Let me start off by saying I’m a huge fan of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston’s “Toucher and Rich Show.” Fred Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb have had me to the point of tears on many occasions from laughing so hard. But when a friend told me the popular shock jocks had Rick Pitino on for an interview on Thursday morning just so they could tell him he stinks and hang up on him, I honestly didn’t believe it.
There had to have been more to it than that, right? Wrong. According to CBS Boston, Toettcher — aka “Toucher” — primed his colleagues up for the interview by encouraging them to prepare some tough questions for Pitino, who agreed to the interview so he could promote a new book he has coming out. Here’s how the interview went:
Toucher: We are joined by Rick Pitino, former coach of the Celtics, current coach of the Louisville Cardinals who won the national championship. Rick Pitino, hello!
Pitino: Morning, guys.
Toucher: You stink. You ruined the Celtics.
Here is the audio of the interview, which Deadspin passed along:
And that was that. Fred then cued up the show’s final segment as his co-host and co-workers laughed hysterically. As most of you know, Pitino recently won a national championship with Louisville and is a Hall of Fame college coach. His tenure with the Boston Celtics was forgettable, to say the least.
These guys will do pretty much anything for a laugh. Toucher and Rich once hung up on Bill Walton because they didn’t like the way he was gushing about the Los Angeles Lakers when they beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals, so this shouldn’t really shock anyone. That being said, they had to have their people set up an interview with Pitino and keep him completely in the dark to pull it off. Some people will find that hilarious. Plenty of others will think it was classless and uncalled for.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has always felt the need to compare the Big 12 conference to the SEC. Most people consider the SEC to be the best conference in college football, but Stoops has made arguments for the Big 12 in the past. He was back at it again on Wednesday, this time criticizing the SEC for the lack of defense within the conference this season.
Teams like Alabama and LSU have given the SEC a reputation for having tremendous defenses in the past. However, that has not been the case this year with quarterbacks emerging as the big story. Shootouts have become a common theme, as Stoops gladly pointed out.
“Just a few years ago, we had all the quarterbacks,” Stoops said, per Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman. “And now, all of a sudden, we can play a little better defense and some other people can’t play defense.
“Funny how people can’t play defense when they have pro-style quarterbacks over there, which we’ve had. They’re all playing in the NFL right now.”
Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden all played in the Big 12 two years ago. Stoops is arguing that when those NFL-caliber quarterbacks played in his conference teams were criticized for not being able to play defense. Now that future NFL quarterbacks like AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger are lighting up the scoreboard in the SEC, no one is really saying the conference isn’t playing defense.
“I still don’t know how (Texas) A&M was third in the country in total offense and scoring offense playing all those SEC defenses. I have no idea how that happened,” Stoops added. “Oh, they got a quarterback. That’s right.”
You get the point. Stoops feels that high scoring was viewed as a weakness when it was happening in the Big 12 but is seen as a strength in the SEC. Does it really matter? Stoops seems to think so.
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Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim has taken a strong stance against the idea that collegiate athletes should be paid. At a New York State Associated Press symposium on Wednesday, Boeheim addressed what has become the most hotly-debated subject in collegiate athletics over the past few years. In short, the 68-year-old feels that his players and others receive plenty of compensation.
“That’s really the most idiotic suggestion of all time,” Boeheim said, via The Post-Standard. “I think you have to understand something. It’s really very clear. This is really clear. … Our players get a $50,000 education. Some of them use Syracuse to develop their game, get the publicity they need, become a first-round pick and make money from basketball. Some of them like me get the scholarship, get the grades, get their education, get the chance to play basketball and then get to start life without any debt.”
Most people who feel that the NCAA should not pay its athletes agree with Boeheim’s assertion that a free education is payment enough. Those people certainly have a point. Students spend years paying off their debt when they graduate college, which is something athletes on a full scholarship never have to worry about. Boeheim also pointed out that the money generated by the basketball and football programs does not turn into profit.
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Katherine Webb is making it very difficult for us to determine if she and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron have broken up. Two weeks ago, a report that sounded pretty legitimate surfaced claiming the famous couple has decided to split. Then we saw Webb give McCarron a kiss on the cheek after Alabama’s win over Ole Miss, although it did not seem like a girlfriend kiss at all. And have you checked out Webb’s Instagram page lately?
Webb wrote on Instagram that the photo you see above was taken before the Ole Miss game. She also uploaded a photo of her and McCarron’s mom with a caption that reads “Waiting on our victory kisses after the Ole Miss win.”
South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier breaks down film from the Gamecocks’ games every week on a program called “The Steve Spurrier Show.” It typically airs on SportSouth and is available for viewing on South Carolina’s athletics website. This week, however, the segment was removed from the website shortly after being posted and a rerun of a previous episode was shown on SportSouth in its place.
