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Why is Colt McCoy Smiling?

Why is Colt McCoy Smiling?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 24, 2010

You may have seen this picture of Colt McCoy floating on the internet, notably over at EDSBS. But exactly why is the Browns' rookie in such a rollicking jolly mood? Here are some possible answers. 1. "I left Texas just in time to avoid having the stench of the Big 12 fiasco rubbing off on me." 2. "Ever since I got knocked out of the BCS Championship, I've felt like so FABU! Pain killers are so awesome." 3. "I'm glad that I  don't have to worry about sharing a shower with Brady Quinn.  Tim Tebow had better not drop the soap in Denver." 4. "Someone laced my Gatorade at the Browns' training camp with ecstasy." 5. "You'd be happy to if you never had to face those creepy Aggies again." 6. "Things are going well. No one has suspected me yet. The plan for UT dominance of football continues. The Big 12 is in the hands of my Texas masters. It will only be a matter of time before the AFC North falls under its control as well. Texas shall reign supreme! (via EDSBS)

Today's soccer match against Algeria was great. But admit it, soccer fans...

Today's soccer match against Algeria was great. But admit it, soccer fans...

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2010

This is still the best moment in American soccer history.

What Passes for Life: SchadenFrance edition

What Passes for Life: SchadenFrance edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) SchadenFrance. Making fun of France's disastrous World Cup is funny.  Especially after the USA advances. (Deadspin) Florida Marlins break Fredi Gonzalez's heart. And they fire him too. (Fanhouse)  I'm  Ghanna Get You Sucka. Landon Donovan and crew face Ghana Saturday after the latter's loss to Germany. (Yahoo! Sports) Megan Fox wants to know what it's like to be a Rainmaker. Megan Fox wants to play the Gen 13 character Rainmaker if they ever make a Gen 13 movie.  She may have just cut that film's chances of happening in half. (AV Club) Autographed Strasburg rookie card bidding at $101,000. (Big League Stew)

Joker Phillips and Kentucky walk into thorny territory with camo pants

Joker Phillips and Kentucky walk into thorny territory with camo pants

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2010

Joker Phillips may have made his first tactical error as Kentucky head coach with the above yearbook cover. Phillips, flanked by two of his players, appear on the cover wearing BDU pants above the caption "Ready For Battle." The comparisons to war and sports are nothing new, and intertwining the two can get thorny at times. In cases like the San Diego Padres' alternate Desert Storm-era camo jerseys, it can be used to honor America's servicemen. At other times, it can fall into self serving parody.  Kellen Winslow is the obvious example here. College football and camo can be very tricky too. South Carolina and Maryland wore unis with camo designs last year, it was to honor Veterans Day and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. However, there is one rather infamous reason why college football programs might want to avoid the camo gear. Two words: The U. It's not the kind of image colleges really want their programs to be remembered by. Miami's infamous donning of the camo fatigues went hand in hand with the team's image as an outlaw program. Something Miami has tried to live down while at the same time trying to get back to the success of those teams of the 1980's. Imagine if John Calipari and not Joker Phillips was wearing those BDU pants. The sports media would have a field day raking him and Kentucky over the coals. Phillips and Kentucky's intentions with the BDU pants may have been good with that yearbook cover, but perception tends to overtake even the best of intentions. It might not have been the best move for a rookie football coach to make for a first impression. (via EDSBS, Military.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Terrapins, Tide, Gators, Hogs, and Pigs (Paul Finebaum)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Terrapins, Tide, Gators, Hogs, and Pigs (Paul Finebaum)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)  Maryland's Alex Wujciak is being watched. Wujciak is one the watch lists for the Nagurski Award, the Lombardi Award, and the Lott Trophy (Testudo Times) Sportsmanship is not extinct. Ole Miss' Rodney Scott awarded SEC's Sportsmanship award for lying still while medics attended to Auburn's Zac Etheridge, who had tackled him. (SEC Sports)  Will Arkansas be Alabama's toughest game in the SEC West? A look ahead at the game that might decide who goes to the ATL for the SEC Championship. (Insert usual jab at Ryan Mallett here) (Roll 'Bama Roll) Finebaum's "conference chaos" winners and losers." On a related front, Arkansas is declared a "loser" in the the expansion silliness of the past few weeks. Wrong! Arkansas is a winner because they're not under Texas' thumb like the rest of the Big 12. Paul, shut up. (al.com, via Arkansas Expats) Just a friendly reminder for Gator fans. John Brantley is the Gator's quarterback now, and not Tim Tebow. (Alligator Army) Possibly the dumbest list ever. "Boston College's Most Popular Sports Alumni." It has a soccer player (Charlie Davies), an off-the-bench basketball player (Jared Dudley), and an MMA fighter (Kenny Florian) ahead of Matt Ryan. FAIL! Ryan's probably better known in Boston than the other three. This is why people don't take Boston College seriously as a football school. (SB Nation Boston)

