Archive for February, 2009

USC Song Girls to Star in ‘Hot Girls In Scary Places’

February 27, 2009

The entertainment industry has brought us great televisions shows in the past – The Honeymooners, M*A*S*H, Cheers, Seinfeld, The Sopranos – and some god-awful television shows in the past – The Michael Richards Show, Full House, the XFL, The Brady Bunch Hour – but never anything quite like this. Circle your calendar for Friday the 13th in March because you’re not going to want to miss a television show that is going to be so bad but so worth watching.

The brilliant marketing people at E! Entertainment have decided to take scary television to a whole new level with the show, “Hot Girls In Scary Places.” The premise of the show is to take three USC Song Girls and place them in an abandoned hospital that is claimed to be haunted and have them investigate creepy shadows and mysterious noises throughout the night. And if it can’t get any scarier, E! will pay the three girls $10,000 if they can complete a series of challenges. Yikes!

“They’re totally scared, and totally believe experiences they’re going through,” says executive producer Gary Auerbach. “They’ll get scared and then be talking about a sorority party coming up. It’s a little bit ‘Scooby Doo‘-ish.”

The show on March 13th will be a special/backdoor pilot meaning that its either going to be a one and done thing or it will be picked up for several more episodes that will feature new spooky buildings located presumably somewhere in the middle of Hollywood. I figure for as much as the Song Girls have brightened even our darkest days in following college football, the least we can do is watch in hopes that it serves as some kind of way to pay them back.

I’m still unsure exactly who all three of the girls are. We know two of them well, but the blonde is a giant question mark.

One of the girls is definitely Lindsey Grubbs

Another one is definitely a pool party Song Girl

I’ll be sure to keep up with the breaking news on the blonde as it happens.

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Todd McShay Gets Owned By Mel Kiper (Again)

February 27, 2009

You could say that our love for Todd McShay here has been kind of bittersweet over the years. On one hand, we hate him. On the other hand, we don’t know how we could ever get a good laugh on ESPN without him. In the following video, ‘Todd the Bod’ takes on NFL draft guru Mel Kiper about who should be the #1 pick in the upcoming draft.

I love this argument: McShay says, “you’re going to have pay the quarterback more than you are going to have to pay Aaron Curry at #1. You and I both know that.”

Saving money by taking a linebacker or offensive lineman instead of quarterback at #1? Really?

The 2008 #1 pick, offensive tackle Jake Long, signed a 5 year, $57.5 million dollar contract with $30 million guaranteed. The 2007 #1 pick, quarterback JaMarcus Russell, signed a 6 year, $68 million dollar contract with $31 million guaranteed. The 2006 #1 pick, defensive end Mario Williams, signed a 6 year, $54 million dollar contract with $26 million guaranteed. The 2005 #1 pick, quarterback Alex Smith, signed a 6 year, $49.5 million dollar contract with $24 million guaranteed.

As Kiper said, “if you think you are saving a lot of money by taking an offensive tackle or someone else over Matthew Stafford at #1, that’s a ridiculous argument.”

Secondly, the last linebacker to be taken #1 was Aundray Bruce back in 1988 by the Falcons. I’m pretty sure the Lions don’t need the next Aundray Bruce to be the face of their struggling franchise.

ESPN’s NFL draft coverage was already crowded enough with one analyst. Now, we have Todd McShay who looks like he needs a fake i.d. to buy beer for his frat buddies trying to argue with a guy who started Kiper Enterprises at the age of 21 and has been consulting NFL teams and agents for almost 25 years. The bottom line is that anytime you are arguing a guy who is referencing ‘the late, great John Butler‘ about the NFL draft, you have problems.

Will Jim Leavitt Come Calling On Mike Ekeler Again?

February 26, 2009

Illinois defensive coordinator Dan Disch has turned down Jim Leavitt’s offer to become the new defensive coordinator at South Florida.

It appears, however, Mike Ekeler is already out of the picture. According to the Brett McMurphy at Tampa Bay Online, Ekeler turned down Jim Leavitt before the job was offered to Dan Disch. Leavitt has also interviewed former Cincinatti coach Joe Tressey, who was never offered.

