Sports Hits 08.16.08

Now complete with unnecessary photo of Emma Stone and Kat Dennings!
Emma Stone and Kat Dennings
+ You may have heard that Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens, famed oilman, is investing in wind power. Well, it's not all about energy; the wind power project allows him to get eminent domain over a conveniently adjacent aquifer with water that he can then pipe to Dallas at a profit.

+ Team USA put a real whipping on Spain's ass, 119-82, with a second half that was all garbage time. An aside: during the game, Craig Sager reported that the gatekeeper for sports news in China (hey, it's national control) didn't think the Spanish slit-eyed picture was worth mentioning; apparently he felt the people of China are less sensitive to politically incorrect actions.

+ South Florida loses another recruit, Gene Teague, who would have factored in to the forward rotation (6'8", 295). He didn't meet eligibility, like Dwan McMillan. The article states that he will attempt to attend Miami-Dade College and has a scholarship waiting for him in 09-10.

+ Bill Self's Kansas squad is taking a preseason trip to Canada for exhibition games. Marcus and Markieff Morris have not been cleared by the NCAA to play, yet, but they should be eligible.

+ An article on how new Oregon State coach Craig Robinson's adjacent fame (being the brother in law to the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama) helps get his name out there with the recruits. The better part of this article starts with the first comment response, where some troll starts with some crap about how terrorist organizations want Obama to be our next president... with the underlying premise that Obama will be "more forgiving" in hunting down the countries' enemies. The it devolves into supposed liberal slant, the zionist media, and how the Republicans hunt down enemies (damn, those guys are slow hunters), conspiracy theories... it's head-smackingly funny.

+ Man, someone's sensitive about the portrayal of Clemson w/r/t Ray Ray McElrathbey, who graduated from the school. But has a couple more years of football eligibility left (Clemson gave away his scholarship, though they offered him a graduate assistant's position); he is moving on to Howard University.

+ Like other Met fans, I wonder why people listen to Mike and the Mad Dog, and why people have such strong feelings about those Yankee-loving, Met-hating, frontrunning, name-dropping moronic blowhards. Here's a perspective from the Metsblog.

+ Someone tried to extort money from Tom Coughlin... focusing on non-existent extramarital affairs. As long as there's no Tom Coughlin sex tape...

+ The Oakland Raiders completed a pass, and it's worthy of a news article.

+ Three notes on the new Friday Night Lights season - a new QB behind Matt Seracen, that new QB's family, played by DW Moffett and Janine Turner (of Northern Exposure fame), and Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs) from Deadwood as Seracen's mom.

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