Sports Media Draft for ESPN, CBS, and NBC

Thanks to the emergence of NBC Sports Network and CBS Sports Network, ESPN finally has cable competition with actual money to spend. It’s been a long time coming. Television talent is celebrating like never before because multiple bidders drives up sports media salaries. Instead of ESPN being able to tell you to take its offer… Read more »

Pat Robertson Prophesies Peyton Manning Injury After Tebow Trade

Early in my online writing career a reader sent me a claim from televangelist Pat Robertson — that he could leg press 2000 pounds. It was an absurd claim that Robertson was using to help sell his age-defying protein shake. When called on it Robertson posted a video of himself leg pressing much less than… Read more »

Alabama Grocery Store Sells Tide Championship Chicken, Really

Every now and then we get an email asking why we pick on Alabama and Kentucky fans so much on OKTC. The easy answer is because there are just so many things about both fan bases — the most ridiculous, insane, and ill-educated in all of America — that deserve to be made fun of. Which… Read more »

We’re All Going to Die of Pollen

A severe pollen count is 1,500. Yesterday Nashville’s pollen count hit 16,000. This is the highest recorded pollen level in the city’s history. I think I’m going to die of pollen. Several years ago I went to the Vanderbilt allergy clinic to be tested for allergies. I spent the entire morning there being stuck with… Read more »

Rex Ryan Tebowed In Baton Rouge

The Rex Ryan- Tim Tebow marriage is going to be exciting as hell. When Mark Sanchez has his first two interception game — which will probably happen in week one — Jets fans will scream for Tebow like wild banshees. If the NFL hasn’t already chosen a Hard Knocks location it needs to be New… Read more »

Jaguars Wave Bye to Tebow, Prepare for Franchise Move

NFL teams exist to make money. Sometimes as fans we forget that these are businesses. And the goal of any business is to turn as big of a profit as it possibly can within the bounds of the law. (And often well beyond those bounds). That’s why the Jacksonville Jaguars absolutely, positively had to trade… Read more »

Nick Saban Shoots Down Four Team Conference Champion Playoff

Despite being a fan of a four-team playoff, Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t a fan of rewarding four conference champions with playoff spots. The idea, initially floated by former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer, has been endorsed by Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott and has received substantial media attention as college football power brokers negotiate a new… Read more »

Has TV Killed the Live Sports Experience?

Fans would rather watch sports on television than go to the actual games. Nearly sixty years after pro sports owners wrestled with how to maintain gate revenues in a television era — this is how we got blackouts — the HD flat-screen TV product has surpassed the in-game experience. It’s Back to the Future for sports. Turns out… Read more »

Peyton Manning Signs With Denver: Music City Mourns

This morning Manning Mania came to an end in Nashville when Peyton unexpectedly selected the Denver Broncos as his team of choice. (Apologies for not updating the site early on Monday morning. We immediately went live on Nashville airwaves and I just got home about an hour ago from a day of Manning-related mourning. Credit… Read more »

Athletes, Luck, and Superstition on St. Patrick’s Day

Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day and all of those shirts at Target are reminding us to “Get Lucky” today, I’ve been thinking about the many things that people do for luck, like carrying four leaf clovers, special jewelry, saying ritualistic words or quotes and the like. As the NCAA tournament marches forward and favored teams… Read more »

Manning Mania Update: The Plot Thickens

Manning Mania is officially out of control. I can’t even keep up with my Twitter feed and it’s 10:20 in the morning. But I’m getting deluged with questions, many of them repetitive. So I wanted to put my answers all in one place. This will expound upon what I’ve been Tweeting this morning. Here’s what sources… Read more »

Manning Mania Sweeps Nashville Yesterday, Today

Have you ever stood on a median and craned your neck to look for movement on someone else’s property? Hopefully you haven’t. Yesterday I spent hours doing that at the Titans facility. The highlight of the evening — aside from the approximately two minutes when Manning was actual visible — was when Twitter followers showed up with a 32 pack… Read more »

March Madness Work Excuses

Bracket fever is here. The time of year when sports starts bright and early in the morning on the West Coast, when sports is served with lunch on the East Coast. When no matter what you do for a living, from janitor to billionaire, or how smart you are, Stephen Hawking to Texas Governor Rick Perry, we… Read more »

Inside the Mind of the Lady Who Will Win Your Bracket Pool

March Madness is upon us. You’ve printed out your bracket. You’ve been watching all season long. You’re researching all of the unknown teams, and calculating those upset picks so carefully. You know Kentucky’s line-up by heart and will spend several days over-analyzing Belmont’s games against RPI Top 50 teams. When you finally turn in that… Read more »

Peyton Manning Hysteria Sweeps Nashville

Confession: I awkwardly danced in my living room when Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessee reported Bud Adams wanted to sign Peyton Manning. Never has an 89 year old billionaire owner and a 32 year old whose name is a curse word inside the Titans faciltiy, been more in sync. Nearly two months ago I made… Read more »

Early NCAA Tournament Lines of Interest

The NCAA Tournament field is out and already early lines for the week’s games are out. You can see all those lines here. But I thought I would hit you with the lines that jumped out the most at me. Georgetown opened just -5 against Belmont in a 3 vs. 14 match-up and within the first hour of… Read more »

Which SEC FanBase would be most dangerous with Nuclear Weapons?

 Yesterday we learned Auburn’s basketball team is being investigated by the FBI for point-shaving. My favorite part of this Yahoo article? The FBI has a field office in Auburn. The FBI! Have y’all been to Auburn? They don’t even have an Outback Steakhouse. But they’ve got an FBI office.   This makes perfect sense.  Proving… Read more »

Lies Saved By the Bell Told Us About Sports

When I wake up in the mornin’ and the ‘larm gives out a warnin’, I don’t think I’ll ever make it on time.  I want to skip work and watch Saved by the Bell reruns on TBS.  (TBS, don’t think I haven’t noticed that you’re letting Tyler Perry occupy SBTB’s time slot these days.  Are… Read more »

Vegas Odds for Where Peyton Manning Ends Up Next

I know lots of y’all went to bed last night with visions of Peyton Manning dancing in your head. Indeed, as @davidfarmer23 on Twitter tweeted me this morning: “If given truth serum, how many men would admit to having a dream last night with Manning as their teams QB?” The answer? A ton. Including, me.… Read more »

College Football Recruiting’s $22 Million Dollar Man

Shannon Terry, the man who has made more money off the Internet recruiting business than anyone in the country, is sitting in a dark brown booth on a Monday afternoon in early March. Wearing a black Nike dri-fit shirt emblazoned with the 247Sports logo, the third college team site and recruiting company he’s founded in the past nineteen years, Terry, a bearded, tall 42 year… Read more »