The play that ended 'Bama's CFP dreams

AUBURN, Ala. – Six years after Auburn’s Kick-Six crushed the souls of the Alabama football program with an ending that defied credulity, a new nickname can be added to the Auburn victory vernacular. The Trojan Tiger – an exercise in punter-substitution subterfuge – proved the final salvo in a 48-45 Auburn victory that felt more like a Netflix series.

This riveting, undulating and spectacular Auburn victory should be immediately stored in the cellar among the finest vintage of the Iron Bowl’s 84 editions. And on a night when Alabama’s mistakes ultimately undercut their bursts of brilliance, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn delivered a coaching wrinkle that outfoxed Alabama’s Nick Saban. While No. 15 Auburn completed a disappointing regular season at 9-3, they ultimately squashed any argument for No. 5 Alabama (10-2) reaching the College Football Playoff. The Brinks trucks to lure Malzahn to Arkansas can remain at Walmart headquarters, as he’ll be the toast of the state for the next eight months.

With 1:17 remaining, Auburn lined up to punt on its own 26-yard line and gave Alabama one last chance to either tie or win the game. The Auburn coaches desperately wanted to keep the ball out of the hands of Alabama star Jaylen Waddle, who had already burst to near the front of 2020 Heisman Trophy lists with a transcendent four-touchdown performance.

So Auburn left quarterback Bo Nix in the game and also substituted in punter Arryn Siposs, the Trojan horse who lined up at wide receiver. The plan was to sneak him in the game and then motion him over to punt, which in theory would have kept Waddle off the field.

Instead, chaos ensued on the Alabama sideline. The coaches sent Waddle in the game to return the punt the moment they identified Siposs on the field. But then Saban sent in the defense when he saw Nix still in the game. Word didn’t get to Waddle quick enough on the other end of the field, where he awaited the punt. The penalty for having too many men on the field, Alabama’s 13th of the day, turned the fourth-and-4 punt play into a first down and Auburn victory formation. “We caught them,” said defensive back Smoke Monday.

After the game, Saban looked the part of a hoodwinked coach who’d guzzled a gallon of sour milk. “I really feel it was a pretty unfair play at the end of the game.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban disagrees with a call in the second half against Auburn on Saturday. (AP)

How to sum up the 2019 Iron Bowl? There were two Auburn pick-sixes, four Waddle touchdowns and the angriest we’ve seen Nick Saban complaining to the officials in many moons. (And that was on a different play.) There was Najee Harris running like a human projectile (146 yards), Mac Jones alternately committing blunders (the pick-sixes) and atoning for them (four touchdowns). The game was a searing jolt of energy for nearly four hours, played out amid the backdrop of the desperation and hatred at Jordan-Hare Stadium that comes with watching your hated rival having historic success for more than a decade. In the end, fans waded on the turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium singing “Don’t Stop Believin’” after a game that defied belief.

After all that action – the 3.5 TFLs from Derrick Brown, the crafty Nix draw plays and JaTarvious Whitlow’s 114 rushing yards – the final twist was wildly unpredictable: The game’s final talking point would come down to the nuances of punt substitution. Saban was already steamed at the officials for putting time back on the clock and allowing Anders Carlson to kick a 52-yard field goal before halftime. (He said a sideline official admitted to him they shouldn’t have been able to get the kick off, prompting his outburst.)

But after the game, Saban was more focused on wanting more time to substitute on the Trojan Tiger play.

“I thought they should have given us a little more time to substitute and get Waddle out as a returner,” Saban said. “We get called for 12 guys on the field. So it was very disappointing. We’re responsible for that as coaches. But it was a very unusual circumstance, to stay the least.”

The ghosts from the Kick Six game popped up everywhere. Who couldn’t help but conjure up the image of Chris Davis running down the home sideline for the victory back in 2013, when he returned a missed Alabama field goal for a touchdown in the most improbable ending in the history of college football. On Saturday night, there was Auburn defensive back Zakoby McClain snaring a pass in the endzone that bounced off Harris’ back and sprinting 100 yards down the visitor sideline to flip the game’s momentum and give Auburn a 37-31 lead. (The special teams ghosts, a running Saban nightmare, appeared at the end of the game when Joseph Bulovas doinked a potentially game-tying 30-yard field goal off the upright with two minutes remaining.)

