Monday, December 24, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

The Broncos keep the top spot, with the Patriots climbing back up to No. 3. The 49ers drop down to No. 7, while the top ten teams remain the same, just switching positions. We have a new number 32, as the Chiefs slip one spot below the Jaguars after Jacksonville put up a decent fight against the Patriots.

1. Denver Broncos (12-3) LW: 1

2. Atlanta Falcons (13-2) LW: 3

3. New England Patriots (11-4) LW: 5

4. Houston Texans (12-3) LW: 2

5. Green Bay Packers (11-4) LW: 6

6. Seattle Seahawks (10-5) LW: 7

7. San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1) LW: 4

8. Baltimore Ravens (10-5) LW: 8

9. Indianapolis Colts (10-5) LW: 9

10. Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) LW: 10

Friday, December 21, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

A new week brings a new number one, with the Broncos overtaking the top spot for the first time this season. The Bengals crack the top ten, while the Giants, Steelers, Rams, Bucs and Jets all took dives.

1. Denver Broncos (11-3) LW: 2

2. Houston Texans (12-2) LW: 3

3. Atlanta Falcons (12-2) LW: 4

4. San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) LW: 5

5. New England Patriots (10-4) LW: 1

6. Green Bay Packers (10-4) LW: 6

7. Seattle Seahawks (9-5) LW: 9

8. Baltimore Ravens (9-5) LW: 7

9. Indianapolis Colts (9-5) LW: 8

10. Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) LW: 12

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dropping Links: December 12, 2012

As you wind down your day of people endlessly bombarding you with "Hey it's 12/12/12!," here are a few links to digest:

- I wrote an article about the Knicks' victory over the Nets last night for The Knicks Wall, so be a pal and check that out.

- Pete Rose's reality show is still happening and will debut in January. |Awful Announcing|

- "The League" has had quite the impact on fantasy football team names, as you would expect a show about fantasy football would. |Warming Glow|

- A roundup of some of the worst movies of 2012. |FilmDrunk|

- A "Saturday Night's Children" look back on the career of Martin Short, in advance of his SNL hosting gig this weekend. |Splitsider|

- A reflection on the disastrous year for EA Sports' NBA Live franchise. |Pastapadre|

(Photo: Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports)

Video: Michael Jordan "works out" with Bobcats

I put "works out" in quotation marks because the video is basically Michael Jordan doing the same pivot move ten times but everybody else is posting it so here I am with the clip because that's how the internet sports blogosphere works.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 15

After destroying the Texans on Monday night, the Patriots slide into the number one spot with the Broncos right behind at number two.

1. New England Patriots (10-3) LW: 3

2. Denver Broncos (10-3) LW: 4

3. Houston Texans (11-2) LW: 1

4. Atlanta Falcons (11-2) LW: 2

5. San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) LW: 5

6. Green Bay Packers (9-4) LW: 7

7. Baltimore Ravens (9-4) LW: 6

8. Indianapolis Colts (9-4) LW: 9

9. Seattle Seahawks (8-5) LW: 10

10. Chicago Bears (8-5) LW: 8

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Video: Johnny Manziel does the Top Ten on "The Late Show with David Letterman"

Fresh off his Heisman trophy victory Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" last night to reveal the Top Ten Perks of Winning the Heisman Trophy.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

The Texans and Falcons keep their grips on the top spots, while the Patriots and Broncos slide into No. 3 and 4, respectively. Seattle cracks the top ten again after a comeback win against the Bears. The Giants slide five spots down to 13 after a pitiful showing against RG3 and the Redskins.

1. Houston Texans (11-1) LW: 1

2. Atlanta Falcons (11-1) LW: 2

3. New England Patriots (9-3) LW: 4

4. Denver Broncos (9-3) LW: 6

5. San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1) LW: 3

6. Baltimore Ravens (9-3) LW: 5

7. Green Bay Packers (8-4) LW: 9

8. Chicago Bears (8-4) LW: 7

9. Indianapolis Colts (8-4) LW: 10

10. Seattle Seahawks (7-5) LW: 11

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dropping Links: Sunday, November 25, 2012

Some links from around the blogosphere as you settle in for some more turkey leftovers, some afternoon basketball and another NFL Sunday.

- Speaking of afternoon basketball, the Knicks host the Pistons at 1pm today. Speaking of the Knicks, here's my latest for The Knicks Wall, discussing how the Knicks' weaknesses were on full display Friday night in the team's loss to the Rockets. |The Knicks Wall|

- Mark Sanchez fumbled while basically shoving his head directly into the ass of one of his offensive linemen Thursday night, so here are some of Brandon Stroud's favorite YouTube comments regarding the play. |With Leather|

- Jesse Palmer had to apologize for doing an upside down Hook 'Em Horns hand signal because ESPN owns the Longhorn Network. |Awful Announcing|

- Wrestling's six most memorable stables |WhatCulture!|

(Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 12

The Texans and Falcons keep their top two spots after hard-fought victories, while the Packers moved up one spot after barely eeking out a win in which their kicker missed three field goals. The big fall comes from Chicago, a team that looked absolutely horrible without Jay Cutler.

1. Houston Texans (9-1) LW: 1

2. Atlanta Falcons (9-1) LW: 2

3. Green Bay Packers (7-3) LW: 4

4. Baltimore Ravens (8-2) LW: 5

5. San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) LW: 6

6. Denver Broncos (7-3) LW: 7

7. New England Patriots (7-3) LW: 8

8. Chicago Bears (7-3) LW: 3

9. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) LW: 10

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) LW: 9

Thursday, November 15, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 11

The Texans overtake the top spot after holding on against the Bears, while the Falcons lost a battle against the Saints. The Giants slide down five spots, and out of the top ten, after a pathetic looking loss to the Bengals.

1. Houston Texans (8-1) LW: 2

2. Atlanta Falcons (8-1) LW: 1

3. Chicago Bears (7-2) LW: 3

4. Green Bay Packers (6-3) LW: 5

5. Baltimore Ravens (7-2) LW: 7

6. San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1) LW: 4

7. Denver Broncos (6-3) LW: 8

8. New England Patriots (6-3) LW: 9

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) LW: 10

10. Seattle Seahawks (6-4) LW: 11


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dropping Links: Sunday, November 11, 2012

Some links as you watch the afternoon slate of football and remember the sacrifice of our Veterans:

- Yahoo's Fantasy Sports servers were down for a long time today and Fantasy Football players were not pleased. In fact, some of them wanted to kill Yahoo!, its employees, and their families. Stay classy, internet. |BuzzFeed|

- Tony Gonzalez caught his 100th and 101st touchdown passes today. |Shutdown Corner|

- 2K Sports has released the first roster update for NBA 2K13, but it doesn't have many "updates" in it. |Pastapadre|

- The MLB Network will televise the BBWAA Awards. |Awful Announcing|

- Here are 10 awesome video game speed runs. |WhatCulture!|

- The World War Z trailer got a Pee Wee Herman re-dub. |Film Drunk|

- Mark Wahlberg is going to be the star of Transformers 4. |WWTDD|

- Anne Hathaway hosted SNL, with Rihanna as the musical guest. Here's your recap and clips. |Warming Glow|

Video game shows off new Astros uniforms

Via Pastapadre comes a look at the new Houston Astros uniforms. The Astros went back in time a bit, with the new uniforms being a re-do of a previous version of the team's duds. The uniforms were unveiled last weekend but this is a good look at each of the styles the Astros will wear when they move to the American League, from the MLB 13: The Show videogame.

