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ESPN takes promoting the World Cup to a new level artistic pretensiousness.

ESPN takes promoting the World Cup to a new level artistic pretensiousness.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 1, 2010

ESPN's pimping of the World Cup seems to know no end. Now the World Wide Leader is using "murals" representing the 32 nations involved with the world. (Funny,aren't murals supposed to painted on walls?)The murals range from the mildly interesting to the slightly Freudian nightmare inducing to the not just merely bad, but really most sincerely bad. The complete selection is here. But here's the mural for the US team:Not too bad. The idea of Landon Donovan leading the US team like Washington crossing the Delaware is quite intriguing ind inspirational. But it still doesn't beat this:Now that's what I want hanging on my wall. And the drawing wouldn't look so bad next to it, either.

What Passes for Life: Art appreciation edition

What Passes for Life: Art appreciation edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 1, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Don't you think this Blackhawk hockey love is getting out of hand? The latest statue in Chicago to be defaced to show love for the Chicago Blackhawks is the Chicago Picasso statue. This trend may be the worst thing to happen to statues since the Taliban blew up those two giant Buddhas. (Deadspin)Shocking celebrity split-up of the day. Heidi Montag and the appropriately named Spencer Pratt are breaking up. Less notable celebrities Al and Tipper Gore are separating also.(Reality TV World, Yahoo! News)Larry King to interview LeBron James. Don't expect to hear any major revelations about where LeBron will be playing next year. Or talk about that rumor about Delonte West and his mom. Or anything really newsworthy. (Sportress of Blogitude)Denver's quarterbacks aren't on the trading block. Because Josh McDaniels says so. Not that anybody believes him or anything. (USA Today)Speaking of Larry King. Is it just me, or is King starting to look like the Mother-in-Law on Dinosaurs?Heisman Trophy odds. Las Vegas claims the top three players in the running for the Heisman are last year's winner Mark Ingram (Alabama), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas). Surprisingly, Jake Locker (Washington) is ninth. (Tomahawk Nation)When sexy celebrities date ugly people. Self-explanatory. (UPROXX Just be warned, there might be a NSFW image or two there.)The sad state of the newspaper. Blogger bemoans the fact that The New York Times used a wire story to report on the Indianapolis 500 instead of one of their own reporters. (The NYTPicker)Quote of the Day. "Nobody does bad better than Zook, who can turn lemons into lemonade, and then turn that same lemonade back into lemons." - Paul Myerberg on the Illinois head coach. (Pre-Snap Lead, via EDSBS)

Les Miles thinks Kenny Chesney's sexy.

Les Miles thinks Kenny Chesney's sexy.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 1, 2010

Okay, maybe "sexy" is too strong of a world. But Les Miles met up with Kenny Chesney before the least favorite country music star in the college football blogosphere performed at Tiger Stadium on Sunday Night as part of the Bayou Country Superfest. Here's how the meet-up looked.To the chagrin of certain bloggers (*cough*Spencer Hall*cough), Miles didn't try to murder Chesney for the unspeakable crime of writing a song that was played umpteen times during ABC and ESPN's college football coverage last year. Just remember, guys. LSU needs the money in these hard times. And if they have to resort to renting out the stadium for one of Peyton Manning's best buddies, so be it. (Luckily, Pey-Pey wasn't around to serenade the crown Sunday night, as he's prone to do with Chesney. But Sean Peyton and the Lombardi Trophy were. That's pimping for the audience, Kenny.)(via EDSBS, And the Valley Shook, NOLA.com)

Philadelphia Phailure

Philadelphia Phailure

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 1, 2010

Pretty self explanatory.(via Deadspin)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Tampa Bay Rays go Slapshot on road trip

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Tampa Bay Rays go Slapshot on road trip

