Today must be the day for funny sports-related web content. That's good, we need a few laughs around here, and today there are no less than three very funny stories and videos in the links, one of them by the inimitable LSUFreek (@LSUFreek on Twitter), who's creativity never ceases to amaze me.
Here you go:
LSUFreek Brings The Wood To LeBron
Video: ‘If I could be like Dirk’ :: The Basketball Jones
Do not miss this. It will definitely cause giggles and belly laughs.
I'm hearing the Utah Jazz really like Brandon Knight but aren't sure if they want him at No. 3 or to trade down. The interest may not be mutual from Brandon Knight, but he will reportedly be in Utah on Thursday for a private workout. We'll see how Knight and the Jazz feel about each other after that.
Interesting. The story is more about Knight, who may prefer others to Utah.
The 6-foot-4, 277-pound defensive end attended the University of Kentucky’s camp Sunday, and a day later, Graffree had a scholarship offer from Wildcat coach Joker Phillips. Graffree accepted on the spot, choosing Kentucky over Western Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina State and Tennessee, all of which showed an interest in him.
Joker is on a roll.
- SEC: Mark Richt in favor of eliminating kickoffs :: John Clay’s Sidelines
Basketball, incidentally, largely reflects the NCAA’s contribution to the SEC’s bottom line. While the BCS and its $181.9 million (in 2010–2011) in revenues is substantial, it pales next to the $750 million pot of money under the NCAA’s control. Even more than the SEC, the NCAA depends on television contracts for its very existence. In 2009–2010, the NCAA reported $642.7 million of its budget — nearly 86% — came from its "television and marketing rights fees," which is almost entirely related to the men’s Division I basketball tournament.
The NCAA tournament is a cash cow for NCAA member institutions.
- College Football notebook: Ohio State trustees to comment on NCAA probe :: Tulsa World
The question at the heart of the debate is whether college athletic departments should be allowed to provide players with more than tuition, books, room and board.
However, legislation of this nature would have to come from the NCAA level and would also have Title IX implications as well if only athletes playing the big revenue sports receive the stipend.
This is where the argument for additional money for athletes breaks upon the shoals of reality -- Title IX.
When asked what unit of the football team he was most concerned about, Vaught replied, "I worry a lot about the defensive front." He also showed a bit of concern about the group of wide receivers. Vaught noted that he would keep an eye on both units once fall camp begins.
I worry about this less this year than last, but it is still a concern.
- Where will the Wildcats go in the June 23 NBA draft? :: Vaught's Views
- Rush The Court :: Around The Blogosphere: June 14, 2011
- Rush The Court :: Morning Five: 06.15.11 Edition
- Stern, union execs meet; more negotiations planned - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball
Jimmer has come out and said he wants to work out against Kentucky's Brandon Knight and UConn's Kemba Walker. Although he wasn't able to get a workout against Knight, he is scheduled to work out against Kemba (finally we get to see Jimmer vs Kemba) on Wednesday. He'll probably never have a chance to workout against Knight, but I think it's a big plus that he get's to work out against Kemba. We'll see what happens.
This is what I was afraid of. Well, we'll see how it works out.
- NBA Mock Draft 2011: Brandon Knight To Sacramento Kings - SB Nation Bay Area
NFL "secret" labor negotiations this week are expected to continue to make such progress that at least one source familiar with the situation says the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement could be in place by the weekend.
Wow. That was a fast lockout, if so.
A weak draft grew weaker when several top - 06.20.11 - SI Vault
This story has Brandon Knight in an interesting place.
As I mentioned in this morning’s column, it’s a bit strange that professional sports make their teams adhere to some type of spending equity rules, but college sports do not. I think we’re reaching a time where that may change, not only so that the competition is fair, but so that there’s some kind of restraint for public institutions to control costs in sports.
A "salary cap" for coaches?
UPDATE: Here are some late-breaking items:
Young and old, coaches can be great at any age - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com
You hate to see Calipari behind Pitino, but let's face it -- Traitor Rick has a national championship, and even though that's at Kentucky, Calipari does not.
Rodrick Rhodes is the New Coach at Cordia High School
Congratulations to Rodrick Rhodes.
- John Wall to Throw Out First Pitch for Nationals
- Basketball Prospectus :: The Clipboard: Irving vs. Rose
Detroit naming its floor in Dick Vitale's honor - CBSSports.com
Congrats to Dickie V.