Mets give David Wright the (foam) finger, Lady Gaga style

Mets give David Wright the (foam) finger, Lady Gaga style

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2010

There's a reason why the New York Yankees are considered the pinnacle of all major American franchises. There's also a reason why the New York Mets are considered...well, The Mets. The Yankees have Monument Park and "New York, New York." The Mets have that giant Home Run Apple and now apparently, Lady Gaga. To help push David Wright in the All-Star Game balloting The Mets will be holding "Go Gaga for Wright" Night" tonight during their home game at Citi Field against The Detroit Tigers. (Wright is currently 100,000 votes or so behind the  Phillies' Placido Polanco for the slot at third base) The name is a sly nod to all the havoc Lady Gaga has caused both New York franchises in the past week. She gave the  Stone Cold Steve Austin salute at  Mets fans and paparazzi at Citi Field.  Then she got banned from the Yankees' clubhouse for invading it in a drunken stupor. Of course the Mets are going to honor this event (at least the Mets' part of it) by giving out 20,000 foam fingers with "Make Wright #1" printed on them. Classy, just classy. But at least they won't have the middle finger extended...hopefully. (via ESPN)

What Passes for Life: Skip Holtz,

What Passes for Life: Skip Holtz, "Kurt" Teixeira, TRON, and colored bacon (you heard me)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 22, 2010

Skip Holtz disses the Big East. “I hope USF (ends up) in a good, competitive conference.” That's never a good sign that your team's coach is a long-termer. (SB Nation) Mark Teixeira obsessed over Kurt Cobain as a teen. He called himself "Kurt Teixeria" for a brief while after Cobain's suicide. C.C. Sabathia reportedly called himself "C.C. Deville," until he found out the Poison guitarist wasn't dead. (I kid! I kid!) (Big League Stew) SyFy's new stunt: Let viewers votes decide what happens in one of their infamous made-for-TV  movies. Three words: Broncogator, The Movie. (Yahoo!news) Strikeforce compared to Japanese MMA promotions. But not in a good way. (Bloody Elbow) TRON Legacy toys and whatnot. A look at products from the long awaited TRON sequel. Some of this stuff actually looks good enough to get. (Ain't It Cool News) Colored Bacon.   Oh snap. (Bacon Today, Foodiggity, Deadspin)

Minor league baseball team to hold Twilight night

Minor league baseball team to hold Twilight night

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 22, 2010

There's no use to try to explain this minor league baseball promotion for the Binghamton Mets. It just is. But seriously, all fans get out of it are fake vampire teeth? Sheesh! How lame can you get? (Oh wait, this is a Mets minor league affiliate. Don't answer that question.)

No Vuvuzelas allowed at Big Ten games. THANK YOU!

No Vuvuzelas allowed at Big Ten games. THANK YOU!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 22, 2010

The way things are going Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney will become President Delaney someday. First he set off the mad rush of expansion, nearly causing the implosion of the Big 12. Now the conference has performed a great service to sports fans and humanity in particular, announcing that vuvuzelas fell under the category of "Nonpermissible Items" as an "irritant" (as a noisemaker). It's things like this that are bringing the Big 10 back to national prominence. Now if only the Big 10 could do something about those Ro-Tel ads. (via EDSBS)

NCAA and NFL drop the hammer on the Broncogator

NCAA and NFL drop the hammer on the Broncogator

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 22, 2010

The Broncogator phenomenon/merchandising scheme has hit a brick wall. Well, more like a wall of NFL and NCAA lawyers. Just as the Tim Tebow-inspired merging of the Denver Broncos and Florida Gators icons had slowly been slowly creeping into national prominence, along comes the NFL and NCAA to spoil all the fun. This statement has appeared at Broncogator's website. “As of Sunday the 20th at midnight, this site will be temporarily closed while we negotiate a redesign with the NCAA/NFL. We will be back ASAP, until then ALL ORDERS RECEIVED BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY WILL BE TAKEN AND HONORED. IF YOU ORDER, IT WILL SHIP WITH OUR CURRENT LOGO. We gave our word to try and work with them on a redesign and we will honor our word, to them and to you, our Broncogator fans.” “All orders already received will be handled the same as always as far as shipping, returns, exchanges, etc. We are NOT going anywhere. We will constantly be available every day to meet your questions and concerns and to provide great customer service!” Like they didn't expect that to happen. It is good that the parties involved seem to be working to come up with a suitable replacement for the original "Broncogator."  There needs to be a way to seperate the real Broncos fans from the jean shorts-wearing bandwagoners. (via Busted Coverage,  Sportress of Blogitude, ESPN))

