Friday, February 28, 2014

Video: Ron Zook tweets screenshot of daughter appearing in Wendy's commercial

So, you know those Wendy's commercials that constantly shoot across our television screens? Well, apparently Ron Zook's daughter is the brunette in at least one of them.

The former Florida and Illinois head football coach tweeted out a screenshot Friday afternoon to serve as proof. Yeah, that seems like one proud father to me.

For the record, the product she's helping pitch in this commercial is Wendy's Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger. You can check out the full video clip below.

Lucky guy lands prom date with Texans cheerleader thanks to retweets

Texas HS Football Player to Take Texans Cheerleader to Prom Thanks to Retweets

Crosby High School (TX) offensive lineman Michael Ramirez has reached legend status after convincing a Houston Texans cheerleader to attend prom with him.

A Texans cheerleader by the name of Caitlyn accepted Ramirez's request after he pledged 10,000 retweets in order to secure the date. Ramirez eclipsed the 10,000 threshold Friday afternoon and Caitlyn appears to be standing by her promise.

A sincere apology goes out to the leading contenders to win homecoming queen and king. Because I think Michael and Caitlyn are now the clearcut favorites to win the coveted honors.

Piers Morgan: American football is 'girly'

022814_piers_morgan_sports_launch
Piers Morgan believes American football is girly.

We now know this because TMZ recently caught up with the British television personality and asked what he thought about the gossip network expanding their operations into England. Simply put, Morgan said American-based TMZ needs to learn about real football first.

“You gotta learn proper football,” Morgan said. “The real one with the round ball and no girly padding or helmets.”

The real football Morgan is referring to, of course, is soccer. Sure, American football requires the use of pads, unlike soccer, but the sport also requires pads for good reason. Calling America's favorite sport girly is no way to stay in the good graces of the football-crazed United States.

File away Morgan's opinion of American football along with this guy.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Jameis Winston videobombs telecast by doing 'The Robot'



We know by now that Jameis Winston is a talented athlete.

He has won the Heisman in college football and throws a baseball in excess of 90 mph. Both are rare and impressive feats in their own rights. But can he dance?

If The Robot qualifies as dancing than Winston is all set in that department too.

Watch as the Florida State student-athlete videobombs this recent pre-game telecast by busting out the tried and true dance move.

Via Hall of Very Good

Tim Tebow to blame for Ohio State self-reporting NCAA violation?

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, right, fights back tears after embracing head coach Urban Meyer during the introduction of seniors before facing Florida State in Gainesville, Fla., in November 2009. Meyer announced today that he will step down as coach.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Ohio State Buckeyes self-reported a total of 43 secondary violations for all sports in its athletic department in 2013.

Strangely, one of the violations involves former Florida Gators standout Tim Tebow. As the story goes, Tebow and ex-coach Urban Meyer, who nows serves as head man at Ohio State, were having lunch together in March of 2013 when four-star recruit Clifton Garrett gave Meyer a call.

I'll let the Plain Dealer describe the rest of the story:

Upon receiving the call, Coach Meyer informed Garrett that he was on vacation and having lunch with friends and family, including Tim Tebow. Garrett asked Coach Meyer if he could wish Tebow good luck on the upcoming season. Coach Meyer handed the phone to Tebow and Garrett conversed with Tebow for approximately eight seconds. Coach Meyer stated that no recruiting conversation occurred, there was no intent to have Tebow recruit on behalf of Ohio State and he, in fact, did not recruit on behalf of Ohio State.

Chad Johnson once waited outside locker room to fight Ray Lewis


According to Chad Johnson, the former Cincinnati Bengals receiver once waited outside the locker after a game to confront Ray Lewis. Apparently, the whole motive stemmed from Lewis "unnecessarily" knocking Johnson's helmet off during the game.

Johnson revealed this short story to his Twitter followers Thursday and the details of the situation go as follows:

Video: College hoops player throws down between-the-legs dunk during game



Talladega College's Brandon "Snap" Peters threw down a dunk worthy of tremendous praise recently.

Watch as the 6-foot-2 guard courageously attempts a between-the-legs dunk on a fast break against Fisk University. As you can see, he succeeds.

Talladega College eventually cruised to a 140-104 victory.

Via Bleacher Report

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Photo: LeBron James' protective mask is very intimidating

LeBron James Wears Black Protective Mask for Game vs. Knicks, Internet Reacts

After breaking his nose a week ago, LeBron James was back on the court Thursday night to take on the Knicks, but did so wearing a protective mask that is sure to strike fear in anyone who beholds it.

There was no warning about what the mask would look like before James strolled out in it. So, it made for an interesting reaction from the social media world.

Zorro? Phantom of the Opera? Darth Vader?

Nope. Just LeBron.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Toledo Mud Hens unveil 'Ghostbusters' uniforms



On May 30, the Toledo Mud Hens, Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, will be donning Ghostbusters-inspired uniforms when they take they field.

The unique drabs were unveiled via the team's official Twitter account today.

Although it isn't likely intentional, the reveal by the Mud Hens comes during a sensitive time for Ghostbusters fans, considering Harold Ramis passed away on Tuesday. Still, it's cool to see Toledo playing homage to a timeless classic.

Via The Big Lead

Video: Sydney Leroux's attempt at 'Happy Gilmore' shot did not end well


U.S. women's soccer star Sydney Leroux is usually capable of executing exceptional footwork. But that wasn't the case when she recently tried her hand at doing a "Happy Gilmore" style golf swing.

As you can see from this Vine video, Leroux's approach to the tee goes awry when she gets tripped up by the edge of the concrete, resulting in a rather comical fall from grace.

Thankfully for us, there is video.

For the record, this is how such a golf swing is done.

San Diego Padres offering fans 'swing for your seats' promotion

Swing for your Seats

San Diego Padres fans who have been clamoring for season tickets, but don't have the means to pay for them, will soon get a chance to win season tickets for free!

On March 15, the Padres are hosting a "Swing for your Seats" promotion at Petco Park, where fans will essentially have the chance to earn free admission to games by clubbing a home run.

Registration for the awesome event has already begun as fans have the choice of taking a hack during one of four time slots. Fans wishing to participate can sign-up here. 

Needless to say, this is a great idea..

Via Padres.com

Arizona radio host advocates beaning Yasiel Puig to 'pay debt'


The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks don't care for each other very much. This much is clear.

