Does the UFC strong-arm it's sponsors? A look into the influence the UFC has in the business runnings of its sponsors, including an incident where the promotion reportedly pressured Tapout into backing out of a deal with Fedor Emelienenko. (Bleacher Report) Quote of the day: Cage Potato on this weekend's Armageddon Fighting Championships 3: Evolution card: (Armageddon is fitting name for the promotion, since Kalib Starnes fighting for a title likely signals that the world is coming to an end.)(Cage Potato) Is there a reason to check out the Armageddon card? Maybe. Up and coming grappling sensation Robert Drysdale is making his professional MMA debut. (MMA Fighting.com) This may or may not be a real story. A GameStop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama reportedly altered the covers of NCAA Football 11, which features Tim Tebow to look like this: Kotaku contacted three GameStops in Tuscaloosa, and each denied the story. (SB Nation, Kotaku) You put vampires in my Bible story! Will Smith reportedly to produce and star in The Legend of Cain, described as “an epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with a vampiric twist.” It sounds like Will's been listening to too much George Noory and his band of Biblical revisionists. I sure don't recall reading about vampires in the Bible. (The AV Room) TBS honors Steinbrenner Seinfeld style. In tribute to the late Yankees owner, TBS will air ten episodes of Seinfeld in which George Costanza worked for the Yankees next week. (Larry David provided the voice of Steinbrenner) (Hardball Talk)
NCAA investigating UNC football. Quotted from a reply on Twitter to Tomahawk Nation: "you can take butch davis out of the U, but you can't take the U out of butch davis" (sic). (ESPN) Ole Miss' Rodney Scott, the SEC Sportsman of the Year, arrested for fighting on campus. If this wasn't on an SEC campus, I might actually be shocked by this. (SB Nation) Paul Finebaum says Mark Richt is on the hot seat. Shut up, Paul. (al.com) Mark Richt's reaction to Paul Finebaum. (I wish.) Phil Steele's "Coaches on the Hot Seat" list. Surprise! Mark Richt's not on it. But Les Miles, Ralph Friedgen, and NC State's Tom O'Brien are. (Phil Steele's College Football Blog) SEC Media Days online. Fans will be able to check out the events in Birmingham without having to leave home or the office. (al.com) Death Valley Schadenfreude. Shakin' the Southland's look at Clemson's worst losses of the 2000's hits the "Top" 5 with the 2008 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, where The Tigers went down to Alabama. (Shakin' the Southland)
It's not surprising that somebody made a parody of those strange-for-strangeness'-sake Old Spice commercials. What is surprising is that the place the following originates from is...Brigham Young University? For reals? Okay, that you can get a sandwich at the library is neat? But can you get a Mountain Dew to go with it? Didn't think so. (Via Andy Staples on Twitter)
A*Rod goes Hollywood. Alex Rodriguez will appear with Justin Timberlake in a film called Friends With Benefits. Uh, haven't A*Rod and J.T. both been romantically linked to Cameron Diaz? Awkward! (SB Nation) David Beckham wants to grow up to be a professional Lego builder . I think he seen too many of those recreations of World Cup matches using Lego blocks. (Dirty Tackle) First look at Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern. Entertainment Weekly features Reynolds as Hal Jordan's alter ego on the cover of its newest issue. It looks a there's a little too much green on the costume, the texture of the costume is a little too much, and the mask looks stupid. Plus, the hair makes it look like it's Will Ferrell under the mask, and not Reynolds. (The Outhouse) Just for comparison, here's what GL's costume looks like in the comics. A "Guide to Nebraska for Big 10 Fans." Since this is from a Kansas State blog don't expect too much love for the Huskers from this. (Bring on the Cats) Golden State Warriors finds a buyer. Joe Lacob and Hollywood mogul Peter Guber are the new owners of the team. (Fanhouse)
