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Pacman Jones Wears Neck Brace in Mug Shot After Bar Arrest (Picture)

The last time Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones got into trouble, he was mistakenly arrested because of a confusion over identities. It does not appear as if he’ll be as fortunate to avoid trouble this time.

WLWT in Cincinnati (via Pro Football Talk) reports that Pacman Jones was arrested early Sunday morning for causing a disturbance at a local bar. From their report:

According to reports, Jones got into an argument at the bar and when he was asked to leave, witnesses said he was uncooperative.

When police were called, Jones reportedly still refused to leave the bar.

As officers tried to arrest Jones, police said he tried to get out of his handcuffs. The report said two officers were needed to restrain him.

Pacman was one of the most notorious trouble makers in the NFL and missed the entire ’09 season because of it. He ended up signing to play in the CFL and then signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in May last year. He had avoided trouble since then, but it looks like he couldn’t go too long without having another incident. And if you have forgotten his history, this is a good starting point to catch you up. By the way, sweet neck brace, Adam.

Photo Credit: FOX19

Fresno Grizzlies Wear Harry Potter Jerseys

One of the best parts of Minor League Baseball games are the cool promotions teams hold. We saw one team give away Anthony Weiner boxers for a game. Another minor league team held a Jim Tressel rest the vest night. But one of the most distinguished promotions was the Fresno Grizzlies wearing these Harry Potter jerseys on Saturday night:

Not only was it Harry Potter night for the Grizzlies, but they also gave away Buster Posey bobbleheads to fans. Making the night even more special was the Triple-A squad gained a 4-3 walk-off win. Best of all, the jerseys will be available in auctions according to the Fresno Bee, so fear not, Harry Potter fans.

The best part of all was after the baseball game ended, they broke out an impromptu game of quidditch.

OK, that didn’t really happen, but it would have been awesome if it did.

Picture Credits: Fresno Grizzlies, Find the Swagger
Story Credit: Darren Rovell

Shaq Reportedly Will Join Turner as NBA Commentator

Fresh from the “We never saw this coming” department is the report that Shaq will join Turner as an NBA commentator. CNBC’s Darren Rovell wrote Saturday that the surefire Hall of Fame center has agreed in principle to join Turner not ESPN, which means we will likely see him on TNT’s Inside the NBA show in the future.

There are very few professional athletes who crave attention more than Shaquille O’Neal, with maybe Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens ranking slightly ahead. Shaq will do anything from dressing up like a girl to talking about fighting in MMA, to announcing his retirement with a twitter video to gain attention. There was no way we would have been able to avoid him in retirement, but I was optimistic we’d see less of him. Guess I was wrong.

Not sure what’s responsible for my disdain for Shaq? Read this list.

Now you’re telling me we have middle fingers and sombrero wearing from Shaq and Charles Barkley to look forward to the next five years? Oh joy.

Ryan Dempster Kindly Disagrees With Your Decision to Pull Him, Good Sir

Ryan Dempster is a competitor. Like any true pitcher, he aspires to finish games he starts and he is upset when he’s pulled from games before he feels he’s done.

Naturally, when Cubs manager Mike Quade decided to lift him for a pinch hitter after just five innings of work Saturday, Dempster did not respond too well.

Dempster let Quade hear about being pulled and pleaded his case to remain in the game. He got so upset he smacked the cooler in the dugout, though he didn’t go full-on Brian Wilson.

Dempster missed his previous start because of a bad back and had already thrown 87 pitches through five innings, so it’s understandable why Quade felt it was a good time to make a change. It’s also understandable why Dempster was ticked. He brushed the incident aside after the game, saying he was fine because they won. Quade was more measured with his response.

He said about the incident “If it’s happening because a guy’s a competitor and he’s pissed off or whatever — even if it’s with my decision — I’m OK with that. He’s earned that right as much as anybody, from a veteran’s standpoint. If a young kid does that, we might have a little different [situation].’’

If it’s an issue of respect for the manager that’s one thing, but where I come from, if the pitcher doesn’t want the ball, there’s something wrong with him.

Lakers Are Andrew Bynum’s Team Now?

The Lakers are a team in transition. From the moment they got swept by the Mavericks in the playoffs, throwing punches on their way out, you knew change was coming. Phil Jackson was walking away at the end of the season so the team would need a new coach. They selected Mike Brown, a defensive specialist, without consulting Kobe Bryant. We have said that the Lakers are still a championship team and that they just need a few pieces to get back to the Finals. Apparently there is a different mentality on the inside.

Veteran Lakers reporter Roland Lazenby wrote on HoopsHype.com that the Lakers have become Andrew Bynum’s team. Even though it was fairly easy to see that Bynum was becoming a key component of the franchise, it’s still a pretty shocking thing to read, especially for a team that still has Kobe Bryant.

Lazenby writes about the Lakers “The message is clear: Brown is Bynum’s coach, and the team belongs to the young center as well.”

“It’s obvious that that is what’s going on,” said one longtime Lakers insider. “Jim Buss is setting up Drew.”

As I said, we’ve realized that things were moving in this direction. However, it’s still shocking to read that this transition is happening earlier than expected.

If anyone will be resisting this movement (besides half the fans in LA), you know it’s Kobe Bryant. As recently as May he was quoted as saying he’s still the top priority in the Lakers’ offense and that Bynum will have to fall in line.