The twin 100-yard dashes will be seared together in Auburn lore. While Davis’ dash propelled Auburn to the SEC title and a near-miss in the BCS title game, this one will linger for the damage to Alabama’s place in college football’s world order.

The Trojan Tiger kept Alabama out of the national title game for the first time since the 2014 season and out of the College Football Playoff for the first time in its six-year history. It means Alabama won’t win a title over a two-year stretch for the first time since 2013-14, which qualifies as a drought under Saban-era standards.   

While those who’ve written obituaries for the Alabama dynasty the past few years have ended up in the Old Takes Exposed buffet line, there are real questions to whether Alabama will be favored to win the SEC next season. Jones looks capable at quarterback, but he’s a drastic drop from Tua Tagovailoa. But the thing that stood out tonight was just how un-Alabama this all felt. NFL scouts have pointed out that Alabama doesn’t have the same type of athletes in the front seven on defense that it’s accustomed to. And a team that commits five false starts, gives up 5.3 yards per carry and racks up 96 penalty yards just feels like a cyborg has invaded the Alabama machine we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

Saban’s summation of the game stretched the syntactical boundaries of the word disappoint.

“It’s very, very disappointing,” he said. “I know our fans are disappointed. I can promise you our players are disappointed and we’re all very, very disappointed. It’s my responsibility to get our team to do these things better.”

As Saban monotoned out that directive, fans danced on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They took final-score selfies, belted out DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” and treasured the role of playoff spoiler. And for years, they’ll be able to brag that they were in the stadium the wild night that Gus Malzahn tricked Nick Saban.

More from Yahoo Sports: 

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Cain Velasquez Reacts After First WWE Match In Mexico

Cain Velasquez wrestled in Mexico City on Saturday night. This was a big match for him as his second contest in WWE. After the match was over, he was able to talk about his experience.

Velasquez was recently at the WWE Performance Center learning some lucha things with the Lucha House Party. He said that it’s a blessing to come back to Mexico and perform in front of the fans who were with him since day one.

“For me it’s just a blessing to come back to Mexico. Whether I’m competing or just doing whatever here. I think the people and the fans they are the best. Obviously, they’ve been some of my dearest most die-hard fans I’ve had throughout my whole UFC career and now my pro wrestling and WWE career.”

“So to come here and perform which I’ve done a couple of times and I always feel great coming here and doing it in front of the fans who were behind me since day one.”

Cain Velasquez doesn’t have a next match announced at this point and he sat out of Survivor Series. It will be interesting to see where he appears next because the road to WrestleMania is coming up in a matter of months.

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Butaev vs Besputin results: Alexander Besputin outpoints Radzhab Butaev, Cecilia Braekhus ...

Alexander Besputin took a decision over Radzhab Butaev today in Monte Carlo, headlining a DAZN-streamed show and winning the vacant WBA “world” welterweight title with the victory.

Besputin (14-0, 9 KO) won on scores of 116-112 across the board. Bad Left Hook had the fight even at 114-114, but the decision comes without controversy, as the better argument for a winner belonged to Besputin, who won the clearer rounds for the most part.

Besputin, 28, was the shorter man here, but his constant movement and activity gave Butaev (12-1, 9 KO) some real problems. When Butaev was able to get Besputin to stand a bit more still, he landed what seemed to be the harder blows, and he also looked like he had perhaps the better chin.

But Besputin’s workrate and constant motion won him the fight; at times he was really able to befuddle the 25-year-old Butaev and keep him from doing much of anything, and that carried it in the eyes of the judges. The most exciting moments of the bout came late in the ninth round, when both were throwing bombs. Butaev got the better of that exchange, which is really what Besputin didn’t want to happen.

