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.