Ryan Fitzpatrick was so fired up in speech before the Bills game (Video)

I bet you didn’t know that Ryan Fitpatrick could get this hyped before a game. I sure didn’t.

Sunday’s Houston Texans-Buffalo Bills game meant a little extra for Fitzpatrick, who played for the Bills from 2009-2012. He expressed that notion in a speech to his teammates prior to the game.

Fitz got so excited I thought he was going to pass out from losing circulation to his head. Either that, or it looked like his head was going to pop off and fly away like a balloon. The “Amish Rifle” didn’t play too well — he went 25/37 for 268 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in the win — but he had to be satisfied with the result.

I sure know I’m happy we got to see what it’s like when Fitz loses his mind. Who knew he had that in him?

Ryan Fitzpatrick Texans beard

H/T Deadspin

Michael Phelps issues statement about arrest for second DUI


Michael Phelps issued a statement Tuesday via Twitter to address and apologize for his DUI arrest earlier in the morning.

“Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines. I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down,” Phelps said in the statement.

This is Phelps’ second DUI arrest, which means he shouldn’t get off as easily as he did last time.

Back in 2004, Phelps, then 19, was arrested for DUI and got 18 months probation. I bet his punishment for a second DUI will still be lighter than the punishment most people receive for their first similar offense.

(photo at top is his Olympics ID card, not a mugshot)

Matt Hasselbeck emails Colts’ Stanford graduates to help his 6th-grade daughter with math homework

Matt Hasselbeck revealed the true reason why he’s on the Indianapolis Colts’ roster: to get preferred tutoring for his 6th-grade daughter.

Colts starting quarterback Andrew Luck was a guest on ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Tuesday and confirmed that Hasselbeck emails the team’s Stanford graduates to provide math homework assistance for his daughter. The question came thanks to inside information from Tim Hasselbeck, who is Matt’s brother.

Including Luck, the Colts have four players on their team who went to Stanford. The others are wide receiver Griff Whalen, tight end Coby Fleener and safety Delano Howell.

Between the four of them, someone should be able to answer the questions.

As if worrying about NFL opponents, getting the playbook down and each week’s game plan weren’t enough, now Colts players have to worry about helping Hasselbeck’s daughter on her math homework. Lovely.

I bet things in the Colts’ locker room are a little big like this:

Also in the interview, Luck confirmed he still uses a flip phone and said that Kyle Orton wears the neck beard better than he does.

Andrew Luck flip phone

Steve Bartman incident revisited

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Steve Bartman is a name that will live in infamy for a long time.

As we reminded you yesterday, LBS will be posting some great moments from recent MLB postseason history to get you pumped up for the MLB playoffs. FOX Sports will be televising much of the playoffs and this is a friendly reminder that the NLDS will be televised on FOX Sports 1. You can see the full MLB playoff TV schedule here.

The Bartman incident is one of those things that will go down in the history of the Chicago Cubs until they finally win another World Series. It doesn’t matter that every other fan in the area was also going for the ball. It doesn’t matter that he wasn’t the guy who gave up hits to Pudge, Derek Lee, Mike Mordecai or Juan Pierre. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t make an error at shortstop on a Miguel Cabrera ground ball. All that matters it that Cubs fans forever will blame him for losing Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.

Below is an infographic about the Bartman incident:

Steve Bartman infographic

Raiders fired Dennis Allen over the phone

Dennis-AllenThe Oakland Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen on Monday night — one day after his team returned from London with an 0-4 record. The move was one that everyone knew was coming, especially after an AP reporter tweeted (and then deleted) on Sunday night that the Raiders had decided to let Allen go and would likely make the announcement this week.

Yet even after that report was out there and speculation was building by the minute, the Raiders still chose to fire Allen over the phone.

No one is going to argue that Oakland should have held onto Allen. The Raiders have lost 10 consecutive games dating back to last season and Allen is 8-28 as coach of the team. He has been in Oakland since 2012 and the Raiders look no better now than they did then.

Having said that, I’m not sure why the team couldn’t call a meeting with Allen to give him a chance to look the Raiders’ brass in the eye and thank them for the opportunity. Mark Davis and company must have gotten advice from Rory McIlroy on how to end a lengthy relationship.

Guy offering Nationals playoff tickets in exchange for threesome on Criagslist

Washington Nationals Park

If there are two ladies out there who are looking to go to the Washington Nationals’ first playoff game and are willing to have a threesome with a dude you have never met, you may be in luck. The following offer was posted on Craigslist Tuesday morning.

I have two Diamond Club tickets for Fridays opening playoff game. The tickets include all you can drink beer & wine as well as all you can eat gourmet food. I am willing to part with these tickets to you and a friend in exchange for a threesome (two women only). I am not some old gross dude, actually 24 and athletic. I just cant go to the game and don’t really need the extra money, and have always wanted to take place in a threesome. Please send 2-3 photos of you and your friend, so I can see what we’re working with.

This is a no strings attached deal.

Free beer, wine, food and a playoff game? And the “seller” isn’t even some old gross guy? That sounds like the bargain of a lifetime, if you ask me.

We have seen some hilarious Craigslist trade offers in the past, but this one is up there with the best of them. And don’t be shocked if the guy pulls it off, either. This is 2014. Anything can happen.

H/T Dan Steinberg

Jay Glazer blasts Donovan McNabb for thinking this could be Tom Brady’s last year with Patriots (Video)

Donovan-McNabbThe sky is falling in New England after the Patriots were demolished by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night football. No, it’s not just those obnoxious Boston fans who are overreacting to Tom Brady’s horrific start to the 2014 season. Here’s what Donovan McNabb had to say after the game.

“Jimmy Garoppolo got in there and moved the ball down the field and got into the end zone. If this continues for another five or six weeks, the rumblings will start that this could be Tom Brady’s last year in New England. I’ll put it out there first.”

Jay Glazer, one of McNabb’s co-workers at Fox Sports, was shocked by what he heard come out of the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s mouth.

“Tom Brady’s last year in New England?” Glazer asked. “Are you out of your mind? There’s been rumblings every time Tom Brady has a bad game. … Are you crazy, dude? They don’t grow those guys on trees.”

Glazer and McNabb then began talking over each other, with Glazer’s main point being that Brady would be just fine if the Patriots got him a better offensive line and gave him some weapons.

[Related: Donovan McNabb says Nick Foles is not a franchise QB]

Randy Moss, who is a former teammate of Brady’s, sat and chuckled while Glazer and McNabb went at it. Randy feels there is no chance Brady is going anywhere.

“Naw man, that’s Tom Brady,” he said. “He’s the face of the franchise. Not this year, maybe two, three, four years down the line. Tom Brady is the man in New England.”

If McNabb’s point was that Brady is no longer invincible and is showing serious signs of aging, it’s hard to disagree with him. But we have seen the Patriots make adjustments before, and no one would be surprised if they do it again. Brady may not play out his contract through the 2017 season, but there’s no way this is his last season in New England — no matter how much the team struggles.

Previously: Donovan McNabb says Jay Cutler is lucky Bears gave him a contract

Video via The Big Lead