Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel was apparently on an episode of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” recently. Right? The only logical explanation for the image you see above is that Kessel stepped into a time machine, went forward about 15 years, shaved and then was lucky enough to get a chance to compete on the popular game show.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Kessel looks like, here’s a recent photo for reference:
Unreal. I didn’t need this guy’s name to be Phil to think he looks exactly like Kessel, but I can’t stop laughing because of it. If any ladies out there want to know what the NHL star will look like after he retires, look no further than this.
Photo via Twitter/Paul Bissonnette
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A sex tape involving the actress who played Pippi Longstocking in the 1988 movie “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” was being shopped, which just absolutely blows my mind.
I know that it says “sports” at the top of this website, and this really has no connection to sports, but come on, does it get any nuttier than Pippi Longstocking being in a sex video?
TMZ reported on Tuesday that they had seen a video of 39-year-old Tami Erin having sex with an unidentified man in numerous sexual positions. Erin later said the video was being shopped by a bitter ex-boyfriend. She also said she would not allow the video to be sold to anyone.
Erin was 14 when Pippi Longstocking came out in 1988, and she’s now 39. She still looks pretty stunning, as you can see in the pictures below:
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Floyd Mayweather Sr. says he has some inside sources at Canelo Alvarez’s camp leaking information to him.
Floyd Sr. is back working with his son for the second fight in a row after the two previously had a falling out. Chris Robinson at Hustle Boss caught up with Floyd Sr. in Las Vegas last week, which is when the trainer revealed that he has inside info on his son’s Sept. 14 opponent.
“It’s a bunch of a b.s.,” Mayweather said. “That’s all it is — a bunch of b.s. Because I’m getting a bunch of knowledge myself. I’m getting a whole bunch of knowledge about what’s going on. [Canelo is] telling his trainer what to do. He tells his trainer what to do. His weight is still up there. None of that stuff is true.”
When asked a followup question about the implication that there is a mole in Canelo’s camp feeding information, Floyd gave a cautious answer.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has plenty to worry about at the moment. He is reportedly progressing nicely in his rehab from ACL surgery and is targeting a return in the regular season opener. However, we have learned over the past six months that he is never too busy to talk about Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman.
Sherman and Revis are widely considered to be the two best shutdown defensive backs in the league, and they do not like each other. Sherman began the feud back in January when he randomly posted stats on Twitter trying to prove that he is superior to Revis. On Wednesday, Revis touched on the subject once again.
“He needs to quit attaching his career to my career,” Revis told USA TODAY Sports. “A lot of people need to have respect for this game. I’m not just talking about him. Respect what people have done to pave the way. Deion paved the way. Rod Woodson paved the way. Darrell Green. Mel Blount. Champ Bailey. Charles Woodson. Yeah, we’re the next group, but you don’t need to be getting into it with me.”
Last time Revis ripped Sherman he accused him of running his mouth like a little girl, so he wasn’t quite as animated this time. His point is that the whole Revis-Sherman feud shouldn’t be bigger than the game. Both players are young and neither is a Hall of Famer just yet.
“At the end of the day, this is a fraternity,” Revis continued. “We’re all in this together, competing. But you don’t have to shoot nobody else down. You can’t crown yourself as anything in this league. You’ve got to earn it.”
If Sherman’s last comments about Revis are true, he should, in theory, ignore Revis’ latest smack talk. Personally, I wouldn’t mind having either cornerback anchoring my defense. Assuming Revis comes back healthy, you might as well flip a coin.
San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee is a lock to make the team’s 53-man roster for the 10th straight season this year. The former Pitt Panther is 31 years old and has averaged 45.9 yards on punts throughout his career, but he is still looking to expand his repertoire.
In the Niners’ fourth and final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, Lee is hoping to bust out the “knuckle punt” he has been working on in practice for years.
