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NFL Attendance Could Drop to Lowest Levels in Over 10 Years

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.

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Celtics Bench Could Propel Them Back to the Finals in 2011

The Boston Celtics are close to bringing back former Celtic Delonte West on a non-guaranteed contract that will invite the guard to training camp with a good shot at making the team.  After re-signing Paul Pierce to a deal that will probably keep him in green for the rest of his career, the Celtics have been aggressive in bolstering their already sturdy bench over the past few months.  Doc Rivers made a sales pitch that convinced Shaquille O’Neal to join the team and Boston signed center Jermaine O’Neal at the beginning of the off-season to stand in for Kendrick Perkins while he recovers from major knee surgery.

Danny Ainge, the Celtics director of basketball operations, has taken the perfect approach with his aging roster this off-season.  When Pierce opted out of the final year of his deal, there were two choices facing Ainge: let the captain walk and start a youth-infused rebuilding project, or put some new pieces around the Big Three of Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen and give it another shot.  He settled on the latter, and on paper it would appear he’s done a good job of tackling the task.

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Whisenhunt Taking Practical Approach

It’s been a rocky summer for quarterback Matt Leinart. Aside from rumors he may have been dating the bachelorette, everything has been negative. The Cardinals started off by bringing in Derek Anderson showing their lack of confidence in Leinart, and by week three of the preseason, they pissed Leinart off by benching him. Now, the reports are saying the Cardinals are trying to trade Leinart.

Leinart says the benching was unfair and that he’s outperformed the other quarterbacks. He thinks Coach Ken Whisenhunt has something against him personally. Leinart’s supporters cite the quarterback’s high completion percentage and impressive quarterback rating this preseason as evidence he didn’t get a fair shot. While I can’t argue that those particular stats look good, I do agree with Whisenhunt’s decision and handling of the situation.

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Terry Francona’s Still Got It

Anyone ever seen a picture of Terry Francona flexing with his shirt off?  Me neither until now.  I didn’t think there was such a thing, but there certainly is.  I have no idea what the context of this picture is but all I can say is go get it, Tito.  If Mike Tomlin can pose with a group of young beauties, why can’t you show the world how ripped up you are?  It gets tiring having to be in a Red Sox pullover all the time.  The MLB wants to give you a hard time about not wearing a game-issued shirt?  Forget it.  Sometimes you just gotta let the guns out for some fresh air. Look at the guy next to him. Mesmerized.

Photo Credit: Barstool Sports

Two Ejected in Women’s Soccer Fight

What’s with women’s college soccer becoming so violent?  Last year we saw the hair-tugging fiasco between BYU and New Mexico, and now we’ve got two players being ejected from an Oklahoma State-Oregon soccer game for getting into a fight.  Should athletic directors being looking into getting women’s football teams to help release some of this aggression?  Quite possibly.  Check out the Oregon vs. Oklahoma state women’s soccer (cat) fight video:

At least they stayed away from the hair-pulling this time from what we can see.  Good to see they’re cleaning it up a little.

Sources:
SbB Live
Video Credit: YouTube user applexbox

Mark Sanchez a Justin Bieber Fan?

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez may have captured the hearts of the female population in New York, but it appears Justin Bieber has captured his.  It’s one thing for Tom Brady to have the Bieber haircut.  It’s another for a grown man to like him and attend his concerts.  When Sanchez danced to “I’m Every Woman” with Bieber and Tina Fay on Saturday Night Live a while back, we could only reasonably assume he was pretending to like the song as a joke.

Apparently, that’s not the case.  According to WFAN morning host Craig Carton, via Ben Maller, Mark Sanchez attended a Justin Bieber concert at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.

Jets QB Mark Sanchez was in the crowd to see teen heartthrob Justin Bieber’s show at Madison Square Garden last night, according to WFAN. Morning host Craig Carton “reported” that Sanchez was in the crowd at the packed arena to see the 14-year-old sing. Earlier this year the Jets quarterback danced and sang along to “I’m Every Woman,” with Tina Fey and Bieber on Saturday Night Live.

