Nov 30, 2010
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson was caught smiling (and seemingly laughing) on the sideline bench with teammate Deuce Lutui near the end of Monday night's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. When asked about it afterwards by an Arizona Republic reporter during the postgame press conference, Anderson loses it and walks out.
ESPN footage is provided below courtesy of CBS Sports. Apparently Anderson really didn't want to share what he and Lutui were talking about, and he has a right to keep his conversations private. Unfortunately, now he's going to have to deal with this issue all week long, and this video will be out there on the Internet forever. People are going to start seeing the video...then some will have fun with it by remixing it and setting it to a song of some kind, and it will go viral. I feel bad for Derek Anderson...all it takes is one second of losing your cool and things spin out of control.
CBS Sports: Derek Anderson tirade is all kinds of funny
Nov 29, 2010
Chris Chase's article below says it all. As far as Steve Johnson goes, he better look in the mirror and find a better way to respond next time.
Yahoo! Sports: Steve Johnson blames God for his overtime drop
Nov 27, 2010
According to the NY Daily News, New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who is slated to be starting this week, was fined $20,000 for "unsportsmanlike behavior towards fans". The article states that a league security representative caught Jacobs "making obscene gestures and yelling obscenities towards fans" before the Giants' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday night. Of course, this would be the second time this season that Jacobs has been fined this season, as he was fined $10K for throwing his helmet into the stands during their road game at Indianapolis.
However, it may not be the first time he has gotten into it with fans during pregame warmups at Philadelphia. Youtube appears to have a couple videos, such as this one, which were taken at Philadelphia during last year's Eagles-Giants game which clearly show Brandon Jacobs getting into it with Eagles fans.
This one claims to show Jacobs cursing at the fans, although it is hard to hear him over the Eagles fans themselves, and arguably their language is worse than his. Some Eagles fans need to wash their mouths out with soap.
I'm guessing that since Brandon Jacobs wasn't fined for his behavior before last year's game against the Eagles, he must have stepped it up a notch this year. Still looking for footage from this year's pregame warmups, so if we find it, we'll be sure to update this post.
It looks bad enough for Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels that going back to last season, the Broncos are 5-15 in their last 20 regular season games. Now there's this news that the team's video operations director, Steve Scarnecchia, taped one of the San Francisco 49ers' walk-through practices at Wembley Stadium before the 49ers played the Broncos in London last month, in blatant violation of National Football League rules. This can't bode well for Josh McDaniel's future as head coach in Denver. As far as Scarnecchia, he was fired by the Broncos today.
To be fair, when Scarnecchia offered to show the video tape to McDaniels, the coach declined. However, league policy requires prompt reporting of the incident, and apparently McDaniels did not comply with this rule. McDaniels should certainly know the rules regarding this, as he was on the New England Patriots staff that was fined for the infamous "Spygate" incident just a few years back.
Yahoo! Sports also offers this background:
Scarnecchia was also involved in the NFL’s last videotaping scandal, dubbed Spygate. After the (New England) Patriots were caught videotaping New York Jets coaches sending in signals during a 2007 game, the league’s investigation determined New England had violated rules over several seasons. Scarnecchia, who had left the Patriots by the time they were caught, was found to have taken part in the videotaping when he worked for the team in the early 2000s.So, not only was Scarnecchia in violation of league rules, but he is a repeat offender. Any chance Steve Scarnecchia gets a job in the NFL again after this? I wouldn't count on it. If commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't ban him from the league, I don't think any team would touch him.
ESPN: Broncos, McDaniels fined $50K each
Yahoo! Sports: Broncos, coach fined for taping of 49ers practice
Nov 22, 2010
In Sunday's home game against the Green Bay Packers, Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings had their name misspelled W-I-L-L-A-I-M-S on the back of their jersey (see link below for story and photo). This begs the obvious question: HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?
- It's not a rare name. As Yahoo! Sports points out, Williams is the third most-popular last name in the country.
- It's not a complicated name. As also pointed out by Chris Chase, "the team has players on their roster with last names like Tahi, Kleinsasser, Shiancoe, DeGeare, Favre, Guion, Onatolu, Kluwe and Loeffler", yet those names were spelled correctly.
