Sunday, June 30, 2013

Video: Pirates mascot face plants after falling over rail



The Pittsburgh Pirates are absolutely rolling right now.

The Buccos have won nine straight and currently own the best record in baseball. That's not too bad for a franchise that hasn't had a winning season in over 20 years.

This obviously makes their beloved mascot, Pirate Parrot, very happy. So happy, in fact, that the furry creature is sacrificing its body nowadays to snag foul balls.

Take a look as the mascot falls over the railing trying to snag a foul ball during Sunday's game against the Brewers. Pirate Parrot's momentum carries it over onto the field and subsequently results in a brutal face plant, much to the horror of the fans sitting nearby. The slow motion replay of it all is fantastic.

Video: Joe Maddon uses water cooler to clean glasses



Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has developed a reputation around the league as being one of the more unorthodox coaches in the game.

His action seen in the video clip above will do nothing to hurt that reputation, either.

Seen here is Maddon using one of the team's water coolers to clean off his glasses during the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Tigers. Because anyone who wears spectacles knows how frustrating it can be to look through dirty lenses. And nothing but water from a Major League Baseball dugout to clean them with will suffice.

Video: Royals fan tumbles backwards to make catch



You won't see a better effort by a fan on a foul ball this season than the one made by this Kansas City Royals fan on Sunday.

The momentous play came in the top of the fourth inning when Billy Butler popped a ball foul off into the first base side of the stands at Target Field.

Watch as the sure-handed fan leans backwards and tumbles over his seat to attempt to make the grab. Fortunately, he is able to hold on and draw applause from the folks sitting around him.

Yes, even though he is a Royals fan attending a Minnesota Twins home game. The catch and effort was that good.

Lance Berkman injures knee in freak accident


Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman hasn't played in a game since Wednesday because of a sore knee, but is expected to be back in the lineup by Tuesday.

This in and of itself isn't exactly notable news. However, the precarious manner in which he injured the knee sure is.

The 37-year-old told reporters Sunday that he hurt his right knee when he fell down the stairs of the Rangers charter flight Thursday. Berkman has been dealing with soreness in his knee since the fall happened after the Rangers' arrival back from New York to Texas.

"It doesn't tolerate trauma that well," Berkman said. "It hurts."
Berkman is hitting .263/.362/.392 with six homers and 34 RBI this season.

Staircase: 1. Berkman: 0.

Via Eye on Baseball

Women's pro golfer fires caddie midway through round


An unusual occurrence happened during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open Saturday.

LPGA golfer Jessica Korda was so unhappy about the way she was performing, and the performance of her caddie, Jason Gilroyed, that she decided to fire him in the middle of the round. The Donald Trump-like moment came after the ninth hole at Sebonack Golf Club.

"We had a couple of disagreements here and there, and I wasn't in the right state of mind. I knew I needed to switch and just have a little bit more fun out there," Korda said. "It's a U.S. Open. It's tough out there. It just wasn't working out.

Furthermore, the situation got a little stranger when Korda decided to grab boyfriend Johnny DelPrete from the gallery, and enlisted him to carry her bag, instead. Korda seemed to settle down after the switch and shot a 36 on the back nine after whacking a 40 on the front nine.

Ex-Packers tight end says league wants retired players to die off

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Gary Knafelc spent 10 seasons in the National Football League, with nine of those coming as a member of the Green Bay Packers, but he claims the league no longer cares about him or any other retired players.

The 81-year-old told NBC 26 in Green Bay that players from his era who have experienced health problems since retiring are viewed as a thorn in the side of the NFL, and that the league is really just waiting and hoping for them to all go away when they die.

“We don’t have a voice, and I really believe the reason that we don’t have a voice is that they’re hoping that if we keep dying off at the rate we are, we’ll be all dead and they won’t have to worry about anything,” he said. “I’m not kidding at all. No, I’m very serious about that.”

Knafelc is no slouch when it comes to football accomplishments. The Colorado native is enshrined into the Packers Hall of Fame and served as the public address announcer at Lambeau Field from 1964 until 2004.

Eatery offering Dwight Howard chicken fingers for life to sign with Mavericks

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A Dallas-area restaurant is offering All-Star center Dwight Howard quite the deal to entice him to sign with the Mavericks.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas eatery is promising Howard free chicken fingers for the rest of his life if he casts his lot with the local NBA franchise.

No, seriously. This is really happening.

On Monday, Raising Cane's will kick off a campaign inviting Mavericks fans to help persuade Howard to sign with Dallas. The company has leased six electronic billboards to help publicize its cooked-up offer to Howard.

Raising Cane's marketing manager Adam Reed says that if Howard signs with the Mavericks, “he will be welcome to come by any of our (20) local restaurants to enjoy seriously delicious chicken fingers at any time, on us, for the rest of his life.”

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tobias Enstrom robbed, assaulted in Sweden


What began as eating dinner out with family quickly became a scary situation for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom on Friday.

Enstrom was reportedly assaulted and robbed by three men after he had gone outside the restaurant to an automated teller machine to take out cash for the bill. The incident occurred overseas in Enstrom's home country of Sweden.

“I haven’t spoken to Toby, we’re just getting it through our team security person. All indications are it was an unfortunate incident involving him, but he’ll come out of it OK,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told the Winnipeg Free Press.

Enstrom reportedly suffered a minor cut above his eye during the attack, and was taken to a nearby hospital, but was otherwise unharmed.

