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  • Saints Punter Morstead to Donate Money Raised in Unique Fan Campaign to Children's Minnesota

    01/17/2018 4:59:11 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 3 replies ^ | 1/17/18 | Michael Oakes
    New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead said he will donate to Children's Minnesota the more than $40,000 raised by a unique fan campaign that began as a tribute to the punter's sportsmanship at the tail end of the Vikings defeat of the Saints Sunday. According to the Vikings' website, Minnesota fan Garrick Shurts posted a call on Reddit for Vikings fans to donate money to Morstead's charity, What You Give Will Grow. "It's just a bunch of happy Minnesota fans that were inspired for some reason. And I just figured the money should stay there to affect people in their...

    01/17/2018 1:39:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Nerdist ^ | JANUARY 14, 2018 | BLAIR MARNELL
    Would you believe that Bruce Lee was a Jedi? The late actor was one of the most famous martial artists in the world when he died in 1973, four years before the original Star Wars hit theaters. But this week, the unexpected mash-up of Lee and Star Wars took place when a fan re-edited a scene from Fist of Fury by giving Lee’s attacker a red lightsaber of the Sith while Lee wielded lightsaber nunchucks (or nunchaku) as he displayed his superior skills with his “elegant weapon…for a more civilized age.” This video was made and posted by Patrick Nan...
  • Rowdy Australian Open tennis fans imitate Belarusian player's high-pitched grunts and shrieks[tr]

    01/17/2018 11:04:23 AM PST · by simpson96 · 31 replies
    Daily Mail Australia ^ | 1/16/2018 | Nic White
    Australia's Ashleigh Barty pulled off a close victory in the Australian Open, but her supporters weren't the loudest thing on court. The 21-year-old was up against notorious Belarusian shrieker Aryna Sabalenka, whose loud and prolonged grunting after every shot was widely criticised. Fed up with umpires not taking her to task for the distracting noise, the Melbourne crowd openly mocked her from the stands. Tennis fans had such a go at her the umpire took the unusual step of demanding they 'please not scream' during rallies to 'show courtesy for the players'. The irony of the official's request only emboldened...
  • Bender's NFL Live Thread: Conference Championships

    01/17/2018 6:44:13 AM PST · by Impy · 39 replies
    Bender's NFL Live Thread: Conference Championships Sunday, Jan 21, 2018 (All times Eastern) AFC: #3 Jacksonville at #1 New England 3:05 pm CBS, Gillette Stadium NFC: #2 Minnesota at #1 Philadelphia 6:40 pm FOX, Lincoln Financial Field
  • If you're still boycotting the NFL, it's time to come home

    01/16/2018 12:33:23 PM PST · by C19fan · 172 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 15, 2018 | Siraj Hashmi
    If you're still boycotting NFL games over player protests of the national anthem or the NFL owners' handling of Colin Kaepernick, it's time to put your feelings on ice for a few weeks.
  • NFL Ratings Crash for the Divisional Playoff Round

    01/15/2018 5:54:56 PM PST · by conservative98 · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Jan 2018 | DYLAN GWINN
    According to SportsBusiness Daily, the ratings for all four games fell to the lowest level in nearly a decade.
  • Archbishop Mitty High School Coach Presumed Dead After Skydiving Accident in New Zealand

    01/15/2018 1:26:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    A San Jose high school tennis coach is missing and presumed dead after a skydiving accident last week in New Zealand, police and high school officials said. Tyler Nii appears to have died last Wednesday after he plunged into Lake Wakatipu in the South Island of the country. Nii, 27, was a tennis coach at Archbishop Mitty High School, according to a Facebook post Friday by the school's department of athletics. "Tyler Nii, beloved coach of our men's and women's tennis programs passed away this week in a tragic accident," the post said. "All of us: players, coaches, friends and...
  • Trolls edit Marcus Williams’ Wikipedia page