- It's not like Williams just joined the team this week. He has played for the Vikings for 8 years, and has made the Pro Bowl 5 times.
- It's wasn't the first home game of the season! It was the 5th home game. This news wasn't reported after the other home games, so what happened? Was it was spelled incorrectly for those and no one noticed? More than likely, the name was spelled properly on the jersey for the other games, but it had to be replaced (for whatever reason) for this past game. Would love to know the background story on this. Something's strange here.
Yahoo! Sports: Five-time Pro Bowler has name misspelled on back of jersey
Nov 21, 2010
With about 4:57 left in the 3rd quarter, and the New York Jets leading the Houston Texans 13-7, the Jets lined up for a 3rd down play when the referees stopped the game as a fan from the stands went onto the field at the New Meadowlands. The CBS coverage clearly shows a fan in a red sweater running across the middle of the screen from left to right, being chased by a New Jersey state trooper (click on this link via Youtube to see it) . As they panned out to the camera shot from the top of the stadium, you could see about 10-15 security guards surrounding the fan as they prepared to lead him off the field, and presumably into jail.
This link of extended CBS footage via Youtube isn't as clear, but clearly shows several shots of the Jets sideline, including head coach Rex Ryan and some players getting a big laugh out of it.
Apparently the fan didn't get the message that you're not supposed to go onto the field at any time, especially during the game, so hopefully he'll be spending the night in jail and no one will be trying to imitate this guy.
Ironically, on the very next play, Mark Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes for a Jets touchdown to break the game open with a 20-7 lead.
Nov 20, 2010
Had to catch some of the Illinois-Northwestern game on ESPNU to see how the little nuances of Wrigley Field would effect the game. With Illinois up 14-0 over Northwestern in the first quarter and driving towards the west end zone for another score, quarterback Eddie McGee throws an interception to Brian Peters on the Northwestern 41 yard line. Peters returned the interception 59 yards for a touchdown, so the fans in the east end zone of Wrigley Field were able to witness a score on their side of the field, so at least they can say that they got their money's worth. However, due to the "Wrigley Field rules", the players of both teams had to run all the way back to the west end zone so that Northwestern could kick the extra point to cut the Fighting Illini lead to 14-7. (Note that after Illinois got the ball back, they only took 3 plays to go 73 yards and score another touchdown to go back up by 14 points, 21-7.)
Interestingly enough, if extra points were kicked in the east end zone, they most certainly would have ended up outside the field, probably in the "skybox seats" of Sheffield Avenue...so how were they planning on getting all the footballs back?
Another little interesting detail - instead of having the teams on opposite sidelines, as in a regular game, both teams are sharing the same sideline. Illinois is closer to the west end zone, between the 10 and the 40 yard lines, and Northwestern is between the 10 and 40 yard lines of the east end zone, with both lined up on the "north" sideline. Northwestern appears to have two graduate assistants holding up a giant purple towel in order to hide the coach giving the offensive signals to the quarterback. Really strange stuff that you don't see every day.
The Big Ten Conference announced Friday that only the west end zone would be used for offense Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago for the Illinois-Northwestern football game due to safety concerns. The padding covering the brick wall in right field behind the east end zone is only a few feet from the field. Granted that player safety should always be a top priority, but they've been planning this game for over a year and NOW they decide that it might be an issue?
What about the fans who paid full price for the seats behind the east end zone and now will be on the opposite end of the field for the entire game when the offense is trying to score? Do they get discounts or refunds? No, I'm sure they won't.
Jon Greenberg of ESPN.com does a good job of summing up the mistakes made in the planning of this game. It certainly will be a game to watch, although probably not for the reasons you would have thought.
Note that Army and Notre Dame will be playing in Yankee Stadium today. None of these issues are happening there. Of course, the new Yankee Stadium is only a year or two old.
