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Matt Diaz Living Lighter After Tripping Fan

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Phillies fans have been quite the topic here at LBS over the past few months. Things started with a Phillies fan getting Tased after running onto the field. After his example, another streaker tried the same move the very next night hoping to get Tazed but he came away disappointed.

On a more disgusting note, we had a Phillies fan barf on a child at a game, and then we saw a toddler drinking a beer at a game too.

Two weeks ago a Phillies fan celebrated by grabbing his girlfriend in a notorious body part.

The latest antic may have been the most humorous of all. In the middle of the Phillies/Braves game on Monday night, a fan wearing a Spiderman-style bodysuit ran onto the field. Atlanta left fielder Matt Diaz got himself involved by subtly taking out the fan. Here’s the Phillies Redman fan video in case you missed it:

Maybe the Redman fan would have lasted longer had he been living lighter with some sweet Lacoste clothes instead of the bodysuit. Just a thought.

Tampa Bay Rays Sport Funky Golf Outfits

Aside from their stellar play on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have become known for their strange clothing choices. Inspired by manager Joe Maddon, the team has themed road trips.

They’ve had a hockey road trip where they all wore hockey jerseys, they did a Western road trip with cowboy outfits, and my personal favorite was the snazzy BRayzers they debuted.

Well the Rays just finished up a six-game home stretch on Sunday and flew out for a huge series with the Yankees in New York. You figure the Rays would be all business and completely serious heading into the monstrous series, but the team actually was living lighter with a Lacoste-type attitude.

As I found out from Big League Stew via SI Hot Clicks, the boys from Tampa decided to sport golfing/country club outfits. I guess it’s just Halloween every month for Tampa Bay. Too bad the lax attitude didn’t help them on Monday night.

Broncos WR McKinley Found Dead

According to FOX 31 in Denver, Broncos second-year wide reciever Kenny McKinley was found dead in his home on Monday.  The death is apparently being ruled a suicide.

McKinley enjoyed a stellar college career at South Carolina where he had 207 receptions — good for third most in SEC history — and over 2700 yards receiving.  The Broncos drafted him in the fifth round of the 2009 draft and he had struggled to remain healthy, being placed on IR during the 2009 season and before the 2010 season.

Oregon State Takes it to the Next Level to Prep for Boise State

What’s it going to take for No. 24 Oregon State to knock off No. 3 Boise State?  Plenty of creative plays, a solid game on both sides of the ball, protection of the football, and about 180 gallons of blue paint.  Now that’s what I call committment.

I’ve always wondered how the obnoxious blue color of Boise State’s field doesn’t drive the players nuts when it gives me a pounding dome ache.  Apparently Oregon State head coach Mike Riley considers it an obstacle, as he’s decided to paint the Oregon State practice field blue.   If this doesn’t help the Beavers knock off the Broncos — a team that we don’t think is worthy of a shot at the BCS championship — I’m not sure what will.

Terrell Suggs Roughing the Passer Penalty Typifies ‘Wussy’ NFL

Last week, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback called the NFL “kind of a wussy game.” Staubach referenced roughing the passer penalties that protect quarterbacks and the way receivers are protected when running routes downfield. The NFL certainly has shifted towards an offensive game which has made things that much more difficult for opposing defenses. Refs are getting so extreme in protecting its players that often times bad calls are made, and one in particular stood out to me on Sunday.

During the fourth quarter of the Ravens/Bengals low-scoring contest, Cincy had the ball 1st and 10 at the Baltimore 41. The Ravens were leading 10-9 with 5:34 left. Terrell Suggs broke free from a blocker and buried Carson Palmer. Palmer only started to get rid of the ball when he saw he was about to be sacked, so there was nothing close to a late hit (see the play here at nfl.com with your truly doing the voiceover). Still, a flag came out giving the Bengals 15 yards and putting them at the 26, in range for a nice kick. Cincy nailed a go-ahead field goal and wound up winning 15-10.

Former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira already brought up this call and said it was the worst of the weekend. Not only was it a huge game-changer, but it typified the way the NFL has skewed towards protecting its offensive players. I understand that offense and passing attacks sell, especially in the era of fantasy football’s raging popularity, but the games have to be called fairly. There’s such a premium on high-scoring games and offense that the defense is getting screwed.

I don’t mind personal foul calls when they’re warranted, but let’s not be so quick to flag every hit. How about evening things out in favor of the defense once in a while?

Ohio Bobcat Busted for Rumbling with Brutus the Buckeye

We love our mascot fights here at LBS. Whether it’s the James Madison Duke picking a fight with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer or the New Mexico State and Utah State mascots fighting, nothing tops a couple of furry costumed creatures going after each other. The best fights are the ones where the action is all one way. Such was the case for Brutus the Buckeye Saturday, who was attacked by the Ohio U. Bobcat mascot while he was entering the field. Check out this sweet video courtesy of Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks:

As you could imagine, the Ohio’s administrators came down pretty hard on the Bobcat for that attack. He can no longer have any affiliation with the school’s athletic department. That’s just a shame. If he was going to get in trouble over the fight, he should have at least gotten his money’s worth like the Oregon Duck on the Houston Cougar. Nothing tops that legendary beatdown!

