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Monday, October 24, 2016


Michael Crabtree: Drops Kept me from Sleeping

Michael Crabtree tied for the 49ers lead with 10 targets last weekend against the Saints, but he only hauled in 4 passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. He dropped three passes, nearly matching half of his season total of 7. Crabtree says the mistakes bothered him throughout the week.

“That’s not normal for me to drop the ball. Two or three drops, I mean, it haunted me. I couldn’t sleep. But at the same time, you’ve got to put that behind you and go catch the ball. Do what I do,” Crabtree said this week.

Crabtree can’t afford to make the same mistakes against the Giants. Vernon Davis luckily was a stud that game, catching 7 balls for 180 yards and two touchdowns. The same performance cannot be expected from VD, so Crabs better be on top of his game.

Tom Izzo, Matt Painter Rip Michigan State Fan Who Taunted Robbie Hummel ‘I Hope You Tear your ACL Again’

Michigan State’s “Izzone” is generally considered to be one of the best fan cheering sections in college basketball. But both Purdue coach Matt Painter and the man who inspired the Izzone, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, agree that one fan crossed the line with a taunt Saturday.

During Saturday’s 83-58 win over the Boilermakers, a fan apparently said to Purdue senior Robbie Hummel, “I hope you tear your ACL again.”

The taunt prompted Purdue coach Matt Painter to exchange words with the student section during the game.

“I was just trying to fight,” Painter said afterward. “I think the Izzone is great. But if they’re going to say, ‘I hope you tear your ACL again,’ I’m going to say something. He doesn’t deserve that. We’ve got guys in our student section that probably say things that are out of line too, but I’m just not taking it. If he hears that … someone’s got to fight for him.”

Hummel missed all of last season after tearing his ACL during an October practice. He sat out the end of the previous season after tearing his ACL February 24th against Minnesota.

Though Izzo said he hears really bad comments from fans at various venues, that particular taunt is unacceptable.


Dwyane Wade Mocks Talk of Heat’s Success ‘Without Wade’

The Miami Heat are 10-4 on the season and surprisingly 5-0 without Dwyane Wade in the lineup. The team won all three games Wade missed with a sore foot two weeks ago. They lost three straight games when he returned, and they’ve won both their games since he was sidelines with an ankle injury.

The pattern of winning without Dwyane and losing with him in the lineup sparked chatter on TV and Twitter that the Heat is better “Without Wade.”

Wade clearly didn’t appreciate the negativity, and he made light of it with a series of tweets Friday. My favorite was when he apologized for being the reason Tim Tebow lost to the Patriots.

Here are the tweets:


Joe Paterno Reportedly Near Death

Joe Paterno’s health is in serious condition and one news outlet says he is near death.

“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. “His doctors have now characterized his status as serious.

“His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” McGinn said.

Michael Sisak of The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. reported Saturday evening that family members were summoned to the hospital by Sue Paterno. JoePa apparently wanted to see everyone to say goodbye. Sisak also said Paterno was near death.

Paterno was fired as head football coach at Penn State in November and a lung cancer diagnosis was revealed shortly thereafter. The 85-year-old was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Sports by Brooks reported in December that Paterno’s health was “in rapid decline,” and it looks like that report was accurate.

Did too Much Sex with Melissa Satta Lead to Kevin-Prince Boateng’s Injury?

A.C. Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is out with a thigh injury sustained last weekend against Inter and is likely to miss four weeks. The Italian press and fans are giggling over a recent interview by his girlfriend and are wondering if too much sex has led to his injuries.

SI model Melissa Satta, who is dating Boateng, told Vanity Fair that she likes to have sex 7-10 times per week. She also told them her preferred sex position is on top.

Naturally it’s led to questions if all the sex has led to leg injuries for Boateng. After all, didn’t Lawrence Taylor used to send hookers to the rooms of opposing running backs before games to tire out their legs? And if sex led to an injury for Boateng, he wouldn’t be the first athlete we’ve covered who got hurt during sex.


Manny Pacquiao Reportedly Will Fight Miguel Cotto June 9th

Manny Pacquiao’s next fight reportedly will be a rematch against Miguel Cotto on June 9th in Las Vegas, according to Lem Satterfield of The Ring. Satterfield says the fight will likely take place at either the Thomas & Mack Center or the MGM Grand.

