The Stanley Cup Finals are fast approaching, and the fever is hitting Chicago pretty hard. Even landmarks like the Art Institute of Chicago are getting into the act, by topping the lion statues that guard the front of the Institute with hockey helmets.It's supposed to invoke feelings of pride (pardon the pun) and a show of support for the Blackhawks. But for some reason it reminds me of David Wright wearing that extra-protective batting helmet.That's probably not what the Art Institute intended.(via Puck Daddy, Battle of California)
It's not been Landon Donovan's week. First the US Soccer team gets beat by the Czech Repulbic in a "friendly" soccer match by a 4-2 score. Now even the copying machine is giving him problems in this ESPN "This is Sportscenter" commercial.To be honest, this is the best "Sportscenter" commercial since the one where Arnold Palmer makes an Arnold Palmer.
This is Hutson Mason, recent a recent high school graduate and signee to Georgia who Dawg fans a-buzzin' if you should pardon the expression). If the Bulldog Nation got anymore excited about Mason, it would have to be fitted with an ankle bracelet.This picture of Mason recently appeared online at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's website. As you can tell, photographer Jason Getz got a little creative here. Maybe too creative. This picture features Mason, in what I assume is his high school football jersey, photographed through a tire with a football placed inside of it. He's sitting down, his left elbow resting on a football, while he holds another football atop his right knee. At his feet are a trio of footballs. Gee you think he plays football or something? This looks more like a cheesy graduation photo than a newspaper photo. (And Getz is an AJC staff member, so I assume it's not).Mason's signing has raised up the Bulldog fans' hopes of a brighter football future. He also seems to have raised the level of artistic pretentiousness up a notch or two.(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)Stylin' and Profilin'. Here is Ryan Mallett modeling the new Arkansas uni. Hard to figure out which is least impressive: him or the uni. (Arkansas Expats)Meet "Baby Tusk." On a related front, here is the future Tusk IV, mascot of Arkansas. This is probably the biggest commotion a pig on a leash can get. Baby Tusk is more impressive looking than Mallet, though. (Arkansas Razorbacks.com)A look forward to the 2010 season. A look at what could go right and what could go wrong for all 12 SEC teams in 2010. (Dawg Post.com)And now a look back. A look at the most six winningest SEC programs since 1983. Obviously Florida is first, followed by Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and LSU. Take out vacated and forfeited wins, and 'Bama drops to fifth. (Third Saturday in Blogtober)Obligatory look up North of the day. Boston College is looking for a team to play in 2014 after the University of New Hampshire backs out of facing the Golden Eagles in that season. Here's an idea, man up and play an SEC team. Or at least am FBS team. (BC Interruption)Duke football prospect Shaquille Love. He may never play at Duke. He may never do anything notable college football-wise. But Shaquille Love is at least looking like a good "Name of the Year" candidate. (Blue Devil Nation)It's Mississippi State week at Team Speed Kills. More Cowbell. (Team Speed Kills)
Christiano Ronaldo is reportedly livid over that Vanity Fair cover where he peeled down to his skivvies? What getting his boxer briefs in a bunch is that he claims he didn't expect to be sharing the cover with an equally skivvied Didier Drogba. Ronaldo is even threatening to sue the magazine over the manner. Aparently he's learned the adage around here that athletes and photo shoots don't mix.(via Dirty Tackle)
Florida Atlantic celebrates conference title with pool party. In their unis, no less.FAU's baseball coach jumps in pool to celebrate @ Yahoo! Video(Big League Stew)John Fogerty to preform "Centerfield" at 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It took MLB/the HoF 25 years to figure out that this would be a good idea. (Sportress of Blogitude)Think the 2012 Olympic Mascots were bad? Check out Fast Company's look at FIFA World Cup mascots. Some of them slightly stereotypical. (Fast Company, via Deadspin)Phil Jackson will not return to the Bulls. Because Jay Mariotti says so. (And honestly, he makes some sense. That's almost a first.) (Fanhouse)Your daily Moment of Tebowness. Forbes columnist thinks the Jacksonville Jaguars screwed up by not drafting Tebow. Then again, the columnist is an admitted graduate of Florida. (Forbes)New MMA Nicknames. The blogger who come up with the "10 UFC Sponsors Who Make Me Embarrassed to Like UFC" list come up with some new nicknames for MMA fighters. Some of them probably should be used. (UPROXX)Joe Mauer screams for ice cream. Joe Mauer has a new endorsement deal with Minnesota diary. (WCCO)
There's just no use in trying to describe this, it just is.Behold....the Broncogator Shirt.Today a Tim Tebow themed Denver Bronco/Florida Gator mashup t-shirt, tomorrow Broncogator, the SyFy movie. Just wait.(Thanks to Adam Wynn for finding the Broncogator logo)
Steven Strasburg hype may be the closet thing to Tim Tebow mania. Neither have yet to make their debut on the big stage of professional sports, but it hasn't stopped media and fans from obsessively monitoring their every moment.The piéce de résistance in the Strasburg case may be the current e-bay auction involving the one-of-a-kind Strasburg Bowman 2010 Chrome "Superfractor" card. The bidding for the card is as of 1:15 p.m EST 5/25/2010 is $10,499.00. This for a pitcher who has yet to play a single game in the Bigs.If anything this card shows why baseball cards are fading from relevance in America. Cards are being made that kids can only dream of having. It's become too much of a hobby for adults.(via Big League Stew)