What is not clear is why Arizona radio station host Doug Franz of KTAR thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post advocating for the D'backs to nail Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig with a pitch. The justification behind the beaning was so that "the Dodgers could pay their debt." Franz penned the post before the two teams played head-to-head on Wednesday in a spring training game.

Here's part of what he wrote:

It's time for the Dodgers to pay their debt. Plunk Puig!

Photo: Iowa State fan's sign pokes fun at West Virginia stereotype

iowa-state-west-virginia-sign

The Iowa State Cyclones and West Virginia Mountaineers played a basketball game Wednesday night. Iowa State won, 83-66, but that's not what this story is about.

No, this post is about the sign that one Cyclones fan hoisted behind one of the baskets that read, "If you get divorced in West Virginia are you still brother & sister?" As you can see and read, the sign takes an obvious jab at stereotypes related to love and relationships in the rural state.

What do you think? Is the sign fair game or did he take it too far?

Via The Big Lead

Video: Listen to Jose Reyes display his amazing rap skills



Jose Reyes is out to prove that he is more than just a talented baseball player. Reyes also wants people to know that he has serious rap skills too.

The four-time All-Star made an appearance with Sportsnet's CONNECTED AM this week to talk baseball, but that opportunity eventually led to another one, namely the chance to show off his vocal ability.

Watch and listen as the shortstop spits sweet music for all to hear.

Via MLB Cut 4

Video: Will Ferrell crashes Pete Carroll's USC speaking engagement to kick field goals



On Wednesday, Pete Carroll made a return to USC for a speaking engagement following the Seattle Seahawks' victory in the Super Bowl.

It was a glorious return for the former Trojans football coach, but it was made even better when actor Will Ferrell showed up to crash the party.

Apparently, Ferrell wasn't interested in speaking, he just wanted to practice kicking field goals. Seen here is Ferrell booting a pigskin into the crowd while Carroll serves as placeholder.

As for Carroll's speech, it reportedly lasted for two hours, as he talked about his team philosophy, new USC coach Steve Sarkisian, and the infractions the school incurred during his tenure involving improper benefits to Reggie Bush.

Via For the Win

Photo: Someone apparently dinged up Richie Incognito's Ferrari with a baseball bat


Richie Incognito's black Ferrari took a beating outside of the NFL player's home in Scottsdale, Ariz., recently.

Apparently, someone is not a fan of Incognito or his expensive luxury vehicle, and decided to show this displeasure by giving a few hearty swings to the car with a wooden baseball bat.

TMZ Sports snapped this photo and it clearly shows a baseball bat was to blame for the damage. As you can see, one part of the bat lies on the ground in front of the car while another is actually stuck in the grill.

It's unclear who the culprit (or culprits) is or why they did it. But given Incognito's declining popularity among society due to bullying allegations, it's not surprising to see someone take such a drastic measure against him.

Update: It now appears Incognito was the one responsible for the damage. Yikes.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Phil Simms doesn't think there's a franchise quarterback in the draft

According to many in the football community, there are no less than three quarterbacks who could possibly change the course of a franchise in this year's NFL Draft.

However, former quarterback and current analyst Phil Simms isn't so sure about that, going as far as saying he doesn't believe there are any such signal callers available.

Appearing on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Wednesday, Simms called out potential No. 1 overall picks Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Johnny Manziel for various reasons, and even said he thought Jets quarterback Geno Smith, a second round pick in 2013 who struggled as a starter, would be the best among this group if included in this year's draft class.

Video: Nate Robinson stars in new Taco Bell commercial



Taco Bell has hired the services of Nate Robinson to star in its latest commercial promoting the XXL Steak Crispy Taco.

It's well known around the NBA that the diminutive Robinson doesn't fear much of anything. So, it shouldn't surprise anyone that this new product from Taco Bell doesn't scare him either.

Looks like Robinson is indeed living "mas."

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Astros bullpen coach will haunt your dreams

View image on Twitter

America, meet Craig Bjornson, the man who will be tasked with coaching the bullpen of the Houston Astros in 2014.

Bjornson is seen here posing for the camera on picture day. He's also likely the individual who will haunt your dreams when you go to sleep tonight.

Sweet dreams.

Via Hardball Talk

Report: Texas Longhorns to start selling alcohol at athletic events


Great news for fans of the Texas Longhorns and alcohol.

On Wednesday, multiple reports have stated that the University of Texas will soon sell beer and wine at athletic events, and the sales could commence as soon as this evening.

From Eye on College Football:

Orangebloods.com and the Austin American-Statesman have reported that beer and wine sales have been approved by Texas athletics, and will begin at the Longhorn home men's basketball game Wednesday night.

Photo: Alabama library posts sign to deter people yelling 'Roll Tide'

"Roll Tide" is as common a phrase in the state of Alabama as "Hello," "Goodbye," or "Amen." But it's not permitted in the noise-free zone of this library in particular.

Seen here is a photo taken by Crimson Tide associate director of player development Tyler Siskey. Apparently, he stumbled across the sign and felt compelled to share it with the Twitterverse.

The sign is absolutely comical because its intent is truly serious in nature. I'm all for keeping the library quiet, but going to such measures as making this sign is going too far.

Roll Tide.

Via Bleacher Report

Braves pitcher Mike Minor underwent cringeworthy surgery this offseason


Mike Minor may have undergone the most harrowing medical procedure of any baseball player this offseason after having his urethra operated on.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more on the cringeworthy details:

Minor, 26, had a cystoscopy performed Dec. 31 by a specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after having difficulty urinating for the past two years. He had visited multiple urologists and other specialists in that period, and none could figure out what was causing the problem.

It worsened to the point where he had to go to the emergency room, and a specialist at Vanderbilt said he had scar tissue built up inside his urethra that would have to be removed via the cystoscopy. He was told there was a 50 percent chance that it could return at some point, and that it was impossible to predict when.

Video: Ricky Rubio banks home ridiculous circus shot



Ricky Rubio has gained a reputation of being of the more crafty players in the NBA. And that was all to evident during Tuesday's win over the Suns.

Watch as the Timberwolves guard knives his way to the basket and throws in a ridiculous behind-the-back pass shot while getting fouled.

That's quite a showing of wizardry right there. Nicely done.

Via For the Win

Video: Ian Manhinmi gets videobombed by teammates George Hill, Lance Stephenson



The Indiana Pacers were feeling pretty good about themselves following Tuesday night's easy win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

So, when reserve center Ian Mahinmi was chosen to do a postgame interview, guards George Hill and Lance Stephenson decided to have a little fun.

