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Jennifer Garner Recites Red Sox Lineup on Jay Leno

Jennifer Garner Jay LenoMaybe Jay Leno has a new feature as part of his new show in the 10pm timeslot. With Jennifer Garner on as a guest to promote her upcoming movie, Leno debuted a bit called “Earn Your Plug” where he made Garner go through a challenge in order to promote her movie. Knowing that her husband Ben Affleck is a Red Sox fan, Leno decided to test Garner’s knowledge of the BoSox. Leno had her put on a Yankees hat and hold a picture of Derek Jeter while naming the Red Sox starting lineup. Garner played along quite well and showed off her knowledge.

First, Garner earned some points with the Boston crowd by turning the Yankees hat backwards and holding the Jeter picture perpendicular to the camera. She also tried to really impress Leno by asking if he wanted their lineup from the series against Baltimore this past weekend or the one they have now with the Royals. Either way, Garner ran through the Red Sox lineup but made a screwup at the three-hole, naming “Alex Gonzalez” the catcher, saying she was more of a Varitek girl. Clearly she meant to say Victor Martinez because she correctly named Gonzalez the 9 hitter when she finished. Jennifer also gave MIke Lowell a nice compliment saying he looked like George Clooney. Now if you’ll ask me it sure seemed like she was prepped for the gag but credit her for acting well and at least throwing in a few comments that indicated she knew more than just names. Ben was done proud.

Here’s the video:

Fitzgerald’s Brother Says Larry Is Pissed Kurt Warner Didn’t Throw to Him More

88971925SG037_ARIZONA_CARDIQuick, what’s the difference between Terrell Owens complaining and Larry Fitzgerald complaining? Answer: T.O. does it publicly and blames the coaches and/or the quarterback while Fitzgerald apparently says it privately to his family. Pro Football Talk explained that Larry’s brother, Marcus Fitzgerald, was tweeting about the Cardinals game on Sunday, saying he was upset his brother didn’t get thrown the ball more against the Jaguars. According to tweleted, here are the exact tweets before Marcus deleted them, realizing he screwed up:

Kurt warner needs 2 stop bein a scary ass & throw the ball deep 2 my brother!damn this is annoying 2 watch!he throws 2 the rb’s 2 damn much! – Sun, 20 Sep 2009 18:44:43

kurt warner plays like a damn 80 year old! my brother just texted me during halftime pissed off – Sun, 20 Sep 2009 18:48:37

Just got off the phone with my brother.he’s happy about the win. But PISSED he didnt get the ball thrown 2 him much! – Sun, 20 Sep 2009 21:36:11

Larry’s probably about ready to strangle his brother now for making those comments public consider this might alter people’s perception that Larry is a cleancut, team-first guy, not to mention ruffle some feathers in the locker room. Here’s the thing: the Jags clearly decided they weren’t going to let Fitz beat them and they gave him plenty of defensive attention. Warner obviously took what he was given and threw mostly short passes to rack up a 24/26 record-setting day. I can understand why Fitzgerald was pissed even though they won. He’s already proven that he can beat extra coverage and he probably doesn’t want another Super Bowl where they don’t get the ball to him until the very end. The thing is Larry’s smart enough to not pout on the field or make his comments to the media. That’s the way matters should be handled. For the record, Fitzgerald had 4 catches for 34 yards and a touchdown.

Who Actually Thought the Milton Bradley Signing Would End Well?

If you had to break down worst baseball signings in the past 10 years or so, the contract the Cubs gave Milton Bradley would have to be up there. Now that’s not to say that Milton Bradley’s a bad ballplayer, but let me ask this: upon hearing the news that the Cubs had signed Bradley, who actually thought to themselves, “Wow, Bradley to the Cubs for three years? Great move. That is the piece they’re missing.” Honestly, I don’t understand what Jim Hendry was doing when he made that commitment. We even called this one back in March when Milton proclaimed that he was the reason the Cubs would win the NL Central. The only surprise is that Milton couldn’t even make it through his first season with the team before things went haywire. Matter of conjecture, this signing probably is the cherry on top of Hendry’s firing sundae.

