Louisville defeated Savannah State on Monday night in a game that looked like it featured a Division-1 NCAA team playing a local high school. The final score was 87-26. It took Savannah State nearly 16 minutes to score a single point, and Louisville led 41-7 going into halftime.
It could have been worse. There was very little Rick Pitino could do to keep his team from embarrassing the opposition. He alluded to that with an incredible quote after the game.
“I don’t like to see any team struggle like that. I really don’t,” Pitino said, via Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger. “I mean, we played four white guys and an Egyptian. We tried everything.”
He wasn’t kidding. Pitino played 15 guys in the game, including three walk-ons and 7-footer Anas Mahmoud, who is from Egypt. He sat his starters early in the second half and ordered his team to stop executing their usual full-court press defense. Pitino also said after the game that his team will learn nothing from Monday night’s game film and that he felt bad for Savannah State.
Playing keep-away for 20 minutes would have been even more humiliating, so Pitino did what he could. Savannah State ended up shooting 10-for-51 from the floor.
GIF via Bleacher Report
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Houston Texans superstar JJ Watt is the type of guy who buys lunch for the men and women who serve his community.
On Tuesday, several members of the Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department took to social media to thank Watt for sending them Papa John’s pizza. Watt bought pizza for both departments and sent them a hand-written thank you note.
— Jason (@jjcisneroz) November 25, 2014
— Kyle Strong (@StingrayStrong) November 25, 2014
— Kaylee Kerr (@kaylee_kerr30) November 25, 2014
In an era where the NFL is seemingly filled with boneheads, Watt certainly gets it. Here’s what the letter said.
I just wanted to send y’all a small token of my appreciation for everything you do. My dad and uncle were both firefighters, so I spent a lot of time around the firehouse when I was younger and gained a great deal of respect for both firefighters and police force along the way. Y’all show up day in and day out, never knowing what the day might hold and never getting enough thanks for what you do, yet you still continue to put others before yourselves and save lives because of it. As athletes, we often get the headlines and big crowds, but just like the men and women in our military, y’all are the ones who truly deserve the credit, appreciation and admiration. I know it’s not much, but please enjoy lunch on me today. Thank you for all that you do!
JJ Watt 99.
Remember, Watt said that he had to use Google to find out what rich people buy after he signed his massive contract extension. We can tell you with confidence that “pizza for the entire police and fire departments” wasn’t one of the search results. Watt came up with that on his own.
H/T The Big Lead
- J.J. Watt
Smoot, who last played for the Washington Redskins in 2009, was taken into custody after his alleged girlfriend told police that her boyfriend grabbed her during an altercation. According to CBS DC, Smoot was officially charged with misdemeanor domestic simple assault.
The alleged victim shared some photos on social media that she claims show injuries Smoot inflicted on her.
As Pro Football Talk noted, Smoot had been trying to break into broadcasting. He had made contributions to CSN Washington, WTTG-FOX 5, CBS Sports Network, and WJFK-FM. His latest run-in with the law could squash those aspirations.
Smoot is no stranger to controversy. He was arrested for driving while under the influence late last year and reportedly peed his pants during the arrest. He is also well-known for some infamous stories involving the so-called “Love Boat.”
- Fred Smoot
A player’s hair is considered part of the NFL uniform. Chris Ivory was reminded of that rule in a harsh way.
During Monday’s Jets-Bills game, Ivory took a short dump off pass from Geno Smith and was dragged down by Nigel Bradham, who grabbed the back’s hair.
That may have hurt, but don’t expect Ivory to cut his hair. That’s part of his style.
- Chris Ivory
Torii Hunter is still in search of his first World Series championship, and the 39-year-old veteran is running out of time. Now a free agent, Hunter must decide if he wants to put himself in the best position to win or return to the place where his career began.
Hunter recently said that he has given consideration to signing with the Minnesota Twins.
“I’ve been a free agent three times and this is by far the toughest decision,” he told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. “Do I go with my heart or my desires. That’s the question I’m fighting.”
It’s safe to assume Hunter’s “desires” are to win a championship. His heart may be telling him to return to Minnesota to finish his career, but the Twins won just 70 games last season. And that was their highest win total since 2010.
Hunter is 39, but he hit .286 last season and has been very durable over the past five years. He could still help a team looking to win a championship, though he might have to take less money to sign with one.
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Former NFL quarterback Tyler Thigpen was arrested early Sunday morning in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for driving while under the influence. Well, he wasn’t exactly driving at the time of his arrest, but he was behind the wheel of a running vehicle.