Between posing under Mahinmi's armpit, dumping bottled water on his head, and doing a little dance, it looks like Stephenson and Hill had a good time. Hey, when you're going as well as the Pacers are in 2014, why not?

Via Bleacher Report

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ron Jaworski: I wouldn't draft Johnny Manziel in first three rounds

                                              Ron-Jaworski-Ring-Nov-16-08.jpg

Needless to say, most draft experts expect Johnny Manziel to be off the board by the time the first round is over. Some even believe the former Heisman winner might be taken No. 1 overall.

However, there's at least one soul who doesn't think Manziel is worthy of being drafted in the first three rounds, and that soul is Ron Jaworski.

Here's what Jaws recently told Philly Mag:


“I’m a big believer in Nick Foles, but who knows?” Jaworski said. “Manziel may fall. I’m not crazy about him, to be honest with you. I’ve only looked at five games. I wouldn’t take him in the first three rounds. That’s my opinion. It’s incomplete right now. But he has not done a whole lot to me.”

I'm going to go out on the limb and say Jaworski's opinion is wrong. Manziel may not be successful in the NFL, but he's in great position to go high in the NFL Draft.

Via The Big Lead

Michael Sam responds to lobbyist who wants to ban gays from NFL


On Monday, a Washington lobbyist announced he was planning legislation to ban gay players from playing in the NFL. That lobbyist is Jack Burkman.

”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement, via The Hill. "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That's a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”

“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” Burkman said.

The proposed ban is undoubtedly in response to Michael Sam's recent revelation that he was gay. However, the former Missouri standout had a response for Burkman's statements, which he delivered via Twitter on Tuesday.

Steve Elkington sends out ill-advised tweet about Michael Sam

So, the NFL Scouting Combine is currently ongoing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

One of the participants is none other than former Missouri Tigers defender Michael Sam, who also recently made headlines by admitting he was gay.

Well, veteran pro golfer Steve Elkington thought it would be wise to have some fun at Sam's expense, by sending out the tweet seen above. Yeah, probably not the best decision he's made.

Despite immediate backlash, the tweet remains published at the time of this writing, which is over three hours from the time Elkington originally sent the message.

Via The Big Lead

Vegas odds for all 30 teams to win World Series

red sox world series champs

After going months without them, Major League Baseball games will resume this week as teams begin their spring exhibition schedule. As always, hope springs eternal during this time of the year for all 30 franchises, but the truth is only one will emerge as champions of the World Series.

Here's a look at each team's odds to win it all in 2014, courtesy of Bovada.

ODDS TO WIN WORLD SERIES

Was former president Woodrow Wilson the inventor of fantasy baseball?

File:President Woodrow Wilson portrait December 2 1912.jpg

Woodrow Wilson served as president of the United States for two terms from 1913 to 1921. He did many good things while residing in the White House. However, his greatest contribution to the sports world likely came long before he was ever elected commander-in-chief.

According to a recent discovery by MLB's official historian John Thorn, Wilson may very well be the first documented person to ever engage in some semblance of fantasy baseball. You see, Wilson grew up in Georgia and South Carolina as an avid player and student of the game. In 1870, at the age of 13, he started his own team and played second base. A year later, Wilson quite possibly conceived the first fantasy baseball documents.

From MLB Cut4:

Photo: Tim Lincecum growing glorious mustache

source: Getty Images

Monday was team photo day for the San Francisco Giants as dozens of players posed for the camera.

One of those players was former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum who appears to be growing a pretty glorious mustache nowadays.

Apparently, these are the photos that will flash on the scoreboard all season long, so Giants fan better be ready to see a mustached Lincecum, regardless of whether he keeps growing it out or not.

Via Hardball Talk

Buck Showalter makes prospect write report after not knowing who Frank Robinson is

Baltimore Orioles prospect Josh Hart had some homework to do Monday night after admitting he didn't know who Frank Robinson was.

Robinson, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, came to speak to the team in Sarasota on Monday, and when Hart said he didn't who who Robinson was, Orioles manager Buck Showalter assigned a one-page report to the 19-year-old.

Sure, Robinson has been retired from Major League Baseball for about four decades, but he's one of the former players you just have to know. Especially when playing in the Baltimore organization.

Via Hardball Talk

Monday, February 24, 2014

Dwyane Wade selling car gifted to him for three times its retail value

Dwyane Wade Selling His McLaren MP4-12C for Nearly $800K

A couple of years ago, a Florida car dealership gifted Dwayne Wade a McLaren MP4-12C in celebration of his 30th birthday.

Now, the Miami Heat star is selling the luxurious set of wheels, for more than three times its retail value.

Although the sticker price on a brand new version of this vehicle hovers around $250,000, Wade is asking a thrifty $799,000 for the ride, undoubtedly trying to cash in on the fact that it sports an autographed seat and was owned by an NBA superstar.

Hey, if there's someone willing to pay the price, why not?

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Dwarf student manager gets to start for basketball team on his birthday



A pretty cool scene unfolded at Laurel High School in Montana when student manager Seth Kraft, a dwarf, received the chance to play on his birthday.

Not only did Kraft play on senior night, but he started and scored a bucket in the first quarter of the game, drawing a huge reaction from the home crowd.

Unfortunately, Laurel High lost the game, but it will be a night Kraft remembers forever.

Via The Big Lead

Photo: Lehigh IronPigs incorporate bacon into uniforms

If you love bacon, you are going to love what the Lehigh IronPigs have done.

The Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies has unveiled new bacon-inspired alternate uniforms for the upcoming season, according to the team's Twitter account.

The new look, which features a strip of bacon on the front of the hat, is set to be sported during every Saturday home game, which is fantastic.

Via SportsbyBrooks

Photo: Jazz veterans fill rookie's car with popcorn after he forgets to bring donuts

Being a rookie in the NBA isn't always a fun job. Just ask Utah Jazz  rookie Rudy Gobert.

Apparently, Gobert forgot to bring the team their much-needed donuts on Monday and he paid the price by having his vehicle filled with popcorn.

Let this be a lesson to future NBA rookies. Don't forget the donuts!

Mike Ditka takes a shot at President Obama's salary compared to Roger Goodell's

Mike Ditka Photo

In a recent question and answer piece for the Chicago Sun-Times, Mike Ditka was asked what he thought about the disparity between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's salary and President Obama's. The response he gave suggests a subtle hint that he's not enthused of the job President Obama is doing.

4. Were you shocked to find out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes more than $44 million? President Obama makes $400,000.

