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Virginia Tech RB JC Coleman wears gold watch during game (Video)

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There is never a bad time to accessorize when you’re JC Coleman.

The Virginia Tech senior running back went viral during Monday’s season opener against Ohio State after he was spotted wearing a gold watch during the actual game.

Given the sense of humor Coleman’s displayed in the past, we’re not in the least bit surprised that he keeps it loose on the field. But wearing the watch is actually a symbolic gesture for Coleman, similar to the way players write messages to themselves on wristbands or shoes.

A Washington Post article last year explained that Coleman wears the watch as a constant reminder that after battling injuries and other obstacles in his career, “it’s my time.”

Here I was hoping that he had just picked up an endorsement deal under the table. Maybe it’s not too late!

Ex-Bull Jay Williams: Teammates bet $20K on Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Many an NBA talent has been known indulge in the lavish and extravagant lifestyle that comes with the territory of being a professional athlete. And sometimes, things can get a little reckless. Blowing thousands of dollars betting on frivolous schoolyard games would seem to fall under that category.

But that’s exactly what former Duke star Jay Williams claims that his teammates on the Chicago Bulls used to do. Making an appearance Monday on the The Brilliant Idiots podcast, Williams spilled some juicy details about his NBA adventures, including witnessing $20,000 bets on Rock, Paper, Scissors, and other similar games.

Williams can be seen talking about the Rochambeau ridiculousness at the 4:51 mark (though a word of warning about the presence of rather NSFW language in the interview). The former No. 2 overall pick also spoke about how Michael Jordan, though no longer a member of the team at that time, would gamble on occasion with the youngbloods.

Still just 33 years old, Williams is now a college basketball analyst for ESPN. After a promising career with the Blue Devils got him drafted second overall by the Bulls in 2002, he was severely injured in a catastrophic 2003 motorcycle crash and his NBA dreams were cut short.

But apparently, his brief time in the Association was sufficient to provide Williams with enough stories to last a lifetime. This isn’t even the first time he has shared an outrageous story about his ex-Bulls teammates, famously making the controversial claim a couple years back that they used to smoke weed before games as well.

Nevertheless, it’s fun to look at that 2002-03 Bulls team and speculate which of the colorful characters on the roster might have been involved. Eddy Curry? Marcus Fizer? Jalen Rose? Or maybe even current Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg?

And just imagine if these shenanigans went down a decade later with the addition of Lizard and Spock to the traditional Rock, Paper, Scissors stockpile. Would we have seen bets run up to $50,000?

H/T Bleacher Report

Michigan to debut helmet stickers for first time since 1994

Michigan is trying to close the gap in its rivalry with Ohio State, and now it will be replicating something prominently done by the Buckeyes.

Jim Harbaugh confirmed on Monday that the helmets of Michigan players will feature wolverine stickers next weekend. The stickers will be awarded based on team, unit and individual accomplishments.

Harbaugh said Amara Darboh and Jake Butt received the most stickers following the team’s season-opening loss to Utah last week. Darboh received nine, while Butt was awarded with eight. The two were the team’s leading receivers and scored the Wolverines’ only touchdowns.

Both Darboh and Butt expressed support of the helmet sticker concept, saying that it helps promote the message of competition.

“I think it’s a great thing. Coach Harbaugh has preached competition. … When you go out there on the field, you try to earn everything. If you go out there and do your job, you’ll be rewarded. I think that’s the message he’s trying to send,” Darboh said of Harbaugh, via Scout.com.

Back when Harbaugh played for the Wolverines, the program used helmet stickers, so that likely is a reason why he is bringing them back. The practice was dropped in 1995 when Lloyd Carr became head coach.

MVictors.com shows the evolution of the stickers over the years:

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Browns OL coach Andy Moeller allegedly assaulted woman

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The Cleveland Browns announced on Monday that they have suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller indefinitely, and a report says he is being investigated for an alleged assault.

According to ESPN’s Pat McManoman, a woman who was a guest of Moeller’s over the weekend called Berea police to report that she was assaulted. When police arrived, she was unsure if she wanted to press charges, but officers still took down a report of the incident. The city prosecutor will decide whether to charge Moeller with a crime. The incident was classified as an assault rather than a domestic assault simply because of the technicality that the woman, who is from Maryland, was not Moeller’s wife or live-in girlfriend.

The Browns addressed the matter Monday by issuing a statement.

“Over the weekend, Andy was involved in an incident, involving allegations that we take very seriously,” the team said in the statement. “We have followed our internal protocol, determining that right now it is best for the team and for Andy to take time away from the organization to focus on his personal matters.
“We are going to respect the process of investigation on this personal matter and will have no further comment at this time.”

Two assistant coaches will take care of Moeller’s duties for the time being.

This is the latest in a string of legal matters for Moeller. He was also suspended and fined while with the Ravens in 2011 because of a DUI charge from 2010. That incident marked Moeller’s third alcohol-related arrested in a four-year span.

Bryce Harper rips Nationals fans for leaving early

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“That’s a clown fandom, bro.” At least that’s what you would think was on Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper’s mind considering some comments he made about the Washington faithful on Monday.

With the team currently hosting the NL East-leading New York Mets in a crucial divisional series, many Nationals fans were spotted leaving Monday’s 8-5 loss early. And it certainly irked the 22-year-old Harper.

“They left in the seventh, so that was pretty brutal. I don’t know. Whatever.” said Harper after the game per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

The three-time All-Star’s irritation is surely justifiable. With the Nationals trailing the Mets by four games heading into the series, this could very well be the most important stretch of their season. Such a poor display by the hometown fans during meaningful September baseball is horribly disappointing, especially during an afternoon game on a Labor Day holiday.

