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician) Are the Iowa Hawkeyes the new Mike Tyson? The Iowa Hawkeyes' 2010 season compared to the downward spiral that was Mike Tyson's boxing career. (Black Heart Gold Pants) BASKETBALL Ladies, look at your Irish. Notre Dame wins the Old Spice Classic over Wisconsin. (Rakes of Mallow) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Florida, Georgia, Houston Nutt, and...Molly Sims?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Florida, Georgia, Houston Nutt, and...Molly Sims?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 30, 2010

More rats leaving a sinking ship? Florida assistant coach Dan McCarney jumps ship and takes job as head football coach of North Texas. (Orlando Sentinel) Turning the ship around? Derek Dooley has seemingly managed the impossible task or restoring some resemblace of honor to Tennessee after the Lane Kiffin decacle.  (Rocky Top Talk) Gratitutious Cam Newton update. Nothing new to report on Cam Newton. (Team Speed Kills) Standing Still. Mark Richt says he hasn't been approached about leaving Georgia for Miami. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)  Me too. Houston Nutt swats down stories he's headed for Colorado.(The Clarion-Ledger) I did it all for the rookie. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins shared the SEC Freshman of the Week honors. It's the third time that Bray has taking home the honor since becomming the Vols' starting QB. (Go Vols Xtra) Fixing Georgia. You're gonna need a lot of duct tape. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) War Molly! Molly Sims was on hand in Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. (The War Eagle Reader) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Boise State the college football version of Eddie Murphy's Mr. Robinson?

Is Boise State the college football version of Eddie Murphy's Mr. Robinson?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 29, 2010

It sucks to be Boise State right now. A missed field goal blew the Broncos' BCS chances out of the water. Plus, if that wasn't bad enough, the move to the Mountain West Conference is once again looking less and less of a brilliant idea. Since it was first announced that Boise St. would be leaving the WAC and joining the Mountain West, the MWC have lost their three biggest schools. First Utah left for the Pac-10. Then BYU decided to go independent. Now TCU is jumping over to the Big East. To replace them the MWC has added Nevada, Fresno State, and reportedly Hawaii. In other words, the MWC is looking more and more like the WAC. That's probably not what Boise St. had in mind. Boise St. is starting to look like Mr. Robinson, the Eddie Murphy parody of Mister Rodgers who appeared in the "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" sketches on Saturday Night Live.  Because as Mr. Robinson used to sing: "I hope you live in your neighborhood, someday. The problem is when I move in, y'all move away!" It just doesn't seem like anybody really wants to have Boise State in their conference, does it?  The latest move by TCU to the Big East does nothing to quash that idea. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State Michigan, Nebraska-Iowa, Wisconsin, and more.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State Michigan, Nebraska-Iowa, Wisconsin, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 28, 2010

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)   All 7 and we'll watch them fall. Saturday's edition of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry marked the seventh win in a row for the Buckeyes. (Off Tackle Empire) The subject was Roses. Wisconsin all-but guaranteed its trip to the Rose Bowl by pounding Northwestern 70-23. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) Next year all our troubles will be out of sight (maybe). Next year's Thanksgiving game between Nebraska and Iowa will commence a better season-ending rivarly game than either Nebraska-Colorado or Iowa-Minnesota. (Husker Extra) I'll Stick Around. Penn State junior wide receiver Derek Moye will be returning to the Nittnay Lions next year, and not entering the NFL Draft. (NFL Draft Bible) Do you know where you're going to? Notre Dame can possibly look forward to a berth in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on December 28, or it could possibly go to the Holliday Bowl in San Diego. (Rakes of Mallow) Better late than never. Indiana finally gets a win in the Big Ten in the last game of the season by beating Purdue. (Big Ten Rant) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Vanderbilt, Alabama, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Vanderbilt, Alabama, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 28, 2010