Well, Goodell is doing a better job. He deserves it. No, I don’t have any problem with it. The owners pay him that. He’s the CEO of the NFL, and they feel he’s done a pretty darn good job to earn it.


To be fair, President Obama and the First Lady reported $608,611 on their joint 2012 tax return, so that's a little more chunk of change than $400,000. However, it doesn't negate the fact that Ditka doesn't seem to think President Obama is worthy of his salary, even if it's roughly 100 times less than Goodell's. Whether or not Obama is doing a good job is debatable, but in defense of the president, I would venture to say that his job is a little more challenging and stressful than the NFL commissioner's. 

GIF: Warren Sapp cannot believe how fast Jadeveon Clowney ran



Like many others who witnessed Jadeveon Clowney run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday, Warren Sapp could not believe his own eyes.

The GIF above shows how Sapp reacted after Clowney recorded unofficial times of 4.47 seconds and 4.48 seconds in the 120-foot sprint. As you can see, the former NFL lineman was blown away.

The GIF below shows what Sapp was watching to make him react that way.

Duck Dynasty guys buy naming rights to college football bowl game

This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

Duck Dynasty is about to enter college football.

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, the guys who made the A&E show so popular are set to purchase naming rights to the Independence Bowl, under their company name Duck Commander, which famously produces duck calls.

The deal would be good for six years and the new name for the Shreveport, La., game would be called the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

On a related note, it was recently announced that Duck Commander would also sponsor a NASCAR Sprint Cup race, now known as the Duck Commander 500.

Via Bleacher Report (Photo: AP)

Video: Steelers scout boots photographer from combine



A photographer was given the boot from the NFL combine after getting out of line.

Pittsburgh Steelers scout Mark Gorscak was the one who gave the photographer the axe, telling the latter to "get out of here," and "don't come back until Wednesday."

The audio can be heard in the background after De'Anthony Thomas runs his 40.

Via Bleacher Report

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cliff Lee receives fingernail clippings via fan mail

Cliff Lee received more than he bargained for on Sunday.

While sifting through fan mail, the Philadelphia Phillies southpaw opened an envelope that included fingernail clippings, according to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince.

Wait, what?

Seriously? Fingernail clippings? Surely this is a joke. If not, I have to truly question the sanity of anyone who thinks this was a good idea.

Via Eye on Baseball 

Dee Ford: Jadeveon Clowney plays like 'a blind dog'

Dee Ford

Is Jadeveon Clowney the most talented defensive player available in the 2014 NFL Draft? Not if former Auburn Tigers defensive end Dee Ford has anything to say about it.

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Sunday, Ford put his fellow NFL draft hopeful on blast, comparing the way Clowney plays to "a blind dog."

"I'm better (than Clowney). Let's put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes. You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller. These are 6-2 guys and under. People are just looking at the fact that he's a physical specimen. Honestly if you watch the film, he plays like a blind dog in a meat market, basically."

Needless to say, Ford's words are extremely bold.

Although Ford isn't expected to be taken before Clowney in the draft, he will have plenty of opportunities to back up his talk once breaking into the league.

Babe Ruth's World Series pocket watch sells for how much?

LM Otero/AP

If you had $717,000 lying around on Saturday, you could have purchased a pocket watch given to Babe Ruth to commemorate the New York Yankees' victory in the 1923 World Series.

The 14-karat time piece has an inscribed message on the back that reads, "Presented by Baseball Commissioner to George H. Ruth."

Although the world title marked the fourth for Ruth at the time, as had previously won three with the Boston Red Sox, it was just the first of many to come for the Yankees.

On a related note, a bat used once used by Shoeless Joe Jackson sold for an astounding price of $956,000. Could you imagine taking batting practice with that piece of lumber?

Via For the Win

Photo: Canadian church shows gold medal game to congregation

Canadian Church Shows 2014 Winter Olympics Gold-Medal Hockey Game on Television

Most will say church is a place of God. Well, Canadians may call church a place of hockey.

Okay, so that's probably a bit of extreme, but it's hard to against that latter notion considering this scene from a congregation at a church in Halifax. 

Apparently, the church was accommodating enough to show the gold medal game between Canada and Sweden early Sunday morning during service. 

With Canada securing a 3-0 victory to take gold, it's safe to say it was a lively service full of praise and worship after the game. 

Cory Lidle memorial statue vandalized by thieves

West Covina PD

A statue of former major league pitcher Cory Lidle was vandalized late last week outside of Big League Dream Park in West Covina, California.

Three bronze plaques, valued at $6,000, were stolen and the statue itself was filled with drill holes and was knocked over.

“The vandalism to the Cory Lidle statue is a deplorable act by some despicable human beings,” West Covina City Mayor Steve Herfert told CBS Los Angeles. “To damage a statue memorializing the life of Cory Lidle is very personal to all of our residents. Cory’s life represents the hopes and dreams of every baseball player and kind person in our City.”

Lidle, who pitched for seven different teams over nine big league seasons, died in 2006 when a plane he was piloting crashed into a building on the east side of Manhattan.

Video: 'Mario Cart' speed skating is the best kind of speed skating



Anyone who has ever played Mario Kart will be able to appreciate this video.

Seen here is a depiction of what an Olympic speed skating event may look like if the sport incorporated Mario Cart themes. Shells, bananas, and lightning bolts are just a few of the wonderful things skaters would have to labor through in this fictional scenario.

Speed skating is already an exciting sport to watch during the Winter Games. But I think the addition of these things would take it to the next level as far as ratings are concerned.

Via Bleacher Report

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fan gets ejected from Villanova-St. John's game for pegging usher with pizza


A scuffle involving a slice of pizza broke out during Saturday's game between Villanova and St. John's.

Apparently, a father of two was not happy when an usher instructed him to go another route to his seat, so the father decided to show his displeasure by pegging the aforementioned usher with pizza. That eventually resulted in the mischievous fan getting the boot from the arena.

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) gives us the scoop, courtesy of Deadspin:

Video: Louisville's Russ Smith nails clutch game-winner against Cincinnati



The No. 11 Louisville Cardinals entered Saturday's contest against the No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats badly in need of a signature win. Thanks to this clutch shot by senior guard Russ Smith, that's exactly what the Cardinals got.

Watch as Smith connects on a contested shot that rainbows its way through the net. The two-pointer gave Louisville a 58-57 edge with just 2.2 seconds to go. The inbound pass by the Bearcats went awry and the reigning national champions escaped the Queen City with a win.