(Photo courtesy Pastapadre)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dropping Links: Saturday, November 10, 2012

Some Saturday afternoon links:

- NBA 2K13 was tops in sales charts for the month of October. |Pastapadre|

- Kobe Bryant had a big game, propelling the Lakers to their second victory of the season, on the day the team fired its coach, Mike Brown. |Ball Don't Lie|

- Here's a compilation of Charles Barkley's greatest golf hits. |With Leather|

- The Knicks, some former players, and New York media personalities helped out Hurricane Sandy victims by raising funds during the Knicks' victory over the Mavericks Friday night. |Bob's Blitz|

- The TV GIFs of the week. |Warming Glow|

- Lolo Jones may be new to bobsledding, but she's already winning medals. |BuzzFeed|

- Iman Shumpert modeled the new Knicks alternate orange jersey, which they will wear on Christmas Day and on Sundays after the new year. |The Knicks Wall|

- With Ronda Rousey headed to UFC, here is some speculation on who her first opponent could be. |Cagewriter|

- Can you figure out whether these people were MLB pitchers or James Bond villains? |Hall of Very Good|

Thursday, November 8, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

The top three remain the same, while the 49ers and Packers move up after the Giants' loss to the Steelers. We also have a new bottom team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

1. Atlanta Falcons (8-0) LW: 1

2. Houston Texans (7-1) LW: 2

3. Chicago Bears (7-1) LW: 3

4. San Francisco 49ers (6-2) LW: 5

5. Green Bay Packers (6-3) LW: 6

6. New York Giants (6-3) LW: 4

7. Baltimore Ravens (6-2) LW: 7

8. Denver Broncos (5-3) LW: 9

9. New England Patriots (5-3) LW: 8

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) LW: 11


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Video: Texas high schooler's awesome coast-to-coast missed FG return for TD

Texas high school football player Sean Landez returns a missed field goal attempt for a touchdown in this clip from Bob's Blitz, via The Big Lead. While that may not seem spectacular on its own, add in that Landez catches this ball over his head, tip toe-ing the end line to stay in bounds, and then breaks loose for the basically 110 yard scramble and you've got yourself a pretty good play.

Shameless Plug: Check me out at The Knicks Wall

If you're interested in reading my thoughts on the New York Knicks, as well as those of 11 other fine writers, be sure to check out The Knicks Wall, one of the best (and best looking) Knicks sites on the web.

I'll be one of the contributors at TKW this season, sharing my insights about the Knickerbockers. Aside from great articles and recaps from the site's staff, you can also find excellent Knicks wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices.

My first article - Knicks Win With Smarts, As Well As Talent - about Friday night's victory over the Heat is up now.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

No movement at all for the top five, but the Broncos made a significant move into the top ten from number 13. The Vikings dropped four spots after a disappointing loss to the Bucs, while the Colts and Dolphins made major moves.

1. Atlanta Falcons (7-0) LW: 1

2. Houston Texans (6-1) LW: 2

3. Chicago Bears (6-1) LW: 3

4. New York Giants (6-2) LW: 4

5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2) LW: 5

6. Green Bay Packers (5-3) LW: 7

7. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) LW: 8

8. New England Patriots (5-3) LW: 9

9. Denver Broncos (4-3) LW: 13

10. Minnesota Vikings (5-3) LW: 6

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) LW: 14

12. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) LW: 12

13. Indianapolis Colts (4-3) LW: 20

14. Miami Dolphins (4-3) LW: 18

15. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) LW: 16


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dropping Links: Sunday, October 28, 2012

As you prepare for a full day of NFL action, the potentially final World Series game, and Hurricane Sandy, here are some links to keep you busy until it all begins.

- James Harden and some picks got traded to the Rockets last night for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and some other parts. The always obnoxious blowhard Kurt Helin weighs in, in a shockingly not that snobby take on the subject. |ProBasketballTalk|

- The World Series has unsurprisingly not been a great ratings success for FOX this year. |Awful Announcing|

- The former Bengals cheerleader who became a teacher and then was fired because she slept with her then-17-year-old student will be getting a reality show with the kid, who is now her boyfriend. God Bless America. |Warming Glow|

- This year's UFC video game, now being made by EA Sports, will feature female fighters. |Pastapadre|

Thursday, October 25, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Things were pretty static at the top of the Power Rankings, thanks to impressive victories by the Texans, Bears and Giants. There was a shakeup at the bottom, though, as the Browns finally climbed out of the number 32 hole.

1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) LW: 1
The Dirty Birds were off this week but maintained their grip on the number one spot, thanks to being undefeated.

2. Houston Texans (6-1) LW: 2
Houston absolutely demolished the Ravens, widening the gap between the Texans and everyone else in the AFC.

3. Chicago Bears (5-1) LW: 3
It wasn’t pretty, but the Bears took down the Lions on Monday night, improving to 5-1 and staying at the No. 3 spot.

4. New York Giants (5-2) LW: 4
Another late game gem from Eli Manning avoided a loss to RGIII and the Redskins.

5. San Francisco 49ers (5-2) LW: 6
The Niners beat the Seahawks in a defensive struggle Thursday night in a newly-improved division battle.

6. Minnesota Vikings (5-2) LW: 7
The Vikings keep doing it even though most people are waiting for them to fall apart.

7. Green Bay Packers (4-3) LW: 8
Aaron Rodgers seems to have his swagger back, as all the hip kids say, and the Packers are back to their winning ways.

8. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) LW: 5
The Ravens continued their trend of looking either really great or really horrible Sunday, looking really, really horrible against the Texans.

9. New England Patriots (4-3) LW: 10
The Patriots edged out the Jets in an overtime battle, which probably says more about the Patriots’ struggles than the Jets’ productivity.

10. Arizona Cardinals (4-3) LW: 9
The Cards have lost three straight and are in danger of sliding out of the Top Ten.

Despite patches and updates, Madden 13 still disappoints

I’ll preface this by saying the gameplay is tremendous and the graphics are outstanding. This year’s Madden, plagued by a lack of features gamers have come to love and expect, has to be viewed as disappointing, though.

It started when EA Sports decided to remove franchise and superstar modes, as they were known, and replace them with the new, shiny “Connected Careers” mode, which integrates both into a sort of hybrid. On the surface, the mode looks great and has some really cool, in-depth features. Many did not like this.

You couldn’t just start up a season and go. You couldn’t do fantasy drafts. You couldn’t create teams anymore. You couldn’t even edit players.

