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XFINITY Sports is hosting the Ultimate Sports Social Media Job contest, in search of the new voice of @XFINITYSports. As the Facebook page explains, XFINITY has already chosen eight of the ten semifinalists, and the final two spots will be decided by a vote:

We’re sending ten semifinalists to Philadelphia to go head-to-head at XFINITY Live! to prove they have what it takes to be the next voice of @XFINITYSports. We’ve already selected eight semifinalists, but need your help picking the final two. Check out the gallery and vote to tell us what contender is worthy of being a semifinalist. You can vote once-per-day everyday. Semifinalist voting ends March11.

Sports Righting columnist and Mississippi State alumnus Vance McCullough is one of the ten candidates you can vote for to become a semifinalist in XFINITY’s Ultimate Sports Social Media Job contest.

YOU need to go vote for Vance right now. Here’s how you do it:

1. Go to XFINITY’s Dream Job Facebook Page

2. “Like” the XFINITY Dream Job Facebook Page

3. Click “Get Started”

4. Click the “View Entry” Button Below Vance’s Picture


(Repeat every day through March 11th)


The Top 25 Sports Quotes on BrainyQuote

Tyler Raborn —  Friday, February 22, 2013 — 3 Comments

Here are the top 25 sports quotes on

Number 25

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.

~Mia Hamm

Number 24

Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness… and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.

~Blaise Pascal

Number 23

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

~Hank Aaron

Number 22

It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.

~Mark Twain

Number 21

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.

~Rodney Dangerfield

Number 20

I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.

~Shaquille O’Neal

Number 19

Golf is a good walk spoiled.

~Mark Twain

Number 18

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

~William Arthur Ward

Number 17

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

~Henry David Thoreau

Number 16

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.

~Tiger Woods

Number 15

Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.

~Vince Lombardi

Number 14

As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.

~Michael Jordan

Number 13

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.

~George Orwell

Number 12

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

~Dan Gable

Number 11

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

~Michael Jordan

Number 10

Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

~Yogi Berra

Number 9

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

~Rogers Hornsby

Number 8

I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.

~Mike Tyson

Number 7

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

~Muhammad Ali

Number 6

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.

~Michael Phelps

Number 5

If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?

~Vince Lombardi

Number 4

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.

~Wayne Gretzky

Number 3

Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.

~Satchel Paige

Number 2

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

~Hunter S. Thompson

Number 1

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

~Michael Jordan

Articles You Need to Read, Issue #1

Tyler Raborn —  Saturday, February 9, 2013 — 1 Comment

There are some extremely talented sports writers out there publishing incredible articles every day. In recognition of this, I’m going to post an “Articles You Need to Read” issue whenever I accumulate 4 to 6 articles that I feel are too good not to read. These articles will not break news nor will they be recaps of games. Rather, they will be characterized by interesting information, heart-warming stories, out-of-the-box analysis, etc.

Here are the four articles that I selected for Issue #1:


Former NFL QB Jon Kitna finds ‘gold mine’ at his troubled old high school

Jon Kitna prepares for an algebra class at Lincoln High School. (Yahoo! Sports)

Jon Kitna prepares for an algebra class at Lincoln High School. (Yahoo! Sports)

By: Les Carpenter

TACOMA, Wash. – Before he left the Dallas Cowboys to come home again, Jon Kitna had one request of the two principals who run Lincoln High School:

Give me your worst students.

The other teachers told him to stop. This was last February and it was going to be hard enough to teach three algebra classes in the middle of a semester. He was two months gone from an NFL career that went for 16 years, after all. Yes, this was his old high school, the one where he was a star quarterback in the early 1990s, but didn’t the new football coach understand what he was getting into? Continue Reading…


Texas high schooler turns away from lucrative modeling career to play college football


Myles Crosby (NBC Sports)

By: Rick Chandler

Myles Crosby, 18, is the 11th-ranked male model in the world, according to — having posed for Calvin Klein in magazines such as Esquire, GQ and Vanity Fair. The Colleyville, Texas senior could “easily make a six-figure salary” as an international model, said Gerald Frankowski of the Kim Dawson Agency. But he’s giving it all up to play college football. Continue Reading…


Derek Jeter Calls Grieving Mother Of Victoria Soto; MLB Observes Moment Of Silence For Sandy Hook Victims

A mourner displays a program for the funeral of slain teacher Victoria Soto on Dec. 19. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

A mourner displays a program for the funeral of slain teacher Victoria Soto on Dec. 19. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Yankees captain Derek Jeter personally offered his condolences this week to the mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto.

