Ozzie Guillen‘s epic and pedantic fuss over the amount of pine tar on Bryce Harper‘s bat on Sunday was perhaps the highlight of the weekend. The Nationals accused Ozzie of trying to intimidate the 19-year-old Harper. Ozzie said Harper was being “unprofessional,” while seemingly becoming the first person to make a big stink over pine tar since Billy Martin. But, come Tuesday, everything was all forgiven, thanks in part to a prank that helped bring levity to the conflict.
Not too long after Ozzie made his fuss, the Nationals felt like getting under the Marlins’ skipper’s skin even more. Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche had Harper, without knowing LaRoche’s intentions, sign a bat for him, after which LaRoche inscribed, “To my hero, Ozzie, love you,” next to the autograph. The Nats then smeared pine tar all over the bat and had it delivered to Guillen.
If you thought Guillen flipped his lid in another one of his patented hissy fits, you’d be mistaken. He actually loved it.
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Cam Newton had an excellent rookie season last year. That came on the heels of leading Auburn to a national title during his lone year with the Tigers, a year in which he also won the Heisman. So, yeah, it’s been a good couple years for the Panthers quarterback.
Good enough, apparently, for Georgia’s Fulton County to consider naming a stretch of road outside of Atlanta after Newton. The proposal is to rename Scarborough Road in honor of Newton, who went to high school nearby and has family in the area. But the name change won’t happen if some unhappy residents already living on the would-be “Cam Newton Drive” got their way. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
South Fulton Commissioner Bill Edwards said personal attacks on Newton’s family aren’t warranted, that he’s a Westlake High alumnus who “beat the odds,” and if residents don’t want Cam Newton Drive, the name will stay the same.
At a public forum last week, the chief complaints from residents included the cost of having to update all their records, Newton’s age (23) and how he got in trouble at both Florida and Auburn. Surprisingly, to our knowledge, the fact that Newton plays for a division rival to the Falcons was never even brought up.
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Rob Gronkowski‘s nonstop party of a life has been undeniably amusing to follow from afar. So, when the Patriots recently told Gronk to stop being, well, Gronk, understandably a lot of people were disappointed, perhaps even devastated.
You can probably count former NHL star Jeremy Roenick in that bunch. Roenick recently spoke with NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and talked about his practically holy admiration for Gronkowski:
“I’m a Patriots fan,” Roenick said. “I grew up in Boston. I’m a big Patriots fan, a big Wes Welker fan, a big Tom Brady fan. So, being from that area, the Gronk is the next best thing to Jesus Christ, in my opinion. (Laughs) So, That’s my team.”
Tim Tebow is either incredibly jealous or incredibly offended by that declaration.
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Back in April, around the same time rapper Kanye West started dating person Kim Kardashian, we told you about a song released by Kanye formerly titled “Theraflu” (now titled “Cold”).
The reason a rap song was discussed on a sports site is because it had a lyric perceived to be a shot at NBA player Kris Humphries, whom the whole world unfortunately knows infamously for being married to Kim K. for five minutes or so in 2011:
“And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim, around the same time she had fell in love with him. Well that’s cool, baby girl, do your thing. Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team.”
In case you are not down with the hip-hop crowd these days, I’ll help you out: “Jay” references fellow hip-hop mogul and Kanye’s best friend forever Jay-Z, who owns a minority stake in the Nets.
Flash forward to Tuesday: The Nets continued their spendy offseason by re-signing Humphries, one of the better free agents remaining on the market, to the tune of two years, $24 million. Humphries announced the signing on his Twitter page and threw Kanye’s lyric back in his face:
Scary moment at Yankee Stadium on Sunday when Mark Teixeira‘s bat went flying into the stands in the bottom of the first against the Angels. However, fear not, compassionate baseball fans: the lumber managed to avoid hitting anybody. But there to end up with the souvenir: Spike Lee, who appears to be more busy heckling people at New York sporting events these days than making Spike Lee Joints.
Anyway, Spike did a few gratuitous poses with the bat, much to the enjoyment of the rest of the Yankee Stadium crowd. No word if he ended up keeping it, but it’s probably safe to say that bat had more hits than Spike’s had in the last 10 years, AMIRITE?
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“Yo Soy Fiesta” es no mas.
The Patriots have reportedly put the kibosh on the ongoing party (circus?) that is Rob Gronkowski’s life. Here’s The Boston Globe:
After posing nude for ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue” and partying at events for the issue and the ESPYs (Gronkowski was up for two awards but was shut out), and co-hosting “Access Hollywood Live” in recent days — things that seem un-Patriot-like — don’t be surprised if he lays low for the next couple of weeks.
Via a league source, Gronkowski has been told by the team that his summer of Gronk, so to speak, is over.
Yes, this is a sad day here for us at LBS. From dancing shirtless after losing the Super Bowl to beer bongs to his unfeigned astonishment on a dating show upon hearing about a woman’s virginity, we’ve watched with sheer amusement.
It’s been a hell of an offseason, Gronk. No matter what those uptight Patriots say, we hope you stay you.
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Jeremy Lin has a three-year, $25 million contract lined up with the Rockets. The Knicks, whenever they feel like checking the fax machine, have the right to match that offer and retain Lin. And, for the longest time, they were expected to do just that, even if that meant putting themselves in even more dire financial straights.
But now it would appear the Knicks have changed their minds on Lin after trading for point guard Raymond Felton from the Blazers on Saturday. It’s still not clear what the Knicks have planned for Lin, but it’s believed they’ll let him escape to the Rockets.
When asked about this turn of events involving his team and arguably its most popular player last season, Carmelo Anthony said this to Newsday’s Rod Boone:
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As the Knicks sort through their Raymond Felton-Jeremy Lin mess, they have a new one on their hands. Newly signed Jason Kidd was popped with a drunken driving charge after the point guard crashed into a telephone pole in the Hamptons early Sunday morning, according to the Southampton police. Here’s the New York Daily News:
Kidd, 39, the only person in his 2010 Cadillac Escalade, was treated at for minor injuries following the single-car accident that occurred at 1:56 a.m. near Kidd’s summer home in the Hamptons, according to police. He was treated at Southampton Hospital, transferred to Southampton police station for processing, and then arraigned on a misdemeanor DWI charge, according to police.
Kidd signed with the Knicks on Thursday for three years, $9.5 million under the impression (along with the rest of us) that he would be backing up and mentoring Jeremy Lin, whom the Knicks were believed to be bringing back at any cost. But with the Knicks’ acquisition of Raymond Felton from the Blazers on Saturday, it appears they won’t be matching the Rockets’ offer sheet for Lin, whenever it comes.
So, Kidd went from mentoring one of the bright and potentially rising stars in this league to possibly carrying the load of an overweight and allegedly out-of-shape point guard who was a diva in Portland last season. I think we just figured out what drove Kidd to drinking.