Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Photo: Browns fan mocks team executives with 'three stooges' shirt


A day removed from the "three stooges" press conference, one Cleveland Browns fan is looking to cash in by creating a shirt that depicts team owner Jimmy Haslam, CEO Joe Banner, and GM Mike Lombardi as the trio of slapstick comedians. Underneath their faces reads the caption, "Rebuilding Disbelieveland since 2013."

In case you missed it, the three stooges reference was born when a reporter bluntly asked at Monday's press conference, "Can you assure the fans that you don't have the three stooges running this operation?" The question came after the Browns axed head coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season.

Poor Browns fans.

Via Eye on Football

Video: Aaron Rodgers' playoff-clinching pass to Randall Cobb remade in Tecmo Bowl form

The Green Bay Packers are hosting a playoff game at Lambeau Field this weekend after Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb connected for a game-winning touchdown over the Bears last Sunday.

It was a dramatic spectacle in and of itself. But that didn't stop the folks from TecmoBowl.org from remaking the play in animated or what is otherwise known as Tecmo Bowl form.

The clip is accompanied by the live audio from Joe Buck on Fox.

Enjoy. Well, unless you are a Bears fan.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Ken Griffey Jr.'s son catches first touchdown pass


Future MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. was in attendance Tuesday to watch his son, Trey, haul in his first career touchdown catch for Arizona.

As you can see from the video clip, Trey's snag near the end of the second quarter is nothing short of amazing, which makes us all recollect the countless number of jaw-dropping catches his father made over his illustrious career.

Let's hope dad caught the touchdown catch on camera because it looks like he certainly had the equipment to do so. Apparently, Junior was bestowed a media credential to take pictures on the sideline for ESPN.


Ken Griffey Jr enormous camera

Via The Big Lead

Video: Watch dudes make 500 foot moving goal shot from tower

The Dude Perfect gang is at it again.

Their latest act comes on location from atop the Reunion Tower in Dallas where the guys attempt to make a shot from 500 feet above.

Because writing a story about their attempt is only noteworthy unless they pull of the feat, as you can see from the video above, they do and it is wonderful.

You have got to love the creativity and enthusiasm.

Video: Watch Jameis Winston lose arm wrestling match to man wearing fedora

As Heisman winner Jameis Winston prepares to guide his Florida State Seminoles in the national title game against the Auburn Tigers, he appears to be engaging in impromptu arm wrestling matches and losing.

Seen here is a grainy video showing Winston succumbing to defeat in a battle of strength. The man the quarterback apparently loses to is described by the YouTube description as a "5-foot-11, 163-pound Jewish father," who also has an affinity for stylish fedora.

After the match, the man proceeds to pour salt into Winston's wound by saying, "I didn't hurt you, did I?"

Perhaps the man is just a Tigers fan in disguise? And is looking to do whatever it takes to wear out Winston's golden arm before Jan. 6.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Texas marching band honors Mack Brown

Texas Band spells "Mack Brown"

The Texas Longhorns marching band honored departing football coach Mack Brown in their halftime performance at the Valero Alamo Bowl by spelling out his name in formation.

Brown fell 30-7 to the Oregon Ducks in his final game at the helm. He leaves Austin after leading the program for 16 years.

Via Diehard Sports

Docter says Anderson Silva could train again in 6-9 months

Weidman vs Silva

There has been speculation that Anderson Silva has a desire to return to the octagon again despite suffering a brutal leg injury during last Saturday's bout against Chris Weidman.

According to the doctor who performed successful surgery on Silva's leg, Steve Sanders, who is the Ultimate Fighting Championhip's orthopedic surgeon, he believes Silva could start training again in 6-9 months if he chooses.

"In the pre-op area, his question was, 'When can I train?'" Sanders said. "And he asks every time I see him on my rounds, 'When can I train?', and I always indicate to him he should be able to train. It's important to be positive with your patient."

Regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the sport's history, Silva broke both his left tibia and fibula in the main event of UFC 168 on Saturday. In order to stabilize Silva's broken leg, Sanders inserted a titanium rod to stabilize it. The procedure took roughly an hour.

Via USA Today

Video: Reporter passes out on live television while interviewing skier

While interviewing a cross country skier in Utah on Saturday, KUTV reporter Brooke Graham passed out on live television, but managed to gather herself and complete the interview session, anyway.

Apparently, Graham says this isn't the first time this has happened:

A lot of people have expressed concern and well wishes and I really appreciate it. However, this is not the first time I have passed out cold. I am known to faint any time I am in high altitudes and get too cold. (so does my twin sister Britt) So this week I plan to go get checked out by a doctor and get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, we can all laugh at the craziness of the situation! I have laughed many times watching this video so don’t feel bad if it makes you giggle.

