July 31, 2013
We all know about the Aaron Hernandez situation, Dwight Howard taking his talents to Houston and Ryan Braun getting suspended, but that’s not all the crazy stuff that happened in July. In case you actually have a life, here are a few stories that you may have missed.
Longtime New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur actually got to draft his son Anthony Brodeur for the Devils during the NHL draft.
During last week’s RBC Canadian Open, Hunter Mahan withdrew from the tournament to attend the birth of his first child. Mahan was leading the tournament and didn’t pull out until just before he was supposed to begin his third round, leaving his playing partner John Merrick playing in the final group by himself.
Not only did the Cincinnati Reds play a game in San Francisco as the home team, but during one of the four-game series between the teams, the Giants grounds crew had a bit of trouble lining up the batter’s box. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding a photo of the screw up online.
When former Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson received his championship ring for the team’s win over Georgia Tech in the ACC title game, he was the only Seminoles player that got a ring that reads “2012 SEC Champions.” The rest of the team got rings with the correct conference inscribed on them.
The NCAA claimed that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo committed an NCAA violation when he tweeted “Welcome to the family” to a Class of 2015 wide receiver who recently committed to the University of Michigan.
“Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen fired one of the worst first pitches I have ever seen. Video of that won’t be hard to find either.
A linebacker at the University of Florida was arrested for sticking his head in a police car and barking at a police dog.
One Cleveland Indians fan pulled off an incredible feat, catching four foul balls in the same game…the odds of which are about one in one trillion.
Another fan in Cleveland wasn’t so lucky. When Scott Entsminger passed away earlier this month, this ended up in his obituary…”A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and season ticket holder, he also wrote a song each year and sent it to the Cleveland Browns as well as offering other advice on how to run the team. He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”
A battle royal erupted between two former Thai Olympic teammates during a doubles badminton match. They started trash-talking before the match even started and things continued to escalate until they fought from one end of the arena to the other. Both players received a black card.
And in the wildest story of the month former NBA player Baron Davis (the guy with the huge beard before James Harden) said that he was abducted by aliens while on a drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles during a podcast interview. I’m not even going to go there on this one.
I can’t wait to see what happens in August as the NFL season approaches, and the baseball playoff races heat up.
September 22, 2011
If you ask me, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is one of the best to compete in MMA. He rose to prominence in Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships and unified the UFC and Pride FC light-heavyweight championships. He holds wins over Dan Henderson (in that unification bout), Lyoto Machida, Keith Jardine and Kevin Randleman. He’s blasted both Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva to smithereens. His accomplishments allow him to wear a chain around his neck and howl at the moon, for he’s earned the right to back down to nobody.
Rampage’s track record, brute force and searing intensity make him a formidable opponent for champion Jon Jones at UFC 135 on September 24. Whether or not you believe Jackson’s claims that someone from Jones’ camp deployed a spy to go undercover and watch his training sessions, he’s using bizarre tactics to get into Jones’ head.
This will be Jones’ first title defense with the winner to meet Rashad Evans. Like his bitter enemy, Evans, Jackson is a former UFC champion at 205. And like Evans, Jackson is hell-bent on creating animosity before the big fight. Rampage is sequestered somewhere in Denver in preparations for the bout and took to Yahoo! Sports to accuse Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, of espionage activity, even going as far to say that Jones is scared and looking for a way to back out.
Kawa vehemently denied those accusations. “I promise to God, I have no spy in that camp,” he said. “It’s completely and totally untrue. There is nothing to it at all.” Jones took to Twitter to respond to Jackson’s handle for what he said is the only time he will address the issue.
“Just so you know, I’m not a person who looks for shortcuts in life,” Jones told Jackson before taking a shot at his priorities. “Unlike you, MMA is not something I do because of money. It’s a way of life for me and I would never disrespect the integrity of that. I have way more faith in myself, as well as, respect for the art of fighting to ever stoop that low, that’s just bad karma. Believe me or not, I’ve said my part. Hoping you have a safe and healthy finish to your camp #Respect.”
Rampage has often utilized the intimidation factor and prayed on fear, but at age 33, largely inactive due to filming “The A-Team” and looking at more than likely his last chance at reclaiming the title, a bug just might be in his own mind. Jones, the youngest champion in UFC history, has demolished all comers on his fast track to the top and at 24 is already ranked one of the top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world by various outlets. Jackson is a winner of his last two, but many had Machida winning that one and his last opponent, Matt Hamill, offered little opposition. There’s no questioning that Rampage remains a top contender, but he’s also one-dimensional compared to the array of creative attacks Jones unveils in every battle. Nobody, not even the great Maurício “Shogun” Rua, has stood a chance against Jones’ onslaught. Jackson questioning Jones’ manhood will either reveal a weakness or end up the biggest mistake of his career.
August 1, 2011
At long last (okay, it wasn’t that long), the NFL Lockout is over. With operations just now getting underway, there’s not much time to lose. Teams are signing players at a moment’s notice and the season will be here before you know it. In only about a week’s time, we’ve seen enough developments to fill up several months of normal offseason activity. Here are the top ten … so far.
10. 49ers Hold Steady with Alex Smith – San Francisco was expected to bring back the underachieving Smith and they did just that by re-signing him. To be honest, I don’t understand this move as Smith has progressed at a pace slow enough to make a snail envious over the past five years. But new head coach Jim Harbaugh was determined to give him another shot so the 49ers will again operate with him under center. Smith does know the offense, but knowing and executing in the NFL are two entirely different things.
