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Jose Canseco painted a picture of Bud Selig as a fire-breathing dragon

Jose Canseco Bud Selig painting

We knew that Jose Canseco had plenty of time on his hands, but who knew he was a budding artist?

Canseco tweeted a picture Tuesday of the photo you see above. He says it is a picture of MLB commissioner Bud Selig that he painted himself. Though we can’t be certain exactly what Canseco was trying to depict, it looks like he made Selig into a fire-breathing dragon, or a T-Rex whose tongue is bleeding.

Canseco despises Selig and has long claimed that MLB blackballed him from the game, which explains the negative (and hilarious) portrayal of the commissioner.

In typical Canseco fashion, he’s soliciting buyers over Twitter for the painting.

Hey, if you don’t purchase it for the art work, at least you can get it for the autograph on the left side.

Photo credit: Twitter/Jose Canseco

LeBron James, Matt Barnes complain about lack of suspension for Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka Blake GriffinSerge Ibaka avoided suspension for his chop to Blake Griffin’s groin region during Sunday’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Los Angeles Clippers game, and his seemingly light penalty has left players like LeBron James and Matt Barnes complaining about what they believe is inconsistency from the league office.

Ibaka’s foul was upgraded from a flagrant one to a Flagrant-2 foul, which means he should have been automatically ejected from the game. He also was fined $25,000. LeBron James felt Ibaka’s punishment was light and expressed his thoughts over Twitter Tuesday:

James was referring to teammate Dwyane Wade, who was suspended a game for kicking Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions in the groin.

Wade later chimed in as well:

Clippers player Matt Barnes, whose teammate was on the receiving end of the chop, feels there is a double-standard for the NBA depending on who commits the infraction:

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Roger Goodell reportedly ‘terrified’ that a player will die on the field

Roger GoodellRoger Goodell is the commissioner of a sports league that pulls in billions of dollars in revenue every single year. He introduced a personal conduct policy for the league, he stands up to the players when he thinks they’ve done wrong, and he isn’t afraid to levy punishments where he sees fit. But the one thing Goodell reportedly is fearful of is a death occurring on the field. Not just because of the tragedy aspect, but because of the way it could threaten the business.

Don Van Natta Jr. had a lengthy profile of Goodell for ESPN’s Outside the Lines, and he says in his piece that one of Goodell’s greatest fears is a death on the field.

“He’s terrified of it,” a Hall of Fame player who speaks regularly with Goodell reportedly told Van Natta.

“It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business,” the player told Van Natta.

The NFL has regularly pulled in $8 billion in revenue and will likely exceed that amount in 2013. The highest-rated shows on television are almost always football games. Goodell has an enormous business to protect.

Though Goodell is worried about a death occurring on the field, many of his practices would suggest otherwise. He only emphasized player safety after being faced with pressure from concussion lawsuits by former players. He didn’t even seem too concerned with player safety until he was brought to Capitol Hill in 2009 and presented with the dangers of concussions. Additionally, why would someone who understands the dangers of the game try to add two more games to the regular season as Goodell has done?

We have seen plenty of players paralyzed as a result of hits during games, and that is always extremely rough to see. We sure as heck hope nobody ever dies on the field, and not because of the damage that would do to league business.

UPDATE: Goodell has denied saying that.

H/T Game On!
Photo Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Robert Swift vacates foreclosed property, leaves behind disgusting mess (Video)

Robert SwiftRobert Swift was in the news two weeks ago for the first time in several years after it was reported that he was refusing to leave his foreclosed home that had been purchased by another couple.

The former Seattle SuperSonics draft bust finally exited the Sammamish (Wash.) home, but he left behind quite the mess.

The new couple that purchased the home got a news camera crew from KOMO to document the mess left by Swift at the mansion. They found trash all over the place — both inside and outside the home. There were bottles, pizza boxes, and cans all over the inside. The patio deck was covered in animal feces, the report states. There were holes in the walls, and there were weapons and shell casings from bullets all over the home.

Swift even left behind a box of recruitment letters from several prominent colleges. The former 7-foot-1 high school center from Bakersfield, Calif., went straight from high school to the NBA and was drafted No. 12 overall in 2004 by Seattle.

Swift, 27, played parts of three seasons for the Sonics and dealt with two knee injuries. He last played in the NBA in the 2008-2009 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. After a two-game stint in the NBA D-League, Swift played in Japan for a season.

Below you can see the mess including the trash, feces, and shell casings found in the home:

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Michael Vick is taking his dog to training classes

Michael Vick dog training

Is there any website more plugged-in to the pet life of Michael Vick than Crossing Broad? In October, the Philly sports site was first to point out that Vick had a box of dog treats on the dining table at his home. After the picture of Vick’s dog treats went viral, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback confirmed that he is a dog owner once again. Now Crossing Broad is sharing word that Vick is taking his pooch to training classes.

According to Crossing Broad’s tipsters, Vick signed up for six dog training classes at a New Jersey PetSmart. The classes are weekly, and Vick, his family and a bodyguard reportedly have been attending dog training classes for Angel, the family’s Belgian Malinois.

Some people are still outraged that Vick has anything to do with a dog, but I’m not. The man did more than his share of time in prison for his crimes, and he appears to be trying to show he has changed. He is not running a pit bull dog fighting ring anymore; he has a family pet dog. There are a lot of worse things one could be doing with a pet than taking it to training classes.

Timberwolves make a Harlem Shake spin-off to rip on the Heat (Video)

Timberwolves-Heat-Harlem-ShakeThe viral sensation that is the Harlem Shake appears to still be going strong, despite the fact that many people like us have grown tired of it. Apparently the Minnesota Timberwolves have also had enough.