Let’s think of all the bad reasons for making this deal. For one, the Cubs were overreacting to a playoff sweep by the Dodgers last year and decided they NEEDED to have a left-handed bat in their lineup. Considering Fukudome isn’t really working out, that’s a fine conclusion. The problem is that Hendry and Piniella decided that Milton Bradley was their guy and they needed to award him a three-year guaranteed contract to prove it. They ignored the fact that Raul Ibanez, Adam Dunn, and Bobby Abreu are all left-handed bats who were on the free agent market. Even if the Cubs preferred Bradley to the alternatives, which is fine, they had no reason to give him a third year considering the market was so weak Dunn and Abreu got two and one year deals, respectively. They totally overpaid for Bradley when they had absolutely no reason to — that was terrible business.

Next, consider they gave a three-year deal to Bradley who has had an attitude issue at every single stop he’s ever made — Cleveland, LA, San Diego, Texas, Oakland, you name it — and that he misses more games than J.D. Drew. Who was Hendry trying to please more, Cubs fans or Dr. Phil? It was just such a bad move business-wise there was no reason to believe it would ever end well. It would be like Buffalo giving T.O. a three-year deal after he got cut by Dallas when hardly anyone else wanted him. I just can’t understand what the Cubs were doing but I really am surprised it has come to an end so soon. Now they’re going to have to eat almost all of his contract just to get rid of him? Here’s when you take a chance on the guy. Just make sure you only need 300 at-bats out of him because that’s about his max.

Who Owns $400,000 Worth of Jewelry?

Donte WhitnerFirst off, let’s make this clear: nobody deserves to get robbed. Secondly, what kind of jerkoffs wait for a moment when they know a guy’s going to be gone playing in a game to rob him? How weak is that? Well I guess that’s exactly how they all do it, but anyway, it’s pretty hard to lose almost half a million dollars worth of jewelry if you never own $400,000 worth of jewelry in the first place. Maybe Bills DB Donte Whitner, who was robbed of that amount while he was away at his game Sunday, has learned his lesson the hard way.

You just have to hope the guys who robbed him aren’t fans considering Whitner had a pick six at the beginning of the game to help Buffalo build a big lead. I’m actually quite pleased about that because Buffalo’s big lead early forced Tampa to throw the rest of the game to try and come back. Since I have Kellen Winslow as my tight end in the Yardbarker Coors Light fantasy football league, all the throwing helped K2 rack up stats and it led me to a big win. The ironic aspect to this story is that there was an article floating around last week about NFL players having financial problems following retirement. Gee, when you’re wasting $400,000 on jewelry, it’s easy to see why. Hey Donte, ever try a savings account?

Somebody Just Lost Their Tuition Money

A few weeks ago Clemson lost on national TV to Georgia Tech but most of the sports world was watching the Titans and Steelers kick off the season. We’ve already touched on the bogus holding call that really screwed Clemson towards the end of the game. No doubt that call pissed a lot of Clemson fans off, but nobody may have been more upset with the outcome of the game than this Clemson fan right here.

Yes, that was Chris Fowler, Chris James, and Jesse Palmer making fun of the kid off-air. Something tells me it wasn’t just the holding call that had him pissed off. Thanks to Hot Clicks for passing along the video.

Video: Chad Ochocinco Does Lambeau Leap and Gets Flipped Off by Fan

Chad Johnson Ochocinco tweeted during the week that he was going to try and Lambeau Leap if he scored for the Bengals Sunday. Most people probably figured it was a long shot that he scored in the first place considering the Bengals could barely score at home against the Broncos in week one, but Ocho still made it happen. Upon scoring, Ocho surveyed the scene to find the best spot to jump, and he made his leap. He also got an unwelcome gift from a Packers fan who flipped him the bird. Check out video of Chad Ochocinco’s Lambeau Leap:

You Buying Lane Kiffin’s Post-Florida Loss Spin?

89184623SG016_TENNESSEE_V_FLane Kiffin pissed plenty of people off with his comments upon taking the Tennessee coaching job. His “we’re going to sing Rocky Top” all night long after beating Florida certainly charged up the fans and it no doubt pissed Florida off. But as pumped as Florida had to be for the game, they really never unleashed the hounds against the Vols who played good defense and kept the game close, winning 23-13. When asked about his comments from months ago, Lane said it was all part of a master plan:

“It worked perfectly,” Kiffin said. “It took all the pressure off the players. We played the No. 1 team in the nation with no pressure on them. … It was all on me. We were 30-point underdogs in this place and it really helped them go out and play ball.”