Former MLB pitcher Justin Miller found dead at 35


Former Major League Baseball pitcher Justin Miller has been found dead at the age of 35 and the cause of death remains a mystery.

Miller's body was found Wednesday night in Palm Harbor, Fla., the place he had been living since 2002, and his death was confirmed Friday by his sports agent.

Miller spent seven seasons in the big leagues while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002 to 2010. He was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth round of the 1997 Amateur Draft.

The right-hander compiled a 24-14 record and 4.82 ERA in 216 career appearances.

Video: Paper airplane lands on field during Dodgers game



An errant paper airplane made its way onto the Dodger Stadium field during Friday night's game between the Phillies and Dodgers.

It's not too hard to blame the culprit, though. The few Los Angeles fans who were still left by the time this happened in the ninth inning had likely grown extremely restless and bored.

In fact, the airplane's tumble onto the grass near the pitching mound was very symbolic of how Dodgers pitching performed in the contest.

The pitching staff coughed up a whopping 16 runs to Philadelphia's offense in a 16-1 beatdown. Thus, snapping the six-game winning streak Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers previously had entering Friday.

Video: Lead guitarist for Pearl Jam rocks national anthem at Mariners game



Fans who attended the Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field Friday night were treated to an amazing rendition of the national anthem.

This is because Mike McCready, lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, was on hand to perform the traditional tune and did so with the help of his electric guitar. McCready followed up this performance by tossing out the ceremonial first pitch, as well. That's not a bad night at the ballpark at all.

The city of Seattle is known for a lot of things, but producing one of the greatest American rock bands of the 1990s may be one of its most proudest.

Oh, and Starbucks isn't too bad, either, I suppose.

Rock on, Mike. And rock on, Pearl Jam.

Brewers affiliate giving away guns to celebrate second amendment


A minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers has decided to offer an interesting promotion celebrating the second amendment.

On July 3, the Double-A Huntsville Stars will be offering fans the chance to win one of three guns to honor the right to bear arms in the United States.

The image you see above is the poster detailing the momentous night. You may even notice that National Rifle Association members receive free admission if they show their card.

Stars general manager Buck Rogers offers the inspiration for the event:

"Our approach on our Fourth of July show, we're going to do a night talking about the Constitution. We're handing out copies of the Declaration of Independence to all the fans coming into the game and making it a patriotic salute.

Four Vanderbilt Commodores suspended amid sex crimes investigation

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Four members of the Vanderbilt Commodores football team have been suspended by the university as police investigate their involvement in a sex crime that allegedly occurred on the Nashville campus.

"I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit began an investigation on Wednesday in regard to a matter that was alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory," said Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro police. "Our sex crimes detectives became involved as the result of a notification to us on Wednesday from Vanderbilt University police. The investigation remains very much in progress."

The names and ages of the suspended players have yet to be released.

Vanderbilt held an announcement Friday evening and issued the following statement.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Clemson Tigers arrest teen in connection with rock vandalism


Clemson University police have arrested an 18-year-old for the vandalism that took place to the school's iconic Howard's Rock earlier this month.

Micah Rogers of Pigsah Forest, N.C. was charged with one felony count of malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, and one misdemeanor count of trespassing.

Howard's Rock, the iconic fixture Tigers football players rub before entering Memorial Stadium, was vandalized June 2. The protective casing was destroyed and a chunk of the rock was chipped away. The broken portion of the rock has not been recovered and the investigation is ongoing.

The vandalism was partially captured by video surveillance cameras. One of the released videos shows a truck arriving at the east side of Memorial Stadium after 11 p.m. on June 2. Another video shows the truck leaving the stadium approximately 10 minutes later. An eye witness also identified the suspect.

Top 10 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models of all-time


There has been a countless number of gorgeous woman who have appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue since the first magazine was published in 1964.

The annual release of the publication is traditionally one of the most anticipated magazines of the year for both sports lovers and red-blooded American males alike.

So, in tribute to the incredibly successful run the annual edition has enjoyed, Sports Illustrated counted down the 50 Greatest Swimsuit Models of all-time during this past week. As you might imagine, the list is littered with both modern supermodels and supermodels from the past.

Here is a rundown on who SI tabbed as the top 10.

Ex-teammate on Mark Sanchez: 'He's stupid while being stupid'


New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has gained a reputation around the league for being sort of a clown off-the-field and deservedly so.

A YouTube video earlier this week showing Sanchez's naked backside alongside two young women and alcohol didn't help that perception, either.

Now, former teammate Erik Ainge has sounded off on Sanchez's propensity for shenanigans, calling the young signal caller "goofy, stupid, and dumb," among other things. Additionally, Ainge also suggested that Sanchez needed plenty of assistance to help him get through his desire to do silly and outrageous things.

“Mark is goofy. He played truth or dare. He was kind of awkward around girls, so he needed other people around him to help him out. I was good at that — there were other guys who were good with that. So we’d help him out and talk him through his awkwardness. It happened to him with the 17-year old who said she wasn’t 17. Now the butt video and there’s been several other issues just like that, but he’s always had wingmen.

Photo: Memphis Tigers let fans pick new court design


Fans of the Memphis Tigers have spoken.

Continuing on with the theme of having college basketball fans voicing an opinion this offseason, the Tigers have unveiled a photo of what their new court will look like at the FedEx Forum next season.

As you can see, the new design definitely has no shortage of things to look at. The busy template features a giant school logo in the middle of the court, two American Athletic Conference logos at opposite corners, and the most noteworthy feature being the illustration of a bridge with the Memphis skyline in the background.

