Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:41 pm

VIDEO: Previewing Week 1 in the SEC

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If you've checked out the recent news regarding Boise State suspending three key players for their showdown with Georgia, you've seen one of our preview videos for this week's SEC matchups. But there's plenty more where that came from. Enjoy:

LSU vs. Oregon

Florida vs. FAU

Auburn vs. Utah State

Less than 24 hours now before the first Saturday of the season. Hope you're as ready as we are.

Want even more? You can check out our college network affiliate videos at Georgia, where defensive coordinator Todd Grantham discusses his team's preparation for the season, or at South Carolina, where Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Lattimore is ready for his sophomore season in Columbia. 

Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:58 am

Jerrod Johnson thanks Texas A&M through song

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Jerrod Johnson's career at Texas A&M probably didn't go quite how he was hoping it would. After a stellar season in 2009 that saw Johnson throw for 3,579 yards, 30 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions, he appeared poised for stardom going into 2010. Stardom that never quite materialized after Johnson and the Aggies offense struggled through the first half of the season and Johnson was replaced by Ryan Tannehill at quarterback.

Well, Johnson holds no grudges against his old school. In fact, he wanted to make sure to thank Texas A&M for all it had done for him, and what better way to do that then through a song?

You know, normally I would post a song written by a player on this blog in order to make fun of them. I can't do that here. Johnson's song isn't exactly the type of music I normally find myself listening to -- JUSTIN BIEBER FOREVER!!1!! -- but I was able to listen to the whole thing and admit that it isn't terrible at all.
Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:51 pm

VIDEO: Neuheisel shreds to 'Jessie's Girl'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Unlike many of his rough-edged coaching colleagues, Rick Neuheisel has never been viewed as your typical working class dog. He showed why (again) at a 2010 UCLA athletics fundraiser, where he took the stage with area band "Flashback Heart Attack" to shred his way through the Rick Springfield classic "Jessie's Girl."

Via the Wiz of Odds, here's the video, which could stand to be a little more Neuheisel-focused and a little less ... you know ... Blair Witchy. But we see enough to know that's he's still as slick as they come:

Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:29 pm

And Taiwan weighs in on Miami

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Honestly, if the news in America was done the same way that the news is done in Taiwan, specifically the NWA World Edition, then I'd probably be a lot more up to speed on current events.

Of course, from time to time, NWA World Edition does a story on something I'm already familiar with, and this is one of those times. I now present to you the Nevin Shapiro/Miami saga in computer-animated form.

Pretty sure that's exactly how everything went down. 
Posted on: August 16, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 12:21 am

VIDEO: Cliff Harris's 118 mph traffic stop

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

What we already knew was that Oregon All-American cornerback Cliff Harris had topped a long string of traffic incidents with a 4:30 a.m. June citation for driving 118 miles-per-hour on the Interstate to Eugene--in a UO employee's rented Nissan Altima, no less. The resulting fine brought Harris's total owed to various government agencies to somewhere between $6,000 and $8,500.

What we didn't know was that the incident could have been even worse for Harris, as this dashboard video obtained by Oregon TV station KATU shows. The state trooper that pulled the Altima over asks "Who’s got the marijuana in the car?" before Harris responds "we smoked it all." The trooper eventually asks Harris to perform a sobriety test (which he passes), and admonishes both Harris and quarterback Darron Thomas -- also present in the vehicle -- for their responsibilities to the football team. "How do you think [Coach Chip] Kelly would like it if I called him?" the trooper asks.

Harris later says in the video that a cousin in the car had been smoking the marijuana, but he had not. He is eventually cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license, but not for reckless driving.

To get the full details of the video, either read KATU's transcript or watch the video below for yourself:

While the video changes nothing for Harris from a legal standpoint, the previously-unreported presence of both Thomas and (likely) marijuana might change things for Kelly. A suspension or other punishment for Thomas might be on the table. A lengthier suspension for Harris -- already out for the season opener vs. LSU -- might be as well.

In the end, the video does nothing to make the longest offseason of Chip Kelly's career any shorter.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: August 5, 2011 11:40 am

Iron Bowl helps catch deadbeat parents

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Helpful advice for any deadbeat parents out there. If you happen to get a letter in the mail saying you've won tickets to the Iron Bowl to see Alabama play Auburn this year, don't go pick them up. You're likely being set up to be arrested. My other advice would be to pay your child support.

Last Friday in Opelika, Alabama, local police set up such a sting in which they sent letters to parents who owed child support telling them to show up and claim the Iron Bowl tickets they just won. The police then put on a big show for each of the parents before getting them in a room and informing them they were being arrested for not paying child support. All while news cameras caught the entire thing.

Now, while I don't exactly have a problem with these people being arrested, I do have quite a few problems with the way the police went about all of this. If you have the ability to set up this entire thing, why not just arrest the people? Why go through all the trouble of setting up a ploy like this, then having the news cameras come in and shoot the entire thing. How much time and money was wasted to make sure this happened?

Then there's the fact that they're making these people into sympathetic figures. Yes, they deserve what they're getting, but it just feels wrong. If you want to do a news story on it, then call the local news and do the interviews with them after you've arrested everybody. There's no need to have the cameras in the room with you as you're doing it.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 1:23 pm

Bo Pelini cracks the Urban Dictionary

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you've ever watched a Nebraska game while Bo Pelini has been serving as head coach, you know that Pelini is a bit, shall we say, intense. He's not just out there to have a good time as much as it seems he wants to eat your soul, spit it out and then kick it across the football field. A process that was well documented on television last season when Pelini got into quarterback Taylor Martinez's face during a game against Texas A&M.

Don't worry, those two have since kissed and made up.

Still, Pelini's reputation has not changed. So much so that the word "Pelini" is now included in the Urban Dictionary. I bet you can't guess what it means!
Pelini - A violent rage that cannot be controlled, often expressed in Tourette's-like cursing accompanied with demonic facial contortions. An angry sense of entitlement that will cause you to treat anyone around you with contempt and physical brutality, including game officials, innocent cameramen or possibly your own team.
Oh man, I bet Bo Pelini is going to go Pelini when he finds out.

Hat tip: Dr. Saturday 
Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 1:53 pm

VIDEO: NCAA Football 12 preview by Gamespot.com

Posted by Tom Fornelli

For millions of college football fans and video gamers around the country, today is the longest day of the year. You see, it's the day before the newest version of EA's college football franchise, NCAA Football 12, hits shelves, and those of us who pre-ordered the game weeks ago have to sit around for another 24 hours waiting to get our hands on the game.

Unfortunately, if you haven't been lucky enough to get your hands on a preview copy of the game, I can't do much to help you whittle away the remaining hours. You'll just have to keep waiting. What I can do, however, is post this video from Gamespot with one of the creators of the game as they discuss the new features of this year's vintage.

No, it's not the same thing as actually playing the game, but at least you can look at it for a while and pretend you are.

Tomorrow will be here sooner than you know. I promise.

For those of us still jonesing for more, which is pretty much everybody, here's even more information on the game from Gamespot.

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