Reds flame-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman is from Cuba. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday. That still didn’t stop Pepto Bismol from having Chapman film a Cinco de Mayo commercial for them. Check it out:
I guess their message is not to overeat? Funny, where have we seen that message from Pepto Bismol before huh? I like the creativity, I like the commercial, but can we get some cultural consistency please? Thanks
Credit to Just Sports and Just Us for the video
Charles Barkley is a notoriously bad golfer. He’s got one of the ugliest celebrity swings due to an inexplicable hitch in the middle of his swing. So anytime Charles decides to pick up a club, comedy ensues. Wednesday’s Pro-Am at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek was bound to be comedy gold and it didn’t disappoint.
When Barkley swings, he typically winds up and then stalls in the middle only to raise his club again, reset his feet and then try and cruch the ball as his body spins violently on one leg. It’s not the way they teach you but it is hilarious and normally the only thing that breaks Charles’ ego. On Wednesday, things didn’t go as smoothly.
On the very first tee of the day, Charles lined up the ball, shook his legs and… destroyed his golf club. Yes, his swing was so bad that the head on his driver came flying off and went down the fairway. Check out the video:
Charles blamed the clubs, saying that he left them out of the bag and they were frozen so when he hit the
ball, err, the ground, it broke the club. Good thing they were free.
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Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson does a lot more than belt home runs, chase down fly balls, and join the Golden Sombrero Club. Since he started the Grand Kids Foundation during his days in Detroit, the Grandy Man has been known for his work in the community, particularly among local youth. Last week, Granderson donated 300 Louisville Sluggers to the Public Schools Athletic League. Because of his donation, high schoolers who can’t afford equipment will be able to play baseball this season.
“It’s great to get a chance to see how much of an impact you can make on kids,” Granderson told the New York Yankees. “It’s amazing that I’m very similar to all the teachers and the social workers and the principals here, but the attention that the kids will give once they see, ‘Hey, this is a famous person coming in’ … They always just kind of perk up and listen a little more, so given that opportunity, I try to take advantage of it as best I can.”
Granderson said he chose to donate bats to the Bronx students because he always hears about kids not playing baseball or softball because they can’t afford the equipment. Aluminum bats can cost upwards of $200, so Granderson figured a few hundred bats would give plenty of students the opportunity to play with limited funds.
It’s easy to look at a charitable donation like the one the Grandy Man made and think to yourself, “good, they have millions of dollars and should be doing that stuff.” While that’s probably true, there are plenty of players out there who don’t bother making the effort. Even as a Red Sox fan, Del is willing to give credit where credit is due.
Pic via Yankees.com
- Curtis Granderson
Comedian Norm MacDonald has a relatively new show on Comedy Central. One of his first bits with Blake Griffin was fantastic, and this wasn’t bad either. McDonald decided to bet $25,000 on Manny Pacquiao to beat Shane Mosley Saturday evening. The only problem is he’ll only make slightly over $3,000 if he wins the bet. Last time we were looking at boxing odds like that, it was one of the biggest kicks to my LBS nuts ever (you can read that story here). As for MacDonald’s skit, check it out below:
In a relatively short period of time, Tiger Woods has gone from the most feared golfer on tour to just an ordinary player. Bubba Watson meanwhile has gone in the opposite direction. Watson won in New Orleans last week in a playoff giving him his second win of the year. He’s arguably the best American golfer at the moment, and he decided to dispense some advice for Tiger:
‘I’ll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger’s going the wrong way,” Watson said. ”I think he’s so mental right now with his swing. Just go ahead and play golf. He used to hit shots, he used to bomb it, he used to do all that stuff. Sometimes I think a lot of the great players, they get too wrapped up in the mental part. When you start talk about other people trying to help you with your swing, look at this, look at that, I think they take a step back.”
So Watson thinks it’s all mental for Tiger and many other golfers when they get too caught up in their swing. Well of course it is. The problem is when things aren’t going well, the tendency is to analyze things to figure out what’s going wrong. The advice from Bubba may be right, but it’s so much easier said than done. As for Tiger, he isn’t as badly off as Bubba makes it out to be. Tiger was making quite a move at the Master’s before Schwartzel took over. In six events this year he’s had three Top 10s. It’s not Tiger good, but it’s not awful.
