One week until the big game and Super Bowl silliness seems to be kicking into high gear. At least it is in the animal kingdom. Princess, a camel from the Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River, NJ, was enlisted to give her predictions of who will prevail in Miami.Actually Popcorn Park Zoo sounds like a nice place. It's an preserve for wildlife and domestic animals that were mistreated, sick, or elderly. So a little Super Bowl silliness to raise awareness (and cash) can't be too bad.
If you look over to your left, there's a poll on which "sporting event" is the most fake. Your choices are: WWE Royal Rumble, NFL Pro Bowl, or the Winter X-Games. Have at it!
Stanford has reportedly hired disgraced UGA defense coordinator as an assistant coach. I could have sworn Jim Harbaugh had more sense. Especially after reportedly turning down an offer from Oalkand to replace Tom Cable.Speaking of the Raiders, this is probably how Lane Kiffin reacted when hearing about Martinez's hire.Yeah, Kiffin's job just got easier, dangit.(via ajc.com)
Hello there, Will D. Cat. You're the Villanova Wildcats mascot. Boy do you look menacing, showing off all those teeth. Actually, you don't. You don't look too wild, either. Surly maybe, but not wild.Will D. Cat looks like an old school college mascot, all covered with fur. As opposed ot some of these all soft sculptured and foam rubber cosplay monstrosities out there. He's a lot like The Penn State Nittany Lion, except Villanova cared enough to give there mascot a real name, while Penn St. didn't.Then again Will D. Cat isn't the most original of names. It doesn't quite roll off the tip of the tongue, either. Of course Wild D. here dates to around 1950, much too early for the era where mascots had "hipper" names. Wait, mascots have hip names? Forget I said that.
You know that Super Bowl silly season has arrived when somebody decides to ask zoo animals for their Super Bowl picks. This one's from the Indianapolis Zoo. Gee I bet those animals aren't biased, are they now?There's a Mark Wahlberg joke around here somewhere, but I won't be the one to tell it.
It may either be the most brilliant or the dumbest advertising promotion on the internet. Either way it involves Brett Favre and his legendary/infamous indecisiveness streak.Sears, the ever-increasingly irrelevant retailer, is giving America the chance to ask Brett Favre to help them make up their minds on their big decision. Just ask the Cute Purple Dinosaur for his advice, and click on his Magic Favre Ball to find his answer. Just be warned that it might take a while. (Cue The Smiths...)
This was going to happen sometime or another.Actually it was more like 378 days, but who's counting?Hey, it could be worse. It could be something like "I Am Curious (Tennessee Orange)." Or "Changing Lane Kiffin's."
If you think the NFL is the No Fun League, think again. The SEC is trying to steal that title away from the pros. The SEC has levied a $25,000 fine against South Carolina after fans rushed the court after Tuesday night's victory over first-place Kentucky. This on top of a previous $5,000 fine after a similar win against Kentucky in 2005. The next fan rush would levy a $50,000 fine.It seems the SEC is cracking down on any expressions of accomplishment on the field or on the court. It's just a matter of time before they get anal over things like socks or messages in the eyeblack.(via GoGamecocks.com)
Johnny Weir, the U.S. figure skater who's gotten as much attention for his off the ice ambiguous lifestyle than for his on the ice performances is taking heat from animal rights groups. Friends for Animals is complaining to Weir and his costume designer Stephanie Handler about Weir's recent use of fox fur in his costumes. Weir's response:“I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals. But it’s not something that’s the No. 1 priority in my life,” Weir said on Tuesday. “There are humans dying everyday. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti. “I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it’s my choice.”Weir's compassion for humanity would feel heartfelt, if it didn't come sounding off like it was straight off of FOX News. As for the costume...sheesh! It looks like Cosmic Boy's costume from the 1970's, if it had pants. (Now if I could only get Sasha Cohen to dress up like Shadow Lass...)(via Yahoo! Sports)
The already unexciting Super Bowl XLIV Halftime show featuring what's left of The Who has surprisingly gotten even less exciting. In an interview with Billboard Pete Townsend has revealed the playlist for the halftime show. "We're kinda doing a mashup of stuff," the guitarist tells Billboard. "A bit of 'Baba O'Riley,' a bit of 'Pinball Wizard,' a bit of the close of 'Tommy,' a bit of 'Who Are You,' and a bit of 'Won't Get Fooled Again.' It works -- it's quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it -- we've always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot."Translation: It's going to be a CSI infomercial. The only way this could get better is if a CSI episode was airing after the game (the recent lingerie football episode of CSI:NY would have been perfect.). Sadly, CBS has decided to premiere the already uninteresting Undercover Boss.It's at this point real alternatives to the halftime show would be really useful. Remember the In Living Color halftime special, complete with the infamous "Men on Football" sketch that pretty much destroyed Richard Gere's reputation? Or when the WWF had a Rock vs. Mankind match on USA? One of those would be really useful this year.CBS really needs to hope for a close, exciting game this year between the Colts and Saints. Otherwise there might be a lot of channel switching this year.(Billboard.com, Warming Glow)
