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Tom Brady and Gisele reportedly selling massive Los Angeles mansion

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Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen currently own one of the most impressive homes in California. Their 14,000-square foot estate, which is known for possibly having a moat that surrounds it, took about four years to build and cost around $40 million in total. For whatever reason, the house is already for sale.

TMZ reported on Wednesday that Brady and Bundchen have put the estate on the market for a whopping $50 million. The home includes a state of the art gymnasium, lagoon-style infinity pool, massive guest house, waterfall and pond and sits on four acres of land in Brentwood.

The power couple is supposedly building another massive home near Boston that sits on five acres and is 14,300 square feet. It was initially believed that Brady and his lady intended to move to Brentwood full time after the New England Patriots quarterback retired, but perhaps plans have changed.

Were they just looking to turn a profit? Do their kids like the snow? Brady has always done a great job of keeping his personal life under wraps, so we’ll probably never know.

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Brandon Spikes says Patriots gave ‘false’ IR designation

Brandon SpikesFor the second time in a week, a former New England Patriots player called out his old team for sketchy dealings with injury designations. This time it was Brandon Spikes, a former Pats’ second-round draft pick who recently signed with the Buffalo Bills.

While Spikes expressed warm feelings towards owner Bob Kraft and some of his former teammates, the ex-Florida Gators linebacker defended himself during an interview with John Murphy on WGR in Buffalo on Monday when the subject of his knee injury was brought up.

Spikes was asked about the “nagging knee injury” that led to him being placed on IR at the end of the season.

“I know, I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that. That was just a false report,” Spikes told Murphy. “That’s just how things go there. Almost like what happened with (Aqib) Talib and his hip.

“That was just from the labor throughout the season, man. It was just — you know how it is — it’s a tough 16 games. All I needed was rest and rehab.”

Last week, Talib, who signed with the Denver Broncos, said the team listed him as having a hip injury last season when he really had a quad problem.

Maybe Spikes was looking to brush asides any concerns about a knee injury and behavior problems when he made the comment, but that’s two former players who have talked about some shady Pats practices recently. This is nothing new; we’ve known for a long time that Bill Belichick doesn’t give anything away and oftentimes intentionally misleads people. I mean how many times have Tom Brady’s injuries been hidden by the team? He’s listed as probable with a shoulder injury almost every week, but when he has real injuries, those are never listed.

I guess that’s just one aspect of the “Patriot Way.”

For more background on the story, recall that at the time that a report said Spikes was placed on IR for both disciplinary and injury reasons. Spikes’ agent denied that a mutual agreement between the team and his client was reached regarding the IR tag. Like I said, if you don’t believe Spikes was telling the truth, then you can figure he was saying that to protect himself and make himself look better.

[Previously: Brandon Spikes quotes Martin Luther King Jr. after signing with Bills]

Mark Cuban calls out Dirk Nowitzki for poor effort

Mark CubanMark Cuban absolutely loves Dirk Nowitzki, so it’s not often that you hear the Dallas Mavericks owner call out his star player. But that did happen on Monday.

Cuban talked with Dirk about the forward’s lackluster performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday and then told the media about the issues.

“I think sometimes he loses concentration, and I think we’ve got to get past that,” Cuban said per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I mentioned it to him today. I asked him how his nap was during the game [Sunday at Oklahoma City]. He laughed. At least that’s while I was facing him. When I turned my back and walked away, I don’t know.”

The Mavs won that game easily, so I’m not sure what Cuban was looking for. He was also unhappy with Dirk’s game last Tuesday in a loss to the Golden State Warriors where Dirk had 12 and 6 and went 4-of-11 from the field.

Cuban said Dirk tends to go through stretches like this during the season, so Cuban is trying to get him to snap out of it.

“Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year where he needs to remotivate. And I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days and those naps he’s gotten through the last couple of games,” said Cuban.

Cuban particularly wants to see Dirk crash the boards harder in an effort to rack up around 10 rebounds, because he thinks the teammates respond to that kind of effort and energy. It’s certainly a good thought, but Cuban needs to remember that Dirk is 35 and that his rebounds have been declining for a few years. He’s down to six rebounds per game this season compared to 9.7 at his peak in ’04-’05.

Nick Swisher reportedly confronted Kenny Lofton over playoff comments

Kenny-Lofton-IndiansThe Cleveland Indians technically made the MLB playoffs in 2013, though they only got the chance to play one postseason game. The Indians were one of the two Wild Card teams the MLB’s new format supports, and they wound up losing to the Tampa Bay Rays. Because they were one-and-done, Cleveland legend Kenny Lofton does not consider the 2013 Indians a playoff team.

“A playoff is a series, not one game,” Lofton said when the Indians’ season ended last year. “It’s not the Super Bowl.”

As you might expect, some members of the team disagreed. One of them was veteran outfielder Nick Swisher, and he was not shy about letting Lofton hear know. According to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, Swisher went “nose-to-nose” with Lofton at the Tribe’s Fan Fest in January.

Swisher took it a step further. He sought Lofton out at the event, got in the grill of the member of the team Hall of Fame, and told him, in so many words, that the Indians are trying to build something special, and that if Lofton didn’t want to be a part of it, he ought to board the first flight back to Los Angeles.