The bridge depicts the famous Memphis-Arkansas bridge that connect Tennessee to Arkansas.

Fans chose this design for their hardwood over three other options. None of those other options were as busy-looking as this one, though. Nonetheless, it is still neat to see the program connect the community with the team.

Lance Armstrong: Tour de France 'impossible' to win without doping


Shamed American cyclist Lance Armstrong doesn't believe it's possible to win the sport's biggest race without the aid of doping.

Armstrong's claim comes on the eve of the 100th Tour de France and puts yet another dark cloud over the tainted history of the race.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, Armstrong was asked whether it was possible to perform well without doping. Here is his response to that question:

"That depends on which races you wanted to win. The Tour de France? No. Impossible to win without doping. Because the Tour is a test of endurance where oxygen is decisive," said Armstrong.

Video: David Stern embraces boos during final draft



Thursday's NBA Draft marked the 30th and final in David Stern's tenure as NBA Commissioner.

And it will certainly go down as memorable in more ways than just being Stern's last draft as the league's head man.

It offered a shocking first overall pick, a countless number of trades, and a heavy contingent of boos, among others.

The act of booing Stern at the NBA Draft has become a tradition of sorts over the past few years. And the 2013 edition was no different.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Red Sox fan awarded $4.3 million after being stabbed by Yankees fan


Here is an example of a fan taking a rivalry way too seriously.

A Boston Red Sox fan who was stabbed in the neck by a New York Yankees fan in 2010 has been awarded $4.3 million by a jury after suffering life-altering injuries.

The Connecticut jury voted in favor of Monte Freire and against U.S.S. Chowder Pot III, the restaurant in Branford, Conn. where Freire was attacked by Yankees fan, John Mayor.

According to court documents, bartenders ignored repeated warnings that Mayor was harassing and attempting to start fights with customers, and kept serving alcohol to the combative Mayor, anyway.

Mayor reportedly told Freire that, based on his Boston accent, he wasn't welcome in the restaurant because it was "Yankees territory." Mayor continued to verbally assault Freire and his friends before eventually unleashing a vicious physical attack.

Kyle Petty: Danica Patrick will never be race car driver


NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has brought a lot of attention to the sport over the years.

However, there are some who are skeptical that Patrick will ever become a dominant driver. Count the son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty as one of them.

On Thursday, former driver and current analyst Kyle Petty appeared on SPEED's NASCAR RaceHub program and called Patrick a "marketing machine" but not a race car driver.

"Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs," said Petty. "She can go fast, but she can't race. I think she's come a long way, but she's still not a race car driver. And I don't think she's ever going to be a race car driver."

Video: Rory McIlroy engages in shootout with robot



It goes without question that Rory McIlroy is one of best golfers in the world.

But how does he stack up against a robot? Well, a Golf Laboratory Computer Controlled Hitting Machine to be more precise.

See for yourself in the video clip above. It is mesmerizing.

Apparently, this robot also does some stand-up comedy on the side.

Here is a few of the best lines from the clip:

Photo: Wyoming unveils new football field design


Last month, the Wyoming Cowboys announced plans to unveil a new design on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in 2013.

On Thursday, the school unveiled actual photos of the finished product, which features mountains painted in the end zones to represent the fact that the stadium sits higher than any other college football venue in the nation.

For the record, Jonah Field sits approximately 7,220 feet above sea level. So, don't hold your breath if you take a visit.

Via Eye on College Football

Joakim Noah 'didn't feel good' about Heat winning title


The Miami Heat are fresh off winning their second consecutive championship and that isn't sitting well with Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah.

“At first I said I didn’t care, but I was lying to myself,” Noah told For The Win at The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown in New York City Wednesday night. “I was driving in my car and I just didn’t feel good about it at all after they won.

Chicago was one of the teams the Heat knocked off en route to the 2013 NBA title and perhaps that has something to do with Noah having a tough time taking it all in. Noah has already vowed for a different outcome in the 2014 playoffs, though.

“Well you know what? It’s going to be extra motivation to work extra hard in the offseason and I feel like we’ll be the team that beats them next year."

Andy Murray challenges Serena Williams to a match

Andy Murray raised the possibility of a modern-day Battle of the Sexes. (USATSI)

Men's tennis star Andy Murray is game for a duel against women's tennis stud Serena Williams.

The Englishman raised the possibility of a modern-day battle of the sexes in a recent column for BBC Sport and even suggested Las Vages as the place to do it.

Murray brought up the topic while discussing the difference between playing five-set and three-set matches in the sport.

“Playing at Grand Slams takes its toll because of the five-set matches; you have to do more training to play for five sets, which then shortens your career," Murray wrote.

"Playing for three sets requires a different sort of fitness -- you don't really need the endurance; you just need to be quick and explosive for two or two and a half hours, whereas the endurance aspect comes into it in the best-of-five-set matches. But it's always been best-of-five in the Slams, and I don't mind that -- I'm used to it now.

Phillies affiliate offering free funeral as part of wacky promotion



The Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies are giving fans the chance to win a free funeral. No, seriously this is a promotion.

On August 20, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will host "Celebration of Life" night at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., and one lucky fan will win their very own funeral courtesy of the Reichel Funeral Home and Northampton Memorial Company.

The winner of the morbid prize will be determined by choosing the best 200-word essay describing what his or her ideal funeral would be. Fans have until July 31 to submit their essay. Fans must be present at the August 20 game to win and they must also live until then to be awarded the funeral.

