Kyle Shanahan: Interview With Jags
The Falcons earned a bye week in the playoffs by virtue of their prolific offense.
And that also gives offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan a chance to interview for jobs.
The Jaguars have already interviewed former coach Tom Coughlin, and figure to make a lap through the usual suspects of young, offensive-minded coaches.
The Falcons led the league with 540 points scored this season (33.8 per game), and Shanahan has clearly been a big part of that, which will make him an in-demand name this week while the Falcons wait to see who they’ll play in the divisional round.
Report: Rams To Talk To Both Patriots Coordinators
They’ve also been linked to Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn, and their own interim coach John Fassel is interviewing today.
The Rams are requesting permission from the Jaguars to interview Marrone, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Redskins OC Sean McVay will interview also with the Rams this week, source says.
Tentative plan is for Patriots OC Josh McDaniels to do his interviews with the Rams, Niners and Jags during the bye weekend.
Payton To LA Rams?
Eventually, the annual “Sean Payton may leave the Saints” rumor is going to be right. That year could be this year.
With multiple national reporters connecting Payton to the Rams, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the Rams plan to seek permission to speak to Payton this week, and that Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis would be open to trading Payton.
Technically, the Saints and Rams would work out the terms of compensation before the Rams speak to Payton about a contract to coach the Rams. It’s not a trade in the classic sense; the Saints don’t send the remaining contract to the Rams. Instead, the Rams work out a deal with Payton. And the Rams work out a deal with the Saints.
For 12 teams, the NFL season now enters its most exciting month.
For the other 20, plans can now be made for the 2017 NFL Draft, with the selection order set for non-playoff teams.
By virtue of their 1-15 record, the Browns will pick first if the season ended today.
(Oh my God, the season actually did end today, and we’ve been making this joke for six weeks. Now what will we do?)
They’ll be followed by the 49ers, Bears, Jaguars and Titans, as Tennessee nets a top-five pick from dealing with the Rams for Jared Goff.
The Jets, Chargers, Panthers, Bengals and Bills round out the top 10. There will have to be a coin toss at the combine for the 14th and 15th spots since the Colts and Vikings (who owe their pick to the Eagles) have identical records and strength of schedule numbers, since that’s used as the tiebreaker for draft order.
Here’s a look at the complete top 20, with the rest of the order to be filled in as playoff teams fall by the wayside.
1. Cleveland 1-15
2. San Francisco 2-14
3 .Chicago 3-13
4. Jacksonville 3-13
5. Tennessee (from Los Angeles) 4-12
6. New York Jets 5-11
7. San Diego 5-11
8. Carolina 6-10
9. Cincinnati 6-9-1
10. Buffalo 7-9
11. New Orleans 7-9
12. Cleveland (from Philadelphia) 7-9
13. Arizona 7-8-1
t14. Indianapolis 8-8
t14. Philadelphia (from Minnesota) 8-8
16. Baltimore 8-8
17. Washington 8-7-1
18. Tennessee 9-7
19. Tampa Bay 9-7
20. Denver 9-7
The 2016 NFL LEAST Valuable Player
We will see who wins the NFL MVP but we already know who this seasons LVP was….
CAM NEWTON WAS A DISASTER IN 2016
The reining MVP was a huge disappointment. Last season, Cam Newton was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. This season he was a disaster. After throwing 35 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in 2015, Newton managed just 19 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions in 2016. Newton’s stats also included:
— A career-low 75.8 passer rating.
— A career-low 52.9 percent completion rate.
— A career-low 6.88 yards per pass.
— A career-low 359 rushing yards
— A career-low 3.99 yards per carry.
As we saw Brady play his best football, we saw Newton play his worst.
Writer ejected from Eagles’ pressbox
It seems like the real drama in Sunday’s Cowboys-Eagles game was in the pressbox.
The Eagles’ public relations department had Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer ejected in the third quarter. Per various tweets, McLane objected to several writers being asked to be quiet in the press box after they were trying to get clarification on a penalty call, and soon after stadium security escorted McLane out.
It was reported that McLane was ejected for a violation of “fan conduct,” which is strange considering he’s at the game in a working capacity, not as a fan.
As seen above, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that other reporters were told they would be ejected if they interfered with McLane’s ejection.
There have been some classic stories involving Eagles’ writers before, but this is probably the strangest of the bunch. The Eagles finished their season with a 27-13 win.
College Football Playoff Ratings Up Slightly, BUT...
ESPN has released the overnight ratings for yesterday’s College Football Playoff Semifinal games. That release is very glass half-full, touting the year-over-year increases compared to last year’s woeful ratings.
A slight bump, however, was not unexpected. The results still show that New Year’s Eve games are probably a bad idea if getting the product to be seen by the most people is the goal. When it comes to likelihood of viewers, a weekday New Year’s Eve is worse than a weekend one, when it comes to that early game. Both are worse than other options.
The Peach Bowl did a 11.5 overnight rating across both ESPN and ESPN2’s alternate broadcast. It did a 10.9 on ESPN alone. The Fiesta Bowl did a 10.5 on both channels and a 10.0 on ESPN alone.
Limiting it to just the ESPN broadcasts the last two years, the first semifinal’s 10.9 was better than the 9.7 of last year’s Clemson-Oklahoma game, and the second semifinal’s 10.0 was virtually similar to the 9.9 of Alabama-Michigan State last year in roughly the same time slot heading into the late night of New Year’s Eve.
Meanwhile, two years ago, with the games not on New Year’s Eve, the two games had ratings of 15.5 (Rose) and 15.3 (Sugar).
So while yesterday was a relative success compared to last year for the network, it’s still about two-thirds of what it was on New Year’s Day. Next year, we’ll see if that initial number was a function of the newness of the format, or as we suspect, an indictment of the decision to put the games on in the evening of New Year’s Eve.
Dick Clark Productions: "Mariah Carey’s ‘Rockin’ Eve’ Sabotage Claim ‘Absurd’
Dick Clark Productions has fired back at Mariah Carey, blasting the singer’s accusation that the production company was to blame for her performance problems on Saturday’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” telecast on ABC.
Carey spokeswoman Nicole Perna was quoted by Billboard magazine on Sunday saying that producers “set her up to fail.” She asserted that the singer complained of problems with her earpiece before she went live on the show. Carey has blamed technical issues and her inability to hear the music for her failure to complete a planned three-song set on the telecast.
Dick Clark Productions late Sunday issued a lengthy statement challenging Carey’s claims.
“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that DCP, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd,” the statement said.
“In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that (Dick Clark Productions) had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry,” the statement said.
Carey’s awkward appearance on the telecast that drew more than 8 million viewers became a New Year’s Day viral video sensation. The incident fueled speculation that Carey had intended to lip-synch the performance, a claim that Perna told Billboard was “adding insult to injury.”
Carey has been in the spotlight in the past few weeks since the November premiere of the E! reality series “Mariah’s World,” chronicling her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour of Europe, the U.K. and Australia. She previously had a rocky run as a judge on Fox’s “American Idol” in 2013. She later described the experience of working on the talent competition show as “abusive.”
Ex-Braves reliever joins men in blue
Former Braves reliever Anthony Varvaro made the move from rescuing major league teams to protecting residents and visitors of greater New York.
According to a news release by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Varvaro joined its police force Friday, one of 80 officers in this year’s Port Authority training class.
Varvaro, who turned 32 on Halloween, is from Staten Island and pitched for St. John’s University.
Pitching for the Braves from 2011-14, Varvaro made 153 appearances, all in relief. He pitched 168 2/3 innings and compiled a 7-7 record with a 2.99 ERA. He mostly was a setup man, but he did record one save as a Brave.
The highlights of his time with the Braves came in 2013 and 2014, when he appeared in 62 and 61 games, respectively. In those seasons, he pitched in 128 innings and was 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA. He finished 47 of the 123 games.
In December 2014, the Braves traded Varvaro to the Red Sox for minor league pitcher Aaron Kurcz and cash.
