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Terrell Owens Gets Lucky With His Second TD Catch of the Day (Video)

Terrell Owens has been one of the fantasy surprises of 2010.  After getting off to a slow start, T.O. has caught 26 passes for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last three games.  Most of us expected Chad Ochocinco to be the top option at receiver for the Bengals, but T.O. has been a monster and clearly Carson Palmer’s favorite option.

When things are going well, they’re going well.  T.O. already has two touchdown catches against the Dolphins today, but one of them was as lucky a catch as you can have.  His second touchdown catch was a 37-yarder that should have been easily picked off by Miami defensive back Chris Clemons.  Instead, Clemons bobbled the ball and flipped it right into the hands of Owens as he was going to the ground trying to corral it.  T.O. calmly trotted into the end zone.  You can see video of T.O.’s lucky touchdown catch here.

Better to be lucky than good, right?

Heat Interested in Acquiring a Point Guard, Smart Idea?

Through only three games, we can already see the Miami Heat are going to take some time to before they gel.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being one of those writers who panics because they lost a game already.  All I’m saying is we can see there are going to be some growing pains along the way, as most of us expected.

According to Pro Basketball Talk, Pat Riley may be interested in acquiring a point guard to add to his All-Star roster.  Riley is looking to send about $3 million and backup point guard Mario Chalmers to a team that is rebuilding and looking to shed a long-term contract.  More specifically, Riley wants to bring an outside shooter to Miami in an attempt to stretch the floor a bit more and create space for his playmakers.

Neither LeBron James nor Dwyane Wade is a point guard.  Both are capable of bringing the ball up the floor, but the thought is that the Heat would benefit from having somebody who can get Wade, LeBron, and Chris Bosh the ball and also spot up and hit shots from the perimeter.  Makes sense, but is it really the best idea?

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Current BCS Bowl Game Projections

Towards the end of the USC-Oregon game on ABC Saturday night, Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit were breaking down a graphic that projected the BCS bowl games. With the way they looked against USC, Oregon would be in the title game against Auburn who beat Ole Miss 51-31. The national championship game will be played in Glendale, Arizona, nearby the Fiesta Bowl.

Here are the rest of the BCS bowl game projections:

Rose Bowl: Ohio State against Boise State
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma against Pitt
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech against Nebraska
Sugar Bowl: Alabama against Wisconsin

The two teams noticeably missing from the list are TCU and Utah. Those teams meet next weekend at Utah, and the winner has a good chance of going undefeated. Both teams have San Diego State left on its schedule which will be a challenge, but if either team wins out, they have to make it into a BCS bowl game over one of the teams listed above. The winner of that game can easily compete with and beat Pitt and Virginia Tech and it wouldn’t be right if that team were left out.

Urban Meyer Says Florida Win Over Georgia Was Biggest They Have Had

For the first time since Urban Meyer took over the Florida Gators football program, they lost more than consecutive games in a season. The Gators got stomped by Alabama 31-6, and then lost tight games to LSU 33-29 and Mississippi State 10-7. The team had a week off to prepare for The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party against Georgia in Jacksonville and pulled off the win 34-31 in overtime to end their 3-game losing streak.

Florida went up 21-7 over Georgia going into halftime thanks to three second quarter touchdowns. Trey Burton gave the Gators a 31-24 lead with a 51-yard touchdown run, his second TD of the game. Georgia scored to tie the game at 31 and they headed to overtime. Florida got an interception on Georgia’s first possession of OT and then Chas Henry kicked the game-winning field goal to give Florida the big victory.

The Gators were emotional after the win, but nobody could have predicted the hyperbole coming out of their coach’s mouth. “This is the biggest win we’ve had, and we’ve had some big ones around here,” Meyer said. “People might say we’ve had some bigger ones, but I’d argue with that. This was the biggest win we’ve coached in a long time.”

Alright, I give it to Urban that that was an emotional victory and one of the biggest wins they’ve had in a while, but Urb’s coached in (and won) two national title games. There’s no way this game against Georgia was bigger than either of those. Yes, it would have been a disaster in Gainesville had they lost this game, but Meyer became a legend by winning those national titles. We all get caught up in the moments, but his remarks were incorrect.

Oh, and if you didn’t already know how awesome Urb is as a coach, he’s now 14-1 following a bye week. He’s also undefeated when it comes to making hyperbolic statements.

Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Pat Burrell Takes a World Series Golden Sombrero Against Rangers

If there’s any advice I can give the San Francisco Giants as they look to close out the World Series against the Rangers, it’s hire Mark Grace and have him find Pat Burrell a slump buster. The Giants outfielder went 0-for-4 in Game 3 of the World Series with four strikeouts. The spectacular performance allows Burrell membership into the extremely exclusive LBS Golden Sombrero club, though B-Peso earns special recognition for accomplishing the feat in the World Series.

