Monday, September 30, 2013

Video: Jaguars mascot loses bet, gets blasted by 40 paintballs



One week removed from losing a bet to the Seattle Seahawks mascot and being forced to dance around in a thong, Jacksonville Jaguars mascot "Jaxson DeVille" was dumb enough to make another bet with the mascot of the Indianapolis Colts, too.

The punishment for losing the bet this time around was much more painful, though.

Check it out as Jaxson bears the brunt of 40 paintballs to the chest in order to hold up his end of the deal. Yeah, that doesn't look like fun at all.

Perhaps he will wise up next week and realize his team may be the worst in all of the NFL.

Via Deadspin

Raiders move kickoff to near midnight to accommodate Athletics playoff game


Coffee might be at a premium for workers at the O.co Coliseum this weekend.

The Raiders announced on Monday that kickoff for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers will be at 11:35 p.m. ET instead of the originally scheduled 4:25 p.m. start time.

The reason for the switch is due directly to the Oakland Athletics playing Game 2 of their American League Division Series on Saturday night. Apparently, it takes too long to convert the stadium from baseball to football in time to play an afternoon game on Sunday.

For the record, the Raiders are the only NFL team that are currently forced to share a stadium with a Major League Baseball team.

Via USA TODAY

Photo: Torrey Smith and wife creatively announce pregnancy

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Okay, put your pencils down. The award for the best pregnancy announcement goes to Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and his wife Chanel Williams.

Just months after officially tying the knot, the couple took to Instagram on Monday to reveal that they are expecting their first child. And they used a jar of spaghetti sauce as the featured prop.

Well done, guys. Oh, and congratulations!

Photo: Arizona State unveils helmets from hell

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In a design that might have been created by Satan himself, the Arizona State football team unveiled new and fiery helmets on Monday.

As you can see, the protective lids boast a unique flame pattern unrivaled by any other college football team in the nation.

The new design also features the Sun Devils' classic pitchfork logo as if the look wasn't already intimidating enough.

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't point out the flames on the jersey sleeves, either.

Photo: Todd Helton takes out full page ad to thank Rockies fans for support


The outstanding career of Todd Helton came to a close on Sunday.

On Monday, the most recognizable face in Colorado Rockies franchise history wasted no time in offering his thanks to the fans who supported him through 17 years.

The image above is the full page advertisement Helton published in the Denver Post. Thus, officially closing the book on one of the most undervalued players of our generation.

Helton was a five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and four-time Silver Slugger winner.

He ended his career with a .316 batting average and .414 on-base percentage to go along with 2,519 hits and 369 home runs.

Anti-drinking group 'concerned' about Jaguars free beer promotion


Not everyone is excited about the free beer promotion the Jacksonville Jaguars offered its fans this past week.

The folks at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have expressed concern over the message that handing out free beer conveys.

“MADD partners with the NFL to promote a safe fan experience. However, we're concerned that the recent Jaguars promotion may run counter to those efforts,” MADD spokesman Anna Duerrs told Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. "Research indicates that reducing the price of alcohol leads to increased consumption, intoxication and drunk driving. Some states even ban the distribution of free alcoholic beverages as a part of their dedication to responsible serving practices.

"It's our sincere hope that other teams don't duplicate similar promotions.”

Chris Johnson could care less about fantasy football


Fantasy football has become nearly as popular as the National Football League itself over recent years.

However, it's not exactly something a lot of players embrace. In fact, a lot of players seem to despise the idea of fantasy football, including Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson.

Johnson took to Twitter on Sunday to express his apathy toward it:

"Public service announcement: I can care less about fantasy football. Key word fantasy. As long as we win I'm happy. I rush for 200 n lose y'all happy.

U r the head coach n the owner of ur fantasy team so u should be mad at urself I didn't ask any of u to draft me so if I'm so sorry y start me."

For the record, many fantasy owners probably weren't happy with Johnson after the speedster gained just 21 yards on 15 carries in Tennessee's blowout victory, 38-13, over the New York Jets. And my guess is that they let Johnson hear about it via Twitter, which prompted these two tweets from him.

Andre Johnson: I don't care what fans think

Andre Johnson and the Texans offense got booed at home in the fourth quarter on Sunday. (USATSI)

Sunday was not a great day for the Houston Texans.

After jumping out to a 20-3 halftime lead at home over the Seattle Seahawks, Houston wound up losing 23-20 in overtime, and that had fans really upset.

In fact, after quarterback Matt Schaub threw an interception in the fourth quarter, a slew of boos rained down from the Gilette Stadium stands, prompting receiver Andre Johnson to deliver this comment after the game.

"Fans are going to be fans," Johnson said, via ESPN.com. "You have some that are loyal. You have some that are fair-weather, and they only come around when you win. I've been here when it was 2-14 and there was hardly anybody in the stands, so I really don't care about what fans think. A lot of them don't understand what players go through. They can talk about what they want to talk about."

Obviously, Johnson was frustrated with the situation, however, dissing the fans is never a battle you can win as a player, and it's not likely his comment will go over well with Texans fans, either.

