(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) Everybody else is doing it, so why can't we? A group of Nine Arkansas and Oklahoma-based Division II schools are applying to the NCAA to form a new conference. Don't be shocked if you see refugees from the Big 12 , Big East, and the WAC do this in a few years. (ESPN) Lloyd Carr retiring from University of Michigan associate athletic director position. The former Wolverine head coach leaving while there's a still a cloud hanging over the school from possible NCAA violations involving football team members training when they shouldn't have been? Is Carr leaving a sinking ship? (It's Always Sunny in Detroit) New Batman title. Popular artist David Finch will be writing and drawing a new Batman series titled Batman: The Dark Knight, which will feature the Caped Crusader in X-Files-esque stories. (The Outhouse) Rich Franklin auctioning cast off for breast cancer. Franklin broke his arm in his UFC 115 defeat of Chuck Liddell. The pink-colored cast is being auctioned off to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Cagewriter) J.J. Abrams Lost in Oz? J.J. Abrams is one of the directors mentioned as being in the running for the film version of Wicked, the novel-turned Broadway musical reimagining of The Wizard of Oz from the Wicked Witch of the West point of view. Maybe he'll turn the Cowardly Lion into a Cowardly Polar Bear. (Ain't It Cool News) Kevin Kolb in the hot seat. With Donovan McNabb traded to Washington and Michael Vick back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, the pressure is on Kolb to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl. (Shutdown Corner)
Well what did you think today's edition of "Your Moment of Tebowness" was going to be?
Another Cavalier is ditching the Mistake by the Lake proud and beautiful city of Cleveland. This time the agent of Zydrunas Ilgauskas has announced that the center will be joining former Cav teammate with the Miami Heat. No word yet if Cavs owner Dan Gilbert will be writing an open letter to Cleveland fans in Cyrillic font. (via Yahoo! Sports)
This is equivalent to Snoopy referring to Charlie Brown as "That Round-Headed Kid." (via EDSBS)
What's the cost to Alabama for moving its game with Georgia State up two days from November 20 , November 18? About $35,000 it turns out. That's the additional costs Georgia State is claiming that Alabama pay the fledgling program for its now-on-a-Thursday night confrontation. Costs include $22,500 for marketing, and $7,000 for travel. Plus the Panthers are asking that the school's 150 member band come on the trip. Consider it Georgia State head football coach Bill Curry's revenge for getting running him off in 1990. (via TuscaloosaNews.com)
(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)
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