30 Sep 2014 15:26:25 -0400
Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it
Eli Manning is no stranger to the boo birds. The New York Giants quarterback has gone through his fair share of struggles while under center, and subsequently had a good number of unprintable insults hurled his way by the home fans. But despite all of the harassing and heckling Manning has endured, he’s never stooped to the fans’ level and responded, although he certainly empathizes with a fellow quarterback who did lash back. On Sunday, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith was caught on video yelling “F— you” to a fan following his team’s 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions. The second-year quarterback immediately apologized for his actions, but Manning admitted on Monday that even though he’s never done the same, he’s certainly thought about it. “I try not to,” Manning said when asked if he ever responded directly to fans, per the New York Daily News. “You can always think things. But for the most part if they’re yelling at you, you probably deserve it.” Manning brings up a good po
30 Sep 2014 14:16:56 -0400
49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh
It’s probably not all too suprising that multiple San Francisco 49ers players have come out in support head coach Jim Harbaugh. It was reported by NFL Media’s Deion Sanders on Sunday night that some within the 49ers locker room want Harbaugh out. ESPN’s Trent Dilfer also called the environment under Harbaugh in San Francisco “toxic.” On Monday, veteran Alex Boone came out in support of Harbaugh, who has seen nearly unmatched regular season success in his three-plus years as the 49ers head coach. Boone, who was a hold out during training camp, had this to say about his head coach (via Mercury News).
I know for a fact everybody loves Harbaugh,” Boone said on 95.7’s “The Damon Bruce Show.” “He’s a great guy, a great coach.
And now, higher-profile 49ers players have chimed in publicly. Future Hall of Famer Patrick Willis reiterated Boone’s stance on the team’s head coach.
Patrick Willis to me on Jim Harbaugh: "He told us from the start to come to work with enthusiasm unknown to m
30 Sep 2014 13:49:24 -0400
Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden
Tim Kawakami of Mercury News expects the Raiders to make a “hard run” at hiring Jon Gruden as their next head coach. Ian Rapoport also suggests that the Raiders were likely to set their sights on Gruden before targeting different “superstar” head coaching candidate. “Of course, all eyes turn to Jon Gruden. We know he is close with Raiders owner Mark Davis,” Rapoport said Monday night. “That would be, from what I understand, the first look from the Oakland Raiders.” According to Kawakami, Gruden has always been Raiders owner Mark Davis’ No. 1 choice to run the organization. Davis reportedly wanted to hire Gruden last year and he might have even received some “semi-positive murmuring” from Gruden about possibly returning to Oakland. Kawakami admits that Gruden has shown at least some interest in a number of previous opportunities, but has elected to remain with ESPN as their color analyst on “Monday Night Football.” The Raiders reportedly intend to keep Reggie McKenzie in place
30 Sep 2014 13:20:28 -0400
FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule
In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Federal Communications Commission threw out the sports blackout rule that had been on the books dating back to 1975. It allowed sports leagues to use the FCC as a crutch to blackout games in local markets.
Victory for sports fans! Today @TomWheelerFCC @MClyburnFCC @AjitPaiFCC @JRosenworcel and @mikeofcc voted 5-0 to end #Sportsblackout rules. — The FCC (@FCC) September 30, 2014
The National Football League especially liked the rule so it could enforce its 72 hour policy meaning games had to be sold out exactly three days in advance to ensure they would be seen in the local market. And while in recent years the NFL had relaxed its rule allowing a team sell at least 85% of its tickets, the league still enforced it despite protests from fans and legislators. So what does this mean? Does it signify the end of all sports blackouts? No. It means the NFL can’t use the FCC to blackmail local markets to buy up tickets to ensure the game will be aired locally. It does mean that the NF
30 Sep 2014 12:08:06 -0400
Michael Phelps arrested for DUI
Michael Phelps was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence in Maryland on Monday night. While details of the arrest are not yet known, TMZ reports that police are preparing a statement and are expected to address the media at some point on Tuesday. Phelps was already arrested for DUI in Maryland […]
30 Sep 2014 12:07:52 -0400
Is hiring Mack Brown a real possibility for SMU Mustangs?
