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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Florida, Virginia Tech and More

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Florida, Virginia Tech and More

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 3, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)  Damon Evans in the doghouse. Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich's spin on the Damon Evans DUI arrest (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The Ghost of Dawgageddon Past. A profile of disgraced fromer Georgia men's basketball coach Jim Harrick. (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Recession? What Recession? Florida reports that The Swamp is sold out for the 2010 season. (Swamp Things) Virginia Tech always the bridesmaid? A look at how The Hokies never seem to live up to pre-season predictions of success. (Gobbler Country.) Clemson in the (Matty) Ice Age. The retrospective on Clemson's worst losses of the 2000's continues with 2007 20-17 loss to the Matt Ryan-led Boston College Golden Eagles coming in at number nine. (Shakin the Southland) Georgia Tech's "10 Best Wins of the 2000's." It doesn't get any better for Clemson here. Tiger losses to the North Avenue Trade School take up three of the top two spots on the list. (Yeah, you heard me. The Techies are using some of that government school New Math, I guess. ) (From the Rumble Seat) Alabama keeps its priorities straight. Fall break has been moved up a day to November 18 to accommodate the rescheduled Crimson Tide Thursday match-up with Georgia State. Imagine what they would do it were an actual game it mattered. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

Making the Stance: Looking at Heisman Hopefulls

Making the Stance: Looking at Heisman Hopefulls

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 2, 2010

Ryan Mallett disses The Mannings. The Arkansas quarterback drop out of participating at The Manning Passing Academy, a camp for quarterbacks run by Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning. Mallett claims conflicts with his class schedule and needing to recover from his broken foot. Than or he wasn't allowed to being his scooter on the field. (Arkansas Online) Another honor for the reigning Heisman winner. Alabama's Mark Ingram named  Roy F. Kramer SEC  Athlete of the Year (The Times-Journal) Dark horse of the day. Or is that a dark goat? A Heisman argument for Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs as a potential Heisman candidate. (Bleacher Report) Moore recognition. Boise State's Kellen Moore wins Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award for "outstanding male student-athlete." Which is sort of ironic considering this will be Boise State's last season in the WAC. (KTVB) Ricky Stanzi is not a Loser With Socks. A look at the Vibram Five Fingers Iowa QB  Ricky Stanzi wore during a recent interview. Those could be the feet of the next Heisman Trophy winner. (GazetteOnline.com)

Kentucky under NCAA investigation?

Kentucky under NCAA investigation?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 2, 2010

If TMZ Sports is to be believed the NCAA is investigating allegations that "four UK players, two current players and two recent NBA draftees"  might have 'had relationships with professional agents before they came to Kentucky." Well, that didn't take long. (via TMZ Sports, A Sea of Blue,  Rocky Top Talk)

Ricky Stanzi vs. Dirty Russian commie spies.

Ricky Stanzi vs. Dirty Russian commie spies.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 2, 2010

Just in time for the Fourth of July comes an all new Ricky Stanzi adventure from Black Heart Gold Pants. This time Ricky and his crew are hunting down dirty Russian commie spies. (What? Russia isn't communist anymore? Details, details.) But it looks like there might be a mole in his team trying to bring America's Hero down. Will Ricky Stanzi survive to save America in time for the start of the 2010 college football season, keep reading here to find out. (via Black Heart Gold Pants)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Damon Evans, Alabama, Orange Bowl predictions (already?) and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Damon Evans, Alabama, Orange Bowl predictions (already?) and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 2, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)  The image on the left is The Hermitage, the plantation home of American President Andrew Jackson. Located just outside of Nashville, it's a definite place to visit before you die. It's an absolute awesome experience.   UGA AD Damon Evans is sorry for his DUI arrest.  But at least he still has a job, for now, (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Damon Evans was set up. It's was all a conspiracy plotted by Georgia Tech. Quick, call George Noory. (Bubba 'n Earl Sittin' on the 50, via Leather Helmet Blog) (Yes, I think they're kidding.) Must SEC TV. Alabama's game against spanking new Georgia State has been moved up to Thursday, November 18. Which probably means it will be in prime time on ESPN or the SEC Network. The Million Dollar Band should come up with a special CSI-themed halftime show, complete with all those songs by The Who used in all of the CSI show's opening credits. It would have to be better than The Who's Super Bowl halftime show. (Roll 'Bama Roll) Turkey al la Orange? USA Today's Andy Gardiner Predicts that the 2011 Orange Bowl will feature Virginia Tech facing Pitt. His psychic friends remote viewers him so. (USA Today, Gobbler Country) The Christian Ponder for Heisman campaign is a waste of money. This coming from a North Carolina Tar Heel blog. Not that any Tar Heels are going to be up for a Heisman anytime soon. (Carolina March) Georgia Tech's "10 Worst Losses of of the 2000's."  Actually there are twelve losses mentioned, because apparently The Bees'  math skills are as bad as the Big 12's are. And they're supposed to be the smart school in Georgia.  But at least they put it all in one list instead of dragging it out like other blogs have.  (From the Rumble Seat) Alabama plans to forfeit 2009 victory against LSU. In your dreams, Bayou Bengals. (And the Valley Shook)

