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Favre Adjusting

August 31, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Brett Favre is still getting used to his new teammates.

Favre still does not look comfortable in a Viking uniform (katchop)

Favre still does not feel comfortable as a Viking (katchop)

Obviously chemistry is maybe the most important factor in winning and losing. There’s some work to do in that area,” Favre said after practice on Thursday. “I’ve been here a little over a week, and that’s the reason there’s work to do. I think the locker room has been fine. I don’t know what it was like before I got here. I wasn’t here.

“I know every guy in that room wants to win, and we’re going to do everything we can do to try to see that that happens.”

Tavares Focused

August 30, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The #1 pick of June’s NHL draft, John Tavares says he is focused on getting ready for training camp with the Kansas City Drylanders New York Islanders.

John Tavares of the KC Drylanders controls the puck with his mind (katchop)

John Tavares of the Drylanders can control the puck with his mind (katchop)

The [Canadian] Olympic camp is hard to ignore with all the coverage this week, and being a Canadian I have an interest in what has been going on there,” Tavares said. “But my first focus is training camp and then we’ll go from there.”

“It’s a dream come true to be part of the National Hockey League,” Tavares said. “I’ve worked hard to get here. But I don’t want to be in awe or anything in that sense. I just want to be ready to make the next step.”

Lincecum = Good

August 29, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Tim Lincecum looked good last night while shutting out the Rockies.

Tim Lincecum's wing span is 23 feet (katchop)

Tim Lincecum's wing span is 23 feet (katchop)

We’re coming down the stretch here to the last month,” Lincecum said. “These are really big games. We’ve got to buckle down.”

The Giants pulled within two games of the Rockies in the wild card and six of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost at Cincinnati.

This win certainly provided a boost for San Francisco four days after the Rockies rallied for a 6-4, 14-inning win Monday night on Ryan Spilborghs’(notes) game-ending grand slam after the Giants had scored three in the top half. They lost the final three of their four-game series at Coors Field but led in all of the games

Marshall Suspended

August 28, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

It was likely only a matter of time before this time bomb went off, but the inevitable has happened. Brandon Marshall has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

Brandon Marshall misunderstood what the team meant by suspended (katchop)

Brandon Marshall may have misunderstood what the team meant by suspended (katchop)

Vick Shakes Off Rust

August 28, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Mike Vick returned to the football field last night, and was accepted quickly by Beagle Eagle fans. Vick was in for 6 plays, 5 as a quarterback and one as a receiver.

Mike Vick stops to sign an autograph for a lucky fan (katchop)

Mike Vick stops to sign an autograph for a lucky fan (katchop)

It was awesome. When I was running out onto the field I was listening to see what the reaction was going to be,” Vick said. “I was very pleased. I really didn’t expect that reaction, but I was very thankful.”

So much for all those protesters and anti-Vick factions. Some fans even chanted “We want Vick!” after he left the game. Vick was on the field for six plays — all in the opening 18 minutes — and completed all four of his passes, ran for 1 yard and lined up in the slot for one play.

Braves Get Help

August 28, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Braves are all kinds of goofy over getting ace Tim Hudson back on the mound for the first time in over a year.

kenny powers drunk on the mound

Tim Hudson is good, but it's not like the Braves signed Kenny Powers (katchop)

Hudson was the ace of the Atlanta staff before his season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 8, 2008. Now, nearly 13 months later and after more than a month of rehab starts in the minors, the right-hander is set to rejoin a rotation that is already one of the strongest in the big leagues.

Hudson was 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA when he blew out his elbow. He could become a free agent after this season.

“I definitely feel ready,” Hudson said. “It’s going to be like any other game.”

Vick Show Tonight

August 27, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box, NFL

Mike Vick makes his first appearance in an Eagles uniform tonight in Philadelphia. There are a variety of protests planned both at Lincoln Financial Field and at other locations.

Mike Vick snuggles with a buddy (katchop)

Mike Vick snuggles with a buddy (katchop)

One outspoken critic of Vick, Robin Starr (the CEO of the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) won’t be protesting. She’ll be mourning the loss of her dog, who died yesterday after Mrs Starr left him in her car when she went to work.

