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Here is an early look at my confidential for Thursday August 13th

Aug 13, 2015 -- 9:25am

Sean Weatherspoon has setback in recovery from hamstring injury

The Cardinals signed linebacker Sean Weatherspoon to a one-year deal this offseason in hopes that he’d stay healthy and recover his old form after missing 25-of-32 games over the last two seasons.

Their wait to find out the answer to the latter question will be extended a bit longer because Weatherspoon hasn’t been able to solve the former through this point in training camp. Weatherspoon hurt his hamstring during the first practice of camp and then suffered a setback in his attempt to return while going through some individual drills on Tuesday.

“Just not feeling as strong as it needs to be to sustain the practice,” Weatherspoon said, via the Arizona Republic. “I want to practice. I want to go out there with my guys, get that timing down. But the main thing is, I’m on a one-year deal so I’ve got to be healthy before I get out there.”


Ryan Seacrest will replace Mary Carillo as NBC late-night Olympics host for Rio 2016

NBC’s late-night Olympics coverage will be going in a very different direction in 2016. In Sochi in 2014, their primary late-night host was Mary Carillo, who also held that role in London, Vancouver and Beijing. Next year in Rio, they’ll be going with…Ryan Seacrest?

With just under a year to go until the Opening Ceremony, NBC Olympics announced today that Ryan Seacrest will serve as host for NBC’s late night coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Seacrest served as a correspondent for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Games, which was the most-watched television event in U.S. history with more than 217 million viewers. In London, Seacrest interviewed U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps and was one of the hosts of the Closing Ceremony.


Going blue? Michigan football social media accounts were hacked

Michigan football has surely been trying some new tactics for recruiting since Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach, but this probably isn’t what he or the program had in mind.

As of early Wednesday morning, the Michigan football Twitter and Facebook accounts appear to have been hacked. Either that, or the program’s social media department is adopting some very different ideas of what might interest alumni and fans.


As of 7:30 a.m. ET, it appears that Michigan football’s Twitter page has been scrubbed of all extraneous, viral, non-football content. But its Facebook page is still populated with a bunch of pop culture and gossip detritus. Here are just a couple of screen caps:



Someone’s probably going to be chewed out by Harbaugh this morning, or at least receive a very intense stare.

At the very least, a Michigan athletics social media coordinator is likely going to be attacking these posts with enthusiasm unknown to mankind this morning.


Todd Gurley likely to miss start of season for Rams

Todd Gurley won't play a snap this preseason. Don't expect to see him on the field in Week 1, either.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport wrote in a dispatch from Rams camp on Tuesday that the team expects their first-round pick to miss the "first couple games" of the regular season. Gurley is viewed as 90 percent recovered from his torn ACL, but the area around the repaired ligament isn't far enough along for the team to feel confident about a full return to action.

Which is not to insinuate that Gurley has suffered a setback. Rapoport wrote Tuesday that "team personnel can barely contain themselves" about the potential of Gurley, a college star at Georgia who has drawn comparisons to a young Adrian Peterson.


NFL might be making Super Bowl 50 Media Day a primetime event?

It’s the news Deion Sanders has been dreaming about for years.

Yes, per Fox Sports’ NFL insider Mike Garafolo, the league is kicking around the idea of moving Super Bowl media day—held every Tuesday before the big game—to primetime to maximize television exposure.

It’s a wonder they didn’t come to this decision sooner. Why has the NFL been wasting moments like this on the stuck-on-the-couch-at-noon crowd all these years?

Reading the responses to Garafolo’s tweet, the media seem to hate the idea, but from a logistical standpoint, moving the three hour event to primetime makes a lot of sense this season, as the Super Bowl is being played on the west coast, putting the start time for Media Day already into the early afternoon in the east.

If the league has no choice but to start an event at three o’clockin the east anyway, why not just wait another four hours, put the thing on at 4 p.m. PT and get a little primetime bump out of half the country getting home to watch the hilarity ensue?

Oh, and it will ensue. Media Day at the Super Bowl has become less about the NFL providing a day for the actual media and more about the NFL creating a fishbowl atmosphere for the fans to see just how many different types of media love to cover the league.


Bettor Cashes In on Historical MLB Night, Wins $100,000 on $78 Parlay Bet

One bettor in Dublin had himself a pretty good day this week, all thanks to his betting on the home team in every MLB game on Tuesday.

According to ESPN.com's David Purdum, a 46-year-old bettor at the William Hill sportsbook in the United Kingdom turned a (relatively) small parlay bet into more than $100,000. That bet may have been the result of nothing more than luck.

Fifteen games, 15 wins by the home team. According to the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN), Tuesday was the first time in MLB history that the home team won every game in which there were 15 games played on that day.

That historical night paid off in a big way for one lucky person. The bettor put down 50 pounds ($78.10) on a 15-leg parlay that featured every MLB home team on Tuesday and two correlated round-robin wagers. The result: a 64,543-pound ($100,810) payout.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook vice president Jay Kornegay, per Purdum, said that the historical night was a "terrible night" for his business, as it lost on 11 of the 15 games. While the sportsbooks may have had a rough night, it was a night to remember for one fortunate bettor.


Ex-NFLers including Michael Strahan rip Tom Brady for ringing that nanny

Ben Affleck, then girl Jennifer Garner and their three kids are on vacation in the Bahamas with nanny Christine Ouzounian.

Affleck leaves on a private jet, with Ouzounian, and they pick up New England cheating quarterback Tom Brady.

And the douchejuice's 4 Super Bowl rings. 

In a photo obtained exclusively by The Post, Christine Ouzounian, 28, is wearing the rings.

The NY Post asked some former NY Jets and Giants what they thought of Brady ringing the nanny.

“I saw the picture and was like, ‘What the heck is he doing carrying around all his rings?’ ” former Giant Michael Strahan told The Post’s Dana Schuster.

