It’s a quick week for me and there’s just a trickle of college football news to go over. So grab your favorite vanilla flavored drink while I go on about the NCAA, ESPN, Disney, Notre Dame, SEC, Texas A&M, ACC, Big 12, Kansas State, TCU, Longhorn Network, and Penn State. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 67: Feeling Vanilla→
What side of the Spring Game type do you fall on? Watch as I answer that question myself and perhaps answer just what the heck I mean by ‘sides’. Yup, it’s another week of college football and well the most action we’ll see until maybe July. Cherish it! Also, cherish other news items from Kansas, Nick Sizemore, Iowa State, Jadeveon Clowney, North Carolina, Oregon State, Alabama, Auburn, Toomer’s Corner, California, Oklahoma, Bob Stoops, Disney, ESPN, Big 10, and the SEC. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 64: Spring Game Promotions→
Okay the week is starting, we have a new NCAA basketball champion, and some more diamond like exercises are happening or something. Great, now on to college football. The big news of the week was Auburn’s allegations from ESPN, and Bo Jackson’s prompt fishing response. There some good drama there. Let’s play that out while we also play out news from Disney, Kendall Sanders, Texas, Texas A&M, Mark Mangino, Youngstown State, American Athletic Conference, The Big East, Paul Rhoads, Gene Chizik, and Iowa State. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 63: Bo Knows Fishing→
Hey I’m back this week and I’m ready to report all that is going on in the land of college football. I even have some beer ready to share with y’all. I’ll help you swallow down some news for things like Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, FBS, FCS, Sun Belt, Conference USA, Jerry Sundusky, Alabama, Harvey Updyke Jr, ESPN, Disney, Mountain West, Big East, DeLoss Dodds, Texas, Texas A&M, and the Big 12. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 61: Conferences Cash In→
Yeah I couldn’t help it. Another dig at a crappy sport. But once you get passed that, you get to some other tasty college football news. Watch me talk about spring practice, NCAA, Miami, Nevin Shapiro, Texas Tech, Kliff Klingsbury, Alabama, Cam Cameron, LSU, Kansas State, Bill Snyder, ESPN, Big East, Disney, ABC, and NBC Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 56: Quarterbacks and Receivers Report→
National Signing Day is over and I won’t discuss winners and losers. There’s way more smarter people than me that can tell you that. Stick around and watch me talk about things like Mack Brown, Texas, Kansas State, Jake Waters, Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze, Nkemdiche, Big East, Catholic 7, ESPN, Disney, NBC, Notre Dame, ACC, Penn State, Freeh Report, Oregon, Nike, and Phil Knight. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 55: Signed, Sealed, and Reported→
So this week I’m excited to present my takes on college football with a tasty sun drenched backlight! Besides my production glee, I delve into Notre Dame’s batted eyes for another conference. Namely the Big 12. But if that gets too sappy, I’ll talk about UCLA, Kansas State, Texas, Texas Tech, Harvey Updyke, and College Football Playoffs Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 23: Reckless Irish Eyeballin’→
Man I don’t even know where to start. The reports are spinning right round, baby right round about anything and everything related to conference alignment. Everyone knows what’s going on as of now. I would dump here in the Crib Sheet, but going over my starred items in Google Reader is proving to be a fruitless endeavor. Stuff as new as earlier this afternoon is now wrong. I just can’t drop it in here as a developing item when it will more than likely be false. The Crib Sheet is just too good for that. The only thing I can say is that the Big 12 is in huge trouble and will more than likely go away next week. That’s about it. No links or nothing. There’s plenty out there to read from. If you’re looking for something other than conference Armageddon then check out this week’s Crib Sheet:
A booster from Ohio State admitted that he helped give some cash to Ohio State players that missed the first two games of the season. You know, if there were more legitimate ways to pay players, we wouldn’t be seeing this kind of stuff.
Okay, is everyone getting on the uniform bus. Maryland had some crazy ones and now Michigan State is getting some snappy ones. It’s too much. Just look at the dude covering it for ESPN. He’s the uniform watch columnist. Yes, there is a position like that. I just threw up in my mouth a little.
