It’s been so long since Roger Clemens testified in front of Congress that I forgot about half the shenanigans that went down (except the now infamous “misremembers part”). Initially Clemens showed his feelings on the matter, saying he wouldn’t call PED users “cheaters.” In a pathetic effort to save himself, Clemens dragged his wife’s name through the mud and said Andy Pettitte had things mistaken.
Now Clemens doesn’t have much of a defense. Public opinion and Congressional opinion is now speaking and Clemens will have to face trial on charges of perjury obstruction of justice. Even though we all well know and believe that he was juicing since his Toronto days, he’s still maintaining steadfastly that he is innocent. Clemens is taking his lies so far that he is willing to go to jail for them. Here’s what he tweeted late Thursday:
I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.
Happy to have my day in court? Damn Roger, they will eat you alive and make you misremember even more. I can’t believe he’s so willing to enter the torture chamber. George Costanza wouldn’t even go this far.
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Former Colts Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy made headlines when he said he wouldn’t hire Rex Ryan after hearing Ryan’s profanity-laced speeches on Hard Knocks. Dungy’s extreme comment unfortunately buried his message that an NFL coach can be effective without swearing. While Dungy comes across as mild mannered, it’s not the first time he’s gotten in a zing on an opponent.
Had Dungy presented his commentary without invoking Goodell’s name and without saying he wouldn’t hire Rex Ryan, then the Jets coach probably would not have been quite so upset. As it was, things got completely out of hand. Ryan is surprisingly self-deprecating and sensitive, so the criticism had to have stung. Not only did the two talk things out “man-to-man” on Wednesday, but Dungy will also visit a Jets practice at some point.
The uniting factor between Dungy and Rex apparently is an anonymous figure who knows both men and spoke highly of Rex. Because of the positive recommendation, Dungy is going to see things first hand to learn what Rex is all about. Aside from wondering who the uniting figure is, the obvious question is: will Rex cuss while Dungy’s at practice or will he be on his best behavior?
Dungy to visit Jets after a heart-to-heart with Rex [New York Post]
The NFL is full of tough guys and macho men. Players compete despite having broken bones, sprained joints, and torn muscles. Regardless of the condition, coaches have expectations for players and that is for them to practice and play no matter what.
You can only imagine how frustrated Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff was with superb rookie Percy Harvin last year. Harvin was one of their gamebreakers both on offensive and in special teams last season. Harvin also missed practice frequently and even had to sit out a game because of a chronic migraine condition that has plague him since he was 10 years old.
No doubt the coaches grew upset with Harvin because they expected him to work with the team but were let down on a regular basis. Additionally, compared to broken bones, migraines seem like a minor condition. Now, as if it weren’t already confirmed, we have come to find out that Harvin’s migraines are incredibly severe.
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We’ve had quite a few misadventures in bullfighting lately. Well, maybe misadventures is not the correct term since all the disasters seem to be par for the course. We’ve seen a bull gore a matador in the nuts, a wimpy matador flee the ring, and the ultimate was the matador gored through the chin and out the mouth.
The latest escapade was a bull going for a joyride in the stands of a fight in Spain. Can you imagine some of the people in the front row? They all probably bragged to their friends that they had premium seats to a bullfight that day. Who’s the idiot now, huh? Check out this video of a bull jumping into the stands to exact revenge on the fans:
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If Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie struggled last year because of a hip injury, the excuse for his poor 2008 season was being distracted dealing with all his fatherhood issues. Specifically, Antonio Cromartie’s kids number eight, span five states, and come from seven different mothers. That’s a lot to keep up with. Apparently it’s so much it’s even difficult for Cromartie to keep track himself. Check out this video of Cromartie having a difficult time naming his children when asked to on HBO’s Hard Knocks via Black Sports Online:
If there is one positive to take away, it’s that at least Cromartie is more familiar with his children’s names than he is with contraceptives. Maybe he should just go the Foreman route and name all his kids “George” that way he has less to remember.
Video: Antonio Cromartie Trying to Remember His Kids’ Names On HBO Hard [Black Sports Online]
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Tim Tebow may have played well in his first preseason game with the Denver Broncos but not everything was great. We told you that his throwing motion was too long and now we’re discovering that his physical running style may need to be discarded too.
