(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)
How are Clemson fans reacting to South Carolina winning the College World Series? By calling on Clemson head baseball Jack Leggett to resign, apparently. Which is exactly what DrB of Shakin the Southland did. "Who here can honestly tell me that Jack will not always be remembered for 2002 and 2010? 17 years of successful baseball and 6 CWS appearances mean absolutely nothing to us if you can't get into the national championship series by defeating the Gamecocks. It is unacceptable."Ouch. But then if your school's markedly inferior (at least in your eyes) in-state rival (at least athletically) beat you and went on to win a championship, you'd probably be bitter too. (via Shakin the Southland)
(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?) Blood donors in Fort Pierce, Florida will be in the running for a special treat: A private reception with Tim Tebow. People who sign up for "The All American Blood Drive" on July 2 at a local restaurant will get the chance to be entered in a drawing to meet His Tebowness on July 3. . Those that don't will still get a chance to get his autograph at a signing event befitting Tebow's foundation. And here's a video with details on the event. (via TCPalm.com)
Though all the powers that be in the Big 12 have been all "happy happy joy joy" about the deal to keep the conference from imploding, it seems that Tommy Tuberville failed to get the memo on the good news. In an interview with Rivals Radio, The new Texas Tech coach didn't seem to think that the Big 12's big fix would last. "I don't think this conference will last long because there is too much disparity between all the teams," Tuberville told host Bill King. "In the SEC, for instance, Vanderbilt makes as much money in the television contract as Florida. Everybody is good with it. Everybody is on the same page. Everyone gets the same votes. "That doesn't happen here in the Big 12. We have some teams that get a little bit more money and have a little bit more stroke than some of the other teams. And when that happens, you're gonna have teams looking for better avenues to leave and reasons to leave." From the sound of things, it seems that Tuberville is picking up where Mike Leach left off when it comes to being an outspoken Texas Tech head football coach. His bosses in Lubbock must be thrilled to hear about that. (via ESPN)
Congratulations to the South Carolina Gamecocks on winning their first ever College World Series. Steve Spurrier's gonna be jealous of Ray Tanner for a minute or two at least. (via Rivals.com)
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(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) "How to Be "Macho Man" Randy Savage." About fifteen years after it really mattered. (Uproxx) If the NBA Draft had a soundtrack...The Cleveland Cavaliers part would be accompanied by Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U," since they serve LeBron James whether they like it or not. Or for that matter, whether LeBron James even cares or not. (Ridiculous Upside) Laser Show on hold. Dustin Pedroia out six weeks with broke left foot. (Yahoo! Sports) Where have all the ties gone? Ivan Maisel laments on the lack of ties around college coaches' necks. (ESPN) Is Jerry Buss obsessed with the Eighties? The possibility that Jerry Buss' issues with Phil Jackson are over the desire of the Lakers' owner to return to the "Showtime" style of basketball. (The Association) Seth Petruzelli returns. The man who destroyed the myth of Kimbo Slice (and the EliteXC promotion along with it) is back in the UFC with a fight against Ricardo Romero on Saturday's UFC 116 card. (Cagewriter) Kevin Millar goes to a dark, scary place...inside Carlos Zambrano's head. (Big League Stew)
(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?) Here's Tebow at the NFL Rookie Symposium, talking about his experience as an NFL rookie, Major Wright, and his new coach, Josh McDaniels. That is one ugly visor, though.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Foghorn Leghorn beats Yogi Bear. South Carolina takes Game One of the College World Series by whipping UCLA 7-1. One more win and they'll have a National Championship. (ESPN) Derrick Brooks will have number retired by FSU. The Seminoles will honor the linebacker by retiring his #10 jersey number Nov. 13, when the Seminoles play Clemson. (ESPN, WCTV) Does Ole Miss really need a mascot that bad? The Ghost of Jay Cutler (I kid you not) argues the search for a replacement is frivolous and that Ole Miss doesn't really need a mascot. (Red Cup Rebellion) Orange with envy. A call for expansion of Jordan-Hare Stadium to compete with Alabama's expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium. At least 'Bama had a good excuse to expand Bryant-Denny. They needed the place to look good for that statue of Nick Saban they're installing. (Track 'Em Tigers) The U comes to DVD. The now legendary ESPN 30 For 30 documentary on Miami will be released on DVD August 17. (The 7th Floor) "20 Losses in 20 Years." The look at Tennessee's worse losses of the past decade returns with a look at The Vols' loss to Arkansas in 1999. (Rocky Top Talk)
