Bill's Sports Binge: A Buc legend honored, football conference fodder and 90 seconds of soccer

Notre Dame University will convert to Protestant. In lieu of a playoff system, the BCS Championship contenders will be decided by a beer-pong tournament. Succumbing to political correctness, the new mascot for Florida State will be the "Crackers" (war chant to be replaced by dueling banjos). Also? I think Suzy from pre-cal is preggers.


Quicker Hits: Rays attempt to break AL East tie with the Yank-me's as they head to Atlanta to face the NL East leader Braves (I like my Yankee fans like I like my homosexuals; Dude, you can be whoever you want but you don't have to get all up in my face about it every day), Gators make the College World Series (now we can start paying attention), the Tampa Bay Storm have won four straight as they head west Saturday to play the Utah Bigamists (excuse me, the Utah Blaze) and since Americans hate soccer but love Legos, here's a 90-second recap of the England-USA World Cup game guaranteed to keep you awake. Enjoy:


The first Binge on the new CL Sports Page. I'm proud and honored to be a part of this ground-floor adventure. Tampa sports coverage will never be the same, boy howdy. Let the wackiness ensue.

McKay gets his ring

The Buccaneers' very first head coach John McKay will join the Buccaneers' very first draft pick Lee Roy Selmon on the team's Ring of Honor sometime during the 2010 season. In 1976, the former USC coaching legend took the brand-spankin new Bucs from an 0-26 punchline to just one game shy of getting the snot beat out of them by the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers in just four seasons (that "honor" went to the LA Rams). It should be noted that such an accomplishment, impressive in any era, was nothing short of miraculous at a time when the creation of expansion teams were akin to taking the slowest fattest poindexter from 51 gym classes around the country and throwing them into a dodgeball tournament together.

The College Football Conference carousel calms, for now

Nebraska is headed to the Big 10 and the college football world keeps spinnin' round like a record, baby. The rest of the story has yet to be written, if at all. But that doesn't stop the rumor-mill from churning like a high school on the Monday after prom. The Big 12 seems to have succeeded in damage control after the Cornhuskers took their 8-track collection and left when four of the heavy hitters (Texas, Oklahoma, Okie-State, and A&M) gave a pinky-swear that they would remain with the conference. The Pac-10 may cherry pick Utah from the Mountain West, The Big 10 might harvest the Big East, and for some reason defying all logic, people seem to give a shit about whether Notre Dame will conform or remain independent.

Rumors you may not have heard:

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