That’s former NBA All-Star Josh Howard to you!
As if the news of Greg Oden finding a new basketball home and the Lakers trying to coax Yi Jianlian into coming back to his old one wasn’t enough, it looks like the ghosts of 2007 have returned to haunt us even further this offseason.
According to a report on Thursday by Dwain Price of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, former Maverick Josh Howard has been working out at the team’s arena this week with the hopes of making an NBA comeback.
Howard, now 35, holds career averages of 14.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. He played seven memorable seasons in Dallas, helping lead the team to their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history in 2006 and making the All-Star Team in 2007.
However, after being traded to the Wizards in 2010 and tearing his ACL shortly thereafter, Howard was never the same. He then bounced around between the Jazz and the Timberwolves before tearing his ACL again in 2012 and has been out of the league ever since.
Of course, Howard was also known for his, shall we say, colorful personality off-the-court, making headlines in his heyday for partying, disrespecting the national anthem, and his open admission that he, along with many NBA other players, do indeed smoke weed.
At his best, the Wake Forest product was a 3-and-D wing ahead of his time that complemented Dirk Nowitzki perfectly with his midrange mastery, defensive intensity, and underrated work on the glass. But the lethal trio of injuries, vices, and Father Time seem to have caught up to Howard a long time ago, and his comeback bid, though valiant, may ultimately prove futile. For in a league that values versatility on the perimeter more than ever, 2015 Josh Howard is little more than a one-dimensional semi-scorer now. And maybe those really are better off left in 2007.
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NFL officials were so intent on not correcting the false Deflategate report that helped shape the coverage of the scandal that they turned down at least one “begging” reporter who was seeking the truth.
During an appearance on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan Show” Friday morning, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk described the Deflategate investigation as a “prosecution” against the Patriots. He also revealed that he desperately tried to get the actual pressure readings for the AFC Championship game balls during NBC’s Super Bowl pregame coverage and was stonewalled.
“I contacted multiple high-level people in the league during that show begging them to tell me the real numbers,” Florio said. “I was begging multiple league sources, ‘Give me the real numbers. Why not tell me the real numbers? We’ve got a five-hour platform, the audience keeps getting bigger and bigger as we get closer to kickoff, why not get the real numbers out there today?’ And no one would give me the real numbers. Now, what does that tell you?”
As most of you know, Mortensen’s initial report was that 11 of the 12 balls the Patriots used against the Colts were underinflated by a full two pounds per square inch each. That turned out to be false, and the NFL didn’t need to wait for the Ted Wells report to be released to correct that information. The psi readings that were used in the Wells report came from the NFL officials that measured the balls during halftime of the AFC Championship Game.
On Thursday, Mortensen basically stood by his report by saying the balls were “significantly underinflated” whether it was a full two pounds or not. Florio thinks Mort should stop defending his sources and apologize.
“It really is amazing to me that this continues to be a thing and it continues to be a thing because Mort keeps talking about it,” Florio said. “And I love Mort, he’s a pioneer in this industry, but there’s a point where you just have to say, ‘I got the report wrong, I was lied to and I’m not happy about it.’”
We have already been given reason to believe that an NFL official blatantly lied to the Patriots about the inflation level of one of their footballs. Not only that, but the guy who may have given Mortensen the bad information seems like he had it out for the Pats from the start.
If the public learned before the Super Bowl that Mortensen’s report was inaccurate and that only one ball was two pounds under (after accounting for the Ideal Gas Law and assuming the official who measured them forgot which gauge he used), would Deflategate have been as big of a controversy? I highly doubt it.
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Ronda Rousey managed to keep her love life under wraps for a long time, but the gossip is slowly starting to trickle out with the help of people like her ex-boyfriend Brendan Schaub.
We learned a couple of weeks ago that Schaub, an ex-football player turned MMA fighter, used to be in a relationship with Rousey that he did not enjoy for very long. Shortly after that, Jenna Webb, the wife of UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, ripped Rousey for allegedly sleeping with her husband after a man posted a photo on Instagram that showed Rousey and Brown dining together.
