Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Video: Golfer records hole-in-one with baseball bat?



Feast your eyes on one of the more unusual aces the sport of golf has ever seen.

Seen above is video of a player who allegedly used a baseball bat to nail a hole-in-one while all of his buddies stood as witness.

However, because it's 2013, and anything is possible, some viewers are skeptical at the legitimacy of the actual feat.

Was it staged or was it real? You decide.

Via Golf Channel

Video: Anthony Adams makes rap song about barbeque ribs



Anthony "Spice" Adams has been keeping very busy since he announced his retirement from pro football earlier this year. In fact, an argument could be made that the former defensive tackle is as busy and as popular as ever.

His latest creation involves a rap video about barbeque ribs. No, seriously take a look.

Here is the description of the video from YouTube:

This is a Music video parody to Tyga's Rack City. Spice is 2 A's and the song is Slab City. In this video Spice shows his love for pork by cooking and eating lots of ribs.

For more of Spice's antics, check out his YouTube profile.

Via The Big Lead

Photo: Bud Selig poses with fan wearing 'A*Roid' shirt


It is only a matter of time before Major League Baseball hands down its punishment to the players involved in the Biogenesis fiasco. One of those players is New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has been implicated and suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs for years now. And mounting evidence seems to prove that is guilty. However, the league has yet to ever take serious action. 

So, it is somewhat comical that Commissioner Bud Selig took the time to knowingly pose with this fan wearing an "A*ROID" shirt at an All-Star event four years ago. Seriously, did Selig not notice the fan's shirt before the photo request was granted?

Pure comedic gold.

Video: Fan attacks Randy Orton at WWE event in South Africa



A crazed fan somehow made his way onto the ring and attacked pro wrestler Randy Orton during a live WWE event in South Africa on Tuesday.

The moment comes around the 0:30 mark in this video and shows the fan sneaking up behind Orton like a coward and delivering a swift blow to the groin from behind.

Orton fell to the ring while security quickly wrangled up the perpetrator and took him away.

WWE has issued the following statement on the matter:

WWE.com has learned that Randy Orton was violently attacked by an audience member during a SmackDown World Tour Live Event in Cape Town, South Africa, this evening. Footage of the attack was captured by a WWE fan and posted to YouTube, and shows the perpetrator striking Orton from behind. The matter is currently under investigation by the local authorities, and the South African fan is being held in jail pending criminal charges. The extent of Orton’s injuries are unknown at this time.

It seems as though this scene was as real as they come.

Via For the Win

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Barry Church missed Cowboys practice because of candy


There are many things that can keep a football player away from practice. Some of the more common things include injuries, personal matters, and traffic, but what about a piece of candy?

Yes, that's right. A piece of candy.

Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church reportedly missed practice on Monday because of an injury sustained from chomping down on a cherry Jolly Rancher.

A few weeks ago, Church was sucking away on his favorite hard candy when he bit down and chipped his tooth. He experienced some pain, but didn't worry about it, until the pain became too much when he awoke Monday morning. That is when he decided to seek medical help.

Video: Chad Qualls trips while doing fist pump

Chad Qualls Celebrates Like A Marlin Should

On Tuesday, Miami Marlins pitcher Chad Qualls celebrated in a way that only a Marlin would.

Qualls got his feet tripped up while celebrating a strikeout of Omar Quintanilla.

Obviously, his attempt at fist pumping proved futile.

Epic fail.

Photo: Fan makes corn maze to celebrate Blackhawks title

Good luck getting through Kane and the Cup on one pass. (USATSI)

Sports-themed corn mazes are nothing new nowadays.

However, this one carved out at County Line Orchard in Hobart, In. is quite impressive.

As you can see, the field was leveled in such a way that commemorates the run made by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup. It features Patrick Kane skating into action, a message reading "BLACKHAWKS 2013 CHAMPS", and the Stanley Cup, of course.

Good luck finding your way out if you decide to go in, though.

Via Eye on Hockey 

Johnny Manziel's parents seriously worried about son


Reigning Heisman winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has arguably had the most tumultuous offseason in the history of college football.

It seems as though no more than a few days pass by until another story surfaces about Manziel's whereabouts or activities. And this along with other issues is particularly troubling to his parents.

Wright Thompson recently penned a feature piece on the controversial sophomore-to-be for ESPN The Magazine, which takes a deep look at the fear his parents have for their son's well-being.

“He ate Skittles, drank beer, and won the Heisman," Manziel's father, Paul, said.

The first two are completely normal for a freshman to do in college. But the last part is something that no other freshman football player in history had been able to do prior to Manziel, of course. However, the magnitude of winning the award has brought a huge amount of scrutiny upon the 20-year-old, scrutiny that most people would agree the signal caller wasn't ready for.

The following is Paul's reaction to his son's arrest in 2012.

Joe Thomas: Playing for the Browns is 'drudgery'


Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas has been a bright spot for a team that has gone 33-63 in the six seasons that he has been there. Thomas has made the Pro Bowl in each of those seasons, and is the highest-paid tackle in the entire league, however, the Browns have failed to post a winning record in any season since going 10-6 in his rookie campaign.