Retired Giant Shaun O’Hara has one 2008 Super Bowl ring and says most active players don’t wear their rings, “because they don’t want to dwell on the past.

“By no means do I wear the ring for a random night out,” he told The Post’s Tashara Jones.

Though there’s no word of what Brady’s wife Gisele Bündchen thinks, “I know my wife would not want the nanny wearing my Super Bowl rings,” said Damien Woody, who played for the New England Patriots and has two Super Bowl rings. “I have my rings locked up.”

The funny thing here isn't Ouzounian, sporting a brand new Lexus, thinking that A) Affleck is going to marry her or B) That anyone would ever (ever) hire her as a nanny again. It's Michael Strahan, of Regent Beverly Wilshire fame, weighing in on a pro football player ... playing.


Madden 16 ratings revealed for Falcons, NFC South

EA Sports revealed the Madden NFL 16 team ratings for the Atlanta Falcons and the rest of the NFC South.

Here's how things shake out within the division:

Panthers: 80

Saints: 78

Falcons: 77

Buccaneers: 74

Ratings for some of the Falcons' offensive players were also unveiled:  Matt Ryan (90 overall), Julio Jones (94 overall), Roddy White (84 overall), Leonard Hankerson (76 overall), Devonta Freeman (75 overall) and Tevin Coleman (74 overall).

And on defense: Vic Beasley (77 overall), Desmond Trufant (90 overall) and Justin Durant (84 overall).

A 77 overall rating seems accurate for a team that finished 6-10 last season and is shrouded in a bit of uncertainty with several new faces among coaches and players.

The Saints being rated higher than the Falcons is a tad confusing, particularly when you take into consideration the fact Atlanta swept them last season. They're also without Jimmy Graham, who was traded away to the Seattle Seahawks.

What do you think the Falcons should've been rated?

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The Confidential for Thursday 8/6

Aug 06, 2015 -- 8:57am

Here is an early look at my Confidential for Thursday August 6th. If you have a story for the confidential, email it to matt@680thefan.com or tweet it to @realmattlanta. 


Braves release prospect charged with rape, kidnapping

The Braves have released Elmer Reyes, a minor leaguer who was arrested in May and charged with rape and kidnapping.

Reyes has not played for Triple-A Gwinnett since May 22, the night the alleged incident occurred. According to police, Reyes met the victim and another woman after a game in Columbus, Ohio, and the pair agreed to accompany him to a bar.

The woman said Reyes then paid for a hotel room because he didn't want the women to drive after they had been drinking. One of the women fell asleep upon entering the room, and Reyes allegedly pinned the other to the bed and forced her to have intercourse.

Court records show Reyes waived his right to a preliminary hearing, but prosecutors still have not presented the case to a grand jury for indictment. They have a Sept. 1deadline to do so. Reyes has been out on $50,000 bond since shortly after his arrest.

Baseball America rated the 24-year-old infielder the No. 29 prospect in the Braves' system following last season.


Rex Ryan will eat a dog biscuit on Thursday

Bills coach Rex Ryan’s next goddamn snack is going to be a dog biscuit.

Ryan was challenged by a Buffalo news anchor to eat a dog biscuit as part of a challenge organized by the Erie County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to raise awareness of their efforts. On Wednesday, Ryan said he was accepting a challenge that will come easily to him and that he’ll enjoy his treat on Thursday.

“I believe I’ve been challenged to eat like a dog biscuit or something like that,” Ryan said, via ESPN.com. “With the name Rex, obviously I’ve eaten a lot of dog biscuits in my day, so this is no problem. I accept the challenge. I thought it was kind of funny when I got challenged by this person, and I’m like, ‘Alright, let’s do it. It’s on.’ Give me one of them small biscuits though. I had the lap band [surgery], can’t be the big ones, the large ones.”

Ryan wouldn’t reveal who he planned to challenge in return, saying only that it was going to be “big” because he wants “to make sure” that the media shows up for his Thursday press conference. Whether or not dog biscuits are involved, it’s hard to imagine that Ryan needs anything but his presence to guarantee an audience.


Percy Harvin dishes on his former team


Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin seems to finally have found his niche in Western New York, but only after a tumultuous season and-a-half stint with the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle ultimately resulted traded him to the New York Jets midway through the 2014 season, then Harvin signed with Buffalo this offseason. Harvin spoke up about his trying time in Seattle (via ESPN):

“Seattle, at times, I kind of felt as I had to come in and be the guy to sit in the back of the room, not say too much, kind of walk on egg shells. That in itself drew frustrations on top of not being accepted in my receiver group, so just kind of never was able to get comfortable in Seattle.”

Harvin reportedly got into a locker room confrontation with Seahawks former wide receiver Golden Tate before Super Bowl XLVIII. He also was reported to have gotten into another altercation with wide receiver Doug Baldwin prior to one of the during the 2014 preseason games.

Harvin concluded that the Seahawks receivers found him to be a threat.

“My teammates (in Buffalo) accept me a little more. What I mean by that, I always felt when I went to Seattle, a lot of the receivers kind of took me as a threat, rather than accepting me as a teammate. I always told those guys, I pulled them to the side several times after seeing a couple of the comments they was making to the media, ‘Hey, guys, I’m here to ball with you guys, I’m here to take us to the next level.'”

During the interview, Harvin indicated he could have handled things much better in Seattle. However, he still feels some resentment to the team that gave up big money and draft picks to acquire him in 2013.

Here is Harvin’s complete interview for those who want to hear the full details.

Harvin will now kick off the 2015 season on his fourth team. That’s quite the questionable résumé for a guy who is only 27 years old. And, other than a kick return touchdown in the 2014 Super Bowl, Harvin hasn’t made any highlight-reel plays since his days with the Minnesota Vikings.