The win perhaps doesn’t make Besputin a top 10 welterweight despite the bogus belt (Manny Pacquiao has the real WBA title), but he’s not far outside of that, either, at worst. Considering the back end of the top 10 at 147 isn’t really that impressive, you could argue him in now.

Cecilia Braekhus UD-10 Victoria Bustos

Matchroom Boxing

Bustos (19-6, 0 KO) had nothing here for Braekhus (36-0, 9 KO), who cruised again on scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91 to retain all four of her welterweight titles. Braekhus is 38 and is clearly slowing down some in the ring, but she’s still head and shoulders above the rest of the field at 147 pounds. This was also her first fight in just barely under a year; she’s running out of people to fight at welterweight, but there has been talk of a big bout with Katie Taylor, who has won titles at 135 and 140 and could risk a move to 147 if they think the fight is winnable, which it may be at this stage.

This was not an entertaining fight, much like Braekhus’ last bout, because there was simply never any doubt as to the outcome.

“The future is Katie Taylor against Cecilia Braekhus,” promoter Eddie Hearn said after the bout. “I think another fight for both in the spring, and then a summer fight (between them). It’s the biggest fight in boxing.”

Zhilei Zhang UD-10 Andriy Rudenko

Matchroom Boxing

Zhilei (21-0, 16 KO) was originally supposed to fight Sergey Kuzmin, who might’ve been a tougher out, but Rudenko (32-5, 20 KO) wasn’t a bad late sub at all. The big question was really gas tank with the 36-year-old Zhilei, who had never gone past six, and Rudenko is a guy who’s never been stopped, and has gone 12 with some decent or better fighters.

Zhilei definitely gassed late in the fight, but Rudenko, also 36, didn’t do much with it. Zhang landed the better shots, clearly won the vast majority of the rounds, and stays undefeated on scores of 97-93, 98-92, and 99-91. He seems extremely likely to have trouble with better heavyweights, but he showed a good ability to control distance here, and there’s no question he won.

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Patriots vs. Texans live stream, start time, TV channel: How to watch NFL Sunday Night Football

Who Plays on Sunday Night Football Tonight?

Week 13: New England Patriots (10-1) vs. Houston Texans (7-4)

Click here for the full 2019 Sunday Night Football schedule

NFL Week 13 SNF Game Preview

Sunday Night Football features an AFC showdown that has plenty of playoff implications for both the 10-1 New England Patriots and the 7-4 Houston Texans. The Patriots sit atop the AFC East and can clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses or ties by either the Raiders or Steelers.The Texans are locked in a much more tense battle, leading the AFC South by only one game as the Titans and Colts sit at 6-5.

The Patriots are coming off of a scrappy 13-9 victory over the Cowboys, giving them their 17th consecutive 10-win season. New England’s offense struggled, only scoring one touchdown with Tom Brady throwing for fewer than 200 yards. The QB applauded rookie receivers N’Keal Harry, who scored the touchdown, and Jakobi Meyers, who had 74 receiving yards, saying, “They both came through with some big plays for us.” Brady has been working through some right elbow issues the past couple weeks, but has reported he feels “really good.” The rest of the team is also plagued by injuries, with 17 listed as questionable for the matchup vs. the Texans, including Stephon Gilmore, Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and Phillip Dorsett.

The Texans celebrated a major win in Week 12 — a narrow 20-17 win over their division rivals, the Colts, where Deshaun Watson found DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone twice. In his first game back from injury, Will Fuller ran for 140 yards, with Hopkins saying, “[He] came back from injury, made plays for us when we needed him today, to have that 1-2 punch is awesome.” Despite the key victory over Indianapolis making Houston the clear favorites, the AFC South remains a three-team race, with Tennessee still playing the Texans twice and the Colts once more.

