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Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are acting all buddy-buddy for now

The Jets quarterback situation will likely be the most attention-grabbing in the NFL. Even though the team says Mark Sanchez will remain the starter and Tim Tebow will be the backup, you can bet the fans will want Tebow to start as soon as Sanchez plays poorly.

Even though we see things getting ugly, the two quarterbacks are playing nicely for now. Sanchez even reached out to Tebow Wednesday.

“He called me, left a voicemail. I called him back and we talked,” Tebow said during a conference call with the media Wednesday. “We got to catch up a little bit, had a great conversation. I’m looking forward to seeing him soon and working with him soon. We’ve been blessed to get to know each other the last couple years and I’m looking forward to being in the same meeting room with him and spending time with him.”

Asked about competing with Sanchez, Tebow handled the question well.

“I think we’re both extreme competitors. I think we’ll be able to push each other to get better. I think we’ll have a great working relationship, we’ll have a great off field relationship like we’ve had the past two years.”

It’s easy for them to play nicely on day one, but you can guarantee that will change once the season begins. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tebow were the starter by Week 10. It’s not that I think Tim Tebow is a great NFL quarterback, it’s that I don’t think Mark Sanchez can get the job done.

Rick Adelman rips Darko Milicic for being lazy and out of shape

Darko Milicic began the year as the Timberwolves’ starting center but has since fallen out of favor and watched Nikola Pekovic replace him. Now the Timberwolves are temporarily keeping Pekovic, who’s been hampered by injuries to both ankles, out of action for a while. And even though Darko is the next center listed on Minnesota’s depth chart, don’t expect coach Rick Adelman to bump him up to the first string. Adelman put the failed former second-overall pick on blast.

“He hasn’t done anything to really give you a lot of faith that he’s going to go out and do the job,” Adelman told the Star-Tribune. “He’s gotten himself out of shape. He hasn’t been as driven as you’d like so when a situation like this happens, it’s time for someone to have their opportunity and get back in there.”

Darko started last Sunday against the Kings but played only six minutes. He’s seen action in just 10 games since the end of January, a disappointing follow-up to a career year (by Darko’s standards — 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds) for the T-Wolves last season. Mark it down as just another sad stage in Darko’s disastrous career.

Photo credit: Brace Hemmelgarn, US Presswire

Denver Broncos can embrace a new era of football under Peyton Manning

This week, the city of Denver was hit with the biggest news since John Denver purportedly founded the city (my grade school had massive cutbacks on reputable history textbooks). Or, at least since Brady Quinn agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs. Peyton Manning is coming to town. If that piece of information has still yet to settle in for Denverites, I could make a “Peyton Place” reference by throwing in Mia Farrow’s name, but that would just be bad for business.

This story has consequently become the worst news to hit locales like Oakland, Kansas City, and San Diego since, well, Week 1 of each recent football season. The Broncos’ signing of Peyton Manning brings to an end a free agent saga in the vein of an NFL version of “The Bachelor.” John Fox received the rose, while Mike Munchak and Jim Harbaugh will pretend they were unmoved by the decision.

On Tuesday, it was made official. Peyton Manning OK’d the deal for five years and $96 million, as if such an amount of money is ever simply “OK’d” by anyone. Manning’s signing would have set up a quarterback controversy of epic proportions had Tim Tebow apparently not been traded to the New York Jets on Wednesday. If you believe that last sentence, I have a list of magazine subscriptions to sell that will have you a step closer to untold riches delivered by an unwanted visitor holding a giant novelty check and for some reason, balloons (as if just receiving the check would infuriate the lucky winner).

Tebow was the story for the Broncos last year. His penchant for rallies. His transcendent appeal. His piety. Despite an 8-8 record and a playoff appearance, the man upstairs clearly wanted a change. John Elway, they say, seems to know something about quarterbacks after all …

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Philippine Basketball Association player Mick Pennisi gives us a hilariously bad flop (Video)

Here is Mick Pennisi of the Philippine Basketball Association committing a flop that would make even Vlade Divac moan. Pennisi’s agitating defense apparently got under Will McDonald‘s skin, prompting McDonald to go Barkley on Pennisi and plunk the ball off his head during a stop in play. Pennisi reacts like he was just shot by a sniper from across the arena. But that’s not even the worst part of this. By our count, a full second goes by before Pennisi makes his reaction. It’s so bad that it’s awesome. Jerome Simpson and his “acting career” comes close, but this is quite possibly the worst flop of all time in any sport.

Kudos, Hot Clicks

Tim Tebow trade to the Jets overcomes snag, reportedly goes through

After hitting a snag Wednesday afternoon, the Tim Tebow trade to the Jets has reportedly gone through, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Earlier in the day, the Jets agreed to send a fourth- and sixth-round pick to the Broncos for Tebow and a seventh-rounder, but the swap appeared on the brink of collapse once the Jets read the fine print of Tebow’s contract more closely. Specifically, Tebow’s contract says that any team that acquires him has to pay the Broncos $5 million in advance salaries that the team had already committed.

The deal was already agreed upon when the Broncos reportedly requested to be paid the money. The contract clause was something that all of Tebow’s other potential suitors were reportedly aware of before negotiating with the Broncos. And somehow it slipped by the Jets, and was enough for them to reconsider.

