Guy misses out on $100,000 because he forgot to save his final bracket

Think you were having a bad day or week? I’m sure it was nothing compared to what Corey Johnson was going through.

Johnson, 28, picked one of the best brackets among all entrants on Yahoo! Sports. Even though nobody won the Perfect Bracket Challenge — no surprise — Yahoo! was still going to give away $100,000 to the top 20 brackets.

Entering Monday’s title game, Johnson was tied for fourth among all entrants. That’s impressive. He had 11 of the Sweet 16 teams, three Final Four teams and correctly predicted UConn and Kentucky would reach the title game.

Corey Johnson bracket

Prior to the game, Johnson said he had UConn winning it all but, because of some error, his pick didn’t save on Yahoo! That means he had one of the best brackets in the world, but a computer error kept him from winning $100,000.

Johnson joked to Deadspin that he would be watching the game “from a rope hanging from a tree” after his blunder, but we don’t think he should be so hard on himself. In fact, we think Yahoo! should make it up to him, especially since he correctly picked the title game before it was played.

I posted my brackets on LBS days before the NCAA Tournament began, so it was obvious I had completed my picks. But when I went to check the standings, I had a zero score. Yahoo! didn’t save my picks, possibly because I didn’t fill out the final score. It was a crappy and lame technicality, especially since I filled everything else out.

Yahoo! should apologize to the kid, who says he clicked UConn and hit save. Their system really was screwy this year.

And how hard is that going to be to get over? Ouch.

Guy who got Kentucky 2014 National Champions tattoo gets free tickets to game


Remember that Kentucky fan who got a 2014 National Champions tattoo before the NCAA Tournament began? He’s one win away from looking like Nostradamus.

The No. 8 seed Wildcats have become one of the lowest seeds to ever reach an NCAA men’s basketball national championship game. For about two hours, that honor belonged to No. 7 seed UConn. Tyler probably wasn’t surprised to see Kentucky defy the odds, but I’m sure he never imagined his decision to get a tattoo would lead to free tickets for the biggest game of the year.

Because of the success John Calipari’s team has enjoyed, Tyler’s ink has officially became a national story.

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Gene Chizik does not look happy about his daughter’s prom date

Gene Chizik prom picture

Greatest picture ever or greatest picture ever?

Former Auburn football coach and Florida Gator player Gene Chizik acted exactly how you’d expect any father to act about his daughter going to prom with an athlete. Look at him all tucked away in the corner, the look of suspicion and disapproval plastered across his frown. He even has his UnderArmour shirt on and long sleeves as if he’s going to run an Auburn practice in a few minutes.

The person who posted the photo that has now gone viral is Jeri Dickey, the mother of the boy in the picture, Jerod Dickey. She actually says Gene likes her son and guessed that he may have just been photobombing.

Dickey is a senior and pitcher on Auburn High’s baseball team. According to this article, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was two years old.

Maybe ol’ Gene should cut the kid a little slack! Doesn’t he remember what it was like to be a young kid taking a girl to prom? After all, he married his coach’s daughter!

H/T Deadspin

LPGA golfers ‘frustrated’ over Paulina Gretzky making Golf Digest cover

Paulina Gretzky Golf Digest

Paulina Gretzky is on the cover of the May 2014 issue of “Golf Digest,” and that has left some LPGA golfers frustrated.

Gretzky is only tangentially linked to golf through her fiancee, Dustin Johnson, so the selection of her to appear on the cover as opposed to other women who actually play on tour and win events is troubling for some.

Stacy Lewis, who has won two majors, expressed frustration to The New York Times.

“It’s frustrating for female golfers,” Lewis said via The Times. “It’s the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get the respect for being the golfers we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines, but at the same time you like to see a little respect for the women’s game.”

Golfer Juli Inkster is similarly frustrated.

