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‘Joke’ Phillips coached Kentucky against Missouri (Picture)

Missouri football’s sports information department made a bit of a blunder on their game notes for Saturday’s Missouri-Kentucky game, but it may have been clairvoyant.

The Tigers’ notes called Kentucky coach Joker Phillips “Joke,” in what we’re assuming was a simple spelling typo rather than a slight aimed at the Wildcats coach.

Either way, Kentucky played like a joke against Missouri, losing 33-10. The Wildcats are now 1-8 and 0-6 in SEC play.

H/T Dr. Saturday
Photo credit: Ashley Colley/Twitter

Video of football player flipping over defender is part of AT&T commercial

A 19-second video clip of a football player flipping over a defender went viral on Friday (seen above), but there were no details about the awesome play in question.

Deadspin posted it and called it “The Most Athletic Football Play Of The Year Took Place In A High School Scrimmage.”

“Since the video was uploaded more than three weeks ago, and barely has 400 views, it’s safe to say it’s either legit or the worst-marketed viral video ever,” wrote Barry Petchesky.

Well it looks like the video was part of a viral marketing campaign, and it did force me to take notice. The clip was part of an AT&T commercial featuring Bob Stoops, and the point is to show how awesome moments can spread rapidly, and how AT&T devices can help you share cool things. Here is what the AT&T commercial looks like:

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Rob Gronkowski spikes mic in London at fans’ request (Video)

Rob Gronkowski is a crowd pleaser if nothing else. The Patriots tight end was addressing fans in Trafalgar Square in London on Saturday ahead of New England’s game against the St. Louis Rams when he began receiving calls to “spike the mic!”

Gronk started laughing, stopped talking about the Rams, took one look at the mic in his right hand, and happily obliged with a vicious spike. Gronkowski followed up the spike by kicking the mic for good measure. His impromptu actions left teammate Wes Welker dying in laughter, and even put a big smile on coach Bill Belichick’s face.

The MC admitted he was shocked that Gronk actually went through with the spike, saying he thought the tight end would only fake it. Clearly he doesn’t know how Gronkowski rolls. Nothing he does is half-assed. You want a spike? You get the full thing. This is just the latest example of what makes Gronkowski so awesome and lovable.

Video via the Boston Herald

Doc Rivers indicates Ray Allen wasn’t a good team player last season

The NBA season begins on Tuesday with an exciting matchup between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. Not only is the game a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, but it also marks the first game for Heat guard Ray Allen against his former team.

Allen chose to sign with the Heat in free agency and was called a traitor for choosing to play for Boston’s rival. Allen’s first game with the Heat — and first against Boston — will be a huge story line Tuesday. Naturally, Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked about Allen leaving Boston during a recent interview. Rivers was completely respectful towards Allen, but he did point out that Ray did not have a good team attitude last season after being replaced by Avery Bradley in the starting lineup.

“You worry about a guy’s feelings, but you worry more about the team. If anything, Ray probably didn’t like that,” Rivers told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz on Friday. “I’ll always look at myself first with Ray; he wanted to ball more and things like that. I tell my guys every year, if you’re here for me to run stuff for you to look good, you’re in the wrong place. If you’re here for me to run stuff to make the team look good, you’re in the right place.”

Rivers also said he knew Allen wasn’t going to re-sign with Boston when the shooting guard stopped returning his and GM Danny Ainge’s phone calls.

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Phil Coke’s Miguel Cabrera story is phenomenal (Video)

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke has emerged as a key figure during the team’s playoff run this season, and one of the byproducts has been the public getting to know his cool personality. Take for instance the video above.

Deadspin shared this brilliant clip with us on Friday, and it’s from an interview Coke did with MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose last week. In the clip, Coke talks about the time slugger Miguel Cabrera asked him if they had ever faced each other as opponents.

Coke spent two seasons with the Yankees (2008-2009), and he has been with the Tigers since then. The two faced each other once, and it came in 2008 during Coke’s rookie season and Cabrera’s first year with the Tigers following his trade from Florida.

Coke told the story while imitating Cabrera perfectly, nailing the All-Star’s confidence and accent. He also delivered the ultimate punchline.

“I don’t remember horsecrap pitchers.”

So awesome. And if you’re wondering why Coke remembers the at-bat so well, it’s because that was his first career appearance. Coke faced four Tigers batters and gave up a hit while striking out two in a scoreless inning, punching out Miggy to end his first career inning. Cabrera went 1-for-5 with a home run off Edwar Ramirez that game. Here’s the boxscore in case you were curious.

Nick Saban statue receives message from Mississippi State fans (Picture)

Mississippi State may be a big underdog against No. 1-ranked Alabama on Saturday, but don’t bother telling that to Bulldogs fans.