Via Eye on Football

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bernie Kosar arrested and charged with DUI


Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar found himself behind bars on Sunday after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Cleveland police said Kosar was pulled over for speeding at around 2:45 a.m. When the acting officer approached the vehicle, they reported a strong odor of alcohol being emitted.

Kosar was then asked to get out of the vehicle and undergo field sobriety tests, which he failed, and was subsequently taken to jail. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.

The 49-year-old Kosar has publicly talked about how head injuries sustained during his NFL career have affected his speech, making him sometimes slur his words. He has also been addicted to pain medications, gone through a divorce and had financial troubles.

There is some good news for Browns fans, though. The Browns evened their record to 2-2 after upsetting the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-6, at FirstEnergy Stadium. They are now 2-0 since trading star running back Trent Richardson to the Colts.

Via USA TODAY

Photo: Texans fans burn Matt Schaub jersey following loss

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Houston Texans fans have had enough.

Following Houston's 23-20 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, a swarm of angry fans spilled out into the parking lot and proceeded to set ablaze any and all Matt Schaub jerseys.

Some of it probably had to do with the fact that the Texans squandered a 20-3 lead despite 355 yards passing and two touchdowns from Schaub. However, he did throw two interceptions.

Nonetheless, it was not a good day to be a No. 8 Texans jersey in the Houston-area on Sunday.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Jack Black sings national anthem at Sparks game



In case you missed it, actor and comedian Jack Black belted out the national anthem before the Los Angeles Sparks game on Friday.

Amazingly, his rendition was actually pretty solid.

Watch and listen as Black serenades the Staples Center crowd by hitting every note both high and low.

Bravo!

Via SportsGrid

Video: Bull rider Cody Nance walks away after being brutally slammed



Professional Bull Rider Cody Nance flirted dangerously close to major harm recently when the bull he was riding slammed him into a wall.

Fortunately, Nance was able to walk away from the incident, but not after a host of rodeo clowns had to distract the bull away from him.

In related news, the bull's name is appropriately named "Walk Off."

Via Deadspin

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Miami's Stephen Morris calls South Florida 'a dirty team'


Don't expect Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris to exchange Christmas cards with anyone on the South Florida Bulls defense this year.

Morris left the game early on in the second quarter after aggravating his injured ankle and did not return. After the game, which resulted in a 49-21 victory for Miami, Morris had some negative things to say about the opposition.

"I don't know man. When your down under [the pile] and everybody is on top they're going to try and go for your ankles and everything," Morris said, via The Miami Herald.

"We were already up three, four touchdowns so I was like there ain't no point for me to try to mess with these guys. They're dirty. It is what is. I wanted to score 70 points on them. They disrespected us. I had no respect for them at all. At that point I felt like we should just keep pushing it, keep killing them."

Video: Kentucky scores touchdown off fake field goal against Florida



Florida entered Saturday's game at Kentucky with one of the top ranked defenses in the country. But that wasn't enough to stop this fake field goal the Wildcats pulled off.

The play came near the end of the first quarter and saw Kentucky kicker Joe Monsour take a pitch from the holder and scramble 25 yards to the endzone for an improbable touchdown. Making the play even better is the fact that Monsour collected himself and proceeded to kick the extra point, too.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it appears they are on their way to a 27th consecutive defeat to the Gators. UK hasn't beaten Florida in football since 1987.

Video: Terry Francona shoots the breeze with media before pivotal game


The Cleveland Indians are currently in the midst of a three-team race for the final two American League playoff spots. And one would probably assume that such a situation would make their manager, Terry Francona, feel a smidge uptight. After seeing this video, that couldn't be further from the truth.

Seen here is Francona shooting the breeze with Cleveland media before Saturday's game against the Twins. He charms them with stories about scooters, high-fiving cops, and run-ins with young drunks.

So, although the pressure remains on Francona and the Indians to win, he appears about as loose as possible.

Via Deadspin

Video: Mascots mix it up in Miami-South Florida game



The Miami Hurricanes stayed undefeated and the South Florida Bulls stayed winless on Saturday as the Canes cruised to an easy victory in Tampa.

With the game pretty much in hand already by the second quarter, the mascots for both teams decided to engage in their own competition.

Seen here is Rocky the Bull and Sebastian the Ibis mixing it up on the field much to the delight of onlooking fans. As you can see, nothing much becomes of the mini quarrel, but it's no stretch to say that their brief encounter might have been the most entertaining spectacle of the day at Raymond James Stadium.

Scott Kazmir gets stuck on elevator for nearly 90 mintues


Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Kazmir had his worst hotel nightmare come true Thursday night while staying at the Minnesota W Hotel.

Life was going well for Kazmir until he stepped onto an elevator and proceeded to head up to his room for a little rest and relaxation. It was all downhill from there.

From Fox Sports Ohio:

Kazmir was on the elevator at the W Hotel going to his room when he heard a loud bang as it arrived at the 28th floor. The elevator then went down to 27, when he heard another loud bang. It then stopped. 

