Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr certainly enjoyed himself on the team’s bench Thursday night. As The 700 Level notes, Jagr’s been battling a groin injury lately, so he decided to, umm, rub something out around his manly region. He played 15 minutes total and managed an assist, but by the looks of things, he should have been credited for a goal as well.
I think we need to stick Carl Monday on the case to get the answer to the question we’re all wondering: you jackin’ it?
Fist pound to Sportress of Blogitude
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Have you found yourself sick of all the Tim Tebow coverage in the media? Are you like Charles Barkley where you feel like every time Tebow wins, the national nightmare continues? Well you may be pleased to know that a Patriots player feels the same way.
“I can’t speak for everybody, I can just speak for myself. I can say that it does (get old) for me,” defensive end Kyle Love said. “It gets to the point where you get tired of hearing it. You just have to keep your TV off if you don’t.”
Though Love is sick of the Tebow talk, he says he loves hearing it because he uses it as motivation. This may actually be a good thing for the Patriots. After Denver’s upset win over Pittsburgh, they should be on high alert. And based on Love’s comments, they’ll probably be playing pissed off. That’s always good for a football team.
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Remember the chill bros that appeared to be sitting on the Mavericks bench during a game this week? Turns out they weren’t technically on the bench, but because they were seated between Vince Carter and Delonte West at one point, it gave the appearance that they were.
Well Vince, who clearly seemed to be amused by the Pistons fans boozing it up during the game, had some positive feedback about the bros.
“They were cool,” Carter said. “I just didn’t have enough room to sit so I went on the other side of them. That happens sometimes. They were good dudes. That was where their seats were, so it wasn’t any big deal. But I have to admit, it looked funny when I saw the video.”
It wasn’t just funny when he saw the video, it was also funny while he was experiencing it. Just look at the smile on Vince’s face — he knew what was going on.
As we told you a few days ago, the bros are fashion designer Aaron Cohen, and his buddy Chris Smokes. This wasn’t their first time sitting courtside this season, but it was probably their first experience sitting between players. At least the players approved.
Chest bump to The Basketball Jones
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The fans in Alabama care a lot about their football. You already knew that. So it’s no surprise to see them gloating after their win over LSU in the National Championship Game. As Kegs ‘N Eggs pointed out, The Fairhope Animal Clinic in Fairhope, AL wasted little time taking a shot at LSU’s Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu, following the Tigers’ loss to Bama on Monday.
Sure it’s a pretty classless move by an animal clinic, but at least nobody is poisoning trees.
Picture Credit: @BobbyO504
Shaq learned his lesson about microphones the hard way: never cuss when you’re around one. You can’t trust that they’re off and not picking up sound. When Shaq thought his mic was off and the TNT crew was headed to commercial, he dropped an s-bomb that was still picked up and aired on TV. Of course, any company that prominently features Charles Barkley and all his antics surely won’t mind one s-bomb slipping out.
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It seems like everyone is using the honey badger as motivation these days. First it was LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu who earned the nickname because of his style of play. Then it was 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh sharing the video with his players. Now it’s driver Danica Patrick, who will be racing in the Sprint Cup Series for the first time beginning in February.
“It was last year, I think, somebody showed me this video of the honey badger, and the commentator on it was very, very funny,” she said. “Anyway, the honey badger, he doesn’t give a (flip), he takes what he wants. And that’s how I’m going to be this year, like a honey badger.
Even though Patrick plans to embrace the honey badger style, she recognizes it’s getting a little played out.
“But I feel like it’s a little diluted with the football player that has the honey badger nickname, too. He’s No. 7, as well. I bet he’s not feeling like a honey badger,” she said in reference to LSU’s loss to Alabama. “I don’t know, it’s a mindset. I even have a honey badger picture on my screen saver on my phone to inspire me. It takes what it wants.”
Patrick’s first NASCAR race will be the Daytona 500 on February 26th. My guess is it will be someone like Kyle Busch taking what he wants, not Danica.
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A girl by the name of Kaycee Robertson joined YouTube this week for the sole purpose of trying to get Tim Tebow to ask her on a date. Robertson is a youth pastor at a church and she uploaded a video of her singing a song called “Ask me on a date, Tim Tebow.” This video differs from the one we shared with you last weekend in that last week’s video featured a sorority girl asking Tebow to her formal. Kaycee is doing the opposite; she wants Tim to be the one to ask her out. It’s a cute song, but who knows if it will work. Knowing Tim and his big heart, he’ll oblige if he can.
The song lyrics are posted below. Thanks to Hot Clicks for sharing the video.
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Craig James, widely acknowledged as one of the most disliked broadcasters in sports, is well known for being one of the stars of SMU’s infamous team that received the death penalty (the death penalty came a few years after he graduated). James has begun a career in politics and he’s running for senator in Texas. As part of the race, he faced questions about his rule-breaking past at SMU.
Asked at a news conference whether he’d taken money or valuables from boosters, James said, “It was an insignificant amount that I had when I was at SMU. It was wrong. And I was 18, 19 years old.”
James declined to specify what gifts he accepted and how much money, nor from whom.
“It was insignificant. It was never,” he said, halting in mid-sentence. “I said in my book that if someone came up and shook my hand and there were a $20 bill in it, I didn’t have the maturity at that time to turn it away.”
James’ admissions are nothing new — in a book released in 2009, he admitted to taking some money, though he emphasized that he was not one of the reasons for the death penalty. He also specified that benefits did not entice him to join the school.
Even if this isn’t exactly breaking news, it’s comforting to know that James is being grilled somewhat. He’s at least getting grilled more in his political career than he was as a sports broadcaster where his behavior led to the firing of a prominent coach.
H/T Bryan D. Fischer
Anonymous Jets sources ripped Mark Sanchez in a New York Daily News article published Wednesday. One of the notable criticisms of Sanchez was that he was “lazy.” Sanchez may not have grown as a quarterback, and he may be protected by the team from the media, but several Jets have disputed the accusation about his work ethic.
Center Nick Mangold says Sanchez puts in more work and more time than anybody else in the locker room. Team owner Woody Johnson said the same thing.
“He’s the first guy in the building every morning,” Johnson told MSNBC, “and the last guy to leave.”
Former Jets receiver Derrick Mason, who was traded to Houston in October, expressed similar support for Sanchez.
“I never seen the lack of effort [from Sanchez]. He worked extremely hard on the practice field. He studied his butt off and he’s a guy that wanted to get better each and every game,” Mason told FOX Sports Radio’s Andy Furman and Artrell Hawkins. “I just think he was inconsistent throughout the whole season last year.”
Mason didn’t have an explanation for Sanchez’s inconsistency, but he defended his work ethic.
If everyone says Sanchez is working hard, then why do people think he’s lazy? I think the issue is perception. When people see Sanchez posing in GQ spreads and hear him linked to women like Kate Upton, they immediately assume he’s just a partyer, even if he’s not. That’s why it’s best to wait until you’ve achieved high levels of success over several years in the NFL before you begin expanding your profile off the field.
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Junior wide receiver Russell Shepard surprised many people by announcing he was going to enter the NFL draft. Why is it surprising? Because although he’s considered a good playmaker, he only had 14 catches for 190 yards and four touchdowns this season. Got that? 14 catches. LSU played 14 games. We’re talking about one catch per game (though Sheppard was suspended the first three games of the season). But don’t blame young Russ for the lack of production. He says blame the offense, and perhaps, his supporting cast.