With the June Jones era now over at SMU, speculation has begun about who will replace him as the Mustangs new permanent coach. One interesting name that has been thrown around in recent days: former Texas head coach Mack Brown. Photo used courtesy of chron.com. FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reported Monday that “well-connected SMU brass” are very interested in pursuing Brown and believe that he might want to return to the sidelines. It certainly is an intriguing possibility for a Mustangs program that has once again fallen on hard times, and Brown would be an absolute home run hire for SMU. In 30 seasons as a head coach at Texas, North Carolina, Tulane and Appalachian State, Brown compiled 244-122-1 record. He found his greatest success with the Longhorns, where he went 158-48 with two conference championships and a national title. Brown, who’s currently an analyst for ESPN, would make perfect sense for the Mustangs, as he’s extremely familiar with recruiting in Texas thanks to his ...
30 Sep 2014 11:27:30 -0400
NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying
The NFL admitted on Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for going to the ground after returning an interception for a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Monday. NFL rules prohibit players from going to the ground to celebrate, but there is an exemption for players […]
30 Sep 2014 10:29:49 -0400
Belichick: Pats 'didn't play well enough at all' against Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bill Belichick didn’t give many direct answers about the New England Patriots’ embarrassing 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, as we’ve come to expect. Perhaps Belichick’s clearest answer came when he had “no response” as the Chiefs’ public relations staff transcribed after the game. Belichick scoffed when asked if the quarterback position will be evaluated this week. The fact that Belichick didn’t go with the expected “we’ll do what’s best for our football team” is telling. Belichick was prodded about why he started two rookie offensive linemen on the road in a hostile environment. “We were trying to win the game.” Is the offensive line fixable? “I don’t know. Our team has got to go to work.” Belichick opened his news conference praising the Patriots’ opponents. “Obviously, we didn’t have a good game tonight. It was disappointing,” Belichick said Monday night. “The Chiefs played well, and we just really didn’t play well eno
30 Sep 2014 09:54:50 -0400
Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’
The Houston Astros announced Monday that A.J. Hinch will be their next manager. “The goal is to win championships,” Hinch said. “The arrow is turning toward success in talking about winning a little bit and talking about the ultimate goal. I’m proud to be here. To wear this orange and blue is something I cherish, and to put this uniform on and be called the ‘Skipper’ is something I’m very privileged to be.” Hinch managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May 2009 until July 2010, compiling an 89-123 record. “I’ve known A.J. for a long time — he’s got a lot of passion for this game and he’s got a passion for winning,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “He very well understands what it is we’re doing here, and I couldn’t be happier with our choice. I think A.J. is going to be the manager who’s here when we win the World Series.” During his Major League career, Hinch hit .219 with 32 homers and 112 RBIs in 350 games. He won a bronze medal with the United States at the 1996 O
30 Sep 2014 00:01:05 -0400
Oakland Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Oakland Raiders have informed head coach Dennis Allen that he’s being fired. A report from the Associated Press mentioned Sunday night that Allen was going to be fired, but the report was later removed from Twitter. The Raiders are expected to move forward with Tony Sparano as their interim head coach, but that has not been reported or announced by the team at this point in time. Sparano the Dolphins for four seasons and led them to a 29-33 record, which included a playoff appearance. He’s unlikely to be a long-term solution for the Raiders, but he at least does have prior experience running an NFL team. It makes you wonder if more changes could be coming to the Raiders front office barring a turnaround in the next few weeks, but Raiders owner Mark Davis has hinted that GM Reggie McKenzie could remain in place and get another shot at hiring a second head coach. Oakland suffered an embarrassing 38 to 14 loss to the Dolphins in London on ...
30 Sep 2014 00:33:38 -0400
Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?
A recent report from Gothamist.com suggests that Roger Goodell’s personal bodyguard and head of security Thomas Crowe assaulted a NY Daily News photojournalist earlier in September when the latter was camped out NFL’s office in New York City. Photographer JB Nicholas indicates that the assault took place on September 17th outside NFL headquarters on Park Avenue and East 52nd Street. According to the report, the situation in question is as follows (h/t SB Nation).