It's good to hear Graham is taking the whole ordeal in stride.

Via For the Win

Monday, December 30, 2013

Video: Georgia Tech runs poorly executed fake punt

Georgia Tech Fake Punt May Be the Worst Attempt Ever

Neither Georgia Tech or Ole Miss had much to lose entering Monday's Music City Bowl in Nashville.

With that being said, it should come as no surprise that the Yellow Jackets attempted a fake punt on 4th & 11 near the half.

As you can see from the GIF, Georgia Tech's bid to pick up the first down came up utterly short, partly due to the worst execution imaginable.

Punter Sean Poole is doomed from the time he catches the snap as a swarm of Rebels surround him almost immediately. But in a twist of fate, Poole pretty much takes himself out the play by giving way to the turf monster, or a sniper, or both.

Ole Miss won the game by a tally of 25-17.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Browns fan holds small protest outside of team facility

Sad Browns Fan Holds World's Saddest Protest

Cleveland Browns fans have had enough. Well, at least this one.

Seen here is a poor Browns fan holding a sign and modest protest outside of the team facility with a sign reading "Thanks for 15 Years of Pain & Misery."

Amazingly, the team added insult to injury when they told him to move across the street. Man, Browns fans just can't catch a break.
Via Deadspin

J.R. Smith is not happy at the Knicks for waiving his younger brother

If J.R. Smith's Instagram account is any indication, the New York Knicks guard is none too pleased with the team after waiving his younger brother, Chris Smith, on Monday.

To be fair, a solid case could be made that Chris shouldn't have ever been on the roster at all. He logged just one minute of action in the only two games he played in and many believe his mere inclusion on the roster was nothing more than a favor to J.R.

Nonetheless, the two brothers will no longer be able to live the NBA dream together, unfortunately. And that makes J.R. really upset.

Via For the Win

Rose Bowl vows to take police action if Auburn fans cover palm trees with toilet paper

John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports

Auburn Tigers fans have this little tradition they like to do after winning a football game that involves storming Toomer's Corner on campus and leaving toilet paper all over the tress (or what is left of the trees now).

So, in an effort to make their Rose Bowl appearance in Pasadena feel more like home (assuming they come away victorious), one heavily followed Auburn fansite proposed the idea of rolling the trees outside of Rose Bowl Stadium, to which the officials for the venue got wind off and adamantly warned not to do it.

Report: Tim Tebow accepts broadcasting role with ESPN

According to a press release published Monday afternoon, Tim Tebow, arguably the most polarizing athlete in all of sports, has agreed to join ESPN and serve as a college football analyst for the SEC Network's pregame show "SEC Nation."

Although Tebow is sticking his toes in the broadcasting waters, Monday's press release also stated that Tebow still has aspirations of playing in the NFL, and this new broadcasting gig will not spell the end of his pursuit of that dream.

Here is a quote from Tebow courtesy of the release:

Photo: AJ McCarron drops photobomb of two girls

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What is AJ McCarron doing to prepare for his last game of his Alabama Crimson Tide career? Well, aside from preparing from the Sugar Bowl, the quarterback also seems to be enjoying himself by photobombing unsuspecting girls.

The jury is still out and what exactly is going on in this photo aside from a photobomb by two different people. I mean, what event features the sort of shenanigans that seem to be present here?

Nonetheless, McCarron appeared to have had a good time.

Via College Spun

Photo: Vikings fans swipe seat backs after final game at Metrodome

A few fans at the Metrodome left the Vikings game with a souvenir. (Twitter)

At least four Minnesota Vikings fans refused to go home empty-handed Sunday after the team played its last ever game at the Metrodome.

Despite making it clear they didn't want fans to pillage parts of the stadium, by hiring extra security officers for the stadium finale, some fans decided to go against the grain and swipe seat backs anyway.

Seen here is a photo taken by WCCO-TV which clearly shows four missing seat backs within the premises of the historic stadium. The fact that the fans were able to unhinge the seats without being caught is impressive in and of itself.

However, fans who want to legally obtain a seat from the stadium can do so by purchasing one for $60 from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

Via Eye on Football

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar questions Andrew Bynum's heart and commitment

Andrew Bynum has fallen on tough times as of late.

After missing an entire season with the 76ers due to ongoing knee problems, the Cavaliers big man has now been suspended by the team for "detrimental conduct," leaving some to wonder whether Bynum will ever return to the great form he enjoyed with the Lakers.

Count basketball legend and former mentor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among that group. Jabbar took to Facebook on Sunday to share his thoughts about the matter at hand.