An arm injury led Varvaro to retire from baseball in June of this year.
According to Baseball Reference.com, Varvaro was paid more than $2 million in the majors. Now he will help make New York and New Jersey safe. According to the port authority, its officers patrol “three major airports, four bi-state bridges and two tunnels, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the PATH rail system, the regional ports in New York and New Jersey and the 16-acre World Trade Center site.”
Jeff Fisher matches Dan Reeves with most career losses
Say what you will about Jeff Fisher, but he’s a survivor. He has now survived long enough to tie Dan Reeves for the most losses in NFL history.
Both have 165, following a 42-14 loss by the Rams to the Falcons, one of the teams Reeves coached.
Jim Harbaugh to coach the Rams? Insane rumor is 'very real thing'
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh could reportedly return to the NFL to coach the Los Angeles Rams. The rumor has some legs.
While on Colin Cowherd’s FS1 show, MMQB‘s Albert Breer said that Harbaugh to the Rams is a “very real possibility.”
Here is what Cowherd had to say about the Rams coaching situation if they move on from Jeff Fisher:
“I think Josh McDaniels could be really good, but his profile’s rather small especially on the west coast. He was in Denver briefly, the Tebow coach and fail. I think you could bring Mike Shanahan in and he would bring his son Kyle Shanahan and if they came to Los Angeles that would work and you could bring Jim Harbaugh, that would work. Maybe a Jon Gruden is worth considering. But, right now the Rams are bad and boring and this is Los Angeles and it’s not working. I think Mike Shanahan for three years and then Kyle takes over after that makes a lot of sense.”
McDaniels, Gruden and Shanahan are all candidates we’ve listed to replace Fisher.
Fans can help Vic Beasley Tackle Childhood Cancer with “Vic Beasley Tackle Sack Challenge”
Every time Vic Beasley makes a tackle this NFL season, he and a group of generous fans will help fight childhood cancer through the inaugural “Vic Beasley 44 Tackle and Sack Challenge” benefiting the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.
For every tackle and sack he makes generates funds for childhood cancer research. And it’s not too late for fans to join the challenge and pledge any amount they want(every $1 truly helps!!).
Fans can join the Beasley in his efforts to fight childhood cancer by going to RallyFoundation.org/BeasleyTackleSackChallenge and pledging their support. Every dollar helps and fans are encouraged to pledge any amount from .44 cents per tackle, in honor of Beasley’s #44 jersey number.
Beasley joined the fight against childhood cancer in April, when he hosted the Rally Foundation’s 7th annual Rally on the Runway event at the Buckhead Theater, raising more than $250,000 in one night to fund much-needed research for childhood cancer treatments and cures.
About the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research:
Since its inception in 2005, Rally has raised more than $9 million to fund more than 215 childhood cancer research projects nationwide. Breakthroughs that save lives are happening at Rally-funded labs across the country. Rally operates at 93% efficiency, making it one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the world. For more information visit RallyFoundation.org and follow Rally on Facebook and Twitter (@RallyFoundation).
ESPN is reportedly interested in hiring Les Miles
If former LSU football coach Les Miles can’t find another job in coaching, he’s got a fallback plan. According to FootballScoop.com, ESPN is “very interested” in hiring Miles as a college football analyst.
This makes tons of sense, as Miles is a super-successful coach who also happens to be funny, honest and engaging on camera. That’s a rare combination in the unemployment line.
As we’ve written before, Miles would be a perfect replacement for the retiring Lee Corso on ESPN’s College GameDay. Here’s how our Ian Casselberry put it back in September HERE.
Khloe and Lamar Legally Single Life Right Around the Corner
Khloe Kardashian’s free to start planning a Christmas wedding to Tristan Thompson, now that she and Lamar Odom are finally single in the eyes of the law … or they will be very shortly.
According to their final divorce docs, stamped by the judge … their split will be legal on December 17. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, the exes both waived spousal support. As for their assets … Khloe and Lamar are splitting their production company, Khlomar, and a checking account right down the middle.
She’s keeping her interest in DASH Boutique and he’s keeping his NBA 401(k) plan. They’d already sold their marital home, and Khloe’s keeping the Calabasas home where she currently lives.
This brings their glacial-paced divorce proceedings to a close. Khloe first filed divorce docs in December 2013, withdrew it after his near-fatal OD … and then refiled in May 2016.
Adrien Broner Loses Threesome Sex Tape Case ... Protect Your 'Ho Phone'
Boxer Adrien Broner just learned the hard way … if you’re going to record a threesome on your phone — DON’T LET IT GO PUBLIC!!!
A Nevada court just ordered the boxer to fork over $175,000 (plus other fees) to one of his co-stars from a 2013 romp after the footage mysteriously surfaced on World Star Hip Hop.
Broner had argued that he didn’t intentionally leak the video (which was shot with the consent of his 2 partners) … but he had lost the phone he shot it on and someone else posted it.
So, why didn’t Broner have a password on his phone?
The boxer testified that he has 3 phones on him at all times — a business phone, a family phone and a “ho phone” (his actual words).
Broner says he simply never bothered to password protect the ho phone — so anyone could’ve had access to his x-rated library.
The jury bought Broner’s story and found that he did not act intentionally … just negligently … and ordered him to fork over the $40k in lost wages and $135k for pain and suffering.
The plaintiff’s attorney, Kevin Hansen, tells TMZ Sports, “I’m happy to see that the jury saw through the defendant’s games. They saw [my client] for who she is and Broner for who he is.
Jeff Fisher: Greg Robinson “Needed a Break"
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has a habit of protecting high draft picks from situations they’re not prepared for.
And after benching former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, Fisher said his left tackle needed a chance to catch his breath after a string of bad performances.
“We made a decision during the week to give Greg Robinson a break, a week off, because he needed it,” Fisher said, via
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. “There was just a lot going on, too many mental errors and too many penalties.
“But I would expect Greg to return to the lineup. Just one of those things. I’ve dealt with them before with young players. He just needed a moment, he needed a break, so we’ll get him back and get him going.”
Robinson was penalized 12 times in the first nine games, which is high even by Rams standards.
David Johnson Makes History For Hapless Cardinals
The Cardinals aren’t good this year. Cardinals running back David Johnson, in contrast, is really good.
David Johnson generated more than 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first 11 games of the season.
Via the NFL, Johnson matches former Colts running back Edgerrin James as the only players in league history to accomplish that feat. James did it twice, in 2000 and 2005. (And, yes, in honor of James — maybe — we’ve mentioned Johnson’s accomplishment twice.)
For the year, Johnson has 921 yards rushing and 613 yards receiving. He also has 13 total touchdowns.
RG3's Girlfriend: "Stadium Valet Stole Our Money ... During Browns Game!"
Robert Griffin III‘s girlfriend claims a valet at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland ransacked the wallets they left in their car during Sunday’s game … and stole all of their cash.
Grete Sadeiko — who has been publicly dating RG3 since the summer — said she left her car with a valet in the “players and family garage” to watch the Browns take on the Giants … and when she returned, the money had been taken out of their wallets.
Grete posted about the alleged incident on Twitter — and when people began to question why she left their wallets in the car in the first place, she roared back.
“Ain’t about why we left wallets in the car we parked in PLAYERS AND FAMILY PARKING GARAGE! I should be able to leave anything I want there.”
We’ve reached out to Cleveland police — who say they have no record of a report being filed about the incident.
We’ve also reached out to RG3 and Grete — so far, no word back.
South Carolina Players: ‘So Many Racial Slurs’ From Clemson
During South Carolina’s 56-7 loss to Clemson on Saturday night, one of the Tigers’ offensive linemen used a racial slur toward a Gamecocks defensive lineman, South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams said after the game.
“They used the n-word, one of their offensive linemen. I don’t know which number,” Allen-Williams said. “We are going to get our get-back. We definitely have this game circled next year.”
