(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Is Zach Lee the answer to LSU's prayers? Maybe, that's going a little too far. But so is LSUFreek's photoshopping purple wings on his back and giving him a halo. I was kind of hoping that stuff would end in the SEC with Tebow graduating. (And the Valley Shook ) Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton says Vol Brawl "just tears me up." (Go Vols Xtra) A history of "Up With the White and Gold." A look at the history of the Georgia Tech fight song that doesn't have all the of cussing and drinking references in it. (From the Rumble Seat) Alabama's Greg McElroy at Manning Passing Academy. The BCS champion quarterback was a counselor with other top collegiate QB's. (Tide Sports.com) The Egg Bowl will be the "boiling point in the SEC" this year. Because Mark Schlabach says so. (ESPN, Red Cup Rebellion) Looking at Georgia's defense. As in Todd Grantham's squad, not the lawyers handling Dontavius Jackson Tavarres King's court cases. Despite optimism with a defensive coordinator not named Willie Martinez, Dawg fans may have to be willing to give Grantham and his crew time to develop. (Dawg Sports) Mississippi State "on the rise." Because USA Today said so (USA Today) Kentucky's Chris Matthews misses LA's "authentic Mexican food." Apparently the Taco Bell in Lexington isn't cutting it. (The Courier-Journal)
From the cage to the pen. War Machine (the fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver heading to prison after pleading guilty on two assault charges and a parole violation. (San Diego Union-Tribune, Cagewriter) Ross and Busiek reunite. Marvels creators Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross will reunite for Dynamite Entertainment's Kirby: Genesis. It's a project featuring lesser-known and never-seen characters created by Jack Kirby, co-creator of Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. (The Outhouse) Michigan State plays Florida Atlantic at Ford Field in Detroit. This was supposed to be a home game for The Owls, but money issues have delayed the school's new stadium from opening until next year. Which is why this match-up sounds like a Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. (Detroit Free Press) Super Mario Rejects Excitebike in a Super Mario Bros. game does bring up an idea, though. Why hasn't Nintendo done a Mario Kart/Super Smash Bros. mash-up? Who wouldn't want to go Mario Karting with Seamus or Kirby? (Or have they done this and I'm just not gamer enough to know?) (Black Heart Gold Pants)
"Summer of Mallett" (the fake Ryan Mallett on Twitter) posted a link of this on his Twitter account. So I guess it counts as sports. (via As Seen in Shreveport)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Ponder interviewed. Christian Ponder talks about the differences between playing under Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher, rehabbing his shoulder, and the CP7forHeisman website. (The Sporting News, Tomahawk Nation) Greg McGarity should be named Gerogia's next athletic director. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (Mr. College Football) Mark Richt lays down the hammer. Richt suspends Dontavius Jackson and Tavarres King after the tho were arrested on "alcohol-related charges" over the weekend. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) South Carolina schedules Central Florida. At least one Gamecock blog is unimpressed. (Leftover Hot Dog) Everybody else is doing it, so why can't we? Florida had four NCAA secondary violations in the past year. Two involved Facebook, one one involved "impermissible protective gear." (Orlando Sentinel, EDSBS) Clemson is fashion awkward. A tirade about the Tiger's nine possible combinations of purple, orange, and white uniform variations. I hear Georgia has some used black jerseys and pants if you want them. (Shakin' the Southland) And while we're on the subject of Tigers...It's LSU week at Team Speed Kills.
You know that idea you had to make and sell Lebron James/Dwayne Wade/Chris Bosh "nWo" t-shirts? Well tough. Somebody beat you to it. For the visual proof click here. (I'd post an image of one, but the site won't allow it) Just know that great minds think alike. (I just have to work on my idea for a "Paul the Psychic Octopus" toy a little faster now.)
But this is still the greatest moment in soccer history.
(Time for another "Covering Dixie Like Mildew"/"What Passes for Life" mash-up.) Vol Brawl fallout. A call for a change in the culture at Tennessee that's produced three high level incidents of run-ins with the law by members of the Tennessee Vols' football team. (Rocky Top Talk) Jacare Souza will fight Tim Kennedy for vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Belt. The two fighters will compete for the title vacated by Jake Shields on August 21 at Strikeforce "Houston." (Bloody Elbow) The End of the Day for Spider-Man? The controversial "Brand New Day" storyline, which retconned Peter Parker's marriage to Mary Jane out of existence, is rumored to be ending with Amazing Spider-Man #647. The series has reportedly lost a third if its circulation since the storyline began. (The Outhouse) What could be lamer than Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert's comic sans "Open Letter to Fans?" This "Open Letter to Tech Football" parody. (From the Rumble Seat). Vanilla Ice to perform post-game concert for Tampa Bay Rays. I thought the Rays were trying to attract fans to home games, not repel them. (Big League Stew) Fun Ndamukong Suh fact of the day. "Suh's first name means "House of Spears" in the language of his (Cameroon-born) father's Ngema tribe." (Shutdown Corner)
As if Derek Dooley didn't have enough trouble with the Vol Brawl, it looks like Swiperboy has recruited a member of the Vols football team to be one of his minions, Meet sophomore tight end Matt Wegzyn a.k.a DJ Wegz. Tennessee is Swiperboy's school. Derek Dooley only coaches the team.
