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)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news) The image on the left is The Hermitage, the plantation home of American President Andrew Jackson. Located just outside of Nashville, it's a definite place to visit before you die. It's an absolute awesome experience. UGA AD Damon Evans is sorry for his DUI arrest. But at least he still has a job, for now, (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Damon Evans was set up. It's was all a conspiracy plotted by Georgia Tech. Quick, call George Noory. (Bubba 'n Earl Sittin' on the 50, via Leather Helmet Blog) (Yes, I think they're kidding.) Must SEC TV. Alabama's game against spanking new Georgia State has been moved up to Thursday, November 18. Which probably means it will be in prime time on ESPN or the SEC Network. The Million Dollar Band should come up with a special CSI-themed halftime show, complete with all those songs by The Who used in all of the CSI show's opening credits. It would have to be better than The Who's Super Bowl halftime show. (Roll 'Bama Roll) Turkey al la Orange? USA Today's Andy Gardiner Predicts that the 2011 Orange Bowl will feature Virginia Tech facing Pitt. His psychic friends remote viewers him so. (USA Today, Gobbler Country) The Christian Ponder for Heisman campaign is a waste of money. This coming from a North Carolina Tar Heel blog. Not that any Tar Heels are going to be up for a Heisman anytime soon. (Carolina March) Georgia Tech's "10 Worst Losses of of the 2000's." Actually there are twelve losses mentioned, because apparently The Bees' math skills are as bad as the Big 12's are. And they're supposed to be the smart school in Georgia. But at least they put it all in one list instead of dragging it out like other blogs have. (From the Rumble Seat) Alabama plans to forfeit 2009 victory against LSU. In your dreams, Bayou Bengals. (And the Valley Shook)
In what may be a first for Alabama, the Crimson Tide's men's basketball program have gotten a letter of intent from Carl Engstrom, a center from Ystad, Sweeden. Engstrom is 7 foot 1, and weights 250 pounds (no, I'm not converting it into Metric). He'll be ready for the 2010-2011 season. ABBAbama Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant is thrilled, saying "Carl brings great size and physicality to our incoming class and will be a very welcomed addition to our frontcourt. He comes from a very athletic family and is passionate about learning the game and competing at the highest level of collegiate basketball." It's not known yet if there are chef's hats made in hound's tooth fabric, but some are bound to show up at basketball games if Engstrom is successful at ABBAbama Alabama. (al.com)
Here's Chuck Liddell standing next to his newly unveiled wax likeness in Madame Tussuad's Las Vegas wax museum. Liddell is so happy about it he's got his arms raised in...oh wait, that's the real Chuck on the left. At least I think it is. The question isn't how lifelike Chuck Liddell's wax doppelganger looks. It's whether or not is could last in the ring longer than the real Chuck has in his last few fights. Sadly, the answer is probably yes. (via Cagewriter)
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)
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