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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Game 3 of the World Series is tonight, as Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies takes on Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees.

The World Series resumes tonight, and the Philly Phanatic wants blood (katchop)

The World Series resumes tonight, and the Philly Phanatic wants blood (katchop)

It’s his arm, or it’s not. It’s his mechanics, or it’s not. It’s his command or his choices or the hitters or the workload or the decisions he made last offseason. Or it’s not.

Hamels goes through them all, runs them through his head, sleeps on them, ices an elbow that was sore in spring, and then goes out and gives up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He throws harder, then softer, then smarter and he’s sure he’s gaining on it, and then he looks around to find runners on base.

He hates it, of course. He didn’t come here to be average, even below average, to be the guy they give the ball to and then have everybody take two steps back to cover the gaps. He came here to throw 260 innings and win 18 games and be the World Series MVP, which pretty much describes April through October 2008.

Favre Returns to Lambeau

October 31, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings head to Green Bay to face the Packers on Sunday, and the fans are ready.

Brett Favre should get a warm welcome on Sunday at Lambeau Field (katchop)

Brett Favre should get a warm welcome on Sunday at Lambeau Field (katchop)

One block from Brett Favre’s Steakhouse — at the corner of Mike Holmgren Way and Brett Favre Pass — someone covered the P in Pass on the street sign with tape.

At the Green Bay Press-Gazette Web site, a poll ran about 60-40 in favor of booing Favre on Sunday.

On Friday afternoon, two personalities from a morning radio program in Appleton, Wis., staged a mock funeral for Favre at a bar within sight of Lambeau Field. Many of the 300 who attended filed past a coffin containing a dummy in a Favre Vikings jersey.

New York Yankees Win Game 2

October 30, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees won game 2 of the World Series. Kate Hudson and her dad, Snake Pliskin, now head to Philadelphia for game 3 on Saturday .

Kate Hudson is coming to Philadelphia, where she plans on eating small children (katchop)

Kate Hudson is going to Philadelphia, where she plans on eating several small children (katchop)

With the Yankees needing him more than ever, A.J. Burnett rose to the occasion with his sharpest start of the postseason, unloading the full effect of his high-octane arsenal to help get the World Series back to even.

Outdueling Pedro Martinez in a classic performance, Burnett leaned on a pair of solo home runs from Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui as the Yankees defeated the Phillies on Thursday, 3-1, sending the Fall Classic on to Philadelphia with a fresh start.

Carolina Panthers Sticking With Delhomme

October 29, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

It’s remarkable, but true. The Carolina Panthers are planning to keep QB Jake Delhomme in the starting lineup.

Jake Delhome has become so easy to defend, that defenses are dictating where he can and can't throw the ball (katchop)

Jake Delhomme has become so easy to defend, that defenses are dictating where he can and can't throw the ball (katchop)

If you’re keeping count, Delhomme has 30 interceptions dating back to the beginning of last season and counting postseason play. Other QBs are close (Jay Cutler has 28, Brett Favre has 25) but Delhomme also has a paltry 20 TDs compared to 36 by Cutler and 34 by Favre over that same timespan. Even more astonishing is the fact that Delhomme achieved such prolific futility in significantly fewer pass attempts than anyone else. Delhomme checks in with 625 attempts to 825 by Cutler and 751 by Favre.

But Carolina coach John Fox will trot Delhomme out back under center this week against the team that ended their season, unceremoniously dumping the Panthers 33-13 in Charlotte. Delhomme tossed five picks that day.

It begs the question: When is it time to go another direction?

Philadelphia Hates The New York Yankees

October 28, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Philadelphia media loves the Phillies, but hates the New York Yankees and the city they play in.

According to the Philadelphia media, Adolf Hitler loved the Yankees (katchop)

According to the Philadelphia media, Adolf Hitler loved the New York Yankees (katchop)

New York also proudly claims responsibility for pop culture blights Mariah Carey and Vin Diesel; Stephon “Starbury” Marbury, the former basketball player turned Internet video sob story; tireless self-promoter Sean Combs/Puff Daddy/Puffy/P. Diddy/Diddy/TBA; yammering ninnies Keith Olbermann and Sean Hannity; hate peddler Ann Coulter; father of the atomic bomb Robert Oppenheimer; and, worst of all, Lindsay Lohan.

