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Mark Hominick Picture After Losing Jose Aldo Fight

Mark Hominick had one of the worst hematomas this side of Hasim Rahman following his fight with Jose Aldo Saturday night. Hominick literally had a second head growing like that Mike’s Hard Lemonade commercial. Well a few days after their fight, fans were demanding a picture of Hominick’s battle wounds and he finally obliged. Here’s the picture he posted on his twitter via 5th Round:

The guy still looks like he went about 25 minutes with Jose Aldo, but at least the forehead looks clean. Honestly though, I thought Hominick fought a great fight against Aldo and that he deserves a rematch. Many people are saying Aldo should fight Kenny Florian, and Dana White is saying Chad Mendes is likely next, but why not a rematch?

Hominick started pounding on Aldo in the fifth round and clearly was outlasting him conditioning-wise. I have no reason to believe Hominick wouldn’t give Aldo his best challenge if they were to fight again. Am I crazy in thinking that? Why shouldn’t they have a rematch?

Now the other question I have is who looks worse, Hominick, or GSP?

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Picture: GSP’s Eye After Jake Shields Poke

Georges St. Pierre beat Jake Shields in their UFC 129 fight Saturday by unanimous decision. Many critics (and GSP himself) were disappointed he didn’t finish Shields with a knockout or submission, but part of the problem was GSP got poked/punched in the eye and couldn’t see out of it for most of the fight. Doctors initially feared a detached retina when they examined him because they could not see into the eye. At that point you were probably wondering what the freaking eye looked like, and luckily UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste came through with a picture:

That looks pretty darn bad and it’s no surprise GSP was handed a 60-day medical suspension. I know a lot of folks were disappointed by GSP’s performance, but keep in mind he wasn’t hurt throughout the fight and pretty much dominated things despite not having full vision. As for the folks pushing a Nick Diaz fight, get off of it. There’s only one fight fans should want to see, and it’s GSP vs. Anderson Silva. I know GSP’s team has major concerns about the weight difference, but that’s the one that needs to happen.

Thanks to 5th Round for sharing the link, and how does GSP’s eye compare to Mark Hominick’s injuries?

Rashard Mendenhall Dropped by Champion for Osama bin Laden Tweets

For those of you wondering how long it would be before Rashard Mendenhall started suffering monetary consequences for his Osama bin Laden tweets, we have your answer. It only took three days for sports apparel company Champion to drop Mendenhall.

Champion announced the news in a statement that was posted by Game On! The text of their full statement:

Champion is a strong supporter of the government’s efforts to fight terrorism and is very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of the U.S. Armed Forces. Earlier this week, Rashard Mendenhall, who endorses Champion products, expressed personal comments and opinions regarding Osama bin Laden and the September 11 terrorist attacks that were inconsistent with the values of the Champion brand and with which we strongly disagreed. In light of these comments, Champion was obliged to conduct a business assessment to determine whether Mr. Mendenhall could continue to effectively communicate on behalf of and represent Champion with consumers. While we respect Mr. Mendenhall’s right to express sincere thoughts regarding potentially controversial topics, we no longer believe that Mr. Mendenhall can appropriately represent Champion and we have notified Mr. Mendenhall that we are ending our business relationship. Champion has appreciated its association with Mr. Mendenhall during his early professional football career and found him to be a dedicated and conscientious young athlete. We sincerely wish him all the best.

Couldn’t have put that better myself. Mendenhall tried to cover his butt with a “clarification” he wrote on his blog Wednesday, but he didn’t address his comment that he couldn’t believe an airplane took down the World Trade Centers. It’s that comment that loses me and most people. If I were in Champion’s position, I would have distanced myself with Mendenhall as well.

The good news is people have freedom of speech in this country. Unfortunately, you don’t have the freedom of consequence as Champion’s actions have shown us.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Allegedly Threatened Security Guards with Guns

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. allegedly threatened security guards at his Las Vegas home, the Las Vegas Sun reports, and no, this is not a repeat of the five previous stories we’ve reported here at LBS. Money Mayweather was charged with misdemeanor harassment for threatening guards who ticketed his cars on the street. This is not a joke.