“It’s definitely something I want to do in a game to see how it actually happens in a live situation,” Lee said Wednesday, per Mindi Bach of CSNBayArea.com. “In practice, you can do things and you can mimic as much as you can, but you never really know how a new thing you’re going to do is going to react in a game situation. So I’d love to hopefully be able to pull it out and try it and see if it’s something I can work in my regular routine.”
If you watch baseball or have seen “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” you can probably get an idea of what a knuckle punt is. In most instances, NFL punters try to kick a spiral punt for distance, height and accuracy. However, a knuckle punt would have very little spin and wobble through the air, making it difficult for returners to handle.
“It can cause some fumbles,” Lee explained. “It can do some things like that, and sometimes when I hit the rugby punt it will come out a little slower rotation so it’s kind of that same idea except making it move maybe four rotations the whole time it’s in the air.”
One of Lee’s teammates, wide receiver Kyle Williams, remembers the first time he saw the knuckle punt in practice during his rookie season back in 2010.
“I turned to Ted Ginn and said, ‘What the hell was that?'” Williams said. “It’s just like a knuckleball in baseball. It’s floating up there, and it will change direction probably three or four times within the last 5 yards, 10 yards, and then it’s right there. It’s tough to deal with. It’s literally sideways, and then it just kind of shifts around. It moves around. It’s tough.”
A knuckle punt would certainly be interesting to witness, though I have my doubts about whether it would be useful during the regular season. Field position is so important that the inconsistency of the knuckle punt would probably make it tough to use. Then again, Lee could be a trailblazer if he finds a way to perfect it.
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The NFL has spent the past several years trying to adjust the rules of the game in a manner that will protect players from head trauma. Concussions have become a major in the sport, and lawsuits from former players continue to pile up against the league. One report even claimed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is “terrified” of the prospect of a player dying on the field.
But it’s not just head shots that have become a concern. Now that players are prohibited from targeting the head, serious knee injuries could become more common. Now, the NFL is reportedly planning to study hits to the knees to see if the rules need to be further tweaked, which has infuriated Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark.
“I’m so disgusted with the NFL right now about those situations,” Clark said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If an offensive player makes enough of a stink, they’ll change it. I know Tony Gonzalez was extremely upset about the hit on Dustin Keller. I understand that.”
Clark then referred to a play last season when he gave up a touchdown against the New York Giants and Victor Cruz because he was afraid of breaking the rules.
“So you go to the other extreme,” he said. “If they decide to change this rule, they might as well put flags on because you’ll give a guy who is 200 pounds, like myself, a 2-foot area to stop a guy who is 240 or 250 running at full speed. They might as well just take us off the field and see how many points you can score on offense in 60 minutes.”
Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller is out for the season with a torn ACL after Houston Texans defensive back DJ Swearinger hit him low. Swearinger later claimed he went low to avoid breaking the rules, and Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez followed that up by saying he would rather be hit in his head than have defenders diving at his knees.
Anytime there is talk of a rule change, players are up in arms. Clark certainly isn’t the only person who would be outraged if the NFL made low hits illegal, but the league is trying to create the impression that player safety is its priority. If they stick to that theme, more changes are sure to come.
The Green Bay Packers will have their hands full with read-option quarterbacks to begin the 2013 season, with their first two games coming against the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are two of the most athletic quarterbacks in the game, so the Packers were happy to get some practice in against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in their third preseason game on Friday.
After the game, Clay Matthews was asked if facing Wilson helps his team’s defense prepare for the regular season.
“It’s real good preparation,” he said, per DC Sports Bog. “We start out the season with the 49ers. I mean, we got…uh…what’s his name?”
CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson then asked Matthews if he was talking about Kaepernick. He smirked and gave the following response.
“No no, the Redskins, coming here Week 2,” he said. “So it’s great preparation.”
Was that a shot at RG3? Or was he saying the Packers don’t even need to prepare for “what’s his name” Colin Kaepernick? Perhaps Matthews simply had a brain fart and wasn’t trying to disrespect anyone, but his facial expression made it seem like he was trying to ruffle feathers.
