We get a massive amount of tips in our inbox each week. Some are pretty interesting, but don't get published for one reason or another. (NSFW)
It's usually because they're just so absurd or really lack even the most tenuous of news angles to give them the go-ahead. Other times it's because they're just absolute horseshit. But every Friday until we get sick of running them, we'll present to you some of these not-so-shiny gems. All items should be treated as [Sic'd]. Enjoy...
Chizik will be missed at Iowa State
Attached is a print screen from Iowa State central campus webcam that I saw over break. Someone's unhappy apparently.
Chizik is also not a big fan of "Saltines"
love Sir Charles. Dude cuts right to the chase. Of all the grumbling from Charles Barkley over the hiring of Gene Chizik by his alma mater, the most interesting bit was in an interview I read on ESPN.com. In it, Barkley talks about how Turner Gill told him he was concerned about taking the job at Auburn because he's an African American and his wife is white.
Some bubbas have come a long way in 30 years. And some haven't.
What's interesting about what Gill (allegedly) said is that it reminded me of a conversation I had with an Iowa State staffer last summer. In the 2007 Cyclone football media guides, the pictures of the assistant coaches with their families, a staple of the Dan McCarney years, were now mysteriously gone.
At first, I thought it strange — media guides nowadays are more geared toward recruits than they are toward reporters, and most programs like using them to promote the idea of a 'family' presence.
I asked someone about this, and was told — and I'm paraphrasing here — that coach Chizik didn't want the family pictures in there because some of his African American assistants were married to white women.
To which I replied: "Did anyone tell him that no one up here cares?" Some black assistants on McCarney's staff, including running backs coach Tony Alford, were in mixed-race marriages, pictures of their families ran in the media guides for years, and nobody said a peep about it.
This is the 21st century. It's a non-issue. Or, at least, it should be.
I have no idea if this actually was Chizik's edict, but in hindsight, you wonder. Another example: The life-skills-adviser story would barely have made a ripple in Alabama, and Gene seemed completely befuddled as to why it was such a big deal here.
Bottom line? Bad fit. Simple as that.
Sir, did this cruise you were on offer complimentary mescaline?
Thought I would keep the Erin Andrews theme going. This is my buddy Nick and Erin Andrews topless on a cruise. She whispered to me "Go Bruins" after the picture. She is really sweet, as everyone has said previously.
This video better not have any dong
It's the pesky NFL pr guy. Thought you would be interested in seeing our holiday card.
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Take care and Happy Holidays,