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Joe Montana latest to offer advice for Johnny Manziel

johnny-manziel-las-vegas-1Because of his demeanor, Johnny Manziel is a lightning rod for criticism. Seemingly everything he does it put under a microscope. It’s the life of Johnny Football.

Hall of Famer Joe Namath came out and urged people to relax a bit on the Manziel hate. Others, like former Cleveland Browns first round pick Brady Quinn, have been a bit more critical of his behavior.

San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana is the latest to offer a few words on the 22nd pick of this year’s draft. The four-time Super Bowl winner was a guest on NFL Network’s NFL All Access on Wednesday and though his words aren’t harsh, they made a point that has been a recurring theme when the topic of Johnny Manziel comes up.

“I go back to an old saying Bill Walsh told me after we won our first Super Bowl. I was going everywhere and trying to do everything. He called me in and said, ‘I want to tell you one thing, I understand what you’re doing, we may never get back to another Super Bowl. Just remember this, the less people see you, the more they want to see you.’”

“It’s OK to do some things but try to cut it back and don’t forget about football.” Because that’s what got you there and that is what’s going to keep you there. So you have to make sure you spend the time on football as much as getting out and about.”

Johnny Manziel certainly likes to enjoy himself, no one would deny that. He would also have you know he takes football seriously, as he showed by tweeting a photo of what looked like the Cleveland Browns playbook while hanging out in Las Vegas.

Joe Montana certainly won’t be the last to give his thoughts on Manziel, but he has played the same position and knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight so what he says carries weight. Quoting Bill Walsh is also rarely a bad thing.

Did Zach LaVine say ‘f— me’ after being drafted by T-Wolves? (Video)

Zach LaVine did not appear to be happy to be drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.

The former UCLA guard looked anything but enthusiastic about being selected No. 13 overall by Minnesota. He immediately slammed his head against the table after hearing his name called.

Zach LaVine table

Many people even speculated that he said, “f— me” as he got up from the table after being picked.

I definitely saw an F-bomb being dropped, but I’m not certain if that was a “f— me” or “f—, man.” One is obviously an expression of unhappiness with going to Minnesota, while the other could be an expression of gratitude that the exhausting process is finally over.

Then again, this tweet from the Philly Daily News’ Tyler Tynes seems to confirm it:

I’m not sure why LaVine would be surprised. We passed along the report before the draft saying he had a promise from the Timberwolves that they would draft him at No. 13. Maybe he told them not to select him. Kevin Love wants out of that organization, why would he want to go there?

By the way, what’s up with Minnesota’s love of former UCLA players? Him, Malcolm Lee, Shabazz Muhammad, Love … they just can’t get enough of the Bruins.

Prince Fielder to pose for Body Issue

Prince-FielderTexas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is set to appear in the 2014 edition of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue. Yes, that means he will have no clothes on.

Fielder is part of a star-studded lineup that includes Marshawn Lynch, Michael Phelps, Venus Williams, Larry Fitzgerald and Serge Ibaka. It’s probably safe to assume he is the heaviest of the crew, but ESPN the Magazine’s editor in chief Chad Millman reminds readers that the issue is an “annual celebration of the athletic form.”

Say what you will about Prince and his body type, but he is a professional baseball player who makes millions of dollars for a reason. As Big League Stew noted, Fielder appeared in 547 consecutive games before suffering a neck injury that will keep him out for the entire 2014 season. He has been durable despite his hefty build.

The Body Issue has featured everyone from an 8-months-pregnant Kerri Walsh Jennings to a 77-year-old Gary Player. Fielder will fit in just fine.

Ann Coulter writes absurd column ripping soccer

Ann-CoulterAnn Coulter is a conservative author and political commentator who loves spewing outlandish opinions for attention. She has admitted she enjoys stirring the pot, which is exactly what she intended to do when she wrote a column on Wednesday ripping the sport of soccer to shreds.

In her poorly presented argument, Coulter wrote about how individual achievement in soccer is nonexistent. She also bashed the sport for not having enough scoring and not being tough enough. The entire piece is worth reading if you’re in the mood for a good laugh, but here are some of the best parts:

Do they even have MVPs in soccer? Everyone just runs up and down the field and, every once in a while, a ball accidentally goes in. That’s when we’re supposed to go wild. I’m already asleep.

This particular World Cup has been jam-packed with drama. We have seen a number of controversial calls and goals that are worthy of SportsCenter’s Top 10 no matter what time of year it is. Did this ball “accidentally” go in?