Via Bleacher Report

Dutch speedskating coach smears United States, football during interview



The Netherlands have had a remarkable run during the 2014 Winter Olympics when it comes to speedskating. And the coach responsible for much of that success, Jillert Anema, recently offered up his opinions as to why.

But Anema didn't just stop there. He also gave his thoughts as to why the Americans have not had the results they were hoping for.Well, let's just say the Dutch coach didn't mince words at all.

The following is what he said about the U.S. during an interview with CNBC.

"You have a lot of attention for foolish sport, like American football. You waste a lot of talent, athletic talent, in a sport where it's meant to kill each other, to injure each other. … And when you compete once every four years, with talent, with a few lone wolves, who are skating, you can't beat the world, it's no way.

You're [the US] is so narrow-minded, and you waste a lot of good talent in a sport that sucks."

Brian Shaw rips players following loss with epic rant

Denver Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw Blasts Players in Epic Rant

Brian Shaw was none too pleased after his Nuggets got whipped, 117-89, by the Bulls Friday night. And he made sure the whole world heard about it.

Apparently, Shaw's frustrations with player effort and losing bubbled over after the game, leading to an epic rant and the following series of tweets published on Denver's official Twitter account.

Check them out below:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Photo: Canada's women team leaves men's team inspirational note

The Inspirational Note Canada's Women's Team Left The Men

Team Canada was given a little extra motivation ahead of Friday's semifinal game against Team USA when they arrived inside their dressing room.

It was here where they found an inspirational note left by members of their women's hockey team.

It reads:

Guys,

Tonight is yours. Own the moment. We are proof that every minute matters. The podium is reserved for the brave. Earn every inch. Dictate the pace + go get em!

From the Girls!

The note could have very well been a prophecy based on the outcome of the game.

Via Deadspin

Photo: Athletics set up dueling batting cages on the field

Leave it up to the Oakland Athletics when it comes to baseball efficiency.

While most teams opt to just go with one batting cage on the field during batting practice, the A's are raising the bar, choosing to roll out two cages instead.

As you can see, they have set up an L-screen with a right-handed pitcher for one cage and a left-handed pitcher for the other. It only works (safely) if defenders are absent on the field, though.

Brilliant.

Via Eye on Baseball

76ers waive Earl Clark less than a day after acquiring him

Earl Clark Cavs

Less than a day removed from acquiring him, the Philadelphia 76ers have waived forward Earl Clark.

Clark was part of the trade that sent Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. On Friday, the 76ers decided they wanted nothing to do with the University of Louisville product.

If Clark makes it through waivers, which amounts to a 48-hour length of time, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Last offseason, Clark inked a two-year deal worth $8.5 million with the Cavs, though the second year was not guaranteed.

The 26-year-old average 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Cavs.

Via Eye on Basketball (Photo: USA Today)

Under Armour CEO defends his company's speedskating suit


Much of the blame for the United States failing to medal in a speedskating event has fell upon the suit designed by Under Armour.

However, CEO Kevin Plank recently defended his company's design in an interview with USA Today, and announced that Under Armour is not backing down from the humbling experience. In fact, Plank says the company will renew its sponsorship of the U.S. speedskating team through 2022.

“We’re doubling down,” Plank said. “We will not stick our heads in the sand. We want people to know that when we get knocked down, we get back up bigger, better and stronger.

“This brand was dragged through the mud. There was a lot of conjecture and speculation, but none of it based on fact. … And I can’t do anything about it but bite my lip and hope the facts come out.”

Video: Sage Kotsenburg receives bacon medal from Conan O'Brien



Sage Kotsenburg has returned home to America fresh off winning gold in Sochi.

While earning a gold medal is awesome, Sage wishes his token of achievement was made of bacon, and that wish was granted to him by Conan O'Brien on Thursday.

The fine folks at Godshall Meats fulfilled the request by making the Olympic champion a custom-made bacon medal. Good stuff.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Video: O.J. Mayo takes defensive possession off to tie his shoe



It's well known that defense isn't always a priority in the NBA regular season. This video clip showing O.J. Mayo tying his shoe during a defensive possession isn't likely to scrap that perception.

With the Bucks trailing with just one minute to go until halftime, Mayo picked out a spot in the corner and proceeded to tie his shoes. Fortunately, the Nuggets didn't choose to take advantage of Mayo's vulnerability as a defender, so no harm was done.

But the scene is still a good depiction of how defense can become suspect this time of year. Especially considering Milwaukee is sporting the worst record in the NBA while Denver is six games out of the eighth-playoff seed in the West.

Via The Big Lead

Katherine Webb posts video of A.J. McCarron going bananas after winning video game



A.J. McCarron was absolutely thrilled after winning his video game recently. And longtime girlfriend Katherine Webb was there to capture the whole scene.

By the looks of it, McCarron was extremely excited to come away victorious from this particular endeavor. Even more so than winning a national championship, apparently.

All in all, the former Crimson Tide quarterback just couldn't contain himself, and he doesn't care one bit at all. He's a champion in what appears to be UFC Undisputed 3.

Via The Big Lead

Darren Sharper banned from nightclubs, can't be alone with woman


In the wake of troubling rape allegations, a Los Angeles judge has set Darren Sharper's bail at $1 million and implemented a series of strict terms that the former NFL player needs to abide by.

These terms for Sharper include remaining in L.A. County, surrendering his passport, staying away from nightclubs or any establishment where alcohol is the primary item for sale, and not being alone with any female he did not know prior to Oct. 2013.

Sharper is accused of drugging and raping two women in L.A. Prosecutors claim they have evidence showing Sharper went through 70 bills of Ambien in as many days. They allege that this was the drug Sharper used to spike the drinks of his victims.

The ex-New Orleans Saints star will appear back in court on April 15.

Via TMZ Sports (Photo: AP)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mariners general manager at wit's end with Jesus Montero

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has been told he will be staying at his post in 2014. Photo Credit: AP

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is clearly frustrated with the way Jesus Montero has entered spring training.

Despite coming off a 50-game suspension for a positive performance-enhancing drug test, and lackluster production before then, Montero arrived at camp visibly overweight and even admitted so himself, saying "all I did was eat" after winter ball.

Montero's bad habits are beginning to take a toll on Seattle's front office. Namely, Zduriencik, who acquired Montero from the Yankees via trade in 2012. The following is what he told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times:

"We are disappointed in how he came in physically. ... It's up to him. I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone. ... He's got a ton to prove. It's all on him."

