Monday, March 31, 2014

Photo: Peyton Siva forced to wear Kentucky gear after losing bet

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Peyton Siva had to hold up his end of a deal after losing a bet with Detroit Pistons teammate Josh Harrellson over the outcome of the Sweet 16 game between Louisville and Kentucky.

Siva starred for the Cardinals at point guard during their national championship run in 2013. Two years before, Harrellson helped guide the Wildcats to a Final Four.

This photo of Siva donning UK gear was uploaded by Harrellson on his Twitter (@BigJorts55) account. Siva still managed to sneak in an "L" with right hand though.

Via College Basketball Talk

Photo: Tigers fan misses school to see Dr. Verlander

A young Detroit Tigers fan by the name of Chris did not attend school on Monday.

The reason for his absence has everything to do with an appointment to see Dr. Verlander.

Apparently, the fan is stricken with baseball fever and the only cure was to see Justin Verlander pitch.

Via For the Win

Video: Andrew McCutchen leads gang of pillaging pirates in ad



Andrew McCutchen and his gang of plundering pirates star in the newest television advertisement for SportsCenter.

Watch as the crew shows no mercy when busting into the break room and swiping anything they see fit from ESPN employees.

McCutchen is joined by Captain Fear (mascot of Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Pee Dee the Pirate (East Carolina University mascot), and "The Pirate" (Seton Hall mascot).

Keep your head on a swivel when these guys are around.

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Video: Watch Chad Johnson run 23 mph barefoot on treadmill


Chad Johnson may not be burning NFL defensive backs anymore, but this video clip above suggests he's still burning rubber.

Check it out as the ex-NFL wide receiver cranks a treadmill up to 23 mph while running barefoot. Adding even to the craziness is the fact that the incline was raised to 2.5 percent.

So, what was Johnson doing showing off on a treadmill? Apparently, he was training with Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin at Fit Speed Athletic Performance in Florida.

Last year, Johnson posted a video of himself running 24 mph with an incline. So is it fair to say Johnson has lost a step or two since then?

Via TMZ Sports

Photo: Graphic shows how much proposal costs at each MLB stadium


If you're thinking about going with the cliche proposal at a Major League Baseball game, here's a graphic you may want to glance at before getting down on one knee.

This comes courtesy of Molly Fitzpatrick of Swimmingly.com. As you can see, Molly went through the trouble of breaking down what it costs to propose at a big league stadium.

If you're looking to save money, look no further than Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Colorado, or Cincinnati. On the contrary, don't even think about proposing in Toronto, Los Angeles (Angels), Kansas City, Baltimore, or New York (Mets). These five teams apparently hate the idea of marriage as they don't allow proposals.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Ukranian soccer player rushes to save opponent's life



Some quick thinking by a Ukranian soccer player on Sunday may have saved an opponent's life.

The moment came soon after Dynamo Kiev's Oleh Husyev was knocked unconscious when accidentally taking a knee to the head from Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko. Husyev appeared to have swallowed his tongue and was unable to breath.

This is when Dnipro's Jaba Kankava sprung into action and immediately forced open Husyev's mouth to prevent the latter from suffocating. This required Kankava to literally stick his fingers down Husyev's throat in order to remove the blockage.

Fortunately, Husyev regained the ability to breath freely and was eventually lifted off the field on a stretcher.

Via Eye on Sports

Photo: Dennis Rodman dresses as drag queen in basketball game

We should have learned by now to expect anything and everything from ex-NBA forward Dennis Rodman. But even this is odd for the man who is the authority for all things odd.

The 52-year-old recently laced 'em up to play a game during the Legends of Basketball Tour 2014 in Argentina. That in and of itself isn't newsworthy. What is newsworthy, however, is that Rodman played the game while dressed as a drag queen.

The photo obtained by @sportando serves as evidence.

Via Bleacher Report

Connecticut Huskies apologize to Barack Obama for busting bracket

Not many people predicted the seventh-seeded Connecticut Huskies would make it all the way to the Final Four this year. One of these aforementioned people include President Barack Obama. He picked the Michigan State Spartans to win the whole tournament instead. That won't happen now that the Huskies eliminated Tom Izzo's team from the Big Dance on Sunday.

After the game, Connecticut took to Twitter to issue an apology for the Commander-in-Chief for ruining his March Madness bracket. If the Huskies can manage to win two more games, they will have the opportunity to apologize to the president in person at the White House.

