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Why Doesn't Fox, CBS, Turner or NBC Buy the WWE?

Written by: Clay Travis

Last week, as it is virtually every week, the WWE's "Monday Night Raw" was one of the most watched television shows on cable, posting the second, third and fourth most watched hours on cable television. The only cable hour that had more viewers was HBO's "Game of Thrones." The WWE beat every NBA playoff game on cable by nearly a million viewers. Look at the ratings and it's readily apparent, the WWE brings big time viewers. Interestingly enough the WWE is also in the midst of negotiating new television rights deals, aiming for in the neighborhood of $200 million a year, a big increase over the $139.5 million a year which the WWE currently receives from its broadcast partners.

Why the big increase?

Because sports on television means big ratings. (Yes, I'm counting the WWE as a sport). Ninety percent of the WWE's viewers watch live. Right now the WWE's television package, in addition to Monday Night's "Raw," includes Syfy’s “Friday Night SmackDown,” “Main Event” on ION Television, the CW’s “Saturday Morning Slam” and the reality show “Total Divas” on E! That's a lot of programming. I've been paying a lot of attention to the WWE recently and, full disclosure, I am a shareholder in the company. (There's nothing like telling your wife that you've invested part of your retirement savings in the WWE). With the launch of their new over-the-top network. I wrote about the WWE network extensively a couple of weeks ago.  

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Johnny Manziel continues to audition potential women to accompany him to New York for the draft. The latest auditionee, according to Busted Coverage is the wonderfully named Kyndal Kyaire, who Manziel took to a Texas Rangers baseball game last night.

It's true love, clearly. 

Kyndal competed for Maxim's Hometown Hotties contest in 2013 and listed her occupation as VIP cocktail waitress/model. According to her, she's not just a pretty face because she has a degree from Sacramento State in "entrepreneurship."

If you're the kind of guy who likes to look at pictures of girls in scantily clad clothing while you're supposed to be working -- and I'm sure you're not -- Kendal has a Facebook fan page with lots more pictures

She also has a YouTube video from a photo shoot.

But, honestly, the best part of the entire video is when the photographer goes into the pool in his cargo shorts. 

That's dedication to the craft.  

Cuonzo Is Gonzo: So Who's Next for the Vols?

Written by: Clay Travis

Cuonzo Martin and the Tennessee Vols were in the midst of an awkward divorce. Neither really wanted to be in a relationship with the other. Vol athletic director Dave Hart expected Martin to take the Marquette job, but at the last minute Martin told Marquette no. So just over ten days ago Tennessee released an unplanned commitment letter between Martin and the Vols. Clearly, that "commitment" is now no longer. Tennessee and Cuonzo both got their wish, the divorce is final.

So now the question becomes this -- what will Tennessee pay to hire a replacement coach? If the Vols are willing to pay in the neighborhood of $2.5 million a year then there are many top-tier candidates. That kind of salary would mean that Tennessee is paying top-ten college basketball coaching money.  There aren't many schools that can pay top-ten coaching money. Tennessee can. 

The men's basketball program has been right around the top five in the country for much of that last decade in total attendance. Three of the last four Tennessee coaches -- everyone except for the woeful Buzz Peterson -- has been to a Sweet 16. The Vols have been in the NCAA tournament for 11 of the past 16 seasons. This is without a doubt one of the top four basketball jobs in the SEC. Kentucky is the unquestioned number one job in the conference, but Bruce Pearl recently argued that Tennessee was number two. His argument was pretty simple, Billy Donovan makes Florida's program, not the other way around. (Pearl's top six SEC programs in order were Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Missouri). That's a fair list. Given that Arkansas hasn't even been to the Sweet 16 since 1996, approaching an entire generation, it's hard to argue that Arkansas is superior to the Vols. I don't believe Vandy and Mizzou are either. 

As is, Cuonzo leaves behind a mediocre collection of talent, but Vol fans know this. Expectations will be realistic for a new coach. 

So who will that new coach be? It really depends on what Dave Hart can spend. The finances of Vol athletics have stabilized a great deal of late. Dooley's buyout is, mercifully, mostly gone. Butch Jones has the football team on the right track. Vol athletics has dug out of its buyout hole. 

Hell, Cal will actually be paying Tennessee over a million dollars for Cuonzo to leave.

Here's an early stab at a guess. 

 I know this is going to surprise you, but lots of Alabama fans are also fans of WWE wrestling. Last night Raw came to Birmingham and the 85% were out in full force, totally unaware that wrestling's outcomes are predetermined, convinced that if they just cheer loudly enough their hero can overcome and vanquish his foe. 

Among the Bama fans in attendance was our old friend from last year's SEC Media Days, the Bama fan with the ring hat. 

Only this year he'd modified his outfit to also include an Alabama championship belt. 

Sometimes I think, wow, do I spend too much time making fun of Bama fans? But then I think, good lord, there are just so damn many idiot Bama fans that I can't help but make fun of them the most.

If any of you went to Raw you have to have some amazing photos of the crowd too. 

Please share, especially if you can beat this guy's pic. 

Or if you're an Auburn fan and you have a picture from later in the night of an Auburn fan stealing this guy's belt. 

Nick Saban Met the Alabama Gymnastics Team

Written by: Clay Travis

Nick Saban met the Alabama gymnastics team yesterday. The idea was that Saban would help the team focus as their national title run nears. Instead, thanks to Amanda Jetter, everyone is going to focus on what might be the most awkward Nick Saban photo ever taken.