RICHMOND, Va. – An executive for an anti-animal cruelty group says her 16-year-old blind and deaf dog died after she accidentally left him in her hot car for four hours. Robin Starr, the CEO of the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says she didn’t realize “Louie” was in the car until noon

Very sad.

Leafs Get Tougher

August 27, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Brian Burke, the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs  loaded up on tough guys this off-season.

The Toronto Maple Fists (yahoo!/katchop)

The Toronto Maple Fists (yahoo!/katchop)

Surrounding Kaberle with the likes of Mike Komisarek, Garnet Exelby, Francois Beauchemin and Colton Orr provides a much deeper layer of insurance than what existed as recently as two seasons ago. Leafs fans still recall, with indignation, the liberty that Cam Janssen bestowed upon Kaberle in a game between the Leafs and the New Jersey Devils. Janssen viciously slammed the Toronto defenseman into the boards, leaving him with a concussion.

Inexplicably, no player in a blue and white sweater came to Kaberle’s defense.

Rest assured that Burke’s newest additions will prevent a repeat of the incident at the Meadowlands

Who Hates Dany Heatley?

August 26, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

If you live in Ottawa, the answer is everybody.

Despite all of his crying, Dany Heatley is still in Ottawa (katchop)

Despite all of his crying, Dany Heatley is still in Ottawa (katchop)

Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun isn’t holding back:

The ‘A’ worn by Dany Heatley stands for Asinine.

The reluctant Senator proved he also worthy of an ‘A’ for Arrogant and ‘P’ for Pompous with all the whining he did on a conference call late last week.

Right now, without further delay, his ‘A’ should officially be removed. If not dramatically ripped off with threads flying everywhere during a ceremony at Parliament Hill, at least quietly by the Senators’ Chris Cook in his equipment office at Scotiabank Place.

Tiger Invades NY

August 25, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Jersey City actually, for the Barclay’s Classic at Liberty National Golf Club.

Tiger tries to take over the NY area this week (katchop)

Tiger plans to take over the NY area this week (katchop)

The field includes the top 125 players, including Phil Mickelson (who happens to be a member at the exclusive club) and defending champion Vijay Singh, who won the event held last year at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus.

But Woods is the big draw, no doubt about it, and he’ll certainly be up for the challenge of the three-year-old 7,419-yard course, especially after losing on the final day of the PGA Championship nine days ago to Y.E. Yang (who also has committed to play).

No Help Needed

August 24, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Eric Bruntlett had an unassisted triple play yesterday.

Eric Bruntlett does not let his genetic mutations get in the way (katchop)

A true inspiration, Eric Bruntlett did not let genetic mutations get in the way of his dream to become a Major League ballplayer (katchop)

It’s hard to know how to react to it,” Bruntlett said. “I was almost laughing. That doesn’t happen. What do you do there? Game is over. High fives.”

It was just the 14th unassisted triple play in the regular season in baseball history. It was just the second unassisted triple play to end a game. Tigers first baseman John Neun turned the other against the Indians on May 31, 1927.

LeBron bikes Akron

August 23, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron held his annual charity bike-a-thon this weekend.

LeBron loves that powder (katchop)

LeBron loves that powder (katchop)

LeBron James gave fellow NBA All-Star Chris Paul a tour of his hometown — on two wheels.

The U.S. Olympic teammates and close friends rode through the city’s streets Saturday as James hosted his annual “King for Kids” charity bike-a-thon. James and Paul pushed the pace in the lead group of bicyclists, pedaling past James’ former high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary, and the city’s zoo on the 8-mile route.

James, of course, was the first to cross the finish line.

TV Timeout?

August 22, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Jerry Jones built a gazillion dollar stadium with a scoreboard that hangs too low.

Don't touch the TV! (katchop)

Don't touch the TV! (katchop)

They are good kicks that were hitting it [in warm-ups],” Trapasso said. “It’s not going to happen every time, but it’s there, and it has to be addressed. A guy like [Mike] Scifres out in San Diego is going to hit it every time. He has a huge leg. I don’t know how much further up it could go, but it’s in the way.”