Via Bleacher Report 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Video: 'Saturday Night Live' spoofs Stephen A. Smith



In case you missed it, Saturday Night Live executed a segment spoofing NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith last night. Played by talented comedian Jay Pharoah, Smith made an appearance on Weekend Update to talk a little NCAA hoops with hosts Cecily Strong and Colin Jost.

Apparently, Smith is "dear friends" with just about everyone.
Via For the Win

Video: South Carolina beats Tennessee on walk-off grand slam



At one point, the South Carolina Gamecocks trailed the Tennessee Volunteers 6-0 in this game.

By the bottom of the ninth inning, the Gamecocks had managed to close that gap to 6-3, but found themselves down to their last out and with nobody on base.

In an amazing twist of fate, South Carolina began an improbable comeback with a single followed by a two-run home run to get within one. After loading the bases, catcher Grayson Greiner strolled to the plate and proceeded to smack a walk-off grand slam.

Heart-breaking loss for the Vols. Pure thrill for the Gamecocks.

Stephen Strasburg has great line about preseason prediction

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Despite a rather disappointing 2013 campaign, many people expect the Washington Nationals to contend for the National League pennant and perhaps a World Series title in 2014.

One media outlet in particular that tabbed the Nationals to achieve glory in October is Sports Illustrated. The sports publication recently pegged the Nats to hoist the world title hardware at year's end.

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg had a great response when asked by a reporter about his thoughts on SI's prediction. You can see that response in the tweet below:

White House rejects petition to make opening day a national holiday


A petition spearheaded by Anheuser-Busch to make MLB Opening Day a national holiday has been shot down by the White House.

The petition was initially created on whitehouse.gov on Feb. 24 and garnered more than the required 100,000 signatures for White House consideration.

Upon further review, principal deputy press secretary John Earnest, speaking on behalf of the White House, dubbed the pitch as "a little outside our strike zone: creating permanent federal holidays is traditionally the purview of Congress." Well, I guess it's your move, Congress.

Here's the full response letter posted on whitehouse.gov:

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Video: Watch bearded man throw 10 straight strikes backwards



Whether you're a fan of bowling or not, this will be the most amazing sports feat you see in your entire day of browsing the internet for amazing sports feats.

Check it out as Andrew Cowen from Rockford, Ill. defies logic by bowling 10 consecutive strikes without ever laying eyes on the lane.

If it wasn't for a misfire on the second frame, Cowen would have literally bowled a perfect 300 game backwards, which would have been even more incredible.

According to RecordSetter.com, Cowen's 280 score is the single-game world record for backwards bowling. I'll conservatively estimate that 95 percent of the folks reading this will never even break 280 (frontward or backward) in their lifetimes (including myself).

Via For the Win

Video: Oakland Athletics facing plumbing issues, again



It's no secret the cash-strapped Oakland Athletics have been battling off and on with plumbing issues for some time now.

On Saturday, it appears that faulty plumbing at the O.co Coliseum has reared its ugly head again, as this video footage taken inside the coaches' room clearly shows water backing up from showers and toilets.

What a mess. No pun intended at all.

Via Mike Gallego

Brandon Spikes: I don't see how anyone can respect Ray Rice

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Brandon Spikes isn't afraid to speak his mind about the recent news of Ray Rice being indicted for aggravated assault. The Buffalo Bills linebacker took to Twitter to let his feelings be known Saturday.

Apparently, Spikes got extremely angry after watching the surveillance video which appears to show Rice dragging his then-fiancee out of an elevator. This spectacle is believed to have come moments after Rice punched her and knocked her out.

Fan tries to spark crowd to do 'The Wave,' gravely injured after scary fall at Olympic Stadium

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A fan attending Friday night's exhibition game at Olympic Stadium between the Blue Jays and Mets remains hospitalized after sustaining a scary fall from the stands.

According to Montreal police, the unidentified 40-year-old fell roughly 35-50 feet to the ground behind the wall in center field. The incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. toward the end of the game.

The fall has been ruled an accident and no foul play is believed to be involved. In fact, witnesses believe the man was trying to incite fans to do "The Wave" when he lost his balance and fell.

The man was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition with injuries described as life-threatening. On Saturday, his condition has reportedly improved as he is listed in stable condition.

Via TSN

Auburn students arrested after stealing $16k worth of items from football locker room


Three Auburn University students landed behind bars this week after reportedly breaking into the Tigers football locker room and stealing thousands of dollars worth of memorabilia and other valuables. A few of the items included jerseys and helmets formerly worn by Bo Jackson and Cam Newton.