Donald Sterling Files For Divorce From His Wife Shelly

Donald Sterling filed for divorce from his wife of 60 years Wednesday, potentially beginning yet another legal battle against Shelly Sterling. The documents filed in LA Superior Court cite irreconcilable difference, and note that the Sterlings have been separated since August 2012. 

The LA Times reports that the court filing allege that “Shelly Sterling has refused to distribute her husband’s share of the record $2-billion sale of the Clippers,” and Donald Sterling attorney Bobby Samini told the paper that “Donald hereby demands an accounting and distribution” of proceeds from the sale. 

If you recall, over a year ago Shelly had Donald examined by two doctors, who felt that he was mentally incapacitated. She used those determinations to take over control of the Sterling Family Trust—which held the Los Angeles Clippers—and reached an agreement to sell the team to Steve Ballmer. Donald tried, and failed, to block the sale with a lawsuit.

Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers was finally wrested away from him… Read more 

Currently, Donald Sterling is suing the NBA, Shelly Sterling, and the two doctors who found that he was mentally incapacitated in federal court. Since he has not signed off on the sale of the Clippers to Ballmer—even though the team was sold by the Sterling Family Trust, which he did not have control of—Donald Sterling’s half of the $2 billion is currently being held in escrow by the NBA. ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne sent out a handful of tweets tonight with added context:

Shelly Sterling said that of the $1 billion that was transferred into the trust she controls, she’s paid out $600 million in taxes and fees. Donald Sterling’s lawyer Bobby Samini has asked for a full accounting. “We want to know where the money went. A billion is a lot of money.” Donald Sterling, essentially, has received nothing yet from the sale because he’s still suing the league and Shelly. Shelly Sterling controls the family trust, if you remember, because doctors declared him mentally unfit to control business and legal affairs.


Bill Belichick tells funny Snoop Dogg story 


FOXBORO, Mass. — It ain’t always easy being B-I-double-L, but New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick dropped it like it’s hot during Wednesday’s Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

During his speech, the 63-year-old applauded inductee Willie McGinest for his superior leadership qualities and stunning athleticism. Belichick also reminisced about the time McGinest helped his daughter Amanda meet rapper Snoop Dogg before Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston.

No, that’s not a typo. Bill Belichick indeed once hung out with the legendary Snoop Doggy Dogg.

“The day before the game we go out and take pictures for all the families,” Belichick said. “Willie said to me before, ‘Hey, you know my boy’s here. Would it be OK if Snoop came down on the field?'”

The Patriots coach, in true OG fashion, accepted McGinest’s request.

“It was an awesome moment to go through the day and take pictures and all that,” Belichick said. “And when we come to the end, my daughter Amanda comes over to me and she is pleading with me with those big girl eyes, ‘Dad, dad, can we get a picture with Snoop?’

“So I said let me talk to Willie and see if we can swing it. So there it is, myself, my daughter, Willie and Snoop in his full length, red — the color of Willie’s Hall of Fame jacket — fur coat.”

The Patriots coach probably didn’t get his style from the famed rapper — sleeveless hoodies are more Belichick’s speed — but we do know one thing for sure: Someone definitely needs to find that picture.


ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo9h9 hours ago

After allowing 12 hits, Braves have given up 10+ hits in 7 straight games for the first time since April 12-21, 1990

Brad Adgate ‏@badgate 41m41 minutes ago

CBS says it has sold a 30-second ad in next February's Super Bowl for a record $5 million.


Arby’s to Jon Stewart: 'Thanks for being a friend'

Arby’s, long the butt of Jon Stewart’s tongue-in-cheek jokes on “The Daily Show,” is trying to get the last laugh.

The Atlanta-based fast-food chain decided to buy ads on Wednesday night’s next-to-last show with Stewart as host of the Comedy Central hit.

The spots featured a wrap-up of many of the barbs directed at the roast beef king, including: “Arby’s: It’s like shock and awe for your bowels,” “Arby’s: Isn’t there anywhere else we can eat;” and “Arby’s: Why not challenge your stomach to a fight.”

The Arby’s ad used “Thank You for Being A Friend” as its theme song and concluded: “I’m not sure why, but we’ll miss you.”

The reasons for Stewart’s fixation on Arby’s have never quite been clear, and some have even wondered if it was a clever product placement campaign. The company says it wasn’t. But it chose to welcome the visibility and chatter.

“We’re actually going to miss Jon’s mentions of Arby’s,” the company said Wednesday. “It goes to show, though, that if you keep your sense of humor, you can turn what could have been a negative situation into something positive and fun for the brand.”

When Stewart announced his plan to leave, Arby’s tweeted, “Jon, feel free to reach out to us at careers@arbys.com.” To which the show responded with another barb: “Arby’s, come for the tweets, run from the meats.”

This week, the company introduced the “Daily Deli” sandwich, a double corned beef, mustard on marble rye, in Stewart’s honor. It’s not on the menu but can be had by those in the know who ask for it.

“We’re happy to serve Jon one at his nearest Arby’s whenever he’s ready,” the company said.

Arby’s real last laugh may come from the bottom line. It says same-store sales rose 9.6 percent in the first quarter and 7.6 percent in the second.

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Confidential 7/27/15

Jul 27, 2015 -- 9:24am

Here is an early look at my Confidential for Monday July 27th. Enjoy and if you have a story for the confidential email me - matt@680thefan.com or send it via twitter @realmattlanta

LeSean McCoy releases new set of party rules

Hold the phone — LeSean McCoy has a message for all of us: He has switched up his party "strategy."

Last week, the Buffalo Bills running back announced he was going to host a "ladies only" party  in Philadelphia before he skips town for good. However, the application process to simply be invited was worse than any college application process.

Apparently, all of us took McCoy's shadily detailed "before camp party" invite out of context. So, he released a new set of rules Sunday night: Everyone is invited (except Hulk Hogan). Alcohol will not be served, just a smoothie bar. And you don't have to sign a confidentiality agreement. Huge.