Some of Coulter’s arguments against watching soccer were so ridiculous we don’t even need to address them.

Baseball and basketball present a constant threat of personal disgrace. In hockey, there are three or four fights a game — and it’s not a stroll on beach to be on ice with a puck flying around at 100 miles per hour. After a football game, ambulances carry off the wounded. After a soccer game, every player gets a ribbon and a juice box.

You can’t use your hands in soccer. (Thus eliminating the danger of having to catch a fly ball.) What sets man apart from the lesser beasts, besides a soul, is that we have opposable thumbs. Our hands can hold things. Here’s a great idea: Let’s create a game where you’re not allowed to use them!

And then, of course, Coulter ended with a racist note.

If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.

On one hand, we didn’t want to give Coulter exactly what she is seeking, and that’s attention. On the other, her arguments were just too idiotic to ignore. Soccer is clearly growing in the US, and it isn’t just the World Cup. Sure, plenty of people will forget the sport exists when the US is knocked out of the tournament, but how do you explain NBC’s massive deal with the English Premier League? Coulter simply isn’t right.

Carlos Gomez slide into second upsets Ian Desmond (Video)

Can a man not even slide into second base hard anymore?

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was upset with Carlos Gomez for a hard slide the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder made into second base during the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game.

The Brewers were up 9-2 and had men on first and second with one out when Lyle Overbay grounded a ball to Desmond at short. Desmond flipped to Kevin Frandsen at second, and Frandsen turned the double play to end the inning. Desmond remained on the field to say something to Gomez, who made a hard slide into second to try breaking up the double play.

Carlos Gomez Ian Desmond

What was Desmond’s problem? Gomez was playing too hard.

“In a World Series game, you slide like that. In a seven-run differential game, there’s no time for that,” Desmond said after the game via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.

Give me a break. Until the losing team decides to concede the game, why should the winning team stop playing hard/properly/the way you’re supposed to? That’s really poor on Desmond’s part.

Joseph Patterson – accused of killing Adrian Peterson’s son – allegedly kidnapped baby’s mother

Joseph Patterson

Joseph Patterson, the man accused of killing Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son last year, has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and attacking the mother of the deceased child.

According to Keloland.com, Patterson was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and strangulation.

TMZ says Sioux Falls police responded to a call Tuesday morning and were able to apprehend Patterson. Patterson had been free on $750,000 bond and ordered not to contact the mother of the child or anyone else in the family.

Patterson, 28, who allegedly beat Peterson’s son Tyrese to death, allegedly knocked the victim unconscious and held her captive for more than an hour. The woman allegedly had visible injuries on her neck.

Bond reportedly has been set at $1 million cash only this time. Peterson had only recently found out that the child was his son.

LeBron James may want to play with Shabazz Napier

Shabazz-NapierThe Miami Heat are reportedly making an “aggressive attempt” to move up in the NBA Draft to put themselves in position to draft Shabazz Napier, according to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford. That should not come as a surprise.

As you know, LeBron James recently informed the Heat that he will opt out of the final year of his contract. It’s not a coincidence that he made his decision before the draft when he had had several more days to decide. LeBron wants Pat Riley to improve his supporting cast, and one of the ways to do that will be through the draft or through trades involving draft picks.

LeBron doesn’t tweet very often, but he took to social media back in April to praise Napier and the way he led UConn to an improbable national championship.

We wouldn’t be surprised if LeBron is intrigued by the possibility of playing with a young dynamic point guard like Napier, especially after the way Mario Chalmers struggled throughout the playoffs. However, it is highly unlikely that Napier will fall to the Heat at No. 26.

LeBron isn’t the only one who likes Napier. Ford also reports that Riley flew Napier out to Miami for a workout after the NBA Finals and tried to convince the former Huskies star to stop working out for teams so that he would slip through the cracks and down to No. 26. Unsurprisingly, Napier was not interested. Being drafted higher means more money.

Napier has drawn interest from teams as high as the Orlando Magic at No. 12, so the Heat know they will have to move if they want him. The problem for Riley is he doesn’t have much to offer besides a player like Norris Cole and Miami’s pick. The Heat don’t have another first-round pick until 2016.

While we’re not saying Napier is a deal-breaker in LeBron’s decision-making process, you better believe Riley is going to do everything he can to make the best player on the planet happy. I wouldn’t read too much into the whole “stay together if you have the guts” thing. Riley has to do some ass kissing whether he likes it or not.