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Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Johnny Manziel has a personal assistant, hires security when he goes out

Johnny ManzielBy now we are all well aware that Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel is not your average college student. Manziel is larger than life, and that has more to do with the rock star lifestyle he lives than the fact that he is the only freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Not every Heisman winner has a personal assistant.

One of the people ESPN the Magazine’s Wright Thompson wrote about in his behind-the-scenes look at Manziel’s life is Manziel’s high school friend Nate Finch, known to his buddies as Uncle Nate. Finch dropped out of school this year to focus on working as Manziel’s personal assistant and manager. And when Manziel sent that tweet about being anxious to leave College Station, the backlash was tough to manage.

“Johnny is in a bad mood,” Nate said at the time. “He’s gotta get out of this fishbowl. If he’s getting in trouble for sending a tweet…”

We later found out that the tweet had to do with a parking ticket, but Manziel created an unnecessary firestorm when he could have just kept it to himself.

Uncle Nate handles media requests for Manziel and also helps coordinate a security team from Houston that Manziel’s parents want him to hire when he goes out in public. That’s right, the 20-year-old has a security team. While Nate said he and Manziel have their “own security team paid for by us,” he admitted he means paid for by Manziel’s parents, who want people to be around to squash any potential confrontations before they start.

[Related: Johnny Manziel’s dad worried son could have ugly unraveling]

Perhaps Uncle Nate and his security team helped Manziel avoid getting into trouble when he was tossed out of a frat party recently and someone chucked a beer in his direction.

While many will argue that Manziel needs a personal assistant and bodyguards because he is a star quarterback in the SEC, that is not entirely true. If he didn’t love to party so much and kept more of a low profile, he would probably be just fine. As we have learned, that is not what Manziel is about.

Oh nothing, just Dino Radja killing it in a speedo


Most of you probably don’t remember former Boston Celtics big man Dino Radja. The 6-foot-11 center from Croatia put together four uninspiring seasons from 1993 to 1997 and his NBA career was over by age 29. But from this day forward, you will probably never forget Dino.

Radja was recently spotted soaking up as much sun as he possibly can without exposing himself. If he wasn’t thinking about auditioning for the next Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, he probably should now. I’m sure photographers have already been blowing up his cell.

Photo via Twitter user @Nidzis11

Drew Brees clears up tip controversy


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees should not have to take time out of his busy training camp schedule to explain how he spends his money, but he obviously cares about his image. Earlier this week, gossip site The Dirty posted the photo you see above above of a dinner receipt that allegedly belonged to Brees. As you can see, he left a $3.00 tip on a $74.41 bill.

Of course, no one attempted to get the entire story. Have you ever called in an order for a bunch of pizzas or something and gone and picked them up yourself? For those who are unfamiliar with that concept, it’s called takeout. And since you don’t really have a server for a takeout order, there’s generally no need to tip anywhere close to 20%.

In fact, most people don’t tip at all when ordering takeout. What Brees tips is really nobody’s business, but you can understand why he wanted to clarify. The picture of the receipt without context made him look like an a-hole (or “cheap bastard” as The Dirty phrased it), and we know how much the internet loves when millionaires don’t tip well. Now, back to football.

Chicago Blackhawks fans get revenge by standing on Justin Bieber’s face


Justin Bieber infuriated thousands of Chicago Blackhawks fans earlier this month while taking pictures of the Stanley Cup before a show at the United Center. Bieber stood on the Blackhawks team logo in their locker room, which is a big no-no and a sign of disrespect in the NHL. The general consensus is that the Canadian-born Bieber should have known that.

Over the weekend, a group of outraged Blackhawks fans took revenge into their own hands at the team’s annual fan convention. Chris Wilkerson, Mark Wegener and Josh Kaye came up with the idea of starting a Twitter account called @StandOnBieber and bringing a giant cutout of Bieber’s face to the convention. You can probably guess what’s coming next.


Cowboys safety Barry Church missed practice due to Jolly Rancher injury

Jolly-RanchersDallas Cowboys safety Barry Church missed most of last season after tearing his Achilles tendon. He has fought hard to get back on the field in 2013, but that doesn’t mean a certain hard candy hasn’t tried to stand in his way.

Church has been done in by a Jolly Rancher — a cherry one to be exact. The 25-year-old missed practice on Monday when he woke up with severe pain in his tooth. A few weeks prior, he had chipped a tooth while eating a Jolly Rancher but thought it was no big deal. He was wrong, as he wound up needing a root canal.

“The pain was crazy,” Church said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I was numbed up yesterday because of the dentist appointment. They didn’t want me to practice, but I will be out there today (Tuesday).”

Church added that he has had to deal with plenty of razzing from his teammates and coaches, but that he “took the punches and kept on going.” And since he admittedly has a sweet tooth, he said he’s going to have to stick to softer candies until after the season.

“I have to stick to the soft stuff – Starburst, Skittles, stuff like that,” Church said.

Most of the weird injuries we share with you on LBS like this and this have to do with baseball players. NFL players rarely seem to fall victim, but Church’s Jolly Rancher debacle is easily one of the most embarrassing we have ever featured.

H/T Eye on Football

Fox acquires rights for movie on Kurt Warner’s life

Kurt Warner20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to make a movie based on former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner’s life, according to a report from Deadline.

As part of the deal, Fox has the life rights to Warner’s story and parts of the quarterback’s autobiography. Deadline says Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce the film.

