The Pac-10 has officially expanded to 12 teams after adding Colorado and Utah this offseason. Being admitted to the conference should not be taken lightly; between Stanford, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, and yes friends, I’ll include USC, the Pac-12 has some of the strongest academic institutions in the country. It seems like the people who created the new Pac-12 promotional video wanted to prove that point, because you’ll need your lexicon handy to comprehend it:
Dr. Saturday joked you need a thesaurus handy to understand it. As they pointed out, some of the SAT words from the video include “differentiation,” “preeminent,” “panoramic,” “undeniably prolific,” “procession,” “reillustrate,” “unnerving,” “inexplicable,” “belligerent antithesis,” “avant garde” and “quintessential.” I don’t know who came up with “belligerent antithesis,” but they need to be slapped. Is this a conference of football powers or linguistics majors?
- Filed Under:
DeSean Jackson was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Eagles in 2008, meaning he hasn’t made the type of money the highly-selected rookies have. The dynamic receiver is only scheduled to earn $565,000 for the upcoming season despite being one of the top playmakers in the league. Given his shoddy contract situation, he may be considering a holdout.
“Hopefully, he’ll be here tomorrow,” Michael Vick said of Jackson. “DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make.”
Jackson’s agent is Drew Rosenhaus who says he’s learned that playing hardball with the Eagles doesn’t work. He’s still reportedly considering a holdout which makes some sense. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t believe Jackson deserves more money, and that probably includes the Eagles. Yes he’s under contract, but when you play in the NFL you have to get the money while you’re healthy . For someone like Jackson who suffered a concussion last season, there is even more urgency to get paid.
- DeSean Jackson
There are a few reasons I would never buy a Henrik and Daniel Sedin combo jersey. For starters, combo jerseys are probably one of the lamest pieces of sports memorabilia you can own. Secondly, Daniel Sedin has been known to guarantee victories for his team in cliche fashion only to continue cowering in the spotlight. And thirdly, Daniel Sedin allowed Brad Marchand to punch him in the face repeatedly during the Stanley Cup Finals and did absolutely nothing about it. That’s not the type of person I want to be promoting, even if the jersey is only half theirs. Check out the Daniel and Henrik Sedin combo jersey that is currently for sale on the NHL Auction site, courtesy of Puck Daddy:
Believe it or not, someone has already bid $399 on this piece of garbage. Sure it’s autographed, but that doesn’t make the concept any less obnoxious. Daniel’s number is 22 and Henrik’s is 33, so combined that gives us … 23? Yeah, I guess that makes sense. Oh yeah and two Sedin brothers equals a last name of “Sedins.” Of course this forces us to raise the question of which combo jersey is more ridiculous: the Sedin hockey jersey or this horrendous Miami Heat jersey? I’ll call it a tie.
- Filed Under:
When Kevin Love filmed his commercial for the “Lockout Professionals,” he wasn’t joking — he was just leading up to a bigger announcement. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Love is partnering with Jose Cuervo to play in their Pro Beach Volleyball Series. He made the announcement while playing beach volleyball on a court in Times Square:
Love plans to play in the famed Manhattan Beach Open next month. Better yet, Jose Cuervo has agreed to waive all ticket costs and offer free admission to fans who attend any of their upcoming events.
- Filed Under:
Considering they are currently toting a record of 33-69 and are a solid 21 games out of first place in the NL Central, it would be tough for the Houston Astros to blame a loss on anyone but themselves. Rarely does a baseball team get a chance to blame U2 for their misfortunes, but if the opportunity presents itself you might as well strike.
The Cardinals hosted a U2 concert at Busch Stadium recently while St. Louis was on a road trip. As a result, the stadium’s grass had to be torn up and replaced with a new surface from Colorado that was installed at night during cool temperatures. It was known beforehand that the new surface could be a little tricky and play a little quicker than usual, but the Astros were still caught off guard. Hunter Pence fell running in on a fly ball that became a triple and Michael Bourn fell trying to field a ball in center field. Jose Altuve fell rounding first on a single and Jason Bourgeois had a ball skip away from him, forcing an error.
“I didn’t expect it to be tough until I fell down,” Pence said. “We knew there was a new sod and ground balls were going to be tougher. We really didn’t expect all the slipping to go down.”
- Filed Under:
The same day it was announced the players agreed to the new CBA, details on a plan to finance a football stadium in LA were released. Under terms of the potential agreement, more of the financial burden would shift to Anschutz Entertainment Group instead of taxpayers. The teams reportedly in consideration to move to LA are the Chargers, Vikings, Jaguars, Raiders, and Rams.
