If and when I die, that snippet is going in my commemorative video. And on my tombstone. And in my epithet. Excellent job by Alana G at Yardbarker for putting that video together and making all this blogging feel worthwhile. Sorta. If only she could hook me up with a date …
Much like the Patriots 19-0, Super Bowl champs t-shirts, you probably figured those Kellogg’s cereal boxes featuring Michael Phelps were headed to Central America as a result of Mikey’s cheech and chong display. So what happened to all those boxes of cereal with Phelps’ likeness plastered all over the front? They got cleared off the shelves and sent to food banks.
Kellogg’s isn’t actually saying that it dumped the cereal boxes on food banks – a spokesman for the cereal company did not return a call – but it is a logical conclusion.
The sudden appearance of about 3,800 pounds of flakes would indicate that someone was trying to dump some unwanted stock.
Apparently cereal is a high-scale item in demand at the food banks, so the product got cleaned out without a problem. Even making his best efforts to embarrass himself, Phelps still wound up doing a good deed and some charity. Who knew?
There is nothing more for me to say than … here, just watch:
I just busted up laughing out loud when I saw that video hit about the 15 second mark. As Jimmy at SI said, that poor reporter had no clue what was going on. Funny how the angle made things practically perfect. Crazy, crazy soccer hooligans.
I doubt this bill actually gets passed because it’s pretty outrageous. Nonetheless, it’s worth pointing out what’s floating around out there. There’s a proposed bill in North Carolina that would end athletics in high schools that score below the 50th percentile for end of year tests two years in a row. I guess the idea is canceling sports would help the academic performance at the school:
Sen. Charlie Albertson, D-Duplin, the sponsor of the bill, said the proposal isn’t intended to punish students who are doing well. He said he only wants to encourage students who aren’t performing well in the classroom to do better.
“We certainly want our kids to keep playing sports because we know how important that is, but we need to remember the first thing about a school is to be able to learn to read and write and do math,” Albertson said.
This is about the damn dumbest thing of which I’ve heard. How can you categorically blame poor academic performance on sports and athletic performance? Why wouldn’t you start with the kids or the parents for poor academics? What about the school teaching better? What about the parents making the kids do their homework? There’s a pretty darn high percentage of high school students that participate in athletics so stripping them of that right would be insane. I’m willing to guess that academic performance for high schoolers on sports teams is highly competitive with that of the regular student body. How could it possibly be worth ending the fun for all the other students doing well in school that enjoy their sports?
I would’ve had no idea that the Patriots were auditioning new dancers if it weren’t for Deadspin, which also was able to sift through the crowd to locate the hottest chick of all 500 that went to try out, without a doubt. Given Belichick’s dry personality, you would figure he’d be outlawing cheerleaders so as to prevent player distractions. But even Belichick likes to get some strange, so it is reasonable to think that he has the final say over all new cheerleader selections. Anyway, here’s the best of what New England has to offer, courtesy of the highly reputable and journalistic Boston Globe:
Poor Cassel, guy got traded away before he even had a chance to enjoy himself. Sigh.
Good thing I’m not trying to make it as a college athlete otherwise I’d be screwed. Looks like my favorite drink out there — VitaminWater — has some flavors that would be banned in college for having questionable substances. Deadspin tipped me off to this story from the Brown Daily Herald:
Six of Vitaminwater’s 15 varieties contain common stimulants or other psychoactive chemicals that could be problematic for both the University and the student-athletes, according to Drug Free Sport, an organization that conducts drug testing for NCAA schools.
A student who tests positive for a banned substance above a certain level, according to the NCAA, loses a year of eligibility. An “impermissible” substance is one that is not banned, but is against the rules for coaches or trainers to provide to students.
I’d have to give up Power-C if I were playing otherwise I’d be out a year of eligibility because I love that stuff. Luckily my other favorites are on the approved list. Just goes to show once again that you can’t trust everything you put into your body — it’s probably worth researching ingredients before you ingest.
If there’s one thing that’s near and dear to my heart, it’s definitely mascot folly. We haven’t had a ton of it lately unfortunately, leaving me to watch the Oregon Duck/Houston Cougar fight to get my fix. But on Wednesday night in the Rice/Tulane game, Rice’s Sammy the Owl got the heave-ho from referee Quick Draw Curtis Shaw, whose reputation precedes him.
I dunno, pretty hard to act tough when you’re suited up in an owl costume. I guess I understand where he’s coming from — he probably has a serious case of mascot envy. Honestly, how much rhino balls would it suck to be an owl when the other mascots in your conference are ferocious beasts like Tigers, Mustangs, and Cougars? He must have had a lot of pent up frustration he let out with the headbutt on Shaw. And credit to Carter Blackburn for absolutely nailing the call! By the way, who knew that Ben Braun was coaching Rice these days?!?