The Lakers may still compete for championships the next two seasons, but you better believe there will be a conflict over who really controls the team. If there’s anything the past has taught us, it’s that we shouldn’t expect Kobe and his ego to back out.

Chest bump to IamaGM.com

Cole Hamels Pitched Despite Poison Oak

Cole Hamels made two starts last month despite pitching with poison oak on his legs. True story.

Hamels told FOX MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal that he contracted poison oak while fishing on teammate Roy Oswalt’s property in Missouri during the team’s June 20th off-day.

What was pitching with poison oak on both legs like?

“It felt like razor blades on the back of my legs every time I’d take a step,” Hamels said.

Ouch.

The Phillies lost in both starts despite Hamels pitching well. He gave up two runs over eight innings in a 4-1 loss to the A’s on June 25th and he departed after four scoreless innings five days later against the Red Sox. Hamels had to leave that start early after getting hit on the hand by a line drive.

In a star-studded rotation featuring Cy Young winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, Hamels has stood out this season. He’s gone 10-4 with a 2.40 ERA and a league-leading 0.95 WHIP. It’s the type of season Hamels needed to re-establish himself as an ace, and the type of courage he needed to show to prove his toughness to his teammates.

And now Hamels joins these two pitchers as guys who have pitched through tough maladies this season.

Gordon Beckham Apologizes for Writing ‘Getz is Gay’ in Dirt (Picture)

White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham apologized Friday for writing a friendly insult towards ex-teammate Chris Getz. Beckham wrote the message out in the infield dirt during Monday’s game against the Royals, saying “Getz is gay.” Getz currently plays second base for the Royals after spending the ’08 and ’09 seasons with the White Sox.

“I just want you to know that that’s not me,’’ Beckham said Friday. “I don’t use slurs. I have a lot of gay friends. I didn’t mean it as anything ­— you know, like gay as in . . . happy! Or, you know, an alliteration — ‘Getz is gay.’ ’’

“It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like that with Chris,’’ he said. “And I didn’t even see his reaction. I asked him afterward if he was going to write anything back, and he said no. It was wrong. It was stupid. If I offended anyone, I apologize. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.’

Beckham was portrayed as someone genuinely regretful for his actions, recognizing it was childish and out of character. Even though he was just playing around with a friend, the point in this case is the same as it was with Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah: calling someone “gay” is not an acceptable insult. It’s an offensive slur to gay people and it should not be taken lightly just because most of the population is heterosexual. Come up with another term to describe someone who is “weird” or “strange” or “lame.” It really is not that hard to vary your vocabulary.

Picture Credit: Sun-Times

Jordan Pacheco Hits Broken Bat Home Run (Video)

Colorado Rockies triple-A catcher Jordan Pacheco isn’t much of a power hitter. The 25-year-old from New Mexico only has two home runs on the season and 25 in 1,571 career minor league at-bats. That didn’t stop him from doing the improbable Friday, cracking a two-run home run despite breaking his bat. Check out this video of Jordan Pacheco’s broken bat home run:

Knowing that Pacheco isn’t a big power hitter, it’s really tough to explain this home run. How can a guy splinter his bat yet manage to hit the ball 400 feet? As they used to say in the lollipop commercials, the world may never find out.

Forearm bash to Troy Renck for the video

Fan Christian Lopez Gives Derek Jeter’s Home Run Ball Back, Gets Sweet Loot

Fan Christian Lopez was the luckiest man in Yankee Stadium Saturday. The Highland Mills resident recovered Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball, a home run to left field off David Price in the third inning. Lopez says his girlfriend bought the tickets for him as a birthday present. He received an even more valuable gift in return.

Lopez decided to return the home run ball to Jeter without asking for anything in exchange even though it could have easily sold for a six-figure sum.

“[Jeter] deserved this,” Lopez said in an interview on the YES Network. “He worked so hard for this. He’s been in the league for so long. I’m not really the kind to take something away from him.”

The Yankees rewarded Lopez’s honorable deed by offering him some sweet gifts in return. He’ll receive signed bats and balls, and he was promised a meeting with Jeter after the game. The best gift from the Yankees is four suite tickets to every game for the rest of the season, including all Yankees playoff games.

There’s already a fan movement on Facebook to try and raise $300,000 for Lopez to reward him for the outstanding gesture.

The honorable thing to do is return the ball to the batter, but it’s awfully hard to turn down hundreds of thousands of dollars. Let’s commend Christian Lopez for the tremendous deed, which is the second great story we covered this week.

Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit a Home Run off David Price (Video)

Derek Jeter has long been considered one of the top clutch performers in baseball history. On Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, he reminded us why that is the case.

The Yankees shortstop delivered hits in his first two at-bats to become the 28th player to reach the 3,000 hit milestone. He also joined Wade Boggs as the only other player to smash a home run on his 3,000th career hit.

Check out the video of Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit to soak up the moment:

At 37 years old, Jeter is the fourth-youngest player to reach 3,000 career hits. He’s been criticized throughout the season for his low batting average and poor stats, but for one day he reminded us that he’s still a special player.

Isn’t it fitting that Jeter had his best game of the season was the game he surpassed 3,000 hits?

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