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Feb 28, 2011

Red Sox Coaching Assistant Hits Josh Beckett in Head With Batted Ball


A freak accident in spring training could have ramifications for the Boston Red Sox pitching staff as starting pitcher Josh Beckett was hit in the head with a baseball Monday:
Beckett, who was standing in left-center field, went to one knee after he was struck in the left side of the head. Teammates immediately called for the training staff, and he was escorted off the field with his hand on his head.
The Red Sox said the pitcher did not need to be taken to the hospital and was treated at the park. The team initially said Beckett was OK, but he started to experience concussion symptoms and was sent home to rest.
More from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald:
The ball that struck Beckett was hit by Red Sox staffer Ino Guerrero, who was standing in the outfield during batting practice hitting shagged balls with a fungo bat back to a bucket behind second base when one got away from him.
"I think it hit him in the temple," [Red Sox manager Terry] Francona said. "I bet you it felt like a bolt of lightning. That's not really what you're expecting. It's just a fluke thing. Fortunately, it hit Beckett in the head. It's better than hitting him in the shoulder."
When asked what he said to Guerrero, Francona said: "I called him a dumb [expletive]."
Assuming Josh Beckett's concussion systems do not linger for a long period of time, which will allow Ino Guerrero to keep his job, Guerrero should probably make some adjustments to his batting practice routine.

Josh Beckett takes ball to side of head [ESPN]

Male Cheerleader Nearly Steals Victory From Louisville


The Louisville basketball team got itself a huge win at their home court against Pitt yesterday, but they almost lost the game in an unthinkable fashion:
When [Louisville's] Kyle Kuric got loose for a late dunk that made the score 62-57, cheerleader Jordan Alcazar was so thrilled that he bounded onto the court, grabbed the basketball and threw it toward the ceiling of a delirious KFC Yum! Center.
Just one problem: there was still half a second to play in overtime, so that was a technical foul on Alcazar for imitating Steve Bartman. After making the two technical free throws, Pitt had a final heave from near midcourt at a tie.
Another lesson in common sense for the kids at home:  if you're not playing in the game, DON'T TOUCH THE BALL.  Since Louisville still got the win, this will eventually be forgotten about as an honest mistake, and Jordan Alcazar will not be kicked off the cheerleading team.  However, he will probably be feeling the heat from fellow Louisville students and fans for the next few days. 

Despite bizarre finish, Louisville hangs on [ESPN]
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Feb 25, 2011

Chile Soccer Player Hits Himself With Opponent's Hand At U-20 World Cup


This video provides an answer to the question "Why are you hitting yourself?"
Down 1-0 to Ecuador in the 76th minute of a match to decide fourth place in the Campeonato Sudamericano and the final South American qualifier for the U-20 World Cup, Chile's Bryan Carrasco...grabs [Ecuador's Edgar] Montano's wrist and slaps himself in the face with [Montano's] hand.  
The match commentators couldn't hold back the shock and laughter as they realized the despicable yet goofy-looking lengths to which Carrasco sunk. But while the commentators busted a gut, the referee was tricked...and awarded Chile a free kick.
The free kick did not change the outcome of the game as Ecuador still won the game 1-0.  However, Carrasco should be nominated for an Academy Award with his performance. 

Chile U-20 player hits himself with opponent's hand [Yahoo! Sports]

Holy Family Basketball Coach O'Connor Resigns


In what seemed to be inevitable after a videotaped incident with one of his players spread across the Internet, Holy Family University head basketball coach John O'Connor resigned on Thursday.  This would appear to be the end of the story during a day which had a lot of developments:


John O'Connor resigns from Holy Family [ESPN]

Feb 24, 2011

Vanderbilt Mascot Gives Fan Bloody Nose While Crowd Surfing


Usually team mascots just give out high-fives.  Sometimes mascots give out autographs.  I've never heard of a mascot giving a fan a bloody nose...until now.

