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AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb and mom Dee Dee Bonner together for last time

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AJ McCarron and his family have achieved royalty status in Alabama. That sort of happens when you are the star quarterback for the Crimson Tide — you become a legend at the school, and you are an icon in the state for the rest of your life. But with McCarron, it’s not just him who has become extremely popular.

At each of McCarron’s games, his mother, Dee Dee Bonner, and girlfriend, Katherine Webb, are usually in attendance. The two are frequently shown together on TV, and they share pictures on social media of their time at the games. Both Bonner and Webb expressed disappointment on Thursday that the Sugar Bowl would be their last time together at an Alabama game where AJ was the quarterback:

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Mike Priefer vehemently denies Chris Kluwe’s allegations

Mike Priefer VikingsMinnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer issued a statement Thursday in response to Chris Kluwe’s allegations that he is anti-gay and a bigot. Priefer vehemently denied Kluwe’s allegations.

Here is the statement he sent to some Vikings beat writers via the Star Tribune:

I vehemently deny today’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe.

I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals. I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member.

The primary reason I entered coaching was to affect people in a positive way. As a coach, I have always created an accepting environment for my players, including Chris, and have looked to support them both on and off the field.

The comments today have not only attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, but they have also impacted my family. While my career focus is to be a great professional football coach, my number one priority has always been to be a protective husband and father to my wife and children.

I will continue to work hard for the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf family and all of our loyal fans.

Kluwe was released by the team this spring after eight seasons served as their punter. He held his silence until now, which is when he wrote a first-person story for Deadspin in which he stated his belief that he was cut by the Vikings for his outspoken ways. In the story, Kluwe accused Priefer of making homophobic remarks. He labeled Priefer a “bigot,” and GM Rick Spielman and coach Leslie Frazier “cowards.”

We know Priefer came out last year and said Kluwe’s “distractions” were getting old, so that seems to be a pretty solid sign he was frustrated with his punter’s outspoken ways. Though he denies saying what Kluwe alleges, let me just say that I believe Kluwe a lot more than I believe Priefer.

The Vikings also issued a statement in resonse to Kluwe’s article. Here is what they said:

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Texas interested in Jim Mora

Jim MoraJim Mora has been a hot name for college football vacancies after successfully turning around the UCLA Bruins football program. He was mentioned as a candidate for the Washington Huskies vacancy — a position he previously described as his dream job — and now he’s been mentioned in connection with the Texas job.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that Texas is interested in Mora as a possible replacement for Mack Brown.

Mora turned down Washington and agreed to a contract extension with UCLA, so you might figure that he is comfortable sticking with the Bruins. But Texas is much different from Washington and UCLA. It is a football school with a great football history and tradition. It’s one of the most prestigious coaching jobs in the country. Texas also has incredible resources and the potential to double what Mora is making at UCLA.

Unlike the Washington job, UCLA cannot even come close to matching what Texas can offer Mora. I wouldn’t even be mad at him if he left for that opportunity. But I will say that UCLA appears to be a great fit for him, and maybe it’s not in his best interest to leave a situation that’s going really well.

Recruit Jamal Adams commits to ‘University of LSU’ (Video)

Jamal Adams babyTop high school football recruit Jamal Adams announced on Thursday where he would be playing college football, and he received plenty of attention for using a baby as a prop to announce his commitment. But it’s not his unique prop that we care about. Oh no. It’s that Adams got the freaking name of his school so wrong.

Adams announced that he would be committing to the “University of LSU,” apparently not realizing that LSU stands for “Louisiana State University.” Either that, or Adams was so focused on his prop that he just said “University of …” out of habit and then filled in the blank with LSU.

Whatever the case, that was one of the most embarrassing announcements we have ever heard, though ULSU has a funny ring to it.

Adams, by the way, is a 6-foot, 199-pound safety from Lewisville, Texas. Rivals has him as a four-star recruit. You can watch a highlight video of him below:

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Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets unveil nickname jerseys

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As anticipated, the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat will be wearing jerseys with nicknames on the back of them when they face off on Jan. 10. We already showed you Ray Allen’s Jesus Shuttleworth jersey, which is sure to be a huge hit, but on Thursday some of the others were unveiled.

As you can see from the photo above that SLAM Magazine shared, LeBron James will be going with the standard “King James” while Norris Cole is apparently called “Cole Train.” Here are some of the Nets players’ jerseys:

Andrei Kirilenko is going with his name written in the Cyrillic alphabet, presumably because his “AK-47” nickname was not approved by the league. For the most part, the nicknames are everything we expected. I’m still holding out hope that someone will wow us with something hilarious.

H/T Extra Mustard

Chris Kluwe: Mike Priefer is a ‘bigot,’ Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman are ‘cowards’

Chris-Kluwe-Twitter-Rant-Saints-bounty-programsIt is no secret that former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe believes his outspoken stance against gay rights cost him a job in the NFL. Kluwe was one of the better punters in the league for several years, and he was unexpectedly replaced last year when the Vikings chose to draft a punter in the fifth round. Kluwe discussed all that and more in a lengthy piece he wrote for Deadspin.

The column, which is worth reading in its entirety, is mainly meant to expose Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer as a bigot who was ultimately responsible for Kluwe’s termination. After Kluwe had written some articles supporting same-sex marriage in Minnesota, he recalled a time when Priefer made a shockingly homophobic remark during a special teams meeting.

“We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows,” Kluwe claims Priefer said.

Kluwe said that his Vikings teammates, some of whom disagreed with his stance but were always respectful, agreed that what Priefer said was “messed up.”

After Kluwe wrote to a Maryland politician and chastised him for his stance on gay marriage last September, he said then-head coach Leslie Frazier called him into his office twice to ask him to keep quiet and stop calling attention to himself. Between the first and second meetings, Kluwe said Vikings owner Zigi Wylf told him he was proud of him for speaking out. Frazier supposedly agreed — reluctantly — that he had been overruled.

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High school basketball player suffers season-ending injury during team photos

Lindsey-PetersonAthletes often put themselves in vulnerable positions where injuries can easily occur, but one would think a player is safe during team photos. As Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork High senior Lindsey Peterson reminded us a few weeks ago, nothing is certain.

The two-sport star suffered a horrific injury that ended her basketball season when she slipped and fell during a team photo shoot. According to The Sheffield Press, Peterson lost her balance and hit her face off the corner of a bench she was standing on. Her injuries required 100 stitches and three plates in her face to help multiple fractures heal.

“It was the worst thing I’ve seen,” West Fork basketball coach Rodney Huber said. “It went straight through her gum, affected a few of her teeth and she had a big gash on the right side of her face.”

Peterson will likely have to undergo plastic surgery to repair nerve damage. Huber said she held a towel to her face to cover most of the injuries, but added that he saw a lot of blood.

To make matters worse, the accident also took place on Peterson’s 18th birthday. She is an all-state volleyball player who holds school records for kills and digs. We have shown you plenty of incredibly bizarre injuries here at LBS over the years, but this is up there with the worst of them. Here’s hoping Peterson has a full recovery. You’d hate to see something like that derail a promising athletic career.

H/T Deadspin via Prep Rally

Arsenal fan covers himself in jam after Nicklas Bendtner scores game-winning goal

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Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner was an unlikely hero in his team’s win over Cardiff on Wednesday. The 25-year-old has been booed throughout the season as he has struggled to make an impact and mostly finds himself sitting on the bench. With the score tied at 0-0 on New Year’s Day, Bendtner was called upon to provide a spark.

Bendtner entered the match in the 64th minute, which prompted an Arsenal fan to make a regrettable promise on Twitter. James Stokes was so confident Bendtner could not score a goal that he said he would do this:

In the 88th minute, Bendtner netted a goal that eventually turned out to be the game-winner. Stokes tried to back out when Arsenal scored an insurance goal to make it 2-0, but he eventually gave in to his followers and later purchased a jar of jam before posting the photo you see above.

Ironically enough, Dirty Tackle pointed out that this is not the first time this season that a Bendtner goal has resulted in a foreign substance being smeared on the human body. Earlier this year, an Arsenal fan vowed to put toothpaste on his mother’s eyebrows if Bendtner put one past the keeper. Unfortunately for the innocent mother, the fan kept his word.

Never change, soccer fans. Except the ones that throw explosives onto the field and gamble their houses away — you can change a little bit.

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State celebrate with Rich Homie Quan after Rose Bowl

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio hardly ever cracks a smile. Wednesday night was an exception, as his team held off Stanford to win the Spartans’ first Rose Bowl since 1988. Not only was Dantonio all smiles, he also showed off his dance moves with rapper Rich Homie Quan in the locker room after the game.

Rich Homie’s track “Some Type of Way” has become the unofficial anthem of the Spartans this season, with Dantonio and his team dancing to the song after they beat Michigan earlier this season. For obvious reasons, Rich Homie has become a Michigan State fan over the past few months. He joined the Spartans for their postgame celebration after the Rose Bowl. Here’s a screenshot of Dantonio and Rich Homie that SB Nation passed along:

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Dantonio might not seem like the type of guy who would enjoy hip-hop, but coaches enjoy just about anything their players like after they win a game like the Rose Bowl. The dancing was a fitting end to a fantastic season.

Video via SB Nation

Chad Johnson says he’ll buy remaining Bengals playoff tickets to avoid blackout

chad-ochocincoThe most underrated storyline in sports this week has to be the lack of sellouts for playoff games across the NFL. As of Thursday morning, the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers — I know, right? — still had tickets available for their upcoming playoff games. The teams are hoping to avoid a television blackout by selling out. According to Chad Johnson, the Bengals don’t have to worry about it.

Earlier this week, Johnson tweeted that he’ll buy any unsold tickets from his former team if a sellout is not achieved before Sunday.

At the time Johnson made the comment, Reedy noted that he would need close to $1 million to buy the remaining tickets. That figure has likely gone down since Tuesday, but does the artist formerly known as Ochocinco have that kind of money to be throwing around anymore?

Johnson may go out to eat with fans from time to time and pick up the tab, but don’t expect him to keep this promise. The hope is that the Bengals sell out anyway. If you can’t sell out a playoff game, you’re doing something wrong.

H/T Eye on Football

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