Shady wrote this on Instagram:

Since the media and Internet took my before camp party outta context , I had to switch up my party strategy . 
So tonight I'll be inviting everyone to my back to business party . Featuring DJ @DonaldTrump on the 1's and 2's . Special invited guests @RexRyan , @chipKelly ,@Rogergodell , my man Barack .oprah, Carli Llyod , and even that terrible waiter with the awful service from the burger joint is invited. Don't bring your Id because there won't be any alcohol anyway. 
Open smoothie bar all night tho . Don't worry bout the confidentiality agreement. No only are ladies invited but everyone is invited , except hulk hogan he can't come . Maybe even @meekmill and @drake will hit the stage together . Turn up time party time !!!!



Signing bonus, guarantees an impediment for Russell Wilson deal

Regardless of how much the Seahawks are offering quarterback Russell Wilson on an annual basis, the question of how it will be paid out continues to be a major impediment.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, confirming Saturday’s PFT item pointing out that the Seahawks had moved to $21 million per year, reports that the biggest issue at this point is “cash up front and guarantees.”

It’s believed that Wilson, whose agent has in recent years has exclusively represented baseball players, wants a significant portion of the contract to be fully guaranteed. Because the NFL requires all future fully-guaranteed payments to be funded at the initiation of the deal by putting the money into escrow, the Seahawks are expected to push back.

Not because owner Paul Allen can’t afford to set the money aside. He definitely can. But the thinking is that he doesn’t want to, either because he disagrees with the funding concept or because the league wants teams to resist making greater percentages of player contracts fully guaranteed.


Horn: What ESPN plans to do in 90-minute Cowboys training camp special

Coming to a TV set near you on Aug. 4, a Tuesday, will be a live 90-minute special from the Cowboys’ Oxnard, Calif., training camp.

The idea is to take viewers through an afternoon practice with Kenny Mayne, Jon Gruden and Darren Woodson as tour guides.

This will be ESPN’s second such foray into training camp. Last summer the concept debuted with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. If you think the New England Patriots, the Seahawks’ successors as kings of the hill, would be the logical choice for this summer, you haven’t been paying attention.

So when ESPN producer Jay Rothman decided on an encore performance of his inside training camp experiment, he went directly to a team with “meat on the bone” that doesn’t mind offering a taste. The Cowboys provide the perfect ingredients, including an owner who likes cameras and a magnet that draws eyeballs.

In an interview this week, Rothman said he approached the receptive Cowboys at the Super Bowl and got the final approval last month.

“Jerry Jones is terrific, he gets it,” said Rothman, whose main role is producing Monday Night Football. “And there’s no secret that with the Cowboys, the ratings are big.”

The idea for the training camp series popped into Rothman’s head while he watched an ESPN special that focused on Boston Red Sox batting practice soon after the start of the 2014 season.

Rothman thought the idea would easily translate to the NFL.


Antoine Walker explains how he blew $108 million


If someone handed you $108 million, you’d probably think you were set for life. But it’s not that simple for some people.

Antoine Walker is perhaps better known for blowing through his $108 million earnings over his 12-year NBA career - most of which was spent with the Boston Celtics - than for his accomplishments on the basketball court. And Walker explained to CNN Money just how that happened.

“I created a very expensive lifestyle,” he said, per ProBasketballTalk. “That’s how you lose your wealth real bad at the beginning.”

But it wasn’t just cars and homes for himself that depleted his savings. Walker also estimates that he helped at least 30 people get themselves in “better situations” without expecting any repayment.

“I gave them whatever they wanted and spoiled them,” Walker said. “You can’t do that. It ended up being an open ATM throughout my career.”

Walker also had a gambling problem, but he said that wasn’t what ultimately finished off his millions. The former forward says it was the collapse of his Chicago real estate firm, Walker Ventures, during the latest recession that left him for broke.

“We got caught in the recession,” Walker said. “We had a ton of undeveloped real estate. It went bad. The banks wanted their money back.”

Walker announced in 2013 that he’s debt-free and now works with other young athletes to help them avoid a similar fate to his.


You want Price? Better send Tigers MLB-ready starter in return

The Tigers might be willing to grant a potential trade partner a two-day window to work out a new contract with David Price.

As the baseball industry readies for the possibility that Detroit Tigers ace David Price will become available on the trade market — which could occur as early as Sunday or Monday — here are two key details to remember:

The Tigers aren't necessarily opposed to granting a 48-hour window during which the acquiring team could negotiate a possible contract extension with Price, a free agent after this season. While such windows are rare in Major League Baseball trades, a high-ranking Tigers official said the team has no policy against them. (The added years of control could increase the caliber of players the Tigers receive in return.)

• Sources say the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs have interest in Price. To obtain the left-hander, a team almost certainly would need to surrender a pitcher who fits into the Tigers' 2016 rotation.


Smoltz took his time with his HOF Speech but he got it just right

@darrenrovell: John Smoltz, who wore #29, had an HOF induction speech today that lasted 29 minutes & 29 seconds

Juan Uribe has alot to move to NYC

@DOBrienAJC: Uribe had 5 cars from his fleet shipped to ATL for what ended up being 2 months with #Braves. #Baller


LSU's Leonard Fournette trolls Florida player on Instagram


Sometimes you just have to let people know how much work you’ve put in, even if it means using a little photographic evidence. And very early Sunday morning, LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette wanted to do just that by posting a picture on Instagram of him standing over Florida’s standout cornerback and best defensive player Vernon Hargreaves III, who appears to be lying limp on the ground. 

The Tigers won last year’s matchup in Gainesville, 30-27, after Fournette carried the ball 27 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns. So just call it extra motivation for this season’s October 17 meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Fournette rushed for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman in 2014, and Hargreaves is thought to be one of the best defensive backs in the country. This should be fun to watch.