Here's the stadium intro for the 2010 season for Alabama. It's got what you would expect from a Tide intro. Boasting about stats, clips from last season, and computer animated elephants with...crimson face paint? PeTCAA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Computer Animated Animals) isn't gonna like that last part. As for the music selection...well, if you're going to use AC/DC I guess "Thunderstruck" is okay for a sports team. Though all those elephants makes me think of The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" a little more than AC/DC. (via Roll 'Bama Roll)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) Fedor tapout fallout. A look at the fallout from Fedor Emelianenko's shocking loss to Fabricio Werdum, especially what it means for Strikeforce. (Bloody Elbow) Ron Artest plans a parade. Artest will hold a parade in Queensbridge to celebrate his delusional ego the Laker's NBA championship. SB Nation has some interesting suggestions who should be in it. (SB Nation) Tim Burton to helm project new project with The Addams Family? The word is Burton might direct a stop-motion animation film in the style of the original Charles Addams cartoons from The New Yorker. You know, a Ron Artest stop-motion animation film directed by Tim Burton might just be creepier. It certainly would be kookier. (The AV Room) Well, somebody had to do it! Bobby Labonte becomes the first NASCAR driver with his own smartphone app. (From the Marbles)
Here's the least shocking news story of the day: Andy Roddick is out at Wimbledon. This time he was taken out by Yen-hsun Lu from Taiwan. This once again shows why the powers that be in the tennis world need to force Roddick to wear this out on the court: Or quite possibly... (via Yahoo! Sports)
(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?) Tim Tebow still hasn't signed his contract yet with the Denver Broncos, but it's sure to be for a lot of money. While the 25th pick in the NFL Draft won't get you the money Sam Bradford will be getting as the first pick, it will still be still be a lot of money for most Americans. Last year's 25th pick, cornerback Vontae Davis, signed a five-year $10.5 million deal with Miami. His Tebowness will probably see a little more money than that. Still, His Tebowness looks at his future membership in the millionaire's club in a way you would expect from someone like him. “Money really hasn’t meant anything to me and my family,” said Tebow, who grew up the son of missionaries. He proudly calls himself an MK: missionary kid. “Growing up, we really loved with little because we were often on missionaries.” Still, Tebow is excited about the impact his salary can make. “You do need money for the things I have planned,” he said. “To build orphanages and to help kids, you need money so I look forward to having that opportunity. … But I’m here for football not the money.” And apparently to extend his reach beyond the football field. too. (via ESPN)
There must be a logical reason why somebody is making videos of this to former NBA player and current Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. I just don't know what it is. (via Black Heart Gold Pants)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Chickens vs. Bears. South Carolina faces UCLA in the first game of the College World Series Monday night. (Los Angeles Times) SEC Coaches speak out. Eleven of the twelve head football coaches in the SEC speak out on a variety of issues. Nick Saban is the odd man out. But has reigning BCS champion, he got his own interview. (The Sporting News) Possible sign of the Apocalypse? Duke could possibly go to a bowl game this season. (Pre-Snap Read) Clemson's ten worst losses: 2000-2010. The start at a look at the worse Clemson defeats over the past decade looks at 2000's loss to Georgia Tech. (Shakin the Southland) Don't know much about history. John Calipari claims that the five Wildcat players who were drafted in the NBA Draft's first round constituted "the biggest day in the history of Kentucky's program." Most of the Wildcat nation probably wouldn't agree with him. Especially the ones the Lexington Herald-Leader spoke to. (KentuckySports.com, via Team Speed Kills) Possible Ole Miss mascots. A list of possible mascots from Old Miss' Mascot Selection Committee include a bear, a lion, a blues musician, and a land shark. Just get Admiral Ackbar and get it over with already. (Ole Miss Mascot Selection Committee, via Red Cup Rebellion)
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