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Recruit Nerlens Noel says Kentucky fan offered his wife to him

If you still don’t think Kentucky fans are crazy, there’s something wrong with you. We already knew that was the case prior to this season, but their championship run over the past month or so has completely sealed the deal. Between the insane rioting in the streets and the dude who offered his wife in exchange for Final Four tickets, we saw some truly disturbing displays of Wildcat pride throughout this year’s tournament. That passion apparently trickles over onto the recruiting trail, as well. I guess it makes sense since Kentucky’s entire starting five is probably going to declare for the NBA draft.

In his ESPN blog which highlights his path to picking a school, No. 1-ranked high school recruit Nerlens Noel told an interesting story about a Kentucky fan who did his best to convince Noel that joining the Wildcats next season is the right move. This after his return trip from New Orleans, where the All-American Championships overlapped with the Final Four:

I literally got stopped hundreds of times and took dozens and dozens of pictures. The fans were showing me so much love out there, and I definitely have to say that most of the fans were from Kentucky.

Now, of course that had a lot to do with the fact that they were playing there, but I’m always just shocked at how dedicated Kentucky fans are. One man asked me if I wanted to take his wife home with me, ha ha. I couldn’t believe it. I was like, “Nah, I’m good,” but that’s just how insane the fans were down there. Great atmosphere.

Noel is reportedly considering Syracuse and Georgetown along with Kentucky. If interacting with fans like the one he described above is his thing, Kentucky is the right choice. You won’t find people like this dude many other places across the country.

Photo credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Food and beer prices at the Masters are ridiculously cheap (Pictures)

This could be old news to everyone, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. Apparently they keep it old school at Augusta National — even during the year’s most celebrated golf event. Perhaps the food and beer prices at the Masters are so stunning to me because I attended the Deutsche Bank Championship over the summer and some of the prices were worse than Fenway Park. $8.50 for a beer? Check. $7.00 for a crappy sandwich? Check.

You can’t get better prices for beer at a bar and you can’t get better prices for sandwiches from your grandmother. The latter might not charge you anything, but you’ll still have to have that awkward conversation with her where you talk about your girlfriend and answer questions about that blog post you did on those girls in the bikinis. Here’s hoping Rory McIlroy is about 84 hours away from celebrating with a green jacket and $3.75 pint of Guinness.

Picture via Darren Rovell

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Clippers apparently celebrated Chris Paul for winning an award that doesn’t exist

That is so Clippers. We’re guessing they meant to say Chris Paul won “NBA Player of the Week” for games played through April 1 last week (Paul Pierce won the award in the Eastern Conference). Or maybe Dave McMenamin is mistaken, and the Clippers were honoring Chris Paul for most offensive play of the week — the one where he was stripped by Metta World Peace late in the game on Wednesday night.

Andrew Bynum doesn’t think fine, benching were warranted

Andrew Bynum remains defiant in the face of discipline from the Lakers. Speaking with ESPN’s Heather Cox after the Lakers beat the Clippers on Wednesday night in LA, Bynum said the fines and benching he received weren’t deserved.

“I didn’t think it was warranted,” Bynum said of the fines and benching. “I don’t think you [should] get benched for that. It is what it is, though.”

“Can’t nobody do nothing to me that’s going to make me second-guess myself on the court. I shot another three tonight, and they fouled me, but they didn’t call it,” he said.

Bynum, for some reason, seems proud about expanding his game to include three pointers. He also doesn’t think a fine was necessary even though he reportedly blew off a meeting with the team’s GM.

I’m not sure why I would expect Bynum to act contrite. He needs to be punished more severely for any message to have an impact. And as long as he keeps playing as well as he did on Wednesday night, he’ll have even less motivation to cooperate with the team.

Kanye West raps about love triangle with Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Kanye West dropped a new track “Theraflu” with DJ Khaled on Wedesday. And while the song bangs, there’s more to it than that. What’s notable is Kanye makes the operatic admission of being in love with Kim Kardashian while she was married to Kris Humphries. Drama, you guys. Drama. Kanye spit these bars in the second verse:

“And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim, around the same time she had fell in love with him. Well that’s cool, baby girl do your thing. Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team.”

