With the collapse of the Big 12 through the machinations of the Big 10 and Pac-10 looking more and more imminent there begins to be a need for villains and scapegoats. Dan Wetzel of Rivals.com provides both, with Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany (pictured) and the Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe in the respective roles.Wetzel's column uses the backdrop of the failed push for a playoff a few years ago by the SEC and ACC. The moved was opposed by the traditionally joined at the hip Big 10 and Pac-10. Dan Beebe decided to side with the later two conferences, and the idea was dead in the water.Wetzel claims that Delany's opposition had more to do with self interest than tradition."It’s clear now that Delany used opposition to a football playoff not to preserve some bit of “tradition.” His expansion plans clearly indicate he cares nothing about that. It certainly wasn’t done for the sake of aiding Big Ten football, since a playoff with on-campus home games likely would’ve helped his teams.The goal was to starve out the Big 12, Big East and even the ACC of the hundreds of millions a playoff would’ve given them and thus turn the future of college sports into a battle of television sets."Wetzel is even more vicious on Beebe, treating him like an hapless Daniel Webster to Delany's devil."Delany couldn’t assure that the Big Ten would’ve done well in a football playoff. Maybe the league would’ve succeeded, maybe not. With 26 percent of the nation’s population, tradition rich clubs and its own cable network though, the Big Ten will always dominate if everything boils down to TV revenue. It was a genius, cutthroat throat play. He set the terms of the game so he’d win. The Pac-10, led by aggressive new commissioner Larry Scott, is taking advantage also. I’m not blaming Delany here. I may not believe a 16-team Big Ten (or Pac-10) is in the best interest of the league’s current members (or the NCAA as a whole), but it’s not that big of a deal to me. Whatever happens, happens. Besides, it’s not Delany’s fault he’s smarter than the other guys."Sure you do, Dan.Wetzel suggests Beebe is not only responsible for the in all probable collapse of the Big 12, but also for college football losing out of hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been made from a playoff. That is the greater crime, from his perspective.(via Rivals.com)
Leave it to the Texas state legislature to throw a monkey wrench into the dreams of the Pac-10 to raid the Big 12 of its crown jewels. The Pac-10 reportedly wants to invite Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado into the Left Coast fold. Now comes reports that some Texas legislators would work to block any move by the Longhorns, Aggies, and Red Raiders unless the Pac-10 dumps Colorado for Baylor,the odd man out in the Big 12 South when it comes to expansion.There's a reason why Baylor didn't get an invite to the Pac-10. If the state of Texas were the Brady Bunch, Texas would be Greg Brady, Texas A&M would be Peter, and Texas Tech would be that product of a one night stand that Mike never told Carol about. Baylor? He'd be cousin Oliver, the one who's pretty much there and nobody really likes.Texas is the real prize the Pac-10 is looking for. While Texas Tech could arguably earn an invite due to recent success, Baylor is a joke. and Texas A&M has pretty much been one in recent years. The only reason they get in the Pac-10 is because of certain state officials playing Laban to the Pac-10's Jacob, forcing the Pac-10 to take Texas weaker sister schools along with the Longhorns.(via Dr. Saturday)
Rafael Nadal wins the French Open title. I just want to know when Nike hired Greg Brady to design tennis apparel.(Yahoo! Sports)Today's list: "Top 5 camps in MMA". At least one blog's opinion. (Top Cheddar)Elton John performs at Rush Limbaugh's 4th wedding. No word if he played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight," but it would be the most ironic rendition ever if he did. (Entertainment Weekly)CBS Sports World Cup coverage will include Steve Nash. Because Nash doesn't have anything else important to do right now. (Bleacher Report)
(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?)It was mentioned in passing in yesterday's "Moment of Tebowness" that Tim Tebow had been sporting a little bit of a beard lately. Now comes some visual proof of The Tebeard, courtesy of Becket Media. This was at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premieres event. It's barely a little over scruffiness, but somehow His Tebowness pulls it off.
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)The Most Interesting Man in the World...(Of Hawkeye football). Yep, it's more fun with America's quarterback Ricky Stanzi. Remember, Ricky Stanzi is America, and you can too.How interesting is Ricki Stanzi? He once killed a bear with a spork. (Black Heart Gold Pants)Jaws is alive! A metal shark created for Universal Studios cast from the original mold used from the film has been rediscovered. (Yahoo! Movies)M*E*T*S. Oliver Perez goes to the DL with a knee injury. Fellow Mets silently cheer the move. (Hardball Talk)Sam Bradford hasn't made it to Rams' first team yet. Somewhere in Colorado, Bronco's third string QB Tim Tebow is saying "Ha Ha!" (Pro Football Talk)List of the Day: "The Best and Worst Hollywood Vampires." Guess where Twilight ranks. Though Love at First Bite doesn't get a mention and it's awesome (if only for Dracula in a disco. Dancing to "I Love the Nightlife." (UPROXX)Quote of the day. "South Carolina is the Orient of the South. The people eat rice and worship their ancestors." (Leather Helmet Blog)Song that makes me want to throw Drew Magary through a brick wall. "Mongoose" by Elephant's Memory. The band backed up John Lennon on the Some Time in New York City album. "Mongoose" predates this by several years, and is just an awesome trippy song.