I believe Andrew has always had the potential to help a team when he puts his heart into it. He just doesn't seem to be consistent with his commitment to the game. That can lead to a lot of frustration for any team that has signed him.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rick Pitino compares Louisville's front court to Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake

Feb 3, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA;  Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino questions a call during the first half against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the KFC Yum! Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Pitino certainly has a way with words.

The latest evidence of this fact comes courtesy of his most recent blog post for his website. Among other things, the Hall of Fame coach writes about Louisville's banner year, his plan for 2014, and what he believes is the biggest weakness for the Cardinals. Oh, and he also used an analogy featuring Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake to help explain Louisville's front court issues.

Take a look (via RickPitino.com):

Let me give you an analogy of our front court knowing who they are. It’s like having Christina Aguilera to sing at a concert, she comes out, ignores her great voice and dances for two hours. That’s our front court. I remember as if were yesterday asking Rodrick Rhodes, who played for me at UK, this question. You are a great defender, slasher and passer — why are you trying to show everyone the 3pt shot is your thing?

Photo: Buffalo Bills sponsor uses billboard to mock Tom Brady

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The Buffalo Bills will take on the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon for what would be their last game of the season.

In an effort to go out with a bang, Northtown Automotive, an official sponsor of the team, displayed a billboard mocking Tom Bray for his signature UGG boots.

As clever as it may be, the billboard still won't change the fact that the Patriots will be playing in the postseason while the Bills will be watching at home. So I suppose you could say New England will get the last laugh between these two bitter division rivals.

Via Bleacher Report

Alabama fans name their daughter 'Krimson Tyde'


Fans in the south really love their football.

For example, take this set of married and diehard Alabama fans who apparently love their football program so much that they decided to named their newborn daughter "Krimson Tyde."

Only in Alabama?

Jason Kidd says report of him losing Nets locker room was fabricated

It's been a rough year thus far for Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets.

The team entered the season with massive expectations and an ever larger payroll, but through nearly 30 games, haven't lived up to the hype.

A report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports earlier in the week cited team sources indicating that Kidd was losing the locker room.

Here is what the first-year coach had to say about that claim:

Ronda Rousey, Chris Weidman celebrate big wins with junk food


It goes without saying, but UFC fighters are in extremely good physical condition. And being in such superb condition often comes with a price. Namely, a rigorous workout routine and a steady diet full of healthy food.

However, some occasions call for a diversion from the norm, as Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey can attest to after both came up winners in Saturday night's UFC bouts.

Hours after possibly ending Anderson Silva's career, Weidman continued down his path of destruction, by annihilating a double bacon cheeseburger at XS nightclub. A cold brew or two accompanied Weidman's meal.

Meanwhile, Rousey took her victory parade to Wolfgang Puck's establishment at the MGM to feast on her usual post fight chicken wings.

To the victor go the spoil.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Photo: Minor league hockey player shares cringeworthy peril of goalkeeping

Connor Knapp is a minor league goalkeeper in the Buffalo Sabres organization.

On Saturday, the 23-year-old shared a rather cringeworthy and accurate photo of what the goalkeeping position often entails.

No other words are needed. The picture says it all.

Via Deadspin

Antrel Rolle not happy with snub, calls Pro Bowl 'a joke'

The announcement of 2014 Pro Bowl selections did not bring favorable news to Antrel Rolle this year.

In fact, the New York Giants safety appears to be taking the news of his exclusion pretty harshly. Rolle took to his Twitter account late Friday to make his discontent with the situation clearly known.

Report: Florida woman threatens to kill Walmart employee over price of skateboard

Entering the premises of a Walmart establishment is arguably the most harrowing experience known to mankind nowadays. Especially when you become aware of incidents like the one that supposedly occurred in Florida around Christmas.

According to Click Orlando, a customer reportedly became so upset over the listed price of a skateboard that she chose to become violent toward an employee as a showing of her displeasure.

According to police, the associate was assisting another customer when Maria Desimone approached her and was upset about the price of a skateboard. Desimone began cursing at the woman and swung the board as if she was going to hit her, police said.

The sales associate pointed her finger at Desimone, who then threatened to kill her, according to police.

Thankfully, the 45-year-old Desimone was arrested on battery charges shortly after.

Via The Big Lead

Video: Premier League player celebrates goal by getting hair scissored off on sideline

Soccer players are always coming up with new and fresh ideas on how to appropriately celebrate a goal. But this celebration by Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone during a Premier League match against Fulham may take the cake.

Check it out as Huddlestone pays tribute to his score by sprinting over to the sideline and getting a chunk of his hair chopped off.

Okay, so there is more to the story than just meets the eye. Apparently, Huddlestone vowed in 2011 to abstain from cutting his hair until he scored another goal, contingent upon fans donating 75,000 British pounds to charity. As fate would have it, the promise would take 54 league matches before Huddlestone finally found the back of the net. And this is when the ceremonial cutting off the locks commenced.

