At first I saw this video and said, “No way, that’s too blurry. It’d be way too easy if that was actually Jerry Jones.” Come to find out Jerry actually called Parcells to discuss the video and try to clear the air between the two. In case you can’t make out what’s being said in the video, Jones probably had a little explaining to do after he was caught on camera (below) telling a fan, “Bill’s not worth a s***.” I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, as Jones has shown us so many times in the past that he’s not exactly a stand-up act. Imagine being the fans who videotaped this? Would you believe one of your friends if they called you up and told you they just videotaped Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hammered ragging on Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow? Good for these guys for capturing it. Check out the video of Jerry Jones talking rag time, via Deadspin from YouTube:
Back in December, the Celtics got a gift when DeJuan Blair of the Spurs scored on his own basket trying to corral a rebound. The Celtics went on to win that game 90-83 but karma caught up to them on Tuesday night in Chicago. The exact same thing that happened to Blair happened to Rasheed Wallace. Check out this video of Rasheed Wallace scoring on his own basket courtesy of Midwest Sports Fans via SI’s Extra Mustard Hot Clicks:
Wouldn’t you believe it, Sheed has as many points for the Bulls as he did for the Celtics. Like I said, pretty much sums up his season in Beantown.
Yes, there are too many teams and too many games in the NHL and NBA Playoffs. These NHL playoffs aren’t nearly as exciting as the NFL’s one-and-done system, nor MLB’s four teams from each league setup. But maybe we don’t appreciate hockey as much as the other major sports in America. Heck, I know some genuine sports fans who can’t name half the teams that made the postseason. Whatever the case, it can’t hurt to try and get involved. Growing a playoff beard is a great way to start getting in the spirit of things. Another thing to keep in mind is that from a player’s standpoint, these games matter a whole heck of a lot more than the 82 games before them did. That means the plays get more spectacular and, most importantly, the hits get harder. So let’s do the best we can to get in the playoff hockey spirit. After all, most of us don’t want to see another lockout. Here are some of the highlights from the regular season to get you warmed up for the postseason:
Video Source: YouTube
After months of speculation and a full season and a half of being a malcontent, wide receiver Brandon Marshall was finally traded Wednesday morning from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins. Adam Schefter of ESPN says Denver will receive a second-round pick in this year’s draft as well as a second-round pick in the 2011 draft as compensation. While Marshall didn’t net Denver a first-round pick, the pair of second-rounders is quite a haul. Compare the two second-rounders to what the Steelers received for Santonio Holmes — just a fifth-round pick for a guy a step below Marshall on the receiver totem pole. I would be quite pleased if I were running the Broncos.
While Denver made a nice deal, they have to make the trade worthwhile by translating the picks into serious players. In two seasons they have traded their two offensive Pro Bowlers so they better have something to show for it. On the other side, with the price Miami paid in draft picks for Marshall, one has to assume they plan on signing him long-term; you don’t give up that much for a rent-a-player in the NFL. Bill Parcells must know something I don’t because I don’t trust a guy who kicks balls around the practice field, screams he hates Denver, and puts his arm through a TV by slipping on a McDonald’s bag. He’ll make them better but he’s one risky proposition for a long-term deal, that’s for sure.
I was going through some of the stories at Fanhouse and came across a headline that was hard to scan past: “Florida H.S. Pitcher Overcomes Loss of Leg to Start Again.” Naturally I was hooked and had to read further about this legless pitcher. Turns out it’s about Nate Winters, a 16-year-old junior at Winter Park High School in Florida, who pitched for his school’s varsity baseball team on Monday. What made it so special is that Winters had his left leg shredded in a boating accident 20 months ago and he now has to use a prosthetic leg. Incredibly enough, after overcoming an initially embarrassing return to baseball, Winters was able to throw 80mph in his game Monday — a one-hitter over four and a third. Winters’ story is incredible when you read how much he overcame to get to this point. His story is almost as good as Kirby Kyle’s. Too bad the only version of the Kirby Kyle story from Radio Days I could find was dubbed over in Italian, but if you stick with it you’ll get the idea.
Florida H.S. Pitcher Overcomes Loss of Leg to Start Again [Fanhouse]
In an article on Yahoo! Sports, Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson strongly inferred that African-American baseball players Jermaine Dye and Gary Sheffield are still free agents because of race. While I can’t go inside the heads of owners and general managers in MLB to see if that’s the case (and it’s historical fact that baseball has been racist in the past), I have several reasons why I believe those two players are still available as free agents, and none of them have to do with race.
First of all, I believe we’re at a point in MLB where teams will take talent any way they can get it. They’ve gone to Asia, Central America, South America, Europe, Australia, and every corner of North America to locate talented players who can help their team. Next, the second and third highest paid players are African-American (CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter). Only one of the top-10 paid players in baseball is white (Mark Teixeira). The top pick in the MLB draft has been an African-American player in three of the past five seasons (Tim Beckham, David Price, Justin Upton). Several of the exciting up-and-coming players in the game are African-American (e.g. Matt Kemp, Curtis Granderson, Jason Heyward, and Andrew McCutchen). Lastly, because Hudson thinks there aren’t any Black bench players, here’s a brief list of several African-American platoon players: Dexter Fowler, Chris Dickerson, Milton Bradley, Ben Francisco, Jody Gerut, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Bill Hall.
It’s almost like piling on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at this point. On top of the Lake Tahoe sexual assault civil suit allegation Roethlisberger faces and the Georgia sexual assault allegation he escaped, a Boston lawyer now says Roethlisberger had a third similar sexual assault case in Las Vegas. From WEEI in Boston:
“Six months ago I was retained by a client of mine and a close friend to investigate allegations against Ben Roethlisberger in a Las Vegas nightclub that were absolutely identical to this Georgia girl’s story,” said [Boston attorney Harry] Manion, a partner at the firm of Cooley Manion Jones, LLP and a frequent guest of WEEI. “The outcome was that the young woman did not want to proceed, and we did not take any action. There is a history here — and I can’t say any further because we never proceeded with it — but there is a history here that is just super troubling.”
Sounds to me like there was a payoff so that an investigation was not launched, just like I feel there was a monetary settlement reached in the Georgia case, as Mike Florio also felt. Hush money may have protected Big Ben to this point, but as we’ve seen with Tiger Woods, paying people off only protects you to a certain extent. After that point, how you treat(ed) people becomes more of an issue once your status as a hero has been stripped. That’s precisely what happened with Roethlisberger so I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the last negative story we hear about him. Lastly, I really don’t see how Commissioner Roger Goodell (or at the very least the Steelers), cannot suspend Roethlisberger at least two games for the negative attention he has brought the League and the franchise. Isn’t that what the code of conduct policy is all about, even if criminal charges weren’t filed?
Of course, the same lawyer is now backing down maybe realizing he’s made slanderous claims.
Boston attorney on Roethlisberger: ‘There is a history here that is just super troubling’ [WEEI]