    01/15/2018 11:57:12 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 29 replies
    247 Sports ^ | January 15, 2018 | James Parks
    Marcus Williams missed the important tackle in the New Orleans Saints’ season, allowing Stefon Diggs to score a miraculous touchdown and send the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game next week. After the game, the amateur editors at Wikipedia had their say. Pro Wrestling Walrus @RasslinWalrus Oh my god, the Wiki trolls already got poor Marcus Williams of the #Saints. 🤣🤣 8:16 PM - Jan 14, 2018 “Easiest tackle in football history?” We’ll leave that to your opinion, but Williams did have the chance to send the Saints to the next round of the playoffs. The Saints’ second-round draft...
  • Out-of-pocket gamblers' fury at victorious Vikings: Last-gasp heroes Minnesota take the knee [tr]

    01/15/2018 6:06:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2018 | Ariel Zilber
    The Minnesota Vikings’ final act of sportsmanship in their shock victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday cost bettors a lot of money. The Vikings won the NFC Divisional Round game over the Saints on a last-second 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. When Diggs ran into the end zone, the clock read 0:00, meaning the game was over. But the rules of football stipulate that even if a team scores a touchdown with no time left on the clock, it still needs to kick an extra point. Diggs’ touchdown gave...
  • How Case Keenum Went from Unwanted Free Agent to Leader of the NFC Favorites

    01/14/2018 8:08:00 PM PST · by Bayou City · 24 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | JANUARY 11, 2018 | Dan Pompei
    Texas-El Paso, Missouri, Baylor and North Texas came calling, but once they took a look at him in person, all said, "No thanks." He received one scholarship offer, from Houston. There, in Kliff Kingsbury's spread offense, all he did was throw for more yards and touchdowns than any player in NCAA Division I history.The Texans cut him that fall and re-signed him to their practice squad, where he spent the whole 2012 season. It would be the first of three times he was cut. He also has been traded, for a seventh-round pick.
  • In Raiders stadium deal, Nevada unable to tax team, fans for 30 years

    01/14/2018 5:43:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2018 | Jeff Mordock
    Nevada taxpayers shelled out $750 million to build a stadium for the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders — and the deal may prevent the state from being able to recoup that money by imposing new taxes on the NFL team. An unusual provision in the Raiders agreement with the state allows the team, currently playing its final seasons in Oakland, to break the lease and look for another home if Nevada attempts to impose new taxes over the next three decades on the team, stadium, fans or players. That includes visiting teams and fans as well. The provision applies to any...
  • Nancy Kerrigan has very little to say about ‘I, Tonya’

    01/14/2018 4:18:06 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 86 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 11, 2018 | Dan Shaughnessy
    Picked-up pieces while wondering whether “bomb cyclone” and “survive the ground” have ever been used in the same sentence . . . ■ For the record, Nancy Kerrigan has not seen “I, Tonya” and doesn’t care to discuss the cinematic softening of Tonya Harding. “I, Tonya” is a terrific film, perhaps Oscar-worthy, and Harding is on a redemption tour 24 years after her goons kneecapped Kerrigan before the Lillehammer Olympics. Tonya was a guest of honor at the recent Golden Globes and the subject of a TV special that aired on ABC Thursday night. Dollars to doughnuts she’ll be at...
  • The Refs Shockingly Bailed Out the Patriots

    01/14/2018 11:26:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 14, 2018 | Mark Cannizzaro
    The Titans — and the officiating crew — played right into the hands of the Patriots in Saturday night’s 35-14 rout of Tennessee in the AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The 14-3 Patriots, as defending Super Bowl champions, shouldn’t need such help. Not that they were turning it away or complaining. The first questionable call that went against the Titans came in the second quarter on a third-and-4 play from the Tennessee 27-yard line. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota connected with former Jets receiver Eric Decker on a pass that appeared to give Tennessee a first down to keep...
  • Keep Our Mountains Free. And Dangerous.