Via For the Win

Video: Louisville offensive lineman serenades audience with smooth singing voice

When his career at the University of Louisville is over, Cardinals offensive tackle Jamon Brown may have a future with a microphone.

Why? Well, because it appears as though Brown can do more than simply pancake defenders and protect potential No. 1 overall draft pick Teddy Bridgewater. Brown can also belt out sweet music.

Seen and heard here is Brown showing off his musical talent to the tune of John Legend's "Ordinary People" as part of Russell Athletic Bowl festivities. Not too shabby.

Brown will trade in his mic for pads on Saturday as his Cardinals take on Miami beginning at 6:45 pm EST. Should be a good time.

Via For the Win

Video: Oakland Athletics fan creates awesome mural urging team to stay

Although chatter has run rampant lately about possibly moving the Oakland Athletics franchise to another city, loyal fans in Oakland continue to plead for the team to stay.

One such example comes courtesy of talented artist Francisco Sanchez. Check it out as he has been hard at work creating a mural that is designed to urge the A's to stay at the place they have been since 1968.

One of the largest parts of the mural is an image of Rickey Henderson holding a base over his head to signify his unrivaled ability to swipe bags. Further adding to the coolness of the gesture is the fact that Henderson himself rolled through the area and gave props to Sanchez one day.

Via Eye on Baseball

Photo: Yankee Stadium has been converted to football field for bowl game

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Folks who make their way into Yankee Stadium this weekend may be surprised to see what the inside holds.

This is because the iconic grounds has been converted from a baseball diamond to a football field for Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl between Notre Dame and Rutgers.

It's the fourth year in a row that the Pinstripe Bowl has hosted the event, but the amazing transformation never ceases to amaze.

Hats off to the grounds crew for an excellent job.

Boyz II Men forgive Aaron Rodgers for chickening out of bet

The iconic R&B trio known as Boyz II Men is ready to forgive Aaron Rodgers after they claim the Packers quarterback failed to hold up his end of a friendly wager last season.

Wanya Morris told TMZ Sports that both sides have settled their issues after Rodgers refused to wear a 49ers jersey when Green Bay lost to San Francisco in 2012.

In case you missed it, Rodgers agreed to wear a 49ers jersey if the Packers lost to the 49ers last year. As fate would have it, the Packers did lose, however, Rodgers "chickened" out of wearing the jersey.

The group has since told Rodgers that he is forgiven saying, "it's all good, life is life."

Friday, December 27, 2013

Photo: Uniforms for Under Armour All-America game unveiled

2014 Under Armour All-America Game Uniforms Revealed

Uniforms for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game were unveiled on Friday and they are sure to turn some heads.

Seen here is a side-by-side view of what players from both sides will be wearing when they take the field at Tropicana Field on Jan. 2.

As you can see, bold and bright seems to be the theme for this year's design.

Oh, and take a look at what the players will be wearing underneath their drabs.

Metta World Peace: I'm not a player, I'm an alien

As New York media stirs up the pot in regards to possible ownership changes, team owner James Dolan met with the team on Thursday to reassure his players the speculation was not true.

When asked about Dolan's speech to the Knicks, Metta World Peace had a rather interesting response. Let's take a look, shall we?
Wait, what?

Photo: Frank Beamer dons sombrero while dancing in airport


Frank Beamer was in a jovial mood when his Virginia Tech Hokies landed in El Paso for their bout against UCLA in the Sun Bowl.

Take a look as the 67-year-old head coach boogies down while proudly wearing a sombrero within the airport corridors.

The scene featured a welcome party for the Hokies that featured a mariachi band, singers, and dancers. Oh, and Frank Beamer acting like he was in his twenties again.


Via The Big Lead

Photo: Steve Kerr drops epic photobomb


Steve Kerr is a man of many talents. The former NBAer can play basketball, analyze basketball, and he can also photobomb a picture like nobody's business.

Evidence of this latter observation can be seen in the image above where he flashes peace signs behind two unsuspecting gentleman at the Blazers-Clippers game.  

Well done, Kerr, you sneaky devil.

Photo: Alex Morgan sports leopard-spotted onesie for Christmas


International soccer star Alex Morgan in a leopard-spotted onesie? You better believe it.

Seen here is the the newly engaged Morgan showing off her awesome onesie on Christmas Day.

Soccer aficionado, heartthrob, and fashion connoisseur. That's what Morgan is.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Contract that sent Babe Ruth from Red Sox to Yankees in 1919

On Dec. 26, 1919, the Boston Red Sox executed a move that would change baseball history forever when they shipped Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in exchange for cash.

Seen above is the contract from that deal which made it all official.