Bork! Bork! Bork! Swedish basketball recruit signs with Alabama

Bork! Bork! Bork! Swedish basketball recruit signs with Alabama

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 2, 2010

In what may be a first for Alabama, the Crimson Tide's men's basketball program have gotten a letter of intent from Carl Engstrom, a  center from Ystad, Sweeden. Engstrom is 7 foot 1, and weights 250 pounds (no, I'm not converting it into Metric). He'll be ready for the 2010-2011 season. ABBAbama  Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant is thrilled, saying "Carl brings great size and physicality to our incoming class and will be a very welcomed addition to our frontcourt. He comes from a very athletic family and is passionate about learning the game and competing at the highest level of collegiate basketball." It's not known yet if there are chef's hats made in hound's tooth fabric,  but some are bound to show up at basketball games if Engstrom is successful at ABBAbama Alabama. (al.com)

Chuck Liddell is a wax dummy. No really.

Chuck Liddell is a wax dummy. No really.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 2, 2010

Here's Chuck Liddell standing next to his newly unveiled wax likeness in  Madame Tussuad's Las Vegas wax museum. Liddell is so happy about it he's got his arms raised in...oh wait, that's the real Chuck on the left. At least I think it is. The question isn't how lifelike Chuck Liddell's wax doppelganger looks. It's whether or not is could last in the ring longer than the real Chuck has in his last few fights. Sadly, the answer is probably yes.  (via Cagewriter)

Strikeforce hit with a case of Strikefreude

Strikeforce hit with a case of Strikefreude

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2010

It hasn't been a great past seven days or so for Strikeforce. First it's most prominent fighter, Fedor  Emelianenko tapped out to Fabricio Werdum in the first round or their main event fight last Saturday night. Now The promotion has cut it's ties to Jake Shields, whom until now the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. Shields will probably head to the UFC.  Strikeforce certainly doesn't qualify this as being the "Best Week Ever." Dana White, on the other hand, just might. (via SB Nation)

What Passes for Life: LeBronageddon, Texas Rangers,

What Passes for Life: LeBronageddon, Texas Rangers,

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2010

Dumbest LeBron James news of the day. A minor league baseball team in Oklahoma City affiliated with the Texas Rangers offers LeBron James a contract. This is exactly the kind of lame stunt minor league baseball teams are famous for.  (Big League Stew) And speaking of Texas Rangers, a Major League team with minor league ownership: Texas Rangers may be auctioned off to highest bidder. The Texas Rangers are in such a financial mess that the COO appointed to oversee the team by the bankruptcy court has suggested the team be auctioned off.  Enjoy first place in the AL West while you can, Rangers fans. It might be a long time before you see it again. (Big League Stew) Underperforming college basketball teams. A list of NCAA men's basketball teams not getting their "bang for their buck." compared to the money spent on them. Includes Virginia and Indiana. (The Dagger) Deadspin declares Walker "Fudge" Van Hooser an early Name of the Year candidate. Sadly, Name of the Year apparently doesn't count nicknames, so he's a non-starter. Besides, my early money is on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. (Deadspin)

Favre hanging out with teenage boys in Mississippi

Favre hanging out with teenage boys in Mississippi

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2010

Brett Favre is reportedly throwing passes to high school football players in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This is good news for the Minnesota Vikings, who are bound to Favre like he was a wheel of fire.  Usually the news of the Cute Purple Dinosaur getting hot and sweatty under the blazing Mississippi sun with teenage boys means that he plans to play in the NFL. This is what Favre does as opposed to going to OTAs and other  voluntary camps with the rest of whichever team he ends up playing for. (via SB Nation)

Here's Damon Evans' DUI mug shot

Here's Damon Evans' DUI mug shot

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2010

And here's Mark Richt's reaction to the news. (At least it should be.) As for Georgia Fans reaction to Damon Evans DUI? Well they're probably having a laugh over their whiskey clear. (via EDSBS)

Oh snap! Swiperboy's got a protoge.

