Dez Bryant was being a team leader before walking off the field (Video)

Dez-Bryant-walks-offDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is one of the most animated players in the NFL. That can work both for him or against him, depending on the situation. On Sunday, Bryant’s emotions got the best of him during a loss to the Green Bay Packers and he walked off the field with 1:21 still remaining in the game.

Bryant later apologized for abandoning his teammates and said he did not want anyone to have to see him cry after the Cowboys blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter. And once again, NFL footage from Sound FX showed that the former Oklahoma State star was being positive with his teammates throughout much of the game.

While we realize the Sound FX clip above shows a small portion of the game, it did highlight Bryant’s reactions to a number of different scenarios over the course of the game. He almost seemed more excited for teammates when they scored touchdowns than he was when he found the end zone. Bryant also encouraged the defense and tried to pick the offense back up when things weren’t going Dallas’ way. I would venture to say he was a vocal leader.

So what’s the point? Basically, we can’t tell a whole lot from Bryant’s body language. After he blew up on the sidelines and appeared to be throwing a hissy fit a few weeks ago, audio showed that he was actually being positive with his coaches and teammates. That being said, we don’t need to hear the accompanying audio when we see a clip of Dez walking off the field. That one poor decision erased everything positive that he did last Sunday.

John Madden rips Dez Bryant for leaving field early

Dez BryantDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant walked off the field during his team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday when there was still 1:21 remaining in the game. The Cowboys had blown a 36-24 lead with roughly eight minutes left, and Tony Romo had just tossed interceptions on back-to-back possessions. Somehow, all of Bryant’s teammates managed to stick around until the clock hit 0:00.

On Wednesday, NFL coaching legend John Madden was asked about Bryant’s antics. When asked what he would have said to Bryant if he was Jason Garrett, Madden said he would have told the star receiver, “Get your butt back here.”

“There’s no excuse for it,” Madden told Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the Dallas Morning News. “Because he’s such a good player, we’re all going to make excuses for him. What he did was wrong.

“There are some things that you let go, and then when things go poorly, you can’t pull them back. Dez Bryant has been in and out of the doghouse and I don’t know if they ever got him straight. They were a little lax on him when he first came in as a rookie. Maybe they let him do things they shouldn’t have, things that they have to live with now.”

It’s hard to disagree with Madden. Bryant tried to explain his early departure by claiming he did not want people to see him cry, but that is a bogus excuse. He needs to stop acting like a drama queen — no matter how “positive” his emotions are when he erupts on the sideline. Part of being a professional athlete is learning to control your emotions, not use them as an excuse.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Super Bowl seats to come with gloves, hand warmers, earmuffs, lip balm

Football-snowSuper Bowl 48 is quickly approaching, and everyone seems to want to talk about the weather. That makes sense when considering the fact that the game, which has never been held outdoors and in cold weather in its 48-year history, will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. As you might expect, the prospect of snow and blistering cold is not scaring anyone away.

Tickets for the big game are currently starting at over $3,000 per ticket on StubHub.com. That price could rise even higher when people find out about all the goodies that will be coming with each seat.

How can you go wrong? If you’re willing to pay $3,000 for a seat itself, you have to be willing to splurge for about $5,000 for one that comes with everything you need to keep warm and avoid chapped lips during the winter.

The potential for nasty weather has become more of a story than the game itself. Earlier this week, Accuweather.com launched a new site called WillItSnow.com that is dedicated to predicting the weather for the Super Bowl. Depending on how things go, this probably won’t be the last time there’s a chance for snow during the championship. At least fans can leave their hand warmers at home.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Join the LBS College Bowl Pick ‘em Pool, win Monster headphones, EA Sports prize pack

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LBS is doing another pool, which is great news for two reasons. One, it’s another guaranteed way for you to beat Doc and Del on their sports picks (seriously, have you seen our NFL picks this season? We’re terrible). Two, we have some awesome prizes to give away to the winner.

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Follow this link to our private group on Yahoo! Sports.

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We’re also making the pool super simple (Doc and Del need any advantage we can get). No spread, no confidence pools, all you have to do is pick straight winners, baby.

