Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Vince Wilfork wearing overalls in 'Hard Knocks' is a sight to be unseen (VIDEO)

Vince Wilfork offered no reason why he strolled into the Houston Texans locker room wearing overalls, cowboys boots and little else. But the 325-pound defensive lineman was a sight to behold.

And the hilarious scene of the 12-year NFL veteran lurking about in his gigantic OshKosh By'gosh-style duds in this week's episode of HBO's Hard Knocks was pure gold.

Ronda Rousey accepts fan's invitation to Marine Corps Ball (VIDEO)

It may take Ronda Rousey only seconds to dispose of opponents in the ring, but when it comes to accepting proposals from outside? Not so fast.

Rousey, in a video posted by TMZ, happily accepted an invitation to a Marine Corps Ball after Jarrod Haschert, a U.S. Marine stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, asked her out in a video posted last month to Facebook that has been seen more than 4.8 million times.

The UFC star had seen the video and told TMZ she would gladly accept the invite, but under one condition:"He's gotta be a gentleman," she said of the 22 year-old . "I'm not a first-date kind of girl, but we'll see when I meet him."

And since her upcoming fight against Holly Holm has been moved from January to November 14, that leaves her schedule wide open to attend the December 11th gala. 

There's still the question of getting in contact with Haschert.

"Do I call him, do I set up a time and place like 'Never Been Kissed' and just show up and have him waiting there?" Rousey asked.

Set it up Devil Dog.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Islanders to replace Ice Girls squad with co-ed crew after move to Brooklyn: Report

In a move that reeks more of political correctness than equal opportunity, the New York Islanders said they are thawing out their Ice Girls squad and replacing them with a co-ed ice cleaning crew.

The NHL hockey team is dropping the sexy, cheerleader-like team when it moves from Nassau Coliseum to Barclays Center in Brooklyn this fall, according to Sports Illustrated.

“We decided to go in a different direction,” Barry Baum, spokesman for the Barclays Center, told the magazine.

“We’ve spent a lot of time talking with Islanders fans who made it clear they wanted their favorite traditions brought to Brooklyn, and we have listened.”

The Islanders were the first team in the NHL to introduce an all-female ice cleaning squad back in 2001. Besides shoveling loose snow off the ice at stoppages, they performed various promotional duties.

Other teams — such as the Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings — soon followed suit.

But then came the protests from some who felt the female skaters' sometimes revealing attire was both unnecessary and demeaning to female fans.

The Flyers ended up dumping their Ice Girls after bowing to pressure, but later went co-ed  after fans booed the all-male crew at every timeout.

But Islanders fans need not despair as many members of the team will remain on the new co-ed squad.

Baum said the team will be tasked with “helping create the best ice possible as mandated by the NHL.”

CC Sabathia may face drug test for Instagram photo: Report

CC Sabathia could possibly face additional drug screening for marijuana after he posted a photograph on his Instagram account showing him standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Atlanta over the weekend smoking what appeared to be either a small, brown cigar, cigarette — or a joint.

The photograph arrived in wife Amber Sabathia’s email account Saturday morning, according to the Yankees pitcher, accompanied by a for sale sign.

Sabathia told reporters Saturday before the Yankees played the Braves that he was smoking a small cigar, not pot, and had declined to negotiate with the seller of the photo.

“Somebody emailed Amber (his wife) this morning and said they had pictures of me doing something I wasn’t supposed to be doing. I said, ‘I wasn’t doing anything I wasn’t supposed to be doing.’ So that’s why I put that picture out,” said Sabathia.

According to the New York Daily News, sources said the incident triggered interest from Major League Baseball, whose collectively bargained drug policy requires MLB’s drug treatment board to interview players suspected of using marijuana or other “drugs of abuse.”

If the treatment board determines there is indeed reasonable cause, the player is required to undergo drug testing within 24 hours.

The penalties for marijuana use are fairly minimal: Players are penalized for pot only if they fail to meet with the treatment board or the board determines that the player has refused to comply with a treatment program. They can also be subject to a series of fines, which according to the language of the drug program “shall be progressive and which shall not exceed $35,000 for any particular violation.”

The commissioner can impose discipline “without limitations” on players if he believes their marijuana use represents a threat to the safety of other players.

Michael Kay says tipsy Red Sox fan thought Yankees announcer was Curt Schilling

It sounds like Yankees bases weren't the only things left loaded at Fenway Park during Monday night's punchless 4-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Longtime New York Yankees play-by-play announcer Michael Kay says he encountered a tipsy Boston fan who insisted the YES Network announcer was former Red Sox pitcher and censored ESPN analyst Curt Schilling.

Kay tweeted about the boozy encounter: "Somewhat inebriated Red Sox fan came up to me demanding I autograph his ticket. 'come on Curt. You're my favorite.' Thought I was Schilling."

But the similarities between the two men are noticeable — especially through beer goggles.

And some of Kay's Twitter followers pointed that out:

Is that a Sharpie stain on your sock?

Kevin Kiermaier's home run-robbing catch at Camden Yards was 'Trout-like' (VIDEO)

During the Rays' 6-3 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday, Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier showed once again why he is quickly becoming one of the best defensive outfielders in Major League Baseball.

Kiermaier chased down a first-inning Manny Machado fly ball to deep right-center and made a leaping catch that was well ... "Trout-like."

The catch helped Tampa Bay move to within 3 1/2 games of Texas for the second Wild Card spot. And you know Kiermaier's pitcher, Chris Archer, appreciated the leaping grab, even if he didn't show it.

Kiermaier was later forced to leave the game with a mild ankle strain but the comparisons to Mike Trout's spectacular catch at the Camden Yards fence in 2012 stayed on everyone's mind.

You make the comparison:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Ridiculed courtroom sketch artist paints Tom Brady in new light (PHOTO)

The sketch artist mocked for her terrible rendition of Tom Brady in court is now ready to draw cheers with her new and improved rendition of the embattled Patriots quarterback's chiseled features.

Jane Rosenberg’s new portrait of the Super Bowl champion looks nothing like the monstrous drawing she did of Brady during the quarterback's first appearance in Manhattan Federal Court over the DeflateGate scandal.

And the New York Daily News has the proof:

The first sketch made the handsome four-time Super Bowl champion appear ghoulish — and turned it into an Internet meme sensation.

“I still found him very hard to draw — from a photo as well,” the sketch artist of 35 years said. “Something subtle goes on with his eyes. He has a big chin with a cleft in it.”

And like some NFL defenses, Rosenberg sees him more than she cares to admit.

“(Brady is) in my dreams, it’s a nightmare for me,” Rosenberg said. “I hope this thing gets settled and is over with.”

Whether that will happen in the next hearing will remain a mystery until both the player and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appear before Judge Richard Berman Monday morning regarding the case stemming from Brady's suspension.

And Rosenberg will be there, chalk in hand.

“There’s a lot of pressure on me. A lot of eyeballs on me. I just hope my hands can move, period. I know I’m not going to have any sleep tonight,” she said. “I still might blow it; anything could happen.”