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)
RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! IT'S AN AUTON! Don't let him catch you! Run before it's too late!Oh wait, it's just Purdue Pete, the unofficial costumed mascot of Purdue University. But dangit, he's just as scary as an Auton.Just Look at that head. Even for a costumed character that head looks frightening. Those big oval eyes. The totally emotionless stare. That shiny fabricated head is totally nightmare inducing. Where's Jon Pertwee when you need him? (well he's dead, but that's besides the point). Purdue Pete isn't the official Purdue mascot. That's a "train" called the Boilermaker Special, of all things. But we'll throw the train under the bus some other time. Purdue still lets this Freudian nightmare roam the sidelines and the courtside. Pete likes to show his sinister control over the Purdue student body by using them as his own personal wave pool.Is this normal? I think not.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
Want to know what Derek Dooley's papa, Vince Dooley said earlier in regards to Kiffin, a day or so ago before young Derek got the nod as Kiffin's replacement as UT coach?“Well, Lane Kiffin has brought the signs of the times to an extreme,” Dooley said with a chuckle.If Vince and Barbara show up at the next UGA/UT game in frosted Tennessee Orange it's serve Dr. Evil Michael Adams right for the way he treated him.By the way, it turns out Derek Dooley's son is named Peyton. That should make the natives somewhat happy.Anyhow, here's one last Lane Kiffin song for this week, with apologies to Soul Asylum:(via Get the Picture, Houston Chronicle)
This is Derek Dooley, who was until an hour or so ago the head football coach of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. He's left that job to take the same position as University of Tennessee head football coach. This after it seemed everybody and his dog turned the job down.Derek Dooley is the son of legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley. He played football at Virginia 1987-1990. After graduating Virginia, he obtained a law degree at Georgia. Like Mike Leach, he was a practicing lawyer before becoming a football coach (Quick, lock the electrical sheds at UT). He was an assistant coach with various roles at LSU under Nick Saban. So he's obviously been tutored in he ways of how to leave a program high and dry.Dooley became head coach of Louisiana Tech in 2007. In three seasons he went 17-20, with one winning season in 2008 (complete with Independence Bowl win against Northern Illinois). The other two years...meh.Dooley was also named athletic director at Louisiana Tech in 2008. Meaning he's left the school with two vacant positions to fill (see, Saban taught him well). The AD experience might be valuable, as Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton will probably be out of a job after the Lane Kiffin debacle.(via Tennessean.com)
Derek Dooley's been hired as Tennessee head coach. The question now is: Will Vince Dooley be Derek's defense coordinator? Or will Derek pick Barbara for the job?
The long Bulldog national nightmare appears to be over. Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart reports that Todd Grantham (pictured), current Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach, will be named Georgia's new defense coordinator. This coming forty-plus days since Willie Martinez was fired, and after several high-profile candidates turned the job down. How this will effect recruiting is up in the air. Or how Mark Richt and Damon Evans will spin Gratham as being the right man for the job after not being the first man to be offered it.(via Rivals.com)
Gilbert Arenas if officially in hot water. ESPN reports that Agent Suspect Zero is being charged with felony gun possession. It looks like the Arenas merchandise will continue to be mysteriously absent at the Verizon Center for a long time.(via ESPN)
Tennessee's search to replace Lane Kiffin is off to a rocky start. Phillip Fulmer says he doesn't want his old job back (but then, who really wanted him back). Will Muschamp says he isn't going anywhere. And now Air Force coach Troy Calhoun has announced he's not leaving Colorado Springs for Knoxville.The search now seems headed for the direction of Duke's head football David Cutcliffe (picture), who was a former Tennessee offensive coordinator. His record at Duke in two years is 9-15. Then again, he was 44-29 at Old Miss, where he coached Eli Manning. He also coached Peyton Manning as an OC at Tennessee. So he's a better candidate for the job than his recent history would show.If Cutcliffe turns the Vols down, it may be time to dust off SWRT's suggestion for UGA's search for Willie Martinez (which is still going on!) and call it "Who Wants To Be Tennessee Head Coach?"(via Orlando Sentinel, statesman.com, The Sporting News, ESPN)
Yep, it's another rap song about Lane Kiffin. Or as he's now called....Lame Kiffin.Okay, it's not the most original name, but it's one you can use in front of your mom. If she's not using cuss word when it comes to talking about Kiffin, that is.
Remember the t-shirt from a couple of days ago with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy used to point out Los Angeles' spot on the map? Well Lamar Odom's Rich Soil Clothing features a variation of I (Heart) (Your City Here) using a ring for the heart (the one on the right). Though as it turns out, it's not a real NBA championship ring, but a ring that's also produced by Rich Soil. So a few cool points taken away there.The shirt on the left features the Rich Soil logo. It looks pretty good actually. The rest of the shirts in the line aren't pretty much different from other shirts found out on the street. Nothing too bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. Lamar Odom's clothing line isn't too bad. But do you know what would be really cool? A brand of Lamar Odom candies. It's an area he obviously has intimate knowledge in.(via First Cuts)
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