Oh snap! Swiperboy's got a protoge.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2010

We all know that Renaldo "Swiperboy" Woolridge is a rapper as well as a guard/forward for the Tennessee Volunteers' men's basketball team. But now it seems he's expanding his musical aspirations to helping out other rappers too. Here's his new protege Baby Mac, who is apparently a hip hot Gretchen Wilson. In the end, this may be Swiperboy's world, and we will only be living in it.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Urban Meyer, Christain Ponder, remodeling the Georgia Dome and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Urban Meyer, Christain Ponder, remodeling the Georgia Dome and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 1, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)         Urban Meyer's new contract with Florida isn't signed yet. ESPN tries to make this a bigger deal than it really is. (ESPN) More proof UGA is a drinking school with a football problem. Georgia AD reportedly arrested for a DUI. Well, this is awkward. (EDSBS) If you build it, the Cavaliers will come. Virginia signs a home-at-home deal with the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners, a school with a team that hasn't played its first game yet. Well, somebody had to do it. (Gobbler Country. Yes, a Virginia Tech blog reporting on its in-state rival. Anything for a laugh.) Is this a logo for the Christian Ponder for Heisman campaign? They said it couldn't be done, but somebody came up with something lamer than that Tom Brady  "TB12" logo. (Tomahawk Nation) Converting the Georgia Dome into a retractable roof stadium? There's an idea to turn the home of the Atlanta Falcons, the SEC Championship Game,  and the Peach Chick-Fil-A Bowl, among other events into a facility with a retractable roof stadium. Dawg Sports T. Kyle King isn't too crazy about the idea. (Dawg Sports) David Cutcliffe's Alabama ties. A profile of Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe, whom the Crimson Tide faces on September 18. Born in Alabama, Cutcliffe served as a student assistant coach under Bear Bryant. (al.com)

What Passes for Life: UFC, Michael Vick,  Wonder Woman

What Passes for Life: UFC, Michael Vick, Wonder Woman

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 30, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) UFC bans vuvuzelas for UFC 116 PPV. So the only obnoxious sound you'll here is Joe Rogan's voice. (Cagewriter) Michael Vick in trouble again. Vick's story about the shooting at his birthday party doesn't quite jive with the evidence. What's wose for Vick is that Roger Goodell probably isn't in that good of a mood after dealing with Ben Roethlisberger's birthday shenanigans. (ESPN) A history of football meanness. That's not what EDSBS calls it, but this is a more family-friendly site. (EDSBS) Shocking truth discovered. College basketball hasn't been a factor in all the conference expansion and realignment hysteria. (I Am the 12th Man) Wonder Woman gets revamped, with new costume. Color me unimpressed. It looks a little too similar to Black Canary's classic outfit, sans the fishnet stockings. And it lacks the iconic American flag imagery that made the Amazon Princess famous, Namely her star-spangeled derriere. ( The Outhouse, The AV Room)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gamecocks at CWS, Saban's statue, SEC coaches and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gamecocks at CWS, Saban's statue, SEC coaches and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 30, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)      Here's a Gamecock fan at the CWS. Even in the biggest of games old rivalries aren't forgotten.And neither is pimpin' for the ESPN cameras. (And the Valley Shook) Nick Saban's statue won't be ready for the start of Alabama 2010 season. It's taking a little time to get Saban's likeness correct. That and the altar where 'Bama fans can sacrifice small birds, mammals, and reptiles in his name isn't compliant yet with the American With Disabilities Act. (I kid). (al.com) Paul Finebaum ranks SEC coaches. Surprise! Nick Saban is on top. (al.com) Georgia Tech's AD gets an extension and a raise. Dan Radakovich gets an extension through 2015 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) SEC won't change basketball tournament seeding process. Which might irk some Tennessee fans. (GoVolsXtra) Jordan-Hare should be better, not bigger. An argument for Auburn to simply improve the facilities at Jordan-Hare stadium, rather than try to compete with the expanding Bryant-Denny stadium at Alabama. (The War Eagle Reader)

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