ESPN: One end zone for offense at Wrigley
Nov 17, 2010
After the Philadelphia Eagles destroyed the Washington Redskins 59-28 in Monday night's game in front of a live national audience, Michael Vick received a lot of deserved attention for his fantastic performance. Kind of makes you forget about the whole incident where Vick had to go to jail for 20 months for his involvement in a dogfighting ring. That is, until DeSean Jackson gets a little overexcited when describing the pregame altercation that he had with Redskins safety LaRon Landry:
"The pregame altercation got us going. It had us ready. We came back into the locker room pumped," Jackson said, via the AP. "We were like pit bulls, ready to get out of the cage."We're sure it was meant as a figure of speech, as Yahoo! Sports points out. The timing was rather uncanny, though, as Vick had just completed his best performance since getting out of jail. And it was interesting that he specifically choose pit bulls, rather than a more generic dog reference, such as Lawrence Taylor's famous "Let's go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs..." Hopefully he'll be more careful next time.
Let this be a lesson for you kids out there: Think before you speak...especially when it involves something that will go out on the Internet.
Yahoo! Sports: DeSean Jackson's Unfortunate Word Choice
USA Today: DeSean Jackson, Michael Vick's teammate, says Eagles were 'like pit bulls' in win vs. Redskins
Pat Forde of ESPN does a great job in describing the dilemma regarding the questions of Cam Newton's eligibility that college poll and Heisman voters have to be dealing with:
"For the (USA Today or Harris) poll voters: If you keep Auburn in the top two, significantly increasing the Tigers' chances of playing in the BCS National Championship Game, what happens if it's later ruled that they played an ineligible player and their appearance is vacated? Then it's just tough luck for Boise State and/or TCU, huh? Sorry, you lost your once-in-a-lifetime chance to a team that played an ineligible player?
But what if you prematurely punish Auburn in the polls and the NCAA fails to find major violations tied to Newton or the school? Tough luck, Tigers?
For the Heisman voters: Are you ready for Reggie Bush Round 2? People who take their Heisman vote seriously -- and The Dash is one -- cast a meaningless one five years ago if they put Bush on top. Nobody wants to do that again."Forde's article, which I recommend (check it out via the link below), talks about the highs and lows of this college football season so far. As a Syracuse alumni, I am somewhat biased, but SU's upcoming bowl appearance makes one of the more surprising and happier storylines of this season.
ESPN: 2010 Season Delivering Unhappy Notes
According to Donnie Webb of the Syracuse Post-Standard, UConn football head coach Randy Edsall expressed his disappointment in Monday's Big East media teleconference call that tailback Jordan Todman was not in the list of 10 semifinalists for this year's Doak Walker award, which is given annually to college football's top running back.
“I’m extremely disappointed to tell you the truth,” said Edsall...“He’s the second leading rusher in the United States of America and doesn’t make the final 10 as a semifinalist? That’s unheard of. We’re all about team here and everything is about team. (But) the kid was a 1,000-yard rusher a year ago and now he’s over 1,000 again, played one less game and has played with an injury. It’s disappointing.
“If you’re somebody voting, all you’ve got to do is go look at NCAA.org and go to statistics. If you can’t take the time to go see the statistics, then you shouldn’t be a voter. The statistics are there.”Looks like he's got a point. As Webb points out, Alabama's Mark Ingram is 38th in the country in rushing, yet he was named one of the semifinalists. Wonder if the fact that he won the Heisman Trophy last year had anything to do with that one...
Syracuse Post-Standard: UConn's Todman is nation's No. 2 rusher; eludes list of semifinalists for Doak Walker award
Nov 15, 2010
You would think that with the Tennessee Titans being aggressive and getting receiver Randy Moss, he would be considered a critical component of their offense. You would also think that Randy Moss would be in shape at this point in the season. Apparently not, according to ESPN.com's Paul Duharsky:
"...as unlikely as the Titans were to convert a fourth-and-20 with 3:28 remaining, it seemed especially ridiculous that it was one of the four or six plays for which Moss was off the field.Maybe Randy Moss should ask himself some questions about that...or the Titans can ask themselves why they bothered to get him in the first place if they won't use him.
“He was tired,” Fisher said. “They all were tired. There was a lot of running today. We tried to make a play in the end zone. He wasn’t not out there for any reason other than he was tired.”"
