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Archive for September, 2009

Cleveland Indians Fire Eric Wedge

September 30, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Cleveland Indians have fired Eric Wedge as manager.

The Cleveland Indians have had enough with Eric Wedge (katchop)

The Cleveland Indians removed manager Eric Wedge today with style (katchop)

The Indians are in the early stages of what general manager Mark Shapiro referred to as a “reloading” period, and the reload will extend to the managerial position and the coaching staff.

A 1:30 p.m. ET press conference was scheduled Wednesday at Progressive Field to announce that Wedge and his coaches have all been relieved of their duties. Wedge and his staff will stay aboard for the season’s final six games, including the four-game set in Boston this weekend.

0-3 Tennessee Titans Staying Relaxed

September 30, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Tennessee Titans plan on keeping Kerry Collins in the lineup and Vince Young on the bench.

Tennessee Titans head coach stays relaxed (katchop)

Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher stays relaxed by throwing BBQ parties on the sideline (katchop)

Kerry has been fine. He has been fine,” Fisher said. “It is a tough defense to attack and he made some great throws. I thought he did a great job, as best he could, redirecting protections.

“Kerry is not the reason. He is certainly not the reason for the situation we’re in.”

Collins was sharp in the early going against the Jets, but his last 13 passes of the game were incompletions. He finished 15-of-37 for 170 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 41.5.

Seattle Seahawks Go Kryptonite Green

September 29, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Seattle Seahawks new alternate jersey worn against the Chicago Bears on Sunday is being mentioned as one of the worst NFL uniforms of all time.

Once he realized that the Kryptonite uniforms were usless against the Bears, Seahawks head coacj Lex Luthor tried intimidation of the refs (katchop)

Once he realized that the Kryptonite uniforms were useless against the Bears, Seahawks head coach Lex Luthor tried intimidation of the officials (katchop)

At first, I thought it might be a commercial for one of those just-as-yucky lime beers. Then, I realized that those poor players actually had to run around in those things for three hours in front of millions of people. Oh, for the days of black-and-white television!

The Seahawks “throw-up” jerseys got us thinking…what’s the worst uniform in sports history?

The Mean Toronto Maple Leafs

September 29, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Toronto Maple Fists Leafs have added lots of muscle.

The Toronto Maple Leafs  have added toughness (katchop)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are now the Maple Fists (katchop)

The team’s general manager took a look at the non-playoff roster he was handed when he took the job early last season, and quickly surmised he needed to make it Anaheim East as fast as possible. In other words, even if the Leafs don’t win every game, they’ll certainly leave a mark.

Burke rode the hard-nosed approach all the way to a Stanley Cup in Anaheim in 2007, thus proving a team in the Pacific Time Zone could put all the travel challenges aside and run the table. It didn’t hurt that the Ducks took the mighty out of their name, put it on the ice and ran everyone else out of the building.

New York Yankees Win AL East

September 28, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees have won the AL East title .

Mariano Rivera gets ready to do his fire breather trick (katchop)

Mariano Rivera gets ready to do his fire breather trick (katchop)

Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees wrapped up the AL East title and home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a neat bow, beating the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Sunday for their 100th win of the year. Hideki Matsui’s go-ahead single in the sixth inning energized the damp fans and put them on notice that a party was coming. The first real celebration at the new Yankee Stadium began with a most familiar scene – on the mound, closing out another clinching victory.

“This one is special. We haven’t been there,” Rivera said, pausing to smile in a champagne-soaked clubhouse, “since last year.”

Smart People Are Finding Footballguys.com

September 27, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

If you are playing fantasy football, you really should visit our friends at Footballguys.com.

NASA has discovered Footballguys.com, and so should you (katchop)

NASA has discovered Footballguys.com, and so should you (katchop)

Cleveland Browns: Questioning Mangini

September 27, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The honeymoon might already be over for Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns.

The Mangenius is now Mangolean (katchop / Footballguys.com)

The Mangenius is now Mangolean (katchop / Footballguys.com)

In New York, they’re calling rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez “San-chise” because he’s their franchise player now. Sanchez is 2-0 with a 91.3 passer rating after knocking off Houston and New England in his first two NFL games.

