C.C. Sabathia Can’t Find Babysitter for Nick Swisher-Joanna Garcia Wedding

Nick Swisher and Joanna Garcia are going to have a little leftover — check that, a lot of leftover — filet mignon at their wedding in Palm Beach this weekend.  Swisher’s teammate, 300-pound hurler C.C. Sabathia, won’t be attending the couple’s wedding.  The reason: he can’t find a babysitter.

Ben Maller brought our attention to a mini interview Sabathia did with Jill Martin of the NY Post at the Knicks-Timberwolves game on Monday night.  “We can’t get a babysitter.  I have four kids at home,” Sabathia said.  “My mother doesn’t want to come out and babysit.  We’re going to have to just send a gift.”

This almost sounds like some kind of inside joke between Sabathia and Swisher.  First of all, C.C. makes his mom sound a little cold.  Instead of saying “she can’t come out” he said “she doesn’t want to.”  I don’t know about you, but that sounds to me like he’s unhappy with her for not helping out.  Second of all, how does a guy who makes $23 million a year not have the world’s greatest nanny?  Maybe the Sabathias are against leaving their children with someone who was at one point a stranger.

Either that, or C.C. and his wife, Amber, just have no desire to attend the wedding.

And Now For a Picture of Mike Ditka Wearing Uggs

We can only assume that Mike Ditka is a big Tom Brady fan.  Tom has caught plenty of criticism lately for his recent decision to endorse Uggs for men.  Personally, I don’t see the big deal.  If someone offered you the amount of money Brady’s getting just to say he likes Uggs and thinks they’re a good product, you’d jump all over the opportunity.

Ditka apparently has no problem with it either.  The Big Lead has drawn our attention to this picture of Coach Ditka, which shows a side of him that most of us have never seen.  I hope he’s endorsing these things now, too, because he’s certainly modeling the hell out of them. Judging by how anxious he seems to show some leg, I’d say he’s pretty comfortable.

The least they can do is throw him a paycheck, right?

Antoine Walker Free Throw Fail (Video)

Antoine Walker just wants to make some money.  He filed for bankruptcy about six months ago so he’s looking to resurrect his NBA career in some way.  Walker recently signed a five-figure contract with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.  In his debut Wednesday night, Antoine scored 13 and supposedly looked solid considering how out of shape he is.  There was no Walker Wiggle, but there was an embarrassing free throw.  Check out the video of Antoine Walker airballing a free throw, courtesy of Deadspin via YouTube user outsidethenba:

We’re told Walker also missed by about three feet on one of his infamous three-point attempts (of which he missed all three), so obviously there’s some work to be done.  Give him some credit for getting back after it, I guess?

Win a Date with Joumana Kidd – Jason Kidd’s Ex-Wife (for Charity)

While most of us will never have the talent to be like Jason Kidd on the court, many of us will have the chance to be like him off of it. And no, I don’t mean having strippers on the road in every city to boom boom with, but I mean to have a date with his ex-wife.

J.E. Skeets passed the news along via twitter that Joumana Kidd is using her celebrity status for a good cause. In an auction to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, “the highest bidder will win domestic round-trip airfare from JetBlue Airways to New York, a wonderful dining experience with Joumana, plus a gift from MyWorkButterfly.com.”

No word on whether or not she’ll saddle the winner with a GPS tracking device throughout the date. Happy bidding folks.


Video: MMA Fighter Backflip Epic Fail

One could argue that everyone loses in an MMA fight.  Most of the time even when you win, you lose.  If you go three rounds with a guy and get your face pummeled enough that you have to immediately report to the hospital following the fight, you’re losing something even if you win.  If you can’t pull off a celebratory back flip and the result is a six-foot free fall onto your back, you lose even more.  Check out this MMA fighter backflip fail video, courtesy of Sportress of Blogitude:

I guess this guy needs to add the top-of-the-cage backflip to his next training regimen.  Either that or he should probably stop trying it, because that wasn’t even close.

Better Ben Roethlisberger T-Shirt: Nose Means Nose or Dumb and Dumber?

Give Ben Roethlisberger the credit he deserves for leading the Steelers to a huge win over the Ravens on Sunday night despite suffering a nasty broken nose.  As much as I don’t really like the guy, it was a gutsy performance.  That being said, his behavior over the past year has made for some pretty hilarious t-shirts.  Now we need a vote.  Over the summer we showed you this hilarious ‘Dumb and Dumber’ shirt featuring Big Ben and Tiger Woods.  Now, we have a brilliant ‘Nose Means Nose‘ shirt, which was brought to our attention by Sports Crackle Pop.

Which of the two Roethlisberger shirts do you like better?  Personally, I’d take one of each under my Christmas tree.

Airport Workers Plaster ’45-3′ All Over Jets Private Plane in Boston (Pictures)

I guess there isn’t much airport security can do about an inside job.  You can scan for guns and check for explosives, but there’s only so much you can do to stop a couple runway employees from putting a Sharpie and a few sheets of paper to good use.  Employees at Logan Airport wanted to make sure they got one final shot in at the New York Jets for their embarrassing 45-3 loss to the Patriots on Monday night, and I have to say they were successful.  Don’t forget — the guys with the wands are obnoxious Boston fans, too.  Thanks to Deadspin for the pictures.