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The Houston Texans have had a year of football firsts. After locking up their first division title and their first playoff birth in team history, they just added first playoff win to this year's resume after beating the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10.
And it was a good day for Texans' with letters for their first names. Oh, and a guy named Arian.
After the Bengals had controlled the ball and seemingly moved it at will down the field in the first half, rookie defensive lineman J.J. Watt took the momentum back with an incredible interception at the line of scrimmage that he took 29 yards for a touchdown. See the video of J.J. Watt's interception here. And to put a cherry on top, Watt added a sack on the last play of the first half when Dalton was going back for a hail mary.
The first half ended with a Texans' 17-10 lead, but Houston had to feel pretty good to get pushed around and come out of the first 30 minutes with a lead. In reality, the Bengals should have had the lead at the end of the half.
But from that point on, the Texans controlled the game, holding the Bengals offense to very few yards in the second half. Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton looked like a seasoned veteran in the first half, but looked a little lost and out of his rhythm in the second.
And what the Bengals desperately needed was a strong first drive in the second half, but instead they looked discombulated, burning a timeout, which made furious and had him screaming at the sideline.
When T.J. Yates connected on a 40-yard touchdown to Andre Johnson to put the Texans up 24-10 with 1:08 left in the third quarter, the Bengals all but fell apart.
PacMan Jones was seen arguing on the sideline with coaches and quarterback Andy Dalton threw his helmet over the bench.
The one lopsided stat of the game, that told a huge story was the success of Houston's running game against the vaunted Bengals rush defense. Arian Foster had a monster game on the ground and needing only the first three quarters to go over 100 yards.
And Dalton threw his third interception of the game when he hung up a ball with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter, when the Bengals were desperate to get their offense going, Daneal Manning picked it off and set up a 42-yard touchdown run by Arian Foster where it looked like the Bengals defense wasn't very interested in tackling him. With the Texans up 31-10 with five minutes left, the Texans had all but sewn up team history with their first playoff victory behind a very loud and fired up home crowd.
Foster finished with 153 yards rushing.
And after the rash of injuries the Texans' have dealt with, Houston's head coach Gary Kubiak should be a front runner for coach of the year. No team has had to deal with injuries to more star players, Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, just to name a few. And for him to lead that team not not only a playoff berth, but a division title and a playoff win deserves all the honors you can give Kubiak.
And not to mention, Wade Philips' genius job with the Texans defense, taking them from one of the worst in the league last year to a top 10 defense this year is a historic turnaround. His free agent pick-up of ex-Bengal coernerback Jonathan Joseph played a huge part in shutting down the Bengals' star rookie wide receiver A.J. Green.
On the flipside, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis will have to answer questions about burning all of his coaching challenges on questionable calls in the first half. WIth the Texans running away with it, it didn't really matter, but the Bengals had no challenges in the second half if they needed them. Lewis lost both of his challenges in the first half.
J.J. Watt wasn't a household name before the Houston Texans' first playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
But he will be now after making a game-changing and unbelievably athletic interception at the line of scrimmage off of Andy Dalton to put the Texans up 17-10 at the end of the first half.
The Bengals had moved the ball all day, but didn't have much to show for it. They were trying to drive down to get at least a field goal at the end of the first half, but J.J. Watt had other plans. At the line of scrimmage, Watt, who used to be a tight end for the Wisconsin Badgers showed off some amazing hands as he snatched Dalton's seemingly point blank pass out of the air after pushing off the offensive lineman, and Watt took it to the end zone with less than a minute left in the half.
Watt needed oxygen after his 29-yard interception return for the touchdown. While Dalton was seen rolling his eyes, knowing that there was nothing he could do and that was just a top-notch play by Watt.
If the Texans go ahead to win this game, everyone will point to this play by Watt as the reason why. The Texans were getting beat in the momentum department before J.J.'s play.
To make matters worse, the Badgers, who J.J. Watt played for beat Andy Dalton's TCU Horned Frogs in their last college game against each other.
If you were feeling sorry for Elin Nordegren after having to go through the ordeal of Tiger Woods cheating on her with multitudes of strippers and half-prostitutes, well...
You probably don't have to feel sorry for her anymore.
I know money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure can put a nice down payment on it. Elin, who was living in a $12 million, 17,000 square foot mansion in Palm Beach, Florida decided that just a little renovation wasn't going to do the job.
So instead of adding on a nice breakfast nook, she tore the whole sucker down and has plans to build something that's being called a "dream house."
I guess she dreams bigger than most of us. Because if I woke up in a $12 million mansion in southern Florida, I might think I was still dreaming, instead of thinking that I had to tear this nightmare down so I could finally have the house I REALLY wanted. (Yes, that's sarcasm.)
Will this brazen act of spending turn the public's feelings for her? Before, she was the beautiful, wronged wife. And Tiger was the dirty dog. But now, with the economy still struggling and unemployment at 8.5%, she looks more like a Real Wife of Palm Beach; someone who is not living in the same world as the rest of the 99%.
And while we knew she made out with mad cash, tossing away $12 million dollars just feels a little gross.
Words being thrown around the Internet are "obscene," "disgusting" and "insane."
In a time when $12 million could go to clothe the homeless or feed starving children (it was just Christmas, after all), it seems like there's something more to this than meets the eye, because by all accounts, it makes no sense financially.
But maybe she's doing it to give Tiger a little jab as he watches millions of what used to be his dollars get pushed over by a bulldozer. And really, if you could do something like that to someone who humiliated you in front of the world, well, that would be pretty awesome.
No word on where Tiger was when this house was torn down. But we're still guessing Elin wouldn't mind if he was in the house when the walls came crashing down.
Jim Rome, the outspoken radio and TV personality is leaving ESPN for CBS Sports, according to reports.
