One middle school basketball team is so good it was scrutinized for a blowout win over an opponent earlier in the season.
Pikeville (Ky.) is 17-1 on the season and beat an opponent 100-2 in a preseason tournament three weeks ago (highlights above). They were facing Kimper, a K-8 school in Kentucky, and ran them out of the gym. According to Scouts Focus, the head coach only left his starters in for 1:48 which was enough to build a 25-0 lead. The coach called off the press and had his backups play a zone, but they still led 70-0 at the half.
Pikeville then re-inserted the starters and tried to get Kimper to score, but the opponents were unable to make open threes and layups. Kimper didn’t score until the last second on a layup. Pikeville won the tournament, beating another middle school team 75-32 in the championship game.
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Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson has 3 100-yard games this season, including an 8-catch 152 yard effort against the Ravens in Week 11. Though he’s had some bright moments on the field, nothing he does in the future will ever compare to incredible flop he had against the Browns on Sunday.
Simpson was on the fringe of a scrum after Andy Dalton had lost a fumble before halftime. After getting pushed by Scott Fujita, Simpson jumped and went flying backwards as if he were an actor in The Matrix. It was awesome (video here). A day later, his Wikipedia page was updated to include an “acting career” section (click twice to enlarge).
Urban Meyer may be a fantastic football coach, but he’s a horrendous liar. Two years ago, he retired citing health concerns. The reason was legitimate given that he went to the hospital after a game for heart problems. He was spooked by the sudden death of Skip Prosser. But as soon as Florida began talking about his replacements, he decided his health was no longer too important.
A year later, Meyer decided to step down again, only this time he cited family as his reason.
“At the end of the day, I’m very convinced that you’re going to be judged on how you are as a husband and as a father and not on how many bowl games we won,” Meyer said at a campus news conference.
“I’ve not seen my two girls play high school sports. They’re both very talented Division I-A volleyball players, so I missed those four years. I missed two already with one away at college. I can’t get that time back,” he said.
Alright, so Urban was a family man. He wanted to spend time with his children. Perfectly understandable, and in many senses, his desire was even admirable. But what does it say about him if he goes back to coaching less than a year later? That he’s no longer a family man? That being a dad was no longer as important? It’s probably just that he loves coaching so much he couldn’t stay away too long, or maybe he didn’t like his situation at Florida (was there a conflict with the administration?).
Urb would have been much better off saying he needed a break from coaching. The way he was talking, it was like he was going to take 4-5 years off instead of 10 months. Plus, he was doing so much work for ESPN even his daughter complained about all his travel. Oh yeah, and remember back in April when his daughters were adamant that he was not going to Ohio State? How does that look now. Once again, Urban Meyer has only taught us that he’s just not very good at telling the public how he’s really feeling.
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To Chad Ochocinco’s credit, he has had an awful season but managed to not turn it into a sob story about how he doesn’t get the ball enough. Granted, Ocho understands that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady would have his you-know-what out the door the second he raised a single complaint, but he has been on his best behavior. Not only that, but he seems to be having fun with his new team as evidenced by this hilarious Photoshopped picture he shared with the world a couple weeks ago.
However, we could see some serious frustration coming from Ochocinco if he doesn’t find the end zone soon. As our friends over at The Nosebleeds pointed out, Chad says his fiancee Evelyn Lozada has refused to have sex with him until he can score a touchdown for the Patriots. Check it out:
Amare Stoudemire has really been embracing his roots since learning that he had some Jewish heritage on his mother’s side of the family. He’s visited Israel, learned a little Hebrew, and he’s even consuming somewhat of a Kosher diet. Now, the New York Daily News reports that he may be interested in opening a Hebrew school.
Amar’e Stoudemire wants to get into education, but it has nothing to do with basketball. A source close to the New York Knick tells us the power forward is interested in opening a Hebrew school, which would focus on teaching the language and Jewish history. The insider says the idea appears to be on the back burner for the time being but that Stoudemire has discussed it seriously.
Nothing may be imminent, but it’s just funny that he’s even considered it. Amare is becoming pretty heavily involved in ideas off the court. We hope he doesn’t get too distracted with these projects, but at least opening a school would be a much more worthwhile idea than his latest venture.
Chest bump to Deadspin for the assist.
