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#pounditTuesday, January 26, 2021

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Boban Marjanovic had best costume in Pistons’ Christmas video

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Boban Marjanovic definitely stole the show in the Detroit Pistons’ Christmas video this year.

The Pistons released the video to their official Instagram page on Sunday, and it featured the 7-foot-3, 290-pound Marjanovic dressed up in a fairly fitting costume: a Christmas tree. Check it out below (with appearances from Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, and other prominent Detroit players as well):

O Christmas Tree …

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To be honest, that’s probably the most screen time that Marjanovic, who has seen just 7.6 minutes a game across ten appearances for the Pistons this year, has had in a while. At least he’s keeping his viral stardom rolling though.

Fred McGriff stars in hilarious parody of own Emanski Defensive Drills commercial

The Crime Dog is throwing it back to one of the most famous ads of the 1990s.

In a video released on Thursday, retired five-time All-Star and World Series champion Fred McGriff appeared in an endorsement of Chassis, a premium men’s grooming company, that hilariously parodied his memorable Emanski Defensive Drills commercial. ESPN’s Kenny Mayne also appears in the video.

It’s a clever homage to McGriff’s appearance in the original Emanski advertisement, which was recently named “one of the best celebrity endorsements of all-time,” in a special SportsCenter countdown.

We have definitely seen some unforgettable sports parody ads over the years, but this one may truly top them all.

Isaiah Thomas throws down windmill dunk in Instagram video

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas is the same height as Nate Robinson, went to the same college as Nate Robinson, and now apparently has the same hops as Nate Robinson.

In a video he posted to Instagram Saturday, the 5-foot-9 Boston Celtics point guard threw down quite the impressive windmill jam for a man of his size.

I still got it! Lol

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Though Thomas, the second-leading scorer in the NBA this season, still has yet to register an in-game dunk over the course of his six-year professional career (per Basketball Reference), he does have some sneaky bounce (as Trevor Ariza can definitely attest to). Just another one of the many hardwood talents of Mr. Fourth Quarter, folks.

Kate Upton gives boyfriend Justin Verlander a hand in Baltimore

Kate Upton was on hand in Baltimore for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday to cheer on her man, boyfriend Justin Verlander. When Verlander was pulled from the game after allowing a leadoff single to Nelson Cruz in the sixth, Upton made sure to give her boyfriend a nice applause.

Kate Upton Tigers

The Tigers have to have the edge in this series simply for the cool factor. They have the best celebrity fan and the best WAG of the playoffs. Game over. They win.

Maybe the two will celebrate with a prom photo afterwards. And will someone explain to me what Kate was doing in this clip?

Maybe this was her version of casting a spell on the opponent, much like Manny Pacquiao’s mom did.

Houston, Dallas police have been going at it on Twitter and it’s hilarious


The Houston and Dallas Police Departments are more ready for Sunday’s game between the Cowboys and Texans than anyone else — maybe even the teams themselves. You know how we know this? Because the two departments have been engaging in a hilarious war of words and memes on Twitter since Tuesday.

The battle started when the Houston Police sent out a fairly innocent tweet asking the Dallas PD which quarterback Texans defensive end JJ Watt would be after this weekend.

In the words of Ron Burgundy, things really escalated quickly from there. Rather than explain everything that has happened over the past few days, we’ll just show you:


Oregon gets costly celebration penalty after Tony Washington bows (Video)

For the second year in a row, a loss to Arizona hurt Oregon’s national championship hopes. This time a questionable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on the Ducks late in the game was one of the turning points.

Oregon and Arizona were tied at 24 with just over four minutes left in the game when the Wildcats had a 3rd-and-goal from the 8. Tony Washington chased down and sacked Anu Solomon for a huge loss that would have pushed Arizona back for a 4th-and-goal from around the 17.

Tony Washington bow

Instead, Washington was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after running downfield and doing a bow. Yes, really.

Rather than attempting a field goal, Arizona ran it in for a touchdown on 3rd-and-goal and went ahead 31-24, which was the final score.

Marcus Mariota was strip-sacked on the ensuing possession, allowing Arizona to run out the clock for the win, but there’s little doubt that penalty was a game-changer.

