Get ready for a loud, boisterous round of gloating coming from atop of Rocky Top at the expense of Lane Kiffin. USC defensive end Malik Jackson has decided to transfer from sanction-burdened USC to Tennessee. Jackson is a junior, and so the NCAA will allow him to play this year without penalty due to the Trojan's probation. Though with Tennessee deep at the DE position, he might not see a lot of play this season. Still, this news should make a blue tick coonhound like Smokey grin like a Cheshire Cat. (via Rocky Top Talk)
(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?) So, how did that Tim Tebow appearance at the Fort Pierce, FL "All-American Blood Drive" turn out? See for yourself. And here a lucky veteran who got the chance to meet His Tebowness. (via TCPalm)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.) Snoop Dogg tried to rent the European principality of Liechtenstein for a video. This is why rappers go broke. (Foreign Policy) Did MLB break the law? MLB's patriotic-themed baseball caps used over the July 4th weekend might have violated the law. There are federal restrictions on how the U.S. flag can be used on an athletic uniform. (SB Nation) Could Michael Vick be cut by the Eagles? Owing Vick $5.3 million may be what's stopping the Eagles from doing so (Shutdown Corner) The Big 12 can't handle the truth. The Big 12 reprimands Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville for stating the obvious about the stability of the conference. (ESPN) Disney buys iTunes ap provider Tapulous. Disney buys the makers of "Tap Tap Revenge." There are a whole bunch of obvious jokes that I'm not going to touch here. (The Outhouse) This just in. Fall Weddings Suck. Weddings and college football just don't mix. But people are still stupid enough to try to do it anyway.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Damon Evans officially resigns as UGA AD. Evans will get $237,000 in the severance and bonus money for a longevity bonus clause in his contract. (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Why should replace Evans? Florida senior associate athletic director Greg McGarity seems to be a popular candidate among bloggers. (Dawg Sports) Out of a storm, into a Hurricane? USC recruit Seantrel Henderson may be looking at transferring to Miami after the Trojans' were hit by those pesky NCAA sanctions. (Dr. Saturday) , Timeline of Ryan Mallett's foot injury. Arkansas fans are starting to get worried. (The Slophouse, Arkansas Expats) NCAA Suggested, Saban approved. Nick Saban approves of possible NCAA curbs on early football commitments. (al.com, via Roll Tide Football) Headline of the Day. "Calipari: The Devil Wears Zenga." (Real Clear Sports, via A Sea of Blue) LSU is looking for a high-profile opponent for the 2011 season. Put the BP board of directors on the field against the Tigers. It probably won't help the strength of schedule, but the ratings would be through the roof. (2theadvocate, via Team Speed Kills) Defending Alabama's disputed number of "National Championships." Alabama says they have 13. That's their story and they're sticking to it. (Roll 'Bama Roll)
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Tragedy - A Bee Gees heavy metal tribute band. What the crap? And you thought it was because of stupid tea taxes and other Intolerable Acts like that. Silly you. This why George Washington will "save children, but not the British children." (warning: May have not suitable for Sunday School language) (Thanks to Jude Terror at The Outhouse for finding this. Thanks, Jude. The internet would fall to pieces without you.)
Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans will be let go by UGA on Monday. This according to a report on Twitter by WSB's Zach Klein. (via Leather Helmet Blog)
Happy Birthday, America. Remember to take time to remember what today really stands for. And if you see a veteran or someone currently in the military today, remember to thank them for the sacrifices they've made to protect our freedoms.
