Frank Costanza Pays Lane Kiffin’s Buyout

I’m not here to lambast former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin (below on the right), now head man at USC. Tell me who amongst you wouldn’t leave your current gig for a better paying and more prestigious one?

No, that’s not the Crypt Keeper scowling behind Kiffin

Can’t fault the man for leaving UT the Lesser and going to a place with sunnier skies and more teeth per capita than Knoxville, Tennessee.

I can’t even fault him or his staff for luring recruits away from Rocky Top and towards SoCal. Sure UT the Lesser fan is bent out of shape and whining about the unethical nature of Kiffin’s departure and antics. How comical is to watch any SEC fan complain about ethics in anything much less in college football recruiting, but I digress.

No, I’m here to marvel at the mountain of keish it took to buy out Mr. Kiffin’s Tennessee contract: $7.5 million.

Fortunately for SC, it has have plenty of rich alumni who are more than willing to foot that bill. In this particular case, the money man was Lakers owner Jerry Buss (below). Yes, that’s the same man who gave the world the gift of that keeps on giving, Festivus.

“Are you saying you want a piece of me?!?”

If anyone gets a clip of Lane Kiffin attempting to pin his benefactor during the Feats of Strength, please do share.

(Photo Credit: AP)

Tim Tebow Makes the Girls Cry


Well, Mr. All-Everything (above after taking down a brigade of Gurkhas) hasn’t chosen a spouse so that’s not what I’m alluding to with the post’s title.

Rather I’m referring to the aftermath of his effort last night against the Oklahoma Sooners. This is embodied in this award-winning shot:


I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, but it seems that cameramen, regardless of network, are told to find a weeping Oklahoma fan after an OU loss.

For example, remember this little fellow?


This little guy was driven to tears by one Colt McCoy back in ’06.

Congrats to Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators for winning the BCS Championship.

Mark Richt is a Man, He’s 48

It has been said that “religion is the opiate of the masses”. This day in age more than ever, I’d argue that sports fits the bill much better. I say this as an unabashed University of Texas football fan who shuts it down on Saturdays when the ‘Horns are on broadcast TV.

While athletics get a bum rap (sometimes justifiably) in some circles, there are redeeming qualities. More importantly there are individuals within the sports world which use the platform they’ve been given to carry out the Great Commission (see Florida QB Tim Tebow’s missionary efforts in the Philippines).

Staying within this blogger’s least favorite conference, the SEC, we next go to Georgia head man Mark Richt (below).


Richt and his wife adopted 2 children from the Ukraine and their story was told recently in this ESPN video piece [WARNING: it’s a tear-jerker]:

The Richt Family’s Life-Long Commitment

[H/t: Justin Taylor via Tim]

…and Tim Tebow has Colt McCoy’s back as Well

[this post is a companion piece to Colt McCoy has Tebow’s Back]

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Florida QB Tim Tebow (below indulging his inner thespian in a church play) would give Texas QB Colt McCoy his Heisman vote.

Tebow: McCoy would get my vote

As a past winner, Tebow can cast a ballot for the prestigious award given to the best player in college football.

Can’t really blame the big guy, given McCoy’s recent demolition of Mizzou’s defense before a national television audience: 29 for 32 for 337 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 Rushing TDs, and here’s Colt on his way to one of the rushing TDs:

Eric Gay/AP

Here’s hoping that if Colt does win the Heisman, his acceptance speech (like Tebow’s) will reflect the humility and character that God has blessed him, not to mention call the nation’s attention to Whom both of these young men attest their accomplishments to.