Former Florida State Ball Boy 'Red Lightning' Turns Pro, Joins Falcons - Juan Uribe has alot to move to NYC

While NFL teams spend countless hours scouting college players, they also do their homework in order to create the best staff possible.

The Atlanta Falcons upgraded their staff this offseason by adding the best ball boy college football had to offer—Frankie Grizzle. You may know him as "Red Lightning," formerly of Florida State.

On Sunday, Grizzle announced that he would be taking his talents to the next level:

Frankie Grizzle @daonlyBigRed

A new journey begins today... Training Camp with the @AtlantaFalcons #RiseUp #DirtyBirds

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Confidential 7/10

Jul 10, 2015 -- 4:30pm

Here is a look at my confidential for Friday July 10th. Enjoy and remember if you have a story for the confidential email me at matt@680thefan.com or on Twitter @realmattlanta. 

Atlanta Hawks add Glenn Robinson III to summer league roster

Glenn Robinson III was added to the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday.

Robinson, the 6-foot-7 small forward, played last season for the Timberwolves and 76ers. He was not extended a qualifying offer by the 76ers on July 1 and became an unrestricted free agent. In 35 NBA games, Robinson averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.5 minutes.

Robinson was due to arrive in Las Vegas Thursday. It is unclear if he will play in the Hawks’ opening game Friday.

Robinson was a second-round pick of the Timberwolves (No. 40 overall) last year by the Timberwolves out of the University of Michigan. He was waived by the Timberwolves on March 5 after appearing in 25 games. Two days later, he was claimed by the 76ers.

Robinson is the son of former NBA player Glenn Robinson.

The Hawks play the Nuggets at 8 p.m. Eastern Friday. All 67 games in the Las Vegas Summer League will be aired on NBA TV.


Report: Mavericks acquire Zaza Pachulia from Bucks


The Dallas Mavericks didn’t waste any time moving on from the whole DeAndre Jordan fiasco. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the team acquired Zaza Pachulia from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Yahoo Sports insider Marc Spears confirms that Milwaukee will receive a second-round pick in the deal.

It’s not as splashy as signing Jordan, but Pachulia is no slouch. The 31-year-old center will be entering his 13th season in the NBA this fall. He averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in 73 games (45 starts) for Milwaukee last season.

Pachulia’s best season came back in 2006-07 when he put up 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks.

Dallas takes on all of Pachulia’s $5.3 expiring contract for the upcoming season. Though, Milwaukee doesn’t save any money under the cap because it made its free agent signings official prior to trading Pachulia. The big man was made available after Milwaukee signed Greg Monroe away from the Detroit Pistons in free agency.


Supplemental draft concludes with only one player chosen

Once the Rams took tackle Isaiah Battle in the fifth round, the mock supplemental drafts were all busted, and the drama was over.

And so was, as it turns out, the supplemental draft.

The league announced that the remaining two rounds of the annual dispersal of players not eligible for the regular draft has ended, with no other players chosen.

That means the other six players who were in the pool (West Georgia defensive end Darrius Caldwell, West Georgia defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, UConn tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short and North Carolina Central wide receiver/kick returner Adrian Wilkins.) are eligible to be signed by any team as a free agent.

Whether they will or not remains to be seen, but no one was willing to fork over a 2016 choice to take a look now.


Rob Gronkowski details his naked Slip 'N Slide antics in new book

Rob Gronkowski and his family have been partying for many years.

If the excerpts from “It’s Good to be Gronk,” an upcoming book from Rob Gronkowski (co-written by Jason Rosenhaus) are representative of what is contained in its 224 pages, fans are in for a real treat. Pages culled from the tome by the Boston Globe’s Gayle Fee for a column published Thursday establishes that the New England Patriots tight end doesn’t hold anything back as he chronicles his life both on and off the football field.

Would anyone be surprised to learn that while in college Rob Gronkowskiset up a homemade Slip 'N Slide designed to have people's clothes fall off?

Of course not.

But the actual story is still worth bringing to your attention.

Thursday's Boston Herald featuredexcerpts from the New England Patriots tight end's upcoming book, "It's Good To Be Gronk," which will be released on Tuesday.

Here's the tale of the rigged Slip 'N Slide:

"We would invite all the hot athletic and sorority girls over then take dishwashing liquid and squirt it all over the floor to get it slippery. We would then squirt it all over ourselves to get lubed up then throw water all over the place. The name of the game was to make it from door to door sliding on your chest."

Naturally, considering the conditions, the guys would strip down to their underwear and the girls to their undies and bras.

"Somebody was always naked and the girls loved it when our underwear slid off," he wrote.

Club G was also equipped with a hot tub and the price of admission, for the ladies, was to throw their bra or bikini top up into a nearby tree.

"When my mom visited, she saw all the bras in the trees and was (expletive)."

Gronk also defends his notable partying ways in the autobiography:

"I'm no Boy Scout. I'm a Gronk. ... Nobody, and I mean nobody parties like my crew, Party Rockers. ... We don't do drugs, that's for people who don't know how to party straight. We don't hurt people or look for any trouble. All we do is get wild, dance like madmen and have a very fun time."

Because perhaps the best story to emerge from the excerpts culled by Fee is the one about how Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was neither impressed nor worried about Gronkowski’s hard-partying ways.

During a chat with the boss, Gronkowski reported that he told Belichick that the “fun stuff makes me grind harder, Coach!”

Belichick apparently reacted to Gronk’s statement in a manner that is as Belichickian as it gets.

“He shook his head and walked away and said, ‘Whatever works for you …’” Gronkowski revealed.


Vlade Divac on George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins: 'It's not pretty'

As the Sacramento Kings continue to build on a good offseason with smart signings and a quality draft, they're starting to turn their attention to the elephant in the room. How do you solve the George Karl-DeMarcus Cousins situation that's been boiling since Cousins was nearly traded before the draft? 

