Michael Strahan reportedly joining ‘Good Morning America’

Michael StrahanMichael Strahan has become so popular since joining Kelly Ripa as co-host of “Live with Kelly and Michael” that he has reportedly landed himself another gig. According to the NY Post, Strahan will soon be joining the cast of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The plan is for Strahan to appear on the show a few days a week while still continuing his work alongside Ripa. The Hall of Famer has been in negotiations with the producers of “GMA” for months and an announcement is expected to come this week. Former “GMA” host Josh Elliot recently left the show abruptly to join NBC Sports after an ugly contract dispute, but Strahan was reportedly negotiating his new deal before that happened.

Surprised? Neither are we. Strahan, a New York Giants legend, was one of the most popular players in the NFL during his 15-year career. The television world has embraced him just the same.

Eddie Murphy’s daughters did lingerie shoot in Michael Strahan’s bedroom

Shayne-MurphyTwo of Eddie Murphy’s daughters, 19-year-old Shayne and 24-year-old Bria, recently posed for a racy lingerie shoot. The photos were professionally done, and the young ladies have shared many of them on social media. They have also given us a behind-the-scenes tour into the life of Michael Strahan in the process.

As TMZ pointed out on Thursday, one segment of the lingerie shoot took place inside Strahan’s bedroom. Strahan has been engaged to Nicole Murphy, Eddie’s ex-wife and Shayne’s and Bria’s mother, since 2009. The two live together in a Beverly Hills mansion.

Dimitri Ray, the photographer who snapped the photos, told TMZ that Shayne and Bria chose the master bedroom as one of the shoot locations. If you look at this photo of Strahan’s bedroom, you can see that the headboard is clearly in the background of some of the images below.

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Warren Sapp: I begged Michael Strahan for forgiveness

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Warren Sapp has apparently said all he has to say about Michael Strahan, because he finally waved the white flag on Saturday night. Despite Sapp’s insistence over the last year that Strahan does not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, the former New York Giants defensive end was inducted into Canton over the weekend. And Sapp welcomed him with open arms.

“I hugged him and wouldn’t let him go,” Sapp said on Sunday, via Anwar S. Richardson of Shutdown Corner. “I said, ‘Please forgive me.’ I said, ‘Dumb Lex Luthor came to the city of Gotham and pulled Superman’s cape. How foolish could I have been, my man? Please forgive me.

“And if he tells the story any different that, he’s lying to you, America, because I sure did apologize. I’m going to beg for forgiveness because there’s a party in Canton, and I promise you, I’m not going to miss it.”

Just last week, Sapp got so wrapped up in his war of words with Strahan that he challenged him to a fight. For whatever reason, Sapp has been dead set against Strahan joining him in the Hall of Fame and believes his sack record should have an asterisk next to it. He has apparently changed his mind.

“Welcome to the club, buddy,” Sapp said. “I’m so happy he’s there. We’re all there. This game cannot be told without Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp because Sapp and Strahan go well together.”

For the most part, it seems like Strahan would love to go without Sapp. Warren has been the one attacking him for seemingly no reason. Both players are two of the best defensive linemen to ever play the game. Sapp should have stopped talking sooner.

Sorry, Warren Sapp: Michael Strahan makes Hall of Fame

Michael StrahanThe Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 was announced on Saturday night, and Michael Strahan was one of the big names who got in, much to Warren Sapp’s disapproval.

The class includes Strahan, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Walter Jones and Andre Reed among modern players. Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey were elected by the Veterans Committee.

Strahan, Brooks and Williams were all defensive wizards, with them playing the line, linebacker and cornerback, respectively. Relative to position all-time, I’m inclined to say Brooks is the best of that group. He made 11 Pro Bowls and was a five-time All-Pro, and he won Defensive Player of the Year in the 2002 season, when he had five interceptions and returned three of them for touchdowns. He was a big part of the defense that won the Super Bowl that season. Williams was a shutdown corner who racked up 55 interceptions during his career spent with the Cardinals and then Rams. Strahan had the single-season sack record and was great at rushing the quarterback, but as Sapp has pointed out, he does have a few shortcomings.

Reed finally gets into the Hall of Fame after being a finalist every year since 2007. He was one of the best offensive weapons on the Buffalo Bills teams of the ’90s that made four straight Super Bowls. Though he only had three seasons statistically that stood out (1989, ’91 and ’94), he certainly had consistency and longevity.

Among the five modern players to get in, I believe Walter Jones was the best relative to position. He played 12 seasons with the Seahawks all at left tackle and was voted to nine Pro Bowls and was a four-time All-Pro.

We also have a huge congratulations to Ray Guy, who (finally) became the first punter to make it into the Hall of Fame. Nobody in the history of the game punted the ball better than he did, and it was a crime not to have him in Canton for so long. At long last he’s been recognized, and I feel like Chris Kluwe did have something to do with it.

One surprise I had was that Marvin Harrison did not get in. He was better than Andre Reed and deserved to make it based on what he did on the field. Did the murder case have anything to do with it?

