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Nick Saban took fantastic picture with Alabama Gymnastics team

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Nick Saban took some time on Monday to talk to the Alabama gymnastics team about a concept he is very familiar with — winning. But somewhere in between, he posed for one of the most fantastically awkward pictures you will ever see with the team.

“Don’t mind me, I’m just keeping my hands to myself here.”

Saban could not have looked more uncomfortable. Like the Crimson Tide football team, the gymnastics team won national championships in 2011 and 2012. Loosen up, Nick — you guys have more in common than you think.

H/T The Big Lead
Photo: Twitter/Sarah Patterson

Joakim Noah devastated that it was snowing in Chicago (Video)

Joakim-Noah-snowThe Chicago Bulls have been rolling over the past two weeks with eight wins in their last nine games. Only one more game remains in the regular season before the Bulls begin their playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, and Joakim Noah is excited for the postseason. The weather? Not so much.

After Chicago’s 108-95 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night, Noah spoke to reporters about taking it one game at a time. He also said that this is his favorite time of year and listed the warm weather making a comeback as a reason why. The only problem with that was it was snowing at the time in Chicago. Noah was stunned to learn that.

“You serious?” he asked with a look of disgust. “Na, that’s bulls–t. It’s snowing, for real?”

The best part was the reporter who asked him if he wants to retract his statement and still thinks the Bulls can win it all. The guy was joking, but Noah looked like he was about to punch him when he said it. This former Florida Gator really, really hates cold weather.

Video via Deadspin

Russell Westbrook wipes out trying to block shots after whistle (Video)

Russell-WestbrookRussell Westbrook should probably refrain from trying to block shots after the whistle — at least until next season. With the playoffs coming up, the last thing the Oklahoma City Thunder need is for their star point guard to end up on the shelf again.

During Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Westbrook went to great lengths to pull a Kevin Garnett during timeout. He jumped up to goaltend a shot from Paul George before heading off the court with his teammates. When Westbrook saw that George Hill was also taking a practice shot, he sprinted back toward the basket to block that one, too. That’s when he fell right on his ass.

Westbrook’s lucky he didn’t get injured. Blocking shots after the whistle can frustrate an opponent, but it’s not worth risking your body. I’m sure he won’t be trying that again anytime soon.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Carmelo Anthony’s inbox is blowing up now that Knicks are eliminated

Carmelo AnthonyThe New York Knicks were officially eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff picture on Saturday night, which surprised hardly anyone given the way they have played for the better part of the season. Solid play in the month of March gave the team a chance, but Carmelo Anthony and company came up short. As a result, Anthony’s future is as uncertain as ever.

Anthony has no reason to not opt out of his current deal. Even if he ultimately decides to remain in New York, he can still get more money and years by signing a new contract. Now if only people would stop harassing him via text message, ‘Melo might be able to do some thinking.

I don’t know why Derrick Rose is talking crap, because he could very well be Anthony’s teammate next season. And Kobe’s team is one of the worst in the Western Conference at the moment, so he’d be lucky if ‘Melo joined him. The nerve on some people…

John Farrell goes nuts after ejection (Video)

John-Farrell-ejectedBoston Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected during the fourth inning of his team’s 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday night. The ejection came after Farrell was livid that a play went to instant replay and was overturned.

It initially appeared that the Red Sox got out of a jam when Francisco Cervelli grounded into a double-play, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call at first base. He thought Cervelli beat the throw, and he ended up being right. Farrell did not see it that way, and he let the umpiring crew hear about it.

Here are a few angles of the play in question.

As the broadcasting team pointed out, arguing a play that has gone under video review is an automatic ejection. It wouldn’t have mattered, because I’m pretty sure telling an umpire to “shove it up your f—ing ass” is an automatic ejection regardless. At least Farrell got his money’s worth.

Jimmy Rollins told fan ‘shut the f— up’ after hitting walk-off homer (Video)

Jimmy-Rollins-fanAfter an offseason that was filled with turmoil, Jimmy Rollins is off to a hot start with the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran shortstop has 10 hits in his last 28 at-bats and has driven in 10 runs in the nine games in which he has played. On Saturday night, Rollins hit a walk-off home run to lift the Phillies over the Miami Marlins in extra innings.

Prior to launching the homer, Rollins had apparently been hearing it from a fan in the stands at Citizens Bank Park. That’s why the 35-year-old turned around and yelled “shut the f— up” as he was trotting down the first base line.

“Some fan in the stands was popping off,” Rollins said, via Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t know where he was, but it was right behind the dugout and was close enough to yell, and it [ticked] me off.

“I politely told him to shut the f— up.”

Rollins would not say what it was the fan yelled at him, just that it was a “dumb comment.” Perhaps the fan was unhappy with the way the 35-year-old handled the trade rumors surrounding him during the offseason or the comments Rollins made about spring training not being important. In any event, Jimmy got the last laugh on Saturday.

GIF via Crossing Broad

Jeff Francoeur victim of epic prank, thought teammate was deaf (Video)

Jeff Francoeur deafJeff Francoeur was released by the Cleveland Indians during spring training and picked up by the San Diego Padres organization, which assigned him to the minor leagues. Little did he know that when he was sent down, he’d end up being the victim of one of the best pranks we’ve seen.

Frenchy’s teammates with the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Pacific Coast League convinced him that pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf and managed to keep up the charade for a month, Decker tells us. As Reyes explains in the video, he went without listening to music on team trips despite how difficult it was, just to keep up the appearance that he was deaf.

The video was put together by first baseman/former 22nd round pick out of UCLA, Cody Decker, who has put together a handful of videos on his “Antihero Baseball” YouTube channel. Decker recorded interviews with players who provided commentary on how stupid Frenchy was for falling for the prank, and then he recorded Frency’s reaction to watching the final video. That was just a superb touch.

Excellent video, Decker.