“It’s frustrating because it’s Golf Digest, it’s not Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue,” Inkster told the New York Times. “I think they should maybe recognize some of the great women golfers that we have. It’s like, what do you have to do to get a little respect? I’m guaranteeing you right now, it was not a woman editor who chose that cover.”

She’s right — Jerry Tarde is the magazine’s editor in chief. He explained the decision to put The Little Great One on the cover.

“Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazine’s beginning. Paulina ranks at the high end of the golf celebrity scene today, and she has a compelling story to tell. She also might get some new people interested in the game.”

The Times notes that Golf Channel personality Holly Saunders and supermodel Kate Upton (who posed alongside Arnold Palmer) were the last two women to appear on the cover. The last LPGA tour winner to appear on the cover was Lorena Ochoa in 2008.

Look, they can be frustrated over the decision and everyone understands why. Putting Paulina on the cover of “Golf Digest” is a stretch. But they’re a media company and in the business of selling magazines and attracting eyeballs. Putting Paulina on the cover accomplishes that. End of story.

At least Paulina does have some support:

H/T Sportress of Blogitude, Puck Daddy

Matt Adams nudges fan after having foul ball stolen from him, gets middle finger in return (GIF)

Matt Adams learned the hard way Thursday that opposing fans can be an unforgiving bunch. And sometimes they can be downright rude.

The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman tried tracking a foul ball down the line hit by Chris Heisey in the third inning, but a darn Cincinnati Reds fan reached up and snatched the ball before it could fall into his glove. The best part was the way the fan immediately taunted Adams with the glove wave.

But what that camera angle did not catch is that the fan also flipped Adams the bird:

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Bartolo Colon attempting to bat and bunt yields fantastic meme

Bartolo Colon bat

We’re only a few days into the 2014 MLB season, but it’s already unanimous that the best thing about the New York Mets this year will be watching pitcher Bartolo Colon attempt to bat.

See, Colon has spent all but half a season of his 16-year MLB career in the American League. Dude probably hasn’t bothered with hitting since Little League. But now that he’s in the NL, he actually will have to step to the plate around three times a game every time he pitches.

In Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, Colon went 0-for-2 with a strikeout at the plate. The at-bat where he didn’t strike out he hit a broken bat liner to second for a 4-3 putout.

But that doesn’t mean that Colon didn’t look absolutely terrible in his other attempt to hit.

The image at the top of the post shows how Bartolo laid off a ball that was clearly a foot off the plate during his first at-bat. Our friend Nick Pants decided to take that and Photoshop it into a few brilliant scenes:

Our friend KFC at Barstool NYC shared these great Colon photos as well:

And then there was this:

And this:

And then this:

Oh this is going to be such a good season!

If you enjoyed that, you’ll love this Jim Boeheim meme.

Photo via Twitter/Lana

Drake shouts out to Johnny Manziel in ‘Draft Day’ song


Johnny Manziel has not been spotted hanging out with Drake much recently as he prepares for the NFL Draft, but that does not mean the former Texas A&M star’s boy isn’t making music about him. Drake released a track called “Draft Day” on Tuesday night, which is not exclusively about Manziel but clearly has plenty to do with him.

For starters, Drake released the song on SoundCloud along with a photo of Johnny Football sandwiched between a couple of young ladies. And then there’s this opening line:

“Draft day, Johnny Manziel. Five years later how am I the man still. Draft day, A-Wiggins…”

A-Wiggins refers to Kansas star Andrew Wiggins, who announced earlier this week that he will enter the NBA Draft. Sean Lester of The Dallas Morning News also speculated that Drake may have been referring to Manziel’s autograph scandal last year with the line, “Suits and ties, yellin’ out pay the guy,” but that seems like a stretch to me.

We all know Manziel and Drake are boys, so the song is about as surprising as those shirts we saw Drake and his crew wearing earlier this year. You can read the full history of Manziel’s connection to Drake’s Topszn Regime here. The “Draft Day” song, which contains NSFW language, can be heard below.

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