Kings President of Basketball Operations Vlade Divac spoke with Jim Rome Monday and was brutally honest. Instead of saying reports were overblown or that everything was fine, Divac admitted that the entire situation is going to take a lot of repair. 

.“I will be honest with you, I think it's not pretty right now,” Divac said of the two. “I'm focused on bringing a better team this year, and I think I did a pretty good job in this free agency, and now I will be focused on the two of them. I think they should think about how they can do the best for this team, and I hope everything goes well.”

Divac believes he can build a championship roster around his talented 24-year old center, despite external doubt.

“I really believe in DeMarcus, I think he's our franchise guy,” said Divac. “I came here after 10 years, I had a chance to win the championship here with the Sacramento Kings, it didn't happen, I am coming back to do that with DeMarcus.”Divac expects Karl and Cousins to be in Sacramento for the start of the 2015-16 Season, and made it clear his head coach doesn't have the power to trade Cousins.

“A lot of rumors around the country talking about ‘he's not going to play for coach', ‘coach wants to trade him'; it's not going to happen,” said Divac. “If somebody is going to make a decision, I'm going to make the decision. So I want to keep them both here for now. DeMarcus is definitely our guy that we want to build a team around.”

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KFC's Fried Chicken Crust Pizza Is Very Real, Very Unnecessary

It's called the KFChizza. 

KFC appears to be determined to take fried chicken to places it has never been (nor probably should go), especially in the Philippines. The chain is famous for its Double Down sandwich which features buns made from fried chicken patties. The patties were then transformed into a hot dog bun for the Filipino market earlier this year.

Now, the chain is selling theKFChizza, or a pizza that features fried chicken for the crust, in locations across the Philippines. A slab of fried chicken is covered in pizza sauce, cheese, and other toppings like pineapple and green peppers and is then baked. 


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McDonald's: Parents Criticize Happy Meal 'Minions' Toy for Allegedly Uttering Expletives

The "Minions" toy that comes with a purchase of a Happy Meal speaks when tapped, Yahoo reports. Some parents have criticized the toy, as one of the phrases allegedly sounds like a swear word.


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Confidential 6/22/15

Jun 22, 2015 -- 11:06am

He is an early look at the confidential for Monday June 22nd. Enjoy. 

The Giants stranded manager Bruce Bochy at Dodger Stadium on Saturday

That’s no way to treat the guy who led you to three championships in the last five years. Abbey Mastracco of FOX Sports West reports that Giants manager Bruce Bochy was left behind at Dodger Stadium on Saturday nightfollowing his team’s 6-2 victory.

The Giants’ team bus left Dodger Stadium without Bochy, forcing him to call a cab for a ride back to L.A. Live, about a 10-minute drive. However, Bochy reportedly waited more than 35 minutes for the cab to arrive, making matters worse.

“The bus left me,” [Bochy] said Saturday, before the second game of the rivalry series. “I thought it was like, ‘Leave no troops behind.'”


“And people think I have a glamorous job,” Bochy joked. “And then I’m standing there outside the ballpark.”

Shortstop Brandon Crawford saw Bochy standing outside of Dodger Stadium and offered him a ride, but the manager turned him down as Crawford wasn’t staying at L.A. Live.

Dwyane Wade’s Father Wearing A Cavaliers Shirt

Things are already getting interesting in the NBA this offseason. Already we have seen what could have been a meeting between Kevin Love and Phil Jackson, now we have Dwyane Wade’s father in a Cavaliers shirt preaching at church. LeBron might need Wade to get that ring he promised Cleveland, there is no offseason anymore.-TO 


More legal trouble possible for Warren Sapp

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who lost his job at NFL Network after a Super Bowl soiree gone sour at his hotel room, now has a new potential legal mess on his hands.

Via TMZ, Sapp faces an accusation of domestic violence in Las Vegas. He is accused of assaulting a woman during an altercation at a Las Vegas casino on April 28.

Per the report, Sapp has not yet been arrested or charged. The woman has met with police, and she reportedly suffered minor injuries.


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Gurley’s contract protects him for first two years, Rams for last two

The Rams hope that running back Todd Gurley can play right away. The contract he signs reflects a somewhat lower degree of optimism.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Gurley’s contract includes a commitment from the Rams to pay Gurley’s full salary in 2015 and 2016, if he lands on the non-football injury list in both seasons due to the knee injury that occurred while he was playing college football at Georgia.

The contract also gives the Rams a way out from under the final two years of the contract, if the team eventually determines that Gurley won’t be able to recover from the torn ACL. If the deal is terminated due to the pre-existing knee injury, the Rams are on the hook only for the 2015 and 2016 base salaries.

Otherwise, the base salaries for all four years of the contract are guaranteed. And he gets an $8.3 million signing bonus, which will only be subject to reimbursement if he chooses to retire (and if the Rams choose to collect any unearned amounts).

The contract does not offset language for the guaranteed money; the Rams typically remove offset language from their first-round rookie deals. But the guaranteed money for 2017 and 2018 can be avoided entirely if Gurley is cut due to the pre-existing knee injury.

So if he never is able to pass a physical with the Rams, he gets the signing bonus and the base salaries for 2015 and 2016. Once he passes a physical, the full contract is guaranteed, without offset.


DeMarco Murray and girlfriend Heidi Mueller tie the knot


Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray married longtime girlfriend Heidi Mueller on Saturday.

Mueller, the mother of Murray’s daughter, made two major announcements with one Instagram post over the weekend. The marriage was one of them, but Mueller also revealed that she and Murray are expecting another child. Their daughter just turned 2.

As some of you know, Murray and Mueller dealt with some serious drama late last year. One of Murray’s former Oklahoma teammates, Brennan Clay, accused the Pro Bowler of having an affair with his wife. At first it seemed like Murray’s relationship with Mueller was unaffected by the rumors, but then there was a report that Murray’s absence from a practice with the Dallas Cowboys had something to do with him and Mueller splitting.