Wide receiver Terry Googer, who was visibly upset after the game, said this on Twitter: “Never thought I would hear so many racial slurs in my life!! Classless is not a strong enough word to describe the actions!”
On Sunday, Googer said it was fans, not players, with the unkind words.
“My experience was with fans! I can’t speak for any other player on my team,” he tweeted.
Clemson beat South Carolina 56-7 after some members of each team had a brief confrontation on the field 80 minutes before the game.
“They disrespected us,” Allen-Williams said. “We are waiting 365 days to get this team back. They did a lot of disrespectful things on the field. We are on a mission. We are definitely going to be ready.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it because it’s irrelevant now. The score was what it was.”
South Carolina defensive lineman Dante Sawyer referenced a racial slur in a postgame tweet.
“racism still alive in Clemson i see.. classless sobs, still calling people (racial slur) is crazy,” was posted on Sawyer’s Twitter page shortly before midnight.
On Sunday, Sawyer said via Twitter that Clemson senior offensive lineman Jay Guillermo contacted him about the situation.
“With all the tension following the game @Jay_Guillermo57 reached out about the situation, received all my respect,” Sawyer posted.
Read more HERE.
Brian Kelly Denies Reports About Other Jobs
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly strongly denied a report that stated he is casting eyes elsewhere.
A report late Saturday indicated that Kelly’s representatives were looking at potential options outside of Notre Dame. In a statement issued through the school, Kelly denied those rumors.
One wonders if Kelly is worried about his job security in South Bend. As recently as October, it was said publicly that his position was safe. The team hasn’t improved much since then, though, and on top of that, they were punished pretty severely for an academic scandal that happened on Kelly’s watch. Perhaps all that has changed some things about how Kelly is viewed. Either that or Kelly is simply playing nice.
Hey Millennials: It’s Time To Leave the Nest
For the first time on record, living with parents is now the most common arrangement for people ages 18 to 34, an analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center has found.
To that point, about 33 percent of all millennials live with their parents, slightly more than the proportion who live with a spouse or partner. It’s the first time that living at home has outpaced living with a spouse for this age group since such record-keeping began in 1880.
Dwight Howard CHALLENGES LAKERS FAN TO FIGHT!
“Call Me a Bitch to My Face!”
Dwight Howard doesn’t like being called a bitch — and was physically restrained when he got into it with a Lakers fans after the game Sunday night.
TMZ Sports has footage in which you can hear a man shouting obscenities at Howard after the Lakers beat the Hawks 109-94 at Staples Center.
At one point the man — who we’re told appeared to be in his 20s — says, “You’re a bitch!”
Dwight — who was on the way to the locker room — stopped in his tracks and jawed back at the heckler, “Come back here and say it.”
A team official grabs Howard and starts physically pushing the 6’11” superstar back toward the tunnel … as he continues to challenge the fan.
It’s not the first time Howard’s been heckled at Staples — the former Laker was taunted last year with a “Kobe” chant during a playoff game against the Clippers. He wasn’t happy then either.
RadarOnline: Kordell Stewart wins defamation case against man who claimed to be his gay lover
Kordell Stewart, retired NFL player, ex-husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” castmate Porsha Williams and former sports talk host,
has won a defamation case against a viral video star who claimed they were gay lovers.
RadarOnline got a hold of the lawsuit.
Stewart, who has previously denied he is gay, won a default judgment in DeKalb County Superior Court in a suit against Andrew Caldwell. He filed the original complaint last October and won his case earlier this month.
Stewart won by default because Caldwell never showed up in court.
He is scheduled to appear in court December 12 for the judge to determine damages.
“I had everything that Porsha got,” Caldwell said to The ShakeUP Morning Show last year. “I had bags, purses, cars. I’m in a Jaguar right now. Honey, did you see that Jaguar over there?”
He later retracted those statements to TMZ but the damage was done.
After the news of the lawsuit results came out, Caldwell on Facebook Live claimed he was never served the lawsuit.
Broncos DC Wade Phillips trolls former team with a 'We Dat!'
Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips couldn’t resist a celebratory “We Dat!” via Twitter on Monday after his Broncos beat the New Orleans Saints 25-23 in the city where Phillips and his father, Bum, used to coach.
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) November 14, 2016
Phillips later made sure that readers knew he the comments were made in jest and that he respects the Saints and their fans:
Some people must have forgotten that my first D.C.job was with the Saints and I love New Orleans, the Saints and their passionate fans!
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) November 14, 2016
Phillips is known for his colorful personality — and for his snarky Twitter trolling.
Last year after a win over the Packers, he tweeted, “Chicken Parm tastes so good-I like it especially with Cheese.”
Phillips also had fun with himself earlier this month after he fractured a rib in a sideline collision:
Phillips’ Twitter handle is @sonofbum — a tribute to his dad.
“I picked it because I’m proud of him. A lot of people call me S.O.B., but that’s a different thing,” Phillips joked last year.
The “Who Dat?” chant actually became popular in New Orleans while Bum Phillips was coaching the Saints from 1981-1985. Wade served as his father’s defensive coordinator then interim coach after Bum was fired toward the end of the ’85 season.
Holy moly, the Browns can actually still make the playoffs
Cleveland is still ‘Believeland’ for the Browns.
The Cleveland Browns have a 0-10 record but believe it or not Browns could still make the playoffs – with could being the key qualifier.
Scott Patsko of Cleveland.com ran through scenarios where the Browns, despite being currently winless, could make the playoffs. Basically, they need a lot to happen. With the AFC North being a meh-fest, here’s how Cleveland could sneak in.
1. Obviously, the Browns need to win every remaining game. Good luck.
2. The Ravens need to lose every game. Again, unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
3. The Steelers can only win two of their next seven games – two of which are against the Browns.
4. The Bengals must beat the Ravens and win just two remaining games.
In this scenario, the Browns would end the season at 6-10 and tied with the Steelers, but Cleveland would win the AFC North on a tiebreaker. The Bengals would finish at 5-10-1 and the Ravens at 5-11. No team has ever finished at 6-10 and won their division.
Ex-Browns coach Butch Davis Lands Another College Job
Former Browns head coach Butch Davis will be introduced Tuesday as the new head coach at Florida International University, per multiple reports.
Pete Garcia, the athletic director at FIU, was the head of the personnel department for the Browns when Davis coached the Browns from 2001-04. The two had previously worked together at the University of Miami; Garcia has been at FIU since 2006.
Davis has been working in TV since being fired by the University of North Carolina in 2011. He was 24-35 in four years as Browns coach but remains the only coach to take the “new” Browns to the playoffs. That 2002 team went 9-7 and blew a big lead to the Steelers in the Wildcard round.
Hawks’ fourth-quarter defense best in NBA
The Hawks lead the NBA, by a wide margin, in allowing an average of just 20.1 points in the final period. The Celtics are second by allowing 25.8 fourth-quarter points.
The Hawks (7-2) have allowed a low of 13 points (Rockets). They have allowed opponents less than 20 points six times.
Overall, the Hawks are second in the league with a team defensive rating of 95.8. They trail only the Clippers at 92.7.
Report: NBA execs anticipate DeMarcus Cousins trade soon
The globe might be closer to a DeMarcus Cousins trade than it realizes.
While the Sacramento Kings don’t want to give up on this season, reality sounds like it has started to set in – Cousins hits the market in 2018 and the odds he decides to stick with the team seem grim.
That’s why sources told Sporting News’ Sean Deveney current trade rumors seem more realistic than ever:
“I’d say they have three months, tops,” one Western Conference general manager told Sporting News, requesting anonymity because he is not allowed to speak about other teams’ players. “Probably more like a month, or month-and-a-half, because the closer they get to the (February trade) deadline, the less they’re going to get back. If you’re trying to trade him the week of the deadline, it’s going to be tougher.”
The Kings are 4-7 and 10th in the Western Conference. Based on the above, if things don’t pick up before the deadline next year, Boogie could be on his way out of town.
