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Crying Tennessee fan Kathleen may be the biggest Vols fan in America

Tennessee-Vols-flagThe Tennessee Vols have fallen on some tough times on the gridiron. Tennessee has not won a bowl game since 2008 and is on its way to a fourth-straight losing season. To put it bluntly, all of this losing has just become too much for Kathleen to take.

Kathleen is a diehard Vols fan who calls into 104.5 The Zone regularly to discuss the state of her favorite team. As Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage shared with us, Kathleen lost control of her emotions when she called former Tennessee coordinator Doug Mathews on Sunday. Audio of her hilarious phone call can be heard here.

“I’m so sad,” Kathleen said while bawling her eyes out. “I love hearing your voice. You’re probably one of my favorite coaches of all time from Tennessee. I’m just really said, because living here in middle Tennessee I’m gonna get a lot of rack from last year and this year. It burned my pride to watch that game. But I’m still a fan and I always will be so I just hope we can do good against Kentucky.”

On Monday, Kathleen called into 104.5 The Zone’s “3HL” to talk some Vols football with Travis. He kept her on the line for quite a while, and the waterworks started again.

“Our boys are beaten down,” she said while sobbing again. “We have a wonderful coach now and he will be paying the bills.”

Kathleen was also adamant about pointing out that she is not a fan of Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin.

“I’m not a big James Franklin fan, by the way,” she added. “He gets under my skin. He’s arrogant. He’s not professional. I never liked him.”

Tennessee may just be playing for pride at this point, but Kathleen could really use a win over Kentucky this weekend. If the audio of her phone calls doesn’t get the Vols fired up, nothing will. And you thought this Tennessee fan was out of his mind?

Lakers extended Kobe Bryant because they believe Jerry Buss would have

Kobe BryantThe Los Angeles Lakers’ decision to sign Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension on Monday was about more than just money. Many have wondered why the team would want a player who is 35 years old and returning from a major injury to be the highest-paid player in the NBA over the next two seasons. One of the reasons is that late Lakers owner Jerry Buss would have wanted to give Kobe the deal.

Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, Jerry’s son, spoke about loyalty on Monday when discussing Bryant’s new contract.

“Loyalty is one of the values our dad instilled in us,” he said, per ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne. “It’s how he ran the Lakers and how we aspire to continue to run the Lakers.”

According to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News, a source close to Jim and his sister Jeanne Buss said their “feeling on it was this is what their dad would have done.”

Does that mean the decision may not be what’s best for the franchise in terms of championship potential? That’s certainly a possibility. The Lakers will still have room to go after free agents this summer, but Kobe will be occupying a very large chunk of their salary cap space. If he is the Kobe of old when he returns, it will be well worth it. If not, the Lakers may have handcuffed themselves until he retires.

Robert Griffin III: Report I don’t want negative plays shown in film is false

Robert Griffin IIIBoth Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan have responded to a report saying the quarterback asked the coach to stop showing negative plays he made during film sessions. Both men have said the report is false.

NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported on Sunday that the relationship between RG3 and Shanny is deteriorating. He also said that RG3 is insecure — particularly about backup Kurt Cousins — and that he asked the coaching staff not to show negative plays he made during film sessions.

“At Baylor, bad plays of his were not shown in meetings at times,” Silver said during GameDay Morning on Sunday. “I am told by someone familiar with the situation that he asked the Redskins to do the same, and that request was rebuffed.”

Shanahan told CSN Washington Sunday that the report is false.

“Robert did not request that I not show negative plays,” Shanahan said. “Completely false. No truth that he asked me to do that.”

After Monday night’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Griffin was asked about the report and also called it false.

“It’s false,” Griffin said as he shrugged. “That’s why I didn’t respond to it, because there’s no need to respond to untrue things. So to echo what Coach said, it’s completely false. People trying to character assassinate me. It’s unfortunate.”

How can someone report something so wild and then both the coach and player deny it? Is Shanahan trying to preserve what’s left of his relationship with Griffin? Or was the report indeed false?