“I heard a bang, and I was like, ‘Get me out of here,’” Kazmir said. “Then it banged again and it shook like it must have hit something. I guess it wrecked the hydraulics and knocked the door off the tracks.”

Video: Katherine Webb wows America in new fast food commercial



Move over, Kate Upton. There is a new woman plugging Carl's Jr.

Seen here is the unmistakable Katherine Webb, alleged girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, stealing the spotlight away from the commercial's intended purpose, which is promoting the new Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger from the national fast food chain.

Seriously, how can one focus on the burger when Brent Musburger's favorite fan is seducing us all in a series of carefully planned maneuvers and gestures? I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know that millions of American males are happy they saw this commercial.

Via Bleacher Report 

Cam Newton fined $10,000 for minor helmet infraction

Newton in 2011. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been hit with a $10,000 fine by the National Football League after violating one of its strict uniform policies.

As part of his endorsement deal with Under Armour, Newton has been wearing blacked-out Under Armour helmet clips attached to his facemask, which is not allowed because UA is not an official uniform partner of the NFL.

“No invisible identification of a manufacturer’s name or logo on the exterior of a helmet or on any attachment to a helmet is permitted unless provided for under a commercial arrangement between the League and manufacturer.”

Amazingly, the dubious infraction was not immediately noticed by the NFL, but rather Forbes, instead. And apparently Newton has been in violation of the uniform policy since his rookie campaign in 2011.

Via For the Win

Mack Brown: Texas never offered Johnny Manziel a scholarship


It's no secret that Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown isn't exactly in the best graces of fans right now. The Longhorns are 2-2 and Brown finds himself on a proverbial seat that is becoming hotter by the day.

One newfound revelation that may or may not sit well with Texas fans is what Brown told Dan Patrick on Patrick's radio show Friday. According to Brown, despite widespread rumors, the Longhorns did not offer reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel a scholarship with the intention to mold the quarterback into a safety. In fact, Brown says his staff never offered Manziel a scholarship at all.

“We never offered Johnny, and we sure didn’t offer him as a safety,” Brown said. “That’s been blown out of proportion.”

So, there you have it.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Photo: Georgetown Hoyas unveil 'friendlier' mascot design

New mascot vs. old mascot. (Courtesy Georgetown)

The Georgetown Hoyas have one of the most menacing mascots in all of college basketball. But that is about to change when they unveil their new mascot during homecoming festivities this weekend.

On Friday, the school announced their decision to give their mascot a makeover. The new design features bigger eyes and a less intimidating grin. The picture above shows the comparison between the new design (left) and the old one (right).

The new look is intended to make the mascot appear more "friendly."

More on the story from the school's press release:

Video: Vanderbilt offensive lineman flips out in locker room



The Vanderbilt Commodores went on the road last Saturday and proceeded to score a modest 24-7 victory over FCS school Massachusetts.

However, as unimpressive as that final score may seem, the game was a lot closer at halftime, as Vandy entered the break leading 10-7, and that had senior offensive lineman Wesley Johnson extremely upset.

Watch as this video clip shows Johnson flipping out on his teammates while trying to motivate them to play better. The spectacle begins around the 0:16 mark and ends around 0:49.

It takes throwing a helmet, tossing a chair, and yelling some incomprehensible words to fire his team up, but it seems as though his antics worked. The Commodores came out in the second half and outscored the Minutemen by two touchdowns.

For what it's worth, there is no telling how many other scenes like this occur in football locker rooms around the country each week.

Via Deadspin

Video: VCU basketball team does Navy SEAL training, again



For the third time in as many years, Virginia Commonwealth head basketball coach Shaka Smart enlisted the help of Navy SEALS training to whip his team into shape.

The Rams have gained a reputation of being one of the most active and intense defensive squads in all of college basketball. And it's easy to see why when you check out some of the things they do in this video montage.

The team endured pre-dawn and early morning workouts of swimming through ice baths, doing scissor lifts, crabwalking with sandbags, pushups until their arms failed, lifting each other on one and other's shoulders, sit-up competitions and a bunch of other activities I can't possibly identify. They even got their Oregon Trail on and forded a river! At the 5:45 mark you can see a muddy VCU coach Shaka Smart.

You got to love the fact that Smart was willing to take part in the training, too.

Via Eye on College Basketball

Mike Glennon's teammates liken his looks to Napoleon Dynamite



On Sunday, with regular starting quarterback Josh Freeman on the bench, the Tampa Bay Buccanneers will start rookie Mike Glennon at quarterback, instead.

But if Glennon removes his helmet anytime during the game, some might be led to believe it's not actually Glennon barking out the offensive plays, they might think it's the red-headed and clumsy kid known as Napoleon Dynamite.

Yes, according to his Buccanneers teammates, Glennon looks eerily similar to Mr. Dynamite.

“I told him, ‘You should have worn the Pedro shirt like on Napoleon Dynamite,''' cornerback Darrelle Revis said, via the Tampa Bay Tribune. “At first, he was like, ‘What?' And I was like, ‘Yeah, Napoleon Dynamite.' He was like, ‘Oh, OK.' He kind of got the joke late.''