ESPN had reportedly offered Rome a multi-year deal to keep his TV show "Jim Rome is Burning" with the worldwide leader in sports, but he declined and took a deal with CBS, who offered him an "expanded role". Seeing as Rome already had a daily TV show with ESPN, what an "expanded role" means for him at CBS is still unclear.
We're guessing he's going to take his trademark speaking voice (who is imitated by impressionists everywhere, including Frank Caliendo on Fox's Sunday Morning NFL show--which happens to go up against CBS' Sunday Morning NFL show) to do more TV and possibly more reporting.
Will CBS give him a more primetime platform? He's on at 4:30 every afternoon on ESPN (he's been on the station since 2004) so he might be looking for either a later time slot, or possibly his own show on Sunday morning.
According to James Andrew Miller, who authored the ESPN tell-all "Those Guys Have All the Fun" Rome makes an estimated $30 million a year from his radio show alone.
We will update as more information becomes available, or when a replacement for Rome is announced.
We look back at the 2010 NBA season and pull out some of the more unusual, weird, funny and sad moments that occurred on certain dates. And yes, these are all real.
Aug. 2 — Former center Rony Seikaly, now billed on his website as “one of the most sought-after DJs in the world,” releases his first track on eMusic.com — the 7 1/2-minute progressive house beatfest, “Come With Me.”
Oct. 9 — It was only preseason, but no one had ever seen anything like the Nets comeback from seven points down in the last 12.5 seconds as they hit a trio of triples to beat the 76ers.
Oct. 11 — John Wall’s exhibition in an exhibition game against the Bucks includes two baskets, two assists and a steal in a 40-second span.
Oct. 25 — Lamar Odom sues the IRS for not allowing him to deduct $12,000 in league fines and $178,000 in fitness expenses.
Oct. 29 — After a Halloween-costumed kid litters the court with candy that had been given to him by the Hornets PA announcer during a timeout, J.R. Smith picks it up and eats it.
Oct. 31 — For the second straight game, the Heat hold the opposition starting forwards without a field goal.
Nov. 5 — In a paradoxical night for centers, Anderson Varejao, Marc Gasol and Emeka Okafor combine to sink 34 of 36 shots, while Brook Lopez misses his first 13 en route to laying a 3-for-17 egg.
Nov. 5 — A photo of a nude Phil Jackson drinking a beer during his playing days is displayed at a National Arts Club fete of Madison Square Garden photographer George Kalinsky.
Nov. 6 — Within a two-week span, the Magic have an exhibition game in Tampa cancelled because of a slippery court, a game in New York postponed due to falling debris and now lose Vince Carter to a hip injury when he falls on a slick floor in Charlotte.
Nov. 7 — Timberwolves rookie Nikola Pekovic stops to tie his shoe as the Rockets steam downcourt, leading to a breakout by Yao Ming, who is fouled by Michael Beasley, who then must be benched because it’s his third of the first half.
Nov. 10 — The Pacers miss only the last of their 21 shots (a 26-foot heave trying to beat the buzzer) in the third period versus Denver. Had they waited 24 hours, their 54 points would have been the most scored in one quarter in exactly 20 years to the day.
Nov. 10 — Cleveland’s bench outscores its starters, 52-41, in a win over the Nets.
Nov. 10 — Paul Millsap, who was 2-for-20 from 3-land in 326 career games at tipoff, makes all three of his long-range attempts in the last 28 seconds of regulation to force OT against Miami in a Jazz victory.
Nov. 10 — David Lee’s elbow becomes intimate with former teammate Wilson Chandler’s mouth, shattering four of the New York swingman’s teeth, with a fragment from one lodging in Lee’s arm.
Nov. 12 — The Wizards ask their fans to stand until their club scores its first basket. Three minutes, 20 seconds and nine shots into the game, they are able to be seated.
Nov. 12 — With 31 rebounds against the Knicks, Kevin Love out-boards three entire teams that were in action this evening.
Nov. 15 – The Clippers (who lose to the Nets) trot out the youngest starting lineup in NBA history − one that averages 21 years, 143 days.
Nov. 17 – The Knicks put more field goals, 3-pointers, rebounds, assists and blocked shots (as well as fewer turnovers) in the boxscore than the Nuggets – but lose anyway.
Nov. 21 – The Pistons pull the plug on an in-game promotion involving their mascot and a frozen turkey giveaway because of drippage on the floor.
Nov. 22 – Three weeks after beating the 76ers, 116-115 in OT, the Wizards return the “favor,” 116-114 in OT.
Dec. 3 – The Lakers assemble a stretch of play during a 33-point blowout of the Kings during which 25 of their 30 field goals (compared to five for Sacto) are scored from the paint.
Dec. 9 – Assistant coach Mario Elie is the latest member of the Sacramento Kings organization to get pinched on a DUI charge, joining players Antoine Wright and Andres Nocioni, co-owner George Maloof and former head coach Eric Musselman in recent years.
Dec. 10 – Amare Stoudemire ties the Knicks record for consecutive 30-point games (seven) and for most turnovers in one game (11) on the same night.
Dec. 11 – Detroit scores 72 points in the first half, leads by 25 midway through the third quarter, holds a lead of 16 in the fourth and gets 23 points from Ben Wallace (his career high over 996 games), but loses to Toronto.
Dec. 12 – Nick Collison tallies only two points, but during the 20 minutes he’s on the court, Oklahoma City outscores Cleveland, 57-25.
Dec. 13 – Miami’s big three of Bron, Wade and Bosh combine to score exactly 75 points for the fourth consecutive game.
Dec. 15 – One month to the day after he misses the only free throw among the Thunder’s 34 attempts against Utah, James Harden (an 84% FT shooter in 2010-11) records the lone misfire in their 29 tries versus Houston.
Dec. 16 – Manu Ginobili scores the game-winning bucket and draws the game-saving charge in the final four seconds, one night after draining a winning jumper at the buzzer.
Dec. 17 – Five days after Nolan Carroll of the Miami Dolphins is tripped along the sidelines by a Jets coach in New York, LeBron James of the Miami Heat is tripped along the sidelines when he grazes the Knicks bench in New York.
Dec. 17 – The Suns intentionally foul Brendan Haywood three times late in the game. After he bricks five of six free throws, the Mavs replace him with Ian Mahinmi, who makes four straight.
Dec. 19 – On the same night 33-year-old Paul Pierce posts his first triple-double in 323 games, 38-year-old Grant Hill scores 30 for the first time in 359.
Dec. 22 – Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is enlisted to help Celtics mascot Lucky with a dunk at halftime, but delays the stunt so he can capture it on his cell phone.
Dec. 25 – Derrick Rose, playing against the Knicks, misses 13 of his 18 shots inside 10 feet. Six are blocked, including four in the first quarter alone.
Dec. 28 – Tyreke Evans swishes a 3 from beyond halfcourt as the final buzzer sounds to stagger Memphis, 100-98.
Jan. 3 – Shaquille O’Neal carries Rajon Rondo, returning after a two-week injury, into the Celtics locker room and places him into a chair with the query, “Anything else King Rondo?”
Jan. 3 – On the same day Charlotte bricks a franchise-record 18 consecutive shots against Miami, the Sixers bench misfires on 32 of 40 in a defeat to New Orleans.
Jan. 7 – While New Jersey’s Sasha Vujacic is shooting 1-for-14 in Washington, the Pacers are shooting 1-for-15 in the fourth quarter in Indy.
Jan. 11 – The Timberwolves are assessed five technical fouls in 10 seconds, resulting in the ejection of coach Kurt Rambis and five made free throws by Manu Ginobili.
Jan. 12 – Although they are outscored in the paint, 70-42, Oklahoma City slides by Houston, 118-112.
Jan. 15 – To promote Derrick Rose for the All-Star Game, the Bulls PR staff places roses at each member of the media’s work space.
Jan. 18 – Only four teams are in action, and three of them – the Bulls, Hawks and Heat – combine to miss 60 of 74 three-point attempts.
Jan. 19 – Tyreke Evans scores 16 points, goes 0-for-2 from the arc, takes four free throws, pulls down five rebounds, makes three steals and blocks one shot for the second game in a row.
Jan. 23 – Carmelo Anthony, who had never sunk more than five 3-pointers in any of his previous 549 games, throws down six in a span of nine minutes, 28 seconds in the third quarter against Indiana.
Jan. 24 – Wizards rookie Kevin Seraphin unknowingly begins the game with his shorts on backwards, and must do the ol’ switcheroo at the bench while shielded by teammates.
Jan. 27 – Dwayne Wade begins the fourth quarter on a run of 13 consecutive shots made, then misses his last seven in a loss to New York.
Jan. 27 – Fans elect Yao Ming, whose season ended on November 10, to start the All-Star Game.
Feb. 1 – Kevin Martin goes 10-for-11 from the stripe, while the rest of his Rockets teammates go 0-for-0.
Feb. 7 – The Nuggets lose to Houston as Carmelo Anthony’s 50-point game is garnished by zero assists.
Feb. 9 – Traditional non-scorers Randy Foye, DeJuan Blair and J.J. Barea each far exceed their season PPGs in the fourth quarter alone, with 17, 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Feb. 10 – Traditional non-scorer Aaron Afflalo throws in 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a buzzer-beating 3.
Feb. 11 − Traditional non-scorer Dahntay Jones tallies all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Feb. 11 – To end Cleveland’s NBA-record 26-game losing streak, the Clippers find it necessary to have every one of the players post a negative plus/minus.
Feb. 12 – The visiting team wins all eight games on the schedule – an NBA first.
Feb. 12 – Under Wally Szczerbiak’s talking head − where his name is intended to appear as he is commentating on CBS’ Inside College Basketball Show − appears the graphic, “RANDOM DUDE/Guest Info Here.”
Feb. 19 – A Miami player wins the 3-point shootout for the third time in the last five years.
Feb. 22 – On a night when Gerald Wallace is the first Bobcat ever to score 20 points while taking as few as six shots, Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade score 54 points without making a free throw.
Feb. 26 – Utah loses to Detroit despite assisting on 84.1% of its field goals and connecting on 59.5% of its attempts.
Mar. 2 – Troy Murphy reveals that he is a licensed spray-tanner, and is now accepting clients at his home facility.
Mar. 2 – A 14-0 lead to start the game is insufficient for the Bulls, who fall to the Hawks.
Mar. 3 – Down by 24 in the third quarter, the Magic use a 40-9 run to beat the Heat.
Mar. 4 – Corey Brewer commits five fouls in his five-minute stint and characterizes his Dallas debut as “a little bit too aggressive.”
Mar. 6 – Miami misses its 12th and 13th consecutive field goal attempt that would have tied the game or put them ahead in the final 10 seconds of regulation.
Mar. 12 – Dwyane Wade blocks four Memphis shots in 55 seconds.
Mar. 12 – Mike Bibby sinks his 12th bucket since joining Miami – every one of them a trifecta.
Mar. 12 – In the most pathetically arrogant legal transgression of the season, Hawks nobody Josh Powell is arrested after refusing to move his vehicle to clear the way for an approaching ambulance.
Mar. 14 – Ten days after the Spurs toast the Heat by 30 points in San Antonio, the Heat toast the Spurs by 30 in Miami.
Mar. 14 – On the same night that Samuel Dalembert sets a record for most games played (644) prior to scoring 25 points for the first time, Chuck Hayes logs his first 20-point performance in his 410th outing.
Mar. 17 – The Cavaliers, the only team not to lose a game by 20 points in 2010-11, do so for the 11th time in 2011-12 – just 10 fewer than all seven seasons of the LeBron James era combined.
Mar. 23 – The Eastern Conference-leading Celtics are upset for the second time in two weeks despite no opposing player scoring as many as 15 points in the game.