Video: Mariners fan catches second home run ball in three days



This bearded Seattle Mariners fan is racking up the souvenirs lately after snagging his second home run at a game in three days.

On Sunday, the fan was on the receiving end of the walk-off homer run hit by Kendrys Morales.

On Wednesday, the fan was in the right play at the right time, again, when Raul Ibanez smacked a home run to the same spot in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Apparently, the man knows a something or two about snaring baseballs.

Video: Jason Kipnis gets hit by pitch, umpire doesn't see it



Cleveland Indians second basemen Jason Kipnis was not awarded first base despite being hit by a pitch Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

The moment came in the top of the sixth inning when Kipnis appeared to get hit on the top of the foot by a pitch from Jason Hammel.

Kipnis went hobbling out of the batter's box in pain expecting the umpire to give him a free pass to first base. However, the umpire never does and Kipnis is forced to continue his at-bat with a sore foot.

Kipnis eventually grounded out to second base in the at-bat.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Columnist says Aaron Hernandez's arrest 'bodes well' for Tim Tebow


It has been said before that one man's pain is another man's gain.

Orlando Sentinel columnist George Diaz echoed this sentiment Wednesday afternoon after writing an article asserting that Aaron Hernandez's arrest "bodes well" for newly signed New England Patriot Tim Tebow.

The troubled Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning and was later charged in court with murder and several other gun-related charges in connection to the death of Odin Lloyd. The Patriots immediately released Hernandez after learning of his his arrest, which had Diaz already thinking about the ramifications of Hernandez's departure on the football field.

Enter Patriots enigmatic backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

From Diaz's column:

Tiger Woods explains superstition of wearing red on Sundays


Any knowledgeable golf fan should be aware of the fact that Tiger Woods has a tendency to wear red on Sundays. Well, at least on the Sundays when he is competing in a tournament.

On Wednesday, Woods explained his reasoning behind sticking with the particular color, and traced the superstition all the way back to his youth.

“I've worn red ever since my college days basically, or junior golf days – big events on the last day,” he said in advance of the AT&T National, which he won’t play due to an elbow injury. “I just stuck with it out of superstition, and it worked. I just happened to choose a school that actually was red, and we wore red on our final day of events. So it worked out.”

Former NFL star Kris Jenkins comes to defense of Paula Deen


Television personality Paula Deen has come under fire recently for admitting to using racial slurs in the past. Deen has since seen several business partners distance themselves from her because of the scandal, however, Deen has at least one supporter in her corner.

This supporter is none other than former NFL Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.

Jenkins appeared on Deen's Food Network show Paula's Best Dishes last year and doesn't believe the backlash she has received is warranted.

“She graced me with the opportunity to be on her show. While I was there, I had an amazing time, and [an] amazing experience. I saw something there that was a little different from what everyone knows of her…. The lady was a sweetheart to me; [her] making a mistake I’m not going to be the one to make a big deal of it. I got to see her heart and for me, I don’t look at the ‘N word’ as a bad word like that in this year — in 2013. The reason is because I think the ‘N word’ is more a test of my inner strength as to how strong am I to even be bothered by the word or not.”

Here is a clip of the two together on the show:



Jenkins, 33, spent 11 total seasons in the NFL with the likes of the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets. He earned four trips to the Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro on three different occasions.

Via For the Win

Bruins give elderly fan free tickets for life


An elderly Boston Bruins fan has revealed to the world that the team gave her free tickets for life when she was unable to afford them anymore.

Marge Bishop, 77, and her husband have held front-row seats for Bruins home games since the late 1960s. Bishop has become a beloved attendee of games over the years as Zamboni drivers know her by name because she gives them chocolates between periods. However, there were a couple of times when the Gloucester, Mass. resident didn't believe she would be able to afford her tickets anymore.

The first time came in 2004 when the price of her seats jumped from $73 to $90. The Bruins contacted her and asked if she would be willing to move to cheaper seats. She respectfully declined.

Then she received a call from Charlie Jacobs, who is the son of team owner Jeremy Jacobs.

Video: Lighting temporarily knocks out lights at White Sox game



A lightning strike was to blame for Tuesday's temporary delay in the Mets-White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field.

It occurred in the top of the first inning and knocked out several light bulbs high above the home plate area, thus causing the umpires to get together and talk about whether the game could go on without a long-term delay.

They eventually ruled that the visibility was still good enough to play and the lights wound up coming back to full strength later on in the game.

The Sox outlasted the Mets, 5-4, on a walk-off single by Alexei Ramirez.

Video: Alex Gordon has bug fly into eye while batting



It's hard enough to hit a major league fastball, especially one from Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

However, it is a totally different degree of difficulty to hit while bugs are flying into your eye.

Such was the case for Kansas City Royals hitter Alex Gordon Tuesday night when a moth appeared to make its way into his eye during a ninth inning at-bat.

Gordon immediately backed away from the plate and was granted a timeout as Kimbrel wound up throwing the pitch to the backstop.

Gordon eventually found his way back into the batter's box and subsequently drew an intentional walk moments later.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Photo: Pedro Martinez hands out free ice cream in Boston


Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez was a popular man in Boston on Tuesday.

This is because the Dominican native took the time to hand out free ice cream to a swarm of eager and hungry customers.

The gesture was part of a promotion with Good Humor and appeared to go over quite well with the locals.

