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Matt Kemp bought his Mega Millions lottery tickets; Roddy White is in, too

Wizards forward Chris Singleton and Raiders safety Michael Huff aren’t the only athletes consumed with the Mega Millions lottery ticket craze — plenty of other pros are feeling the excitement, too.

Dodgers MVP contender Matt Kemp tweeted Friday that he got his Mega Millions tickets:

The Mega Millions jackpot was a popular topic of conversation for many other athletes Friday. Falcons receiver Roddy White, Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck, and 49ers tight end Vernon Davis were all talking about it and some of them indicated they were planning to play:

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Donovan McNabb says he’s most criticized quarterback in NFL history during debate

Donovan McNabb is no stranger to playing the victim. Like many other superstar athletes, he has faced plenty of unfair criticism. Unlike many others who have been placed in similar situations, McNabb always lets us hear about it. In other words, he’s a complainer. Since Skip Bayless is the ideal candidate to bring out the whiner in anyone, he got McNabb to do a little more of it on ESPN First Take Friday morning.

When Bayless called Tim Tebow the most “unfairly, over-criticized quarterback in (NFL history),” McNabb butted in and said that title belongs to him.

“Negative — I am,” McNabb said according to Pro Football Talk. “I am. Nobody has been criticized as much as I have.”

Even if it were true, he just sounds like a crybaby saying it. This is the same McNabb who blames bad teams for his poor record as a starting quarterback, so it should come as no surprise that he thinks he’s the most unfairly criticized quarterback in NFL history.

Donovan got close to bringing Philadelphia a Super Bowl trophy several times, but his Eagles could never get over the hump. Whether or not he is to blame for that is a separate discussion. The good news is we don’t have to feel badly for him. McNabb feels sorry enough for himself to compensate for all of us.

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Derek Fisher felt Lakers shut the door pretty hard on him with trade

Getting traded isn’t easy for many athletes, particularly when you’re in your 13th season with a club for whom you’ve won five championships. That’s why getting dealt to Houston at the deadline wasn’t easy for former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher.

Fisher signed with the Thunder after the Rockets waived him, and he beat his former team Thursday night. He talked about the trade Thursday with Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears.

“I think the door was shut pretty hard in terms of how [the trade] happened,” Fisher said. “Obviously, the team felt they needed to move on. I have as well.”

“I’ve always thought there are different ways to handle trades and waiver-type situations where there can be some more communication – not necessarily far in advance but enough not to have to find out from the mailman or at the post office that you’ve been traded,” Fisher said. “And I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case, but I did wake up and I was traded. That’s the part that shocks you more than anything.”

I understand where Fish is coming from, but if you’re the Lakers, all you have to do is look at the way Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol behaved after learning they were part of trade talks. Odom’s feelings were hurt so badly he felt his relationship with the Lakers was irreparable so they dealt him to Dallas. Gasol played several games tentatively because he was unsure about his future. Keeping players’ names out of trade rumors helps them focus and perform better, so the Lakers probably didn’t want to risk telling Fisher he was being shopped in case a trade didn’t go through.

H/T I am a GM
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Angela Rypien, Mark Rypien’s daughter, signs to play QB for Baltimore LFL team

Angela Rypien is the daughter of Super Bowl XXII quarterback Mark Rypien, and like her father, she is a professional quarterback. Also like her father, she has now signed to play quarterback for a team in the Washington DC area.

Rypien signed with the Baltimore Crush of the Lingerie Football League (they don’t have a team in DC) marking the first signing of the offseason leading up to the 2013 season. Rypien played quarterback for the 2-2 Seattle Mist last
season. They were third in the league in yards per game and led the league with 101 passing yards per game.

Below is a video from her LFL debut where she threw for two touchdowns:

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Radio host Craig Carton to Hank Haney: You’re the scum of the Earth

The list of people who are waiting for an opportunity to unload on Hank Haney is long and distinguished. Regardless of the type of person he is or the mistakes he has made in his past, Tiger Woods still has a massive following. Anyone who paid attention to the Arnold Palmer Invitational last weekend is well aware of that. For every person who enjoys reading “The Big Miss” and delving into the life of arguably the greatest golfer who has ever lived, there are several others who think the way in which Haney betrayed Tiger’s trust is despicable. Craig Carton of WFAN in New York may be near the top of that list, as evidenced by the way he unloaded on Haney on Friday.

Haney joined WFAN for an interview with “Boomer & Carton” that turned into Carton simply telling Haney how he feels about him rather than a question-and-answer session. Haney defended the book by saying he only included things that he thought had to do with golf, which as we know from some of the revelations is a highly questionable claim. The entire interview can be heard here and is worth listening to if you enjoy bickering.

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Anthony Davis is embracing all of the unibrow attention

Along with being probably the best all-around college basketball player in the nation, Anthony Davis also has a tremendous sense of humor. If he was bothered by people making fun of him, he could always just pluck between his eyebrows. Instead, Davis has allowed the unibrow to become a symbol of success for Kentucky’s run to the Final Four. In fact, he enjoys the attention his facial hair (right?) has received.

“I just embrace it,” Davis said Thursday according to The Dagger. “The fans enjoy it and the signs are everywhere now. They’ve been making everything out of it. I’ve even seen a baby with a unibrow on Twitter. So these fans are nuts, but I love it.”

Fans have come up with some fantastically creative — and disturbing — ways to pay tribute to the brow. Heck, even Davis’ own mother has gotten in on the act. Throughout the tournament, Davis has encountered some memorable experiences thanks to the unibrow. One day in Atlanta, he was even approached by a young girl in the team’s hotel.

