Wednesday, October 22, 2014

‪Mo’ne Davis' Chevrolet‬ commercial won't affect amateur status (VIDEO)

Mo'ne Davis made her paid television commercial debut during Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night but, according to an ESPNW Report, the corporate promotion will not impact her amateur status.

The 13-year-old Davis — who became a media darling at the 2014 Little League World Series  — was able to skirt the rules and make the Spike Lee-directed commercial, titled 'Throw Like a Girl,' without any NCAA repercussions because she is still in eighth grade. Once she goes into ninth grade, according to the NCAA rulebook, she would be subject to NCAA amateur rules.

In January, the NCAA Division I membership provided more flexibility on eligibility standards.

"Mo'ne Davis may be paid for appearing in the Chevy commercial without impacting her NCAA eligibility," NCAA spokeswoman Emily James said in a statement.

"The NCAA staff's decision was made within this process and based on a combination of considerations," James said in the statement. "This waiver narrowly extends the rules — which allow Davis to accept the payment and still be eligible in any other sport — to include baseball. The NCAA staff also considered the historically limited opportunities for women to participate in professional baseball. In addition, Davis is much younger than when the vast majority of the prospect rules apply. While this situation is unusual, the flexible approach utilized in this decision is not."

All of Davis’ money will go into a trust fund, said Lee on the Mike Francesa Show. Davis had to capitalize on her instant fame before the NCAA amateur rules affected her status, he added.

Davis, also a standout soccer and basketball player, even received a call from Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, congratulating her on her success, which turned out to be a minor violation for the Huskies.

Somewhere, a frustrated Todd Gurley is ripping up a lot of autographed Georgia Bulldogs jerseys.

Ref abandons soccer match after five players feign injuries all at once (VIDEO)

A Peruvian soccer team sure picked a strange way to have a salvage their dignity and have a one-sided game abandoned during a Copa Peru playoff rout by having five players go down at once with faked injuries so the referee would call the game.

Defensor Bolivar were losing 4-1 in the first round of the semi-final match against Defensor La Bocana, and already had two men sent off, before they started dropping like flies on the pitch.

With seven minutes of the game remaining, five Bolivar players fell to the ground in a disgraceful ploy to cancel the match and take flopping to a shocking new level:

Defensor La Bocana chose to play on and scored a fifth goal as they continued play with the remaining four "fit" players.

FIFA rules state that a team must have at least seven players on the field to continue and therefore the referee was forced to abandon the game.

The second leg of the tie is due to be played on Thursday but there are doubts whether that game will go on until Peruvian football officials decide whether to punish Bolivar for their misconduct.

Zamboni door gets assist on Maple Leafs goal against Islanders (VIDEO)

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum has meant a lot of good times for the New York Islanders — well, 30 some-odd years ago — and lately the old building has been a little cranky.

Tuesday night against  the Toronto Maple Leafs the 42-year-old structure might have said what a lot of Islander fans are thinking since the team announced it will move to Brooklyn next season — 'There's the door.'

And here's an assist too.

During the first period, after the puck rimmed around the boards in the Islanders' zone last night, it hit off the Zamboni doors and bounced away from Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey. Then it went right to the stick of Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel. He then sent it to James van Riemsdyk who snuck a shot past Jaroslav Halak to tie the score 1-1.

Maybe the Barclays Center doors will be friendlier to the Isles when they move there next season — that's if anyone can see them from the obstructed-view section in the stands.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Idiot wears offensive Ray Rice costume ... complete with blowup 'wife' he drags around by hair (PHOTOS)

With Halloween just around the corner, one NFL fan already found a way to offend just about everyone by wearing a Ray Rice costume — complete with a blowup version of the player's then-to-be wife he'd just beaten unconsciousness.

Photos of a man dragging the limp blowup doll by its hair showed up on Reddit Sunday in a forum reserved for taboo and tasteless humor called Too Soon.

Comments quickly flooded the site saying that anytime was too soon for the the costume. The photos were first posted by Redditor AL0311 along with the sick caption:

"Ladies were falling for my friends Ray Rice costume."

In the offensive photos — mimicking the famous domestic violence surveillance video at an Atlantic City casino (photo at bottom) —  the man wearing the former Baltimore Ravens running back's No. 27 jersey is seen dragging around a blowup doll in a long, dark wig.

Rice was suspended by the NFL and the case led to better awareness of domestic violence involving athletes. Legal experts now believe Rice has a strong case in his appeal against the suspension, and that he will likely win an argument that his suspension should only be six weeks, which has already passed.

These might be two of the worst ideas in a long time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Giants' Jameel McClain loudly objects to Tony Romo calling him 'the Mike' before play (VIDEO)

During Sunday's game with the Giants, Cowboys signal-caller Tony Romo designated Big Blue's Jameel McClain as the "Mike" before the snap on a 3rd-and-5 situation.

Mike is a common term used by quarterbacks on almost every play to identify the middle linebacker on defense and it seems McClain took offense at being labelled such.

It's usually not a big deal, but McClain persistently and hilariously objected to Romo's name-calling.

"Fifty-Three!" Romo shouts while pointing in McClain's direction.

McClain who sauntered up to the neutral zone as he was being pointed out, shouted back: "No I'm not the Mike! I'm not the Mike!"

Giants fans have a few choice names they would like to call the team's whole defense after losing 31-21 — and it isn't as nice as Mike.

Indian Premier League soccer player dies from goal celebration (VIDEO)

A pro soccer player died Sunday from a goal celebration which went tragically wrong in India's Mizoram Premier League last Tuesday.

Peter Biaksangzuala died in hospital five days after landing on his head while attempting a multiple-somersault after scoring for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC — a club based in the north east Indian province of Mizoram.

The 23-year-old midfielder tied the match with a 62nd-minute score against Chanmari West FC in Tuesday's league match and celebrated with a series of acrobatic somersaults across the pitch.

Biaksangzuala's tumbling was modeled after the celebratory back-flip German World Cup star Miroslav Klose made famous (photo below).

Biaksangzuala apparently mistimed his landing and his head took the brunt of the violent fall.

Team-mates immediately rushed to his aid and he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

Biaksangzuala was rushed to Aizawl Civil Hospital where a CT scan revealed he had severely damaged his spinal cord and he was moved to an intensive care unit.

He spent five days in hospital, as doctors unsuccessfully attempted to heal his injuries, and was pronounced dead in the early hours of Sunday after being put on a ventilator.

"He was trying to do Germany's Klose signature flip stunt," said a source. "But it misfired unfortunately."

The team will retire his No. 21 jersey.

49ers did one thing Sunday night that made Peyton Manning really mad (GIF)

For most of the game against the 49ers Sunday night Peyton Manning had a big grin on his face. And why not? The Broncos quarterback had set an NFL record for career touchdown passes, toyed with the Niners defense and even got to spend the fourth quarter relaxing on the bench during his team's 42-17 blowout win.

Then the visitors called a useless timeout while they were trailing 42-10 with three minutes left in the game to preserve the clock, and Manning just shook his head.

But when San Francisco also took a timeout before an extra point attempt after scoring a touchdown with one minute left, Manning's dismay turned into a WTF.

Read his lips:

At least he can smile knowing he has the historic football to take home with him. Oops, about that spot on your mantle, Peyton.