Twins catcher Joe Mauer became the fifth player at the position currently on the Major League Baseball concussion disabled list after he took a series of foul tips to the face mask on Monday. That's actually eight catchers in the past month placed on the concussion specific DL, which is just enough to translate into an alarming clip. MLB is doing a decent job with concussion awareness, but with football ruling over everything, there hasn't been much room for baseball players in this conversation. Catchers specifically.

 

A group of 10 former NFL players, including five Hall of Famers, are suing NFL Films for the use of their names, image and likeness. Here's an excerpt from the 81-page court document obtained by the Associated Press:

“NFL Films has never obtained authorization from retired players to use their images to be, as NFL Films puts it, the ‘backbone’ of the NFL Network. NFL Films’ conduct goes far beyond simply use of images without consent. It continues to this day to strike licensing business deals, in New Jersey, affirmatively, and falsely, misrepresenting that it has obtained all former players’ consent to appear in its promotional materials. The NFL does likewise.”

 

Fran Tarkenton was on radio today ripping Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. Is it me, or does it seem like Fran Tarkenton is always talking smack?

 

Adrian Peterson is sold on Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy.

 

The Redskins are going to be careful about bringing back Kirk Cousins from injury, too. Hopefully they learned a lot last year. 

 

Mark Cuban said Bill Clinton is an even crazier sports fan than he is. 

 

Steph Curry's gimpy ankles don't make you think about the marksman as much of a dunker. But here he is repping in what appears to be a high school gym.

 

 

Damian Lillard led the league in total minutes played (3,167) in his rookie year with the Blazers. He's hoping to see that number go down a bit in the second year. 

 

Andre Drummond is taking initiative and inviting the Pistons rookies to participate in off-season workouts early.

 

The Cavs signed No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. 

 

Mentioned earlier the recent head injuries to MLB catchers. Carlos Corporan going down for the Astros led to the basically already minor league squad calling up Max Stassi to fill in. The rookie got his first big league hit on Tuesday, but made a base-running blunder that negated the whole thing. 

 

Wonder how Sen. Ted Cruz got to be so crazy? It's pretty much a case of the apple sitting right next to the tree.

 

Researchers are developing a new surveillance software to help the government scan crowds to identify faces. 

 

They gave U.S. soldier Bradley Manning 35 years in military prison for his role in the biggest classified information leak in the nation's history. 

 

Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were added to the VMA performers list. They've got sort of that MTV appeal going for 'em. 

 

Don't know about you, but this promo video at least got me geeked about the new Goodie Mobb album:

 

Young Guru is teaching an audio mixing class for $20 on Skillshare.

 

Raekwon said Biggie will always be the King of New York in his opinion, and that Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Control" was simply the young buck having fun. 

 

This is AZ with "I Excel" coming off the long overdue Do or Die 2. Absolutely worth your time.