How to Watch Sunday Night Football

Fantasy Football Advice

According to Rotoworld’s Hayden Winks, Tom Brady remains a QB1/2 despite his 3.4% touchdown rate and 6.7 YPA being his worst since 2002. Sony Michel is an RB2/3 since he’s dependent on touchdowns as he’s losing a dozen or so snaps to Rex Burkhead, while James White (RB3) might be more involved this week as the Texans allow the most receptions to running backs. Julian Edelman remains a WR1 as he sees high-level usage and is tied for the second-most targets with 112. The Texans also have a QB1/2 in Deshaun Watson, who will be tested this week against a phenomenal Patriots defense, but his rushing production while trailing keeps him in the low-end QB1 mix. RB Carlos Hyde is a preferred sit this week against the No. 1 defense versus fantasy running backs. DeAndre Hopkins is downgraded to a WR2 as he’ll face the league’s best corner in Stephon Gilmore, but the receiver “should still see 8-12 targets and is capable of winning a few plays.”

For more Week 13 fantasy football positional rankings, check out 

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Purdue vs. Florida State live stream info, TV channel: How to watch NCAAB on TV, stream online

Who's Playing

Purdue (home) vs. Florida State (away)

Current Records: Purdue 4-2; Florida State 6-1

What to Know

The Florida State Seminoles will square off against the Purdue Boilermakers at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday at The Arena at NW Florida St. Each of these teams will be battling to keep a win streak alive as FSU skips in on six wins and Purdue on three.

In a sloppy game that saw the teams combine for 34 turnovers, FSU took down the Tennessee Volunteers 60-57.

Meanwhile, Purdue also played a contest with a lot of turnovers (39) and won 59-56 over the VCU Rams.

Barring any buzzer beaters, the Seminoles are expected to win a tight contest. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a two-game streak of ATS wins.

FSU got away with a 73-72 win when the two teams last met in last November. Will they repeat their success, or do the Boilermakers have a better game plan this time around? We'll find out soon enough.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: The Arena at NW Florida St -- Niceville, Florida
  • TV: CBS Sports Network
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Watch on Connected TV: CBS Sports App on Roku and Fire TV


The Seminoles are a slight 1-point favorite against the Boilermakers.

The line on this game has moved a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Boilermakers as a 1-point favorite.

Over/Under: 124

See college basketball picks for every single game, including this one, from SportsLine's advanced computer model. Get picks now.

Series History

Florida State won the only game these two teams have played in the last five years.

  • Nov 28, 2018 - Florida State 73 vs. Purdue 72

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Iowa State vs. Kansas State FREE LIVE STREAM (11/30/19) | Watch Big 12, college football online ...

The Iowa State Cyclones (7-4) meet the Kansas State Wildcats (7-4) in a college football Week 14 game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday, November 30, 2019 (11/30/19).

Fans can watch the game for free via a trial of fuboTV, as well as Hulu and Sling.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: College Football Week 14

Who: Iowa State vs. Kansas State

When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019

Time: 4 p.m. EDT

Where: Bill Snyder Family Stadium

TV: Fox Sports 1

Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice,Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.

Listen: SiriusXM (free trial)

Live stream: fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling.

Line: Iowa State -5, O/U 44.5 | Get betting tips and analysis via

Preview, via the Associated Press:

Iowa State and Kansas State are both headed to bowl games after they play Saturday.

Which ones could depend heavily on the outcome.

The Cyclones (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) could be the best four-loss team in the nation, the defeats having come by a combined 11 points to teams that all have been ranked this season. Kansas State (7-4, 4-4) is the only team to knock off Oklahoma, a feather in the cap of new coach Chris Klieman.

But regardless of how they have reached this point, the two land-grant colleges meet for their game dubbed informally “Farmageddon” essentially tied in the conference bowl pecking order.

“The thing that’s been really fun for us and what we’ve done in this program is we’re not chasing anything else but ourselves,” Cyclones coach Matt Campbell said, “and the thing that’s been really rewarding to watch is how we continued to try to be the best version of Iowa State.

“We still have not played four quarters of our best football,” Campbell added, “and what an unbelievable opportunity to do it this week.”

If they had played four quarters a couple times, Iowa State could be playing for bigger things.

