Monday, December 22, 2014

Yankees to pay for the education of murdered cop Rafael Ramos' children: Report

A New York Yankees charity will pay for the education of the sons of murdered NYPD cop Rafael Ramos, after their father was ambushed and gunned down in his patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday.

The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, which provides for the children of officers who died in the line of duty, will take on any education expenses for 13-year-old Jaden and Ramos' other son who is in college.

The 40-year-old Ramos was murdered in the planned attack alongside his partner Wenjian Liu when Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley crept up behind their patrol car and shot them both in the head — before turning the gun on himself.

The 32-year-old Liu was recently married but did not have any children.

Former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner set up the Silver Shield Foundation in 1982 and since then it has paid for the education of thousands of children of fallen NYPD, FDNY, state police and Port Authority workers in the New York area.

It has also taken on the costs for the education of some 700 children who lost a parent in the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001.

New York Yankees. Classy as usual.

Part of Texas A&M's Kyle Field imploded for $485 million renovation (VIDEO)

Johnny Manziel wasn't the only Texas A&M product that crashed to the ground this weekend, after big chunk of the university's football stadium was demolished to make way for a $485 million renovation.

Three elevator shafts vanished in a cloud of dust Sunday morning as crews imploded one side of Kyle Field with several thousands pounds of explosives, according to KBTX-TV.

The field — known as the biggest stadium in Texas — dates back to 1905, but permanent seating was not installed until the late 1920s. The demolished section of stadium — which included an old press box, alumni seating and suites — will be replaced with new seating for more than 102,000 fans in time for the 2015 season.

Texas A&M will play Ball State on Sept. 12.

Tom Coughlin tells Odell Beckham Jr. to tone down celebrations (VIDEO)

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin may have introduced a more relaxed atmosphere around his team this season, but that doesn't mean he'll tolerate any nonsense.

And it starts with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. toning down his touchdown celebrations.

In between Beckham's elaborate touchdown dance in the first quarter and his way more subdued third-quarter touchdown celebration against the Rams, Coughlin laid down the Footloose law to his rookie sensation.

"He will tone it down," Coughlin said after the 37-27 victory where Beckham finished with eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. "He will. He did."

That was after Beckham spun the football and did his trademark 'Whip' dance after his 9-yard touchdown reception when he was flagged 15 yards for taunting.

When Beckham scored his second touchdown of the contest on an 80-yard bomb from quarterback Eli Manning, he tried to show restraint. He tossed the ball aside, shook his head 'no' at the crowd and started to put his finger to his lip to hush the Rams fans.

But Beckham thought better of it, collected the football and handed it to the official. It was the first of his 11 touchdowns this season that didn't include a dance.

"I just picked the ball up and handed it to the ref," Beckham said. "I didn't want to hear anything else. It feels good when all those big guys are running down 80 yards."

And it was a thing of beauty.

Immediately after the taunting penalty, the dance-tested Coughlin called his young star over on the sideline. He wasn't happy about the end result of the celebration.

"I said something to him when it happened," Coughlin said. "When he was called for it I said something to him."

If Coughlin is back with the Giants next year, and Victor Cruz returns with his salsa shake, it looks like the old coach will do more scrutinizing than that Dancing With The Stars panel.

Giants' Josh Brown mule-kicks Rams' Cody Davis in the face (VIDEO)

A kicker's greatest weapon is his foot and St. Louis Rams' Cody Davis found that out the hard way when he he ventured too close to New York Giants kicker Josh Brown while in a pile-up on Sunday.

The result: Brown's mule-kick caught the special team's player right in the face.

Brown was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play.

Kenny Albert wears snowman with carrot penis sweater during NFL broadcast (PHOTO)

Frankly, this whole Ugly Christmas Sweater thing has gotten a little tired in recent years and it seems like decades since it was only your weirdo aunt who wore the loud attire. But then something like Kenny Albert's freaky knit shows up on television and makes the whole thing funny again.

Anyone who watched Albert and Darryl Johnston during the Vikings-Dolphins game Sunday got an extra holiday treat when noticed the NFL analyst's festive sweater featuring a snowman sporting an orange penis.

I wonder if the guys in the truck caught Albert's — and Frosty's — boner.

Merry XXXmas.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tom Coughlin wears subtle tributes to the slain NYPD officers (PHOTO)

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin honored the memory of the two New York Police Department officers slain on Saturday by wearing a black stripe on the left shoulder of his sweatshirt and a peace sign medallion pinned below the “NY’’ logo over his heart during Sunday's game against the Rams.

It was Coughlin's subtle tribute to officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos — who were killed in a murderous ambush yesterday afternoon.

In the past, Coughlin has worn hats with logos of the NYPD and FDNY to honor and acknowledge those who serve, but the Giants did not have any available to them on their road trip to St. Louis.

Fans struck by lightning outside Raymond James Stadium after Packers-Bucs game: Report

As many as seven people were struck by lightning at Raymond James Stadium just as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers game ended Sunday afternoon, according to Tampa (Fla.) Fire and Rescue.

At least seven people were being treated by paramedics, reported to BayNews9.

Firefighters responded to reports of a lightning strike on the north side of Raymond James Stadium. It is not known if any of the victims were hit directly or were injured by a nearby strike.

The stadium cleared out early as the Bucs lost 20-3 to the Packers. While there’s no word about the identity of those hit, the fact they were outside the controlled environment of the stadium as storms approached would have made it less likely to hear warnings to seek cover.