Archive for September 21st, 2011

WATERCOOLER CHAT: PAC 12 WILL REMAIN 12, BEES CANCEL GOLF, METTA WORLD PEACE GETS BOOTED OFF DWTS

FOOTBALL

 

The Pac-12 has practically been under attack with schools wanting to join.  Recently Oklahoma and Texas mentioned they may have interest in moving, and the presidents of both schools OK’d the idea of investigating the opportunity.  But, it looks like, as of now, the Pac-12 wants to stay put at 12.  Why?  They just added two new schools in Utah and Colorado, plus this would force schools like Washington and USC and Stanford to travel all the way to Texas and Oklahoma (and vice versa) for games.  This can be hard on student-athletes.  But one of the main reasons is that they’re not sure that Texas would approve an equal revenue sharing program, given that Texas is an absolute powerhouse financially.  After all, they have their own network to promote everything and splitting equally with Utah might be serious cause for concern.  So, as of now, the Pac-12 is staying the Pac-12.  But… the way things are going, that could change tomorrow.

GOLF

And, in some weird sports news, a college golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas had to be called off yesterday.  Not because of a hurricane warning or a scheduling snafu, but rather something much more chilling.  The players were all doing their thing but there was a surprise waiting for them on the 18th hole.  On the branch of a tree was a gigantic bee hive with roughly 70,000 bees swarming the area.  Not exactly a safe environment for helpless golfers.  The administrators called a bee keeper, and he thought that the only possible solution was to leave the area for a few hours (assuming the bees would leave).  That meant calling the golf tournament.  Wow, talk about a scene from a horror movie.

MISC

Finally, in some sports entertainment news, there was a major elimination on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.  The show always likes to have a popular athlete (in theory, someone whom the husbands/boyfriends can root for).  In previous seasons we saw Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, and even Hines Ward.  This season, they featured none other than Laker crazy-man Ron Artest… wait, that’s not his name anymore.  Ron Artest has legally changed his name to Metta World Peace.  Pretty original. Unfortunately for World Peace, the judges thought his dancing footwork was terrible, and they ousted him from the show.  Bye bye Ron Artest and bye bye Metta World Peace.
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