Thomas isn't too happy about that. The veteran says it would be hard to keep watching the playoffs from home each year moving forward.

“It’d be hard,” Thomas said of never getting that chance, via Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com. “I grew up playing football since I was 12 years old. At every level, I’ve been on winning teams. I never experienced a losing season [until] my second year in the NFL.

“Obviously, that would be a huge disappointment, just because it’s no fun playing in the NFL when you’re going 4-12 every year. It’s drudgery. It’s like covering a team that’s 4-12. It sucks.”

Mark Richt: 'Jadeveon Clowney is best football player in the world'


The legend of South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney continues to grow.

The junior-to-be is expected to be the top overall pick in next year's NFL draft and for good reason. Clowney boasts an exceptional blend of size, speed, and power that wreaks havoc on opposing offenses.

One of the people who knows Clowney all too well is Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt. Richt is already a believer that Clowney is the best player in football despite still being in college.

“I would say Clowney is the best football player in the world though. Seriously. I think he might be the very best player who exists today, at any level,” Richt said, via the Macon Telegraph.

This is pretty high praise even for a player as talented as Clowney. There are dozens of great players in the NFL that would likely have a thing or two to say about him being the best football player on the planet. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are a few that come to mind.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Former Vikings teammate calls Cris Carter 'extremely selfish' on eve of Hall of Fame weekend


On Saturday, former Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Cris Carter will officially be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Normally, the days leading up to the Hall of Fame weekend are meant for saying complimentary things about the inductees. However, former Vikings teammate Qadry Ismail decided to buck the protocol on Sunday, and proceeded to call Carter out for being selfish during his playing career.

“To be perfectly honest with you, Cris was a bona fide diva,” Ismail told SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio.  ”That dude would make, as far as his play, some outstanding one-handed grabs in practice to the point where when we got to the game we were just like, people would be like, ‘Oh, no!’  And we were like, ‘Yeah, and?  Well, that’s just kind of Cris Carter.’  However, to me, when I say the greatest guy that I played with was Shannon Sharpe, because he raised the game up for me as a player. I know there would be times when we’d get in the huddle and he’d look over at me and go, ‘Q, we need to make a play.’ Or whatever it might have been in that moment. And I swear to you it would be like, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to make a play because Shannon just called me out.’ And sure enough, boom, it would be there. Shannon was that kind of a guy that you just knew that he was in your corner. You couldn’t say the same thing for Cris Carter.  You couldn’t say the same thing as far as his attitude towards his teammates. You couldn’t say the same thing as far as his attitude as far as the coaching staff. You knew that he had a selfishness to him that was an extreme selfishness."

Ex-president Gordon Gee gets huge retirement deal from Ohio State

Ohio State announced a $5.8 million retirement package for former president Gordon Gee. (USATSI)

The Ohio State Buckeyes have agreed to a retirement package with former president Gordon Gee worth a whopping $5.8 million. The deal comes after Gee was basically forced to retire after he made some controversial comments about Notre Dame, Catholics, and the SEC, among others, in June.

On Monday, the school announced a five-year contract for Gee that includes a one-time payment of $1.5 million and an annual salary of $410,000. Yes, all of that for deciding to call it quits and hang up his signature bow tie.

The package also gives Gee a $300,000 annual grant for research on 21st-century education policy.

Gee, who holds a law degree from Columbia, now serves as a full-time professor in the university's College of Law, which is a part of his retirement deal, as well.

Former MLB pitcher Frank Castillo drowned in lake

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The body of former MLB pitcher Frank Castillo was pulled from a lake near his Arizona home on Monday after apparently drowning.

According to authorities, Castillo was on a pontoon boat on Bartlett Lake with a friend Sunday when he decided jump to jump into the water for a swimming race. When Castillo, who friends say wasn't a good swimmer, did not come up from the water, his friend reportedly called for help. Unfortunately, help never came.

Castillo's body was recovered by divers Monday afternoon. He was 44-years-old.

The native Texan was drafted by the Cubs in the sixth round of the 1987 draft. He would go on to spend seven seasons with the Cubs, three with the Red Sox, and one season each with the Rockies, Marlins, Tigers, and Blue Jays.

The right-hander compiled an 82-104 record in 13 big league seasons before calling it quits from professional baseball in 2005.

Castillo is survived by two daughters.

Via USA TODAY

Video: Yasiel Puig slides into home after hitting walk-off home run



The legend of Yasiel Puig continues to grow after his first career walk-off home run Sunday.

Seen here is the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie belting his 10th home run of the season to lift the Dodgers to yet another thrilling victory.

Puig followed the mammoth swing by flipping his bat and raising his hands in triumph as he circled the bases. But it was the slide into home plate that will likely have people talking on Monday.

See for yourself as Puig makes little attempt at sportsmanship as he celebrates his big knock.

Video: Diamondbacks players freeze first base coach's glove



Arizona Diamondbacks first base coach Steve Sax was on the receiving end of a cold practical joke Sunday.

Sax walked out onto the field for batting practice to find that his glove had been frozen in ice!