Former Tampa Bay Devil Ray Pat Burrell is currently teamless. That apparently hasn't stopped him from taking fourth place in the voting for the American League DH spot in the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. Needless to say, internet gremlins are at work busily trying to work their mischief trying to get Burrell first place in the voting. Or at least one Phillies' blog is.Burrell would probably prefer a spot on a Major League roster right now to the All-Star Game gig. The sad reality may be that this might be his best shot at being in the Bigs at the moment. Though with Vladimir Guerrero in the lead, and with Burrell around 244,068 votes behind, that's a pretty long shot.(via The Fightins)
Yes, that's the Ramblin' Wreck. That's a photo from 1969, with its pre-1974 paint scheme. Bobby Dodd himself picked the now-familiar gold color. It's a cool enough photo that might make it into the regular CDLM mix. (From the Rumble Seat)Miami listed among "Five Teams That Will Disappoint in 2010. The other four are Cincinnati, BYU, Iowa, and Nebraska. But they aren't SEC/ACC, so they don't count here. The reason Miami's on the list? Non-conference games with Ohio State and Pittsburgh, and playing Georgia Tech and Clemson in away games accent a tough schedule. (Elite Kickoff)The SEC can't ignore Big 10 expansion. Because Tony Barnhart says so. (Mr. College Football)Ryan Mallett named top SEC QB by Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley. As Mallett has been of the list of the people who have earned right to be called "Ryan" around here, you can tell how much I think of that. (Gatorsports.com)Bruce Pearl picks Florida to win the SEC basketball title next year. Because he said so.(Rocky Top Talk)
They said it couldn't be done, but Oakland Athletics' perfect game pitcher Dallas Braden came up with a tattoo lamer than Tyler Bray'sThat "209" is the area code of Braden's hometown of Stockton, California, where he showed it off at a local minor league baseball game. In Gothic numerals. No less. (Hmmm. Bray. Braden. I sense a pattern here)(via Deadspin)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" edition. Yep, it's another poll of " the best songs of all time." No real surprises at the top. Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" is Number One. The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is in second place. (Do you sense a pattern here?) The overrated "Imagine," by John Lennon is No. 3. In case you're wondering, No. 500 is "Shop Around," by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. And "Stairway to Heaven" was No. 31.Biggest shock? Madonna's "Like a Virgin" is nowhere on the list. Neither is R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" or Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," or "Ms. Jackson," by Outkast. Nothing by Pearl Jam, either. And The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" at No. 477 is criminally vulgar. (contactmusic.com. Plus I wasted ten bucks on the thing yesterday)NFL loses Supreme Court decision. Unanimous Supreme Court declares NFL is a group of 32 teams, not a single business entity. It pretty much means that the NFL doesn't have the kind of legalized antitrust protection that Major League Baseball has. (Yahoo! News, Deadspin)Nauseating thought of the day. The way things are going, Brett Michaels might end up on People's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2010" list. Vince Neil must be jealous. (Rolling Stone)Georges St. Pierre spars with a 275 pound NHL player. And pretty much whips him. (Cagewriter)Beware of fake Tebow jerseys. The Feds seized a shipment of counterfeit NFL jerseys, including fake Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow jerseys. (Pro Football Talk, TIMTEBLOG)What's wrong with this picture?Somebody fell asleep in Social Studies class. A lot. (Black Heart Gold Pants)
Just when you think the obsession over Tim Tebow has reached the point of total ridiculousness, it climbs to a new plateau of total ridiculousness. ESPNs newest online feature is the "Tebow Watch," which covers anything and everything about His Tebowness. Thus putting the college star and unproven NFL rookie on a level with LeBron James, who has his own "LeBron Tracker" on the site. Tracking Tebow on the web is nothing new. Dan Shanoff has been doing much of the same with his TIMTEABLOG. But such obsessiveness is new relatively new for the WWL. Slowly but surely, ESPN is becoming ESTMZN.(via Deadspin, ESPN,)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news)Mark Ingram Jr. has scoreboard. A lot of people boast how they have "scoreboard," but Alabama's Mark Ingram Jr. can make the boast with the knowledge that he can prove it. (mlive.com, via Roll Bama Roll)That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, Georgia Tech edition. (Cue The Smiths) Georgia Tech reaction to Heisman campaign for FSU's Christian Ponder is so last year. One hint: Kanye. (From the Rumble Seat)Alabama Gubernatorial candidate talks about cutting Nick Saban's salary, then backs down from statement. Surprise! He's an Auburn grad. (Sports By Brooks)Expansion silliness, ACC edition. A look at which teams the ACC should go after for expansion, especially if FSU and/or Miami to the SEC. Basically it's another Big East raid, but Navy and, surprisingly, Kentucky, make the list. Don't hold your breath for that last one. (The ACC and SEC Blog)John Calipari accused of witchcraft. This is obviously a joke. Sadly, there are people in Kentucky who would probably believe it (especially around Louisville). (A Sea of Blue)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Danica Patrick has poor showing at Indy 500 qualifying. First she loses out to "Sexy" Lane Kiffin in the Esquire "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament, now this. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)"Hey, Joe Simpson...""Wanna go to a goat ropin? I'll pick you up at six."Dirk Nowitzki reportedly plans to opt out of contract with Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki officially becomes the booby prize in the LaBron James sweepstakes. (ESPN)It sucks being Connecticut. The state's next US Senator may either be a) A Democrat who "embelished: his Vietnam-era military career, or b) Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon. Worse, the state gets stuck with the Yankees-Mets game on FOX tonight instead of the Red Sox-Phillies matchup. ( Yahoo! News, Sox & Dawgs)Did somebody mention something about a goat ropin?"Can I bring my sheep?"
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