All That and a Bag of Mail: Tennessee Glass Eye Edition

Another loss to Florida and it’s clear Tennessee fans have lost it as well. Glass eyes with favorite teams, facial hair in the shape of the power T, and gay slur t-shirts, it’s been a strong week for Vol fans in the awkward fan challenge. Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Doodle, the mini-donkey.… Read more »

Vinnie Verno Returns With Week Four Picks

Last week Vinnie Verno was on a roll, he went 3-0. That means this week he’s insufferable. Dive in to see who Vinnie likes in LSU at Auburn, Kansas State — Oklahoma, and Kentucky at Florida. Remember, he makes picks, you make money. Vince Young could really use the help now.

U.S. News Rankings of Top Six Football Conferences

I know, I know, academics and football go together as well as Alabama fans and IQ points, but today the U.S. News released its rankings of the top colleges in America. You can see all the rankings here. You’ll recall that the Texas Longhorns famously cited academics as a reason why they didn’t fit in the SEC.… Read more »

How not to pick up women: advice from your Bull Pen Editor

As a woman who exists and occasionally has to go out in public, I get hit on. It’s a fact of life when you’re female. And because some of you are so damn awkward, here are my top 7 ways not to hit on a girl. 1. Be aware of reflective surfaces.  This mostly applies… Read more »

SEC By the Numbers

College football is always a numbers game for bettors. However, they’re not alone when it comes to keeping tabs on the stats, wins, and polls stirring debate all fall long. The SEC is still elite as far as bookmakers are concerned   Much maligned by some through the early going, as far as Vegas is… Read more »


By Craig Hayes Last Friday night, Justin Buckley, a running back for the Oceanside (N.Y.) High School Sailors broke free for a twenty-five yard touchdown to put the finishing touches on a comeback 36-21 victory over the East Meadow High Jets. After he crossed the goal line, he celebrated his score in a unique and special… Read more »

Peyton Manning Tattoo Loses to Florida Again

I should have known as soon as I saw this guy with the Peyton Manning tattoo on his calf that the Vols would find a way to lose to Florida. Should. Have. Known. This is the first awkward fan tattoo that I’ve actually witnessed in person. I was standing outside Gate 15 at Neyland Stadium… Read more »

Playing the Field- a Football Fan without a Team

By Mat Nickovich I am a college football vagabond. I drift from team to team, player to player, conference to conference because of a deep-seated unwillingness and inability to devote my fandom to a single team. Some say this failure to settle makes me a college football slut, but I disagree. One year it’s the… Read more »

Bobby Petrino Negotiating Contract Terms

Remember five months ago when a disgraced Bobby Petrino was fired from Arkansas for hiring his mistress and lying about a motorcycle accident? All is forgiven. Seriously, everything. Have you seen John L. Smith’s coaching decisions? Petrino tossed him the keys to a porsche and John L. turned the car into a walking lawnmower. Just… Read more »

Starting 11: Bobby Petrino’s Making Paper Edition

Last week Arkansas lost to Louisiana-Monroe and a crazy Razorback fan who goes by the YouTube name Liz Honey took the Internet by storm with her Arkansas athem. Now, she’s back. And not wearing a BBB shirt, “Bring Bobby Back,” like one enterprising Razorback fan did at this week’s Bama game. This week she’s singing, “Ain’t No… Read more »

Gators Dominate Shellshocked Vols

Knoxville, TN Knoxville was rocking, Neyland Stadium was shaking, and the Vols had just foiled a fake Gator punt and taken over at the UF 47. With a seven point lead and two wide receivers that the Gators had been unable to cover all night, things were finally looking up for Derek Dooley’s star crossed… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: Vols Peeing on Gators Edition

Last night we had the tent set up in the backyard because my four-year old wanted to camp outside. So we went into the tent around eight at night. We had everything we’d need: Scooby Doo snacks, a pair of flashlights, and water bottles. Things went well for about an hour and then we were on… Read more »

Todd Fuhrman From Vegas: College Football Week 3

Handicapping college football isn’t easy. There’s no shortcut to picking winners consistently, let’s not delude ourselves here. Factoring in travel, rivalries, situations, and biases frequently can leave everyone scratching their head the exact same way you would after a blackout experience: Umm, how did I get here and when did things go so wrong?  For those betting… Read more »

Dixieland Delight: Missouri (Part Two)

When part one of Dixieland Delight: Missouri ended, we were standing on the sidewalk at one in the morning, no cabs in sight with the bars emptying hordes of Georgia and Mizzou fans into the street, and I’d taken to Twitter to send this message: “Okay, new strategy. 10th and Cherry. First Mizzou person in car,… Read more »

Vinnie Verno Week 3: Vols, Gators, Bama, Arkansas and Ole Miss, Texas

Last week Vinnie Verno went 2-1. Buoyed by massive success, he’s back talking trash this week diving into several big games — not least of which is Florida vs. Tennessee. But Vinnie Verno also dives in with Alabama at Arkansas and Texas at Ole Miss. Who wins and, more importantly, who makes the money? Dive in… Read more »

Let The Games Begin (Again)

By Vince Thompson, Pres/CEO, MELT (   The addition of Notre Dame today to the ACC, even on a limited football basis, is the latest salvo in the continuing chess match between the ACC’s John Swofford, the SEC’s Mike Slive, the Pac-12’s Larry Scott, the Big 10’s Jim Delaney and the Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby… Read more »

Notre Dame To ACC For Five Games: What Now?

This morning ESPN’s Brett McMurphy broke the news that Notre Dame would join the ACC for all major sports except football. The Irish would play five football games against the ACC, which isn’t that big of a stretch considering that Notre Dame has played four ACC schools — counting Pitt — this season and last.… Read more »

How The Big Ten Missed Out On Notre Dame

Written By: Steve Layman   Jim Delany made the move that started the college football realignment carousel. It was a move he didn’t make that will bring the carousel essentially to a stop with Notre Dame as a non-football playing member of the ACC and not a member of the Big Ten. In December of… Read more »

Louisiana Monroe Upsets Arkansas And Reminds Us Why We Watch Sports

By Craig Hayes Late Saturday night as I was alternating between Missouri’s debut in the SEC and the “no defense allowed” game that was going on between UCLA and Nebraska, I gradually started directing my attention to the Arkansas, Louisiana Monroe game as the War Hawks, a full 30 point underdogs, were hanging tough with the Razorbacks and… Read more »