Mike Slive answers all your questions

“Slive” is SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, who has what I consider to be the greatest job of all time.

VONTAZE

Most readers probably know that the NFL Combine has been going on since Wednesday, which gives people like me an opportunity to gorge ourselves on the football we so crave. It also gives us an opportunity to engage in rampant, virtually consequence-free speculation about people we’ve never met (YAY!). There are so many questions: Why didn’t Alshon Jeffrey run the 40? How do quarterbacks escape Clemson DE Andre Branch (who, at 6’4″ 259 lbs, ran the 40 in an unofficial 4.62s)? What socks did RG3 wear?

One of the most intriguing characters in this year’s draft is Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Huge, physically gifted, and personal foul happy, this time last year Burfict looked poised to become a real top prospect at linebacker, but this year he has seriously underachieved. Taken together with some serious off field and attitude issues and Burfict has become a hard pill to swallow. Now we get this from the always fantastic Bruce Feldman (read the whole thing):

“I wouldn’t touch him,” said one scout. “He does have some talent, but he is so undisciplined on and off the field. The guy is completely out of control. There’s no way you could trust him. I can’t believe they (ASU coaching staff) didn’t cut him loose.”

Wow. Strong words. We’ll be watching with interest, but you guys probably already knew that.

Free advice to youths

Do not use Twitter. I do not understand the motivation to do this.

Farewell 2011 Football Season

Exhausting, frustrating, disappointing. Just the way things are supposed to end.

Goodnight, Sweet Prince

The University of South Carolina’s football team just got 100% less brahsome. Of course when Connor Shaw gets hurt in Starkville this weekend Spurrier will be all like

OK so he’ll probably be like that no matter what happens. Best of luck to Stephen doing whatever it is Sociology majors end up doing.

Building the perfect Bloody Mary bar

To get all the USC fans out there prepped up for a noon game this weekend.

Don’t be sad if your Bloody Mary bar this weekend isn’t this extensive; I approve of the intemperate excess they’ve got going on here, but really, do you need both steamed oysters AND boiled shrimp on your Bloody Mary bar? As I type this, my stomach says yes. That said, we keep it simple in the Wahnfried household: Clamato, vodka (bacon infused if I’ve got some around), Worcestershire, Old Bay, black pepper, hot sauce of your choice (probably Texas Pete Hotter, but potentially also Cholula or maybe something stronger if I’m feeling adventurous), Pickapeppa sauce, some olive juice and a couple olives. OK, so maybe I don’t keep it that simple. Everything to taste, of course, because that’s the way most of my recipes go (add X to taste, cook until it’s done).

h/t akm

Becoming an SEC Athletic Director

“It’s kind of like going into a Chick-fil-A.”

Georgia! There’s a lot of “you’ve got to be passionate about it to be successful” boilerplate but it’s a good read.

h/t bb