Ray Lewis Will Retire After The 2012 Season

So Ray Lewis is going to hang em’ up after seasons end.  Check out Smack Apparel’s Tribute to 52.


Enjoy the highlight reel of some of Ray’s biggest hits.


How Do They Match Up? The People’s Prospective – National Championship Preview

Picture2Two of the most storied programs in College Football, the Irish verses the Crimson Tide for the National Title.  #1 vs. #2, The Almighty SEC vs. Touchdown Jesus, Catholics vs. Cousins, Golden Domers vs. Mobile Homers, and Gump vs. Rudy. Call it what you will, we have a damn good National Title Game coming up Monday night in Miami.

The’re great match ups across the board, I want to get the fans prospective these battles.  Sound off, who will win these head to heads and why?

Let’s look at the Match ups:

Notre Dame Offense vs. Alabama Defense

Alabama Offense vs. Notre Dame Defense

Who has better Special Teams?

Nick Saban vs. Brian Kelly

Who has better Play-makers?

Who’s fans are more Rowdy?

Beat Bama - Beat ND

I like this piece from Numbers Never Lie.

New SMACKcast – National Championship Preview – Alabama Crimison Tide And Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Smack Apparel PodcastTony Orlando from BamaHammer.com joined Flip Satchel on the SMACKcast to breakdown the National Championship through the eyes of Bama fans.

The 1st five people who tweet @smackapparel one of the 5 reasons Tony mentioned why Alabama will beat Notre Dame in the National Championship game will win free Smack Apparel gear.  Listen Now!!!

The main thing that intrigues me about The Crimson Tide and Nick Saban is coming up big in the Moment.  Look to the end of the LSU, Texas A&M, and the SEC Championship game. The Tide came out on top two out of the three. In that Moment Saban had nothing to do with the outcome, it’s the players execution that win or lose the game.

When you take a step back,  you realize Saban had everything to with that Moment.  Coaching that Moment is what separates Saban from the rest of the college football world, it’s the difference between winning and losing.

Your thoughts are welcome.



Louisville Cardinals Lay A Bourbon Street Beatdown On Gators In The Sugar Bowl

Charlie Strong, Teddy Bridgewater, and the rest of the Louisville Cardinals laid a Bourbon Street Beatdown on the Gators 33-23.


Louisville got lucky.  The Gators weren’t motivated because the Big East sucks.  Florida would beat the Cardinals 9 times out of 10.  Say what you want, the Louisville Cardinals just kicked the Florida Gators ASS!

“We dominated that game from start to finish.” – Charlie Strong on the Jim Rome earlier today.

Cardinal Fans celebrate your Sugar Bowl victory with Smack Apparel’s Beatdown On Bourbon shirt.  Too Tough!  Too STeddy!  Too Strong!  33-23

Top 10 Bowls Of The 2012 Season

Top 10 bowls of the 2012 college football season excluding the National Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame.

  1. Fiesta Bowl – #4 Oregon vs #5 Kansas St.
  2. Cotton Bowl – #9 Texas A&M vs #11 Oklahoma
  3. Orange Bowl – #12 Florida State vs #15 Northern Illinois
  4. Chick-fil-a Bowl – #8 LSU vs #14 Clemson
  5. Sugar Bowl – #3 Florida vs #21 Louisville
  6. Capital One Bowl- #7 Georgia vs #16 Nebraska
  7. Outback Bowl – #10 South Carolina vs #18 Michigan
  8. Alamo Bowl – #13 Oregon State vs #23 Texas
  9. Rose Bowl – #6 Stanford – Wisconsin
  10. Holiday Bowl – #17 UCLA vs Baylor

NIU in Orange BowlAt first glance it’s easy to say the Rose Bowl should be higher and the Orange Bowl lower in the rankings but you are wrong, follow along. The Fiesta Bowl is a lock at number one being the only bowl outside of the National Title game with two top ten teams going head to head. From here on down it gets complicated.

Chart1.3 The first thing I did was rank each team within their conference without looking at national rankings.

Ex: Stanford 1 – Wisconsin 6, Florida State 1 – NIU 1, Florida 2 – Louisville 1, and Oregon 2 – Kansas State 1.  Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, and South Carolina all tie with three.

Add the numbers together,  from top to bottom starting with the  smallest number list the bowls.  This is how I got the first reference list.  A conference number one  is different from  a conference champ.  Wisconsin is a conference champ but has the 6th best record in the Big 10 so the Badgers get hit with a six here.

Johnny Football HaircutThere are three ties: Sugar/Fiesta, Capital One/Chick-fil-a/Cotton, and Outback/Alamo.  The BCS ranking differential is used as the tie breaker, the smaller the differential the higher ranked the bowl.  Ex: Cotton Bowl – #9 and #11 = 2, Chick-fil-a – #8 and #14 = 6, and Capital One #7 and #16 = 9,

This helps show what bowl games have the best match ups.  The teams in Chart 1 are in order 1-10 and you might notice the Orange Bowl has the only head to head of two conference #1’s.

Chart2Both Florida State and NIU are conference #1’s but aren’t on the same level as half the other teams.  This is where rankings come in, using the BCS standings, add the the two teams rank together.  In the case of Wisconsin and Baylor they get  26 because they aren’t in the top 25.

