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Chevy guy Rikk Wilde struggles during World Series presentation (Video)

Of all the memorable plays and performances of Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday, Rikk Wilde may have made the biggest mark.

Wilde, a regional zone manager for Chevy, was in Kansas City to make a huge presentation after Game 7 ended, and the guy completely crapped the bed.

Wilde was supposed to tell World Series MVP pitcher Madison Bumgarner about the great truck he was going to receive courtesy of Chevy. It was Chevy’s chance to give a live advertisement on national TV, and Wilde totally whiffed.

The guy was huffing, puffing, and could barely make it through a sentence. The highlight was when he said the truck was loaded with “technology and stuff.”

Chevy Rick Wilde

Wilde totally looked like a Chris Farley character, but he really reminded me of that dude from “Office Space”:

I guess Chevy should be pleased he didn’t keel over and die.

James Ennis dunks all over Rasual Butler (Video)

The NBA season opened up for most teams on Wednesday night, and it didn’t take long for us to get our first highlight-reel dunk.

James Ennis, a second-year player for the Miami Heat out of Long Beach State, gave us one heck of a highlight with a nasty dunk on Rasual Butler in the second half of his team’s game against the Wizards.

Ennis got so high he nearly tea-bagged Butler:

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It’s even better in slo-mo:

Most of us probably didn’t even realize Butler was still in the league. That’s probably not the way you want to remind everyone that you are.

Ex-WWF wrestler Billy Jack Haynes suing WWE over mistreatment of wrestlers

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Former WWF wrestler Billy Jack Haynes is suing the WWE over the organization’s alleged mistreatment of its wrestlers. Haynes is seeking class-action status for his suit and claims he contracted Hepatitis C as a result of his wrestling.

Haynes, who has a history of criticizing WWE boss Vince McMahon, accuses the wrestling organization of hiding medical evidence from its wrestlers.

“For most of its history, WWE has engaged in a campaign of misinformation and deception to prevent its wrestlers from understanding the true nature and consequences of the injuries they have sustained. WWE’s representations, actions, and inactions have caused its wrestlers to suffer from death, long-term debilitating injuries, lost profits, premature retirement, medical expenses, and other losses as alleged herein,” the suit states, according to the Portland Tribune.

Haynes says he suffered multiple concussions, numerous other injuries, and used drugs to handle the pain. He claims he contracted Hepatitis C from blows to the head from chairs, chains and other weapons.

The lawsuit was filed in a Portland US district court last week. Haynes is asking for class action status so other former wrestlers can join the suit. He is asking for a trust fund to be established to help other wrestlers suffering from medical problems as a result of their time in the ring. TMZ says Haynes is demanding $5 million.

The WWE issued the following statement in response:

“Billy Jack Haynes performed for WWE from 1986-1988. His filed lawsuit alleges that WWE concealed medical information and evidence on concussions during that time, which is impossible since the condition now called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) had not even been discovered. WWE was well ahead of sports organizations in implementing concussion management procedures and policies as a precautionary measure as the science and research on this issue emerged. Current WWE procedures include ImPACT testing for brain function, annual educational seminars and the strict prohibition of deliberate and direct shots to the head. Additionally, WWE has committed significant funding for concussion research conducted by the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), leaders in concussion research, and WWE Executive Vice President Paul Levesque sits on SLI’s board.”

Below is a video of Haynes wrestling Macho Man Randy Savage in 1986:

Robert Griffin III to start against Vikings

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Robert Griffin III will start for the Washington Redskins against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, according to a report from Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in Washington, D.C.

There was some speculation that the Redskins would hold Griffin out until after their Week 10 bye, but the team must be confident he has fully recovered from his ankle injury and is ready to return.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculates that the Redskins are trying to avoid the prospect of Colt McCoy going 3-0 as a starter and creating an unnecessary quarterback controversy. I’d like to think Jay Gruden is doing what he believes gives his team the best chance to win.

Jose Canseco shares photo of hand with four fingers

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Jose Canseco accidentally blew off his finger while cleaning his gun on Tuesday, and somehow the brainiac lived to tell about it.

Canseco was so proud of his wound that he posted a photo to Twitter on Wednesday of his new hand configuration. The former MLB slugger just hopes he’ll be able to keep his finger.

On the bright side, it should be easier for Canseco to do the hook ‘em horns sign. On the downside, doing the shocker is out of the question.

Report: Cubs tell Rick Renteria they are talking to Joe Maddon

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The Chicago Cubs are looking to hire Joe Maddon, and they have reportedly been honest with their current manager about their intentions.

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Cubs have informed manager Rick Renteria that they are exploring the possibility of hiring Maddon. Previous reports indicated that the Cubs have left Renteria in the dark about their ongoing discussions with Maddon, but Heyman said that is not the case.

[Related: Rays P Chris Archer takes shot at Joe Maddon]

Renteria, who has two years remaining on his current deal with the Cubs, is clearly the team’s backup plan at this point.

It is no secret that Cubs general manager Theo Epstein is a Maddon fan. Epstein interviewed him for the Boston Red Sox job in 2003 before hiring Terry Francona and would undoubtedly love to give Maddon an opportunity to rescue the Cubs. One rival GM told Heyman that he would be “shocked” if Maddon did not wind up in Chicago.

[Related: Jake Peavy, Jon Lester interested in Cubs]

The Cubs have missed the playoffs the last six seasons and have not won a playoff game since 2003.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a decision regarding Maddon could come by Friday.