Warren Sapp gets personal with Michael Strahan, challenges him to fight

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The issues between Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan continued a day after they traded shots.

The beef began when Sapp was asked Tuesday whether he felt Strahan would get into the Hall of Fame this year. Sapp said he felt Strahan’s resume comes up short. But he wasn’t just offering his opinion, he went extra hard by talking about Strahan’s “mythical sack record” and lack of consecutive Pro Bowls.

Strahan responded later in the day and didn’t understand Sapp’s issue with him. He also said Sapp was going about it like a “coward,” saying that Sapp should speak with him if he has an issue.

On Wednesday, Sapp clarified that he views Strahan as a Hall of Famer, just not this year because of the competition in the class. Still, he took some more shots at Strahan.

“It was about his resume; I wasn’t talking about the man. But the sheep and the lion and all that? I don’t understand. He still can’t rush that right end. Three years, 12 sacks!” Sapp told Newsday Wednesday.

And just when he was saying his criticism of Strahan was not personal but strictly football-based, he got personal.

“I was just talking about his resume,” Sapp told Jim Rome. “I didn’t say anything about his gap tooth or his S words or his F words that I don’t understand. What the hell he is saying? So if he wants to go personal we can go personal, but I was just stacking his resume against the class.”

Sapp was also upset with Strahan for calling him a coward and then challenged the former Giants defensive lineman to a fight.

“Pick the spot and I’ll come see you and you can have a dose of it,” Sapp told Rome. “If you think that’s what it is, pick the spot and I’ll come see you.”

Yes, this is definitely personal. I don’t care what Sapp says — he definitely has an issue with Strahan.

Michael Strahan doesn’t understand what Warren Sapp’s problem is

Michael StrahanMichael Strahan responded on Tuesday to Warren Sapp, who once again criticized the former New York Giants defensive lineman’s credentials for the Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, Sapp, who was part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013, told Newsday that Strahan should fall short of making it into Canton this year. Strahan is one of the finalists for the Class of 2014, which will be announced Saturday.

Strahan doesn’t get why Sapp is so critical of him.

“I don’t understand what the problem is, to be … honest with you,” Strahan said, via the New York Daily News. “If you have a problem with me, I’m the type of guy you come and talk to me. I’m not a coward to talk to somebody else when I have somebody’s number. I’m going to come to you and tell you if I have a problem.

“So I don’t understand what this whole thing is about.”

Sapp has long said that Strahan doesn’t measure up as a Hall of Famer. He believes Strahan is receiving support because he played in New York, is on TV, and is viewed as a likable, friendly guy. Strahan gave a sarcastic response to all that.

“I am. I’m all hype. I lasted 15 years on all hype, 1411/2 career sacks — all hype . . . Yeah, I was all hype.”

This feud has been brewing for over a decade, and it really is clear that Sapp just doesn’t like Strahan. When Strahan set the sack record thanks to Brett Favre lying down, Sapp called it a “travesty.”

The two sparred last February, and Sapp took another shot at Michael in June. And now he’s doing it again. I guess if you get your buddy to lay down for you to give you a record, Sapp won’t ever let it go.

Sure, that was a crappy way to set a record, but Sapp’s being so biased here. Strahan might not be as good as Sapp, who is one of the greatest defensive tackles ever, but Strahan is still a Hall of Famer. Once he gets that gold jacket, Sapp better start treating him like someone who earned it.

Warren Sapp: Michael Strahan does not have a Hall of Fame resume

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Warren Sapp is dead set against Michael Strahan being elected to the Hall of Fame. Sapp dislikes Strahan for whatever reason, and the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman has been beating the same drum for about a year now. He was beating it again at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday.

“I don’t think his resume stacks up,” Sapp said when asked about Strahan’s chances of getting into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, according to Newsday’s Neil Best. “He only has four straight pro bowls and a mythical sack record. When you really measure him up he comes up short.”

Sapp has long contested that Strahan’s single-season sack record of 22.5 should have an asterisk next to it because Brett Favre basically laid down to give him the record. Last year, Sapp opened fire on Strahan when he said he knew he was about to be elected into the Hall of Fame when the vote came down to him and the former New York Giant.

You can understand Sapp pulling for his former teammate when he said over the summer that Simeon Rice should make the Hall of Fame over Strahan, but his latest argument is pretty weak. Strahan may have only gone to the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons, but his total number of Pro Bowl appearances (7) is the same as Sapp’s. Both were also named First-Team All-Pros four times. And it doesn’t hurt that Strahan is 5th in the NFL in career sacks with 141.5.

Sapp has also argued that Strahan would not have had so much success if he didn’t switch to left defensive end, which allowed him to match up against the opposing team’s right tackle. And finally, he thinks Strahan gets more credit than he deserves because he is on a talk show.

“Oh it’s Michael, aw, he’s our guy, he’s on TV with Kelly and oh, he’s such a good guy!” Sapp said Tuesday.

Give it up, Warren. You sound pathetic.