By now you've seen the video, but if you haven't, you can check out the link below to ESPN.  Vanderbilt's mascot, Mr. Commodore (a.k.a. "Mr. C" for short), was crowd surfing in the student section during Tuesday's game against their instate rival Tennessee.  The video shows Mr. C appeared to be using the fan to brace himself in order to maintain his balance while being carried by the crowd.  Suddenly the mascot grabs the fan's neck with a quick chokehold, and then comes the punch to the face with his right hand.  The fan's nose was bleeding so profusely that the mascot had to get some newspaper for the fan to stem the blood.

According to the AP, Vanderbilt officials are investigating the incident to determine how this happened and wait to decide whether to address crowd surfing stunts such as this one.  It looks like they may have to do something, or they could be facing a lawsuit from this incident - or a similar one in the future.

Assistant vice chancellor Brock Williams said yesterday that the student is fine - which is probably true about his physical condition.  However, the fan is now enduring the humiliation of being seen in this video on national TV and all over the Internet.  Fellow students are going to recognize him on campus as the guy who got clocked by Mr. C.  He's going to be found on Youtube everytime someone does a search on "Vanderbilt mascot fail".  He didn't ask for this.

At this point the name of the student has not been revealed.  However, it is likely that his name will become public at some point in the near future.  It would be interesting to hear how this incident impacts his life in the days and weeks to come.

VIDEO:  Mascot mishap [ESPN]
Vanderbilt reviewing bloody mascot incident [AP via FOXSports.com]

Feb 23, 2011

Another Day, Another Oklahoma Football Player Arrested


The AP reported today that Oklahoma DT Stacy McGee was arrested on a marijuana possession citation this past Sunday evening.  For those of you keeping track, that makes three Oklahoma starters arrested this offseason.  In January, Kenny Stills was arrested for DUI and Tony Jefferson was arrested for interfering with the officers during the same incident.

Coach Bob Stoops better start tightening the leash with this players.  

Stacy McGee arrested, cited [ESPN]

Minor League Hockey Coach Suspended, Fined for Strip-down Tantrum


In an earlier post, we passed along a story about Colorado Eagles assistant coach Greg Pankewicz, who threw his tie, shirt and undershirt onto the ice to protest a lineman's behavior towards one of his players, leaving himself topless.  Well, it was only a matter of time before the punishment was handed out. 

The Central Hockey League (CHL) suspended Pankewicz for the rest of the season and fined him and the Colorado Eagles an undisclosed amount of money.  CHL commissioner Duane Lewis said in a statement:  "The Central Hockey League will not tolerate such behavior and found Mr. Pankewicz's conduct to be completely unacceptable to our member clubs, the officiating staff and our fans."

I would certainly agree with that.  As funny as it was to watch the video, it doesn't set a good example for anyone.

CHL suspends, fines coach for tantrum [ESPN]

Suspended Division II Basketball Coach Tells His Side of the Story


Previously we told you about the Holy Family University head basketball coach, John O'Connor, who has been suspended pending the investigation of an alleged assault on one of his players.  The FOX affiliate in Philadelphia has aired video footage of the alleged incident which is fairly incriminating.  However, this past Tuesday O'Connor was able to speak to Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News to tell his side of the story.