Pacquiao beat Cotto in November, 2009 by 12th round TKO, but that fight took place at a 145-pound catch weight, two pounds below the welterweight maximum. Cotto has won three fights since then, all at 154 pounds. Pac Man has remained at the welterweight level and the fight may require Cotto to come back down to 147.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum was said to be choosing from Cotto, Lamont Peterson, Timothy Bradley, and Juan Manuel Marquez for Manny’s next fight. Marquez, who lost to Pacquiao in November, is likely to face Peterson, who is coming off a controversial win over Amir Khan. The winner of that fight could face Manny next.

If you’re wondering how this all fits into the Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather Jr. context, get ready to get upset. Bob Arum said Manny wouldn’t be ready to for a May 5th fight because he wasn’t allowed to begin sparring until April because of a wound that needs to heal. Yet somehow he’ll be ready to fight five weeks later. Right, that really makes a lot of sense.

UPDATE: Miguel Cotto has denied the report, saying “Do not pay attention to rumors. I have not made any decision yet nor reached any deal regarding my next fight. At the appropriate time, I will directly be announcing my next fight. I am discussing and analyzing options with my team.”

Even if Cotto denies the report, Satterfield has proven to be a trusted reporter when it comes to Bob Arum fighters. We take the report to indicate that this is who Top Rank wants Manny to face.

Pacers Mascot Boomer Breaks Backboard on Dunk at New Palestine High (Video)

Pacers mascot Boomer took a break from entertaining NBA crowds to put on a show at the New Palestine vs. Triton Central high school basketball game in Indiana Friday night. I have no idea if Boomer was planning to shatter the backboard, but that’s what happened. The good news is at least Boomer didn’t injure himself like the Milwaukee Bucks mascot.

Jarrett Lee Says He Was ‘Frustrated’ Watching LSU Lose to Alabama

Jarrett Lee did not see any action during LSU’s National Championship Game loss to Alabama despite the ineffectiveness of Jordan Jefferson. Many people wondered why LSU never made a quarterback switch, especially Bobby Hebert, who went on a crazy rant afterwards. Lee spoke about the game recently and said he was frustrated standing on the sidelines.

“I just feel like I could have been given the chance, had an opportunity to come in and get something going, you know, give them, Alabama, something else to worry about, but you know, it is what it is,” he told

“It was very frustrating. I just kind of feel like I could have come in … I don’t know if I could have come in and won the game, but I just felt like I could have given us an opportunity, or something more,” he said.

Lee recognizes the team had a special year, but he was disappointed he didn’t have a chance to help the team in the title game. He also says he thought they were going to make a switch at some point, which probably makes matters even more frustrating.

As I said the night of the game, I understood why Les Miles stuck with Jordan Jefferson. I also would have understood if he made a change and went to Lee. LSU probably would have lost either way, but you never know what could have happened.

H/T Dan Rubenstein

Blake Griffin Misses Alley-Oop (Video)

Blake Griffin is probably the best dunker in the NBA. The dude went nuts as soon as he heard Chris Paul was coming to town, saying “lob city!” He’s hooked up for several sweet alley-oops this season, but on Friday night against the Timberwolves, we experienced somewhat of a first.

Griffin actually missed on an alley-oop.The pass to him was low, leading him into the rim. At least he stripped the ball and got the layup to complete the bucket so the entire sequence wasn’t embarrassing.

Fake Fausto Carmona Reportedly Was Outed by Real Fausto Carmona’s Mom on a Radio Show Because of Monetary Dispute

The Indians pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic this week for using a false identity. Carmona, or Roberto Hernadez Heredia if you prefer, has been pitching with the assumed name since 2000. So what led to his arrest several years later? Apparently a dispute over the amount of money he would have paid the real Fausto Carmona to continue using the false identity.

Pedro Gomez reported on Outside the Lines Friday that the real Fausto Carmona’s mother went on a popular radio show in the Dominican Republic and outed fake Fausto Carmona. The U.S. government began investigating after the radio appearance. When fake Fausto went to apply for a visa, he was arrested.

So why did real Fausto’s mother out the fake Fausto? Because of a monetary dispute.

Gomez says the Carmona family wanted a pay raise when they learned the pitcher was going to receive a salary bump. When fake Fausto balked, the mother outed him, leading to his arrest.

This saga reminds me of the Reggie Bush payment gone wrong. We’ve learned once again that if you’ve agreed to pay someone as part of a nefarious plan, it’s best not to go against that.

H/T Chris Assenheimer

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