Thursday, January 23, 2014

MUST SEE: Richard Sherman Mic'd Up vs. Michael Crabtree So You Can Hear His Sportsmanship (VIDEO)

It may have been sportsmanship that got Richard Sherman into trouble rather than a lack of it. The Seattle Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback was fitted with a microphone for the NFC Championship Game and audio released by the NFL on Wednesday night sheds light on the heated moments before he delivered the boastful and rancorous postgame interview that stole the spotlight from his team's victory. Watch the video and you can hear his sportsmanship!

 Sherman helped seal his team's spot in Super Bowl XLVIII by deflecting a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree with just 22 seconds remaining in the NFC title tilt. After the victory-securing deflection, Sherman got to his feet and again chased down Crabtree. As the wide receiver was walking back toward the 49ers' sideline, Sherman slapped him on the butt and said "Hell of game!" Sherman repeated those three words and extended his hand to Crabtree. Rather than accepting the handshake, Crabtree shoved Sherman. He pushed his left hand into Sherman's facemask.

Former NFL Quarterback Vince Young files for bankruptcy!!!

Former NFL quarterback Vince Young once needed an offensive line to protect him from defenses.
Young now needs a court to protect him from creditors.
According to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, Young has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection only two years after being on an NFL regular-season roster. Young’s estimated assets are between $500,001 and $1 million, but his liabilities range between $1,001,000 and $10 million, according to Brian Kilmer, the quarterback’s attorney.

One of Young's biggest problems is a $1.8 million loan he obtained during the 2011 lockout. Pro Player Funding, a New York company, was granted a judgment against Young to recoup that money. The original loan amount has grown to $2.5 million with interest, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Young sued his former financial adviser (Ronnie Peoples of Raleigh, N.C.) and former agent (Major Adams II of Houston), claiming they, “defrauded him and conspired with Pro Player Funding to obtain the loan and that Young himself never received the money in question.” A settlement was reached with Peoples, but that agreement has not been finalized.

Unfortunately, for Young, he probably is not going to get much sympathy from NFL observers.
Young was a first-round pick by Tennessee in 2006, and he reportedly signed a five-year deal with $25.7 million guaranteed. He reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles that was worth up to $5 million in 2011. Young was on Green Bay’s preseason roster in 2013, but did not make the team.

Former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing summed up the irresponsible spending of athletes years ago when he said, “We make a lot of money, but we spend a lot of money.”
Well, they spend it until the money is gone.

Here's Vince Young during the the "highest" point of his life. Vince's game winning touchdown for Texas during the 2006 BCS National Championship game against USC. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama photobombs the Miami Heat with a thundering slam dunk!!!!

Beyond accepting President Obama’s congratulations for winning their second-straight NBA championship, the Miami Heat visited the White House last week in order to film a commercial for first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.
That’s basically all the background you need to understand this awesome GIF of the first lady throwing down on LeBron James — and photobombing Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra in the process.
The first lady’s got game, and judging by her post-dunk mugging, she knows it.
Check out the GIF below:
She also photobombs the players as they're being interviewed by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and gets them all to munch on apples.
Watch the entire photobomb montage at the White House below:

Warren Buffett Offers $1 Billion to Anyone with the Perfect March Madness Bracket

In this tough economy, it’s fair to say that we could all use an extra billion dollars.
Fortunately, someone could be a billion dollars richer in a few months, thanks to a perfect March Madness bracket and a rather generous offer from business and investor magnate Warren Buffett, currently listed as the world’s fourth richest individual.
The 83-year-old Omaha-native’s company Berkshire Hathaway is teaming up with Quicken Loans’ Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, to offer a cool billion to anyone who can successfully fill out the perfect bracket for this year’s NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. The payments will be given in 40 annual installments of $25 million.
So what, you may ask, are the odds of filling out the perfect bracket? Roughly 1 in 9.2 quintillion.
But if you tend not to have much luck in March, it should be noted that Quicken will award $100,000 each to the contest’s 20 most accurate “imperfect” brackets to be used toward buying, refinancing or remodeling a home.
Also don't think I'm not in on the action. I must say I've won my share of NCAA Tournament bracket pools......stay tuned! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Super Bowl 2014: Five storylines you'll love to hate long before kickoff

Have you heard?

The Super Bowl is outdoors this year. In a cold-weather state. In early February. And that means …
(cue the ominous music, please)

It could snow!

This might not only be the single most tired storyline for this Super Bowl, but for all XLVIII of them. Predicting the score is so 2013. Somebody should come up with a box game for the temperature at your party next Sunday – then you’d be really hip.
But the hand-wringing over the weather is to be expected. The Super Bowl is nothing if not an opportunity to beat any angle into a straight line, and in that spirit, here is our annual look at the five storylines you’ll be sick of long before kickoff:

1. Richard Sherman said “______________.”
We, the media, have 12 days to kill. That is a lot of newspapers and broadcast time, not to mention all that unfillable internet space. We could try to breakdown the game, with specific details about how Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will attack that formidable Seahawks defense.
Or we could just put a microphone in front of Richard Sherman and wait until he says something.
And if he doesn’t say anything? Oh, that’ll be a headline, too: “Subdued Richard Sherman avoids trash talking during Thursday media session.” We, the media, apologize in advance. But 12 days is a lot of time to fill.