Seriously, how can you wrong with one of the most beloved Red Sox players serving ice cream? Yeah, you really can't.

It was a good time had by all.

Via Big League Stew

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce robbed, carjacked at gunpoint


Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce had a scary encounter in his hometown of Philadelphia on Sunday which left him without his wallet and without his vehicle.

Pierce, who played his college football at Temple, was reportedly robbed and carjacked Sunday evening. According to the report, Pierce and a friend were in his car when two men came up in another car. One jumped out with a gun, robbed Pierce and his friend and forced them out of the BMW.

The Ravens are aware of the incident and said they have been in contact with Pierce.

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

San Francisco 49er gives away his dog on Twitter


It appears as though Twitter is the most popular way for professional athletes to unload their pets these days.

Last week, Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins made headlines by selling his English bulldog on the popular social media site.

On Tuesday, San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis continued the trend by giving away his beloved English bulldog via Twitter, too.

Unlike Perkins, who said his canine couldn't be around small children, Davis never gave a reason for wanting to get rid of his dog. Additionally, Davis charged no fee for his.

James Franklin offers scholarships to unborn children


It is no secret that college football recruiting is one of the most competitive industries in all of sports. Especially when it comes to recruiting in the mighty Southeastern Conference with the likes of perennial powers such as Alabama and Florida.

Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin is certainly aware of this cold hard fact. That is why Franklin has devised a unique and possibly creepy sales pitch to potential recruits lately. It involves building rapport with young players. Well, players who haven't even picked up a football yet.

From The Tennessean:

“If I see a 6-foot-6 man walking in the mall with his wife, and she’s 6-2 and she’s pregnant, I’ll go up and offer their unborn child,” Franklin said.

Harlem Globetrotters select Mariano Rivera in annual draft


The 2013 season will mark the last in the illustrious career of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. And it has led some to wonder what lies ahead for baseball's all-time saves leader.

Well, if all else fails, Rivera can always join forces with the Harlem Globetrotters. The famed basketball team selected Rivera along with several college basketball players on Tuesday in their seventh annual draft. Apparently, the Globetrotters are interested in Rivera because of his ability to close out games.

"In the fourth quarter, when the Globetrotters need to close out a game, who better than the best closer of all-time? Mariano Rivera has made a living by finishing off opponents. We always have a place on our roster for winning athletes with that kind of mindset," the team said in a statement.

Nice try, guys.

Harlem also used one of their five dubious picks on Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner. However, Griner has already came out and said she isn't interested.

Via MLB Cut4

Video: Cat gets loose, delays minor league baseball game



A slippery cat was to blame for the unusual delay between the Hillsboro Hops and Everett AquaSox minor league baseball game Sunday afternoon.

Watch as the stray feline gives the players all sorts of trouble in their attempts to try and corral the loose animal.

The cat outsmarts and outruns them several times throughout the pursuit as it weaves along the outfield warning track.

Eventually, a member of the bullpen is able to get a hold of the cat by using their warmup jacket and lifts the cat off the field and onto safety.

Video: Edwin Encarnacion loses bat twice in same inning



There is no denying that Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has been swinging a hot bat this season. After all, the Dominican native ranks second in the American League with 21 home runs and ranks third in the league in runs batted in with 63.

But this particular at-bat during Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays didn't go so well for him. Encarnacion managed to lose hit bat not once, but twice during the same at-bat in a span of five pitches. And both times the flying bat wound up in the same area off to the third base side of the bag.

There is no telling what caused Encarnacion to lose the grip on his hitting stick multiple times. However, an educated guess may be to assume that he indulged in a full serving of buttery popcorn right before the game. Or it could simply be that he just needed to apply some more pine tar to the handle of his bat.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Top recruit accuses Ole Miss for racism, holding KKK marches


One of the most coveted football recruits in the Class of 2014 is drawing heat from Mississippi Rebels fans after calling the school and its community "racist" on Twitter.

Marlon Humphrey, a five-star defensive back from Hoover, Ala., took to the popular social media site on Monday to voice his opinion about a recent unofficial recruiting visit to Oxford, and the result didn't reflect too kindly on the Rebels.

Humphrey hit the send button on a series of tweets that accused Ole Miss of being racist in addition to holding monthly KKK marches in the area. The tweets were quickly deleted and Humphrey has since issued several apologetic tweets. However, the damage has been done.

“I get in trouble for twitter so often,” the high schooler wrote. “I ain’t never tweeted nothing bad but I always get in trouble.”

Serena Williams releases another apology for explosive rape comments

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Tennis star Serena Williams made headlines last week when comments she made in a Rolling Stone piece about the Steubenville, Ohio rape case went viral. For those who missed it, here is the controversial excerpt that landed her in hot water with majority of the public.

“Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”

Williams issued an apology soon thereafter, however, her initial apology seemed to cast blame on the writer instead of taking responsibility. On Monday, Williams released a second and more heartfelt apology on her website. This time she took full responsibility for her comments and seemed much more sincere.

Photo: 49ers fan pays homage to team with giant back tattoo

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A fan of the San Francisco 49ers recently decided to permanently stamp a mural of his favorite team on his body and now wants the whole world to see.

Seen here is a tattoo on the back of the fan which pays homage to both the team's rich history and its present.

Included in the "49ERS" lettering is all-time 49ers greats such as Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Bill Walsh, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. Oh, current Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis is featured in the center of the mural, as well.

Willis is apparently the one who brought this to the attention of the internet world via Twitter. So, let us all thank Willis for spreading the image around for all to see.