In Cleveland, Eric Mangini‘s Browns haven’t scored a meaningful touchdown in two games with Brady Quinn as his starting quarterback.

Mangini not only bypassed taking Sanchez with the fifth overall pick in the April draft. He hand-delivered him to the Jets, his former team, in a trade.

NY Jets: Fireman Ed Gets Game Ball

September 26, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New York Jets gave a game ball to Ed Anzalone, also known as Fireman Ed.

The New York Jets often bring in Fireman Ed to shout obsenities at the players during practice (katchop)

To simulate home field conditions, the New York Jets often bring in Fireman Ed to shout obscenities and racial epithets at players like Mark Sanchez during practices (katchop)

The Jets’ most famous fan received a game ball from coach Rex Ryan during the team meeting Friday for helping lead a raucous Meadowlands crowd during New York’s 16-9 win over New England last Sunday.

Ed Anzalone, a New York City firefighter, has been coming to every Jets home game for years, wearing a fire helmet and leading the “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” cheer.

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Dallas Cowboys Plan Crowd Control

September 25, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Dallas Cowboys recognize the need to improve their crowd control methods after some of the record 105,121 fans became unruly and threw bottles on Sunday (but not at the cage dancers).

Kanye West grabs mic during coin toss (katchop)

An uninvited Kanye West interrupts the coin toss to tell everyone that the Susan B Anthony is a much better coin than the Sacagawea (katchop)

Don Crowson, an Arlington assistant fire chief, said public safety and team officials met this week and discussed how to avoid ugly scenes like the ones before last Sunday’s game, which drew an NFL regular-season record crowd of 105,121. City officials said crowd members threw bottles, and there was the fear it could have escalated.

“We have an assurance that this will not happen again,” Crowson said about discussions with the Cowboys.

PNC Park = Ghost Town

September 24, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The G-20 Summit and a 17th consecutive losing season kept fans away from PNC Park. Just 3,000 people showed up to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds.

PNC Park looks like a ghost town (katchop)

The upper deck of PNC Park looked like a ghost town on Thursday (katchop)

The paid attendance was 15,892—well above PNC Park’s all-time low of 8,201 on April 25, 2007, for an Astros-Pirates game—but the actual turnout was about 3,000.

The turnout was so small that the Pirates closed PNC Park’s upper deck for the first time since the 38,362-seat ballpark opened in 2001 and allowed fans to sit in first-level seats.

Theo Fleury’s Comeback

September 24, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Calgary Flames have been pleased with Theo Fleury’s comeback bid.

Theo Fleury looks seasoned in his comeback bid (katchop)

Theo Fleury looks seasoned in his comeback attempt (katchop)

I thought he was fine,” said head coach Brent Sutter. “He played a smart game. I thought he played within the confines of our team play.

“Whatever happens, he’s accomplished a lot.”

Has he accomplished enough to earn a job with the Flames? Or, perhaps, the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League?

Stay tuned.

“I know for me personally, I’ve enjoyed the fact that he’s been here,” Sutter said. “With everything he’s been through, it’s certainly been a very positive step — not only on Theo’s part, but for everyone inside the organization, too.

“Regardless of what happens, it’s been a real positive experience for everyone involved,”

Mikhail Prokhorov To Buy NJ Nets?

September 23, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has made an offer to purchase controlling share of the New Jersey Nets and finance the building of a new arena in Brooklyn, NY.

UPDATE: Deal is done pending NBA approval. Prokhorov paid 200 million and picks up 80% ownership of the Nyets Nets, but he also agrees to pay the remaining tab on building the new arena, housing and retail locations.

Lawrence Frank reacts to news that Mikhail may purchase the Nets (katchop)
Nets coach Lawrence Frank reacts with a Russian folk dance after learning that Mikhail Prokhorov has purchased the NJ Nets (katchop)

Prokhorov, considered Russia’s richest man, said Tuesday on his blog that he sent team shareholders an offer over the weekend. Under the proposal, Prokhorov’s holding company Onexim would obtain a controlling share in the Nets in return for loaning the money to build a new arena.

No monetary figures were given, but the blog posting says the controlling shares would be obtained for “a symbolic price.”