Red Sox vs Yankees

August 21, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB, Uncategorized

The Yankees head to Fenway tonight for a pretty important series for both clubs. The Yankees have been rolling, but the Red Sox feel like they finally have their lineup set.

This series likely won't have the luster of the 2004 ALCS (katchop)

It's big, but this series likely won't have the luster (or the Sharpie) of the 2004 ALCS (katchop)

You can’t look at the standings,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “If you start looking at standings and what lead you may have, then I think that’s when you lose the intensity level and you lose focus. We’ve got a lot of games left against all the teams that are behind us, so we need to keep winning games.”

Smell the glove (nbcs sports)

Smell the glove (nbc sports)

I think when I look at our lineup, the six, seven, and eighth guys haven’t hit there for the greater part of their career,’’ said No. 7 hitter Mike Lowell of himself, No. 6 Ortiz, and No. 8 Drew. “It gives us more than one option of guys that can do the job in the middle of the lineup now.

“We still have to do our job. Just because we’re hitting lower in the lineup, I don’t think that’s reason to be complacent.’’

Umm.... let's go Mets?  (NOT katchop)

Umm.... let's go Mets? (NOT katchop)

Plaxico Gone For Two Years

August 20, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Plaxico pleaded guilty today to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He is going to jail for two years, but could get out 4 months early if he behaves.

Not exactly thekind of camp Plaxico is used to reporting to (katchop)

Not exactly the kind of camp Plaxico is used to reporting to (katchop)

The ex-wide receiver pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a lesser charge than he initially faced. Under a plea agreement, he agreed to a two-year prison sentence and two years of supervised release.

Burress was indicted earlier this month on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment. He faced a minimum sentence of 3 1/2 years if convicted at a trial.

Burress’ attorney said he hoped to resume his NFL career when he gets out of prison.

Not Everyone Is Happy

August 20, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

There are some people unhappy about Brett Favre going to Minnesota. Sage Rosenfels is certainly disappointed and Fran Tarkenton is going insane over #4 in purple.

Fran, Brett and Sage

Fran, Brett and Sage (katchop)

We have responsibilities we’re just not athletes that are in it all for ourself, football, is it not a team game? Isn’t it all about team … and here comes Brett Favre riding in on his white horse, doesn’t go to training camp, doesn’t come to offseason workouts and he’s gonna come on his white horse and bond with all these players.” – Fran Tarkenton

More from Tarkenton on Favre:

Dolphin Owners?

August 20, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL, Other

Venus and Serena Williams are on the verge of becoming part-owners of the Miami Dolphins.

Venus will need to show more restraint with the Dolphins (katchop)

Venus will need to show more restraint with the Dolphins (katchop)

The Dolphins already have a number of celebrity stakeholders, with musicians Jimmy Buffet and Gloria and Emilio Estefan becoming minority partners this year, and Serena believes it represents a good opportunity to expand the Williams brand.

“There have been preliminary talks and hopefully it will work out,” she said.

“That would be a great opportunity for both of us. We’ll see what happens – you never know.

“Venus and I are always trying to expand our brand. If the opportunity presents itself, we would love to see where it can take us.”

Nate Robinson Tweets While Being Arrested

August 19, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Nate Robinson of the NY Knicks was arrested yesterday for driving without a license… for the 5th time…. and he gave a live play by play on Twitter while it happened.

Slam Dunk Champ Nate Robinson Tweets while being arrested (katchop)

Slam Dunk Champ Nate Robinson Tweets while being arrested (katchop)

Robinson — whose license was suspended in June for the fifth time — was driving a vehicle that also was carrying newly drafted New Jersey Nets player Terrence Williams when cops stopped him in The Bronx in the late afternoon.

Robinson, 25, soon announced via a Twitter posting  that, “Cops pulled me over cuz my windows were 2 dark (but my windows were down) lol how funny is that.”

Крис Chelios в KHL?