I wonder if Sanchez was the only grown man with a five o’clock shadow amongst the crowd that wasn’t there to supervise his daughter.  In fact, when I phrase it like that I kind of wonder if he looked like a perv.  Marky Mark has Bieber Fever.  Kind of has a good ring, no?

Sources:
Mark Sanchez has Bieber Fever, dances to ‘I’m Every Woman’ [Out of Bounds]
NFL star in crowd at Justin Bieber concert [Ben Maller]

Ochocinco Plans First Touchdown Dance

Chad Ochocinco — who probably salivates at the thought of a good end zone dance more than he does at the thought of a Super Bowl ring — has already announced his plans for his first touchdown celebration.  After seeing the Batman and Robin photoshoot, I expected his first end zone dance to have something to do with his new partner.  Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than that.  Relax, it doesn’t have anything to do with “Russell the love muscle” either.  No. 85 plans on firing one of the Patriots muskets if he finds pay dirt.

First of all, I don’t see how he could pull that off.  Those rifles can’t be that easy to fire, can they?  And would one of the guys who works at the Pats games and does the firing just hand him their gun?  I highly doubt it.

Second order of business: I’ll be at this game in Foxboro.  As a Patriots fan, I must admit I’m going to be a little torn.  I never want to see the home team give up a score, but I’m anxious to see Ochocinco’s approach.  Needless to say if the Pats jump out to a big lead, I’ll be secretly rooting for an Ochocinco score.

Source:
Ochocinco on Twitter

Forest Fire Started With A Golf Club…Believe It

Originally I would have thought there was only one way a golfer could start a forest fire, but I now realize there are two: dropping a lit stogie and smacking your club on a rock while hitting a shot from dry grass.  No, seriously.

Sports by Brooks informs us that it took 200 firefighters over seven hours to contain a 12-acre forest fire at Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine, California on Saturday afternoon.  Here’s what the Orange County Register reported about the blaze.

[Orange County Fire Authority Captain Greg] McKeown said the fire likely was sparked when a golfer – who knocked his golf ball into the grass that borders the fairway – struck a rock with his club trying to get the ball out of the rough.

I bet the golfer that hit the shot has never regretted missing the fairway more in his life if that is indeed what started the massive fire.  On a side note, Shady Canyon is supposedly the preferred golf course of Tiger Woods when he’s staying at home in California.  Then again, it’s awfully tough to gauge where exactly home is for Tiger these days.

Sources:
Golf Shot Sparks Blaze, 200 Firefighters Respond [SPORTS by BROOKS]
Fires in Shady Canyon contained [Orange County Register]

Jay Cutler Does Something Right

Although he did little outside of breaking the hearts of Bears fans last season as their starting quarterback, it appears Jay Cutler may have something to brag about.  If Perez Hilton’s sources are well-informed and Jay Cutler is dating Kristin Cavallari, she’s just been transformed into one of Steve’s smokin’ hot sports girlfriends.

We can only assume Cavallari is not much of a football fan, and certainly not a Chicago Bears fan.  Otherwise, there really would be nothing to like after last season’s performance.  Who knows, maybe he’ll turn it around in his second season.  He’s still not worth $100 million, but I have no other choice than to give him a pat on the back if these rumors hold true.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI PICTURES

Source:
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler May Be Dating zOMFG! [The Big Lead via Perez Hilton]

Marcus Jordan Should Use His Head

Do I care that Marcus Jordan spent $35,000 at the Haze at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas?  No.  Do I care that he’s only 19 years old and was more than likely poppin’ bottles?  No.  If that’s your idea of fun, then go for it.  Just don’t Tweet about it and make it everyone’s problem, forcing Nevada regulators to probe MGM resorts.

If Marcus wants to carry on the family tradition of having a serious gambling problem, that’s certainly his prerogative.  I’m even a fan of the girl he’s shown with in the pictures below, even if it is indeed his ex-girlfriend.  The Marcus Jordan Las Vegas pictures probably would have leaked to the public either way (see James, Lebron), but he needs to learn how to make it more of a challenge for us bloggers to get a hold of them.  Live and learn, young Airness.

MARCUS JORDAN LAS VEGAS PICTURES

Photo Credit: Deadspin

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