No Meat For Georges Laraque

September 23, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Montreal Canadiens tough guy Georges Laraque loves PETA, hates meat.

George Laraque hits like Kimbo, eats like Bambi (katchop)

Georges Laraque hits like Kimbo, eats like Bambi (katchop)

No dairy, no poultry, no fish, no more leather shoes or animal byproducts. Laraque has been on a strict diet of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes since June 1.

While he says he was partly motivated to improve his health for the hockey season, Laraque insists the decision was made primarily for political, rather than nutritional, reasons.

Everything changed, Laraque said, after he saw Earthlings, a 2006 documentary that is widely celebrated in animal-rights circles.

“It’s unconscionable what’s happening to animals in this country and the way we treat animals we eat. … I realized I had to make some big changes,” Laraque said.

Though Laraque said he will no longer buy leather of any kind, he hasn’t rid his closet or hockey bag of previously purchased leather products because “that would be a further waste. And this way I don’t forget.”

Giants Call Flozell Adams Dirty

September 22, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Mathias Kiwanuka of the New York Giants thinks that Flozell Adams of the Dallas Cowboys is a dirty player.

Flozell Adams drops back to protect Tony Romo (katchop)

Flozell Adams drops back to protect Tony Romo (katchop)

This is the NFL,” Kiwanuka said. “People put their careers on the line everyday, in every practice, in every game. You don’t want to risk somebody getting hurt off something cheap like that. You understand that they have a job to protect their quarterback, but there are rules in a game for a reason.”

Herschel Walker, MMA Fighter

September 22, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Other

Herschel Walker is going to be a MMA fighter.

Herschel Walker, MMA fighter (katchop)

Herschel Walker, MMA fighter (katchop)

Herschel Walker has had many roles in his life, from dominant college football player to author of a book about his mental health problems.

Along the way there was a stint as one of the faces of the United States Football League and a decade-long career in the N.F.L. He also competed in the 1992 Olympics in the bobsled.

At age 47, he is taking on a new challenge: mixed martial arts.

Walker has signed a multifight contract with Strikeforce, an MMA organization that is trying to challenge the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Milton Bradley Suspended

September 21, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Crazy Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley has been suspended.

Milton Bradley broke the ice and has been suspended (katchop)

Milton Bradley broke the ice and has been suspended (katchop)

In a move that was long overdue and basically admitted to making a giant mistake in signing Milton Bradley(notes), the Chicago GM suspended the always angry right fielder for the rest of the season and said he wasn’t sure if the situation was “fixable” for the remaining two seasons on Bradley’s three-year, $30 million contract.

Though Bradley had written his share of controversial headlines this season — from being sent home early by Lou Piniella during a game against the White Sox to accusing Cubs fans of racism — it took some negative comments made by Bradley to the Daily Herald on Saturday for Hendry to finally write out a bus ticket on Sunday.

Brandon Jacobs Is Angry

September 20, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is looking forward to facing the Dallas Cowboys.

Brandon mad! Brandon smash Cowboys! (katchop)

Grrrr, Brandon mad! Brandon smash Cowboys! (katchop)

Well, the reason I hate the Cowboys so much – I am going to put me in this, I am going to take my team out of this – is because they have so many fans,” Jacobs said Wednesday. “Everywhere you go someone is always saying, ‘Big D! Go Big D!’ I don’t want to hear that (stuff). That’s what makes me hate them.”

Not Happy

September 19, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Some Philadelphia Eagle fans are unhappy. One of them is bob from This Week In Philly.

Unhappy Eagle Fans (katchop)

Unhappy Eagle Fans (katchop)

The image of McNabb as a wussy “Momma’s boy” was reinforced this past weekend when he was seen leaving the stadium on crutches with his parents. Good Lord.  What professional athlete is escorted out of a stadium by his mommy and daddy? Something tells me Donny has some serious oedipal issues.

Delonte Desperado

September 19, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Delonte West of the Cleveland Cavaliers was arrested for speeding on a motorcycle. He happened to be carrying two handguns and a shotgun in a guitar case at the time.