Coaching at Nebraska with the Pelinis certainly would be a dream job for almost any position coach in college football. Emphasize the word position coach. I’m not exactly sure why Ekeler would turn down a coordinator position in the Big East Conference with an old friend that will clearly be more lucrative than his $120,000 salary at Nebraska. (According to the LJS, Wally Burnham, who was the defensive coordinator that just left South Florida for Iowa State, was making $220,000.) This isn’t exactly a lateral move for Ekeler. Jim Leavitt, who is 52 years of age (surprising, huh?), will probably be around for as long as he wants at South Florida which means that the head coaching job there is probably not very realistic down the road for Ekeler. Still, it’s all about moving up the ladder if you are Ekeler and want to be a head coach someday.

If Ekeler had any second thoughts about turning down the job the first time around, then now is his golden opportunity to seize the moment. Ekeler is a great coach and a great recruiter, and we need him at Nebraska for our own selfish needs. Chances like this don’t come around the corner all the time, but I’ll be shocked if he changes his mind the second time around.

David Buehler’s Got Game

February 26, 2009

Go figure. Only at USC could they harbor a kicker that could start at a handful of positions on virtually any other collegiate team without the rest of us ever even hearing of him.

Rarely, if ever, does anyone get excited about the kickers at the NFL combine. However, everything changed at the 2009 combine when former USC Trojan David Buehler walked into the building.

The 6’2, 227 pound Buehler played running back, linebacker, and kicker at San Ana Junior College before he landed at USC (according to Larry Brown Sports). At USC, Buehler was a two-year starter as a kicker. Pete Carroll experimented with him at fullback and safety in practices although he never saw time on the field at either position. However, Buehler did manage five career tackles in kick coverage for the Trojans. (David Buehler was the guest blogger at PeteCarroll.com throughout the 2009 combine.)

Back to the ridiculous combine performance…

Buehler bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times in a row. To put that into perspective, that is more than projected first-round offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher, who are both listed at 6’5 and 309 pounds and push people around for a living. In fact, the L.A. Times claims that 25 reps at 225 pounds would have made him the strongest cornerback, second-strongest wide receiver, third-strongest safety, fourth-strongest tight end, sixth-strongest running back and eighth-strongest linebacker at the combine.

Next, Buehler busted out the 40 yard-dash in 4.56 seconds and 4.63 seconds. That’s faster than former USC linebackers and teammates Brian Cushing (4.74) and Clay Matthews (4.67). And upon further investigation of the fastest 40 yard-dashes, that would have made him the second-fastest linebacker, the third-fastest tight end, the 10th fastest running back (Marlon Lucky was 4.59), and not far off at all from the fastest cornerbacks and safeties.

As you would guess, Buehler also kicked at the combine. According to CNNSI.com, “David Buehler of USC had the strongest kickoff leg as most of his kicks went 70+ yards deep into the opposite end zone. His problem came during the field goal portion of the session as Buehler missed on all three attempts from 50 yards.”

Regardless if he ever plays or not in the NFL, I think we all have to agree that this is pretty impressive — even for a kicker and even for a USC Trojan.

Mike Ekeler Remains Grounded In Nebraska

February 25, 2009

South Florida coach Jim Leavitt has decided not to jump on Mike Ekeler as his new defensive coordinator. Although Ekeler interviewed last Saturday and was thought to be a leading candidate, Leavitt will offer the Bulls’ opening to Illinois co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch. Disch, who was in his fourth year at Illinois, coached with Ron Zook at Florida and was a longtime high school coach in Jacksonville, FL, where he is considered to be an ace recruiter. Disch will be replacing 67-year-old Wally Burnham, who took the same job at Iowa State to coach with newbie Paul Rhoads. Burnham is considered to be a great catch for Rhoads at Iowa State as he has worked 23 seasons at Florida State, South Carolina, and South Florida and has one National Championship ring with the Seminoles.

