He hasn't been a graduate of Florida for even a month, and what does Tim Tebow do? Show up in a video pimping another college!It would seem that with those silly little NCAA amateur rules out of the way, the Tim Tebow Victory Tour for Fun and Profit is on. The first scheduled stop: Nashville's Lipscomb University on April 17 for an event called the Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. Tickets for the school National Bison Club on January 25, with the leftovers going on sale to the general public on February 15. It's not quite The National Press Club, but everybody's got to start somewhere.Here's how Lipscomb is promoting this event:I'd use this time to say "(Insert obvious joke here)," but Deadspin already has.Here's the fun part of this story; Tebow shows up in a video promoting the event on Lipcomb's web site wearing a Lipsomb purple and yellow t-shirt. (Insert irony here, LSU fans) Luckily for Tebow, Lipscomb University isn't allowing this little gem to be embeddable. Otherwise it would be dynamite in the hands of Tebow (and Gator) haters everywhere.(via Deadspin)
His name was Prince, and he was funky. His lyrics were raunchy enough to freak out Tipper Gore. Not he's become a sad, twisted, shell of his former self. No longer funky, and even worse...he's a Vikings fan.Apparently Prince's support of the team goes farther than just showing up at last Sunday's playoff win against the Cowboys. His (former) Royal Badness has written a song in honor of the team titled "Purple and Gold." The full song is posted over at the Vikings' official website.The song can best described in two words: Purple lame. The lyrics are worse than your high schools lame as frak alma mater. And the music sounds like a fife and drum marching band. Prince sings it in a falsetto voice that just cries out "weenie" instead of "Bad Motherlover Football Team Headed for the Super Bowl" The Super Bowl Shuffle" it's not. It's not even the "Electric Glide," for crying out loud.(via myfox9.com)
Leave it to Nike to try to fix something that probably didn't need fixing in the first place. Spartan Football reports that Nike teamed up with Michigan State to update the Spartans' logo. The result which has been leaked:The current logo is on the left, the Swoosh-generated logo is on the right.For some reason, the new logo reminds me more of X-Men arch-enemy Magneto than Michigan State. It's more abstract, and without the gradient divided up like the current version it's harder to recognize it as a helmet on first glance. The old version looks more like a classical idea of an classical Greek helmet, and is easier to figure out. Orson Swindle at EDSBS is less gracious, and compares the design to a horseshoe crab.As for the Michigan St. fan base reaction. Not so hot. There's the obvious anti-new logo group on Facebook, with over 6,400 members. Pretty impressive for a Facebook group a day or two old.The new logo is reported to be officially rolled out in April. Long enough for Spartan fans to either get used to it or force alterations in the design. Probably more of the former.(via Spartan Nation,EDSBS)
Jim Boulton (picture), major league pitcher and author of the infamous tell-all book Ball Four, has a bone to pick with modern-day home run hitters. In an interview with Shotgun Spratling of The Blue Workhorse, Boulton complained about the drama hitters have injected in their running of the bases. And no, he wasn't talking about steroids."I wish the players today were more respectful of the game, were more humble. Not so into themselves. When Mickey Mantle hit a home run, he put his head down and ran around the bases as fast as he could so as to not show up the pitcher, went in the dugout, and sat down. Now, a guy hits a home run, oh my goodness, his hands go up in the air, he's going around the bases, he just found a cure for cancer you'd think. He takes his time. He's pointing to the sky. He's kissing jewelry. Gets to the guys in the dugout, he takes a big bow. Then he goes in to sit down. Then he has to come out for a curtain call...and this is all in the second inning! "I don't know who these guys think they are. They're just baseball players, and home runs have been hit before. I don't like the over-inflated thoughts of themselves that you have with today's athletes. There's just no humility what-so-ever; no self-awareness; no modesty. There's just no respect for the game or the opposing team. If they did that in my day, the next time up, he'd be on his ass. Believe me, he wouldn't be doing that any more. (Bouton chuckles.)(via The Blue Workhorse)
It looks like Ruffin McNeil has landed on his feet. Joe Schad reports via Twitter that East Carolina is set to name the former Texas Tech defense coordinator as the its new head coach. ECU must have been impressed at McNeil's job as interim Texas Tech coach in the Alamo Bowl, where he stood in for Mike Leach.Let's soak in the irony for a moment. McNeil, who stood in for Leach after the Adam James fiasco, is replacing Skip Holtz. Holtz left ECU to replace Jim Leavitt at USF. who was fired for allegedly going Bobby Knight on one of his players. Holtz was also the SWRT choice for the Texas Tech job.On top of that McNeil is going to a team nicknamed the Pirates. His ex-boss has a notorious obsession with pirates. It's funny how things turn out, isn't it?(via Joe Schad's Twitter)
Just when you thought you've seen every kind of anti-Lane kiffin music video imaginable, Elvis has to send a message from the great beyond on his views on the subject:The only amazing part about this that it took a week for it to show up.
(Cue the Carolina Liar)While some Tennessee fans are trying to make Lane Kiffin's car crash into something worse than Chappaquiddick, other are finding more creative ways to show their disgust. An attorney named Drew McElroy wants to name a waste treatment plant in Knoxville after Kiffin.McElroy paid a non-refundable $262.00 fee to file the paperwork for this. That's $262.00 he'll never see again.(via The Sporting Blog, The Wiz of Odds, ESPN)
It's stories like this that even make a blogger who thought he'd heard everything this past six months to go "Oh snap!" Janell Wheeler (pictured, right next to you-know-who), who may or may not have been romantically involved with Tim Tebow is rumored to be one of the 24 finalists for this season's American Idol. Mind you, there have been a bunch of alledged Tebow girlfriends out there, Including Lucy Pinder of all people.(I'm sure Ma and Pa Tebow would've been thrilled it that was true). But the idea of seeing Tebow and SImon Cowell in the same place at the same time might be to actually get me to watch the dang show for once.(via Bumpshack, The Tebow Zone)
Sick of anti-Kiffin songs? Well someone finally wrote a song about Derek Dooley:It ain't "Rocky Top," but 'tis enough, 'twill serve.