South Carolina is

South Carolina is "neither Carolina nor USC."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 22, 2010

Kevin Noon of Rivals.com went on a little rant titled "Ten things I hate about you College Football." Among the shots at inflatable mascots, overpriced food at the concession stands, and Nike's using  Oregon as its own personal Barbie doll, this little gem about South Carolina shines the brightest. "Attention South Carolina, you are neither Carolina nor USC. This one just bother me to no end. I took an informal poll of people I know from across the nation and when I asked people to identify who the real USC was more than 95-percent of people picked the one that is on the west coast. The numbers were also very similar when I asked people who should be called Carolina between North and South. Just because you call yourself something doesn’t mean that you are. I would like to call myself a Pulitzer Prize but it wouldn’t make me one. From here on out you are either to identify yourself as South Carolina or The University of Super Chicken." Ouch. But that's what you get when you try to identify yourself as something other than "Gamecock." Or you're trying to hide the fact that your school's mascot involves something that's now socially unacceptable as cockfighting. Honestly, I prefer to just call them the "Free Range Chickens." A little long, but it brings the point across pretty well. (via Rivals.com, Carolina March)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Saban

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Saban "mellows," Dooley reads, Ponder rises

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 22, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)  Nick Saban claims he "mellowed." Excerpts from that Sporting News interview with Saban that everybody's talking about. (al.com) What's Derek Dooley reading? The best hair in college football is reading Neyland: The Gridiron General by Bob Gilbert. That's coming straight from Dooley's Twitter account (yes, he has one). (Loser With Socks) What do Virginia and the Titanic have in common? Five Virginia players jump ship. Cavaliers fans should be on the lookout for icebergs. (SB Nation) Under construction. A look at the Georgia's currently under construction training facility, and at the current "Dungeon" the Dawgs train in now. (Ledger-Enquirer.com, via Dr. Saturday) Christian Ponder's draft stock rising. The FSU QB is rated seventh overall by National Scouting, and is tied with Jake Locker for best available QB. (Tomahawk Nation) In praise of Mississippi. Well, somebody had to do it. (Leather Helmet Blog)

What Passes for Life: 6/21

What Passes for Life: 6/21

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) Batista jumping from WWE to MMA. He's doesn't have a contract yet, but he's been in talks with Strikeforce (no contract yet, though) (SB Nation) Johnny Miller compares US Open field to the Gulf oil spill. What does foot taste like, Johnny? (Devil Ball Golf) The NCAA would like to have a word with Iowa State. A Black Heart Gold Pants piece of madness. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Buzz Bissinger admits he's  an idiot "Twidiot." Congrats, Buzz. You're the last person to figure this out. (The New Republic, via Deadspin) Who will direct The Hobbit? District 9's Neil Blomkamp might be in the running. Original LoTR director Peter Jackson produced District 9, so it wouldn't be too much a surprise if he got the nod. (Ain't It Cool News)

Oh Snap! Moment of the Day: Vuvuzela Hero is real!

Oh Snap! Moment of the Day: Vuvuzela Hero is real!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2010

Oh snap! There actually is a real, playable version of Vuvuzela Hero. It's not a dream, not a hoax, not an imaginary story. The link is here. Sadly it's in all in French. So if you're like me and took Spanish, you're screwed. (But at least I'll be able to communicate with the majority population thirty years from now. I win.) Not surprisingly, there's also a Facebook page...also in French. But somehow it seems appropriate. (via Sportress of Blogitude)

Ewwwwwww! Matt Hamill fought with a staph infection.

Ewwwwwww! Matt Hamill fought with a staph infection.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2010

Matt Hamill fought through a lot of pain his Utlimate Fighter 11 Finale fight with Keith Jardine.  He overcame a hand that was broken in the first round, and getting poked in the eye by Jardine (on top of being deaf). He also fought with  staph infection on his back. On one hand fighting through injury shows what kind of heart Hamill has as a fighter. But it also exposes MMA continuing problems with staph infection. And arguably, Hamill shouldn't have been allowed to fight with such a condition. Especially since Jardine got bloodied up pretty well. (via SB Nation)

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