Video: Brian Wilson confronts Giants executive over World Series ring



A bizarre scene unfolded immediately following the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Former Giant and current Dodger Brian Wilson emerged from the bullpen and marched over to the stands where Giants CEO Larry Baer was sitting and began fuming about something.

It wasn't immediately clear what Wilson was so upset about, however, despite what the initial television broadcast claimed, Wilson was reportedly angry about not having received his 2012 World Series ring yet.

More on the story from CSNBayArea.com:

Club vice president Staci Slaughter said Wilson's ring was made in time for the ring ceremony in April, but he declined an invitation. Slaughter said several members of the organization, including Baer, manager Bruce Bochy and VP Bobby Evans, have tried over the last seven months to arrange a meeting with Wilson but their calls weren't returned.

Photo: Robert Quinn 'kaepernicks' after sacking Colin Kaepernick

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The St. Louis Rams may have taken a 35-11 beating at home against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night. But at least one member of their team had some fun during the game.

Seen here is Rams defensive end Robert Quinn "Kaepernicking" after recording a sack against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the first quarter.

Little did he know that the Rams were about to get outscored 35-8 the rest of the way.

Oh, well. At least he had some fun on this play.

Calvin Johnson on Bears: 'Can't stand them'


An NFL rivalry is renewed this weekend when the Chicago Bears pay a visit to the Motor City to battle the Detroit Lions. And this means trash talking is inevitable.

The most recent bit of talk comes from Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson, who made his feelings crystal clear on what he thinks about the Bears, he can't stand them.

“Can’t stand them, one, because they’re filling up the stadium a lot with a lot of Bears fans. So that’s one reason I can’t stand them.”

It's not necessarily a crime for opposing fans to flood a visiting stadium. In my opinion, it just makes them extremely loyal fans. If Johnson is really that upset with the proportion of Bears fans to Lions fans at Ford Field, perhaps he needs to call out his own fans, instead.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jose Canseco gives hilarious 10-step plan to fix baseball


On Thursday, it became known that Bug Selig is planning to step down as MLB commissioner at the end of the 2014 season. While there is likely to be plenty of speculation about who replaces him, there is only one candidate in the mind of former player Jose Canseco: Jose Canseco.

The polarizing slugger took to Twitter Thursday night to tell folks what he would do if elected commissioner. It's quite simply, really.

Here is the foolproof plan in 10 easy steps:

Man arrested and charged with stalking golf pro Morgan Pressel


A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after he tried to enter the residence of LPGA player Morgan Pressel at St. Andrew's Country Club in Boca Raton.

Alexander Berger, 25, of Coconut Creek has been charged with violating a restraining order and the aggravated stalking of Pressel.

More on the story from the Palm Beach Post:

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Berger showed up at the St. Andrew’s Country Club on Wednesday and told security that he was a guest of the community’s tennis center. Told that he was not listed as a guest, Berger said he was there to visit his girlfriend, whom he identified as Pressel. Security was aware of the injunction against Berger contacting Pressel and immediately called police.

While Berger was being arrested, he told deputies that he only wanted to speak with Pressel and was told to do this by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and the CIA.

Stephen Curry to wear lemon-flavored mouthguard this season

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Life just got a little sweeter for Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

This is because the sharpshooter recently inked an endorsement deal with MoGo Sport to wear a lemon-flavored mouthguard during games.

MoGo offers six different flavors in its mouthguard line including lemon, blue raspberry, fruit punch, mint, orange, and bubble gum.

Curry becomes the third professional athlete to sign with MoGo. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin are the other two.

So, how does the company infuse the flavor into its protective mouth pieces? Well, according to its website, ""Revolutionary flavor technology allows MoGo to add flavor to plastic, creating the world's first flavored mouthguard. The result is the freshest tasting sports mouthguard ever...it is embedded into the plastic so the flavor lasts game after game after game."

EA Sports won't be making a college football video game next year


Video game giant EA Sports will not publish any college football games next year, citing an ongoing legal battle against current and former college players, who claim the video game maker has made millions off their likeness without receiving any compensation in return.

"Today I am sad to announce that we will not be publishing a new college football game next year, and we are evaluating our plan for the future of the franchise," Cam Weber, the general manager overseeing the NCAA Football and Madden NFL series. An emotional Weber broke the news 15 minutes ago to an all-hands meeting of both development teams. 

O.J. Simpson caught trying to smuggle cookies from prison cafeteria


Former NFL running back and currently imprisoned O.J. Simpson has reached a new low.

According to the National Enquirer, the former Heisman winner was caught trying to steal cookies from the cafeteria of the Nevada prison in which he is currently serving a 33-year sentence.

According to a source, guards noticed the 66-year-old hiding something under his prison clothes as he walked back to his cell after lunch. When they quizzed him, he revealed a stash of more than a dozen oatmeal cookies, which were then seized as other inmates laughed.

“O.J. just stood there with a goofy grin on his face as the guard kept digging inside his shirt and throwing the cookies on the floor,” the source told The National Enquirer.

