Meet Johnny the Thunderbird, one of the newest members of the mascot community. Johnny is the mascot of the St. John's University Red Storm.It is kind of funny that a school than changed their name not to offend Native Americans would pick a Native American legendary creature as a mascot. St. John's used to be called the Redmen. But the school decided to change the name in the spirit of "Well, we didn't mean our old name to be a reference to Native Americans, but we're changing it anyway so they won't be POed."So they changed the name to the Red Storm. And last year, the school unveiled this creature. A Thunderbird named "Johnny" in a contest. Pretty original, huh?Actually Johnny is somewhat unoriginal and sore of lame. He invokes images of Hokiebird (the Turkey-based Virginia Tech mascot) as opposed to the mighty bird who made thunder ring out with the beating of his wings. He's not very scary. He won't be inhabiting my nightmares like Bucky Badger or Purdue Pete do.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
FSU has finally bitten the bullet and vacated 12 victories by order of the NCAA as the result of a cheating scandal. This after wasting a lot of time, money and energy fighting the ruling. It takes 12 wins off of Bobby Bowden's record and vacates a Emerald Bowl win.If anything, the debacle shows the ridiculousness of the NCAA in handling it's member schools. Spencer Hall (who's apparently dropped his Orson Swindle moniker with EDSBS's move over to SB Nation) had this to say about the issue:"On a larger note, the NCAA's reason for existing becomes even more nebulous. As far as we know, the NCAA hands out large sanctions to tiny programs committing infractions defined by charter rules, collects large dollars for running a huge basketball tournament, and keeps a pretty handy stats page for NCAA football. Much as we'd like to pay an organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year to do this, there are probably more efficient ways to do this, much less ones that involve an organization with actual powers of sanction. (Then again: if the NCAA merely represents the will of its members to regulate themselves, then there is zero will to regulate programs who commit violations.)"The NCAA shows little or no desire or ability to truly hold it's member schools accountable when it comes to violating it's rules, at least when it comes to serious issues at big time programs. It is becoming more and more rare to see the NCAA take true punitive steps to punish a programs who have serious problems. The coming showdown with USC over various issues may just well show how serious the NCAA is about cleaning up big time college athletics.
To be honest, Super Bowl XLIV didn't really live up to it's hype, is there was any real level of hype in the first place. At least it wasn't the kind of hype that Super Bowls of the recent past were known for.Congrats to the Saints. They did a good job coming from behind to beat the Colts. A lot of that had to do with Peyton Manning's costly interception into the hands of Tracy Porter, which might have been the most memorable past of the game.Still, SB XLIV wasn't as exciting as it was cut out to be. Most of the game was about field position than actual scoring. The Sean Peyton's decision for an onside kick did more to tip the scales in favor of the Saints than much of what Drew Brees did on the field.The ancillary events surrounding the game were just as underwhelming.The Who's halftime performance was possibly the weakest since the NFL stopped using Up With People. The light show and stage effects were far more interesting that what was left of the band itself. The NFL seriously needs to reconsider using rock acts from the Jurassic Era, and going for more current acts. Wardrobe malfunctions be danged.The commercials weren't any better. The Late Show spot with David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, and Jay Leno was probably the only true WTF moment of the night. Quite a shocker, considering Leno and Letterman's past. The majority of the rest didn't hold up to previous years. Even Budweiser's ad with the Clydesdale's and the longhorn steer was pretty lame. (A bucking bull from the Professional Bull Riders would have been better).In the end, the game was kind of...meh. It was more of a grinder than a shootout. It won't go down as one of the greatest or most memorable Super Bowls.
Not much right now due to be in and out today. But you can guess who I'm rooting for. Have fun and keep it safe.
Yep, they're asking dog's advice now in predicting the Super Bowl. This is getting more unscientific all the time.
It's bad enough when people turn to animals to predict the Super Bowl. At nobody has sacrificed a bird, look at it's entrails to predict the game's outcome, and put the whole dang thing on YouTube yet. But leave it to a wacky morning FM radio show to do the next best (or worst) thing...putting eggs in a microwave and watching them explode.Sadly, it seems Sears has taken down the Magic Favre Ball, so that can't be of any help anymore. Not that it was in the first place.