All totalled, the trio of bandits took 20 items from Jordan-Hare Stadium on March 22. According to the incident report filed by the Auburn Police Division, the value of items stolen is $16,826.

On Wednesday, the three students were arrested and charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property. Their names are John Williams (19), Nicholas Calvin (18) and Zachary Keeler (18). They reportedly surrendered themselves to police once realizing authorities were on to them. All items were safely recovered and were in their possession.

The following is a list of the 20 items stolen from the locker room:

Photo: Minor league team to serve nachos in dog bowl

The El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, are set to serve up a traditional baseball treat in an unconventional dish this season.

As you can tell from the photo above, the team has decided to sell scrumptious nachos in a dog bowl for fans to tote around Southwest University Park.

Given the team's nickname, this move seems appropriate, but don't be surprised if your dog gives you a strange look when he/she spots you eating out of it at home.

Via SportsbyBrooks 

Phoenix Suns fan nets $77,777 by nailing halfcourt shot, celebrates with team



I'm going to go out on the limb here and say Friday night was the best experience of this fan's life.

Have a look at this Phoenix Suns fanatic who capitalized on the opportunity to win $77,777 by netting a halfcourt shot during a timeout in the Suns-Knicks game at the US Airways Center.

Furthermore, the fan was joined in celebration by Suns players, who seemed just as excited about what just happened as he did.

Good times.

Via For the Win

Is LeBron James jealous of Miguel Cabrera's massive contract extension?

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Like the rest of the sports world, LeBron James took notice Thursday when the Detroit Tigers announced their pact with slugger Miguel Cabrera regarding a contract extension that will pay him $292 million over the next decade.

Naturally, a deal of this magnitude typically sends shock waves around the world. It's a massive contract that shows a ton of financial investment by the Tigers into one player.

When asked about Cabrera's new deal, James couldn't help but admit he was a little envious.

“I wish we didn’t have a salary cap,” he said, adding that Cabrera was fully deserving of his rich new deal. ”He’s the best player in baseball, and the best players in each sport should be rewarded,” the four-time NBA MVP said. “It’d be nice to sign a 10-year deal worth $300 million.”

Pistons teammates made friendly bet over Louisville-Kentucky game

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A pair of Detroit Pistons teammates made a friendly wager on the outcome of Friday's NCAA Tournament game between Louisville and Kentucky.

Former Cardinals guard Peyton Siva and former Wildcats forward Josh Harrellson made a bet requiring the alumnus from the losing school to wear gear of the opposing team. This is notable considering how much the Cats and Cards hate each other despite being separated by an hour's drive.

As fate would have it, Siva's defending champion Cardinals dropped a close one to Harrellson's Cats and will now be forced to don Kentucky blue.

The two had to watch the rivalry game on mobile devices while they were on a flight to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. If it's any consolation, Siva should be happy to know that playing the 76ers right now is pretty much a guaranteed win.

Via TMZ Sports

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bills offering fans chance to win season tickets for life by guessing schedule

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Buffalo Bills fans wanting a chance to win season tickets for life will receive their opportunity if they can correctly predict the exact breakdown of the 2014 slate. This means precisely slotting all 16 opponents in each of their correct weeks on the schedule.

Apparently, the Bills held the same type of promotion last year. Not surprisingly, nobody won. The level of difficulty is a notch below picking the perfect NCAA Tournament bracket. Okay, maybe that's going too far, but the point here is that it's difficult.

The real schedule isn't set to be announced until later next month.

Photo: Minor league team to sell hot dog inside potato chips on stick

The West Michigan Whitecaps, Single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, is set to offer a food item that will truly be the meat and potatoes of the menu this season.

As you can see from the photo (or not), the Whitecaps will be selling a concoction involving a hot dog stuck inside a row of potato chips on a stick. Did you comprehend all of that? Forget the bun. This hot dog comes fully equipped with a hands-free device and a side dish.

This simple treat combines three of America's favorite things: portability, saltiness, and hot dogs, of course. Have at it all of you fans of the Whitecaps.

Via @darrenrovell

High school basketball player stripped of 'player of the year' award due to obscene tweet

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A high school basketball player in New Hampshire was stripped of his Player of the Year award recently after idiotically sending out an ill-advised tweet trashing an opponent.

Pat Welch of Pembroke Academy is the guilty party after sending out this tweet (seen above) on March 15 after scoring 15 points to guide his school to a second straight state title.

It didn't take long for Welch to realize his boneheaded mistake as the tweet was deleted within 15 minutes. Unfortunately for him, the damage had already been done.

