Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Georgetown Basketball Player Attempts to Block Shot by Throwing Her Shoe

A freshman forward on the Georgetown women's basketball team found a creative way to attempt to block a shot during the Hoyas' season-opening victory over Richmond a few days ago.
Shayla Cooper threw her shoe at it.
When Cooper lost her footing and and lost her left shoe in the process, it allowed the Richmond player she was guarding to float behind the arc and spot up for a wide-open right-wing 3-pointer. Cooper had no chance of getting out to contest the shot, so she instead flung the shoe up in the air in an unsuccessful attempt to knock the ball down as it sailed toward the hoop.

Incredibly, referees did not spot Cooper's ploy, which is fortunate for Georgetown since she probably would have been assessed a technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct had she been caught. Nonetheless, the play will be part of blooper reels for a while as it made SportsCenter's 'Not Top 10' segment and will surely spread on social media.
Cooper had an otherwise brilliant debut in the Hoyas' 82-78 win. The 6-foot-2 Georgia native had 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in her first college game.

(VIDEO) Rob Gronkowski Mocks Asian Fan -- Where's the Fried Rice?

 Maybe New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn't heard what's going on with Richie Incognito -- because he openly mocked an Asian fan over the weekend, calling the guy "Leslie Chow" ... and joking about fried rice.

Gronk was hosting a Q&A with fans in Foxborough, MA Sunday night at Bar Louie Restaurant when people started dancing ... including an Asian man sporting a Gronk jersey.

The Pats star acted surprised, and said -- into a microphone for everyone to hear -- "They told me he could only cook fried rice!" Then Gronk one upped himself by calling the fan "Leslie Chow" ... Ken Jeong's character from "The Hangover."

At least one person in the group thought Gronk might have crossed a line -- because they immediately grabbed the mic and reminded the audience they all signed waivers agreeing to hand over ALL cell phone footage.

It's unclear if that was just a joke, but clearly this video survived -- and now we gotta ask ...

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston investigated for sexual battery

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the subject of a sexual battery complaint, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.
The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that on Dec. 7, 2012, a woman claims an assailant “between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11 tall and 240 pounds” sexually assaulted her.
Winston, who is listed as 6-foot-4, 218 pounds in the Florida State media guide, is not named in the heavily redacted police report and neither police nor prosecutors have interviewed him regarding the incident.
Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen, who is representing Winston, denied the allegations.
“This case has been going on for over a year. The case was basically closed and we’re not sure why it’s opened up," Jansen told the Tallahassee Democrat. "We’ve been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and we’re hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston.”
Officer David Northway, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department, told the paper the case was active and open.

According to the police report, the victim said the incident occurred at an apartment in an undisclosed location between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. The victim said alcohol was involved. Evidence was collected off the victim’s body and pictures were taken of her injuries.
Winston addressed the media Wednesday evening, but only in a football capacity. The freshman has led Florida State to a 9-0 season and is considered the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WATCH: Harlem Globetrotter William 'Bull' Bullard nearly crushed by backboard!!!!!

Harlem Globetrotters fans in Honduras witnessed a scary moment when the hoop crashed on top of Bull Bullard during the team’s current tour of Central America.  Bull is okay and walked off under his own power – riling up the crowd in true ‘Bull fashion.’ Watch the video below!!!
Bull and the Globetrotters return to the United States in time for their North American tour, which begins on Dec. 26. 
Bull’s impressive athleticism launched him to the Las Vegas finals of the popular television show “American Ninja Warrior” in 2012.  The New York Jets also invited him to their rookie camp in 2008, even though Bull has never played football.  Bull also appeared on “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” and “Man v. Food Nation.”

Monday, November 11, 2013

Audio: Listen to rant that led to Ron English’s firing at Eastern Michigan

In the middle of Ron English's fifth season as football coach at Eastern Michigan, his record was 11-46. So it seems accurate to characterize a recording of a profane tirade against his players as more of an accelerant to his firing than a catalyst.
But still, there is this recording, obtained (and censored) by the Detroit News . . .
That’s English verbally undressing his team, most likely unaware he was being recorded. There is plenty of profanity in there, with English blasting his players for, among other things, a lack of self-respect, personal responsibility and discipline.
Some highlights:
”How did so many young guys go bad, go to s---. This is s--- football."

”I respect football players. You ain’t no football players.”
”You have no respect for yourself.”
”You a little b---h.”
The Detroit News, which bleeped out words it considered offensive, reported: “It also sounds like English used a derogatory word for gay. There was much more that was said that is not suitable for publication.”
 In an interview with the Associated Press Saturday, English apologized for what his former boss, athletic director Heather Lyke, described as “absolutely unacceptable” behavior on the ex-coach’s part.
“As a man who has coached 21 years, obviously, on this occasion and particular meeting, I lost my poise, got upset and used language that was inappropriate, particularly as it pertains to homosexual slurs. I regret that,” English was quoted as saying during a phone conversation with the AP. “I apologize to the university for putting it in this position and tarnishing its reputation.
“I look forward to continuing a career that has been marked by molding men of integrity, passion, and intensity for 21 years.”
Coaches have never been known for their careful verbiage or calm demeanors, but that rarely seems to be a problem when the team has a winning record.

VIDEO: Ole! As Felipe sticks potential basketball shot of the year!!!!

We've all seen a breathtaking, amazing, halfcourt-or-further shot before, but check this one out from the Spanish league and Real Madrid captain Felipe Reyes.
"Truthfully, I don't even believe it myself," Reyes said of the shot on halftime. "It happens once in a lifetime. It was a good basket; a lucky basket that we've already celebrated. I'm thrilled with the great shot I made".
It may be the shot of the year because, unlike a lot of other "hope' shots, it definitely looked as if Reyes wasn't hoping as much as trying for this memorable three-pointer.

Jerry Jones admits some regret in firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

The Dallas Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after last season, and Ryan gave the famous quote that he would be out of work "for like five minutes."
His bravado was correct. The Saints hired him shortly after he was fired and Ryan has completely turned around a New Orleans defense that ranked dead last in the league last year. Who has taken the Saints' spot at the 32nd ranked defense in the NFL? Yep, the Dallas Cowboys.
That might get a man like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to thinking, especially after seeing his defense give up 40 first downs (!!!) to the Saints on Sunday night.

"We thought it was best for us to go in the direction that we are, and it doesn't look good right now," Jones
Oh, you think so, doctor?
The Cowboys replaced Ryan with 73-year-old Monte Kiffin, who was coming off a failure at USC. Kiffin is one of the titans of the game among assistant coaches, but he doesn't seem to be the right fit in Dallas. The Cowboys broke an NFL record by allowing four 400-yard games by quarterbacks in a season, and broke that record in their eighth game. Drew Brees took it easy on them Sunday night and threw for just 392 yards.
"Hopefully we can make it look good, but I have all the feelings that you have when you want to look back at a decision, and I realize when some of them work you have to have a few things go along with it," Jones continued about the decision to fire Ryan.
The Cowboys have dealt with a lot of defensive injuries, and suffered another tough one Sunday night when linebacker Sean Lee hurt his hamstring. The defense won't get much better as long Lee is out.
Jones has made a few poor decisions as Cowboys owner (and, to be fair, some good ones too). Every week that his defense gives up a ton of yards and points in front of him, and perhaps blows the team's chances of winning the NFC East, he'll be reminded of one of his biggest recent errors.