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Barry Switzer: I would never recruit a white quarterback

barry-switzerOklahoma football coaching legend Barry Switzer is having himself a banner week. On Wednesday, Switzer ripped Johnny Manziel for being an “arrogant little prick” while at the same time praising him for his incredible ability. Roughly 24 hours later, the 76-year-old was talking about how he would never recruit a white quarterback.

Toward the end of his interview with Nashville Sports Radio on Thursday, Switzer was asked to elaborate on some of the positive things he has said about Manziel’s game. He somehow got into how he would never recruit a white quarterback.

“I love his ability,” Switzer said of Manziel. “I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d recruit a white quarterback to play for me is his mom and daddy would both have to be black, and that’s the only way I’d do it.

“My offense is a quarterback-fullback offense — a wishbone offense. I’d have to have a Jamelle Holieway, JC Watts and Thomas Lott (former Oklahoma QBs). Those guys are gonna be my quarterbacks — great runners, great ball carriers and be able to pass. Those guys could throw and run.”

Following his aside, Switzer then went on to talk about how he would have a long talk with Manziel if he was an NFL representative that was considering drafting him.

I think — and I’m just guessing here — that Switzer was trying to say that Manziel has proved his theory about black vs. white quarterbacks wrong. I’m pretty sure Switzer was admitting that Manziel can do all of the things he previously believed only black quarterbacks were capable of. Either way, you can see why someone would interpret the comments as racism.

The interview is below, with the relevant portion beginning at about the 17:25 mark.

Carl Crawford forgot how to slide over the winter (Video)

Carl Crawford is known for his speed, so sliding into second base should be nothing new for the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. Still, guys can get rusty over the winter. That’s what spring training is for.

Crawford was running with a pitch on Wednesday that ended up being fouled off by Yasiel Puig. He started his head-first slide into second a bit early, which resulted in an awkward bellyflop. He also appeared to hit his face off the dirt.

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After the game, Crawford didn’t mention the sliding play but said he felt some “tightness” in his quadriceps. He is out of the lineup for Thursday’s game, which is probably for the best. His ego could use more of a break than his legs.

H/T Big League Stew

NBA scout: I would take 39 point guards over Rajon Rondo

Rajon-Rondo-Improved-ShootingRajon Rondo reminded everyone this week of why he is not the most popular player in the NBA. The Boston Celtics guard reportedly skipped a team trip to Sacramento without permission to remain in Los Angeles for his birthday. Those who have followed Rondo’s career were not stunned by the news, which says a lot.

Prior to tearing his ACL last season, Rondo was widely considered to be one of the best point guards in the NBA. He is a below-average shooter but has the ability to take over a game and get all of his teammates involved offensively. His attitude has a tendency to rub people the wrong way, but does that make him one of the worst point guards in the NBA?

On Thursday, ESPN.com posted an article about the most overrated and underrated players in the NBA. One anonymous Eastern Conference scout slammed Rondo. Deadspin shared part of the Insider column with us:

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Toledo Mud Hens to wear Ghostbusters jerseys

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The original “Ghostbusters” movie will turn 30 this summer, which is enough to make any person who grew up in the 1980s feel really, really old.  With the passing of actor Harold Ramis — who played Dr. Egon Spengler in the movie — earlier this week, there was no better time than Thursday for the the Toledo Mud Hens to unveil the “Ghostbusters” inspired uniforms they will wear this season.

The Mud Hens, a Detroit Tigers minor league affiliate, will be wearing the jerseys on May 30. Minor league teams wearing quirky jerseys to scoop up a little publicity is nothing new, but we usually see lame stuff like Christmas in July. The “Ghostbusters” threads are right up there with the tuxedo jerseys worn by an AHL team last year. All class.

H/T CBS Detroit
Photo: Instagram/Mud Hens

Paula Deen compares herself to Michael Sam, AKA ‘that black football player who came out’

Paula-DeenPaula Deen always seems to make magic happen when she talks about sensitive issues. And by magic, I mean she is the queen of making cringe-worthy comments. She made another one during a recent interview with People Magazine by comparing herself to Michael Sam.

Last summer, Deen was the subject of a lawsuit that alleged she made derogatory remarks regarding African Americans in the presence of a woman who had African American family members. While the suit was later dismissed, Deen admitted that she has used the N-word at times and blamed it on growing up in the 1960s in the south. Her reputation hasn’t been the same since.

Deen told People that she is fighting to restore her image and curb the public’s negative opinion of her. She may have taken a step back.

“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name,” she said. “It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

Deen’s point was that she does not want to be known as a racist for things she said decades ago, but how that relates to Sam’s situation is beyond us.  First of all, the fact that Sam is a black football player has absolutely nothing to do with his having come out as gay. That was mistake No. 1.

And secondly, Deen admitted to using racial slurs. Sam admitted he’s gay — not that he made a mistake and is seeking forgiveness. The 67-year-old just dug herself into a much deeper hole.

H/T The Wrap

Sydney Leroux wipes out trying to go Happy Gilmore (Video)

Sydney Leroux is a tremendous soccer player, but her golf game needs a bit of work. The US women’s soccer star hit up the driving range in Portugal this week and tried to have a little fun channeling her inner Happy Gilmore. As you can see, she failed miserably at first.