He seemed to have handled it like a good sport, though.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Erik Ainge reportedly arrested on DUI charges

Erik Ainge (Source: Knoxville Police Department)

A Knoxville news station has reported that ex-Tennessee Volunteers and ex-NFL quarterback Erik Ainge was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

The arresting police officer noticed a GMC Sierra weaving in and out of traffic on I-40 West just after 1 a.m. local time. The officer eventually caught up with the vehicle and pulled it over.

The officer approached the vehicle and found Ainge sitting behind the wheel. The former New York Jet was asked to step out of the car and undergo field sobriety tests, which he failed, and was subsequently arrested.

Ainge has been charged with DUI, implied consent, and roadway lane violation, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Ainge was booked and released by 5:30 a.m. on a $500 bond.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers gets assaulted outside of team hotel


Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers was unable to pitch in an extra-inning loss to the Cleveland Indians on Friday after being jumped and assaulted by a group of young men outside the team hotel Thursday night.

The Dallas Morning News has more on the story:

Scheppers said he was out getting food Thursday night when he was attacked and “sucker-punched.” He did not recall the time but did contact the police. A report was not filed after Scheppers said police told him it was unlikely that anybody would be apprehended.

“They said it happens a lot, actually,” said Scheppers, who had a blackened left eye and two small cuts above his nose. “I’m just lucky nothing serious really happened. I’m good to pitch for (Saturday). I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Zack Greinke slams Ryan Braun: 'He was willing to use anyone'


The smoke continues to clear a bit after Major League Baseball handed down a 65-game suspension to Ryan Braun following their investigation into his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal. Naturally, there have certainly been no shortage of people chiming in with their personal opinions on the matter.

One of the latest people to come forward with their thoughts is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who was a teammate of Braun's in 2011, and Greinke didn't appreciate the fact that he and others were lied to. The right-hander made that perfectly clear in the following quotes from the Los Angeles Times.

"The main thing is, yeah, he lied to us," Greinke said. "He forced us to lie for him, threw people under the bus in order to help himself out and didn't care, blamed others for his mistakes and it’s just a lot of things you don’t expect from people."

Independent baseball team changes policy about fining players for giving away foul balls


The ownership of the River City Rascals was just trying to be thrifty when it comes to dispersing souvenirs to its fans. However, their bizarre policy has since been overturned after it received significant backlash via social media.

The independently run Frontier League team initiated a policy early this week which demanded that $5 would be deducted from the paycheck of any player or coach who tossed a baseball into the stands. By Wednesday, a sign was displayed in the home dugout that read:

“Players and coaches will now be fined $5 for each ball that is tossed into the stands. We ask that you return every ball back to the dugout, including at the end of innings and games.”

According to the report by ESPN's Darren Rovell, the team owners requested this policy not be discussed with fans. Naturally, word of the penny-pinching mandate spread like wildfire by Wednesday night, as folks flocked to Facebook and Twitter to voice their opinion.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Worst professional sports franchises in North America


What do the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, Green Bay Packers, and the Montreal Canadiens, among other storied franchises, have in common? Well, each of them boast a proven track record of success by sporting high winning percentages and multiple championships. The ability to win has garnered these teams plenty of attention and fan support throughout the years. And it is no wonder why these franchises continue to be some of the most popular franchises in the world of sports.

However, what about all of those franchises who haven't enjoyed the kind of success that their counterparts have? The absence of the thrill and joy of winning have been replaced with the anguish and pain of defeat, instead. Unfortunately, losing has become as central to their image as freedom has to America. 

With this in mind, the following is a list of some of the worst professional sports franchises in North America. These organizations have built a reputation of futility on a level unmatched by any other. For the sake of this list, only franchises from the four major professional sports leagues (NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL) in North America were considered.

Without further ado, here they are:

Pete Rose sends stern word of warning to cheaters

Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hit king, has been banned from MLB since 1989 for betting on baseball as a manager with the Reds.

Despite being banned from the game for nearly a quarter of a century, Pete Rose continues to be an outspoken figure in the Major League Baseball world.

His latest comments come just days after the league decided to hand down a hefty suspension to Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal. Rose, who was banned from baseball in 1989 after being found guilty of betting on games, has a message for all of those players who may be using performance-enhancing drugs like Braun.

"Come clean as quickly as you possibly can. I guess Braun thought he was going to get away with it when he got off the hook the first time. I wish I could go around to all the spring training camps and talk to the young players about what happened to me.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Photo: Ryan Dempster photobombs Red Sox fan

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This was supposed to be one of those pictures that could qualify for being a profile pic on one of her social media accounts.

The young lady had a front row seat to a Red Sox game, an official foam finger, and a bag of iconic Cracker Jacks. It was going to be epic.

However, Red Sox veteran pitcher Ryan Dempster had other intentions, and decided to photobomb her by making a constipated-looking face in the background.

Well played, sir. Well played.

Via MLB Fan Cave

Video: Yasiel Puig playfully messes with teammate



Things are going extremely well for rookie Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers lately.

The Dodgers have burst out of the gates after the All-Star Break to win six straight and have propelled themselves to first place in the division, as well.

