It figures that with all the Big 10/Pac-10 expansion talk/speculation/silliness that somebody would have to go and start talking about SEC expansion. And leave it to Bart Wright of Gannett News Service to go and suggest Clemson as an SEC candidate.Actually Clemson is suggested as a replacement for Arkansas if the Razorbacks were to bolt for the Big 12 to replace Colorado bolting for the Pac-10 and/or Missouri bolting for the Big 10. Clemson is brought up because of the size of Death Valley is large enough for an SEC school, and of the "small-town atmosphere" that fits in with other SEC schools.The article doesn't bring it up, but it would also lead to the annual renewal of the rivalry with Georgia, unless the SEC did something blatantly stupid and moved UGA to the west to balance out the divisions. Then again, the SEC could just go and expand to 14 teams, picking up Clemson and picking up a school in Texas (TCU's the obvious choice with the least complications.)Then again, the SEC could go for the money and make a run for Miami. But the Hurricanes have jumped division twice in the past decade or so. That makes that possibility less likely.Expect this kind of silliness to continue until something actually happens. The eventual outcome will probably more underwhelming than what fans and the media are speculating about.(via The Times and Democrat)
Now that the Texas to the Big 10 talk is pretty much toast, something had to replace it. So what pops up other than talk about Nebraska making the leap. Talk from Tom Osbourne that he would be willing to listen to a Big 10 pitch certainly help those stories.Honestly, The Huskers make more sense geographically as a Big 10 team than Texas does. And despite recent setbacks on the gridiron, Nebraska is still somewhat of a big enough name to make people notice. The drawback might be the lack of academics that the Big 10 might be looking at. But the schools that can provide all three needs are few and far between. Notre Dame would be it on all three accounts, but the Irish are still too chained to their precious tradition of independence to join the Big 10.Nebraska might a better candidate realistically than other schools. It wouldn't make too big of a splash as Texas or Notre Dame would, however. Not that there are that many truly exciting candidate schools out there in the first place. For the Big 10, it's really looking like a case of lowered expectations.(via ESPN)
Don't let the baseball diamond fool you. Sly Fox is the mascot of the NBA's New Jersey Nets. At least he is until they move to Brooklyn to be doing. If they move they move that is. Or maybe they'll move to Newark. Everything is up in the air, as is as big of a mess as the team is on the court.So maybe it's appropriate that Sly is on a pitcher's mound. If things totally go to shreds he might be looking for another gig. Of course things could get worse for Sly. Most people look at Sly's silvery fur-covered body and see a cuddly mascot. Johnny Weir, on the other hand...Johnny-boy here could make three or four costumes out of Sly's hide.
You know it's going to be a long season for NASCAR when the premiere event of the year is halted because of a pothole. For a sport that has taken quite a few hits over the past couple of years, this is absolutely bad news.The Daytona 500 got red flagged at lap 122 because of a pothole that developed in turn Turn 2. As of 4:49pm, the hole was still trying to be patched up. So the race has been delayed about 90 minutes.The organizers of the Vancouver Olympics must be feeling better about right now. At least he glitch at the Opening Ceremonies didn't bring the games to a stop.
Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard are having a bit of a hissy fit competition over which of them is the "real" Superman of the NBA. Or at least Shaq is.Shaq fired the opening salvo first saying “You tell me who the real Superman is? Don’t compare me to nobody. I’d rather not be mentioned. I’m offended.”Howard responded with “I just felt like Shaq being who he is with what he’s done for the NBA, me being a young player trying to get where he is at, I just felt like it would be better for him to try to get me there instead of trying to bring me down, especially in front of you [media] guys."Let's just settle this one here and now. THIS is the real Superman.Any questions? Didn't think so.(via Yahoo! Sports)
The talk about Texas joining the Big 10 might just be talk. Kirk Bohls of The Austin American-Statesman pretty much pours cold water on the idea. According to his sources, the move doesn't have a chance of happening. The reasons being the long-distance the Longhorns and it's followers would have to travel to away games, the extra amount of time lost in class by students by the move (stop snickering), and that the Texas legislature might demand Texas A&M be forced to go along for the ride. (Don't laugh at that one either. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, is an Aggie.)Texas in the Big 10 didn't make much sense anyway. Even with all the money the Big 10 brings in, it would cost a lot of money for Texas to haul its various sports programs up to compete closer to the states closer Canadian border. That includes the programs that don't make money like the football program (which means most of them). It's one of those cases where the idea sounds more sexy than practical.via (Dr. Saturday, The Austin American-Statesman)
Can't wait for Fall, 2010 to see Lane Kiffin and Rick Neuheisel go after each other? Well here's that computer simulated Kiffin's talk show featuring a Playmobil-esque Neuheisel to help pass the time until then.
