When the Cowboys defeated the Redskins on Monday, a lot of questions were answered about Tony Romo’s toughness. Reports of a punctured lung and broken ribs left Romo’s playing status in question, but he went on to take another beating from the Washington defense. Romo battled through a number of crunching hits and numerous botched snaps, all the while having to coach his receivers on where they needed to line up before plays.
Those who are not Romo fans are surely sick of hearing about his tenacity. Apparently that group includes Brian Orakpo, who may have a small case of sour grapes after the tough loss.
“To me they blown it way out of proportion,” Orakpo said on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show Tuesday via the Washington Post. “I mean, they tried to make it seem like the guy was hospitalized the night before the game, just so we could build it up if they was to win the game — oh he’s a courageous player to go out there and play. The guy was playing just like Tony Romo, running around, making throws. He got hit throughout the whole game and still getting up. I mean, it was blown way out of proportion, but it is what it is.”
Orakpo’s teammate seemed to think Romo’s injuries were legit enough that he planned to target them. Here’s the kicker: Orakpo sat out much of the second half with cramps. He tried to explain his absence by saying he had never experienced that type of humidity and lack of air flow. Doesn’t sound like he should be pointing fingers about who’s playing hurt and not.
Back in August, we told you that Delonte West was applying for a job at Home Depot after a judge denied him the freedom to play basketball overseas. Apparently things didn’t work out with the power of the Home Depot, so West decided to apply for a position in the stock room at Regency Furniture. The NBA guard shared a picture from his first day at work, as well as his job application:
We highly recommend you read his job application. West says he heard about the job through “word of mouth.” He seems like quite the willing employee, saying he’s available to work any time of day, not to mention weekends. In fact, he wrote that he was available to start working “yesturday.” Luckily spelling is not a skill required for the position. Let’s just hope he’s entitled to an employee discount. What’s the point in moving futons and sofas all day if you can’t at least get a deal out of it?
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Former MLB player and permanent hot head Milton Bradley was arrested Tuesday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. According to TMZ, Bradley’s wife called 911 Tuesday afternoon from their home in LA and said Milton was chasing her around the house with a baseball bat.
We always say there are two sides to every story, but would anybody be surprised if this were true? Milty is the same dude who once charged a press box after a game to confront a television announcer. He’s flipped off fans during games. I certainly wouldn’t put it past him to go Elin Nordegren on his spouse. The only question is how the wife continues to stick with him. Now that’s a mystery.
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U.S. Olympian and track star Lolo Jones was a guest on Dan LeBatard’s new show Highly Questionable Wednesday. It was a casual, yet entertaining interview, but the best part came around four minutes in when LeBatard’s father asked how he could get abs like hers. Jones joked about using the Situation’s ab DVD workout video to stay fit:
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A study published in the Social Psychological & Personality Science area of the SAGE Journals says hockey players accrue more penalties when wearing black sweaters compared to white ones. From the study’s abstract:
To examine the color–aggression link, the authors analyzed the last 25 seasons of NHL penalty-minute data (649 seasons from 30 teams collapsed across 52,098 games). When teams wore black jerseys, they were penalized more than when they did not (d = 1.19; Study 1). When teams switched to wearing colored jerseys at home games, they were penalized more than when they wore white jerseys at home games (d = 0.83; Study 2). Collectively, these quasi-experimental findings suggest that black jerseys are associated with more aggression and that white jerseys are associated with less.
It seems like it would be difficult to tell what color jersey a team wore for a game 25 years ago, but I’ll take their word for it. Just from the abstract, it’s also difficult to tell how significant the gap was between penalty minutes accrued in white jerseys compared to black ones. Still, it seems like an interesting study and something worth monitoring during the season. It’s also worth pointing out that Penguins goalie Brent Johnson was wearing a black sweater when he broke Rick DiPietro’s face in February with one punch. After reading this study, I’m not so confident that would have happened had he been wearing white.
Stick tap to The Hockey Writers for the story
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Andy Roddick played an exhibition tennis match against Mardy Fish Sunday in Oklahoma City. Roddick apparently spent most of the time joking around to entertain the crowd. At one point, he broke out several impressions in a row. Watch Roddick go from Pete Sampras, to Maria Sharapova, to Rafael Nadal, and eventually Serena Williams. The Serena was the best:
Novak Djokovic’s Nadal and Sharapova impressions are better, but it’s hard to beat a guy who stuffs towels in his butt. I mean that’s pretty much what you have to do to come close to matching Serena’s behind in size, right?
