Cue the outraged humanitarians and unfit parent comments. Heck, go ahead and throw a few child abuse accusations in there while you’re at it. Before people overreact to this video like I’ve already seen a few commenters on other blogs doing, let’s remember it’s obvious Alan Belcher isn’t hurting his own baby. The baby looks more confused than anything and it’s clearly all in good fun. It’s actually pretty funny to watch her “what the hell is he doing to me?” face. If Chuck Liddell can exercise in the nude, why can’t Belcher have a fun moment with his kid? Without further ado, here’s a video of Alan Belcher demonstrating a rear naked choke hold on his infant daugter, courtesy of Middle Easy:
Seth Meyers nailed it as the host of the 2010 ESPY’s. His opening monologue started off slowly but really picked up steam as he went along. The instant reaction from most twitter users was that Meyers killed it as host. Although he had some great lines such as his one about the Kardashian sisters, there was one that didn’t go over quite as well, probably because most people didn’t get it. The joke was about Greg Oden’s penis, which spread across the internet after some girl turned Oden in for sexting. Meyers mentioned the joke in the context of the John Isner/Nicolas Mahut 11-hour tennis match:
That match was so long that the ballboys became ballmen. That match was so long Greg Oden took a picture of it and sent it to his girlfriend … You may not care for that joke but all the proceeds from it went to the Boys and Girls Club of America. That match was so long that the only guys who ever spent more time on grass together were Cheech and Chong.
Meyers picked things back up after hearing crickets initially, getting in a shot at LeBron whose “Decision” show was billed as helping charity. One has to wonder if Meyers’ Oden penis joke would have made it onto TV had the show been edited like usual. Even if that’s the risk of airing the show live, I hope ESPN continues to air the ESPY’s live on Wednesday rather than on tape Sunday; it gives us sports fans something fun to look forward to during the All-Star break.
So ESPN selected Seth Meyers to host the ESPY Awards 2010 … really. Because so many athletes don’t have games on Saturday nights nor are they out partying so they must all be familiar with Meyers … really. As a sports fan, you probably are wondering to yourself who this Seth Meyers guy is. Well, he’s a dude who’s from New Hampshire and apparently is a big Red Sox Fan. If you’re like me and unfamiliar with Meyers, he hosts the weekend update on Saturday Night Live along with Amy Poehler. He’s got some funny jokes and a pretty good delivery, but his job was made even more difficult because he had to host the show while it was live instead of tape delayed.
Meyers actually killed the monologue, getting more and more laughs as he went on. Meyers started off somewhat slowly, going after Shaun White whose coach was caught cussing on TV during the Olympics. After his start with White, Meyers rotated into the comfort zone of Brett Favre old jokes. The Favre jokes were pretty ordinary and you could tell that Deanna didn’t find them very funny. Luckily Meyers moved onto Tim Tebow to ease the tension. After a jersey-selling, Jesus joke, Meyers started to get his groove.
ESPN televising the LeBron decision became a hot topic which later was spoofed by Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. The LeBron decision was an easy target, but Meyers’ jokes weren’t anything special, and they resulted in some unamused faces from ESPN personalities Erin Andrews and Stuart Scott. When Meyers transitioned to the Lakers and eventually the World Cup, he started tearing it up. Meyers had an outstanding bit about Pau Gasol’s European look, cracking on Pau’s neck beard (not his man-purse), saying that we didn’t need any more reminders that Gasol was a Euro. It was towards the end of the Lakers bit that Meyers threw in what might have been his best line of the night, saying that the ESPYs are where sports and entertainment come together … like a Kardashian sister’s bedroom. That joke may have drawn the loudest roars from the crowd and was hilarious.
We’re certainly used to this type of tone from the erratic Mike Tyson. What we’re not really accustomed to is Iron Mike directing his typical degrading language and vulgar insults toward himself. It would appear that the man who once considered himself to be untouchable — even after embarrassing himself against Evander Holyfield — is no longer overflowing with confidence.
Iron Mike recently sat down for an interview with Details Magazine that will appear in their August issue. He provided Details with the memorable material we’ve come to expect, while also giving us a glimpse into how his opinion of himself has changed since the passing of his 4-year-old daughter. Here’s some of Mike Tyson’s interview with Details Magazine, courtesy of Out of Bounds:
The first stage of my life was just a whole bunch of selfishness. Just a whole bunch of gifts to myself and people who didn’t necessarily deserve it. Now I’m 44, and I realize that my whole life is just a fucking waste. Greatest man on the planet? I wasn’t half the man I thought I was. So if there’s a big plan now, it’s just to give — it’s selflessness, caring for the people who deserve it. Because I think I’m a pig. I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, “This is a pig. You are a f***ing piece of s***.”
And the bull wins, again. I’m not sure how you’d rank this against the matador getting gored through the neck, but it’s no walk in the park. What you’re looking at above is exactly what it appears to be — a picture of a matador being gored in the scrotum. Gulp. I can’t think of many things in life that would be worse than that.
It’s tough to feel badly for El Juli of Spain or any other matador who gets messed up when toying with a bull. I’ll never understand why they do what they do or why anyone would participate in the Running of the Bulls. The more stories I see like this, the more respect I have for the matador who fled the ring instead of standing up to the bull. It’s nice to know that someone comes to their senses every now and then.
Another bullfight goring photo to make you wince (or cheer, whatever) [Out of Bounds]
Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. Who cares, right? Wrong. Pro Football Talk has been made aware of a rumor that alleges Ben Roethlisberger may have urinated on a golf course while golfing in Columbus, Ohio. Although this seems like it’s not a big deal, a woman named Nan Fowler supposedly witnessed the act and was not only offended; she’s thinking about pressing charges.
Like anyone else who’s had a go at him, I’ve taken my fair share of shots at Roethlisberger when I felt he deserved it. This, on the other hand, is completely ridiculous. Give the guy a break. If you’re a male and you’ve golfed more than a handful of times in your life, you’d be lying if you said you’ve never peed on the course. Supposedly, it was someone else in Big Ben’s foursome that took the wiz and Ben intervened and tried to calm Fowler down when she became upset.
The fact that this woman is thinking about pressing charges leads me to believe that she found out it was Roethlisberger, saw an opportunity, and has decided to try to profit from the incident. I’d almost understand her complaining to a manager and attempting to get some cash knocked off of her greens fee, but she thinks the legal system should get involved? Let’s hope nothing comes of this. If not, I’ll be the first to flip-flop from my prior viewpoint and say that Big Ben can’t catch a break.
Rumors fly of new Roethlisberger golf course incident [Pro Football Talk]
Bo Jackson was always one of my favorite athletes growing up. I had a pair of his Bo Jackson shoes complete with number 34 on them. I had a prized Bo Jackson card that featured him holding a bat above his head while he had shoulder pads on (pictured above). I was a proud member of “Club Bo” — literally, I have the sticker and shirt to prove it. Between his dominant football and baseball abilities, it was hard not to be in awe of his superior athletic abilities. Even though I was a youngster when Bo retired from sports, it’s nice to know I picked a good one as far as favorites go.
Bo has a completely different perspective from most collegiate athletes regarding the role of education in their lives. Reading his comments to the LA Times in a recent interview makes you realize that they don’t make em like Bo anymore. Check out what he said:
I guess you could say I was blessed to see what a lot of kids don’t. A lot of kids don’t realize the gravy train is going to come to an end. They have no formal education, no business sense, no money management skills. They just have to live with that.
I made it a point to learn as much as I could in college, especially because it was free.