In fairness, EA and Tiburon rushed to fix the issues. First, they implemented a patch for Online Connected Careers that would allow you to do a fantasy draft in your Coach mode, the closest resemblance to Franchise. But that update was still broken.

While you could draft a franchise, you were limited to the “scouting” done by the computer in regard to your team. So when you went to choose a quarterback, even if you were the first pick, they weren’t all there and there was no way to find them. Even though Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers may have been available, you were limited to Brandon Weeden and Josh Freeman because that’s what your team’s scouts saw as a best fit for your team. In a way it makes sense to have those tasks delegated, but it’s also nice to be able to have control over your team.

Then EA again released a patch, this time the monster of all monsters, which was to fix all the remaining issues and put those features everyone expected back into the game. While it did take care of a lot of the things people had complained about, there is still room for improvement.

After editing rosters, it seemed some of the changes didn’t stick. Players whose numbers were changed went right back to their old numbers. Guys who had been edited suddenly shrank in size.

Again, this game is a lot of fun to play. The gameplay, aside from guys occasionally flopping around like spaghetti noodles thanks to the new Infinity engine, is crisp. The AI could use some improving but that’s to be expected. If you like just picking up a game and playing online against others, or just doing “Play Now” games, then it is superb. But if you’re in it for the General Manager-type aspects you’ve expected in the past, the frustrations will mount.

(Image via StickSkills.com)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

The Falcons were able to remain undefeated and atop the tonyblogs.net Power Rankings. The Bears and Giants were upward movers, while the Vikings and Packers slid up to the Top Ten.

1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) LW: 2

2. Houston Texans (5-1) LW: 1

3. Chicago Bears (4-1) LW: 4

4. New York Giants (4-2) LW: 8

5. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) LW: 6

6. San Francisco 49ers (4-2) LW: 3

7. Minnesota Vikings (4-2) LW: 10

8. Green Bay Packers (3-3) LW: 11

9. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) LW: 5

10. New England Patriots (3-3) LW: 7

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dropping Links: Sunday, October 7, 2012

Straight to the links as the 1:00 contests are about to kick off.

- Curt Schilling thinks Bobby Valentine is "gutless" |Awful Announcing|

- Timothy Olyphant will guest star on The League this season |Warming Glow|

- A review of Out of the Park Baseball '13 |Hall of Very Good|

- The early reviews for NBA 2K13 are great |Pastapadre|
(I'll have my NBA 2K13 review up soon, but here's a teaser: it's amazing.)

- Tyson Chandler says Jeremy Lin wasn't experienced enough to run the show in New York |The Knicks Wall|

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

The Texans, Falcons and Cardinals hold steady at the top, while the Dolphins and Browns are still stuck in the basement in this week's NFL Power Rankings.

1. Houston Texans (4-0) LW: 1
The Texans dominated another game, defeating the Titans, and remaining at the top of the heap.

2. Atlanta Falcons (4-0) LW: 2
It was a scare for the Falcons, but a 99-yard drive won the game for the birds.

3. Arizona Cardinals (4-0) LW: 3
The Cardinals barely got by the Dolphins but remaining undefeated allows them to stay at number three.

4. San Francisco 49ers (3-1) LW: 5
The 49ers grounded the Jets (watch out, New York Post!) and slide back up one position.

5. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) LW: 6
A Thursday night win against the Browns moves the Ravens up one spot.

6. Green Bay Packers (2-2) LW: 7
The Packers almost got jobbed by the real referees this time, but managed a shootout victory against the Saints.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) LW: 8
The Eagles scratched out a win Sunday night against the Giants. Michael Vick was not the turnover prone QB we saw for the first three weeks, which is always good news for the Iggles.

8. New England Patriots (2-2) LW: 9
It looked like the Patriots were about to fall to 1-3 against the Bills, until Tom Brady and the Pats went into overdrive and demolished Buffalo in the second half.

9. New York Giants (2-2) LW: 4
A tough Sunday night loss to the Eagles drops the G-Men five spots.

10. San Diego Chargers (3-1) LW: 11
In a rarity, the Chargers are starting out on fire instead of climbing out of a hole.

11. Chicago Bears (3-1) LW: 12
The Bears took it to the Cowboys Monday night, capitalizing on Tony Romo's plethora of turnovers.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dropping Links: Sunday, September 30, 2012

Some links from the week that was in the parts of the blogosphere that I enjoy:

- Dwight Howard has been on an "image restoration" tour, trying to wipe away the memory of him holding a franchise hostage for almost two years. |With Leather|

- The Bikini Basketball League's Miami Spice hijacked the Seattle Supersonics logo. |Ball Don't Lie|

- NBA 2K13, which hits stores Tuesday, shows off the Brooklyn Nets' new uniforms. |Buzzfeed|

- Speaking of the game, some details on 2K13's "Association Mode." |Pastapadre|

- Keith Hernandez went through with it the other day, shaving his mustache for charity. |Hall of Very Good|

- WWE released Kelly Kelly. |Ringside Rants|

- The guy that played the Sherminator in American Pie is now a sushi waiter in Los Angeles. So he's basically like every other waiter/actor in LA. |FilmDrunk|

- Franklin & Bash got renewed for a third season, bros. |Warming Glow|

(Image courtesy Roberto Gonzalez, Orlando Sentinel)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

WWTDD sums up Jay-Z's "ownership" of the Nets perfectly

The fine folks at WWTDD put Jay-Z's "ownership" of the Nets into better perspective than I could have, but the sentiment is the same:
That, and this Wall Street Journal article with the headline, “Jay-Z: Bringing Nets to Brooklyn an American dream”, and his buddy Kanye writing lyrics about Kris Humphries that say, “Lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team”, pretty much imply that Jay Z runs the Nets.

In reality he only owns one-fifteenth of one percent (that’s 0.00066666666 percent) of the team. Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov owns 80 percent (and half of Barclays Center). And he didn’t bring them to Brooklyn either. That was already the idea before Jay was ever approached about being an investor. Basically this is like Jay Z bought a plane ticket on Delta and then took credit when it landed.
While we can't understate the impact Jay-Z has had on the image of the Nets to players, fans and the media, let's not overstate his involvement in bringing them to Brooklyn or his day-to-day influence on the business decisions of the franchise.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

1. Houston Texans (3-0) LW: 2
A strong performance against the Broncos and the 49ers’ loss moves the Texans up to the top spot.

2. Atlanta Falcons (3-0) LW: 3
The Falcons dominated the Chargers, remaining undefeated. The team is running on all cylinders.

3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) LW: 16
A huge leap up for the Cards, moving 13 spots. Probably a little high for them but as one of only three undefeated teams remaining, I had to show Arizona some respect.

4. New York Giants (2-1) LW: 4
The G-Men handled the Panthers Thursday night, even without Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw, thanks to big performances from Andre Brown and Ramses Barden.

5. San Francisco 49ers (2-1) LW: 1
The Niners dropped after a tough loss to the Vikings.

6. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) LW: 9
Baltimore edged out the Patriots in an emotional Sunday night game, following the death of Torrey Smith’s brother. Smith led the way with two touchdown catches.