Fist pound to Tennis-X for the video
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On a normal day, I could not possibly care any less about a New York Mets baseball game. At the moment, the Mets are nothing more than a team that is widely mocked, and run by an owner who does not believe in them. Today, however, I felt the need to pay attention.
Heading into the final game of the regular season on Wednesday, Jose Reyes held a one-point lead over Ryan Braun for the National League batting title. Reyes was hitting .336 with an upcoming afternoon game against the Reds while Braun and his .335 average will play the Pirates Wednesday night. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, we heard some rumblings about the Mets considering pulling Reyes in Wednesday’s game if he got a hit early. Even the Mets wouldn’t be that classless, would they?
Of course they would; we’re talking about the New York Mets. In fact, they went a step further. Reyes dropped down a bunt single in the first inning and was immediately replaced with a pinch runner. The maneuver solidified Reyes’ place ahead of Braun for the time being, and the Brewers left fielder needs to increase his average by two points to surpass Reyes. Can you say bush league?
When Ted Williams set the all-time batting record by hitting .406, he had the record on lock after game one of a double header. Rather than sit out the second game and guarantee that his average remain above .400, Williams went about his normal business and ended up increasing his average even further. I think I speak for everyone when I say I hope Braun somehow manages to go 4-for-4 in tonight’s game.
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It is important to note that Tom Brady does have a hat on in the picture everyone is talking about on Wednesday, but it certainly looks like there’s a buzz cut under there. Apparently Brady looked himself in the mirror after throwing four interceptions in a loss to the Bills and decided it was time for a change. Unless there is some sort of weird mushroom going on under the hat, Brady has gone back to his old haircut. Check out this picture that Chris Forsberg of ESPN tweeted:
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As if the nomenclature in the world of sports didn’t make it tough enough already to distinguish football from football, which needs an “American” qualifier preceding it or a “FOOT-bowl” pronunciation change to separate the two from classifying confusion, now we have this. Last week, the NFL sent out another of its infamous memos (presumably without using their hands, either!). The message distributed to all 32 teams in the NFL’s top flight (ugh) stipulated that faking injuries would no longer be tolerated as a piece of gamesmanship to slow down the opposition; and, instead, would be punished by way of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines that a player was not hurt on a play but was performing an acting job worthy of a Razzie.
Let’s say there is a spectrum of professional athletes with respect to how well they are able to play their sport while dealing with some kind of injury. At one end would lay hockey players, who have been observed to compete while having a hockey stick coming out of their head in Phineas Gage fashion.
On the opposite side, you would have soccer players, who have been known to possess the miraculous ability to writhe in pain following the slightest physical contact, yet recover almost immediately if a whistle is not blown. The recent move by the Turkish Football Federation to ban men from games certainly underscores the sports move away from blood and sweat, and closer toward tears. Turkey’s move can have two possible effects: either the sport becomes less violent both on the field, and in the stands, or the amount of soccer-induced hot flashes and cravings for chocolate will increase exponentially.
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After several years of mediocrity and oftentimes embarrassment, the Oakland Raiders appear on the verge of getting their swagger back. Darren McFadden is clearly one of the game’s most explosive backs and the Raiders have done a tremendous job of pounding the football early in the season. A victory at home over the Jets that included 234 yards on the ground should give Oakland confidence they can grind out wins against the better teams in the league — including the Patriots.
The team that traded Richard Seymour in 2009 for a first-round pick will visit the Black Hole on Sunday. Seymour has helped anchor a Raiders defense that is starting to regain its identity, and from the sound of it he’s enjoying every bit of it.
“Just the mystique of that uniform,” Seymour told the Boston Herald. “It’s more than a team. You’re carrying a culture with you. We play Raider football. Nasty, rip-your-head-off brutality. As a lineman, that’s the ultimate.’’
Those comments come just a few days after Seymour described the Raiders defense as X-rated, so he may be getting a bit carried away in voicing his opinion. Still, it is important to have leaders like Richard who inject confidence into the team. Jason Campbell is a mediocre quarterback, but if Oakland can continue to pound the ball with McFadden and make plays on defense they will become a legitimate playoff contender.