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Was 50 Cent’s horrible first pitch a publicity stunt?

50 Cent first pitchAs you have probably seen through every major media outlet in America by now, 50 Cent threw out arguably the worst first pitch of all time before the New York Mets game on Tuesday. Can anyone who has a functioning arm really miss home plate that badly? According to one report, the rapper intentionally botched it.

“He did it so he would get all the press,” a source reportedly told Stephanie Smith of the New York Post’s Page Six. “He’s got a new album coming out, a new TV show on Starz and he wants to launch a tour.”

A graphic that has gone viral shows that 50′s first pitch may have actually been the worst ever.

The rapper’s people say it was excitement that caused the horrendous throw, not a thirst for publicity.

“It’s apparent in his excitement on the mound that he released the ball too early, clearly not a stunt,” one of 50 Cent’s reps said.

To be honest, I had this in the back of my mind from the start. No one can be that bad. It just doesn’t make sense.

Thanks to LBS tipster David

‘Million Dollar Arm’ pitcher Rinku Singh recovering from Tommy John surgery

rinku-singh-2Last Friday, “Million Dollar Arm” hit movie theaters and Craig Gillespie’s movie received generally strong rviews.

The film chronicles the life and journey of Rinku Singh, who came to the United States from India after winning a contest and the opportunity at a professional baseball career, and his friend Dinesh Patel.

Singh and Patel both earned places within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Patel’s career came to an end in 2010. Singh’s career is ongoing, most recently spending two seasons with the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League. In 2012, Singh went 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 72 innings (39 games) as a relief pitcher.

Since then, Singh has battled elbow problems and eventually experienced a fate becoming all too common with pitchers today. As ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick points out, Singh underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow and will miss the 2014 season.

Like Matt Harvey, Jose Fernandez and so many other All-Stars/household names, Singh is dealing with the emotional and physical fallout of an ulnar collateral ligament tear. He’ll spend this summer rehabbing in an effort to return to the playing field in 2015. That’s his ultimate goal, even as he attends movie screenings, fields interview requests and hangs out with Jon Hamm, the Hollywood star and devout St. Louis Cardinals fan.

In 84 games, throughout various levels of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system, the 25-year-old Singh has compiled a 10-6 record with a 2.99 ERA and 126 strikeouts over 147.1 innings. His friend and fellow competition winner Patel allowed 19 hits and 9 runs in 13.2 innings over two seasons before being released.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Colts once had interest in signing ‘Game of Thrones’ giant Hafthor Bjornsson

Hafthor Bjornsson

Did you watch “Game of Thrones” Sunday and notice a new character named Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane? If you took one look at him and thought that massive being could easily play in the NFL, you’re not alone.

The actor who plays “The Mountain” on the popular HBO show is a champion weightlifter from Iceland named Hafthor Bjornsson. Bjornsson finished third in the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2014. For some reason this string bean hasn’t been able to finish first — pathetic, right?

After Bjornsson appeared on the show Sunday, a few sports sites reminded us that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay talked last year about the possibility of signing the massive man.

Yes, Bjornsson checks in at a ridiculous 6-foot-9 and 419 pounds.

What’s that? You want more stats? How’s this:

Bjornsson’s highest weightlifting marks include:

Squat – 350 kg (794 lbs.) raw
Bench press – 230 kg (507 lbs.) raw
Strongman Deadlift – 420 kg (924 lbs.) raw with wrist straps
Loglift – 192.5 kg (424 lbs.)

Not bad. Frankly, I was expecting about 600 on the bench and at least 800 on the squat, but we’ll give him a pass. I’m not sure why things didn’t work out with the Colts, but I have to imagine the league’s PED policy might have presented a challenge.

Justin Timberlake thanks everyone except Donald Sterling for award (Video)

Justin-TimberlakeJustin Timberlake won the award for “Top Artist” at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, and his acceptance speech — or should we say video — was hilarious. Timberlake couldn’t be in Las Vegas for the show, so he accepted the award via a video feed. He also had a message for Donald Sterling.

After ribbing his fellow nominees a bit, JT said he wanted to thank everyone in the world. Except, of course, one person.

“I want to thank everybody on earth,” Timberlake said. “Everybody on earth, except Donald Sterling. I don’t wanna…not Donald Sterling.”

Gilbert Arenas truly is all on his own.

Video via Fansided

AJ McCarron, Katherine Webb filming reality TV show

AJ McCarron Katherine Webb engaged

AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb are one of the most popular athlete-celebrity couples in the country, so you knew this was coming at some point. According to The Auburn Plainsmen, the couple has begun filming a reality television show that will document the planning of their wedding.

As you know, McCarron recently proposed to Webb and the two later enjoyed a ridiculous engagement cake. Laurie Webb, Katherine’s sister and maid of honor, said that a group of producers have gotten together to make the show and have yet to decide on a network.

“They’ve already started filming during the proposal,” Laurie Webb said. “From what I understood, it came from someone else. I don’t think they were trying to get into a reality show, I think they just had the opportunity and decided to take it.”

Katherine’s father Alan Webb added that the show would be “a wholesome one” as far as reality TV goes. In other words, we’re not going to see a spin-off of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

“They think it’s a great opportunity,” Laurie said. “They can also have a documentation of special times during their life, which will be kind of cool.”

McCarron also happens to be one of the top quarterback prospects from the 2014 NFL Draft class, so you can guarantee NFL teams will be giving him a hard time about starring in a reality TV show. Anything that doesn’t have to do with football can be viewed as a distraction, and rookies who come in with distractions are always heavily scrutinized.

H/T NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread
Photo: Twitter/Katherine Webb

Michael Strahan reportedly joining ‘Good Morning America’

Michael StrahanMichael Strahan has become so popular since joining Kelly Ripa as co-host of “Live with Kelly and Michael” that he has reportedly landed himself another gig. According to the NY Post, Strahan will soon be joining the cast of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The plan is for Strahan to appear on the show a few days a week while still continuing his work alongside Ripa. The Hall of Famer has been in negotiations with the producers of “GMA” for months and an announcement is expected to come this week. Former “GMA” host Josh Elliot recently left the show abruptly to join NBC Sports after an ugly contract dispute, but Strahan was reportedly negotiating his new deal before that happened.

Surprised? Neither are we. Strahan, a New York Giants legend, was one of the most popular players in the NFL during his 15-year career. The television world has embraced him just the same.

Kevin Connolly broke leg playing football with Russell Wilson on ‘Entourage’ set

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Russell Wilson is one of a number of professional athletes who will be making a cameo in the upcoming “Entourage” movie, only his scene may have cost the creators of the movie a lot more than others. While Wilson was filming a scene with actor Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric Murphy in the show/movie, Connolly suffered a broken leg.

Deadline reported on Monday that Connolly broke his leg in two places last Wednesday while catching a pass from Wilson. Director Doug Ellin later confirmed that the injury took place while filming and that Connolly still managed to come down with the ball.

“Pain management advice from a Super Bowl champ!!!” Connolly wrote on Twitter. “#brokenleg.”

Wilson shared the same photo on his Instagram account.

“My man (Kevin Connolly) banged up after Running a perfect post route,” he wrote. “When he gets healthy watch out Wes Welker! #ARealHeartGuy #WhiteLightning.”

Amazingly enough, Connolly reportedly got write back to work after the injury happened and shot the next scene. He came to work the next day and production has not been interrupted. Either they’ve somehow worked the broken leg into the movie, or Connolly must be a pretty tough dude. I’m sure no actors will be catching passes from NFL quarterbacks for the remainder of production.