August 19, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

That’s Russian for Chris Chelios in the KHL?

Chris Chelios in the KHL? (katchop)

How would Chris Chelios look playing in the KHL? (katchop)

Chelios said he had offers from SKA St. Petersburg, the club owned by K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev and coached by Buffalonian Barry Smith, and a second team in the Russian league.

“I’m going to play somewhere at the beginning of the year, whether it’s the minors or Europe,” Chelios said. “I have to play. I have every intention of playing somewhere at the beginning of the year; hopefully, it’s in the N.H.L. But if not, we’ll see what happens.”

Head Hunted

August 19, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Earlier in the week David Brown at Yahoo’s Big League Stew took a close look at the sudden increase of Major League players getting popped in the noggin.

The recently concussed David Wright tries out a new helmet while taking some BP at Citi Field (katchop)

The recently concussed David Wright tries out a new helmet while taking some BP at Citi Field (katchop)

It’s Official

August 19, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Brett Favre is now a  Minnesota Viking.

Brett Favre inspects all of his new Viking equipment (katchop)

Brett Favre inspects all of his new Viking equipment (katchop)

The wait for Favre’s decision dragged through May, June and July — at which point he said he would stay retired. But that was three weeks ago. On Tuesday, it all was resolved in a matter of hours.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and president Mark Wilf met Favre in Mississippi with their private plane, Childress picked up the quarterback at the St. Paul airport, and a news helicopter hovered over their route to the team’s suburban practice facility in Eden Prairie.

Once the vehicles arrived, hundreds of fans roared when Favre waved as he got out. No less than 90 minutes later, he was on the field in his familiar No. 4 jersey with purple shorts and a purple helmet, a vision that has had Green Bay Packers fans cringing for months.

Vick fits in

August 18, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Mike Vick seems right at home with the Beagles Eagles, and now they are talking about putting him on the field at the same time with McNabb.

Mike Vick looks to be in mid-season form during an Eagle practice this week (katchop)

Mike Vick looks to be in mid-season form during an Eagle practice earlier this week (katchop)

I wouldn’t have a problem with it if it’s helping us win,” McNabb said.

If Vick lines up behind center, McNabb won’t necessarily be watching from the sideline.

“I’ll be a receiver. I might be a tight end. I might be a running back,” he said with a smile. “You never know where I’ll be.”

It’s uncertain whether the Eagles would risk putting McNabb at an unfamiliar position and expose him to the defense. But it’s clear that Vick was brought in to add a different dimension to the offense, not to push McNabb for a starting job.

“Coach will think of something,” McNabb said.

Favre comes back

August 18, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Looks like Jay Glazer was right yesterday with his call on Brett Favre coming back.  Evidently, Favre is signing has signed a deal with the Vikings today.

Favre the Viking

Favre the Viking (katchop)

Agent Bus Cook was at Favre’s Mississippi home while the deal was being worked on, according to the source, with the sides putting the framework of a deal in place.

NFL Network’s Scott Hanson reported that Favre and his wife boarded a Vikings private Jet in Hattiesburg at 10 a.m.

Vikings coach Brad Childress confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press Tuesday morning that the veteran quarterback was traveling from Mississippi to meet with the team.

Asked if the plan was to sign Favre on Tuesday, Childress replied: “In a perfect world.”

Well, at least this time it didn’t drag on like the last few ‘Favre coming out of retirement’ soap operas. Also, Brad Childress was so psyched up about the news, he jumped right on his Harley.

Viking coach Brad Childress reacts to news that Favre is on the way (katchop)

Viking coach Brad Childress reacts to news that Favre is on the way (katchop)

Rumbling Raiders

August 18, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Tom Cable punched out a defensive coach who gave him some lip. Not so sure that’s the kind of accountability that Al Davis was looking for this year.

Tom Cable waits for JaMarcus Russel to return to the sideline (katchop)

Tom Cable waits for JaMarcus Russel to return to the sideline during pre-season action last week (katchop)

Raiders head coach Tom Cable punched an assistant coach in the face and fractured his jaw in an Aug. 6 fight at a hotel, according to multiple published reports.