Via The Big Lead

Adrian Peterson once had life-threatening scare with shrimp


It seems just about nothing or no one can slow down Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on the football field. Well, except for maybe a plate full of seafood.

The 2012 league MVP recently opened up to USA TODAY Sports about a scary incident during training camp last summer which sent him into shock after eating some shrimp.

"I thought I was Superman until I experienced that life-changing anaphylactic shock,'' Peterson said. "I was eating lunch and gobbled down a couple of bowls of gumbo.

"Then, 15 minutes later, I'm in my dorm room resting up. My eyes started itching and my throat was swelling up.

"I could barely breathe.''

Thieves stole $10k worth of alcohol at U.S. Open


Someone really needed to wet their whistle after the U.S. Open.

A whopping $10,000 worth of alcoholic beverages were stolen from the Merion Golf Club just two days after the tournament ended June 16. The heist reportedly happened around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 as the booze were stolen from a nearby pavilion called the Trophy Club.

The Trophy Club is “an exclusive on-site, air-conditioned pavilion with live U.S. Open coverage located at Haverford College, approximately 400 yards from the clubhouse parking area and the 18th hole at Merion Golf Club.

Alcohol wasn't the only thing stolen from the site, though. An Xbox 360 video game console was also swiped at the Merion Golf Club when it was taken from a locked case inside of a tent on June 14.

Video: Giants fan makes great leaping catch, throws ball back



This particular San Francisco Giants fan went to great lengths to grab a home run ball hit by Miami Marlins hitter Justin Ruggiano on Sunday.

Watch as the fan makes a great leaping catch while falling on his backside and being doused with beer. Pretty impressive, right?

The fan definitely earned the souvenir on this play, however, his possession of the baseball didn't last too long as he rifled the ball back onto the field of play shortly after making the snag.

Video: Son upset with dad after losing foul ball at Giants game



It may be awhile before this young San Francisco Giants fan can forgive his father for losing the chance to grab a souvenir.

The fateful moment occurred during the sixth inning of Sunday's Marlins-Giants game at AT&T Park when a visiting player lined a ball just foul down the first base line.

As you can see, the ball is hit extremely well, and ends up caroming off the father's shoulder as he attempts to make the grab. This is when his son immediately shows displeasure by roughing his old man up a bit for losing the baseball.

Time eventually heals all wounds, though. And that means dad's bruised ego, bruised shoulder, and his son's anger will subside at some point, but who knows how long that may be.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Video: Justin Verlander has oversized bobblehead doppelganger



Some baseball fans would consider Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander to be larger than life.

After all, the man did win both the American League Cy Young Award and MVP Award in the same season in 2011, a feat that hadn't been accomplished by a pitcher since Dennis Eckersley did so in 1992.

On Saturday, Verlander may have met his match, though, as he came fact-to-face with an oversized bobblehead figurine made in his likeness. The 30-year-old appears to have great admiration for the doppelganger as he even signs an autograph right on the uniform of the imposter.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Robber shot dead as customers wait in line for new LeBron James shoe

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The wait for LeBron James' new shoe, the LeBron X EXT, turned deadly in Atlanta early Saturday morning when a man was shot and killed after he allegedly tried to rob customers who were standing in line.

The potential robber was gunned down when another man in line whipped out a gun to defend everyone else. The shooting was considered to be in self-defense and no one has been charged with the death.

Furthermore, the shooter immediately got back into line after the incident.

The shooting occurred before 5:30 a.m. and over six hours before the retail store opened. By 11:30, the line was about 50 people deep as people anxiously awaited their chance to buy a pair of sneakers, unfazed by the shooting that had happened hours earlier.

Video: Atlanta Braves apparently scared of ghosts



Several members of the Atlanta Braves wanted no part in staying at the infamous Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee this weekend as they visited the Brewers for a series.

The stories about the alleged haunted hotel have run rampant in the news lately. And apparently this has the likes of Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton, and Justin Upton, among others, scared enough to pack their bags and stay elsewhere for the trip.

The Braves broadcast crew took some time to investigate the matter during Friday's game and wound up interviewing infielder Chris Johnson. Johnson doesn't seem to be spooked by the hotel and called teammates who are as being "wusses" and having "ghost issues."

Video: Brewers fan wears 'rally banana' outfit


The Milwaukee Brewers have fallen on hard times lately. Especially ever since slugger Ryan Braun hit the disabled list.

The Brew Crew currently sit tied for last in the division with the lowly Chicago Cubs and the outlook for a winning future doesn't look so bright, either.

So, this fan, who hasn't given up on team just yet, took it upon himself to try and help the franchise turn things around. How did he do it, you ask? By wearing a banana suit, of course.

Perhaps the outfit proved to be the lucky charm Friday as the Brewers pitched a shutout over visiting Atlanta, 2-0, at Miller Park. I'm sure this fan would like to think so at least.

Photo: Blackhawks fan already has tattoo celebrating '2013' Stanley Cup win

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This is one Chicago Blackhawks fan who really has faith in his team. 

In 2010, the man decided to get a large tattoo on his right arm commemorating the franchise's four championships after the Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup. The key thing to note here is that he got the ink done after they officially won.

Well, apparently the fan is opting to put the proverbial horse before the carriage in the midst of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. On Wednesday, he went ahead and boldly added "2013" to his tattoo before Chicago evened up the series at two with a thrilling overtime win in Game 4.