Mark Richt in the Eye of the Hurricane? Embattled Georgia head coach Mark Richt is already being talked about as a possible candidate to replace recently fired Miami head football coach Randy Shannon at Miami. (SB Nation) Vandy eyes Guz Malzahn. Vanderbilt reportedly has Auburn defense coordinator Gus Malzahn atop their list of candidates to replace the recently resigned Robbie Caldwell as head football coach for the Commodores. This is one of those rare cases where the job of head football coach is a step down for an offensive coordinator. (ESPN) It wasn't that bad. Alabama's choke-job in the Iron Bowl isn't as bad as the one in 1972, according to Kevin Scarbinsky. Besides, there's the chance it'll be wiped from the records anyway, thanks to Cam Newton. (al.com) Twenty-six and counting. Tennessee defeats Kentucky for the 26th straight time, making the Vols' bowl eligible in the first year of the reign of Derek Dooley. (Go Vols Xtra). Always look on the bright side of life. There's some positive things to come out of Florida losing to FSU. Like the possibility of Urban Meyer firing Steve Addazio. If they actually happen, that is. (The Miami Herald) Should I Stay or Should I Go? Kentucky wide reciever Randall Cobb is contemplating whether to go pro next year, or stay with the wildcats. (Go Vols Xtra) "The Strip" Personifies a Champion." Auburn defensive end Antonie Carter stripping the ball from Alabama running Back Mark Ingram is used to personify the Tigers' victory against Alabama. The phrase "The Strip" personifies also personifies what will happen to Auburn if they get the hammer from the NCAA over Cam Newton. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crimson Tide offers disgrased ex-Bulldog QB Mettenberger a scholarship

Crimson Tide offers disgrased ex-Bulldog QB Mettenberger a scholarship

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 28, 2010

Alabama has reportedly offered a scholarship  disgraced former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger was kicked off the team by Mark Richt for "violation of team rules" which may or may not have been related to an incident at a Remberton, Ga. drinking establishment around the time of Ben Roethlesberger's wild night in  Milledgeville, Ga. Mettenberger, currently enrolled at Buttler Community College,  has also recieved a scholarship offer from LSU. Apparently both Nick Saban abd Les Miles have seen Gene Chizik's success with a troubled QB from another school (Cam Newton) and want one for their own. (via ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Boston College, FSU, Maryland, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Boston College, FSU, Maryland, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 28, 2010

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)     Where have you gone, Matty Ice? Boston College is dead last in the ACC when it comes to conversions in the red zone. (BC Interruption) Thursday Night Fever. Florida State meets North Carolina State Thursday night. Despite some notorious losses in the past, Thursday nights have been better in recent years for the Seminoles. (ScalpEm.com) Twenty-one was my number, man. Right now someone else has that number. Despite complaints from some Maryland basketball fans that Greivis Vasquez's no. 21 was being worn by another player this season, the school has no plans to change its policy on not retiring jersey numbers. (The Baltimore Sun) Missed opportunities. Virginia missed out on signing QB's Russell Wilson of NC State, and Michael Brown of Liberty, despite their proximity to Chalottesville. (The Roanoke Times) The Ramblin' Restless. Don't look now, but some Georgia Tech fans are getting a little anxious over head football coach Paul Johnson. (From the Rumble Seat) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Big Ten will someday regret making Iowa and Purdue innerdivisional rivals (if it hasn't already)

The Big Ten will someday regret making Iowa and Purdue innerdivisional rivals (if it hasn't already)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 28, 2010