The University launched a Twitter campaign that features a “#WeBelieve” hashtag to promote positive spirit leading up to the clash with the Crimson Tide. Those supporting Mississippi State tag their tweets with a “#WeBelieve,” along with an “8-0” to symbolize that the Bulldogs will improve their record to 8-0 after beating Alabama.

As Kegs ‘N Eggs pointed out, some Mississippi State fans even tagged the Nick Saban statue on Alabama’s campus with a “We Believe” flyer.

The Nick Saban statue is perhaps the most brazen location for a “We Believe” message from Bulldogs fans, but there are plenty of other awesome locations. The Mississippi State football Twitter feed is a treasure trove of cool pictures from fans:

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Michael Phelps tries crowd surfing in Las Vegas club, fails (Video)

Michael Phelps was at XS nightclub in Las Vegas on Monday night, and he appeared to be the hit of the club. As you can see in the video above, the 18-time gold medalist even attempted to go crowd surfing at one point. Unfortunately, his trip in an inflatable raft with a woman did not go so well — the crowd dropped him straight on his butt. That’s a straight party foul on the clubbers, not Phelps. By the way, it looks like the Baltimore native may have been wearing an Orioles cap. If so, those bonus points would negate the crowd surfing fail.

Sarah Jones reportedly getting reality TV show

The former NFL cheerleader who admitted in court to having sex with a minor reportedly is getting her own reality TV show, though her attorney is denying the report.

Radar Online reports that 495 Productions, which created the popular MTV show “Jersey Shore,” is giving a reality show to ex-Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones. Jones admitted to having sex with her then-underage student while she was a high school teacher. She pleaded guilty to lesser charges on Oct. 8 and avoided jail time as part of a plea deal.

There is no word when the show will begin production or what network will air it. 495 Productions has produced/created “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila,” “Tool Academy,” “Disaster Date,” which appeared on MTV or VH1, as well as “Jersey Shore” and its spinoff shows. A few of their other shows have appeared on Oxygen or A&E.

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Tim Tebow responds to being voted most overrated player

Tim Tebow displayed a masterful ability to answer difficult questions during a recent interview with the New York Daily News.

Tebow was pressured by Manish Mehta multiple times about being the backup quarterback on the New York Jets, but he never took the bait to criticize Mark Sanchez and campaign for the starting job despite having several chances to say something controversial. He was even presented with an embarrassing question about being voted the Most Overrated Player in the NFL by his peers. He answered that question well.

DN: Did you see the recent Sports Illustrated players’ poll that ranked you as the Most Overrated Player in the NFL?

TT: Oh, really? No, I didn’t see it. Yeah, it’s really fine. It’s both sides, because they also voted me in the Top 100 (Players on NFL Network), too.

Who knows if Tebow really hadn’t heard about the SI players’ poll, but he sure played it off well. He also seemed to have that answer prepared, just like his responses to some of the other difficult questions were well prepared.

Tebow’s in a tough spot. Mark Sanchez is not playing well and neither are the 3-4 Jets. He wants to help the team win and he probably believes they would have their best shot at winning with him as the starting quarterback. But he’s trying to stay quiet and supportive in order to be a good teammate. So far, he’s done a great job of that. There certainly are several other quarterbacks who could learn from the way he deals with the media.

Joe Girardi reportedly asked Yankees PA announcer not to say A-Rod was being pinch-hit for

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi reportedly went out of his way to try to spare Alex Rodriguez’s feelings during the playoffs.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Girardi called the Yankees public address announcer to have A-Rod’s name omitted from the announcement when Eric Chavez pinch-hit for the aging slugger during the postseason. Typically, pinch hit announcements include both the new batter and the player he is replacing in the lineup. In this case, A-Rod’s name wasn’t mentioned in the stadium.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman reportedly confirmed to Heyman that Girardi made the call.

Rodriguez was pinch-hit for on consecutive nights during the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles. The first time was after he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Game 3. Raul Ibanez replaced him and hit two home runs to help the Yankees win 3-2 in 12 innings. A-Rod seemed to take things fine and was the biggest cheerleader in the dugout after being replaced. Rodriguez was replaced by Chavez the next night after going 1-for-4 with a walk in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles in Game 4.

A-Rod was also pinch-hit for during a 6-4 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS. He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout before Eric Chavez hit for him. Strangely, he also served as a pinch-hitter replacing Ibanez when the Yanks were eliminated in Game 4 of the ALCS. They each went 0-for-2.

Rodriguez spoke positively about Girardi throughout the playoffs despite being replaced by pinch-hitters and eventually benched. He said Girardi had built up a lot of equity with him. It’s considerate moves like this that make us see why A-Rod would feel strongly about his manager.

Say what you want about the whole thing, but that’s a really considerate move by Girardi. It’s nice to hear about another side of him after the August incident.

Photo Credit: Aristide Economopoulos/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

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