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UFC fighter Chael Sonnen easily has one of the wackiest personalities in MMA. He doesn’t hold back when challenging opposing fighters, and he gets completely goofy in interviews like this one with TSN Canada. It’s that type of behavior that helped him become the host of the World MMA Awards that will air Wednesday.
In an interview with Las Vegas Weekly published Friday, Sonnen answered several questions regarding the awards show. This is the one that caused the fireworks:
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Tim Smith is a senior at Trinity College who was born without legs. Despite being born with a disability, Smith’s determination and perseverance have allowed him to lead a relatively normal life. And by normal we mean above and beyond what the average person accomplishes; Tim has tackled the Andes Mountains twice among other seemingly impossible challenges.
Until Gavin Floyd and his wife Leann came along, Smith was slowed down a bit. He was in need of new prosthetic legs because his old ones having been held together by duct tape and oil. Despite being able to raise $10,000 toward the purchase of new legs, Tim found himself a whopping $21,000 short of the $31,000 he needed to buy a new pair — a purchase he would have to make without the help of insurance.
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On the surface, Tony Dungy comes across as a soft-spoken, back seat kind of guy. Those of us who know his history, however, know that he loves to ruffle feathers. Whether it’s pissing off the Cowboys, criticizing Rex Ryan for having a potty mouth, or telling the Titans what to do with Vince Young, Dungy is always ready to share his opinion no matter how controversial it may be. For that reason, it comes as no surprise that he weighed in on the Ndamukong Suh situation on Monday and took an interesting stance.
“I really have to fault the Detroit organization,” Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show. “I think they really could have stopped this.”
As we saw by his no-hesitation stomp of a Packers offensive lineman, Suh obviously lacks discipline. That being said, how would you handle him if you were the Detroit Lions coaching staff? Suh’s attitude and aggressiveness are what make him a force on the defensive front. There is no excuse for stomping a player or throwing shots after the whistle blows, but if he spends too much time worrying about harnessing his aggression wouldn’t it stand to reason that he would become a different player?
Much of what people perceive as dirty play from Suh is simply playing hard. Jim Schwartz and company have the difficult task of needing to find a middle ground between telling Ndamukong to tone it down and changing him as a player. Despite what Dungy says, something like that is much easier said than done.
H/T to Pro Football Talk for the story.
Stevie Johnson had himself a textbook day to forget on Sunday. For starters, his mocking of Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg was completely uncalled for. Then, he went to the ground pretending to be a plane going down, which cost his team 15 yards and quite possibly enabled the Jets to erase the touchdown he had just scored. At first Johnson apologized and said the celebration cost his team the game, but shortly thereafter he took to twitter and made it clear that he doesn’t regret being himself. The boneheaded end zone dances weren’t the only thing that cost the Bills.
With less than a minute remaining in the game and Buffalo trailing by four, Johnson found himself wide open over the middle of the field. Had he caught the ball, he might have sprinted all the way to the end zone. Instead, Fitzpatrick put the pass right on the money and Johnson flat-out dropped it. As Stevie indicated on his Twitter account after the game, that’s not the way he saw it.
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In the wake of his immature stomping incident on Thanksgiving Day that was accompanied by an embarrassing apology, Ndamukong Suh is expected to be suspended at least two games. Suh obviously has a problem controlling his temper, and it has hurt his team in the past by way of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness penalties. When he is inevitably suspended for his latest outburst, it could contribute to the Lions missing the playoffs.
Without Suh, Detroit’s defense could play with less intensity and will certainly be weaker along the front seven. Despite some rumblings that there are Lions players who believe Suh deserved to be suspended, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News says it was more a case of Suh’s teammates expecting him to be given more than just a fine, not thinking he should.
“He’s going to have to learn to control his temper,” defensive tackle Corey Williams said. “They always get the second guy. That’s something he’s got to learn. If they hit you, knock you down, whatever they do, you can always get them back on the next play.”
Teammates said they were angry that the penalty cost them on third down in the red zone, but acknowledged that they believe Suh has been a frequent target of cheap shots. While they believe he needs to learn to better control his temper and prevent incidents like this one from happening, it would be a stretch to think Detroit players wanted arguably their most important defensive presence to be out for the next two-plus games.