ESPN: Titans can't find Randy Moss in ugly loss
This just in from NBCSports.com, and it doesn't look good for the Miami Dolphins:
"Mike Berardino and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel report that (Chad) Pennington and (Chad) Henne are expected to miss the rest of the season. Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Pennington has a dislocated shoulder, the fourth serious shoulder injury of his career.Somehow the Dolphins still managed to pull out a win against the Tennessee Titans, but who will be their quarterback for the rest of the season? Tyler Thigpen was the third string quarterback and is now the starter by default. Patrick Ramsey was mentioned as a possibility on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning". The UFL season isn't over yet, otherwise maybe Daunte Culpepper or Jeff Garcia might be in the mix. Apparently there's no interest in JaMarcus Russell?
Henne left the stadium on crutches and was headed to undergo an MRI. His kneecap bent forward in ugly fashion on the play that took him out. While one source of the Sentinel’s expects Henne to miss the rest of the season, the other source wasn’t as sure."
The unbelievable irony is that this is the second time that Chad Pennington suffered a season-ending injury as starting quarterback and his backup QB suffered a season-ending injury in the same game. On September 25, 2005, as the starter for the New York Jets, Chad Pennington suffered a shoulder injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had to be relieved by Jay Fiedler, who suffered a season-injury to his shoulder after seven plays. Pennington had to come back in and was able to finish the game, almost pulling out a win, but it was found after the game that he had a torn rotator cuff, which he had spent the entire offseason rehabilitating, and would have to have season-ending surgery.
As I said in an earlier post, as much as we like Chad Pennington, it may be time for him to call it a career.
Nov 14, 2010
New Meadowlands Goes Dark During Cowboys - Giants Game: How Does This Happen in a Brand New Stadium?
According to Curt Menefee of Fox Sports, coming back from a commercial break during the Dallas Cowboys - New York Giants game in the third quarter, "The electrical issues continue at the New Meadowlands. Smoke is coming out of a transformer, and so the entire stadium has gone dark." The game was delayed for about 15 minutes, during which the New York FOX affiliate showed coverage of the St. Louis Rams - San Fransisco 49ers game. The power is now back on and the game has resumed, although the Giants probably would just rather call it a night, as they are behind 26-6 to the Cowboys.
This is the first year of play in the New Meadowlands Stadium. It cost about $1.6 billion dollars to build. How does this kind of thing happen in this day and age? I can't wait to hear the full story on this, as it is clearly something that should never happen at any stadium, let alone a stadium that is less than a year old. Obviously the backup power source failed as well (at least for a little while), so we'll see what comes from this.
After the Fighting Irish beat the #15 Utah Utes 28-3 on Saturday, the Notre Dame fans celebrated the victory by storming the field. Seriously? This has to set a new low for the standards that justify a home crowd storming the field to celebrate a victory.
You could tell that even the AP felt embarrassed for the fans by the way that they wrote the story. They pointed out that this Notre Dame victory was "their first over a ranked team since beating Penn State in 2006, ending an 11-game skid in those games. No wonder Notre Dame students poured onto the field to celebrate with the players when time ran out."
Notre Dame football is supposed to be the most prestigious program in the land. It is why they were given their own TV contract with NBC almost 20 years ago. It is why they have remained an independent program rather than joining the Big Ten, Big East or another football conference. In past years they have attracted recruits by with the promise of competing for the national championship every year.
Granted that the Notre Dame program has been through some hard times in recent years, this may have been the football team's biggest win since the current students set foot on campus. That being said, we need to look at the bigger picture: this is only the team's fifth win of the season. Their winning percentage for the season is only .500. Most preseason predictions had Notre Dame getting 8 or even 9 wins this year, so it's not like the team is overachieving by getting 5 wins. This team is not even bowl eligible yet. What are the fans really celebrating?
The Notre Dame fans should be a little embarrassed. I would throw the yellow flag and call a penalty on them for excessive celebration.