The Raiders and Rams used to play in LA and already have a strong fan base in Southern California. The Rams’ fan base in LA is exceptionally strong, we’ve come to find out.
There’s a fan movement to help bring the Rams back to Los Angeles. The Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams group on Facebook has over 3,100 likes. The group’s mission is “to bring back the Rams to their rightful home: Los Angeles.”
The campaign is a grass-roots movement that began on Facebook. It was started by Andy Hogan, a student at UC-Berkeley, along with Dennis Bateman, a sports writer for the Santa Barbara News-Press.
- Los Angeles Rams
Winning a prestigious golf major like The Open Championship is an impressive accomplishment. It’s even more significant when it’s your first major win, as it was for Darren Clarke two weeks ago. The pay day isn’t bad either.
Darren Clarke earned 990,000 pounds for winning The Open Championship and 2.2 million pounds from his sponsor Sports Direct and Dunlop. The extra cash apparently was as important for Clarke as winning his first major was.
Clarke’s manager Chubby Chandler told The Daily Mail that Clarke was almost broke when he won the championship. Clarke apparently was hit hard during the recession because of poor investments. For instance, he purchased a private jet that lost 75% of its value. He also has been trying to sell his mansion since last year, creating even more problems.
“The timing could not have been better,” he said. “Darren has had a big cash flow problem.”
Got that? Even people who have earned millions of dollars during their careers can end up nearly broke because of poor management. Then again, you’ve read about Latrell Sprewell and Mark Brunell on this site, so you already knew that.
Club tap to Devil Ball Golf for the story
- Filed Under:
- Darren Clarke
Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox was arrested in December for alleged sexual assault and bonded out. He later pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charges and he has a trial scheduled for October. The details of the case had been sealed by the judge until they were made public on Friday. Needless to say, the charges in the case are quite alarming.
A woman says she and a few friends went out to a club for a “white party” on Labor Day last year. The accuser’s friend was dating Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox, so the group of women hung out with Cox and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas in the VIP section of the club. Cox’s girlfriend (identified as “Che”) and the accuser say they only had four drinks during the evening yet both of them passed out and could hardly recall details from the night. According to the arrest affidavit, both women felt like they had been drugged.
The accusing woman says she and Demaryius Thomas were kissing in the car on the way back to Cox’s residence. Once at Cox’s residence, Cox and his girlfriend went into his room while Thomas and the accuser stayed in a different room. They apparently kissed before the accusing woman passed out. She recalls being fondled by Thomas before passing out. When she woke up, she says she felt like she had had sex, though she could not recall what happened. Thomas told her he left after she passed out.
- Perrish Cox
The ESPN book ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun was a big success following its release in May. It rose to 256 on Amazon’s bestseller rankings and was second in their TV and sports broadcasting categories. The book became so popular that movie studios reportedly are fighting over its film rights.
According to Deadline.com, 20th century FOX is closing a deal for the screen rights to the book. Deadline reports “The studio will develop a feature about the formation of the 24-hour sports network. The pic will be produced by Michael De Luca, Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti and Julie Yorn.”
Deadline writer Mike Fleming adds that “The book created a stir in the film community when ICM began shopping it in recent weeks. I’m told there is interest from scribes and directors, and the studio and producers will start right away looking for someone to figure out the movie.”
Film producers reportedly envision the movie being similar to The Social Network for its aspects of back-stabbing and ego-driven characters. We could easily see that happening. However, it is important to keep in mind that not all scripts or film rights that are purchased end up being created; nothing really came of the Colin Cowherd sitcom.
Still, people love intra-office drama and gossip, and the book was loaded with it. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this turned into a movie. At least it should be more appealing to the sports crowd than Moneyball, which is only about a decade too late.
Thanks to Joey Kaufman for the tip
- Filed Under:
The Twins got spanked by the Rangers Monday night 20-6, but the good news is their embarrassing defeat allowed us the opportunity to see Michael Cuddyer pitch. Cuddyer, who has played first, second, and right field for the Twins this year, made his first career appearance as a pitcher and he did pretty well.
Throwing a pretty flat fastball in the upper-80s, Cuddyer gave up two hits and a walk but he escaped a bases loaded jam by getting Elvis Andrus and David Murphy to pop out. Unlike Mike Napoli who hit a double in the gap to leadoff the inning, Andrus and Murphy seemed over-anxious and were out in front of the ball. Give Cuddyer some credit — he had a nice, smooth motion, easy delivery, and he threw hard. Jamie Moyer wishes he had Cuddyer’s fastball that ranged from 86-89. If Joe Nathan struggles again, Ron Gardenhire will have another option to finish games.