So do you really buy Lane’s comments or is that the best way he can spin a loss his team that’s now a disappointing 1-2? While I do believe it’s all spin, I really think there is some merit to his comments. Since he’s made himself the face of the program and the target of opponents, the pressure is taken off the players. It’s the same way with Ozzie Guillen and all his crazy remarks — it takes the heat off the players. Here’s the deal though: Tennessee had strong defense and a good running game, but they’re just not getting enough from their quarterback to win. It’s actually pretty similar to Lane’s days with the Raiders — he should be used to it!

Sergio Kindle Decapitates Taylor Potts on Sack, Causes Fumble

Here I was thinking that the hit Tennessee delivered on UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince last weekend that broke his jaw was a tough hit. I may have to reconsider things. Texas defensive end Sergio Kindle is highly rated and a top pro prospect. After seeing the sack he got on Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts, it’s easy to see why. Let’s go to the videotape:

It’s incredible that Potts walked away from that hit like it was nothing. Maybe he was just acting tough for the moment but really felt woozy as soon as he got to the sidelines. His reaction really didn’t matter because the fumble set up a Colt McCoy touchdown pass that put the game out of reach for Texas. Potts was still pretty effective throwing for 417 yards and 3 touchdowns proving once again that it’s more about Mike Leach’s system than the guy throwing the ball.

Jahvid Best Solidifies Heisman Campaign with 5 Touchdowns, Airborne Score

The difference between Cal and USC is that a school like Cal goes out and loses to an Oregon the week after getting lots of attention and praise. I have a feeling that’s what will happen now that I and many others are giving Jahvid Best love for the win over Minnesota. Best scored every touchdown for Cal in their 35-21 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Best score three times in the first half including runs of 34, 2, and 27 yards, and then he punched in two short runs to help solidify the win in the 4th quarter. The first TD may have been the most impressive and it will be the one played on all the highlight shows. Check out video of Jahvid Best’s airborne touchdown against Minnesota:

Two elements really came together to make that play work so well. The first is the way they ran the fake end-around (that even tripped up the camera guy), making the defense freeze. The second is Best’s speed that allowed him to beat everyone to the sideline and then to the corner of the end zone. Gotta love the way he punctuated the touchdown with the airborne leap into pay dirt. That reminded me a lot of Knowshon Moreno’s run for Georgia last year against Arizona State. All the talk before the season was about the three quarterbacks and which one of them would get the Heisman — Bradford, Tebow, or McCoy. Best was widely considered a darkhorse candidate but now he must be thought of as one of the frontrunners. It was also hard to watch in the 4th quarter and not think Tedford was doing his best to pad Best’s stats. It sure worked.

LeBron, Cavs, Going Too Hollywood?

lebron-fantasy-basketball-campWhen we talk about the Cavs going to Hollywood, we’re not even including Delonte West starring in the remake of Demolition Man. But in case you missed it since we’re out of season, LeBron James has been quite busy participating in several projects lately. First, LeBron made the rounds promoting the film More Than a Game which included 10 tour stops. After that project was completed and promoted to death, LeBron embarked on his book tour promoting his new tome, “Shooting Stars.” And as if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy for the summer, LeBron has also agreed to play himself in the comedy film “Fantasy Basketball Camp” by Universal Pictures. From the sounds of things, LeBron’s going to have a fairly large role in the movie.

Now I’m not saying you can’t have other interests outside of basketball or that athletes can’t act in movies and still have good careers (Ray Allen, Michael Jordan, Shaq come to mind), but I’m saying that we know how he’s spending a lot of his time and it’s not necessarily on basketball. Of course this could be a good thing because it can help prevent burn out, but there’s no doubt LeBron has had more than his share of distractions this offseason. Combine this with Shaq’s TV show on ABC and there’s no doubt the Cavs are going to have to do a lot of work to get focused for the upcoming training camp. Last time I checked I hadn’t heard about any movies Garnett or Pierce are promoting, not to mention the fact that the Magic are the defending champs. This is not a good way to head into the season, that’s all I’m saying.

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