Mar. 27 – Miami defeats Houston, 125-119, which is the exact same score as their game of December 29.
Apr. 1 – The Pistons retire Dennis Rodman’s jersey – on April Fool’s Day.
Apr. 5 – Orlando beats Milwaukee despite misfiring on 18 consecutive downtowners.
Apr. 8 – Nene bags all five of his field goal attempts but none of his eight free throws for the biggest charity “oh-fer” ever by a player who was perfect from the floor.
Apr. 11 – Von Wafer soars for a wide-open dunk then, not realizing he missed it, turns to the crowd and strikes a look-at-me pose while crashing into teammate Jermaine O’Neal and causing him to double-dribble.
Apr. 25 – Andre Miller hits his fourth 3-pointer in the first five games of the postseason, equaling his regular-season total.
May 8 – In completing their upset sweep of the Lakers, the Mavericks get as many points from their bench (86) as do the vanquished from their entire team.
Goalies are used to getting goals scored on them, as opposed to scoring them, but Everton's goalie Tim Howard blasted a kick from his own goal line in a game against Bolton, it went high into the air, took a perfect bounce and sailed into the goal over the opposing goalies head.
And now, Howard feels bad about his spectacular (if albeit a bit lucky goal.)
“It's not a nice feeling for a keeper. It's really awful actually,” Howard told Sky Sports. “For the back four and the goalkeepers at both ends, there was an awful wind swirling. You could see everybody was mistiming balls. Defenders were missing clearances that normally they would put up the field. I think the wind is the hardest condition to play in. Snow, rain, sun doesn't matter, but the wind really does play tricks on you.”
Howard said he spoke with Bogdan after Everton's 2-1 loss to Bolton.
“I let him know that I was feeling for him,” Howard said. “It's not a nice place to be. I've been there before, a long, long time ago, and that was why I didn't celebrate.”
How many offensive players would apologize to the goalie they just scored on? Probably zero, but that's what happens when you truly know what it feel like to be in the other guy's cleats.
It's that time of year again, New Year's resolution time. Everyone makes crazy promises to themselves like "I'm cutting back on my carbs" or "No more Tuesday morning mojitos" only to fall right back into a rut by MLK Day. Well at least you're not alone. Apparently pro athletes also like to set goals for themselves when the calendar turns over. Here are some resolutions we uncovered during a variety of interviews* with the biggest names in sports.
Peyton Manning: Learn how to throw a deep out route from wheelchair.
Urban Meyer: Spend more quality time with the family.
Albert Pujols: Get approval from MLB to wear first ever solid gold uniform.
LeBron James: Lose weight to lessen the load on D-Wade's shoulders during the playoffs.
DeSean Jackson: Undergo surgery to replace alligator arms with human arms.
Jeff Van Gundy: Find the cure for male pattern baldness.
Stan Van Gundy: Find the cure for male pattern fatness.
Tony LaRussa: Enjoy retirement and stop using home phone to make pitching changes.
Cam Newton: Force a trade back to Auburn to get a better contract.
Tim Tebow: Pray just a little bit more.
Kris Humphries: Figure out how to get more face time on television – ESPN, TNT and NBATV don’t count.
David Stern: Use "basketball reasons" to rig the playoffs so the Lakers play the Heat in the Finals.
Derek Jeter: Change nothing.
Dwight Howard: Stop requesting trades to places like New Jersey.
Kobe Bryant: Pass the ball to Kobe Bryant more.
Baseball Hall of Fame: Take the words “integrity, sportsmanship and character” out of voting guidelines for the next ten years.
Theo Epstein: Come to senses, quit immediately.
Philadelphia Eagles: Make the playoffs.
NHL: Stop broadcasting games on public access television.
Brett Favre: Un-retire and return to a successful career in cell phone dong shots.
Ndamukong Suh: Learn how to tackle without being charged with aggravated assault.
College athletics: Do anything right.
*We made these up.
Seton Hall's Peter Dill can teach all the bench warmers out there a thing or two about riding the pine. He made ESPN's Sportscenter just by going a little nuts with his post-basket celebrations from the bench. And the best part, is he had nothing to do with any of the baskets he's celebrating.
He got a little notoriety last year when he went nuts with the Aaron Rodgers belt celebration, and it looks like he's continuing it this year as he broke out a few new celebratory moves against UConn this year. This year's celebrations range from a whipping fist pump to a sort of dice-rolling fist pump (he's into the fist pumps, but then again, what else are you going to do once you've exhausted the belt dance?)
But his best move was the Thor Hammer he broke out after a couple big baskets. The smashing of a giant, invisible hammer on the floor was the cherry on top. And Seton Hall won. So maybe there's something to his sideline celebrations.
Tattoos are getting more and more popular. But that doesn't mean they're always a good idea. To drive that point home, here is a photo gallery of tattoos involving the wondrous world of fast food. Don't get us wrong, we love a good Gordita as much as the next red-blooded American, but that doesn't mean we're going to get it tattooed across our lip (which someone did a few scrolls down.)
We're not sure if these people lost a bet, just love fast food, or were drunk when they thought this was a good idea. But what happens when you turn 45 and you're sporting a McDonald's tattoo across your back? You're probably not going to be up for the promotion to Vice President are you? No, but we do appreciate you giving us these photos to laugh at.
We're pretty sure this one isn't real, but we're going to include it anyway.
Yes, this is the Hardee's star
And finally, it looks like someone lost a bet. A very awesome bet.
So while this gallery is called "worst" we're really not sure what would qualify as a "best" tattoo that's somehow related to fast food (although my favorite on here is probably the Cracker Barrel, for the sheer ridiculousness of it.)
If you know of any other awesome fast food tattoos we missed, feel free to send them into us. Or if you're trying to decide on getting one, let us help consult. We'd love to see an Arby's tattoo someday (dare to dream.)