Do you think Welch's punishment is too severe?

Via Extra Mustard

Video: 'Jeopardy' contestants have disgraceful lack of knowledge about college football



You don't make it on to Jeopardy! without knowing a little bit about everything.

With that being said, the three contestants featured in this particular episode apparently know nothing about college football (save from maybe Amy).

Have a look as the group gets stumped on inquiries about college football. Ohio State, Michigan, and Texas fans have to be shaking their heads after seeing this footage.

Via Bleacher Report

Coach calls Johnny Manziel's pro day a 'sideshow'

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Most people who witnessed Johnny Manziel perform at his recent pro day came away extremely impressed with the former Texas A&M signal caller.

However, as always, there were a few critics in the bunch as well. One critic in particular is Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

Simply put, Zimmer though Manziel's workout was too "choreographed" and placed way too much empasis on style points rather than actual substance.

“The huddles and the different things and the music. The sideshow stuff,” Zimmer said. “It was a sideshow.”

This one was a little different in how it was choreographed. People like that or they don’t like that, I don’t know. It's the first time I've ever seen it."

Photo: Steve Mariucci shares vintage picture of Tom Izzo from 1977

So, here's a nearly 40-year-old picture of Tom Izzo posing alongside NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci at the Grand Canyon.

The two have apparently been best friends since high school where both went on to star as athletes at Northern Michigan University too.

Mariucci's "Throwback Thursday" picture comes on the verge of Izzo leading his Spartans into an Elite 8 match-up against top-seeded Virginia. Let's hope this blast from the past doesn't throw Izzo of his game.

On a side note, his hairstyle in '77 was glorious.

Via For the Win 

Video: Charles Barkley makes everyone bust out laughing with dig at Shaq



In case you missed it, Charles Barkley provided some comedic entertainment during halftime of the Florida-UCLA game Thursday night by taking a few good-natured digs at Shaquille O'Neal and Boomer Esiason.

Watch as Sir Charles propels his fellow panelists into hysterics after Shaq started it all with a tweet poking fun at Barkley's "tired belly."

The jokes only flow naturally from there as Barkley provides some much-needed intrigue on a night of NCAA Tournament action that generally lacked it.

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Video: Paul George explodes out of bottle of Gatorade for slam



Paul George is looking mighty intense in this new television ad for Gatorade which shows the Indiana Pacers star exploding out of a battle for a slam dunk.

The whole commercial only lasts for 15 seconds. But it's message is clear and powerful. Gatorade Fierce is the stuff you want to consume if you want to elevate your game.

Yes, Paul George has officially arrived.

Via For the Win

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dominique Wilkins takes over spokesperson role formerly held by Paula Deen

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NBA legend Dominique Wilkins is capitalizing on the misfortune of Paula Deen by taking over spokesperson duties formerly held by the celebrity chef personality.

Last year, Novo Nordisk, a medication to help in the fight against diabetes, dumped Deen following her nonchalant use of the n-word. Now, the company has tabbed Wilkins, who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes over a decade ago, as the face of its medication.

"Just showing people that not just diabetes, but disease in general is faceless," Wilkins said. "It’s all about how you handle the life challenge!"

Unfortunately, Wilkins lost his father and grandfather to the disease. So, it's easy to see why the ex-Atlanta Hawk is passionate about raising awareness for the cause.

Via TMZ Sports

Photo: This Rockies bobble gnome of Sasquatch is scariest thing ever

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On Sunday, June 8, the Colorado Rockies will be playing host to the division rival Dodgers at Coors Field.

Do you want to know what else the Rockies are doing on this particular day? Apparently, they're going to give away 15,000 of the creepiest bobbleheads known to man.

As you can see, these aren't your typical bobbleheads. No, these are garden gnomes made in the likeness of Sasquatch. As if the two weren't already creepy enough by themselves.

Thanks, Jack Link's Beef Jerky, for providing some ammo to haunt our dreams.

Via Eye on Baseball

Video: Fan takes a spill attempting to catch foul ball

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Not everyone can be as graceful at fielding flyballs as the professionals.

Exhibit A came earlier this week when this poor fella tried and failed to secure a foul ball hit down the third base line. As you can see, the guy was in perfect position to make the grab until a cruel twist of fate, okay maybe more like lack of balance, derailed his hopes of grabbing a souvenir.

Hey, at least he was a good sport about it afterward.

Via MLB Cut 4

Old Dominion wide receiver charged with 'malicious wounding'


Old Dominion wide receiver Jakwail Bailey finds himself in deep trouble after he was arrested this week and subsequently charged with felonious malicious wounding.

