Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wes Welker proud of his full head of hair after he has hair transplant

Wes Welker before (left) and after (right) his hair transplant (USA Today Sports Images)
Well, well Wes Welker, look who has a head of beautiful, bushy hair now.
No, no, it's cool. Good for you. No jealousy at all. Not mad that, as you told USA Today, you had a spiffy hair transplant procedure done last year and went from balding to a full head of hair. No, even though some of us are stuck with the horror of male pattern baldness and there's not a headband in the world big enough to cover up our receding hairline, you just go ahead with your wonderful hair, Wes Welker
Here's what Welker did, for those of you that can still save yourselves. The Denver Broncos receiver went to Dr. Robert Leonard in Rhode Island last year and got a hair transplant, USA Today said. While it's usually taboo to do basically anything that can become a running joke in a football locker room, Welker is quite happy to talk about the hair transplant and his new hairline, which is now marching forward like the Broncos' offense against the Raiders.
Go ahead, Wes. Rub it in.

“It’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” he said. “If you want to have hair, have hair. I don’t like to sit there and say ‘What are you talking about? I never got my hair done.” People can notice it without wondering.”
Welker said he had the hair transplant procedure done last year, and it takes about 18 months before it's fully in place. He told USA Today you can see a difference after 12 months.
Here's what we imagine Welker will look like once the entire procedure has taken hold:

Welker is not only one of the best receivers in recent NFL history, catching passes from Tom Brady for years and now moving onto Peyton Manning, but he now has added a flowing mane of hair to go with it.
Live it up, Welker.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Miami Heat fans leave NBA Finals Game 6 early, not allowed back in for Heat comeback win

While arguments about which city's or team's fans often tend to be a dumb, parochial domain, and while it sometimes feels like Miami catches a #BadSportsTown rap that's a bit overstated, I think we can agree that leaving an NBA Finals game before its completion is kind of a bad look. Let alone a game in which your hometown team would be eliminated with a loss. Let alone a game in which your hometown team fought back from seven points down at the start of the fourth quarter, that was a one-possession affair from just inside the eight-minute mark all the way into the final minute, and in which said hometown team held a three-point lead with less than two minutes remaining.
And yet, a number of members of the AmericanAirlines Arena faithful on hand to cheer for the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs did choose to exit with the game still in the balance in the final minute. And based on the escalator shot above shared by ESPN's Bomani Jones late in the fourth quarter — and the commentary of several others on the scene — it was a fairly large number:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Why There Will Be A Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Spurs and Heat?

Fox29 - San Antonio Sports Director Chuck Miketinac explains why there will be a game seven between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Tim Duncan hangs with kids at halftime, Manu Ginobili's twins hit court after Father's Day win

Families across America celebrated Father's Day on Sunday, and even though they were a little bit busy with an NBA Finals game, San Antonio Spurs stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili found ways to squeeze in a little bit of quality time and fun in the midst of a night at the office.
After a fantastic final-second layup by Tony Parker to close out the second quarter and send the Spurs into intermission with a 61-52 lead over the visiting Miami Heat in Sunday's pivotal Game 5, ABC's cameras found Duncan choosing to take a moment away from any halftime talk about adjustments and coverages to grab a seat out in the hallway and hang with his children, daughter Sydney and son Draven, whom you might remember from his refusal to give Dad a goodbye kiss during last year's Western Conference finals:
Nothing like taking the premise of a recent Onion Story and putting it into real-life practice. (Thanks for the head's up, Daniel Dale.)
This was actually the second TV appearance of the evening for the young masked Duncan. Just after Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green (who'd later set an NBA Finals record 3-pointers made in a series) finished his halftime interview with sideline reporter Doris Burke, the red-hot shooting guard ran off the court and back toward the locker room — only to come very close to clocking an unaware Draven:
The child-avoiding spin was just one of many smooth moves Green made en route to another huge night that saw him score 24 points and make 6 of 10 3-pointers.
The star of the evening, though, was Ginobili, who responded to criticism of his poor early-series play with his best game in months in his first start of the season — 24 points on 8 for 14 shooting to go with 10 assists against just three turnovers in 33 minutes of brilliant shotmaking, sharp passing and grand-stage bell-answering in a 114-104 Game 5 win that brings the Spurs within one win of the fifth title of the Duncan-Gregg Popovich era.
And after Manu had spent the evening running roughshod over the Heat all over his longtime home floor, his twin sons, Dante and Nicola, followed suit, running unshod on the court in their pajamas to celebrate the win:
Pretty great. (Photo via @danmccarneysaen)
One-hundred percent adorable, pretty safe so long as neither mini-Manu tries to dunk, and definitely an amazing way to cap a pretty amazing Father's Day for Manu, Timmy and the rest of the Spurs.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Toilets, Sewage Flood Oakland Athletics O.Co Stadium, Locker Rooms