Soto, 27, has been hailed a hero for trying to shield her students from the gunfire when shooter Adam Lanza burst into her classroom Friday morning. She was among the 26 victims — 20 children, six school officials — at SHES. Continue Reading…


From Wall Street to the sidelines: Coastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia is delivering

Associated Press / Charles Statem

Associated Press / Charles Statem


Joe Moglia remembers the questions he was asked when he tried to transition from the coaching world to the corporate world nearly 30 years ago.

He’s had to answer the same questions since returning to coaching. Now at age 63 and in his first season as a college head coach, he has Coastal Carolina in the FCS playoffs.

The Chanticleers (7-4) will visit Bethune-Cookman (9-2) in a first-round playoff game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Stadium.

Moglia, the former CEO of TD Ameritrade, has become known as the “billionaire coach.” Cynics have said Coastal Carolina president David DeCenzo fired David Bennett — the only football coach the school had ever known — and hired Moglia last December more for what Moglia could deliver in financial support for the school than in developing a football program. Continue Reading…

Top 5 Sports Apps

Tyler Raborn —  Tuesday, February 5, 2013 — 4 Comments

Odds Insider5. Odds Insider – Live Sports Betting Odds: This is one of several sports betting apps in the App Store. I love this app for its simple user-friendly interface and its “line tracking.” This app will keep up with the changes in spreads until game time, and you can set alerts for it to tell you when the line has hit a certain point. Odds Insider has NFL Football, College Football, NBA Basketball, NCAA Basketball, MLB Baseball, NHL Hockey, and Soccer, and a variety of different “books” to choose.


4. ESPN Streak for the Cash: (DISCLAIMER: You’re not going to ever win.) This is just one of those fun games that sports geeks play where you have the chance to win ~$50,000. The object of the game is to pick a “Streak” of questions correctly and eventually have a long enough winning streak to cross a certain threshold. But trust me, picking 27 or 28 of these questions in a row are hard. For instance, here’s one of the questions for today: “NCB (#10 Ohio State @ #3 Michigan): Which side will record a HIGHER TOTAL? Deshaun Thomas (OSU): 1st Half Field Goals Made or Michigan: Halftime lead or Tie?


3. Sporcle: I know, I know. Sporcle isn’t technically a “sports” app. But used correctly, it can be. Sporcle has some of the best sports trivia games on the internet, and they’re highly addictive. The app doesn’t have quite as many quizzes as the website, but it’s still great to have on your phone to pass some time.

Watch ESPN

2. Watch ESPN: This is one of the greatest deals ever. You can watch dozens of sporting events everyday on your phone or tablet with the Watch ESPN app. I know I sound like a commercial, but this really is that great. All you have to do is select your cable provider and input your online account sign in information. I highly recommend downloading it for college basketball season.


1. theScore: This is my go-to sports information app. If I want to know any scores or statistics, theScore is my favorite app to use. A lot of people use ESPN’s app or Yahoo’s Sportacular app, but neither of those is quite as informative and easy to use as theScore. Everyone most likely already has their app they like to use for scores and stats, but if you haven’t tried this one, I’d highly recommend downloading it and seeing if you like it better.

*One last note, just for the record, I think Twitter is the greatest app ever for sports, but it was to broad to include on this list (It’s great for any topic). That being said, I felt compelled to explain why Twitter wasn’t on this list because I can’t being to tell you how much my viewing experience has improved being able to watch games and read informative, critical, and humorous tweets about it. A world without Twitter would have been really boring during that blackout in the middle of the Super Bowl.