Bailey was suspended from the team by head coach Bobby Wilder on Wednesday for an unspecified violation of team rules. It now appears we know the precise explanation for his suspension.

Here's the breakdown of the story as told by The Virginian-Pilot:

Video: NFL's goalpost dunk ban receives Taiwanese animation treatment



Earlier this week, the NFL decided to put the stop sign on celebratory goalpost dunking after touchdowns.

This news was generally received with disappointment and anger from some fans. Apparently, they claim the NFL is doing its best to change its name to the No Fun League.

While some fans chose apathy with the ruling, infamous Taiwanese animators chose to have some fun with the situation. How? By what else than making an animated clip poking fun at the entire situation.

Via Eye on Football

Dez Bryant has very strict stipulations in Cowboys contract

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Dez Bryant's contract with the Dallas Cowboys requires him to walk a straight and narrow line off the field. It's much straighter and narrower than the average professional football player has to walk too.

Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas highlighted some of these strict stipulations for Bryant that have been in play since 2012. Here is a list of the more notable ones:

Video: Dwyane Wade laughs as Lance Stephenson is ejected for taunting



Lance Stephenson was shown the exit door during Wednesday night's game between the Heat and Pacers after banking in an acrobatic layup in the fourth quarter.

The reason for ejection came when Stephenson bounced up off the floor and proceeded to try and taunt Dwyane Wade as he walked down to the other end of the floor. Wade simply responded with a smile and then jockeyed for the official to give Stephenson a technical.

Eventually, the official did just that. The technical marked the second of the game for Stephenson and resulted in an automatic ejection.

Via Bleacher Report

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Video: Tim Cowlishaw takes cheap shot at Kentucky Wildcats



The wrath of Big Blue Nation is about to engulf Dallas Morning News writer Tim Cowlishaw over the cheap shot he took at the Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday.

It came during an episode of ESPN's Around the Horn when Cowlishaw basically slammed the university for being sub-par in the education department.

“What’s the difference between having a degree from Kentucky and almost having a degree from Kentucky?”

The joke stems from the news story of Manhattan coach Steve Masiello getting his coaching offer axed by South Florida after a search firm discovered he lied on his resume. Apparently, he listed that he graduated from the University of Kentucky when in fact he merely attended there.

Again, hopefully Cowlishaw is prepared for the Kentucky faithful to bombard him with rebuttals right about now. It's not going to be pretty after that rabid fan base gets through with him.

Via For the Win

Minor league manager makes bold guarantee to fans


Phil Nevin, manager of the Triple-A Reno Aces, has made a bold bet with fans.

The former MLB slugger is guaranteeing the temperature will be 60 degrees or above on Opening Day (April 3) when his Aces host the El Paso Chihuahuas. If the temperature falls below 60 degrees, Nevin has promised to buy all fans in attendance a ticket to a future game.

"I'm really looking forward to heading back to Reno, and I hope the fans are looking forward to seeing us again," Nevin said. "If the weather isn't great, I'll make sure everyone gets their money's worth."

Pretty bold move by Nevin considering the average high temperature for Reno is only 64 in April. Well, at least according to this chart of historical monthly averages from The Weather Channel.

Via Reno Aces

Report: Arian Foster a 'natural' in first movie role

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Once Arian Foster's career in professional football is finished, the Houston Texan might just have a career waiting for him in Hollywood.

According to TMZ Sports, Foster recently wrapped up his role in the upcoming movie "Draft Day," which is about an NFL general manager (played by Kevin Costner) vying to land the No. 1 pick, and by all accounts Foster nailed his part.

"Arian was very natural and enthusiastic," co-star Wade Williams said. " They [the producers] weren't gonna hire him if he couldn't act."

Foster plays a potential draft pick in the film and apparently plays the role damn well.

Photo: White Sox to sell 3-pound banana split in helmet

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Boy, do the Chicago White Sox have a treat for ice cream lovers or what?

Fans who make their way inside U.S. Cellular Field this season will not only have the chance to watch the White Sox play baseball, they will also have the chance to purchase a banana split that weighs three pounds, which includes a mammoth 12 scoops of ice cream.

For the low price of $17, this sweet treat can be all yours. Heck, you can even keep the plastic batting helmet the frozen goodness comes in too.

All in all, the dish boasts four scoops of chocolate, four scoops of vanilla, four scoops of strawberry, chocolate syrup, cherries, whipped cream, and of course, bananas.

