Listening to former return man Brian Mitchell tell it, players aren't the only ones suspected of juicing in the NFL. Mitchell told The Buffalo News that he suspects kickoff balls are being juiced to result in more touchbacks and reduce the volume of violent impacts that occur on those plays.
In 1999, the NFL began directly shipping K-balls to the officiating crew and guarded them like they were the president's nuclear codes to halt teams from their controversial methods that made them easier to kick.
Via The Buffalo News:
Twenty years later, is the shoe on the other foot?...Read More
Bears fans were hopeful that Jay Cutler would make his return to the field in a key Monday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, after the Chicago slinger was able to practice with the team on Thursday afternoon.
Unfortunately it was a bit of a tease, as coach Marc Trestman announced after the practice that backup QB Josh McGowan would start his fourth game in a row. Trestman added that any work Culter was able to put in with his groin injury and subsequent high ankle sprain would be to get him up to speed for Week 15.
The injury hasn't been as costly as imagined, sin...Read More
Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced on Thursday that FSU QB and leading Heisman contender Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault. Among other reasons, Meggs stated that, "Her recall of the events of that night have been moving around quite a bit."
Alcohol was involved, heavily, according to witnesses, who also saw the two of them hooking up in what looked like a consensual manner. Witness accounts varied, and ultimately there was not enough evidence to prosecute, or truly determine if a crime actually occurred.
The police report in lengt...Read More
Forget the pregame ritual of dusting the scorers table, Lebron “The King” James is taking on a new project after winning his coveted second NBA Championship ring. The basketball legend is set to star and exec produce in Universal’s new film Ballers alongside comedian Kevin Hart.
The comedy, whose script will be co-written and also exec produced by Hart, centers around two basketball-playing brothers. James will play the brother who is an NBA superstar, while Hart will play the brother who gets to show off his own skills when he participates in a...Read More
Oscar-nominated writer-director-producer John Singleton is developing a drama for HBO with Russell Simmons. The show, titled Club Life: Miami, follows a reformed criminal who moves to South Beach and starts a new life by diving into the party scene.
The show will be written by Singleton and exec produced by both Singleton and Simmons. Interestingly enough, Club Life: Miami could rival another new show Power, which is a drama set in the New York City nightclub scene. Power is exec produced by 50 Cent and will premiere on Starz in 2014.Read More
Once upon a time, for many in the mainstream, the idea of a rap artist signing a shoe deal with a sneaker company bordered on insanity. They didn't understand how much the hood loved sneakers. They didn't believe in the power of hip hop...until Run DMC's "My Adidas." And even then, still, apprehensions pervaded.
Flash forward to the future, and now shoe companies can't seem to get enough of a man rapping with a mic, bestowing deals upon the most commercially viable MCs. That is, unless you count prodigy of Mobb Deep, who was able to swing a deal to design s...Read More
The NBA game between the Spurs and Timberwolves was supposed to be played in Mexico, but was postponed due to an overly smoky arena.
LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 38 points, 13 boards and was showered with MVP chants as the Portland Trail Blazers ended OKC's 11-game winning streak.
The UNC Tar Heels have lost to Belmont and UAB this season, but somehow managed to knock off No. 3 Louisville and last night, took down the top-ranked Michigan State Spartans.
The legal fate of Jameis Winston will be decided at 2 pm today.
It seems like there's a way to quantify just about everything these days. But who would have ever thought "tagging" would be of any importance in the grander scheme of things? Well, it's not as if it actually is important for anyone other than Robin himself. For the electronically illiterate, the type of tagging in question occurs when using the song-identifying app Shazam.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Robin Thicke's Marvin Gaye knock-off "Blurred Lines" topped Shazam's list of most tagged songs worldwide and in the United States as well....Read More
If you have been paying attention then you might think the movies 12 Years A Slave and Fruitvale Station were written particularly well. Despite that, the Writers Guild of America decided to leave the films off their list of nominees for the WGA Awards. But don't worry. It didn't have anything to with the movies' content being of a controversial nature. In fact, the films were among 95 scripts that were left off the list. The guild has rather stringent rules that require scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction - a longstanding practice of the guild. Other notable o...Read More
Moviegoers who may have missed catching the critically acclaimed film The Butler are in for some good news. The Lee Daniels-directed offering is headed back to theaters nationwide on December 6th. Starring actor Forest Whitaker, The Butler was initially released back in August and has earned $115 million at the domestic box office since then. The offering tells the story of an African American butler who serves during seven different presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker also appear featured prominently in the work as well.Read More
Last night, Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture screened the AAU documentary Little Ballers. The story surrounds around four young boys (Kevin, Tyreik, Judah, and Cole) as they make a championship run. Directed by Crystal McCrary and executive produced by Amar'e Stoudemire and Lupe Fiasco, the piece is filled with heart, highlighting the hard work and determination that drives these boys at the tender age of 11-years-old. It breaks down how participating in the sport helps each of them learn life lessons.