This all means that Head Cheerleader/Assistant Coach/Linebackers Coach Mike Ekeler won’t be going anywhere for the 2009 season. Okay Ekeler, since you are no longer going anywhere, why don’t you head down to the local tattoo parlor and have ‘David Oku’ temporarily inked to your forehead kind of like you did with Will Compton. It’s the least you can do after threatening to leave.

Sayonara Patrick Witt

February 24, 2009

When Patrick Witt decided to transfer and no longer continue his football career at Nebraska, I think it is fair to say it took everyone by surprise. Why you would decide to transfer one month into the second semester with spring ball one month away is baffling to say the least, especially when you have nowhere to go and are considered by many to be the leading quarterback heading into the spring ball. The hotly contested quarterback is sure to be the most talked about sports topic in Nebraska for the months of March and April. And guess what? It still will be with or without Patrick Witt.

The bottom line is that we aren’t going to miss him. In Witt’s short-lived time at Nebraska, he appeared in five games last season as a redshirt freshman and went 6-for-8 for 48 yard and rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Thanks to his dad, I am guessing Patrick Witt is a prima donna. Patrick’s father, Gene Witt, moved him on four separate occasions in three years of high school to cater to his son’s football future. Think about that. To move a young kid four times before he was hardly even recruited by any college program is sending the kid the wrong message about his abilities and about what it’s like to commit to something and stick with it. Witt didn’t exactly have every major Division 1 program knocking his door down in high school. Witt’s father also had this to say about his son’s decision to transfer, “there’s a lot that went on. I wish I could say more, but I really can’t.” Gene Witt also refused to reveal any details, saying he needed to “protect” his son. I’ve also heard several rumors that Gene Witt called the Nebraska coaching staff on a consistent basis checking in on things. Guess what? Coaches hate that. Mitch Mustain’s mom, meet Gene Witt.

Much like everyone else, I can only speculate as to why Witt transferred without offering any concrete evidence. However, I’ll bet you that the arrival of Cody Green on campus had more to do with his transfer than anything else. I’ll venture to say that I think Witt could see the writing on the wall and it wasn’t promising. To be the most successful quarterback in Shawn Watson’s spread offense (or whatever he wants us to call it), you need to have mobility to maximize productivity. Zac Lee and Cody Green both provide more than Witt here. Sure, Witt might be the best passer we have at this time, but you can’t teach the speed and athleticism the other two quarterbacks have. More than likely, it was only a matter of time before Witt wasn’t the #1 and that wasn’t going to be acceptable to him or his father.

With Witt leaving the team, things now open up for a much smoother transition into the next season at quarterback. Now, you have a more than capable Zac Lee heading into spring as the #1 with super frosh Green most likely right behind. Although nobody knows for sure how quickly Cody Green will be able to adapt to the college game, I’m guessing it won’t be too deep into spring practice before we start hearing about his quick emergence and athletic ability. It took Terrelle Pryor only one month to become the starting quarterback at Ohio State in the 2008 season and he didn’t arrive on campus until August. And with Witt out of the picture, the door is wide open for Green to ease in without having to worry about possibly being buried at #3 on the depth chart to start the season.

I’m guessing that as we move on from here, things will be said and rumors will surface. However, I’m banking that one day we will hear that it was Cody Green who ultimately was the one that ran Witt out of town. Since he is and will always be a former Husker, I am obligated to wish Witt luck wherever he lands on his feet. However, I will have to be proven wrong when I say that his departure isn’t going to hurt this team at all moving forward.

The burden of having to worry about playing time for the next three years was obviously more than Witt was ready to deal with. I’d put money on the fact that Patrick Witt and his father wanted some kind of guarantee that he would be the starting quarterback and Watson and Pelini couldn’t offer that.

David Oku Is Living In Lincoln, NE

February 23, 2009

This juicy piece of information that I heard this afternoon on the Big Sports 590 radio program is too good to pass on and seems legit. David Oku, the #1 ranked all-purpose running back in college football according to Rivals.com and who remains uncommitted (thanks to Lane Kiffin), is rumored to be living in Lincoln, NE (from Midwest City, OK) with a girl that he met on a recruiting trip last September – according to a text message that he sent to Rival’s Jeremy Crabtree. Apparently, Oku is attending classes at Lincoln East High as we speak.