A lovely story about how David Price played matchmaker using Twitter


David Price can do much more than just pitch in the major leagues. Apparently, the Tampa Bay Rays ace can play matchmaker too.

ESPN anchor Sara Walsh and Oakland A's prospect Matt Buschmann are now wife and husband thanks to some ground work laid by Price.

The story begins several years ago when all three were living in Nashville. Walsh was a local sportscaster while Price and Buschmann were teammates at Vanderbilt. Buschmann was interviewed by Walsh on a few occasions and her presence clearly left an impression on the young pitcher.

Two plead guilty to 2011 attack of Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium

Marvin Norwood

Nearly three years after the incident took place, the two Dodgers fans responsible for the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow have plead guilty.

From ESPN.com

Defendant Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury. Co-defendant Louie Sanchez, saying he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem that disabled and disfigured the victim. Both were to be sentenced after a judge heard victim impact statements.

Norwood was sentenced to four years behind bars while Sanchez was sentenced to eight. In my opinion, neither is enough to serve justice for the damage they caused Stow and his family.

Photo: Incredible three-way finish caps off men's ski cross race

Ski cross photo finish

The award for craziest finish in an Olympic event goes to the quarterfinals of men's ski cross.

Check out the photo of the finish that shows three skiers laying it all on the line for Olympic glory.

Apparently, Russia's Egor Korotkov, Sweden's Victor Oehling Norberg, and Finland's Jouni Pellinen each crashed on the final jump of the race, which explains why all three went tumbling toward the finish line.

Korotkov advanced from the group solely because he extended his arms in front of him as he crossed the threshold.

Via Business Insider

College basketball game ends in a tie?

College Basketball Game Ends In A Tie

The college basketball game between Winstom-Salem State and Johnson C. Smith ended in an ultra-rare tie after the contest was called due to a broken light.

With the score tied at 76, the light was broken when Johnson C. Smith's Joshua Linson attempted a 75-foot desperation shot right before the buzzer sounded. The ball never came close to the basket and smashed into an overhead light dangling from the ceiling, instead.

Erring on the side of caution, officials decided to call the game to prevent anyone from getting hurt.

It's now up to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association to determine what to do about the outcome. As Deadspin notes, the last notable tie in a college basketball game came between Kentucky and Kentucky Wesleyan in 1918, due to a referee error.

Injured fan prepared to file lawsuit against NASCAR over injuries sustained in nasty crash

0219_nascar_terry_renna_ap

Injuries sustained in Feb. 2013 due to a nasty crash in Daytona has led fan Whitney Turner to contemplate suing NASCAR.

Turner suffered multiple injuries when Kyle Larson's No. 32 car wrecked into a wall and sent pieces of the vehicle spiraling into the stands. As a result, Turner is threatening to sue the International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR. However, her attorney says they hope the two sides can reach some sort of settlement to avoid having to go to court at all.

Turner's life has been extremely difficult since the crash. She's lost her job as a marketer and is subsequently struggling to support her daughter.

"[She's] been living on her back since the date of the Nationwide crash," Turner's attorney said. "She has had multiple surgical procedures performed to repair her severed Achilles' tendon and internally deranged knee."

Yeah, that doesn't sound good at all.

Via TMZ Sports

Lakers fan pulls fake high-five trick on Dwight Howard


Dwight Howard's return to the Staples Center was less than cordial Wednesday night as Lakers fans booed the Rockets center every time he touched the ball.

But the biggest diss may have come when Howard was walking into the locker room for halftime. As you can see from the GIF above, one fan pulls the old fake high-five trick on Howard, which Howard smoothly ignores as he walks by.

It was a burn nonetheless.

Via Bleacher Report

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pizza Hut steps up to pay college student who was jobbed out of winning shot contest



Pizza Hut has saved the day for West Chester University freshman Jack Lavery.

The national chain is stepping up to pay the $10,000 in prize money the 18-year-old thought he had won after winning a halftime promotion. Lavery made a layup, free throw, three-pointer, and a halfcourt shot in under 25 seconds, however, a clause in the promotion contract denied Lavery his winnings. The clause reportedly required Lavery to hit all four shots consecutively.

In an email written to Lavery, Pizza Hut's public relations director wrote, “We’d seriously like to offer you $10,000, plus free pizza for a year. No strings attached. You epitomize greatness."

Hey, that's not such a bad deal. Perhaps the school's unwillingness to pony up the cash was simply a blessing in disguise. Free pizza and $10,000 cash is about as good as it gets for a college freshman.

Via For the Win

Bob Ley zings LeBron James on Twitter

LeBron James made headlines this week when offering some advice to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Namely, James advised him not to watch ESPN. Here is the quote in context:

Just don't care what everybody thinks. If you care about your craft and at the end of the day if you went out there and you gave it everything you had and you laid it out on the line for your teammates, you can sleep comfortably at night. Don't watch ESPN and all these so-called 'everyone knows what to do that ain't never put on a uniform, trying to tell you what to do' [shows].

Well, an employee at ESPN had a problem with what James said, and that employee was none other than Bob Ley. And Ley took to Twitter to voice his discontent with James by essentially calling him a hypocrite.

Photo: UNC campus building gets vandalized ahead of Duke game

Well, this will assuredly add some fuel to the North Carolina-Duke rivalry.

Seen here is artwork left behind by some vandals on a building on UNC's Chapel Hill campus. As you can see, the taggers spelled out the letters "D-U-K-E" across adjacent pillars.

The Tar Heels will look to get revenge on the Blue Devils Thursday night inside the Dean Dome. The two schools were supposed to play last week, but an uncharacteristic snow storm forced officials to postpone the game.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Grant Balfour's truck is absolutely massive

The picture you see above is a shot of the truck 36-year-old reliever Grant Balfour is rolling around with during spring training.

As you can see, the vehicle is absolutely massive, ridiculous, mind-boggling, and all of the above.

Just look at its sheer size as compared to that puny SUV in the background.

It begs the question, though, what kind of gas mileage does a beast like this get?

Via Hardball Talk 

Photo: Possum watches Phillies spring training from outfield fence

Everyone seems to be excited about the beginning of spring training. Even wildlife.

Yesterday, a raccoon was spotted scouting out the Yankees. Today, David Maialetti of the Philadelphia Daily News snapped a photo of a possum catching the Phillies in action.

What can we expect tomorrow? I'd say a squirrel watching the Dodgers is the odds on favorite.

