Peyton Manning left a generous tip after eating at Angus Barn in North Carolina last week, and the server who shared a picture of the receipt has now been fired.
“This goes against every policy we have,” said Van Eure, owner and operator of the restaurant. “It’s just horrible.”
Eure’s issue is that the restaurant serves many celebrities, and sharing a picture of someone’s receipt violates a customer’s privacy. Eure plans to call Peyton to apologize.
Many people are probably wondering what the problem is; it’s not like the server criticized Peyton for leaving a small tip — they publicized how generous he is. Still, Eure’s point is that in order for celebrities to feel comfortable dining at the restaurant, they need to know that everything about the experience will remain private. Firing the server sends that message to everyone else on the staff.
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There’s good, clean home court advantage , and then there’s shaking the opponent’s basket when they’re shooting free throws. We have very rarely — if ever — seen the latter, but conference tournaments bring out the worst (best?) in everyone. As you can see from the video above that The Dagger shared with us, Montana fans decided to shake the hoop during the second of two free throw attempts by Weber State’s Damian Lillard on Wednesday. Fortunately for Weber State, Lillard realized that the rim was actually moving back and forth and it wasn’t just his nerves getting the best of him.
Can’t blame them for trying to secure their team’s win in the Big Sky title, right? Yeah, I guess you can. Kind of uncalled for.
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Everyone wants to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao square off in the ring, but with each passing day it becomes less likely that it will ever happen. A variety of excuses like a lack of pay-per-view money or an unwillingness to split the fight money 50-50 have been used by both fighters. For boxing fans, the back-and-forth is one of the most frustrating dynamics in the history of the sport. Mike Tyson even believes it has been so annoying that they should be thrown in jail for it.
“Listen if I was President I would throw (Pacquiao and Mayweather) in jail if they didn’t fight,” Tyson said during an interview with WXYT in Detroit. “I’d have them arrested. You can’t do that but that’s what I would try to do. I’d be like ‘these guys need to get locked up and find a new profession until they get their heads clear.’”
For once, I actually almost agree with Mike — aside from the jail part of course. The reasons these two have come up with to not fight one another are embarrassing. The entire boxing world wants it to happen, yet Pacquiao and Mayweather continue to annoy all of us by talking trash and avoiding the issue.
On a completely separate note, Tyson was also asked if plans were being discussed to make a Hangover 3 movie: “I was told there was one and I would like to participate in it but we will see what happens guys.” From the things I have heard about the second one, they should just leave the legend alone.
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What would the Lingerie Football League be without Lingerie? I guess it would just be the Football League, but that might get confusing — you know with the National Football League already being kind of a big deal and all. The LFL has been increasing in popularity lately, with 12 teams in the United States, six in Canada, and four more set to join in Australia next year. My gut tells me the skimpy outfits are one of the main reasons the league has been so well-received, but Liz Gorman of the Tampa Breeze is hoping to do away with it in the future.
“I mean, I don’t like it,” Gorman said according to CBC News in Saskatchewan. “You’d rather wear full clothing. I have a bunch of scrapes on me.
“You look back at basketball, you used to have to wear skirts. Obviously it’s changed, they have the WNBA now. So if you look back, women’s sports has constantly evolved and I think that this sports league is going to end up changing the uniform.”
Yeah, about that. Maybe I haven’t watched enough Lingerie League games, but something tells me the lingerie part is more than just a minor detail. They didn’t feature a full spread in Playboy for no reason. Even if the girls get good enough at football to make the outfits a more minor detail, my guess is revenue would dip quite a bit if they put more clothes on.
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With Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne now both on the market, there has been some talk of the duo shopping themselves as a package deal. Peyton probably won’t limit his options to teams that have interest in signing Reggie, but Wayne may do his best to follow Manning wherever he goes. In fact, it sounds like the former Colts receiver is already crossing his fingers that both can join the Dolphins.
“I can see it, and I’m definitely not opposed to it,” Wayne told WQAM’s The Michael Irvin Show Wednesday when asked about teaming up with Manning in Miami. “He’s a great worker. I consider myself a great worker, and when you put great workers together good things happen. Me being in his trail to Miami, I would definitely love it! I’m totally available. My phone is working…I’m ready for anything that comes! I definitely see that in the mix.”
While the free agent frenzy will certainly get crazier before things settle, the Dolphins are a definite front-runner to land Manning. His decision will likely take a while, but the stars are aligned for Peyton to end up in Miami next season — even if Dwyane Wade and LeBron James weren’t doing their best to recruit him. One thing that could prevent the Dolphins from landing Manning is if he believes they are more than a quarterback away from being a contender. At this point in his career, Peyton will almost certainly limit his suitors to those who can contend for a title.
As for Wayne, his best bet is to make sure Manning has him in his future plans. If a team thinks they can land Peyton and Peyton tells that team he wants Reggie to come along for the ride, Reggie will be there.
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Slowly but surely, Tiger Woods is rediscovering his stroke. Fortunately for Tiger, he was only in his mid-30s when his life came crashing down around him. In terms of golf, that is very young. His game has been in shambles for the past two years, but Tiger has recently started showing signs of his old self. He came in second at the Honda Classic last weekend after shooting a 62 on Sunday — the best single round of his career. Ernie Els declared that Tiger was “back” after the fantastic finish, but Phil Mickelson is not ready to make that declaration just yet.