Delonte West is looking for Bucho (katchop)

Delonte West may be heading to Mexico to look for an evil drug lord (katchop)

Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Reedy said Friday the Cleveland Cavaliers player was arrested about 10 p.m. Thursday

Reedy said West was riding a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle north on the Capital Beltway in Upper Marlboro when he cut off an officer, who pulled him over.

Police said a handgun was found in his pocket, another in his pant leg and a shotgun in a guitar case strapped to his back.

Dion Phaneuf Check

September 19, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Calgary Flame Dion Phaneuf terminated flattened Kyle Reese Okposo of the New York Islanders and Puck Daddy is asking questions.

Dion Phaneuf, the pride of Skynet (katchop)

Dion Phaneuf, the pride of Skynet (katchop)

He cut through the middle and kind of fumbled the puck and looked down,” Phaneuf said. “I stepped up. I definitely thought it was a clean hit.”

“You never like to see guys get hurt,” Phaneuf said. “But from what our doctors say, he’s OK. So that’s a good thing. … It’s a big part of my game to play that physical style. When the hit is there, I’m definitely going to take it.”

Kerry Rhodes Speaks

September 18, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Kerry Rhodes wants to embarrass the New England Patriots.

Kerry Rhodes warms up his mouth at Jet practice (katchop)

Kerry Rhodes warms up his mouth at the end of Jets practice (katchop)

You go out from the first quarter on, from the first play on, and try to embarrass them. Not just go out there and try to win, try to embarrass them. Try to make them feel bad when they leave here. We don’t want to just beat them. We want to send a message to them, ‘We’re not backing down from you and we expect to win this game, and it’s not going to be luck, it’s not going to be a mistake.’ “

Tie Domi Has A New Job

September 18, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Tie Domi will star in Battle of the Blades, a reality show that pairs Canada’s best female figure skaters with former NHL players.

Tie Domi is trying to evolve (katchop)

Tie Domi is trying to evolve (katchop)

The biggest obstacle the NHLers face is the change in skates. While the switch to figure skates is not mandatory, and some players have opted to stick with what they know — others, like Domi, tried out the different blade. Hockey skates are built so the player can move forward quickly, while figure skates are designed for upright posture and require a different technique. But if players can’t master the six little blades on each figure skate that make up the toe-pick, it can result in some pretty nasty falls.

“I just switched back to hockey skates,” Domi says.

“I skated three weeks on my figure skates, I was totally used to them. Last Thursday, I toe-picked and I switched the next day. Now the figure skates are back on the shelf.”

NASCAR Stops In New York

September 18, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Other

NASCAR spent a day in New York to promote the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

NASCAR stopped in New York today (katchop)

NASCAR stopped in New York yesterday (katchop)

In between, there was a pie-throwing contest at “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” fashion advice from Brian Vickers to Kurt Busch, and Ryan Newman’s attempt to toss popcorn across a room and into someone’s open mouth.

Then it was time to change into full protective gear for the pie-throwing contest, which the drivers reluctantly participated in. It was the show’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest custard pie-throwing contest. The drivers were given full rain suits—Busch promptly affixed a sponsor logo to his—and protective goggles

No Colts For Marvin

September 17, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Colts GM Bill Polian is not interested in Marvin Harrison.

Marvin Harrison runs a draw play in 2008 (katchop)

Marvin Harrison runs a rare draw play in 2008 (katchop)

With Anthony Gonzalez having suffered a knee injury on Sunday, the Colts will need to find someone to step up opposite Reggie Wayne as a primary target for Peyton Manning.

But Colts GM Bill Polian does not plan on contacting old friend Marvin Harrison, who was cut in the spring after 13 seasons with the club. Polian told NBC’s Peter King that he will not sign Harrison, a free agent who’s second all-time in receptions.

Wacko For Flacco

September 17, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Joe Flacco is getting attention on a global scale.

Joe Flacco and the Ravens are rolling (katchop)

Joe Flacco and the Ravens are rolling (katchop)

It could be a very different story this season if Joe Flacco continues to mature into a fine passer in his second year. He threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns during a 38-24 win over Kansas City and the Ravens gained 501 offensive yards.

I visited the Ravens’ mini-camp in June and from talking to some guys I know who work on that team, they are expecting Flacco to come of age. I tend to agree with them after meeting him and watching him in action during practice.

Bronco Magic

September 16, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Young Bronco’s head coach Josh McDaniels is impressing people.

Josh McPotter has cast a spell over the Broncos (katchop)

Head coach Josh McPotter has cast a spell over the Denver Broncos (katchop)

The Denver Broncos are a mystery wrapped in an enigma. They are far and away the most puzzling team in the NFL. Every facet of the 2009 Broncos is new. Josh McDaniels’ roster is a patchwork of question marks.

It is easy and tempting to immediately dismiss question marks as flaws, so proceed with caution when evaluating the 2009 Broncos.

McDaniels will prove that he assembled a better roster and coaching staff than most expect, especially on defense. Mike Nolan is a brilliant defensive mind. The Suit worked wonders for the Baltimore Ravens as a defensive coordinator between 2001 and 2004.

Jorge Posada Goes Bananas

September 16, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jorge Posada got a little angry when Toronto’s  Jesse Carlson threw a pitch behind him.

Jesse Carlson was roughed up by the Yankees (katchop)

Jesse Carlson was roughed up by the Yankees (katchop)

This time, punches were thrown — evidenced by the shiner on Carlson’s head which reminds me of two other marks, the one on Mikhail Gorbachev and the Big Red Spot on Jupiter.  A fan even threw a full bottle of soda pop into the scrum and hit umpire Derryl Cousins in the knee; he had to leave the game. All because a 38-year-old got his feelings hurt.

Abraham also said he saw A.J. Burnett wrestling (this was in the fight), the arms of Mark Teixeira being held back and even Derek Jeter being agitated. One of them goes down, so do the Yankees chances come October. There’s also the matter of discipline from Major League Baseball. Posada probably will get five games off. He’s lucky.

The Run

September 16, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Adrian Peterson’s 64 yard touchdown run on Sunday has a name. It is now called “The Run” by his teammates.

Adrian Peterson evades two Cleveland Brown defenders (katchop)

Adrian Peterson evades two Cleveland Brown defenders (katchop)

In the city that Jim Brown helped put on the map, and with the Hall of Famer watching from the opposite sideline, Peterson showed off every possible physical gift a running back can possess, all in one play in the fourth quarter.

Kicker Ryan Longwell said he’s never seen anything like it.

“Not even in video games,” Longwell said on Monday. “I called my family after the game. They were down in Orlando and didn’t get (to watch) the game. I told my son, who is a big Adrian fan, that you’ve got to turn on the TV and see this run because it’s something that you’ll never see again.”

Miami Heat Cutting Back

September 15, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Everyone in the Miami Heat organization are getting pay cuts.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra uses his Bud Light Grooler and sells drinks and snacks (katchop)

Times are tough, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra breaks out the Bud Light Grooler to sell some drinks and snacks (katchop)

While Erik Spoelstra’s staff will return intact, all will operate at salaries significantly lower than last season.

Seeking to avoid the type of layoffs that cost the business side of the team’s operation about 20 jobs in May, Heat President Pat Riley instead asked those on the basketball side of the team’s operation to voluntarily accept pay cuts ranging from two percent to 20 percent.

The cuts, which include everyone from the team’s media-relations staff to the scouting staff to the executive staff, will cost Spoelstra and Riley well into the six figures.

McNabb To Tough It Out

September 15, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

It could be typical double speak about injuries, but Donovan McNabb plans to play hurt.

Donovan McRibb is going to try and play this Sunday (katchop)

Donovan McRibb is going to try and play hurt this Sunday (katchop)

He’s pretty sore,” coach Andy Reid said Monday. “He’s going to try and battle through it. He’ll struggle to practice. He’s going to do everything he possibly can to try to play. We’ll see how that goes. He’s staying optimistic about that.”

The NHL Returns

September 15, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

NHL teams are all in camp, and the exhibition games are underway.

Henrik Lundqvist stretches before a game in April (katchop)

Mutant goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stretches before a game in April of 2009 (katchop)

Serena Williams Is Sorry

September 14, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

Serena Williams said she was sorry for threatening an official.

