Chase Utley Channels Pedro Cerrano

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And when you’re in a slump like Chase Utley, you’ll do anything to break out of it. Though Greg Dobbs and Brad Lidge were vague answering questions about the display inside the Phillies’ clubhouse on Wednesday night, The 700 Level and SI’s Hot Clicks leads us to believe that the voodoo arrangement below is the handiwork of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley:

I don’t know about you, but that design sure looks like something out of the Blair Witch Project. From what we can tell there’s fruit, a red bull, and batting gloves inside the bat triangle but no sightings of Jobu. Utley’s last home run was on May 20th and he’s only had three extra base hits since then, seeing his average drop almost 50 points. With the amount of video he watches and the level of preparation he puts in, you have to figure he’s due to break out of the slump voodoo or not. At least his wife should be pleased that this is his idea of a slump buster.

Moyer in NYC: Phils Get Their Voodoo On? [The 700 Level]
Real Life Pedro Cerrano [SI Hot Clicks]
Video Credit: CSN Philly

Sergio Mitre Hurt During Batting Practice

I find it so fascinating the way many pitchers are unable to function on a normal level like the rest of us. A few weeks ago, in light of Josh Beckett’s back injury caused while swinging, we noted all the pitchers who had been injured while swinging the bat. Looks like we can add another clown to this list (and I say “clown” with all due respect). Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre injured his oblique and wound up being placed on the disabled list Tuesday as a result.

Mitre was swinging during batting practice over the weekend, trying to put on a show. In between his home runs, he told his teammates with a wink, “chicks dig the long ball.” Okay, he didn’t really say that, but he was proud of himself for belting the ball out of the park consistently. It wasn’t until after the round when he started to throw in the bullpen that he realized the damage he had done. Apparently manager Joe Girardi cited Mitre’s case as an example of the hazards of Interleague Play. I have a better idea. Why don’t pitchers try and swing a bat without getting hurt, you know, like the rest of us. This is absurd. I hope the BP show was worthwhile.

BP display proves costly for Mitre [MLB.com]

Today’s Humor: College Football Recruit Destroys an Emo Kid

Sammy Watkins is a wide receiver who is being heavily recruited by some of the top SEC schools as well as a few top programs from other conferences.  My guess is that when a South Fort Myers high school student asked him to appear in a video he was doing for a school project, he didn’t know he would literally come close to losing his own head over it.  I don’t really understand the point of this video or what the project could have entailed — and the emo kid that’s the “star” of it is pretty obnoxious — but the hit Watkins puts on the kid is worth watching.  Check out the video of college football recruit Sammy Watkins laying out an emo kid, courtesy of Sports by Brooks.  Fast forward to 1:35 for the good stuff:

There’s no possible way that’s how the kid scripted this to go.  All of the other hits and beatings he takes through the first 1:30 of the video are harmless, and then Watkins comes along and just absolutely levels him.  If he knew it was coming, there’s no question he would’ve been wearing a helmet.  Some of the schools that are recruiting the wide receiver must be excited about his versatility after seeing this clip.  Then again, I could probably put nearly as big a hit on that nerd if I set my mind to it. Although not during game action, this is definitely worth of being added to our collection of big hits.

Film Breakdown: Florida Recruit Annihilating Emo [Sports by Brooks]

Redskins Have Every Right Not to be Happy with Haynesworth

albert-haynesworth-redskinsIt seems like everything I hear about Washington Redskins‘ defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth just makes me more and more mad. First, he didn’t want to show up for voluntary mini-camp. Then he was ignoring the woman who may be carrying his child. Now Mr. Haynesworth isn’t showing up for mandatory mini-camp and let’s just say his teammates aren’t happy about it.

We are in the month of June and the regular season is just three months away. This is the time that Haynesworth needs to be with his teammates to learn the new defensive structure that the rest of his teammates are learning. I can’t believe how immature he is being about all of this. He doesn’t like the way the defense is going to be run, so he’s just not going to be a part of the team? It’s absolutely ridiculous. I think his “teammate” (I’ll use that term loosely), linebacker London Fletcher, described the situation perfectly:

“Albert made a very selfish decision.  When you decide to play a team sport, you have to look at it and think about everybody involved in the situation. This is not golf, tennis, things like that, where it’s an all-about-you sport. What he’s decided to do is make a decision based on all-about-him.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Haynesworth has proven that he is not a team player and will probably be a cancer to any team he goes. I think the best thing that Washington can do is just release him and let him be another team’s problem. They obviously have other guys on that team who are devoted to each other and to learning their new scheme. And since Haynesworth isn’t, it’s time to say goodbye.