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The Angels and Red Sox played a marathon game at Fenway Park Wednesday evening that took nearly eight hours to complete. The game was delayed in the top of the 5th inning for 2:35 because of rain. After it resumed, the Angels took the lead but blew it by allowing Boston to score two runs in the bottom of the 9th. The game headed to extras where neither team scored for three innings. Convinced they needed to do something to change the Angels’ luck, telecasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza decided to throw on Angels wrestling masks:
Gubi and Rojas kept the masks on the entire inning and Mark even exclaimed “I can’t see, but it’s working though!” after Howie Kendrick led off the inning with a single. They ended up scoring two runs thanks to a Bobby Abreu single, and they won 5-3 in 13.
If you’re unfamiliar with the wrestling mask, here’s the background. We’ve seen plenty of good luck charms used by baseball teams, but this has to be the best. Nicely done, boys. I credit this victory to you.
The Lakers were losing to the Mavericks at the end of Game 2 when Ron Artest decided to go Ron Artest. In a move only someone as numbskulled as him could have conceived, Artest ran into Mavs guard J.J. Barea clothesline style.
Artest received a technical foul and ejection for his actions. I know some people will defend him and say he shouldn’t be suspended, but there’s little doubt in my mind that he should be. The game was no longer in question, there was 30 seconds left, and Artest’s intent to harm Barea was clear. That’s a lot different from a physical play or doing something in the heat of the moment. This was clearly planned out by Artest and he should have to pay the price. Sadly, with the way he’s been playing, it might not be the worst thing for the Lakers if he missed Game 3.
UPDATE: As the Mavericks were getting ready to finish a sweep of the Lakers, Andrew Bynum leveled Barea with an even worse cheap shot.
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Willie Parker’s dropoff in production and relevance has been swift. He was once considered to be one of the fastest running backs in football, and his greatest accomplishment was running for a 75-yard touchdown in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks. Injuries and the strain of hundreds of carries sapped Parker’s speed, and the Steelers got rid of him.
Parker signed with the Washington Redskins last season and ended up being released before the season began after he suffered a groin injury. You can’t really fault the Redskins for cutting a running back who was old and banged up, but it left a bitter feeling with Parker. In fact, Parker shared some of his feelings during an interview on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh.
“Being in Washington, they don’t care about football. I didn’t feel good from day one there,” Parker said. “They weren’t about football. They were about partying. You appreciate Pittsburgh a little bit more after going somewhere else and seeing what another team has to offer.”
Parker also took a shot at owner Daniel Snyder when comparing him to the Steelers’ owners, but that’s about as unfair of a fight in the octagon between Big Bird and Elmo. It’s no surprise to hear Parker make those comments. The Steelers have had a reputation of being a classy, no-nonsense organization. Daniel Snyder gets routinely turned down by big-name coaches and offers embarrassing insults towards others.
I can’t speak about the issue of partying, but I do know the Steelers are said to have a pretty straight-edge reputation. Well, except for their quarterback and wide receiver who seem to have been distracted the past year.
You can listen to the entire interview here
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If it’s not Boston Bruins players flipping the bird, it’s their fans. After Flyers goalie Brian Boucher gave up his fourth goal during Game 3 Wednesday, he was yanked. Naturally a Bruins fan gave him the good old Beantown salute goodbye (uncensored version below):
For a full video replay of the fans waving Boucher goodbye before flipping him off, head over to Mock Session. For the uncensored photo, see below:
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We used to be big fans of Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Heck, we could have told you he was the most underrated player in baseball before his fellow players gave him that honor in an SI vote. But imagine the irony that the same day SI revealed Choo was named the most underrated player, he does something to make sure everybody knows his name. That’s right, Choo was pinched for suspicion of DUI on Monday in Sheffield Lake after he failed a field sobriety test. I mean just look at that guy, his face totally says “I’m faded bro .. I’m so faded.”
From WKYC and the AP: “According to police, a patrolman first spoke to Choo at 2:25 a.m. He told the officer he was lost and needed directions to Avon Lake. Choo was allowed to continue driving, but was later pulled over when he twice crossed the double-yellow lines and drifted into a bike path. He told the officer his GPS had broken and he was unable to get directions home. Choo’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of “an alcoholic beverage,” police said, and he was ordered out of the SUV.”
For an added bonus, you can watch the dash cam video of Choo’s field sobriety test. Watching him trying to toe the line while nearly three times the legal limit is about as humorous as watching Raul Mondesi flail at a curveball off the plate. Check out this drunken mess: