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Rich Rodriguez Hubris Watch: Mitch Albom's two cents worth

Rich Rodriguez Hubris Watch: Mitch Albom's two cents worth

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 20, 2009

Mitch Albom took time to chime in about Rich Rodriguez. He questions if firing Rich-Rod after two years is a good thing and wonders if creating a "revolving door policy" is a good thing at Michigan. The seriousness of the alleged workout violations is also questioned.In the end the question for Michigan is going to be if it will be how fast can it get out of the hole Rich-Rod is digging if it lets him stay for another year. Reported problems between Rodriguez Tate Forcier have led to suggestions Forcier might transfer. Self -preservation may be the most important factor in Rodriguez's reign at Michigan.(via Detroit Free Press)

The real Jay Cutler won't talk to NBC, so they should interview a fake one

The real Jay Cutler won't talk to NBC, so they should interview a fake one

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 19, 2009

It looks like Bob Costas is going to need someone outside the Chicago Bears' organization to interview. Jay Cutler, Lovie Smith, and Bears' GM Jerry Angelo have all turned down NBC's requests for on-air interviews the guy that punked Dan Patrick out of all of those Emmys.If I could be so bold as to give a substitute for Costas to have a sit down with, how about NotJayCutler, the tweeter uh..."personality" that has done a lot to destroy Kissing Suzie Kolber's image of Cutler as a grade A box of kittens? A few (almost SFW) gems of wisdom from the horses read end mouth:"A kid in a hospital asked me to throw a TD for him on Sunday. WTF, I was just there to get some Valtrex.""Thank God Jake Delhomme is playing tomorrow night. Nobody will ever mention my five picks again.""I just dared Josh Beekman to put a huge stack of Pringles in his mouth. I think he's dead.""Rex Grossman's dad is talking **** about me. Guess I can't blame him for defending his daughter.""People are saying our season is already over. If that's so, how come Lovie won't let me go to Cancun next week?""A stripper pole is so 2005. I'm going to get a mechanical bull in my crib.""There's far worse things than throwing 5 INT's and getting fined 20K all inside of 24 hours. Like, for one, being Brady Quinn...""Dude, it'd be sweet as **** if Affliction did our game jerseys."(Do you know what's really sad? I really want to see what Affliction-style NFL jerseys would look like. I suck.)"Nice pass, Orton. Did your sister teach you to throw like that?"Bob Costas interviewing the fake Jay Cutler would be a whole lot more interesting than him interviewing the real one, I can tell you that.(via Chicago Sun-Times, Kissing Suzie Kolber , Twitter )

[BLANK] YOU, MASCOT!: Smokey (the cosplay version)

[BLANK] YOU, MASCOT!: Smokey (the cosplay version)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 19, 2009

What's that, Smokey? You didn't seriously think I wasn't going to get around to going to mock you after I went after that tablecloth wearing mutt did you? Boy, do you have another thing coming!Frosted orange colored unis. Football players getting arrested for armed robbery. Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl seem trying to outdo each other in embarrassing their school...Tennessee is such cornucopia of things to poke fun at, isn't it?Tennessee must not really love their cosplaying mascot. Obviously not enough to give him a name different from the real life dog. I bet that causes a lot of issues. The dog probably gets more fan mail too. At least UGA differentiates between UGA VII and Hairy Dawg.Well, I will say Smokey the costumed mascot does have one thing going for him: He looks better wearing a suit than Bruce Pearl does.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)

Mark Mangino Hubris Watch: Try blaming this one on his weight

Mark Mangino Hubris Watch: Try blaming this one on his weight

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 19, 2009

Chances are that Mark Mangino will be coaching at Kansas after this season aren't looking too well. Reports abound of the kinds of verbal abuse Mangino has dropped on his players. Take this little gem, for example:One story involved former Kansas wide receiver Raymond Brown during preseason practices. Brown's brother had recently been shot and was recovering in St. Louis. When players were asked during a meeting to describe their commitment to the team, Brown stood up and told his teammates and coaches about the incident. Brown said he was trying to get the message across that life was too short to waste. Shortly after in practice, Mangino and Brown got into a confrontation on the practice field."Don't yes sir me, or I will send you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with your homies," Brown remembers Mangino saying. There's not enough fat in Mangino's body that Jason Whitlock can blame this one on. This little tirade can pretty much be pinned to the level of Massengill flowing in his veins.(via EDSBS, JayhawkSlant.com)