Texas in the Big 10? That's the hot rumor floating around. For the traditionally Midwestern conference to team up with what is the biggest name in the Big 12 would be a huge jolt to the college football world. It also sounds too good to work in real life.Listening to all the arguments on how a Big 10-Texas marriage would work, it brings to mind one of the biggest business busts of all time in AOL/Time-Warner. It sounded good on paper, but it ended up bringing both companies down. The merger didn't last the decade either.If Texas were to jump to the Big 10 it would have to be a heck of a deal. It may also be one that looked too good on paper to work in real life.(via SB Nation)
The Pac-10 may be serious about expansion. Serious as in it won't happen anytime soon, but possible before the conference's TV contract expires in 2012. At least that's the impression Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott gave in a conference call Tuesday. This could result in big changes for college football beyond the West Coast.Getting in the Pac-10 won't be easy, however. Scott said potential member schools would have to work "academically and culturally'' in the Pac-10. Translation: [BLEEP], you Boise St.EDSBS gave the obvious choices for new Pac-10 schools in Utah and Colorado, and it's hard to argue with those choices. The trick here is how much the FBS landscape would alter as a result of the Pac-10 raiding a Big 12 school. Which school would the Big-12 replace Colorado with? It's doubtful the conference would try to raid the SEC, and the Big East doesn't provide much that would be really appetizing. TCU would fit more into the Big 12 geographically, but wouldn't do much for market expansion. Which leaves either BYU or Boise St. as possible replacements. Boise St. might be the bigger name, BCS buster-wise, but BYU might have the market advantage.Where would this leave Boise St.? Left out in the cold. It would probably cripple the Mountain West. The best thing for both would be to band together and leave the WAC behind.Pac-10 expansion could possibly bring big changes into the FBS. Potential BCS-busters could end up being brought into the BCS fold, but somebody would still be left in the wilderness. In all probability that would be Boise St. And the BCS landscape would still have a gaping hole in it.(via, EDSBS, The Seattle Times)
Meet Johnny the Thunderbird, one of the newest members of the mascot community. Johnny is the mascot of the St. John's University Red Storm.It is kind of funny that a school than changed their name not to offend Native Americans would pick a Native American legendary creature as a mascot. St. John's used to be called the Redmen. But the school decided to change the name in the spirit of "Well, we didn't mean our old name to be a reference to Native Americans, but we're changing it anyway so they won't be POed."So they changed the name to the Red Storm. And last year, the school unveiled this creature. A Thunderbird named "Johnny" in a contest. Pretty original, huh?Actually Johnny is somewhat unoriginal and sore of lame. He invokes images of Hokiebird (the Turkey-based Virginia Tech mascot) as opposed to the mighty bird who made thunder ring out with the beating of his wings. He's not very scary. He won't be inhabiting my nightmares like Bucky Badger or Purdue Pete do.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
FSU has finally bitten the bullet and vacated 12 victories by order of the NCAA as the result of a cheating scandal. This after wasting a lot of time, money and energy fighting the ruling. It takes 12 wins off of Bobby Bowden's record and vacates a Emerald Bowl win.If anything, the debacle shows the ridiculousness of the NCAA in handling it's member schools. Spencer Hall (who's apparently dropped his Orson Swindle moniker with EDSBS's move over to SB Nation) had this to say about the issue:"On a larger note, the NCAA's reason for existing becomes even more nebulous. As far as we know, the NCAA hands out large sanctions to tiny programs committing infractions defined by charter rules, collects large dollars for running a huge basketball tournament, and keeps a pretty handy stats page for NCAA football. Much as we'd like to pay an organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year to do this, there are probably more efficient ways to do this, much less ones that involve an organization with actual powers of sanction. (Then again: if the NCAA merely represents the will of its members to regulate themselves, then there is zero will to regulate programs who commit violations.)"The NCAA shows little or no desire or ability to truly hold it's member schools accountable when it comes to violating it's rules, at least when it comes to serious issues at big time programs. It is becoming more and more rare to see the NCAA take true punitive steps to punish a programs who have serious problems. The coming showdown with USC over various issues may just well show how serious the NCAA is about cleaning up big time college athletics.
To be honest, Super Bowl XLIV didn't really live up to it's hype, is there was any real level of hype in the first place. At least it wasn't the kind of hype that Super Bowls of the recent past were known for.Congrats to the Saints. They did a good job coming from behind to beat the Colts. A lot of that had to do with Peyton Manning's costly interception into the hands of Tracy Porter, which might have been the most memorable past of the game.Still, SB XLIV wasn't as exciting as it was cut out to be. Most of the game was about field position than actual scoring. The Sean Peyton's decision for an onside kick did more to tip the scales in favor of the Saints than much of what Drew Brees did on the field.The ancillary events surrounding the game were just as underwhelming.The Who's halftime performance was possibly the weakest since the NFL stopped using Up With People. The light show and stage effects were far more interesting that what was left of the band itself. The NFL seriously needs to reconsider using rock acts from the Jurassic Era, and going for more current acts. Wardrobe malfunctions be danged.The commercials weren't any better. The Late Show spot with David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, and Jay Leno was probably the only true WTF moment of the night. Quite a shocker, considering Leno and Letterman's past. The majority of the rest didn't hold up to previous years. Even Budweiser's ad with the Clydesdale's and the longhorn steer was pretty lame. (A bucking bull from the Professional Bull Riders would have been better).In the end, the game was kind of...meh. It was more of a grinder than a shootout. It won't go down as one of the greatest or most memorable Super Bowls.
Not much right now due to be in and out today. But you can guess who I'm rooting for. Have fun and keep it safe.
Yep, they're asking dog's advice now in predicting the Super Bowl. This is getting more unscientific all the time.
It's bad enough when people turn to animals to predict the Super Bowl. At nobody has sacrificed a bird, look at it's entrails to predict the game's outcome, and put the whole dang thing on YouTube yet. But leave it to a wacky morning FM radio show to do the next best (or worst) thing...putting eggs in a microwave and watching them explode.Sadly, it seems Sears has taken down the Magic Favre Ball, so that can't be of any help anymore. Not that it was in the first place.
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