Colorado Rockies' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki comes to the place with Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." blaring. And now he looks like her father, Billy Ray. Mullet fans rejoice, because Tulowitzki is sporting the hairstyle Jared Allen gave up for marriage (for now). And he's doing it for the kids.Tulowitzki is growing the hockey hair in support of the Rockies' "Wins for Kids" charitable campaign that helps out Colorado Special Olympics and The Children's Hospital of Denver. As long has fans donate the cash, he grows the mullet out.(via Walkoff Walk)
First the expansion silliness infecting the blogosphere pelted the internet with mindless speculation. Then came tiny fragments of truth, And now? What passes for humor on the internet.The Michigan blog Maize n Brew presents the Big 12 as the cheerleading squad at College Football High School, complete with bickering, infighting, and loads of the kind of behaviors parents don't their children involved in.Of course the main gist of the exploration of silliness is that certain Big 12 cheerleaders being asked out by the Pac 10. Six of the girls teams get asked, but the rest don't. Mindless but funny high school humor ensues. (And a lot of not Sunday School approved language, so be warned.)Of course if you wanted to take the high school analogy further, the Big 12 cheerleaders probably wouldn't be that crazy about the Pac-10 in real life. That's because the Pac-10 is more like the Glee Club. And even though Glee is the hot show on TV, deep inside you'd be worried if your kid were part of it. The Big East is of course the basketball squad. The Big 10 is lime student government, who all like to pretend they run the place. Who really does run the place? The SEC. They're the football team.(Maize n Brew, via Black Heart Gold Pants)
Ken Shamrock a.k.a. "The World's Most Dangerous Man" wants up to beat up his adopted brother Frank. This apparently has to do with Frank's treatment of their late adoptive father.A fight between Ken and Frank Shamrock probably sounds better than it actually would be in real life (like most UFC PPV headline fights lately). Still, a season of The Ultimate Fighter with these two as coaches might be interesting. How about it, Dana? (via MMA Fighter Videos)
(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?)Mark your calendars for September 9, and get your groove on. The creators of the Broncogator apparel line are planning what they refer to as "the world's second largest cocktail party" when Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos come to Jacksonville to face the lowly Jaguars on the first week of the NFL's 2010 season. (The first one in that category would be that Georgia-Florida game that Dr. Evil Michael Adams doesn't like referred to by that name).Obviously the idea of a cocktail party in honor of His Tebowness speaks of great irony, due to his Christian background. But Broncogator creator Ed Marlow puts the celebration in some context. "Knowing Tim, I doubt that'd be something he'd participate in," Marlow said of Tebow's strict Christian beliefs.. "But I've heard of virgin cocktails, which are alcohol free."In that case maybe Marlow can get Dr. Evil to show up.(via Click Orlando)In other Tebow-related news. Denver has released QB Tom Brandstater, which officially makes Tebow the Broncos' number three QB, behind Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. (Denver Post)Tebow and McDaniels getting shaggy. Both Tebow and Bronco's coach Josh McDaniels are both sporting beards. McDaniels claims it as an "OTA beard," while Tebow puts the blame on "laziness." If they start dressing alike, be afraid. (PostBroncos twitter)
GQ's 50 Coolest Men in the World. Most of whom are so cool that you've never even heard of them. Prince Harry is number one. Dude served in Afghanistan, so I won't argue with it. (Your Hollywood Gossip, via Kissing Suzy Kolber)Tom Brady is 23rd on the same list. And KSK doesn't even top to think to remind readers of that one pic Brady probably wishes he hadn't agreed to:(Kissing Suzy Kolber)Stupid stunt of the day. Strasburg, Va. may change its name to Stephen Strausburg. (Big League Stew) Fedor Emelianenko entering Russian politics? Emelianenko is among a list of possible candidates in the Russian version of congress by United Russia, the ruling party in the Russian government. (Bloody Elbow)Jonathan Crompton now the world's most valuable catfish. The former Tennessee Volunteer quarterback signs a reported four-year $2.68 million deal with the San Diego Chargers. That's a lot of miney for holding Philip Rivers' clipboard. (Go Vols Xtra, via Rocky Top Talk)Heidi Klum vs. Brooklyn Decker for Esquire "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament final. This is still going on? I stopped caring after Lane Kiffin and Olivia Munn got knocked out. (Esquire)