Ex: Fiesta – #4 Oregon and #5  K-State = 9, Cotton – #9 Texas A&M and #11 Oklahoma = 20, and Rose – #6 Stanford and (26) Wisconsin = 32.  The Lower the number the better the teams in the bowl.

Now that we have both charts ranked 1 thru 10, Chart 1 based on conference record and Chart 2 based on combined BCS standing, add the rankings from each chart.  Rank the bowls from 1 to 10 starting with the lowest combined total from both charts.  Again, use the BCS ranking differential as the tie breaker.  The lower the differential the better the match up.  This will give you your final bowl ranking for the top 10 match-ups of the 2012 season.


(Conference rank + Conference rank) = Chart 1

(BCS rank + BCS rank) = Chart 2

(Chart 1 rank + Chart 2 rank) = Chart 3

Kirk Herbstreit Can Bite Me! Contest

KIRKCANBITEMEfrontandbackIt’s time for the Smack Apparel Christmas Contest!

I want Kirk Herbstreit to Re-tweet this post.  If you (Smackies) can get Herbstreit to Re-Tweet this post we will give away $500 in cash and Smack Apparel shirts.  The contest will begin immediately after Herbstreit Re-Tweet’s.  There will be multiple opportunities to win.   Details will come through @SmackApparel.  We will give away two $100 Visa gift cards as well as $300 in Smack gear.  If Kirk chooses not to Re-Tweet, the contest doesn’t happen.  It all hinges on Mr. Herbstreit.

Here is the tweet that needs to be Re-Tweeted for the contest to begin.

Do your best to get the message to Herbstreit.  Tweet it, put it on your facebook page, and it blow up social media.  Make it happen Smackies.  $500 in cash and Smack shirts is on the line.

This is your shot not to be a Grinch Kirk.  The Huskies down in Huskie-ville will welcome you with open arms if you come bearing gifts of cash and Smack Apparel gear.

How The Herbstreit Stole Orange Bowl Tickets

The folks here at Smack Apparel have no real beef with Kirk Herbstreit.  On the contrary we are big fans of College Game Day and the cast.  We love Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit with the exception of  Ben, sitting to my left.  At the moment, Ben, along with every Huskie down in Huskie-ville is a little upset with Kirk Herbstreit.

Quick background on Ben:  He has been with Smack Apparel since 2006.  His brother played for NIU  from 06-01 back when they were terrible.  He attended several games and was even at the game when the Huskies broke their 23 game loosing streak, stormed the field, tore the goal post down, and then threw it in the lagoon.  Ben, being a Huskie fan, has been through the hard times with NIU and was talking about a possible Orange Bowl at minimum a week before it actually happened.

Kirk Herbstreit Can Bite Me, NIU Is Hot And Heavy On The Orange Bowl

Ben made sure everyone at Smack knew the scenario that had to happen for NIU to get the bid especially being that the owner here, Wayne, is an FSU alum.  When the Scenario actually played out you can imagine the excitement of  Ben as well as every Huskie down in Huskie-ville.

Then Kirk Herbstreit made his thoughts known.  Listen for yourself below.

Cut 01 – The Fact Northern Illinois is in the BCS in 2012 is a sad state for college football. 

Cut 02 – They don’t deserve to be in the BCS this year.  Are you kidding me?

Cut 03 – Nobody even new NIU was playing until the Toledo game. 

Cut 04 – Leave OU out to put NIU in!?!? Are you kidding me!?!?! 

Cut 05 – What has NIU done this year to make you remember?

Kirk Herbstreit, Bite Me! Every Dog Has It’s Day

Ben’s initial thoughts:  I thought he was being a(n) (Fill in the Blank).  I found it hard to believe he was actually saying these things about NIU in the Orange Bowl.  I actually thought he would say something along the lines of congratulations to NIU, the system isn’t perfect and this is the way it has played out.  I thought he would spin the positive things NIU has done this year that placed them in position for an Orange Bowl bid.  What a(n) (Fill in the Blank)!  Let’s make a shirt!

Note:  This contest isn’t limited to NIU fans or the Herbsreit can bite me! shirt.  All fans of Smack Apparel are welcome to participate.

Alex Rodriguez Is A Slum Lord – In My Opinion

Sink Side CabanaYesterday on the local news in Tampa, CBS ran a story about slum conditions at a complex owned by Alex Rodriguez.  When I first moved to Tampa I spent three years in a complex owned by A-Rod.  The slum-like conditions at Newport Riverside in the news story were minor in comparison to Newport Villas where I was housed.

Carmel CupcakeEnjoy this video I made while living at the Villas.  Note: This video was shot on location at one of A-Rod’s complexes.  All Roaches were real and caught on location in less than an hour.  Over 30 roaches were used in the video and no cockroaches were harmed in the making of this film.  (Insert Sike, NOT, Yeah Right, or what ever slang from your decade here). I killed each and every cock roach then manipulated their little body’s to make my film.

Moon Lit Bubble BathQuick Setup: For Rent Magazine was holding a contest for best video on why the individual deserved a new place to live with a $10,000 grand prize.  Unfortunately I didn’t submit my video in time but I still think it is great.  The rules stated we couldn’t use the name of the complex or anything that would identify the property.  The videos concept was to spin the idea of why roaches wanted in.  My video is a commercial for cockroaches who want the live the good life at Roach Rod Villas, Rodney Roach (Roach Rod) being A-Rod.