Just before the two minute warning in the first half of their game with the Jets, Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson scored on a short five-yard slant. It was particularly impressive since he was covered by Jets’ star cornerback Darrelle Revis. After the score, Johnson decided to celebrate with a little dance and pretended his hands were guns. Then, he pretended to shoot himself in the thigh — a shameless mocking of Plaxico Burress’ self-inflicted gunshot wound. You can see a video of the play over at NFL.com, but here is a screenshot from the celebration:
Getting creative with touchdown celebrations like this one earlier in the season, but Johnson took it a little too far on Sunday. It would be tough for the NFL to fine Johnson for something like that given all the celebrations we’ve seen over the years, but I’ve seen Roger Goodell issue fines for much less.
Doc Brown’s been having a rough time on his picks. We’re down to around .500 on picks against the spread, but with some strong picking the rest of the way, there’s plenty of time to put things together. The Thanksgiving games did not treat the Doc kindly, but we’re expecting a turnaround Sunday and Monday.
Here are Doc Brown’s NFL picks for Week 12, along with analysis below.
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)
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I have no idea what caused this brawl, but Puck Daddy informs us that the teams involved (HIFK, Pelicans) set a league record by amassing 465 penalty minutes. If you watch the video (particularly after the 1:17 mark), you’ll know why. These teams straight up got their Charlestown Chiefs on. It was awesome. Watch:
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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino apparently was unhappy with LSU coach Les Miles for kicking a field goal late in the Tigers’ romp over the Razorbacks Friday. LSU was already up 38-17 when they decided to tack on three points to make it 41-17. The CBS cameras then flashed to a ticked off Petrino who tossed a few choice cuss words Les Miles’ way:
If Petrino indeed was upset with Miles for running up the score, it would be pretty hypocritical. 70-7, 59-7, 55-7, 61-10, and 69-14 were all scores Petrino won by as head coach at Louisville. The dude practically invented the concept of running up the score. I really hope that wasn’t his issue.
No surprise, he was in a pretty foul mood for the postgame handshake too:
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Is it really possible for someone who plays professional sports to never have heard of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx? Is it possible for Tim Tebow to tell a lie? The answer to both of those questions cannot be no. Either there is an NFL quarterback who knows absolutely nothing about the SI jinx, or Tebow is lying. How dare you think it could be the latter.
Tebow will be on on the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated for the seventh time in his life. Considering he has made a career out of appearing on the cover and has never suffered any type of significant injury, it makes sense that he would ignore the voodoo talk. Strangely enough, however, Tebow has heard of the Madden cover curse.
“What is that?” Tebow said according to the North County Times when asked if he was concerned about being on the magazine’s cover. “Well, I haven’t heard that. I heard of the Madden Jinx. Well I hope it doesn’t happen. I didn’t even know I was on that.”
Perhaps some extra Tebowing will be in order for the entire Broncos team to protect themselves against the hex. For what it’s worth, the Madden curse is the one to believe in if superstition is your thing. Sports Illustrated is a weekly publication that has claimed very few in the grand scheme of things, whereas the Madden cover has made victims out of Peyton Hillis, Troy Polamalu, and possibly Drew Brees (if he was playing hurt last year) all since 2009. My prediction: Jesus will prevail.
Chest bump to The Post Game for passing the story along.
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Things are not looking up for the UCLA men’s basketball team. Their last two losses — in fairness — came against ranked opponents, but a 1-4 start is not exactly what the Bruins were hoping for to kick off the 2011-2012 season. To make matters worse, they became the latest victim of the weird injury bug on Thursday when leading scorer Travis Wear hurt his foot.
According to the L.A. Times, the sophomore forward was snorkeling in Hawaii when he cut his foot and needed five stitches. Apparently the Maui Invitational did not include a presentation about the dangers of coral and how deceptively sharp it can be. Of course you’re going to snorkel when you score a free trip to Hawaii, but at least know some basic guidelines before you embark.
Wear missed practice on Saturday and is scheduled to be reevaluated on Monday. Athletes really need to start paying more attention when they’re around sharp things. With important games on the line, we can’t have guys slicing their hands open with scissors and injuring their hands trying to clean a blender. Didn’t these guys learn anything about safety when they were growing up?