Serena Williams packing at the US Open (katchop)

Serena Williams packing at the US Open (katchop)

I want to amend my press statement of yesterday, and want to make it clear as possible – I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA and mostly tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I’m a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I’m wrong. I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it’s not the way to act — win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner.I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad, I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result

Like New Suzuki

September 14, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Ichiro Suzuki has had 200 plus hits for 9 straight seasons.

Ichiro Suzuki has been swinging a hot bat for a decade (katchop)

Ichiro Suzuki has been swinging a hot bat for a decade (katchop)

Ichiro Suzuki has become the first player in major league history with at least 200 hits in nine straight seasons.

The Seattle Mariners’ right fielder set the mark with an infield single in the second inning of the nightcap of doubleheader against the Texas Rangers. In his second at-bat of the game, Suzuki beat out a slow roller to shortstop Elvis Andrusto break a tie with Willie Keeler, who did it for eight consecutive seasons (1894-1901).

Packers Come Up Big

September 14, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

In the Sunday night game, Green Bay defeated the Bears 25-15.

The Packers were big in the 4th quarter against the Bears (footballguys/katchop)

The Packers were big in the 4th quarter against the Bears (footballguys/katchop)

Anyone Hungry?

September 13, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL season is ready to roll.

Everyone is hungry for some football (katchop)

Everyone is hungry for some football (katchop)

Madden Curse Continues

September 13, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Madden Curse lives.  Troy Polamalu is out for 3 to 6 weeks with a knee injury.

alexander-madden-07-copy

Shaun Alexander kept the curse alive on the Madden 07 cover (katchop)


To review, athletes in their cover years:

2001: Eddie George. No injury.
2002: Daunte Culpepper. Missed five games, played poorly.
2003: Marshall Faulk. Missed six games. Never ran for 1,000 yards again.
2004: Michael Vick. Broke his leg, missed 11 games.
2005: Ray Lewis. Missed only one game.
2006: Donovan McNabb. Missed last seven games of the season.
2007: Shaun Alexander. Broke his foot, missed six games.
2008: Vince Young. Missed one game. But things didn’t go well.
2009: Brett Favre. Missed no games. But did become insufferable.
2010: Troy Polamalu. Out 3-6 weeks with a knee injury.
2010: Larry Fitzgerald: TBD.

Heatley Goes To The Sharks

September 12, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Dany Heatley was traded today to the San Jose Sharks.

Dany Heatley was sent to the Sharks today (katchop)

Dany Heatley is now with the Sharks in San Jose (katchop)

The San Jose Sharks have acquired left wing Dany Heatley(notes) from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jonathan Cheechoo(notes) and left wing Milan Michalek(notes) on Saturday.

The teams exchanged 2010 draft picks as well, the Sharks getting a fifth-round pick and the Senators receiving a second-round selection.

The Dream In The Middle East

September 12, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Hakeem Olajuwon is living in Jordan and he likes it.

Hakeem Olajuwon lives in Jordan, but sticks out in a crowd (katchop)

Hakeem Olajuwon lives in Jordan, but he still sticks out in a crowd (katchop)

I don’t go out to try and speak about Islam,” says Olajuwon, who recently returned from a family pilgrimage to Mecca.

“If someone asks me a question about Ramadan I speak about Ramadan, if they ask me a question about basketball, I speak about basketball. If you don’t ask I don’t volunteer, and that’s how it should be. That’s what’s so cool about it.”

Steelers Win In OT

September 11, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Steelers beat the Titans in OT, 13-10.

Hines Ward drops a loaf of bread late in the 4th quarter (katchop)

Hines Ward drops a loaf of bread late in the 4th quarter (katchop)

Steelers’ fans remembered how LenDale White, Keith Bulluck and several Titans players stomped all over Terrible Towels at the end of the game, and it created a buzz of anticipation for a rematch that appeared likely to occur in January but didn’t.

Instead, this game wasn’t a throwback to last season, but to the 1970s, when the Titans’ predecessors, the Oilers, twice met and lost to the Steelers and their famed Steel Curtain defense in the AFC championship game. All that was missing were some Jack Lambert hits on Earl Campbell.

“It was a 15-round, old-school Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight that went the distance,” Bulluck said.

Derek Jeter Greatest Yankee Ever?