The full video was 2 minutes of practice taken at the first practice after Holy Family had lost to Concordia on its home court.  O'Connor felt that his players weren't competing hard enough and wanted to instill some toughness in his players.  Then came the rebound drill which led to the incident:
His drill is called "combat rebound." It is about teaching toughness. Two players are in the lane. A coach throws a ball up and the players go after it. If the ball leaves the lane, a new ball comes into play. The drill is supposed to go quickly. Each group probably will get two or three chances to go after the ball.
Just before the incident, the ball had gotten loose a few times and then started to come out of the lane again. O'Connor wanted to get the ball and throw it up again. He went to get it the same time as two players, Kravchuk and a teammate, went after it.
"I instinctively grab it with both hands and, in what they call in basketball, just kind of cleared my space," O'Connor said. "I have always been very hands-on with my players. Normally, it's me that ends up getting hurt. I never had any intention of ever hurting one of my players."
O'Connor's lunge forward knocked Kravchuk off balance and to the floor. Seen out of context, it does not look good. Seen in context, it looks like something that could happen at any high-intensity practice.
OK, maybe, but here's where things get tricky:
Said O'Connor: "I didn't realize Matt was hurt, but I didn't want him flopping on the ground. It was what the drill was all about, just keep competing."
O'Connor went over to the fallen player and nudged him with his foot to get up, telling him to get up, urging him to get back in line.
That's where the video can be looked at two different ways.  Where O'Connor feels that he "nudged him with his foot", it certainly looks like he's kicking his player while he's down.  It seemed completely unnecessary and that makes the video of the incident look a lot worse.  Well, that and the "Got a little blood on ya?" comment.
O'Connor said he realized pretty quickly he had made a mistake. That evening, at a team meeting, O'Connor apologized to Kravchuk and the team. Kravchuk is no longer with the team. Other team members have since released a letter supporting their coach, saying they know he knows he made a mistake and hope he gets another chance to coach them.
We'll see about that.  The video is everywhere now, so if he isn't able to keep this job, it may be difficult for him to get another one elsewhere.

Suspended Holy Family coach O'Connor tells his side of the story [Philadelphia Daily News]

Feb 22, 2011

Division II Basketball Coach Suspended - Video Catches Alleged Assault On Player


Holy Family University, a Catholic university in Philadelphia, PA, claims in its mission statement to educate students to "assume lifelong responsibilities towards God, society, and self".  If that is truly the case, they need to take a hard line against their head basketball coach John O'Connor, as he would not appear to best represent the university's values.
Holy Family University's John O'Connor, a former assistant coach at Georgia Tech, has been suspended after a player filed a police report alleging that he had been assaulted during practice last month.
The...video obtained by MyFoxPhilly.com shows footage of O'Connor knocking sophomore Matt Kravchuk to the ground during a rebounding drill with a forearm shiver to the chest. O'Connor then kicks Kravchuk as he lay on the ground and screams at him to "get up."
When a dazed and bleeding Kravchuk walks toward the end of the line, O'Connor berates him again, yelling "Got a little blood on ya? Good." Finally O'Connor ends the incident moments later by kicking Kravchuk out of practice.
This can't be the kind of publicity that Holy Family University is looking for.  Surprisingly, this incident has not received that much mention outside of the Northeast U.S., possibly because this is a Division II basketball program.  I would imagine that this would be a top story if this happened at a Division I school, but it probably wouldn't because Division I coaches know better.

Also, as Yahoo! Sports points out:
What's most appalling in this case is that O'Connor was allowed to coach five games after the incident before Holy Family University issued any penalty. Only once Kravchuk filed a police report and word of the altercation leaked to the media did the school then finally take action.
Based on the video footage (available below at the link to MyFOXPhilly.com), it seems clear that O'Connor crossed the line, and this should be grounds for dismissal.  Kicking the player while he was down on the ground showed a complete lack of respect and is inexcusable. 

Division II coach suspended for assaulting player in practice [Yahoo! Sports]
Holy Family Incident On Tape [MyFOXPhilly]

Feb 21, 2011

Minor League Hockey Coach Goes Topless During Bench Tirade


Now here's something you don't usually see at a hockey game...and by that, I mean, here's something you NEVER see at a hockey game.  This past Saturday night, Colorado Eagles assistant coach Greg Pankewicz got a little upset during their CHL game against the Mississippi River Kings:
In the third period, one of the Eagles was roughed up by a linesman during an escalating brawl on the ice. Pankewicz was enraged by the official's behavior, and began vehemently arguing from the Colorado bench: yelling, screaming, tossing things on the ice.
Then, as a last resort, Pankewicz did something we can't recall ever seeing a coach do while arguing with an official: He hurled his tie, his shirt and his undershirt in frustration, before being sent to the dressing room shirtless.
Apparently Pankewicz was trying to deliver a message, and it may have been justified, but unfortunately the translation gets lost just a little bit once he goes topless.