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 1, 2010

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sure know how to have fun. For the current road trip to Toronto, Joe Maddon ordered the team to don hockey jerseys for the flight. What better way to rub it in Canada's face that the Stanley Cup Finals is yet another all-American team match-up this year? (With more than its fare share of Canadians on each team, admittedly.)Maddon likes these kind of team building theme dress-up road trips. Previous ones involved the Rays donning all black in homage to Johnny Cash, cowboys, and the even less socially acceptable Ed Hardy t-shirts (what, there weren't any Truth Soul Armor shirts available?)As you can tell by the image Chicago Blackhawks jerseys are the hot item among the team (pitching coach Jim Hickey's nephew works for the Stanley Cup contender). More noticeable are the few Tampa Bay Lightning jerseys among the bunch. Not even the Rays like the home town hockey team.(via, Tampa Bay Online, SB Nation)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: There's a riot goin' on edition

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: There's a riot goin' on edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 1, 2010

Congratulations to Duke winning the NCAA Mens Lacrosse championship. After all the crud the team went through with those stupid fraudulent sexual assault charges a few years back, they deserve it.Star falls out of Alabama into Georgia (State). Alabama quarterback Star Jackson is transferring to the spanking new Georgia State football program. (SB Nation)How to spruce up Doak Campbell Stadium. An FSU blogger's ideas to make the Seminole fan's game experience a little better. The idea of putting torches atop the four main towers is interesting. It sounds reminiscent of U2's Under a Blood Red Sky concert at Red Rocks. (ScalpEm.com)Five burning questions for the SEC Spring Meetings. And Tony Barnhart's the one holding the matches. And yes, expansion is one of them.(Mr. College Football)There's a riot goin' on. Georgia fan on YouTube calls for a riot in 2010.Wasn't the touchdown celebration bad enough for Mark Richt and the Dawgs' reputation? At least the Three Days Grace was cool. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Now THIS is a soccer commerical!

Now THIS is a soccer commerical!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 31, 2010

ESPN has finally come up with a soccer commercial worth shouting about. The latest World Cup commercial from the WWL promotes the June 12 match between the USA and England.Now this is a soccer commercial! None of that wussy anti-American stuff with the lame Bono commentary. Here's a commercial where America is celebrated and ready to kick England and Wayne Rooney's sorry little tails back to the U.K. It a commercial America can be proud of.Be afraid, England. Landon Donovan is coming for you. And he's planning to bring home more than just the World Cup. He's got another trophy in mind for his trophy room:I'll bet he can't wait to show David Beckham that one hanging over his mantelpiece.

What Passes for Life: I Can't Drive 55 edition

What Passes for Life: I Can't Drive 55 edition

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 31, 2010

Well she tried her best illegal move. But IndyCar officials came and crushed Danica Patrick's groove. She was bumped a spot down in the Indianapolis 500 for making an illegal pass after a caution. (From the Marbles. Apologies to Sammy Hagar.)Add Jeff Burton to the list of people who don't seem to get along with Kyle Busch. That list should include most of NASCAR by the end of the year, if it doesn't already.(From the Marbles)Ewwwwww! Moment of the day. MMA fighter high from "a cup of tea spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms" kills his training partner and rips his heart out. He believed the partner was "possessed by the devil." (Telegraph.co.uk)The Bad and Good of the SEC. Sometimes it's hard to tell which is which. (Leather Helmet Blog)Guillermo Del Toro steps down as director for The Hobbit. Blame production delays and the uncertainty of MGM's financial situation. (The Huffington Post, via Daitong at The Outhouse)Remembering Clint Castleberry on Memorial Day. A Georgia Tech legend who died serving his country in World War II. (Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site, via EDSBS )

Memorial Day links

Memorial Day links

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 31, 2010

A Memorial Day message from "Mr. College Football." Tony Barnhart recalls visiting Cambridge American Cemetery in England, where American servicemen who died defending freedom in World War II are laid to rest. (Mr. College Football)List of NFL players who have died in combat. Includes players from WWII, Vietnam, and Afghanistan (Pat Tillman) (Pro Football Hall of Fame)Top 10 MLB Players in the Military. This is only a sample of those players who served. (Fantasy Pros 911)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Halladay Perfect Game shirt. Well, that was quick

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Halladay Perfect Game shirt. Well, that was quick

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 30, 2010

There's already a t-shirt honoring Roy Halladay's perfect game. This from the Zoo With Roy blog.I get a feeling ZWR's other most infamous t-shirt may soon be updated too.(via Zoo With Roy)