Simpson, who has diabetes, said eating sweets "is the only pleasure he has left."

Fortunately, Simpson was let off with just a warning. But the embarrassment of getting caught trying to smuggle cookies will live on for awhile.

Via SportsGrid

Photo: Fan wears hybrid Giants-Dodgers shirt


It's a well known fact that the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers don't like each other. In fact, the two rivals have been partaking in bitter battles on the field for decades now, so the thought of liking both seems to by contradictory.

However, it appears as though this fan has figured out a way to support both clubs, by wearing a hybrid t-shirt that features "GIA" on half and "GERS" on the other. Oh, and he's got a similar-style hat to go along with it.

I'm no rocket scientist, but I've got to believe this is a highly combustible outfit he is wearing. Not only does it look silly, but he's also likely to receive the wrath from both fanbases for not picking a side.

Good luck, sir.

Via Big League Stew

Photo: Angels rookies forced to wear speedos

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It's that magical time of the year again, folks.

It's the time where Major League Baseball clubs initiate their rookies through the age old practice of hazing.

The latest incident of hazing involves the Los Angeles Angels veterans forcing the youngsters to dress up in speedos and skullcaps to represent a water polo squad. 

Mike Trout appeared to really enjoy the moment.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Video: Billy Hamilton gets caught stealing for first time in majors, is human



Entering Wednesday's game versus the Mets, Reds speedster Billy Hamilton had yet to be caught stealing in 13 attempts in the major leagues. However, that changed in the bottom of the fifth inning when the rookie was gunned down by catcher Juan Centeno.

Trying to throw out Hamilton on the basepaths has been as frustrating for catchers as trying to keep an ice cream cone from melting on a hot summer day. Before joining the Reds on Sept. 1, Hamilton successfully swiped 75 of 90 stolen base attempts in Triple-A this season.

That number is nothing compared to the combined 155 he stole in a jaw-dropping 192 attempts in the minor leagues in 2012. There is no denying the 23-year-old has some serious wheels. But those wheels were abruptly stopped on Wednesday. Remember this day, though. Hamilton doesn't get thrown out often.

Bud Selig calls home of Athletics 'a pit'


Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig went on the air with CBS Radio on Wednesday to discuss a variety of topics. However, the one topic that is generating the most buzz is about the state of O.Co Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics.

“It’s a pit,” Selig said. “It reminds me of old County Stadium and Shea Stadium. We need to deal with that. I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to solve that problem.”

But hasn’t the committee been working on it for a long time? What’s the hold-up?

“We have, John, but I’ll tell you it’s far more complex,” Selig said. “Look, you have one team that wants to move and the other team doesn’t want them to move, and it’s a very complicated situation. Before I leave, I’m satisfied we’ll work out something.”

Video: Evan Gattis foul ball lands in vendor's drink tray



Evan Gattis couldn't do this again if he tried.

Seen here is the Atlanta Braves slugger popping a foul ball high behind home plate during the bottom of the second inning. As fate would have it, the ball lands perfectly in an unsuspecting vendor's drink tray, triggering a sizeable splash.

The best part of the whole clip may be the expression by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy as the whole spectacle unfolds. He just can't seem to believe it.

Photo: Rashad Johnson inspires custom foam finger

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Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson lost more than a game on Sunday. He also lost the tip of his left middle finger in a 31-7 road loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Now, the Cardinals have decided to have a little fun with the situation by creating a custom foam finger inspired by their unlucky player.

Johnson is doing okay after undergoing surgery Sunday night to shave down the bone in the finger and stitch up the wound. There are no plans to reattach the finger, however, Johnson says he hopes to play as soon as this weekend.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Mexico State offering cash prizes to students who endure home football games


The New Mexico State Aggies are so desperate for fan support at home football games that they are offering students lucrative incentives to stay to the end.

Students who endure watching the Aggies play through the fourth quarter are eligible to win one of three lucrative prizes: $2,000, $250, or a VIP parking pass. The school says only donated funds will be used to support the incentive program.

"We want to get as many students into the games as we possibly can," said Steve Macy, NMSU's assistant athletic director of marketing and promotions. "And this is a strategy we're using to give students a reason to come to the game and stay."

Here are more details on the marketing scheme:

Did Dodgers players urinate in Chase Field pool during celebration?



As if the Los Angeles Dodgers hadn't already received enough flack over the decision made by some of their players to jump in the Chase Field pool after clinching the division, veteran sports reporter Anthony Jackson reports that at least one Dodgers player claims to have left his mark in the water via urination.

". . . it has come to my attention that one of the Dodgers players who jumped in the pool — and I will do him the favor of leaving his name out of this for now — openly and loudly bragged after leaving the pool about having urinated in it … There also are indications that MULTIPLE Dodgers players urinated into the pool, but I can’t tell you that with any certainty. It’s just what I’ve heard."