7. Green Bay Packers (1-2) LW: 5
The Packers got absolutely hosed by the officials and lost on a hail mary touchdown that shouldn’t have been. Even though the first half was a sack fest, the GB defense held the Seahawks in check for most of the game, up until that infamous Golden Tate “touchdown.”

8. Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) LW: 6
The Eagles have not looked good at all this year and were lucky to be 2-0 coming into their matchup with the Cardinals. But a loss to an undefeated team can't drop you too fair in the power rankings.

9. New England Patriots (1-2) LW: 7
A tough loss to the Ravens drops the Pats a few spots.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) LW: 8
The Steelers couldn't hold on against the Raiders and were handed their second loss of the season, both to members of the AFC West.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Video: Jon Jones submits Vitor Belfort to retain UFC Light Heavyweight Title at UFC 152

Weeks after his controversial decision to refuse a match against Chael Sonnen to save UFC 151, Jon Jones successfully defended his Light Heavyweight Championship against Vitor Belfort, winning via submission in the fourth round Saturday night.

Highlights, courtesy FOX Sports, via MMAFighting.com:

Dropping Links: Sunday, September 23, 2012

Some links as you get the food ready and wait for the gang to come over for another Sunday full of football.

- Time Warner Cable finally got the NFL Network and Red Zone Channel, as the two entities came to terms Friday. |Awful Announcing|

- NHL 13 is doing well in sales despite the NHL being locked out. |Pastapadre|

- Former Yankee and Dodger Scott Proctor is doing well in Japan. |Hall of Very Good|

- Mike Florio has one interesting fact per game for today. |ProFootballTalk|

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

We're getting right to the point for this week's Power Rankings. The 49ers stay at the top after a big win against Detroit and the Falcons slide up six spots after handling the Broncos on Monday night.

1. San Francisco 49ers (2-0) LW: 1

2. Houston Texans (2-0) LW: 4

3. Atlanta Falcons (2-0) LW: 9

4. New York Giants (1-1) LW: 5

5. Green Bay Packers (1-1) LW: 7

6. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) LW: 11

7. New England Patriots (1-1) LW: 2

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) LW: 12

9. Baltimore Ravens (1-1) LW: 3

10. San Diego Chargers (2-0) LW: 14

11. Denver Broncos (1-1) LW: 6

12. Chicago Bears (1-1) LW: 8

13. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) LW: 10

14. Detroit Lions (1-1) LW: 13

15. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) LW: 16

16. Arizona Cardinals (2-0) LW: 21

17. New York Jets (1-1) LW: 15

18. Washington Redskins (1-1) LW: 17

19. Seattle Seahawks (1-1) LW: 23

20. Carolina Panthers (1-1) LW: 24

21. St. Louis Rams (1-1) LW: 27

22. Indianapolis Colts (1-1) LW: 29

23. Buffalo Bills (1-1) LW: 30

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) LW: 22

25. New Orleans Saints (0-2) LW: 19

26. Tennessee Titans (0-2) LW: 20

27. Miami Dolphins (1-1) LW: 31

28. Minnesota Vikings (1-1) LW: 26

29. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) LW: 18

30. Oakland Raiders (0-2) LW: 25

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) LW: 28

32. Cleveland Browns (0-2) LW: 32

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dropping Links: Sunday, September 16, 2012

Some links as you get ready to watch a full day of bowling on ESPN! Or football, if that's your thing.

- The NFL removed an official prior to the Saints game after pictures of him wearing Saints gear surfaced. |Bob's Blitz|

- Brian McIntyre takes you inside the NFL injury reports. |Shutdown Corner|

- A look inside Rajon Rondo's GQ internship. |Ball Don't Lie|

- The Saturday Night Live season premiere was last night. Here's a breakdown of the good and bad, with clips. |Warming Glow|

- The best and worst of the Toronto International Film Festival. |FilmDrunk|

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Video: First in-game trailer for NBA Live 13

Once the best NBA video game out there, NBA Live is now just struggling to stay afloat. After two years of not releasing a game at all, EA Sports is resurrecting the basketball franchise. Although, they've hit some snags and the game has been delayed, leading many to think it might not come out at all again this year.

This afternoon, EA released the first official in-game trailer for NBA Live 13.


It doesn't look terrible but EA Sports has a lot of catching up to do with the NBA 2K series.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dropping Links: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Late evening linkage:

- Manny Pacquiao will fight Juan Manual Marquez (who drinks his own pee) for a fourth time. Like everything in boxing, it's more about money and security than anything else. |ESPN|

- Kim Kardashian thinks the stress of her fake TV marriage is just like surviving cancer. |WWTDD|

- Mike Francesa fell asleep on the air yesterday. |Awful Announcing|


- An in depth look at the creation of the Knicks logo with the guy who designed it, Michael Doret. |Posting and Toasting|

- An update on that patch you just got for Madden 13. |Pastapadre|

Video: Madden 13 breaks down NFL's Week One

Some statistics from Madden 13 in comparison with what actually happened during the NFL's Week One, as well as a look forward to Thursday's Bears-Packers matchup.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

Week One is in the books and with that brings a lot of movement in the tonyblogs.net NFL Power Rankings. The 49ers leap up six spots and take the crown, while the Eagles and Lions managed to slide out of the Top Ten even in victory.

1. San Francisco 49ers (1-0) LW: 7
The Niners shut down the Packers’ running game, as everyone would expect, but also made Aaron Rodgers shaky in the pocket, winning a good game at Lambeau. Alex Smith looked sharp, tossing two TDs, and if he can play with the precision and ability he showed Sunday throughout this season, San Francisco will be a scary team.

2. New England Patriots (1-0) LW: 2
The Pats made light work of the Titans with the usual barrage of Brady passes to tight ends. New England’s newly improved defense looked stellar as well, which doesn’t bode well for their opponents.

3. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) LW: 5
The new no-huddle offense did wonders for the Ravens, adding a strong passing attack to an already good running and defensive team. If that continues, the Ravens will be the AFC representative in Super Bowl XLVII.

4. Houston Texans (1-0) LW: 4
Arian Foster did his usual thing, Andre Johnson had over 100 yards, and the Texans didn’t seem to miss Mario Williams at all.

5. New York Giants (0-1) LW: 1
A lot of flaws were revealed in New York’s Wednesday night loss to the Cowboys. The secondary needs a lot of work and some healthy bodies. The running game was non-existent. Victor Cruz forgot how to catch the ball.

6. Denver Broncos (1-0) LW: 6
Peyton Manning shook off the rust in a big way, leading the Broncos to victory at Mile High.

7. Green Bay Packers (0-1) LW: 3
Green Bay made a game of it against the 49ers but looked unimpressive throughout. A lot of that is a testament to San Francisco’s stellar defense, though.