It's too bad, because Pankewicz had a great career as a player for the Colorado Eagles, retiring in 2009 as the team captain after becoming the team's all-time leading goal scorer.  Now he's going to have to live with this video going viral.  Just hope he's not planning on looking for a new job anytime soon.

Hockey coach strips half naked, throws clothes during bench tirade [Yahoo! Sports]

AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso Suspended for Head-Butt of Opposing Team's Assistant Coach


From the AP: 

AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has been banned for four European club matches for head-butting Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan at a Champions League game last week.

Based on the video, it's not clear what this was about.  When kids act like that, they deserve a timeout.  Gattuso probably could have used one there. 

Another common sense teachable moment:  Head-butting a coach of the opposing team is a definite no-no.

Gennaro Gattuso suspended four games [ESPN]

Detroit Tigers Feeling Blue? See The Photo For Yourself


 From the Big League Stew:
An unfortunate cross promotion between the Detroit Tigers and the upcoming Smurfs movie or another unfortunate case of a Getty Images photographer getting cute on photo day?
You be the judge.
Who knows - maybe they're just feeling sad about Miguel Cabrera.

The Tigers apparently agreed to hold their breath on photo day [Yahoo! Sports]

Feb 20, 2011

Justin Bieber Got Some Game: Named NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP


Proving that there is nothing that Justin Bieber can't do, he was named the MVP of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Los Angeles Friday night.  In the game, Justin scored eight points with four assists and two rebounds.  Hopefully this should help ease the pain of losing out on those Grammys.

Bieber wins MVP over Pippen in celeb game [ESPN]

Feb 18, 2011

How Do Detroit Tigers Handle Miguel Cabrera?


Yesterday the sad news came out about Detroit Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera's arrest late Wednesday night:
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Florida, leaving teammates stunned and concerned about the slugging first baseman less than a week into spring training.
The 27-year-old Cabrera has struggled with drinking-related problems in the past, but he's coming off perhaps his best season. He hit .328 with 38 home runs in 2010 and finished second in the American League MVP vote.
Cabrera was spotted by a deputy in a car with a smoking engine alongside a road in Fort Pierce. Inside the vehicle, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene.
Interestingly, Miguel Cabrera is smiling in the mug shot from his arrest, as if this is no big deal.  There's also no excuse for treating the cops poorly.  However, drinking from the bottle in front of one of the officers would seem to be a major cry for help.  Cabrera is arguably the best player on the Detroit Tigers, and they have a lot of money invested in him, so they have a major issue on their hands.

Miguel Cabrera faces DUI charge [ESPN]

UPDATE 3/10/11:  New documents released by the Florida state attorney's office indicate that shortly before his arrest, Cabrera threatened a restaurant manager.  

Feb 17, 2011

Why is Michael Vick Saying "No" to Oprah Winfrey?


Up until now, it seemed that Michael Vick was making all the right moves to rebuild his image.  It seemed that a chat with Oprah Winfrey would be a perfect opportunity to do that.  The interview was scheduled for February 22nd and was scheduled to air next Thursday, but suddenly there was a change of plans:
The Phildaelphia Eagles quarterback canceled his planned interview with Oprah late Tuesday night, one week before he was scheduled to sit down with the talk show legend.
The decision to cancel without giving a reason is a risky move for the Pro Bowl quarterback. Not making an excuse gives people a chance to make one for you, and the most logical one is that Vick and/or his people were worried about what Oprah might ask. For Vick to get back in the good graces of the overall public, it's going to take him answering some tough questions. What better place to do that than on Oprah's couch? 
Forgetting the foolishness of passing up an interviewer who would have likely showed him some tough love, Vick is running the risk of making Oprah [Winfrey] upset. That's a no-no. David Letterman found that out the hard way with an innocuous joke on an Oscars telecast that led to Oprah freezing him out for years. Vick may find his way to Chicago yet. After this episode, he may find a less sympathetic interviewer sitting across from him if he does.
Stephen A. Smith said it best yesterday while sitting in on Michael Kay's spot on ESPN Radio New York:  "You don't say No to Oprah."  You have to question who advised him to cancel his appearance, especially without a good reason. 