The College Football Hall of Fame flooded its basements over the weekend due to an improper sprinkler fitting. Doh! It’s located in South Bend, Indiana so I guess bad luck is going on all over around there.
This is how rivalries should be between fans: A Notre Dame fan had a heart attack at the Michigan game and was revived via CPR by another fan in the stands. Take note, everybody, it’s just game. Rivalries should be held in high respects but not to the point where you wish damage on the other.
How fans should not act: The kid who wore the Iowa State mascot uniform known as Cy fell from the stands an broke his arm. He didn’t say anything happened to the cops, but he posted on Facebook that some Uconn fans pushed him. Wow, not cool people. Not cool.
So Nevin Shapiro apparently ponzied Miami and now Luther Campbell, former 2 Live Crew kid and Miami booster, wants to sue him. The charge? Defamation. Apparently the guy who rapped about being so horny doesn’t like other people raking his name through the mud.
A former Northern Illinois student sued the NCAA for its concussion rules. Apparently he suffers from the classic chronic symptoms of concussions and blames the NCAA for not doing a good job. You think conference alignment is going to change football, wait until the concussion stuff bubbles up. 7 on 7 two hand touch, I’m not kidding.
South Carolina athletes were accused by the NCAA for receiving over $55,000 in impermissible benefits. Again, it’s getting to the point that ESPN (and Disney really) is pumping money out the yang for television. These players are the ones doing all the work. This kind of stuff would go away if they actually got paid.
The Sugar Bowl revealed that they may have made a couple of illegal donations to a politician in the mid 2000s, and the Playoff Pac jumped all over it. That’s right, the almighty complaint to the IRS will strike down on the Sugar Bowl and slowly but surely ruin any chances for the current BCS system to service. Check and Mate for the Playoff Pac.
Mascot Monday rolls on to another week and you may be wondering why I’m revisiting another mascot. Welp, you are wrong there as I am not talking about Kansas State’s Willie the Wildcat but Northwestern’s Willie the Wildcat. They have the same name, the same color, and almost the same history. It’s going to be hard to avoid comparisons but I”m going to do my best. I mean one is from the cold winds of Chicago and the other is from the Little Apple of Manhattan, Kansas. See there we go, let’s see what else we find.
Yes we’re back with the 2011 Edition of Mascot Monday! I gave long and serious thought to quitting this here weekly ditty, but a quick check to the logs revealed that Mascot Monday is one of my more popular items. So here I am forging ahead. I was gonna kick off the year with a BCS bang, but then I realized I already profiled the mascots for all of the BCS Bowl teams. So the next best bang was the one given to Boise State at the hands of the Nevada Wolfpack. We’re going to over the history of the Pack as well as their fluffy mascots. Also, we’ll point out agin why baseball is not covered here.
Nevada showed up athletically around the 1890s and were referred to as the Sagebrushers or Sage Hens. That sounded limp so they were called the ‘Sage Warriors’ in the local newspapers. As with alot of the cool mascot names, a local newspaper described the team with what was to become the actual team name and mascot. In 1921, a writer called the team as a ‘pack of wolves.’ Football wise, they had a program around the 1890s but there doesn’t seem to be much hoopla around it, except for the Cal game that ended in a 0-0 tie. Well, that and last year’s rise to a national ranking.
Let’s take a look at the alpha of the pack, Alphie. The standard head to toe fur covers Alphie while he sports a football jersey to cover up his naughty bits, Disney style. Back in the day, they changed his look from a fierce one to a more kid friendly one. Fair enough. Woflie Jr. is a spitting image 0f Alphie. There’s not much difference except for clothing style. You know, if Nevada tries hard to keep a family tree together for the Pack, they need to make sure that each member is a little more distinguished.
That’s what it comes down to me for Alphie and Wolfie Jr. I like how they look, but they look too much the same. They need to take lessons from WCW’s version of the Wolfpack. That’s right, we’re talking NWO Wolfpack. Even though they wore the same colors, each member had their own style. Macho Man Randy Savage had his fringy attire while Konnan went the ethnic hispanic route. Heck even Scott Hall and Kevin Nash made sure that one wore the regular shirt while the other wore a tank top. Seriously, Nevada, take a lesson from these guys. They’re just. Too. SWEET!