The film, a must see for any parent of an aspiring athl...Read More
The national media doesn't care what happens to Jameis Winston or the potential victim in his on-going case.
The truth is that he might be a monster, but we have no idea at the moment. Winston is accused of sexual assault, and his DNA was found on the accuser’s underwear. Winston’s attorney claims the sex was consensual, so the verdict will essentially be a he-said, she-said type of deal. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence on a college campus, when young people, alcohol, drugs, egos and peer pressure all combine for a potentially evil force. One in four women...Read More
How meniscus tears heal is a tricky thing. According to orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Derek Ochiai, Rose's meniscus tear and ACL injuries aren't necessarily related, but the muscle Rose added to his frame and explosive playing style did contribute to him going back under the knife.
Via Sporting News:
“An ACL tear in one knee, and a meniscus tear in the other, that is not necessarily connected,” Dr. Ochiai said. “Looking at Derrick Rose, I would say that it is purely bad luck at this point. Part of it is, athletes are bigger, faster, more explosive, but that puts ...Read More
It goes without saying that Dennis Rodman is one of the most extraordinary NBA players of all time. From his wild partying off the court endeavors including his hairstyles, cross dressing and controversial manner of speaking to the press, Rodman always seems to find himself on the wrong side of the public opinion. And the saga continues.
Beginning in February of 2013, Rodman began a rather peculiar relationship with then dictator Kim Jong-un of North Korea after traveling to the country to do basketball exhibitions with Vice Media. Adding to the already significant peculiarity...Read More
Shannon Cross is moving on up. The former associate editor at ESPN will head over to the on-air side of the business, joining TSL contributor and host of News One Now, Roland Martin. Cross will join the show as an anchor.
RolandMartinReports.com posted this press release on Wednesday:
TV One announced today that Shannon Cross, Emmy-nominated associate editor for ESPN.com, will join the network’s live daily news program, News One Now, as news anchor. Cross will begin her duties alongside host and managing editor Roland S. Martin, Monday, December 9, 9AM/ET.
The A$AP Mob is getting ready to release their second collaboration project, following 2012's Lord$ Never Worry mixtape. "Trillmatic" is the first track and the first video from the album, due March 4. The song features Method Man and the video is taken straight from the '90s, when Method Man was killin' tracks and the A$AP Mob was gobbling them up as youngsters.Read More
Jason Kidd has been involved in two embarrassing collisions in the last two years. One was into a telephone pole. The other was into point guard Tyshawn Taylor and involved a cup.
He now appears to be in the midst of crashing and burning for the third time as the Brooklyn’s head coach.
Lawrence Frank was the highest-paid assistant coach in all if sports entering this season earning a million dollars a year. However, that structure allegedly led to an awkward situation in which Kidd felt Frank’s underling.
Frank may now has the best contract for an assistant coach in all...Read More
After negotiations with Robinson Cano went slowly, the Yankees turned their attention to free agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury and signed the former Bostonian to a seven-year, $153-million deal. With possible additions coming to the rotation, the Yanks might be out of cash to re-sign their All-Star second baseman, who may end up with the Mariners.
Michael Carter-Williams and Ben McLemore were named rookies of the month, shortly before MCW and Victor Oladipo put on a classic show, both dropping triple-doubles and taking the game to Double OT.
Five former NFL player...Read More
It’s not your fault if you haven’t noticed Isaiah Thomas ballin' this season. Demarcus Cousins casts quite an intimidating shadow over the Sacramento Kings, they don't play on national television and the 5-9 point guard is a backup on a franchise mired in the sewage that’s plummeted beneath the Western Conference playoff standings. However, he’s putting up 17 points a game on 44 percent shooting and not only is he eating up Jimmer Fredette’s shots and doing Jimmer better than Jimmer could, but the diminutive scorer is living up to his Hall of Fame...Read More
The final chance for teams to position themselves for premium BCS National Championship slots will soon be upon us, as the last Championship Weekend of the BCS era gets set to kick off. Ohio State and Florida State sit at Nos. 1 and 2 in the polls with Auburn lurking just behind.
Auburn’s been in this situation before. In 2004, the undefeated Tigers missed out on the national title game while the USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns duked it out in one of the most memorable title tilts in BCS history. Aside from Vince Young’s game-winning drive, the game will be remembered for the...Read More
Eric Decker has the looks and the tools to bag an all-pro wife in country and pop singer Jessica Rose "Jessie" James. She’s proof that he has star power and can catch anything—even the big fish. Their new reality show on E! Channel, "Eric & Jessie: Game On," is catching on with the social media magnets, too.
Too bad having a movie star’s grill doesn't have jack to do with being an NFL wide receiver, because if it did, Broncos QB Peyton Manning might have targeted Decker more often prior to the former Minnesota Gopher sta...Read More
The dean of special teams touchdowns might be onto something.
All 86 pages.
Can you imagine these two as brothers?