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Fan runs onto field during Miami-Florida State game (Video)

One fan attending the Miami-Florida State game on Saturday night decided it would be a good idea to run onto the field during the middle of a play.

During a 3rd-and-3 play for the Seminoles with under six minutes left in the first quarter, a fan wearing an orange T-shirt and blue shorts ran onto the field at Sun Life Stadium. The fan ran straight into the action as a pass was completed from Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel to running back Chris Thompson right in front of him on the sideline. Luckily the fan avoided injury unlike one other fan who tried doing something similar at a Packers game in January.

This guy still has nothing on the UCLA-Arizona streaker who dressed as a referee to sneak on the field. That was the best.

Video via Busted Coverage

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Tennessee fan gets a little crazy in the stands

No way this guy realized he was on national TV, because nobody makes the kind of motions he was knowing they have a camera on them. This was like the scene straight out of “Superbad” where Seth is talking to Jules during home ec and says, “You mean like cumming cumming?” and pretends to spray all over his face.

Best part is how this Tennessee fan’s buddy in the black jersey thought it was all so hilarious. Probably just an inside joke that went national and embarrassed them.

Tennessee: home of buttchuggers, and this.

UMass cornerback D’Metrius Williams tweets during halftime

Some players just can’t help themselves. Social media has become an important part of our generation, and many of us would have trouble figuring out how to survive without it. That being said, there are times where interacting with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends is inappropriate. For Division-I athletes, halftime of a football game is one of those times.

According to USA TODAY, UMass cornerback D’Metrius Williams sent out a tweet during halftime of his team’s game against Bowling Green on Saturday.

“IM OUR HERE BALLIN,” the tweet reportedly read. “2nd half bouta get started time to get mo’ money.”

Naturally, the tweet has been deleted. Williams did a number of things wrong here. For starters, college football players don’t get paid to play. Or should we say they aren’t supposed to, and joking about it can cause quite the stir. Secondly, UMass was trailing 0-7 after the first half and has not won a game all season. They are one of only three teams in the FBS who have yet to record a win.

As we have learned from NBA players like this one, tweeting during a game is never a good idea. It’s an even worse idea to tweet at halftime when your team is having a horrible season. And it’s even dumber to tweet about getting money when you’re a collegiate athlete. Not the freshman’s brightest moment.

Ryan Lochte picks Auburn to win the LSU-Texas A&M game (Video)

Who would Ryan Lochte pick to win a college football game between LSU and Texas A&M? If you guessed a team other than LSU or Texas A&M, you’re already close to the correct answer. Leave it to Lochte.

During a guest appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday morning, Lochte did as only Lochte could do when the Olympic gold medalist picked Auburn to win the LSU-Texas A&M game. Granted, I’m sure he was looking at a different game on his note sheet and got lost, but how often do we see that happen?

Leave it to the guy who admits to peeing in pools and tries to trademark obnoxious phrases. Just another day in the life…

Video via The Big Lead

Former mascot Trent Bauer leads high school football team to comeback victory

In Kentucky, mascots are more than just people dressed in animal suits that entertain an audience. They’re heros. When Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School opened its football season earlier this year, junior Trent Bauer served as the teams Bulldog mascot. He began wearing the costume last winter during basketball season, and his duties carried over into the fall. Last Thursday, Bauer led the Bulldogs to a 21-19 comeback victory as the team’s quarterback.

Wearing jersey No. 12, Bauer threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to lead Dunbar to an upset win over Henry Clay — a team that had beaten Dunbar 11 straight times.

“It’s amazing,” Bauer told The Lexington Herald-Leader. “I didn’t think this would ever happen in my lifetime.”

Bauer connected with receiver Emory Thompson for a game-winning 50-yard touchdown with only eight seconds remaining. Thompson had previously been the team’s quarterback out of necessity, but his natural position is wide receiver.

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Woman says the Jets wearing pink for breast cancer awareness saved her life

Stories like that of a 34-year-old Staten Island woman named Tina make the NFL’s breast cancer awareness initiative in the month of October completely worthwhile. Over the past few weeks you have seen players, coaches and officials wearing pink cleats, pink hats, pink whistles, pink gloves and other pink accessories to raise awareness about the dangers of breast cancer. The following email, which was sent to the Jets community relations department, reminds us that the pink apparel is about much more than just raising money. It has also saved lives.

Last year October I was watching a Jets game and noticed the pink the team was wearing. I didn’t know why and asked my husband. He said it was for breast cancer awareness. That night for the first time ever I gave myself a self breast exam. You guys saved my life! I am a 34 year old mother of 3 and I was diagnosed 2 weeks later with breast cancer. The outcome had I not seen that game and the players wearing pink would have more than likely been tragic because the cancer had already started to spread and was making its way toward my lymph nodes. I just wanted to say thank you, and to let you know that your efforts in creating breast cancer awareness work. I am living proof. It is a year later and I am here and cancer free. I underwent chemo and radiation and I am here thanks to you.

Sincerely,
Tina A, Staten Island

Now you know why we make a fuss when a youth football coach tells a player he can’t wear pink gloves or referees are punished for doing something like this. The fact that wearing pink gear literally saved a woman’s life makes the entire initiative worthwhile, and I’m sure there are other stories out there like Tina’s. Her story makes us feel even better about the month of October in the NFL.

