- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile20 hrs ago
As you head to the post office or the IRS's website to pay your taxes, spare a thought for America's poor athletes, who are paying an average of $1 million apiece in taxes each year.
All right, "poor" doesn't really properly describe someone who makes enough to pay seven figures in taxes. A new study by Fields of Green, a USA Today project, indicates that NFL, NBA and MLB athletes will pay a total of $3 billion in taxes on their 2013 income. (For reference, the IRS will collect an estimated $2.5 trillion in income taxes for 2013.) Athletes' total salary in those three sports is estimated at $9 billion.
As Fields of Green notes, most athletes' income is taxed at the highest rate, 39.6 percent. They'll also pay an extra 0.9 percent on income more than $250,000 to help pay for the Affordable Care Act. Deductions only take the total rate to about 33 percent, leading to the $3 billion tax figure.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile23 hrs ago
Last Monday, WWE honored the Ultimate Warrior with a Hall of Fame tribute. The very next day, Warrior died in Scottsdale, Ariz., victim of a massive heart attack. This week, WWE offered its tribute:
Warrior, who legally changed his name from James Hellwig, died from what the Maricopa County medical examiner's office termed natural causes brought on by “atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”
In effect, he delivered his own eulogy on Monday night, saying, "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever."
- Yahoo! Sports Staff at The Turnstile7 days ago
As soon as you heard the cymbals crash and the bass line thump, you knew business was about to pick up. Throughout the 1980s and '90s “The Ultimate Warrior” was among the most popular and beloved heroes in the pro wrestling world, appearing most prominently with the WWF (now WWE) and WCW.
So it came as no surprise when, on Tuesday night, after news of James Brian Hellwig death began to circulate that there was an outpouring of sympathy on social media. The larger-than-life personas he shared the squared circle and spotlight with expressed their grief via Twitter:
RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH
Break my heart. I love you forever #RIPUltimateWarrior
Tomorrow is promised to know one!! Enjoy every second, with a tool called love!! My love to The Warrior and family. RIP
Deeply saddened. We just had a great talk & buried a senseless hatchet. Talked working together. RIP Warrior. Taking solace we made peace.
Just heard a horrible rumor...please tell me @UltimateWarrior is ok ..,,,
- Mike Oz at The Turnstile28 days ago
These things we know to be true: The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees are three of the most successful franchises in American professional sports. They also have three of the largest fan bases, with fans spread across the country, both legitimate longtime diehards and Johnny-come-lately bandwagoners.
Because of those two facts, the Lakers, Cowboys and Yankees are also three of the most hated franchises in American sports. There's a good chance that if you aren't a fan of the Lakers, Cowboys and Yankees, then you despise them. That's how these things go — they're heroes or they're villains.
If you're a Lakers/Cowboys/Yankees hater, then you have good reason to celebrate at least until September. The Lakers were knocked out of playoff contention Friday night. Thus, they've given the haters, the best season in sports in some time.
- The Turnstile1 mth ago
March is upon us, which means the Madness is about to kick into full swing. And what better way to get in the mood for tourney season than to fill out completely arbitrary brackets?
First up is the cutest breed of puppy, because … puppies.
We've finally got our inaugural puppy bracket winner. The Yellow Labrador ran away with the title, garnering 68 percent of the vote to finish with 1,561 votes to the Beagle's 743.
Our next Totally Random Tournament will post on Monday and it will be 'Best sports movies'. Thanks for voting!
For those keeping score at home, the first round saw both blowouts and close matchups. Polling was as follows: Yellow Lab 438, Pomeranian 99; Husky 432, Great Dane 138; English Bulldog 329, French Bulldog 131; Pekingese 334, Dachshund 201; Beagle 398, Mastiff 272; Corgi 572, Weimaraner 485; Boston Terrier 230, Shar pei 226; Basset Hound 289, Chow Chow 287.
The second round went as follows: Corgi 3,296, Pekingese 1,113; Yellow Lab 2,666, Boston Terrier 838; Husky 2,150, English Bulldog 1,571; Beagle 1,861, Basset Hound 1,648.
The third round went as follows: Yellow Lab 1,833, Husky 1,482; Beagle 1,942, Corgi 1,686.
- The Turnstile1 mth 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.
- The Turnstile1 mth ago
Look. We're going to say this up front: this is insane. We'd tell you not to try this at home, but 1. you probably don't have a 200-foot reservoir drain at your home, and 2. if you had even half a thought of doing this, our admonition isn't going to slow you down.
Behold, crazy guy with a GoPro on a slack line over a 200-foot-deep hole:
[Via SB Nation]
Sweet heaven. In just the last couple weeks, we've gotten two of the most terrifying videos of all time, after the Russian kids climbing the world's second-highest building:
You are now free to curl up under your desk in a fetal position and keep a firm grip on the ground.
- The Turnstile2 mths ago
September 18, 2013. Somewhere outside Durant, Oklahoma. Jamie Reidy was 13 days into his quest to see a game a day, every day, across the entire United States, and all of a sudden he realized there was no game anywhere nearby. Nothing but open space in every direction. How could this be possible? How could there be no sporting events — college, high school, Little League — going on anywhere in Oklahoma on a Wednesday night? Was this quest doomed to failure before it had even gotten off the ground?
It began, as most brilliantly insane ideas do, over too many beers with friends.
Reidy, a Notre Dame grad-turned-writer, was in South Florida for the 2013 National Championship game to see his alma mater play Alabama. Somewhere along the way, Reidy and his friends began discussing the sports “bucket list”: the Super Bowl, the Masters, the Kentucky Derby, and so on. Everyone agreed it was a noble aim for a lifetime of sports fandom.
Then Reidy raised prophetic question. How many days in a row could one guy actually see a live sporting event?
- The Turnstile2 mths ago
On May 10, 1983, Nancy L. Argentino was rushed from an Allentown, Pa., hotel room to a nearby hospital having sustained a severe, and eventually mortal, head injury. The 23-year-old Argentino was the girlfriend of famed wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who was with her when she sustained the injury. Police initially fingered Snuka as a "person of interest" in Argentino's death, but no charges were ever filed and the case went cold on June 1, 1983.
Now, almost 31 years later, a Lehigh County grand jury will investigate whether Argentino's death should be classified as a homicide, according to The Morning Call.
Last June, The Morning Call reported that Lehigh County district attorney Jim Martin was taking a new look at the cold case. On Tuesday, Martin announced that he will indeed turn the case over to a grand jury.
- Jay Hart at The Turnstile3 mths ago
Let's start by acknowledging this is team handball, and I readily admit I know diddly about team handball. But you don't have to know anything about team handball to appreciate this:
Uhhh, yeah, that dude just did this:
The goal via Mikkel Hansen of Denmark came in the Danes' 33-29 victory over Austria in the European Men's Championship.
While not a perfect visual analogy, the ball spin is reminiscent of vintage Dr. J.
Ohh, Julius, you were so, so smooth.