Maybe Griffin doesn’t want the coaches to be extra harsh or critical on him and asked them to soften up some, which could have been interpreted as him not wanting his negative plays shown. I don’t know what the truth is, but usually it lies somewhere in the middle.

You can see RG3’s response to the question at the 6:10 mark in the video below:

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Dana White apologized to GSP, admitted he won the fight

Georges St-Pierre UFC 167After calming down from his hissy fit, Dana White called Georges St-Pierre to apologize for ripping the champion and admitted to the Canadian fighter that he indeed beat Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 two weeks ago.

GSP’s trainer, Kristof Midoux, conducted an interview with the Quebec Journal recently and told them White called St-Pierre the morning after the fight to apologize.

“Few people know it, but the next morning he (White) called George and told him ‘I’m sorry, I watched the fight again and you have indeed won. I spoke under the influence of emotion,'” Midoux told The Journal.

“George told him he did not worry, he understood. He owes nothing to anyone, he fought all his life. ”

Though GSP took the apology well, Midoux is not satisfied. He says if he were GSP, he’d ask White to make a public apology. Midoux also says he wants Hendricks drug tested.

You may recall that White reacted so poorly to the GSP-Hendricks decision that he ripped the Nevada State Athletic Commission a new one and caused outraged among fans.

Did White apologize to GSP as lip service to get back in the good graces of his star fighter? Or did he do that because he genuinely believes St-Pierre won? If he really believed St-Pierre won after re-watching the fight, he should say so publicly to set the record straight.

H/T Low Kick MMA

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Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao would beat ‘slow’ Floyd Mayweather

pacquiao-mayweatherThe Manny Pacquiao camp has been banging the Floyd Mayweather fight drum pretty hard over the past few weeks, and the latest words come from Freddie Roach, who believes his fighter would beat Floyd.

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Saturday in Macau and looked very good in the fight. It was his first victory in over two years, though that stat is really misleading; Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley in my opinion, but the judges screwed him on that split decision. I also thought he looked pretty good against Juan Manuel Marquez until Marquez caught him with a huge shot in the sixth round to end the fight.

Prior to the Pacquiao-Rios fight, promoter Bob Arum said he was open to Pacquiao and Mayweather fighting. That was a change from his previous stances, as Arum always found ways to impede the fight (as did Floyd). It’s no surprise that Pacquiao’s side wants the fight now — he’s not as highly regarded as Floyd anymore, and he has less to lose. All that adds up to less leverage, which would ostensibly make negotiations go more smoothly.

If Floyd and Manny end up fighting next year as Top Rank Promotions hopes, Roach, who is Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, thinks Manny would win the fight.

“Mayweather in his last two fights has been slow, he doesn’t move as much as he used to,” Roach told AFP. “I think Manny’s speed will overwhelm him. Mayweather is not good against southpaws. And he has trouble with speed.

“Manny Pacquiao, he’s back, but I never really had the thought he went anywhere.”

Roach has been talking a lot of trash lately. Maybe calling Mayweather slow is his way of trying to goad the undefeated boxer. Then again, Roach was talking trash when he said Rios was a punching bag who hits back, but his words turned out to be accurate. Maybe the same will be true of his prediction about Pacquiao-Mayweather. But there’s only one problem: I still don’t think Floyd will agree to the fight — facing Pacquiao is too risky for him.

Elin Nordegren learned of Tiger Woods’ affair by sending fake text messages

tiger elinThis week marks four years since Tiger Woods notoriously crashed his car on Thanksgiving, an even that led to the unraveling of his personal and professional life.

In commemoration of the notorious night that forever changed Tiger’s life and career, the New York Post on Monday wrote a long story recapping what happened that led to Tiger crashing his Escalade and ending up unconscious and taken to the hospital. In their story, they referenced some details shared by The Daily Beast in 2010 about how the whole night unfolded. Some news outlets and websites have mistakenly said that these are new details from a new report. Though these details are actually from an old report, they’re new to me, which is why I’m sharing them.

According to the old Daily Beast report, Elin learned about the affair between Tiger and Rachel Uchitel (the one the National Enquirer first exposed) by stealing his cell phone, reading his text messages, and pretending to be him in text messages sent to Uchitel.

