Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kevin Harlan introduces us to Metta World Peace

Kevin Harlan has had some very notable calls over the course of his broadcasting career, especially the "With no regard for human life" call of LeBron James' slam dunk over Kevin Garnett in the 2007 NBA Playoffs. Last night he dropped another gem during the Lakers-Jazz broadcast.

Metta... World... PEACE!

Miam Heat season intro video is a fashion show

Below is the clip of the Miami Heat intro video for this season, backed by the Kanye West song, "All of the Lights."

Everyone in the video looks like they want to be Kanye West. Was the idea to cram as many polo shirts and scarfs into this video as humanly possible? Is that why Shane Battier is wearing three polos?

Regardless, the Heat look like they won't have any early season doldrums like last year, and this video will just be another thing for haters to reference. Plus, this video isn't as seizure-inducing as the actual "All of the Lights" video, even if the fashion sense is questionable.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sources: Knicks claim PG Jeremy Lin off waivers

Sources report that the Knicks have claimed 23-year-old Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin off waivers. New York badly needed to add some guard depth after the Christmas Day injury to rookie Iman Shumpert. Baron Davis is likely out until February and old-as-stone Mike Bibby is also nursing his usual aches and pains.

Lin doesn't have terrific career stats in his short time in the NBA but has a lot of upside and will provide the Knicks with another body while they wait for the rest of their roster to get healthy. Lin received a lot of attention after his 2010 Summer League duel with John Wall, which you can watch below.

Lou Williams averts robbery, takes mugger to dinner

You may have heard about Lou Williams, guard of the Philadelphia 76ers, almost being robbed at gunpoint on Christmas Eve, only for the robber to realize who he was and not rob him because of what Williams does for the Philly community. That, in itself, is an interesting story.

It gets better, though, as Williams offered to take the man out for a bite to eat. From Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News:
"A guy tried to rob me but decided not to because of whatever I do in the community," said Williams before the game last night. "He's a Lou Williams fan so he didn't rob me."

Williams said he was driving in his car when the man approached, knocked on the driver's window and had a gun drawn.

"There's crime everywhere," said Williams. "I was debating whether to pull off or help the guy. The gun was already out. He did all the talking and we came up with a solution before I could really say much. I treated him to McDonald's."
After turning that close call into a good situation, Williams dropped 25 points in Philly's season opener Monday night.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dropping Links: 11.11.11

Some Veterans Day links from around the web:

- Ball Don't Lie updates the mind numbing NBA lockout, which now has the league giving the union a revised proposal for a 72-game season. Let's just get this over with already.

- The Raiders moved into first place in the AFC West with last night's win against the Chargers.

- More on the Wilson Ramos kidnapping from Nationals Journal, which questionably has not been getting a lot of coverage from the mainstream media.

- From The Hall of Very Good, Japan wants nothing to do with Manny Ramirez.

- I Hate JJ Redick weighs in on the Penn State situation.

- Billy Crystal will host the Oscars again now that Eddie Murphy is out.

- Speaking of which, Holy Taco has six people they would rather see host the Oscars than Crystal.

- My new favorite business card.

The Marlins are pushing all their chips to the middle of the table

The Florida Miami Marlins are the big talk of MLB free agency right now. The team has been heavily linked to Jose Reyes, with some even saying it's almost a done deal, and are apparently meeting with Albert Pujols this weekend. Jorge Sedano of 790-AM in South Florida is reporting that the team is also inquiring about the availability of A's starter Gio Gonzalez. Marlins brass has also talked with free agent pitcher Mark Buehrle.

It makes sense that the team wants to go big. The Fish debut a new stadium, manager, logo and uniforms in 2012. The complicated task of filling a ballpark every night with competition from the many other things to do in Miami is a tall order, so the team will have to spend more than they have in the past on payroll.

It sounds like the team is ready to finally do that, but will it help? From a competitive standpoint the Marlins will obviously be better if they add players like Reyes, Pujols or Buerhle to a team that already features Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison, Josh Johnson and Mike Stanton.

As we've seen with the Miami Heat, though, it doesn't guarantee interest from the fans. Even when the Marlins have been good in the past, the fans haven't come out in throngs to support them.

They have to hope all of that changes with a new stadium and some fresh, exciting players. Jose Reyes, when healthy, certainly fits that bill. Pujols, however unlikely, would obviously make a difference.

You can't argue with the strategy. Go big or go home, as they say.

(Photo Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Video: A-Rod, Teixeira, Strahan and Amar'e on "Entourage"

I know, I know. Entourage is the same old thing week after week. First, the boys are up and everything's great, then they're down but somehow it all works out. Season after season, episode after episode. But I like it. Shoot me.

This season has certainly been a little dull but Sunday's seventh episode featured guest appearances by Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Strahan, and Amar'e Stoudemire, so it only feels right to post the clip here.

(Thanks to YouTube user Lester24Park for compiling the clip.)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dropping Links: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Here we go kids, some stuff you may have missed from around the internets...

- Big League Stew brings us the story of a Washington Nationals beer vendor who saved the life of a child who was choking during Thursday's game.

- Warming Glow has the eight most nauseating Disney Channel shows of all time.

- The Hall of Very Good gives us the best mustaches in Brewers history.

