Archives for April 2013

April 30, 2013

April 29, 2013

2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - first round edition: This is the last time you'll see the Wings and Blue Jackets play 10:30 playoffs games..OK, just the Wings, but I, for one, will not miss them...

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 09:46 PM - 23 comments

The story behind Jason Collins' story: How it happened: I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.....

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 11:13 AM - 20 comments

Tim Tebow Forsaken by Jets: Quarterback Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Jets facility this morning and was told he was being released. Acquired before last season for a fourth- and sixth-round pick (with a seventh-round pick coming with him), Tebow only had six completions for 39 yards and 32 rushing carries for 102 yards. He had no touchdowns as a Jet. His hometown newspaper, the Florida Times-Union, reports this morning that he's coming to Jacksonville -- to set up fast-casual chicken restaurants.

posted by rcade to football at 08:42 AM - 33 comments

April 28, 2013

April 27, 2013

April 26, 2013

Russell Westbrook to have meniscus repair.: Westbrook injured his knee during the second quarter of the Thunder's Game 2 win over the Rockets Wednesday night but continued to play in that game. No timetable is set for his return. To date, Westbrook has never missed a game in his professional, college, or high school career.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:09 PM - 0 comments

Jerry Jones Continues Odd Draft Strategy: Either Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows something the rest of the league doesn't, or he just screwed up again by trading down from 18 to 31, getting a third-round pick instead of a second rounder (trade chart be damned) and drafting at 31 a center projected as low as the third round by some experts. "It's a mistake to think that transactions go by any trade chart ... We invented trade charts," Jones said. A Dallas scout was reportedly "baffled beyond belief" by the moves.

posted by rcade to football at 12:57 PM - 11 comments

April 25, 2013

6 Things Your Business Can Learn from My Rookie Year in the NFL : Given Fleener is a Stanford grad, not too surprising that he looks at sport as a business. "One of the many “knocks” on the Colts team last year was our youth. We had a very young team by NFL standards. The media mistook young age for low maturity levels, and while it’s hard to argue that correlation doesn’t equal causation in that regard, it is too much simplification to say that youth = immaturity."

posted by billsaysthis to football at 11:44 AM - 0 comments

April 24, 2013

John Kass: American Football Industry is on its Deathbed: "Football is dead in America," Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass writes today. "But it's not the lawyers who are the death of football. Blaming lawyers misses the point. Like their counterparts in nature, lawyers are merely the cleanup crew. What finishes football are the parents of future football players. The NFL desperately needs American parents. Not as fans, but as suppliers of young flesh."

posted by rcade to football at 05:48 PM - 27 comments

April 23, 2013

Auburn Cuts Down Poisoned Toomer's Corner Oaks: After two years of rescue efforts, Auburn University is cutting down two iconic trees at Toomer's Corner that an Alabama fan poisoned after his team lost a football game to Auburn. Harvey Updyke confessed in a call to an Alabama sports radio show under the fake name "Al in Dadeville," ending his call "Roll Damn Tide." He was caught and pleaded guilty in March to felony criminal damage to an agricultural facility. He will serve at least six months of a three-year sentence.

posted by rcade to football at 10:23 PM - 0 comments

Braves' Jason Heyward Has Emergency Appendectomy: Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had a laparascopic appendectomy Monday night at a Denver hospital. He fell ill Sunday and found out the next day he needed the operation, according to Bill Shanks of the Macon Telegraph. Even before this Heyward was having a rough April, putting up a league-worst .121 average.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:11 AM - 0 comments

April 22, 2013

Golden State Warriors' David Lee shaken by timing of injury: Sunday morning, MRI results revealed exactly what Lee feared when he felt a pop in his right hip in the fourth quarter of Game 1 Saturday. He sustained a complete tear of his right hip flexor, ending his first trip to the playoffs in eight NBA seasons.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 08:48 AM - 0 comments

April 21, 2013

Boston Bruins announcer Jack Edwards equates Matt Cooke with Sirhan Sirhan: Jack Edwards states that Matt Cooke basically assassinated Marc Savard, also that...nominating Cooke for the Masterton Trophy last season was equal to "nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year."