“I don’t believe in jinxes,” Pederson told NBC 5. “I do believe it’ll go seven games, but I’m confident the Hawks are going to win the Cup.”

You better hope the Hawks pull it out, sir. If not, there is always an option to change the 3 to an 8 and hope the team wins it all in 2018.

Marcell Ozuna allegedly ate five cheeseburgers before Marlins game


There is a great debate going around in the Miami Marlins clubhouse as to how many cheeseburgers outfielder Marcell Ozuna consumed before Friday's game in San Francisco.

Ozuna claims he only consumed three In-N-Out cheeseburgers and three chocolate chip cookies. However, many of his teammates beg to differ, as they insist he actually devoured five cheeseburgers.

"My teammates say five (burgers)," Ozuna told the Miami Herald. "Just three cheeseburgers and three cookies - 3 for 3. That's a good deal."

Can you imagine trying to play baseball with five greasy fast-food burgers churning in your stomach? Well, Ozuna apparently certainly can.

The pre-game meal turned out to be fruitful, though, because Ozuna wound up ripping a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to help stage a three-run rally.

Photo: Bruins fan covers lawn with huge logo

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Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals is slated to take place Saturday night and you better believe one Boston Bruins fan is ready to watch.

Seen here is the giant tribute one Bruins fan decided to plaster onto their lawn ahead of Saturday's pivotal game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

This comes on the heels of a Blackhawks fan who had his yard mowed by the city after refusing to cut it until Chicago won the Stanley Cup.

Apparently, hockey fans show their love for their team through their grass.

Via For the Win

Friday, June 21, 2013

Photo: Papa John's unveils pizza box celebrating Louisville's national title

Papa John's will offer limited-edition pizza boxes at Louisville-area restaurants to celebrate the University of Louisville NCAA men's basketball championship.

The whole city of Louisville may very well be ordering pizza this weekend after Papa John's unveiled a limited-edition pizza box recognizing the Cardinals' epic run to a national championship.

The boxes, which are solid red and feature a Cardinal logo, will be available at select Papa John's restaurants in the Louisville area beginning on Saturday.

"We are excited to roll out this special pizza box to honor the outstanding achievements of the University of Louisville men's basketball team," said John Schnatter, Papa John's founder, chairman and CEO. "With Papa John's headquarters based in Louisville, it was exciting to watch our hometown Cards win the national championship, which was the pinnacle of what was an incredible year for U of L athletics."

Kate Upton voted 'hottest woman alive' by MLB players


The hottest woman on the universe is none other than Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton, according to a survey by Athlon Sports of Major League Baseball players.

More than 20 percent of MLB players responded to Athlon's survey, sharing their opinions on fellow players, teams, managers, performance-enhancing drugs and more. But none of the categories stood out like the aforementioned one.

Upton took the title for "hottest woman alive" after garnering 7.1 percent of the overall vote. Beyonce, Jessica Biel, and Rihanna tied for second place with 3.6 percent of the ballot.

Here is a look at the rest of the voting:

Photo: Diamondbacks fans pay homage to Jay-Z song with custom jerseys


A pair of Arizona Diamondbacks fans, presumably a lovely couple, were spotted at a game recently donning custom jerseys in tribute to Jay-Z's "99 Problems" hit song.

As you can see, the guy in this photo is wearing the No. 99 with "Problems" written in the name section. Meanwhile, the lady is sporting the No. 1 with the message "I Aint" on her back.

The creation is undoubtedly in reference to the key line in the song which states, "I got 99 problems but a [sic] ain't one."

It's not the most innovative of custom-jersey designs as the song as been beaten to death over the years with various references. However, these two do deserve a round of applause for their effort for the wonderful jersey coordination and show of unity.

Via Big League Stew

Video: Padres host zombie night at stadium



The only way to describe the atmosphere at Petco Park Thursday night during the Dodgers-Padres game was that it was extremely dead.

This is because the Padres played host to "Zombie Night" at the stadium as hundreds, if not thousands of fans, dressed up as living dead for the occasion. And it wasn't to shoot a remake of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video, either.

Seen here is the scene which occurred immediately following the ceremonial first pitch as a number of zombies invaded the field of play and spooked the daylights out of one poor man.

This is scary stuff!

As for the game itself, the Padres doubled up the Dodgers, 6-3, despite Yasiel Puig hitting yet another home run in the magnificent start to his big league career.

Video: Sergio Romo photobombs live report



San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo has developed a reputation for being one of the premier photobombers in the business.

On Thursday, the colorful right-hander was at it again.

Watch as Romo photobombs a live dugout report from Amy Gutierrez by donning a catcher's mask and wielding a bat in the background of the shot.

It's not his best work, but it's good enough to show on this blog.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Photo: Nationals fan reads book during game

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There appears to be a growing epidemic in the United States and it has everything to do with fans showing up to baseball games and not paying any attention to the action on the field.

The latest incident involves this Washington Nationals fan who seems to be more interested in the content of this book than watching his team battle the Colorado Rockies.

Look, I know baseball can have its dull moments over the course of an average three-hour game. However, it doesn't excuse fans like this one.

Plus, is that an ear bud I see in his ear? Geez.

New Jersey bans trash talk in high school sports


Anyone who has ever participated in a competitive sport knows very well that trash talking is simply a part of the game. Just ask one of the most notorious trash talkers of all-time: Michael Jordan. Jordan is also considered one of the best to ever play the game of basketball.

However, high school athletes in New Jersey will soon be prohibited to engage in such smack after the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the office of the Attorney General of New Jersey announced a set of new rules on Thursday.

