Tuesday, August 12, 2008

First Favre, now this...

Has anyone gotten more out of their fifteen seconds of fame than Jenn Sterger? (Yes, I know Warhol said minutes, but she literally got 15 seconds.) If she's somehow never come across your radar screen, it all started with this moment during the broadcast of the FSU-Miami game in September 2005. That's it - a couple of shots of a reasonably attractive girl in the stands at a football game. Somehow Sterger has parlayed that moment into appearances in Playboy, Maxim, doing web videos and columns for si.com, and now her latest gig: gameday host for the New York Jets. Why is someone who isn't a Jets fan or a familiar New York face acting "sassy" before Jets games supposed to be a selling point? I'm pretty sure there are a few attractive females in New York who actually are Jet fans. I don't begrudge Sterger her success (and I'm sure she or someone around her must work nonstop to market her), but I just don't get it.

Tampa Bay has definitely got a problem on their hands with Jeff Garcia. He's already left the practice field with an injury this morning, and was in a pretty sarcastic mood about his relationship with the team Monday. Garcia already wanted a new contract before any of this Favre stupidity and has a well earned rep as a locker room agitator throughout his career. I don't like where this is headed.

If the New York Post is to be believed, Bruce Springsteen will be the halftime show at this year's Super Bowl. I love Springsteen's music, but I'm not sure he's a great fit for the "crank out three or four hits while 23 year olds flail around next to the stage like they're experiencing the rapture" format. Still better than Up With People, though.

Serious injuries abound in the SEC today. Georgia's lost their starting left tackle. Ole Miss has lost their best pass rusher for half the year. One of LSU's two quarterbacks competing to start is out indefinitely. None of those injuries compare to the oddest thing we will see this season: last week Ole Miss lost offensive linemen Kermit Tyler for his career. The freshman is allergic to strenuous exercise. No, really.

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