All I could think of while watching this clip was, “man, I wish Taiwan Animation did all of Marvel’s animated movies.” And hell, the special effects here are at least as good as the ones in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Anyway, the amazing thing about Next Media Animation’s recap of the NCAA Championship Game is that the weirdest moment doesn’t come during the game, it’s Taiwan’s interpretation of what an American office looks like. A lady dressed like Minnie Mouse causes a Georgetown fan to literally explode with rage because he lost the pool. It’s … weird.
“Papa” John Schnatter is, of course, the founder of the Papa John’s pizza franchise, and he’s a graduate of Ball State University. But as most people already know, Papa John is a huge University of Louisville supporter, as his company holds the naming rights to Louisville’s football stadium. After all, Ball State has the Cardinals and so does Louisville, so it is what it is.
Schnatter was at the NCAA Championship men’s basketball game on Monday night in Atlanta, and as you can see in the image above (via BroBible), he had an absolute blast supporting his favorite team and 2012-13 NCAA Champions, the Louisville Cardinals. A lot of people have been bagging on Papa John pretty hard because he appears to be either intoxicated or having a stroke in that photo, so I wanted to clear the air on his behalf, as he issued this statement to me right after that photo was taken.
With the unexpected rise of the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles in this year’s NCAA Tournament, it wasn’t much of a surprise that bigger schools with more prominent men’s basketball programs would come sniffing around coach Andy Enfield. After all, that’s the nature of the sports beast. If you’re a little dog like FGCU, no measure of momentary success and national prominence is going to keep you in the conversation when a much bigger, wealthier dog like the University of Southern California comes calling, with its gorgeous campus and national spotlight. Oh yeah, and its giant bags of money.
“USC is one of the best basketball jobs in the country,” Enfield said. “I’ve been familiar with USC for many years. I’ve been doing this a long time. When I met (USC athletic director) Pat Haden, his vision was the same as mine.
Yeah, I’m sure that stings a little, and some people feel bad for FGCU. To them I say, “Don’t.” This is sports, sports are a business and business is business. After guys like Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens, Enfield was going to be a pretty sexy name to bigger programs looking to turn things around. So don’t be upset with Enfield for being a traitor or something over-the-top like that. Wish him well and hope that a new guy comes in and continues what he started this year.
What FGCU fans can be upset about, and the subject of this week’s BEEF THURSDAYS installment, is that USC straight up tried to steal the Eagles’ Dunk City moniker. As you can see above, USC helped itself to Dunk City as recently as yesterday. Fortunately, the Trojans since doubled back and removed it. But still, that’s not cool, Trojans. Not cool at all.
In case you weren’t watching, Louisville Cardinals sophomore guard Kevin Ware suffered a pretty awful injury when he broke his leg during yesterday’s win over the Duke Blue Devils. In any game, Ware’s broken leg would have caused basketball fans to cringe, his teammates to reportedly faint and vomit and his coach to turn white in the face, but since this was the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, it seemed like Ware’s injury was magnified x10000000.
A few things happened in the aftermath of the injury. Some fans watched in horror, as some fans reportedly started a “Let’s go Duke” chant. Some of our peers declared that they wouldn’t post videos or GIFs of the injury out of respect, while others jumped right on it. One sports writer used Ware’s injury to milk a few last drops of traffic out of an old article, while others made fun of him. And some a-holes started Kevin Ware parody Twitter accounts, while other people were just normal human beings and not sociopathic douchebags.
So today I make this plea to Twitter – stop letting bullsh*t accounts like @KevinWare_5 happen.
UPDATE: Twitter suspended the account. Swift mutha-f*ckin justice, With Leather style.
The NCCA Tournament is down to its Final Four: Michigan, Syracuse, Louisville And Wichita State.
If you’re like me, your bracket looks … horrible. Just horrible. I thought Ohio State was going all the way, but what do I know? I also thought NC State was going to do well. What’s wrong with me?
The good news is that the folks at Chips Ahoy! are working hard to make sure I feel better about my tournament performance in two important ways: 1) by scouring college campuses across the country to find the “sweetest bracket” and creating a bunch of endearing fan videos along the way, and 2) sending With Leather a gigantic box of Chips Ahoy! cookies. So now I get to see the side of the NCAA tournament that isn’t “HERE’S A THOUSAND HD PICTURES OF A BROKEN LEG,” and everybody I know gets a free bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies. Maybe I should send a few of them to the guys at NC State.
Anyway, ChipsAhoy.TV is adorable. After the jump I included clips from the teams who are still in it (because these people are the ones you should be listening to), but they’re all pretty great, so check them out.
Obviously, like a lot of American men between the ages of 13 and however old I am, I adore Kate Upton. But when my best friend RoboPanda (category: GammaSquad) sent me the above video of Upton in a Gillette ad, I wasn’t expecting that laugh. Is that her real laugh? Because, yikes.
Either way, congrats to Upton on Justin Verlander’s new MLB record payday. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but she better lock that down.
As for this weekend’s sports action, SPOILER ALERT: It’s all NCAA Tournament action. Even though Indiana destroyed my hopes last night. That’s important to note, because I’m the only person in America who picked Indiana to win it all. Crazy, right?