The victim in the case was Raiders defensive assistant Randy Hanson, fanhouse.com reported, citing multiple sources. According to an unnamed source, “Hanson never saw it coming.”

The incident, which was reported to police, took place at Oakland’s training camp headquarters at the Napa Valley Marriott.

“The victim didn’t even want any police action taken,” Napa Police Lt. Brian McGovern told fanhouse.com, “but we were following hospital policy that authorities be contacted in cases where there may have been an assault.”

Matt Jones Still Out of Work

August 17, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Matt Jones takes a break during 2008 season (katchop)

Matt Jones takes a break during 2008 season (katchop)

MJD at Shutdown Corner is wondering why Matt Jones is still not signed.

He caught 65 balls in just 12 games for a team that was not gifted in the area of passing. His 65 catches led the team, despite the fact that he only played 75% of the season for the Jags. That’s production. Those are the numbers of a quality player; a player on the rise.

The character questions continue to bite him, though. As you probably know, Jones was arrested on a charge of cocaine possession in July of 2008, and then violated the terms of his probation by testing positive for alcohol.

After that, the Jags released him. He hasn’t gotten a nibble from another team yet, but he’s working hard to stay ready.

Favre Reconsidering Vikings?

August 17, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Favre as a Packer rookie in 1957

Favre as a Packer rookie in 1957 (footballguys/katchop)

The Brett Favre to the Vikings talk is alive again, thanks to Jay Glazer.

After visiting the Vikings for two days, I am convinced — positively convinced — that Brett Favre will soon have talks with the Vikings to return to the team and could be joining them for this season after all. If my instincts are correct, all those purple Favre jerseys will have a home on Minnesota store shelves.

Granted, my camp stop occurred before Sage Rosenfels lit up the Colts in the preseason opener to the tune of 10-of-13 passing for 91 yards. And if Rosenfels can continue like this, he could squash this prediction as the preseason continues.

But until I see it more consistently, I’m absolutely convinced. Why? For starters, because everyone else on the Vikings seems to be convinced of the same thing. I mean damn near everybody!

Messier back with NY Rangers

August 17, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

It’s unkown if he wept upon learning that he had been hired, but Mark Messier has got a new job with the NY Rangers. He’ll be working as a special assistant to Ranger’s GM Glen Sather.

Messier, 1994 (AP)

Messier, 1994 (AP)

Mark Messier, who in 1994 led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup title in 54 years, is returning to the club as a special assistant to general manager Glen Sather, the club said Sunday. Messier, a six-time Cup champion as a player, has not been shy in recent years about his desire to eventually run a team as GM.

This could be the first step in the process that might lead Messier replacing Sather when the current GM’s tenure with the Rangers is over.

In a statement, Sather called Messier one of the greatest players in the NHL and is “looking forward to him joining the organization and learning a whole new part of the hockey business.”

No word yet on how he feels about the Rangers letting the massive Nik Antropov walk this off-season.

Nik Antropov in action last season. (chop)

Nik Antropov in action last season. (Katchop)

NFL RedZone

August 15, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

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If you don't have DirecTV, it's time to pray and give thanks to the NFL gods (katchop)

The NFL announced the launch of a new channel, NFL RedZone. It will be available to all customers that currently have the NFL Network and is in no way connected to the NFL’s Sunday Ticket.

It’s pretty big news if you don’t have (or can’t get) the Sunday Ticket.

nfl-redzone

The service, scheduled to be launched Sept. 13, will provide fans with a look at the most exciting moments on Sundays, showcasing touchdowns, highlights and live look-ins in high-definition.

The service, hosted by NFL Network reporter Scott Hanson, will switch viewers from game to game, as teams drive inside the 20-yard line, the so-called red zone, giving the audience a chance to see every important play.

Hanson will host NFL RedZone, produced and edited by NFL Network, from a newly constructed, state-of-the-art studio at its Los Angeles headquarters.

NFL RedZone is a new and different service than the Red Zone Channel offered by DirecTV to subscribers to the Sunday Ticket out-of-market package.