It's a shame that Jay Mariotti (pictured) has stopped doing actual journalism and now relies solely on his first emotional knee-jerk reaction to a story. Take for example his latest overreactionary masterpiece over at Fanhouse about The Dallas Cowboys retaining Wade Phillips for another season.To be honest, if you're read one criticism of Jerry Jones, you're read them all. Mariotti pretty much doles out all the usual criticisms of Jerry Jones. He meddles. He's an egomaniac. He spent too much money on the Heathen Temple to His Own Avarice Cowboys' Stadium. Pretty much it could be summed up by The Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before." Move along, nothing new to see here.Which is a shame, because it would have been nice to get Mariotti's opinion on Adam Schefter's contention about the retention of Phillips. Schefter suggests that the possible work stoppage that could derail the 2011 NFL season might factor into Jones' thinking. "If the work stoppage many are predicting does materialize, teams will need coaches who know their players and players who know the coach's system," he says. "A coaching change at that time could be destructive, and teams know it."Mariotti's blowing sports stories out of proportion can be fun, but when it lacks any sort or new insight it can get a little tiring. It helps a writer when he's writing to be willing to listen to other voices. Other voices than the ones in his head, that is.(via Fanhouse, ESPN)
Alleged radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge (left) has been hired by wrestling promotion TNA (Total Nonstop Action) to do backstage interviews. That was before he decided to join Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh in the idiot parade and made stupid comments about Haiti on Twitter. He was absent from last night's TNA pay-per-view, and was told not to show up for work Monday morning.On being told not to come to the production meeting he wrote, "Was supposed to be at the [production] meeting at 11. They called and said not come. This is starting [to be] not fun. All because of my Haiti comments. Sorry people can't handle the truth."Actually Mr. Sponge seems to be having all the truth handling problems here. He also seems to be having a few employment problems with TNA.Going to bed had a long talk with Eric b. I don't want to take over jbs backstage interviews. I may have to walk away. Cause I don't agree..... With letting him go. Now if I would happen to take those interviews over. All ready I'm the bad guy. That's not cool. Already some bulls*** about..... Going down and I'm in the middle of it. I have to take a long hard look at weather I want to really do this or not. Bubba" The JB in question is Jeremy Borash, who allegedly was "taken off the air" by TNA. Aledegly being that some of this may be a work, and some of it might not be.(Thanks to fieldy nuts at The Outhouse for help in tracking down sources for this article.)(via The Outhouse, Wrestle Zone, PWTorch.com)
If things keep up the way they are in Knoxville, Tennessee is going to have to change the fight song from "Rocky Top" to Carolina Liar's "I'm Not Over." Even with Derek Dooley being names head coach, there are still a continuing number of anti-Kiffin songs that keep popping up. The latest is by Renaldo Woolridge a.k.a. "Swiperboy"Swiperboy is a sophomore on the Tennessee Vols basketball team. He's also a aspiring rapper who drops his tunes on YouTube. He's responsible for dropping that "Eric Berry for Heisman" rap from a few months back. Now, he's dropping the hammer on Lane Kiffin.:I can't wait to hear what Woolridge does if or when Bruce Pearl decides to ditch Knoxville. Or when he decides to jump ship early himself and go pro. Then again, looking at his 4.7 PPG this season, he might want to stay in school.(via EDSBS, ESPN)
David Cutcliffe has to be going "I turned down the Tennessee job for this?" right now. "This" being after he dismissed three players off of the Duke football team. John Drew (top left), Kyle Griswould (center left) and Brandon Putnam (bottom left), all freshmen players, were arrested after reports of gunshots fired on the Duke campus. They've been "charged with felony possession and discharge of a weapon." And the Duke basketball team thought they were trying to look all tough in their Goodfellas inspired photo.(via ESPN, Charlotte Observer)
Forget Sarah Palin. This is the Alaska native who our nation should be electing President in 2012: The Alaska Nanooks Polar Bear. Here is the latest of video clips featuring the bear which have become an internet sensation.Do you think any Islamic fascists are going to try any crap with a giant Polar Bear as POTUS? I think not. The Alaska Nanooks Polar Bear isn't a wussy polar bear like that one in the Coke ads. Or like Knut, that cute little baby polar bear in Germany who is neither a baby nor cute anymore.Give the makers of the video some actual credit though. Among the usual cheesy eighties songs was Laura Branigan's "Self Control." It's probably one of the most underrated eighties songs with one of the more underrated videos of the decade.By the way, The Alaska Nanooks are an college team. Nanook is a variation of nanuq, the Inupiaq word for polar bear. How the NCAA hasn't thrown a hissy fit over this is beyond me.(via Deadspin)
Thank you, Brett Favre. Thank you for making the most hideous culture phenomena of the new decade (possibly the whole frakin' millennium even) just that more hideous.Just a word on this Larry Platt pratt: The media shouldn't humor this clown as refer to him as "general." Reportedly the nickname was given to him by the late civil rights activist Hosea Williams. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he's never even served in the military, so he hasn't earned the title. He might have done a lot in aiding in the Civil Rights movement. But calling yourself a general when you're not is an insult to those who served their country to protect those rights. Not to mention those like the Tuskegee Airmen, who helped break the color barrier in the US military.(via Awful Announcing, Atlanta-Journal Constitution)
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