UCLA Defense Is a QB Killing Machine

A week after getting embarrassed at home by Stanford 35-0, UCLA bounced back with a win over Conference USA foe Houston 31-13 at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins are nowhere near a good team, but their defense is decent enough to keep them competitive on most nights. Their offense is another story — it’s by far one of the worst in the Pac-10 and possibly the worst I’ve ever seen from the Bruins. Luckily the defense brought the hurt to Houston Saturday night.

UCLA somehow managed to knock not one, but two Cougars quarterbacks out of the game. Moreover, both of Houston’s top two slingers were lost for the season after the Bruins got done with them. Actually, starter Case Keenum being lost for the year is more about what he did rather than UCLA.

Keenum, playing despite suffering a minor concussion the previous week trying to make a tackle following an interception, hurt himself again trying to make a tackle on an interception. He had driven the Cougars down to the UCLA two-yard line when he was picked off by Akeem Ayers. Keenum somehow tore his ACL as he tried to tackle Ayers by the sideline and is now done for the season. That happened in the second quarter.

As if Keenum’s injury wasn’t devastating enough, backup Cotton Turner broke his clavicle in the second half and was knocked out for the year as well. Turner was hit in the third quarter while attempting a pass and he already had season-ending surgery Sunday.

I’m honestly joking about UCLA’s ferocious defense. I really think it was coincidence more than anything else that Houston lost both its quarterbacks for the season against the Bruins. The 31-13 win was pleasing for Bruins fans, but the same concerns persist; Kevin Prince was just 9/17 for 99 yards and an interception. If you can’t throw the ball, you’re not going to have much success. UCLA fans are seeing it first hand and finding that out the hard way. They likely won’t win more than two of their remaining games which is quite sad.

Photo Credit: Nick de la Torre : Houston Chronicle

Collinsworth: Peyton Manning Is a Player-Coach for Colts

I’m sure many of us have thought to ourselves that coaching Peyton Manning is the sweetest gig in the world. The guy calls his own plays, makes audibles at the line, and is practically the team’s offensive coordinator. With Peyton doing everything, what the heck does a coach need to do?

Obviously people have a lot of respect for Tony Dungy. We saw the way he coached up Tampa Bay’s defense and later Indy’s D, so he’s earned our respect. But how many of you have wondered how good Jim Caldwell really is and what he really does? The guy had a career .292 winning percentage in eight years at Wake Forest. Jim Grobe has been a .575 coach since taking over for Caldwell. With those stats in mind, it’s not a stretch to think that Peyton Manning is running the Indianapolis show.

Count NBC broadcaster Cris Collinsworth as one who believes that is the case. To make things clear, Collinsworth was simply praising Manning on Sunday Night Football rather than bashing Caldwell, but after hearing his description of Peyton as a coach on the field, it does make you wonder who is the brains behind the Colts’ operation. Here’s what Collinsworth had to say:

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Thrill of Crazy Call Gave Mark Dantonio a Heart Attack

Ever have a tense, nail-biting moment during a sports event you’re watching and tell your friends that the suspense almost gave you a heart attack? Ever hear that phrase “cardiac kids” for teams that win by incredible comebacks? The joke is that thrilling moments in games put us through incredible amounts of stress as fans. Well, it turns out that this phenomenon is not a joke. Contrarily, it’s very real.

Michigan State beat Notre Dame in overtime Saturday evening 34-31 by scoring a touchdown on a fake field goal. Everyone was sure the Spartans were trotting out their kicker to try and tie the game at 31 and send it to another overtime. Little did they know Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio had a trick up his sleeve. The play worked and the Spartans pulled off the crazy upset.

What was more crazy than the ballsy call was hearing that Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack after the game. The coach appeared to be subdued in his postgame interview but that’s probably because he had just peed his pants. Unbelievable. Check out this video if you haven’t seen it yet. And for a twist, watch the play clock expire before the snap and ask yourself how it might feel to be a Notre Dame fan:

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Braylon Edwards Dougies on Darius Butler

Braylon Edwards had just one catch for nine yards in the Jets’ embarrassing season-opening loss to the Ravens. Braylon has become a popular target for fans because of his drops issues, even getting called out by Joe Namath during the week. But Edwards came up with a nice game on Sunday against the Patriots, catching five passes for 45 yards and a big touchdown that tied the game at seven in the second quarter.

Edwards got flagged 15 yards for taunting after the TD because he did the Dougie Dance. Rex Ryan probably didn’t care for the dance too much but I’m sure the kids loved it. Here’s the Braylon Edwards Dougie video via Jose3030:

I’m not sure which was better, Edwards’ dougie or the reaction from the dudes filming on YouTube. Definitely a close call.

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