According to the complaint, the incident took place in October when two security guards cited a couple of Mayweather’s cars parked outside his mansion. Mayweather supposedly then threatened the guards saying “My homies have guns. If you want me to call them, they’d come over here and take care of you.” He also allegedly said “These are my f**king cars. Don’t touch my f**king cars.”

At this point we can either conclude that Floyd is a giant jerk with no respect for security guards, or his homeowners association is doing everything possible to get him kicked out of the community. Seriously, let’s just look at his list of infractions:

The evidence against Floyd pretty much points to him being a jerk. It’s truly sad that he keeps getting into trouble (even if this is just a charge dating back to October). The only thing that could help him redeem his public reputation is by returning to the ring. Hopefully he follows what his uncle says by returning this summer.

Gus Johnson Out at CBS, Could Head to FOX for College Football (UPDATE)

It’s rare that an announcer not reaching a deal with his employer becomes major news, but that just shows the massive appeal of Gus Johnson. SI’s Richard Deitsch reported that Gus is out at CBS after the two sides were unable to agree on a new contract. Not only is Gus out at CBS, but he also did not get the NFL Network play-by-play job many people expected him to land. Instead, that job went to Brad Nessler.

Deitsch reported that “industry sources said Johnson has spoken with Fox Sports about a role in its college football coverage,” so you may be able to hear him calling Pac-12 games in the future. The bad news for many fans is that we won’t be hearing Johnson during March Madness any longer. It was during the NCAA Tournament that Gus developed his following amongst viewers due to his enthusiastic announcing style.

I know this is going to sound sacrilege to my fellow bloggers and readers, but I’ve never been a big Gus Johnson fan. Part of the reason is because I felt people went way too overboard with their praise of him, but another bigger reason is because I felt like some of it was an act and not genuine. I used to hear Gus call Knicks games on the radio and he had very little enthusiasm and excitement during those games. For someone who was used to his energy, that was highly disappointing. So when I hear him losing his head on CBS doing football and March Madness, it seems to me like he’s just playing up for his national audience. Still, I’d much rather hear Gus do games than many other boring announcers. I’ll take that any day, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him land another gig quite soon.

UPDATE: The New York Daily News reports that Gus may not be out at CBS.

“According to an industry source Johnson, whose CBS contract expired after the Final Four, received a written offer from Fox earlier this week. The offer includes both NFL and Pac-12 football play-by-play roles. However Johnson’s reps have not presented the offer to CBS execs. When they do, probably next week, CBS will have one week to match or say adios to Johnson.”

Sounds like Gus’ agent/rep may have leaked the story to Deitsch at SI with the hope that there would be public outcry putting pressure on CBS to keep Gus. The good news for Johnson fans is this may not be a done deal.

How Three Dumb Draft-Day Trades Crippled the Carolina Panthers

It was only 2008 when the Carolina Panthers were 12-4 and tied for the best record in the NFC. In those playoffs, Jake Delhomme went vintage Delhomme with six turnovers against the Cardinals, paving the way for Arizona’s Super Bowl run. Sure, Jake’s collapse into a colorblind quarterback who kept throwing the ball to the other team weighed heavily on their issues, but how is it possible that the Panthers destructed from 12-4 to 2-14 in only two years? How could they have had the seventh best offense in football in ’08 and by far the worst last season? If you want to find out where things went wrong in Carolina (besides with Jake Delhomme), you don’t have to look further than three horrific trades made by GM Marty Hurney (pictured).

In the 2008 draft, the Panthers picked Jonathan Stewart with their first selection. Then they decided they wanted to hit the Daily Double and traded a second, fourth, and first-round pick in ’09 to move back into the first round to take Jeff Otah with the 19th pick. They surrendered a first rounder, second rounder, and fourth just for another first-round pick. Does that sound like good value to you? Of course not. And the worst part is Otah was hurt last season and has only played 25 games in three years.

