Country singer Brad Paisley performed at the Pepsi Center in Denver Saturday night and was joined on stage by Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow helped Paisley sing “I’m still a guy,” and received insane cheers. The quarterback’s singing led to a joke from Paisley after the concert.
“Denver is such a cool city. And thanks for singing with me @TimTebow. But don’t quit your day job pal.”
Tebow zinged him back “Had a great time last night @BradPaisley! I won’t quit my day job and you keep shopping at Baby Gap haha!”
In the video below, you can really hear how crazy the crowd went for Tebow:
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What do you do when you’ve won nearly $13 million on the PGA Tour? You buy a badass car used in a TV show, that’s what you do.
Golfer Bubba Watson fulfilled a dream buy purchasing the original General Lee car used in the Dukes of Hazzard TV show. Watson won the car at an auction Saturday with a $110,000 bid. The car was used in the very first episode of the show to jump over a police cruiser.
The best part about the purchase is this is something Watson promised he’d do last year.
“I’m definitely going to get me a Dukes of Hazzard car, a replica that I’m definitely going to get if I win a golf tournament, because my wife said I can do that if I win,” he said at the time. “So if I win, I’m getting a Dukes of Hazzard General Lee.”
You heard it here right now: the day LBS hits seven figures, I’m buying the ****ing Batmobile.
H/T Devil Ball Golf
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Kyrie Irving seems to be living up to his status as the top overall draft pick, but the rookie point guard’s poor defense has been a concern for Cavs head coach Byron Scott the entire season. Kyrie’s defense was so bad Friday against the Bulls (who were playing without MVP Derrick Rose), that the coach had a meeting with his point guard Saturday.
“If you can’t get stops it doesn’t matter what you are doing offensively because sooner or later you’re going to cool down,” Scott said.
“You know like he says the turnovers start with him? nThe defense starts with him as well,” the Cavs coach explained. “He’s the head of the snake and I know it’s a lot of responsibility for a 19-year-old but it is what it is and he’s got to do a better job and he’s aware of it.”
Scott said the defensive lapses have kept Irving, who’s averaging 27.9 minutes per game, from playing more. The former Duke point guard is taking the criticism quite well.
“He’s a defensive-minded coach and he was a defensive-minded player,” Irving said. “I kind of appreciate him giving it to me like that because I do have to get better. It’s all about what my man is doing. I take full responsibility for it.”
It’s the right attitude to have, but now Irving needs to take the important step of improving on defense. He’s only 19 years old, so he has plenty of time to get better.
Chest bump to Eye on Basketball
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Magic guard Jason Richardson noticed that his team only had four players on the floor at one point during the third quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Celtics, so he jumped off the bench mid-play and guarded Boston center Greg Stiemsma. Richardson knocked the ball out of Stiemsma’s hands, but it went out of bounds. Apparently what happened is J.J. Redick was supposed to check in for Richardson, but he didn’t alert the scorer’s table, so he was forced to go back to the bench until the next stoppage. Richardson thought Redick was in the game, but once he realized Redick was on the bench, he sneaked onto the court for the play. Here’s the video:
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“KU’s world famous Rock Chalk Chant evolved from a cheer that a chemistry professor, E.H.S. Bailey, created for the KU science club in 1886.
Bailey’s version was “Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU” repeated three times. The rahs were later replaced by “Rock Chalk,” a transposition of chalk rock, the name for the limestone outcropping found on Mount Oread, site of the Lawrence campus.”
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Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds left that would have tied the AFC Championship Game at 23. The miss essentially gave the Patriots the win, sending them to the Super Bowl.
When Cundiff attempted his field goal, the entire play seemed rushed; the ball was snapped just before the play clock expired. Cundiff told Deadspin’s Stefan Fatsis that the entire sequence was rushed because of an error on the Gillette Stadium scoreboard.
According to Cundiff, and confirmed by the Ravens on tape, the Gillette Stadium scoreboard erroneously said Baltimore got a first down on a pass to Anquan Boldin. There was some confusion on the Boldin play because he fumbled the ball out of bounds ahead of the first down marker. By rule, the ball cannot be advanced on a fumble. So in actuality, Boldin was tackled a yard shy of the first down marker, setting up a 2nd and 1. When it was second down for Baltimore, Cundiff thought it was first down because of what the scoreboard said, and so on.
By the time the team got to fourth down, Cundiff thought it was still third down thus he was unprepared for his kick.