I have a friend who's a huge Chargers fan. Every year he's let down. He knows how the season is going to end before it begins. His favorite team, always over hyped in the preseason and a darling Super Bowl pick of the pundits, will falter. Usually they will falter early in the year. This year they faltered in the middle and end.
But there was one silver lining for him this year. He knew there was no way Norv Turner was going to keep his job after the Chargers didn't even make the playoffs, with a Super-Bowl caliber team.
There was just no way that Norv, who is more of a coordinator than a head coach could not get fired. The team doesn't play hard for him. He's too easy on them. Whatever it is, he's just not head coach material.
So, while his team took crushing defeat after crushing defeat, he could just smile, knowing that while the Chargers might not win the Super Bowl next year, they would definitely have someone new at the helm. The new guy may be just as bad, but he will be different, which would give him at least a little hope that his favorite team could live up to their potential.
And then the news came down today that the Chargers were going to retain head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. So I made this clock for him.
Wisconsin's Montee Ball is one of the best running backs in the nation. So it's no surprise that he can leap defenders who are attempting to tackle him.
Usually, he has no problem pulling off athletic feats like that. Usually.
On this particular play, Ball tries to jump an Oregon Duck player in the Rose Bowl and comes up just a little bit short. As you can see in the video, the Ducks' helmet drill Ball right in his namesake. No cup or padding is going to make this hit OK. It's a surprise Ball even stayed in the game after this.
During the Fiesta Bowl between Stanford and Oklahoma State, this little gem occurred after a kickoff. Jeremy Stewart doesn't think that Ty Montgomery should take the kickoff out of the end zone.
Ty Montgomery thinks he should. Then, as he's running out Stewart says "No, you will not" and decks him before he makes his way out of the end zone. If you watch the tape, it doesn't look like Montgomery would have made it past the 5 yard line, so Stewart essentially saved Stanford 15 yards on his heads up play.
Oklahoma State went on to win the Fiesta Bowl 41-38 in overtime (after Jordan Williamson, the freshman Stanford kicker missed a game-winning field goal, and then another in overtime). But this play may be the one that stands out when people talk about this game.
Lebron James continues to follow in his idol's footsteps. Just days after Michael Jordan announced his engagement to Yvette Prieto, Miami Heat Star Lebron James announced he was engaged to his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson.
James popped the question on New Year's Eve with teammates and friends looking on. It was also James' 27th birthday.
Chris Paul and Heat Owner Mickey Arison tweeted their congratulations.
Lebron and Savannah have two sons. Savannah and James have been dating since high school. James, who struggled last year after he was turned from one of the most well-loved players in the NBA to one of the most hated after leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to go to the Miami Heat didn't respond well to playing the role of league villain. Something he recently admitted.
Maybe his new engagement will help soften his image, especially among women, who will see a guy who stayed with his high school sweetheart, despite being one of the most famous and wealthy athletes on the planet.
Here's a photo gallery of the Brinson and James:
There's no way to know if Michael Jordan's engagement prompted James to follow suit (James used to wear #23 in homage to his on-court idol), but we'll see if Lebron's first marriage fares better than Jordan's (MJ lost a reported $150 million after his first marriage dissolved in 2006.)
Heat fans are hoping this is the year Lebron finally does for the first time what his idol was able six times, and that's win an NBA championship.
At the beginning of the 2011 NFL season Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris was one of the most promising coaches in the NFL. One of the few coaches who seemed to be farthest from the hot seat.
And on the second day of 2012, he's now been fired. An almost unthinkable scenario just four months ago.
But that's what a 10-game losing streak to finish a season will do a head coach in these win-now times.
In a statement from the Bucs brass, they thanked him for his service: "We want to thank Coach Morris for all his hard work and dedication as head coach of the Buccaneers," Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement.
The Bucs, who are one of the younger teams in the league, hadn't won a game since beating the Saints on October 16th. One of the main reasons they lost their next 10 was the regression of quarterback Josh Freeman.
Freeman, who was a fan favorite last year, was expected to make the jump to elite quarterback in 2011, but failed to do so, throwing a whopping 22 interceptions, after only tossing 6 to the wrong team last year.
The 2011 Bucs were expected to compete for an NFC South title. But when that faded, it seems Tampa Bay felt they needed to make a change at head coach. What this means for the future of Josh Freeman will come to light at the NFL draft. With a high draft pick and a lot of high-quality quarterbacks in this year's draft,t he BUcs may look to go in another direction. Or they may stick with Freeman.
No replacement has been announced.
The stakes are high enough as it is. In fact, they couldn't be higher during a regular-season game. Rarely are there games where a division title and a playoff berth is on the line and the loser will be eliminated entirely.
That's what's on the line on Sunday night in what might just be the Game of the Year in the NFL between the Giants (8-7) and the Cowboys (8-7) at the Meadowlands. The winner wins the NFC East and locks in the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs. The loser's season is immediately over and there's a chance they could slip all the way to third place.
And hard as it is to believe, that's not all. The ramifications for the loser goes way beyond wins and losses. The Giants are at a crossroads with their 65-year-old coach, Tom Coughlin, who could be facing an uncertain future. Ditto for their once-heralded defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. And in Dallas, they all work for a reactionary owner in Jerry Jones. Who will he blame for failure? Jason Garrett? Tony Romo? Both?
Maybe the loser will realize how close they came and they'll decide to stay the course and take their chances with the same key players in 2012. Change, though, tends to be inevitable in the NFL especially in big markets. So both teams might really be playing for a lot more than a playoff berth and a division championship.
Both teams could be playing for a lot of people's jobs.
What if the Cowboys lose?
Is there anyone who thinks Jerry Jones will quietly accept failure, considering the Cowboys have just one playoff victory in the last 15 years?
The brash owner has voiced mostly support for his sometimes embattled quarterback, Tony Romo, but how many times is he really going to watch him come close and fail? And considering the rash of rookie quarterbacks who have had stellar debuts this year, it's a pretty good bet that Jones will at least eye Romo's successor at some point – likely early – in the NFL draft. If he doesn't replace him immediately in the event of a loss, he will very likely make sure the replacement is on the roster looking over his shoulder.