Redskins Players Call Out Haynesworth [ESPN]

Brooke Hundley Roasts ESPN on the CBS Early Show

Brooke Hundley, the 23-year-old former ESPN employee who had an affair with Steve Phillips, appeared on the CBS Early Show on Thursday morning and had some not-so-nice things to say about the way ESPN does business behind the scenes.  Hundley has sued ESPN for more than $15,ooo in damages claiming that she was terminated as a result of complaints she filed about Steve Phillips’ conduct.  Whether the things she told the Early Show are true or not, ESPN’s big-wigs can’t be pleased that she’s claiming sexual harassment is a part of every day life as a female employee of ESPN and doing it on national television.  Check out the video of Brooke Hundley talking about ESPN and her affair with Steve Phillips on the CBS Early Show, courtesy of The Big Lead:

Pretty heavy stuff.  Disney/ESPN is such a major corporation that I doubt this will result in a huge scandal or PR hit, but if more women start coming forward and saying that Hundley is telling the truth about every day life working for ESPN they could find themselves in some pretty hot water.  On a seperate note, if you’d like to gain an appreciation for the power of an “I’m about to appear on TV” makeup job, check out these other pictures of Brooke Hundley:

Brooke Hundley Hammers Away at ESPN’s Locker Room Culture on the CBS Early Show [The Big Lead]

Could Haynesworth Decide to Play Dirty?

The Albert Haynesworth situation has gotten very, very ugly.  The first day of the Washington Redskins mandatory minicamp was Wednesday and Haynesworth was, as expected, a no-show.  The contract he signed with Washington in 2009 made him the NFL’s first $100 million man and included a $21 million bonus that was given to the defensive tackle on April 1st.  Now that Haynesworth has quickly shown he is the anti-team player and is missing mandatory camp, the Redskins are attempting to recover that money.

When Haynesworth came to the Redskins it appeared he would be an enormous boost to their defense.  Somewhere over the course of the year last season, he became frustrated with the way the team was using him.  His discontent grew stronger when Mike Shanahan was hired as the team’s head coach and he found out he would be used more in a 3-4 defense in 2010, chewing up blockers and acting as more of a nose tackle than a play maker.  Apparently a contract worth $100 million means nothing if he can’t have the spotlight and now Haynesworth wants out.

Pro Football Talk has raised an interesting question regarding how far Haynesworth will be willing to go to sabotage his current team and force his way out of town.  When the Redskins signed Haynesworth — very early on the first day of free agency — he spoke about having met with the team for a long time and being convinced he was the perfect fit for the organization.  The timing seemed fishy and it seemed likely that the team had met with the defensive tackle before free agency officially got underway.  As a result, the Titans cried tampering and asked the NFL to look into the matter, but nothing ever came of it.

Now, Haynesworth is claiming the Redskins promised him certain things before he signed his contract and that they aren’t living up to their end of the bargain.  Is it unimaginable that he would come out and admit — likely in a subtle manner — that he had these discussions with the organization before free agency officially began?  It’s an interesting point to raise, and we’ll just have to wait to find out if he’d go that far.

Haynesworth’s power play could include blowing the whistle on tampering [Pro Football Talk]
Sources: Team pursues bonus return [ESPN]

TO’s Still Got Hops

T.O. may be unemployed and turning 37 this year, but the man can still get up.  If the pictures of Terrell Owens jumping on to a newspaper stand aren’t enough for you, TMZ has a video that I couldn’t embed (which can be seen here) that shows the free agent wide receiver putting on an impressive public display of his leaping ability.  I’m sold.  Regardless of his age, you can’t argue that TO still has some freakish athletic abilities and still has a great vertical.  His agent may or may not have planted the rumor that indicated the Redskins were interested in him a while back to create a buzz about his client, but either way jumping from the ground to the top of a newspaper stand and barely taking a step before doing it is something to tip your cap at.  Props to T.O. for this, however much of a crazy s.o.b. he truly is.  On a side note, I still think Adrian Wilson and Joey Gathright have him beat for now.

Terrell Owens – Public Display of INSANE Vertical [TMZ Videos]
Ines Sainz; Terrell Owens incredible high jump [Jimmy Traina's Hot Clicks]