On Wednesday, Puig was pretty happy about all of this, in addition to clubbing a home run in extra innings in LA's victory at Toronto, and he decided to exhibit his happiness by messing with teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu. Watch as the Cuban native breaks down a few dance moves before eventually giving Ryu a playful noogie.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Video: Freddie Freeman smashes camera



Citi Field is in need of a new camera behind home plate after Freddie Freeman busted the most important part of it Wednesday night.

The first basemen is guilty of smashing the camera device after fouling off a pitch in the top of the second inning in Atlanta's game against the Mets.

As you can see, the damage is pretty catastrophic.

Let's observe a moment of silence for the piece of video equipment.

Video: Derrick Rose says he's best player in NBA



It's been over a year since Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose played in an NBA game. However, Rose still seems pretty confident in his ability to dominate on the hardwood.

Rose engaged in a round of quickfire questions with CNN's Pedro Pinto recently and declared himself to be the best player in the league when asked.

I'm sure LeBron James or Kobe Bryant may have a thing or two to say about that.

Discuss.

Via Bleacher Report

Cristiano Ronaldo gifts signed jersey after breaking boy's wrist with kick


Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo boasts one of the best legs in all of soccer. And 11-year-old Charlie Silverwood found that out first-hand last weekend.

Silverwood was the recipient of an errant free kick by Ronaldo during a friendly between Real Madrid and Bournmouth on Sunday. The wicked kick packed so much punch that it smashed into Silverwood's wrist and fractured two of his bones. But it wasn't all bad, though.

More on the story from the Bleacher Report:

Where most 11-year-olds would squeal for mummy and end up watching the rest of the match from the emergency room, Silverwood soldiered on, staying to watch the remaining 84 minutes of the match—a match his team would lose, 6-0, to the team that just broke his arm.

The young lad may have broken his wrist, but Silverwood refused to tear himself away. Rather, he thought the incident was quite "spectacular."

Video: Fan runs onto field, takes a beating at Giants game



A pair of fans made their way onto the field during the second game of a doubleheader between the Reds and Giants at AT&T Field Tuesday night.

Another fan sitting in the front row on the first base side received an up-close view of all the action that took place when one of the intruders was brought down by security.

While the other fan was being tracked down near the infield, his friend was being restrained by receiving a knee to the back of the head and a face full of dirt.

Hey, that's what he gets for running onto the field.

Photo: Jimmy Butler makes odd explanation for obscene shirt

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This photo of Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler surfaced on the internet Tuesday and has caused a stir due to its obscene message.

However, the former Marquette star offered an explanation for the shirt via Twitter, an explanation that probably won't help his cause much.

"In regards to the picture that is circulating...it was early last year and the shirt simply matched my shoes. In no way do I support the message written on the shirt. I sincerely apologize to any of my fans who may have been offended. Much love, JB."

So, there you have it.

Butler slipped on the shirt only because it coordinated with his kicks. Seriously, Butler doesn't have another gray shirt that he owns? I find that hard to believe.

Via For the Win

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Video footage of Antonio Morrison being arrested after barking at dog



Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested over the weekend after reportedly walking by a police car and barking at a police dog sitting in the backseat.

As crazy and harmless as that sounds, the dashcam video of the whole ordeal is even more outrageous. Take a look for yourself and see how silly it seems. There is no volume until Morrision gets in the backseat of the car.

Morrison was arrested on misdemeanor charges of interfering with a police animal and resisting arrest without violence. He appeared before a judge at 9 a.m. Sunday and was released on his own recognizance by Sunday afternoon.
Multiple reports have stated that Morrison could be suspended for at least two games over the incident. However, the sheriff has since said the arresting officer should not have arrested him, and issued a warning, instead.

Via The Big Lead

Photo: Twins affiliate wears Santa-suit uniforms for 'Christmas in July' game


If this isn't an example of a minor league baseball promotion than I don't know what it is.

The Double-A affiliate for the Minnesota Twins, the New Britain RockCats, hosted "Christmas in July Night" on Monday.

Players donned Santa-suit uniforms with the words "HO HO HO" on the back while the first 1,000 fans received winter scarves.

Woo hoo!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Logan Morrison utters hilarious quote in reaction to Ryan Braun suspension


Let's first begin by saying that the Ryan Braun situation is a serious one. The Milwaukee Brewers star lied about using performance-enhancing drugs, has finally come clean with an admission, and now faces a lengthy suspension.

But Miami Marlins outspoken slugger Logan Morrison provided some comic relief and perhaps the best reaction of the breaking news on Monday with the following quote:
That's right, folks.

Photo: Pirates fan shaves message into chest hair

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The Pittsburgh Pirates paid a visit to the Washington Nationals in D.C. Monday night. But that wasn't the greatest spectacle to behold.

Instead, the greatest sight to behold was a Pirates fan, who apparently made the trek from Pennsylvania, to deliver a show of support to his favorite team by shaving a prickly message into his obscene chest hair.

The fan's message read: "LET'S GO BUCS."

It's safe to say this guy scared a few kids away during the whole ordeal. But this isn't the first time this guy has pulled off the stunt.

