Despite statements that say otherwise, it's clear that ESPN didn't learn from it's last fiasco involving Jeremy Lin. Today's headline -- while decidedly less offensive than the "chink in the armor" reference -- shows that the worldwide leader hasn't matured after firing one of its employees and suspending another for 30 days.
Maybe it's just me, but you would think that the guys writing headlines would be a little cautious after seeing one of their own bumped off for getting a little too daring with the headlines, especially when you consider that this one involves the same guy that was the target of scrutiny last time. If anything, I'd be willing to bet that this headline-photo combo was more intentional than Saturday's was.
In the end, this is just another example of ESPN saying one thing and doing the exact opposite. Somewhere, Bruce Feldman is nodding his head in agreement.
It's Valentine's Day! Who is your Valentine? What do you love? I love lamp, and the mother and obstetrician who brought Miguel Cabrera into this sweet, cruel world (and DD for bringing him into the Tigers lineup).
News flash: LeBron James is balding. Charles Barkley, who has not held back whatsoever from criticizing LeBron in the past, detailed the recession of LeBron's hairline (and headband) perfectly with a demonstration on TNT last night. (Don't miss Ernie Johnson's "oh shit, do I look like that too?" look at the 20-second mark.)
While others are defending LeBron over this topic, I'd like to be the one to give kudos to Chuck and the rest of the TNT crew for making light of the situation. Everyone, except maybe LeBron and his two sons, thought it was funny. Plus, when he's doing things like this on a semi-nightly basis, it's nice to know that he's still human.
Four-star football recruit Cassanova McKinzy was all set to go to Clemson University, where the girls are pretty and... well, the girls are pretty until he hit a little snag: there's no Chick-Fil-A on Clemson's campus. While this might not sway most athletes -- many of whom try to resist eating fast food to stay in top shape -- McKinzy was not to be denied his God-given right of convenient, quality chicken sandwiches. He is from Alabama, after all.
...so he committed to Auburn instead.
Now, there are probably many of you reading this who have never experienced Chick-Fil-A in all it's greasy, waffle-fried goodness, but let me assure you: this man truly has his priorities in order. Some recruits want a shot at the pros, others want... well, other things. McKinzy didn't want to rely on Popeyes for his chicken fixin's for the next four years.
Early in last night's Minnesota-Houston game, Luis Scola tried to save the ball from going out of bounds, hitting Kevin Love in the balls in the process. While this is all still speculation, early reports say that Love didn't like it very much.
"It probably hurt, you know? Los huevos son muy delicados," said rookie guard Ricky Rubio.
"He didn't look too happy about it at the time," added Luke Ridnour. "Of course, he could have just been taking a rest on the floor, you know, in the fetal position. It's how he sleeps. He plays a lot of minutes for us, so he deserves the occasional break."
Forward Michael Beasley had a different take on the matter. "I have no idea. I just got really high and watched the coyote and roadrunner on Looney Tunes." When reminded that he was on the floor during the play, Beasley responded by asking if anyone knew where the nearest Taco Bell was.
I feel like it's necessary to add the "doesn't die" tag onto any sentence that involves flipping a piece of equipment as big as a snowmobile in the air, because you have to be a little crazy to try something like that.
And you have to be extra crazy to try and flip a snowmobile after the dude before you tries to do something similar and has it land on top of him.
...which is cool, I guess. Check out his crossover on Oklahoma City rookie Reggie Jackson that made me think two things: (1) Nate Robinson plays for Golden State now? and (2) daaaaaammmnnnnnn!
And since I feel bad about the lack of dunkage in a post with Nate Robinson's name in the title, check after the jump for a couple of awesome slams, neither of which feature Dirk Nowitzki's monotonous commentary, unfortunately.
Soccer sucks, right? Not when the USA is making the rest of the world its bitch. You can add soccer player Clint Dempsey to the list of Americans who have told the British where to stick their tea and biscuits. Dempsey joined the likes of Patrick Henry, Jack English, and Billy Bob Thornton (we're assuming) today when he became the first American to score a hat trick in English soccer history.
Like we did in the good ol' days, we're going to start fulfilling all your link needs for Detroit sports and then some. The first installment will be underwhelming, but hopefully it will only leave you thirsty for more come Monday. Shall we?
Now, get dizzy with Todd Bertuzzi's game-winner (3:15 mark):
The Red Wings encore 3-2 shootout win vs. the Coyotes was ESPN's Game of the Week, which featured a story on Jimmy Howard and one of his biggest fans: the daughter of the Detroit Lions' president:
Jimmy Howard was handed a game-used hockey stick and knew exactly where it was headed. He grabbed a pen, signed the stick and handed it to the 12-year-old girl visiting the Red Wings dressing room, wearing a Howard jersey.
She happened to be the daughter of Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand and reacted about the way you'd expect a girl her age to respond.
"Oh my gosh," she said, stunned, while examining the stick as her father shook his head with a smile. Like Howard, Paige Lewand is a goalie.
"She's not a Calvin Johnson fan, she's a Jimmy Howard fan," Tom Lewand said.
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