(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. Leonard Davis of Dallas Cowboys helps a group of wayward ducks out of the 11th hole sand bunker and out of trouble at the team's Sponsor Appreciation Golf Tournament.View more news videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/video.Too bad there's not anybody who can keep the Oregon Ducks football team out of trouble like that. (Deadspin, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth)Mountain West wants to take Boise State to the prom. The Mountain West Conference might be ready to send an invite to Boise State to become a member. This has everything to do with the MWC wanting that elusive automatic spot in the BCS. (SB Nation)Things I learned last night. On a related front, the Mountain West Conference has its own network. Who knew? (SB Nation)Olivia Munn unleashed on network television. Olivia Munn may be currently be getting spanked by Evangeline Lilly in Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament NBC has picked up the sitcom Perfect Couples, which will star the geek fantasy diva. Sadly, thirty minutes of Evangeline Lilly spanking Munn on TV would probably get better ratings. (Warming Glow, The Live Feed)How to make Junior look like Peyton Manning. Speaking of Esquire, the magazine went to NFL Flims president Steve Sabol for tips on filming your kid's sporting event. Now you can make Junior's Pop Warner game look like a Super Bowl highlight reel. (Esquire)America's Next Top Harry Potter Wannabe. Tyra Banks is writing a series of fantasy novels about a school for models. At least Oprah only picks crappy novels for her fans to read, not write them. (ABC News, thanks to Jude Terror at The Outhouse for the word up.)2011 MLB All-Star Game not going anywhere. MLB Dictator for Life Commissioner Bud Selig has said the 2011 All-Star Game will stay in Phoenix, and not move in protest of that pesky anti-immigration law. No news if any of the MLB's Hispanic players plan to show up. (Yahoo! Sports)Taking rap a little too seriously. Even though Real World: Brooklyn cast member Ryan A. Conklin inspired a lot of people with his service for America as a Soldier in Iraq, he isn't known for taking himself too seriously. He recently posted a clip on his YouTube channel reciting rap lyrics verbatim. Funny stuff.Make sure you check out Conklin's memoir on his first tour of duty in Iraq, An Angel from Hell. It's an awesome book telling what the war in Iraq is really like from a Soldier's point of view.
Any sign that the Pac-10 is finally deciding to enter the 21st century is something to take note of. The conference has hired the powerful Hollywood firm Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for consulting in several areas, including expansion and media rights. CAA was given the nod to help rebrand the conference as what Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott calls "a modern collegiate conference." This could lead up to the Pac-1o starting its own network.That may seem a harder task than it looks. The Pac-10 has been very much as a conference more concerned with tradition than with progress. But as its joined-at-the-hip traditional Rose Bowl opponent, the Big 10, has taken the first steps in entering the 21st century expansion and the Big 10 Network, the Pac-10 obviously sees the need to keep up.CAA got the nod for its ties with Hollywood. It's expected that the agency will be bringing out some of the media celebrities it represents to Pac-10 events, which ranges from Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, to Miley Cyrus and Will Ferrell. Imagine a theoretical Pac-10 football championship with Miley Cyrus performing at the halftime show. One word: ratings.Of course the bigger idea is for CAA to help out with conference expansion and to handle a new media rights deal. With the Big 10 Network and the SEC's deals with ESPN and CBS as examples of what the Pac-10 needs to do to keep up, this will be a major focus for the conference. A Pac-10 network is a huge possibility and CAA is working on a business plan for such an undertaking.Of course the possible expansion of the Pac-10 is the thing that most sports fans and media pundits would be paying to. CAA was brought in to help point out which markets the Pac-10 should look to and which schools make the best candidates for membership. Not that the Pac-10 probably doesn't probably already know there to look (the Rocky Mountain region. Utah and Colorado to be exact). But CAA will be able to provide the best strategy to lure schools into cutting their current conference ties and jump over to the Pac-10.The Pac-10/CAA partnership is a bigger deal than it appears on the surface. While it looks like an average business deal at first, it could lead to possibly the biggest rebranding and reorganization in college athletic history.(via EDSBS, Sporting News)
The first results are in for the Sweet Sixteen round of Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament, and they aren't looking good for "Sexy" Lane Kiffin. Soccer player Heather Mitts is currently beating Kiffin by a 64%-36% margin. That's a lot of ground to make up, but Round Two has eight or so more days left for "Sexy" Lane make up the difference.In fact most of the Cinderellas from the previous two rounds aren't doing so hot either. Tanith Belbin is getting pummeled by ex-WWE Diva Stacy Keibler. And even worse, Evangeline Lilly is beating previously unstoppably Olivia Munn 66%-34%. But that may be due Esquire putting the screws on geeks getting creative with stuffing the ballot box for Munn. Which may be the only way geeks get to...well, you know.But back to the matter at hand. Kiffin needs your support and your vote NOW to keep the dream of being the Sexiest Woman Alive alive.(via Esquire)
In honor of the announcement of Tom Glavine's number being reitred by the Atlanta Braves, here's the classic "Chicks dig the long ball" Nike commercial featuring Glavine, Greg Maddux, Heather Locklear and Mark McGwire.Of course now we know that McGwire's hitting power wasn't due to the shoes. Or any of that homoerotic sadomasochistic stuff Maddux was pulling on Glavine.(via The Grit Tree)
Joe Schad has reported via Twitter that Georgia quarterback Logan Gray has decided not to transfer to another school following Aaron Murray being named starting QB for the 2010 season. This probably comes as a huge relief for Mark Richt, as the dismissal of Zach Mettenberger meant a loss depth in the quarterback position. Gray will by Murray's backup, and if things go wrong, maybe a shot at starting QB.(via SB Nation, Joe Schad's Twitter)
(What Passes for Life is SWRT's collection of sports and non sports related links and hi-jinks.)Stimulus Package. New York Mets rookie Ike "The Stimulus" Davis made a breathtaking crash-into-the-dugout catch to end last night's Mets victory against the Nationals. Apparently so did one of his teammates. (Deadspin, MLB.com)NASCAR Hall of Fame opens in Charlotte. From the Marbles gives a brief tour of some of the legendary stock cars on display. Also on display is a recreation of Junior Johnson's moonshine still, which was assembled on site by Johnson himself. No, they're probably not giving out samples. (From the Marbles)So, does Lefty eat at Five Guys, or did he eat five guys? It turns out there may have been a secret agenda behind Phil Mickelson's pimping of Five Guys during The Players tournament. It seems he co-owns the franchise rights to Five Guys in Orange County, California. (Deadspin, CNBC)Comedy Central cancels "The Sarah Silverman Program." Drew Magry and AJ Daulerio found dancing with glee around Deadspin offices. (Warming Glow)Turkey Hunting with Bobby Knight. No, Knight did not choke the turkey with his bare hands. (The Sporting Blog)His Tebowness does not need your seven-figure endorsement deals. Tim Tebow claims he's turned down seven-figure endorsement deals to focus on football. Meanwhile, His Tebowness is taking batting practice with Memphis University School. That's really focusing on football there, Timmy. (Tim Teblog, Gator Bytes)
At left is an image created for the program cover of the Seminole Boosters Coaches Tour & Legends Golf Tournament. Guess what imagery they used for a new coach with the "change" mantra? Yep, a garnet and gold variation of the already cliché Obama "change" imagery. Just cue The Smiths already, because "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore."Then again this brings up a whole lot of other boring jokes about whether Fisher was even born in America, or whether he has a valid birth certificate or not. But I'm not going there. No sirree.(via SI.com)
It figures some enterprising entrepreneur would try to cash in on Steve Nash going Nick Fury with his one-eyed clutch performance against the Spurs. And doing so without trying to mess with such pesky things as licensing agreements. So twoeightnine design came up with the "Nashty" shirt, featuring a shaggy mane of hair and a band-aid above a featureless face where the right eye should be (Nash's right eye, your left). While this makes the image of the shirt look more like The Question than Nash, anybody worth their salt will probably be able to figure it out.(via Ball Don't Lie)
Here's the cover to the new issue of Sports Illustrated with Shaquille O'Neal. And judging from last night's Celtics-Cavs game last night, the SI cover curse is already coming into play.And isn't that blurb "Good Old Shaq" just a little too mean? Okay, Shaq's been in the NBA since 1992, but did SI really have to go there? Besides, what first comes to mind when you hear "Good Old (insert name here)" is spoken? (via SI.com)