A sewage problem at the Coliseum forced the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners to use the same locker room after Sunday's game.
The pipes backed up on the lower levels of the stadium during Oakland's 10-2 victory, creating a stink and pools of water in the clubhouses used by both teams and the umpires.
The A's and Mariners moved to a higher floor and cleaned up postgame in the locker room occupied by the Oakland Raiders during NFL games.
GriffinMake sure everybody finds out about this sewage thing. We need to get a new stadium. -- A's right-hander A.J. Griffin
Coliseum officials said the six-day homestand, which drew 171,756 fans, overtaxed the plumbing system at the 47-year-old stadium.
"Make sure everybody finds out about this sewage thing," Oakland starter A.J. Griffin said. "We need to get a new stadium."
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that leaking pipes and backed up drains occur often, even on days when the Coliseum is empty. The field is 22 feet below sea level, and the clubhouse level is 3 feet below sea level.
A's team president Michael Crowley told the Chronicle, "It's clear, right? This isn't the first time this has happened."
Several Mariners left without showering. Towels were used to block sewage from running into the players' general dressing area.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge's office had about a foot of liquid, forcing him to hold his postgame news conference in the hallway.
The A's, who start a road trip in Texas on Monday night, likely will have new carpeting when they return. The extent of the damage isn't known yet.
There were visible wet spots around every drain on the ground floor, though the main damage was to the locker rooms and storage areas.

T.O. visits Chad Johnson in jail

Terrell Owens visited Chad Johnson in the Broward County, Fla., jail on Saturday and said his former Cincinnati Bengals teammate was in "good spirits," although seeing Johnson locked up was a "humbling experience."
Owens shared details on his visit through his Twitter account Saturday. He and Johnson were teammates with the Bengals in 2010.
Chad Johnson

"Just visited the homie @ochocinco. He's in good spirits, he needs a haircut already tho. Lol. He sends his best regards to everyone," Owens wrote, adding it was the first time he had visited anyone in prison.
"I really didn't know what to expect but to see the homie locked up is a very humbling experience, to talk to him via vid conference let me know that's not where anyone wants to be. I know he's only in the county jail but to someone that has never been locked up...Jail is Jail!"
Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel/Getty Images
Chad Johnson's plea deal was rejected last week, 
resulting in a 30-day jail sentence for violating 
his probation from his no-contest plea last 
year to battery on his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada.

Johnson had reached a deal with prosecutors for community service and counseling to resolve a probation violation from his no-contest plea last year to battery on his then-wife, TV star Evelyn Lozada, but it was rejected by Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh last week after Johnson gave his attorney a backside pat.
"This isn't a joke," the judge said, raising questions about his sincerity.
Adam Swickle, Johnson's attorney, asked McHugh last week to reconsider the sentence, saying the backside pat was merely Johnson's way of showing appreciation for his attorney's work on the case.
Prosecutors say they'll leave Johnson's sentence up to McHugh, who presides over Broward County domestic violence cases. A hearing has been set for Monday.

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel tweets that he 'can’t wait to leave College Station'

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel vented on Twitter on Saturday night, setting off a social media storm Sunday.
“Bull[expletive] like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave College Station … whenever it may be,” the tweet read.
The unspecific complaint was deleted soon after, but some of the Heisman Trophy winner’s 360,000 followers had already taken note.
Manziel followed up with a new post in the wee hours of Sunday morning:
“Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes.”
Manziel, who will be a redshirt sophomore, will be eligible to declare for the NFL draft following the 2013 season. His parents and younger sister live in Bryan, which neighbors College Station.
Manziel has talked about struggling with the scrutiny that has come with his celebrity, perhaps unprecedented for a college athlete. He said in April that coach Kevin Sumlin had brought in an undisclosed person to help Manziel deal with being overwhelmed with demands and negativity. At the same time, Manziel has continued to lead a vivid social life, including a recent trip to Miami for the NBA Finals. Many of his off-the-field excursions are documented by Manziel himself via social media.
Manziel took this spring a self-imposed break from Twitter, which lasted 17 days.