Nick Saban loses his leverage

Nick Saban loses his leverage
December 12, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Et tu, McCarron? (USATSI)

A.J. McCarron must have figured that he’d done enough for Nick Saban over the years to blow his big secret.

“I messed with Coach, saying he's getting too old to start up again somewhere else," McCarron said on ESPN. “He told me he's not leaving. And I know Miss Terry [Saban's wife] well enough; she runs that house. And she's not allowing Coach to leave either. I think he'll be at the University of Alabama for a little while.”

In other words, he just blew up Saban’s leverage. So yeah, McCarron must have figured he’d done plenty.

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In the latest example of full frontal naked greed, Barcelona just signed a five-year, $25 million deal with Intel for a jersey deal. A special jersey deal. A first-of-its-kind jersey deal. A jersey deal where the Intel logo is on the inside – as in, “Intel inside.”

Well, I guess that explains why Emmanuel Eboue and Didier Drogba were threatened with sanctions by Turkish club Galatasaray for wearing tributes to Nelson Mandela under their uniforms. You can’t effectively monetize dead international heroes.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert reiterated the company’s stand on not paying players, which would mean something if he had any influence over the SEC or the other four big conferences who will be running college athletics like a brokerage house in the next few years. But hey, he has to look like he has juice in the remaining 20 or 30 months of his relevance.

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Dwight Howard’s former all-sugar diet has been reported exhaustively by all available media outlets, but strangely, he remains all Dwight Howard-y. The lesson: Sugar isn’t that much of an ego-altering substance.

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Robert Griffin III is reportedly (by the NFL Network) quite torqued about being benched by soon-to-be-ex-Washington coach Mike Shanahan, which either should concern Shanahan greatly or is part of his master plan to get his last $7 million by being fired by Danny Snyder.

Either way, though, it’s Washington football, and therefore deserves every indignity that can be hurled its way.

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Update: Griffin is only disappointed, not actually enraged. Damn it.

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Update Update: Everyone reporting on this story is getting spun by one side or the other, which is why this squalid little corner of the Internet is rooting for this to end incredibly badly for everyone involved.

Well, there is one other reason I root for this. I’m a bad person.

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The NFL Network is televising the three-hour Pro Bowl Draft, which means one thing. If you watch it, you have not, do not, and will not ever have a significant companion in your life, nor should you have.

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And finally, isn’t it hilarious the way Philip Rivers went from national piñata to national hero by beating Denver? Well, not really. But we note it all the same.