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Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Predators fans throw catfish on ice to celebrate Stanley Cup berth

Predators catfish

The Nashville Predators clinched their first ever berth to the Stanley Cup Finals, and a franchise tradition helped the team celebrate.

Fans threw a dead catfish onto the ice after the Predators sealed a 6-3 win in Game 6 over the Anaheim Ducks to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Predators first began play in 1998, and it took six seasons before the new franchise finally made the postseason. According to The Tennesseean, their first report of a catfish thrown onto the ice occurred early in that first playoff season back in late 2003.

Fans have been throwing dead catfish onto the ice ever since, not too dissimilar from the practice of Red Wings fans throwing a dead octopus onto the ice. This was the sweetest catfish throw ever.

Manu Ginobili receives ovation, chants in potential last career game

Manu Ginobili

Earlier in the day, the soon-to-be 40-year-old talked about his future and acknowledged this could be it. ABC’s broadcasters talked about Ginobili as the Spurs were losing in the second half as if it might be the star’s final game.

The Spurs tweeted some compliments about Manu:

And Popovich spoke highly about the career Spur before the game:

Then after playing 35 minutes and scoring 15 points in the game, Ginobili received chants and an ovation from the crowd in the final few minutes of the game. Even the players involved in the game paid respect:

Warriors stars like Kevin Durant and Steph Curry paid their respects. The Warriors even tweeted a shoutout to Ginobili:

A star off the bench for much of his career, Ginobili has won four NBA titles, reached two All-Star Games, was a two-time All-NBA player and was named NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. He’s still been able to get it done even at his age, as he put together a huge effort for San Antonio in Game 5 of the conference semis against Houston and a nice game in Game 1 of the conference finals against the Warriors.

Guy Morriss battling Alzheimer’s disease

Guy Morriss

Guy Morriss spent time as the head football coach at Kentucky and Baylor. However, he is now facing a battle that likely stems from his time as an offensive lineman in the NFL.

Morriss was selected in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Eagles. He went on to play 11 seasons for the franchise as well as four for the Patriots. Morriss was a member of two Super Bowl teams and earned All-Pro honors in 1981. It was that time in his life that contributed to what Morriss is now faced with.

Morriss has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and his symptoms have severely affected his ability to function as normal.

“At first I couldn’t write my name,” Morriss told WKYT. “I could not write my name. I didn’t know my ABCs. I couldn’t do that little rhyme.”

“We’ve all kind of accepted it. Everybody knows what we’re dealing with,” Morris continued. “The prognosis of beating it is not gonna be there for me.”

Like many who are now facing health related problems as a result of football careers, Morriss indicated he would do it all over again. Morriss has been provided medication and is seeing improvement in completing certain tasks, which is certainly good news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Guy Morriss and his family during this difficult time.

H/T The Spun

Lamar Jackson receives key to his hometown city in Florida

Lamar Jackson

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson recently received an awesome honor.

Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, received the keys to his city of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Thank you to the city of pompano beach key to the city

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Jackson attended high school in Boynton Beach and scored 53 touchdowns in two seasons on varsity. He went on to Louisville where he blossomed into a star in just his second season. As a sophomore last year, Jackson threw for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,571 yards and 21 TDs.

In addition to the Heisman, Jackson won the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award last season.

Viktor Arvidsson had bloody ‘R’ on forehead after hit

After being on the receiving end of a hit during Monday’s game, Viktor Arvidsson had a cut on his forehead that bled in the shape of a letter.

During the first period of Game 6 of this year’s Western Conference Final, Arvidsson was on the unfortunate end of a big hit from Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie. Take a look.

As a result, the Predators forward was left with a bloody “R” on his forehead.

Arvidsson went to the locker room for treatment before returning to the Nashville bench a short time later. Ritchie received five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Danny Ainge’s son running for congressional seat in Utah

Mr. Ainge may be going to Washington.

Tanner Ainge, the son of Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, announced on Monday that he has filed paperwork to run for a House of Representatives seat in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.

The elder Ainge also tweeted out his well wishes.