This has all the makings of an ice cream headache waiting to happen.

Via For the Win

Arizona bookstore apologizes for predicting team's loss in tournament

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Contrary to evidence you may have found on the bookstore website of the Arizona Wildcats, the one-seeded squad is still very much alive in the NCAA Tournament. However, if you base your truth by this t-shirt they formerly had for sell, you would be led to believe Arizona was bounced in the Elite Eight.

The description of the shirt reads as follows:

“The Wildcats had an amazing season and made it all the way to the Elite Eight. It may be the end of basketball season, but don’t let it end your devotion.”

Apparently, the bookstore believes the Wildcats will have no problem getting through San Diego State in the Sweet 16. But the potential match-up between Baylor or Wisconsin is simply too much for Sean Miller's team to handle, according to the bookstore.

Mike Vick giving up number out of respect to Geno Smith


Mike Vick has worn the No. 7 on his jersey from high school to college to the pros. It goes without saying, but the southpaw has become quite attached to the number.

However, the quarterback said he won't start a tug-of-war with the Jets player already wearing it. Out of respect to Geno Smith, Vick says he's going to back off and simply pick another digit to don for the 2014 season.

"I want to pick a new number for the Jets, Number 7 is Geno's number," Vick told TMZ Sports.

Another motive behind Vick's decision is that he doesn't want to cause any drama that could possibly divide the team. His willingness to give up his beloved No. 7 shows shows that he's a mature and capable leader, according to Vick.

So what number does that leave Vick with? He's apparently "open to suggestions."

Willie Randolph had perfectly timed videobomb of Joe Girardi

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Get out your pencil and paper and take notes.

Willie Randolph proceeded to show us all how videobombing is done Tuesday night when he strategically crept into the background of an interview featuring Joe Girardi.

Poor Joe never saw it coming and neither did most of the viewers either.

Well done, Willie.

Via MLB Cut 4

Video: Jimmy Kimmel exploits people claiming to be college basketball fans



March Madness seems to be growing in popularity each and every year.

For most, the NCAA Tournament is a chance to get behind the same cause everyone else is excited about. And then there are those that are actually true college basketball fans who love the tournament for what it is.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel aimed to exploit these so-called bandwagon March Madness fans by taking to the streets and asking fans to name a college basketball player. As you can see, it didn't go so well for the unsuspecting fans.

Via For the Win

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Video: Terrell Owens says he would destroy Michael Jordan on basketball court



Despite being unemployed, Terrell Owens still hasn't lost his confidence.

TMZ Sports obtained this video clip of the former NFL wide receiver shamelessly boasting about his basketball prowess on the video streaming app called "HangWith." Owens even went so far as saying he would crush 51-year-old Michael Jordan on the court.

"I'm dunkin' on n**gas. I'm crossin' n**gas up. MJ don't even want none of this right now," Owens said.

"I know he's 50-something-years-old. He used to be MJ but he would be 'crossed up MJ' if he come mess with me right about now, 'cause my game is nice!"

*facepalm*

Trey Burke: Fans who root for team to tank are 'selfish'


This year's draft class promises to be loaded with talent at the top and that naturally has many teams eyeing the potential for a high pick.

While the NBA maintains that no team seriously loses on purpose in order to increase lottery pick odds, there are many who suspect they do, and select fans of these losing teams have actually come to embrace it.

Let's just say Trey Burke isn't fond of these fans who openly root for their teams to lose. The following is what he said about the topic to the Desert News:

"I think that's just selfish for a fan. We play hard, practice hard every single day. Why would we want to go out there and try to lose? Wherever we do land in the lottery, that will be great for us, but to try and tank games and lose games, I think, is just absurd."

Video: Adorable cat tries to play ping pong



This is what happens when an adorable cat gets involved with a ping pong game.

Watch as this feline named "Oreo" does his best to keep pace with the back-and-forth game. Eventually, Oreo just settles for laying down next to the net.

Hey, it's safe to say this cat performed much better than Garfield would have.

Via For the Win

Ohio State athletic director gets $18k bonus after wrestler wins title


Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is over $18,000 richer this week after Buckeyes junior Logan Stieber claimed the title for his weight class at the NCAA wrestling championships on Saturday.

The figure equates to one week of Smith's base salary. Meanwhile, Stieber receives nothing more than the pride of being a national champion for the third straight season.

The bonus comes after Smith inked a new contract this year which pays him bonuses for "exceptional athletic achievements." These include such accomplishments as Final Four appearances and titles won by student athletes in any of the school's 20 sports.

