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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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 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 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.
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