Streamable/Krusty Sox SportsPaul Finebaum is not impressed with Michigan fans this season. For the second time since the start of the year, the SEC Network host went in on Wolverines fans on his radio show.Back in September, Finebaum asserted that the Michigan fan base is the most “pathetic” in the nation, complaining about Wolverines fans lack of knowledge about the game.He reiterated that this week, calling Michigan fans completely unrealistic. To turn the knife even more, he compares them to Ohio State fans, who he believes are much more knowledgeable about the sport.From Landof10:“There’s no comparison between Ohio State and Michigan fans,” Finebaum said. “Ohio State fans are very knowledgeable people. They understand, they are supportive. Michigan fans are from another planet. I’ve dealt with a lot of Ohio State fans, particularly a couple years ago after the Buckeyes beat Alabama. Ohio State fans at least know what they’re talking about.“I don’t think they are nearly as knowledgeable as Ohio State fans when it comes to football IQ. I think they have gone all-in on Harbaugh…listen, Harbaugh is a good coach, but he hasn’t done anything yet at Michigan.”Full audio of this segment from The Paul Finebaum Show is available at ESPN.Finebaum also knocked Michigan for their lack of championships, and took a jab at legendary coach Bo Schembechler, who never won a title during his 20 years in Ann Arbor.Finebaum mostly focuses on the SEC, and has been knocked for being a homer of that league, but he is on record this season saying that he thinks the Big Ten is the best conference in college football this year. He’s just not impressed with Wolverine fans at all, now that their program is nationally relevant once again.If Jim Harbaugh’s team keeps rolling, we expect Finebaum might be getting a few more callers from Ann Arbor.[Landof10; ESPN]
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was drafted No. 1 overall in this past April’s NFL Draft, hasn’t played a down during a regular season game just yet. But he’s already got a few sponsors lined up – including one for an underwear company called PSD Underwear. The marketing campaign for the product is something, too.The below photo, which has gone viral, shows Mayfield wearing the underwear next to a Rolls Royce. There’s also a tiger involved, for whatever reason.Some are joking that it looks like a scene that was cut from The Hangover. Let’s hope not, for Baker’s sake.Mayfield is apparently giving away 500 free pairs of the underwear, if you’re interested. We assume you don’t get a tiger with it.Excited to announce my partnership with @PSDunderwear! Giving away 500 free pairs today. Tiger not included ?. Give them a follow and shop my collection! https://t.co/Xy4RsMtas1 pic.twitter.com/6lt56PeWjw— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) August 21, 2018PSD also put out a photo on its Twitter account. It’s Baker and the tiger again.Welcome to the PSD fam @bakermayfield ! Wait till you see his collection…?? pic.twitter.com/VXKqcOJ60T— PSD Underwear (@PSDunderwear) August 21, 2018Mayfield has looked solid through two preseason games with the Browns, but it’s too early to tell whether he’ll be successful at the next level. Cleveland plans to stick with Tyrod Taylor as its starter heading into the season, so it’s also unclear when Mayfield will get his shot to lead the team.Until then, we’ll just have to get our Baker fill from PSD.
Launching the United Nations yearly Humanitarian Appeal today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for donors to provide $4.7 billion for urgent support to 31 million people in 26 countries stricken by war, natural disasters, drought and a combination of such scourges worldwide.Saying that the past year, with the response to the Indian Ocean tsunami and American hurricanes, demonstrated a tremendous capacity for giving, Mr. Annan stressed that the appeal “is an opportunity, which must not be missed, to extend that generosity to people whose plight may not capture the world’s attention, but whose suffering is no less tragic. “In a world of plenty, continued suffering is a terrible stain on our conscience,” he added, describing the “unimaginable conditions” of survivors of catastrophes, who had no access to clean water, food, shelter, health care or other necessities.He emphasized that the appeals are developed in the field to not only alleviate this immediate suffering, but also to identify and address long-term needs. The “Humanitarian Appeal 2006” comprises the Consolidated Appeals for relief projects of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations for Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, occupied Palestinian territory, Republic of Congo, Somalia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, the Great Lakes region and the West African region.“Flash appeals,” which are released in response to sudden onset emergencies during the year, are not included in the Humanitarian Appeal. 2005 was a record year for Flash Appeals, with 10 issued and requirements totalling just over $2 billion.Funding requirements for major ongoing emergencies such as those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan are included, though, with the latter country requiring the most funding for 2006 – $1.5 billion. “Unfortunately, many of these disasters have been largely forgotten by the international community,” said Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “We can no longer afford to neglect the majority of crises – to play a humanitarian lottery in which only one or two crises capture the world’s attention each year, and therefore its support,” he added, stressing that “the funding of humanitarian assistance must be more predictable and more equitable.”“We need to see an expansion of the humanitarian donor community,” said Mr. Egeland. “For too long we have relied upon the same donors to fund the vast majority of our humanitarian assistance efforts.” In 2005, nineteen new donors made contributions to the United Nations appeals; at least nineteen additional new donors should contribute in 2006, he said.