Links and videos from recent happenings around the sporting world. If you come across good articles, videos, etc. – please pass them along, I’d love to take a look.
Oregon wasn’t the only school to be involved with Willie Lyles – he also sold video to LSU with little recruiting value and poor quality for $6,000. Obviously the biggest difference appears to be the price discrepancy with the Ducks having paid $25,000 for Lyles’ recruiting package.
Get your TP ready Auburn fans!! The Poisoned Toomer’s oaks are ready to roll despite the grim prognosis. I’m certainly not an Auburn fan but you gotta love college football’s traditions.
Photo via blogs.ajc.com
As the 2011 season approaches, it appears to be a case of role reversal for Georgia and Boise State. I hadn’t thought of it like that but after reading Mark Richt’s comments, he seems to believe it. I’m sure Georgia (and SEC) fans loved hearing that!
Apparently former coach Jim Tressel alerted Ohio State officals about the tattoo scandal as early as December but I’m not sure this will have any impact on OSU since the NCAA claims to have found no new violations. The Buckeyes must have some friends working for the NCAA or the NCAA is completely incompetent – I’m going with both.
BYU commit Tanner Mangum proved he’s elite by earning MVP honors at the Elite 11 quarterback camp last week. That’s pretty impressive for a kid from lowly Eagle, Idaho.
Nick Patti was the smallest and lowest ranked QB at the Elite 11 last week but could be the next in line at Boise State. Patti was pleased with with his performance at Elite 11 but is tired of the size references (HT Brian Murphy). I’ve read quite a bit and watched a few videos over the last week or so and Patti appears to be the real deal. Bronco fans should be excited.
John Infante, assistant director of compliance at Colorado State University, looks at what life after the NCAA could look like. With every ridiculous rule and new NCAA investigation, it seems more and more apparent that it’s only a matter of time before college football (and perhaps more) breaks away from the NCAA.
On the contrary, Stewart Mandel says using robots instead of people would cure NCAA corruption. He makes a pretty good point but I still think there will be some type of change to the governing body of college football.
South Carolina QB coach G.A. Mangus was arrested early Tuesday morning after urinating in public. It sounds like coach was taking advice from his quarterback Stephen Garcia which certainly isn’t the best idea.
Oregon was picked to win the Pac-12 by the media on Tuesday – if their picks hold up Oregon will defeat Arizona State (replacing ineligible USC) in the championship game.
The Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team was announced as was the conference preseason poll voted by the media. Boise State is the favorite to win the conference and had seven players on the All-Conference Team including Offensive Player of The Year – Kellen Moore.
I can’t wait for Boise State’s MWC home games this season after the conference announced the Broncos can’t wear all blue uniforms at conference home games. I’d like to know who the pathetic coaches (or administrators) are that proposed this “ridiculous” rule as Coach Petersen said. Get ready for some beatdowns on The Blue this year.
ESPN’s 2011 college football commentator assignments and pairings were announced last week – have your mute button ready for Thursday nights on ESPN and Saturday afternoons on ABC (Craig James).
Arsenal fans (and soccer fans in general) will love this – all 266 of Thierry Henry’s Arsenal goals in 14 minutes. Enjoy Henry’s smooth finishing:
Uruguay just won the 2011 Copa America but talks are underway about a 2015 Copa Americas with 10 teams from CONMEBOL (South America) and 6 teams from CONCACAF (North America, Central America, & Caribbean). This would be pretty awesome. (HT Grant Wahl)
The chairman of the European Club Association is calling for a club-led “revolution” against FIFA. With all the corruption and scandals behind the scenes of the sport’s governing body I would love to see someone stand up to Sepp Blatter and his cronies.
With the Women’s World Cup over, the U.S. women will now focus on 2012 Olympics. Grant Wahl also four things to think about including holding the Women’s World Cup every two years.
Despite evidence to the contrary, Fernando Torres says he hasn’t forgotten how to score goals. We’ll see Fernando..
Sports Illustrated recently asked several writers to reflect on the best team they covered as a journalist. SI soccer writer Grant Wahl picked the 1998 French World Cup Team - easily one of the best soccer teams (national or club) of all-time.
As I mentioned last week, an all-star cast arrived for the swell of the year in Tavarua producing some great photos of Cloudbreak firing. Surfline also released Tavaura Dreaming Part Two and I Surfbang posted Pacific Pirates at Cloudbreak (this one is a little long).
Photo via tajburrow.com
ESPN Surfing caught up with Bruce Irons for an exclusive interview about how he’s dealing with the loss of his brother and his epic wave at Cloudbreak in Fiji (pictured above).
Meanwhile, Jamie O’Brien, Jesse Merle-Jones, and Shaun Walsh were in Tahiti surfing flawless Teahupoo.
Have you ever wondered what Kelly Slater’s favorite surf spot are? Well here are his top nine surfing destinations with a few surprises (to me anyway).
If your surfing appetite hasn’t been quenched yet then I’m sure this video of John Florence effortlessly getting barreled in South Africa will help:
National Hockey League:
“Several hundred people” will face Stanly Cup riot charges according to Vancouver police chief Jim Chu. Some of the alleged crimes include: participating in a riot, assault, mischief, theft, robbery, arson, and weapon possession. The link also has a handful of riot videos on there in case you forgot what happened..
Adrian Dater – Sports Illustrated journalist – chose the 2001 Colorado Avalanche as the best team he ever covered. With the likes of Sakic, Forsberg, Drury, Hejduk, Bourque, Blake, Foote, Roy and more I’m certainly not disagreeing on this one. I’ll never forget watching Ray Bourque lift the Cup.
National Basketball Association:
Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook took quite a bit of criticism for his number of shooting attempts and shot selection in the playoffs but Westbrook just shrugs off the criticism.
SI contributor Jack McCallum picked the 1992 Olympic Dream Team as the best team he ever covered. Honestly, this could have been the most STACKED team in the history of sport.
Olympic silver medalist Jeret “Speedy” Peterson was found dead in a remote Utah canyon late Monday night. Police are calling the death a suicide as Peterson called 911 before shooting himself. Here are a couple stories about his personal struggles and Olympic glory – Hurricane Force and Jeret Peterson’s life inside the Hurricane. What a sad, sad story.
If you hike, fish, camp, or just like to play outdoors, the most important first aid skill is knowing how to recognize and treat heat and cold-related injuries according to Outside Magazine. Having taken some sports medicine classes, I can attest that heat and cold-related injuries are nothing to mess with.
Any good articles or videos I missed? Happy Humpday Everyone!