NFL RedZone is being made available to cable, telco, satellite and other distributors that have carriage agreements with NFL Network, according to NFL Network president and CEO Steve Bornstein.

NFL Network secured the rights to offer the new service as part of the league’s $4 billion extension with DirecTV to continue to carry the full Sunday Ticket package exclusively during the 2011 through 2014 seasons.

The Cub Fan

August 14, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The fan who threw the beer at Shane Victorino has been identified and charged by Chicago Police.

He’s also issued an apology:

Ball Busted

August 14, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB, Uncategorized

The Seattle Mariners will be without Adrian Beltre after he suffered an injury to one of his testicles while attempting to field a ground ball. There was some bleeding, some tearing and some severe bruising.

Adrian Beltre, by the way, does not wear a protective cup.

I hear that a lot, that I’m crazy, stupid,” Beltre said in spring training 2008. “They might be right. There is some stupidity to it.”

He’ now on the 15 day DL, and could be out much longer if he needs surgery to stop the bleeding.

He should have worn a cup, or at the very least just used the glove from this commercial:

Vick is an Eagle

August 13, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

McNabb looks happy!

McNabb looks happy! (katchop)

Mike Vick signed with Philadelphia, which shouldn’t be a big surprise since it’s probably the only place in the NFL that PETA would be afraid to protest.  From Yahoo! :

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Agent Joel Segal confirmed the quarterback’s signing, shortly before the team announced it in a text message. The Eagles gave Vick a one-year deal with an option for a second year.

The 29-year-old Vick, once the NFL’s highest-paid player, has been out of action since 2006. The former Atlanta Falcons star was convicted in August 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting ring, and served 18 of a 23-month sentence in federal prison.

Wrong Fan Booted

August 13, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB, Other

cubfan1 Security kicked out a fan after Shane Victorino was hit with a beer during the Philles – Cubs game last night. The trouble is the fan they booted didn’t throw a beer.

Joseph P. Owens of The Express-Times is kind of steamed about the whole incident:

If a fan in Philadelphia had committed this act, there would be national fury over the hoodlum fans in Philly. We would have heard about pelting Santa with snowballs 40 years ago and cheering Michael Irvin’s injury as he was sprawled on the turf at Veterans Stadium. But not the loveable Cubbies fans, right? Supposedly, ballpark security removed the wrong fan and the real creep slipped away. Surrounding fans didn’t finger the actor. Fans in Philly would have. Dozens of Cubbie fans surely knew who did it. This mess is certain to ignite a war of words between the Windy City and the City of Brotherly Love.

NFL Preseason Marathon

August 13, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Uncategorized

The NFL Preseason technically started this past Sunday with the HOF game. However, this weekend is when the NFL silly season truly kicks into high gear with 5 straight days of nationally televised games. Starting with tonight’s Steelers vs Cardinals game on ESPN, there are a total of 7 games on national TV this weekend (but only 2 if you don’t have the NFL Network). So for those of us who do get the NFL Network,  lets all eat some Human Growth Hormone and party like we’re Rodney Harrison!

Rodney Harrison celebrating a Pats win in 2007

Rodney Harrison celebrating a Pats win in 2007 (katchop)

Pitino’s Team Concept(ion)

August 12, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Uncategorized

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Do I look like someone who would rape my co-workers wife? (AP)

Rick Pitino is being accused of raping the wife of the equipment manager for the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. Pitino is denying that he raped Karen Sypher in August 2003, but he admits to having sex with her in a restaurant and paying for a subsequent abortion.

Pitino denied Sypher’s allegations that he raped her at Porcini, after the restaurant closed, and again a few weeks later at a different location, police records show. And prosecutors who have reviewed Sypher’s claims say Pitino won’t be charged.

Sypher has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to extort money from Pitino in exchange for her silence about the alleged crimes, and with lying to the FBI. She has pleaded not guilty.

Sox and Tigers Brawl

August 11, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

There was a a game at Fenway last night, but it was interrupted in by a wrestling match.