9. Cam Newton Signs with Panthers – Sure, Newton was expected to sign, but already? With so little time before camp, Newton didn’t have much leverage if he didn’t want to risk alienating fans. The No. 1 overall pick is off to a fine start by reportedly signing the four-year $22 million deal shortly after the lockout’s end.
8. Reggie Bush Dealt to Miami – As if Ricky Williams’ fate weren’t sealed already with the drafting of rookie Daniel Thomas, adding Bush to the roster all but assured he is finished in Miami. The Dolphins picked up the all-purpose back who should complement Ronnie Brown far better than Williams (Note to self: Do not draft Ricky Williams in fantasy football for the third consecutive season).
7. Seahawks Add Sidney Rice – The Seahawks’ passing game left much to be desired last year – and that’s part of the reason Matt Hasselbeck is no longer with the team. But without a 1,000-yard receiver in 2010, Seattle needed to upgrade its wideouts. They not only will be better with the addition of Rice, but also got younger with the 24-year old.
6. Chad Ochocinco Joins Tom Brady in New England – Johnson, er, Ochocinco, comes with a bit of baggage, but the Patriots had success with another so-called misfit in Randy Moss. Who’s to say history won’t repeat itself? New England needed to replace Moss and Ochocinco is plenty capable of a few more big seasons – especially with future Hall of Famer Brady at the helm.
5. Santonio Holmes stays put in New York – Holmes was the Jets’ biggest priority this offseason and they got him re-signed. They may have missed out on Nnamdi Asomugha, but signing Santonio gives quarterback Mark Sanchez the deep threat he needs to succeed in the Big Apple.
4. Brett Favre is at it. Again – I really shouldn’t be surprised by this anymore, but, well, call me surprised. Favre had more drama last season than Erica Kane in a Sweeps Week episode of All My Children, and after the disastrous year on and off the field that he endured, I figured there was no way he’d be back in the NFL. But with rumors popping up that Favre could be willing to serve as a backup to Michael Vick in Philadelphia, the Twitter universe exploded. In all seriousness, I don’t expect Favre to make good on this. Common sense, for once, has to win out. Right? Right?!?
3. Donovan McNabb Traded to Vikings – Despite a subpar season last year in the Nation’s capital, McNabb will get another shot at starting as the Vikings’ projected first-team quarterback. How much he has left in the NFL tank is anybody’s guess, but playing in a dome out of the elements eight times a year should help the aging star.
2. Kevin Kolb Traded to Cardinals – The Eagles insisted on a high draft pick in exchange for its backup quarterback and got one in a second-rounder from Arizona. In addition, Philly also secured the talents of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Both teams come out winners in this deal and Kolb should help the Cardinals compete immediately in the mind-numbingly awful NFC West.
1. Nnamdi Asomugha Signs with Eagles – Raise your hand if you saw this signing coming. Asomugha was virtually assured of not being a Raider, but Philadelphia wasn’t one of the NFL teams generally discussed as a viable option. But with his addition, the Eagles have instantaneously improved their chances of winning the conference.
May 27, 2011
The verdict is in. Kobe Bryant has reclaimed his spot as the top Fathead seller of the week. And, similar to last night’s NBA playoff game, Derrick Rose came in at a close second.
Coming in at number five is the new Kevin Durant Dunk Mural, which we quickly produced at the request of our Twitter followers. Unfortunately for him, Kevin Durant won’t be doing any more dunking until next season.
The top ten selling Fatheads of the last week (5/20 to 5/26):
1. Kobe Bryant
2. Derrick Rose
3. Kevin Durant
6. Rajon Rondo
10. Derek Jeter
May 12, 2011
The golf world lost one of its greats last week when Seve Ballesteros lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 54.
He is one of the few that have held the number one spot in the world rankings. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. He had 91 professional wins including five major championships.
It wasn’t just the wins that made Ballesteros great. It was the way he played to win that made him so memorable.
PGA President Allen Wronowski said in a statement: “In every generation, there appears one performer in sport who stands out above another for more than just ability alone. Seve Ballesteros, the gallant warrior from Pedrena, Spain, was the ultimate competitor. We were fortunate to have had him choose golf, where he did more than win championships, but proudly became an ambassador for our sport’s global appeal. Seve played with a rare combination of talent and heart, and his intensity endeared him to his teammates in the Ryder Cup, a competition that elevated his talent and leadership. As long as the pipes may play to call teams together for the Ryder Cup, they will play for Seve. We shall miss him dearly, and we mourn with his family and his many friends and fans throughout the world.”
Much like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods do today, Ballesteros routinely pulled off shots that others wouldn’t dare to try. As Tiger Woods said on Twitter, “Seve was one of the most talented and excited golfers to ever play the game. His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed. His death came much too soon.”
Perhaps his greatest accomplishment is what he did for European golf. He was the reason the Ryder Cup was expanded in 1979 to include continental Europe. He had a 20-12-5 record in eight appearances in the Ryder Cup and turned the tide in Europe’s favor. He teamed with fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal to form a nearly unbeatable team that became known as “The Spanish Armada”. He also led Europe to victory in 1997 as team captain. He is the epitome of the spirit of the Ryder Cup.
Today’s No. 1 player in the world, Lee Westwood, said on Twitter, “Seve made European golf what it is today.”
Seve was a unique blend of talent, charisma, desire and fearlessness. He hit numerous shots that will never be forgotten. And neither will he. Golf was never the same because of Seve and it will not be the same without him.