So now that you have the 411 and signup info, here’s what you’ll be playing for.

The winner of the pool will receive a sweet prize pack from EA Sports. The prize pack is highlighted by a pair of SICK Monster gaming headphones. The headphones are the MVP Carbons model and have high def surround sound. These are the perfect headphones for gaming and listening to your music.

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Now sign up and kick some bowl game ass, and make sure to join by Saturday, which is when the bowls begin!

Shin-Soo Choo reportedly turned down $140 million offer from Yankees

Shin-Soo ChooAfter losing Robinson Cano via free agency, the New York Yankees were prepared to spend their extra money to bolster the team’s outfield. Prior to Cano’s departure, the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million offer. They likely knew Cano was gone before locking down Ellsbury. Once Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, New York reportedly made a similar offer to Shin-Soo Choo.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Choo and agent Scott Boras turned down a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Yankees earlier this month. When Boras reportedly indicated that Choo was looking for “Ellsbury money,” New York moved quickly to sign Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal.

Other teams that are now interested in Choo include the Mariners, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Unless Choo was opposed to playing in New York for some reason, he may end up costing himself money by trying to get paid the same amount or more than Ellsbury.

At age 31, Choo is a little over a year older than Ellsbury. Jacoby is a bit more of an injury concern, but he is a career .297 hitter with tremendous speed. Choo has hit .288 during his career and has stolen about 20 bases per season since he began playing full time in 2009. Ellsbury stole 52 bases in 134 games last season and had a career-high 70 stolen bases in 153 games in 2009.

Choo has more power than Ellsbury, but Jacoby is a better fielder and a phenomenal lead-off hitter. While Choo seems to be more durable, very few MLB scouts would tell you that he is a better all-around player and difference-maker than Ellsbury. Perhaps the Mariners will continue to splurge by overpaying for his services, but don’t be surprised if seven years at $140 million is the best offer Choo receives.

7-year-old writes hilarious letter supporting Bengals punter Kevin Huber


Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber was destroyed during a punt return on Sunday with what has since been deemed an illegal hit. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin leveled the unsuspecting Huber up around the neck and shoulders area, leaving him with a fractured jaw and cracked vertebrae. On Tuesday, Huber received a show of support from a 7-year-old fan.

The boy’s father posted the photo you see above on Twitter but has since deleted it. The father wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning that he pulled the picture because he realized some of the message was insensitive. Here’s what it said.

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Aaron Hernandez sued for wrongful death by family of Odin Lloyd

Aaron HernandezThe family of Odin Lloyd, the man who Aaron Hernandez has been charged with killing, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former New England Patriots tight end. Hernandez is currently being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder.

According to documents obtained by The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., the lawsuit alleges Hernandez “maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly or by gross negligence caused Odin Lloyd to suffer personal injuries that directly resulted in his death.” The lawsuit does not specify how much the Lloyd family is seeking in compensatory and punitive damages, though it is believed the number exceeds the value of Hernandez’s $1.25 million home.

In other words, the Lloyd family is alleging that Hernandez’s behavior in some way resulted in the death of Odin Lloyd, whether the 24-year-old pulled the trigger or not. The family is also seeking a court order to block the Patriots from paying the roughly $3 million of Hernandez’s contract that he believes he is still owed, as well as a real estate attachment up to $5 million on Hernandez’s home that would prevent him from placing it beyond the court’s reach if damages are awarded.

Prosecutors have previously claimed that Hernandez orchestrated the June 17 shooting of Lloyd. The filing includes a search warrant affidavit that details the Lloyd murder investigation.

In related news, police are currently investigating the death of another woman with ties to Hernandez. A woman from Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn. named Tabitha Perry was found dead on Monday. She is the same woman who survived a car crash in June that killed Thaddeus Singleton III, another associate of Hernandez. In August, Hernandez’s uncle Robert Valentine died in a moped crash.

The first two incidents were ruled as accidents and police reportedly do not suspect any suspicious activity at this point in their investigation of Perry’s death.