I Smell Lameness: Oregon fans rap about their Ducks

I Smell Lameness: Oregon fans rap about their Ducks

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 19, 2009

It looked like Oregon's chances of going to the Rose Bowl went up in smoke with the loss to Boise State at the top of the year. How things have changed. It looks like The Ducks are all but officially headed to Pasadena and their fanbase couldn't be happier.So, how do Oregon fans celebrate such a reversal of fortune? With a rap video, of course.I Smell Roses @ Yahoo!7 VideoThe longer this season goes on , the more I appreciate the GTG's.(via EDSBS)

The Golddomedammerung: More Paul Johnson replacing Charlie Weis silliness

The Golddomedammerung: More Paul Johnson replacing Charlie Weis silliness

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 18, 2009

Last week The Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Jeff Schultz brought up the possibility (all the while claiming to dispell it) of Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson as a candidate for the Notre Dame head coaching job currently held by Charlie Weis. This week, Schultz's partner in mediocrity Mark Bradley gives the "5 reasons Paul Johnson isn't going to Notre Dame." Reason Number Five: "Notre Dame once hired a coach From Tech." Gee, a narcissistic blogger could have pointed that out. Oh wait...(via ajc.com)

It's official. UGA goes off the deep end.

It's official. UGA goes off the deep end.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 18, 2009

From Online Athens comes this clip of the Georgia Bulldogs football team jumping off a diving platform.It seems like the perfect metaphor for this season.(via Online Athens)

Jason Whitlock is The Biggest Loser in Criticizing Mark Mangino's Weight.

Jason Whitlock is The Biggest Loser in Criticizing Mark Mangino's Weight.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 18, 2009

Jason Whitlock hasn't met a Twinkee he didn't like. But at least he admits it in his column where he blames Kansas Coach Mark Mangino's anger problems on his weight. Still there's a lot of Mangino:Pot Whitlock: Belly going on.Whitlock's educational and professional background does not appear to include a vast history in the psychological field, but here's a question he should ponder. Are Mark Mangino's weight issues the cause of his mental state, or is his mental state causing his weight issues? Interesting idea there. It's a mental health professional's job to diagnose that, not a journalist.( KansasCity.Com)

[BLANK] YOU, MASCOT!: Smokey IX

[BLANK] YOU, MASCOT!: Smokey IX

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 17, 2009

Smokey IX here is a bluetick coonhound. I'd be blue too if I had to go around in public dressed like this. A dog wearing a tablecloth? Seriously? Is that the best Tennessee can do? Look, at least Georgia went out and got UGA his own little football jersey. What's the deal here? Is Tennessee trying to convince Smokey here that he's a racehorse or something? Yeah, he'll do well against Rachel Alexandra I'll bet.You have to feel bad about Smokey IX. His predecessor, Smokey VIII, got to hang out with Peyton Manning and saw the Vols win a "National Championship". Smokey IX? He gets to hang out with Jonathan Crompton and gets to watch the fallout of Vols players getting arrested. . I'd be blue about that too.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)

Rich Rodriguez Hubris Watch: Michael Wilbon says it's over for Rich-Rod

Rich Rodriguez Hubris Watch: Michael Wilbon says it's over for Rich-Rod

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 17, 2009

Pardon the Interruption, but Michael Wilbon says that Rich Rodriguez's days at Michigan are about over. His reasoning behind this assertion? A talk with someone "affiliated" with Rich-Rod. Wilbon went on to say this source "played for Rich Rod." No word if this is a current of former player.(via Detroit Free Press)

Wrong, Terence Moore. The BCS IS messed up.