A month after appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair with Christiano Ronaldo, it appears that Didier Drogba's run in the World Cup might be over before it even started. Drogba was injured in a friendly game between the Ivory Coast and Japan. He collided with Japanese player Tulio Tanaka fifteen minutes into the game. Drogba is reported to have a fractured elbow.This does bring up a serious question of whether appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair is a curse on the level the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover curse. It's something for athletes to think about the next time Annie Leibovitz wants to photograph them in their underpants.(UPDATE:) The latest report that Drogba's elbow is only "dislocated," so there might be a chance he makes it to the World Cup.(Yahoo! Sports, Dirty Tackle)
Death Valley dismissal. Clemson has dismissed Jamie Crumble after the defensive lineman was arrested on May 28 for assault. (Dr. Saturday)Expansion silliness. A call for the SEC to go after Texas A&M rather than Texas by an LSU blog. Mike the Tiger wants a new mouse to play with, it would seem. (And the Valley Shook)North Carolina the most profitable ACC basketball program. Plus a look at the rest of the ACC. (BC Interruption)We will have no UGA before its time. Georgia fans will have to wait for UGA VIII to make his debut. Keeper of the UGA dynasty Sonny Seiler is still looking at possible candidates, all of which are still too young to be ready to roam between the Hedges. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Still more Tennessee schadenfreude. "20 Losses in 20 Years" hits the "top" 5 with a look at the Vols' 2000 loss to Florida. (Rocky Top Talk)Reason why fake Ryan Mallett is even better than the real thing. "Been watching Family Guy episodes on my IPOD Mini. Yo, my IPOD is navy blue from my Michichan days. Don't tell Bobby P!" (SummerofMallett)
Is the Big 12 still around? At the moment the conference seems to be like Schreodinger's conference, being alive and dead at the same time. (Dr. Saturday)Or, for an another analogy the Big 12 compared to the Austrio-Hungarian Empire. Which in some ways may not be too far off, both in structure and in impact on the conference map. (Leather Helmet Blog)Meanwhile, in an undisclosed hidden bunker somewhere in Destin, Fla., the SEC watches and waits. And admits that they will be talking about expansion in the wake of recent events. (Team Speed Kills)
Arrgh! Now this is how you raid a conference. At least if the rumor is true. The Pac-10 is reportedly going to send out invites to half the Big 12 to join their motley crew. The lucky scurvy varmints in the Pac-10's sight are reportedly Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado. This is according to a blogger with "multiple sources."Mind you, the SWRT philosophy in these matters is that "the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources." And that wild story about the Big 10's reported invite list went down like the proverbial lead balloon. So keep that thought in mind as you read it.If true, however, the Pac-12 would pretty much swipe the entire Big-12 South Division (sans Baylor). And with Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas reportedly looking at the Big 10, the conference would be pretty much toast. It's doubtful that the Big 12 could survive bringing in smaller schools like Houston or TCU.The only monkey wrench in the scheme might be Texas A&M might be more inclined to join the SEC. And Oklahoma might be more inclined to do so. (If the Sooners could figure out how to keep Oklahoma State and Texas on the schedule, my guess is they probably would.) That still would leave the Pac-12 with four new partners. Enough for two eight team divisions. The only drawback would be the need for add four teams from the current Pac-10 makeup to the four Big-12 teams.Arizona and Arizona State would be obvious choices for that division, but it would still need two West Coast teams. That would probably mean USC and UCLA. Add in at least two inter-divisional games and there would probably mean the Big 12 schools would have to make three or four trips to the West Coast per year. And even with predicted higher revenues, that does get expensive.The story seems to have enough legs on it to keep an eye on it, with the Pac-12 schools meeting this weekend the first real shot in the college football realignment revolution might be sooner than expected. Then again it might not.(via Orangebloods)
Sick of it all. (Cue The Primitives) I'm already tired of the Armando Galarraga Jim Joyce debacle. Don't hold your breath about Bud Selig stepping in to do anything about it.Foxborough, we have a problem. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are having issues with coming to terms on a new contract. (Yahoo! Sports)Meet Captain America. This is what the movie version of Captain America will look like.A little more practical maybe than the original comic book version. But it looks funny without tha wings on the head. And all the brown takes away from the red, white and blue imagery. (The Outhouse)
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