To make the situation even more sticky, Webb posted photos on Instagram last month of injuries she says she sustained when Browne beat her. That brings us to Schaub’s “The Fighter and the Kid” podcast from Thursday, during which he called Rousey a hypocrite for some of the things she has said about Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“It’s tough when you’re like, don’t be a do-nothing bitch and you hate on Mayweather, and then your boyfriend’s over here beating the sh– out of his wife,” Schaub said. “Not to mention, he’s still married. So it’s tough when you’re a role model.”
The relevant portion of the podcast was deleted — likely due to pressure from the UFC or the potential for a lawsuit — shortly after a Reddit user shared it.
Schaub was, of course, referring to Rousey’s insistence upon bringing up Mayweather’s history with domestic violence.
The more fame Rousey gains, the more she is going to have to deal with stuff like this. It’s almost impossible to keep your private life separate from your career when you’re a full-blown celebrity, and Rousey has certainly reached that status.
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Russell Wilson took a lot of heat earlier this week for going overboard while endorsing a beverage brand. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback made the absurd implication that drinking Recovery Water was the reason he did not suffer a concussion in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.
On Friday, Wilson backtracked on his over-the-top sales pitch — sort of.
“I didn’t have a concussion,” he said, per Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. “I guess it was perceived wrong. I did not have a concussion. I was saying that I had been consistently drinking the water for a month and a half — five, seven times a day. And I was like, ‘Man, maybe this stuff is helping me out.'”
Even if Wilson wasn’t saying the beverage helped him heal from a concussion after this nasty hit from Clay Matthews, it’s ridiculous to think this particular type of water prevents head injuries.
“I didn’t have a head injury, but what I was trying to say is I think it helped prevent it,” Wilson added. “I think your brain consists of like 75, 80 percent water, so I think that just being hydrated, drinking the recovery water really does help.”
Drinking water typically improves all functions of the human body, so Wilson’s Twitter endorsements for Recovery Water are still a scam. Based on his reasoning, Dasani, Aquafina and thousands of other products are also helping keep football players safe from concussions.
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One of America’s most beloved Republicans has taken a stance against the way one of America’s other favorite Republicans was punished by his employer for a recent tweet.
In a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, Sarah Palin defended Curt Schilling and his recent tweet about radical Muslims. (Editor’s note: Yeah, I was kidding about the whole “beloved” thing). The entire rant was pretty entertaining, so here it is:
ESPN IS A JOURNALISTIC EMBARRASSMENT
ESPN – what happened to you? Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!
By picking and choosing who they’ll tolerate and who they’ll try to destroy, ESPN has zero credibility as a sound and reasonable media outlet. They suspended former major league great Curt Schilling because of his tweet:
“Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
ESPN reacted about as fast as a Schilling pitch, wimpering, “Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We have removed him from his current assignment… pending further consideration.”
Two points – well, three, because Curt’s a pretty conservative/independent guy.
One – there’s been crude, rude bile spewing from the once-great sports network for years now. Trust me. I know. My name and reputation’s been in it. One ESPN affiliate’s on-air rant featuring their misogynist, animalistic “analysts” grunting and giggling through an entire x-rated celebration of violence against women didn’t even draw a chirp from ESPN’s wussified leaders. Look it up; I don’t want to have to recount it. ESPN radio affiliate in Las Vegas got its kicks out of convicted rapist Mike Tyson describing the next rape he’d want to see. (Warning, graphic language throughout that Sept. 20, 2011 broadcast.)
Two – Schilling’s tweet – was he wrong? No! In fact his stats were too generous in estimating Muslims’ attitudes. Reports show it’s 88% of Egyptian Muslims favoring DEATH for anyone who leaves Islam. The majority of Muslims in many other places share the sentiment. In America, these views could be correctly described as “extreme.”
The difference between Hitler’s army and the genocidal maniacs of ISIS is that the jihadists don’t have as much power … yet.
By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.
From those of us who used to LOVE the network (to the point of addiction, some would confess!), I say to ESPN – you are awful in this. Stick to sports.
We know ESPN is always overly concerned with its public image — except, for some reason, when it came to this piece of Deflategate reporting. Still, accusing the network of buying into ISIS propaganda seems like a bit of a stretch. The backlash created from Schilling’s tweet kind of left ESPN with no choice.
The Madden video game series has been around for more than 25 years now, but every installment comes with its own set of fantastic glitches. The latest, Madden NFL 16, may actually have the most inappropriate glitch of all time.
