- Shutdown Corner32 mins ago
Well, this was a little awkward. Even though former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has gone through retirement ceremonies (twice) and accepted a job as a commentator on CBS Sports this fall, he apparently hadn't officially filed his retirement paperwork. As a result, Atlantahad to release him, and now has no claim on him should he decide to un-retire.
This seems like a formality, but there's more to it than that. Had the Falcons carried a not-officially-retired Gonzalez into the 2014 league year, he would have counted $8.75 million against the Falcons' cap, which is an awful lot to pay for a guy wearing a tie in a different city. Not only that, he was due a $3 million bonus this month had he remained on the roster.
- Shutdown Corner1 day ago
KISS has long been a band known for its calm, staid manner and professional, by-the-books appearance, so it stands to reason that the football team named in its honor would wear equally conventional unis, yes?
Behold, if your mere mortal eyes can stand the sight, the new uniforms of the Los Angeles KISS, the Arena League Football team set to rock your face off kick off in just a few days.
Flames. Flames atop flames, with interwoven flames topped by still more flames. SO MANY FLAMES. There are flames on the freaking visor, which is going to make the LA KISS running backs feel like they're storming through burning buildings.
KISS warriors Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley own the team; here's the Starchild himself modeling the helmet:
- Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago
Twenty years ago, Tatyana McFadden left an orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia bound for adoption in Maryland. McFadden, then just four years old, was not expected to survive the spina bifida that forced her to walk on her hands for the first six years of her life.
But McFadden developed into one of the world's premier paralympic athletes, and is back in Russia, now competing for the United States. And along the way, she has reunited with her birth mother.
"I am very proud, it's amazing," Nina Polevikova said in Russian of her newfound daughter. "It's like a miracle."
McFadden is a spectacular athlete, having won 10 medals in the prior three Summer Paralympics in wheelchair racing. Last year, she won the "grand slam" of wheelchair marathoning, taking the Boston, Chicago, New York and London marathons. She used her winnings from those races to bring her birth family and the director of the St. Petersburg orphanage to Sochi for her competition.
- Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago
Oscar Pistorius, on trial in Pretoria, South Africa for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,was overcome on Monday during testimony about Steenkamp's autopsy. Pistorius vomited during descriptions of the wounds she suffered when Pistorius shot her through a closed door on Valentine's Day 2013.
Pistorius is accused of murdering Steenkamp. He contends that he believed she was an intruder and shot through a closed bathroom door in self-defense.
The court prohibited journalists on the scene from writing or broadcasting in any detail as University of Pretoria pathologist Gert Saayman described in detail the mortal wounds Steenkamp suffered. Steenkamp was shot in the top right of her head, the right elbow, the right hip, and the webbing of her left hand.
Saayman himself had requested that the testimony be blocked from public view: "I think that it goes against the good morals of society for us to make information of this nature available in a manner that vulnerable or unsuspecting people in society may be exposed," he said.
- Shutdown Corner4 days ago
We're only days away from the start of the free agent period, and so this week we're talking speculation about free agents, as well as some fond farewells to necessary cap sacrifices. Adios, Champ Bailey and Devin Hester. We knew ye ... well, we knew ye pretty well, actually, but ye were making way too much money and so ye had to go. Others under discussion: Ben Tate, Jairus Byrd, Michael Vick, and many more.
Oh, and we begin with an extended meditation on breakfast cereal, so there's that.
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- Fourth-Place Medal5 days ago
Here we go again.
Remember those heady early days of Sochi, when pretty much everything in the hotels was breaking down and athletes were getting trapped in their bathrooms and nearly tumbling down elevator shafts? Well, the Paralympics are gearing up in Sochi, and guess what: they're having early-days problems too!
Check out Steve Cash, goalie for the U.S.'s sled hockey team, who found himself locked in a bathroom:
Teammate Taylor Lipsett and others snapped into action ... and snapped a few photos in the process:
- Fourth-Place Medal7 days ago
The Great Post-Sochi Wave continues, as ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will participate in Season 18 of "Dancing With The Stars."
White and Davis opted for the show over a defense of their World Championship, scheduled for Saitama, Japan later this month. "Dancing With The Stars" premieres March 17, and the skating duo will be part of a "Stars on Ice" figure skating tour beginning in April.
This now marks 14 of 18 seasons of "DWTS" that feature Olympians, three of whom - Apolo Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson - have actually won the entire show. However, Davis and White will come in with a definitive advantage, as they've trained with one of the show's dancers in the past.
Other members of the cast include paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, former NHL player Sean Avery, and Diana Nyad, who swam from Cuba to Florida last summer.
- Shutdown Corner7 days ago
The extra point in the NFL is a given, a virtual statistical certainty. As such, the NFL is considering methods to liven up the point attempt, and one method could involve moving the spot of the attemptall the way back to the 25-yard line.
In January, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell began hinting that the days of the extra point as we know it are numbered, in large part because the conversion rate is a staggering 99.6 percent. "Are there any plays in the game that really are not consequential?" Goodell said at the time. "You want to add excitement with every play."
The proposal floated then would have eliminated the extra point entirely and allowed for an attempt to go for an eighth point, with the condition that a failure of that attempt meant a team dropped back from seven to six points. If you find that confusing and annoying, you're not alone.
- The Turnstile8 days ago
Let's face it: the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a thrill for a lot of readers, but it's the Holy Grail indeed for younger ones. Now, by "younger" we'd usually mean "males age 12-15 sneaking a look at their dad's issue before he got home from work." But Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter has found a considerably younger lad with a similar reaction:
It's reminiscent of this other baby from a few weeks back, who was absolutely blown away by the flight of Superman:
Man! These kids have so much to look forward to. Or maybe not ... maybe they've already peaked before they've gotten out of diapers.