But, Tebow will be a Jet, now that New York has agreed to pay half of the $5 million the Broncos were seeking.

So, now, Jets fans can officially go back to ripping their team, Mark Sanchez to feeling his seat getting warmer and Tebow to preparing for a completely different spotlight than he had in Denver.

Photo credit: Ron Chenoy, US Presswire

Owner of ‘Hollywood’ sign’s trademark tells Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier to lose the logo on his mask or pay royalties

L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier has had a mini replica logo of the famous Hollywood sign on his mask for the past two seasons. Clever? Sure. Unique? Yeah. An issue of trademark infringement? It can’t be, that sign is everywhere — right? Wrong. According to the Kings website Mayor’s Manor, the owner of the Hollywood sign’s trademark has informed Bernier that he has to either lose the logo or start paying royalties.

The NHL has been in contact with the folks who own the rights to the sign. While the word “Hollywood” itself is not trademarked, Puck Daddy pointed out that the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce owns “certain trademark rights for usage of the sign or its likeness for commercial purposes.” Since Bernier is a professional athlete and is frequently on TV, that rule probably applies to him.

“I don’t understand,” Bernier said. “Guys here have been using the Hollywood sign on their masks going all the way back to Kelly Hrudey.”

Naturally, the Hollywood folks got their way. Bernier has ditched the Hollywood logo from his mask. The Man wins again.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Chris Kluwe goes on expletive-filled Twitter rant over Saints bounty program

The punishment handed down to the Saints by the NFL as a result of their bounty program is the harshest in NFL history. Before Wednesday, there was speculation that New Orleans would have to pay massive fines and have to forfeit draft picks, Gregg Williams would face the heaviest sanctions, and Sean Payton would be suspended for a few games. All of that is true aside from the Payton part, as the Saints coach has been suspended for a full year. Many believe the punishment is over the top, but the always-outspoken Chris Kluwe fully supported Goodell and the person who sold the Saints out via his Twitter account:

The decision is only several hours old, but Kluwe’s opinion is the strongest we’ve seen since the news broke. The Payton suspension left the Saints coach “stunned” and Drew Brees “shocked,” but there are plenty of people like Kluwe who believe the sanctions will help preserve the integrity and safety of the game. The Vikings punter just happened to express it quite eloquently.

Thanks to Jimmy Traina for providing the edited tweets

LeBron James says he is ‘too tough’ to get a concussion

During Miami’s win over the Suns on Tuesday night, Heat fans sat through an anxious moment after Grant Hill set a vicious screen (can screens be vicious?) on LeBron James. LeBron had his head down and never saw the pick coming, and at the last second he looked up and his head smashed into Hill’s shoulder. After the play, both players went down but LeBron was unable to get up. He sat on the floor clutching his head, and after a few minutes he was able to get up and walk off with the help of his teammates and coaches.

Those who watched the play wondered if LeBron suffered a concussion or some other sort of head injury. After the game, King James assured reporters that tough guys don’t get concussions.

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Broncos fan’s obituary says he hated Peyton Manning and ‘wanted out’ before signing was completed

Nothing screams sports fanatic quite like an angry obituary. This one comes from the Columbia Tribune in Missouri about a big-time Broncos fan who died Monday.

James H. “Jim” Driver, 78, of Eagle, Colo., formerly of Columbia, Mo., passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at South Hampton Place in Columbia after a brief illness. An avid Broncos fan, he abhorred Manning and evidently wanted out before a deal was done.

It seems like some editorializing was going on by the person who wrote the obituary, but who’s to say the Peyton Manning news didn’t help push Mr. Driver out the door? I guess the world may never find out. Hey, at least this obituary wasn’t as nasty as the anti-Joe Mauer one from last September.

H/T Deadspin
Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Woodson says his high school coach and Bob Knight had it out during a recruiting visit with his pastor present

Mike Woodson is one of many players, coaches, and basketball personalities that are a product of the great Bob Knight. Say what you will about Knight’s temper and the way he handles himself on ESPN, but there is no denying he’s one of the greatest coaches in sports history. Make no mistake about it, he was still the same Bob Knight back in the 1970s.

During a recent interview with the NY Post, Woodson shared some memories from the time Knight made a recruiting trip to his home in Indiana. Woodson’s high school coach, his mother, and his pastor were all present, but that didn’t stop Knight from finding himself in a heated exchange.

“Well it was, it was … it was a little hostile (laugh),” Woodson recalled. “My high school coach was there, my pastor of my church, my mom … My high school coach asked some questions — and I won’t even let you interview him (smile) — it got heated because my high school coach wasn’t too sure that’s where he wanted me to go. And I knew where I really wanted to go. And some words were exchanged, and our pastor kinda calmed everything down and said, ‘Hey, understand we’re under Ms. Woodson’s roof, and Mike Woodson’s future is at stake here, we’re here to discuss his future as far as going to school, and let’s be sensible here (laugh).’”

And wouldn’t you know it, Coach Knight got his way. You didn’t think a pastor and a mother would stop a guy who throws chairs onto the court from getting what he wants, did you?

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