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Unlike many other professional athletes before her, Hope Solo did not enjoy her time on Dancing With the Stars. She may try to sugarcoat it so that she doesn’t sound too bitter, but anyone can see by Hope’s recollections and reflections that it was not exactly a high point in her life. As she explained to Anderson Cooper on his show, Anderson, on Tuesday, most of Solo’s frustrations stem from the way in which the show’s producers portrayed her.
“I was very naive going into it,” she explained. “It is very much reality television I think from day one they casted our characters. And we would be rehearsing for seven hours a day. Maks and I were great friends and we had an endearing relationship. The 45 minutes in the whole seven hours that were the most frustrating where I am curing and kicking walls is what America got to see.”
From the start, Solo was upset with the gossip magazines for creating a problem between her and dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy that she insists never existed. She feels as though the angry and frustrated Hope Solo became good television, and that’s why that’s all the audience was shown. Not only that, but the judges were critical of her from the start.
“I was told I had too much muscle and I was too intense and wasn’t dainty,” Solo said.
Needless to say, appearing on DWTS appears to be a “live and learn” type experience for the U.S. women’s goalie. With the World Cup qualifiers around the corner, it’s safe to say she’s ready to put reality TV behind her and focus on those who appreciate her intensity and muscle. Here is the full interview between Hope and Anderson Cooper, courtesy of Examiner.com:
Having long hair and playing football is a risk. As I’m sure you saw, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith learned that the hard way last weekend. Naturally, when you go through a traumatic experience like that it can sometimes help to seek the advice of a veteran. That’s why Smith decided to consult another long-haired guy who has been in the league for quite some time, Larry Fitzgerald. Check out this Twitter exchange between Smith and Fitzgerald that Baltimore Sports Report shared with us:
After months of unsuccessful negotiations and several games lost, the NBA lockout has finally ended. The players and owners met for over 15 hours Friday and news was announced early Saturday morning that the sides had reached a tentative deal on a labor agreement. Details need to be worked out, but the sides decided they want to make sure basketball is played this year.
The plan is for training camps and free agency to begin on December 9th and the season to start on Christmas. The season would be 66 games. The three games scheduled for December 25th are:
- Celtics @ Knicks – 12pm ET
Heat @ Mavericks – 2:30pm ET
Bulls @ Lakers – 5:00pm ET
This is fantastic news and we’re excited to have basketball back. Frankly, I was worried that the basketball season would be canceled. I figured at best, we would have a shortened season beginning in January. Looks like the sides have topped that projection.
We’re thrilled to have the NBA back because we were getting sick of writing stories about players taking college coaching jobs and internships, and talking about playing overseas. Maybe now Andy Rautins can afford to rent his own place, and Tony Allen can afford something more than Ramen noodles. Most of all, we’re just happy for all the escorts who will finally have a gig back.
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It’s no secret that we here at LBS are huge Rory McIlroy fans. We have been since he burst onto the golf scene over a year ago, and I can’t speak for L.B. but I can assure you Rory remains a Del favorite. That being said, the kid is slipping a little. Since he started dating tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, McIlroy has become visibly softer. Whether it’s making out in front of a college football team or exchanging the most corny presents in gift-giving history, Wozzilroy has become tough to follow.
After hearing about the latest shot Holly Sweeney took at McIlroy, I might be a bigger fan of Rory’s ex-girlfriend than I am of him. As the Irish Independent shared with us, Sweeney recently threw a golf pros and tennis hoes party as a blatant shot at McIlroy and Wozniacki’s relationship. You may call it the work of a bitter ex-girlfriend, but I say it’s genius.
What makes the stunt so special is Rory’s reaction. According to the report, McIlroy sent Sweeney texts begging her not to go through with the theme, since it is a dinner party that will be shown on TV3’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me next month.
“She was preparing the starter when her iPhone went off. A series of text messages arrived one after another and she just stopped dead in the kitchen,” a source from the TV show said. “She started laughing and said Rory had just discovered that she was having a tennis and golf themed night and asked her to back out of it. She just laughed and carried on cooking.”
It was a hilarious jab to begin with, let alone McIlroy actually being bothered by it. Score one — a huge one — for Holly.