- In case you hadn't heard, the Eagles signed Michael Vick to a six year, $100 million contract extension.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ron Artest, Hope Solo lead cast of B-List celebs on 13th season of 'Dancing With The Stars'

ABC released the cast list for the upcoming season of 'Dancing With The Stars' tonight with Ron Artest and Hope Solo the two professional athletes joining the mix. Unless you want to count David Arquette, who held the WCW Heavyweight Championship. (Thanks Vince Russo.) He's more well known for being horrible in every movie he's ever been in, though.

Chaz Bono, the son/daughter of Sonny and Cher also joins the cast, as well as everyone's least favorite television personality, Nancy Grace.

The 13th season of the show premieres Monday, September 19th at 8:00pm on ABC.

Hello, hello, hello? Is there anybody in there?

You know the drill by now. I go on a writing frenzy, then I take about three months off, and on and on it goes.

And here I am again.

My laptop had been on the fritz for a few months and I finally got around to getting a new one tonight, which seemed like a great time to get back to blogging and also a lame but well-timed excuse for why I've been out of action for a while.

So stick around if you wish, and hopefully I'll make it worth your while. Worst case scenario, you'll have a rarely updated webpage clogging up your bookmarks. Best case scenario, we all have fun.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Video: A compilation of Blake Griffin's 2010-2011 dunks

Someone painstakingly collected all of Blake Griffin's dunks from this season into a four minute video for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dropping Links: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

- Self- proclaimed "Geek Goddess" Olivia Munn's Maxim cover is a bit controversial to some. (I personally like the "Joe Buck Mute Button" headline.) |Asylum|

- 10 notable midseason television replacements from the past, and the shows that got the boot in their favor. |Warming Glow|

- LeBron James took a shot at the Cleveland Cavs, or - more accurately - the team's owner Dan Gilbert, with a tweet last night. |Ball Don't Lie|

- Trevor Hoffman decided to call it a career. |The Hall of Very Good|

- Former Chicago Bear and current sportscaster Mike Adamle, most remembered for his stint on "American Gladiators" and with the WWE, was arrested and charged with DUI. |Busted Coverage|

- The 13 Golden Rules of Twitter |Darren Rovell's Sports Biz|

Video Roundup: The Dude Abides, Free Steve Nash, and Chandler's Jam

- A clip of Jeff Bridges visiting the Little Lebowski shop, airing on PBS' American Masters tonight.

- Chris Webber started a "Free Steve Nash" chant on NBA TV last night.

- Speaking of the NBA, here's a nice alley-oop from Landry Fields to Wilson Chandler during last night's Knicks-Blazers game.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dropping Links: Tuesday, January 11, 2011

- The Auburn Tigers won the BCS National Championship game last night. War Eagle. Michael Dyer ran for 143 yards, Cam Newton passed for 265 and two TD's, and about a million "War Eagle's" were dropped during the postgame as the Tigers beat the Oregon Ducks to end college football's season. ||

- The city of Auburn went toilet paper mad after the BCS win. |Busted Coverage|

- Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (remember them?) won't attend the Oscars because Anne Hathaway is hosting, and she did an impression of Holmes on SNL a while back. I'm not making that up. |FilmDrunk|

- Derrick Rose dunked a basketball last night. |Ball Don't Lie|

- The Broncos are putting highlights of their interviews with potential head coaches on the team's website for fans to view. |Shutdown Corner|

- A look ahead at the week in college hoops. |I Hate JJ Redick|

(AP Photo)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Carlos Boozer will not eat without his hot sauce

An NBA on ESPN commercial that I somehow missed when it debuted in October, but has been making the rounds again lately.

"We like hot sauce in Italy too."

Dropping Links: Monday, January 10, 2011

We're back after about a month of (yet another) hiatus and things are changing. I'd like to say I was preparing for the last month for this change, but really I was just playing lots of videogames, taking naps and eating too much. As you may have noticed from the different header, we're expanding our horizons a little bit. We'll still be focusing a lot on sports but also on entertainment and anything I find blogworthy. So here are some links, in typical weekday fashion, just with a little more to look at.

- VH1 web producer plans to eat 2,011 chicken wings in 2011. Likely will also consume thousands of tums. |Asylum|

- Anderson Varajeo won't be traded at the deadline, since he's out for the season. |Ball Don't Lie|

- Olivia Munn is featured in the February 2011 issue of Maxim. Here's a sneak preview. |Busted Coverage|

- Ron Artest kicked it old school last night, choking and kicking as many Knicks as possible. |Bob's Blitz|

- A brief history of conspicuous product placement. |FilmDrunk|

- LeBron James likes being the bad guy. |Game On!|

- 25 pictures of Keith Richards looking like death. |Holy Taco|

- Tucker Carlson is a nobody, according to Charles Barkley. |Off the Bench|

- Jim Carrey hosted an underwhelming SNL but here are the best clips. |Warming Glow|

- Reggie Wayne isn't pleased about only catching one pass against the Jets. |Shutdown Corner|

- Check out my baseball-focused link drop at The Hall of Very Good, a weekly feature appearing every Monday.

Video(s): Crazy Marshawn Lynch touchdown remixes

You've undoubtedly seen everything there is to see about Marshawn Lynch's ridiculous touchdown run Saturday against the Saints. In case you haven't, though, here is some more Beastmode goodness.

First, the obligatory Tecmo Bowl remix:

And a rare Super Mario Brothers remix: