College football recruiting is a strange thing. Sometimes coaches turn to persistent calling to woo a superstar. Some text message nonstop. Others even rip off their shirts. Well, Georgia coach Mark Richt has his own unique approach: According to the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, he prays for them.
(Steve Spurrier plays Abraham in Richt’s biblical take on SEC recruiting.)
Here’s what Richt told AJC reporter Michael Carvell when asked how he handles the stress of recruiting:
“I put a lot of things to prayer, and this is one thing I put to prayer. I ask the Lord to ‘Give us the guys that belong at Georgia. The ones that don’t belong, work it out.’ I don’t get too bent out of shape with (recruiting), one way or the other. We’re going to get what we need. We’re going to get the right guys here.”
Well, that’s a new approach. Does that mean that Lane Kiffin is the Lucifer foil to his recruiting Jesus act?
Manny Acta’s office wasn’t the only thing tangentially connected to the sports world to receive the divine blessing of Pope Benedict XVI, as Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens had his newborn daughter blessed by the pontiff during His Popeliness’ visit to Nationals Park, the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports.
“Not pictured: People relevant to this story. But, hey, cute girl!”
Clemens “was moved to tears Thursday after Pope Benedict XVI blessed and kissed his newborn daughter, Kate Elizabeth, following Benedict’s two-hour, open-air Mass at Nationals Park.Benedict was greeting some of the more than 45,000 in attendance when he came upon Clemens, his wife, Nicole, and their nearly 4-week-old baby, who were sitting on the aisle in one of the rows of floor seating.
We’re not sure how we missed this, but late last week Charlie Weis weighed in on the Dana Jacobson’s roast remarks and let us really know why ESPN took action against her.
Weis: “I was both personally and professionally offended by her comments. And if the situation were reversed, and that were me saying them, two things would have happened. I would have been the lead story on SportsCenter, and I would have been fired.” Read more…
We find it amusing how the media does back flips trying to make Tiger Woods interesting. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is certainly doing it’s part, by planning a cover of Woods which will resemble Da Vinci’s Last Supper Canvas. Woods will be flanked by famous golfers who will appear as apostles. One thing though, the subjects will be played by look-alikes. Here’s SI’s casting announcement for the piece:
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The cover will likely break sometime in April (right before The Masters, no doubt). We love Fuzzy Zoeller as Judas. But Craig Stadler somehow makes the cut, and no John Daly? If they want John Goodman for the shoot, SI editors better make the much-need adjust.
We also find it amusing that the look-alikes will not be paid for participation (Stadler look-alike is probably good with Cracker Barrel catering alone, though).
The website TIGER WOODS IS GOD, which tipped us on the news, is way ahead of SI in linking Woods to a deity. Head over there for more slap-happy Tiger Woods-as-god fun and frolic (including the obligatory church music wav greeting)!
Michael David Smith of AOL Fanhouse watched Dana Jacobson’s return to ESPN’s morning show “First Take” and reports that she seemed slightly miffed at how her rant was reported. With the emphasis on slightly.
“I want to once again say how truly sorry I am for my poor choices and bad judgment,” Jacobson said. “I’ve taken responsibility for what I did say and do, and realize it was wrong. … I have already learned a lot.”
Although Jacobson didn’t get into the details of what she said at the roast, the way she emphasized the words “what I did say” seemed to be a subtle suggestion that some of the reports that have come out in the past two weeks overstated exactly what Jacobson said. Read more…
The HARTFORD COURANT reports (sans byline) on the “dozen protesters” who “marched in front of ESPN headquarters in Bristol today, calling for the firing of on-air personality Dana Jacobson for comments she made at a recent roast.”
jobless protesters, most from local houses of worship, carried snazzy signs that read “ESPN , Say No to Hate Speech,” and “Fairness in the Media.”
The protestors featured dynamic souls like Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition. Or was it the Christian Defense League. Or Commission. We’re not really sure.
Mahoney highlighted the excitement on the ESPN campus, by summing up what we’ve been thinking on this from the outset: This is all about the Jews, Blacks and homosexuals (of course!). Read more…
The CHICAGO TRIBUNE, via THE BIG LEAD, reports today “Sources have confirmed that (Dana) Jacobson, a co-host of ‘First Take’ on ESPN2, currently is serving a one-week suspension because of her behavior at a Jan. 11 roast for ESPN Radio personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic at Atlantic City, N.J.
(Jacobson with Jamie Mottram in happier times)
“While declining to confirm Jacobson had been suspended, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said, ‘Her actions and comments were inappropriate and we’ve dealt with it.‘”
Dealt with it how? By getting her better material? That was the only problem we had with her alleged comments, which were, though foul, somewhat less than original.
ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson says she’s sorry for her alcohol-fueled rant at the Mike & Mike Celebrity Roast. But a Catholic group is still cross about the comments.
AWFUL ANNOUNCING blesses us with news that the future Belvedere Vodka spokeswoman emailed an apology after being pressured by theCatholic League. During her brief time on the M&M podium, the inebriated Jacobson went on a tirade, yelling “F— Notre Dame” and “F— Touchdown Jesus“, before closing with, “F— Jesus!”
Dana’s follow-up statement said, “My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words.”
But apparently her apology isn’t good enough.
The ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports today that St. Louis University Coach Rick Majerus recently bared his soul to local TV station KMOV-TV about being pro-choice on abortion. Case you don’t know, SLU is a catholic school and Majerus’ view, predictably, was not received well by St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke.
Burke to the same KMOV: “I would simply have to insist that it is not possible for a representative of the university to espouse these views which are in open violation of moral law, let alone Catholic teaching.”
Burke said he expects to talk with SLU President Rev. Lawrence Biondi about the matter, and that Majerus’ positions “had to be clarified“.
The ORLANDO SENTINEL has the inevitable follow-up piece to noted theologian Dwight Howard having a child out of wedlock.
Howard, who has claimed to be devoutly religious his entire life, said when he was drafted, “Character has been in me, the way I am. I’m not going to change because I have money.”
More: “He has spoken often about converting as many NBA players as possible to his Christian faith and typically signs the phrase ‘God Bless’ alongside his autograph. During last year’s NBA All-Star Game slam dunk contest, Howard slapped a sticker with a picture of his smiling face on the backboard while dunking the ball. The sticker had the hand-written phrase, ‘All things through Christ.’ Phil. 4:13.”
One thing we know is that Howard’s behavior is like the majority of NBA players, so nothing will likely change on the endorsement front. But what of his devoted religious flock? How do they feel about him and his Baby Momma? (We feel GREAT, after seeing her amazing photos:)