As a result of the Otah trade in ’08, the Panthers didn’t have a first-round pick for ’09. Because they had a 12-4 season, they were picking at the back of the draft and didn’t have a selection until the 59th overall pick. That wasn’t good enough for Carolina, so they decided they had to get into the action and made another absurdly foolish trade. They traded their first-round pick in 2010 just to get a second-round pick. Yes, a first for a second. Does it get any dumber than that? Their logic was that Everette Brown was still around with the 43rd overall pick and they rated him as a first rounder, plus with Julius Peppers leaving, so they needed another pass rusher. Still, the math sucks — you don’t trade a first for a second.

Now if you thought Carolina’s draft day stupidity ended there, you would be wrong.

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Cuban born Aroldis Chapman Does Cinco de Mayo Commercial for Pepto Bismol

Reds flame-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman is from Cuba. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday. That still didn’t stop Pepto Bismol from having Chapman film a Cinco de Mayo commercial for them. Check it out:

I guess their message is not to overeat? Funny, where have we seen that message from Pepto Bismol before huh? I like the creativity, I like the commercial, but can we get some cultural consistency please? Thanks

Credit to Just Sports and Just Us for the video

Charles Barkley Breaks Club on First Tee

Charles Barkley is a notoriously bad golfer. He’s got one of the ugliest celebrity swings due to an inexplicable hitch in the middle of his swing.  So anytime Charles decides to pick up a club, comedy ensues. Wednesday’s Pro-Am at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek was bound to be comedy gold and it didn’t disappoint.

When Barkley swings, he typically winds up and then stalls in the middle only to raise his club again, reset his feet and then try and cruch the ball as his body spins violently on one leg. It’s not the way they teach you but it is hilarious and normally the only thing that breaks Charles’ ego. On Wednesday, things didn’t go as smoothly.

On the very first tee of the day, Charles lined up the ball, shook his legs and… destroyed his golf club. Yes, his swing was so bad that the head on his driver came flying off and went down the fairway. Check out the video:

Charles blamed the clubs, saying that he left them out of the bag and they were frozen so when he hit the ball, err, the ground, it broke the club. Good thing they were free.

Curtis Granderson Donates 300 Bats to Public Schools Athletic League

Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson does a lot more than belt home runs, chase down fly balls, and join the Golden Sombrero Club.  Since he started the Grand Kids Foundation during his days in Detroit, the Grandy Man has been known for his work in the community, particularly among local youth.  Last week, Granderson donated 300 Louisville Sluggers to the Public Schools Athletic League.  Because of his donation, high schoolers who can’t afford equipment will be able to play baseball this season.

“It’s great to get a chance to see how much of an impact you can make on kids,” Granderson told the New York Yankees. “It’s amazing that I’m very similar to all the teachers and the social workers and the principals here, but the attention that the kids will give once they see, ‘Hey, this is a famous person coming in’ … They always just kind of perk up and listen a little more, so given that opportunity, I try to take advantage of it as best I can.”

Granderson said he chose to donate bats to the Bronx students because he always hears about kids not playing baseball or softball because they can’t afford the equipment.  Aluminum bats can cost upwards of $200, so Granderson figured a few hundred bats would give plenty of students the opportunity to play with limited funds.

It’s easy to look at a charitable donation like the one the Grandy Man made and think to yourself, “good, they have millions of dollars and should be doing that stuff.”  While that’s probably true, there are plenty of players out there who don’t bother making the effort.  Even as a Red Sox fan, Del is willing to give credit where credit is due.

Pic via Yankees.com

Norm MacDonald Bets $25,000 on Manny Pacquiao to Win $3,125

Comedian Norm MacDonald has a relatively new show on Comedy Central. One of his first bits with Blake Griffin was fantastic, and this wasn’t bad either. McDonald decided to bet $25,000 on Manny Pacquiao to beat Shane Mosley Saturday evening. The only problem is he’ll only make slightly over $3,000 if he wins the bet. Last time we were looking at boxing odds like that, it was one of the biggest kicks to my LBS nuts ever (you can read that story here). As for MacDonald’s skit, check it out below:

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