2. The dreaded L word.
Peyton Manning can cement his legacy as the greatest quarterback of his generation, and maybe any generation, with a victory. But with a loss … jeez, even Eli has two titles. What’s wrong with him?
You’d think there would be more nuance here, or at least an appreciation of what has been a remarkable season for the Broncos quarterback. But Super Bowl week is an opportunity for oversimplification, and Manning and the L word figure to be prominent victims of that.

3. Hey, that silver-haired guy on the Seahawks sideline sort of looks familiar.
Pete Carroll coached the Jets! This was before he took over the Seahawks in 2010, and before he turned Southern Cal into a powerhouse, and before he was an unsuccessful head coach in New England, and before a two-year stint as defensive coordinator with the 49ers.
Which is to say: This was a very long time ago.
He was there for one year, in 1994, and was let go when the team collapsed late in the season. Did Carroll learn some lessons from his experience with the Jets? Did they make him a better coach? Does he even remember that year, or does he look at his own resume and think, “Ohhhhh, that’s right. I coached there, too.”
The Super Bowl will be played the Jets’ home stadium, so get ready, because we’re about to find out.

4. Us.
Oh, it’ll be too easy. The few visitors who don’t forget the game actually will be played on this side of the Hudson will use the journey through the Lincoln Tunnel as a chance to recycle the old favorites. Here come the Jersey Jokes.

New Jersey is the Garden State? Yeah, right.
Hey, what exit? Har har har.
You’re not going to close the George Washington Bridge on the teams if they make you angry, are you?
Okay, the last one is pretty good. Still, be prepared to be a storyline … and, of course, a punch line.

5. Hey, has anyone seen a weather report?
This is New Jersey in the wintertime. Somehow, during its centuries of inhabitation, our state has managed to survive the precipitation that always comes this month. But this fact does not make for a catchy intro for the nightly news, does it? But this one …
 WILL SNOW RUIN THE SUPER BOWL?! .......(Details at 11).

Every weatherman will make a prediction, and then another one, and then another one. The doomsday scenarios will be offered. The plow drivers will be interviewed. And then Sunday will come and the world will discover what we have known all along.
We always survive the weather. Will we survive the weather storyline? That has yet to be determined.

Texas A&M Football Takes Shot at Seattle Seahawks over '12th Man' Title

The Seattle Seahawks have been boasting their "12th Man" slogan in the week leading up to NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, and Texas A&M has taken exception.
The Aggies have used their Twitter feed to set the record straight and make sure the world knows that they were the first ones to come up with the term “12th Man”

While Texas A&M’s “12th Man” is modeled after a real player, it’s also what the school has dubbed its crowd because of how loud the stadium gets during games.
Seattle has adopted a similar meaning with its “12th man” as it’s stadium is considered the toughest in the NFL in which to play simply because of the noise level.
A&M has a point. It did have the nickname first. Even though Seattle does pay Texas A&M $5,000 for the use of the slogan, it seems like the Aggies are looking for a little more recognition as the originator of the "12th Man." - Dr. Saturday

Monday, January 20, 2014

IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT: Richard Sherman postgame interview!!!

After making a fantastic play that led to a NFC championship-winning interception on what could have been a game-winning 49ers touchdown, Richard Sherman ran over to dejected San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Like a modern-day Eddie Haskell, the Seahawks corner offered his hand to Crabtree. For some, it would have been a classy move of respect. For Sherman, it was the ultimate in postgame taunting on the biggest stage in sports.
Sherman promptly got shoved in the face, just like he deserved.
Lest anyone doubt the motive behind Sherman’s handshake, the All-Pro corner made his feelings clear in a postgame interview with Erin Andrews.
“I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me. [...] Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”
Major, major props to Andrews, whose perfectly-timed “who was talking about you” question will go down as the interview question of the year.
It’s been a long time since Super Bowl week has had a villain. Richard Sherman is going to be all too happy to play that role.

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane taken down by random guy on 49ers sideline

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane is used to having opponents attempt to take him out by any means necessary on special teams.
Special teams players are a unique blend of insane and wild. Their main goal is to run full speed down the field and hit somebody. Most players cannot wait until they are finally off the special teams unit, and it is hard to blame them.
Lane just could not have expected a person on San Francisco’s sidelines to take him out during the NFC championship game on Sunday.
Seattle punted on fourth-and-20 from its own 41-yard line to start the second quarter, and Lane was a member of Seattle’s special teams unit. Lane somehow ended up on San Francisco’s sidelines, and as he was trying get back on the field, an unknown person took down Seattle's cornerback near 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh (h/t Greg Smith).
It is hard to tell if the person who took down Lane did it on purpose. However, the NFL will probably look into this incident.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 for his sideline interference against the Baltimore Ravens in November, even though he said the contact was incidental. Tomlin interfered with Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones, and even though coach was penalized for being too close to the playing field, player safety has been the NFL's mantra for several seasons.
One thing is certain, nobody is safe on special teams. -shutdown corner