Not only does this revelation of a love triangle seem to lend credence to the allegations that bald lady Amber Rose made, saying Kanye cheated on her with Kim, but it also might have made whatever ludicrous “reality” show on which Kim and Kris’ doomed marriage was portrayed more watchable. Now I guess we should expect “Kim and Kanye Take Over the World” coming to the E! Network’s airwaves this fall.

Hit the jump to hear the song. The above lyrics come in around 1:20. Song obviously NSFW:

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Kevin Woods is sick, about to lose his home and hasn’t heard from half-brother Tiger, says one-sided story

Kevin Woods is the 52-year-old second son from Earl Woods’ first marriage, making him the half-brother of Tiger Woods. Kevin has been suffering from multiple sclerosis since 2009 and his health is “60 to 70 percent worse.” On top of that, he’s also about to lose his home. And yet, his family says Tiger isn’t returning their calls.

“I leave messages,” Kevin’s brother Earl Jr. told Hank Haney ESPN’s Rick Reilly. “I leave updates on Kevin, but for whatever reason I don’t get a response. … Kevin loves Tiger. A call from Tiger would really pump Kevin up. When he doesn’t call, it just makes him feel worse.”

According to Earl Jr., he and his full-siblings lost communication with Tiger after their father’s funeral six years ago. It’s unclear what caused this apparent falling out between Tiger and his half-siblings. Tiger reportedly has a good relationship with Earl Jr.’s daughter Cheyenne, a golfer for Wake Forest’s women’s team, but Earl Jr. feels almost disrespected when Tiger snubs the rest of his family.

“I’d like to [slap] Tiger, wake him up,” he said. “I’d like to say, ‘Don’t come knocking on the door when you need a bone-marrow transplant.’ To see this is the response we get? Maybe when you see the world like he does, you don’t see what other people are going through. But, seriously? You’ve got problems with your knee? That’s nothing compared to what Kevin is going through. Nothing.”

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Blake Griffin dunks over Pau Gasol on thunderous follow (Video)

Blake Griffin was at it again Wednesday doing what he does best: throwing down ridiculously fierce dunks. He scored the Clippers’ first points in their game against the Lakers by following a Randy Foye missed three with a dunk over Pau Gasol.

As if that dunk wasn’t enough, Griffin threw down on Gasol AGAIN. Here was his monster dunk from the third quarter:

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John Daly parked his RV at the Augusta Hooters. Of course. (Photo)

John Daly won’t be playing in the Masters this year (he hasn’t since 2006), but that didn’t stop him from deciding to hang out in Augusta this week, because what does he have better to do these days? And in the most John Daly move ever, he parked his RV outside of a Hooters.

Turns out Daly served as the head rules official of the Hooters Wing-Eating World Championship on Wednesday. The star-studded event was headlined by Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. Daly’s main responsibility was “certifying the wings to be used” in the contest. Don’t worry; I have no clue what that means, either. Whatever it was, it required a “wing certification ceremony.”

This is what happens when you haven’t been a member of the PGA Tour since 2007, are currently ranked 285th in the world and run out of balls at tournaments. But hey, hanging out at Hooters is never a bad thing.

H/T Busted Coverage
Photo via @Jickerz

Billy Payne non-comittal over women’s membership at Augusta after being peppered with questions (Video)

It’s that time of the year again: when the golf world descends upon Augusta for the Masters and the “Will Augusta National ever admit a female member?” debate comes to the forefront. The issue is of particular interest this year with Virginia Rometty taking over IBM as president and CEO in January. The previous four IBM heads — all male — have been extended invitations to join the club.

So when Augusta National chairman Billy Payne took the podium at his annual news conference on Wednesday, it was inevitable for the topic to be addressed. And when that question finally came, Payne delivered an elaborate answer:

“As has been the case whenever that question is asked, all issues of membership are now and have been historically subject to the private deliberations of the members. That statement remains accurate and that remains my statement.”

A simple “no comment” would have been fine, but okay.

That wasn’t it, though. As you see in the above video, Payne’s non-commitment to admitting a female member seemed to open the floodgates for other reporters to pressure him. (more…)

Torii Hunter says police responded to alarm at his house and pulled out guns

Torii Hunter returned home from the Freeway Series finale against the Dodgers in Los Angeles Wednesday and had a bit of an episode. The Angels outfielder says his home security alarm went off and the police showed up. That’s when matters got so uncomfortable he ended up tweeting about the incident. Below is his description of what took place:

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