Brog: Booze-Soaked Smokey Fans Witness Choke

I’m still in recovery mode from the UCLA-Tennessee game yesterday. Between the broiling temps before and during the game, the pregame and stadium-smuggled booze, and the four-hour game itself, I was positively toast late last night. As it should be.

SbB Girl Alex UCLA Game Dumb and Dumber Guys

(SbB Girl Alex with Tennessee Defensive Coaching Staff)

The highlight of the game for me was actually having 50-yard line seats (21st row) for the first time in my life, something for which I can thank My Boy Barry:

SbB Girl Alex 50-yard Line UCLA Tennessee Game

(50-yard line seats? By now you prob know the reason why)

Those seats had me squarely inside a blue-veined artery of the UCLA alum section, so I’m happy to report that I wasn’t bothered by undo noise or impaired sight lines, at least until the Bruins’ late-game comeback.

Brooks at UCLA-Tennesse Game At The Rose Bowl

(Only thing more overexposed than this pic? The Vols’ secondary)

The thing that most struck me about the game was the lack of adjusts made by the UT defensive coaching staff in the second half. It was clear what Norm Chow’s strategy was with Kevin Craft after his diarrhea-inducing first half performance: throw nothing but quick, short passes.

In the final two quarters, I don’t think Kraft looked off his primary intended receiver once. So with that the case, why didn’t the Vols defensive backs and linebackers start to jump the routes? (Think the CHiPs on Labor Day weekend.)

As an alumnus of the Univ. of Georgia, I’d like to issue an enthusiastic salute to those Knoxvillians who saw fit to give Phil Fulmer a seven-year contract extension last July. Now I’ll know just who to call about getting those elusive Sunday, late-December Chik-Fil-A sandwiches.

My biggest disappointment at the Rose Bowl last night?

How could the Vols not bring the real Smokey? At least I didn’t see him at the game last night.

Smokey The Mascot

No wonder he can afford to hire a stand in!

Tennessee inflatable mascot

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Erin Andrews Responds To Rankled Rutgers Fans

People in New Jersey have never been shy about sharing their feelings with others, usually going on about how Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi are the greatest things to happen to music since, well, ever. So clearly, though they have no problem expressing themselves, they aren’t the smartest people in the country.

Still, it’s hard to blame the good people of New Jersey for being upset when they found out that Rob Stone was going to be working the sidelines of yesterday’s game between Rutgers and Fresno State instead of the lovely Erin Andrews. After all, I’m guessing about 50-60% of the males in attendance only bought tickets to the game because they were under the impression that Andrews would be working the sidelines. Those fans weren’t alone in their frustration either, as even Erin took the time to write Stone a letter about the whole thing. A letter Rob shared on the air.

Video of Rob’s reading after the jump.

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Blog-O-Rama: Taking The “Rec” Out Of Rec Specs

  • JOE SPORTS FAN eyes this eye protection aficionado rocking two pairs of Rec Specs.

    Rec Specs

  • George Brett was a coke head? BUGS AND CRANKS notes that ESPN’s Rob Neyer thought the coverage of the 25-year anniversary of the “Pine Tar Game” was a great time to suggest that Brett, who he calls “one of the hardest partiers in the midwest,” used cocaine.
  • THE BIG LEAD gives us the scoop that U.S. Olympic track star Lolo Jones may be stealing from Chad Johnson’s playbook.
  • AWFUL ANNOUNCING informs us that the real star of last night’s MLS All-Star game was ESPN’s Rob Stone and his sidekick “Bitchy the Hawk.” Video after the jump. Read more…

Erin Andrews only appearing in one ESPN bowl game

ERIN ANDREWS ONLY SCHEDULED FOR ONE BOWL GAME: AWFUL ANNOUNCING has sad news for all you ESPN football viewers this month - sideline siren Erin Andrews will only be covering one bowl game.

In compiling a list of field reporters for the Worldwide Leader’s bounty of bowls broadcast, Erin will only grace us with her gridiron presence at the Alamo Bowl.

So, no more sideline shots of Erin eating a sandwich:

Erin Andrews Stuffs Tuna Fish Hoagie Between Her Lips

Or painting noses:

Erin Andrews painting nose

Or just standing there in all her glory:

Erin Andrews

However, there’s good news for all you Rob Stone groupies out there, as the chili-eating, soccer-snuggling stud is scheduled to show up for 4 bowls - the Poinsettia, Emerald, Outback and GMAC.

Book those tickets for Mobile now!

ESPN Reporter Rob Stone Keeps Heather Mitts And Julie Foudy Company

• AWFUL ANNOUNCING knows Rob Stone would’ve preferred to spend his Friday in Troy, Alabama - but someone needed to keep Heather Mitts and Julie Foudy company:

Rob Stone Heather Mitts Julie Foudy ESPN

• David Letterman pauses with this reflection about the late Yankees broadcaster: “During Phil Rizzuto’s funeral, the hearse left early to beat traffic.”• THE ANGRY T airs out their tuxedo, as they dole out their Sports Emmys.

• BIG TEN TAILGATE can’t wait to get going, as they bid on a urinal fresh from Tiger Stadium:

Tiger Stadium Urinal

• VEGAS WATCH crunches the numbers to figure out who’s got the best bet to hit .400.

• STUPID SIDELINE REPORTERS gaze into their crystal football, as they compile college headlines from the year 2020.