Nov 11, 2010
OK, maybe not in those exact words, but here is what Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah said about Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 Wednesday, courtesy of ESPNChicago.com:
...and he called me very nasty names and I was very hurt. Then he took my lunch money. I'm telling my mom. Seriously, how old are we? Give me a break.
The feud started, or perhaps escalated, during last season's playoffs. After Garnett was suspended for throwing an elbow at Quentin Richardson, Noah -- who was in Cleveland playing the Cavaliers -- chimed in that Garnett was a "dirty player."
The most recent incident was Friday night in Boston when Noah received a technical foul, and afterward said of Garnett: "He is who he is."
"He's a very mean guy," Noah said Wednesday. "Where's the love? None at all. Ugly, too."
Noah said what makes the relationship difficult is how big a fan he was of Garnett before entering the NBA in 2007.
"I had his poster in my room," Noah said. "I used to wear his jersey. And the truth is my rookie year, I was in admiration of this guy, and he kind of shut me down.
"And he was very mean to me my rookie year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet."
Speaking of breaks, is this officially "Let's Gang Up on Kevin Garnett" month? First the whole "cancer" trash-talking claim by Charlie Villenueva, and now this.
ESPNChicago.com: Joakim Noah Dislikes Kevin Garnett
David Lee made his first trip to Madison Square Garden in an opposing team's uniform Wednesday Night when the Golden State Warriors faced the New York Knicks. To pay homage to Lee, the Knicks decided to honor him with a 2-minute tribute video before the game. I'm sure the video was very nice (I haven't seen it), but isn't it a bit over the top to pay tribute to someone who never made the playoffs?
This is not a knock against David Lee, as he is a class act and was deservedly one of the most popular Knicks in recent years. After being drafted in 2005, he worked his way from being a role player to becoming an All-Star. He was a loyal soldier, stayed out of trouble and represented the Knicks very well. He held basketball camps in Westchester County, NY this summer, and kept his commitments even after being traded to Golden State. However, aren't the New York Knicks lowering the bar a bit much to be paying David Lee a video tribute? I don't remember tributes for Charles Oakley, John Starks or Anthony Mason, and they were valuable members of playoff teams.
A simple 1-2 minute pause after David Lee's name was announced during the pre-game starting lineup introduction after his name was called so that the crowd could give him a standing ovation would have been enough. Now that they've given a video tribute to David Lee, who's next: Channing Frye?
ESPN reports that NASCAR racer Kyle Busch was fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture (a.k.a. giving the middle finger) to a NASCAR official during a pit stop at the Texas Motor Speedway. The moment was caught live via an in-car camera before ESPN was able to cut away from the shot and apologized.
For those of you who missed it, you can relive that live moment via this link to Youtube. Let this be a teachable moment for the kids at home: This is how NOT to behave.
Nov 8, 2010
Here is the best video footage we can find, courtesy of WFOR-TV via Youtube, of the scene at this past weekend's game. After Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain and Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder get in each other's face, it would certainly seem like McClain "rears his head back before thrusting it forward" and spits in Crowder's direction, according to ESPN.
Today McClain replied on his Twitter feed, "...i guess a Lil spit got on him. Not on purpose..." You be the judge: Accident or not?
Now here's something you don't see every day. This past weekend, Churchill Downs held this year's Breeders' Cup, one of the most prestigious events in thoroughbred racing. On Friday night, however, the winner's circle turned into the center of an ugly skirmish between two jockeys after the first race.
Click here for ESPN coverage of the fight via Youtube, which was between jockeys Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano. Borel gets into Castellano's face, and it looks like Castellano throws the first punch. Borel clearly had fire in his eyes afterwards as he had to be restrained and walked off by security. Probably not the image he wanted to project for himself on national TV.
Nov 6, 2010
Who says the Boston Celtics can't have fun? I'm sure people have dressed up as Tiger Woods before, but this would be the first opportunity since last year's Thanksgiving incident to incorporate a funny twist into it. Thanks to Bill Simmons of ESPN, whose most recent column had this link to a photo from Paul Pierce's Twitter feed. Rajon Rondo has the black Nike baseball cap, bright red shirt, and his arm in a sling.
