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Miguel Tejada Upset with Reporters for Saying He Doesn’t Have Range

Miguel Tejada is upset with reporters for writing that he has no range, perhaps thinking the criticism prompted the Giants to acquire another shortstop at the trade deadline. Tejada is currently on the disabled list with an abdominal issue, so the team acquired Orlando Cabrera from the Indians. Speaking on Sunday prior to the Giants’ game against the Reds, Tejada went off.

“People forget I’ve done too much in this game. All the things you guys put in the papers, that I don’t have range in this game, I’ll prove it. I never pay attention to what reporters put about me. The only thing I do is hard work. … All the reporters in San Francisco forget who I am.”

No Miguel, I’m pretty sure they know who you are. I think the issue is you don’t know what you’ve become. If you were so great as a shortstop, Baltimore wouldn’t have moved you to the hot corner. The Giants wouldn’t have played you there half the season if you were a fantastic shortstop. Instead, the Giants who have Tejada and Freddy Sanchez on the DL, have now acquired Jeff Keppinger and Orlando Cabrera to aid their middle infield.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure they could have gotten whatever production those two will give them from people in the minor leagues. But hey, if Brian Sabrean wants to be in the business of giving prospects away, who am I to stop him?

Vince Young, Jason Babin: Eagles Are Dream Team, Miami Heat of NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles have made the biggest noise since the NFL lockout ended. They signed free agent Nnamdi Asomugha, backup quarterback Vince Young, defensive lineman Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, and they acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade. They’ve added a talented group of players to a team that reached the playoffs last year. They’re easily one of the top teams in the NFC and a Super Bowl contender. But if you hear the way the new players tell it, we might as well already hand the Eagles the Lombardi Trophy.

When asked to describe the players the Eagles have brought in, Vince Young said “dream team.” He continued “From Nnamdi [Asomugha] to [Dominique Rodgers-] Cromartie, to Jason [Babin] to myself, I know they are going to do some more things … It’s just beautiful to see where we’re trying to go.”

He wasn’t the only newcomer to raise the stakes for Philly.

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Sam Bradford Tried to Learn Josh McDaniels’ Offense from Charlie Weis

One of the many downsides to the NFL lockout was players being unable to meet with coaches. Saints quarterback Drew Brees had to organize and fund workouts to keep his team fresh. Matt Hasselbeck threw to his receivers in a parking lot. Guys had to improvise in the lockout to stay sharp, and apparently Rams quarterback Sam Bradford got really creative.

In order to get a jump-start on learning new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ offense, Bradford headed to Gainesville to pick Charlie Weis’ brain. You may recall that Weis was the offensive coordinator in New England when McDaniels was the team’s quarterbacks coach. Even though their offenses aren’t identical, Bradford figured it would be a good starting point.

“They spent time in New England together,” Bradford told Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples. “So their offensive philosophies are fairly similar. Obviously, they don’t run the exact same offense. But I just thought if I could come down and just talk some ball with coach Weis and get a feel for what his philosophy is, then it could possibly help me try to transition to Josh’s offense.”

Bradford said that even though he had the playbook, it’s not the same as having someone explain it to you. He says meeting with Weis was beneficial so he could gain an understanding of what McDaniels would be looking for.

I already was a Bradford fan based on his playing ability, but now we can add more positive characteristics to his abilities: creativity and improvisation.

Xbox Addict Chris Staniforth Died from Marathon Video Game Sessions

You may be wondering what this story is doing on a sports site, but the reality is a lot of fans who enjoy reading about sports on the internet also enjoy playing video games. Therefore it is my duty to inform you that playing video games for an extending period of time can be hazardous to one’s health.

Take for instance the case of Chris Staniforth, a 20-year-old from England who died in May of a blood clot in his lungs. The coroner said his blood clot started in his leg and moved into his lungs, causing blockage. An autopsy showed that Staniforth suffered from a condition called deep vein thrombosis which can be triggered by sitting in one position for a long period of time.

Staniforth is described as an Xbox addict who used to have marathon gaming sessions where he played for up to 12 hours at a time. I’m not a gamer nor have I been most of my life, but we’ve all been there before. Freshman year, Dykstra Hall, yeah, my roomie Rey and I had a nice 36-hour Madden bender where we were wired on cans of Amp and dining hall food. It wasn’t pretty, but it was fun.

The bottom line is everything should be done in moderation and dammit, if you can’t feel your leg because of a blood clot, it’s probably time to put down the controller and head outside. Now excuse me while I get back to the couch to continue blogging.

Thanks to I am a GM for the link

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Alistair Overeem Out of Strikeforce, Has Fractured Rib

Alistair Overeem’s fighting career with Strikeforce has taken an odd turn recently. After beating Fabricio Werdum June 18th in the Heavyweight Grand Prix, the promotion wanted him to fight in the semifinals of the tournament in September. Overeem said they initially discussed an October or November date for the second fight and that he couldn’t fight in September because he needed more time to recover from injuries.

Rather than try to rearrange things, Strikeforce got an alternate to replace him. They announced on Friday night that they were cutting him. Instead of remaining silent and letting Strikeforce make him look bad, Overeem went out of his way to prove he really is hurt. He posted a video on his site shortly thereafter that shows him going to the hospital to have tests done on his chest. They revealed a fractured rib which his doctor says needs time to heal.

Now here’s where things get weird. Overeem pulled out of his Strikeforce fight because he said he needed more time. If that’s the case, why did he commit to fight in a United Glory event in the Netherlands in October? If he needs a month to heal plus two months for a proper training camp, will that leave him enough time to be ready? Not by his timeline.

