Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hines Ward joining NBC Sports

Hines Ward, former always-smiling Steelers wide receiver and Dancing with the Stars champion, will join NBC as an analyst for Football Night in America, college football and the NBC Sports Network. SI's Richard Deitsch broke the news via Twitter this afternoon.

Judging by the replies to Deitsch's Twitter and from other reactions around the net, people are happy with this move. It's a natural fit for Ward, who always seemed to have the knack for broadcasting and television. Ward got some on-air practice during NBC's pregame for this year's Super Bowl XLVI, providing analysis along with Aaron Rodgers.

(Photo courtesy ABC)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Terrell Owens got cut by the Allen Wranglers

The Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League announced Tuesday that they have parted ways with Terrell Owens after the wide receiver violated the terms of his contract. As well as being released as a player, Owens loses his ownership stake that he received as part of his deal.

You know it's bad when you own part of the team and still get cut.

Majority owner John Frankel said Owens refused to play in two upcoming road games and did not show up at an event at a local children's hospital. Even though Owens was not required to play in all of the Wranglers' away games under the terms of his contract, the team wanted him to play in the next two contests because of their importance to the team's playoff aspirations.

Add the Wranglers to the list of organizations that Owens has left on bad terms. He apparently saw the IFL as a way back into the NFL when he signed with the Wranglers in February. But at this rate, and with his past history of attitude and character issues as well as his age, Owens' return to the highest level of the sport seems very unlikely.

(Photo courtesy Jerome Miron/US Presswire)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Video: Outfielder makes diving over-the-wall grab

Via ESPN's Robert Flores comes this gem of a catch during a NWAACC baseball championship first round playoff game. Lower Columbia College's Derrick Salberg is the hero, leaping over the outfield wall and robbing what would have been the game tying home run. Not to diminish this great catch at all, but why is that wall so short?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Now you're just the Kobe that we used to know

With the Lakers out of the playoffs and changes looming, it is of course time to blast Kobe Bryant. Doing so has become old hat, but Dan Rib has done it in a new and interesting way. Here he is with his own version of Gotye's hit "Somebody That I Used To Know," instead called "The Kobe That We Used To Know."

"You didn't have to hog the ball. You're triple teamed so kick it out to either Blake or Sessions." Tell me that won't be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Video: Jay Pharoah's spot-on Stephen A. Smith impression

Jay Pharoah, one of Saturday Night Live's unsung performers, nailed it this weekend with his Stephen A. Smith impression during "Weekend Update."

(Hat tip to SportsGrid)

Dropping Links: Sunday, May 20, 2012

- I'll Have Another won another, capturing Saturday's Preakness Stakes, again coming from behind on Bodemesiter. With the Preakness and Kentucky Derby down, I'll Have Another will try to capture the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. |New York Times' The Rail Blog|

- The Thunder took a 3-1 series lead over the Lakers with their win Saturday night in Los Angeles. It was about more than Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's offense, though. |TrueHoop Blog|

- Kerry Wood retired like a boss. |Hall of Very Good|

- Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring sold for $230,401 at auction. |ProFootballTalk|

- New gameplay footage from NCAA Football 13 ||

(Photo courtesy Nellie Hertenstein/Reuters)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Of course Odom won't get share of Mavs' playoff money

The Dallas Mavericks have decided they will not give Lamar Odom a playoff share, about $14,000. It was a players vote following Dallas' first round sweep at the hands of the Thunder that determined Odom would miss out on the money.

The team had already banished Odom after a season of ups and downs, but mostly downs. Circumstances in his personal life made it a tough go for Lamar, as well as his seeming desire to not be in Dallas. Odom never fit in with the team and hasn't even been around the squad since April 7th.

This move should come as no surprise. To consider Odom a part of this playoff team would have been a gigantic stretch. If anything, he was a hindrance to their chances.

Video: Baron Davis dislocates knee v. Heat

This is pretty gross.

Baron Davis dislocated his knee during yesterday's Knicks - Heat playoff matchup. It's a shame that a guy so talented has suffered so many injuries throughout his career. Davis will not play for the remainder of this series and it remains to be seen what this means for the rest of his career.

Video of the gruesome injury is below.