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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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The entire SEC is going crazy.

You knew this was going to happen as soon as four head coaching jobs came open. But the jobs aren't even officially open yet and already we're all crazy. You should see my Twitter feed, the emails flooding into OKTC. It's officially coaching season. And there's never been more insanity in the SEC because there has never been four jobs open at once. I've written about it before, but college coaches are the only highly skilled professionals with perpetual free agency. The CEO of Coke can't take over Pepsi the next day, but the head coach at Alabama could certainly be the head coach at Auburn the next day. 

It's pure insanity. 

You can't trust anyone because agents are floating names and contacts to get a coach a raise. Why? Because even if a coach isn't a legitimate candidate for a job, his current boss will panic and give him an extension and even more money. Your story can literally be wrong one minute, right the next, and back to wrong again. 

As quickly as one person can change his mind, the fickle football future of your favorite team can change.  

I absolutely love it.    

Bobby Petrino's Dad Tries To Get Him Kentucky Job

Written by: Clay Travis

Bobby Petrino needs a job.

Badly.

And like a lot of y'all out there who went back home to live with mom and dad during the bad economy, Petrino went to hang out at his parent's house for several weeks in October. While there he went on hikes with mom and watched football with dad. Now his dad has talked to a local Kentucky newspaper and his message is simple -- give my kid the Kentucky job.

“I just know this, that he’s interested in Kentucky,” his dad said, sounding like your own dad when you were unemployed. “He wants to stay in the SEC. That was his life’s goal was to go to the SEC.”

So now the first question becomes, is Kentucky willing to give him the job?

Lane Kiffin is at it again.

The man who has made cheating, both large and small, an art form, is now embroiled in another ridiculous scandal, this one about the proper inflation of the USC team balls, the ones his offense used in last week's game against Oregon. Why would the balls be less than fully inflated? Because it makes them easier to throw and catch. Caught red-balled by Pac12 officials, USC conducted an investigation and found the following: "The student manager confirmed that he had, without the knowledge of, or instruction from, any USC student-athlete, coach, staff member or administrator, deflated those game balls after they had been tested and approved by officials prior to the game."

By Loren Sanders

I’m on a flight from Minneapolis to Anchorage. Knowing I have only an iPod to accompany the Sky Mall catalog, I felt immense pressure to sleep. Then the flight attendant announced wifi was available on the plane – fantastic – but only until we reached Canadian airspace. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this flight, Canadian airspace is 45 minutes from Minneapolis.

Earlier this morning I tweeted y'all the heartbreaking story of Mark Richt's hip injury. It seems that he severely injured himself while trying to impress his wife with how high he could swing on a swing set. While most of us gave up this past-time in second, third, or fourth grade -- there was no greater elementary school playground move than the high swing coupled with the jump off to a stuck landing -- Richt kept it up into his thirties. (Richt claims that the injury happened in his twenties, but I'm siding with the wife here).

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that Richt's injury occurred thusly:

“I was swinging really high on a big heavy swing set with those big heavy chains. Sometimes if you go super high, on the way back you get a little bit of that lag. You’ve got those big S-hooks on top, and you’re swinging, and I swung enough to where the one on the left came out. So it comes out, but I didn’t know. I’m still on the swing. So when I come back down, the chain on [on the right] stayed taut and the other one just goes. I turned sideways and the first thing that hits the ground is my left hip. Just smashed it.

“It was traumatic. I mean, when I hit I was like, ‘I think I broke it.’ I couldn’t hardly breathe. Sometimes with an injury like that you get a full-body sweat and a little nauseous. But the pain kind of went away and I went about my business, until about a year and a half ago.”

Now that the story has gone viral, Richt took to the dry-erase board to draw a diagram of the swing -- alongside his offensive and defensive formations on the dry-erase board -- to better convey exactly how the great playground spill of his thirties occurred.

And it's pretty outstanding to watch.

Thanks to Jonathan Branch for posting the video and the picture on Twitter, and for Twitter follower @ulikabbq for passing this along to us. You can watch the video below. The sound improves as the video lengthens. But Richt's diligence on the swing picture is really quite impressive even minus the sound. Without this drawing it would have been virtually impossible for me to picture what a swingset might have looked like.

As any real football fan will tell you, wardrobe selection on game day is of utmost importance. The clothes you choose must show your excitement about the game, your pride in your team, and in some cases, your dislike of their opponent.

Things are bad on the Plains.

Auburn can't beat anyone. Jonna Chizik has blamed the devil for Auburn's losses. No one even bothers to go to the games anymore. Even Cam Newton's bag man is giving away his tickets. No one is all in.

Did the Tigers play "All I Do Is Win," on the jumbotron after the New Mexico State game?

Just curious.  

As the Tigers limp toward a road game in the Iron Bowl, it's likely that the win differential between 11-0 Bama and 3-8 Auburn will be the greatest since 1950.

Yep, the vast majority of the people who go to the Iron Bowl this year will have never been to a bigger rivalry mismatch in their lives.  

Alabama Fan's Legs Are Tide Fans Too

Written by: Clay Travis

Most of us aren't concerned with ensuring that if we wear shorts and someone is walking behind us that they know which team we root for.

Then again, most of us aren't Bama fans.

Meet our newest awkward fan photo to star a Bama fan.

This picture was snapped by Nashville singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb at the Nashville Flea Market. She forwarded it to me a couple of days ago and it made my day.

Now it's making yours.

By Craig Hayes

I took a rare sick day this week after a brief bout with the flu. I've been lucky with my health over the years, and I don’t take many vacations, so it is rare for me to be home on a weekday. Since I was too groggy from a fever to read, I channel surfed for a while until I came across an old, familiar sight on ESPN Classic. There he was on the TV, and I felt like I was 12 years old again.

Last week our buddy Paul Bessire stopped by OKTC to shed some statistical light on the odds that Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon, and Notre Dame would all finish undefeated.

The odds were very low.

Then Notre Dame squeaked by Pitt in triple overtime, Alabama scored a touchdown with under a minute to play at LSU, Oregon outlasted USC, and Kansas State triumphed pulling away.

Suddenly the odds of a four-way undefeated mess have grown quite a bit, from around 1 percent to seven percent. Still not very good, but increasing rapidly.

What do Paul's odds suggest? Try this.

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