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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.

Mark Cuban: NFL is 10 years from imploding

mark-cubanDallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is one of the most intelligent businessmen in the world. He made his own fortune — which is rumored to be well over $2 billion — with a series of successful investments and business decisions. So when Cuban says the NFL is 10 years from “imploding,” there’s reason to believe he may be onto something.

On Sunday, Cuban spoke about how the NFL is at risk of overexposure. The NFL has already announced that CBS will feature Thursday night games next season. There will also be two Saturday games on CBS later in the year and has been speculation that Wednesday night football could be a possibility in the future.

“When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,” Cuban said, via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. “And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.”

The NFL is currently putting out its strongest product ever, with fantasy football at the peak of its popularity. As a result, ratings remain fairly high even when teams like the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns meet in a meaningless matchup. Cuban cautioned that it won’t always be that way.

“They’re trying to take over every night of TV,” he said. “And initially, it’ll be the biggest rating thing there is. Then, if they get Saturday, now they’re impacting college. And then if they go to Wednesday, at some point, people get sick of it.

“It drives you in a different direction. Now, it’s ‘my team’s game is on Wednesday.’ Or, ‘now my team’s on Thursday.’ It was just so easy when I could plan on Sunday or maybe Monday. And if you get no days off in football and your team is playing one of those days, it’s just one of the rules I use: when pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. Fantasy football, people pay attention to it. But we’ll see.”

While it’s hard to imagine people getting sick of NFL football, Cuban’s theory makes sense. Tracking fantasy plays on weeknights or Saturdays (when there could be a game like Auburn-Alabama being played) is one thing. But people could eventually get annoyed if their team plays on five different nights throughout the course of a season. Will it result in an “implosion” for the NFL? That seems like a stretch, but perhaps Thursday, Saturday and even Wednesday football simply won’t last.

Mike Williams allegedly stabbed by brother

Mike Williams BucsTampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is in the hospital after allegedly being stabbed in the thigh by his brother Sunday.

WTSP reports that the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says Williams was stabbed at his home. Williams’ brother is the suspect. Police reportedly are looking for Williams’ brother.

Williams has been in the news lately for his off-field behavior. We posted last month about all the issues he had at his home. He was described as a terrible neighbor, and he reportedly had a stripper pole in the living room of his party home, which was a disturbance in the normally quiet gated community.

Williams, who played in 6 games last season and caught 22 passes for 216 yards, is due in court for a pre-trial hearing on March 27. The hearing is for his arrest on charges of trespassing and criminal mischief.

New Bucs coach Lovie Smith recently described Williams’ off-field behavior as “disturbing.”

The Bucs issued the following statement about the alleged incident.

“We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well bring of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.”

Joel Embiid: I could have played against Stanford

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Kansas was upset by 10-seeded Stanford in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, but very few people were shocked by the outcome. Had Joel Embiid been able to play, the Jayhawks would have been favored by a lot more. The freshman center claims he could have.

“I would have played in the Sweet 16,” Embiid said after his team’s 60-57 loss, via ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman. “Definitely. … I could have played today. It was pretty hard watching them lose. I felt like I could have helped, but it is what it is.”

Embiid has been out with an injured back, and his timetable for return was still unclear. He said doctors recommended he rest until the Sweet 16, but the Jayhawks never got there.

Prior to injuring his back, Embiid was likely going to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He would not say on Sunday whether or not he intended to turn pro.

“I’m not worried about that right now,” Embiid told reporters.

Kansas fans will likely be irritated to hear that Embiid believes he could have played against Stanford, but we know there is a major difference between thinking you can play and actually being able to play effectively. Had Embiid been feeling close to 100%, the team would have allowed him to go.

Stanford band reportedly tried to use tubas to sneak booze into game

TubaStanford may be one of the most academically demanding universities in the country, but that doesn’t mean the school’s students are immune to the temptations of alcohol. College kids like to drink. Apparently the Stanford band is no exception.

According to WDRB’s Rick Bozich, some members of the Stanford band were caught trying to use their instruments to sneak booze into the Scottrade Center before their team’s game against Kansas on Sunday.

“Interesting tidbit from Scottrade Center security: Had an issue with Stanford band members sneaking booze in with their tubas,” Bozick wrote on Twitter.

I don’t know about alcohol, but the cowbell kid was definitely on something.

Next time try stuffing a few nips down your pants, guys. The whole tuba idea sounds innovative, but sometimes it’s better to just keep it simple.

UPDATE: Suddenly, the Stanford band was not trying to smuggle alcohol into the game.

Then where did the original report come from? Sounds fishy to me…

H/T SB Nation

Paul George allegedly catfished, sent nude pictures to gay man

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Paul George appears to be the latest athlete caught up in a catfishing scandal.

According to MediaTakeOut, George was tricked into sending some selfies, including at least one nude picture, to a gay man posing as a “buxom blonde” online.

The person who tricked George doesn’t have many details on his/her website, but the Tumblr site is loaded with selfies from famous people the person allegedly has catfished in the past. In addition to George, Kenyon Martin and Lil Romeo also have allegedly been catfished by this con man.

It really sucks for these people to get caught up in this sort of thing. I mean if you’re famous, you’re already a target for stuff and have to be careful. So if you’re going to flirt over social media, this can be one of the unfortunate consequences. Maybe stick to meeting women in person?

More of the Paul George naked selfies below:

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No more perfect brackets left in billion dollar challenge, but one guy is still perfect

What? Like you actually expected someone to win?

After Memphis beat George Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday, Yahoo! announced that there were no perfect brackets remaining in the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Challenge.

Yahoo sent out an email earlier on Friday afternoon after the Stanford/New Mexico game to say that only 16 perfect brackets were left, but that quickly went out the window.

Seriously, I didn’t realize how much great publicity they would get for this campaign. I mean I should have offered a billion if anyone got a perfect bracket too. You know why? Because IT’S IMPOSSIBLE! There’s a better chance of winning the lottery seven straight times than getting a perfect bracket. I mean if everyone on the planet filled out a different bracket, you still wouldn’t have one that’s perfect. Not even Doc Brown’s Sports Almanac could predict a perfect bracket.

But I guess people love the allure of the billion dollars. As they said in Happy Gilmore, better luck next year!

But … wait! There actually is one person who is perfect through the first two rounds. A guy named Brad Binder went 32 for 32 on his picks and is still perfect, though he did not enter his bracket in the billion dollar challenge. Here is Brad’s bracket:

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We’re pulling for ya Brad! #bracketofdestiny