While the world for some reason waits for Ryan Lochte to find a girlfriend, we may finally have a contender. The NY Daily News recently reported that Lochte was at a party hosted by shoe designer Brian Atwood at the Four Seasons restaurant last Wednesday where he met Miss USA Olivia Culpo. As you can see, the two posed for a couple of photos together. Lochte also stopped for a picture with Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization.
“Things are still very new, because they just met, and they obviously aren’t exclusive,” says an insider, but they “definitely like each other.”
“Everyone was trying to get a piece of Ryan at the party, but he spent a chunk of his time talking to Olivia,” says a second source. That source claims Lochte invited Culpo to his “Guys Fashion’s Night Out” event at Ainsworth Park restaurant last Thursday, but Culpo was already booked, so they reunited at the Sherri Hill show Friday.
A spokeswoman for Lochte cautioned that it is “too early” to say that he is dating Culpo, noting that they have been getting along and have gotten to know each other but are “not dating.”
Now that the Olympics have ended, Lochte might actually have time for a girlfriend instead of just one-night stands like his mother previously stated. Lochte has already laid out specific guidelines for what he looks for in a woman, so time will tell if Culpo meets the requirements. Unless, of course, he tells her about the stupid phrase he tried to trademark and she decides she’s had more than enough.
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If the Ravens front office was looking for leverage in contract negotiations with Joe Flacco, they found none this week. Baltimore is expected to give Flacco more freedom this season and let him run the no-huddle offense, and he turned that freedom into 21-for-29 passing, 299 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 44-13 win over Cincinnati Monday night. He also got the ultimate endorsement from his head coach after the game.
“Pay him whatever he wants,” John Harbaugh said while bursting into laughter, according to the Baltimore Sun. “Pay the man.
“We’ve always stood up here, and we’ve always, all our coaches, the organization, we know what we’ve got in this guy. Of course he is (elite). He is a winner. He is one of the toughest quarterbacks I have ever been around. He’s the best quarterback I’ve ever been around.”
Flacco and his agent certainly appreciate the kind words. We already knew he had confidence based on statements like this one that he is made in the past. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has openly stated that he wants to see Flacco back up his comments and perform like an elite quarterback, and if Monday was any indication he just might do that this season. With Matt Schaub having just received a four-year, $62 million extension from the Texans, Flacco is in a great position. If he continues to play like he did against the Bengals, the Baltimore front office should be happy to open its check book.
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Michael Vick was easily one of the biggest dissapointments from the NFL’s opening weekend — for both fantasy owners and Eagles fans. Against what most expect to be a poor Browns team, Vick threw a whopping four interceptions. Philadelphia was expected to blow Cleveland out and cruise to an easy victory, but they needed a game-winning drive from Vick in the fourth quarter because of his poor play early on.
Not only that, but Vick’s attitude was not that of a leader. How do we know? Because the Eagles signal-caller admitted it after the game and said it was unacceptable.
“My teammates, they had that sudden look in their eyes as if they were wondering what was wrong with my attitude, why was I hanging my head,” Vick said according to CSNPhilly.com. “They had never seen me like that before. I just felt like I let them down. It’ll never happen again, regardless of what the game dictates.”
Embarrassing stat sheet aside, Philly is fortunate to have come out on top. A win is a win in the National Football League, and at the end of the day the Eagles took care of business by winning a game on their schedule that was a must-win given their quality of opponents heading forward. The important thing is Vick realizes he needs to not only play better but also set a better example for his teammates when facing adversity. Figuring that out after Week 1 is much more effective than waiting until Week 14 — especially if Vick plans to maintain his Super Bowl or bust mentality.
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If ever there was an incredibly underrated position on the football field, it has to be long-snapper. Throughout the course of a game, we rarely find ourselves wondering something like, “What if the snap is bad?” Unlike quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and cornerbacks, we take the duties of a long-snapper for granted. If your quarterback goes down with an injury, at least you have a backup. The same is not always true at the long-snapper position.
Raiders long-snapper Jon Condo left Monday night’s loss to the Chargers with an injury, forcing linebacker Travis Goethel to take over his position. Goethel had to fill in for three punt attempts, two of which he literally rolled the ball to punter Shane Lechler and one of which was a good snap but the punt was blocked.
“He’s worked on snapping the ball, and actually he’s done a nice job in practice, but it’s obviously a lot different when you get in a game-like situation,” Oakland coach Dennis Allen said after the game, according to Around the League. “He was put into a tough situation, and it hurt us.”
According to Contra Costa Times writer Steve Corkran, Goethel had not long-snapped in a game since high school prior to Monday night — a seven-year break in the action. Corkran also pointed out that Lechler’s and Allen’s recollection of Oakland practices seems to be a bit different, as Lechler said Goethel gets “zero” reps at long-snapper during a typical practice week.