You'd better sit down for this one. Someone suggested that Vanderbilt might be a candidate for Big 10 expansion. Oh snap!Okay, it was only a matter of time before Big 10 expansion went from just being silly to completely going off the deep end. And after Black Heart Gold Pants chimed in with its projected schools, that's saying a lot. But seriously, Vanderbilt?Here's the logic from Team Speed Kills (who are passing the blame on Andy Katz for this): Vandy is very close in proximity to certain Big 10 schools. It's also has similar academic credentials as Northwestern. Translation: It'll be another geeky school with coke bottle glasses the other Big 10 schools can beat up on.Vandy may also get a look-see more for the basketball than for the football. Apparently the same goes for Georgia Tech out of the ACC. But Tech almost makes even more sense. Maybe not geographically, but it still is considered a good school academically. Plus it has at the moment relatively strong football and basketball programs (which obviously Vandy can't say).Where Andy Katz (or Team Speed Kills, or whoever) got this story is anybody's guess. But just remember: the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources.(via Team Speed Kills)
While I'm still picking up the pieces of what's left of my brain after the "Vanderbilt as Big 10 candidate" story, here is the SEC/ACC round-up of the day.Louisville decides not to take a chance on Zach Mettenberger. Apparently the school has enough sex scandal issues with Rick Pitino to take in one of Georgia's. (Leather Helmet Blog, Kelin Johnson Sports)Arkansas will not bolt from the SEC to the Big 12. Because Tony Barnhart says so. (Mr. College Football)Georgia Tech graduate assistant football coach used to be a Navy fighter pilot. And no, it's not one of the pilots responsible for that way-too-low fly over at the Wake Forest-Ga. Tech game last year.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Sports Illustrated on Jimbo Fisher. Andy Staples looks at how Jimbo Fisher wants to change things at Florida State. That includes wanting to move the all-important rivalry game with Florida to the beginning of the season. Pretty good article. (Tomahawk Nation, Sports Illustrated)List of the Day: "Top 5 SEC Hires of the Decade." And no, Lane Kiffin isn't on the list. (Dawg Post)
The contract to keep the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville still hasn't been signed yet. Not that the World's Largest [CENSORED BY DR. EVIL MICHAEL ADAMS] will be going anywhere this year. This year's game is still under the old agreement. But the new deal to keep the game in Jacksonville through 2016 still needs a few i's dotted and t's crossed. But things are going forward and a new deal should be signed by the summer. Which is good for Jacksonville, since the Georgia-Florida game might be the only football game played in the fall there in a few years.(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Why is this image here? Basically because of the look on the player's face. Now there's the look of a guy that really wants to be there. (Black Shoe Diaries)Lane Kiffin+Arizona+Ed Orgeron in drag+political incorrectness=fun. An interesting little gem hitting many targets at once. (EDSBS)And since I went there: Machette/Luz 2012. I'm just saying."Grown man jersey etiquette." If you're a grown man, don't wear one. (Unless mitigating circumstances otherwise say so.) (The Mets Police)Atlanta Braves to retire Tom Glavine's number in August. By then, that might be the only reason to go to a Braves' game in August. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Sexy" Lane Kiffin has tweeted on his competition in the Esquire "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament."Dear Heather Mitts- I tried this with Natalie & Danica...please have all of your friends vote for you in the Esquire Mag contest! Thanks"Why would Kiffin be wanting to help Mitts in this competition. Does he really want to lose such a prestigious title as "Sexiest Woman Alive?" Or he just showing great sportsmanship? Either way, it's up to you to make sure "Sexy" Lane makes it into the Elite Eight.(via Lane Kiffin's Twitter, Esquire)
Los Angeles is ready for the upcoming Western Finals against Phoenix. And it looks like the t-shirt manufacturers are already ahead of schedule. Sports Enemy already has this dandy little item up for sale.It's hard to argue with that logic. Just don't expect Los Suns to set without a fight. They're not quite the Hawks, you know.
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