What Passes for Life: Sunday Randomness

What Passes for Life: Sunday Randomness

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 30, 2010

Dario Franchitti wins the Indianapolis 500. It's the twelfth time in fifteen years that an foreign driver has won the Indy 500. (Yahoo! Sports)Maybe Orlando could have used a Lord of the Pit instead of Vince Carter. Orlando Magic: The Gathering Cards.Someone at SB Nation has a lot of time on their hands. (SB Nation)And yes, Virginia. There's a Magic:The Gathering Card Generator.World Cup soccer players don't like the new ball introduced for the World Cup. Who let David Stern design a soccer ball? (Yahoo! Sports)27 thoughts on Roy Halladay's perfect game. Thought 17 involves the fact that the last Phillies' pitcher to pitch a perfect game was was Jim Bunning. So Halladay's future might involve being elected to the Senate and punking those whose unemployment benefits are running out. (Big League Stew)

What Passes for...Mildew?

What Passes for...Mildew?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 29, 2010

(Since today's kinda slow on the the news side, but busy in real life here at SWRT, I decided to so a What Passes for Life/Covering Dixie Like Mildew mash-up. Enjoy.)R.I.P Dennis Hopper. (Yahoo! News)The Sadness that is The Tooth Fairy invades the U.K. Joe Quennan, writing for the U.K.'s The Guardian newspaper, bemoans the state of the action film, and the fact that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been over to the "Dark Side" of family fare like The Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan. By the "Dark Side" he means wussing out like Rod Stewart or Eric Clapton. (The Guardian)UFC 114. Rashad Evans vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson . Who you got?List of the day: The Biggest "Jerk" Coaches in the SEC". And by "Jerk" they mean something else. Urban Meyer's on top, with Bobby Petrino in the number two position. Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban are probably too low. And Mark Richt still has that "touchdown celebration" albatross thing around his neck at number nine. C'mon Richt, you can do better than that. (Red Cup Rebellion)Air Nesbitt? This appeared on a Georgia Tech blog:Uh...no. (From the Rumble Seat)

What Passes for Life: Good news for whiners edition.

What Passes for Life: Good news for whiners edition.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 28, 2010

(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Good news for all those in the media complaining about the cold weather Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey in 2014. Sex and the City 2 is out today.Great minds think alike. And so do bloggers. Think the parody of "Candle in the Wind" in honor of Jared Allen's late lamented mullet was bad. Wait so see and hear what Tauntr did. (Tauntr, via Sportress of Blogitude)It could happen. Boise State might get the official invite to join the Mountain West Conference next week. (Mountain West Connection)Today's list: "10 Most Wanted Missing National Baseball Treasures." Items missing (and believed stolen) from institutions including the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Hauls of Shame, via Walkoff Walk)Adam Jones briefly detained in Canada. The Orioles outfielder. Not Pacman. (Big League Stew)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Kevin Durant's wearing a Duck Tales t-shirt. Oh snap!

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Kevin Durant's wearing a Duck Tales t-shirt. Oh snap!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 28, 2010

Oh snap! Kevin Durant's gone and found himself a Duck Tales shirt!Not that there's anything wrong with Duck Tales. But Darkwing Duck is just better. I'll bet Kobe Bryant would wear a Darkwing Duck shirt. That's because Kobe likes to get dangerous.(via SB Nation)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Dueling

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Dueling "Laser Show" T-Shirts

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 28, 2010

It seemed a good idea at the time. Dustin Pedroia started a minor meme with his "Laser Show" comment. So naturally somebody had to go and make a t-shirt about it. The trouble is that someone else had the idea too. And now they're sniping at each other.The original shirt (at least they say it was) was created by Barstool Sports ($23.00). Which looks like this:Now here's where it gets complicated. Another site put out a similar shirt. Sully's released their own "Laser Show" shirt ($14.99) which looks like this:Now here's where the fun starts. NBC's HardballTalk reported on Shirt A, but linked up to Sully's and Shirt B (the fact that it's an NBC-related site screwing things up is no shock.) The poster at Barstool Sports, El Presidente, wasn't amused and complained on facebook. A spokesman from Sully's responded with a snarky comment. El Presidente then went on the Barstool site and got even snarkier.One word guys, "Relax."(via Barstool Sports)

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