In May, the same fan went shirtless in a show of support, by shaving away his chest hair in a message that read "LET'S GO PENS" in support of the hometown Penguins.

Via For the Win

Charlie Weis has an interesting and honest recruiting pitch


The Kansas Jayhawks are coming off a putrid 1-11 finish in 2012 and are currently in the midst of a major rebuilding effort in Lawrence under the leadership of head coach Charlie Weis.

Weis, who is entering his second season at the helm at Kansas, came across as brutally honest during his interview at Monday's Big 12 Conference media day.

“We’re 1-11 and picked by everybody to finish last in the league, and that’s justifiable,” Weis said in the press conference.“If I were you, I’d pick us in the same spot. We’ve given you no evidence or no reason to be picked anywhere other than that… I told our players and told our coaching staff that, until they start winning some games in the conference, that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

Weis didn't mince words when talking about his program's recent bout of futility. The Jayhawks have not won a road game since Sept. 2009 and have not win a game in the conference since 2010 . Suddenly, their victory over Virginia Tech in the 2007 Orange Bowl seems so far away.

Larry Bowa: Veterans Stadium to blame for brain cancer?


The Philadelphia Phillies have now had five former players fall victim to brain cancer after it was revealed that former catcher Darren Daulton is battling the vicious disease, as well.

First, pitcher Ken Brett passed away from the ailment in 2003. Then, reliever Tug McGraw and catcher Johnny Oates lost their battles one year later. Longtime coach John Vukovich died in 2007.

Now, former Phillies player and manager Larry Bowa believes there may be a connection between the fatal illness and the stadium the Phillies once played their home games in.

"Yeah, it's very scary," said Bowa, a Phillie for 24 seasons as a player, coach and manager. "I know cancer is a big illness in our society, but to have that many (Phillies) guys get brain cancer..."

The fact that a handful of former players have been dianosed with the disease has naturally left many folks wondering if there is a connection or if it's simply bad luck. One explanation involves blaming Veterans Stadium, home of the franchise from 1971 to 2003, and leveled in 2004.

CC Sabathia on woes: 'I suck'


New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia hasn't been himself this season.

The southpaw is currently on pace to record his highest earned run average in a season since 2002 and is also flirting extremely close to posting his first losing record in a season in his 13-year career, too.

Sabathia didn't mince words after his outing against rival Boston on Sunday night. The California native surrendered seven runs on nine hits in five laboring innings of work. The poor performance led to the following remarks afterward:

“I suck. I wish I had an excuse or something. It sucks. It’s embarrassing. But you have to try to work through it, figure something out and start trying to help this team instead of hurting it.”

Former Auburn star Korvotney Barber found dead in Florida


The body of former Auburn Tigers basketball star Korvotney Barber was found in Florida on Sunday after the 26-year-old died after apparently drowning.

According to authorities, Barber was found Sunday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. near condos on the coastline of Panama City Beach. Officials are still waiting for an official cause of death as medical examiners have yet to fully examine the remains.

Barber had been previously declared missing since Saturday night at approximately 7:00 p.m. before his body was discovered the next day.

Barber played for the Tigers from 2005-09 and averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in his college career. He was only the second McDonald's All-American in the school's history to play for Auburn.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

ACC forgets Syracuse, Pittsburgh on football media ballots

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Well, it wasn't exactly the kind of welcome the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers were hoping for in their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Representatives from the two schools arrived this weekend at ACC media days to find that the conference forgot to include enough space for them on the preseason media ballot.

Sports talk radio host David Gleen tweeted out the ballot (pictured above) media members received on Sunday that featured slots for just 12 teams, in spite of the fact that the additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse make 14 this year.

Whoops!

Both the Panthers and Orange have joined the ACC after previously spending a significant amount of time in the old Big East Conference. They aren't exactly expected to finish among the top of the league in their inaugural seasons. However, a spot or two on the ballot would certainly be a happy sight.

Eventually, the mistake was realized and remedied as documented by ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Now, the pundits can make their preseason picks, which are sure to be utterly wrong come December.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Twins bat boy is really good at spinning helmets

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The bat boy for the Minnesota Twins may be in the wrong sport.

Watch as the kid entertains himself during Sunday's game against Cleveland by spinning a helmet on his finger like its a basketball. Seriously, I believe the kid could keep spinning this thing for days.

Perhaps the Timberwolves should give this kid a shot to be their next point guard?

Via The Big Lead

Video: Woman nearly decapitated when ball rips through net at Nationals game


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Don't Make Nets Like They Used To 

The lady sitting in the front row behind home plate at the Nationals-Dodgers game Saturday night received a major wake-up call when a foul ball came within an inch of nailing her directly in the face.

The frightful moment came in the top of the ninth inning when Nationals closer Rafael Soriano delivered a pitch to Dodgers pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston Jr. 

As you can see, Hairston fouls the ball straight back to the netting, except the ball rips through the protective barrier, and nearly causes major harm to the lady who was just yawning seconds before.

Pretty scary stuff!
 

Photo: Milwaukee misspelled on Ron Roenicke's jersey

 
The Milwaukee Brewers donned retro uniforms Saturday night.
 