There’s not really much we can say about this one aside from that it could be considered not suitable for work.
You’re welcome? I’m sorry? Again, I don’t know what to say.
We still think the biggest glitch in Madden NFL 15 was the funniest one ever, but the one you see above is definitely on the list of the Top 5 most notable.
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You can say a lot of negative things about Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the one thing he will never sit back and listen to is someone questioning his bank account. Because of that, the ongoing feud between Mayweather and Ronda Rousey rages on.
Earlier this week, Rousey fired more shots at Mayweather when she pointed out that she makes more money than him per second with her fights. She also made fun of his poor reading skills. On Thursday, Mayweather defended the image of The Money Team in a statement through TMZ Sports.
“Big bank take little bank. Let’s play and see how much money you got,” Floyd said. “Last time I checked I was #1 on Forbes. She will never be at my status. Keep trying to get publicity.”
Mayweather is right. Even if Rousey becomes as big of a movie star as she wants to be, she will probably never have as much money as Floyd. Most people can’t match what he has.
Obviously, both Mayweather and Rousey are enjoying their ongoing war of words. This all started a little over a year ago when Floyd claimed to have no idea who the UFC women’s bantamweight champion was. Since then, Rousey has taken multiple shots at Mayweather over his history of domestic violence. Floyd could have been trying to squash the beef with these recent comments, but Rousey wants it to continue. She got her wish.
The latest edition of the Madden video game series was released earlier this week, and “Madden NFL 16” could be even more realistic than all of its predecessors.
Anyone who has played the new game with Robert Griffin III can tell you why.
As Scott Allen of DC Sports Bog noted, it would appear that RG3 is incredibly injury prone in “Madden NFL 16.” Folks who have played the game using the Washington Redskins quarterback have noticed that he has a very difficult time staying on the field.
Through 5 games of my Redskins franchise in Madden, RG3 had to leave for injury in 4 of them. #itsinthegame
— Brett Molina (@brettmolina23) August 25, 2015
I’m in week 6 on my franchise in the new Madden and RG3 has gotten hurt 4 times
— Bojack Horseman (@_ThatGuyCorey) August 24, 2015
LMAO. Madden too real. My 1st tackle on RG3 and he got injured
— Olubusayo (@SharpenKyoto) August 26, 2015
Shocker RG3 gets injured in the first half of my first game of madden
— Smoochie Wallace (@Jay_Levash) August 26, 2015
The new Madden game is so realistic that after 3 games Robert Griffin is already hurt and out for 7 weeks.
— Bennie Arthur (@benniearthur) August 27, 2015
I just played 1 quarter of the new madden in GameStop and RG3 got hurt. Cousins led me down the field. #RealisticAF
— Steve (@SteveThaCannon_) August 24, 2015
Griffin’s injury rating on the game is a 77, which if fifth-worst among quarterbacks behind Sam Bradford, Carson Palmer, Josh McCown and Christian Ponder. And even when RG3 is healthy, he apparently has a lot of trouble making simple throws.
JJ Watt is a man in demand. Even one of the hottest girls on Instagram wants a piece of him.
Model Lindsey Pelas, who has posed for Playboy, was spotted by TMZ at LAX recently. The cameraman noted the model’s Dodgers cap and asked whether she thought any of the players were cute. Pelas then used that as an opportunity to mention her crush on Watt, who she acknowledged plays a different sport.
No matter though — Pelas still told Watt to “slide into my DMs,” which is the modern-day, social media version of “holler at me.”
Aroldis Chapman is one of the hardest throwers in Major League Baseball, routinely hitting triple digits. In fact, MLB.com has a filter named after him on its Statcast Leaderboard of fastest pitches thrown this season.
When stepping into the batter’s box against Chapman, there’s a good chance you’re going to see his trademark blistering fastball. Based on his swing behind 0-1 in the count, Enrique Hernandez was anticipating one because he muscled up on his swing enough that it caused him to fall to the ground when he failed to make contact.
As far as an answer for Charley Steiner’s “I don’t know which was harder, the pitch or the swing” goes, the swing might win out in this case. That was a mighty cut indeed, one that resulted in a smile from Hernandez as he regrouped and probably a few laughs in the dugouts of both teams.