We have some terrible news for those of you who always dreamed of owning a Tiger Woods backup putter and had $30,000 burning a hole in your pocket — you may have missed your chance.
An eBay sale for a 2001 Scotty Cameron putter that was made as a reserve putter for Tiger ended on Monday, with some lucky collector shelling out $29,000 (plus $80 shipping from Tokyo) for the piece of hardware. The putter was apparently made by Scotty Cameron himself and was an exact copy of the one Woods used when he completed the “Tiger Slam” and won four straight majors in 2001.
As Golf Digest notes, the flat stick was originally sold through Green Jacket Auctions in April for just north of $23,000. A letter written and signed by Cameron confirmed its authenticity.
The astronomical price for a putter that was never actually used in competition reminds us of a time when Tiger was more than just some guy who can’t even impress your daughter. Times have certainly changed.
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St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke may be trying to move his team to Los Angeles, but the team’s current home is not going down without a fight.
Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan reports that a prospective NFL stadium in St. Louis agreed to a 20-year, $158 million naming rights deal with National Car Rental. The stadium would be called National Car Rental Field.
The deal with National Car Rental could dispute the notion that St. Louis is not a viable market for an NFL team. Owners looking to move a team must prove to the other owners voting on a potential move that they made a good-faith effort to make things work within their market, and if the market shows willingness like this to support the team, it could counter Kroenke’s effort.
There are three NFL teams seeking new stadiums and hoping for a move to LA: the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and the Rams. The league is expected to decide the future of a team in Los Angeles by the first few months of 2016, if not earlier.
It’s a smart move for National; the deal may not come into play at all, and in the meantime they’re getting a lot of brand exposure.
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Hope Solo is once again facing charges of domestic violence after a judge reversed a decision from a lower court last week, and now her half-sister is speaking out.
Solo’s half-sister, Teresa Obert, says the Olympic goalie assaulted her and her son on June 21, 2014. She claims the fight began with Solo going after her son, Solo’s 17-year-old nephew Christian Obert, after they convinced her not to drink in her car so that she wouldn’t drink and drive.
“She had a big punch that sort of grazed me across the chin,” the nephew, Christian Obert told KIRO 7 in Seattle. “And then I pushed her back into a filing cabinet. And from there, she lunged at me again and it went to the floor.”
Teresa Obert says Solo began slamming Christian’s head into the ground.
“She tackled him again and grabbed his head and kept slamming him into the cement,” Teresa Obert told KIRO. “Over and over. And his ear was bleeding, his nose was bleeding. So I got behind and I pulled with all my might to get her off of him.”
Solo was initially charged with two counts of domestic violence stemming from the fight. The charges were dropped after a judge determined the alleged victims were not cooperating, but prosecutors decided to file an appeal. A King County Superior Court judge reversed the decision and reinstated the charges, which has resulted in the Oberts telling their side of events.
Solo denied the allegations and claimed she was the victim.
Previously another report said Christian Obert had to pull a BB gun to try scaring Solo away during the fight. Since that incident last year, Solo got into trouble when she allegedly acted belligerently towards police during her husband’s DUI arrest.
Solo was suspended 30 days by US Soccer for her involvement in her husband’s DUI arrest, but she has avoided consequences relating to the domestic violence allegations so far.
Miami and Florida State renew their football rivalry this Saturday and, as expected, both fan bases are getting amped up in preparation.
With the Seminoles the better team (currently eighth in coaches poll), it’s not surprising their fans have been vocal on social media, in particular Twitter. Many tweets have found their way to the official account of the Hurricanes athletic department. However, the school has directed FSU fans to direct their attention to another location.
We've noticed an influx of FSU fans tweeting at us this week. As such, we encourage you to post here, instead: http://t.co/z1QxIBvgZQ
— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) October 6, 2015
Clicking the link takes you to the above pictured page, where you are free to type in your comment in the space provided. Upon submitting, this is what you will see.
I’m not sure this will help keep Miami’s Twitter mentions Florida State fan free, but it’s worth a shot, right?
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If there’s one thing Jason Whitlock is really good at, it’s being able to provoke conversation and stay relevant.
News emerged over the weekend that he and ESPN had parted ways following his demotion from chief of “The Undefeated.” Many have speculated that his next move might be to return to FOX.
Before he moves on to his next job, Whitlock fueled up his revenge tour bus and let loose with some opinions about ESPN. Take a look at some of the things he said on Twitter Tuesday:
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The Lions fell to 0-4 after losing to the Seahawks Monday night, but it was the way it happened that has the Lions and their fans most upset.
With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, and the Lions down by three points, Calvin Johnson looked for all the world like he was headed for a touchdown. However Kam Chancellor punched the ball free, causing it bounce towards the back of the end zone. K.J. Wright batted the ball out of bounds, which resulted in a touchback for Seattle. Fortunately for the Seahakws, a penalty for illegal batting was not called, which would have given the ball back to Detroit inches from the goal line since the infraction occurred in the end zone.
NFL head of officials Dean Blandino admitted a penalty flag should have been thrown, but that isn’t making Lions fans feel much better today. A few dipped into their pockets to pay for the above pictured billboards that can be found around Detroit, mocking the NFL’s referees.