But the jersey of manager Ron Roenicke's was misspelled. 

As you can see, Milwaukee is incorrectly spelled as "Milwakuee" on the front of his chest.

Whoops!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Video: Red Sox fan makes fantastic nonchalant grab on foul ball



This guy might be the baddest Boston Red Sox fan there is. And this is said as a reference to modern day slang and is intended to be a compliment.

Check out the wicked bare-handed snag this fellow makes during the game at Fenway Park last night.

Brett Gardner laced an absolute screamer down the line in which this fan decided to grab with one hand like it was just an ordinary day at the office.

He doesn't flinch, he doesn't celebrate. Instead, he simply continues on with his snacking and experience of watching the game.

Via The Big Lead

Photo: Grown men dress up in tiger suits to follow Woods

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Tiger Woods is currently among the leaders at the British Open this weekend and seems to have a strong following behind him, as well.

Seen here is a group of grown men dressed up in tiger outfits in support of the world's No. 1 golfer.

We have all heard of the term cougars used for some women. But this may be the first sighting of tigers as men.

Via For the Win

Friday, July 19, 2013

Florida International issues apology after beach incident


The Florida International football team apparently wrapped up their summer conditioning program Friday morning and celebrated with a feast on a local beach.

It was supposed to be an event filled with good food, plenty of laughter, and great times under the sun. And everything was going smoothly until some of the Panthers players decided to shed their workout clothes in a public area for all to see.

Well, that incident inspired the following press release from head coach Ron Turner:

Marlins set to play host to 'Legends of Wrestling Night'


Honestly, there isn't much intrigue in watching the Miami Marlins play baseball this season. The Fish own the National League's worst record and appear to be heading for a third consecutive last place finish in the division.

However, there might just be one game fans will want to pencil into their schedule, and that game will be played on Aug. 24, as the Marlins play host to both the Colorado Rockies and "Legends of Wrestling Night," which will include actual wrestling matches inside the stadium.

Yes, I said actual wrestling fans can watch inside Marlins Park, which promises to be much more interesting than the product that ownership has put on the field for the last year and a half.

Former WCW superstar Bill Goldberg will reportedly toss the ceremonial first pitch. The likes of former wrestling icons such as Bret Hart, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, and others are slated to be there, as well.

The Marlins are averaging just over 17,000 fans per game in 2013, ranking last in the major leagues, but I have a feeling they might exceed that figure on this night.

Via The Big Lead

Ray Allen blames the media for creating bandwagon fans


The recent success of the Miami Heat has created a huge and diverse following of fans. Now, most people would label these fans as bandwagon, only latching onto the team in moments of glory, but turning their collective fair-weathered backs anytime else.

Heat guard and future Hall of Famer Ray Allen acknowledged this unique segment of fans during an interview with The Washington Post. And he thinks he knows exactly who to blame for their existence.

“When we go on the road, you see people in Heat jerseys that have never been to Miami,” Allen said with a smile. “We were in Utah, and I thought that same thought — like, these people, some of these people, have never been to Miami before. I think it’s the machine of SportsCenter….Look at all the media outlets, from First Take to PTI to Around the Horn, that talk about the same stuff. We haven’t played for two weeks, and I think every time I turn on SportsCenter, they talked about LeBron in some form. And he hasn’t done anything but just be on vacation. So as much as we blame the fans for being bandwagon, it’s mostly the media’s fault. Because the media’s the one that continues to feed the machine.”

Michael Vick: Prison made me a better person


Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick spent two years in prison for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring before his second stint in the NFL. It has been said that prison is a life-changing experience for those who have been incarcerated. Vick would certainly agree with this as he told the folks at TMZ that he is a better person because of it now.

"Sometimes it takes this ... for a person to go through certain hardships ... to realize what their purpose really is," Vick said.

"I think God placed it on my heart when I was incarcerated to come out and be the best person I can be and to help as many people as I can help."

Vick has been spending time in Washington D.C. this week with Rep. John Lewis from Georgia to push a charity that recruits volunteers to play sports with incarcerated children. The program is called Team Freedom Outreach and Vick appears to be very passionate of the cause.

Matt Kemp spent $6,250 to buy headphones for every teammate


Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp may not be having the best of seasons on the field, but his off the field gestures have been second to none in 2013.

Kemp's latest act of kindness involved buying every teammate on the active roster a pair of Beats by Dre headphones. The musical accessory was waiting for his Dodgers teammates at their lockers during LA's last series before the All-Star Break.

These aren't just ordinary headphones, though. The white Mixr headphones from the Beats line retail at $249.95 a pair. Multiply that by 25 players and Kemp supposedly shelled out $6,250 on the gift.

In fairness, six grand isn't exactly earth-shattering money considering Kemp makes around $20 million per season. However, it's still an outstanding gesture and something that should be applauded.

Indiana boy killed after being hit in head by baseball

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Tragedy struck a small town in Indiana this week as an 8-year-old boy died after being hit by a baseball during practice.

Dylan Williams was struck in the head by a ball on Tuesday and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. On Wednesday, he died after his family decided to take him off life support.

"It's probably one of the saddest things I've ever heard," Union City Mayor Bryan Conklin said.