But a good season was expected in Ames. Nobody knew quite what to expect in Manhattan, where Klieman brought a championship pedigree from lower-division North Dakota State but was taking over the sizeable shoes of Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder.

The Wildcats were picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12, yet they won their first three games — including a road win over Mississippi State — and had that memorable win over the Sooners.

Of course, just like the Cyclones, there have been lamentable lapses: They lost 27-24 at Texas, then dropped a 24-20 upset to West Virginia the following week.

“We talk about the process,” Klieman said, “but I’m happy for some of those results to show out for our coaching staff. And, I think it helps from a recruiting standpoint. It helps for our younger players, all those things. We wanted growth in this first year. If you asked, I never told you how many games we were going to win this first year. We wanted growth, guys believing and getting better.

“That’s what I have seen from week one through week 11 and now. So, I’m excited for the future.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Oklahoma gets job done in 'Bedlam' blowout

Jalen Hurts scored three touchdowns in three different ways. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The winner of the Big 12 championship game will have a case for the College Football Playoff.

No. 7 Oklahoma got its fifth straight victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Saturday night in a 34-16 win. QB Jalen Hurts threw for a score, rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass as the Sooners cruised in the second half. 

Hurts’ first touchdown came on the ground when he rushed for a 28-yard TD on Oklahoma’s fourth offensive play of the game. His second touchdown came courtesy of a four-yard pass from wide receiver Nick Basquine at the start of the second quarter that put the Sooners up 17-7.

And his third and final touchdown of the game salted it away for the Sooners when Hurts threw a three-yard pass to Brayden Willis to put Oklahoma up 34-16. 

[Winners and losers: Who is best poised to capitalize on Alabama’s loss?]

Oklahoma ran wild on OSU

The Sooners averaged over six yards a carry against an Oklahoma State defense that was giving up fewer than four yards a carry entering the game. But RB Kennedy Brooks rushed for 160 yards and Oklahoma gashed the Cowboy defense time and time again.

Star Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard had 24 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. It was, crazily enough, his lowest rushing output since a 44-yard effort against FCS McNeese State in the second week of the season.

Oklahoma’s playoff case

At the moment, it looks like the Big 12 champion could be competing with a 12-1 Pac-12 champion Utah for the final playoff spot if No. 2 LSU beats No. 4 Georgia in the SEC championship game. And Utah has the edge right now.

The Utes are ahead of the Sooners in the College Football Playoff rankings and will probably be No. 5 and a spot ahead of OU on Tuesday. But while Utah is playing No. 14 Oregon on Friday in the Pac-12 title game, Oklahoma will draw a Baylor team that could be as high as No. 7 on Tuesday. Would a second win over a top-10 Baylor team be enough for Oklahoma to jump over the Utes in the final playoff standings? It’s plausible, if not probable.

- - - - - - -

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports

More from Yahoo Sports: 

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Badgers get Axe back, blame Minnesota for too many displays

Wisconsin running back Bradrick Shaw (7) holds Paul Bunyan's Axe in celebration after Wisconsin defeated Minnesota 38-17 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Minnesota beat Wisconsin last year to stop a 14-game losing streak in the series, the Gophers had much to celebrate.

The Badgers, as it turned out, didn't appreciate the lengths of the revelry that took place across the border over the past year.

After Wisconsin took back Paul Bunyan's Axe on Saturday with a victory as decisive as Minnesota's was last season, the Badgers didn't hold back in expressing their disdain for the way the 71-year-old traveling trophy was handled by their oldest rival.

''We just felt like they disrespected the axe by renting it out to people,'' linebacker Chris Orr said, lamenting the ''everybody can touch it'' opportunities that Minnesota staged over the last year at various venues, from the stadium to the state fair. ''It means more than that. People played this game for a very long time. It means more than that. It's not a commodity or something that you can just rent out for money or whatever the case is, trying to make profit off it. I feel like that was disrespectful. They didn't honor the players that came before.''

The Badgers avenged their 37-15 loss at home in 2018 with a 38-17 victory, overwhelming the Gophers in the second half with a fierce pass rush and strong pass coverage on defense and sharp play-calling and back-breaking long gains on offense.

