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Saturday, November 18, 2017


Nick Young does an interview as Kobe Bryant (Video)

Nick YoungNick Young has become the most popular Laker on this year’s team, which says as much about the Lakers as it does Young. Anyway, Kobe Bryant wasn’t around to speak with the media on Friday, so Swaggy P. decided to step in and do his best Kobe impression.

The interview was funny and all, but it’s really interesting how Lakers fans and media responded. Dwight Howard does a Kobe impression last year and gets criticized for goofing around and not being serious enough. Young does it and people laugh. It’s interesting how the media and fans have entirely different standards.

JR Smith took such a dumb shot he even admitted it was a ‘bone head play’ (Video)

A few weeks after Andrea Bargnani took one of the most inexplicable shots in NBA history, teammate J.R. Smith tried to do him one better.

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets were tied at 100 in the final 30 seconds of their game on Friday and the Knicks had the ball. As the shot clock was about to expire, Beno Udrih heaved a 3-pointer that drew iron. Just like last time, Tyson Chandler got the rebound and passed it outside. Udrih moved the ball over to Smith, who chucked up a shot with 22 seconds left in the game. He missed.

The smart play would have been for Smith to hold the ball until the clock wound down so that the Knicks would have the last shot to win the game. What they didn’t want was to give the ball back to Houston. Unfortunately for Smith, Aaron Brooks was fouled by Udrih on the loose ball on the rebound, and Brooks made two free throws. The Rockets, of course, won the game 102-100.

The reaction from Knicks coach Mike Woodson after Smith’s shot was spectacular:


Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher on Lakers Kiss Cam

Mila Kunis Ashton Kutcher

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher attended the Los Angeles Lakers-Utah Jazz game on Friday night, and the two ended up on the kiss cam.

Our friend Beto Duran was on the scene and snapped the photos:

Kutcher had to turn his hat around backwards in order to dive in for the kiss, but he got the job done. And let’s be real, who wouldn’t do that in order to make out with Mila Kunis?

Kutcher is a big sports fan and the two have attended multiple sporting events in the city, including previous Lakers games and Dodgers games. We’re surprised that they haven’t been on the kiss cam before.

Dabo Swinney fires back at Steve Spurrier with zinger

Dabo SwinneyClemson coach Dabo Swinney will not back down from Steve Spurrier, and he obviously enjoys the intrastate competition with his South Carolina rival.

After winning the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s, Spurrier, unsolicited, boasted that beating Clemson several years in a row was nice. He obviously was playing to his fans with the line, and his Gamecock supporters loved it.

Well Swinney must have heard about Spurrier’s shot at the Tigers, because he came out with a liner of his own after Clemson beat Ohio State 40-35 to win the Orange Bowl on Friday.

“We’re the first team from the state of South Carolina to win a BCS game,” Swinney said in the postgame ceremony.

Great line from Swinney. And we have to give him a ton of credit — not just for the great line — but for doing a great job with the Clemson program. He may have lost five games in a row to South Carolina, but achieving three straight double-digit win seasons at Clemson is a heck of an accomplishment.

Video via College Spun

Carlos Hyde and Devin Smith do Topszn handshake after TD

Carlos Hyde Topszn

Apparently Carlos Hyde and Devin Smith are about the regime.

After Hyde caught a go-ahead touchdown pass from Braxton Miller in the fourth quarter of the Orange Bowl on Friday, Smith celebrated with him by doing the Topszn handshake popularized by Johnny Manziel:

The handshake celebration was noticed by Manziel and his buddy Nate Finch:

Here’s video of the play that gave Ohio State a 35-34 lead:


Charlie Strong reportedly will be next Texas coach

Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong will be the next football coach at Texas, according to a report.

Bobby Burton of Horns247 reported the news on Friday night.

Strong interviewed with Texas AD Steve Patterson during the week and has been considered one of the top candidates for the job since Mack Brown was pushed out. The Longhorns were also reportedly considering Baylor head coach Art Briles for the position. Texas was also interested in UCLA’s Jim Mora, but he turned them down.

Strong just completed his fourth season as head coach of Louisville’s football team. He went 7-6 in his first two seasons, but then turned in an 11-2 campaign in 2012 and went 12-1 this season with Teddy Bridgewater leading his club.

Strong was a defensive assistant under Ron Zook at Florida and retained by Urban Meyer. He gained most of his notoriety serving as a defensive coordinator under Meyer.

At this point, Strong has not been formally announced as the next Texas head coach, but reports say he plans to meet with Louisville reps first to let them know he was offered the job and that he will accept it.

OSU OL Brandon Garrett suffers bad leg injury, carted off field

Oklahoma State offensive lineman Brandon Garrett was carted off the field after suffering a leg injury against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl on Friday.

Garrett’s injury occurred in similar fashion to most leg injuries for offensive lineman; someone rolled into him from behind. The junior was blocking downfield and appeared to get clipped by either his teammate or a defender making the tackle.

Hopefully Garrett will recover from his injury in time for his senior season.

Here’s a close look at his leg if you can handle it:


Leslie Frazier and Jeff Tedford joining Lovie Smith in Tampa

Leslie FrazierLeslie Frazier will be joining Jeff Tedford as a coordinator on Lovie Smith’s coaching staff in Tampa.

The Buccaneers on Thursday announced that Smith would be the team’s new head coach after the sides agreed on a five-year contract. At the time, former Cal coach Jeff Tedford was announced as Smith’s offensive coordinator. Smith was hoping to bring in Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator, the Tampa Bay Times reported, but the Cowboys reportedly would not let him out of his contract. Hence, Frazier will be the team’s new DC.

Frazier, who was recently fired as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he is headed to Tampa to serve as the Bucs’ new defensive coordinator.

Though Frazier struggled as head coach of the Vikings going 3-13, 10-6, and 5-10-1 in his three full seasons, he should do well in a coordinator role. So should Tedford, who completely turned around a terrible Cal program before being ousted after struggling in his last few years.

Smith took last season off after being fired by the Chicago Bears. He is held in extremely high regard by his former players, and he enjoyed a lot of success in Chicago, going 81-63 over nine seasons. He won his division three times and reached the Super Bowl once.

Marqise Lee announces he is leaving USC for NFL Draft

Marqise Lee USC

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee announced on Twitter Friday that he would be foregoing his senior year to enter the NFL Draft.

Lee accumulated 248 receptions, 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns in his three years at USC. Lane Kiffin made him the focal point of the offense in 2012, resulting in him putting up monstrous stats — 118 catches, 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. But after Matt Barkley complained that the offense focused too much on Lee, USC balanced things out more this season. That combined with Lee missing a few games with injuries resulted in a dropoff in his stats. Still, Lee will likely be a first-round pick.

Crazy Alabama fan mom identified as Michelle Pritchett

The crazy Alabama fan mom who went top rope on an Oklahoma fan at the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night has been identified. The woman in question is Michelle Pritchett, and she is a photographer from Sweet Water, Ala.

According to Outkick the Coverage, Pritchett posted the following note on her Facebook page after the game, though she has since deleted it.

“I was escorted out of stadium!!! Lol.. They were talking crap all night to me ( and that was fine) but then they started on my son and I that was not going happen..”

Though she was joking in that post, Pritchett was more apologetic in comments made on Friday.

Pritchett did speak to Yellow Hammer News to defend herself and share her side.


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