Via SportsbyBrooks 

Former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. aiming to become mayor of hometown

roy_jones_jr_ap.jpg

If former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. has his way, he will be the next mayor of his hometown of Pensacola, Fla.

The 45-year-old told TMZ Sports that he plans to run for office in the next election. And Jones is completely confident that he can win, too.

Jones, who became the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years back in 2003, has already got more than enough required signatures in order to make himself eligible (5,000).

Jones says he would focus on the well-being of children, "A lot of kids don't have proper leadership at home."

He also urges that kids shouldn't fight in the streets. If they want to fight, they should enter MMA or boxing, so that they can be someone to be proud of.

Photo: AP

Video: Baby gets crossed over by overzealous teenager


Do you want to be an instant internet sensation?

How about dragging a toddler out to the basketball court and proceeding to cross them over with your super basketball-handling skills.

This is the method used by the teenager in this clip and it has worked like a charm. Let's hope this toddler can rebound from such a traumatic event and shore up that defense next time.

Also, [insert pick on someone your own size joke here].

Via Bleacher Report

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Houston jeweler loses $200,000 on NBA All-Star Game bet

Johnny Dang

Houston businessman Johnny Dang, who calls himself "TV Johnny," will have to stomach a six-figure loss thanks to the Eastern Conference's victory in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

The Texas jeweler offered any customer who bought his brand of watch a full refund if the East upended the West in the ASG. The East did just that by beating the West by a tally of 163-155. But they had to come from 18 points down in order to do so.

"I've been in business for 18 years and this is the first time I've done an offer like this," said Dang, who has three stores in the Houston area. "But it was worth taking a chance for the people who have been loyal to me over the years."

All told, Dang told ESPN.com that he sold 37 watches worth about $200,000. If customers who bought the watches bring in their receipt by Friday, they will receive the benefit of a full refund, as well as the perk of keeping their recently purchased time piece.

Sounds like a deal to me.

Photo: AP/Chris Pizzello

Cleveland sports fan using Kickstarter to create coloring book depicting disappointing sports moments in Cleveland history

Photo-main

The city of Cleveland has definitely had more than its fair share of disappointing sports moments throughout its history. And now one entrepreneur is looking to chronicle those forgettable moments by creating a coloring book.

Scott O'Brien is using Kickstarter to help raise funds for legal and publishing costs. According to the Kickstarter post, the book "will be roughly 55 pages long, with 25 black and white illustrations depicting scenes of notable Cleveland sports failures."

When I was growing up in Cleveland, the Browns had opportunities to make the Super Bowl behind Bernie Kosar. We all know how that ended. The Cavs also seemed poised to make some deep post-season runs. Nope. And the Indians came one inning away from a World Series Title. Then it just kept getting worse...

Photo: Rays to give away Joe Maddon figurine in likeness of Mr. Potato Head

If you don't already have plans for Aug. 2, go ahead and book a trip to Tropicana Field right now.

Why? Well, because the Tampa Bay Rays are giving away Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head figurines to fans who enter the stadium before supplies run out. Need I say more?

No word yet on how Mrs. Potato Head feels about this.

Via SportsbyBrooks

Video: Rooster causes mayhem after invading Israeli soccer match



A good old fashioned cock chase occurred during Saturday's match between Israeli soccer clubs Bnei Yehuda and Hapoel.

Watch as a fleet-footed rooster invades the pitch and causes all sorts of mayhem for stadium security. Apparently, the elusive bird turned out to be the Barry Sanders of its kind. At one point, he causes a frustrated security employee to slip and fall.

The rooster was never caught. However, the game resumed whenever the cock decided he was bored with making grown men chasing him around the pitch.

Via Bleacher Report

Travis Snider suffers bizarre spring training injury

The tales of spring training injuries have no bounds when it comes to imaginative ways to get hurt.

Travis Snider has added to the folklore by injuring himself while dicing up sweet potatoes. Yes, Snider was done in by a seemingly harmless batch of sweet potatoes.

The devilish spuds, more precisely the kitchen knife, have left the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder with a nasty cut on his left hand. All in all, the left-handed Snider won't be throwing a baseball for a bit.

Ah, stupid sweet potatoes.

Via MLB Cut 4

Student gets detention after calling teacher a 'communist' for not allowing him to watch hockey

Student Teacher Communist


This is what happens when you call your teacher a communist for not letting you watch a hockey game.

The following is a blurb taken from a reader at Barstool Sports which explains how his little brother got detention.

My little brother goes to Walpole High School and on Thursday asked to watch the USA vs. Slovakia game during Spanish class. When his teacher said no he called her a communist. She gave him a detention for it. Attached is a picture of the detention slip she gave him.

Bold move.

Why LeBron James says he didn't watch NBA Dunk Contest


In 11 seasons in the NBA, LeBron James has yet to participate in the Dunk Contest, much to the chagrin of fans. Aside from not participating, the Miami Heat Star didn't even watch the contest this year, and the reason he gave may surprise you.

"I didn't watch it, not because I didn't want to," James said. "But TNT was the only channel that wasn't working on my television. I promise you that is a fact, that is an absolute fact. If you ask anybody who stayed at the Ritz on Canal Street, ask them if TNT worked. I turned to it, and it said, 'satellite is not coming in.'"

James was then asked if he thinks the new format should be continued.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Video: Arkansas football commit ends game by shattering backboard glass with dunk



Jamario Bell of Junction City, Ark. will be taking his talents to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program in 2015. In the meantime, Bell is playing basketball and shattering backboards with ferocious dunks.

Seen here is the Arkansas commit taking a lob pass and throwing dunk a wicked dunk during a recent game. The equipment failure ultimately ended the game with a few minutes to go in the third quarter. Bell's squad held a pretty big lead anyway.

The junior is listed as a 4-star recruit at tight end and defensive end on 247Sports.com.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Canadian skier shows Team Canada beer fridge in action



There are a lot of amazing things to see at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. But one of the most interesting items to lay eyes on has been the exclusive beer fridge for Team Canada.

Basically, the fridge only opens with a valid Canadian passport. Naturally, it has drawn envy from the rest of the world's athletes.

On Monday, Canadian skier Mike Janyk provided us with a video of how the machine actually works. As you can see, it operates in a manner that you would expect.

Pretty awesome, eh?

Via Bleacher Report

Matt Williams: If you can dance, you can play infield


Have you ever lied in bed at night wondering to yourself what it takes to be a Major League Baseball infielder? If so, new Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams has the answer to your sleep-depriving question.

"If you can dance, you can play infield."