Shannen Doherty Absent From Beverly Hills, 90210 Reunion Amid Cancer Battle, Co-Stars Honor Actress
Now we’re crying.
Most of the original cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 reunited at REWind Con in Chicago Saturday, some 26 years after the cult drama series premiered. Shannen Doherty, who played Brenda Walsh, was absent, as she is battling breast cancer. She recently underwent weeks of chemotherapy and said in late October she was set to have radiation treatments.
But her former co-stars who did attend the reunion had her in her thoughts, especially Jennie Garth.
The actress, who played Brenda’s frenemy Kelly Taylor, posted a touching message to Shannen on her Instagram page that day.
Jennie’s message also contained the words “Fight like a Brenda,” written in pink, along a pink ribbon promoting breast cancer awareness.
Shannen reposted Jennie’s message, adding, “I’m so proud of this friendship and the mutual respect and admiration we have for each other.”
Shannen and Jennie have reunited several times over the years, as have other former Beverly Hills, 90210 cast members.
In addition to Jennie, the show alumni who attended REWind Con Saturday were Jason Priestley (Brenda’s twin brother Brandon Walsh), James Eckhouse (their father Jim Walsh), Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Christine Elise (Emily Valentine, Brandon—and Jason’s former flame), Luke Perry (Dylan McKay, Brenda and Kelly’s love interest), SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman) and Vincent Young (Noah Hunter, who made his first appearance in season eight).
The group sat down for a panel discussion, during which Perry gave a special shout-out to Doherty, and met with fans.
However, Ziering, who is away at Rhode Island Comic Con, joined Jason, Jennie, Tori and Gabrielle on FaceTime.
– Matt Chernoff
Co-Host of “Chuck and Chernoff”
680 The Fan
White House Visits, Tony Romo in game shape, Remembering the XFL and MORE in this week’s edition of Matt Chernoff’s “The Confidential!”
Jefferson: Cavaliers Will Be "Last Team To Visit the White House"
The Cleveland Cavaliers spent Thursday afternoon at the White House for the traditional visit by NBA champions. The way Richard Jefferson sees it, it may mark the last time any team visits the White House to celebrate a title, at least for a few years, presumably due to the election of Donald Trump.
Jefferson, after an Election Day following one of the bitterest, most divisive and controversial campaigns ever, on Wednesday posted a video to Snapchat in which he states the role the Cavaliers may play, saying, “Words cannot express the honor I feel being the last team to visit the White House tomorrow.”
And then there’s this tweet from Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins.
While it’s a distinct possibility said player was Jefferson, that may not be the case, either.
Jefferson’s Snapchat echoes comments from NBA analyst Jalen Rose, who believes NBA players won’t ever visit a Trump White House.
A handful of NBA head coaches, including Stan Van Gundy, Steve Kerr and Doc Rivers have made their opinions known as well, with Van Gundy and Kerry blasting Trump’s victory.
In baseball, the Chicago Cubs are considering a visit to the White House before President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017. But it merits pointing out part of the reason the Cubs may do so is because Obama extended the invitation in the first place, not because of Trump.
In the NFL, Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman indicates that the outcome of the election has created a deepening racial divide in locker rooms.
Terrell Owens to Eagles: 'They call, I ball'
PHILADELPHIA – Terrell Owens is overseas right now, but worry not, coach Doug Pederson. He’s still just a phone call away.
Some Philadelphia Eagles fans desperate for a bump in wide receiver production have been hitting up Owens via social media to save the day, and T.O. has been more than happy to play along. He even has a catchphrase going: “They Call. I Ball.”
T.O tweeted this:
Light workout while in Portugal just in case @Eagles make that call. #TheyCall-iBall ..
While the Eagles could use help — they have just one player (Jordan Matthews) in the top 100 in receiving yards — the 42-year-old Owens hasn’t played since 2010, so he’s probably not the answer. But it would be entertaining.
Owens isn’t the only former Eagle throwing his hat in the ring. Former cornerback Asante Samuel is ready to spring into action as well
Asante Samuel @pick_six22
My Philly fans hasn’t had a great corner, playmaker since I left. Corner back play these days is very suspect.
I can’t take it anymore. Tell Doug to hit me up. I got 3 more years. #thatsit
Report: Tony Romo Won’t Be Active For Sunday’s Game At Pittsburgh
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is back at practice and has been medically cleared to play football again after missing the first nine weeks of the season due to a broken bone in his back.
However, the Cowboys appear set to keep Romo on the sidelined for the time being.
Report: Saints Kenny Vaccaro Facing Four-Game Suspension
The already weak New Orleans Saints defense might by without a key cog for four games here soon. According to NFL Media’s Ian
Rapoport, starting strong safety and former first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro is facing a four-game ban under the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Sources: #Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is facing a 4-game suspension for violating NFL drug policy for use of Adderall.
— Ian Rapoport
Vaccaro, a fourth-year pro, has started 51 of a possible 55 games since being selected No. 15 overall back in 2013. This season, the Texas product has recorded 43 tackles and two forced fumbles. He’s starting on a defensive unit that ranks dead last in the NFL against the pass.
As Rapoport indicated, the suspension stems from the alleged use of Adderall. It remains to be seen when this will take place and whether Vaccaro will appeal the four-game ban.
Report: NFL Investigating Alleged Elliott Incident
The NFL is reportedly seeking information regarding an alleged domestic violence incident that took place involving Ezekiel Elliott in
February, which would be separate from the accusations the Dallas Cowboys running back faced in July.
According to a report from USA Today, an NFL official reached out to authorities in Aventura, Fla., in late September to obtain information about a February incident in which a woman claimed Elliott assaulted her.
“(The woman) claims that Elliott abused her in February of 2016 in Aventura,” NFL security representative Ed DuBois wrote in an email. “She claims that she called the Aventura Police via 911 and that officers arrived but decided not to arrest Elliott.”
The woman called 911 on Feb. 12 and told a dispatcher that Elliott struck her with an open hand on her “upper-left chest.” She also said Elliott “pushed me and shoved me against a wall” and that he had “pushed” and “shoved” her in the past. When asked when the last time Elliott hurt her was, the woman said “a couple months ago.” She added that she did not report the previous incident.
An officer who responded to the call said Elliott was not arrested because it was “her word against his and no independent witnesses” were present.
Since USA Today does not identify alleged victims of domestic assault, it is unclear if the woman who called police in February is the same one who shared some disturbing photos on social media in July and accused Elliott of abusing her for months.
While no charges were filed against Elliott in either incident, the NFL continues to investigate the rookie running back.
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 “This Was the XFL” To Premiere In February
Three days before Super Bowl LI, ESPN Films will premiere the 30 for 30 documentary “This Was the XFL,” directed by Charlie Ebersol,
chronicling the short-lived, ill-fated pro football league. The documentary, airing on February 2 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, tells the story in fascinating, candid, and often rollicking fashion featuring fellow television legends and close friends – Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon.
A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Ebersol and McMahon launched the XFL. It was hardly the first time a league had tried to compete with the NFL, but the brash audacity of the bid, combined with the personalities and charisma of Ebersol and McMahon and the marketing behemoths of their respective companies — NBC and WWE — captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come.
John Dahl, Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Films said: “We felt that the colorful personalities and storylines featured throughout the rise and fall of the XFL deserved a more detailed examination, and as Dick Ebersol’s son, Charlie provided a personal understanding of it all. The XFL was a gamble, and even though the league didn’t ultimately succeed, we think audiences will really enjoy this tale of risk and ambition.”
Hulk Hogan 'There's No Talk of WrestleMania Return'
he’d been contacted about a comeback.
Brooke told TMZ Sports over the weekend that “people have been calling [Hulk] about WrestleMania” … sending wrestling fans into a frenzy.
FYI — Hulk was fired by the company in 2015.
But not so fast … ’cause Hulk says it simply ain’t true. Appearing on the “Bischoff on Wrestling” podcast, Hulk shot down Brooke’s claim.