    01/14/2018 9:01:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 13, 2018 | Francis Sanzaro
    Last August, after several accidents and deaths among climbers on Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest and most treacherous mountain, Jean-Marc Peillex, the mayor of the French town of St. Gervais-les-Bains, issued an order: Anyone attempting to climb the nearby Gouter route up the mountain must now have specified gear including a harness, rope and headlamp. Those who do not take these precautions are to be fined. On the face of it, the order is common sense. Mont Blanc, known among climbers as the White Killer, is 15,774 feet high, and as the recent spate of casualties make clear, its ascent...
  • UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, Live Thread

    01/13/2018 11:19:39 PM PST · by Impy · 18 replies
    First event of the new year, prelims at 8 Eastern on Fox Sports One and Fox Sports Go, Main Card at 10. Jeremy "Little Heathen" Stephens faces Korean knockout artist Doo Ho Choi in the main event. Major chick fight between Paige VanZant and Jessica-Rose Clark, Clark sadly had her house burgled and her cat mortally wounded by the perps just days ago. Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson Unfortunately the co-main event, Uriah Hall Vs. Vitor Belfort was called off as guessed it, was hospitalized after a failed weight cut. Major problem in the sport.
  • Man Arrested After Reportedly Drunken Golf Cart Ride Sends Two to Hospitals

    01/13/2018 8:03:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Reporter ^ | Kimberly K. Fu
    A reportedly drunken golf cart ride New Year’s Eve in Fairfield sent one elderly man to jail and his two companions to local hospitals. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred just shy of 10:30 p.m. at the Green Valley Country Club. Dino Glennon Forristall, 65, of Pinole, was driving the cart and Christine Forristall, 63, also of Pinole, and Sherri Jeha, 65, of Crocket, were riding with him. Dino made an unsafe turning movement, officials said, resulting in the cart traveling off a 30-foot embankment. Dino suffered minor injuries while both passengers suffered major injuries. Officials described...
  • North Korea Wants its Girl Hand to Perform at the Olympics

    01/13/2018 3:11:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 13, 2018 | Eileen AJ Connelly
    SNIP The hermit kingdom’s leading girl band — which shares a bit of style with the Spice Girls, the 1990s British chart-busting pop group — looks to be making a play for an appearance at the Winter Olympics. If they pull it off at talks due to start Monday in the Panmunjom peace village, the world may be treated to such Moranbong band hits as “My Country is the Best!” and “Let’s Support Our Supreme Commander with Arms.” An Olympic appearance would be the first time on an international stage for Moranbong, whose 20 mini-skirted members were “hand-picked” by Kim...
  • Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at age 89

    01/13/2018 9:01:40 AM PST · by buckalfa · 50 replies
    ESPN ^ | January 13, 2018 | ESPN Staff
    Keith Jackson, who was widely regarded as the voice of college football by several generations, died late Friday night, his family said. He was 89. Jackson, who retired in 2006, spent some 50 years calling the action in a folksy, down-to-earth manner that made him one of the most popular play-by-play personalities in the business. "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go...
  • Kyle O’Quinn Absolutely Loves Bar Mitzvahs

    01/12/2018 3:29:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | Dan Gartland
    Easily the most unexpected NBA story I’ve read today comes from ESPN’s Ian Begley. Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn, it turns out, loves going to bar and bat mitzvahs. His agent, Andy Miller, invited O’Quinn to his daughter’s bat mitzvah a few years ago, which O’Quinn called “one of the best parties I’ve been to in my life.” He was hooked, and now he books bar mitzvah appearances on a semi-regular basis. "A lot of times, I go and I stay longer than I'm supposed to because it's so much fun," O'Quinn said. "The food's always good. The only thing that...
  • Tonya Harding's Mother in First Post-'I, Tonya' Interview: "I Didn't Abuse Any of My Children"

    01/12/2018 8:04:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Hollwyood Reporter ^ | 5:20 PM PST 1/11/2018 by | Katie Kilkenny
    In a two-hour ABC special on Harding's life, LaVona "Sandy" Golden contradicts her daughter's claims that she beat her children almost daily and once threw a knife at Harding. In her first interview since the release of the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, the real figure skating champion's mother LaVona "Sandy" Golden disputes her daughter's — and the film's — depiction that she was violent and abusive with her children. During the ABC News two-hour special Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, which aired Thursday night, Harding claims that Golden beat her at least six times a week and once...