As fate would have it, after winning the World Series with Ruth in 1915, 1916, and 1918, the Red Sox wouldn't win one again until 2004. Conversely, the Yankees won the World Series with Ruth in 1923, the first of their 27 world titles.

Via Eye on Baseball

Photo: Deion Sanders showers kids with massive amount of gifts

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It appears kids living within the Deion Sanders residence had a good Christmas.

Seen here is an overhead photo taken by "Primetime" himself which shows the massive bounty unwrapped by his children on Christmas morning.

As you can see, there may be enough boxes in the living room to fill a UPS truck all by itself. 

Photo: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl runs out of pizza for media

Media members who desired to get their hands on a couple of fresh slices of pizza before the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl were in for a rude awakening Thursday night.

According to this tweet by David Dermer, the bowl organizers apparently ran out of pizza. Oh, the irony.

Seriously, though. How does this happen?

Via Bleacher Report

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jimmie Johnson hasn't forgotten Donovan McNabb's comments

Jimmie Johnson still hasn't forgotten what Donovan McNabb said about him earlier this year.

In case you missed it, the former NFL quarterback drew serious backlash from the NASCAR world after refusing to call Johnson an athlete. Both guys went back and forth for a couple of days before the situation finally diffused itself.

However, it appears Johnson may have lit the proverbial wick on Thursday by tweeting out this subtle jab at McNabb in reference to his "not an athlete" remark.

Uh oh! Your move, McNabb.

Via For the Win

Chip Kelly uses funny analogy to say Eagles won't take Cowboys lightly

On Thursday, Chip Kelly met with the media to discuss Sunday's monumental affair against the Cowboys and proceeded to drop one of the best analogies of the season.

When asked about whether facing a depleted Cowboys team is similar to the depleted Vikings team the Eagles faced earlier in the season, Kelly adamantly said no, adding a little extra illustration to serve as proof.

"No, because I think ‑‑ I don't think that was our mind‑set going in. I thought we had a great week of practice and as I said before, I think you've got to give [Vikings QB] Matt Cassel a lot of credit. Go back and watch the film of how well he played in that game and they made plays and we didn't and that's what it is. I don't think anybody in this group was like, ‘Hey, we don't have to get ready this week because such and such and such and such isn't going to play.’ I know this team is not going to fall for the banana‑in‑the‑tailpipe trick. We are not concerned with that stuff."

Basically, Philly won't be taking Dallas lightly in spite of whatever injuries there may be. With a division title and playoff berth at stake, I would certainly hope not.

Via Philly.com

Photo: Philadelphia billboard trolls Jerry Jones hard

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There is a lot on the line with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys game this weekend. The bitter rivals will essentially be playing for a division title and a ticket to the playoffs. The winner moves on while the loser stays home.

In anticipation of the pivotal matchup, 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia decided to erect this billboard with a message trolling Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones hard. Obviously, the radio station is quite confident that their Eagles will capture the NFC East at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.

For what it's worth, the Cowboys enter the weekend with a 5-0 mark against division foes this season. A win Sunday night would give Dallas its first sweep over division opponents since 1998 when they went 8-0.

Via Eye on Football

Video: It appears LeBron James is not so good at golf

It goes without question that LeBron James is one of the best basketball players in the world. Heck, maybe even among the best of all-time.

However, James doesn't seem to be too gifted when it comes to a golf club, as this can be easily noticed in the video clip starring himself and comedian Kevin Hart for Samsung.

Watch as James tries mightily to execute a golf swing worth of praise. Simply put, it's just not happening for the big guy, but the good news is that he is still extremely good at basketball. So there's that.

Hey, you can't be good at everything, right?

Via For the Win

Photo: NBA players try their hand at underwear modeling


Chris "Birdman" Andersen and Udonis Haslem both play professional basketball for the Miami Heat. What else do the two have in common? Well, both are also spokesmen for PSD underwear.

Seen are Andersen and Haslem showing off the underoos to the masses. The image in the bottom left is a special edition underwear inspired by Birdman's tattoos.

Memphis Grizzlies star Mike Miller also models PSD underwear on the side. Oh, and so do his two sons.

Video: Nets fan earmuffs younger brother to protect from Kevin Garnett's profanity


One young Brooklyn Nets fan had the privilege of sitting courtside for Brooklyn's Christmas Day game against the Chicago Bulls.

However, the young fan also had the privilege of hearing Kevin Garnett spew some profanity at an official after being called for a foul.

The end result is priceless as the older brother of the boy immediately applies "earmuffs" to protect his sibling from hearing evil.

Via Beyond the Buzzer

Photo: Fan wears custom LeBron James Lakers jersey

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LeBron James has the option of opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat at the conclusion of this season.