“Yeah, obviously he (Els) was paying attention a couple of weeks ago, which is nice to see,” Mickelson said sarcastically when asked about Els’ comments, according to the NY Daily News.
“At least I thought it was funny,” he said after the reporters stopped laughing.
Mickelson was referring to his win at Pebble Beach a little over two weeks ago, when Woods was in the hunt on Sunday but Phil put together an amazing round and shot 11 strokes better than Tiger. That Tiger was the new Tiger — the one that folds under pressure. We saw the old Tiger on Sunday at the Honda Classic, but it might be safer to wait until the new Tiger sticks around for a while before declaring that he’s “back.”
As for why Phil felt the need to take a shot at Tiger, it may be because Woods reportedly stood him up earlier this week when the two were supposed to play a practice round together at Augusta.
“I guess it was the intimidation,” Mickelson joked according to Eye on Golf.
We’re glad Woods stood him up. Tiger and Phil as friends? What fun would that be?
H/T Game On!
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Jose Canseco and performance-enhancing drugs go together like peanut butter and jelly. We all know that. Whether it be admitting to taking steroids during his playing days or trying to out everyone else who did in his best-selling book, Canseco has become a poster child for illegal substances. Now 47 years old and playing in the Mexican Baseball League, he has once again been accused of doping.
According to ESPN Deportes, the president of the Mexican League, Plinio Escalante, has confirmed Canseco took a banned substance which he does not have a prescription for. The report says that banned substance is testosterone, which Canseco admitted to taking on his Twitter account Wednesday. However, he claims he has a prescription.
“How can I test positive when I never took any test don’t believe everything the media tells you,” he wrote. “The truth always comes out I am not using any illegal substances. Don’t be so quick to judge till you here the truth that’s a sure sign of ignorance hatred and jealousy.
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Cleveland-area congresswoman Marcy Kaptur runs radio ad comparing opponent Dennis Kucinich to LeBron James
Here we go again with the politics and sports. For some reason, folks love to mix these two realms together. On Tuesday, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich lost his seat to a fellow democrat named Marcy Kaptur. According to CNN, the two were once good friends before a nasty campaign battle left their relationship tarnished. If you were representing Cleveland and someone compared you to LeBron James, you probably wouldn’t cal them a friend either.
When it became clear Kucinich could lose his seat, he went to Washington State to explore running there.
For that, Kaptur attacked Kucinich, the former mayor of Cleveland, in the harshest terms for Cleveland voters. She compared him in a radio ad to once favorite son basketball player Lebron James – who bolted last year for Miami.
Now that’s hitting below the belt. The only problem with Kaptur’s comparison is that everyone in Cleveland wanted LeBron to stay. In fact, they pleaded for him to stay and were devastated when he left. If Kucinich explored running in another state after it was obvious that he was no longer wanted in Ohio, the two situations are nothing alike. While it was a low blow from Kaptur, it probably helped her win the election. Whether the comparison makes sense or not, having your name thrown into the same sentence with LeBron James’ can be the kiss of death in Ohio.
H/T I Am a GM
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UCLA took a team bus two blocks from the JW Marriott to Staples Center, and Josh Smith was benched after missing it
Guess that SI article had an impact on Ben Howland and he’s now out to prove what a disciplinarian he is. The UCLA coach benched center Josh Smith for the first half of the team’s Pac-12 tournament game against USC Wednesday for missing the team bus to Staples Center.
“We left him, and he was four minutes late,” Howland said. “He hasn’t been late one other time the whole year. It hasn’t been something that’s been a problem in terms of him ever being late to the bus, but I don’t care. This is too big and too important.”
Smith played poorly in eight minutes and admitted he deserved to be punished.
“Coach made a decision. I was late. I deserve to be punished,” Smith said.
Now you might say that a player being benched an entire half for being four minutes late to the team bus is excessive, and I would agree. But what’s far more mind-boggling is why UCLA even needs a bus to travel two blocks from the hotel to the arena. The buildings are two short blocks apart and a walk would take less than 10 minutes. Howland says they took a bus because last year they had to walk through fans who were drinking at LA Live.
If this is the byproduct of the Sports Illustrated article, I’m not sure I like it. The whole idea was for Howland to become more aware and malleable, not to go around killing mosquitoes with cannonballs.
Louisville beat Seton Hall 61-55 in the second round of the Big East tournament Wednesday, hurting the Pirates’ chances of making the NCAA Tournament. Rick Pitino was asked about Seton Hall’s tournament chances after the game, and he said he’d go along with ESPN “bracketologist” Joe Lunardi, who, prior to the game, had the Pirates in the draw.
“I go by Joe Lunardi. Just listen to Lunardi, you’ll know who’s in and who’s out. He’s never wrong, he doesn’t have a life … that’s all he does with his life. On his tombstone, ‘I was a bracketologist, the best in America,'” Pitino said.
Speaking with other reporters after the game, it was more of the same praise from Pitino.
“I say this joking around. This guy Joe Lunardi has no agenda. How would you like to wake up in the morning and all you do is bracketology all day long? Can you imagine that? He doesn’t pay attention to his wife, he doesn’t pay attention to his children, all he does all night long is bracketology. So just follow him because his batting average is incredible.”
If Pitino goes along with whatever Lunardi says, then Seton Hall won’t make the tourney. In his updated brackets Wednesday, Lunardi listed the Hall among his first four teams out of the dance.