Beginning this fall, the NJSIAA, which sets rules and regulations governing high school athletics, will enforce new rules that will make it clear that harassing conduct related to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or religion is unsportsmanlike and will not be tolerated at high school events.

Video: Twins ball boy makes an incredible leaping catch



The best catch of the Major League Baseball season may have been made by a Minnesota Twins ball boy on Thursday.

The moment happened in the top of the fourth inning in the White Sox-Twins game when Chicago's Alexei Ramirez ripped a pitch down the third base line toward the first row of seats. The ball was an absolute screamer and appeared to be destined to inflict serious harm on someone.

This is when the ball boy literally sprang into action and leaped high off the ground to snare the baseball before landing hard on his backside. He received a nice round of applause and some pats on the back for his stellar effort and deservedly so.

Holy smokes. What a catch!

Photo: Jeremy Lamb modeled clothes for Walmart as a kid


Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb uploaded this image to Instagram on Thursday which sheds some light on what he might be doing if his professional basketball career hadn't panned out.

As you can see, the image features a young Lamb striking an adorable pose while modeling a pair of spiffy jeans for Walmart.

I'm not sure what happened to Lamb and his modeling career after this catalog, but I have got to believe that he made the right choice in sticking with basketball.

He looks almost exactly the same now as he did back then.

Minnesota Twins affiliate mocks Heat fans with promotion


Hey, remember how hundreds of Miami Heat fans left Game 6 early with their team trailing in the fourth quarter? Of course you do.

The Heat went on to win in overtime to force Thursday's Game 7, but those fans who left and tried to get in were denied.

Well, the Fort Myers Miracle, the Single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, are offering those fans who left early a shot at redemption.

After fans exited game six of the NBA Finals before an exciting comeback win on Wednesday night, the Fort Myers Miracle want to take the "Heat" off Miami basketball fans with a chance at redemption.The Miracle are offering a "Big Three" deal for Miami fans that come to Thursday night's game against the Jupiter Hammerheads at Hammond Stadium. Fans wearing Heat gear will get a $3 ticket, but must enter the ballpark through the exit gates. To get the $3 deal, Heat fans must stay through the entire nine innings on a Thirsty Thursday.

Photo: Hockey fans stiff Shoney's employee for not putting Stanley Cup on

Vindictive Hockey Fans Stiff Shoney's Employee On Tips

The search for the most vindictive hockey fans in America has come to an end in Panama City, Fla.

On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks duked it out in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup. And three customers who visited a local Shoney's restaurant during the game really wanted to catch the action on television while they ate.

However, their request for the waitress to change the channel proved futile, so they decided to show their displeasure by stiffing the employee on tips.

It turns out that the failure to flip the channel to the game may not be entirely the employee's fault, though.

A tipster sent the following to Deadspin on Thursday:

LeBron James will wear signature headband in finale


LeBron James will be sporting his signature headband when the Miami Heat take floor against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA finals Thursday night.

The headband came off in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's Game 6 as he blocked a shot by Spurs forward Tim Duncan. It remained off as James proceeded to lead one of the most compelling comebacks in NBA Finals history. He scored 16 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter alone and the Heat eventually avoided elimination by winning, 103-100.

Naturally, this led to a flurry of speculation as to whether James would opt to go with or without the head gear in Game 7. James answered that question on Wednesday when speaking with the media.

“I’ll probably start off with it, man. A little superstitious. If it gets knocked off, then me and him will have a discussion if he will return.”

Bob Stoops and family get burglarized while sleeping

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' home was burglarized Wednesday morning. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

The home of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops was burglarized early Wednesday morning.

The robbery reportedly occurred around 3:30 a.m. while the family was present and sleeping. Stoops and his family did not realize they were victims of a burglary until they awoke in the following morning.

One of the items stolen in the heist included a family vehicle. However, no one was hurt or harmed during the process. The Stoops family just moved into the residence last year.

The crime is being considered a first-degree offense and the Norman Police Department is already investigating leads.

Stoops has been the Oklahoma coach since 1999 and has a career record of 149-37. His teams have won eight Big 12 championships and one national championship in 2000.

Via ESPN

VIdeo: Twins give Justin Morneau silent treatment after home run



It had been a long time since Twins slugger Justin Morneau rounded the bases up until Wednesday night.

Morneau hadn't homered since April 28, so when he blasted one against the White Sox, he was extremely happy.

However, Morneau returned to the dugout after hitting his homer with none of his teammates there to congratulate him. Instead, they opted to employ the use of the silent treatment as Morneau began giving imaginary high fives to the air, anyway.

Fortunately, the Twins didn't leave Morneau hanging for long, though. They eventually mobbed the veteran and gave him the greeting we are all accustomed to seeing.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Photo: Barbie releases Texas A&M 'Yell Leader' doll


The 2013 University Barbie Collection is now available for sale across the country and one of the dolls features Ken in the likeness of a Texas A&M Yell Leader.

What does a Yell Leader actually do? Well, here is the description provided on the Barbie Collector website:

"Rally round, Aggies! Ken® doll joins the Texas A&M cheer squad in a white jumpsuit and red athletic shoes with articulated arms ready to basket toss or build a pyramid. 'We're gonna beat you all to Chigaroogarem, rough, tough, real stuff, Texas A&M!'"

So, there you go. The Yell Leader tradition at Texas A&M dates all the way back to 1907 and never before has a female been elected.