Vick cancels appearance on Oprah, doesn't give a reason [Yahoo! Sports]

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Will Santa Claus Become The Official Mascot For The 2014 Winter Olympics?


Probably not, but it could happen.  Santa Claus is one of the 11 candidates to be the official mascot of the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.  Would be curious to see how that played out.  On the surface, he would seem to be a more appropriate mascot than The Dolphin. 

You can view the mascot's yourself at the official Sochi Olympics web site.  A text message poll later this month will decide the winner.  Can't wait.

Evaluating the 11 candidates for Russia's 2014 Olympic mascot [Yahoo! Sports]

UPDATE 3/1/2011:  Santa Claus was withdrawn from the list of mascot choices before the nationwide poll.  The 3 mascots selected were:  the snowboarding leopard, the bunny, and the polar bear with the scarf.  


Feb 16, 2011

PGA Tour Allows Cell Phones - For Now, Anyway


According to the AP:
Golf fans now can bring cell phones to PGA Tour events.
The tour has allowed mobile devices at five tournaments in the past six months. The tour wanted to see if players would be disturbed, and it was found not to be a problem.
Starting with the Honda Classic, fans will have select areas to use phones, which must be kept on silent.
At the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, designated areas were set up to make calls. Some could step away from the ropes to check e-mail and text messages. Spectators cannot take photos of players. Some fans at Torrey Pines had phones taken away and were given claim checks.
The policy affects only PGA Tour events -- not the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship.

So, cell phones are OK at most golf tournaments, for now.  At least, until someone forgets to put their cell phone on silent mode and interrupts a golfer in the middle of their swing, or a compromising photo or cell phone video of a golfer cursing, having a tantrum or throwing their golf clubs gets posted all over the Internet.  But that would never happen, would it?

PGA Tour Allows Cell Phones; what could go wrong?  [Yahoo! Sports]

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Legedu Naanee Arrested For Public Intoxication After Refusing To Leave Crime Scene


San Diego Chargers wide receiver Legedu Naanee got himself into a little trouble last Saturday morning in an incident that probably could have been avoided:
According to police, Naanee came across an active crime scene at about 3:20 a.m. and was told he would have to turn around or go in another direction. Naanee, who according to police had a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about his breath or person,” asked the officer why he was being “such an (expletive).”
The police officer said after several attempts to get Naanee to leave the scene failed, he told Naanee he was under arrest. Naanee “actively began to pull away” and the officer used pepper spray but Naanee continued to resist.
Eventually he was handcuffed and as he was being walked to the police car, Naanee said, according to police, “Do you know who I am? I am an NFL player and I’m going to sue your ass.”
Not sure what it is about these football players using that phrase "Do you know who I am?", as if being a NFL player is supposed to excuse disrespecting an officer like this.  This quote from the San Diego Tribune's coverage of the story also says a lot:
Two men, one of whom the police believed to be Naanee’s agent, approached and asked the police to release Naanee. “One gentleman told me I was going to ruin his career,” the officer said.
Wrong.  Naanee is a grown man and is responsible for his own actions.  If Naanee had just walked away, this would never have happened.  Don't blame the officer for doing this job. 

Since Naanee was going to be a free agent, it is likely the San Diego Chargers would not have re-signed him anyway, but this will certainly have to be a big factor in the final decision.  