8. Chicago Bears (1-0) LW: 9
Jay Cutler shrugged off an early pick six and came back with a strong game. Matt Forte looked healthy and Michael Bush came in to steal Forte’s touchdowns, to the chagrin of fantasy owners everywhere.

9. Atlanta Falcons (1-0) LW: 12
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones put on a show in Kansas City and Tony Gonzalez got his first TD at Arrowhead as a member of the visiting squad.

10. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) LW: 15
Tony Romo played one of his best games en route to a victory at MetLife Stadium.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dropping Links: Sunday, September 9, 2012

The day is finally upon us. The first Sunday of NFL in 2012 and while you're gearing up for all the action, check out these links I cultivated just for you from around the web:

- Jerry Meals blew another call at the end of last night's Yankees-Orioles game. |Big League Stew|

- The first roster update for Madden 13 is now available for Xbox 360 and PS3. |Pastapadre|

- Here are five NFL teams that are worse than we think, according to Scott Pianowski. |Shutdown Corner|

- The Knicks unveiled those new uniforms we talked about. |Posting and Toasting|

- The Big 12 inked a big media deal with the ESPN/ABC family. |Awful Announcing|

And before you go, check out the first edition of my 2012 NFL Power Rankings.

(Image courtesy MLB.TV, via Big League Stew)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bobby Valentine's true colors revealed in tense radio interview

It's crazy that it took this long for most people to realize that Bobby Valentine isn't some incredibly talented manager and is, in fact, just an arrogant jerk. Even though players have hated him throughout his whole career and he couldn't coach in the Major Leagues for almost a decade, he's kept this persona as some lovable, goofy guy alive. He's goofy because one time he came out to the dugout after he got ejected in fake mustache and glasses disguise 12 years ago.

Today Valentine finally reached his boiling point, flipping out on Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley on WEEI and demanding an apology because they mentioned an article that said he was late to the clubhouse.

He does his best teenage girl impression, calling the Oakland Coliseum "stupid," saying the clubhouse reporters are "incompetent people," and throwing Joe Maddon under the bus for getting to 7 o'clock games at 4 o'clock for some reason, among others. He did stop short of calling anyone a "doodyhead" though.

In all fairness, Valentine has had a really awful year and probably did the best he could entering a clubhouse in shambles. Still, he deserves his share of the blame for poorly managing and for not trying a little harder to win over a passionate fanbase and a prickly media.

For Bobby V, he knows the end is near. And this is apparently how you act when you know you have nothing to lose.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

2012 NFL Power Rankings: First Edition

With the 2012 NFL season kicking off tomorrow night in the Meadowlands, it's time to break out version one of this year's tonyblogs.net NFL Power Rankings, after a one year hiatus. These rankings are based purely on speculation, similar to the preseason college Top 25 poll, and will surely look a lot different next week.

1. New York Giants
The Super Bowl Champions lost Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs through free agency, and two tight ends to injury, but added a running back and receiver in the draft and signed Martellus Bennett away from Dallas.

2. New England Patriots
The Pats loaded up on defense in the draft, improving an already Super Bowl caliber team.

3. Green Bay Packers
The best team in the league for most of the season, the Packers played the worst game of the year in the playoffs against the Giants. One of the favorites to win it all this year, with the late addition of Cedric Benson being particularly promising.

4. Houston Texans
Even with Andre Johnson out most of the year and Matt Schaub out through the end of the season and playoffs, the Texans were one of the most dangerous teams in football in 2011.

5. Baltimore Ravens
The whole gang is back together but will it be enough to get them over the AFC Championship Game hump?

6. Denver Broncos
Add Peyton Manning to a team with a good running game and a great defense then watch what happens when you have someone who can actually throw the ball to Denver’s receivers.

7. San Francisco 49ers
Using the same formula the 49ers are a good bet to win the West and go deep in the playoffs again. With new WR weapons in Manningham and Randy Moss, Alex Smith might have more targets than just Vernon Davis, which could mean a Super Bowl berth for the ‘9ers.

8. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles will probably start playing like the “Dream Team” this year… or else it might be Andy Reid’s last in Philadelphia.

9. Chicago Bears
The addition of Brandon Marshall and a healthy Matt Forte should produce a really scary offense for opponents of the Bears, as long as the offensive line gives Jay Cutler enough time for find his targets.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers
A new offensive coordinator and no movement regarding Mike Wallace brings concerns about Pittsburgh’s chances, especially in a tough division with Baltimore and Cincinnati.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Seahawks cut Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens has been cut by the Seattle Seahawks, he tweeted this afternoon.

The writing has been on the wall for the past week, with Braylon Edwards impressing and Sidney Rice seemingly healthy. Rumors were that Owens may not make the team and his drop heavy performances during this preseason certainly didn't help matters.

While there is a chance that Owens could join another team, it seems unlikely at this point.

(Image courtesy Joe Nicholson/US Presswire)

Video: Aaron Ross takes on Justin Blackmon in Madden 13

As we inch closer to Tuesday's Madden 13 launch, EA Sports has released a video of Aaron Ross and Justin Blackmon of the Jaguars battling it out on the virtual gridiron. The clip shows off the graphics and gameplay of this year's Madden iteration, as well as Blackmon's apparent love for dipping tobacco.

Vin Scully will return to Dodgers booth next season

84-year old Vin Scully will return to the booth next season, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. It will be Scully's 64th season as the Dodgers play-by-play voice. Shaikin perfectly sums up what Scully means to the Dodgers franchise:
He is our history teacher, the storyteller for this storied franchise.
And with that storied franchise suddenly loading up and seemingly about to become a yearly contender, Scully wouldn't want to miss it.

(Photo courtesy Eileen Blass, USA Today)

Roger Clemens throws 3 1/3 scoreless for Skeeters

Aaron Boone breaks down Roger Clemens' 3 1/3 scoreless performance for the Sugar Land Skeeters Saturday night.

USA Basketball team is just a bunch of jokers

Team USA released this video of the men's basketball squad doing their best Brett Favre act, just having fun out there. They call these "bloopers," which apparently means "guys doing silly dances, Anthony Davis missing a bunch of threes, and LeBron pretending to eat a boom mic."

Catching up with Michelle Jenneke

You remember Michelle Jenneke, the 19-year-old Australian hurdler who took the internet by storm just before the Olympics. As with all viral internet sensations, her star faded out of view very quickly. Just this week, however, New Zealand's TV3 caught up with Jenneke to discuss her pre-race routine.

The video can't be embedded so head over to TV3 to check it out.

(Screen grab courtesy MassAppeal.com)

Dropping Links: Sunday, August 26, 2012

Some sporting links for your Sunday perusal.

- Olympic runner Nick Symmonds tried to break the world record time in the Beer Mile run. While he didn't best the world mark, he did set a US record. |With Leather|

- Not sure how you could have missed it since the blogosphere has become a giant web of copycats, but Fab Melo broke a folding chair. Because he's big. How hilarious. |Ball Don't Lie|

- The MMA world is up in arms over the UFC 151 cancellation. Maggie Hendricks looks into who should shoulder the blame. |Cagewriter|

- Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III faced off (even though they both play QB) in the most anticipated (preseason) game ever! *turns off hyperbole machine* |Shutdown Corner|

- Full gameplay videos of Madden 13, which hits stores this Tuesday. |Pastapadre|

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Knicks uniforms on the way?