H/T SbB Live

Yankees reportedly sending Curtis Granderson to eye doctor

The Yankees reportedly are planning to send center fielder Curtis Granderson to an eye specialist this offseason over concerns that his vision may have worsened.

The New York Daily News says Granderson learned he had 20/30 vision — slightly worse than the standard 20/20 vision — after being traded to the Yankees in 2010. He began wearing contact lenses that season, though it is unclear if he has worn them since.

The Yankees reportedly gives all its players physicals in the spring — including vision exams — but they failed to recheck Granderson during the season. The Daily News reports that some within the organization believe that Granderson’s vision has worsened, leading to his struggles at the plate.

Granderson hit a career-worst .232 this season and struck out a career-high 195 times. He did, however, slug a career-best 42 home runs, so one could argue that he sacrificed contact for an increase in power.

After going 3-for-30 (.100) in the postseason with 16 strikeouts, and getting a bad read on balls in center, the Yanks suspect his vision may have worsened.

As someone who began having vision problems as a youth, I can tell you that my eyesight worsened each year and I had to get new prescriptions lenses annually. It was particularly hard to see the ball at night when I played — both out of the pitcher’s hand, and off the bat. I wouldn’t be surprised if Granderson’s vision has gotten worse, and it’s probably a good idea to have his eyes checked again.

Samantha Steele gives Christian Ponder ‘bragging rights’

If life is a competition, then Christian Ponder thinks he is winning.

The second-year quarterback has led the Vikings to a 4-2 record, and he also is doing well in the girlfriend department.

Ponder confirmed over Twitter that he is dating ESPN reporter Samantha Steele, whom he met on the set of ESPN College GameDay. He is pretty proud of himself for the nice pull.

“I’m proud of the relationship,” Ponder said, smiling, per 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. “I can brag. I’ve got bragging rights, I believe.”

The crowd around Ponder’s locker on Friday reportedly was much larger than usual.

Ponder is not only boasting about his relationship with Steele, but he is also defending himself against his teammates. 1500 ESPN’s Tom Pelissero says the Vikings offensive linemen have been calling Ponder “Mr. Steele,” and that tight end Kyle Rudolph joked that Steele wouldn’t be interested if Minnesota weren’t winning.

Maybe the team’s hot start played a role in Ponder appearing more desirable to Steele. We won’t hold it against them. Good luck to the new sports couple. And let’s see how well they start doing when the Vikings finish 7-9.

H/T Hot Clicks

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Anderson Silva open to fighting Jon Jones?

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have maintained for quite some time that they’re not interested in fighting each other. Jones has said he doesn’t want to face Silva because he has too much to lose. Silva has expressed similar thought. Another issue is that neither fighter wants to change weight classes; Silva fights at 185 and Jones is 205.

But after UFC President Dana White talked about offering them so much money they wouldn’t be able to turn down the fight, Silva suddenly seemed open to the possibility.

According to Bloody Elbow, Silva told Brazilian TV network SporTV that he would be open to the fight. Here’s what he said courtesy of a Bloody Elbow translation:

“People are talking about that so much that… I don’t have this ambition, this (fight) doesn’t motivate me, especially since they have other athletes in my team, such as Lil’ Nog, Maldonado, Feijao, Caldeirao (Wagner Prado), that are in his weight class. My weight class is 185, my belt is of that weight class. But people are talking so much about this, and we are employees of the UFC. Of course, I could be saying that I don’t want it, but what if he goes out and accepts the money Dana is proposing for him to fight? It will be hard (not to accept it). It’s not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I don’t know. I wouldn’t like (to fight him). But if it’s going to happen, it would have to be at a catchweight. The belt shouldn’t be at play. I already have mine and I don’t want a belt to be left at the side.”

Silva saying that a potential fight would have to be at a catchweight is a big difference from the firm denials he gave in the past. Jones has an upcoming fight with Chael Sonnen in April, and Silva may be facing Georges St-Pierre next. Could Jones and Silva fight after that? It certainly seems like a possibility.

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Dexter Strickland rips on NC State

North Carolina senior guard Dexter Strickland is not the most well-liked man in Raleigh right about now.

Strickland is coming off a knee injury that ended his junior season in mid-January, and he is kicking off his final season with the Tar Heels by blasting one of his team’s in-state rivals. He took aim at the Wolfpack during a recent interview with CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman, ragging on the school like a disregarded little brother.

“They talk those guys up every single year and we beat them every single year,” Strickland told Goodman. “They are the least of our worries. Beat us one year and then they can talk smack. Until then, you can’t put them in the mix.”

Strickland does have a point — the Tar Heels have won the last 13 matchups between the teams, a streak that dates back to 2007. He also believes the Heels would have won the title in April instead of Kentucky had they been healthy.

“All the time,” he said. “I’ll be honest. If nobody got hurt, you might as well have given us the trophy. Nobody had the ability to stop us.”

Kendall Marshall got hurt in the team’s second game of the tournament. Big man John Henson also dealt with a wrist injury.

Strickland certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to confidence, which is always a great treat for players to have. But when you rag on an opponent the way he did, it’s risky; teams can use the denigrations as motivation.

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