On Tuesday, the T-Wolves posted their own version of the Harlem Shake on their official YouTube account. As you can see, it featured a person in a LeBron James jersey wearing a motorcycle helmet. Instead of hitting its climax around the 15-second mark like all of the other Harlem Shake videos, this one ended with the T-Wolves mascot coming out and pummeling the man in the LeBron jersey.

“Some things get old fast,” a message read at the end of the video.

The Heat released their own Harlem Shake video last week, and it looks like the Timberwolves feel that they put the final nail in the coffin. We have seen at least one funny version of the trend, but ultimately we’re with the Wolves. It’s time for the Harlem Shake to end.

H/T Black Sports Online

Fan has tattoo that combines Alabama, Nick Saban and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (Picture)

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What do you get when you combine Nick Saban and your love for Alabama football with the “Sons of Anarchy?” You get one of the creepiest back tattoos you will ever see, which comes to us courtesy of this Alabama hate group on Facebook.

As you can see, some die-hard Crimson Tide fanatic came up with a unique idea for a tattoo on his back that says “Sons of Saban” above some sort of grim reaper with an Alabama logo mixed in. There’s a lot going on, to say the least. But with Alabama fans, nothing really surprises us.

In terms of the weirdo scale, I’d file this tattoo somewhere between that Chiefs fan’s head tattoo and AJ McCarron’s chest tattoo.

H/T SB Nation via Game On!

Dwight Howard: I led a team in Orlando that was full of players nobody wanted

Dwight-Howard-interviewLos Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard was once one of the most beloved players in the NBA, but somewhere along the line he became a phony. Or, should we say, that became the public perception of Superman.

Howard has battled critics all season long in LA. Most of them are the same critics who have been riding him since he was a member of an Orlando Magic team that was heading in the wrong direction. Rather than letting his situation work itself out and remaining quiet, Howard opened his mouth on several different instances and came off as selfish and arrogant.

Howard recently sat down for an exclusive interview with KCAL9’s Kristine Leahy in an attempt to do some damage control, but he may have screwed up once again. He discussed how much passion he has for the game and how much it bothers him when people say he fakes injuries and doesn’t care about winning, but he also threw in a regrettable comment about his days with the Magic.

“I always tell people, hey, our team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted and I was the leader,” Howard explained. “I led that team with a smile on my face.”

If Howard always tells people that, that’s probably why he always comes across people who don’t like him. As Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie mentioned, two of Dwight’s former teammates in Orlando — Earl Clark and Chris Duhon — were traded to LA with him. Although, I suppose they aren’t two of the players he was referring to that no team wanted.

This is the problem with Howard. Even if his heart is in the right place a lot of the time, he can’t seem to avoid saying that one thing that gives critics the right to bash him. Whether its calling his former teammates a bunch of nobody’s or acting buddy-buddy with Stan Van Gundy in front of the cameras, Dwight can’t seem to keep his image clean even when he tries.

Antonio Smith: Manti Te’o ‘would be the butt of every joke’ in Texans locker room

Manti Te'o combineIf Manti Te’o intends to enjoy a successful NFL career, he is going to have to carry with him some pretty thick skin. No matter what the former Notre Dame linebacker says or does, he is never going to escape the embarrassment of the fake girlfriend hoax he supposedly fell victim to.

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith reminded us of that this week. According to Smith, Te’o had better be prepared for some serious heckling in the event that he gets drafted by the Texans.

“Our locker room is full of clowns and, oh, man people would kill him,” Smith told NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk. “I mean he would be the butt of every joke for at least two, three years.”

By that time, Te’o should be more than used to being ragged on. If Te’o’s NFL teammates keep quiet about the hoax, there is always going to be an elephant in the room. Once he begins his professional career, the best thing Te’o can do is just accept the verbal beating and laugh it off.

“You just got to be a good sport, man, it is what it is and you know it is out now, it’s out in the papers and on TV, so all you can do now, you can’t worry about it, you can’t change it, all you can do now is laugh — laugh with us while we’re laughing at you,” Smith said.

Terrell Suggs recently said the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens would welcome Te’o into their locker room, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t give him a hard time. Te’o has already heard it from airline companies and hotel chains, so what’s a little more ribbing? Lord knows he already has enough to worry about with that disappointing display he put on in the 40-yard dash.

Dusty Baker refuses to shake Kirk Gibson’s hand after spring training game

Dusty-Baker-RedsKirk-Gibson-Diamondbacks

There are very few things that could happen over the course of a spring training game that would result in one manager refusing to shake another manager’s hand after the game ends, but Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson apparently found a reason on Monday.

According to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, Baker and Gibson got off to a rocky start before Monday’s exhibition between the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. The two managers reportedly had a “testy discussion” at home plate while exchanging lineups, which apparently had to do with Baker wanting to use a DH and Gibson wanting to play by standard National League rules.

“I had it happen last year with a team, they tried to put the DH in there and that’s not the way it’s done,” Gibson explained. “I wanted to play a National League game. I notified them several times and they just wanted to do it their way and they couldn’t do it. So they didn’t like that. But we play by the rules here, that’s the way it is. We go over there we play by their rules. It’s very simple.”

Arizona was the home team, and the home team gets to decide if a DH is going to be used or not during spring training. According to Gilbert, Gibson wanted to play by standard NL rules so he could get pitcher Brandon McCarthy as many at bats as possible. McCarthy, who pitched in the American League last season, needs practice at the plate. Baker wanted to use Shin-Soo Choo as a DH instead of playing him in the field, since he is nursing a minor quadriceps injury. Gibson would not give in, thus upsetting Baker.

After the game, Gibson apparently extended his hand to shake Baker’s, but Baker refused.

“We didn’t have a very pleasant encounter at home plate,” Baker said. “That’s how it goes. It’s over.”

Now children, it’s only spring training. Let’s try to get along.

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Photo credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

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