Confidential: Monday 06/19/2017

Report: Celtics have interest in Anthony Davis, Report: Celtics have interest in Anthony Davis, Blandino argued for eliminating overtime, Vince Young Finally Appears To Be Done, But We’ll Always Have That Rose Bowl, The Cubs are selling ivy for $200, Mayweather vs. McGregor Venue Standoff With Big3, Disturbing number of people confused about chocolate milk, J-Lo & A-Rod Love Birds do Paris, and ‘Louie’ the 132-year-old lobster freed after spending 20 years in a restaurant!

Report: Celtics have interest in Anthony Davis

The Boston Celtics definitely have the interest and the means to make a big splash this offseason.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23). (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the Celtics have eyed New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis as a potential trade target.

The Pelicans, however, have no intention of trading their star big man. Davis is on a team-friendly contract through 2021, and the organization is committed to making the Davis-DeMarcus Cousins pairing work next season.

Davis would have certainly fit the mold of the type of player the Celtics reportedly want to acquire. That will obviously be much easier said than done, and while you can appreciate the Celtics aiming high, they’re going to have to look at other, more reasonable options.

Zach Strief Said Terron Armstead Tore Labrum In Bag Drill

New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead. (AP Photo/David Richard)

So how does a football player suffer a significant shoulder injury during non-contact* workouts? By contact with an inanimate object.

Saints tackle Zach Strief told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday that tackle Terron Armstead tore his labrum while hitting a bag during individual drills.

With Armstead out four-to-six months, Strief explained that Ryan Ramczyk, Brice Harris, and Khalif Barnes are the primary candidates to replace Armstead on the left side. Streif called Ramczyk, a rookie first-round pick, the frontrunner.

Blandino Argued For Eliminating Overtime

When the NFL discussed changes to its overtime format, former head of officiating Dean Blandino’s argument was simple: Just get rid of it.

FILE – Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Blandino, who recently left the league to work for FOX, was asked by Colin Cowherd whether anybody ever argued for getting rid of overtime. Blandino answered, “Yours truly.”

As the NFL became concerned that long overtimes were a player safety risk, Blandino proposed eliminating overtime, but he said he had little support within the league.

“We started talking about overtime and reducing it from 15 to 10 because we were worried about additional snaps, players playing a full quarter more of football and then potentially having to go play on Thursday,” Blandino said. “Well, if we’re worried about player safety, then eliminate overtime and play to win in regulation. It would make the last two minutes that much more exciting. If a team’s sitting there with 30 to go and the ball on their 20, and they know the game could end in a tie because there’s no overtime, they’re going to go for it, take chances, take risks. We did talk about that. I think there would be some serious backlash from the fans if we got rid of overtime . . . but when you really break it down and you say, ‘OK, you’ve got to play to win in regulation, I think ultimately that would be a good thing.”

Vince Young Finally Appears To Be Done, But We'll Always Have That Rose Bowl

FILE – Vince Young is shown in a suite during a college football game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Vince Young, who authored one of the most sensational championship performances in the history of college sports, appears finally to have seen his football career end at age 34, succumbing to a hamstring injury in Canada.

Young hadn’t played in a regular-season NFL game since 2011, and last saw the field in the preseason for the Green Bay Packers in 2013. He tore his hamstring on June 6, four days before the first preseason game for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The injury turned out to be more severe than expected, and Young was cut, in all likelihood ending his career 11 years after he was taken third overall in the NFL Draft.




The Cubs Are Selling Ivy for $200 – SERIOUSLY!

New York Mets manager Terry Collins walks past the ivy in the outfield at Wrigley Field. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The Cubs have decided to sell ivy leaves from the 2016 World Series for the bargain bin price of $200 a leaf. Now, I understand that the ivy at Wrigley Field is about as iconic as anything else that exists at the old, venerable ballpark. With that being said, I’m imploring any of the people who are eligible to buy the ivy leaves not to do this. I’m sure that it’s lovely having a piece of history in your possession, but please do not drop $200 on ivy! Just imagine what you could do with those two C-notes instead of blowing it on ivy. Think of the thriftiness!

Mayweather vs. McGregor Venue Standoff With Big3

FILE – Conor McGregor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE – Floyd Mayweather Jr. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

There’s a fight of the century over the fight of the century … with two major sporting events vying for the T-Mobile Arena on August 26th. 

In one corner … Mayweather vs. McGregor. When the fight was announced, Dana White and Floyd Mayweather stated it will take place at the Vegas venue.

Problem is … Ice Cube‘s BIG3 basketball league already booked the location for the league championship game on the same night. 

Our BIG3 sources tell us they have no plans to move — they still have the venue booked and expect to play there on August 26th. The league even tweeted about it on Friday evening and T-Mobile has game tickets for sale on its site.

Sources connected to May-Mac tell us there are plans in motion to move BIG3 to the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena … it’s just a matter of time before that becomes official. 

For now, both sides have dug in … it’s a standoff.

Disturbing Number of People Confused About Chocolate Milk

Seven percent of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a new report.

The Innovation Center for US Dairy, an industry group, said that startling result was part of a survey conducted in April of 1,000 people about the role milk plays in their daily lives.

A solid 48 percent admitted they weren’t quite sure whether chocolate milk comes straight from ‘ol brown Bessy.

More than 29 percent said they use their children as an excuse to buy chocolate milk for themselves.

And then there was the 7 percent who said they believed a bunch of bull that brown cows are the ones that produce chocolate milk.

Researchers said that people who live in urban areas are more likely to believe the wild agricultural myth.

“It’s an exposure issue,” Cecily Upton, co-founder of the nonprofit FoodCorps, told The Washington Post.

Overall, researchers said most of the people surveyed didn’t understand how food makes it to the table.

J-Lo & A-Rod Love Birds do Paris

File – Jennifer Lopez, left, and Alex Rodriguez attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were just like the rest of us while sight-seeing in Paris … oohing and ahhing at the City of Light … hand-in-hand, of course.

J Lo and her man toured the French capital Sunday, acting like regular tourists — posing in front of landmarks, riding a tour bus and eyeing street merch from local vendors.

They visited the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre Museum in what looked like a busy day. Crazy thing is … it doesn’t seem like people noticed ’em all that much. Gotta be nice to dodge being a celeb for a day to fully enjoy the views.

'Louie' the 132-Year-Old Lobster Freed After Spending 20 years In A Restaurant

After spending 20 years in a small tank in a restaurant in New York, this crustacean has been freed back into the wild.

In honor of National Lobster Month, the town of Hempstead, New York on Long Island teamed up with restaurant Peter’s Clam Bar to release a massive 22-pound lobster on Friday, believed to be 132 years old.

Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino was present during the moment to help pardon Louie, who has reportedly been sitting in a tank at the restaurant for 20 years.

“Don’t be shellfish. Help the Town of Hempstead protect our wildlife,” Santino wrote on his Facebook page, along with a few photos which show a proclamation of pardon from the town.

According to the New York Post, the lobster has become somewhat of a pet for owner Butch Yamali, who purchased the restaurant (and Louie) four years ago. One patron apparently attempted to purchase Louie for $1,000 as a father’s day gift this past week, but Yamali wasn’t having it.

Now the question is will Louie survive after being in captivity?

“He’ll be just fine. There aren’t many predators who want to eat a big old lobster like that,” said Bob Bayer  executive director of the Lobster Institute in Maine told the Post. “Hopefully, he finds a mate — and lives happily ever after.”

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