Fans around the league are well aware of this fact and this is partly why one Los Angeles Lakers fan in particular decided to sport his custom LeBron James Lakers jersey on Christmas Day at the Staples Center. It was a clever attempt by the longtime season ticket holder to do some recruiting while the Lakers hosted James and the Heat.

Hey, the fan can dream, can't he?

Via Bleacher Report 

Photo: Dwight Howard gives teammates luxury watches for Christmas

Dwight Howard Shows Love to New Teammates by Buying Them Expensive Watches

It appears Dwight Howard's teammates were in for a good surprise this Christmas as each of them received luxury watches from the Houston Rockets big man.

Howard didn't just buy the same watch for every teammate, though. No, he decided to mix it up by gifting flashy watches from all brands, shapes, and colors.

Well done, Dwight.

Via Bleacher Report

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Top Twins pitching prospect substitute teaches for $63 per day in offseason

Top Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer may have signed a contract reportedly worth $2 million in 2011, but he hasn't let that go to his head, as the 6-foot-9 Meyer has spent the past three offseasons serving as a substitute teacher for his small town of Greensburg, Indiana.

How does Meyer's teaching salary compare to his professional baseball pay? How about a modest chunk of change worth $63 per day.

Okay, so here is a little background on Meyer. After winning Indiana Mr. Baseball honors as a senior in high school, Meyer played three seasons at the University of Kentucky before being selected 23rd overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. Last year, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins and immediately ranked as the organization's fourth-best overall prospect by Baseball America. Long story short, Meyer looks primed to make a lot of money playing baseball for a living.

Video: Young Auburn fan goes bananas after receiving title game tickets

It's been a fantastic year to be an Auburn Tigers football fan. And young Collin here received the ultimate gift on Christmas when he unwrapped two tickets to see his beloved Tigers play in the BCS national championship game.

This is what it's all about, folks.

Hey dad, road trip!

Via For the Win

Photo: Groundbreaking for Astrodome was done with guns rather than shovels

While most opt to go the more traditional route with shovels when it comes to groundbreaking, Texas officials who were on hand for the groundbreaking of the Astrodome decided to use guns, instead.

Given the state's noted affection for guns, coupled with the fact that the Astros were known as the Houston Colt .45s at the time, this photo really shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.

However, it's still a surreal scene for today's society who continues to bicker over gun control laws and such.

Via Eye on Baseball

Mike D'Antoni apologizes for saying Lakers fans should 'find another team to root for'

Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni announces he is unable to coach his new team against the Rockets, due to recovery from a knee operation, in Los Angeles

On Monday, Mike D'Antoni drew the ire of Los Angeles Lakers fans when he told supporters who are frustrated with the club's performance to "go find another team to root for."

The comments were destined to stir up the pot and anger Lakers fans from the beginning. On Tuesday, D'Antoni issued an immediate apology.

“I was an idiot last night,” said D’Antoni after the Lakers walkthrough on Tuesday, in preparation for their Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat. “I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn’t play well … so I said some stuff I shouldn’t have. That’s me. I just made a mistake.”

D’Antoni tried to clarify what he meant with his comments, while acknowledging he didn’t deliver the message as intended.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Photo: Celtics calendar features Kevin Garnett on cover

Because it's near the end of the year, calendars are flying off the shelves right now, and what better way for a Boston Celtics fan to show their support of the team than by proudly displaying a calendar featuring a former player.

Yes, that's right. The calendar seen above features ex-Celtic and current Brooklyn Net Kevin Garnett as its cover man. Due to the business nature of professional sports, it isn't uncommon for calendars to feature former players of teams.

However, considering Garnett was traded to the Nets all the way back in June, it makes the fact that this publisher decided to use his likeness on the front a puzzling mystery.

Via @darrenrovell

Video: Watch Missouri football team go crazy over bowl gifts

The best part about participating in a college football bowl game isn't necessarily the privilege of playing an additional contest beyond the regular season. No, it's the amazing amount of gifts players receive.

The Missouri Tigers football team can attest to this after getting wildly excited over the gifts they were showered with as part of playing in the Cotton Bowl.

Their reactions are relatively tempered while being shown the clothing items. But all of that changes when the Nike sneakers and Apple iPad Mini flash before their eyes.


Via For the Win

Photo: Married Dallas Mavericks fans share awkward wish for Dirk Nowitzki on sign

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And the award for most uncomfortable sign at a Dallas Mavericks game this season goes to this lovely married couple.

Check it out as the husband wraps his arm around his wife while holding a sign that reads, "Dirk!!! My Wife is Pregnant...I Hope it's Yours!"

Ummm? The sign is meant to be a joke, obviously. But it's still pushing the envelope a little bit.

