Matt Grassie

  • Golf game lacking? Let Arnold Palmer help you out with his favorite tip

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    Golfers are always dying to give you their favorite tip. Keep your head down. Follow through. Make sure you get the club back on plane after your hands' transition from backswing to downswing. The truth is most of these gems are coming from people who can't keep the ball in the fairway themselves.

    So if your looking for a swing thought from a guy who actually knows what he's talking about - like, say, a World Golf Hall of Famer who won 95 professional events including seven majors and is hosting a PGA Tour event this week in Florida - pay attention to the clip above.

    Arnold Palmer, in a segment shot for the Golf Channel a couple years ago, gives his favorite tip for maintaining a good pace in your swing as only he can. Of course, the King then proceeds to knock one close to the pin as he puts theory into practice.

  • Mathletics: Crazy statistical connections between sports and pi

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 16 days ago

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 marks the only time this century that the date (3/14/15) matches the first five digits of pi (3.1415), and at two separate points in the day, 9:26.53 both a.m. and p.m., the time will carry out the first 10 digits (3.141592653) of everyone's favorite mathematical constant.

    Pi, of course, is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and is a cornerstone of the incomprehensibly complex worlds of trigonometry and geometry. It might be more notable, however, as an irrational number without a permanent repeating decimal representation. In lay terms, the numbers in pi never end. It's digits are infinite. For more fun pi facts click here. Thus ends the math portion of our post.

    In celebration of Pi Day, we poured over the record books to find some additional, slightly freakier pi-related sports facts:

    1. Reggie Smith is the only player to ever hit exactly 314 home runs in his major-league career. Of this total number, 50 came while he played for the Cardinals ... in St. Louis ... a city with an area code of 314.

  • WATCH: Coach interrupts opposition press conference for good reason

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was feeling good after his team's 59-53 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday night at XFINITY Center. He had taken the podium and was rattling off praise for his players, namely Dez Wells and his 26 points. 

    That's when Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan nonchalantly walked into the press conference and took over the podium. He had a good reason, he said. You can't really blame him.

    It was all good fun, though. No hard feelings. Turgeon eventually came back and cracked his own joke when his press conference started in full a short while later.


  • WATCH: Tim Tebow crushes 343-yard drive in Golf Channel simulator

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    Tim Tebow's NFL career might have already come and gone, but another athletic venture could just be beginning for the former quarterback. In a segment on Golf Channel's Morning Drive, Tebow hit some drives into the studio's simulator. On his first swing, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner busted a 343-yard drive right down the middle, leaving hosts Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer and Paige McKenzie in awe.

    "The thing that's interesting is he's hitting it this good, folks, this is a regular-shafted driver," said Rymer, a former Tour pro, during the segment. "It's not even close to the right driver for him."

    The astounding demonstration of length should come as no surprise. First of all, Tebow is enormous. Second of all, he's done it before. Back in 2011, the then-starter for the Denver Broncos drove the green on a 339-yard par-4 during the Honda Classic Pro-Am to the delight of playing partner Jack Nicklaus.

    [Photos: Tim Tebow - Life after the NFL]

  • Derek Jeter reportedly explored purchasing Buffalo Bills

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    Derek Jeter has been pretty active since he hung up his cleats at the end of his last season in New York, migrating into the media business with his web platform for pro athletes and even trying his hand in the world of publishing. Well, according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, the Yankees' all-time leader in hits thought about making another venture following his baseball-playing career - owning an NFL football team.

    Though it never came to fruition, Jeter reportedly explored purchasing the Buffalo Bills while they were on sale last year.

    Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio discusses the report and wonders whether it would have been feasible for Jeter produce the requisite cash.

    "Yes, Derek Jeter probably has plenty of money socked away," said Florio. "But would he have had enough to finance that 30 percent minimum that one person must own? You have to come up with cash. You can't borrow. You have to be able to write a check for 30 percent of the purchase price."

  • Seahawks offensive coordinator shifts blame of costly INT to wide receiver

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    People tend to show their true colors in times of crisis and following the Seahawks' interception heard 'round the world, Darrell Bevell is looking a little yellow. The offensive coordinator, who was a large part of the questionable play call that ultimately cost Seattle a chance to win the Super Bowl, shifted the blame to one of his players following the loss.

    “We could have done a better job staying strong on the ball,” Bevell said, according to Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune .

    The quote is referring to the effort of Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and is essentially the football equivalent of Michael Bay blaming Stanley Tucci for the critical failure of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

    While Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson took ownership of the collossal error, Bevell passed the buck which is not a cool thing to do in the NFL. Former offensive lineman and current NBC Sports football analyst Ross Tucker explains the severity of the faux pas.

    As for the possible consequences for Bevell, Tucker says it could affect his candidacy as a head coach in the league.


  • WATCH: D-League teammates ejected from game for fighting each other

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    The majority of the time, if a player has been ejected from a game for fighting, it's because he or she got hostile with an opponent. But when teammates Kalin Lucas and Jarnell Stokes were ejected from Tuesday night's contest it was for fighting each other.

    In the third quarter of a D-League game between the Iowa Energy and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Lucas and Stokes traded punches behind the Energy bench during a timeout. The fight didn't last long as the 6-foot-7-inch, 250-pound Stokes reportedly bloodied Lucas, who measures just over six feet and just under 200 pounds. The pair had 34 combined points to push Iowa to a two-point lead before their ejections.

    Whether the rest of the team was galvanized by the incident or simply didn't care, they went on to win the game behind Russ Smith's 30-point performance.

  • Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson sets Guinness World Record for selfies

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 2 mths ago

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    Patrick Peterson is fast. The Cardinals cornerback ran the 100 meters in 10.92 seconds while in high school and posted a 4.34 40-yard dash before being selected fifth overall in the 2011 draft. He also holds the NFL record for most punt return touchdowns in a single season. The guy clearly knows a thing or two about quickness.

    This expertise in speed was put to use during Super Bowl media week, when Peterson set out to break a world record. No, the four-time Pro-Bowler didn't have to break into a sprint to accomplish the feat, which was of a different, more digital nature. Peterson teamed up with hundreds of students from Glendale's Deer Valley High School to shatter the record for most selfies in an hour.

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    "This is very tiring," Peterson said during the process of breaking the record. "Much more tiring than I thought it would be, but I'm having fun."


  • Former offensive lineman's hands too gnarly for Super Bowl rings

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 2 mths ago

    It's a pretty non-exclusive club in football circles and considering the barbaric nature and constant manual engagement of the game, it's not surprising why. I'm referring, of course, to the Jacked Up Hands Society. 

    Chuck Bednarik is the long-time president. Brian Baldinger and Anthony Munoz are both high-ranking officials. And Torry Holt has established a place in the club for skill-position players. Friday on The Dan Patrick Show, former Giants offensive lineman David Diehl nominated himself for membership.

    Patrick commented on Diehl's gnarly hands in the middle of the interview and if you watch the video above, the mention was warranted.