Also in the picure, Kevin Garnett is dressed as DJ Lance Rock from the kids show "Yo Gabba Gabba", Paul Pierce is dressed is some kind of frog, and Glen "Big Baby" Davis appears to be dressed as, what else, a big baby with a pacifier. I can't tell who is dressed as B.A. Baracus from the A-Team, but based on the caption says "The Big Tree With Big Papi" below the pic, it could be David Ortiz, but don't hold me to it.
Nov 5, 2010
Talk about a comeback years in the making. After the North American Soccer League (NASL) folded in 1984, the New York Cosmos soccer team faded into history...until recently. To take advantage of the soccer movement that is finally taking hold in the United States, a group of investors purchased the New York Cosmos name last year, and the New York Times reported that on August 1, 2010, it was officially announced that the New York Cosmos would be restarted, with the intention of joining Major League Soccer (MLS) in the near future.
According to ESPN.com's Leander Schaerlaeckens, the sticking point will be finding a stadium for the team. One possible location was the Willets Point neighborhood in Queens, which is currently being redeveloped, not far from Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
However, here's what the New York Cosmos do have:
- A nice looking web site
- Legendary soccer superstar Pele, who played for the first incarnation of the New York Cosmos, as honorary chairman.
- Support from the MLS commissioner to get a deal in place for a second New York area franchise.
Nov 4, 2010
Sad day in the world of baseball today as Sparky Anderson died at age 76. Known for managing the Cincinnati Reds during their heyday of the "Big Red Machine" as they won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976, and then led the Detroit Tigers to a World Series championship in 1984. He was the first manager to win a World Series in both the National League and the American League (the only other manager to do it was Tony LaRussa). He finished sixth on the list of all-time MLB managerial wins with 2,194 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
It's pretty amazing to see how many great players that Sparky Anderson managed during his career. As Reds manager, he coached Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench, and as Tigers manager, he managed Jack Morris, Kirk Gibson, and Alan Trammell, among others.
I wasn't old enough to remember the "Big Red Machine", but I do remember the 1984 Detroit Tigers. They started the season 35-5 and never looked back as they went on to win the World Series that year, and no one else was even close.
The Tennessee Titans claimed Randy Moss off the waiver wire today, after the Minnesota Vikings gave the New England Patriots a third-round pick in a trade for Moss, only to find out he wasn't a good fit for the team. This may be the first time a player has played for three different teams during the same regular season, as this would seem to be an extremely rare situation.
The Titans have a bye this week, so this will give Randy Moss time to settle in to his new home, assuming he decides to report. He can also decide whether he will start answering reporter interview questions again or whether he will conduct his own interviews. Maybe he'll even get a chance to try the food, and maybe he'll even feed it to his dog.
Nov 3, 2010
NY Daily News reports that retired baseball star Jose Canseco trashed his rented home in Los Angeles recently after being evicted for not paying his rent. Apparently he's not making enough money from his tell-all books and failed boxing appearances to cover the payments. Should be interesting to see this story develop.
Trashing homes is becoming a trend for retired baseball players who find themselves heading towards financial ruin. Lenny Dykstra's multi-million dollar home was also found trashed back in 2009 after he filed bankruptcy and lost control of his case. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com), Lenny Dykstra's home was found "littered throughout with empty beer bottles, trash, dog feces and urine and other unmentionables...with raw sewage escaping from the main drain line left undone". Could not have been a pretty sight, and certainly could not have helped the home's resale value.
ESPN: Magic-Knicks game postponed. New York Knicks fans will have to wait a little longer to see them get crushed by Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Maybe they should just forget it and give Orlando the win - it would save everyone a lot of time and effort in rescheduling this game. Yes, the Knicks are supposed to be better this season, but they're not that good yet.
Yahoo! Sports: Barry Bonds BUSTED...for talking on his cell phone while driving. Seems ironic as this happened on the same day that the San Francisco Giants won the World Series for the first time since moving to the West Coast over 50 years ago.
ESPN: Shawn Merriman put on waivers by the Chargers. Remember not too long ago when this guy was one of the biggest superstars in the league? Now it's not even a big story when he gets let go.