On Wednesday night, we brought you one of the best baseball brawls we’ve seen in quite some time. If watching fans brawl in the stands is your thing, you’ll appreciate the way the Miami Hurricanes‘ fans kicked off the 2010 season. The 45-0 rout of Florida A&M was impressive, but very much expected. The royal rumble in the stands? Not so much. Check out the Miami-Florida A&M fans brawl video, courtesy of The Big Lead:
Hopefully you didn’t waste an early fantasy pick on Brandon Jacobs. We already told you how the value of running backs has declined over the past couple seasons from a fantasy football standpoint, so if you took our advice seriously you probably passed on a guy like Jacobs. If not, you may be in trouble already.
It’s one thing for a running back to fall down the depth chart and maintain a positive attitude about it, vying to work hard and earn the bulk of the carries back. It’s another when a starter loses his job and immediately sounds off about it. Jacobs went with the latter and wore his emotions on his sleeve when speaking to reporters after the Giants-Patriots preseason game on Thursday night:
No one’s your friend in this business. This is a cutthroat, backstabbing business. That’s just the way it goes. It’s been like that before me. If you expect anything else out of a business like this, you’re crazy.”
“If I would have stayed making minimum, this wouldn’t be a problem,” Jacobs said. “Once you get paid, you’re always in danger of running into problems like this. It doesn’t matter who you are or what team or organization you play for, that’s just the way it is.”
Former Ravens head coach and current NFL analyst Brian Billick had an interesting idea for Dallas Cowboys owner and GM, Jerry Jones. Serving as a guest on FOX Sports Radio, Billick was asked which NFL head coaching job is the best. Billick responded by saying it depends on the ownership, stressing that the owner has to be good. At that point Billick started talking about different owners and mentioned that Jerry Jones was an “outstanding” owner, but that seemed like the buttering up part before he truly ripped in. What initially seemed to be an item of praise for Jerry started to sound more like a challenge:
“My one complaint or observation for Jerry is at some point that authority that the head coach represents has to manifest itself for the players. Just go down to the sidelines Jerry, be a head coach. Slot ‘HC’ on one of these slash titles you have.
Now that Manny Ramirez is a member of the Chicago White Sox, owner Jerry Reinsdorf has asked the slugger to do something drastic — cut off the dreads. Manny is doing as he’s told and flying his personal barber to Boston so that his hair will be ready for the first game of the White Sox-Red Sox series.
Though the dreads are Manny’s signature look, he said that it doesn’t bother him having to cut them off “It seems like everywhere I go, people worry about my hair. I just want to go out there and play the game.”
I would figure he’d be a little more upset, I know I would. I love having Manny sporting the black and white, but in all honesty who really believes he’ll be a member of the team next spring? Anyone? Yeah, me neither. He’s a member of the White Sox to help their playoff run. They may have convinced him that he’s auditioning for next year, but I really don’t see that happening. My point in all this is that it’s not worth cutting my hair if I’m Manny knowing that I’ll only be on this team for the next 29 days (if they don’t make the playoffs).
I do appreciate the fact that Manny’s being a team player and doing what is asked of him. Manny is used to having that hair though, Mr. Reinsdorf. If your decision to make him cut it some how throws his swing off balance then Sox fans will be blaming you. As for now, I can’t wait to see what happens with the hair. Manny is a character, for all we know he could walk out tonight with an inch off his hair (technically he would have “cut his hair”) or with a completely shaved head.
Reports: Manny to Cut His Hair Friday [Fox Sports]
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A freak out over a foot fault? Hmm, where have we seen that before. It seems like a common thing in tennis: things aren’t going well for a player so he or she starts taking it out on the judges. Yeah, like that’s really going to help keep you from double faulting on your serve or whacking your ground strokes into the net. Such was the case for Andy Roddick who was down 5-2 in the third set against Janko Tipsarevic on Wednesday night and about to go down two sets to one. Roddick was called for a foot fault, freaked out, and started berating the line judge who made the call. Here’s the Andy Roddick foot fault video to see everything that was going on:
Okay Andy we get it, the ref should have said that your left foot was on the line, not the right, but is that really a reason for berating the ref like that? Not at all. Roddick knows that and will realize he was out of line. As for losing in the second round, well, his only excuse is having mono, because that’s a brutal result for someone with high expectations.
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Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan was already facing a seven game suspension for throwing a ball into the stands at a fan, but with his latest shenanigans, MLB might as well send him home the rest of the season.
In the last week alone, Morgan has made headlines for elbowing Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, running into Marlins catcher Brett Hayes (dislocating Hayes’ shoulder), and the latest antic was being ejected from Wednesday night’s game after charging the mound. Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad threw a pitch behind Morgan and Nyjer decided to charge. The result is this Nationals and Marlins fight video which is one of the best sports fights we’ve had in a while. Check it out:
Aside from separating Hayes’ shoulder on Tuesday, the Marlins were also pissed because Morgan displayed poor baseball etiquette stealing second and third in the 4th inning with his team down 14-3. I defended Nyjer after he threw this legendary fit earlier in the season, but now it’s becoming clear he’s a hot head who seeks controversy. There’s no defense for his recent behavior. Hopefully the commissioner’s office, and especially the players’ union, will see it the same way.
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It’s the economy, right? It has to be the economy. What else could possibly keep fans from paying $150 per ticket, $35 to park, $9 for a beer, and $4 for a pretzel? The second coming of the Great Depression has to be the reason NFL attendance could drop to its lowest levels since 1998, right? It could be that. It also could be that people are tired of ticket costs increasing while the in-home experience is on the rise.
Eric Grubman, the executive vice president of NFL Ventures and Business Operations, told the USA Today that he predicts league-wide ticket sales will drop 1%-2% this season, with season ticket sales slipping a whopping 5%. It’s the third straight year ticket sales have declined since the NFL set a record high back in 2007.