Lofton spent nine-plus seasons with the Indians and is a member of the team’s Hall of Fame. Swisher is one of the best clubhouse guys in baseball and happens to be one of the leaders of a Cleveland team that won 92 games under Terry Francona last season after winning just 68 in 2012.

“That was handled,” Swisher later said when asked about Lofton’s remarks. “We handled that.”

Last month, Lofton visited the Indians’ spring training facility in Arizona. He was reportedly ignored by multiple members of the team and did not stay long. Despite that, he has not softened his stance on the 2013 Indians not being a playoff team.

“Maybe someone else can back me up on how it’s not a real playoff series,” Lofton wrote in a text message to Castrovince. “U guys need to put in there on what’s the definition of playoffs, and that should answer Swisher’s comments.”

While they only play one game to determine who advances to the next round, both Wild Card teams are playoff teams by definition. The Indians, who had the fourth-best record in the American League last year, would have been the only Wild Card team and had a spot in the ALDS under the old format. Lofton can either get on board with that or risk alienating a fan base that thinks very highly of him.

H/T Hardball Talk

Indiana is not playing in the CBI because they’re Indiana

Tom CreanIndiana finished the season a disappointing 17-15, which included a 7-11 record in conference play. That sort of thing will happen when your best players leave for the NBA, as Kentucky’s John Calipari will tell you.

Even though 17-15 is just a shade over .500, it’s still a good enough record to get you into the postseason in college basketball. Unfortunately, Indiana being the elite program that it is, will not lower itself to compete in anything other than the NCAA Tournament or NIT.

Athletic Director Fred Glass had this great quote in explaining why Indiana wouldn’t be participating in the CBI, which schools have to pay to play in.

“Finances wouldn’t be an issue if we thought it made sense,” Glass told The Indianapolis Star. “But we’re Indiana. We don’t play in the CBI.”

You’re damn right Indiana doesn’t play in the CBI. Now you just have to get that program right to make sure you are playing in the NCAA Tournament next year. You can only be too good for something if you are too good for something, you know what I mean? I know Crab Man agrees.

Chest bump to Deadspin

Jim Irsay friend: ‘He’s a sick, sick man’ who ‘desperately needs help’

Jim IrsayJim Irsay was arrested on Sunday morning and charged with driving while under the influence and felony possession of prescription drugs. Those who are close to the Indianapolis Colts owner do not seem surprised, as many of them have supposedly been waiting for Irsay to hit rock bottom.

The Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz, one of the most connected Colts reporters in the country, spoke to Irsay’s friends on Monday. He was told about the 54-year-old’s alleged drug addiction.

“He’s a sick, sick man,” one source reportedly told Kravitz. “He desperately needs help.”

The Colts have apparently been trying to get Irsay, who admitted he was addicted to painkillers in 2002, into rehab for years. At the very least, the organization reportedly pled with Irsay to hire a driver and stop getting behind the wheel.

Irsay weighs about 165 pounds at the moment, which is down from his old weight of 235. When Kravitz asked him about the weight loss two months ago, Irsay said he was taking his doctor’s advice to lose weight and keep the strain off his troublesome back and hip. That story is now much harder to believe.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reported on Monday that Irsay’s behavior has raised concerns with those connected to the Colts.

“There are people around the Colts organization who have been suspicious about some of his behavior,” Schefter said, via Pro Football Talk.

If Kravitz’s sources are being truthful, “suspicious” could only begin to subscribe it. We have spent plenty of time making fun of Irsay for his entertaining Twitter rants and some of the photos he posts, but suddenly they’re not quite as humorous.

Expert NCAA Tournament bracket picks: LB’s 2014 March Madness selections

LB is wasting no time getting his bracket picks out for the 2014 NCAA Tournament. You asked for them? You got ‘em.

Unlike the last two years where there was a pretty strong favorite to win it all — and both times those teams delivered — there is no clear-cut favorite. There isn’t a Louisville from a year ago, nor a team as loaded as Kentucky was with Anthony Davis in 2012. For that reason, seeing any number of teams win it all wouldn’t surprise me. I could easily see Florida, Michigan State, Louisville, Virginia or even Kansas (depending on the health of Joel Embiid) winning it all in March Madness.

Thanks to the way the seeding broke down, I have two No. 4 seeds reaching the Final Four, as well as two No. 1 seeds. I like Florida and Michigan State meeting in the final four; Louisville and Arizona in the other; and I have the Gators bringing home the third title for Billy Donovan in a win over the Cardinals.

I have a few upsets sprinkled in throughout the early rounds and Sweet 16, but no teams seeded lower than fourth in the Elite Eight, which probably will turn out to be incorrect. However, it’s not worth the risk of lowing points by sending a lowly-seeded team that far unless you are supremely confident in them. And, hey, if there’s a Steph Curry at a small school in this tournament, let me know and I’ll change my picks.

You can see my full 2014 NCAA Tournament brackets below — loosely called “expert” picks — but I do watch and write about sports for a living, so I suppose that makes me an expert in theory. Click twice to see the large version:

NCAA Tournament expert picks 2014

NCAA Tournament expert picks

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