- Jay Hart at From The Marbles3 mths ago
Two days before Jimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup championship, Donovan McNabb went where many have gone before:
"He sits in a car and he drives, that doesn't take being athletic,'' the former quarterback said on Fox Sports One. "What athletically is he doing?"
Wednesday, Kevin Harvick, who finished third in this year's Sprint Cup standings, responded on Twitter this way:
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) November 20, 2013
Oh, snap! In case you need a refresher course, McNabb allegedly lost his lunch in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX, something Harvick clearly hasn't forgotten.
Guarantee you Eagles fans don't find it funny. Still.
- Jay Hart at The Turnstile3 mths ago
The former head of world cycling encouraged Lance Armstrong to cover up his doping, the disgraced cyclist alleges in an interview with Britain's Daily Mail.
One of the many insidious tales to come out in the Armstrong doping scandal is a story from 1999, before he'd won a single Tour de France. During that '99 Tour, Armstrong allegedly tested positive for a banned substance corticosteroid. At the time, cycling was reeling in the wake of the Festina affair, a incident in which team officials were caught trying to transport performance-enhancing drugs across the French border during the '98 Tour.
So when Armstrong tested positive in '99, he alleges Hein Verbuggen, then president of the International Cycling Union, instigated a cover up.
"The sport was on life support, and Hein just said, 'This is just a real problem. This is the knockout punch for our sport,' " Armstrong told the Daily Mail. "It was the year after Festina. And he just said, 'We gotta come up with something.' And so we just backdated the prescription."
Armstrong went on to win the '99 Tour and six straight after that.
- Jay Hart at Fourth-Place Medal4 mths ago
Jeaaah ... no.
There's never a dull moment with Ryan Lochte, right? So this shouldn't come as a surprise: the five-time Olympic gold medalist tore his MCL in a run-in with a fan.
Here's what happened, according to USA Today: in Florida Sunday, Lochte encountered an excited fan, who ran at him. When she did, Lochte caught the teenage girl, causing both to topple over. Lochte hit his left knee on a curb and, boom, torn MCL, sprained ACL.
No timetable was given on Lochte's return to competition, but it's unlikely the injury is career threatening.
"As a result of a freak injury caused by an unexpected fan encounter, Ryan has suffered a torn MCL and an ACL sprain and will be taking a break from training and competition," his publicist said via a statement. "His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes."
- Jay Hart at Big League Stew4 mths ago
After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series Wednesday night, where did Ryan Dempster celebrate?
Why at Fenway Park, of course … on the field … throwing batting practice … at 3 in the morning.
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That's him on the mound there, throwing to actor Mike O'Malley, who learned something in the wee hours of the morning:
Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster, wearing street clothes, is actually on the mound, pitching to his family and friends.
It is 2:57 a.m.
Security keeps making announcements for them to leave, but no one's listening. It took two hours just to clear family and friends from the Red Sox clubhouse so the players could shower.
Guess yelling, "You don't have to go home, you just have to get out of here," doesn't work with newly crowned world champions.
Anyway, Dempster did eventually leave Fenway sometime after three, as our own Mike Oz caught up with him signing autographs outside the park around 3:45 a.m.
- Jay Hart at The Turnstile4 mths ago
Lance Armstrong is a criminal who should go to jail, that's what Greg LeMond believes.
The three-time Tour de France winner has never pulled any punches when talking about Armstrong, and a Monday interview on CNN was no exception.
LeMond told Anderson Cooper that Armstrong would have been "top 30 at best" without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs, would not have been capable of a top-5 finish let along winning the Tour de France seven times.
[Photos: Lance Armstrong's fall from grace]
"Absolutely," LeMond said when asked if Armstrong perpetrated the greatest fraud in sports history. "… I know his physical capabilities. He's a top 30 at best. I mean, at best. No matter what. If he was clean and everybody else was clean, he's a top 30 at best. He's not capable of winning the Tour. He's not capable of the top 5."
- Jay Hart at Big League Stew4 mths ago
Everyone should have a signature "strike-three" call. Seriously. If you didn't know that, get one, cuz you need one.
Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) had the moonwalk, which was hilarious. Me, I was always partial to the straight-up punchout.
That is, until seeing this, courtesy of ex-A, ex-St. Louis Cardinal Mark Mulder, via his old teammate in Oakland Bobby Crosby:
Mulder says Crosby's brother, who is a scout in northern California, took the video. Other than that, the details are thin. But does it really matter?
Aww yeah, Tag Team back again.
- Jay Hart at Ball Don't Lie5 mths ago
So check this out: LeBron James working out in the "heat." Get it?
He wasn't the only one in what turns out not to be a remake of Backdraft but rather a Miami Heat photo shoot. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both went up in smoke, while Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen and Shane Battier – otherwise known as the "thanks for the free ring(s)" gang – looked all tough while, well, trying to look tough.
There's even a sneak-peak at some new uniform looks, though the photos were clearly taken with an iPhone 3, or maybe Jerry Jones' flip phone.
- Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports5 mths ago
Since 1976, there have been 17 federal government shutdowns, not including the current one. Yes, 17. Of those, 14 came during college football season. During those 14 shutdowns, the service academies – Army, Navy and Air Force – were scheduled to play 36 football games. All 36 went off as scheduled.
Not a single cancellation.
- Jay Hart at The Turnstile5 mths ago
When did sailors start wearing helmets?
If you haven't been watching the America's Cup – and odds are you haven't – then you've missed the transformation of a stodgy old race into an X Game.
Yes, the America's Cup – to be decided on Wednesday in a final, winner-take all race between the United States and New Zealand – has become an extreme sport, complete with breakneck speeds (on water anyway), whip-fast turns and danger, so much so that one sailor has already died.
These are the lengths to which the sport has gone to in order to attract an audience that, for the most part, isn't there. Because really, where's the excitement in watching a boat jibe, whatever that means?
Well, the answer is in the AC72 – a sort of Formula 1 car on water. Gone are the single-hull Edsels of years past, replaced by dual-hulled Ferraris that sport 131-foot sails and foils – L-shaped fins – that actually lift the catamaran entirely out of the water. The result: speeds upwards of 50 m.p.h. and, subsequently, the necessity for helmets.
- Jay Hart at Yahoo! Sports6 mths ago
The NFL has reached a settlement with retired players in their massive concussion lawsuit against the league. The agreement: $765 million spread out over 20 years. Sounds like a lot. Let's put it in perspective.
Per Thursday's settlement, the NFL will pay out $127.5 million over each of the first three years, then $22.5 million per over the next 17. Last year, the NFL boasted revenue of $9.8 billion. That means that the first three years of the settlement will cost the NFL 1.3 percent of its total revenue, and 0.2 percent for the 17 years after that.
And this assumes revenue won't grow. Minutes after the agreement was announced, former Pro Bowl center and NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae tweeted, "NFL concussion lawsuit net outcome? Big loss for the players now and the future! Estimated NFL revenue by 2025 = $27 BILLION."
You do the math. (Hint: Add a few zeros before the decimal point)