The Packers didn’t face the Redskins last season, but they were completely exposed against Kaepernick and the Niners in the playoffs. If they don’t do a better job of adjusting to read-option quarterbacks this season, Matthews will learn RG3’s and Kaepernick’s name fairly quickly. Remember how Osi Umenyiora learned his lesson with giving Griffin his own nickname?
Throughout the entire Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, people have wondered what exactly the New England Patriots knew about their former tight end’s life off the football field. It has become obvious that Hernandez hung around with a shady crowd and did his best to continue living the life of a thug, but to what extent were the Patriots aware of his indiscretions?
In a lengthy Rolling Stone piece that examine’s Hernandez’s life since childhood, Bill Belichick’s alleged knowledge of the 23-year-old’s crumbling personal life becomes a bit more clear. This past spring, before Odin Lloyd was shot and killed, Belichick had reportedly warned Hernandez that he was down to his final strike with the team.
Rolling Stone’s Paul Solotaroff claims Belichick was made aware of a domestic dispute at Hernandez’s Hermosa Beach, Calif. rental in March, where police were called after Hernandez allegedly put his fist through a window. No arrest was made, but Belichick reportedly “exploded” on Hernandez and told him he would be traded or cut at the end of the 2013 if he didn’t shape up.
In February, prior to the Hermosa Beach incident, Hernandez had reportedly flown to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to confide in Belichick that he believed his life was in danger. A source told Solotaroff that Hernandez explained to Belichick that he was worried a group of gangsters he had befriended were “trying to kill him.”
According to a close Hernandez associate, Belichick advised the former Florida Gator to rent a safe house and lay low for a while. It is believed that he followed the advice by later renting an apartment in Franklin, Mass., though I highly doubt Belichick envisioned it becoming the so called “flophouse” where investigators seized several pieces of evidence after being led there by Carlos Oritz.
As we shared with you on Tuesday, the Rolling Stone article also claimed Hernandez was a heavy angel dust user who carried a gun around with him for safety. One friend of Hernandez’s family speculated that his use of angel dust, which can alter a person’s mentality, led to his paranoia.
“Don’t matter what it’s about: Aaron’s out of his mind,” the friend said. “He’s been twisted on dust now for more than a year, which is when all of this crazy sh– started.”
Previous reports have indicated that Hernandez had gang ties and feared for his life, so that seems to be a common theme. Whether or not his alleged drug use made those fears too much to handle remains a mystery.
Earlier this week, the NFL put up posters and billboards around Sports Authority Field and downtown Denver to promote the regular season opener between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. As you might expect, Broncos fans are not pleased about it.
The Ravens are the team that put an end to the Broncos’ Super Bowl hopes last year with an incredible comeback victory in the playoffs. Eventual Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco connected with Jacoby Jones on a 70-yard bomb to tie the game with 31 seconds remaining in regulation, and Baltimore went on to win in overtime. So local Denver sportscaster Vic Lombardi decided to represent the fans by vandalizing one of the Flacco signs.
Wow. This a first. We know fantasy football season is upon us, and a lot of people are excited about it. The start of the NFL regular season is just over a week away, which means research and drafting will reach their peak over the next several days. But I never thought I’d see someone drafting a fantasy team inside a movie theater.
In this cat’s defense, he was drafting during the previews. Maybe it was the last round. But to make matters worse, our friend Elika Sadeghi noted that the dude was at the movies with his lady. This unprecedented stunt raise a few questions:
1. Is it acceptable to take part in a fantasy draft while at the movies?
2. Is doing a fantasy draft at the movies disrespectful to the movie? To fantasy football? Both?
3. Most importantly, is drafting a fantasy team while on a date with your girlfriend the ultimate scumbag move?
If you answered “yes” to question No. 1 and “no” to question No. 3, feel free to read some of our latest fantasy football stories to help you prepare for the upcoming season. As for the rest of you, a championship likely isn’t in your future in 2013.