There are decisions made in sports that have led to nothing put pain. Decisions like baseball owners deciding to make Bud Selig Commissioner of Baseball. Or the NFL deciding that Jacksonville would make a dandy city for a football franchise. Or Georgia deciding that Ray Goff was the best choice to succeed Vince Dooley. Such an event looks like it happened when the Big Ten decided that Purdue would be the best choice for Iowa's annual innerdivisional rival, despite the fact that most Hawkeye fans would rather have had Wisconsin as their permanent rival from the "X" Division. Anybody who watched last Saturday's game between Wisconsin and Iowa could see the kind of magic on the gridiron that college football would be missing as an annual event. So now Iowa has to look forward to Purdue as their X Division/Big Ten East/Ro*Tel Division rival. Not that Purdue is a truly bad football school on the level of a Vanderbilt. It's just that things really haven't been that exciting since that Drew Brees guy graduated. Sadly the Big Ten never took into consideration that Black Heart Gold Pants was an Iowa sports blog. Or what deviousness it could come up with having to make lemonade out of lemmings. Such as declarations of 1984-esque hatred like "We are at war with Purdue. We have always been at war with Purdue."  Or accusing rival SB Nation blog Hammer and Rails of communist leanings. Or this creative act of insurrection: Gaze upon your decision, Jim Delany, and despair. (via Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley Quote of the Day: "Nobody gets sick on a Monday."

Derek Dooley Quote of the Day: "Nobody gets sick on a Monday."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 28, 2010

A number of Tennessee players reportedly called in sick on Monday. Speaking about it with reporters on Tuesday, Derek Dooley wasn't too enthused by their actions. "There is no other option. It doesn't matter if you're hurtin', 'I'm sick, I got the flu, I got the swine flu.' It doesn't matter. You work. And you go to work and you put it all in every day." Dooley said he was unhappy that "a couple of people in our organization" called in sick Monday. "Are you kidding me?" Dooley asked. "You shouldn't be sick on a Monday. Nobody gets sick on a Monday. You're not sick." Here's some video of His Hairness showing his displeasure on the field. Vols' team members might not want avoid dying at the moment. His Hainess might still make them run up and down the bleachers. (Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Arkansas' player pot bust, Auburn-Ole Miss, graduation rates, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Arkansas' player pot bust, Auburn-Ole Miss, graduation rates, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 27, 2010

Arkansas defensive tackle Dequinta Jones has been arrested for posession of marijuana.  Fake Twitter personality Summer of Mallett has already denied involvement. (ChuckOliver.net) Could Ole Miss upset Auburn? There's a possibility, but no chance. (Team Speed Kills) SEC graduation rates. Vanderbilt comes out on top. Ole Miss at the bottom. Least. Shocking. News. Ever. (Anchor of Gold) Holding out for a song parody. A Bulldog rendition of Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero." "Where have all the good Dawgs gone and where are all the gods? Where's the great white UGA VIII to fight the rising odds? Isn't there a white knight with a rocket arm? Late at night I toss & I turn & I dream of a Gator defeat I need a hero I'm holding out for a hero til the end of the game He's gotta be strong and he's gotta be fast And he's gotta be ready to fight I need a hero I'm holding out for a hero on Saturday He's gotta be sure and he's gotta be quick And he's gotta be Kris Durham Kris Durham" Since this involves the World's Largest (BANNED BY DR. MICHAEL ADAMS), Georgia's gonna need more than a hero. (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Kirk Ferentz confesses, Michigan State, Rich Rodriguez, and more

Big Tentacles: Kirk Ferentz confesses, Michigan State, Rich Rodriguez, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 27, 2010

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)      My bad. Kirk Ferentz admits to choking in Iowa's loss to Wisconsin. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Is it Midnight yet? Michigan State's Cinderella season may be in jeopardy this weekend on the road against Iowa. Then again "Don't bet against The Dantonio" is slowly becomming as much of a mantra around here as "Don't bet against The Izzo" is. (Off Tackle Empire) Will Michigan-Penn State be the biggest game in Rich-Rod's career? Maybe not. But it could be another nail in the coffin of his tenure as Michigan head football coach. (Maize and Blue Nation) Ohio State's keys to victory? Wide reciever Devier Posey and defensive tackle Cameron Heyward's performance may be the determining factor when it comes to whether or not Ohio State wins out the remainder of the season. (Eleven Warriors) Perfect timing? Bret Bielema thinks Wisconsin's deserves it's buy week, following the Badgers' back-to-back wins against Michigan and Iowa. (Madison.com, Bucky's 5th Quarter) Beggars can't be choosers. Brian Kelly says he'll take any bowl game invite given to the Fighting Irish. Maybe Notre Game can take Navy's place in the  Poinsettia Bowl. Navy might have more options than ND will at the end of the year. (USA Today) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day presents: America, Love It or Leave It Idol