The close knit community, which has a population of roughly 5,000, is shocked by Williams' death.

"For a kid to be playing something he likes to do, and then ... it's just ... heart-breaking," Conklin said.

Dylan's father, Erick Williams, was coaching at the time of the accident and said he saw his son get hit.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Charles Barkley explains why he doesn't use Twitter


Former NBA forward Charles Barkley never fails to deliver.

On Thursday, speaking with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC's The Closing Bell about social media, Barkley began the conversation by revealing why he didn't use Twitter.

“I will never tweet,” he said. “Because, the thing about being in the limelight, you’re like the homecoming queen. All the other girls hate you.”

Valid point. But Barkley wasn't done there.

Teen who ran onto field during All-Star Game could spend a year in jail

An 18-year-old Long Island teenager ran across Citi Field during the MLB All-Star Game after taking to Twitter to announce his intention. (New York Daily News/Getty Images)

The teenager who used social media to pressure himself into running onto Citi Field during Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game could face one year in jail for the mischievous act.

Long Island native Dylan McCue-Masone, 18, was arraigned in a Queens Criminal Court this week on multiple charges including third-degree criminal trespassing.

He is slated to re-appear in court on Sept. 11, and if convicted, faces the very real possibility that he could spend up to one year in jail, along with owing thousands of dollars in civil penalties.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown chimed in on the incident by saying, “What is particularly disturbing in this case is that the incident occurred while the game was in progress and the players were on the field.”

The teenager made his infamous scamper onto the diamond in the fifth inning after plotting out his plan of attack on Twitter. Hours before the game, he sent out a tweet saying he would run across the field if his message received 1,000 retweets. Obviously, he received the necessary amount of retweets and the rest is history.

Footage of the short-lived moment in the spotlight can be seen below:

Jerry Seinfeld 'embarrassed' by All-Star Game crowd booing players


Comedian and lifelong New York Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld said he was "embarrassed" of the way the Citi Field crowd behaved at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.

Seinfeld voiced his opinion on the matter on New York's WFAN radio on Wednesday.

“This is one of the lowest moments of my lifetime of Mets fandom, when the Citi Field crowd was booing (players) that they see as rivals to their Mets team,” Seinfeld told WFAN radio’s Steve Somers on Wednesday night. “And I’m standing there, I was in shock. I was embarrassed. I thought it was horrible manners.”…

“These are the best players, in the game you love, that have come here to put on a show for you, and we’re booing them like 5-year-olds,” Seinfeld said. “As if there’s some sort of real animosity.”

Photo: Thomas Bjorn breaks $80,000 camera at British Open

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An errant shot off the club of Thomas Bjorn left an expensive camera shattered at the British Open on Thursday.

The destructive moment came on Bjorn's second shot on the first hole during the first round.

ESPN's Mike Tirico estimated that the camera lens costs $80,000, and jokingly said that the bill was on its way to Denmark, the place Bjorn calls home.

Here is video of Bjorn's infamous swing from the rough:

Jerry Sandusky's son seeking to have name changed

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The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is seeking to legally change his last name more than one year after his father was found guilty of child sexual abuse.

Matt Sandusky filed the official papers in court on Tuesday to have the last name of him and his family changed forever. Although the documents were sealed, it was evident that he filed for a name change, along with his wife and four children.

Matt Sandusky was originally expected to testify in the defense of his father, but told investigators before the trial began that he had also been abused by Jerry Sandusky.

In June 2012, Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse and is currently serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence.

He continues to maintain his innocence and is pursuing appeals.

Via USA TODAY

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Jason Witten: Bill Parcells once scolded me for eating halftime hot dog


Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten told a rather amusing story on Wednesday involving former coach and future Hall of Famer Bill Parcells.

Speaking to approximately 1,000 people at the 2013 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl kickoff luncheon, Witten said Parcells once scolded him for scarfing down a hot dog during a 2006 preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.

Here's the lowdown on the story:

"It was raining, and I had played most of the first half, catching a touchdown pass, and we were beating the Saints pretty good," Witten said. "I figured I was finished at halftime, because starters usually didn't play that much in preseason games. I walked under the stadium and saw the most beautiful hotdog you've ever seen. I dressed it all up with mustard, and ketchup and relish — then I was in mid-bite when coach (Bill) Parcells walked in.

"I felt about this big," he said spreading two giant fingers. "I didn't figure I'd play another game as a Cowboy."

Video: Yankees fans try to persuade people to boycott the All-Star Game to support Alex Rodriguez



New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez doesn't have too many fans in his corner anymore, but at least he knows he has these two.

Seen here is a couple of guys dressed up in Yankees gear, standing outside Citi Field on Tuesday, and trying to persuade folks to burn their tickets to the All-Star Game in support of Rodriguez, who didn't get selected to participate this year.

As you can see, their endeavor proves to be highly unsuccessful, and comical.

Via Big League Stew

Chris Davis quits Twitter amid steroid accusations


Baltimore Orioles first basemen Chris Davis shut down his Twitter account just before the All-Star Game last week after finally deciding enough was enough on the intense scrutiny he has faced in the midst of a terrific individual season.