Yeah, somebody went there. LeBron's obviously Hollywood Hogan. But it's hard to tell if Wade is Kevin Nash and Chris Bosh is Scott Hall, or vice versa. Either way, let's hope one of them doesn't booze their career away like Scott Hall has. (Thanks to Greg "Zechs" Novak for finding this)
Just when Dawg fans thought they could get a few laughs over the Vol Brawl, along comes some members of the football team getting arrested on alcohol-related charges. (So what else is new?) Dontavius Jackson (running back) and Tavarres King (wide receiver) were pulled over by police Saturday morning. Jackson "was charged with six misdemeanors, including driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and underage possession of alcohol," while King "was charged with underage possession of alcohol." No word if red panties were found in the vehicle. Mark Richt can't get a break, can he? (via Athens Banner-Herald)
(Your Moment of Tebowness is SWRT's recurring feature on the cultural phenomenon that is His Tebowness. Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?) One of the perks of being an professional athlete is that you get a shoe deal. One of the perks of being a sports star is that you get your own shoe. Needless to say, It didn't take Nike long to both sign Tim Tebow to a deal, or to come out with a Tebow shoe. The EA Sports x Tim Tebow Trainer 1.2 is a limited edition shoe made in conjunction with the release of EA Sports NCAA Football 11 video game. It's obviously made in Florida colors of Blue and orange. Here Tebow accents it with a simple Nike shirt and a pair of grey Nike shorts. Maybe a little too casual, but this is an athletic shoe he's pimping. And wearing sneakers with a three-piece suit makes you a dork. The shoe is full of subtle and non-subtle Tebow and Florida references. It's made with a "blue synthetic nubuck and gator skin base." The left show is emblazoned with "PROMISE September 28, 2008," in reference to the now legendary "Promise" speech. The right shoe features the dates of Tebow's Heisman win, Florida's BCS titles, and His Tebowness' All-American Team honors. This is a limited edition shoe, and it's bound to go fast. (via Sole Collector)
Go take your Johnson out for a spin... (via Leather Helmet Blog)
It was a busy first day back from vacation for Derek Dooley. Coming back to deal with players getting arrested in a bar brawl involving an off duty police officer is never good. With Darren Myles dismissed from the team, and Marlon Walls Greg King suspended indefinitely, Dooley made sure to show his team that he was in charge and that he was willing to lay down the law. Dooley posted this message on Twitter Friday night. "Tough day for the VOLS, but we will learn, grow, and never forget that playing and working for Tennessee is a privilege, not a right." Hopefully the rest of the team will learn that lesson. (via Go Vols Xtra)
LeBron James will wear number 6 with the Miami Heat. So does this make Miami "The Village?" (Ball Don't Lie) The big winner in the LeBron sweepstakes is...Tom Izzo? By turning the Cleveland Cavaliers down, The Izzo may be the only person involved in this whole debacle that comes out smelling like a rose. (The Dagger) Double your Nogueira, double your fun. Twin brothers Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will both fight on UFC 119 against Frank Mir and Ryan Bader respectively. (Cagewriter) X-Men: First Class cast. Includes James McAvoy playing Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and Alice Eve as Emma Frost. How faithful to the earlier X-Men films, or the early Stan Lee and Jack Kirby issues of "The Strangest Super-Heroes of All!"(Ain't It Cool News) Cliff Lee to the Yankees Rangers. Lee reportedly winds up in Texas when deal with the Yanks breaks down. (ESPN)
What do Salman Rushdie and vuvuzelas have in common? They've both had fatwas declared on them. "A fatwa by the (United Arab Emirates') General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments declares that the now-famous blast from the plastic vuvuzela is not permitted in the Gulf country if it exceeds 100 decibels — about the sound of a passing train. It says the typical vuvuzela blast is up to 127 decibels." Okay a fatwa declared by the UAE doesn't have the cache that a fatwah declared by the Ayatollah Khomeini does, but it sure is funny, at least in this case. And the vuvuzela deserves a fatwa more than Rushdie ever did for writing The Satanic Verses. (via AP, Gawker)
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