And what about Garrett, who just a few years ago was considered one of the brightest offensive minds in the NFL and the next great up-and-coming coach? Jones thought enough of him to pay him millions when he was just Wade Phillips' offensive coordinator. But Garrett's fate could have been decided the moment he iced his own kicker in a loss at Arizona. If the Cowboys had won that game they could've clinched the NFC East last week against the Eagles, instead of having to rest their starters and set up one final, do-or-die game.
Jones may like Garrett, but he's a showman at heart. If they fail to make the playoffs, can he really resist the urge to bring in one of the bigger names on the market. Can he just sit quietly while Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher and Jon Gruden all get away?
There will be other decisions, too. Felix Jones was supposed to be the next great Cowboys running back and they even jettisoned Marion Barber to give him his chance. But the best Cowboys running back this season was DeMarco Murray. Jones still has one year left on his contract, but as much as he's a favorite of Jerry Jones, the emergence of Murray makes it seem unlikely he'd get a big offseason contract extension. And if he doesn't, could he be trade bait to a team that needs a running back so the Cowboys can bolster their depth?
What if the Giants lose?
The Giants are a franchise that craves stability, and they have a coach that ownership absolutely loves. But the cold, hard truth is that they haven't been to the playoffs since 2008 and in Coughlin's eight-year tenure their only postseason wins came during their Super Bowl championship run in 2007. That has given Coughlin a lot of milage, but the honeymoon can't last forever.
It will be a painfully hard decision for the owners and one the Giants don't want to make, but can they really ignore what would be a 2-6 second half, the latest in a string of second-half collapses on Coughlin’s watch? Can they ignore no playoffs in the last three years and no playoff wins in seven of eight seasons? Maybe they can be seduced by all the big names standing on the sideline, too. And there's also the question of whether any change they make will include GM Jerry Reese, because a good argument could be made that any failure by this team had more to do with the makeup of the roster and the depth than anything a coach did or didn't do.
They won't have any Romo-like decisions to make at quarterback, where Eli Manning will be coming off his finest season, but there could be other parts of the team that need a makeover -- their defense in particular. That will bring up the status of Fewell. Coughlin rarely fires his assistants, unless he does so under pressure. And if he fires Fewell, the Giants will end up with their fourth defensive coordinator in five seasons. That's usually a bad sign.
What would make ownership make Coughlin make a change? Well, what if the Rams fire Steve Spagnuolo, who was the Giants' defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLII? That might make them think about it, at least.
One thing is certain, though: The prize for losing this game isn’t just an early vacation and a second- or third-place schedule in 2012. The prize could be a long, painful offseason and plenty of changes along the way.
By RALPH VACCHIANO
The Skycam fell onto the field during the Insight Bowl between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Oklahoma Sooners. No one was hurt, but one of the Iowa players barely missed being knocked on the head by it and became tangled up in its wires.
It's surprising that this doesn't happen more often, with Skycam cameras zooming around almost every stadium in the country. These high wire cameras are attached at the very tops of the corners of each sports stadium, and while they provide very awesome views of on-field action, they are only help up by not-so-thick wires.
And these wires have to hold the strain of camera putting wear and tear on them as they follow the action on the field and fly from one end of the stadium to the other.
It will be interesting to see if more precautions are put into place to have other Skycam's around the country get checked more rigorously. Imagine if this happened in the middle of the last play of the Super Bowl and a Skycam "tackled" a player going into the end zone. Actually, that would be kind of awesome.
Kasey Kahn apparently isn't a breast man. The Hendricks Motorsports NASCAR driver angered mom's everywhere when he was disgusted by seeing a woman breastfeeding while he was at the grocery store.
Kahne tweeted to his 100,000 followers "One boob put away one boob hanging!! #nasty"
As if the hashtag nasty wasn't bad enough, he went even further by insulting the mom's who were furious at his tweet and even calling one of them a "dumb bitch".
What Kahne is about to learn, if he hasn't already, is that breastfeeding is one of the most sacred elements of motherhood. And mom's feel REALLY strongly about it.
It's one thing for it to be a topic of discussion about when and where it's appropriate to breastfeed, but to take his strong stance and call is nasty and disgusting will surely infuriate the not only the hardcore element of breastfeeding mom's who think it should be done anywhere and everywhere, but also the other mothers who are in the middle when it comes to breastfeeding in public.
After feeling the wrath of the insulted moms, Kahne later tweeted that he was sorry in what sounded like a bit of damage control:
“My comments were not directed at the mother’s right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion. I respect the mother’s right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases.”
Kasey Kahne then added: “In all honestly, I was surprised by what I saw in a grocery store. I shared that reaction with my fans on Twitter. It obviously wasn’t the correct approach, and, after reading your feedback, I now have a better understanding of why my posts upset some of you.”
But is that really damage control? He didn't really say he was sorry, or that his views that breastfeeding in public were misguided. Or that he even learned anything. Which is what the mom's are going to want to hear. They will want him to ackowledge that his views are archaic and sexist. But his response was more along the lines of "Hey, I couldn't believe what I saw so I tweeted it. I'm sorry it made you mad. Deal with it."
It will be interesting to see Kasey Kahne drink the traditional glass of milk if he were to win the NASCAR race at Indianapolis Speedway this year.
Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player who's ever lived. And now he's the greatest basketball player who's ever lived who is also engaged to Cuban model Yvette Prieto.
Jordan and Prieto have been dating since sometime in 2009. He first made their relationship known to the world at the All-Star game of that year.
Not a ton is known about her, except a few of these fun facts:
- Yvette Prieto got her start by modeling by doing bikini and fashion shoots and commercials.
- Prieto is 33 years old.
- Yvette is Cuban-American.