Legedu Naanee gets himself arrested and pepper-sprayed [Yahoo! Sports]

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Feb 13, 2011

Alonzo Mourning Charities Deny $1 Million Prize For Hole-In-One, Face Lawsuit


From the New York Post:
Former Commodities Exchange chairman Martin Greenberg is suing former NBA star Alonzo Mourning's charity after he won $1 million for hitting a hole-in-one at its golf tournament -- then was denied the prize after it was claimed the course had been improperly shortened.
Greenberg hit the hole-in-one at the Alonzo Mourning Charities tournament at Donald Trump's National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY, last August. But the insurer backing the event refused to pay up, claiming Greenberg's required 150-yard shot had actually traveled only 139 yards.
The founder and CEO of Sterling Commodities Corp. said in court papers that after he aced the 13th hole, Mourning "personally congratulated" him. But an hour later, he was "summoned to the course" to meet with a rep for the insurers to identify the spot from which he hit his tee shot. They then "denied coverage" and have "refused to make any payments for the prize."
OK, not sure exactly how this played out, but couldn't they have had the "150 feet" line clearly marked somewhere ahead of time?  That would saved a lot of time, money and aggravation on the part of everyone, especially Alonzo Mourning, who looks bad through what seems to be no fault of his own.

Hole-in-one ace sues for $1M [NY Post]

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Feb 12, 2011

Alaska Aces Make Valentine's Day Special With Pink Hockey Jerseys


The ECHL's Alaska Aces will be playing tonight's minor league hockey game against the Stockton Thunder with special Valentine's Day jerseys that just have to be seen to believed.  These big, tough hockey players will be wearing jerseys with various shades of pink and white stripes, red numbers and names, and hearts all over. 

Note that their normal colors are blue and white, but they want Valentine's Day to be special.  As everyone knows, nothing represents Valentine's Day better than a pink hockey jersey...and a big crosscheck into the boards.

Alaska Aces' Pink Nightmare, other ghastly Valentine's Day jerseys [Yahoo! Sports]


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New York Islanders Come Out Fighting Against Pittsburgh Penguins


In the last meeting between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins last week, Penguins goalie Brent Johnson took down Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro with one punch.  DiPietro had broken bones in his face and was knocked out of action for 4-6 weeks.  The Islanders were determined to answer back in their next meeting against the Penguins, and they certainly did in last night's 9-3 victory:
The teams combined for 65 penalties that totaled 346 minutes and including 10 ejections. There were 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts in the game that set records for both teams for most combined penalty minutes and left few players around to finish it.
Things were so heated, that a fence between the two dressing rooms was shut during a hallway lockdown. NHL suspensions will likely be a result, too.
True hockey fans love a good fight, but the fans at Nassau Coliseum got more than their money's worth last night.  The Penguins return to Long Island on April 8th, so buy your tickets now.

Islanders Beat Pens with fists and sticks [Yahoo! Sports]


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Feb 10, 2011

Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Charlie Sheen Talks to UCLA Baseball Team About Drugs


Maybe this is some kind of community service for Charlie Sheen as part of his rehabilitation:
Charlie -- a baseball fanatic  -- went to UCLA for batting practice with some Major League Baseball heavy hitters -- Coco Crisp, Eric Davis, Brandon Watson and Milton Bradley.
After batting practice, UCLA's head coach John Savage asked Charlie to talk to his team about drug use.  Charlie obliged and got a standing ovation from the team.
As for his batting skills, Brandon says Charlie -- who showed up with his own bat -- almost hit a homer.
My first thought on hearing this was:  Charlie Sheen talking to young men about drugs?  Really?  Obviously this would have to be a "Do as I say, not as I do" type of lesson, because he certainly wouldn't be considered an ideal role model at this point in time. 

And presumably Milton Bradley was there to talk about anger management issues?