Somewhere between 88th and 89th, the truck pulls up alongside me on the passenger side, turns on its windshield wipers and pins me against a double parked car,” Nicholas says. “I was knocked off and the truck ran over my foot.” On Park and East 93rd, Nicholas claims the SUV’s driver “cut the wheels to the left and gunned it, and knocked me off the bike again.” “[Crowe]‘s telling everyone he’s a cop, I hold him off with a stiff arm in the intersection and then my phone fell, so I figure I’d just sit down at the end of the
29 Sep 2014 23:47:38 -0400
Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams engage in war of words
It is no secret Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets has not been all that great in the past few seasons. He was consistently one of the few best point guards in the NBA throughout his time in Utah, and after a decent start with New Jersey/Brooklyn, injuries have claimed a lot of his productivity. So it is imperative that the 2014-15 season is a good one for Deron, who has to prove himself to still be among the top players in the NBA, a moniker he definitely wants to reclaim. What he does not want is non-positive thoughts that could contribute to a possible derailing of his attempt to get back on top of his game. Apparently, Kobe Bryant does not necessarily want to comply with D-Will’s wishes. The Lakers superstar, a few days ago, questioned Deron’s performance and decision-making in Game Two of the second-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Heat — in which he was 0 for 9 from the field and was scoreless. Kobe said that he would rather go 0 for 30 in a game than 0 fo...
29 Sep 2014 23:04:30 -0400
Georgia RB Todd Gurley falsely accused of punching student
This is a good lesson for Gurley. When you are high profile people will try to use your name for 15 minutes of fame even if they know they are falsely accusing you. It is sad that athletes when they are just minding their business and trying to have a good time have to deal with deranged fans, but it is something they need to be aware of. Here is what happened to Gurley per USA Today.
Georgia star running back Todd Gurley was wrongfully accused of assault early Sunday morning at a campus bar, Athens-Clarke County police officials confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Monday evening. The puncher, according to police, actually was a white male. Gurley, a Heisman candidate who ran for 208 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia’s win against Tennessee on Saturday, was accused of punching a 20-year-old Georgia student who claimed Gurley attacked him “after he took a photograph of himself with Gurley in the background,” according to a police report first obtained by The Athens Banner-Herald. Gurley agreed to be inte
29 Sep 2014 21:09:30 -0400
Russell Westbrook: "I'm the best point guard" in NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks believes that Russell Westbrook is the “best point guard in basketball” — and Westbrook for the first time, refused to argue with his coach assessment.
“I believe Russell is the best point guard in basketball,” Brooks said, unprompted. “That’s happened over time. I’ve seen Russell every practice, every game, every film session, and he’s really put a lot of time into being the best point guard in basketball.”
Westbrook just so happens to be in competition within one of the deepest positions in all of sports. Other worthy top point guards include Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker and John Wall, among others. Westbrook for his part believes he’s the top dog out the group.
“I do,” he said. “I’m very honored to hear him say that, but that’s how I feel. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you.” “I’ve felt that since I got in the league,” Westbrook said. “I mean, that’s my mi
29 Sep 2014 18:20:50 -0400
Texas WR takes shot at Baylor ahead of big game
Earlier today, Texas head coach Charlie Strong admitted that the Longhorns will have to play “above” their heads if the squad wants to take down Baylor on Saturday. While a Texas win would be a huge upset, one Longhorns player wants the Bears to remember their historical place in college football. According to Longhorns WR John Harris, the fact that Baylor is playing well is “good for them.” However, at the end of the day, Baylor is still Baylor, and Texas is still Texas.
Texas WR John Harris: “They’re still Baylor. Just because they started playing better, that’s good for them. We’re still Texas.” — Mike Finger (@mikefinger) September 29, 2014
This is some excellent bulletin board material for Bears coach Art Briles. While Baylor probably wants to beat Texas just because it’s a rivalry game against a school that has historically dominated the Bears, this should add a little extra motivation.