Despite Clay claiming he had proof of an affair and even sharing a dirty text message that he said was exchanged between Murray and his wife, Mueller and Murray continued to support each other publicly. Clay later apologized and admitted he jumped to conclusions.

Congrats to the happy couple.


Greg Oden making comeback, working out for NBA teams


Greg Oden is attempting an NBA comeback and working out for teams in hopes of securing a roster spot.

According to Real GM, Oden worked out for the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday and will work out in an upcoming Dallas Mavericks free agent minicamp. The Mavericks had strong interest in signing Odom when he returned to the league in 2013, but the former No. 1 overall pick chose to sign with the Miami Heat instead.

Oden played in 23 games for the Heat in the 2013-2014 season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game. He pleaded guilty to battery charges related to punching his ex-girlfriend last year. He also battled alcohol problems during his season with the Heat and was sentenced to AA meetings as part of his guilty plea.

The good news is that Oden is attempting to get his life back on track. He spent much of the year training at Ohio State where he slimmed down and was looking good according to Buckeyes coach Thad Matta.

“Quite honestly, I haven’t seen Greg look this good since when he played for us back in the day at Ohio State,” Matta said in March. “His attitude is off the charts.”

Real GM also reported that the Grizzlies may have interest in Oden. The 27-year-old center has only played in 105 games since being drafted in 2007.


Nike's new LeBron ad makes excuses for Cavaliers


Nike released a new LeBron James ad over the weekend, and some will view it as a nice tribute to a Cleveland Cavaliers team that came up just short in the NBA Finals. Others will read it and think “excuses, excuses.”

The ad references the injuries to both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving and essentially labels it miraculous that the Cavs pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games.

Here’s the full text:

Imagine if Lebron came home to Cleveland.

Imagine if the team struggled early but finished the regular season strong.

Imagine if their big man went down, but they still found a way to power through the Eastern Conference.

Imagine if they faced the top seed in the Finals.

Imagine if they pushed Game 1 to overtime but lost another star to injury.

Imagine if everyone counted them out.

Imagine if they shocked the world and took the next two games.

Imagine if fatigue caught up with them, and they lost Games 4 and 5.

Imagine if they defied odds, logic and the basketball gods to come back and win the series in 7.

Except this isn’t Hollywood. It’s Cleveland.

Nothing is given. Everything is earned.

We get the message the ad was trying to send, but it’s nowhere near as good as the one Nike released shortly after LeBron returned to Cleveland. It goes without saying that those responsible for writing the content would have had a much easier time if the Cavs pulled off the upset

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Confidential 6/08/15

Jun 08, 2015 -- 2:33pm

Here is an early look at the Confidential for Monday June 8th. 


Enjoy and remember if you have any stories that you can is confidential worthy email them to matt@680thefan.com


New HBO series uses NFL team names, logos without NFL consent

For the first time since Playmakers, a series based on the world of professional football will appear on TV. For the first time ever, a TV series will use the names of logos of NFL teams without the express written consent of the NFL.

PFT has gotten has advance look at Ballers, the new HBO series starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Debuting on June 21, the pilot episode of the weekly half-hour show begins with Johnson’s character laying in bed, having flashbacks to his career as a member of the Miami Dolphins, playing in a game against the Buffalo Bills. Both team uniforms are used, without alteration.

The first episode includes a scene from a conference room with a Packers logo on the wall. Later, one of the characters visits the fictional coach of the Miami Dolphins, who is wearing a hat with a Dolphins logo (the old logo, not the current one).  The second episode includes multiple scenes at a Dolphins offseason practice, with the players wearing helmets bearing the Dolphins logo (the current one, not the old one).

“HBO is always mindful of other intellectual property owners, but in this context there is no legal requirement to obtain their consent,” an HBO spokesperson said in a statement issued to PFT on Sunday afternoon. HBO confirmed that the NFL has no involvement in the series.

The NFL initially declined comment, and then reiterated its position after being informed of HBO’s official comment.

Playmakers was based on the fictional pro football team known as the Cougars. Even though Playmakers used no NFL team names or logos, ESPN dumped the show under direct pressure from the NFL, given concerns regarding the manner in which the show depicted professional football players. The first episode of Ballers focuses in part on an NFL player who has sex in the bathroom of a nightclub with a woman he had just met, and who then beats up a fan who confronts the player about keeping the bathroom occupied for an extended period of time.

Even if HBO is within its legal rights to use NFL team names and logo (past films like Any Given Sunday and The Replacements surely would have liked to use real team names and logos, and presumably didn’t due to legal concerns), HBO has a separate business relationship with the NFL, through the annual Hard Knocks series. So for the same reason the NFL squeezed ESPN more than a decade ago, the NFL could squeeze HBO now.

Since the NFL currently has no comment, it’s hard to know what the league will (or won’t) do about the situation. But the first two episodes of Ballers definitely have a Playmakersvibe to them, and it’ll be interesting to see how the show will be received by the NFL, the NFL Players Association, and individual NFL teams.


Police report says Hope Solo 'repeatedly insulted' officers upon 2014 arrest

An increasingly unflattering portrait of American soccer star Hope Solo emerges in newly publicized details of the evening the 33-year-old goalkeeper was arrested on domestic violence charges in June 2014.

According to a police report detailing the incident, which was obtained by ESPN and published Sunday, Solo showed clear signs of intoxication, and was belligerent towards the officers who were called to investigate the incident with her then-17-year-old nephew.

"I addressed her as Mrs. Solo and was corrected as she informed me her name was now Mrs. Stevens," the police report noted. "Mrs. Stevens showed signs of being intoxicated. Her eyes were bloodshot, speech was slurred, lack of good coordination, and the smell of intoxicants coming from her breath were present."

CBS Sports continues:

Solo "repeatedly insulted" several officers during the night, per the report. When asked to remove her necklace by one officer, she told him the necklace "was worth more than he makes in a year." When placed back in handcuffs to be transported to a different jail after processing by the officer who filed the report, Solo told the officer that the reason for the handcuffs what that he was "scared" of her.