Wrong, Terence Moore. The BCS IS messed up.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 17, 2009

The headline to Terence Moore's latest Fanhouse column is "Memo to BCS Bashers: Stop Whining." He then precedes to go through the tired old mantra of why the Bowl Championship is working. Here's what Moore doesn't get: it's not.Sure, whoever Number One and Number Two are at the end of the year will play for the BCS Championship. The problem is with all those other games. It's called the Bowl Championship Series. The purpose of it, as stated on the BCS's website is "to assure a match up between the top two teams — correcting a major flaw in the bowl system — while maintaining and enhancing the traditional bowl system that's nearly 100 years old." It's that last part where the BCS has been getting wrong.In the past few years the BCS Bowls leading up to America's Favorite Fictional National Championship haven't been really much to call home about. The last huge game was probably the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where Boise State beat Oklahoma (maybe the Game of the Decade). Other than that the BCS Bowls have been fair to middling.The Problem is the Bowl Committees are extremely territorial. Most of them have one conference or another pretty much wrapped up every year. And the result are some really lame match ups. Remember in 2008 where Rose Bowl featured with USC and Illinois, and the Sugar Bowl had Georgia facing Hawaii? How many people would have rather seen USC play UGA? Everybody that turned those games off or just plain didn't watch.There's a reason the BCS Bowls are moving from FOX to ESPN in 2011: the ratings. If Rupert Murdoch had wanted to outbid ESPN he would have. Instead, several BCS Games will beMaybe a baroque playoff system is too much for ask for at the moment. But could the BCS at least make some movement toward playoffs, however illusionary?Here's what is needed right now: A guaranteed face-off between the third and fourth place teams in the BCS poll. Put it on in prime time on New Years Day and fans will have a reason to gather around the TV that night.Moore doesn't seem to see the absolute flaw in the BCS. It provides a Champion (no matter how questionable it can be at times), but it doesn't do a good job at providing a complete package of quality games at the end of the college football season. If it did, it wouldn't be facing a future on basic cable.(via Fanhouse)

The Golddomedammerung: Stoops to Notre Dame?

The Golddomedammerung: Stoops to Notre Dame?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 17, 2009

There's nothing better in the morning than waking up to a rumor about Notre Dame replacing Charlie Weis. This ones a doozy: Fanhouse reports on a story that Bob Stoops could Oklahoma for Notre Dame. Please Kill Me Now.Just because 2009 has been an annus horriblis for Stoops and the Sooners it doesn't mean that he's ready to jump ship. Stoops' chances at a BCS title/bowl game in 2010 are better at OU than they ever will be at ND. And as much as Domers want to believe otherwise, it's going to be that way for years to come.(via Fanhouse)

Rick Rodriguez Hubris Watch:Show us your papers!

Rick Rodriguez Hubris Watch:Show us your papers!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 16, 2009

An internal audit by the University of Michigan has discovered Rich Rodriguez didn't file papers regarding how much time his players dedicated to football. This after some of his players accused him of violating NCAA time limits for football related training. Oops! Even worse. The audit looked at seven different Wolverine men's and women's sports. Only the football program was lacking in keeping time records. It's not quite a smoking gun, but if UM loses to Ohio State in might be enough for some to call for his job.(via Rivals.com)

It doesn't look like Jon Gruden's going anywhere...for now

It doesn't look like Jon Gruden's going anywhere...for now

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 16, 2009

If you're a college or pro football fan hoping to find that Chucky wearing a visor and polo shirt in your team's colors you're out of luck. Everybody's favorite ex-Buccaneers coach (at least the one not named Tony Dungy) has inked a long term deal with ESPN to stick with Monday Night Football. Oh well, at least we still have Lane Kiffin to kick around. Then again, the phrase "long term contract" in sports doesn't really mean much anymore, does it?(via The Sporting Blog)

End an era: J.T. Bowtie 2009-2009

End an era: J.T. Bowtie 2009-2009

By Juan Cena in SWRT on November 15, 2009

Sad news to report out of Alabama. Taylor Fortinberry has announced the retirement of his J.T. Bowtie character.I honestly half expected this to be a load of bull. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Bama-banged, sunglasses wearing fratboy made another appearance. In other words, don't hold your breath that this is the last we see of Mr. Fortinberry's alter.Still, it does give me an excuse chance to honor the passing of a modern day folk character:Goodbye J.T BowtieThough I never knew you at allYou had the grace to hold yourselfWhile those playing 'Bama crawledYou out of the woodworkAnd you yelled into our brainsThey set you on the treadmillAnd they made you change your nameAnd it seems to me you lived your lifeLike a fratboy in the windNever knowing who to cling toWhen the death threats set inAnd I would have liked to have known youBut I was just a bloggerYour candle burned out long beforeYour legend ever did

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