Many people have speculated that Overeem is pulling a power play on Strikeforce so that he can go sign with the UFC. That doesn’t make much sense to me. He only had one fight left on his contract with Strikeforce and then he would have been able to go to the UFC hassle-free if that was his intention. Instead, this seems to be another case of Overeem just doing what he wants to do. He won’t be bossed around; he’s his own man and he makes his decisions. If he doesn’t want to fight before he’s ready, he won’t. And if he wants to fight for his trainer’s promotion in the Netherlands, he’s going to. He’s Alistair Overem and he doesn’t have to listen to anyone.

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P. Diddy’s Son Justin Combs Is a Cornerback Recruit

The son of rapper/actor/producer/businessman P. Diddy is an emerging college football recruit. Justin Combs, a 5’9″ 175-pound cornerback from Iona Prep in New York, is gaining interest from colleges after performing well at a recent 7-on-7 tournament.

At first it was UAB, Wyoming, Virginia, and Middle Tennessee State offering him a scholarship, but now several other schools have express interest. Illinois also offered him this week, and UCLA, Arizona State, and Cincinnati are also interested. The best part is Combs is attracting attention because of his play, not his name.

“Ever since I was young my father always told me that people were going to have something to say,” Combs explained to Scout.com. “At the end of the day it is all fun and games to try to get you out of your game, but you just have to stay mentally strong and be able to play through it.

“You just shut them up with your ability on the field. Just play and your game will speak for itself. That is the way I feel.”

This is the second son of a celebrity we covered this week who is gaining notoriety as a high school football recruit. It’s never easy being the son of someone famous because a) expectations are high and b) everyone thinks they didn’t earn their recognition.

Justin seems to have a great attitude about being recognized for his play and not his name. At 5’9″, he’ll face plenty of challenges. Hopefully he either grows or has a great verticle, because covering 6’4″ receivers will be tough.

Jay Cutler: I’ve Never Had My Toughness Questioned by Teammates

Jay Cutler has become a whipping boy around the NFL and here at LBS. It all started when he left the NFC Championship Game with a knee injury. Players around the league couldn’t believe he took himself out of the game and let him hear it on twitter. Fans went crazy and began burning his jersey. Even congressmen began taking public shots at him. When camp opened up on Friday, he addressed the questions regarding his toughness.

“A lot of my toughness was questioned. That’s all new to me. It’s never been an issue for me or I’ve never been questioned about it.

“I know anyone who’s played with me or coached me has never questioned that. And I know the guys in the locker room aren’t going to. You can’t get caught up in that stuff. There’s going to be stuff coming at you left and right, and you kind of have to take it as it is and move on. As long as I have the guys in my locker room behind me, I can’t worry about anything else.”

The dude plays despite diabetes and got hammered the first half of the season because of shoddy line play. We never had questioned his toughness until the Championship Game. I still believe Cutler is one of the toughest QBs in the league when it comes to withstanding physical pain. I just don’t think he’s very strong mentally, and I think he exited the game because his spirit was broken.

Peyton Manning Says He Doesn’t Need to be Highest-Paid Player in League

Peyton Manning is 35, recovering from neck surgery, and received the franchise tag. He’s instructed his agent and the Colts to get a new contract finalized before the season begins, and he’s publicly taking the pressure off them. Specifically, he’s saying that being the highest-paid player in the league is not a priority to him.

“While I appreciate Jim Irsay offering to make me the highest-paid player,” Manning told The Indianapolis Star, “I told him I’d rather he save that money and keep whoever it is . . . Joe Addai, Charlie Johnson, whoever that may be.

“I’m willing to take less than they’ve offered if they are going to take that money to keep players we need to keep and go get other players. All I want is for them to have the cap and the cash to keep the players they want to keep and to sign other players.”

Given what teams like the Eagles have done in free agency and what the Patriots have done with trades, he better have that attitude. The Colts are falling behind some of the other contenders in the league and they need to have all the flexibility possible to improve. It’s also no surprise why Peyton wants a deal done immediately. Not only does he not want a contract distraction, but I’m sure the combination of his age and neck injury has left him uncertain about his future. He needs get that financial commitment now before it’s too late.

George Karl: 1996 Sonics Were Top 20 Team in NBA History

If you’re scratching your head right now thinking that’s a pretty bold statement, you’re not alone. When you think of the best teams in NBA history you immediately think of the Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, and maybe the dominant 76ers or Bucks. But you probably don’t think of the Seattle Sonics.

Former coach George Karl thinks you should.

Karl was on hand for Sonics night at Safeco Field in Seattle Friday night and he joined Dave Sims in the broadcast booth on Root Sports. He was asked for his standout moment in Seattle and mentioned his ’95-’96 Sonics team.

“Playing in the championship round in the NBA Finals against Chicago and Michael’s team. I thought our team and their team should be in the Top 20 teams in NBA history even though we didn’t win a championship. They won 73 games and we won 64.

If Nate McMillan would have been healthy I thought it would have been a very equal series. The opportunity to play in the Finals is an honor and a privilege — it’s amazing how few people get to be in that situation.”

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Rex Ryan Supposedly Had Adam Sandler Recruit Nnamdi Asomugha to Jets

When you’re trying to land the biggest free agent on the market, you’ll go to almost any length to make it happen. For the New York Jets, that means playing the celebrity card.

NFL Network host Rich Eisen passed along a nugget Friday saying Jets coach Rex Ryan had celebrity fan Adam Sandler call free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to recruit him.

Michael Lombardi, who reported the story, says Rex was trying to beat out his twin brother Rob (now the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys) to get Asomugha.

We all know how that turned out — Asomugha chose to sign with Philly instead, inking a five-year $60 million deal including $25 million guaranteed. Guess he wasn’t a big fan of Grown Ups either.

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