Harper has done more than his part to keep Washington fans in their seats, having an MVP-caliber 2015 campaign with 34 home runs and 83 RBIs while sporting a .339 batting average, a 1.122 OPS, and an absurd 201 wRC+ (over two times the league average). Still, maybe he wasn’t completely without blame after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in that now-infamous Monday game. Perhaps Harper’s really the one who should be worrying about staying in the game.

But come on, Washington! Get your act together. Leaving early to beat traffic is supposed to be a stigma that’s reserved for Los Angeles sports fans!

H/T For The Win

*Stats courtesy of Fangraphs*

Cardale Jones hit on Ronda Rousey over Twitter all summer

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Cardale Jones has built a reputation for being an interesting person to follow on social media.

From sending controversial tweets about school not mattering to running huge pranks, he is always keeping it interesting. Over the summer, he skewed towards using Twitter to woo a crush.

The Ohio State quarterback sent multiple tweets this summer towards Ronda Rousey in hopes of attracting the UFC superstar. It all started with these tweets sent during the ESPYS in July:

Then he sent this out before Rousey’s fight at UFC 190 against Bethe Correia:

Jones’ efforts were not fruitless; he finally received a response from Rousey:

Rousey also weighed-in on who should be Ohio State’s starting quarterback this season:

You knew that Rousey would take things the right way and have perfect answers. Oh, and sorry to break it to you, Cardale, but Ronda is actually taken.

Maria Sharapova not happy with US Open’s negative Nadal headline

Maria SharapovaIs the glass half full or half empty? For Maria Sharapova, she prefers the optimistic side of things.

Sharapova responded to a tweet sent out by the US Open’s Twitter account Saturday about Rafael Nadal by applying a positive spin to it.

Following Rafa’s third-round loss to Fabio Fognini, the US Open’s account pointed out that 2015 would mark the first time since 2004 that Nadal would not capture a grand slam.

Look, we get that you’re trying to see everything in positive light, Maria, but the way the tweet was written, I think most people would be in awe of Nadal. That’s pretty impressive that he had won at least one grand slam in every year since 2005, and the tweet said as much.

What’s funny is that now that Sharapova is not playing in the tournament because of an injury, she finds herself like everyone else: weighing in on debates, criticizing and being a commentator. She has a nice second career lined up for after she retires, you know, in case she ever tires of the whole candy thing.

Bill O’Brien says ‘Hard Knocks’ cameras leaving ‘one of best days of his life’

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This season of “Hard Knocks” featuring the Texans is over and there may not be anyone happier than head coach Bill O’Brien.

The popular HBO series showed lots of J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins and DeAngelo Hall jawing during a joint practice session, and O’Brien picking his starting quarterback. Now, it’s time for the season to start and that means HBO’s cameras are leaving the Texans facilities.

Among those glad to be finished with “Hard Knocks” is Bill O’Brien, who called it one of the best days of his life.

We’ve heard over the years that numerous teams have turned down to opportunity to be on “Hard Knocks” with some citing the headaches of the added distraction being something they didn’t want to deal with. While some may have enjoyed the extra air time, based on where O’Brien ranked the day of camera crews leaving, it’s obvious the head coach was not in that group.

The Texans will be in the clear for a while in terms of making another appearance on the show. This time next year, another coach will be in O’Brien’s shoes and only time will tell if he feels the same way when his turn is wrapped up.

Ron Rivera will not call Corey Brown by his real name

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Corey Brown’s first season in the NFL was in 2014, but it was his name that garnered more attention than his 21 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown, whose middle name is Phillip and is from Pennsylvania, went by Philly Brown. He adopted the name while in college because the Buckeyes already had a Corey Brown on the roster. It stuck with him through his collegiate days and into the NFL. His Twitter handle is even @phillybrown10.

With his second season as a member of the Panthers set to get underway, Brown says “Philly” has run its course and he’s ready to be called Corey. The problem is, head coach Ron Rivera isn’t quite ready to let it go just yet.

That settles that. He can be Corey Brown away from the football field. However, once he puts on the shoulder pads, cleats, and helmet, he’s Philly Brown.

On Monday, Rivera announced Brown would be joining Ted Ginn Jr. as the starting wide receiver duo for Cam Newton in the season’s opening game against the Jaguars. Shortly after, Brown was once again embracing Philly on his Twitter account.

Photo credit: US Presswire – Bruce Kluckhohn

Derek Holland’s ‘Wild Thing’ haircut gets Charlie Sheen’s approval

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Rangers pitcher Derek Holland has been sporting a haircut reminiscent of the one Charlie Sheen wore as Rick Vaughn in “Major League” recently. Over the weekend, Holland had the opportunity to meet the actor, who gave the cut a thumbs up.

On Saturday, Holland picked up his third win of the season after allowing just three hits and one run over eight innings against the Angels. After the game, Holland received a visit from Sheen. Holland posted the above photo of the two of them posing with a miniature Jobu in the locker room along with the caption “It doesn’t get much better then this. The man himself the real wild thing was in attendance tonight. Thanks @charliesheen for coming down. #therealwildthing #majorleague #winning #thesheen”

Holland also posted another one with a view of him from behind, showing off the haircut Sheen made popular.

The sheen approved @charliesheen #wildthing #winning #thesheen

A photo posted by Derek Holland (@dutchoven45) on

Holland has been sporting the haircut since his returned from disabled list on August 19. Since then he has gone 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 innings, while allowing batters to hit just .200 against him. As long as Holland continues to post numbers like that, the haircut and Jobu figure in the locker should stay.

Photo via: Instagram/dutchoven45