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 08:27 PM - 11 comments

Sportscaster Al Michaels Charged with DUI: Sports announcer Al Michaels of NBC's Sunday Night Football was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI in Southern California on Friday night, Santa Monica police said. Officers detected a smell of alcohol when Michaels spoke to them at a DUI checkpoint at 10 p.m., police sources told TMZ. He failed a field sobriety test and blew a .08 and a .09 in two breathalyzer tests, the sources said.

posted by rcade to general at 12:13 PM - 8 comments

April 20, 2013

April 19, 2013

Cleveland Browns owner's company in trouble: Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s travel center company for “many years” engaged in a fraud scheme to keep millions of dollars owed to customers.

posted by BornIcon to football at 12:15 PM - 5 comments

April 18, 2013

NFL Players Knew Teammate Was Gay, Didn't Care: CBS Sports columnist Mike Freeman makes this claim today about an unnamed NFL team and unnamed NFL player. Several players told him that a "good dozen" were aware of their teammate being gay and it didn't matter. "It was the worst kept secret on the team," one player told him. "Many of us knew and we didn't care at all. We saw him as a player, not as a gay player."

posted by rcade to football at 02:59 PM - 5 comments

Boston Bruins Fans Take Over the National Anthem: Last night at the first Boston Bruins game since the marathon bombing, National Anthem singer Rene Rancourt let the crowd take over the singing.

posted by rcade to hockey at 10:23 AM - 2 comments

April 17, 2013

Was the Flu Game a Poisoning?: Michael Jordan's "flu game" in the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz, one of the most iconic moments in his career, was caused by intentional food poisoning, his trainer Tim Grover alleges. Jordan was the only player to eat a pizza that had been delivered to their hotel, he said. "Five guys came to deliver this pizza," Grover said. "I take the pizza, and I tell them: 'I've got a bad feeling about this.' ... Out of everybody in the room, [Jordan] was the only one who ate. Nobody else had it. And then, at 2 o'clock in the morning, I get a call to my room. I come to the room, and he's curled up in the fetal position."

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:10 PM - 3 comments

April 16, 2013

Longtime NFL announcer Pat Summerall has died: For many sports fans in the 1960s through the 1990s, Pat Summerall was the voice of the NFL, starting with CBS' Sunday telecasts and later with Fox, famously paired for much of that time with John Madden. Summerall, 82, passed away Tuesday in Dallas.

posted by BornIcon to football at 06:15 PM - 5 comments

April 15, 2013

Explosions at Finish Line of Boston Marathon: Authorities are investigating a report of two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. There were two booms heard from near the finish line inside the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel. Photo taken during explosion.

posted by rcade to other at 03:21 PM - 34 comments

April 14, 2013

Adam Scott Wins the Masters: Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the Masters golf tournament, defeating 2009 winner Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. After a putt by Cabrera stopped an inch from the hole, Scott sank a 12-foot birdie putt to win. This was the first victory in a major for Scott, who won the Player's Championship in 2004.

posted by rcade to golf at 08:00 PM - 19 comments

Female Bullfighter Patricia McCormick Dies: Patricia McCormick, the first woman in North America to become a professional bullfighter, died in a Del Rio, Texas, nursing home on March 26 at age 83. McCormick performed in hundreds of bullfights in the 1950s from Mexico to South America. She was not able to climb above the apprentice rank of novillera because no male matador would give her the required sponsorship. McCormick was gored six times, most brutally in 1954 in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, across the border from Del Rio. "The horn went right up my stomach," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1989. "The bull carried me around the ring for a minute, impaled on his horns. They gave me the last rites there. The doctor said, 'Carry her across the border and let her die in her own country.'"

posted by rcade to extreme at 01:07 PM - 1 comment

April 13, 2013

Tiger Woods Assessed 2-Stroke Penalty for Illegal Drop: Tiger Woods turned himself in for an illegal drop after the second round of the Masters and has been assessed a two-stroke penalty. "At hole #15, I took a drop that I thought was correct and in accordance with the rules. I was unaware at that time I had violated any rules," Woods explained on Twitter. "Their initial determination was that there was no violation, but they had additional concerns based on my post-round interview. After discussing the situation with them this morning, I was assessed a two-shot penalty." Before a 2011 rule change, such a penalty would have resulted in his expulsion from the tournament for signing an incorrect scorecard. Woods falls to five strokes off the lead.