When the game went final, a swarm of white-uniformed Badgers converged on the west goal post to perform the ceremonial chopping. With 22 wins in the last 25 years of the most-played series in major college football history, the Badgers have a 61-60-8 edge on the Gophers. Paul Bunyan's Axe didn't enter the picture until 1948.

''The worst feeling in the world was losing on our own field and having them take it,'' Orr said. ''The best feeling in the world is beating them on their home field on senior day and taking it from them.''

The Gophers not only ended the long losing streak last year, but they became bowl eligible on the final try to end coach P.J. Fleck's second season with a flourish, beating the Badgers at their own game with a powerful performance on both sides of the ball at the line of scrimmage. With a team that hasn't finished in first place in the Big Ten since 1967, in front of lagging attendance, the university naturally seized the opportunity to renew some statewide pride in the program.

Fleck was asked earlier this week about complaints by the Badgers about the offseason Axe tour.

''That wasn't a rub in anybody's face,'' Fleck said. ''There's people who are very emotional when they had it. We had people rent it out all over. It was at weddings, anniversaries, parties. This year it's Minnesota's. That's what rivalry trophies are. That's why they're so passionate. If Wisconsin wins it, they get to share it with whoever they want to share it with. It's Wisconsin's. When Minnesota wins it, they get to share it with whoever they want to share it with. It's Minnesota's that year. It wasn't mine. It wasn't just our players'. It was the state of Minnesota's. For me, I wanted people to be a part of our football program, to invest more in our football program, see we can do things. It wasn't like we were holding it out the window driving through the entire state of Wisconsin. That would be showing up. But sharing with our in-state alums, donors, boosters, supporters, I think that's culture, tradition. I think that's what the point was.''

Either way, the Badgers have it now.

''It's going to sting for a little while,'' Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan said. ''That's football. You've got your highs and you've got your lows. This is obviously a low for us, but our team will respond. I can guarantee you that.''


More AP college football coverage: and

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Kane On The Biggest Misconception On Vince McMahon

Kane is now 15 months into his term as mayor of Knox County, Tennessee after a 25-year wrestling career. While being a wrestler may help you get into things like movies and the world of entertainment, one may wonder if it would help you go into politics.

Kane was asked if being a WWE Superstar helped him in his mayoral race when he joined Busted Open Radio.

"We tried to use it to help us with my campaign and when I say 'we' I am referring to my campaign manager and other advisors. We really couldn't run from it, but why would I run from it? I mean, I am proud of what I did and anytime that you are able to get to the level of WWE and stay there for a long time you're good at what you do, you should be proud of that," stated Kane.

"I think what has happened is the stigma and stereotype that has surrounded pro wrestling for a long time - which I believe is starting to dissipate - a lot of reasons is because of things like this [Busted Open Radio] where you are able to talk to people and pull the curtain back and say that we are people too, and in some cases you have people who are very smart and talented in wrestling.

"I knew I couldn't hide from it, I was proud of it, but I also didn't want it to define who I was. It was a part of my life that we tried to have fun with and tried to open the door. Again, if I tried to ignore it, it wouldn't have worked so we tried to use it to open the door. But then also we need to have substance so that when I can get people to listen because of the pro wrestling thing, but I also had to make sure that I keep them listening because of what I was saying had substance."

Kane has made a lot of money for WWE and Vince McMahon for a long time and he was asked if McMahon was supportive of him being mayor.

"Absolutely. He was one of the first people I talked to about it because I had to have his support, of course, because I was still with WWE. Here's the thing, Vince wants people to be successful; whether it's in WWE or outside WWE because it helps his company,"revealed Kane. "Also, we've had a long relationship so in my case he wanted me to be happy in doing what I wanted to do. When we spoke he had a big grin about it. He wants me to be as happy as I can be."

As Kane stated, he and McMahon have a long relationship that dates back to 1995. He would know his boss as good as any wrestler and Kane was asked what the biggest misconception of McMahon is.