“Brooke running around on TMZ and the statement she made about me and wrestling and WrestleMania. For the record, like I said, she needs the big boot to the head. I haven’t talked to anybody about Wrestlemania.”
Report: Tom Herman to Texas is ‘all but official’
Houston suffered a stunning loss on Saturday that sent the team tumbling out of the top 25, but that apparently has had no effect on a major program being interested in its head coach.
In fact, a report on Monday claimed Tom Herman becoming the next head coach at Texas is essentially a done deal.
Big rumor today is that Tom Herman to #Longhorns is “all but offical.” Reliable sources saying what has been suspected for awhile now.
Falcons Use Madden 17 To Get Around NFL Social Media Policy
The NFL has prohibited teams from using GIFs or videos from games on social media. That has created a problem for franchises wanting to keep fans plugged in every week on Twitter, so some have figured out creative workarounds. The Atlanta Falcons are the latest innovator, as on Sunday they used Madden 17 to show off a great catch by Julio Jones.
Julio Jones with two big time catches and we are driving.#SDvsATL
Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. I’d like to see more teams do this. Bravo Falcons.
The Rams have insisted they’re only going to play quarterback Jared Goff when he’s ready to play.
It appears they’re trying to get him ready to play.
According to Rams coach Jeff Fisher, the first overall pick in last year’s draft will get more work with the starters during the bye week.
“Jared’s going to get some reps, which is a by product of the bye week,” Fisher said. “I don’t feel like Case needs the reps Wednesday and early next week, so Jared will get those reps, which is good.
“Jared’s going to be our starter, but we’re just going to continue with Case.”
Among the Jaguars who lost their cool (in addition to a game, but that’s no longer news) Sunday was Marqise Lee.
And the wide receiver said his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty came from directing the N-word at the Raiders, saying he was responding to their use of it as well.
“It was back and forth,” Lee said, via Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com. “In the midst of the game, emotion is going from both teams. It just so happened the ref heard me, so therefore I got the flag. I’ve got to fess up to it.”
Lee wouldn’t identify the Raiders players who used the slur which triggered his response. He said there was no ill will toward the players, and his emotions simply got the better of him. But he also thought he shouldn’t have been flagged for a word, no matter how offensive it might be.
Gilbert Arenas says he’s NOT REALLY struggling financially — despite what he said in court docs — claiming he’s still extremely loaded and hiding his fortune from his baby mama.
We broke the story … Gilbert filed court docs in his family law case saying his $111 million NBA contract pays out on Oct. 31st — and once that day comes, he won’t be able to afford to pay for his kids’ expensive private school.
In the docs, Gilbert makes it very clear he’ll be living on interest from previous investments — and not rollin’ like a $160 MILLION baller.
But after TMZ Sports posted the story … Gilbert posted a video of his own — showing off his kids messing around with thousands of dollars in cash and bragging that he’s “hiding” it from his baby mama, Laura Govan.
Gilbert also shows off his kids’ safety deposit boxes and says they’re “gold digger proof.”
He also says if Laura is insistent on sending the kids to school she better start “selling that p**sy.”
A Hudson Valley woman is finger lickin’ mad at Kentucky Fried Chicken, claiming its understuffed buckets are for the birds.
Anna Wurtzburger, of Hopewell Junction, says she bought a $20 bucket of chicken from KFC over the summer and was disappointed to find it looked much different than what’s in the chain’s ads.
“I came home and said, ‘Where’s the chicken?’ I thought I was going to have a couple of meals,” she told The Post.
“They say it feeds the whole family … They’re showing a bucket that’s overflowing with chicken,” the 64-year-old widow griped. “You get half a bucket! That’s false advertising, and it doesn’t feed the whole family. They’re small pieces!”
Wurtzburger rang up the fast-food giant’s Georgia headquarters to complain, and was told the chicken was portrayed prominently on the commercial “so that the public could see the chicken.”
“If you want the public to look at your chicken, put it in a dish,” she fumed. “It’s a lot of BS. … I expect to get what you’re telling me.”
Putting her money where her hungry mouth is, Wurtzburger hired a lawyer and filed a lawsuit, demanding KFC change its advertising.
She also returned two gift certificates the company sent her as a mea culpa.
“You know what commercial they should put on? You remember the movie, ‘Oliver’?” she said. “It was about the little boy growing up in the orphanages and he was hungry and he goes to the man, ‘Can I have some more?’ ”
Retired from the Fishkill Correction Facility, Wurtzburger lives off her Social Security check and said the KFC meal was supposed to be a rare treat.
The grandmother seeks $20 million in damages. KFC called the lawsuit “meritless.”
With a win tonight a player can join a very short list
I find this amazing. If Jon Lester wins tonight, he’ll be just the 2nd starter to win Gm 1 of a WS for 2 teams. The other: Jack Morris
You can now play golf at Turner Field
Turner Field may no longer be a baseball stadium after Sunday, but it still has life … as a golf course.
Stadiumlinks will turn Turner Field into a nine-hole course that will stretch over 1,000-plus yards of the concourses and field.
Registration is open for the three-day event that begins Oct. 14. Participants must register as a two-some or four-some, with each round costing $60 per person.
The San Diego Padres partnered with Callaway Golf last year to turn Petco Park into a golf course. This is what that course looked like:
There will be a cash purse of $1,000 awarded to the top three scores and a $100 cash prize awarded for any hole-in-one.
Report: Texas ‘very close’ to moving on from Charlie Strong
The Texas Longhorns are reportedly preparing to fire coach Charlie Strong at season’s end.
According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, the school is “very close” to deciding to fire Strong once the season ends. No move will be made during the season, as the Longhorns do not see an obvious interim replacement on staff, but back-to-back road losses to California and Oklahoma State appear to be sealing his fate.
Longhorns officials are said to be pleased with the culture change that Strong has implemented, as well as his recruiting. However, there is a sense that Strong lacks attention to detail, a theory given further fuel on Saturday when the team had three extra points blocked in the first half alone.
It isn’t clear whether or not there is anything Strong can do to save his job before season’s end. Thamel reports that Houston coach Tom Herman will likely be a target of the Longhorns if and when Strong is relieved of his duties.
Strong is taking over play-calling on the defensive side and shuffling his staff, likely a last ditch effort to salvage something from a season that started so promisingly. It may be too late either way.
Eagles LB Bradham arrested in airport with loaded gun
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham is in trouble with the law again. Bradham, who was charged with assault in July, was arrested with a loaded gun at a Miami airport.
“According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, the 27-year-old had put his backpack through the X-ray machine at Miami International when TSA workers noticed a loaded firearm,” a TMZ report said. “Bradham told workers he forgot the gun was in the bag — and showed officials his concealed weapons permit.”
Fortunately for Bradham, TMZ quoted officials saying “it was clear that there was no criminal intent on his part.” After being booked on 2nd degree misdemeanor concealed weapons charge, he was released on a $500 bond.
It’s worth noting that in both arrests, Bradham could well deserve the benefit of some doubt. In July, the assault reportedly came because he was defending his girlfriend.
Still, two arrests in the span of two months is not a good look for anyone.
Bradham has started in all three of Philadelphia’s games this season. The Eagles were on a bye week in Week 4.
David West has been protesting national anthem for years
David West recently said he is unsure if he will stand behind Colin Kaepernick in protesting the national anthem this upcoming season. That could be because the veteran NBA forward has been protesting the anthem in his own way for several years.
Before a preseason game with his new team, the Golden State Warriors, on Saturday, West intentionally stood about two feet behind the rest of his teammates when they lined up for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He later told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he has been doing that for years because of issues “a lot deeper” than the one Kaepernick is calling attention to.
“What about education? What about infant mortality? How about how we die younger and our babies die sooner?” West asked Spears. “We die. [Black men] have the shortest life expectancy. C’mon, man. The health care system? There are so many [issues]. It’s like, whatever …
West said he respects the movement Kaepernick has started, but he fears it will fizzle out without making any real impact.
