Archive for the ‘Blogfrica’ Category

Sandwich Pickem Scramble Week 5: has anyone seen my Elliott Smith record?

September 26, 2008

The king’s crossing was the main attraction
Dominoes falling in a chain reaction
A scraping subject ruled by fear
Told me whiskey works better than beer

It’s been that kind of week.  As Eric once told me, a “lonesome highway kinda sound” kinda week.  A coming-to-terms kind of moment.  A moment of clarity.  Recognition.  Sheer sheer sadness.  I could only, of course, be talking about football.

But as with many things in life, football always promises life anew.  A new week.  A new season.  A new (cough) coach?

Anyway, let’s take a quick look at the standings.  Eday is plowing everybody but Holly.  Holly is plowing everybody else.  And WordPress® still won’t let me hightlight, copy, or paste into a goddam widget, so the standings will be all out of sorts on the right until i get unlazy.

Kyle King for DawgSports.com has bowed out of the competition.  We’ve replaced him with Super Monday regular Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb, one of the wittiest Irish bastards we ever had the pleasure to discuss major league baseball with. (Yeah, it was odd to us that a thick black Irish like Sir Richard was an MLB fan, but his knowledge was quite impressive, so now we’ll see how he does in CFB.)  We set his points even with PB’s who was in last going into the week (although I still think we might owe him a week’s reprieve after, you know, trying to avoid a hurricane).  More on that later.

Big thanks to E for managing this piece while I was pluggin’ toward the River.

On to this week’s games!

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Sandwich Pick’em Scramble: Week 1 – Awayyy we goop!

August 28, 2008

Welcome, welcome.  It is that time again!  And I for one could not be more excited.  The leaves are falling off the trees.  We’re skipping out of work earlier, and kickoff is a few mere hours away.  I can almost smell the Burgoo, I can almost taste the Jack and Pepto, and I can almost feel the orange courduroy on my legs.  It’s football time.

We’ve expanded this year from 10 to 14 participants (including one still MIA), and in doing so I have knowingly created hell for myself, and still don’t know why.  The old organizing bloggers to herding cats analogy didn’t take too long to manifest, as 8 of the 14 participants missed the initial deadline… IN THE FIRST WEEK!  What have I done?

At any rate, let’s move on to take a quick look at this year’s enhanced panel.  Returning for the Awayers:

The always lovely Tennessee-girl-gone-west, Holly from EDSBS and Snarkastic.  Glad to hear that living in LA for the past few years hasn’t erased the beautiful East Tennessee accent.

The premiere Texas Footblogger, Peter Bean from Burnt Orange Nation.   I still respect this man as much as any blogger around for taking the opportunity we’ve all wished for at one time or another and calling Paul Finebaum a motherfucker live on the air of a sports show.  Was that a sports show?

Contributor to damn near every sports publication around–including ESPN.com, Storming The Floor, and Chicago Sports Weekly–Eric Angevine (Extra P)–the only Kansas football fan living outside the state. 

Noted Kentucky Sports author and radio personality, Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio and Louisville’s ESPN Radio show, Sports Night.  I still say Matt should have Kige on his show one day.

The leading man at the leading Georgia Bulldog site, dawgsports.com, T. Kyle King.  Since 2006, TKK has been runner up twice for best SEC blog in the CFB Awards, which is actually much better than the actual Dawgs have done in the SEC East over the same time frame… so that’s er… good, right?

The reigning title-holder of “Orlando’s Funniest Blogger”, actual journalist, and the self proclaimed man-about-town and all-around manimal, Burnsy–a UCF grad and fan.

Burnsy’s Cohort from pseudo-politico blog Red, White, and Dude, Benjamin Spanklin will be joining us this year as well.  Benny claims Arizona as his football team.  I guess that says something.

Meet the 2008 Homers after the jump.

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Paging The General: 52 Days

July 11, 2008

The Dog Days of summer are upon us, the All-Star Break is next week, and somewhere in West Knoxville a man and his boat just parted ways for the mid-summer cleaning.  One day soon they will be reunited and will charge forth across Ft. Loudon Lake towards the shiny beacon on the north coast of “The River”.  And that day he will join his companions… in the 2008 Vol Navy.

52 days til Manifest Destiny on the West Coast, a new suit for Wu, and all my rowdy friends coming over.

“Volunteer Football 2008 – Straight Outta Cromtpon”

Mainstream editors are some witty bastards

July 6, 2008

Every once in a while a big story goes down, either unexpectedly, or when not much else is going on in the sports world, and we get to read several takes on the “breaking news.”  Tonight’s reported trade of CC Sabathia to the Brewers is one of those times.

It is now our privelege, as the layperson sportsfan, to be inundated with cheeky headlines.  You know, because those guys can be funny too.