- Apparently just three years ago Yvette was reportedly dating Julio Iglesies Jr. and was happily in that relationship. According to Hola! Magazine's translation:
We've been dating for a year. While I can count on my fingers the girls I have dated seriously, Yvette is the third and the third time's the charm. She's a fantastic girl and I like her, apart from her beauty that's obvious, she is loving and easy-going. How good it is.
I guess if you're Julio Iglesies Jr, losing your girlfriend to Michael Jordan would hurt, but yuou'd also kind of understand. He's Michael Jordan.
Not much else is known about her, and even less is known about her relationship with Air Jordan, one of the most private men in all of sports.
The 6-time NBA champ's divorce, which was finalized in 2006 cost Jordan a reported $150 million, the details of which he kept under wraps about as well as you possibly could given this day and age of paparazzi and focus on celebrities.
There aren't a lot of photos of Prieto out there, but here's a quick gallery:
How a man who recently lost $150 million in a divorce can go back to the well so quickly (no matter how hot she is) must speak to how smitten Jordan is with the mysterious Yvette Prieto. Or maybe when you have somewhere in the vicinity of a billion dollars, losing a cool hundred and fifty million isn't that big of a deal.
We're guessing more photos of Yvette Prieto will come out as more people investigate her past, and we'll add the best ones here when they surface.
Rahcel Uchitel, the first woman to come out and admit that she was Tiger Woods mistress has let the world know that she is pregnant.
But don't worry Tiger, as far as we know, you're not the baby daddy.
Uchitel was the girl who set Tiger Woods personal (and golf) life into a downard spiral that ended up costing him his wife, millions of dollars in endorsements, and the ability to win golf tournaments.
When Uchitel revealed texts that Tiger Woods had allegedly sent to her, they revelaed a guy who was trying to keep his mistress on the hook, by telling her exactly what she wanted to hear:
"I know it's brutal on you that you can't be with me all the time," he texted Rachel Uchitel in one e-mail.
"I get it. It f-----g kills me, too. I finally found someone I connect with."
In a line that had to really get to Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, the golfer wrote Uchitel is "someone I have never found like this. Not even at home."
Uchitel later went on the Today Show with Dr. Drew, saying she suffered from a "love addiction," which probably just gave a lot of other guys the notion that they, too, had a shot with her.
There were rumors that Woods had given her $10 million in hush money, that she later returned because she wanted to go on shows like Celebrity Apprentice and thought should could make more money by building a career off being Tiger Woods' mistress instead of walking away with the ten million.
I guess that's sort of an oops.
Surprise, surprise. Tim Tebow's followers want to bring down HBO after an atheist made a blasphemous joke about the annointed Denver quarterback. Tebow, who is devoutly religious (he has a knack for putting Bible scripture on his eye black) has been a polarizing figure since he came to the NFL is at the center of another debate surrounding his combination of poor quarterbacking skills and Hall of Fame-worthy worship skills.
On one hand, he's not a great traditional quarterback. He's not great at throwing or doing the things you'd expect a quarterback to do, but he somehow manages to win games (his defense and kicker help a lot, too), so that makes the pundits mad that they can't explain his success. On the other, his fervent religiousness has made him a poster child for lots of Christians who have insinuated that God is pulling for the Broncos now that Tebow is behind the helm, and that makes everyone else mad.
So when Bill Maher tweeted "Wow, Jesus just f---- #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler "Hey, Buffalo's killing them" it really made Tebow's Christian followers very, very angry. Maher, who is a devout atheist and star of his documentary "Religulous" probably couldn't be more pleased to tweak the religious right with a single tweet.
Was the tweet in bad taste? It depends on which side of the Tim Tebow fence you fall on. But regardless, there are calls to boycott HBO, which broadcasts Bill Maher's "Real Time" show.
But, as usual, the outraged have missed the point. Maher is a devout and vocal atheist. Do you really expect anything else from him? And if you hate what he says so much, you're only bringing attention to him and his show by calling for boycott's of it. Guess what all this controversy and furor is going to do for Maher's ratings when his show returns in January? They're going to be higher than ever because people are going to tune in to see what he's going to say next.
And what do you really care what he says about Tim Tebow? If you don't like his show, don't watch it. Or, if you really want to do Bill a favor, picket it. Start a petition and get the word out about what a horrible and controversial show Maher does. Because there's a pretty good chance if Christians are boycotting his show, it's win-win for Bill. He gets tons of free publicity without losing any of his audience.
There's really not much that needs to be said about this video titled Don Cherry's Piano Desk. It is what it is -- Genius. For those of you who don't know who Don Cherry is, he's Canada's answer to Glenn Beck. He's a loudmouth red neck who says a lot of wacky stuff on Hockey Night in Canada. But since he's Canadian, he's way more more loveable than Beck.
And plus, he has that sweet piano desk. Who wouldn't want that?
With the recent state of politics, there seems to be a parallel between the major players in the Republican and Democratic parties and some major figures in the sports world. So we made a list comparing them. We're just hoping that before our economy crashes and we're all left jobless and homeless that the politicians realize that we need them to be held to a higher standard than we hold a guy who gets a bucket of Gatorade dumped on him when he's successful.
Newt Gingrich is Rex Ryan
How They're Similar: Sure, both of them are fat (clearly) but they both also have egos that match their enormous size. And they both also have sketchy/disgusting sexual histories, with Gingrich reportedly ditching his cancer-ridden wife while she was on her deathbed, and Rex filming foot fetish videos with his wife. We're pretty sure Newt's is worse, but forcing us to envision whatever it is Rex Ryan does to his wife's feet is a really close second.
Newt Gingrich Quote: "I have enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. And I’m doing it. I am now a famous person. I represent real power."
Rex Ryan Quote: "We're going to win the Super Bowl."
