Thursday, March 08, 2007

SEC-XM MERGER

The SEC is coming to an XM radio near you.

The Southeastern Conference named XM radio its official satellite radio provider in a five-year broadcast and marketing agreement announced Tuesday.
However, for now, the deal doesn't include the University of Alabama or Auburn University because the colleges already have agreements with Sirius radio, XM spokesman David Butler said.

Which is really a shame, because you can say "coonass" all you want on satellite radio.

Starting in the fall, SEC teams that will air on the station coast-to-coast are the University of Arkansas, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi and University of Tennessee. The University of South Carolina will join XM in fall 2008, followed by the University of Florida in fall 2009.
For each school, XM plans to air every regular-season football game, most basketball games and the SEC football and basketball championships.

All the 2008 start date for the Gamecocks means is that you'll miss the barn-burners against such perennial powers as Louisiana Laugheyette and S.C. State. North Carolina and Clemson, being ACC teams, are already on XM, and all the other conference games except Florida and LSU will be on, though you might be subjected to calls of "sooey" (or however they spell it) during the Arkansas game. Unless you actually count Vanderbilt as a conference game, in which case we're up to three for '07, but none after that.

This officially alters C&F's view on the Sirius-XM merger. Old: Neutral, because Sirius had at least some SEC games. New: The result of corporate mergers run amok, a sign of soulless big business and altogether a viciously wicked idea.


I was actually for the Sirius-XM merger before I was against it.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

GARCIA: A THUG'S LIFE

SAVIOR OF THE PROGRAM Stephen Garcia, who's doing a yeoman's job of singlehandedly keeping South Carolina in the hunt for the Fulmer Cup, has now apologized for his trangressions.

"I am sorry for all the events of the last couple of weeks and accept full responsibility for my actions," Garcia said. "I want to publicly apologize to Mr. Biggs, Coach Spurrier, my teammates, the USC fans, and the entire University of South Carolina. I do not make any excuses for my conduct. I am committed to changing my behavior and making positive contributions to the community."
Garcia, one of the nation's top quarterback prospects, has been suspended indefinitely since being charged Saturday with malicious injury to personal property. Biggs, 34, a visiting professor from Claflin University, told police that on March 1, he watched Garcia use a key to scratch the side of Biggs' 2007 Toyota Corolla, causing about $800 in damages.
Lourie said that Biggs and Garcia were involved in a dispute over a parking space prior to the incident. ...
Lourie said Stephen Garcia's brown, shoulder-length has been cut "considerably shorter." Garcia, a fan of Greek mythology, had not cut his hair in more than two years since watching the movie, "Troy."


Garcia's new look. Just don't let him get to Blake's brain.

Okay. So we have a quarterback who got caught intoxicated and with his pants down -- literally -- in Five Points, keyed a professor's car and bases his style decisions on Brad Pitt movie.

Now there's a winner.

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