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Georgia Regrets Scheduling Boise State, Thought Kellen Moore Graduated

College football teams schedule their non-conference games with one of two goals in mind: to pick up an easy win or build their strength of schedule.  By scheduling Boise State as one of their non-conference opponents, Georgia was hoping to give themselves an opponent that would demand national attention but was also beatable. According to Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt, that was before Georgia knew Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was sticking around.

On Friday, Deadspin passed along an interview between Richt and WCNN in Atlanta from Sports Radio Interviews.  Here is what the Georgia coach had to say when asked about scheduling the Broncos.

“[The athletic director] came to me with that and he was like, ‘Well, that quarterback’s a senior and he’s leaving.’ I really didn’t look at it. I knew that he had been there a long enough time that he was probably on the way out. After we signed on the dotted line, then I went and looked at the depth chart and realized he was still there. Then I was hoping he would turn pro early and he didn’t do that.”

Richt has every right to be concerned about Moore, who has been an absolute monster over the past couple seasons.  He has thrived in the Broncos’ system to the tune of 39 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2009 and 35 touchdowns and six interceptions last season.  Joining the Mountain West and not wearing blue uniforms at home could hurt his production a little, but Moore is as legit a college signal-caller as they come.  Next time the Bulldogs will do their homework.

Parents of Athletes Who Should be Jailed for Giving Their Sons Awful Names

In 2008 startling news broke about a New Zealand couple whose daughter was taken away from them because of the name they gave her. At first it sounded unfair– I mean shouldn’t parents have the right to name their child whatever they want?

Then I saw the name and I immediately applauded the Kiwi legal system for its swift and impartial justice. The poor child who was receiving enough ridicule at school that she refused to divulge her name and asked only to be referred to as “K” was officially named … Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

According to the article the judge was taking a stand against parents who give their children outrageous names, and he even listed a few that have been banned by registration officials: Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy, Sex Fruit, twins called Benson and Hedges, other children called Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence.

“Violence” seems ridiculous but my fiancee actually played basketball in high school with a girl named “Felon”, so I didn’t find that one as hard to believe as “Sex Fruit” or “Number 16 Bus Shelter” (I’m assuming that’s where the unfortunate child was conceived?).

Anyway, all this talk of crazy names got me thinking about the subsegment of society with the highest frequency of indescribably bad forenames: athletes.

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Caroline Wozniacki Confirms She and Rory McIlroy Are Dating

Last month we showed you pictures of women’s No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and golfer Rory McIlroy kissing after The Open Championship. That same day McIlroy’s management team informed the press that the young golfer had broken up with longtime girlfriend Holly Sweeney. Although the two have continued to flirt over twitter the past few weeks, nothing was ever made official.

Until now.

Wozniacki was a guest on SportsCenter and was asked by Michelle Bonner if the two of them are “an item.” Wozniacki grinned sheepishly before providing her best response. “Well I’ll definitely improve my golf swing for the next couple of months, that’s for sure,” Wozniacki cautiously said.

Asked about the two helping each other to improve in the other’s sport, Wozniacki said it was mutually beneficial. “Yeah, his backhand needs some improvement. His forehand is doing pretty well,” she said of Rory’s tennis game. “I could use some help with my golf game, so why not help each other out a little bit?”

Wozniacki had a wide grin as she answered all the questions, so you could tell she enjoyed thinking of McIlroy. They may not be the most powerful couple in sports, but there certainly are very few duos that are as athletically talented as they are. I’ll give them a year.

MLB Warns Players Against Using Deer Antler Spray as Performance-Enhancer

Raise your hand if you’ve ever ground up the antlers of a deer and ingested the velvet for its performance-enhancing effect. Good, looks like we’re not alone here. Apparently ingesting deer antler spray is the latest rage among baseball players. So much so that MLB actually has issued a warning against players, according to Tom Verducci at SI.com.

Verducci writes that “chemists have figured out that the velvet from immature deer antlers includes insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1, which mediates the level of human growth hormone in the body, and is also banned by MLB and the World Anti-Doping Agency, among others, for its muscle-building and fat-cutting effects.”

The best part about antler spray, if you’re so inclined, is that it cannot be detected by urine tests. So if you thought that baseball players weren’t juicing just because MLB is now testing, you were wrong. Players are just coming up with more creative ways to get around the tests. Next thing you know they’ll be doing this to get an edge.

Agent Bus Cook: Brett Favre is Like Elvis Presley

Why should anyone believe even for a second that Brett Favre is never going to play in the NFL again?  We all know the drill.  The lockout changed nothing.  Training camp is now upon us and Favre is nowhere to be found.  Considering how obvious it is that the old man no longer has interest in offseason workouts, it would be silly of us to rule out a return until we near Week 6 of the NFL season.

As expected, reports have surfaced about a possible Favre return this season.  There are rumblings that the 41-year-old could wind up in Miami, where fans have grown tired of Chad Henne and are starting to hurt his feelings.  Favre’s outspoken agent, Bus Cook, says there is no chance of that happening.

