I already liked Brent Musburger before the Katherine Webb "controversy" exploded, led by our old friend the Big Ten feminist professor in the Bill Cosby sweater, but after last night's Kansas at Iowa State game, I'm officially in love with him.
The exclamation mark really seals the deal for me.
This represents the capstone on a story that was always ridiculous -- ESPN threw Brent Musburger under the bus.
To refresh, during the BCS title game ESPN cameras featured AJ McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb, in the crowd. Webb, a beauty pageant contestant and former Miss Alabama, is, not surprisingly, beautiful.
Musburger commented on Webb's beauty and then the stupidity started.
Nick Saban and Les Miles compete every day, all day to sign the best football players in the country. And now Alabama and LSU are extending the competition to kids younger than high school. This weekend Alabama offered 8th grader Dylan Moses. That sounds crazy. But it turns out that Moses, who projects as a running back, linebacker, ro defensive back, has already had a scholarship offer from LSU for a year.
Since he was in seventh grade!
Lane Kiffin nods smugly.
How much of an athletic freak is Moses? He's 6'1", 215 pounds, with a 34 inch vertical and he's already clocked a 4.4.
All of these measurables were impossible for Saban and Miles to resist.
So how'd the scholarship offer go down? Let's go to AL.com for the full story.
"We met with Coach Saban after lunch and he talked to Dylan about his future and what he needed to do to achieve his potential as a student and as a football player. When he said he was offering Dylan a scholarship, we asked a lot of questions just to make sure we knew exactly what he meant. Coach Saban said the Alabama staff believes Dylan has a chance to be the best player in the country in the Class of 2017 and they were ready to offer him a scholarship. That's when the fireworks started going off in our heads."
The best player in the country in 2017!
That's four years from now.
After watching this video, I already feel bad for his high school football opponents. About two minutes in, watch closely as he knocks a blocker through the air into the running back for the tackle. Yes, that really happened.
Johnny Manziel can do everything. Including, it would seem, find a way to legally get paid under NCAA rules while he's still playing college football. Last week Manziel's corporation, JMan2 Enterprises -- can you imagine the Christmas parties? -- filed a lawsuit against a man who was selling "Johnny Football" t-shirts. While Manziel can't profit off the direct sale of t-shirts featuring his name or likeness, the NCAA has ruled that he can trademark the phrase and protect his property interest from being infringed upon.
Only, that's not all he can do. The NCAA recently notified Texas A&M that, "a student-athlete can keep financial earnings as a result of a legal action."
You see the loophole you can drive a Rolls-Royce through yet?
Manziel can't directly profit off the sale of licensed products featuring his likeness, but he can pocket any proceeds that arise from a trademark lawsuit. Which is basically the same thing.
Raising this interesting question, what's to keep a bunch of Texas A&M boosters from intentionally infringing on Manziel's trademark, being sued for doing so, and then settling out of court for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal payments to Manziel?
A few months backed I joked that AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel's girlfriends were going to compete all off season to see which one of them was hotter. Two weeks ago Katherine Webb's Sports Illustrated bikini shots debuted. Now Manziel's girlfriend Sarah Savage is returning hotness fire with this picture that she posted last night on her Instagram account.
Oh. My. Goodness.
(Uncle Verne chortle).
How long is it until Sarah Savage gets picked out in a crowd shot and becomes every bit as famous as Katherine Webb?
Better question, would Brent Musburger be willing to comment on Savage after the ESPN apology? What would he say if Texas A&M is in the BCS title game and ESPN cameras cut to Savage in the crowd? Will ESPN ever show another hot girlfriend on television or are they too scared to do so now? (This is why Fox needs to have some SEC games. Fox would let Sarah Savage call part of the game).
Anyway, who ya got in the hot girlfriend challenge?
By Robert Dinwiddie
Eff you, Doughboy! I can read. See that shoe? It says Adidas.
A free market approach to college sports, most notably, Football and Men’s Basketball would be a complete failure. Clay Travis raised some interesting points in his article, What's a 5 Star Worth. I can’t disagree with him that the NCAA is completely unfair and irrevocably corrupt. It might be the most inefficient regulatory organization in the world, but hey, this country was built on the efforts of the elite to subjugate the needy. So, who is to blame? Not the NCAA or the executives, for certain. They are operating within the boundaries and under the oversight (or lack thereof) of the member institutions and the power extended to them from the University Powers That Be.
I don't trust animals, I can't hold my breath very long, and I am not a hot blonde.
This makes me the exact opposite of Ocean Ramsey, a hot blonde who can hold her breath for five minutes, forty-five seconds and recently decided to prove her trust for animals by swimming alongside a great white shark while caressing his fin.
This really happened.
Yet, amazingly, only 38,000 people have watched it on YouTube. At last count 513,000,000 have watched Charlie bit my finger.
Seriously, YouTube is failing all of us.
If Ocean Ramsey got the shark to dance the resulting Harlem Shake video would explode computers across the planet. Remember that last week's mailbag asked the question, would you swim 200 yards to an island filled with $10 million dollars if you had to do so over an ocean filled with great white sharks. I said I'd be too afraid to do so.
Ocean Ramsey, queen of all sharks, laughs at my pansiness.
Here she is swimming with a great white shark.