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TFD: Three Florida football teams, and only two of them are happy

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: August 30, 2011 - 5:03 PM

From the AP:

Miami Hurricanes fans have had a lot to be upset about lately, and now they're angry at the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins recently disclosed plans to honor Tim Tebow and the rest of the Florida Gators' 2008 national championship team. The ceremony will take place during the Dolphins' game against Tebow and the Denver Broncos on Oct. 23.

That means the Gators will be honored on the field where the Hurricanes play. The University of Miami shares Sun Life Stadium with the Dolphins.

Plans for the ceremony had Hurricanes fans complaining this week to Dolphins executives, on Twitter and elsewhere. Some unhappy about the ceremony said it slights the Hurricanes at a time they're already down, with the program reeling because of an NCAA investigation stemming from allegations by a convicted Ponzi scheme architect.

The idea to honor the Gators originated months ago, before news of the NCAA investigation surfaced, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said Tuesday.

Dee said the Dolphins also made an offer to honor the Hurricanes' 2001 national championship team during a game this season. The Hurricanes declined because they plan their own celebration.

Come on now, Miami. You're all in the same boat here. (Zing!)

Tuesday (Minnesota coach/GM hot seat ratings) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: August 30, 2011 - 9:28 AM


We don't tread lightly on the subject of people's livelihoods. As such -- and because we can't YET successfully get into the minds of those who hold the power -- please construe this exercise as our interpretation of how fans feel about certain local coaches and GMs, and not how close we think they actually might be to losing their jobs.


The Hot Seat Ratings -- a scale of 1-10, with one being a nice cool and comfortable chair and 10 being a flaming bun scorcher -- are merely a device to take the pulse of Minnesota Fan Nation as things stand right at this moment. Here we go:


Jerry Kill -- If he asked you to block a 300-pound lineman right now, would you try it? That's what we thought. Rating: 1.

Anyone involved with the Lynx -- They have the best record in the WNBA by a long shot and have been a significant bright spot during an otherwise dismal sports run. Rating: 1.

Leslie Frazier -- Most fans seem to be genuinely encouraged by his approach, and he has the added benefit of following a guy whose hot seat rating was off the charts at times. Rating: 2.

Mike Yeo -- Another newbie making a good first impression. Rating: 2

Wolves Coach X -- An unnamed coach (possibly Rick Adelman) in charge of a low-expectation team in a league that might not play for a while. Not much pressure there. Rating: 2.

Rick Spielman -- You don't hear much fan griping about Spielman, whose moves have generally helped give the Vikings the talent they need to compete. Rating: 2.5.



Chuck Fletcher -- Injected some life into the Wild with shrewd off-season trades, helping sway a fan base that was teetering. Rating: 3.5

Tubby Smith -- His rating would be a point or two higher based on performance vs. expectation, but there are still a lot of people who feel lucky he is here. They aren't totally wrong. This year, though, will be important. Rating: 4.5

Ron Gardenhire -- There are some card-carrying extremist members of the FIRE GARDY club, but we say they are greatly outnumbered by a quieter middle that is irked by the post-season failures, troubled by the developments of 2011 but overall content with the 2010 AL Manager of the Year. Rating: 5.

Pam Borton -- The Gophers have fallen on hard times the past two seasons, meaning 2011-12 is a big one. Overall, though, Borton can boast of six NCAA tourney berths in her nine seasons as head coach, including a pair of Sweet 16 trips and a Final Four. Rating: 5.5

David Kahn -- He's all over the map right now, but the arrival of Ricky Rubio and the drafting of Derrick Williams have Kahn in the safe zone. When the NBA picks back up, on-court performance could dictate whether his number shoots to a 9 or plummets to a 3. For now ... Rating: 6.



Don Lucia -- Gophers hockey is held to a gold standard, and when you miss the NCAA tourney three years in a row the heat is definitely on. The two NCAA titles Lucia won early in his tenure seem like distant memories to a lot of hard-core hockey fans. Rating: 8.

