The Houston Texans sales staff may need to update their mailing lists. Offensive lineman Eric Winston was surprisingly released by the team two and a half weeks ago, but that didn’t stop them from sending him the above letter asking him to purchase a suite for the upcoming season. Winston signed a four-year $22 million deal with the Chiefs a few days later, so he can afford all the suites that he wants. I’m just guessing his purchases will go toward Chiefs games.
Nothing signifies personal touch quite like sending a mailer to a fired employee.
We’ve heard the main knocks on Tim Tebow. He can’t pass. He’s not a quarterback. He’s a gimmick. He’s only a ticket-seller. But former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has just given us something we didn’t see coming.
Plummer, who previously said he’d like Tebow better if he cut down on the Jesus talk, spoke with KKFN radio in Denver on Tuesday and praised the quarterback for his charitable causes off the field but also cautioned that philanthropy doesn’t win football games.
“I respect the kid after the way the season went down and paying attention to what he does for other people in their lives,” Plummer said. “He puts a lot of things ahead of the game and in his position I think it’s pretty impressive that a kid his age can understand what really is important. … The kid has a big heart, he’s a humanitarian, but to back up what (John) Elway did, you don’t win Super Bowls with a humanitarian at quarterback. You win Super Bowls with a genius quarterback that knows what’s going on and that is Peyton Manning.”
Plummer’s thesis is pretty much the expanded version of the “good guys never win” adage. It’s almost as if Tebow can’t do anything right in anybody’s eyes. But, come on, how much more worse can a humanitarian be than a male model?
Jeff Van Gundy says he doesn’t talk to Stan Van Gundy about the Magic, but he sure stuck up for his brother during Wednesday night’s telecast.
The Magic got embarrassed by the Knicks 108-86 and were blown out so badly at Madison Square Garden all the team’s starters got pulled early. At one point late in the game, the team gathered during a timeout but Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson were off to the side doing their thing and even laughing. That really bothered Jeff Van Gundy, who was calling the game for ESPN.
“I was watching the Magic at that time out where Dwight Howard and [Jameer] Nelson didn’t join the huddle. Last night [Andrew] Bynum doesn’t join the huddle. When did this become acceptable that you just aren’t a part of it when it’s not going well and you separate yourself like ‘this is not my problem’ or like you don’t support your teammates?” Van Gundy asked on-air.
“The least you can do is just get up,” he continued. “I don’t understand. I read that (Lakers coach) Mike Brown said he didn’t have a rule that Bynum has to get up. Should you need a rule?”
Van Gundy makes a great point. Why has it become acceptable for players not to participate in team huddles? It happens way too frequently and that’s not the way things should be. Like we said after Derek Anderson’s infamous Monday Night Football meltdown, players need to watch their body language during blowout losses. Dwight Howard is known for being a joker, but when your team is losing by 20-plus points, it’s no laughing matter.
- Jeff Van Gundy
The fourth quarter of the Clippers-Suns game Wednesday became a dunking clinic for Blake Griffin. The Clippers All-Star forward threw down a monstrous jam off a pick and roll pass from Chris Paul and just buried Channing Frye late in the game. It wasn’t as powerful as Blake’s dunk on Kendrick Perkins, but it was easily one of the better dunks in his career. Griffin finished with 27 and 14 in the 103-86 win.
No, this is not a photo from Charles Barkley‘s failed audition for “To Wong Foo.” This is a shot from Barkley’s newest Weight Watchers TV spot, which will begin airing April 8.
We’ve already seen Barkley play Alicia Keys on “Saturday Night Live,” but this new foray into cross-dressing is on a completely different level. Wearing heels, a black cocktail dress, a wig, earrings, gaudy jewelry, and — not to mention — “chest padding,” Barkley will continue promote the message that Weight Watchers isn’t just for women.
Back in January, Barkley had to clarify himself after he was caught saying his endorsement with the weight-loss program was a “scam.” Weight Watchers wasn’t upset about the remark, so it’s unlikely that this is some sort of punishment. This is probably just the company’s way of mixing up its message, because Barkley talking about meatballs has become so played out.
Can’t wait to see wait to see the treatment this gets on “Inside the NBA” on Thursday.
- Charles Barkley
“3 Mistresses: Notorious Tales of the World’s Greatest Golfer” will feature Devon James, Joslyn James (no relation) and Holly Sampson explicitly dishing all of Tiger’s sexual habits and giving demonstrations. Google them at your own risk.