Tebow ran for a touchdown on the final play of the preseason game but got crunched in the end zone. The hit he took was reminiscent of the one Donovan McNabb took in the first game of the season last year against the Carolina Panthers that broke his ribs and kept him out a few games.
While Tebow may have escaped a broken ribs injury, his midsection is sore enough to keep him out of practice this week. Compared to other successful running quarterbacks at the collegiate level — guys like Vince Young or Dennis Dixon for instance — Tebow’s style was more predicated on power than speed. It may have worked for Tim in the college game, but he’s quickly learning that the physical running style won’t last long in the NFL. That is, unless he wants his brains scrambled like Trent Green eventually.
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Not too long ago, I let my feelings about Jenn Brown be known. At the moment, everyone seems to be up in arms about a Star Magazine story that came out on Wednesday afternoon. That story involves ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown and country music mega-star Kenny Chesney. According to the story, the two were spotted on a romantic vacation together in Cancun, Mexico. The problem? Chesney allegedly has had a girlfriend for two years who was “livid” when she found out about the trip.
I like to think of myself as a morally correct guy. I’m never going to be an advocate for someone cheating on their girlfriend — celebrity or not. That being said, have a look at these Jenn Brown bikini pictures one more time and try to understand where Kenny is coming from. Not to mention, celebrities can do a better job of being secretive than these two managed to do, so my guess is there’s more to the story with Kenny and his girlfriend that we have yet to hear. You’re innocent until proven guilty in my book, Kenny.
Exclusive: Kenny Chesney Cheats with ESPN Reporter [Star Magazine]
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No, this has nothing to do with the fact that Mike Tomlin’s two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback is suspended to start the season. It has nothing to do with the fact that his No. 1 receiver was traded to the New York Jets. This is more about what he’s wearing and who he’s with.
Apparently, a Barstool Sports reader got these pictures from some girls who partied with Tomlin. According to the reader, the girls said the Steelers coach was “nuts and got wasted.” Nothing wrong with having a little fun, but can’t Tomlin find something better to wear and someone better to party with? All I can say is, woof.
Reader Email – Does This Look Like The Face Of An NFL Coach? [Barstool Sports]
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As if I needed another reason to respect Rory McIlroy, he has now decided to take a couple of jabs at Tiger Woods. There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not Tiger should be asked to play for the U.S. squad in the upcoming Ryder Cup. With the way he has played lately, he should be left off the team. Chances are Corey Pavin will select him with one of his four captain’s picks come Sept. 7 because — despite being the center of everyone’s jokes — he’s still Tiger Woods.
McIlroy’s girlfriend, Holly Sweeney, is hot and his golf game is on the rise. If anyone from the European Ryder Cup team should be talking smack it should probably be him, so I have no problem with it. Here’s what McIlroy has to say about the prospect of facing Tiger, courtesy of Yahoo! News:
I would love to face [Woods]. Unless his game rapidly improves… I think anyone in the European team would fancy their chances against him.”
“There are a lot of American players playing better than him at the minute but it’s always an advantage to have Tiger Woods in your team,” said McIlroy.
“I think he’ll (Pavin) pick him. I don’t think it would go down too well in the States if he wasn’t picked.”
If Tiger doesn’t step his golf game up — and fast — he’ll have to prove to everyone that he can still be a good person and a good golfer.
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Maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers planned on coming out with new jerseys whether LeBron James stayed or not. Maybe they didn’t. If Dan Gilbert’s letter to the fans is any indication, the Cavs are looking to get past the King James era any way they can. The Cavs new jerseys are probably a good idea anyway, since the old jerseys could all be burned by now.
The new design could also be a way to generate more revenue now that LeBron has left. The Cavs still have to find a way to sell jerseys without their star, and there’s no better way to do that than making last year’s uniforms old news. Whatever the case, I like the look of them. A lot of teams are going back to a more retro design and I think these are an improvement over the old Cleveland jerseys.
Have a look at the new Cleveland Cavaliers uniforms [Ball Don’t Lie]