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day presents: America, Love It or Leave It Idol

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 27, 2010

(Your Ricky Stanzi America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day is SWRT's tribute to the spirit of America embodied by America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi) Marines singing "Build Me Up Buttercup." Well, it's supposed to be "Build Me Up Buttercup," but what it really sounds like is freedom. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

All the folks on Rocky Top get their quarterback controversy from a jar.

All the folks on Rocky Top get their quarterback controversy from a jar.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 26, 2010

It looks like a serious quarterback controversy may be brewing up in Knoxville. Freshman QB Tyler Bray was reportedly getting extra practice with the Tennessee's first-team offense on Monday, while Matt Simms was on the sidelines watching. Simms was noticed limping off the field at the end of practice. Though Bray's stats during his playing time in the loss to Alabama weren't impressive, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley seemed pleased with the progress of the freshman quarterback with the world's most notorious back tattoo. “He got experience,” Dooley said. “I don’t think looking back we would have won the game had we not played him. He put together some nice drives late in the game and didn’t finish them off, which is what Matt did.” As for Simms, he doesn't seem too pleased with sharing playing time with Bray. Saying "Yeah, [coaches] know exactly how I feel about that." Which means that things on Rocky Top might get a little more rocky. (via Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn trifecta, Georiga poetry, and Derek Dooley

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn trifecta, Georiga poetry, and Derek Dooley

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 26, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Auburn deserves to be the #1 school in the BCS rankings. Because Chuck Oliver, "The King of College Football" (and Auburn grad) says so. (ChuckOliver.net) Enjoy it while it lasts, Auburn fans. Clay Travis wonders what will happen at Auburn when Cam Newton declares himself for the NFL Draft, and Gene Chizik's offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn gets a head coaching job elsewhere. (Fanhouse) Yes Virginia, there's an official Cam Newton Heisman campaign website. (Team Speed Kills) Derek Dooley should have used an Battle of the Alamo analogy instead of a Nazi analogy. Because Clay Travis said so. Shut up, Clay. (Fanhouse) Bulldog poetry corner. A poem about the Dawgs' season to date before heading off against Florida in the World's Largest (CENSORED BY DR. MICHAEL ADAMS) on Saturday. Wouldn't "The Charge of the Light Brigade" have been more appropriate? (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Oh no, Derek Dooley didn't just compare the Vols to the Nazis at D-Day, did he?

Oh no, Derek Dooley didn't just compare the Vols to the Nazis at D-Day, did he?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 25, 2010

Oh yes, he did. "He (Dooley) assigned UT the role of the Germans, and its weekly opposition as the Americans. "Here comes the boats, they're coming. You have the binoculars, and it's like, 'Oh, my God, the invasion is coming,'" Dooley said. "They call (German Field Marshall Erwin) Rommel - they can't find Rommel. "'What do we do? I'm not doing anything until I get orders,'" Dooley continued, as he pretended to look through binoculars. "'Have you gotten Rommel yet?' "The Americans were the exact opposite. We hit the beach, and we were on the wrong spot. 'What do we do? I don't know, but these guys are firing and we better hide over there and blow some stuff up to get up there.' They weren't looking for (help). That's where we've got to make that transition." Dooley then quickly apologized for potentially offending any Germans." His Hairness is probably going to get a lot of flack for this. On the other hand, he could have used some poorer choices for comparison that would have come off worse. And awkward press conferences are the least of Tennessee's problems, on the gridiron or on the hardwood. (via Go Vols XTra, Deadspin) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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