Showtime!

Game week, baby. What can I say.

You want to hear superlatives and over used cliches, go somewhere else. None of that shite here.

Five of my Bullies have garnered pre-season all-sec recognition.

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Leading the way for the Maroon and White was preseason All-America sophomore defensive lineman Chris Jones, who was named to the second-team defense. Redshirt junior Benardrick McKinney was also named to the second team, while senior defensive back Jamerson Love was selected to the third team. Redshirt junior quarterback Dak Prescott and senior Jameon Lewis earned third-team accolades on offense.  source

 

We open the season at home against Southern Miss.  Mrs. Nuke and I plan to be camping down on the Bogue Chitto River for the weekend, so I’ll have my trusty radio tuned to Bulldog Radio Network, with the TV back home set to record the action. (sec network- ch 611 on dtv)

Southern Miss has been down for the past couple of years, after having been one of the more consistent winners in Conference USA forever.  They really want to get back on track against State, but it just ain’t gonna happen.

In fact, I pity the fools.

I love this time of year, don’t you?

Go Dawgs!  Hail State.

 

 

88 days

How bout dem dawgs!

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College football season will be here before you know it.

(thank goodness)

Pac 10 Big 12 Buzz

Latest rumors swirling around the world of college athletics has some interesting implications for two of the nation’s premiere conferences, the Pac-10, and the Big-12.

…the Pac-10 is prepared to offer membership to six Big 12 schools to form a mega 16-team conference that would cover the western half of the country and break into seven of the nation’s top 20 television markets. LINK

Whoa!

Mike Slive and the SEC have been sitting back and weighing offers to UT and A&M for the Western division, and FSU and Clemson for the Eastern Division (that is, if you believe any of the stuff you read on the innernut message boards). Still, for any of the major conferences, the big prize is the Texas television market.

Whether or not any of these rumors are true is anybody’s guess. I surmise that if I hear the phrase, “it’s about academics and competition, and not about the money,” I’ll know the rumors are true. And, if it’s true, then watch the rest of the conferences make a mad dash to make sure they’re not left out in the cold.

Scheduling for major football schools is completed years in advance, so any realignment would necessarily take place over several years, with many traditional rivalries being discarded in favor of more TV moolah.

Stay tuned, sports fans!

Related: Big 12 abruptly cancels news conference

Hotty Toddy, Go Ackbars, or something

Saw this the other day (hat-tip Robert D — Strong the Force is in this young padawan) …

from Wired.com

When the Ole Miss administration voted to chuck Colonel Reb as the school’s official mascot in 2003, chances are they didn’t have Admiral Ackbar in mind as a replacement.

However, it appears that long after concluding his illustrious military career in Star Wars‘ Rebel Alliance, Ackbar is indeed in the running to be the school’s new sporting symbol.

A group of four students, dubbed the Ole Miss Rebel Alliance, have started a grassroots campaign to re-enlist the legendary Mon Calamari admiral through Notatrap.org — obviously named in tribute to Ackbar’s most famous utterance:


Update: You knew it would happen … the rest of the SEC as Star Wars Characters

Obama gives Kentucky Wildcats the K.O.D.

President Obama’s 0-fer streak continues.

What began as a thank-you call for Haitian relief efforts to the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats became the latest example of the Obama Kiss of Death.

Obama and the Wildcats participated on the phone call Tuesday afternoon in Columbia, S.C., where Kentucky was to play South Carolina on Tuesday night. link

Final Score, South Carolina 68 Kentucky 62.

CWS National Championship

lsuA five run 6th broke open the championship game of the 2009 College World Series in Omaha, as the LSU Tigers claimed their 6th CWS championship with a 11 – 4 victory over the Texas Longhorns at historic Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Tigers ended the third game of the series as they began the first game, with Mississippian Louis Coleman on the mound, but the game was never in doubt after the 6th.  In an inning which featured several Texas miscues, LSU sent 10 batters to the plate.

Two of the night’s stars were also members of the LSU football team, Jared Mitchell and Chad Jones.  Mitchell hit a line drive 3-run homer in the first, and scored the go-ahead run in the 6th inning.  Jones relieved starter Ranaudo with one out in the sixth and pitched to two batters, striking out both, along with a scoreless 7th  to keep the Longhorns at bay.

Boxscore

GEAUX TIGERS

CWS Game 1

rosenblatt_stadium_statueLSU has defeated Texas 7 – 6 in an exciting 11-inning shootout in Game 1 of the 2009 College World Series at historic Rosenblatt Stadium.

Texas took a 6-4 lead into the 9th inning, but was unable to close the game as LSU rallied for 2 runs to tie it up.

Texas managed five home-runs against Tiger starter Louis Coleman, but they were all solo blasts, allowing LSU to remain within striking distance.

LSU closer Matty Ott pitched three scoreless innings to get the victory.

Before tonight’s game, Texas had been 39 – 0 when leading after 8 innings.

Make that 39 – 1.

GEAUX TIGERS!

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