I’m certainly a little behind on this but word on the street is the Knicks might be getting some new uniforms this year. Apparently the writing has been on the wall – the Knicks Wall, in fact – for the last few weeks, but yesterday images of a developer preview of NBA 2K13 leaked showing the ‘Bockers in some refreshed duds.

From all the evidence gathered, it sure seems the Knicks are ready to move on from their “we made these in the 90’s and everything had to have black in it” uniforms and go to a blue/orange/gray scheme.

I, for one, am a big fan of that decision. While the piping that goes over the shoulders and then just ends is a little strange looking, it’s nice to see the Knicks tip the cap a little bit back to the days of Bernard King. The “New York” across the front is straight instead of curved and the logo on the back is also different.

The only thing that could make these better is if the Knicks throw in an alternate orange uniform.

(Photo courtesy of The Knicks Wall)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review: Madden 13 demo shows off gameplay and presentation improvements

The demo for Madden 13 was released Tuesday and features the ability to play a full game with 5-minute quarters. There are two available playable matchups. The first is a Giants v. 49ers rematch of their NFC Championship Game tilt. In the other, the Seahawks go against the Redskins, showing off Seattle’s new uniforms and also allowing players a chance to game as Robert Griffin III.

Much has been made of the changes to Madden leading up to this year’s game, with many from EA Sports and in the industry calling it a total revamp. Judging solely from the demo, the game still keeps that distinct Madden “feel,” but seems to be much improved from a gameplay and presentation standpoint.

While it’s too early to judge the commentary fully, the new duo of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms comes off much smoother and more realistic than the former Gus Johnson – Cris Collinsworth combo. The overall presentation feels a lot more like you’re watching a game on television than it has in the past. Instant replays aren’t overdone, the pregame intro feels like a TV broadcast, and the general atmosphere of the stadium is more lifelike.

From a gameplay perspective, you have more control over the quarterback and the passing game than ever before, which piggybacks a little off of the changes made in NCAA Football 13. It’s easier to lead receivers, who also don’t have to stop and turn when catching the ball in the open field, making for much smoother deep passes.

Tackling animations have also benefited from the new Infinity Engine. There are more stumbles after contact and broken tackles are more fluid and lifelike.

Again, it’s hard to get a total gauge from just a few hours of demo gameplay and we still need to get a feel for the game modes like Franchise and the new Connected Careers, and see how online play does. But if the improvements in gameplay we’ve seen so far carry through to the rest of the game, this year’s Madden will finally be a true leap ahead, instead of just a roster update and refresher.

(Photo via PlanetPlayStation)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dolphins release Chad Johnson

FOX Sports.com's Jay Glazer is reporting that the Dolphins have released Chad Johnson after his domestic violence arrest on Saturday.

The addition of the former Ochocinco was seen at the time by many as a publicity driven move by the Dolphins and one of the reasons HBO chose the team for its Hard Knocks series. While this will certainly draw attention to the team and show, it's an unfortunate circumstance, to say the least.

The Dolphins did the right thing by cutting ties with Johnson. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it's likely that they would have been without the wide receiver for at least a few games anyway due to a probably suspension. Had they not made a swift move, it would have sent the wrong message.

(Photo courtesy AP)

Video: Rajai Davis climbs the wall to rob Yankees of home run

Rajai Davis made a spectacular, sure-to-be Web Gem catch at the wall, robbing Casey McGehee of a home run during Sunday's Blue Jays-Yankees matinee.


(Hat tip to friend of the blog Bob Mantz for the video)

Video: Chad Johnson predicted his arrest on Hard Knocks

Chad Johnson jokingly promised that he would get arrested on the first episode of HBO's Hard Knocks, which is following the Miami Dolphins this year. A true man of his word, he went out and got arrested for allegedly headbutting his wife (whom he married just over a month ago) during a fight over a box of condoms in his car.


It remains to be seen whether the Dolphins will part ways with the outspoken Johnson but it would be safe to assume that if he isn't cut, commissioner Roger Goodell - whom Johnson refers to as "dad" - will hand down some sort of punishment.

(Hat tip to LBD of the Geek Things Podcast)

Video: Rory McIlroy's tee shot gets lodged in a tree at PGA Championship

McIlroy's 3rd hole tee shot at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island went off the fairway during the third round of the PGA Championship. After some time looking for it, Rory finally found it... lodged in the limb of a tree. He was forced to take a penalty but still managed to save par.

Dropping Links: Sunday, August 12, 2012

- The Madden 13 demo will drop on Tuesday for Xbox 360 and PS3. It will be one of the more robust demos in recent memory, featuring full five minute quarters and adjustable difficulty levels. The available game options are 49ers v. Giants and Seahawks v. Redskins. |Pastapadre|

- 78% of Americans are approving of Ryan Seacrest's involvement in this year's Olympics broadcast. Personally I think there have been way too many other things to be upset about regarding NBC's coverage that Seacrest's stuff has been overshadowed. |Awful Announcing|

- A lot of people thought the Dolphins signed Chad Johnson for the publicity and the former Ochocinco gave them the wrong kind of attention Saturday, after being arrested on domestic violence charges. |SportsGrid|

- The same fan caught both of Orioles rookie Manny Machado's first two career home runs. |Big League Stew|

- An anonymous NBA team had a charity basketball game featuring pro players shut down. |Bob's Blitz|

- McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross spoofed the "McKayla Maroney is not impressed" meme when they found out the pool was closed. |BuzzFeed|

(Photo courtesy EA Sports)

Friday, August 10, 2012

I need these WWF legends minimalist posters in my home

From Etsy and artist Bam!it’sBERNIE come perhaps the most amazing pieces of art I’ve ever seen and a collection that certainly needs to be on display in my home: A WWF legends minimalist poster set.

As adults, we can’t have those old Hulk Hogan "Hulk Rules!" posters adorning our walls. But with these, we can relive a bit of our childhood, bask in that loving nostalgia, and still pass them off as pieces of art.
Most avid fans of 80′s and 90′s wrestling would attribute its success not only to the wrestlers’ ability to entertain the crowd, but the spirit of the unique, well-branded characters compared to culture’s current indistinguishable counterparts.

The WWF Legends Minimalist Poster Series became a challenge to tap into this theory to its rawest form and create designs that evoke the trademark personalities of the golden era of wrestling entertainment.

Each poster features the simplest of visual elements that are iconic to the respective wrestler, as well as their signature finishing move. Aged element for vintage/retro feel to fit with the appropriate time reference, and finished off with my BAM moniker insignia.
Okay, so maybe you would have to display these in your basement, garage, or subsequent mancave, but in a nice frame there is a lot of potential here. The posters are $20 each, or you can grab the whole 12 piece set for $200.