Cundiff has accepted all blame for the kick and said it’s a routine one he should have made. He says he feels badly for ruining the season for his teammates. But this development has led some people to question if the scoreboard error was an intentional move by the Patriots to confuse Baltimore. Given New England’s history of videotaping opponents’ signals, and the reports that they sabotaged opposing teams’ headsets, there seems to be grounds for the speculation.
Bottom line: Cundiff’s missed kick isn’t the only reason they lost the game, and there’s no guarantee they would have won in overtime. Their offense had plenty of opportunities to score points and did not deliver. And Cundiff, regardless of whether or not he was confused by what down it was, should have made a 32-yard field goal. This is a team that reached the AFC Championship Game. They shouldn’t be making excuses like they’re a 2-14 team.
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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams handed the NFC Championship Game to the Giants with two turnovers on punt returns. Williams, the son of White Sox GM Ken Williams, was filling in for the injured Ted Ginn Jr. as the team’s punt returner. Two Giants players said after their win that they targeted him because of his concussion history.
“The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him outta the game,” said Jacquian Williams, who forced the second fumble.
Devin Thomas recovered both fumbles and said the same thing.
“He’s had a lot of concussions. We were just like, ‘We gotta put a hit on that guy,’ ” Thomas said. “(Tyler) Sash did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it up.”
Did Williams make a bad decision to be around the ball on the first return because he was woozy? And is that the reason he lost the second punt? It’s hard to say. We do know there’s at least another reason for his poor showing. Williams’ father says his son thinks he separated his shoulder in the third quarter. Neither man wants sympathy; Kyle felt he could get the job done.
Kyle Williams is a huge reason why the 49ers lost, but he’s not the only reason. I just hope the death threats and animosity from 49ers fans ends. There is no need for that.
And for the record, Williams was concussed in Week 16 and missed the season finale because of it. He told reporters earlier this month that it was his fourth concussion.
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Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was in San Francisco to watch his brother’s Giants beat the 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl. The older brother had positive thoughts for his little bro.
“I’m really proud. He played great and the team played great,” Peyton said after the win. “I’m just proud of the way he competed. He took a lot of hits as a quarterback. I have a great appreciation for the way he competed, for the way he got up. As his brother, I’m awfully proud as well.”
Peyton somewhat shrugged off the suggestion that the accomplishment of beating the 49ers to face the Patriots was amazing.
“It’s what I expected him to do, I guess what he expected to do. I think it’s pretty neat as a rematch. It’s an awesome job by him, an awesome job as a team.”
Well those are all answers you would probably expect to hear. Now if the reporters had some real minerals, they’d ask Peyton what he thinks of everyone questioning if Eli is the better clutch performer. I think little bro may be.
Rob Gronkowski might be LBS’ favorite football player. It all started before the season when we picked Gronk to be the top fantasy football tight end sleeper. He went on to have the best season ever by a tight end, making us look like geniuses. Then of course he posed with a porn star for pictures during the team’s bye week. After that, we and every other male age 15-50 were sold. On top of that, his easy-going personality, velcro hands, and ability to break tackles made him a fan favorite.
Gronk showed what makes him so likable when he tried to play along during an interview with ESPN Deportes Sunday after the AFC Championship Game. Gronk tries to speak some Spanish during the interview, and concludes by saying “Yo soy fiesta,” which translates to “I am party.”
Why yes Gronk, yes, you are a party.
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Joe Paterno’s death on Sunday added yet another tumultuous twist to a story that has already seen a roller coaster’s share of turns. Following the passing of one of the most iconic figures in the history of college sports, it now remains to be seen how the coach’s legacy will be written.
Legions of Penn State fans, Paterno supporters, and former players will undoubtedly remember his transcendent contributions to college football. They will describe the mark he left on a multitude of athletes that he coached and the impact he had on State College, Pennsylvania, a bustling college town of 40,000-plus people that love their football and idolized their longtime football coach. For most of the sports world and society writ large, Paterno will forever be remembered as the record-setting coach whose career was undone with one large stroke of ignominy.
Simply put, the bespectacled Paterno was larger-than-life. He was JoePa to all who knew him. Generations grew up around Penn State football and a coach whose career in State College as an assistant and head coach spanned over 60 years. Sure, he was JoePa. He could very well have been Joe-PA, since at times his stock ran so high he would rival William Penn as the most representative figure in the history of the state. His accomplishments on the field were deserving of such hyperbole.