Now, Jackson does include a disclaimer in there, but empirical evidence seems to suggest that it's not implausible to think a couple of Dodgers may have relieved themselves in the pool. The Diamondbacks explicitly told the Dodgers not to celebrate on their field if they happened to clinch. Naturally, the boys from Hollywood did just that when afforded the opportunity, and essentially threw more fuel on an already heated rivalry between the National League West foes.

Broncos running backs played 'rock, paper, scissors' to decide touchdown

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The Denver Broncos put a whipping on the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

Peyton Manning picked apart the Raiders defense from start to finish and the outcome of the game was never really in question.

So, it should come as no surprise that the Broncos running backs, Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno, and Montee Ball, relegated themselves to a game of "rock, paper, scissors" to determine who would get to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

As the officials deliberated if Hillman had crossed the goal line after a 13-yard gain, Hillman, Moreno and Ball decided to play rock-paper-scissors for which running back would get the goal line carry if the score was overturned. Hillman said Moreno threw down a rock one beat too early and was disqualified, and Hillman’s scissors trumped Ball’s paper.

Photo: Sam Gagner shares image of broken jaw

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Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner was the recipient of a brutal high stick from Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian and took to Twitter to share the damage on Monday.

Seen here is a busted up Gagner, who suffered a broken jaw when Kassian violently swung and struck Gagner in the face during a recent preseason game.

Kassian has been suspended for the rest of the preseason, the first five games of the regular season, and will lose $22,500 in salary.

Meanwhile, Gagner is slated to undergo corrective surgery on Tuesday, and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Via Eye on Hockey

Monday, September 23, 2013

Auburn lacrosse player blames wanting to play video game in real life for stealing truck

Lacrosse Player Steals Truck, Says He Wanted To Play Real-Life GTA

A freshman lacrosse player at Auburn University mixed reality with fantasy after Saturday's road game against rival LSU.

Zachary Burgess made the trip to Baton Rouge to watch his Tigers take on LSU's Tigers, but was apparently in a bold and daring mood after Auburn suffered a bitter defeat.

At around 2:30 a.m. local time, Burgess reportedly hopped in the open cab of an idling truck outside of a bar, and attempted to drive away despite a woman still being present in the passenger's seat.

His attempt at stealing the ride proved futile as he wound up smacking into nine different parked cars before the woman was finally able to escape the vehicle safely.

Report: Adam 'Pacman' Jones arrested for disorderly conduct


Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has found himself in trouble with the law, again.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Jones was cited for disorderly conduct in Cincinnati after a car he was a passenger in was pulled over around 2:30 a.m.

The driver of the car, a 33-year-old female, was stopped for driving 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, and wound up being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence after refusing a field sobriety test.

Jones was released on his recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Jones was reportedly out and about celebrating his 30th birthday when the incident occurred.

Photo: Baby celebrates Oakland Athletics clinching division by drinking beer


Sunday was a momentous occasion for the Oakland Athletics as they secured their second straight division title with an 11-7 win at home over Minnesota.

After the game, they did what every Major League Baseball team does after winning a division crown, which is blow the stress and pressure off a long season with some cold beverages, loud music, and wild celebration.

Oh, and Oakland's postgame celebration featured a drinking baby, too.

Wait, what?

This screenshot was captured by a tipster who forwarded it in on to Deadspin for the rest of the world to see. As you can see, it clearly features an adorable baby getting his drink on by sucking on a cold Bud Light.

Let's hope someone took the baby's keys for the night.

Video: BYU fans throw garbage at referees



A week after demolishing the storied Texas Longhorns in Provost, Brigham Young fans came crashing down to Earth after the Cougars suffered a 20-13 defeat to the rival Utah Utes on Saturday.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Cougars fans. In fact, it was so bitter that fans couldn't help but show their displeasure by throwing garbage on the referees as they exited the field after the game.

In their defense, most accounts of the game described some questionable calls made by the officials, which in turn could have affected the outcome of the affair. So, it's easy to see why the fans could be upset. However, slinging hot dog wrappers, souvenir cups, and popcorn bags is probably not the best way to go.

Via Deadspin

Video: Jordan Todman shushes crowd despite Jaguars losing big


The Jacksonville Jaguars traveled across the country on Sunday and were promptly given a 45-17 thrashing by the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The game was never really in question and Seattle entered the affair as huge favorites.

However, Jaguars running back Jordan Todman felt the need to shush the crowd after scoring a touchdown that cut the lead to 38-16. It also marked the first of Todman's career.

For future reference, Todman may want to consider checking the scoreboard before motioning to the crowd to hush themselves.

The Jaguars are now 0-3 with Sunday's loss.

Video: Swarm of bees delays Mariners-Angels game



An infestation of bees was to blame for a delay during the third inning of the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels game on Sunday.

All was well until a swarm of the honey-producing creatures made their presence known in the outfield grass and sent the players running back toward their respective dugout.

The delay lasted nearly half an hour before things returned to normal.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Video: Louisville Cardinals fans get married in tailgate wedding

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The Louisville Cardinals smashed Florida International, 72-0, at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, but that was only a small part of the best day in the lives of fans Vonnie Evans and Jeff Miller.