Joel Maturi -- You'd be hard-pressed to find another figure so mild-mannered and yet so polarizing. Rating: 8.5.

Bill Smith -- Is he the sole reason everything fell apart for the Twins in 2011? Hardly. Did he play a role? Yes. Is he a symbol of the carnage as far as Twins fans are concerned? Absolutely. Rating: 9.5.

Your thoughts, as always, in the comments.

TFD: In the case of the Cy-Hawk trophy between Iowa State and Iowa, the corn terrorists have won

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: August 23, 2011 - 5:01 PM

There is partying in the streets in Ames and Iowa City today, assuming those towns have streets (zing!). The wretched new Cy-Hawk trophy -- a traveling trophy given to the winner of the Iowa/Iowa State football game (or just chopped in half if the teams tie 2-2 ... a cheap shot that makes no sense given the Gophers' history). Let's just get to the AP story:

The Cy-Hawk Trophy was redesigned this year after complaints that the old one -- a simple bronze statue of a football and a player -- was a bit dated.

With the Iowa Corn Growers Association as the new sponsor of the series between Iowa State's Cyclones and Iowa's Hawkeyes, the new trophy was drawn up as a farm family huddled around a bushel of corn. The design was a nod to the state's deep agricultural roots and, of course, corn is a primary staple around here.

It was unveiled Friday at the state fair. And everyone pretty much hated it, likening it to a garage sale leftover or something from the Precious Moments catalog. Newspaper chats, Twitter and Facebook lit up with critics, and even former Iowa coach Hayden Fry and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad weighed in against the new design.

A temporary trophy will be designed for this year's game on Sept. 10. Fans will be able to suggest a design for the more permanent replacement. In downtown Iowa City, where stores are already selling "Beat State" t-shirts in advance of the showdown, fans and University of Iowa students cheered the news.

"Nobody liked it. I think the best comment I heard was, `That's going to the losers, right'?" said Liz Ulin, a 23-year-old senior studying health science.

Ex-Gophers QB Adam Weber is better than Tim Tebow, Broncos official says

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: August 23, 2011 - 2:56 PM


Per Yahoo! as found by Stensation, ex-Gopher QB Adam Weber is turning some heads in Broncos camp:


He threw that ball before the receiver made his cut, and it came down in the dude’s hands like, ‘Merry Christmas,’ ” Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Lloyd(notes) recalled Monday. “He’s thrown four or five passes like that in camp where it’s been like … whoa. Weber’s got personality, and he’s got some swag about him, too.”

If you’re wondering about the plight of that other inexperienced passer on the Broncos’ roster – how far and fast he has fallen in the eyes of his bosses – consider that at least some people in the organization believe that Tim Tebow is the fourth-best quarterback on the roster.

As one highly knowledgeable member of the organization told me Monday, “If everything was totally equal, and this were a competition based only on performance at this camp, Tebow would probably be the fourth-string guy. Kyle [Orton] is far and away the best, and Tebow’s way behind [Brady] Quinn, too. And I’m telling you, Adam Weber is flat-out better right now.”

Now, this could just be the Broncos trying to light a fire under Tebow or someone trying to drive an even bigger wedge into this QB controversy. But if what they say about Weber is true ... we're really not sure if this is more an indictment of Tebow or Tim Brewster. But either way, we're sure a lot of you will enjoy it. (AP photo, left to right: Tebow, Orton and a shaggy Weber).

Expect to get caught up on Arizona State sports, instead get sent to a nudist site

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: August 3, 2011 - 12:44 PM

Via Deadspin:

A court this week awarded Arizona State the rights to sundevils.com, but the site still redirects to diablosundevils.com, a NSFW nudist/naturist club site.

Apparently the redirect is the result of some prank.

We cannot confirm that the confusion has anything to do with searches for former ASU football player Todd Heap.


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