Want to know what the coolest thing on the internet is? It might just be the Batman & Robin Comic Generator. Just type in what you want Batman and Robin's word balloons to say and off you go. A few examples:The possibilities here are endless.
Joe Theismann's ego wouldn't let him keep his mouth shut about Tim Tebow. He was interviewed about Tebow by Jacksonville radio station 1010XL, where he dropped this little bit of wisdom.Theismann thinks that Tebow should have retired after his college football career ended."Rock star status preserved," Theismann said."Obviously at Florida they don't teach throwing the football," Theismann opined in explaining that Tebow's mechanics are "poor." Theismann also said that Urban Meyer and his staff have "no clue" regarding the process for preparing a quarterback to play "at the next level."Obviously Theismann knows nothing about rock stars, because they can't seem to retire either. Super Bowl halftime show starring The Who anyone?(via PFT)
The following is a clip featuring members of the Washington Huskies basketball team. It plays when the team is winning in the second half of games by a wide margin.America's Best Dance Crew they're not. We Are Heroes could easily have blown the Husky players off the dance floor last year. Heck, if they went up against the crews from the ATL that were in the ABDC Southern Regionals last week I'm sure they would get dominated.(via The Dagger)
To be perfectly honest I've never been a huge Signing Day guy. You can call grown men obsessing over seventeen and eighteen year-old high school boys recruiting. I call it something else.Still there have been some things that have caught my eye.Georgia is paying the price for bungling the search for Willie Martinez's replacement. Losing Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee is a huge embarrassment. Especially considering the chaos after Lane Kiffin's departure. At least it didn't take over a month to find Kiffin's replacement. Auburn's recruiting class is being hyped up. It looks like some of the stunts Auburn has pulled like the white stretch Hummer limo might have worked. Expect the NCAA to ban Hummers in college football in the near future. German-born Bjoern Werner is a high school defensive end who would rock you like a hurricane. He would, that is, if he hadn't committed to Florida State, that is. He announced his decision today on ESPN. His on-air attempt at a tomahawk chop was a little weak. But it could have been worse. (Insert obvious joke here.)
You knew this was coming. Some internet genius had to link Lane Kiffin to USC's most notorious alum, OJ Simpson. Sadly, this is only in Playmobil-esque computer animation. But given that the real OJ is in jail looking for the real killers, this will have to do.Y'know, Playmobil's missed an opportunity to make money by not actually coming out with college football Playmobil figures. Same with LEGO. Imagine a LEGO version of Stanford Stadium or The Swamp. They're both missing out.
Here's yet another Danica Patrick career milestone not related to her actually winning a race. Patrick will appear in a February 10 CSI:NY episode playing...wait for it...a race car driver. That's a real artistic stretch there. Her character will be involved in the investigation of the suspicious death of a "racing great" played by former General Hospital star and underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr. An underwear model and Go-Daddy spokesperson starring in the same TV show. It somehow sounds appropriate.(via ajc.com)
Continuing with SWRT's coverage of what various corners the animal kingdom think will win Super Bowl XLIV, here is what a bunch of cats predict will happen.In a related front, it appears that the internet is actually made of cats.Well, that would explain why cats like to sit on keyboards.
Did you hear the one about Pitt joining the Big 10? That was the rumor burning up the Pitt Panther nation this weekend. The problem is that it looks like it's not true. Which is a good thing for the Big 10.Pitt joining the Big 10 would do absolutely nothing for the conference, other than give it that twelfth team it needs to got to a divisional championship system. For one thing, it doesn't really expand the Big 10's market. The conference already has Penn State, so another Pennsylvania school doesn't really accomplish anything outside of giving Penn St an in-state rival.And seriously...Pitt? Look at the Big East schools that would be the most likely to be raided. Rutgers and Syracuse would seem to be the most desirable if only for the chance at the New York/New Jersey market. Cincinnati's been the hot team in the conference (pre-Brian Kelly), so it would bring some attention to the conference. West Virgina could bring both market and attention. Pitt? Zero in both areas.Pitt as a Big 10 school really doesn't make much sense. It's only benefit for the Big 10 is that it would be a twelfth team. Other than that it accomplishes little in terms of market expansion.(via Dr. Saturday)
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.
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