The scrapping of the show has led to speculation that the Ole Ball Coach was drunk when recapping his team’s win over UCF. As you can see from the video above, Spurrier seemed kind of groggy and was very blunt at one point, saying his team has “gotta quit that crap if we’re gonna be a good team this year.”
Spurrier later told The State that he requested the show be dumped because he thought he sounded too negative.
“I was way too negative afterwords,” he explained. “I don’t want to be so negative toward some of our players and coaches.”
When asked if he was cranky because he was tired, he simply said “I guess so.” He was then asked if he was impaired while filming.
“I hope not,” Spurrier replied. “Whether or not I have a few beers after every game for the past 29 years I don’t think I need to get into all that. Most coaches that I know we probably do have a few beers after ballgames after building up all week and so forth. But that was a draining day and I got too negative. I don’t like being that negative after a victory.”
If you ask me, that is hardly a convincing denial. We’re talking about a guy who wears his sunglasses inside restaurants and coaches practice shirtless and barefoot. He also sells his own wine, so it’d be surprising if Spurrier didn’t have a few drinks now and again. Next time he should probably save the sauce for after his show.
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A-Rod is one of the most despised figures in baseball, yet the man somehow still has fans. But he may not have quite as many supporters as the amount of protestors at his MLB hearing would lead you to believe.
Scores of supporters have been outside MLB’s offices on Park Avenue in New York this week while Alex Rodriguez attends his hearing for his 211-game PED suspension. Many of the supporters are holding signs slamming the New York Yankees and MLB. The effort reportedly is being led Hispanics Across America (HAA).
The New York Daily News has been all over the protest, and their suspicions are high. For instance, they cited a tweet from a protestor who claimed he was getting paid to be there and having meals provided. The person supposedly later claimed they were just joking. Another protestor was holding up a sign that called Yankees president Randy Levine the devil, but the person holding the sign admitted they didn’t know who Levine was. Sure, that sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually pretty easy to rope people into holding up a sign and supporting a cause despite not knowing all the details of the matter. I wouldn’t expect all HAA members to know the inner-workings of the Yankees, but I would expect them to follow instructions from an HAA leader who tells them to hold up a sign.
And then as Jimmy Traina pointed out, all the signs are written in the same handwriting.
Now I’m not qualified to say whether or not the protestors are fakes, but I certainly wouldn’t put it past A-Rod and his team. This is the same guy who tried to have one of his people buy the Biogenesis records to keep MLB from them. Do you really think he’d be above paying people to protest outside MLB’s offices to make it look like he has fans? Neither do I.
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“I never frequented YouTube. Never. I don’t look at YouTube.”
What a grump.
If this dude unbuttoned his top collar even a little bit people wouldn’t get so many kicks out of parody videos of him. But he’s such a stick about it all that it makes f—ing with him that much more fun.
And of course, this was all just an excuse so I could play the video again …
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Patrick Roy is in his first year as coach of the Colorado Avalanche, and he wasted no time showing the passion that made him a fiery player.
Roy got into a massive yelling match with Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau after the Avs’ 6-1 win on Wednesday night. There were a few incidents on ice in the final minute of the contest that preceded the shouting match between the coaches.
With around 30 seconds left, Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy seemed to go out of his way to trip Nathan MacKinnon by the boards. Then with seven seconds left, the Ducks scored their first and only goal of the game. On the ensuing faceoff, a few players began to scrap by the benches, which led to the fight between the coaches after the horn sounded.
Roy called out the Ducks for the “cheap shot” on Lovejoy, while Boudreau called Roy “bush league.”
“A coach has no right to start yapping at players. I told him it’s bush league,” Boudreau said after the game.
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The Cleveland Indians were getting shut out by the Tampa Bay Rays in their one-game playoff on Wednesday night, so the home fans were pretty bummed out. One fan decided to take out his frustration by tossing a drink cup at David DeJesus after the Rays left fielder caught a Michael Brantley foul ball down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth.
There was initial speculation that the beverage thrown was a beer, but our friend Timothy Burke at Deadspin thinks it may have been a fan’s dip cup (where you spit your tobacco juice) thrown at the outfielder. Gross. In that case, let’s HOPE it was a beer.
GIF via @corkgaines
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Michael Jordan was not lying when he said he beat OJ Mayo badly at his basketball camp years ago.
Jordan gave an interview to promote the release of NBA 2K14, and the interview received attention on Tuesday. During the interview, Ahmad Rashad asked MJ about how much trash he talked during his career. Jordan said he didn’t trash talk unless he personally knew the player, and he also said he usually let his game do his talking. The line of questioning led Jordan to recall a great story.
According to Jordan, current Milwaukee Bucks player OJ Mayo attended his basketball camp as a high schooler. Mayo was considered the top high schooler in the country and a player who could make the jump straight to the NBA if the league hadn’t changed its rules. Mayo was feeling cocky and kept trash talking Jordan, so Jordan decided to send his campers to bed so he could play Mayo and teach the young player a lesson.
A tipster who was at the camp emailed LBS to confirm the story.