“She got on her knees and bowed down to me like I was a king and said, ‘Bow to the Brow.’ She was like 5 or 6,” Davis said. “I just started laughing.”

The way Davis has embraced the heckling is an inspiration to children everywhere. If you’re getting made fun of for the way you look, just become nasty at basketball and lead your team to a Final Four. If you do that, people learn to embrace your imperfections.

Pictures via Kentucky Sports Radio and Mocksession

Santonio Holmes isn’t worried about Tim Tebow trade, just wants the ball

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the Tim Tebow trade and the “who will be the quarterback?” discussion in New York is Santonio Holmes. As the 2011 season progressed, the Jets big-money receiver grew increasingly unhappy with his lack of touches. If Rex Ryan and new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano plan to incorporate the wildcat this season and give Tebow 20 snaps per game, that could mean even less looks for Santonio. At the moment, he is reportedly not concerned about it.

“He didn’t really care (about the Tebow trade),” a player who trains with Holmes told the NY Daily News. “Tone’ just wants the ball.”

After his workout on Thursday, Holmes would not comment on the issues he had with the Jets offense last season. A certain Valentine’s Day box of chocolates seemed to indicate that him and Mark Sanchez have sorted out their differences, and that’s where Santonio is leaving it. His personal coach Tom Shaw, however, did shed some light on what Holmes expects heading into next season.

“He wants Sanchez to be successful,” Shaw said. “He’s never told me that this guy sucks. The one thing about Sanchez is that he doesn’t want to make mistakes. And that’s what Santonio says. Ben Roethlisberger would just let the ball go. He doesn’t care if (Holmes) is triple covered. If Ben thought Santonio could make a play for him, he’s shooting it in there. The more experience Sanchez gets, the more chances he’ll take. Then you’ll start seeing more balls to Santonio.”

If Sanchez falters and Tebow gets more opportunities, it would be tough to imagine him and Holmes coexisting. Tebow is not a passer, and I doubt he’s going to become one over the course of the offseason. The Jets don’t plan to use him as one, anyway. Unless Tebow’s presence opens things up for Sanchez and Santonio to connect down the field, I can’t see how the trade will be beneficial for Holmes.

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Josh Beckett rips Curt Schilling: The game’s a lot easier from over there

In a lot of ways, Josh Beckett became public enemy number one when the Red Sox went through their meltdown last season. Many believe he was the main force that pushed Terry Francona out the door, and it wouldn’t shock me if that was true. Beckett knows that, and he knows he will need to get along with Bobby Valentine this season in order for the Red Sox to be successful. That’s why when Curt Schilling said things weren’t going well between Valentine and the Boston players, Beckett was not happy.

“I haven’t seen him around this year,” Beckett said during an interview with WEEI Thursday. “Is he one of our pitchers? Like I haven’t seen him around this year. I didn’t know he was going to be one of our pitchers. I haven’t seen him around here. I’d think if somebody knew that much they’d probably be a little closer to it.

“Game’s a lot easier from over there (as a media person), I think. As far as him speaking about how things are being run, I haven’t seen him around here to where he would know that much.”

Beckett also added that things are going “great” with Valentine and that he likes some of the adjustments he has made with the pitching staff and their preparation. He said his legs have never felt this good coming out of spring training and credited it to the stretching and workouts Valentine has put into place.

Even if there were problems, Beckett wouldn’t admit it. The last thing the Sox want is the media feasting on perceived clubhouse issues before an inning of the regular season is in the books. There may be tension already and there may not be, but I think we can all agree that it will take a little more than the opinion of Schilling for us to believe Boston is in trouble.

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Jason Terry is another player who says he would join the Heat

If the Heat are looking for a veteran guard this offseason, they should have no trouble finding one. It may come this year or it may come sometime in the next few, but LeBron James and company are more than likely going to win a championship. That’s common knowledge and it makes Miami a preferred destination for soon-to-be free agents. Jason Terry is one of them.

“No question, they need a veteran shooter, a guy who can score besides LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), and they know they can count on,” Terry told FoxSports.com’s Chris Tomasson when asked if he would consider going to Miami. “I’m a guy that’s been in this league 13 years, (averaging) 15 points a night, easy. Off the bench or the starting lineup, it doesn’t matter. So I think I’d be an asset to them.”

“They didn’t even lowball me,” Terry said. “They didn’t want to bring anybody back from last year… (Team officials said they’re) clearing the cap as low and we can and this summer we’re going after Dwight Howard, which hasn’t happened, and Deron Williams, which they still have an opportunity.”

If the Heat are looking for a veteran presence in their back court next season, they already have open offers from Steve Nash and Terry. Either of those players would seemingly be a fit in Miami. Adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh may have made people despise the Heat, but sometimes the pros outweigh the cons.

H/T I Am a GM
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Fan in China has Stephon Marbury tattoo on his leg, and it’s awful (Picture)

Believe it or not, Stephon Marbury has actually captured the hearts of a number of people in China. His Beijing Ducks currently hold a 3-1 series lead over Guangdong and are one win away from their first CBA title in franchise history. Yes, Stephon has even led the way. As shocking as it may be to those of us who remember NBA Stephon, he is loved enough in China that a fan actually has a tattoo of Starbury’s face on his leg. That’s what you’re looking at in the disturbing image above that I Am A GM discovered on Weibo, which is the Chinese version of Twitter.

If you thought athlete face tattoos like this one, this one, or this one were frightening, this may have just rocked your world. The “Love is Love” was the icing on the cake for me. When someone in a foreign country gets a tattoo of your face on their leg, it’s probably safe to say you’ve resurrected your career.

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