(Hat tip to Werd.com. Photo courtesy Bam!it’sBERNIE’s Etsy page.)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sources: Howard to Lakers, Iguodala to Nuggets, Bynum to 76ers, Afflalo/Harrington/picks to Magic in four team deal

Our long national nightmare seems to finally be over. After months of indecision and trade rumors, Dwight Howard has been traded, according to reports. The four team deal sends Howard to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson to the 76ers, and Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, and three future first round picks to the Magic. Orlando will also get some other small pieces. The picks Orlando receives will come one each from the other three teams.

What is most shocking in this deal is that the Lakers were able to keep Pau Gasol. Most of the rumors that had been filtered through the media had Los Angeles dealing away both Gasol and Bynum.

There has been no indication if Howard will sign a long term deal with the Lakers, or if Bynum would do the same with Philadelphia. The Sixers are certainly a team on the rise, but a lot of that had to do with Andre Iguodala, who now heads to Denver to join Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson and company.

While Orlando probably makes out worst in terms of immediate additions, they gain some cap flexibility by unloading Richardson's contract and also invest in the future with a stockpile of draft picks. Howard simply had to be dealt, but you have to wonder if the Magic could have made out better in some of the previously rumored deals with Brooklyn or Houston.

(Photo courtesy AP)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Here's a guy doing a 64 inch box jump

Although, it was more like a 64 inch stacked up plates jump. Box jump has a better ring to it, I suppose.


Kevin Bania of Cream City Crossfit in Wisconsin is the man featured in the video, who somehow jumps from a flat footed position to the incredible height that bests the current Guiness World Record by over five and a half inches.

(Hat tip to Bob's Blitz)

New Black Ops II multiplayer trailer seems Halo-ish

Treyarch and Activision released the multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the upcoming installment in the incredibly popular CoD franchise. Visually, it's incredible, and also looks to be a lot more vivid and colorful than CoD's usual grayish, darker scenes.


Since BlOps2 isn't set in the modern day or the past, the designers are left to imagine a lot of the weaponry and fighting elements of future. Unfortunately, it looks like they leaned a little too heavily on the Halo franchise for inspiration.

I'm not saying the developers "ripped off" Halo, because there is still a distinct feel of Call of Duty here, even though stylistically some things have changed. What is strange is that they chose to go down this futuristic plot path at all, especially with Halo 4 scheduled to be released a week before Black Ops II.

As LBD of GeekThingsPodcast suggested to me earlier today, the campaign of each game could play a significant role in your buying preference. And you would also assume that each game will still have its own "feel" as it has in the past.

While many gamers (myself included) will purchase both titles, one has to wonder if casual gamers will pick up Halo, enjoy it, and then a week later when BlOps2 comes out decide they don't need another futuristic shooter with laser guns.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Apparently JR Smith is supposed to say he thinks the Knicks won't be any good this year

JR Smith was recently asked for his thoughts on the Knicks’ upcoming season in an interview with Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.
"Right now with the talent we have, what it says on paper is championship all day. But it's a matter of us going out there and doing it," Smith said after appearing at an event in Harlem at Nike's House of Hoops to promote/give away some Nike sneakers to children.

Smith says he goes into every season with a "championship or bust" mentality.
Pretty standard answer, showing confidence, expecting to win a title. But Begley’s original piece isn’t flashy enough and, frankly, it’s a little boring. At least according to Eric Freeman of Ball Don’t Lie and Kurt Helin of NBC Sports Talk.

Helin basically calls Smith a crazy person for thinking the Knicks could ever even get past the Heat and Celtics. Freeman spends almost the entirety of his article lambasting Smith as well, but then at least points out that Smith can’t really say anything else at the very end of his piece, albeit sort of thrown in.

That brings us to the point. What exactly is Smith supposed to say? “When you look at the sabermetrics and breakdowns, the offense really slows down with the ball in Carmelo’s hands and, truthfully, we need to be more up-tempo. Amar’e needs to return to his drive-and-dunk mentality from two years ago and hopefully we don’t regret letting Jeremy Lin go. Aside from all of our glaring weaknesses, I think we still have a solid group. I’d say 6th seed at best.”

Of course not. Yet Helin and Freeman, and countless others I’m sure, flock to it as a way to say JR Smith is some kind of raving maniac and, in Helin’s case, that Knicks fans are dumb too. Because why not.

But if they just report what Smith said, like Begley, that won’t get as many page views. That won’t be edgy and “witty” enough. And, in fairness, no one really cares about Jeremy Lin anymore, the Dwight Howard front has been quiet, and all the other usual NBA tropes are in hibernation. Desperate for page views, we should expect this type of nonsense.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Breakdown of current and former NBA players on each Olympic squad

While the US team is the favorite to win it all in London, you'll see a lot of familiar faces on other teams as you watch the Olympic Games, which begin this Friday. Below is a breakdown of each current and former NBA player that will be representing their country in this year's games.

Argentina
Pablo Prigioni, Knicks
Manu Ginobili, Spurs
Carlos Delfino, Bucks
Luis Scola, Suns
Andres Nocioni, formerly Bulls, Kings and 76ers

Australia
Patrick Mills, Spurs
David Andersen, formerly Rockets, Raptors, Hornets

Brazil
Leandro Barbosa, Pacers
Anderson Varejao, Cavs
Nene Hilario, Wizards
Tiago Splitter, Spurs
Marcus Vinicius, formerly Hornets, Grizzlies

China
Yi Jianlian, Mavericks
Wang Zhizhi, formerly Mavs, Clippers, Heat
Sun Yue, formerly Lakers

France
Kevin Seraphin, Wizards
Nicholas Batum, Trail Blazers
Tony Parker, Spurs
Nando de Colo, Spurs
Boris Diaw, Spurs
Ronny Turiaf, Heat
Yakhouba Diawara, formerly Nuggets and Heat
Mickaël Gelabale, formerly Sonics

Great Britain
Luol Deng, Bulls
Pops Mensah-Bonsu, formerly Mavs, Hornets
Robert Archibald, formerly Grizzlies, Suns, Magic, Raptors

Lithuania
Linas Kleiza, Raptors
Jonas Valančiūnas, Raptors
Šarūnas Jasikevičius, formerly Pacers and Warriors
Darius Songaila, formerly Kings, Bulls, Wizards, Hornets and 76ers

Nigeria
Al-Farouq Aminu, Hornets
Ike Diogu, formerly Warriors, Pacers, Blazers, Kings, Hornets, Clippers, Spurs

Russia
Alexey Shved, Timberwolves
Timofey Mozgov, Nuggets
Andrei Kirilenko, formerly Jazz

Spain
Pau Gasol, Lakers
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
Serge Ibaka, Thunder
Jose Calderon, Raptors
Rudy Fernandez, formerly Blazers and Nuggets
Sergio Rodriguez, formerly Blazers, Kings, Knicks
Juan Carlos Navarro, formerly Grizzlies

United States (A few NBA players here, of course)
Tyson Chandler, Knicks
Kevin Durant, Thunder
LeBron James, Heat
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Deron Williams, Nets
Andre Iguodala, 76ers
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Kevin Love, Timberwolves
James Harden, Thunder
Chris Paul, Clippers
Anthony Davis, Hornets
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

The only team without an NBA link is Tunisia.

