Dee Liner, who has perhaps the greatest name in the history of the defensive lineman position, is a four star recruit in the Alabama Crimson Tide's top ranked 2013 class. After initially committing to Auburn, Liner, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, flipped to the Crimson Tide.
This, as you might imagine, embittered quite a few Auburn fans.
So as soon as Liner took to instagram to post pictures of himself holding a stack of cash and saying that he never needed to worry about money anymore, well, it set off alarm bells. And immediately blew up my Twitter account and our email inbox.
Liner is on the far left, in the black shirt.
The other two guys either have their own wads of cash or they're all posing with the same wad of cash. You money detectives can scrutinize the cash.
Who knows how Liner ended up with this cash.
Maybe he's been working all summer for this amount of cash -- it's not like he's got ten thousand dollars there.
Maybe he's got a rich relative. After all, the one thing the NCAA can't discipline is rich parents. If your parents are rich there's no such thing as an improper benefit. Ask Johnny Manziel.
It's official, Johnny Manziel is Vincent Chase from "Entourage."
Over the weekend Manziel got kicked out of a Texas frat party and wore a Tim Tebow Jets jersey.
This almost broke the Internet.
Over two million people have watched Manziel leaving the Texas frat party.
For a twenty second video.
It's clear now that Manziel's closest comparisons no longer play college football, it's Hollywood. He's Vinnie Chase with the Heisman. Hell, according to my buddy Bruce Feldman, he even has a friend he calls Turtle. (Thanks to David Campbell for the image).
Local news rarely if ever disappoints. Even when, as is the case here, there's a story of some importance for local news to cover. Did or did not starting Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde punch, hit, or slap a girl at a club?
Thus far, stories have differed.
On Monday Hyde was suspended from the team -- the Columbus-Dispatch reported that he'd been dismissed, but that didn't happen. On Tuesday afternoon Yahoo's Charles Robinson, who appears to have never viewed the actual video, said that sources told him Hyde didn't make any contact with the woman on the video and that authorities were unlikely to charge Hyde with any crime. This led Ohio State fans to nominate Hyde for the Nobel Peace Prize and Tweet me to commit suicide by shooting myself.
Because, you know, I had the total and absolute gall to write and link the news reports and have an opinion about it.
Last night came the latest news on the Hyde case. Local Columbus NBC news reporter Mindy Drayer is on the case.
From her living room.
You have to watch this.
Yesterday I laid out my predictions for the 2013 SEC West, now I'm giving y'all my predictions for the SEC East.
I've broken down each team's schedule using five different categories: definite wins, likely wins, definite losses, likely losses, and toss-ups.
So how do I define those games.
Definite wins are games that should have spreads of 17+. It's possible that a team could lose these games, but it's incredibly unlikely. If teams lose these games you're probably heading for a Gene Chizik like implosion.
Likely wins are those games that a team should win, but it's not a slam dunk. You're somewhere around a 8-14 point favorite in the game.
Toss ups are games I'm forecasting to have a spread of a touchdown or less. These are basically games where a play or two here or there has a decent chance of determining the outcome. I've also put a few games that will likely have a margin of more than seven points in the toss-up category. For instance, LSU at Alabama will probably see Bama as a touchdown or more favorite, but given LSU and Alabama's history of late, would it really shock anyone if LSU went into Tuscaloosa and found a way to win? I don't think so, hence some of my toss-ups are a function of history, coaching, and my own feelings about the match-ups.
Figure that a toss-up is close to a 65-35 outcome at worst. That is, if the game was played 100 times the underdog would win around 35 of the games. Many of these toss-ups are much closer to 50-50 splits, where one team or the other will be a field goal or less of a favorite.
Likely losses are the reverse of the likely wins, the team that is likely to lose will be 8-14 point underdog.
Definite losses are games where a team will be a three score or more underdog.
In related news, go ahead and run for the hills Georgia Bulldog fans, you're my pick to win the 2013 BCS title.