Warner had perhaps the greatest fairy tale career in NFL history. After an unspectacular career at Northern Iowa, Warner went undrafted and then was cut by the Green Bay Packers. The quarterback then famously stocked shelves at a grocery store for $5.50 an hour while hoping for another shot at the NFL. He briefly tried to coach as a graduate assistant before embarking on an Arena Football League career. After impressing with the Iowa Barnstormers, Warner was signed by the St. Louis Rams in 1998 and sent to NFL Europe. He finally got a chance to play for the Rams after Trent Green got hurt in 1999, and went on to have a spectacular MVP season.

Warner was a two-time league MVP, Super Bowl champion and MVP, four-time Pro Bowler, and he reached three Super Bowls.

“For so long people have told me my life story would make a great movie. I am humbled and thrilled to have found a team as excited as I am to make that happen,” Warner said in a statement.

Warner’s life story is perfect for a movie. Now the only question is: who will play him?

H/T SBB Live

Matt Holliday assists on Andrew McCutchen home run

Matt Holliday is one of the top hitters in baseball, but he is also known for creating several fielding bloopers during his career. The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder added to his collection of defensive miscues with an embarrassing play on Tuesday.

Matt Holliday Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen took a pitch from Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons deep to left in the fifth inning of the second game of a double-header between the teams. Holliday went running back to try making the catch at the short wall at PNC Park, but the ball went off the heel of his glove and over the wall for a 2-run home run.

Of course, the reaction from the crazed Pirates fan who taunted Holliday has been getting a lot of attention on the Internet — rightfully so — but this is just embarrassing from Holliday.

Recall that Holliday whiffed on a ball that hit him in the groin in the 2009 playoffs, and then he made an error against the Giants in the playoffs last year. Someone needs to get him back in the AL so he can DH and not worry about the field.

Jose Iglesias, Avisail Garcia part of Jake Peavy trade

Jake Peavy White SoxJake Peavy was one of the biggest names on the trade market, and the Chicago White Sox have finally dealt him.

According to multiple reports, Peavy is being traded to the Boston Red Sox as part of a three-team trade. The Red Sox are dealing 23-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers, who are sending Avisail Garcia to the White Sox.

Peavy is the centerpiece of the deal and expected to boost Boston’s rotation. The former Cy Young winner is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 80 innings this season. He is under contract for next season and has a $15 million option for 2015, so the Sox are not getting a one-year rental. But he will be expensive; he is owed $4 million the rest of this season, $14.5 million next season, and $4 million from a backloaded signing bonus. Boston is just hoping he does more for them than he did for the White Sox when Chicago acquired him from San Diego at the trade deadline in 2009

Iglesias is your typical light-hitting, good-fielding shortstop. He only has three home runs in over 1,050 professional at-bats, and a career .626 OPS in the minors. But Iglesias did start off the season hot before crashing back to earth with a .200 average and .457 OPS in July. He’s batting .330 with a .787 OPS this season. He should give the Tigers a replacement at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta, who is expected to be suspended 50 games because of his involvement with Biogenesis.

Garcia is a 22-year-old Venezuelan outfielder who killed the ball in the minor leagues this season. He spent time in the majors last year as a 21-year-old, hitting .319 in 47 at-bats. Garcia is batting .241/.273/.373 in 83 at-bats with the Tigers this season. Garcia strongly resembles Miguel Cabrera in appearance and batting style, but he is not half the hitter. Chicago is hoping the power and skill will increase as he gets older.

The White Sox are also getting Cleuluis Rondon, Frank Montas, and JB Wendelken as part of the deal — all three are young low-level minor leaguers.

Chad Qualls falls doing celebratory fist pump (GIF)

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Chad Qualls had an ultimate fail moment on Tuesday night.

Chad Qualls fallQualls allowed a leadoff triple to Marlon Byrd to start the top of the eighth between the Marlins and New York Mets, but he managed to escape the inning without allowing a run, maintaining a 2-2 tie. Naturally, he was pretty pumped after getting out of the jam, and he decided to celebrate with a good old fist pump. It didn’t go well.

Qualls totally snipered as he went to celebrate, falling to the ground as if he had been shot.

Here’s another angle of the fail moment:


Johnny Manziel’s dad worried son could have ugly unraveling

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeJohnny Manziel is one of the most scrutinized figures in the history of collegiate athletics, and even his family is worried about him crumbling as a result of the spotlight and attention away from the field.

Manziel’s adjustment to his new life since winning the Heisman Trophy last season was the focus of an excellent article by Wright Thompson for ESPN The Magazine. Thompson’s article includes quotes and anecdotes from many of Manziel’s family members, who recognize how much things have changed because of Manziel’s fame. Manziel’s parents even say they sometimes feel as if they do not know their son and are worried about him getting consumed by his “Johnny Football” persona.

Manziel’s father, Paul, acknowledges in the article that there are many similarities between the two men. Both have combative personalities and showed immaturity in young age.

“I cringe when he wants to play golf,” Paul Manziel told Thompson. “I don’t want to do it, but I know I have to do it. Because he still needs love. He still needs guidance. He still needs to see he’s wrong — and how to control his temper. And if I give up on him, who’s gonna take over? The school sure the hell isn’t gonna do it.”

Even though Manziel is entering his redshirt sophomore season and does not turn 21 until December, the article is rife with references to the quarterback drinking alcohol.

“He ate Skittles, drank beer and won the Heisman,” Manziel’s father is quoted as saying.

The article talks about Manziel drinking beer in his hotel room after winning the Heisman Trophy and ordering drinks at restaurants. Manziel’s father quit drinking to set a good example for his son. He told Thompson he wonders if his son drinks to deal with all his stress.


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