Rick Perry is Les Miles
How They're Similar: Have you ever heard what comes out of Rick Perry's mouth when he's trying to explain...well, anything? Have you ever watched Les Miles try and answer a straight forward question during an LSU press conference? It's like these guys are sharing the same mouth. And while both have been successful with big programs (Perry with the state of Texas, Miles with LSU), they both do their best work when there's no microphone around.
Rick Perry Quote: "Oops."
Les Miles Quote: "I can only tell you that the only fit to me for those players on this campus is extremely good."
Michele Bachmann is The Runaway Cart
How They're Similar: I'm not sure which one is crazier. On one hand you've got Michele Bachmann, who said an FDA-approved vaccine is making people retarded, Democrats are responsible for the flu, and gave us her insane eyes on the Newsweek cover. And on the other hand you've got that runaway cart that mowed down lots of people at Cowboys' Stadium. Let's call it a draw.
Michele Bachmann Quote: "If we took away the minimum wage, we could potentially, virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs on any level."
Runaway Cart Quote: "I'm a runaway cart! No one's driving me! I'm mowing people down!"
Ron Paul is Bill Snyder
How They're Similar: Both Ron Paul and Kansas State's football coach Bill Snyder are crazy old guys who say and do things that fly in the face of convention. For example, Ron Paul will say that a young man without health insurance should die (not the most politically savvy thing to say), and Snyder once tried to hypnotize himself to compress a full night's sleep into a one-hour trance. But guess what, there's a bit of truth on what these old codgers are going on about. Paul (who says a lot of common sense stuff between his libertarian black and white view of the world) is currently leading the Republican polls in Iowa and Snyder was just named the Sporting News' Coach of the Year after turning around the Kansas State football program. Take that non-crazy young people.
Ron Paul Quote: “With politicians like these, who needs terrorists?”
Bill Snyder Quote: "We practice in the rain. We ought to be able to play better in the rain."
Herman Cain is The Penn State Football Program
How They're Similar: Oh, ya know, that whole thing where they both tried to cover up decades-long sex scandals and then dropped out of sight while meakly proclaiming their innocence.
Mitt Romney is Bill Belichick
How They're Similar: Mitt made hundreds of millions in business while using cut throat practices of sending jobs overseas, while Belichick won three Super Bowls, routinely ran up the score on his opponents and was caught cheating in the Spygate scandal. And, yet, for as ruthless as both of them have been, they both have the personality of lukewarm water when someone is asking them questions in front of a camera. I'm not sure what's worse, getting stuck talking to Mitt Romney at a party, or having him send your job to the Philippines.
Mitt Romney Quote: "Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend."
Bill Belichick Quote: “We’re playing for 60 minutes, I don’t give a [expletive] what the score is.”
Rick Santorum is Tim Tebow
How They're Similar: Both of these guys are super religious, and they each have an interesting phenomenon named after them (Tim has "Tebowing" and if you don't know what "Santorum" is, go ahead and google it). But they're also similar in that we have no idea why we're still hearing so much about either one of them. Tebow is a 4th-rate quarterback and Santorum is the guy who will finish 6th in the Republican primaries. (In addition, this time next year, they will both be known as "Remember that guy?")
Rick Santorum Quote: "I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts."
Tim Tebow Quote: "As iron sharpens iron, men sharpen men."
Barack Obama is Ryan Leaf
How They're Similar: So much promise, so much hope. And then when it came to game time, they both threw more balls to the opposing team than they did to their own.
Barack Obama Quote: "I will close Guantanamo Bay."
Ryan Leaf Quote: "I'm looking forward to a 15-year career, a couple of trips to the Super Bowl and a parade through downtown San Diego.''
Joe Biden is Dana Holgorsen
How They're Similar: It's mostly the hair.
Maybe it's a cultural thing, but I've never been able to get into cricket. Not only do the matches take weeks, but when something does happen, it's basically just a piece of wood falling off a stick. It's rare for their to be a diving catch or a bone-crushing collision.
And there's tea breaks. Don't get me wrong, I like tea as much as the next guy, but should you stop a sporting event to sip something that grandmothers drink before bed?
Or maybe it's more civilized. Either way, this video of a camerman crashing his segway is pretty enjoyable. If this happened more often, I might spend some time to understand cricket.
Drew Brees is now the king of the NFL's quarterback mountain after passing Dan Marino for most passing yards in a single season. And Brees has one game left to increase his record even more.
And while the Saints demolished the Falcons on Monday Night football to clinch the NFC South division title, the story of the night was Brees. He's had arguably one of the greatest quarterbacking seasons of all time.
Arguably because this is an NFL based around passing much more than it was in Marino's time. But those who point to that as a way of taking away from what Brees did are way off base, because defenses are infinitely more complex now than they were 20 years ago.
In a show of class, Dan Marino (who you know is not happy about his record getting broken) tweeted, "Great job by such a special player."
But there's also something different about Brees record now. In the past, football records didn't really matter all that much. The rushing record was the sexy one, but after that, not a lot of people gave much thought to NFL records. It was baseball's immortal stats that really held the public's attention.
But with the steroid scandal that permeated through that sport over the last 15 years, no one knew what to think of baseball's record book. Every feat had a dark cloud of questions hanging over it. And now, with Barry Bonds who everyone almost guarantees took steroids, holding his sport's most hallowed record, it has lessened not only the home run record, but all the others as well.
And Drew Brees is the exact opposite of Barry Bonds. A super nice guy who does tons of charity work and has never been labeled a prima donna. He's the perfect player to own one of the NFL's most important records and should help turn around the public's interest in NFL's highest achievements.
And Brees breaking of the record was dramatic, as he did it on his last throw of the game. Brees edged him by 3 yards and now has 5,087 yards to Marino's 5,084. Brees is also the first player in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in more than one season, havig thrown for 5,069 in 2008.
And as if that wasn't enough, Brees' four touchdown passes against the Falcons brought him to ninth on the all-time touchdown list with with 276, passing Joe Montana (273) and Vinny Testaverde (276).