At one point Solo yelled to an officer, "You know that if the handcuffs were off I'd kick your ass," according to the report.

The charges against Solo were ultimately dropped by a judge in January.


Tony Romo’s Fantasy Event in Vegas Called Off After NFL Complains

A fantasy football-themed event in Las Vegas headlined by Tony Romo was called off after the NFL reiterated a policy banning appearances associated with casinos, the Associated Press reports.

A league spokesman said Saturday the NFL “reminded the players association” of the policy with the National Fantasy Football Convention event scheduled for next month.

Romo, who recently joined Twitter, wrote that the league canceled the event. The Dallas quarterback said he was “sad for the fans and players.”

In a statement on the event’s website, organizers said the cancellation was “a direct result of sudden and unexpected opposition taken by the NFL concerning player participation and their perceived association with gambling for an event in Las Vegas.” They said they were rescheduling for next summer in Los Angeles.

Philadelphia running back DeMarco Murray, Romo’s former teammate, and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant were among the stars expected to attend, with autograph sessions and other fantasy-related events planned.

Bryant was critical of the NFL on Twitter, writing “don’t understand whenever they make … money off of us.”

In a March news release announcing the event, organizers said it would be held at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. It was supposed to be July 10-12.


Rihanna's cheering for LeBron forced Warriors owner to change seats

Have you ever sat next to someone on an airplane or at the movie theater or even at a sporting event and got so fed up by their actions that you had to switch seats? This was the predicament Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob found himself in during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

Lacob wanted to witness his team up close and personal so he had a courtside seat to take in all of the action. Also sitting courtside right next to him was Rihanna. While this could've been yet another perk of sitting courtside, Lacob grew so disgusted with Rihanna's constant cheering for LeBron James and the Cavs that he had to switch seats with his fiancee. 

According to Lacob, Rihanna just wouldn't quiet down despite his best efforts to inform her that he was the owner of the Warriors and that he moved his kids to different seats so she could sit there. 

"I want to clarify something. I did not give her the seats. Everyone is talking about this on radio today as I was driving around the city going to different meetings. She bought seats, paid a lot of money for them and she can root for whoever she wants, right? But I thought I would be a nice guy and took my two kids, who go to a lot of games and booted them down to the end of the court and moved her next to me. I said hey sit next to the owner, it is a nice thing to do. I thought I was being friendly. She was rooting for LeBron the whole game so finally I was getting irritated and I said hey I'm the owner of the Warriors. She didn't care, she just kept going. So finally I said that's it and I moved a couple seats down. Everyone has it that I moved my fiancee next to her because she got upset that I was sitting next to Rihanna which is not true."


Glory Johnson is straight, not a lesbian

Was the marriage between Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson doomed from the start? While most can agree that getting married a few weeks after a domestic violence incident is a terrible idea, there were some other serious warning signs about the whole relationship in general.

For starters, Johnson, a two-time all-star with the Tulsa Shock, is straight, not a lesbian, and even Griner knew that. Griner even thought to herself that pursuing Johnson, who is straight, could end up being a bad idea.

Check out some of these quotes from a May piece on the couple in The New York Times:

“Plus, Glory is straight,” Ms. Griner said. “That was another reason why I thought this could end really bad.”

“I’m not a lesbian,” Ms. Johnson said. “But Brittney is different.

“I still don’t really feel like I’m attracted to females in general. It’s just that I’m attracted to just one person.”

Johnson told The Times that she was attracted to Griner because the Phoenix Mercury star understood her and supported her while showing her love.

“It was weird, but it was so comfortable it didn’t feel like it was wrong,” Ms. Johnson told The Times. “But I didn’t know how I was going to tell my family and my friends.”

She eventually told her family, and they understood the relationship after seeing the two together. 

In the article, they even talk about the couple having children, which they say they planned to have happen sooner rather than later. Griner wanted a bigger family than Johnson, but it was agreed upon that Johnson would be the one to get pregnant. Now, less than a month later, Johnson is pregnant and Griner has filed for an annulment under grounds of fraud. She also seemed to question Johnson’s pregnancy, making us wonder how Johnson became pregnant.

The relationship seemed to be a bad idea from the start.


Brandon Spikes at center of hit-and-run investigation


A vehicle registered to Brandon Spikes was found abandoned on a highway in Foxboro Sunday morning around the same time an alleged hit-and-run accident was reported in the same area, according to police.

Police say an OnStar navigation operator notified state police around3:20 a.m. Sunday that the driver of a 2011 Mercedes Maybach told them he hit a deer. Troopers responding to the call found the vehicle abandoned near the center median along I-495. They also found damage to the front of the vehicle and no signs of a deer. 

Around the same time that the OnStar operator called police, a family reported being hit by a car from behind. The family could not see who hit them. All three people were taken to the hospital for examination and treatment.

“The investigation will seek to determine whether there is any connection between the reported incidents,” State police spokesman David Procopio said via The Boston Herald. “No connection has yet been definitively established.”

Someone’s getting charged with something, but Massachusetts cops don’t know who it will be just yet.

According to Jeremy Gottlieb and Braden Campbell of Boston.com, state troopers have “reached out” to Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes after a vehicle registered to him was found abandoned after a report it hit a deer, in an area where no deer was found but a Nissan that had been hit by another car was.


Chris Archer becomes first in the modern era with three straight double-digit strikeout, zero-walk starts

Rays starter Chris Archer racked up double-digits in strikeouts and issued no walks for a third consecutive start, helping the Rays fend off the Mariners 3-1 on Sunday. It’s the first time in the modern era that a pitcher has put together three straight starts in which he’s struck out at least 10 and walked none, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Stephen Curry: 0-8 from field, 4 turnovers when guarded by Matthew Dellavedova


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