(Image courtesy London2012.com)

Video: Ryan Jimmo ties fastest KO record at UFC 149

After a stellar career fighting for Canadian promotion MFC, Ryan Jimmo made an impact during his UFC debut during Saturday night's prelims on FX. In fact, Jimmo went all Mike D'Antoni offense, putting Anthony Perosh down in just seven seconds.


And here's Ariel Helwani's impressive post-fight interview with Jimmo, from MMA Fighting.com.

Dropping Links: Sunday, July 22, 2012

As we watch the final round of the British Open, some links for your viewing pleasure:

- A roundup of the 30 (30!) NFL arrests of this offseason. |BuzzFeed|

- Opposing pitchers Matt Cain and Cole Hamels each homered off one another in the same inning yesterday, the first time that's happened since 1990. |Big League Stew|

- Can't afford that jersey of your favorite player? Just shave his last name and number into your back hair, obviously. |SportsGrid|

- Tommy John is the inaugural inductee into the Hall of Very Good. |HOVG|

- The first gameplay footage from NHL 13. |Pastapadre|

Saturday, July 21, 2012

NBC Sports Network will broadcast CFL games in 2012

NBC Universal announced that NBC Sports Network will broadcast 14 Canadian Football League games in 2012, including the division semifinals and finals, and the Grey Cup Championship game.
Coverage of the CFL on NBC Sports Network begins Monday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the Edmonton Eskimos host the Toronto Argonauts. The season will conclude with the 100th Grey Cup on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. ET.

The 2012 schedule also includes the defending Grey Cup Champion BC Lions vs. the Montreal Alouettes at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 31; Calgary Stampeders vs. Edmonton Eskimos at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 7; and Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Previously in the US, CFL games were carried by NFL Network.

The broadcast agreement could help both entities. NBC Sports Network has been struggling for years and the switch from Versus hasn't sparked ratings like anticipated. The addition of live football should help.

For the CFL, it will be a new American outlet, which should help grow the game. Our friend Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing and 55-Yard Line has a nice breakdown of what this deal could mean for the CFL and NBC Sports Network.

(Photo courtesy Aaron Vincent Elkaim/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Peyton Manning loves calling audibles in his Buick

This commercial has been out for a few days but if all the mainstream sites like Yahoo can be three days behind with the Michelle Jenneke video (blatant page view grab) than I can be late with this.

It's Peyton Manning's new Buick commercial.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Phillies minor leaguer Jiwan James with an awesome barehanded grab at the wall

Reading Phillies (Double A) outfielder Jiwan James made quite the athletic catch, perhaps not robbing a home run, but snagging a ball at the wall nonetheless... with his bare hand.


(Hat tip to BuzzFeed)

Ray Allen thanks Celtics fans with ad in Boston Globe

As has become custom of players switching teams lately, Ray Allen took out an ad in The Boston Globe thanking Celtics fans.


A nice gesture from a classy man.

Dropping Links: Sunday, July 15, 2012

Some lazy Sunday links for your perusing pleasure:

- Charlie Weis says Brady Quinn could have been NFL starter for him, which is why Charlie Weis doesn't coach in the NFL. |Shutdown Corner|

- A look at the currently sad state of WWE, unless you're six years old, in which case it's totally awesome! |Ringside Rants|

- The Padres beat the Dodgers last night. Even more shocking is that they did it by stealing home... twice. |SportsGrid|

- Amazon.com is offering a $15 promo credit if you purchase NHL 13 through the website. |Pastapadre|

(Image courtesy The Palm Beach Post)

Knicks would be wise to let Lin go to Houston

It looks like the Knicks might be ready to say goodbye to Linsanity.

News came down late Saturday night that the Knicks and Blazers agreed to a sign-and-trade deal to bring the ageless Kurt Thomas and point guard Raymond Felton back to New York. This amid reports that Knicks GM Glen Grunwald was dodging the Rockets' delivery of their offer sheet for Jeremy Lin so the team would have more time to work a deal and figure out just what they wanted to do about the situation.

If the Knicks are, indeed, moving on without Jeremy Lin, it's the smart move. Granted, Lin brings back so much money in marketing and ticket sales, but what if he isn't as good as he was for that short stretch in February. That stretch where the team was constructed differently than it is now. That stretch where he wasn't competing with the vacuum of Carmelo Anthony and he could run Mike D'Antoni's offense as it was intended, the same D'Antoni who isn't the coach anymore.

Lest we forget that Lin is also coming off knee surgery. Sure, he might be a good NBA point guard but there are few believers that he'll be the 30+ points per night guy he was in the winter.

There are so many question marks surrounding Lin that it isn't worth the risk of potentially having to pay him almost $15 million in year three of this contract. In that year, the Knicks will also still be responsible for Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amar'e Stoudemire, all of whom make hefty sums.

Aside from the on-court and salary cap issues, too much has been made of "Linsanity" and his marketing stroke. The Knicks drew a full Garden through all those terrible seasons in the first decade of the 2000's and they will draw without Lin. Say he bombs and becomes a low minute bench player, how will he be marketed then? And does anyone honestly think he will be the marketing and revenue draw in Houston that he is in New York?

With Lin, there is too much up in the air to guarantee $25 million. If he leaves New York and really is that superstar that we saw in February, the Knicks will regret it. But if the Knicks spend all that cash for Lin and he isn't what all the hype says over the course of three years, it will look even worse.

For a franchise that's always spent the wrong way, the Knicks have to be conservative here. Even if it is "Linsane."

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Shaq gets his own terrible TV show

Shaquille O’Neal is expanding his television horizons.

From The Hollywood Reporter:
TruTV has greenlighted Upload with Shaquille O’Neal,a series centered on the former basketball star scouring the Internet in search of the funniest online videos to comment on as well as creating his own viral videos and parodies. He will be joined on-screen by host Gary Owen(Think Life a Man) and Godfrey (The Mr. Men Show).

"Shaquille O'Neal has such a great personality, and he really has a lot of fun with the format and the material in this new truTV series," said truTV EVP and COO Marc Juris. "This show is going to be a great fit with truTV's comedic shows like Impractical Jokers and the upcoming Killer Karaoke."
I prefer “greenlit” myself, but anyway.

TruTV is a Turner network, where Shaq provides poor commentary and analysis on Inside the NBA. Surely this show will be an awful re-hash of others like it, such as Tosh.0 and Ridiculousness, all of which spawned from campy hits like America’s Funniest Home Videos.

TruTV, though, features tons of shows that are as bad or worse than Upload will be. The network, formerly Court TV, also runs masterpieces like Southern Fried Stings, South Beach Tow, Disorder in the Court, along with the aforementioned Impractical Jokers.

Juris is right. This show will be a great fit.