“Brett Favre’s retired, that’s all I can say,” Cook told ESPN as passed along by Shutdown Corner. “He’s like Elvis now. People just won’t let go.”

To an extent, Cook is right.  People love to give Favre exactly what he wants by talking about him and constantly speculating.  The funny part is how cook pretends he is sick of hearing about his client.  This is the same agent that called Favre a “drama queen” last season before Favre returned once again.  If Brett wakes up one morning and decides he still wants to play football, the ongoing buzz can only benefit him and Cook.  People do indeed refuse to let it go, but don’t ever let an agent convince you he wants people to stop talking about his client.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent Allegedly in Middle of Vegas Strip Club Throwdown

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper 50 Cent allegedly were in the middle of a Las Vegas strip club all-out brawl late July. A massive fight broke out between 50 or so men and women at the Deja Vu Strip Hop Topless Party and 30 police officers responded to the call. KTNV-TV in Las Vegas obtained the police report from the incident and it alleges that Mayweather was there and that he escalated the situation.

The report alleges that “Mayweather was extremely confrontational and argumentative with several police officers on scene.” It also says that he “challenged multiple citizens and officers to fight.”

Things apparently turned violent when some folks tried to rush the stage to steal the necklace of rapper Nipsey Hussle who was performing. Can’t make this stuff up. The report also says a few people were arrested, and that they had ties to either the Bloods or Crips.

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Pee-wee Herman at Dallas Cowboys Camp with Tony Romo, Jerry Jones (Pictures)

Is there an odder combo than Pee-wee Herman and Tony Romo? Aside from Pee-wee and Jerry Jones, I really don’t think so.

Pee-wee reportedly is in San Antonio to film something and stopped by Dallas Cowboys practice to take some pictures. The sad thing is that many of the players were unfamiliar with him.

“The problem is I think there were only three guys in the huddle who knew who he was,” tight end Jason Witten told reporters. “It’s just the old guys who knew who Pee-wee Herman is. I think [20-year-old rookie] Tyron Smith looked at me like, ‘Who is that?’ Gosh, I’m showing my age a little bit to those guys. I used to be the young guy.”

Here are some more pictures of Pee-wee Herman at Dallas Cowboys camp, including one with Jerry Jones:

Photo Credit: San Antonio Express-News, Destony Rose, Pee-wee Herman

Video: Michael Beasley Fights with Fan at Dyckman Park

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley got into a fight with a fan during a park game Thursday night at Dyckman Park in New York. Beasley scored 21 for Team 914 in a win over Kevin Durant’s Team Nike, but the big story was his scuffle. In this video filmed by twitter user Ant_ThunderUp as shared by IamaGM.com, you can see Beasley get into it with the fan. Check out the video:

Beasley is the same guy who was sacked by the LBS Nut Bag last month for his speeding and weeding incident. Is it any surprise that someone who lacks that sort of judgment in his daily life would also go after a fan? Not at all.

Chest bump to I am a GM and Ant_ThunderUp for the video

Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird Reportedly Got into a Fight

St. Louis Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird reportedly got into a fight when the team arrived in Florida late last night. Cards GM John Mozeliak confirmed the two had a “disagreement” which is likely P.R. speak to cover up the incident.

Craig Mish of Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio reported that the players had a fight Wednesday night that “had to be broken up by team.” Mish adds that the fight was “ugly.” He writes “I was also told Laird called Molina a “cheater” with what context I’m uncertain.”

If the two indeed fought, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Laird is the same dimwit who instigated this fight earlier in the season with Cincinnati. He also got arrested for brawling alongside his brother at a Suns-Celtics game in 2009.

As for Yadier Molina, well we already know what he’s capable of. Did we mention that Laird will be catching for St. Louis while Yadier serves his suspension? I’m sure that had something to do with the fight.

Fist pound to Hardball Talk for the story

David Ortiz Was So Pissed About Scoring Change He Interrupted Francona’s Presser

Red Sox DH David Ortiz was robbed of an RBI because of a scoring change Wednesday night and he was so pissed he interrupted manager Terry Francona’s postgame press conference.

Ortiz singled in the first inning of Boston’s 4-3 win over Cleveland to score two runners. He initially was awarded a two-run single, but the official scorer later made a change. Instead of giving Ortiz two RBIs on the hit he ruled it a one-run single with the second runner scoring on an error by Austin Kearns who bobbled the ball. Upon learning he was robbed of an RBI, Ortiz went Yadier Molina. He busted into manager Terry Francona’s press conference, spewing profanities. Check out the video via CSN New England:

Barstool Sports, which directed our attention to the video, wondered if Ortiz was acting. There is no doubt about it — that was all real. After watching the play it’s no wonder he was ticked off; he really got robbed on the call.

What we’ve also learned is that players care about their stats more than most people realize. Of course if you read LBS, you already knew that. Remember JaVale McGee and Orlando Cabrera doing the same thing?

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