Charlie Sheen Talks Drugs to UCLA Baseball Team [TMZ]


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Deion Sanders May Be Overestimating The Value Of His Home Just a Bit


Although Deion Sanders was just invited to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, he is having trouble selling his home (He's just like us!).  Deion's Texas home has been on the market for two years.  As much as someone may really want to own the house that belonged to Sanders, the notoriety may not be enough to bridge the gap between his asking price and his home's current market value:
The 29,122-square-foot home belonging to the soon-to-be Hall of Famer  has been listed at $21 million since going on the market in 2009. It hasn't budged from that asking price since, despite the fact that an appraisal of the property says it's worth $5.6 million, one-quarter that price.
In case you're interested:
The house sits on 109 acres, features a football field, an indoor basketball court, a bowling alley, 13 bathrooms, a 12-acre lake, nine covered parking spaces, five fireplaces, three dining rooms, two indoor pools and a partridge in a pear tree. Presumably the words "Prime Time" are etched on glass somewhere inside the house, but that's not written in the official listing.

Deion Sanders wants a lot of money for his 109-acre ranch [Yahoo! Sports]

Feb 7, 2011

Awkward Moment: Cameron Diaz Feeds Alex Rodriguez Popcorn On Live TV


Another awkward public moment for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.  A-Rod was caught eating popcorn out of the hand of actress Cameron Diaz during Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XLV.  This commentary provided by Yahoo! Sports:
Fox's Joe Buck said what many of us were thinking: "I'm sure Alex is thrilled we just put the camera on him at that moment."
A lot of guys would love to graze on popcorn with the likes of Cameron Diaz tending to his every want. If anything, it's all Diaz's fault. Don't try to feed your man in public. You either put him in position to rebuff the offer — like anyone with a brain or a groin is going to refuse an advance by Cameron Diaz — or you put him in the position of having 100 million people watch his chick feed him.  Awkward, either way.
Spotted!  Cameron Diaz feeds A-Rod popcorn during Super Bowl [Yahoo Sports]

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How Does Christina Aguilera Move On After Messing Up National Anthem At Super Bowl?


It has not been a great year for Christina Aguilera.  First she gets divorced, then her big movie "Burlesque" is ripped by critics, and now on the world's biggest stage, Super Bowl XLV, with millions of people watching around the world, she messes up the national anthem.
Christina Aguilera has spoken out about her major mistake singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. In a statement to the AP after the performance, Aguilera said, "I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."
Whitney Houston pre-recorded her famous version of the "Star Spangled Banner" 20 years ago before Super Bowl XV.  It was painfully obvious that Christina Aguilera did not.  The NFL may have to consider making all performers pre-record the national anthem from now on. 

Christina Aguilera Fail [Huffington Post]


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Feb 6, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers Set Record For Most Consecutive Losses In NBA History


And after they play the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the Cavaliers will likely get their 25th loss in a row.  It's always great to see records broken.

How do you feel now, Dan Gilbert?

Cavs set rutility record with 24th loss in a row [ESPN]


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Feb 4, 2011

Arrest Warrant Issued for Washington Redskins' Albert Hanesworth After Alleged Road Rage Incident


This would seem to be the icing on the cake to top off a very bad year for Washington Redskins lineman Albert Haynesworth:
Washington Redskins' defensive superstar Albert Haynesworth has been charged with simple assault after an alleged road rage incident that went down on Wednesday in the D.C. area
According to the Washington Post, the Honda driver [identified as Joel Velazques of Leesburg, VA]  felt Haynesworth was tailgating him on the Fairfax County Parkway and issued a "non verbal hand gesture" ... aka "he gave him the finger."
The alleged assault occured when at some point the two cars came to a stop at a red light and Albert got out. 
Velazques said Haynesworth came to the driver's side window of his car, and after Velazques lowered his window, Haynesworth said to him twice, "You're not so tough now," and then allegedly punched him in the side of his nose before getting out of his vehicle and driving away.
Velazques said he was treated at a local hospital, where it was determined he suffered a contusion to his nose but it was not broken.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Haynesworth's arrest -- and cops say the NFL star is planning to turn himself in to authorities next week.
Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, said that the allegations are false and that Albert will cooperate with the authorities.
"This man, who actually provoked the situation himself, recognized Albert and is now simply trying to turn it into his 15 minutes of fame and get, we can only assume, some money," Speck said. "Albert did not assault this man and looks forward to his day in court to refute these ridiculous allegations."

