Speed Read: Overrated, Clap Clap, Clap Clap Clap

Because no battle is ever won, he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. - William Faulker, “The Sound and the Fury”

That was written by Mississippi’s “greatest author,” who I also thought was kind of overrated. Which, it turns out, could easily apply on multiple levels to the Ole Miss football team. On a national stage and with a No. 4 ranking, the Rebels completely imploded, falling 16-10 at South Carolina last night. It may or may not be true that no battle is ever won, but for Ole Miss, this one was certainly lost.

Moe Brown of South Carolina

Mainly it was lost for two reasons: QB Jevan Snead had a miserable game, going 7 for 21 for 107 yards while being pressured by the Gamecocks’ defense all night. And Houston Nutt’s game plan reminded you of why he was barely a .500 coach with a backfield of Felix Jones and Darren McFadden at Arkansas. Nutt seemed unable to accept that the passing game just wasn’t working, and waited until the fourth quarter to turn to running back Dexter McLuster. He ran for 68 yards in the final quarter, but by then it was too little, too late. Read more…

A 2-on-1 Boxing Match Would Actually Be Great TV

Two brothers fighting a 7-foot Yeti? Sounds like a circus sideshow, but it’s actually the future of boxing’s heavyweight division. Which is kind of a circus sideshow, so that brings us full circle.

Klitschko Brothers

Get your pens and paper ready, because it’s acronym time. Vitali Klitschko has the WBC belt. Younger brother Wladimir Klitschko is the IBF, IBO and WBO titleholder. Together, they challenged WBA champion Nikolai Valuev to what promises to look an awful lot like the banned bloodsport of bear-baiting.

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Yeah, Brett, We Get It - You Like Shooting Things

• What’s more hilarious than showing up at practice and noticing that Brett Favre has put a dead animal in your locker? Reportedly it was a wild turkey, but usually when dead things end up stuffed in lockers in New Jersey, it’s not something to laugh about.

Brett Favre hunting

Ozzie Guillen is in love with a certain team on the south side…of the country.

Misty May-Treanor can win gold medals running around on a beach, but she can’t physically keep up in a competition that still includes Cloris Leachman. So now the well-endowed lawyer’s daughter is back in.

Vladimir Putin released a DVD to teach you about Judo. Next in the series of world leader instructional DVDs: Robert Mugabe’s ground-breaking series of curling lessons.

• Even Frank Caliendo has had enough of the Frank TV ads. And he’s the star of the show.

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Challenger Takes Belt From Klitschko - Literally

The recent rise of MMA has led many to opine the death of boxing as a legitimate sport.  Shady promoters, a lack of heavyweight stars, and scandals in and out of the ring make boxing look more than ever like a cousin of the ballet known as professional wrestling.  Fortunately, Vitali Klitschko and Samuel Peter are here to return the sweet science to its former glory.  Or not.

Look dumb or mean, either one.

According to ESPN.COM:

The two fighters — both called champions by the WBC — were engaged in the routine pre-fight stare-down with both holding the belt. Peter, urged by trainer Stacy McKinley, then snatched it from Klitschko’s grasp. Klitschko looked surprised, then bemused.

So, why wasn’t titleholder Klitschko angered by the theft?

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