This is because the couple broke tradition and decided to tie the knot in the stadium parking lot before the game during a tailgate party. Yes, this really happened.

"Jeff told me about the theme of the wedding, I thought it was a great idea and I couldn't wait to do it," said Cameron Paul, the best man.

The unorthodox wedding included a Louisville-themed wedding cake, a gift area, family, friends, and the marriage license to make it official, of course.

Video: Columbus Crew's Dominic Oduro celebrates goal by eating pizza



Columbus Crew striker Dominic Oduro incorporated a tasty spectacle into his goal celebration Saturday night after netting a ball in the Crew's 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.

Watch as Oduro sneaks a right-footed kick just past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net before proceeding to execute a seemingly premeditated celebration routine, which included taking a bite of a personal pan pizza from Papa John's, and then generously giving the rest to a fan.

Is anyone else impressed by his color-coordinated hairdo, though?

Via Deadspin

Busch Stadium grass in bad shape after being trampled on during football game


The groundskeepers at Busch Stadium are scrambling to get the grass back into playing shape before the St. Louis Cardinals return home on Monday to commence a season-ending homestand after a college football game on Saturday left the field in shambles.

For some reason, the Cardinals decided to let Southern Illinois and Southeast Missoursi State play a football game Saturday afternoon on the outfield grass. The game, which was attended by a mere 14,618, left the playing surface in such bad shape that it now requires a full sod replacement.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Worst case: Pretty much what happened. Thursday night’s rain and Friday’s day-long soaker followed an extended smoldering and dry period that had left the outfield a slip-and-slide zone. Conditions were dicey enough that the Cardinals and the two schools discussed canceling the event, which would have forced SEMO to host the game Sunday. Recent flooding in Colorado imperiled some grass farms just as the Cardinals decided they would need 13 truckloads of sod.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Denver appliance store offering full refunds to customers if Broncos shut out Raiders


Colorado residents who purchase appliances this weekend could wind up getting their things for free if the Denver Broncos take care of business on Monday.

The Appliance Factory will give a complete refund to any customer who buys a product between $499 and $3,000 if the Broncos shut out the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, said Jason Duong, Appliance Factory marketing manager.

"We are big fans here, and it is something fun to do," Duong said.

Here is how the promotion works: customers who shop at any of their 13 stores in Colorado, through the close of business Sunday, will have a check for the amount of their product cut to them by the store if the Raiders fail to produce any points.

Lions safety fined $5,000 for wearing wrong color socks


Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas was hit with a fine by the National Football League after violating one of its dubious rules.

What was the infraction? Well, it appears as though Delmas landed himself in hot water because he wore the wrong color socks. And his decision cost him a hefty $5,000.

Apparently, Delmas opted to go with blue and black socks last Sunday, while the league only permits Lions players to wear blue and white, or all blue. There is no in between, folks.

Naturally, Delmas was not pleased about the situation. But what makes the incident even more frustrating for Delmas is the manner in which he found out about it.

When asked when the league informed him about the fine, Delmas replied by saying, "when I got the damn check."

Rules are rules, but the punishment definitely doesn't fit the crime here.

Via Eye on Football

Gale Sayers suing NFL and helmet maker for failing to prevent head injuries


Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers has filed a suit against the National Football League, along with helmet maker Riddell, claiming that neither did their due diligence to prevent head-related injuries that led to brain damage.

The former Chicago Bears star claims he has experienced headaches, memory loss, and other negative effects from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, according to the suit.

The suit claims Sayers played with concussions because the NFL never warned him doing so could cause brain damage. The five-count lawsuit also names Riddell as a defendant, claiming the helmet maker did not provide adequate safety instructions or information about which models provide the best protection.

The suit comes a mere month after the NFL reached a whopping $765 million settlement with a group of former players for brain injuries sustained during their playing careers.

Via The Big Lead

Friday, September 20, 2013

Photo: Dodgers fan has image of Dodger Stadium tattooed on side of head

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There is perhaps nothing more a fan can do to prove their loyalty to a team other than getting a tattoo of its stadium on their head, right?

While the former sentence can certainly be debated, there is no debating the reality that this Los Angeles Dodgers fan has an image of Dodger Stadium inked on the side of his head.

Oh, and upon further review, it looks like he has an Oakland Raiders tattoo on the other side.

A true sports fan, indeed.

Photo: Lightning catches tree on fire during halftime of high school football game

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The University High School (FL) marching band continued to execute their performance despite a wicked strike of lightning setting a tree ablaze nearby.

The incident occurred on Friday the 13th during halftime of University's football game against Boone High School. The lightning strike sent players and fans alike sprinting for shelter while the band continued to play on unfazed by the inclement weather surrounding them.

Officials eventually called the game and everyone wound up taking cover. Yes, even the band.

Cincinnati Bengals scrap Kate Perry as theme song after fan backlash


If you tuned in on Monday to watch the Cincinnati Bengals defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers at home, you may have noticed an interesting choice of music being played over the speaker system at Paul Brown Stadium throughout the game.