Hmm, I wonder if Haynesworth's contract has a behavior clause...would this be the ticket for the Washington Redskins to nullify his contract?  Probably not, but I'm sure the Redskins would love the chance to unload Haynesworth and his $100 million contract.

Arrest Warrant Issued for NFL star Albert Haynesworth
Albert Haynesworth accused in Virginia [ESPN]

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Feb 3, 2011

Ben Roethlisberger Lets Loose At Piano Bar in Forth Worth, Texas


Here's the story - with the cell phone video - from TMZ:
TMZ has obtained FOOTAGE of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback [Ben Roethlisberger] hanging out at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar in Fort Worth Texas ... where he sang his face off from 11:00 PM until 1:15 AM the next morning.
Sources inside the bar tell us Big Ben arrived with two massive teammates -- and bought several rounds of drinks for himself AND the entire bar.
We're told Ben racked up an $800 tab -- and tipped an additional $200.  People inside the bar tell us Ben was "nice, fun and took care of everyone."
In the clip, Ben can be seen singing along to the Billy Joel classic "Piano Man" while his teammates joined in on the fun.

For those of you who think it may not be a good idea to be drinking and out late during Super Bowl week, remember that the game is on Sunday.  Not sure when this video was taken, but as the game gets closer, these guys will have curfews and will be more closed off to the public, so they're trying to get out while they can. 

TMZ may be exaggerating the "booze" portion of the story, but based on the video and the reports, Roethlisberger seemed to be under control and well behaved.  Not sure who the Pittsburgh Steelers teammates are that were with Ben, although one of them is prominent in the video.

Ben Roethlisberger -- BOOZING at Texas Piano Bar [TMZ]

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Feb 2, 2011

Former Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez Needs To Work On His Math Skills


Was reading the sports news this morning when this story caught my eye, from the AP via ESPN.  Rich Rodriguez went 16-22 as the Michigan football head coach over the last 3 years, so he expresses some disappointment about being fired.  Somehow he was seeing some light at the end of the tunnel and felt the worst was behind him, although most would feel that he deserved to be ousted.  However, the story had one quote from Rodriguez that I found very interesting:
"Heck, we had 24 starters coming back, and the player of the year in the league -- he's a sophomore and still learning. Recruiting, we thought it was going really well even with all the drama. That's the frustrating part about it is we didn't get a chance to finish the job," he said.
Does anyone else see what's wrong with this picture?  See, there are 11 starters on offense and 11 starters on defense.  Add it up and that makes 22, not 24.  Any football fan should know that, let alone a player or coach.  So what is he talking about?

Maybe the problem all along was that Rich Rodriguez can't do math.

Rich Rodriguez upset about timing of firing [ESPN]


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Feb 1, 2011

Everson Griffen Arrested For Alleged Assault of L.A. Cop: Second Arrest In 3 Days


Today's AP story provides another lesson from the common sense file:  Never hit a cop.
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police say Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer during a traffic stop.
Police spokeswoman Karen Rayner told City News Service that officers used a Taser to subdue Griffen during a struggle Monday afternoon after a routine traffic stop in South Los Angeles.
Rayner said Griffen became "uncooperative and tried to run from officers." She said when officers caught up with him, he assaulted one and a Taser was used to take him into custody.
She said he was booked for investigation of felony battery.
What makes this worse is that according to TMZ, this is the second time Griffen has been arrested in three days:

TMZ has learned Griffen was also arrested just this past Friday night in Hollywood ... and booked for being drunk in public. He was released on Saturday.
Something tells me that someone needs to talk to Everson Griffen, and soon.  He may already be looking at a suspension by the league if these charges hold up, but if he continues down this path, he'll be out of a job.


Everson Griffen arrested in traffic stop [ESPN]
NFL Player Tased After Allegedly Attacking Police [TMZ]


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