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Hope Solo calls out Brandi Chastain

The US women’s soccer team beat Colombia 3-0 in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals at the Summer Games in London. Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Carli Lloyd all scored for the US, but the real games began after the contest ended. That’s when goalkeeper Hope Solo went off on NBC commentator and former Olympic gold medalist/World Cup winner Brandi Chastain. Here are all the tweets she sent after the match:

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Mark Cuban, Bill Simmons in Twitter argument over Mavs’ personnel moves

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and ESPN writer Bill Simmons aka “The Sports Guy” spent part of Sunday and Monday arguing on Twitter. It all started with a comment from Simmons on Friday that jeered the Mavericks for picking up Elton Brand off waivers after he was amnestied by the 76ers, and for signing free agent Chris Kaman. Brand and Kaman were teammates on the Clippers for five seasons and Simmons made a crack about Dallas signing both players.

Sorry, Mark, but we have to award this round to Simmons, even if Dan Gilbert is backing you up. The Mavs took a big gamble by breaking up their championship team with an eye toward signing Dwight Howard and Deron Williams this summer. They could still land Howard, but they missed out on Williams. And I agree with Simmons about their decision to acquire and then let Tyson Chandler go.

Cuban took a shot with Dallas and missed. He needs to recognize that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to go into full rebuilding mode in a few years. After all, we know his thoughts on running a mediocre team.

Kirk Herbstreit still defending Joe Paterno’s legacy

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit spoke about Joe Paterno’s legacy on Thursday and showed little understanding about the significance of the Freeh commission’s findings.

Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, was one of the few people who used his platform on ESPN to defend Joe Paterno the day the late coach was exposed for covering up years of Jerry Sandusky’s pedophilia.

“Obviously I think a lot of us in the college football world are stunned by the details of the report,” Herbstreit said. “I think it’s very easy to sit here today and look at all the things that Joe Paterno did not do, and clearly that’s going to have a major, major impact on his legacy.

“At the same time, there are so many former Penn State players that I’ve met over the last 15 or 20 years. If there’s one school that I’m always impressed with their alumni and always impressed with the guys who played football for Joe Paterno, of all the universities out there, the one school that I would say that seems to be a step above everybody else, it’s the Penn State players. And Joe Paterno had a lot to do with how those guys went through that program and how they turned out to be. I think to completely turn away from that is doing his legacy an injustice.”

Famed college football announcer Brent Musburger was too disgusted by the report’s findings to discuss Paterno’s legacy. Mark May, another ESPN college football analyst, termed Paterno as “morally culpable” as Jerry Sandusky. Herbstreit sung a different tune.

“This is going to have a long-term effect. People are talking about bringing down the statue, Nike’s already stepped up and they’re going to take his name off of what they’ve done out there, so it’s going to have a big impact. But at the same time,” Herbstreit said, “I’m also going to choose to remember some of the good that he did, and the lives that he touched of young men that went through his program.”

Herbstreit was then asked how the findings would impact Penn State’s football program moving forward. I guess they missed the big message that Penn State’s problem was prioritizing football over everything else.

As for a response to Herbstreit, Paterno may have positively impacted many lives, but how much is that worth when compared to the lives of innocent children he severely damaged because he wanted to protect his football program? Not much to me. For an extremely well written piece on Paterno’s damaged legacy, read this brilliant column by Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel.

Chris Broussard arrives hilariously late to the Deron Williams party

We now know Deron Williams will be staying with the Nets. We know this because Williams himself tweeted the news a little over an hour ago. Soon after, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported the contract figures: 5 years, $100 million. And yet, all this didn’t stop ESPN’s resourceful Chris Broussard from chiming in with some breaking news of his own.

At 7:15 ET, 12 minutes after Williams first informed the world of his decision, Broussard tweeted out some huge news from a “source”:

And then just to be sure:

Somebody get this man a Pulitzer!

Credit Broussard for doing his due diligence, I guess. But there’s no way he can come out of this without looking like a dork. Even if he was working the phones while all of this went down, it’s on him for not being aware. For one, he follows Williams on Twitter. Obviously there’s more to reporting than trusting Twitter, but he was still beaten to the punch by a pretty reputable reporter and, as of writing, still hasn’t given credit to Wojnarowski (like David Aldridge gave to Broussard for another story here) or even Williams himself, for that matter.

H/T Jimmy Traina

Tim Tebow ridicules media for getting gossip stories wrong

Tim Tebow was introduced on Thursday as the newest member of the Florida Gator Boosters board, and he used part of his speech to ridicule the media. Tebow specifically made light of all the rumors the New York newspapers have reported about him.

“They’ve been very accurate in their reporting,” Tebow jokingly told the audience, according to Gator Zone. “First, I was living in the city. Then I was in Hoboken — and I’ve never even been to Hoboken. I think I’ve dated three or four different girls I’ve never met. But it’s been interesting. And fun. … I just try to be myself and have fun and smile and laugh, but sometimes some of them are taken aback by it. It’s like, ‘Why aren’t you more serious?’ Because I like to laugh and have fun. I enjoy my life.”

This further confirms what we’ve always thought — some of the New York tabloids are in so much competition for a scoop, they’ll print almost anything a source tells them, regardless of whether they believe it’s true.

As far as the dating rumors, we’re guessing he’s talking about Lindsey Vonn, Glee’s Dianna Agron, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, or Kim Kardashian.

Meanwhile, Tedy Bruschi still thinks it’s Tim Tebow that’s the problem, not the media, or Tebow’s crazy fans.

NY Post cover blasts LeBron James; Cleveland’s Plain Dealer more subdued

Now that LeBron James has finally clinched that elusive championship, practically the entire media has weighed in with a deluge of analysis and opinion. That, of course, includes the routinely sensationalist headlines of the New York Post. Here is the snarky back page of Friday’s edition of the Post:

The Post, of course, is referencing LeBron’s supremely ill-advised “not 2, not 3…” speech from the Heat’s PR disaster/welcome celebration after LeBron and Chris Bosh joined the team in 2010. While a majority of the media has been slurping LeBron since Thursday night, it’s nice to get some funny, contrarian insight. So, kudos, NYP.

But while the New York Post’s cover exemplifies yellow journalism, the paper of the city LeBron turned his back on two years ago was a little more modest. Here’s Friday’s front page of Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer:

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Washington newspaper has bitter headline about Thunder advancing to Finals

I’m guessing the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington was representing the feelings of thousands of SuperSonics fans with this headline. Call it classless if you want, but how would you feel if you were a Sonics fan and your owner sold the team to a new owner who moved the franchise to Oklahoma City? Kevin Durant wore a Sonics jersey his first year in the NBA. This was supposed to be Seattle’s team. I feel their pain, I really do. But as we learned with that awful T-shirt, playing this game doesn’t make anything better for anyone. Not only that, but aren’t newspapers supposed to cover things more objectively? I guess we’re in a different age.

H/T Hot Clicks
Picture credit: Tim Booth