“What he is doing is great, but I think it’s going to pass, too,” West said. “I’m not as optimistic about everything as everyone always seems to be. I don’t wear it on my sleeve like I used to. I’ve gotten older and a little bit more mature in terms of my thinking. But I understand human rights issues.
As a show of support for Kaepernick, the Toronto Raptors locked arms during both the American and Canadian national anthems on Saturday. West stuck with his decision to stand two feet behind teammates, which is something he says Chris Paul tried to talk him out of when the two were teammates with the New Orleans Hornets several years ago.
Cam Newton Allegedly Trashes Bev Hills Mansion … Stacy Keibler’s Hubby Sues
Cam Newton raged WAYYY too hard in the Bev Hills mansion he rented after the Super Bowl — throwing crazy parties and causing nearly $100k in damage … this according to a new lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports, Newton paid $123k to rent the place for 61 days — and agreed there would be NO PARTIES, no smoking and no more than 8 guests.
Problem is … the housekeeper snitched — telling the rental company Newton had been throwing multiple parties and leaving cigarette ashes all over the house.
In the suit, Pobre says his company warned Newton to cut out the funny business — and Cam responded by telling the housekeeper to quit diming him out.
When Newton moved out, Pobre says the house had been trashed — he broke an expensive fridge, caused water damage to the floors, ruined linens and worst of all … destroyed a fancy $32,000 rug.
Pobre says they went after Cam for the damages — $90,324.47 — but he never paid.
Pobre says home repairs took more than 2 months to complete — so he wants Cam to fork over an additional $180k in lost rent … totaling $270,324.47 … plus legal fees!
We reached out to Cam’s camp for comment — so far, no word back.
Judge sets $250,000 bail for man accused of running on field during Bears game
A judge set bail at $250,000 Monday for a man accused of running onto the field during Sunday’s Bears game dressed in a gorilla suit and a T-shirt that said, “All Lives Matter.”
Angelo Graham, 31, of Maryville, Tenn., was charged with felony criminal trespass to a place of public amusement, according to Chicago police. He appeared in bond court Monday, where Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Graham held in lieu of $250,000 bail, court records show.
Graham’s arrest history dates to 2001, according to court records. His convictions range from drug possession and manufacturing or delivery of 1 to 15 grams of heroin and cocaine to the possession of a firearm by a felon and retail theft. Court records showed he previously had a Chicago address.
The Cook County sheriff’s office website showed Graham was booked into jail Monday and was still in custody Monday afternoon. His next court date was set for Oct. 11.
Video footage captured Graham, wearing an orange hat on top of the gorilla costume, running on the field toward the end zone during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Bears game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. He slipped and was tackled by security near the 40-yard line. The back of his shirt read, “Put the Guns Down.” Security personnel detained him until Chicago police arrived at the scene and took him into custody, police said.
Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long tweeted about the incident.
“His change of direction was decent. No top end speed. Clearly poor choice in footwear because he slipped and fell. Proceeded to get pummeled,” he tweeted after the game.
Jim Harbaugh And Urban Meyer Reach Dumb Twitter Milestone With Fake Followers – Deadspin.com
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer became the first college football coach with one million Twitter followers yesterday, a feat he and the university celebrated.
Shortly afterward Jim Harbaugh, coach of bitter rivals Michigan, joined him. But they, or somebody on their behalf, both faked their way to one million.
Sixteen months ago both coaches had around 270,000 followers, and as recently as a month ago, according to Twitter Counter, Meyer had 807,685, and Harbaugh had 797,068. But in the last month they’ve each gained about 200,000 followers, thousands each day. Between Sept. 13 and Oct. 3, for instance, Meyer somehow gained exactly 7,042 followers each day, while between Sept. 13 and Sept. 22, Harbaugh somehow gained exactly 5,582 followers each day.
According to Twitter Audit, just 41 percent of Meyer’s Twitter followers are real, and just 40 percent of Harbaugh’s Twitter followers are. If you want a good way to visualize this, just go look at the accounts following Harbaugh, for instance. It’s almost exclusively eggs all the way down:
Now, any popular Twitter account has numerous fake followers. Barack Obama has 37 million fake followers, though he also has 41 million real ones. And this doesn’t mean that Meyer or Harbaugh, or people on their behalf, bought the Twitter followers. It is incredibly easy, and incredibly cheap, to buy thousands of fake Twitter followers for anybody. But it is pretty funny that the battle between Michigan and Ohio State has continued off the field in just the dumbest place: Twitter.
Michigan told me that they haven’t purchased followers for any teams or coaches, while Ohio State didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Leach called his team ‘a JV softball team’ after losing to Boise State over the weekend. And that wasn’t even the best part of his epic rant.
There hasn’t been a more disappointing team in all of college football this year than the Washington State Cougars. A team that was projected by some as a Pac-12 North darkhorse is now 0-2, with losses to FCS foe Eastern Washington and Boise State on Saturday.
The worst part is that it came after a 9-4 campaign a year ago in Pullman, during a season in which Mike Leach’s club appeared to turn the corner. Instead, it looks like the same old Wazzu we’ve all grown to know and feel bad for.
One guy who isn’t feeling bad for the Cougars is Leach himself. He went on a rant for the ages on Monday, calling out his team, their style of play and even the state of athletics in America.
But hey, other than that, everything is good, right coach?
In all seriousness, let’s give Leach credit for this: In a world where everyone is afraid to be honest, he simply refuses to hold back, and refuses to say what is “PC” or correct.
And to his word, he also put his money where his mouth is, making a handful of changes to his depth chart on Tuesday.
Buccaneers bring Kroy Biermann in for a tryout
A day after signing fomer Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers. The Bucs are looking at the Biermann.
Per Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, the Buccaneers worked out former Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills defensive end Kroy Biermann on Tuesday.
Smith served as Biermann’s head coach in Atlanta for seven of his eight seasons spent with the franchise. Biermann started 114 of a possible 128 games with Atlanta over the last eight years. He missed 14 games in 2013 after suffering a torn Achilles.
Biermann compiled 23.5 sacks and 331 tackles with the Falcons. He spent the offseason with the Buffalo Bills but was released during final cuts.
Jeff Fisher climbs the career coaching losses list
When the Rams lost to the 49ers last night, Jeff Fisher took a dubious place in NFL history.
Fisher is now all alone in third place in NFL history for most coaching losses, with 157. Prior to last night he was tied with Don Shula for third place, with 156.
That Fisher is tied with Shula for losses isn’t a good sign, considering that Shula coached 490 games in his Hall of Fame career, while Fisher has coached just 327 games.
Fisher’s career coaching record now sits at 169-157-1. The only coaches in NFL history with more losses are Tom Landry (250-162-6) and Dan Reeves (190-165-2). Fisher has a chance to pass both of them this season; if the Rams lose nine more games and finish 6-10 or worse, Fisher would have the all-time losses record to himself.
Fisher hasn’t had a winning season as Rams head coach, he’s now in his 5th season on the job. Fisher hasn’t had a winning record since 2008 in Tennessee. Fisher has coached 21 seasons in the league and has had 6 teams finish with winning records.
Rex Ryan revealed to the New York Post this week that he had previously had his Lap Band removed as a show of solidarity for brother Rob Ryan, who now serves on his Buffalo Bills coaching staff.
“I told him, we’ll figure this out together (without the Lap Band),’’ Ryan said.
The Bills head coach, who had the Lap Band inserted in 2010 after he topped out at nearly 350 pounds — going on to lose over 100 pounds in the next two years — joked about the decision to have the device removed.
“I did it a long time ago, so I’m not going to get into those things,” Rex Ryan quipped about the decision, via ESPN. “But as somebody pointed out, several times, we won more games when I was heavier, so I’ll do anything for the squad.”