“I gave it about a year. I told [PR director Monica Barlow] I’d try it for a year and see how I felt about it. It wasn’t my cup of tea.”
Davis, who is currently the Major League Baseball home run leader with 37, has been the target of constant analysis and steroid allegations from fans and critics alike lately due to his power surge on the diamond.

The slugger has adamantly denied ever using any form of performance-enhancing drugs in his career and yet the pundits continue to raise speculation about his natural ability.

Oregon student wins $250k playing baseball video game

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To anyone who has ever said playing video games is nothing but a waste of time, let me introduce you to University of Oregon student Justin Chavarria, who recently won $250,000 playing MLB 2k13 in the MLB 2K13 Perfect Game Challenge.

Chavarria, 21, qualified for a single-elimination tournament by pitching a perfect game, and then won the nationwide event at All-Star FanFest in New York.

“This has been a life-changing experience over the last four months,” said Chavarria, who defeated Brad Holland of Garland, Texas, using the Texas Rangers to win 3-1 over the Oakland A’s. “I had a great time competing against the other three finalists during the tournament, and this is a day I’ll never forget.”

Video: Kids pull off amazing alley-oop dunk in pool


School is out for the summer and it has millions of kids across the country racking their brains on how to beat the heat and keep themselves occupied.

Well, these kids managed to do both on Tuesday, as the group came up with an alley-oop dunk for the ages.

Watch as they maneuver the ball around six different times in a matter of seconds before finishing it off with a slam dunk in the pool.

That's worth an A+ in my book.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Nashville Predators paint ice rink yellow

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If you were to walk into the home of the Nashville Predators this week you would find a most unusual spectacle.

This is because the Predators decided to paint the ice gold at Bridgestone Arena ahead of a summer hockey camp they are slated to host.

The end result is pretty neat. However, it may also lead to some questions as to how the ice rink turned yellow, from the uninformed crowd, of course.

Via For the Win

Nike removes wrong Carolina Panthers shirt

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Nike has removed an embarrassing t-shirt from circulation after the company discovered it included a major geographical blunder.

The t-shirt had a Carolina Panthers logo with the letters "NC" inside an outline of the wrong state. The shirt incorrectly featured an outline of South Carolina instead of North Carolina.

"A small quantity of incorrect Carolina Panthers T-shirts were recently made available for sale," said Nike spokesman Brian Strong. "The product should not have been sold. We have removed it from sale and apologize for the error."

It's not the first time the state of North Carolina has been involved in a merchandising snafu. In the spring of 2012, a company called Aggieland Outfitters somehow put the state on a shirt welcoming Texas A&M to the SEC. There are no teams in the SEC located in North Carolina.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Video: Fan runs onto field, gets body slammed at All-Star Game



A daring fan decided to make his way onto the field during Tuesday's All-Star Game and was promptly body slammed by security before he could get too far.

The moment came before the start of the fifth inning after the fan apparently worked up enough courage to invade second base.

The fan called his shot on Twitter before doing so, too.

Via Deadspin

Will Muschamp takes shot at Ohio State

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The Southeastern Conference media days are underway in Hoover, Ala. and Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp wasted no time in taking a shot at one of the school's former coaches and his new program.

Muschamp sarcastically thanked the Ohio State Buckeyes and coach Urban Meyer for turning UF in to the NCAA after the Big Ten school believed Florida had committed a pair of secondary violations.

"We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we follow NCAA rules," Muschamp said Tuesday. "They certainly know a lot about NCAA rules."

The irony here is that Ohio State is currently under NCAA probation themselves for committing violations under former coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes were banned from postseason play last season despite recording an undefeated record.

Ryan Newman fires back at Kyle Busch: 'He's not very bright'

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Ryan Newman has fired back at Kyle Busch after the latter called Newman a "stupid idiot" and an "ogre" following Sunday's NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"I'm just afraid if I re-arranged his face I might fix it," Newman said with a laugh during his weekly spot on SiriusXM Radio's NASCAR Channel. "He's frustrated finishing third or wherever he was after hitting me first and then getting a little rub down the straightaway. Just imagine how I feel. It is what it is.

"We know that he's not very bright. He's a heck of a talent but he's not very bright. And I'll leave it at that."

Busch cast the first stone in the feud when he singled out Newman for aggressive driving during the Camping World RV Sales 301. Busch's older brother, Kurt, was involved in a lap 226 crash that included Newman and Matt Kenseth.

Photographer upset Hall of Fame removed Aaron Hernandez photo


The Pro Football Hall of Fame puts a new photo on display every year after asking a panel of photography experts to choose the best NFL photo of the year. The photographer gets an award and the picture is put up on permanent display in Canton, Ohio.

However, the award-winning picture of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez scoring a touchdown in 2010 no longer hangs. The image was taken down when numerous visitors complained about viewing a picture of an accused murderer.

That hasn't gone over well with the creator of the picture, Mary Schwalm.

“It is disappointing,” Schwalm told the Sporting News. “I was able to say, ‘I have a photo hanging in the Hall of Fame.’ Can I still say that?”