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Monday, February 20, 2017


Jason Terry hopes Celtics tattoo will bring championship luck

When Jason Terry showed off his new Boston Celtics-themed championship tattoo over the weekend, we assumed he got the new ink in hopes of repeating history. In an interview with reporter Molly McGrath, he confirmed that was the case.

“I did it with the Mavericks before the season the year we won it,” Terry said. “So hopefully this year we’ll have the luck of the leprechaun and we’ll get it done again.”

The 34-year-old is stoked to be with Boston.

“I’m excited to be in Celtic green,” he said. “The mystique, the championship pedigree, the heritage, just being in Boston is going to be great for me. Coming from Dallas that was a great franchise, but this organization is first class. I can’t wait to put that uniform on.”

Terry seemed so jazzed about talking Celtics that he said things like put the uniform on again, even though he’s never played with the team before, and that Boston is a first-class organization, with the implication being that Dallas was not. I don’t think Terry meant either one — it just meant to me that he lost himself while speaking because he was so excited. But will he be able to realize his championship dream with Boston? I don’t think so.

Dallas played extremely well that postseason and topped several teams whom many considered to be superior. The Celtics are a team many consider to be good, but few believe they can win the title. They would need a lot of injuries to opposing players to have a shot, and then they would need everyone to play at a high level like what happened in Dallas. They just need too much to go their way in order to win it all, and I don’t see that happening.

Woman claims she had affair with Chad Johnson

A woman is claiming that she had an affair with Chad Johnson earlier this year and that he didn’t even try to hide it.

30-year-old Beverly Shiner tells Radar Online that she met Johnson when he reached out to her after she followed him on Twitter, and that a five-month affair from January-May ensued.

“I Googled him before we met and saw he was engaged, but at the time there were reports that she had broken it off because she thought he was cheating, so I assumed they had split up,” she told Radar.

After going to Johnson’s home and seeing Evelyn Lozada’s belongings, she realized they were still together. But that didn’t stop her from carrying on an affair with the unemployed receiver. She says he didn’t even tried to hide the affair.


Young boy sends Canadian relay team letter, medal after they were disqualified

A young Newfoundland boy sent a sweet letter of support and medal to his country’s relay runners after they were disqualified from a race at the London Olympics.

Canada’s 4×100 men’s relay team finished third at the London Games, but they were disqualified and missed out on a bronze medal after judges noticed that sprinter Jared Connaughton, who was running the third leg, stepped on the lane line.

10-year-old Elijah Porter felt badly for the team, so he sent them a letter and Timbits medal he earned by participating in a Canadian youth sports program, to lift their spirits.

His letter says:


Some Red Sox players blast Bobby Valentine in meeting with owners

The relationship between Bobby Valentine and some Red Sox players has been fractured from the start, became worse during the season, and reportedly reached the point in late July where they no longer wanted to play for him. That’s according to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, who says several players blasted Valentine during a meeting with ownership last month.

According to Passan, the owners called for the meeting on July 26 in response to Adrian Gonzalez, who, texting on behalf of his teammates, complained that Valentine left pitcher Jon Lester in to allow 11 runs during a July 22 start. Some of the players reportedly told management they no longer wanted to play for Valentine. Passan’s report points out that some players did not participate in the Valentine-bashing meeting because they feel he has been unfairly blamed for the team’s struggles.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed to USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale that a meeting with players and ownership occurred.

Said Cherington in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports:

“There was a meeting in New York with ownership and players. There were a variety of topics covered and some frustrations expressed. No ultimatums were issued. The focus of the meeting was an airing out of issues in an effort to focus our attention on the field.”

Players were reportedly upset with Valentine for leaving in Lester to be embarrassed against Toronto. Another incident that upset players was Valentine telling third baseman Will Middlebrooks “Nice inning, kid,” after the rookie made a fielding mistake.

And then there’s this amazing anecdote that shows Dustin Pedroia’s disdain for Valentine. Apparently the picture described below has been circulating among the Red Sox via text message:

Pedroia, notorious among teammates for his wit and humor, is in the foreground with a giddy smile, his tongue wagging and both thumbs up. Next to him is allegedly Valentine, face down on a table, apparently asleep. A caption accompanies the picture: “Our manager contemplating his lineup at 3:30 p.m.”

That picture wouldn’t be too far off from describing the truth about Bobby Valentine, who, speaking to reporters before Tuesday night’s game at Baltimore, deflected comment on the Yahoo! report.

“They’re still playing for me,” he said of the disgruntled players.

That may be true, but the team isn’t playing particularly well; Boston is 57-59 and 5.5 games out in the wild card race.

Red Sox ownership made a bold move by hiring a divisive personality like Valentine after last season’s collapse. The hiring does not seem to be working, and at this point the Red Sox would be crazy to bring him back for another season.

Evelyn Lozada divorcing Chad Johnson

If you had the marriage between Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada lasting fewer days than the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries union, congratulations and come forward to collect your prize.

Lozada reportedly has filed for divorce from Chad Johnson, according to TMZ. Her motion to dissolve the marriage comes three days after she was involved in an alleged domestic violence incident with her husband. Lozada alleges she received a cut on her forehead after being headbutt by her husband. The argument precipitating the alleged headbutt began after Lozada allegedly found a receipt for a box of condoms.

It looks like the cheating suspicion coupled with the physical contact were enough for Lozada to want out.

The two were married on July 4 and have dated since late 2010. And now we have another reality TV marriage gone bad. Who didn’t see this one coming?

Tim Tebow’s GQ spread includes ‘sexy Jesus’ pose

Tim Tebow and Cam Newton are featured on two separate covers of GQ magazine’s September “NFL Kick-Off” Issue, but it’s a photo from Tebow’s spread that’s receiving the most attention.