(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 was at the ESPYs Wednesday night. Earlier in the day rappsports caught up with His Tebowness at the ESPN Style Studio. And sadly, they got him to talk about LeBron James. Tebow had to know that was coming sooner or later, but at least he handed it well.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Bobby Johnson retrospective. A look at the five biggest wins during Johnson's tenure as Vanderbilt head football coach. (Anchor of Gold) Punter controversy at Alabama. Not quite as stimulating as a quarterback controversy, but anything controversy not involving alcohol, bar fights, and red panties is welcome this time of the year. (Roll 'Bama Roll) Pat Summit's son walks-on to Vols basketball team. Young Tyler Summit sees this as a stop on the path to becoming a coach someday. Bruce Pearl had better watch out. (Go Vols Xtra) Does South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner deserve a raise? After winning the College World Series, the answer is a definite "probably." The problem is that South Carolina probably can't afford to give him one. (Garnet and Black Attack) Da'Rick Rogers was allegedly pepper-sprayed in Vol Brawl. No word on who did the spraying. But this could only be better if he was tased. (Rocky Top Talk)
Just what the world needed...a "Men on Film"-esque comedy segment about two eager but obsessive Tim Tebow fans. I'm half convinced this is the work of two 'Bama fans. If only because Dawg fans would never come up with something so lame.
If this doesn't summon the Corinthian in your dreams, nothing will.
All-time low ratings for All-Star Game. Last night's rating was a 7.5. Maybe if the actual game didn't start around 8:55 maybe more people would watch. (Yahoo! Sports) NBA team moving to Las Vegas? A group in Las Vegas claims they are on the verge of purchasing an NBA team, and plan to move it to Las Vegas. The Pistons, Hornets, Kings, and Grizzlies are the favorites as being the target. (SB Nation) Is retirement in the near future for Georges St. Pierre? It has a lot to do with there being few worlds left to conquer in the the the Alexander of the UFC welterweight division. (Cagewriter)
Your Ricky Stanzi "America, love it or leave it!" moment of the day: The Marines are looking for a fBy Juan Cena in SWRT on July 14, 2010
The Marines are known for their toughness and fierceness in battle. But they do have a gentle side when it comes to some of the smaller creatures who have gotten caught in the crossfire of war. "Three US marine (sic), Brian Chambers, Chris Berry and Aaron Shaw, started a mission to help bring home the kittens they have befriended while serving in Afghanistan . With generous donations from cat lovers and help from Noward Dogs animal rescue, Kiki and Keykey, two lovely ginger kitties, have successfully made it home in the US. Unfortunately 2 other cats, Simba and Ra-Ko, lost the battle against their illnesses a few weeks ago." Kiki is now in a new home in America. Awesome story. (via Unique Scoop, thanks to Matt Ufford for pointing this out via Twitter)
If you don't think that Cavs' fans aren't bitter about LeBron James, check this shirt out from LeQuitJames.com. (Cue the Carolina Liar)
Bobby Johnson resignation at Vanderbilt. Press conference at 2 P.M. EDT on announcement. Still time for Johnson to pull an Urban Meyer. (Anchor of Gold) Vol Brawl update. Investigation into Vol Brawl hampered by "inconsistent testimony." (Rocky Top Talk) Terrapins vs. Longhorns? Maryland is reportedly in negotiations to play Texas in 2014 and 2015. "Home" game for Terps would be played at FedEx Field. (Washington Post) Previewing SEC Media Days. Tony Barnhart gives his readers a rundown of what next week in Birmingham will be like. (Mr. College Football) Clemson schadenfreude. The Clemson "Worst if the 2000's" list continues with #6 and the 2006 loss to Virginia Tech. (Shakin' the Southland) Matt Stinchcomb for Georgia AD? Well, apparently there's a Facebook page for it. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Anchor of Gold is reporting that Vanderbilt head football coach Bobby Johnson is resigning. 680 the Fan's Chuck Oliver has also reported this on Twitter. No other details at this time, and no official statement from Vanderbilt. (via Anchor of Gold)
(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)
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