It's the dumbest storyline coming out of Super Bowl XLIV, so Dan Wetzel obviously had to do a column about it. Yep, it's time for the boring onslaught of "Who's Archie Manning rooting for in the Super Bowl?" time. Will it be Number One Son Peyton, or his old team the New Orleans Saints?Here's the words from The Man himself:“I’m pulling for the Colts, 100 percent,” Manning said. “One-hundred percent. That’s not close.”End of story. Put your laptops down, sportswriters.Seriously, does anybody think Archie's rooting for anyone besides his main gravy train? Peyton's the main reason Archie keeps showing up in commercials. It's not because of his years with the Saints.Sadly, that's not going to be the case. The number of sports goobers who are going to pull this topic out of their rear is going to be numerous. Every one of them should get their credentials yanked if they bring it up. That and their Super Bowl XLIV press passes too.(via Yahoo! Sports)
Forget about the Mayan Calendar and the Prophecies of Nostradamus. It's the Super Bowl that foretells the end of the world. And the bad news is that time's just about up. You just have to see this one to believe it, folks.That's just part two. Part one of this is just as bonkers, but not Super Bowl related.Maybe they should've gotten R.E.M. to perform the halftime show this year. "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" is beginning to sound more and more appropriate, especially with all of the NFL's unsettled labor issues and the possible uncapped season.(via You Tube)
The Annual Brett Favre Retirement Two-Step isn't even twenty-four hours old, and the sports mediots are already acting silly. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz is already speculating that the Vikings might look at Michael Vick as Favre's replacement.Please. Kill. Me. Now.Any smart person could tell you that Vick isn't what he used to be. Even then, he was more smoke than fire. Any attempt to make Vick a starting QF again has to be filed under the title of "desperation move." It's a move to be expected from a team with nothing to lose like the Raiders of Bills, not a team that was oh-so-close to the being the NFC representative to the Super Bowl.The Vikings' chances of a repeat NFC Championship visit pretty much depend on Favre coming back next year. The more logical outcome of another Farve retirement limbo will be Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels fighting for the starting QB job. With Brad Childress hoping that Favre changes his mind once again.(via ajc.com)
I hate to say it, but expect Super Bowl coverage to take a Hurricane Katrina vs. Haiti angle and blow it completely out of proportion. On one hand there's the New Orleans' Saints. It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina, but don't think the media's going to let people forget that. (And expect that kind of coverage to get worse as the anniversary of Katrina pounding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast gets closer.) On the other hand, Pierre Garcon (pictured)presence on the Colts were certainly warrant mentioning of Haiti's efforts to recover from the earthquake.While not trying to trivialize these horrible events, the media in all probability will draw on them for storylines going into Super Bowl XLIV. With it usually comes the heavy-handedness when sports and "the outside world" collide. This can sometimes lead to great events being exploited and minor personal tragedies getting overblown (pick and Olympic athlete profile. Any Olympic athlete profile).It would be nice if the media could go easy on connecting Katirna and Haiti too the Super Bowl more than those events already are. They can't be ignored, and there's still a lot of work to be done in those areas. In the end Super Bowl XLIV will be about two teams. It won't be a referendum on tragic events or the triumphs of the spirit that have overcome them.
It's seriously time for Bobby Knight (left) to retire the sweater. Or at least wear a sport coat over it. People get that the v-neck was his trademark outfit while coaching. But now that he's at ESPN doing the play-by play with Brent Musburger, It just doesn't look too cool. I get the joke, it's just not funny anymore.Let's be honest for a moment. The sweaters look a little frumpy. They don't look like kind that's found at Brooks Brothers. They look more like they're from Sears. Or worse, Aramark.Knight really needs to consider dressing it up a little more. .The v-neck at courtside was a cute trademark look. But if Michael Phelps was doing commentary for a swim meet, would you expect him to be wearing a Speedo? Probably not.The announcer's table or in the studio at ESPN is a little more of a dress up thing, at least in prime time or on Sportscenter. Mike and Mike may dress casual for the morning simulcast, but when they do Sportscenter, they're both in suit and tie. Knight needs to consider that. Nobody would blame him for going a little classier look for TV. They might even thank him for it.ESPN should at least try to get some classier looking sweaters. Heck, Knight could make a killing with his own line of them.
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