Tiger apparently gave Elin a heads up that The National Enquirer would be running its story alleging that Tiger and Uchitel were having an affair. Tiger supposedly convinced Elin that the relationship between him and Rachel was platonic, and he even organized a 30-minute phone conversation between Elin and Rachel to convince her that nothing was going on.

Elin was supposedly satisfied after speaking with Uchitel, but she learned on Thanksgiving that Uchitel met Tiger while he was in Australia for an event. That led to bickering between him and Elin, and Tiger supposedly took an Ambien to go to sleep to end the fighting. That’s when Elin got all snoopy on him.

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Loui Eriksson dekes between his legs for great goal (Video)

Loui ErikssonLoui Eriksson kicked off a 4-3 overtime win for the Boston Bruins over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night with a sweet goal where he went between his legs on a deke.

About seven minutes into the first period, Eriksson took a pass from Carl Soderberg and went through his legs. He then beat Marc-Andre Fleury five-hole for the goal to put the B’s up 1-0. Eriksson assisted on two other Bruins goals, and Soderberg picked up another assist as well.

Boston continues to lead the Eastern Conference with 34 points, while Pittsburgh is tied with Tampa Bay for second at 31 points.

Rudy Gay has banned stat sheets from Raptors locker room

Rudy Gay RaptorsRudy Gay has banned stat sheets from the Toronto Raptors locker room in an effort to emphasize the importance of winning over statistics.

Each Raptors player typically receives a stat sheet after games that shows their individual and team stats for the game. The Toronto Sun reports that Gay has put an end to that practice.

“We’re not playing for stats,” Gay explained, via The Sun.

There was no specific incident or moment that led to the decision.

“I wanted to just nip it in the butt before it became an issue,” Gay said. “We come in here after losses, after wins and people are staring at those stat sheets, but that’s not what we’re about. We’re a team and the stat that matters is the W.”

Great, who wouldn’t like to see a player focused on wins more than anything? I’m sure the Raptors coaches and execs like hearing that. Toronto is 6-7 and leading the crappy Atlantic Division after all. But this is really just comical of Gay.

The obvious joke here is that Gay doesn’t want stats distributed so that everyone doesn’t see how many shots he’s jacking up and missing. Gay may be averaging 20.2 points per game, but he’s shooting a terrible 38.1 percent from the field, and he’s attempting 19.4 shots per game. LeBron James, by comparison, hasn’t averaged that many shots per game in a season since joining the Miami Heat. LeBron is averaging 25.3 points per game on 15.5 shots. He recently cracked that if he took 37 shots in a game (like Gay did in a recent loss to Houston), that he’d score 60-70 points easily.

Seein stats actually can be helpful. It can tell you what you did well or poorly in a game. If guys are busy playing in a game, they don’t have a chance to count stats as they’re going. Maybe by looking at the stats they’ll see what their strengths or weaknesses were and know what to work on. And in the case of Gay, it would probably be trying to increase his offensive efficiency.

Chest bump to Beyond the Buzzer

Aldon Smith kicks Robert Griffin III in nuts, gets away with it (GIF)

Aldon Smith kicked Robert Griffin III in the nuts during the third quarter of Monday’s San Francisco 49ers-Washington Redskins game, and he was lucky he got away with it.

Washington had a 2nd-and-7 early in the third quarter from the San Francisco 46 and went with a pass play. Griffin threw to the far sideline for Josh Morgan, but the pass was ruled incomplete. At the end of the play, after RG3 had already released the ball, Smith, who was an arm’s length away from Griffin, raised his leg and connected with the quarterback’s groin.

He must have a wide foot because he got both of them:

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Dwyane Wade does cartwheel to photobomb LeBron James (Video)

The Miami Heat have engaged in photobombing battles for the past few seasons, but Dwyane Wade may have taken things to the next level. As LeBron James was being interviewed following the Heat’s 107-92 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, Wade did cartwheels to ruin the shot.

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Do you think Wade hit LeBron with a “Vote for Donnelly” as he whipped by?

Here it is in GIF form:

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