Wow, wow, and wow! Bizarre to say the least. If you want to read more about who David Oku is, read here and here.

Don’t Bet On It

February 22, 2009

Nebraska appears to be the early favorite in the Big 12 North, at least according to Las Vegas. The website BetUS.com has Nebraska at +4000 on the moneyline. For the gambling illiterate, that means 40/1 odds.

Big 12 teams:
Colorado +10000
Kansas +7000
Kansas State +17500
Missouri +8000
Nebraska +4000
Oklahoma +450
Oklahoma State +6000
Texas +800
Texas A&M +15000
Texas Tech +6000

Apparently, Las Vegas sees us as the 3rd best team in the Big 12 heading into the 2009 season. And if that’s the case, expect us to be in the preseason Top 25 20. No pressure Patrick Witt or Zach Lee or Kody Spano or Cody Green.

Colin Cowherd Flatters DXP

February 21, 2009

Over the few years of our existence, we have had some strange and not-so-strange links. For example, CNNSI on Campus and ESPNU all the way down to the Dirty.com and Right Celebrity have given us a hat tip at one time or another. And although it’s great that we are given the opportunity to share our idiotic ramblings and pictures of scantily clad women to others that wouldn’t normally stop by, we really don’t care enough to make that big of deal about it. However, when Colin Cowherd made DXP his ‘Website Of The Day’ on his February 20th post, it did make us proud. No wonder we agree with almost everything he says! Totally kidding. Nonetheless, this one will go in the DXP trophy case right next to the Poon-per Bowl Trophy that the USC Song Girls have yet to come pick up.

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The ‘2009 Sexiest Sportscaster of the Year’ Winner

February 20, 2009

Last weekend, Playboy crowned the ‘2009 Sexiest Sportscaster of the Year’ winner. Although DXP’s Top 10 ESPN Reporter “Would You?” Edition and Fox Sports vs. ESPN….Who Ya Got? was a little more elaborate, Playboy did make their contest a little more interesting this time around with their new two-round voting format. It surely made the competition and the readers a little more stiff as opposed to the single-round format of years past. Five contestants reached the 2009 finals and in no particular order, they were:

1. Bonnie Bernstein (Fansite! and Webpage!)

2. Charissa Thompson

3. Erin Andrews

4. Lauren Shehadi

5. Molly Sullivan (MySpace page – not that I’m stalking her or anything)

And the winner was…. Erin Andrews. Bleh.

Alright,I guess we should first give congratulations to the lovely Erin even though Molly Sullivan is the clear winner among these five choices. That’s now two years in a row Erin has walked away with the most prestigious honor in sports television.

Secondly, I need to address Lauren Shehadi making it to the finals. Shannon Spake, Stacey Dales, Nicole Manske, Lindsay Soto, Mary Strong, Colleen Dominguez, and Lisa Dergan — all hotter. You would even think that with the struggling newspaper and magazine business, Playboy would at least throw a bone to its own Lisa Dergan, who was Miss July 1998. I’m sure Lauren Shehadi is a nice person and good at what she does, but as far as looks go, she is in Double A when compared to the Major Leaguers just mentioned. She looks way too much like a mom you would pick up at a local PTA meeting as opposed to Playboy centerfold material.

And finally, I’d love to see a certain Ines Sainz (MySpace – not that I’m stalking her to or anything) join the competition next year to make things more interesting. If Playboy does allow Ines to join this elite sportscaster contest next year, I’m sure EA won’t be sleeping easy. I’ve given this soccer beauty some face time before on DXP (here, here, and here), but in case you forgot, meet the woman who will be the ‘2010 Sexiest Sportscaster of the Year’ after Hugh Heffner receives my petition to put her on the ballot.

Lo sentimos Erin, usted no Ines.