Seriously, that's Ricky Stanzi's back tattoo. So you can tell his now legendary post-Orange Bowl interview wasn't a load of B.S. One look at this and Tyler Bray is going to wet his pants and cry like a little schoolgirl, because that sissy little ink job of his is nowhere near as awesome as this. (via Black Heart Gold Pants, Daily Iowan)
UFC 116 is only hours away at the moment, and the season two premiere of Jersey Shore only weeks away, it seems that America is at the apex of d-bagdom...we hope. And nothing says "I'm a d-bag" than the brand of shirt he's wearing. (Well, that and his hair). So in honor of both SWRT has put together a list of the Five Biggest D-Bag Shirts. Consider this your own personal Richter scale of d-bagdom. 5. Warrior With all the skulls on MMA gear, it takes a lot to raise the level to a near-satanic level. But with Warrior seems to do that, and at the same time turns the whole genre into self-parody. With a logo that features a helmeted skull with horns, the brand screams "Hey honey, would you consider being my ritual sacrifice to Baal for the night? And I mean that literally?" Or at least it thinks it does. It really comes off more like the kind of wannabe lameness of Motley Crüe's Shout at the Devil days, rather than the more serious tones of Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden. In a word, poseur. 4. Xtreme Couture If it weren't for Randy Couture's involvement in this, the name of the clothing line would probably come off as being more poseurish than it sounds. Seriously, "couture" is supposed to mean the highpoint of fashion- hand sewn, one-of-a-kind dresses that show the designer is a master of his craft. It doesn't mean cheaply-made mass-produced t-shirts that MMA fighters walk out in. And as for the "Xtreme" part, it's so 90's dude. And it hasn't had the cache it did after Rob Liefeld abused the word (and literacy as a whole) in comic books. 3. Silver Star The new kid on the block, at least for crawling out of the slime into the mainstream-wise. This is for the d-bag who wants to say that he's not following the fashion trends of the in-crowd, when that's exactly what he's doing. 2. Ed Hardy Last year, this would probably made it to the number one spot. But then Jon Gosselin started wearing them, and the whole brand jumped the shark. Now it's only past reputation that's kept this one going, but not for long. 1. Affliction. Was there any doubt? Affliction has and still is the trend-setter when it comes to d-bag shirts. Even with the other brands (and even mainstream clothing lines) trying to keep pace, Affliction is still the innovator of d-bagdom, and not the imitator. Hall of Fame: The wife-beater. Need I say more? While there's nothing intrinsically wrong with the classic a-shirt, walking around in one as your sole above-the waist article of clothing just reeks of d-bagdom. Nothing has ever been ever to touch it. And before you ask "What about Tapout? Tapout had been more of a follower than a leader in the d-bag shirt industry. And besides, as a brand it's closer to being mainstream than the other MMA-related apparel. Wearing it around now means you're either old school or you're a wannabe posseur. No gray area whatsoever.
Nothing says America like Kate Smith. And here she is singing "God Bless America" the night the Philadelphia Flyers won the 1974 Stanley Cup.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) Damon Evans in the doghouse. Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich's spin on the Damon Evans DUI arrest (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The Ghost of Dawgageddon Past. A profile of disgraced fromer Georgia men's basketball coach Jim Harrick. (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Recession? What Recession? Florida reports that The Swamp is sold out for the 2010 season. (Swamp Things) Virginia Tech always the bridesmaid? A look at how The Hokies never seem to live up to pre-season predictions of success. (Gobbler Country.) Clemson in the (Matty) Ice Age. The retrospective on Clemson's worst losses of the 2000's continues with 2007 20-17 loss to the Matt Ryan-led Boston College Golden Eagles coming in at number nine. (Shakin the Southland) Georgia Tech's "10 Best Wins of the 2000's." It doesn't get any better for Clemson here. Tiger losses to the North Avenue Trade School take up three of the top two spots on the list. (Yeah, you heard me. The Techies are using some of that government school New Math, I guess. ) (From the Rumble Seat) Alabama keeps its priorities straight. Fall break has been moved up a day to November 18 to accommodate the rescheduled Crimson Tide Thursday match-up with Georgia State. Imagine what they would do it were an actual game it mattered. (Roll 'Bama Roll)
Ryan Mallett disses The Mannings. The Arkansas quarterback drop out of participating at The Manning Passing Academy, a camp for quarterbacks run by Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning. Mallett claims conflicts with his class schedule and needing to recover from his broken foot. Than or he wasn't allowed to being his scooter on the field. (Arkansas Online) Another honor for the reigning Heisman winner. Alabama's Mark Ingram named Roy F. Kramer SEC Athlete of the Year (The Times-Journal) Dark horse of the day. Or is that a dark goat? A Heisman argument for Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs as a potential Heisman candidate. (Bleacher Report) Moore recognition. Boise State's Kellen Moore wins Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award for "outstanding male student-athlete." Which is sort of ironic considering this will be Boise State's last season in the WAC. (KTVB) Ricky Stanzi is not a Loser With Socks. A look at the Vibram Five Fingers Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi wore during a recent interview. Those could be the feet of the next Heisman Trophy winner. (GazetteOnline.com)
If TMZ Sports is to be believed the NCAA is investigating allegations that "four UK players, two current players and two recent NBA draftees" might have 'had relationships with professional agents before they came to Kentucky." Well, that didn't take long. (via TMZ Sports, A Sea of Blue, Rocky Top Talk)
Just in time for the Fourth of July comes an all new Ricky Stanzi adventure from Black Heart Gold Pants. This time Ricky and his crew are hunting down dirty Russian commie spies. (What? Russia isn't communist anymore? Details, details.) But it looks like there might be a mole in his team trying to bring America's Hero down. Will Ricky Stanzi survive to save America in time for the start of the 2010 college football season, keep reading here to find out. (via Black Heart Gold Pants)
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