Let's hope Nowitzki's wife of over a year, Jessica Olsson, doesn't catch wind of this. Especially considering Nowitzki and Olsson just had a child of their own this past summer. Having another child from another woman in the household would just be awkward.

Via For the Win

Mike D'Antoni tells Lakers fans to 'find another team to root for'

Mike D'Antoni has a message for any Los Angeles Lakers fan frustrated by the team's slow start out of the gates this season.

After LA's 27-point loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday, a game following a 19-point loss to the Golden State Warriors, D'Antoni opted to take a shot at fans by telling them to go root for another team.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni was defiant when a reporter suggested fans have become “discouraged” by the team’s 13-15 start to the season.”Why would I be discouraged?” D’Antoni said. “We’re fighting with a bunch of good guys that played well before and they’ll play [well] again. If [the fans] are discouraged, then, you know, find another team to root for. I’m all right. We’re not going to give up. Are you kidding me? Discouraged? That’s not even fair to these guys.”

Wait, what?

Photo: Lions fans receive playoff tickets a day after being eliminated

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Thanks to three consecutive losses, the Detroit Lions will not be going to the postseason this year. That dream was officially zapped when the Lions lost to the New York Giants over the weekend.

As if the reality of tanking near the end of the season wasn't enough for Lions fans to bear, season ticket holders received their playoff tickets on Monday, adding even more salt to an already gaping wound.

The team mailed playoff invoices to season ticket holders last month in anticipation of the Lions making the playoffs. At that time, the prospects looked extremely bright, as Detroit sat atop the division before going on to lose five of their next six games.

Now, it is sure to be a somber Christmas for the Motor City. These dubious and ill-timed postseason tickets don't help to lift the spirit of discontent Lions fans, either.

Via Eye on Football

Video: Paul Pierce ejected after clotheslining George Hill

In case you missed it, Paul Piece did his best WWE impression Monday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Seen here is the Hall of Fame bound veteran chasing down Pacers guard George Hill and proceeding to clothesline him as he attempts to drive toward the basket.

The blatant foul was enough for Piece to be ejected with additional discipline in the form of suspension or a fine probably forthcoming from the league, too.

Via For the Win

Monday, December 23, 2013

Video: You won't believe how the Sabres-Coyotes game ended


The Phoenix Coyotes dropped a heart-breaker in overtime Monday night to the Buffalo Sabres. But that in and of itself isn't exactly newsworthy.

What is newsworthy, however, is the manner in which the Coyotes lost, which can only be appreciated while listening to "Yakety Sax" when watching the video clip.

The incident unfolded when Buffalo's Mark Psysk knocked the puck up in the air near Phoenix's net. This is when Coyotes goalie Mike Smith somehow managed to secure the puck in the back of his pants.

Clueless as to where the puck landed, Smith then did what goalies are trained to do, which is retreat back to the net, except this move proved to cost Phoenix the game-winning goal and subsequently the game.

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Report: Texas A&M linebacker hid drugs and pills in giant Hershey's Kiss

Texas A&M linebacker Darian Claiborne was arrested on Dec. 22 after a routine traffic stop resulted in some troubling discoveries.

According to TMZ, cops found marijuana and prescription pills hidden within a giant Hershey's Kiss ornament inside the car Claiborne was riding in.

Cops initially pulled over the vehicle for not having plates displayed on the front of the car as well as because two of the three passengers were not wearing seat belts.

The cops searched the car and found a "red plastic Hershey's kiss ornament" in the center console ... and inside, it contained a small bag of weed and 5 white and blue capsules. 

Photo: Hanley Ramirez is rocking a new hairstyle nowadays

Perhaps playing in Hollywood is beginning to rub off on Hanley Ramirez?

During the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers third basemen kept his hairstyle nice and tight by sporting some carefully crafted braids. Now it appears Ramirez has literally let his hair down and opted for a more old fashioned and laid back approach.

The end result is a hairdo that looks, well, interesting?

On a related note, Monday marked Ramirez's 30th birthday. Coincidence?

Babe Ruth has the most forged signature of any athlete dead or alive

The Sandlot (20th Century Fox)

According to the PSA/DNA Authentication Services, the most forged signature of any athlete dead or alive is still Babe Ruth.

The Great Bambino topped a list that included other sports icons such as Lou Gehrig, Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali, and Wayne Gretzky, among others.

It would be safe to say that The Sandlot probably deserves a little credit for Ruth's ranking on the dubious list. After all, the 1993 blockbuster put the thought of forging a Ruth signature in the minds of countless kids and moviegoers.

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Photo: St. Louis Rams fan rocks innovative haircut of football

Rams fan football head

The haircut of the future for football fans has arrived.

Seen in the photo above is a St. Louis Rams fan proudly displaying his football-inspired haircut. His natural brown locks serve as the pigskin itself while some sort of white substance doubles as the laces.

