Stephen Tulloch Suffers a Very Detroit Lions Injury

September 22, 2014 – 12:50 am by Hickey
    Stephen Tulloch

Only in the twisted universe of Detroit Lionsdom could the most-played highlight from a win over their biggest division rival be… what you are about to witness.

Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch decided to celebrate a big sack by mimicking Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ “Discount Double Check” move, which is quite a funny thing to do — until you fail to stick the landing and crumble to the ground after blowing out your knee. Tulloch had to head to the locker room and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines in street clothes.

Video of the injury follows.

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Florida State: Jameis Winston will not play against Clemson

September 19, 2014 – 10:32 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jameis Winston

On Friday night, Florida State officials announced that quarterback Jameis Winston will not play at all against No. 22 Clemson on Saturday night. The No. 1 Seminoles had originally suspended the redshirt sophomore for the first half of their showdown with the Tigers, but likely caved after virtually everyone ripped that suspension as far too lenient.

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Giancarlo Stanton’s season done; should he be MVP?

September 18, 2014 – 1:26 am by Hickey
    Giancarlo Stanton

It comes as no surprise to anyone who saw him hit the deck after gruesomely getting beaned in the face in Milwaukee, but slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been shut down for the rest of the season by the Miami Marlins. The only question remaining is whether he deserves to be voted National League MVP, which is always an interesting debate when it comes to players on a team that isn’t a serious playoff contender.

Stanton certainly has the stats to be near the top of everyone’s ballot.

He leads the league with 37 home runs, and barring a late charge from Anthony Rizzo in the final two weeks, he will remain atop that list. Stanton also has a league-high OPS of .950 and is behind only Adrian Gonzalez with 105 RBIs. And if we’re looking at nerd stats, Stanton’s Wins Above Replacement of 6.1 is the second-best total in the NL according to Fangraphs’ calculations. He’s certainly reminiscent of 1987 Andre Dawson — his team may not be there, but the numbers are.

So, which other players are deserving of consideration?

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Sponsors concerned about NFL’s handling of off-field issues

September 16, 2014 – 5:26 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Roger Goodell

On Tuesday several major NFL sponsors expressed their disapproval of how the league is handling off-field issues involving its players. Anheuser-Busch is the biggest name to publicly condemn the league, but none of the NFL’s top sponsors have taken the step of pulling advertising yet.

Anheuser-Busch said it has spoken with the NFL about its handling of recent incidents that have fans in an uproar. Those include the investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence situation and the Minnesota Vikings’ decision to allow Adrian Peterson to play despite child abuse allegations.

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Chicago Bears teach a valuable gambling lesson

September 16, 2014 – 12:16 am by Hickey


“Never bet against your own team” is one of those adages you always hear, somewhere along the lines of “Never play in traffic,” “never stick a knife down your toaster” and “never get involved in a land war in Asia.”

And yet…I just couldn’t help myself.

In my lifetime of watching the Chicago Bears, I had never witnessed the team win a game in San Francisco. Hell, I’ve never even seen them compete in a game out there. Candlestick Park was home to most of my worst sports memories, from the demise of the 1989 Cubs to a cornucopia of ugly Bears losses. Heading into Sunday night, the Bears had lost eight straight in San Francisco. Only one of those games was decided by less than 17 points, with scores like 41-0, 52-14, 44-15, 49-7 and 32-7 being the norm.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II: Live Blog

September 13, 2014 – 5:00 am by Ryan Phillips
    Mayweather Maidana 2

Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather will square off with Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana for the second time this year. The bout will be for Mayweather’s WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring welterweight titles, and his WBC light middleweight title. Their last fight was a close, back-and-forth affair and the rematch should be just as exciting.

As always with big fights, we will be live-blogging all the action for you, starting at 8:45 ET. Come join us as we breakdown the fight and see if Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) can be the first man to defeat Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs).

Live Blog Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II: Live Blog

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Q&A with San Francisco Giants reliever Sergio Romo

September 11, 2014 – 6:30 pm by Kevin Johnston

Orlando Cepeda, Sergio Romo & Vida Blue

The life and career accomplishments of San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo were celebrated this week during a cocktail reception sponsored by Hennessy V.S at Infusion Lounge in San Francisco.

Romo, a proud Mexican-American, 2013 All-Star and two-time World Series champion, became one of the best relief pitchers in MLB despite not being a highly-ranked prospect in the minors and sporting a fastball that tops out around 90 MPH. In fact, only Mariano Rivera has a better DIPS in the modern era.

I got the opportunity to catch up with Romo for an interview before the party started about everything from when his father first taught him to throw a slider to his habit of studying his teammates’ stats more than his own.

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Sources: Jim Mora was never offered Texas job

September 11, 2014 – 3:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jim Mora

With UCLA and Texas set to square off this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, several stories have popped up about UCLA head coach Jim Mora and how – if circumstances had been different – he might be the head coach of the Longhorns. While Mora has consistently claimed that he turned down the job at Texas to remain at UCLA, sources close to both programs have told us that is a complete fabrication.

In an expansive interview with Chris Low of ESPN, Mora detailed his discussions with Texas representatives, claiming they met for four hours at a private residence in Manhattan Beach, California. He went on to claim that Texas was so hot after him that the school even offered him the use of a private jet to fly his parents to games.

Mora has maintained for months that he turned down Texas to stay at UCLA, where he finally felt at home. The truth is, he was never offered the Texas job and at no point was he the top option on the school’s list.

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