Here are a few from tonight.

Fox Sports – because… they, like, make milk products where he’s going.. (and just to be sure you don’t miss the joke, Ken Rosenthal–or the weekend Fox Sports Editor, probably an equally witty yank–notes “welcome to the Dairy State” in the caption)

More insufferable wit after the jump

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Its Unanimous! Vols #1

February 25, 2008

The Vols have taken over 1st in the ESPN Coaches’ Poll.  Garnering all 31 votes, Bruce’s guys take the top spot in any poll for the first time in school history.

The scrappy, hustlin’, fightin’, passin’, and 3-point-bomb-droppin’ team I love to watch for all those reasons and more have made history again.  Next pieces of history to make?  Advancing to Saturday in the SEC Tourney for the first time since 1981, and advancing past the Sweet 16 for the first time ever.

What we also find interesting is a little-talked-about basketball school in Central Kentucky trying to move back into the rankings.

How ’bout them apples?

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Only 3 more degrees ’til Bacon

January 24, 2008

We mentioned a few months back that there was a new basketball blog on the upswing, Storming The Floor.  Criticallly acclaimed for its professional and even-keel reporting and commentary (even if it does have an anti-SEC bias), STF has been receiving rave reviews around the country, and wouldn’t you know it, one of our homeys is behind the wheel. 

Old friend, blogger buddy, and my personal Yoda, Extra P–who you might remember from an episode of Super Monday back in July–has been writing for STF since basically its inception last fall, and now, has been located writing for Deadspin.

With Joe Piscopo in attendance (What? Prove to me that he wasn’t!), the Scarlet Knights led wire-to-wire, beating #18 Villanova 80-68 to further entangle the klausterfokk that is the Big East standings.

Be sure to check out XP’s “College Basketball Closer” today and let him have it in the comments, if for nothing else, for the dirt poor showing in the CFB Pickem Scramble.

Congrats dude… so.. erm… can you introduce me to Erin Andrews now?

[Deadspin] [Storming The Floor]

NCAA Hoops Blogpoll Ballot Week 9

January 7, 2008

Notable games this week were Dayton knocking off Pitt (and then Villanova doing the same), Wisconsin beating Texas in Austin, and the near-miss at UNC/Clemson.

With Pitt shitting the bed so often, we’ve decided they’ll be on the bench for a few weeks until they do something notable again.  I’m still very impressed with Indiana and Ole Miss, however Butler’s slow-style of play is still too boring to watch, so I’ll keep them in the poll as long as they win, but never higher than 15.

You’ll notice the Sam Houston State Bearkats (yes, that’s with a K) have entered the poll.  I don’t expect that to last very long, but hey, its a cool logo.

Big game this with with Ole Miss @ Tennessee.  We should learn a lot about both of those teams on Wednesday night.

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Duke to UK: Hahahahahaha (with love from TGC)

December 27, 2007

Okay, so I’ve never been the first to kick a man while he’s down–especially my friends–but I found this over at KSR and they seem to have well-enough spirits about it and their current plight… so here we go.

A pretty funny independent music video from a Dukie to Wildcat Nation… filmed right here in Lexington, brought to your eyes and ears by your very favorite Vol Fan TGC.

There are all kinds of goodies in here.  Among other things, bagging on BCG’s thirst, JC’s speed, Cameron Mills choco-habits, and Saul Smith’s life.  Enjoy.

[Kentucky Sports Radio]

NCAA Blogpoll Ballot Week 7

December 25, 2007

Spoke too soon on the Florida thing… fair enough.. but I still feel like Ole Miss could have something to say about the SEC race, which makes opening day January 9 @ Tennessee pretty interesting.

Biggest riser was of course Pitt, who I have not given much credit this year, but earned it last week.  Also moving up on my ballot are Indiana, Texas A&M, Gonzaga, and Dayton (making its first appearance of the year the week before a matchup with Pitt).

My last one out this week is Virginia, which is sporting a fancy win over my #20 Arizona and could do wonders for its status by knocking of Xavier or Duke in the coming weeks.

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Breakfast Wagon 23: What does ‘flounces’ mean?

December 14, 2007

A rundown of spicy links we enjoyed while out in Blogfrica.  o_yeah.jpg

The transcript of the Les Miles/Michigan situation.  Looks accurate to me. [Lddd]

Playcalling genius David Cutcliffe leaving Tennessee for Duke?  But can he fix Roof damage (yes.. boo). [Rocky Top Talk]

David M. Arsenault hands out a record setting 34 dimes (no, not that kind). [Signal to Noise]

Greivis Vasquez would like to touch your penis a new razor for Christmas. [Storming the Floor]