According to WMBF, police found Thigpen passed out in his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru. When state troopers woke Thigpen up, he refused a field sobriety test and was arrested. He also refused a breathalyzer while being booked.
Believe it or not, it sounds like Thigpen intends to argue that he was not intoxicated.
“My client, Tyler Thigpen, is extremely cognizant of the gravity of the allegations against him,” his attorney Jonny McCoy said in a statement. “My client and I look forward to this case taking the standard procedural avenues through our justice system with the same benefits and due process afforded to every other American citizen. My client stands innocent until proven guilty…”
The only thing your client is innocent of is eating crap food when he still aspires to play in the NFL, Mr. McCoy. The passed out in the drive-thru look wasn’t good for those Oklahoma State players a month ago, and it’s not good for Thigpen.
- Tyler Thigpen
Less than a month after Jose Canseco shot off his finger and was professing his love for his girlfriend Leila Knight for taking great care of him, the two have broken up.
Canseco tweeted on Sunday that the two split:
Leila and I have gone our separate ways.check back later and find out what happened
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 23, 2014
Given that Canseco had just lied about his finger falling off during a poker game, it was easy to dismiss the tweet as another hoax. But this breakup actually seems legit.
Las Vegas police told the New York Daily News that they responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at the Canseco home on Saturday.
“Officers responded to the residence and determined no crime had occurred,” Las Vegas police said in a statement.
Knight says Canseco went nuts on her Saturday night and began threatening her and her mom.
“He got into an argument with my mom when he called her. I’ve never seen him so upset in my life. My mom went off on him about a lot of different things he’s done to me,” Knight told the Daily News.
“He went absolutely ballistic,” Knight said. “I’ve never seen him be so aggressive. I was just trying to keep myself in the guest room. He kept coming in and getting in my face.”
Knight says Canseco was breaking down doors and that she locked herself in the bathroom where she was able to call the police. She says Canseco was threatening her life and that she is scared of him.
Knight told the News that she was upset with Canseco for recently agreeing to become the pitchman for a late-night “sleazy” Asian singles hookup company. Knight also says Canseco still regularly uses steroids.
[Previously: Canseco says he takes testosterone for medical condition]
Canseco and Knight have dated since 2008. They had a big issue in 2011 where Knight asked for a temporary restraining order against the former ballplayer. The two got back together and got engaged last year, but now it looks like they’re done for good.
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The Bills tight end did a tribute to the people of Buffalo by pretending to shovel snow after scoring on a 19-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Jets to make it 14-3.
“It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo,” Chandler said after the game via Syracuse.com. “I broke two shovels this week, so that’s the only shovel I got right now. One belonged to my neighbor, so I’ll be going to Home Depot this week buying one for me and one for my neighbor.
“It was just kind of one of those things where you want to do something special for our fans,” Chandler said. “They did a great job showing up for us tonight, and for people back there, we’re behind you. We support you.”
The people of Buffalo definitely had to enjoy that as much as they liked the 38-3 thrashing by the Bills over the Jets. What a show!
- Scott Chandler
Golden State Warriors forward Marreese Speights had one of the best games of his career off the bench on Sunday. Speights scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his team’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He did all that damage despite playing just 25 minutes.
Warriors fans can thank Kendrick Perkins for that.
After the game, Speights told reporters that Perkins is a “tough guy” who talks too much.
“It’s just that Perk always has something to say,” Speights said, per Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman. “He thinks he’s a tough guy, but at the end of the day, his game is terrible. He always has something to say to me, every time we play against each other.”
“It always gets me going. So shoutout to Perkins for helping me get this game.”
Speights was animated throughout the night and was even seen jawing at Kevin Durant — who was on the bench with an injury — during a timeout in the second quarter.
Plenty of players in the NBA don’t get along with Perkins. As someone who watched him play with the Boston Celtics for years, I know exactly what Speights was referring to.
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Monday night was a mess for CNN. You had reporters getting tear-gassed while on live TV. You also had all sorts of protesters looting stores in Ferguson. And then there was Don Lemon.
Not only did Lemon ask an alleged Bill Cosby sexual assault victim why she didn’t bite off his penis, but while reporting live on the scene Monday, he said there was “obviously” a smell of marijuana in the air. Huh?
Things were pretty dangerous too. A CNN reporter got hit with a rock while on live TV: