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Saturday, April 21, 2018


Ben Affleck refused to wear Yankees hat in ‘Gone Girl’

Ben Affleck Red Sox hat

Pretending is one of the fundamental elements of acting. But for Boston Red Sox fan Ben Affleck, he won’t even pretend to be a Yankees fan.

The New York Times’ Cara Buckley published a story on Thursday saying that Affleck and movie director David Fincher got in a spat over Affleck’s refusal to wear a Yankees cap during filming for a scene in “Gone Girl.”

“That was the only fight David and I had,” Affleck told The Times, “and it was a legitimate fight.”

Fincher wanted Affleck’s character to wear a Yankees cap for a scene at the airport where the character was wearing a hat to evade recognition. Affleck said he “rioted” against wearing the hat of the Bronx Bombers.

“I said, ‘David, I love you, I would do anything for you,’” Mr. Affleck recalled. “‘But I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can’t. I can’t wear it because it’s going to become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can’t do it.’ And I couldn’t put it on my head.”

Instead, the two sides came to a compromise: Affleck’s character wore a Mets hat.

The whole thing may seem silly to people who don’t really “get” sports, but everyone else involved in that rivalry certainly understands the passion involved. Shoot, Tom Brady has been seen wearing Yankees and Giants caps and Boston fans will NEVER forget it. You think they would have forgiven Affleck? Heck no. He knows that. He gets it. Not protesting could have been a career-killing move!

H/T Hardball Talk

Dwyane Wade says last season was not fun

Dwyane Wade 3 chain

The Miami Heat did not achieve their ultimate goal last season of winning an NBA championship, but they still had a good year and reached the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season. Despite the relative success, Dwyane Wade says last season was not fun.

Wade made his comments in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick and could not single out the reason why the season was not fun.

“It’s hard to say, man, because you want it. We wanted it. So it’s hard to say that. You don’t know exactly what’s going to come with it, but we put ourselves in that position. But sometimes you can put too much on yourself, all of us, and it becomes a black cloud around. Last year wasn’t fun. I mean, there was no stretch of it [that was] fun. That whole season, to me, it’s amazing we made it to the Finals. It’s just honest.”

There was a lot of stress last season for the Heat. They weren’t as good as they had been the previous three seasons. Wade was constantly hurt and didn’t play his best. Expectations were as high as ever. It’s easy to see why things wouldn’t have been great for the players. Plus you had questions about the team’s future on top of everything else.

Wade should have more fun this season because expectations will be lower, but we’ll see how much he enjoys playing on a team that isn’t championship-caliber.

Kate Upton gives boyfriend Justin Verlander a hand in Baltimore

Kate Upton was on hand in Baltimore for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday to cheer on her man, boyfriend Justin Verlander. When Verlander was pulled from the game after allowing a leadoff single to Nelson Cruz in the sixth, Upton made sure to give her boyfriend a nice applause.

Kate Upton Tigers

The Tigers have to have the edge in this series simply for the cool factor. They have the best celebrity fan and the best WAG of the playoffs. Game over. They win.

Maybe the two will celebrate with a prom photo afterwards. And will someone explain to me what Kate was doing in this clip?

Maybe this was her version of casting a spell on the opponent, much like Manny Pacquiao’s mom did.

Matt Prater ‘surprised’ Broncos released him

Matt PraterMatt Prater says he was “a little surprised” to learn on Friday that the Denver Broncos would be releasing him.

“I’m a little surprised,” Prater told The Denver Post. “The Broncos look like they’re going to do some great things this year. It’s too bad I won’t be a part of it. I’m just going to concentrate on keeping myself in shape and hopefully I’ll be kicking for someone this year.”

Prater, who went 25-of-26 on field goals last season, is completing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s alcohol policy. The Broncos must have been satisfied enough with the effort of his replacement, Brandon McManus, that they were convinced the new guy could do the job.

“It was a football decision,” coach John Fox said via The Post. “(It’s) what gives the Broncos the best chance to win. We wish Matt the best. Part of it was evaluating Brandon. You take the leap of faith in a lot of personnel decisions.”

The Post points out that the difference in salaries between the two was likely a strong factor. McManus is only making $420,000 this season while Prater was due to make $2.2 million after his suspension.

McManus is 3-for-3 on field goals and 14-of-16 on touchbacks, though his distance hasn’t been tested in field goals this season (his long is 24). Kicking in the altitude in Denver certainly gives any kicker an advantage, but this is an awfully bold move by the Broncos. You can’t help but wonder if it will come back to haunt them at some point.

Cordarrelle Patterson, fantasy disappointment, wants more touches

Cordarrelle-Patterson-VikingsCordarelle Patterson was expected to be a fantasy asset this season (not by me, but others), but so far he hasn’t delivered for owners.

Patterson has 189 receiving yards on 15 catches. He also has rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown. Compare that to last season where he scored nine touchdowns, finding the end zone receiving, rushing and with kickoff returns.

Since rushing for 103 yards in Week 1, Patterson has not seen more than five touches in a game. He said on Thursday that he wants more touches.

“I want to be more involved,” Patterson said via the Pioneer Press. “I don’t know what’s going on. We have a plan. I’m sticking to the plan. I trust coach (Norv) Turner and the whole staff with what they’re doing. It’s going to turn around. Hopefully I get more touches.”

Patterson wanting the ball isn’t just a one-way street; Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Patterson needs to take care of his part by getting open.

And for owners who took the gas pipe thanks to Cordarrelle’s two-catch, 8-yard effort on Thursday night, the wide receiver says he could have finished the game if it weren’t a blowout. I’m sure that will set will with fantasy owners.

Greg Holland got to ballpark late after birth of son, got the save anyway

Greg-Holland-babyAll of the Kansas City Royals players and coaches have had a long week, but closer Greg Holland has been a bit more busy than the rest. On Wednesday, Holland’s wife, Lacey, gave birth in North Carolina to the couple’s first child. Considering the Royals had a wild-card game in Kansas City on Tuesday (that went 12 innings) and Game 1 of the ALDS in Anaheim on Thursday, you can understand how hectic Holland’s week must have been.

But the superdad managed to do it all. Holland got to North Carolina in time to witness the birth of little Nash on Wednesday and arrived at the ballpark on Thursday in time to close out the Royals’ 3-2 win over the Angels in 11 innings. Because of traffic, Holland did not arrive at the stadium until the fourth inning, but he was there when the team needed him most.

The baby’s due date was on Oct. 4, and Holland joked earlier this season that he hoped his child would be a “playoff baby” and come into the world on an off-day. With the help of induced labor, he got his wish.

Of course, being late to a game because your son is being born is one of the best excuses you can have. Don’t get any crazy ideas, Yasiel Puig.

H/T Big League Stew

Jay Gruden doesn’t rule out brother Jon returning to Raiders

Jon-Gruden-Does-Not-Love-Too-Many-PlayersUntil the Raiders find a new head coach or Jon Gruden flat-out says he is not returning to coaching next season, rumors of a possible return to Oakland for Gruden will continue popping up. Gruden’s brother, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden, didn’t exactly throw water on the fire when asked about Jon’s future.

During a conference call on Thursday, Jay Gruden was very careful not to rule out a reunion between his brother and the Raiders.

“Nothing would surprise me with Jon,” he said, via Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk. “I don’t want to put words in his mouth or predict anything. He hasn’t told me one way or another. He loves what he’s doing with ESPN. I know that for a fact. But I also know he loves coaching and I know that for a fact. He’s got one of the greatest jobs in sports and he loves ESPN and loves what he does, but I also know he loves the competitive nature of coaching.

“Also know that he hates coaching from time to time; kind of like I do on a Sunday night when you go home. I don’t know. It wouldn’t surprise me one way or the other. He’s got two great jobs that he could potentially do.”

[Related: Raiders owner talks about possible Jon Gruden reunion]

As we mentioned before, the John Gruden-Raiders talk is only natural. The team has been the laughing stock of the league since he left. There has not been a winning season in Oakland since Gruden was in charge.

Gruden said very little when asked about the Raiders job earlier this week. Personally, I feel that there would be far better opportunities for him out there if he decided to return to coaching. He doesn’t need to try to rescue one of the worst franchises in the NFL.

Derek Jeter and girlfriend Hannah Davis having secret wedding?

Derek Jeter face reaction

All we really know about Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis is that they are dating. Rumors that the New York Yankees legend and his model girlfriend had gotten engaged last year turned out to be false — we think. Then we heard Jeter and Davis broke up earlier this year, but Davis was later spotted enjoying Jeter’s final MLB All-Star Game with his family. Does all this add up to a secret wedding?

TMZ is reporting that Jeter has some sort of huge party planned at the famous Oheka Castle in Manhattan this weekend. While some sources have reportedly told the gossip site that the party is to celebrate Jeter’s retirement, others “swear” Jeter and Davis are getting married.

While we would normally brush a report like this off as complete nonsense, this is Derek Jeter we are talking about. No celebrity athlete has ever kept their personal life more private than the former Yankee captain. If anyone could get engaged to their supermodel girlfriend and then get married without anyone finding out about it, it’s Jeter.

Remember, one of the only juicy pieces of information we have ever learned about Jeter’s personal life turned out to be bogus (or so the 40-year-old says). Jeter could write a best-selling novel on misleading the paparazzi. Don’t be surprised if he sneaks a wedding in someday without anyone knowing.

Houston, Dallas police have been going at it on Twitter and it’s hilarious


The Houston and Dallas Police Departments are more ready for Sunday’s game between the Cowboys and Texans than anyone else — maybe even the teams themselves. You know how we know this? Because the two departments have been engaging in a hilarious war of words and memes on Twitter since Tuesday.

The battle started when the Houston Police sent out a fairly innocent tweet asking the Dallas PD which quarterback Texans defensive end JJ Watt would be after this weekend.

In the words of Ron Burgundy, things really escalated quickly from there. Rather than explain everything that has happened over the past few days, we’ll just show you:


Darren Sproles: I felt ‘disrespected’ by Saints

Darren-Sproles-EaglesDarren Sproles has not gotten over the way the New Orleans Saints parted ways with him. While he now admits that he is happy with the Philadelphia Eagles, Sproles was quick to bash his former team when asked for his thoughts on the Saints’ 1-3 start.

“I felt disrespected there,” Sproles said Thursday, according to NJ.com’s Mark Eckel. “Listen, I understand this is business and all of that, but (when they talked about trading him) they put it up on Twitter. That’s how I found out. There was a screen shot and a friend of mine texted it to me. I felt they did me wrong.”

When rumblings began back in March that the Saints were looking to dump Sproles, he said he would rather be released than traded because he wanted to be able to control where he ended up. Given the way Chip Kelly has used the veteran running back in his offense this season, you could argue that Sean Payton did Sproles a favor by sending him to the Eagles.

Still, Sproles is angry the team wasn’t open with him and that he had to use Twitter to find out what the future held.

“First, Sean told me they were going to cut me,” he said. “Then I find out on Twitter they’re trading me. That’s just not right. So I really haven’t been in contact with anyone there since I left. I really haven’t paid attention to what they’re doing. I’m more focused on what’s happening here.”

The Saints are off to a shockingly bad start and their offense has looked pedestrian. The Eagles, on the other hand, are 3-1. Payton probably wishes he could have Sproles back to add another element to his playbook. You know what they say about hindsight.

H/T Eye on Football

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