Don’t blame the refs for Oregon’s loss; the Ducks played poorly all game. But that was a pretty ridiculous call to make at such a critical point in the game.

Houston loses to UCF on heartbreaking fumble at goal line (Video)

There are bad beats and then there’s what happened to Houston on Thursday night.

The Cougars were down 17-6 in the fourth quarter, but backup quarterback Greg Ward Jr. led them on a pair of scoring drives to make it 17-12. He had them in position to go in for the lead in the final minute, but he had the ball punched out of his hands at the goal line for a touchback.

Ward Jr. broke down the left sidelines on a run on 1st-and-goal from the 20 following a 10-yard penalty and looked like he was going to be the hero. Instead, UCF’s Brandon Alexander made the play of the game by knocking out the ball.

Houston Greg Ward fumble

Helmet smack to SB Nation

Rex Ryan mocks Bill Belichick with ‘we’re on to San Diego’ (Video)

Rex Ryan took a shot at Bill Belichick during his schedule press conference on Wednesday, and the New York Jets coach sure was proud of himself for it. Earlier in the day, Belichick had given the same “we’re on to Cincinnati” response six times when asked about the New England Patriots’ struggling offense. Here’s how Ryan began his segment after hearing that.

“Obviously on to San Diego…” Rex said while chuckling. “OK, here we go, trying — can we just move on?”

[Related: Rex Ryan trades trash talk with Giants running back]

Had it not been for the smile that almost ripped Ryan’s face in half, most people probably wouldn’t have even understood the joke.


This isn’t the first time Ryan has jokingly alluded to Belichick during his press conference — though one time he wasn’t really making fun of the Pats coach — and it won’t be the last. Personally, I feel the execution could have been much better. Ryan should have waited for a tough question from a reporter and then said, “We’re on to San Diego.” That would have been pretty damn funny.

H/T Albert Breer

Antrel Rolle believes Prince Amukamara improved as player after losing virginity

Prince-Amukamara-GiantsNew York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara is off to a great start to the 2014 season. With two interceptions in four games, the 25-year-old is finally starting to show why the G-Men took him in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. His elevated level of play could simply be a result of experience and growth, but teammate Antrel Rolle believes some things that have happened off the field could be the key to Prince’s success.

Rolle told reporters earlier this week that Amukamara has been showing more “swagger” since he lost his virginity.

“There are a lot of things different about Prince. For one, he’s married, so he’s (enjoying some things that he wasn’t experiencing before he’s married),” Rolle said, according to Jordan Raanan of “For a man, that could definitely help him out. For a man … I’m just being honest … it’s helping him out. He walks around with a little more swagger, which is something that we need, which is something that we love.”

Amukamara, a devout Catholic, revealed in an interview last year that he was a virgin who was saving himself for marriage. He also admitted he has never had a sip of alcohol in his life and compared himself to everyone’s favorite Christian football player.

“I think it all ties into one another, as far as him getting married, being able to [have sex],” Rolle added. “He’s just developing more as a man and accepting challenges and being the dominant player that we need him to be that we know he’s capable of.”

[Meet Prince Amukamara’s lovely bride Pillar Davis here]

There’s also a chance Amukamara has become more comfortable with life in the NFL. If you remember, Prince seemed distraught a couple of years ago that his Giants teammates were still pulling hazing stunts like this on him when he was no longer a rookie.

Whatever the case, Amukamara seems to have found his way.

JJ Watt bought his mom a car for her birthday


JJ Watt signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension with the Houston Texans last month. That kind of dough should allow the All-Pro defensive end to buy himself a lot of nice things. It also gives him the means by which to thank his mother.

Watt’s mom had a birthday this week, so he decided to buy her a bran new Range Rover.

“I’ve wanted to be able to do this my whole life,” he wrote on Twitter. “For all you’ve worked & sacrificed, you deserve it. Happy B-Day Mom!”

What, no team logo and custom paint job like the car Morris Claiborne bought for his parents?

If you recall, Watt recently said he is such an average Joe that he had to use Google to learn about what rich people buy after he signed his new deal. Fortunately for his mom, it appears that “expensive stuff for your parents” was one of the search results.