Rob Ryan’s experience with the Lap-band did not go nearly as well as Rex’s, to put it mildly. In fact, here’s what he had to say about the serious health issues he suffered after undergoing the procedure a few years ago (via the New York Post):
“I put on 30 pounds in a month. Now I can’t get [the lap band] off,” Rob explained, after having dropped to 260 pounds from 320 pounds during his time in Dallas. “And then my band was so tight, I almost died. … It was so tight, my esophagus was working as my stomach.
“All you can eat is sugar, and I drink the hell out of wine. But that’s all I could really eat and drink, so I was getting enormous again.”
The revelation from Ryan that he had the Lap Band removed “a long time ago” helps explain how he apparently has put on 30 pounds since his brother joined the Bills coaching staff.
All that aside, the fact that Rex would perform such a gesture for Ryan demonstrates the closeness and loyalty the Ryan brothers enjoy, something they’re definitely leaning on after their father’s death this past summer.
Meyer signed family contract before taking Buckeyes job
Before he accepted a job offer to coach the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer’s family made him sign a contract with them first.
Shelley Meyer, said in a feature story published by Bleacher Report. “He was not accepting that he couldn’t control everything. He’s a perfectionist. He wants to win every game. He wants to win every championship. And that’s just not even clear thinking. You can’t. You just can’t.”
Shelley, daughters Nicki and Gigi and son Nate all had their terms, such as: My family will always come first. I will take care of myself and maintain good health. I will not go more than nine hours a day at the office. I will trust God’s plan and not be overanxious. I will eat three meals a day.
Nicki wrote it up on a now-famous page of pink notebook paper, and Urban signed.
Vin Scully won’t call Dodgers playoff games
If the Dodgers win the World Series in Vin Scully’s final year, the voice announcing the championship will not belong to Scully.
Scully said Tuesday he would not call any Dodgers playoff games on radio, meaning his career will end Oct. 2 in San Francisco.
“Otherwise, I’d be saying goodbye like in grand opera, where you say goodbye 12 different times,” Scully told The Times.
Although national broadcasters have exclusive television rights to playoff games, Scully has called the Dodgers’ postseason games on radio in recent years. The team had hoped he would do so again this year, but Scully said two farewells would be enough: Sept. 25, when the Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies in the final regular season home game, and Oct. 2, when the Dodgers finish the regular season at AT&T Park.
Said Scully: “I’m going to say goodbye at Dodger Stadium the last game with Colorado. I will say goodbye in San Francisco. And then that will be it.”
In his 67th and final season as voice of the Dodgers, Scully has called three road games: Opening day in San Diego, and two games in Anaheim. He said he would work all three games of the weekend series in San Francisco.
Vince McMahon undergoes mystery surgery for undisclosed injury
In the most vague release of all time, the WWE announced Monday that chairman Vince McMahon has undergone surgery after suffering an injury recently.
BREAKING: @WWE Chairman @VinceMcMahon sustained an injury while training, requiring surgery
So far, we don’t know what kind of injury it was and what kind of surgery McMahon underwent. All we know is that McMahon suffered some sort of injury and underwent some sort of procedure.
Here’s the ridiculous release for those interested: “WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon sustained an injury while training, requiring surgery, WWE.com has learned. The Chairman will be back in the office at WWE Headquarters on Wednesday, as usual.”
If you have a story for the confidential email to email@example.com or tweet me @realmattlanta
The Saints finished Tuesday with 74 players on their roster, but it looks like they’ll be topped up at 75 soon.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Saints will sign linebacker Paul Kruger. Kruger visited with the Saints on Tuesday after being released by the Browns and also drew interest from the Chiefs, although they’ll have to look elsewhere for help filling in for Justin Houston.
In news sure to be celebrated across the land, ESPN is once again handing play-by-play duties for the late Week 1 Monday Night Football game to Chris Berman, according to SI‘s Richard Deitsch.
This will be the fifth year in a row ESPN has gifted us Berman for the late-night game, and at this point it seems apparent that, much like the Masters and the Home Run Derby, Berman’s going to do this as long as Berman wants to do this. He will be joined in the booth by Steve Young, who takes over from Trent Dilfer; that’s interesting in that Dilfer just re-upped with ESPN, and apparently maintaining his presence on this telecast wasn’t part of the deal.
Tim Tebow claims that his desire to play baseball is “definitely not about money.” I wonder how much money he’d be making if it was about money.
As it stands, he’s making plenty of money as part of an effort that’s definitely not about money. Tebow has been selling signed baseballs and bats at $125 and $175 a pop, respectively. And now, ESPN co-worker Darren Rovell reports that Tebow has signed a multi-year deal with Adidas.
“Sources said there was always an active dialogue between Tebow and shoe and apparel companies,” Rovell writes. “His attempt to make it in baseball accelerated that timeline.”
In other words, Adidas and others had been talking to Tebow when he was a football player in permanent limbo. Once he became a budding baseball player, a deal got done. The first manifestation of it occurred on Tuesday, when Tebow became essentially an Adidas sandwich board, wearing the company’s gear from head to toe.
But Tebow’s baseball excursion definitely isn’t about money.
Twitter will stream its first college football game when the season kicks off Thursday
Utah State will take on Weber State live, and you can watch it for free
Twitter is entering the streaming game and will begin offering college football contests as soon as Thursday.
According to the Mountain West Conference, Twitter will broadcast the Utah State-Weber State game via free live stream on Thursday. It will be one of two games streamed by the social media service this week as Abilene Christian-Air Force will also be offered on Saturday.
Though Facebook is still seen as the king of social media, Twitter has become the destination of choice for fans to share immediate reactions during live events, both sporting and otherwise.
It is for this reason that Twitter is now signing deals to stream live sports directly via over-the-top broadcasts. Twitter will stream a package of 10 NFL games this fall on Thursdays as well as one MLB and NHL game per week during those respective sports’ regular seasons.
Utah State-Weber State will be simulcast via the Mountain West Network online. The Twitter broadcast will be free for all users and does not require a subscription.
Craig Sager to undergo third bone marrow transplant
TNT’s Craig Sager, the most recognizable sideline reporter in the NBA and arguably across all professional sports, on Wednesday will undergo his third bone marrow transplant.
The transplant will be his third in as many years after first being diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. His son, Craig Sager II, announced the news Tuesday afternoon on Twitter.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, tmrw my Dad will enter an unimaginable milestone w/ his 3rd bone marrow/stem cell transplant in a 3year span
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) August 30, 2016
Sager’s first transplant came thanks to his son back in 2014, but the disease returned in March of 2015. He then received a second bone marrow transplant, and in March of 2016, it was revealed that he was no longer in remission.
TV Ratings: MTV VMAs Drop Again, Draw 6.5 Million Viewers Across Nets
The flagship show for the cable network sees streaming spike but a 34 percent drop from 2015.
The MTV Video Music Awards saw another year of diminished audience returns on Sunday night. Across 11 Viacom networks, the premiere telecast brought in 6.5 million viewers.
Compared to last year’s show, which pulled a similar move by casting a wide net across the cable entertainment suite, the VMAs are down by more than 4 million viewers (a 34 percent drop). All told, the 2015 show grossed just shy of 10 million viewers across all of the networks.
With headlining performances by Beyonce, Rihanna and Britney Spears, this year’s VMAs mark a low for ratings on the main network, as well. Last year it brought 5 million viewers, falling from 8.3 million in 2014.
The network was quick to point to more promising streaming data on Monday morning. A network release touted a 70 percent increase (62.8 million video starts) in streams from VMA day in 2015. Facebook streaming was up 938 percent.
Mike Tyson accused of stealing ice cream treat at U.S. Open
Mike Tyson was in attendance at Arthur Ashe Stadium this week to take in some opening-round action at the U.S. Open. And as “Iron Mike” is wont to do from time to time, his antics duringhis appearance invited some semblance of controversy.
According to eyewitness accounts, Tyson snagged an ice cream treat out of a freezer at a Ben and Jerry’s kiosk and walked away without paying for it.