In one photo Tebow poses on a football field with his arms spread like Jesus Christ on the cross. It turns out the photo was shot while Tebow was in college at the University of Florida, but it was digitally altered to remove Gators signage from the background and made black and white to obscure the Gators colors from Tebow’s pants.

The photo riled up WFAN sports talk radio host Craig Carton, who called Tebow a “narcisist” and a “fraud,” and labeled him “sexy Jesus.”

“He gets it, he plays the role,” Carton said on his show. “He’s typically very, very sincere and very, very consistent about who he is and what his beliefs are. You just saw a little inkling into what he thinks of himself.”

Is Carton’s criticism of Tebow’s “sexy Jesus” pose warranted? It doesn’t look like GQ was able to get much time with Tebow for the cover story, so maybe that’s why they went back to run an old photo. Is it possible that Tebow posed for it when he was younger and more naive and that he wouldn’t have approved it now? We’ve seen some famous athletes do some questionable poses when they’re under the direction of a professional photographer, so it might be a leap to call Tebow “narcissistic” and a “fraud” for posing like that a few years ago.

Tebow is unafraid to voice his religious beliefs and says he won’t stop praising the Lord whenever he has the opportunity. This isn’t the first time Tebow being compared to Jesus has caused a controversy, and it won’t be the last. But does posing for a photo like that mean Tebow is narcissistic and a fraud?

Gary Carter credited by Merriam-Webster for coining the phrase ‘f-bomb’

Gary Carter was one of the best catchers the MLB has ever seen and a Mets hero. The Hall of Famer won three gold gloves throughout his 21-year career and was an 11-time All-Star. He helped the Mets win their last World Series in 1986, belting a 10th-inning single in Game 6 to spark one of the most famous comebacks in MLB history against Boston. New York honored “Kid” Carter after his passing back in February by lighting up the Empire State Building and remembering his infectious personality. Apparently he left his mark on more than just the game of baseball.

Merriam-Webster recently added the term “f-bomb” to the dictionary and credited Carter with coining the phrase. According to the Associated Press, an associate editor for Merriam-Webster traced Carter’s use of the phrase to a 1988 Newsday article in which he said he was giving up swearing.

While there is no way of knowing if Carter truly was the first person to call the f-word an “f-bomb,” we might as well give someone credit for starting it. If Bobby Valentine can take credit for creating the wrap sandwich, Gary Carter can be recognized for giving us an outstanding way to censor profanity.

H/T Game On!

Jim Boeheim: After coaching LeBron, I’m not sure Michael Jordan is the best

The past several months have been very good to LeBron James. Simply put, his legacy has been completely transformed. LeBron put any talk about not being able to win a championship to rest and capped off an amazing summer with a gold medal in London. Since he is still only 27 years old, there is no telling how many more rings James can win now that the monkey is off his back.

Most would argue that LeBron doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same discussion as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant until he at least has multiple championships. However, one of his Team USA coaches feels King James is already there.

“He’s a leader,” Jim Boeheim told Colin Cowherd according to The Big Lead. “He gets on the court, he tells people what to do … this guy can guard five (positions) … put him on anybody, he can guard him. I always felt Michael Jordan was the best player I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think it was close and I’m not so sure anymore. This guy is 6-9, 260 pounds and he’s getting better. I know we’ve had great, great players through the years. He’s like Magic Johnson with Michael Jordan-type skills as well.”

LeBron is coming off an NBA MVP award and a Finals MVP award. He was also an integral part of Team USA’s return to basketball world dominance, so it’s easy to get wrapped up in the moment if you’re Boeheim. Kobe was right when he said winning one ring won’t be enough for James, and I’m sure LeBron is well aware of that.

Photo credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Vanessa Bryant: ‘I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships’

In addition to giving the Lakers a better chance to win an NBA championship, the acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash may actually help Kobe Bryant’s marriage. But how? As you probably know, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have been trying to reconcile their marriage since earlier in the summer. As far as we know, they have not gotten all the way there yet. Judging by what Vanessa said she looks for in a partner, winning another ring this season could work in Kobe’s favor.

According to Nicki Jhabvala of Sports on Earth (via The Basketball Jones), Vanessa had the following to say during an interview with New York Magazine:

“I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships,” she said. “If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”

If she said this a few months ago we could have made a solid LeBron James joke, but now it wouldn’t really be appropriate.

It’s pretty obvious Vanessa is only interesting in being with a winner. Kobe has five championship rings, but perhaps a sixth could go a long way toward making his wife forget about these pictures from London. Forget tying M.J. — Kobe needs to win his wife back.

UPDATE: Vanessa Bryant has backtracked from her comments. Here’s her statement.

Kevin Durant and James Harden refuse to talk about Dwight Howard trade with Jimmy Fallon (Video)

For those of you who haven’t picked up on the pattern by now, the Thunder are not concerned about Dwight Howard being traded to the Lakers. Or, we should say, they are not going to show it even if they are. When the trade went down, Durant and Harden were very clear with reporters about how they felt about it. During their appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday, they expressed more of the same disinterest.

As you can see, the defending Western Conference champs are going to great lengths to prove they are not intimidated. Everyone knows the additions of Howard and Steve Nash make the Lakers a very dangerous team on paper, but Oklahoma City is still the team to beat. In fact, the trade may even help the Thunder next season. With the spotlight on the Heat and the Lakers, Durant and company could fly under the radar and begin to feel disrespected. A lack of respect helps a talented team more often than not.

H/T J.A. Adande on Twitter

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