I guess in an age of Bobby Petrino, you can never be too careful when your picture is taken with coeds.

Above all else.  


And make sure that the gymnasts who are taller than me are squatting in the front. Nick Saban is seven feet tall!

Anyway, Nick Saban is not happy with your early morning giggling over his photo. This is exactly what he's thinking right now:

"Hey, you, snickering over there, this is why you're a failure in life. You waste your day laughing at things when everyone knows laughter is only necessary on in-home visits for 28 minutes a day. Any more than that is fluff. You try to get your photo taken with 17 nearly teenage gymnasts and figure out where to put your hands without looking like a pervert. So what if I managed to adopt the I'm a little teapot with an erection pose? Sooooo what. It's all distractions. All just a bunch of fluff. I hate all of you."

It's okay, Nick.

I'm pretty sure every one of these girls has cooties.   

King Joffrey is finally dead. 

In a move that left 100% of "Game of Thrones," viewers thrilled, Joffrey choked to death at his own wedding after being poisoned by someone. I'll confess this -- I'll miss Joffrey. Not because I didn't hate his character, but precisely because he was so damn good at playing, what I think it's fair to say, is probably the most hated character in television history. I'll write more about this later, but there's a distinction between hating Joffrey and the hate that I felt for Dana on "Homeland." Dana's hate was motivated by the vapidity of her character combined with truly terrible acting and awful writing. When was the last time you heard a line from Dana and thought, "Damn, that was a great line?"   Has it ever happened?   It hasn't for me.    It happens all the time with Joffrey. Consider just these three lines from the final moments of his life on the show, "Bring me my goblet," "Kneel before your king," and, his final line, which it its bossy, arrogant, petulant delivery despite its quotidian nature is absolutely perfect for the final line of King Joffrey, "Hurry up, this pie is dry."   Then came his death, in which never have so many rooted for one man to choke to death. Across America I pictured all of you standing and cheering, like your favorite team just scored a last-second touchdown.    Yes!   At long last Joffrey was dead.    And that death, how perfect was the final gesture, a finger pointed at Tyrion? It wasn't just that Joffrey clearly believed Tyrion had poisoned him to death -- even if it's not true -- it was that in the final moments of his life Joffrey believed that the imp, the brother he'd ridiculed to no end, had finally bested him for all eternity.  

It's draft season, which means the Wonderlic numbers are starting to leak. And according to Albert Breer on Twitter, the top three quarterbacks scored the following on the Wonderlic: Johnny Manziel, 32, Blake Bortles, 28, and Teddy Bridgewater, 20. How does that compare to the past Wonderlic scores of starting NFL quarterbacks and Super Bowl winners?

Here you go. 

With the exception of Ben Roethlisberger, who scored a 25, every quarterback who has won a Super Bowl and is currently playing in the league right now scored a 28 or above. 

Anyway, food for thought as the prolonged wait for the NFL Draft continues.

Kliff Kingsbury Has Dance Off With Wide Receiver

Written by: Clay Travis

Kliff Kingsbury made news earlier this week for saying he'd flirt with a recruit's mom if it helped in recruiting. Now he's proving that he'll engage in a dance off if he has to win over his team. 

Courtesy of Aaron Dickens on Twitter, comes this fabulous short dance off between Kingsbury and Texas Tech wide receiver Derrek Edwards. 

Kingsbury told me last month that he wasn't pleased with his rap debut, but I think it's fair to say this is the best white coach dancing moves we've ever seen. 

Somewhere Mike Gundy and Butch Jones are quietly weeping. 

Sometimes the cliches are just too easy.

Did a drunk Alabama fan really drive his crimson truck into a Waffle House at 3:45 in the morning?

Yes, yes he did.  

The Alabama defenders among you are asking, "How do you know he's a Bama fan, gay Clay?" Well, he crashed a crimson truck into a Waffle House at 3:45. Which other fan base is pulling that off?

Also, he's sitting in the back of the police cruiser in his Bama hat.

Some of y'all are thinking, "Man, that sucks for the employees and people who were eating there." You're only partially right. If the Bama fan hadn't crashed into the Waffle House, he probably would have teabagged people inside. 

So either way patrons and employees were going to lose. 

It's also important to note that the Bama fan also had a passenger in the truck with him who fled the scene. 

Fingers crossed it was Lane Kiffin. 

 By Cippy Wallace

“Welcome, friends." Don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been waiting 365 days to hear Jimmy say “a tradition unlike any other” 192 times a day. The only way to appropriately celebrate (or drown your sorrows that Eldrick's got a backache) is with a drinking game. Drink up!

I'm going to be honest with y'all, I didn't plan on writing anything else today because I've already written 3,000 words on the WWE Network and I'm in the midst of binge-watching "House of Cards." (Last night I was up until three in the morning obsessing about this show.) But then AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb had to go and announce that they're filming a reality show focused on their engagement and their wedding and, of course, I had to give up my afternoon of watching Frank Underwood Nick Saban the nation's capitol so I could go ahead and map out the ten episode story arc of this show that will inevitably air on the SEC Network.  

Everyone likes to pretend that reality television is real, but the truth is it's all mapped out in advance. You find out what the cliched reality show storylines are and then you craft the episodes to fit them. There's a very simple reality show formula. 

So here's the ten episode storyline.  

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