St. Louis barbers take note.

Video: Terrell Owens stars in burger commercial, Eagles fans pick on him

Terrell Owens' time as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles was filled with highs and lows. The wide receiver enjoyed many productive seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, but he also took the brunt of some heat from fans along the way, too.

This is what makes the latest commercial from Hardees/Carl's Jr. so perfect. Seen here is Owens plugging the Philly Cheesesteak Burger while making light of his previous experiences in Philly. As you can see (and probably remember), Eagles fans weren't always too kind to him.

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Video: Chicago Bears fan (and dad) ruins daughter's Christmas with Packers jersey

It's no secret that the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers don't like each other. And neither do their fans.

Well, one Bears fan/father decided to have some fun with the bitter rivalry by surprising his unsuspecting daughter with what she believed was a Bears jersey. However, once she opened the package she discovered the jersey inside was really that of the Packers.

Her reaction is one that shouldn't be too surprising of a loyal fan receiving apparel of the team's biggest rival. Come on, dad. That's a low blow!

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Boise State quarterback claims teammates wrongfully accused him of urinating off balcony

Tuesday's Hawaii Bowl was supposed to be the final game for Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick of his college career. However, the maligned signal caller will not be playing in the game after he claims he was wrongfully accused by teammates of urinating off a hotel balcony, thus leading to him being sent back home on Friday.

Southwick spoke out about the incident with the Idaho Statesman over the weekend and alleges that his teammates basically threw him under the proverbial bus. Southwick claims he did nothing wrong and even witnessed the person who was actually guilty of the urination fiasco.

Southwick says he went to bed and was confronted about the situation by his quarterbacks coach the following morning. He was accused and dropped off at the airport by noon on the same day.

Is the NFL looking to narrow the uprights?

The width between two uprights in the National Football League is 18.5 feet and has been since the league's inception. But could a change be coming that could ultimately narrow the width and make it harder for kickers to boot the ball through the goalposts?

According to the National Football Post, the idea has been proposed casually, but it could gain some legs when the competition committee meets for the NFL's annual meeting in March. However, the source maintains that a move as impactful as narrowing the uprights still seems improbable.

“It’s not to the critical point yet, I don’t think,” one member said. “I don’t know if you penalize a position just for excellence. We’ll see how (things go) over the next season or two.” Kickers are converting field goals at a record rate, 86.1 percent going into the weekend, which would outdistance the old record of 84.5 percent. There are 13 kickers who have converted 90 percent or more of their attempts, and there have been 86 successful kicks of 50 yards or more, including Matt Prater’s record 64-yarder a few weeks ago.

Photo: LaGarrette Blount mocks Ray Lewis with touchdown dance

LeGarrette Blount Mocked the Ray Lewis Dance

The New England Patriots steamrolled the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday and effectively ended any and all hope the Ravens had at winning the AFC North.

Adding further salt to Baltimore's open wound was Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount. Here he is mocking Ray Lewis and the retired linebacker's signature dance move after scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

This is either the greatest or worst thing in the world depending on how you feel about Mr. Lewis.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Photo: Aaron Rodgers photobombs teammates while disguised as Santa

Santa Rodgers Photobombs Green Bay's Captain Photo

Despite being sidelined due to injury, Aaron Rodgers is still making his presence felt as a captain for the Green Bay Packers.

Seen here is Rodgers disguised as Santa Claus lurking behind fellow captains Sam Shields, John Kuhn, and Jarrett Boykin. Photobomb, anyone?

As great as his shenanigans were on the sidelines Sunday, Rodgers was sorely missed on the field, where the Packers dropped a game to the Steelers they desperately needed to win.

Via Deadspin

Video: SNL spoofs Billie Jean King's delegation to Olympics

In case you missed it, Billie Jean King made an appearance on Saturday Night Live during the Weekend Update segment last night. Her appearance comes on the heels of being delegated to represent the United States in Russia for the Sochi Olympics.

Okay, so King wasn't actually there herself. Instead, King was marvelously played by Kate McKinnon, who drummed up comedy with a plethora of gay stereotypes in order to make fun of Russia's anti-gay laws.

The whole mock interview is fantastic and is sure to conjure a laugh or four.

Via Deadspin

Photo: Shin-Soo Choo's three children having a good Christmas

Well, there are at least three kids who figure to have an excellent Christmas this year.

Seen here is an adorable photo of Shin-Soo Choo's children decked out with gear representing daddy's new employer.

In case you missed it, the coveted free agent inked a seven-year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers this weekend and appears like the whole family is extremely happy with that decision.

Let the amazing amount of gifts rain down upon us like daddy's ability to draw a walk, so says his kids.

Via Eye on Baseball