I love you, now kiss me.

I love you too baby, now give me some sugar. (AP)

Upset about being hit for the second time in Boston and Detroit’s brewing beaning brouhaha — say that 10x fast — Youkilis charged the 20-year-old Porcello in the second inning and turned his helmet into a missile like a modern-day Richie Sexson or Mike Sweeney.

Youk then embraced the Tigers pitcher in a not-so-friendly bearhug and appeared destined to bury the Tigers pitcher six feet under the Fenway Park mound. However, Porcello used his best defense skills — no doubt gleaned from last weekend’s UFC 101 — to perform a lateral takedown as both benches cleared and the assembled crowd of chowdaheads demanded blood

- ‘Duk at Big League Stew

The Green Man

August 11, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Golf

Have you heard of the Green Man? Neither did Tiger Woods… until the 17th hole of the Buick Open earlier this month.

A fan dressed in a green body suit watches Tiger Woods line up a putt on the 17th green during the third round of the Buick Open

(skynews)

The familiar sight of Woods winning his latest tournament was accompanied by the man in a green bodysuit with “Save the open” written on his back.

He was standing at the 17th hole of the course, traditionally seen as the “wildest” on the PGA tour.

Fans have been traditionally “partying” at the hole since the Buick Open began 51-years ago.

As he chanted “One more year!” the crowd standing around the penultimate hole joined in, showing their support for the tournament.

The “Green Man”, as he soon became known, was demonstrating because the future of the competition is in doubt after General Motors (GM) ended its sponsorship of the event.

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(skynews)

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NHL Investigates ‘Exact Change Kane’

August 10, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NHL is investigating Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane over an early Sunday morning incident with a cab driver in Buffalo, NY. Kane, who earned 3.75 million last season, allegedly beat a cab driver who was unable to produce 20 cents in change on a $13.80 fare.

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NYC taxi drivers react to news that Patrick Kane may be summoned to NHL HQ. (katchop)

The 20-year-old Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, 21, were taken into police custody at about 5 a.m. ET after allegedly punching the driver and taking $15 in fare they had given him after he said he didn’t have 20 cents in change, a police report says. Police say the cousins apparently caught a cab from the city’s downtown nightclub district at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Buffalo police spokesman Michael DeGeorge says the cab driver suffered cuts to his face and his glasses were damaged after being struck in the face and head. Both Kanes were charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft of services and criminal mischief.

What Up Reggie?

August 09, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Reggie Miller used to be able to score on the court. Now he’s scoring on the disgruntled wife circuit, except in this case, the disgruntled wife has an angry husband with money.

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It seems a disgruntled millionaire is so mad at basketball player Reggie Miller for having sex with his wife; he had this banner flown behind a plane, back and forth over the coast of southern California, from Malibu to Redondo.

I have no idea if Reggie was in town for the big Volleyball tournament going on in Manhattan Beach, which I was in attendance; If Miller was there, he was laying low and considering what was flying above, that may have been a good idea.

Ortiz Talks Roids

August 08, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Yeah, it was vitamins.

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Big Papi (katchop)

“I definitely was a little bit careless back in those days when I was buying supplements and vitamins over the counter—legal supplements, legal vitamins over the counter—but I never buy steroids or use steroids,” Ortiz said during a news conference that began about 3 1/2 hours before his Boston Red Sox played the New York Yankees.

“I never thought that buying supplements and vitamins, it was going to hurt anybody’s feelings.”

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are circling the wagons:

Bears Defense Ready

August 08, 2009 By: admin Category: NFL

Ulracher post game with Favre in 2007

Ulracher post game with Brett Favre in 2007 (katchop)

Brian Ulracher and Lance Briggs think that Jay Cutler has improved the Bear defense:

“The buzz is extremely high – I think Jay Cutler(notes) can do that to any team,” All-Pro outside linebacker Lance Briggs(notes) says of his team’s new franchise quarterback. “But the cool thing is that buzz has affected us defensively. The trade for Jay reminded us that the window is short, and now we have a weapon we haven’t had before. We can potentially be a great defense, and it’s time to be great.”