Mike Pettine: I can sense Johnny Manziel is frustrated

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How happy is Johnny Manziel that the Cleveland Browns are 4-3, have won three of their past four games and are still very much in the playoff hunt? The former Heisman Trophy winner may be pleased that he currently plays for a winning team, but that doesn’t mean he is content holding a clipboard every week.

According to Browns coach Mike Pettine, Manziel is feeling rather frustrated.

“I can sense it,” Pettine said Wednesday, via Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I just think that he’s quiet. I just think you feel it. I’d be shocked — maybe I’m imposing it on him — but you feel it because you know what kind of competitor he is.

“Here’s a guy that’s gone from the past how many falls being out there making plays to standing there and having to watch. The competitor that he is is one of the biggest reasons we brought him here. So if he didn’t feel that way, I’d be shocked.”

Welcome to life as a rookie in the NFL. For every Andrew Luck and Cam Newton there are 30 guys who have to patiently wait their turn like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Brian Hoyer is simply more experienced than Manziel and has been doing enough to win.

“To go from being the guy at (Texas) A&M, that’s a tough thing as the reality of the season has clearly set in,” Pettine added. “But at the same time, we make sure that he’s preparing like a starter. It can happen in the span of one play. You see it around the league all the time. He has to be ready to go, he has to be prepared and there’s no reason to think that he’s not.”

Despite Cleveland’s success, Pettine is still keeping Hoyer on a short leash. He admitted that he considered benching Hoyer for Manziel in Week 7, and we all know Pettine won’t hesitate to put Manziel in as soon as he feels the Browns are in need of a spark.

Hoyer is a free agent after the season, and the Browns probably aren’t going to re-sign him. The team drafted Manziel with the intention of him being the quarterback for years to come. Johnny Football must know the plan has not changed simply because Hoyer has won a few games.

Sheldon Richardson: I don’t want to ride Jamaal Charles’ jockstrap

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The New York Jets will have their hands full trying to contain Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles on Sunday. Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson knows Charles is one of the most explosive players in the league, but he doesn’t feel the need to discuss it in detail.

On Wednesday, Richardson praised Charles and fellow running back Knile Davis for being “electrifying” but left it at that.

“Can’t sleep on those guys at all,” he said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. We’ve got our work cut for us this game. You also see highlight tapes too, so I don’t have to sit here and repeat why he’s good. I don’t want to ride his jockstrap. He’s good. Alright? That’s it.”

If Jets beat writers don’t ask Richardson more questions about Charles this week, I’m going to be extremely disappointed.

Mike Gundy tried to trademark ‘I’m a man, I’m 40!’

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If Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had a nickel for every time he heard the phrase “I’m a man, I’m 40!” he’d be a lot more wealthy than he is now.

During an interview with The Seth Davis Show for Campus Insiders recently, Gundy was asked how often he has his infamous rant thrown back in his face. Believe it or not, Gundy said he only has the phrase shouted at him a few times a year now, though he admitted that he hears it more often during the season. And at one point, he even tried to profit off of its popularity.

Gundy told Davis that he tried to trademark “I’m a man, I’m 40!” but someone else beat him to it.

“I tried to and somebody else got it before that,” he said. “I thought about it.”

Either Gundy was joking, or he should probably hire a lawyer. You could make a fairly easy case that anyone who is profiting off of that phrase is profiting off Gundy’s likeness, which is illegal.

As for who Gundy has to hear the phrase from the most, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not opposing fans. His own son loves it.

“My 12-year-old son, he has it memorized,” Gundy said. “He can do it and sometimes I’ll catch him doing it in the family room with his buddies in there. He can do it just to a T. So I actually hear it more there than I do anywhere else.”

Hey, at least the rant has helped Gundy land players. He can’t say he regrets it completely.

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NFL Week 9 expert picks against the spread – Del’s picks

Following a disappointing Week 8 effort, Del has some good news and some bad news. The bad news is the picks against the spread haven’t been that great the past two weeks — overall. The good news is Del continues to nail his locks of the week, which we like to refer to as the money-making picks. The goal is to be above the 50% mark in all categories by the end of the season, but a 13-7 record in locks is enough to make anyone excited.

Week 9 has to be a bounce-back week for Del. We’re through the halfway point of the season, so we have a lot better idea of what we should be seeing from each team. Here are Del’s Week 9 picks. Check back later in the week for more analysis and Doc Brown’s picks.

NFL PICKS WEEK 9
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

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One game that instantly jumped off the page at Del is Minnesota laying 2.5 against the Redskins at home. While the Vikings have lost two of their last three, their defense has actually looked solid over the past few weeks. They have given up 17 or less points in three straight games. Just because Colt McCoy led the Redskins to an improbable win over a sleeping Cowboys team doesn’t mean he’s a great NFL quarterback, and it looks like he’ll be starting over Robert Griffin III again. The Vikings won’t take Washington as lightly as Dallas did and the Redskins might have trouble coming down off their high in time for another road game. UPDATE: While Del is still taking Minnesota in this game, he doesn’t feel confident enough to lock them in anymore with RG3 scheduled to start.

Another team Del likes this week is the Patriots. In recent years, battles between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have almost always been won by the home team. With both the Broncos and Patriots looking explosive on offense and showing improvement on defense compared to last year, Sunday afternoon’s game in Foxboro could come down to a big play or two down the stretch. The home team is usually more likely to make that play.

Del’s also putting his faith in Tom Coughlin and the Giants coming off a bye week. The Colts looked completely lost on defense last week and had no answer for Ben Roethlisberger. The extra week of preparation should help Eli Manning establish more chemistry with young receivers Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. Playing back-to-back road games is always difficult, and Indy can’t be feeling all that confident after last week’s 51-34 loss.

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