Of course, there’s no guarantee the Lions would have gone on to win the game had illegal batting been called, but they atleast would have had another opportunity. Instead, Detroit is the last winless team in the league, a position they are far too familiar with.
The Lions have been the last remaining winless team in the NFL 8 times, the most of any team.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 6, 2015
Photo via: Twitter/SportsCenter
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He has yet to even play in a single preseason game for his new team and already offseason San Antonio signee LaMarcus Aldridge is getting his first heavy dose of Spurs-related culture shock.
The four-time All-Star missed Spurs’ practice on Tuesday with a strained IT band (which sounds like something you would find in a server room, but I digress). If it was up to Aldridge, he would have participated. But he was overruled by head coach Gregg Popovich who, per Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News, responded to Aldridge’s reluctance to sit with an all-timer, saying “Welcome to the Spurs.”
Aldridge sat out practice today with strained IT band. Popovich: "He didn't want to. I said, welcome to the Spurs."
— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneySAEN) October 6, 2015
Popovich is, of course, the Jedi master of managing player minutes and workloads, so Aldridge must have known to expect a surprise absence or three every now and then when he signed on with the Spurs. Perhaps necessitated by the age of the roster, San Antonio’s arbitrary maintenance system of random player rest has become one of the key pillars of Spurs culture, especially when the team is making an appearance on national television (that sound you just heard was probably David Stern popping a blood vessel). The Spurs won the 2014 NBA Championship despite not having a single player eclipse the 30 minutes per game plateau that year. Even last season, Kawhi Leonard was the only player on San Antonio’s roster to log over 30 minutes per game (31.8), and even that is a conservative number for a springy 23-year-old forward.
At 30 years of age himself, some sporadic rest might not even be a matter of principle for the former Blazer, but rather just for his own good. Aldridge, who saw 35.5 minutes per game in his nine-year career with Portland, including 37.2 in the last five seasons, can likely anticipate a moderately reduced workload for the Spurs next season, both in terms of playing time and touches. But with the hopefully corresponding bumps in efficiency and freshness, he will be exactly potent offensive threat/anti-small ball weapon that San Antonio needs in order to prolong their shelf life even further.
As for Popovich, who has already been getting a head start on subjecting terrified reporters to Gregg’s Flying Circus of Media Torture, it definitely looks like he’s in midseason form.
H/T Yahoo! Sports
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The 2015-2016 NBA season is still weeks from tipping off, but at least two players have already decided that they know where the next MVP trophy is going.
Last week, it was Paul George who said he feels there isn’t a single player in the league who is better than him at the moment. In a recent feature from Fran Blinebury of NBA.com, James Harden respectfully disagreed.
“I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” the Houston Rockets star said. “I thought I was last year, too.”
Stephen Curry won the NBA MVP Award last season, and his credentials were tough to debate. He validated the decision by leading the Golden State Warriors to an NBA championship. Harden’s 27.4 points per game were more than Curry’s 23.8. Their assist numbers were comparable at 7.0 for Harden and 7.7 for Curry, and Curry averaged 32.7 minutes per contest compared with Harden’s 36.8.
Harden thinks his performance was enough to win MVP, but he has vowed to be even better this season.
“You don’t think I can do more?” he asked. “Just wait. I’ll show you. I know I was the MVP. That’s 100 percent given all the things that happened last season. But that award means most valuable to your team. We finished second in the West, which nobody thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year even when everybody was healthy. We were near the top in having the most injuries. We won our division in a division where every single team made the playoffs.
“There’s so many factors. I led the league in total points scored, minutes played. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me.”
I guess LeBron james is out of the running. The MVP race only involves two men this season — Harden and George. The rest can just sit back and enjoy the show.
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Greg Hardy on Sunday will play his first game as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, and though his first opponent would typically leave a defender worried, that’s not the case for Hardy. In fact, Hardy says he is excited to face the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. His reason why is pretty funny.
Greg Hardy: "I love seeing Tom Brady. You seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game…"
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 6, 2015
Talking about another player’s wife like that is murky territory, Hardy. Luckily he’s the one who will be doing the hitting rather than Brady, otherwise we’d tell him to watch himself on the field.
Though, based on Brady’s funny comments about wife Gisele in the past, he probably doesn’t take any offense to what Hardy said. That kind of comes with a territory when marrying a supermodel.
Aldon Smith was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, but the hearing was recently vacated after he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of driving while under the influence, hit-and-run with property damage and vandalism under $400 a week ago.
According to Scott Blair of CSNBayArea.com, Smith filed a clerk’s arraignment and pleaded not guilty on Sept. 29. He is not scheduled to appear in court again until Nov. 4.
The charges, which were filed on Sept. 11, stem from an August incident in which Smith was accused of driving drunk again and apparently crashing into something.
Smith signed with the Oakland Raiders last month and has already appeared in four games. It is very surprising that he hasn’t been suspended by the NFL, especially since the league could technically suspend him if it was determined that he was drinking alcohol.
You may recall that Smith, who has had multiple run-ins with the law over the past few years, also was arrested for DUI in 2013. He had marijuana and pills in his car at the time, too. He was adamant after his most recent arrest that he had been wrongly accused and that there was no alcohol involved in the incident.
Perhaps there is more to Smith’s most recent arrest than meets the eye, which could be why the NFL has not been quick to act. We’ll see what the courts decide.