Sports memorabilia website gives fan season tickets after Roddy White wimped out on bet

The fan who infamously won a bet with Roddy White that the Mercer Bears would upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament has finally received his season tickets. However, they didn't come from the man who was on the hook for delivering them.

Instead, the fan, Dylan Hoyt, is set to receive season tickets courtesy of the sports memorabilia website OnlyJays.com. The site contacted Dylan recently and offered to pick up the tab that White wimped out on. OnlyJays.com told TMZ Sports that they are rewarding the way Dylan handled the situation with "class and grace" by providing him with season tickets as close to the 50-yard line as possible.

In case you missed it, White came under fire after he promised to give Dylan "season tickets 50 yard line first row" if Mercer beat Duke in the first round. As fate would have it, the Bears pulled off the shocking upset, leaving White in a position to either put up or shut up.

Tim Duncan claims hotel Spurs stayed at is haunted


By all accounts, Tim Duncan is not a man who fabricates things. Duncan keeps his talking to a minimal and is a relative straight shooter when he does feel the need to speak.

These factors are important when you consider the recent experience by teammate Jeff Ayres and Duncan when they stayed at the Claremont Resort for their game against the Golden State Warriors. Apparently, the two are convinced the hotel is haunted by the supernatural.

From Dan McCartney of Spurs Nation:

“You get in at whatever time. I took my room key. I could hear stuff in the hallway, like people in their rooms," Ayres said. "So I’m thinking people are watching TV or whatever. So I get to my door, and my key doesn’t work, but it sounds like there’s somebody in my room. Like I hear a little baby, not crying but making noise. I’m like, ‘What the heck?’ I keep trying my key and it doesn’t work. So I go downstairs to get a new key, and I tell them (somebody’s in the room).

Kobe Bryant has running bet on implosion of Justin Bieber's career

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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine that Justin Bieber is heading down a troubled path. All you have to do is pick up the latest tabloid for proof. Kobe Bryant knows this and that's why the 35-year-old NBA superstar is betting on Bieber's inevitable demise.

Ben McGrath of The New Yorker provides more on the story:

Kobe Bryant and a business associate have a running bet on the staying power of the pop stars Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. Bryant, who wears self-discipline like a badge, has long favored the more predictable Perry’s odds, and found in Bieber’s recent tabloid episodes hints of a looming implosion: talent spurned. As he and the associate walked into the dining room at the Four Seasons, in downtown Miami, in late January, the associate, a Belieber, mentioned that Bryant had been giving him a hard time about it for years. He seemed almost ready to concede. That morning, elsewhere in Miami, Bieber had been caught drag racing and booked for driving under the influence.

Rex Ryan reveals fate of infamous Mark Sanchez tattoo

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The most important question asked to Rex Ryan at the NFL annual meetings on Tuesday had little to do with football. It had everything to do with the fate of his infamous Mark Sanchez tattoo now that the quarterback is no longer a member of the organization.

You may remember hearing of Ryan's body ink last year after the coach was photographed shirtless while on vacation. The photo revealed a tattoo on his right arm featuring his wife wearing a No. 6 Jets jersey. That just so happens to be the number formerly worn by Sanchez.

So, what is to become of this permanent reminder on Ryan's bicep?

Redskins owner Dan Snyder creates foundation to help native americans


The Washington Redskins have faced intense scrutiny over the past year or so about changing their nickname to something that isn't so offensive to Native Americans. Up until this point, the franchise and owner Dan Snyder have been pretty reluctant to make any such changes.

Now, it appears Snyder is doing his best at salvaging at least a little face by announcing the formation of the "Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation," which is designed to aid the very people many say the NFL team is alienating with their nickname.

Snyder released a lengthy letter Monday night that details the whole decision. Long story short, the letter makes it seems like the formation of the foundation was spurred as the result of Snyder and his passe spending the last few months visiting tribal reservations.

Bob Knight: The NBA has 'raped' college basketball



Sooner or later when Bob Knight speaks there's bound to be a controversial remark or two. And such was the case when the former Indiana coach went on the air for an interview with Mike and Mike this morning.

Knight was asked how much importance he gives to the readiness level of one-and-done players who don't perform well in the NCAA Tournament. Knight then proceeded to express his belief that the National Basketball Association has essentially "raped" college basketball.

Comparing anything to rape is never a good idea. And the same holds true here too. Of course, this is also the same guy who sparked some controversy in 1988 when he he compared the stress of being a college basketball coach to rape, proclaiming "if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it."