"I think that people think Vince McMahon is this heartless person that takes advantage of everyone, uses people until they are all used up and then discards the husk of the human being that he has pulled all of the energy out of. That is frankly not the case at all," stated Kane. "Does Vince McMahon make business decisions? Yes. I told him to his face one time, the one thing that you are bad at as a businessman is that you give people too many chances. They stab you in the back and then you turn around and bring them back. In some cases, it's because he feels that he can make money off of them and in other cases he just has some sort of emotional bond and loyalty, it really is. Almost to a fault with him, so that is the biggest misconception.

"He is a business guy and has to make decisions based upon what he believes will lead to greater health of the company, whether we agree with it or not and in some cases I haven't, but he is making business decisions on that. But it's also not like some inhuman devil that just wants to take advantage of people, that is truly not the case."

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Busted Open Radio with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

Peter Bahi contributed to this article.

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Dabo Swinney defends undefeated Clemson in bizarre rant: ‘It’s the dadgumest thing’

After beating South Carolina to secure a 12-0 season, Dabo Swinney went on a rant to help Clemson receive the national respect he doesn’t think they’re getting. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Dabo Swinney led No. 3 Clemson to a dominant 38-3 win against South Carolina on Saturday afternoon, officially completing the Tigers’ second straight undefeated season.

Without a doubt, that’s an impressive feat — one that should ensure Clemson’s position in the College Football Playoff ahead of next weekend’s ACC championship game.

Yet after the win at Williams-Brice Stadium, Swinney went off on a tangent about the “bias” he thinks there is nationally about his program. He also brought up No. 4 Georgia’s loss to South Carolina earlier this year. Had Clemson lost to South Carolina like that, he said, there’s no way they’d be in the playoff.

“How important is this game? It’s huge. It’s huge from a national standpoint, because obviously if we lose this game, they gon’ kick us out [of the playoff],” Swinney said. “They don’t want us in there anyway. We’d drop to [No.] 20, you know? Georgia loses to this very same team, and the very next day it’s, ‘How do we keep Georgia in it?’ We win to the team that beat South Carolina, and it’s, ‘How we get Clemson out?’ It’s the dadgumest thing.

“So it’s big because they can’t vote us out. We gotta go undefeated, we gotta go 30-0. We ain’t got no choice because we don’t play nobody. So it’s big from a national standpoint, but it’s huge for this state and it’s huge for our program.”

Clemson has not played a team that is still ranked, but won all but one of their games in dominant fashion. The lone exception was a one-point scare against North Carolina in September. Its strength of schedule is ranked No. 69 in the country, too. By comparison, Georgia has the seventh-toughest schedule in the country, and LSU has the 36th-toughest schedule.

Still, Swinney stood up for his league.

“There’s nobody [who has] been more consistent than us. We’ve been unbelievably consistent, but again, our league doesn’t get the credit,” Swinney said. “Maybe we need some of them ACC guys on some of them big network shows that they have … But all I can tell you is we [are] 10-1 versus the SEC in our last 11, and we’ve won 115 games this decade. So has Ohio State, so has Alabama, and we’ve played both of them. And our program is what people don’t focus on. And let me tell you, Virginia, they’d be in 9-3 in any league. V-Tech, they’d be whatever they are, 8-4 in any league. Wake Forest, they’d be 8-3 … There’s a lot of good football teams in this league, but people just don’t pay attention. 

“But at the end of the day, it’s not my job to build a good league. It’s my job to build good program, and I think we’ve done a nice job of that for a long time.”

Swinney, assuming things hold, will have his chance soon enough to prove his program’s worth in a marquee postseason matchup. 

Until then, he wants to ensure that the 12-0 Tigers are getting the respect he feels they deserve.

“It’s hard to do, and there’s only three undefeated teams in America,” Swinney said. “If it was easy to be undefeated, how come there’s not more than three? Because there’s some other ‘weak leagues’ as people say. How come they ain’t undefeated?”

More from Yahoo Sports: 

Let's block ads! (Why?)