The music I am referring to is Katy Perry's hit sing "Roar" and it apparently didn't go over well with the majority of Bengals fans.

The song was played several times Monday night. The first notable occurrence came before kickoff when Bengals players were running onto the field. The last notable occurrence happened immediately following the end of the fourth quarter to celebrate Cincinnati's win over arch rival Pittsburgh.

Naturally, fans were extremely happy with the outcome of the game, but were less thrilled about the music selection. So, they took to the internet to voice their displeasure. Now, it appears as though the Bengals are ready to scrap the Katy Perry experiment.

Senator John McCain rips Dodgers celebration in tweet


Arizona senator and former presidential hopeful John McCain is not a fan of the way the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated after clinching the National West Division title. And he took to Twitter to call the Dodgers every name in the book to prove it.

Overpaid? Immature? Arrogant? Spoiled brats? Idiots? Ouch.

To be fair, a lot of folks around the baseball community were upset over LA's insistence to jump into the Chase Field pool after the game, even after the Arizona Diamondbacks had explicitly told them not to. So, it shouldn't be too surprising that an elected government official is trying to garner goodwill from his constituents by jumping on the bandwagon and railing on the Dodgers, too.

Via Deadspin

Video: Yasiel Puig does the worm after Dodgers clinch division



The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team in Major League Baseball this season to clinch a division title with their win at Arizona on Thursday.

After the game, the Dodgers were popping bottles, taking dips into the Chase Field pool, and doing "the worm" in the clubhouse. Well, at least Yasiel Puig was doing it, anyway.

All in all, the Dodgers are extremely happy to be going back to the postseason.

Video: Man passes out after trying to deadlift 600 pounds



Don't try this at home, kids.

Seen here is a man trying to set a personal record by deadlifting 600 pounds at a recent weightlifting competition. But as you can see, his final attempt ends with him lying on the floor.

Here is how he described his own video from YouTube:

At the Kosciuszko Community Center Deadlift competition in 2013 I weighed in at 239lbs. my opening lift was 525, then I PRd my second lift at 570, then took a quick nap after trying 600.

Fortunately, his body is okay after the incident. But his pride definitely isn't.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Richard Sherman fires back at Colin Kaepernick with zing


On Wednesday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said the Seattle Seahawks "got away with a lot of things on defense" in reference to San Francisco's 29-3 defeat in Seattle on Sunday.

On Thursday, the always boisterous Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman stepped to the podium during his weekly media session to address Kaepernick's comments, and delivered quite the response.

“We got away with three picks, two fumbles, five turnovers,” Sherman said. “We got away with a 29-3 victory, it looked like. That’s the way it looked to me.”

Boom.

The Seahawks-49ers rivalry has blossomed into one of the more intriguing rivalries in the NFL thanks to the success both teams have enjoyed recently. And Sherman's comments are sure to add more fuel to the fire.

Via Seattle Times

Couple dressed in pirate costumes get engaged at Pirates game

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On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 10-1 at PNC Park in an afternoon affair. Do you know what else was on Thursday? National Talk Like A Pirate Day, of course.

So, what better time to pop the question to your special mate than while attending a Pirates game on National Talk Like A Pirate Day? Oh, and while dressing up as Pirates, too!

As you can see, this couple decided to take full advantage of today's festivities.

Martellus Bennett says his coach reminds him of Willy Wonka


Chicago Bears wide receiver Martellus Bennett paid his head coach, Marc Trestman, a relatively odd and interesting compliment on Tuesday, likening Trestman to Willy Wonka, specifically the Willy Wonka portrayed by Gene Wilder in the 1971 film.

"I always say Coach Trestman reminds me of the first Willy Wonka. Not the Johnny Depp one. The Johnny Depp one was really cool, but the first one before that, the 1943 version."

Actually, the adaptation Bennett referred to is the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" starring Gene Wilder. Depp starred in another adaptation of the movie in 2005.

"He's a genius," Bennett said of Trestman. "A lot of times when you're around really, really smart people, you don't really understand them. 


"I thought Willy Wonka was brilliant. He had all kinds of candy. Who doesn't like chocolate and candies? Everybody wanted a Gobstopper. I just think he's brilliant."

Video: Todd Helton pulls hidden ball trick on Matt Carpenter



At the end of the month, Colorado Rockies first basemen Todd Helton has already announced his intent to retire, which is a shame because it means the end of seeing such shenanigans as the one he pulled against Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Watch as the wryly veteran catches Carpenter off guard with the old hidden ball trip in the top of the first inning. Helton retrieves the toss from pitcher Roy Oswalt, pretends to toss the ball back, and applies the tag as Carpenter wanders off the bag to dust some dirt off his uniform.

Todd Helton will be missed.

Maurice Clarett asks the Browns to give him a shot at running back


The departure of running back Trent Richardson via trade to the Indianapolis Colts has left a vacancy with the Cleveland Browns.

And former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett wasted no time at all in offering his services to help fill the void left behind by Richardson.

Clarett took to Twitter on Wednesday to ask the team for a tryout.