Between Monday night’s ugly turn of events and the Redskins lineman who played an entire half with a broken arm, perhaps this will be the year where we start to appreciate the importance of the long-snapper.
University of North Carolina’s chief fundraiser, former quarterback Matt Kupec, resigned on Sunday after an internal investigation revealed that he and another university fundraiser took personal trips with the school’s money. The other university fundraiser is Tami Hansbrough, the mother of Tyler Hansbrough.
According to the News & Observer, UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said a review of Kupec’s travel with Hansbrough showed that they took trips that were not university related, including ones to destinations where Tyler’s brother Ben Hansbrough was playing basketball for Notre Dame.
“It was difficult because Matt has been such a great person for the university and has raised billions of dollars for us,” Thorp explained, “but I had to share with him what we had been finding and it didn’t look good and that it’s likely that this sort of personally driven travel was unacceptable, and we are going to need to do a pretty thorough investigation of it.”
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Bad blood has developed between the Pirates and Reds over the course of the season, as a number of players have been hit by pitches and taken exception to it. Another incident occurred on Monday night when Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh hurler Jared Hughes, resulting in a warning for both teams.
It is unclear whether or not he’s claiming it happened before or after he was hit, but Phillips wrote on his Twitter account after the game that a Pirates player made a racist comment toward him.
— Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) September 11, 2012
Phillips gave no clarification and simply followed up with a tweet about how pleased he was to get the win in extra innings. While we hope it’s not true, it certainly wouldn’t be the first case of racism or cultural insensitivity that we’ve seen in professional sports. Rivalries exist and tempers are going to flare, but there’s no excuse for any player to bring race into a disagreement.
UPDATE: Phillips talked with Hughes and they both say there is no issue.
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McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman were both hurt during the second night of the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The gold medal winners were performing along with the rest of the “Fierce Five” in Ontario, Calif., when they hurt themselves on the uneven bars Sunday night.
At around the 1:25 mark in the video above, you can see Maroney hurt herself on her dismount from the uneven bars. Maroney stayed down after falling and was carried off the floor. Then around the 1:55 mark, Raisman loses her grip on the bars as she’s finishing a Shaposhnikova move. She was able to walk back and rejoin the group, though neither girl participated in the finale.
Maroney was later diagnosed with a fractured left tibia.
And this is supposed to be an exhibition tour? It’s never an easy deal when it comes to gymnastics.
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Nike’s new uniforms did little to help the cause of perspiring offensive linemen in Week 1 of the NFL season. Above is a screenshot of Lions tackle Jeff Backus, who sweat through his pants so hard you could see his legs, cheeks, and jockstrap. I think we can officially consider that a wardrobe malfunction. And I think Nike might need to change the kind of material they’re using for their pants, though at least they were able to successfully divert attention from their other NFL uniform issue.
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Even though 50 Cent was there when his pal was released from prison last month, he confirmed that not everything is great between them.
“[The issues between us] really comes from … everybody around him is waiting on the next time he feels generous. And I have a lot [of money], so I don’t wait for nobody,” 50 told the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show.” “I’ll go do what I gotta do. I don’t have to sit around and wait for the next time he feels like giving somebody something.”
50 squashed the rumor that they had beef over girls. But he does believe Mayweather changed during his time in prison.
“Me and Floyd is always gonna be cool. He is different. [There’s been] a different side of Floyd coming out of the pen. That’s all.”
We already knew that Mayweather was moody compared to the more easy-going 50 Cent, so it seems like that is why there is some distance between them. And when 50 referred to waiting for Floyd to give somebody something, I’m guessing he’s referring to their business ventures.
50 Cent started a boxing promotional company in July and implied that Mayweather would be fighting for his company, not Golden Boy Promotions. Maybe Mayweather didn’t like 50 saying that, so he’s holding out on his buddy and delaying their plans. That’s just a guess about what’s happening between them, because we know something is going on.
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Lawler collapsed during Monday’s telecast of “RAW” at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, and was treated immediately by the medical staff. EMTs worked to successfully revive Lawler, who, according to multiple accounts, was clinically dead.
This particular report comes from Smith Hart, the older brother of Brett and Owen Hart:
According to my friend Jeremy Prophet who was backstage at RAW, Jerry was clinically dead for 20 min before being brought back by defibrilat
— Smith Hart (@SmithHart1) September 11, 2012
Clinically dead for 20 minutes before being revived. I’m not sure a stunt with Andy Kaufman could have come up with a scenario that frightening.
Lawler’s girlfriend, Lauryn Laine McBride, wrote on her Facebook page that Lawler had a heart attack and that he is in stable condition and breathing on his own. That’s great news for the millions who were concerned about The King’s well being.
In the video below, you can see Lawler being taken to the locker room on a stretcher: