The bell is tolling for Payton and Brees in New Orleans

September 21, 2015 – 12:12 am by Hickey


They can put the headstone at the Superdome’s 35-yard line.

That’s where the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era of Saints football effectively came to its end early in Sunday’s slop-riddled 26-19 loss to the woeful Buccaneers — a team that allowed a perfect passer rating to Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in his first game as an NFL player.

Knowing just how pathetic Lovie Smith’s Tampa defense happens to be, Payton elected to punt from the Bucs 35 when he faced a fourth-and-5 on New Orleans’ opening possession. The same Sean Payton who boldly attempted an onside kick to open the second half of a Super Bowl was now punting on a makeable fourth down against a defense that a week before, and over the course of the opening drive, demonstrated that it was one of the worst in recent human memory.

Whether it was a lack of faith in Brees, a lack of faith in his line, a lack of faith in his targets post-Jimmy Graham or a lack of faith that his defense could force a quick three-and-out against a rookie quarterback in a hostile environment, it was a disturbing lack of faith.

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Watch: Jered Weaver gets ejected for hitting Kyle Seager

September 17, 2015 – 2:15 am by Ryan Phillips
    Weaver Seager

Los Angeles Angels starter Jered Weaver has never been one to let a dispute roll off his back. That was the case again Wednesday night as he was tossed from a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners for hitting Kyle Seager.

It all started in the bottom of fifth inning when Seager stepped into the box and took a ball down and in. Weaver took his time getting back to the mound, but when he was ready to pitch, Seager had his arm up to hold off the pitch, then asked for time just before Weaver was set to throw the ball. That clearly annoyed Weaver and the two had words.

Then Seager again put his arm up to the umpire in order to keep the ball from being thrown, then put it down and clearly mouthed “I’m f-ing ready…”

Weaver was clearly not amused and the next pitch was a fastball up and in that plunked Seager on the right shoulder. Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora immediately tossed Weaver and stood between the two.

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Indians accidentally shoot fireworks for Royals home run

September 16, 2015 – 1:19 am by Hickey


Amazingly, the one comedic scenario screenwriters failed to think of over the course of two “Major League” movies (THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MAJOR LEAGUE 3) came to pass in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Outfielder Alex Rios launched a deep home run at Progressive Field, prompting the usual fireworks display for such an event. There’s just one problem: Rios plays for the visiting Royals, not the Indians. Unsurprisingly, the handful of fans in attendance started razzing the fireworks guy pretty good:

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ESPN graphic helpfully points out that Jim Tomsula is the GOAT

September 15, 2015 – 1:00 am by Hickey


Someone grab 49ers coach Jim Tomsula’s windbreaker and send the thing to Canton, because this man is clearly Hall of Fame bound.

Thanks to the graphics wizardry at ESPN, at the end of San Francisco’s 20-3 season-opening win over Minnesota we learned that Tomsula is the most successful coach in the history of one of the league’s most storied franchises. The information is right there in front of your eyes.

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Novak Djokovic wins 10th major in amazing match with Federer

September 13, 2015 – 9:51 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is officially one of the all-time greats in tennis history. On Sunday night he engaged in an incredible match with possibly the best player ever, Roger Federer, in a classic four-set final at the U.S. Open. In the end Djokovic outlasted his Swiss counterpart and won his third major tournament of the year.

While it only went four sets, the 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 scoreline makes the match seem like less of a contest than it was. Both men put everything on the line and were dropping bombs on each other in what was reminiscent of an old-school street fight at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was beautiful tennis, two of the best ever going toe-to-toe. The younger Djokovic found enough holes to top Federer, who was desperately trying to win his 18th career major title.

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Watch: Angel Pagan makes ridiculous home run-saving catch

September 12, 2015 – 3:27 am by Ryan Phillips
    Angel Pagan

It’s rough being a fan of the San Diego Padres these days. In fact, it’s a pain being a Padres fan at any time, and Friday night was no different. The San Francisco Giants ripped the Friars 9-1, but despite all the offense, the play of the game was a ridiculous, soul-crushing catch by Giants center fielder Angel Pagan.

In the seventh inning of the contest with San Francisco leading 5-1, Matt Kemp stepped to the plate and launched a 1-1 offering from Jake Peavy deep to center. Pagan drifted back and seemed unsure if the ball would carry over his head. Then, at the last second he turned, scaled the wall, high-pointed the ball perfectly and stole a home run from Kemp.

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Report: Detroit Tigers to fire Brad Ausmus

September 11, 2015 – 1:42 am by Ryan Phillips
    Brad Ausmus

The Detroit Tigers have been an abject disaster this season despite a ton of talent and an opening-day payroll of $173.8 million. When that kind of thing happens, the someone has to go and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus looks like he will soon be receiving a pink slip.

Numerous outlets are now reporting that Ausmus will be ousted at the end of the 2015 season. The Tigers are currently 64-76 and sit in last place in the American League Central. Detroit is 19.5 games behind the first-place Kansas City Royals and 9.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot. Given what Ausmus had to work with this season, that is simply unacceptable.

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Could Yoenis Cespedes win the NL MVP Award?

September 10, 2015 – 3:04 am by Ryan Phillips
    Yoenis Cespedes

Since his arrival in Queens at the 2015 MLB trade deadline, Yoenis Cespedes has lit a fire under the New York Mets. In the process he has helped lead them to a near-insurmountable lead in the National League East and has been baseball’s hottest player by a wide margin. In fact, Cespedes has been so good that there are now calls for him to be considered a legitimate National League MVP candidate.

While it is a little strange to consider, since Cespedes spent almost two-thirds of the season in the American League with the Detroit Tigers, there are some valid arguments in his favor. While Washington’s Bryce Harper has been the National League’s best player over the course of the entire season, Cespedes might be the most valuable player in all of baseball right now. Isn’t that what the award is supposed to be about anyway?

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