In case you weren’t keeping track, Peso is now hitless in nine World Series at-bats with eight strikeouts. He has walked twice and scored a run, but he’s the only regular on either team who still has the same batting average as when he started the series. Burrell left two men on with his strikeout in the first, another man on in the 4th, and then he struck out to lead off the 7th and 9th.

At the rate he’s going, it wouldn’t be surprising to see manager Bruce Bochy put Burrell on the bench for Game 4. I probably wouldn’t make that move; Nate Schierholtz is your replacement and isn’t exactly an offensive threat. Burrell at least can get on base and score runs by walking, and he always has the potential to deliver a big-time home run. I would ride him out and hope he comes up with a big hit. Maybe Philly fans are still in his head.

Anthony Tolliver Is on LeBron’s Hit List

Over the summer, Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver made a hilarious video spoofing LeBron’s “The Decision” show (must-see if you haven’t). In the video, Tolliver mocks LeBron and announces his own decision to sign with Minnesota as a free agent. Nobody gave a crap about Tolliver’s decision to take his services to the T’Wolves, but everyone cared about LeBron’s decision, yet Tolliver’s video got over a quarter million hits on YouTube.

LeBron’s Heat plays Tolliver’s Timberwolves on Tuesday, so some Minnesota reporters asked James whether he had seen Tolliver’s spoof. According to the Star Tribune, James turned icy and said: “I didn’t see it, but I heard about it. We play Minnesota twice.”

If this were college football, I’d fully expect the Heat to run up the score and try and earn some style points. Heck, if LeBron was as serious about keeping his “mental notes” on people knocking him this summer as he says he was, the Heat will keep their starters in until the final buzzer.

Miami was already an entertaining team, and now I want to watch to see how badly LeBron will make Tolliver pay for the show. Are you really surprised that LeBron can’t just let it go?

Jacory Harris Jacked Up By Virginia’s John-Kevin Dolce (Video)

A few weeks ago, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck enlightened us by demonstrating how a quarterback delivers a thunderous hit after a turnover.  On Saturday, Miami quarterback Jacory Harris reminded us that that’s usually not the way it goes.  The guy throwing the ball is usually taking the beating, not dishing it out.  Harris left Miami’s game against Virginia on Saturday and didn’t return after being lit up by Virginia defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce.  The best part about the hit is that it was hard, but clean.  That’s almost impossible to pull off with all the rules that protect quarterbacks these days, so defensive players should take some notes from Dolce on how to throw a big hit on the quarterback and not draw a flag.  Check out the video of Jacory Harris getting jacked up by John-Kevin Dolce:

Video Credit: YouTube user 300mckenzie

Shocker Alert: Miami Heat Intro is Over the Top and Obnoxious (Video)

Would we expect anything less from a group who took part in a Three Kings into party almost immediately upon signing with their new team?  Although it could be the least surprised I’ve been since Christmas morning in 1996, I just want to call your attention to the fact that the new Miami Heat intro is completely obnoxious.  Naturally, the new South Beach crew couldn’t settle for an adrenaline-boosting song and a tunnel of high fives.  They went with the pitch black, individual spotlight on every player approach.  Oh yeah, and Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” was blasting in the background the whole time.  I think they’re the first team to use that track.  I could be wrong.  Have a look at the Miami Heat home opener intro video:

In other news, a shipment of about 250 towels was sent over to the ESPN headquarters in Bristol after the debut of the intro.  The order form said they were for “general clean up” or something like that.  I’m not sure what that’s all about.

Video Credit: YouTube user ssschaef1127

Scott Van Pelt Says the Spotlight Fixed on ‘South Bitch’ for Heat Opener (Video)

Nothing like a classic Freudian slip to cap off a Friday night.  Don’t tell me Scott Van Pelt didn’t mean to call South Beach “South Bitch” on SportsCenter late Friday night/early Saturday morning.  I mean come on, LeBron James is the headliner down there now.  Chris Bosh, Mr. “I want to be on TV!“, now plays for the Heat.  If the shoe fits.  Check out the video of Scott Van Pelt calling South Beach “South Bitch” on SportsCenter.  Well, it’s kind of an audio of the video, but we’ll try to get you an actual clip later if you’re having trouble visualizing the act.

Video Credit: YouTube user idontdovids123

LeBron James Busts Out the Fangs Mouthguard for Halloween (Picture)

Judging by this picture of LeBron James fangs mouthguard, I’m going to have to assume he’s getting into the Halloween spirit a little early.  Either that or he’s a big fan of the Twilight series.  I wouldn’t put it past him.  Bill Belichick has even celebrated Halloween before, so we know anyone can do it.

The real question here is whether or not the NBA will allow this.  They already told Rajon Rondo he can’t wear his headband upside down, so do they dare tell their golden child to knock it off?  After all, that’s violent!  Fangs?!  Those promote violence!  Come to think of it, what if this mouthguard is some sort of gang paraphernalia?  David Stern had better act quickly before this gets out of hand.

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