“Any time three women get together to talk about the same guy, the results are going to be more than interesting,” B. Skow, the film’s director, told the New York Post.
“Now, when these women also happen to be adult stars that have sex for a living, and reveal they have been with the same guy, you can be sure they’ll share absolutely everything.”
The movie is set to be released on April 3 — two days before the first round of the Masters.
Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long. That’s what she said.
See: Pictures of all Tiger Woods’ mistresses
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Bill Parcells has been reported as the front runner to be the Saints interim head coach during Sean Payton‘s season-long suspension. Parcells has previously been noncommittal when discussing the rumors, but according to a report Wednesday by Newsday, the 70-year-old coach suggested he would take the gig if he was simply asked by Payton.
“If [Payton] says to me, ‘Bill, I need you to do this,’ that’s what friends are supposed to be for,” Parcells said.
“The thing with this one, it’s a little more personal to me, because this is one of my guys.”
Parcells brought Payton onto his staff as an offensive assistant with the Cowboys in 2003. Payton remained in Dallas until 2006 when he took the Saints job. Payton and Saints GM Mickey Loomis reportedly met with Parcells in Florida on Tuesday, but Parcells said the Saints job wasn’t discussed in detail.
“We literally did not talk about that job at all [Tuesday],” Parcells said. “The only thing he told me is, ‘You’re going to like this situation.’ I know a few of their players, just a couple. I think Sean wanted me to meet Mickey Loomis. I didn’t know him very well.
“They said they’d be in touch.”
As Pro Football Talk suggests, Payton’s consideration of Parcells might be a way of keeping a lock on his job. In Payton’s absence, if the Saints were to win the Super Bowl with a current assistant filling the head coaching role, Payton might find his job in jeopardy. But if the same happens under Parcells’ watch, when Payton returns the Big Tuna just rides off into the sunset with a pat on the back.
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- Bill Parcells
Bynum was benched by Lakers coach Mike Brown Tuesday for attempting a three pointer during the third quarter of the team’s win over the Warriors. Bynum apparently was feeling it after making the first three of his career Sunday against the Grizzlies, so he tossed one up early in the team’s possession. Brown was upset with Bynum for jacking up the shot.
“If I feel like I have to take him out the game again, I’ll take him out the game,” Brown told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears. “If I don’t feel like he’s playing the right way, I’ll take him out the game. I didn’t feel like he was playing the right way. I didn’t feel like we were playing the right way as a club when he was on the floor. That’s why I took him out the game.”
Bynum remained defiant and intends to go against Brown’s wishes.
“I guess don’t take 3’s is the message. But I’m going to take some more,” Bynum said. “I just hope it’s not the same result. I hope that I make it.”
We understand Bynum is trying to work on all parts of his game, but the Lakers don’t have him out there to be their Steve Kerr. Pau Gasol expects Bynum to follow the coach’s directions and do what’s best for the team, but Kobe Bryant found Bynum’s attitude funny and says he can relate.
Let’s just call this what it is: the latest example of Andrew Bynum having a bad attitude. Don’t let his nice guy smile fool you; there is a long list of immature behavior from Bynum over the past few years.
- Andrew Bynum
Remember the tattoo we told you about that A’s pitcher Dallas Braden got of Rollie Fingers riding a dolphin jumping over a rainbow? Many of you suspected it was fake, and you were right.
Braden filmed a commercial to promote Oakland’s April 21 Rollie Fingers bobblehead giveaway. The tattoo Braden flashes with a mustache on his finger is real, but the A’s tell us the dolphin tattoo was fake and done for the commercial.
That’s a shame. We strongly hope Braden will consider adding it for real. It would look marvelous on his arm!
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Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn sparked rumors that she was dating Tim Tebow when she “Tebowed” after a race in December. That act, combined with her proximity to the Denver Broncos and the timing of her divorce, led to rumors that the two were dating.
“[Robby] and I were both very surprised that I married [Tim] and had five kids. I didn’t know that could happen so fast,” Vonn said, referring to Tim Tebow’s brother Robby Tebow, with whom she is friends.
“I talk to Robby all the time and we’re like, ‘This is really weird. Just tell Timmy I’m sorry and I don’t know what’s going on,” Vonn told the show’s hosts.
She also joked that she will become a Jets fan now that Tim has been traded.
“Gotta support the husband,” she joked.
Even if Vonn denied they were dating, that doesn’t change that she says she’s not opposed to seeing him.