September 11, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Eric Ortiz of NESN in Boston thinks so, calling Jeter the pride of professional sports.

Derek Jeter prepares to bunt with a brand new wiffle ball bat, just because he can (katchop)

Derek Jeter prepares to bunt with a brand new wiffle ball bat, just because he can (katchop)

The Yankees have had many great players over the years. Derek Jeter could be the greatest of them all.

It’s a subjective argument, but Jeter’s resume speaks for itself. Even the most diehard Red Sox fan, whose blood boils at the mere sight of a navy blue pinstripe suit hanging on a Men’s Wearhouse rack, is hard-pressed to find fault with the Yankees captain.

Iverson Gets A Job

September 11, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Allen Iverson signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Allen Iverson had to demonstrate commitment to the team before he was offered a contract by the Grizzlies (katchop)

Allen Iverson demonstrated his total commitment to the Grizzlies yesterday (katchop)

This year for me is so personal,” Iverson said. “It’s basically going to be my rookie season again. It hurts, but I turn the TV on, I read the paper, I listen to some of the things people say about me having the season that I had last year and me losing a step, things like that. They’re trying to put me in a rocking chair already.”

NFL Kickoff

September 10, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL season starts tonight with the Titans visiting Pittsburgh and there is a chance of rain in the forecast.

Big Ben may have to contend with a sloppy field tonight (katchop)

Big Ben may be facing a sloppy field tonight (katchop)

No Respect

September 09, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Martin Brodeur in February, reacting to the news that the NY Rangers had re-acquired Sean Avery (katchop)

Martin Brodeur in March 2009, reacting to news that the NY Rangers had re-acquired Sean Avery (katchop)

I see the point of putting a Ranger (Henrik Lundqvist) and the Islanders‘ great new hope, John Tavares.  I even see the point at sticking Alexander Ovechkin, one of the league’s biggest stars, on the cover. Yet, where are the Devils?! Would it have killed the THN staff to put a picture of, say, Zach Parise on the cover? You know, the Devils’ top scorer, the league’s 5th best scorer last season, and someone who makes so many ladies “squee” when he’s out and about?

Seau Comeback?

September 09, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Senior Junior Seau says he is willing to come back to that Pats for one last season.

Junior Seau heads into a Pats practice in 2008 (katchop)

Junior Seau heads into a Pats practice in 2008 (katchop)

The 40-year-old linebacker told The Associated Press on Tuesday he would sign only with New England because of his familiarity with the team. He’s willing to play up to six games—any more would cut too much into his time with his children.

Who Is The Best?

September 08, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Yahoo’s Larry Beil and Tiki Barber discussed who is the best RB in the NFL.

LaDainian Tomlinson passes the torch to Adrian Peterson (katchop)

LaDainian Tomlinson passed the torch to Adrian Peterson in 2008 (katchop)

Happy Labor Day

September 07, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

Happy Labor Day! (katchop)

Happy Labor Day! (katchop)

Shawne Merriman Arrested

September 06, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Shawne Merriman was arrested today for choking his TV star girlfriend, Tila Tequila.

Shawne Merriman has tatoos (katchop)

Shawne Merriman makes a statement with his tatoos (katchop)

Tequila, 27, signed a citizen’s arrest warrant, charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Steadman said.

Deputies responded about 3:45 a.m. to Merriman’s house in Poway, north of San Diego, after a woman called to say she was choked by the player and physically restrained when she had tried to leave, according to a Sheriff’s Department statement.

Merriman, 25, was taken into custody. Authorities declined to say whether he had posted bail or been released, pending an afternoon news conference.

Tequila was taken to a hospital. Her condition was not immediately available.

Hoops Hall Of Fame

September 06, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Basketball Hall Of Fame has it’s 50th enshrinement this week, and the class includes NBA greats Michael Jordan, David Robinson, and John Stockton.

Hall of Fame staffers have been preparing for more than a year on a celebration that will see Michael Jordan, considered by many the best to ever play the game, inducted with David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton and Vivian Stringer.

Michael Jordan attempts his infamous flaming dumpster dunk at the 1994 NBA All Star game (katchop)

Michael Jordan attempts his infamous flaming dumpster dunk at the 1994 NBA All Star game (katchop)


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