“I was like, ‘Are you serious? Am I imagining this? (Tyson) was like, ‘I feel like having an ice cream’ and he just took it,” said an unidentified worker, via the New York Post. “What are you going to do, fight him? He’s Mike Tyson.”
The former heavyweight champ’s ice cream treat of choice apparently was a “Half Baked” ice cream bar.
A female employee working the stand reportedly yelled, “Excuse me, are you going to pay for that.” An eyewitness states Tyson ignored her and kept on his way to take in Novak Djokovic’s first-round victory over Jerzy Janowicz.
When said employee asked a higher-up about the incident, the supervisor said, “Oh, it’s Mike Tyson, let it go,” according to a witness.
Tyson’s publicist has since downplayed the incident, saying all the hullabaloo can be chalked up to some confusion on Tyson’s part.
“There was a misunderstanding,” Joann Mignano said. “Mike got the ice cream and was going to have the host pay for it as he was running around with his family. He was being pulled in a lot of directions as his daughter, Milan, is a rising tennis star and huge fan of the sport…. His host, David Slade (USTA National Manager), got the money from Mike and has made sure the bill has been taken care of.”
In other words, all’s well that ends well. Tyson got his ice cream bar and the stand got their money. And really, Mike Tyson stealing an ice cream bar at the U.S. Open is a quintessential Tyson tale and deserves inclusion in the expansive pantheon of bizarre Mike Tyson stories.
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Robert Griffin III is trying to rebuild his football career in Cleveland, while starting a new chapter in his life as well.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Griffin has separated from his wife and is in the process of filing for divorce.
He’s far from the first quarterback to go down this road, after the Seahawks announced that Russell Wilson had filed for divorce in 2014. Many more people do the same thing outside the glare that comes with being an NFL quarterback, and the attention that follows a difficult decision.
Griffin has reportedly told coaches and teammates of the decision and they’ve been supporting him.
Ray Lewis’ son indicted on sexual assault charges:
The son of retired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has been formally charged, after allegations of sexual assault earlier this year.
According to Emily Weaver of the Myrtle Beach Sun-News, an Horry County grand jury indicted Ray Lewis III with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Lewis III, a former Coastal Carolina football player was accused of engaging in sexual battery of an 18-year-old who was mentally incapacitated or physically helpless to defend herself due to drugs or alcohol during an incident in January. The initial complaint involved two women who say they were assaulted.
After the Conway Police Department compiled records from the hospital and statements from witnesses, the case was turned over to the solicitor’s office for review. Lewis III was charged, he turned himself in and was released on a $10,000 bond.
Lewis III played in 12 games at Coastal Carolina last year after transferring from Miami (his father’s alma mater), but he was suspended indefinitely from the team following the charges.
Arians to remain hospitalized overnight:
The Cardinals traveled from Arizona to San Diego for joint practices. Before Tuesday’s session could begin, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians became ill.
Per an update provided by Cardinals spokesman Mark Dalton, Arians underwent tests Tuesday evening, and the next update on his condition should come on Wednesday.
According to team spokesman Mark Dalton, Arians told the team’s medical staff that he was experiencing stomach pain shortly after the team arrived at Qualcomm Stadium. After an evaluation by medical personnel at the venue, Arians was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
One person who was present at the stadium said Arians was taken out on a stretcher, and that he appeared to be disoriented.
Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians will remain in a San Diego area hospital until at least Wednesday morning.
Arians is 63 years old.
Marcell Dareus, Manny Lawson reportedly facing suspensions:
Marcell Dareus said last month he “would hate” if Tom Brady was suspended for the New England Patriots’ Week 4 matchup with the Buffalo Bills.
Now, it appears both Brady and Dareus will be watching that game from home.
Dareus, one of the Bills’ best defensive players, is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport both reported, citing league sources, that Dareus’ violation was the result of a positive marijuana test. This would be the second suspension of his six-year pro career, following a one-game ban last season.
The Bills also could be without Manny Lawson to begin the season, as the defensive end is facing a one-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, league sources told the Buffalo News on Tuesday. Both players can appeal their suspensions.
These are just the latest dominoes to fall in what has been a disastrous month for the Buffalo defense, which already lost linebackers Reggie Ragland and IK Enemkpali to season-ending ACL tears. Top draft pick Shaq Lawson also is expected to miss at least the first few weeks of the season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
Rams’ L.A. Return Earns Low Overnight Opposite the Olympics:
Facing the Olympics on the lowest rated night of the week, the Rams’ return to Los Angeles was not much of a draw in the metered markets.
Saturday’s Cowboys/Rams NFL preseason game earned a 2.1 overnight rating on ESPN, down 25% from the network’s first preseason game last year, Bills/Browns on a Thursday night (2.8). Cowboys/Rams was not intended to be ESPN’s preseason opener, but its scheduled Hall of Fame Game telecast was canceled.
Ratings were obviously affected by competition from the Olympic Games, which pulled a 16.4 overnight on NBC alone Saturday night.
ESPN’s telecast pulled a 2.8 rating in Dallas-Ft. Worth and a 1.7 in Los Angeles. As is always the case for ESPN NFL games, coverage was simulcast on local affiliates in both markets, earning a 7.3 on Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA and a 5.2 on L.A. ABC affiliate KABC.
In St. Louis, former home of the Rams, Saturday’s game earned a 2.3 rating — ranking 24th out of the 56 metered markets.
The Dolphins will play their games at Hard Rock Stadium:
The Dolphins are ready to rock.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Hard Rock International has purchased the naming rights to the newly refurbished Dolphins stadium.
It’s the eighth name since 1987 for the artist formerly known as Joe Robbie Stadium, joining the hallowed ranks of Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium (apparently the singular Dolphin got lonely), Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Landshark Stadium, and Sun Life Stadium.
Salguero reports the deal is for more than 12 years, which could attach some degree of permanence to the place.
While the company is owned by the Seminole Indian tribe, the name will not reference the casino of the same name they own 15 miles up the road.LeBron James funds trip to amusement park for 5,000 families:
LeBron James continues to put his money where his mouth is — literally — when it comes to giving back to the community that raised him.
Thanks to James, 5,000 kids and their families were treated to a day at Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point Amusement Park on Tuesday.
The trip was put together to help kids put an emphasis on their educations.
“The annual trip to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio encourages Akron kiddos to focus on their education before entering LBJ’s “I Promise” initiative — which offers a free college education after high school,” Per TMZ Sports. “LeBron teamed up with Chase Bank to help pay for the shindig … which also offers an opportunity to attend a sit-down convo with the King himself.”
The cause is certainly a noble one. Plus, for kids in Northeast Ohio, it would be hard to imagine a bigger thrill than a meeting with LeBron James. If it comes with a fun day at an amusement park and a free college education, that’s even better.
Univision is buying bankrupt Gawker Media:
The owner of the leading U.S. Spanish-language TV broadcaster is set to take over Gawker Media, the blog network founded by Nick Denton.
Univision Holdings Inc. is buying Gawker Media, the online media and blog network in bankruptcy.
A person familiar with the proceedings said the only other bidder for Gawker, Ziff Davis, withdrew its $90-million bid Tuesday. The sale to Univision, the leading Spanish-language TV broadcaster, will need the approval of a U.S. bankruptcy court judge.
A Univision spokesperson did not comment on several reports that put the company’s winning bid at $135 million.
A takeover of Gawker Media contributes to Univision’s efforts to expand its digital media properties aimed at reaching younger consumers, though Univision could soften the sharp tone that has come to define Gawker’s properties.
Gawker Media’s properties include the flagship gossip site Gawker, the female-oriented Jezebel, the sports site Deadspin, and a few other online publications.
At times, though, Gawker Media pushed the envelope.
Denton’s company was forced into bankruptcy this spring after a Florida jury awarded $140 million to Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, who had sued Gawker for invasion of privacy.
In October 2012, Gawker posted a two-minute excerpt of a sex tape featuring Bollea and a friend’s wife without his permission.