I Wonder If Butch Jones Is Receiving College Credit for His Summer Internship


SI.com – Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones is joining the Alabama coaching staff, but he won’t be on the field.

Instead, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said he is “an intern, an analyst” after practice Tuesday.

“I guess we could have several names for it, Saban said. “He can’t coach on the field. He can work with us off the field. And today was actually the first time he was cleared by the NCAA. We have these rules and I don’t even know what they’re called, like we can’t hire high school coaches. We can’t hire people that have recruited other players that we’re recruiting and all that. You have to go through a process with the NCAA, and that finally got completed today.”


When I first read the headline that Butch Jones was going to “intern” at Alabama, I almost pulled a muscle from laughing. Or was that from when I tried to get out of my desk chair too quickly? Either way, a muscle was almost pulled and I’m kinda sore right now. Anywhooo – the titles were a little misleading when news broke on his new gig, but the fact of the matter remains: Butch Jones has turned into a puddle of suck in recent years and this might be as far rock bottom as a coach can go.  Continue reading

YES! YES! YES! Daniel Bryan Cleared by WWE for in-ring Action

Wowsers. I don’t even know what to say, so this is gonna be a long ramble that I hope turns out somewhat coherent. There are always rumors popping up that Daniel Bryan may be inserted into a feud ever since he returned to the WWE as SmackDown Live’s GM, but there seemed to be little to no point in it since he wasn’t cleared for in-ring action. That all changed today when the WWE dropped this bombshell on us.

With rumors that AJ Styles may be injured, the timing couldn’t be any better for the WWE leading up to WrestleMania. Or was that just a work this whole time and he’ll wedge his way into another storyline? Who knows and I couldn’t really care less how it happens, I’m just excited the YES! movement is back in full effect. At first glance, it looks like we still may be getting the dream match of AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Daniel Bryan could be paired with Shane McMahon vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Howevah- if Styles truly is hurt, we’ll get the true dream match we didn’t think was possible anymore: Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. Tonight’s SmackDown should be action packed with everyone hanging on a thread until Daniel Bryan’s path to WrestleMania is revealed. If it were me, I would’ve left his fate with the WWE doctors a mystery a little longer as a feud built, not knowing if it could be settled in the ring or not, but their hand may have been forced if they know something about AJ Styles that hasn’t been made public yet.

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Today I Tried: Alert Caffeinated Gum

I’m not a coffee person. I can honestly say I’ve never tried a cup before in my life. The bitter smell never appealed to me, so as an adult needing a morning pick-me-up, I usually went with an energy drink (Red Bull, Monster Ultra and Kick Start’s being my go-to).

Well, apparently, energy drinks are awful for your heart, and since I’d like to stay alive to see a Cincinnati team finally make a post-season run in the late 2030’s, I figure I’d try to find some other way to wake up in the morning. The other day at Kroger, I saw this caffeine gum called Alert in the check-out aisle.

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Official Statement: I Can’t Decide if I Like Chick-fil-A Sauce or Polynesian Sauce Better

I realize this is a cruel thing to post on a Sunday when you can’t run straight to Chick-fil-A after reading, laughing, re-reading, retweeting and telling thousands of your closest friends to read this blog. May I suggest Skyline if you’re blessed enough to live near a location? Me, I just need the two Skyline locations in my life: the one in my hometown and the one by work. I know they’ll treat me right and I don’t need to whore myself to other Skylines when I know the same people will give me the same great coneys every time I roll up in the drive thru with my $15 in hand.

Anyway, let’s not get off topic. That’s not why we’re here. We’re here because I found something out last night that I never thought was possible. My love for Chick-fil-A sauce is being challenged by something very close to the famous sauce itself. You know what they always say… keep your friends close but your enemies closer. Well, in this case apparently keeping your enemies closer didn’t help because I saw the Chick-fil-A employee (who was lovely, by the way) grab the Polynesian Sauce from the bin directly next to the Chick-fil-A Sauce. That’s right folks, I can’t decide which one I like better for my waffle fries and spicy chicken sandwich (cheese only, of course).  Continue reading

UMBC Does the Unthinkable as They Defeat Virginia to Become the First 16-seed to Defeat 1-seed in NCAA Men’s Tournament History

Welp, it finally happened. Something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime has finally been done. A 16-seed has defeated a 1-seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Retrievers from University of Maryland, Baltimore County did the unthinkable and defeated the Virginia Cavilers 74-54, despite their superior color scheme.   Continue reading

Nati Boys #49: March Madness Tipoff


It’s the most exciting college basketball weekend of the year, and the Nati Boys are here to talk you through our brackets and great match-ups of March. We give you our Final Four picks, and let you know what we’re looking forward to in the tournament. Enjoy the show!

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I Think I listened to My Last Bit of ESPN Radio This Morning

How did we get here? I used to listen to ESPN radio at work all day long. I can barely stand to turn it on now.

This morning, during my commute to work, I heard Trey Wingo name all 18 holes of Augusta National golf course. Each hole has a specific name, which I had no idea. Hole number four is named Flowering Crab Apple, for example. Who fucking cares?

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The Perfect Bracket

UPDATE (3/20/2018):  Many of you have been wondering just how perfect my “Perfect Bracket” turned out to be following the madness of the opening weekend of the tournament.  Turns out the answer is “not very.”  Now I know what you’re thinking:  “Whitty, I trusted you to give me the perfect bracket, and you let me down.”  You’re right.  I’m sorry.  I fell victim to some shitty officiating that I didn’t account for in my simulations.  I also may have applied my analytics at the the wrong time (in retrospect, I probably should have aaced uniform color for the sweet 16).  Again, I’m sorry.  In the words of my good friend Jim Calhoun:

So just how bad was it?  Well, I accurately predicted 3 of the teams in the Sweet 16, so really not too terrible.  That’s almost 19%, which, in terms of batting average, would almost be good enough to hit leadoff for the Reds.  And I still have 2 Elite Eight teams left!  That means that even though I can’t achieve my goal of perfection, I’m sure I’m still in the running for top bracket in then ESPN bracket challenge.  As long as none of the 15.9 million people ahead of me get any more picks right, I may still have a shot.  If UMBC can shock the world, why not Whitty?


If you missed my original picks, be sure to check them out below:

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Five Potential First Round Upsets

It seems like every year we get a few upsets in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament and everyone wonders “how didn’t we see that coming?”. Well, you have no excuse this season, because I’ve picked 5 upsets I think there is a good chance we’ll see. If you’re a fan of any of the teams I’ve picked to be upset, don’t worry… I’m almost guaranteed to be wrong considering I picked three 11-seeds to upset the 6-seed. Maybe I’ll get lucky and hit on at least one of the 6v11 match ups. I don’t see any of the teams I’ve picked to upset the higher seeds to turn into another Cinderella story, but they could wreak havoc on anyone who thinks a middle of the pack team from a major conference will make a run into the later rounds. I’m not one to bore you with a bunch of stats. These upset picks are derived from my gut feelings and misguided logic.

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Kirk Cousins has been topic of discussion every year for the last 3-4 off-seasons. Most of the news was centered around his struggle with Dan Snyder and the rest of the Redskins organization for them refusing to commit to him as their long-term franchise quarterback. Kirk cousins decided to gamble and play his way into a contract whether it was with the Redskins or somewhere else. Today his gamble paid off. Kirk Cousins just became the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, YOU LIKE THAT!?

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