Via The Big Lead

Monday, March 24, 2014

Michelle Beadle sticks it to Twitter follower who wants her fired

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Michelle Beadle recently made her return to ESPN's SportsNation after brief dabblings elsewhere. And while her return has generally been received as positive by audiences, not everyone is thrilled she's back for another go around, apparently. Namely, the user @theblackhand817 on Twitter.

Here's a look at their exchange after "Sweet Jones" sparked the virtual conversation by saying ESPN should fire Beadle.

Photo: 'Entourage' star breaks leg catching pass from Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson helps actor Kevin Connolly cope with his broken leg. (Twitter/@MrKevinConnolly)

A movie adaptation of the popular HBO series "Entourage" is set to be released next summer and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson is slated to play a cameo role in the film.

While on the set recently for filming, Wilson decided to throw the pigskin around with actor Kevin Connolly, which proved to be a dangerous endeavor.

Seen here is the duo posing for a photo after Connolly apparently broke his leg in two places while trying to catch a pass from Wilson. To Connolly's credit, Wilson wrote on his Instagram page that the star ran a "perfect post route" and wound up securing the catch before succumbing to injury.

Getting a compliment like that from a Super Bowl winning QB should help ease the pain.

Via Eye on Football (Photo: @MrKevinConnolly)

Miami Marlins president wants team to play faster, put fans out of misery sooner


Miami Marlins president David Samson says he wants the team to speed up the pace of the game this season. Ironically, Samson cites fans as the main  motive for doing so.

"Pace of game is about our fans," Samson said. "It's very much a TV issue and an in-game-experience issue. No one is complaining about pace of game where it goes 12 innings and it's 3 hours and 20 minutes and it's a 5-4 game. That's not the issue. If it's a 3-1 nine-inning game that goes 3 hours and 12 minutes, that's not enjoyable."

You know what else isn't enjoyable? Watching a team post the worst record in the National League at 62-100. That's likely what led to the Marlins finishing last in attendance a season ago.

Bryce Harper named 'most overrated player in MLB' by peers

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The results are in and the ruling is Bryce Harper is the most overrated player in Major League Baseball.

As part of its MLB Preview Issue, ESPN The Magazine surveyed 143 players and asked for their thoughts on a variety of questions and topics. One of the questions asked to them was who they believed was the most overrated player in the league.

Harper took the top spot by garnering 24 percent of the overall vote. Not too far behind him was Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig at 21 percent. Alex Rodriguez rounded out the top three by notching 14 percent of the vote.

Mets use unfortunate way to describe Daisuke Matsuzaka's outing

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is apparently doing very well with his new team this spring. On Monday, he struck out the side in the first frame of a Grapefruit League game.

Afterward, the New York Mets were clearly excited about their pitcher's performance. So they took to Twitter to attempt a clever way of describing the right-hander's inning of work.

As you can see, that didn't work out too well, as it ended up being more offensive than it was a witty play on words.

To the team's credit, the tweet was deleted within a few minutes and an apology ensued.

Via The Big Lead

New video game 'inFAMOUS: Second Son' features two unlockables inspired by Seattle Seahawks


The third installment in the inFAMOUS video game franchise, inFAMOUS: Second Son, has been released and it features two unlockables inspired by the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Developed by Sucker Punch Productions and produced by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4, the game is the first in the franchise to take place in a real city. Naturally, the Seattle-based company ultimately chose the Emerald City for its game locale.

As noted Seahawks fans, the developers of the game wanted to honor the success of their NFL team in some way, so they created two unlockables for inFAMOUS: Second Son. The first is a No. 12 decal for the main character's jacket to pay homage to the team's heralded 12th Man. The second is a virtual billboard, which features a strapping Seahawk in a football uniform, with the words "Seattle Football...World Champs" placed around the city's open world environment.

Video: Baylor fan is such a bro


Bros love the NCAA Tournament. You know what else bros love? Bros also love backward hats, arm sleeves, jersey popping, and anything worth celebrating.

On Sunday, there was one Baylor Bears fan who fit this description incredibly perfectly. And he is featured in the GIF embedded above.

He's the odds-on favorite for biggest bro of March Madness.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Indians runner slides way too early, still manages to steal second base



Cleveland Indians base runner Jordan Smith ran into an adventure Sunday afternoon against the Angels on the base paths.

Watch as Smith attempts to steal second base in the top of the seventh. As you can see, it leads to him coming up pretty short on the head-first slide.

Amazingly, Smith still manages to swipe the bag safely due to the pitch being thrown in the dirt.