I can’t take away the big victory from Nevada last year, however. They were the ones that finally toppled the mini giant in the Boise State Broncos. Sure it took a major choke job from the Broncos kicker, but the Wolf Pack stopped the Broncos in their track and garnished a tasty victory in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl over Boston College. So even though Alphie and Wolfie Jr could use a serious makeover, we should celebrate them. Just make sure they don’t dance too hard and fall over themselves again.
The bowl season ended Monday and there was a ton of news that happened over the last week. It’s mostly who’s coming and who’s going. It’s what I like to call the Carousel Hell. So put your seatbelt on get ready to go round and round, here’s this week’s Crib Sheet:
Mike Leach’s legal battle with Texas Tech may have cost him the Maryland job. He said that he thought he was the frontrunner, but the Terps went with UConn coach Mike Edsall. He hasn’t been contacted by other schools at the moment.
RichRod is officially out of Michigan now. Blow up the program part two. It makes me warm inside to think the same thing that happened to Nebraska a couple of years ago with Bill Callahan is now happening with another team I dislike immensely. Good days.
It’s even better for Brady Hoke. The former Michigan alum and former San Diego State head coach is now your new Michigan head coach. They wanted a Michigan man and they got one. I give it about another 3 years before a turnaround happens.
So TCU won the Rose Bowl. Someone then paid for a billboard congratulating the team. Except it was in Columbus, Ohio. Yeah someone with big pockets wanted to rub it in the Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee’s face. He was running his mouth earlier about the mid-con teams not being worthy and now I guess he gets to eat crow.
Speaking of the Horned Frogs, head coach Gary Patterson notched himself a 2 year extension with the program. You go undefeated in two regular seasons, you deserve that and a ham sandwich.
Texas Tech told the NCAA that they texted too much. That’s alliteration. And that’s the news!
Head BCS Honcho Bill Hancock reminded everyone that a playoff is way below in priority for the college bowl partners. He said that even the old way of bowls would be considered first. Seriously, he does a great job of stirring the pot.
The BCS Championship Game happened Monday and it garnished the best cable ratings ever. Yet, the actual viewership is down. This is what happens when the biggest game of the year ends up on cable. Seriously, why didn’t Disney toss the game on ABC instead of ESPN? Television is becoming more live sport driven than anything else. Still, until I can replicate the experience of a sports bar in my basement, I will be going out for the games.
LSU’s Les Miles went to Michigan to talk about an open job but decided to stay with the Tigers. Listen up childrens, this is the classic strategy head coaches employ to get them off the hot seat or get a raise.
Man we feel for UGA VIII, the mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs. He didn’t make the trip to the bowl game last week and now we know why. UGA VIII has lymphoma. Jinkies, is the team as cursed as this dog is?
Former South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt settled out of court for some extra cash from the school. He was canned for reportedly striking a walk on student. He’s a defensive guy and because of that, the rumors are now flying about Leavitt coming back to Kansas State to take a defensive coordinator position. Tune in next week, this is getting hotter.
This week we are going to look at the very opposite sides of mascotdom, all from one school. We like to point out either how fierce a mascot can look versus how cartoony a mascot can look. Both have its plusses and both have its minuses. But what if you’re a school that wants to cover all of the bases when it comes to mascots? Well, you do what Xavier did and have a mascot to fill each role. Let’s take a trip down to Cincinnati, Ohio and check out Xavier’s D’Artagnan and the Blue Blob.
Another Monday and another mascot served up fresh for you KCCGD’ers out there. This week we come back to the Big 12 and talk about the mascots for a team that’s had quite the rocky offseason. Texas Tech’s offseason included sending a pirate of a head coach in Mike Leach to plank. Now we’ll switch from pirates to The Masked Rider and Raider Red. Both mascots serve their purpose on both sides of the mascot spectrum. They, along with new head Tommy Tubberville, must help pick up the pieces and start anew. Let’s find out where they came from and how much they can help.