posted by grum@work to golf at 01:27 PM - 19 comments

April 12, 2013

$2.8 Million Honus Wagner Card Was Doctored: Auction house owner Bill Mastro has admitted that he altered the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner cigarette card that sold for $2.8 million in 2007. Mastro, on trial for defrauding collectors and shill bidding on auctions, admitted that he "cut the sides ... despite prior statements to the contrary," according to a court filing.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:25 PM - 2 comments

April 11, 2013

Goat Head Sent to Chicago Cubs Owner: A goat's head was delivered Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts at Wrigley Field on Wednesday and has been handed over to police. The Cubs angered tavern owner Billy Sianis during the 1945 World Series by expelling his goat from a game over complaints about its odor. He allegedly sent the team a telegram that read, "You are never going to win a World Series again because you insulted my goat."

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:43 AM - 8 comments

April 10, 2013

Nolan Ryan to Stay with Texas Rangers: Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan agreed Wednesday to stay with the club, ending speculation that he would ride off into the sunset and hunt snow monkeys after he lost his president title March 1 and those duties were split between general manager Jon Daniels (baseball operations) and Rick George (business operations).

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:23 PM - 0 comments

UConn wins NCAA Women's Championship: A dominant UConn team wins its 8th national championship with a 33 point margin of victory. Coach Geno Auriemma tied legendary Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt for most titles. Freshman Breanna Stewart looks like a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

posted by Joey Michaels to basketball at 02:32 AM - 0 comments

April 09, 2013

Louisville Wins NCAA Championship: Louisville rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship basketball game Monday night. Luke Hancock scored 22 off the bench to lead the scoring for the Cardinals. Rick Pitino becomes the first coach to win the title with two schools. He also won it with Kentucky in 1996. Kevin Ware, the guard who broke his leg in gruesome fashion in the regional final, watched from his seat at the end of the bench.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:25 AM - 5 comments

April 08, 2013

Spencer Haywood finds out he was elected to Hall of Fame ... then not: On Friday, Fox Sports Florida reported Spencer Haywood had been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. One problem. Turns out it wasn't true

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 01:29 PM - 5 comments

The man behind One Shining Moment: One Shining Moment

posted by gfinsf to basketball at 12:54 PM - 0 comments

April 07, 2013

April 06, 2013

April 05, 2013

There Is No Leo G. Hershberger: Forty years ago, the National Association of Collegiate Basketball Writers released their All-America team naming the top 15 rookie players in the nation. All 15 received certificates congratulating them on winning the Leo G. Hershberger award, named for a sportswriter, and the achievement was noted by Associated Press and several major newspapers. The whole thing was a hoax concocted by four William & Mary alumni to ensure that their school's guard Mike Arizin was somebody's All-American.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:50 PM - 4 comments

April 04, 2013

Bills Receiver Asks North Korea to Bomb New England: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson posted the following message on Twitter: "War is nothing to be played with. I apologize North Korea ... but if y'all do bomb first bomb Foxboro, Mass." (Foxboro Stadium is the original name of the New England Patriots' home field.)

posted by rcade to football at 04:30 PM - 27 comments

From a prison cell to the football field: Exonerated Brian Banks signs with Atlanta Falcons: Brian Banks wore the uniform of a prison inmate for more than five years, serving time for a rape he didn't commit. This week, he learned he'll be wearing an Atlanta Falcons jersey.

posted by BornIcon to football at 11:40 AM - 12 comments

April 03, 2013

April 02, 2013

Rutgers' coach Mike Rice Berates Players at Practice: In several dozen hours of video of Rutgers men's basketball practices obtained by "Outside the Lines," coach Mike Rice is seen hurling basketballs from close range at his players' heads, legs and feet; shoving and grabbing his players; feigning punching them; kicking them; and screaming obscenities and homophobic slurs.

posted by phaedon to basketball at 04:57 PM - 16 comments

USC Hires Andy Enfield Away from Florida Gulf Coast: Andy Enfield, fresh off taking 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast to the sweet 16, has been hired to coach USC. FGCU played an up-tempo style that averaged 73.5 points a game this season, but it was in the Atlantic Sun. He's a former NBA and Florida State assistant known for his "shot doctor" videos who also owns a stake in a medical software company worth millions and is married to former model Amanda Marcum. "Andy has been successful in every area of his life," said USC athletic director Pat Haden.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:06 AM - 6 comments

April 01, 2013