Look, it's Monday, and while everyone else is on spring break, you're at work.
This means you're not on the same cruise as Blake Bortles's girlfriend, Lindsey Duke, and Matthew Stafford's girlfriend, Kelly Hall.
Look, I could pretend there's some real story here, but when two number one overall draft picks at quarterback's girlfriends -- maybe, it looks like the Texans are taking Bortles -- miraculously meet on a cruise ship for the first time while both are wearing bikinis, why mess with destiny? And then, as if that wasn't enough, Kelly Hall, Stafford's girlfriend, immediately posts the pic on Instagram and adds this sweet message: "Got to meet a new friend on the cruise..Wishing her and her man all the luck in the upcoming draft!"
It's basically a sign from God that He loves Outkick.
And that he doesn't want me to work that hard today.
Not to be outdone, Stafford's girlfriend also got creative and made the picture of just the two of them black and white because she wanted to evoke the timeless moment of their initial meeting, which, I'm going to be honest, is kind of like when Elvis met Muhammad Ali. If, you know, Nixon and Elvis had been been hot coeds in bikinis on a cruise ship during spring break when they met for the first time.
First came Harvey Updyke killing the trees, then came the Alabama teabagging, and now comes the Triple Crown of Crimson Tide fandom, Nick Saban's only daughter, a former Phi Mu at Alabama is being sued for delivering a beat down of epic proportions. A concusssion, lacerations, and difficulty studying. That's a process of beatings. Think of it as the sorority girl equivalent of the BCS title game, total domination from start to finish.
Somehwere Jordan Jefferson is like, "I feel you Sarah Grimes."
It begins as all sorority catfights do, over a boy.
Back in happier times Alabama officially announced that Grimes and Saban were sorority sisters. Post-catfight Kristen is no longer a Phi Mu.
How did this civil lawsuit initially come to light? An LSU fan posted it on a message board.
Only in the SEC.
We actually held this for several hours after being tipped off -- after all LSU pranks are notorious for their amazing details -- and reached out to Alabama to see if they had a comment on the civil litigation. So far Alabama has said nothing in response to our emails.
Thursday morning Alabama responded to OKTC's request for comment, referring all questions to Kristen Saban's attorney.
Shortly thereafter OKTC received the following email from attorney Joshua P. Hayes: "Bob Prince and I are proud to represent Kristen Saban. We strongly dispute the allegations -- and that's all they are at this point -- made in the complaint. We will vigorously defend Kristen and the truth will come out."
Saban's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss this morning, which you can read in full here.
We've also reached out to both lawyers in the complaint to see whether or not Saban's daughter has filed her response to the lawsuit. When we hear from either attorney we'll update the story as well.
In the meantime, the big question here is this: Nick Saban is worth tens of millions so why didn't he just settle this lawsuit before it went public? For a couple of hundred thousand this story would have never seen the light of day. Now it's everywhere.
The details according to the complaint?
Well the details are basically mad libs Internet viral: sorority fight, plus the SEC's best coach, plus insane quotes, plus...just read the complaint for yourself.
The best news for Alabama is that the Freeh report comes out tomorrow morning and will help kill the momentum of this story.
But this is enough for Alabama to claim a new crown, your stupidity has officially been topped Kentucky and the Crimson Tide just claimed a new national title.
As we continue to roll out the data from Outkick the Coverage's first year in business, here's a roster of our 25 largest cities for both desktop and mobile. I haven't broken these cities down on a per capita basis so these are just raw visit numbers that all come from Google Analytics. The Google Analytics data isn't flawless, but I think it's accurate enough to give a strong indication of where y'all are reading the site from.
It's not a suprise that Nashville is our top market since it's my hometown and our 3HL show airs on 104.5 the Zone, which is the nation's highest rated sports talk station. (By the way, I just Tweeted out this link, but if you ever listen to sports talk radio you have to read an oral history from Grantland of the nation's first all sports station -- WFAN. It's truly amazing.) So Nashville at the top was no surprise, but if you've ever wondered what kind of punch Texas A&M and Missouri will bring to the SEC, just scan the list of OKTC's top markets.
Three of our top ten markets are in Texas and St. Louis and Kansas City are both in our top 17 markets.
Now is that a perfect approximation of fan interest? Of course not, but it does suggest that there's an awful lot of fervent fans that can't wait for SEC football to get rolling. It's also pretty good evidence that the SEC has added a huge number of fans for the foreseeable future. After all, there are 31 million people living in Texas and Missouri, the entire SEC population before expansion was just 50 million.
So OKTC would like to humbly thank the SEC for expanding. Our site traffic eagerly looks forward to your teams in Virginia and North Carolina. Also, to forestall the, "That's just because of expansion emails," the traffic has been pretty consistent from those locations, not just spiking for expansion news alone.
So let's dive in to the top 25 data here.
Joe Paterno and Penn State officials conspired to protect Jerry Sandusky from prosecution in 2001 after Mike McQueary reported seeing Sandusky raping a young boy in the football locker room. That's the only conclusion that any reasonable person can draw from CNN"s blockbuster Friday night report uncovering multiple emails discussing the Sandusky incident between Penn State president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Schultz.
Based on the emails it appears that Joe Paterno was the driving force behind the decision not to report Sandusky to authorities.
According to athletic director Tim Curley the decision not to report Sandusky was made after a meeting with Joe Paterno. "After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe (Paterno) yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps."
Curley, a former Penn State football player under Paterno, buckled under the wishes of his old coach, calling an audible that led to a conspiracy of silence. A conspiracy, that was he still alive, would probably lead to criminal charges being filed against Joe Paterno.
You know how the television networks always claim they aren't involved in conference expansion?
Yeah, they're lying.
How do we know? Because yesterday we finally got our conference expansion smoking gun.
The Oklahoman uncovered memos from Chuck Neinas that specifically name networks, executives, and assess their opinions on Big 12 expansion. The network TV consensus from ESPN and Fox? Only Notre Dame is a positive addition to the Big 12. Quoth the Neinas memo: “Both representatives of ESPN/ABC and Fox Sports indicated that Notre Dame's involvement with the Big 12 Conference would increase the value of the conference relative to future television and also improve the image of the conference nationwide.”
Oh, there's more.
“Our television partners agreed that the only new member that would enhance the Big 12 value for television was Notre Dame,” Neinas wrote.