The Ainge family has some ties to Utah — you may remember that Danny first made a name for himself during his four-year career at Brigham Young University. Now the only question is where we can buy the campaign towels.

Josh Jackson will reportedly have to attend anger management classes

With just over a month to go before the draft, NBA teams have a new development to pore over at the top of the lottery.

Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star reports on Monday that former Kansas Jayhawks star Josh Jackson will have to attend anger management classes as part of a diversion agreement for a misdemeanor vandalism incident back in December. The agreement also stipulates that Jackson will have to write an apology letter and refrain from alcohol and recreational drug use for one year.

The 20-year-old had been gaining steam recently as the potential No. 1 overall pick and is widely seen as at least the best wing prospect this year. But in a draft as loaded as this one, it’s entirely plausible that these character concerns could knock Jackson a peg or two down the board.

New lawsuit alleges NFL knew about CTE for decades

Roger Goodell

Is it possible the National Football League was aware of and made efforts to conceal chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) for decades? A recently filed lawsuit alleges exactly that.

A lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court by the estate of Adrian Robinson Jr., a former NFL linebacker who committed suicide in 2015 and was later determined to have suffered from CTE, claims the league and helmet maker Riddell were aware of the neurological brain disorder associated with concussions and worked to suppress information regarding it.

Buried within the dense 97 pages of documents are bold accusations of a league-wide “conspiracy” and “sham-science” used to “advance self-serving conclusions.” The suit also claims there was a “concerted effort that deprioritized human life in the face of profit oft-analogized to the strategies of ‘Big Tobacco.'”

The complaint claims there has been knowledge of what we now call CTE dating back to the year 1928 when the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted a study and determined there was a “scientifically observable link between repetitive exposures to head trauma and long-term, latent, brain disease.”

Additionally, the suit pinpointed other such studies from 1952, the 1960s, the 1970s and all the way up until today. It also referenced the legal recognition of CTE from a 1966 court case involving Korean War veterans.

Pulling no punches, the complaint continues with allegations of an ongoing conspiracy and cover-up designed to insulate the NFL from exactly these type of lawsuits.

The suit also takes aim at the NFL-established Mild-Traumatic Brain Injury committee (MTBI), claiming the group has falsified information and other CTE findings.

“The NFL’s negligence allowed the MTBI Committee to use falsified industry-funded research to mislead the medical community and the general public on the risks associated with repetitive head impacts.”

In 2015, a federal judge approved a class-action lawsuit settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players to help pay for their ongoing medical needs as the result of brain trauma sustained during their professional football careers. The settlement was later revised and exceeded $1 billion.

Aaron Judge gets special fan section at Yankee Stadium

Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees are wasting little time with their marketing efforts for emerging star Aaron Judge.

The Yankees have created a special fan rooting section for Judge called “The Judge’s Chambers.” The area features three rows of seats surrounded by wood paneling like a jury box. It can seat 18 people.

Judge, who has clubbed 15 home runs this season, thinks it’s a cool idea.

”I was shocked, you know. I was surprised,” Judge said Monday, via the AP. ”I think it’s going to be a pretty cool idea that the fans will like. It will be something the fans I really think will enjoy.”

Fans are unable to buy tickets to specifically sit in the section, but for now they may be chosen to sit there. The team could pick fans dressed in Judge gear to sit there. Those who are selected to sit in the section will receive Styrofoam gavels.

The section was created by the Yankees last week while the team was on the road, and they say it’s in response to the buzz generated by the slugger.

Magic reportedly hire Raptors GM Jeff Weltman as new president

Orlando Magic logo

The Orlando Magic have made a decision about the future of their front office.

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Magic have hired Raptors GM Jeff Weltman and will make him their new president of basketball operations.

Weltman served as an assistant GM for the Milwaukee Bucks before being hired by the Raptors as vice president of basketball operations. He was promoted to GM last year. Weltman has also worked for the Nuggets, Pistons and Clippers during his career.

The Magic have been looking for a new executive after firing GM Rob Hennigan in April.

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