LeBron Owned

August 08, 2009 By: admin Category: NBA

LeBron got dunked on by some kid, and people are pretty excited about it.

Here is the video. The kid’s name is Jordan Crawford.

LeBron free in 2010

August 08, 2009 By: admin Category: NBA

In yet more news regarding all things King James, Lebron wants his freedom, and by freedom I think he means Madison Square Garden.

James indicated Friday that he is unlikely to accept a contract extension from the Cavs until after the 2009-10 season and presumably will become a free agent.

At an event in his hometown to unveil Nike Air Max LeBron VII, the latest sneaker in his signature line, James made his strongest comments yet about his future. The NBA’s reigning MVP said he signed a three-year contract in 2006 to give him more options once it expires.

“I signed a contract in 2006 with an option, and it would make no sense for me to sign that contract if I didn’t keep my options open,” he said. “I’ll let you fill in the blanks.”

He still might decide to stay with the Cavs, because the chemistry he has on the court with Shaq is obvious:

Crosby’s Day With The Cup

August 08, 2009 By: admin Category: NHL

Sidney Crosby spent the day with The Cup at a Canadian military base in his hometown, where they gave him a parade. Wonder if he stopped by the municipal pool where he practiced his diving as a youth for all those summers.

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Sidney Crosby practicing (katchop)

Crosby gets to the chopper:

Bronco Fans HATE Kyle Orton

August 07, 2009 By: admin Category: NFL

The AP reports that he was the target of angry Bronco Fans.

The largest crowd ever to watch a Denver Broncos practice didn’t much like what it saw. New quarterback Kyle Orton(notes), acquired from Chicago for Pro Bowl passer Jay Cutler(notes) in the biggest NFL trade of the offseason, was booed by the crowd of 13,402 at his unofficial debut at Invesco Field when he threw two interceptions and several bad passes during a structured scrimmage Thursday night

I’d be careful if I was a Bronco fan, because Orton knows Kung Fu (or something).

Orton in action during 2008 season with the Bears

Orton in action during 2008 season with the Bears (Footballguys/katchop)

Coach Snoop

August 06, 2009 By: admin Category: NFL, Other

Question: Is there a team in the NFL that Snoop has not rooted for?

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Eli Gets Paid

August 06, 2009 By: admin Category: NFL

Jason Cole at Yahoo! reports that Eli Manning has enough cash to buy Haiti.

Though New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning(notes) received a $35 million guarantee as part of the six-year contract he signed Thursday, the reality is that Manning is virtually guaranteed to make $49 million over the next three years, two sources said.

That’s all part of the extension that will keep him with the Giants until 2015. Manning was already under contract for this season for a total of $9.4 million. The additional six years are worth a total of $97.5 million in new money, but some agents had wondered about the guaranteed portion of the deal.

The Giants structured the deal so that the guarantee wouldn’t exceed the $40 million plateau reached by players such as Albert Haynesworth(notes), Terrell Suggs(notes) and Matthew Stafford(notes).

“The Giants were very concerned about the appearance of the guarantee and the cash flow,” a source said. “That was a big point the whole time, but Manning still got every dollar that [agent] Tom Condon wanted. They’re not cutting him anytime in the next three years, so he’s going to make that money.”

The deal is structured so that Manning will receive $20.5 million this year. By the end of the 2010 season, he will have made $40 million and by the end of 2011 he will have made a total of $49 million.

Eli in action during 2008 season

Eli in action during 2008 season (katchop)

It’s Katchop time!

August 05, 2009 By: admin Category: Litter Box

Tick Tock

Tick Tock

NFL Pre-Season starts THIS SUNDAY!!!!!!!!

August 05, 2009 By: admin Category: NFL

The HOF game is on NBC this Sunday! All praise is due to Allah.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans help open the NFL’s preseason schedule this week, traveling to face the Buffalo Bills in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Kickoff at Fawcett Stadium (capacity 22,364) is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Aug. 9.

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I’m so excited, I could puke.

Look out!

Look out!

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