This is what Williams said during a recent presser. More on the story from Dan Kolko of MASN Sports.

"I always ask the infielders if they can dance or not," Williams said yesterday during his session with the media, causing a couple reporters to shoot glances at each other, trying to figure out if the new Nats manager was being serious or not. "If they can dance, then they can play infield. If they can't dance, we need to get them lessons, then they'll be able to play infield. So that's all it really is. You play through the baseball and create rhythm and all that stuff. You become more accurate, all those things.

Jonathan Papelbon: If I was a gambling man I would take us to go all the way

Well, you can't fault Jonathan Papelbon for having faith in his team.

Despite not posting a winning season since 2011, Papelbon believes the Philadelphia Phillies are primed to win the World Series this year, as Jeff Skversky of WPVI noted on Twitter.

It certainly won't be easy, though. The Braves and Nationals are expected to be the class of the National League East. Meanwhile, the Mets and Marlins hope to be improved over 2013 as well.

I'm not a betting man, but I wouldn't take Papelbon's advice on this one. It would be a different story if this was 2011, though, when the Phils won 102 games.

Via Eye on Baseball 

Photo: Ex-Ohio State lineman Marcus Hall signing, selling infamous double-bird shot


Last December, Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Marcus Hall made a memorable exit during the rivalry game against Michigan, getting ejected and proceeding to flip off the crowd as he left the field.

Now, Hall appears to be cashing in on that infamous moment, by lending his signature to a photograph being used as memorabilia.

If you can look past the misspelling of the word "notable," the photo is a nice collector's item for Ohio State and Michigan fans alike. Buckeyes fans can hang the photo in their house with pride. Meanwhile, Michigan fans can hang the photo as a constant reminder as to why they hate Ohio State.

It's a win-win for everyone involved.

Via Eye on College Football

Video: College student nails halftime promotion, gets jobbed out of $10,000 prize by school



Jack Lavery, a freshman at West Chester University (PA), completed a remarkable feat during halftime of Saturday's game.

Lavery made a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer, and a half-court shot within a matter of 25 seconds to win the $10,000 prize. Or did he?

According to the school, Lavery will not receive the $10,000 he thought he was entitled to, on the account that the fine print in the promotion stated he had to hit all four shots in a row without missing.

As Barry Petschesky of Deadspin reasons, why does the school have a shot clock at all? And why does the announcer encourage the freshman to take another half-court shot after missing the first?

The comments section below the YouTube video has been blowing up in support of the student and it seems like only a matter of time before the school does the right thing and reverses its ruling. Otherwise, it could have a mob of angry protesters slamming its phone lines and email inboxes soon.

Mike Ditka to Matt Stafford: Wear your hat the right way

Lions QB Matt Stafford has more weapons around him to thrive. (Getty Images)

Matthew Stafford has the admiration of Mike Ditka when it comes to his playing ability. But the same cannot be said for the way Stafford wears his hats.

“I think he can make all the throws,” Ditka, an ESPN analyst, told the Free Press. “He’s a smart kid. I wish he’d put the baseball cap on frontwards instead of backwards all the time.”

Do you care to expand on that, coach?

“If you’re the leader of the football team, I think you’ve got to stand up and be that leader, assume that role. A lot of it is what you do on the field, certainly. But I think a little of it has to do with appearance, too,” Stafford told the Free Press. “You know, respect the game respect your team. That’s all.

Nike designer reveals power laces coming in 2015


In 2015, Nike will roll out shoes that boast power laces like the ones seen from Back to the Future II.

The revelation was made by Nike designer Tinker Hatfield in New Orleans.

From Sole Collector:

During an appearance at the Jordan Brand's Flight Lab space in New Orleans earlier today, designer Tinker Hatfield was asked about the possibility of seeing power lacing next year, and his answer may surprise you.

"Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!" said Hatfield.

At this point, it's unclear whether the power laces will be featured on just MAGs or other Nike shoes as well.

Via Bleacher Report

Adam Silver: NBA jerseys will have advertising one day

It all comes down to the money.

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN.com, NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that advertising on uniforms is a matter of when and not if. The league just has to work out the logisitics.

In a 2011 interview with ESPN, Silver said the advertising space on uniforms could be worth more than $100 million per year.

European soccer teams have been sporting advertising on their uniforms for years. The same goes with professional drivers. So, it's only a matter of time before we see NBA players running around as walking advertisements, too.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Video: Blind man wins McDonald's for a year after hitting 3-pointer



Springfield, Mo., native Michael Quin won free McDonald's for a year after nailing this 3-pointer on Saturday.

Quin's feat came during halftime of the College of Ozarks-Bellevue game. The reaction from the crowd is simply great.

Free McNuggets for everyone!

Via The Big Lead

GIF: Pace car catches fire at Sprint Unlimited

pacecarfire

The pace car for the Sprint Unlimited caught fire on Saturday.

All was well during pace laps until the Chevrolet SS randomly started to blaze.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a battery pack used to help power the external lights.

Fortunately, no one was injured from the fire, but it undoubtedly caused some panic for driver Brett Bodine.

Via Tireball

Video: Greatest putt on basketball court you will ever see



Patrick Burch is now the proud owner of a $15,000 car after sinking an improbable 95-foot putt during the Mississippi State-Auburn game on Saturday.

As you can see, Burch had to successfully hole the shot from the other end of the court, a feat that he probably couldn't repeat if he tried.

To make the story even better, it was apparently the first college basketball game Burch had ever attended. I think he'll be inclined to attend a second.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Drew Pomeranz missed first day of spring training due to ingrown leg hair

Like many others, Drew Pomeranz was expected to participate in the first full day of workouts with the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the right-hander was unable to due to an ingrown leg hair, according to Kate Longworth of CSN. Yes, an ingrown leg hair.

It should be noted that Longworth also reported that Pomeranz's blemish had to be lanced in order to avoid infection. So, that definitely played a role too. However, I'm sure his teammates are going to let him hear about it once he gets back on the field.

Missouri students overshadow Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Michael Sam

View image on Twitter

The controversial religious group known as Westboro Baptist Church had plans to protest Michael Sam's recent revelation that he was gay on Saturday. However, Missouri students had other ideas when church members invaded the community.

Instead of Westboro Baptist making headlines, the students stole the press by showing their support for the NFL bound Tigers football player.

Seen here is a group of students creating a #StandWithSam wall while standing on campus. Westboro Baptist protesters eventually dispersed before the Tigers tipped off for their home game against Tennessee.

Via Eye on College Basketball