Leroux eventually got it down and stroked what looked like a pretty decent drive.

We all know Leroux is a great soccer player. She also has some pretty smooth boxing skills, is incredibly creative with Halloween, and knows how to dominate a bikini. Golf? Eh, not so much.

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Report: Richie Incognito told police he smashed his own car with bat

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Richie Incognito’s black Ferrari was vandalized with a baseball bat on Wednesday night. TMZ shared some photos of what they said was Incognito’s car with a piece of the bat hanging from the grill and red shirts hanging from the car that supposedly had Incognito’s name on them. According to the Scottsdale Police Department, Incognito says he trashed the car himself.

In a follow-up, TMZ reported that Incognito spoke with police on Thursday morning and told them he vandalized the car in a fit of rage. It is unclear what set him off or if he is telling the truth.

“(The neighbors) provided us with a photo of a damaged car and reported it to belong to Mr. Incognito, and they gave us an address,” Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark said, via USA Today Sports. “We went out there and checked to see if there was a damaged car there. There was no car and no one answered the door.

“We went out there again this morning and we were able to contact Mr. Incognito and he reported that he damaged his own car and didn’t need any police help or report.”

We have seen videos of Incognito dropping the N-bomb in a shirtless fit of rage, so we know he has a tendency to get pretty wound up. That said, something doesn’t add up. What was up with the shirts that supposedly had Incognito’s name written on them? Did he write his name on a couple of shirts and toss them on his car before going HAM on it? Unless he really is that much of an irrational spaz, a piece of the story is missing.

(photo via Twitter/hma400 is of Incognito’s Ferrari but not one of the post-smash photos)

Aaron Hernandez to be kept in special isolation for 30 days after fight

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez has been kept in solitary confinement since he was arrested and sent to Bristol County House of Corrections over the summer, but he was apparently not as lonely as he could have been. After allegedly beating up a fellow inmate who was wearing handcuffs earlier this week, the former New England Patriots tight end will get to experience true isolation.

On Wednesday, NECN was given an exclusive tour of the more restrictive cell Hernandez will be confined to for at least the next 30 days as a result of the altercation. Hernandez will now have to remain in the cell, which is similar to the one he has been in all along, for 23 hours a day.

It was previously reported that Hernandez was kept in solitary confinement because of his high-profile nature. He was allowed to come out of his cell a few times a day to eat meals by himself in the cafeteria and get some fresh air in an outdoor 12-foot by 8-foot enclosure. Now, he will have to eat his meals in his cell. When he leaves, he will have to be in handcuffs, a waist chain and leg irons at all times.

In other words, Hernandez is being punished. He was reportedly not in handcuffs at the time he attacked another inmate, and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said officials are investigating how he came into contact with another prisoner.

“We’re investigating it now to find out why two inmates would have been out at the same time in that unit,” he said. “I’m not happy that there may have been a breakdown in our system and our protocols.”

Hernandez and the other inmate had reportedly been taunting each other in the days leading up to the fight. For at least the next month, the 24-year-old will have no one to taunt or be taunted by.

Kliff Kingsbury made an ‘All I Do is Win’ rap

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Kliff Kingsbury is one of the most popular coaches in the country, mostly because of his good looks. Women swoon over the Texas Tech coach and love to talk about how much he looks like Ryan Gosling. Now, the question is whether his rapping skills will make him more or less attractive.

Kingsbury has been known to bump rap music during practice, but prior to Thursday we hadn’t actually heard him spitting rhymes. That all changed when Kliff made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas and laid down his own version of “All I Do is Win.”

“And every time I step up in the building everybody goes guns up…and they stay there.”

You can hear the full audio of the track here. It’s a must-listen for Kingsbury fans, though I don’t know if girls who hold signs like this will react favorably to it or not. My guess is Kliff can do no wrong in their eyes.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Rory McIlroy involved in legal battle with former management company

Rory-McIlroyRory McIlroy is looking to bounce back this year after a disappointing golf season in 2013. The former world No. 1 signed with Nike and became one of the wealthiest 24-year-old’s in the world last year, but his game faltered. Back in November, McIlroy hinted that legal troubles with sponsors contributed to his poor play in 2013. He may still be having them.

According to the Irish Independent, McIlroy attended a hearing earlier this week that dealt with a lawsuit he has filed against his former management company. McIlroy reportedly claims he signed an agreement with the company under “undue influence” when he was 22 years old.

McIlroy claims he has paid “unreasonable” fee rates to the company that are far greater than an athlete would pay a standard sports agency. He also does not believe he has to pay the company, Horizon Sports Management in Dublin, fees related to his $20 million per year endorsement deal with Nike.

The agency denies the claim and insists McIlroy freely entered into an agreement in 2011. They say he agreed to pay them certain fees and are seeking roughly $3 million in fees for of-course revenues earned by McIlroy. They are also seeking damages, claiming McIlroy continues to breach their contract.

All legal jargon aside, McIlroy fans should be hoping the youngster is able to is able to focus on his golf game this year. He and Caroline Wozniacki are engaged to be married, so one would think analysts would get off his case about Woz being a distraction. Hopefully the legal troubles are sorted out sooner rather than later.

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