N.Y.C. should also be blamed for the insipid, endless Gangs of New York. That’s three hours of my life I’ll never get back. They should have just killed Leo an hour and a half in for all sorts of reasons, Titanic not the least among them.

Even the Statue of Liberty, the very symbol of American freedom, rankles a bit. It was finished in France in 1884 and shipped across the Atlantic as a gift to commemorate our country’s independence as well as signal Franco-American friendship. Joy. If we’ve learned anything since then, it’s that the French are swell pals who are always there when you need them. Polite, too.

New York Hates The Philadelphia Phillies

October 28, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York media loves the New York Yankees, but hates the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans.

According to the New York media, Saddam Hussein Loved The Phillies (katchop)

According to the New York media, Saddam Hussein loved the Phillies (katchop)

Cops say Susan Finkelstein, 43, posted a pleading ad on craigslist saying she needed two tickets to baseball’s biggest game.

“DESPERATE BLONDE NEEDS WS TIX!” the ad was headlined.

“Diehard Phillies fan – gorgeous tall buxom blonde – in desperate need of two World Series Tickets,” she allegedly wrote.

Describing the price as “negotiable,” she ended the ad flirtatiously: “I’m the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!”

Bucks County Public Safety Director Fred Harran said an officer with the special investigations unit spotted the ad and set up a meeting with Finkelstein at a local bar.

Kansas City Chiefs Imploding

October 28, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs went crazy on Twitter in the latest KC disaster.

Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs looks like the last drunk at the party (katchop)

Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs has been looking like the last drunk at the party lately (katchop)

The latest chapter in Johnson’s stormy career began Sunday night when he questioned coach Todd Haley’s football credentials on his Twitter account.

He used the slur during an exchange with one of his Twitter followers. A day later, he used it again as he brushed off reporters and told them he would not comment, according to the Kansas City Star, which recorded the comment.

Haley refused to address the matter Tuesday, saying it was still being investigated.

“I’m just not going to comment any further because there is some stuff going on,” Haley said.

Eli Manning Asleep At The Wheel

October 27, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Arizona Cardinals defeated the New York Giants on Sunday night, in what was not Eli Manning’s finest hour.

Eli Manning had trouble spotting open receivers against the Cardinals (katchop)

Eli Manning had trouble spotting open receivers against the Cardinals (katchop)

Eli Manning got the cornerback to “sit” on the right side, just like he wanted. He knew it would be a tight throw into Steve Smith underneath safety Antrel Rolle. But Smith had held onto a 34-yard catch in traffic just a few minutes earlier. And on the previous drive, Kevin Boss had clutched a 25-yard grab while taking a big (and arguably illegal) hit from Rolle.

Plus, this is Manning we’re talking about – a late-game magician who had been chucking balls into traffic during fourth-quarter comebacks long before David Tyree pinned one onto his helmet.

But this time, with 1:22 left on the clock, there was no magic. Only an interception by Rolle, who outmaneuvered Smith to make the catch and seal the Cardinals’ 24-17 victory – an outcome that made it a two-game losing streak for the Giants and pretty much erased the confidence they had built up over the first five weeks of the season.

Yankees Win, Kate Hudson Named ALCS MVP

October 26, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees, led by a rejuvenated Alex Rodriguez, will play the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees sees more in Kate Hudson than just her beauty (katchop)

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees sees more in Kate Hudson than just her beauty (katchop)

The Yankees secured their 40th American League pennant with a 5-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday, taking Game 6 of the AL Championship Series and earning the right to advance and face the Phillies in the World Series starting on Wednesday.

With Game 6 delayed for one day by inclement weather, the Yankees did not mind having to wait to celebrate on their home field after Mariano Rivera recorded the final out — another marquee moment in the inaugural season of the new house, where New York logged the Majors’ best home record and continues to remain undefeated in postseason play.

Tom Brady Having His Way With London

October 25, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are taking advantage of London before their game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tom Brady molests the North tower while taunting the South Tower of Tower Bridge (katchop)

Tom Brady is so big in London, he can get away with molesting the North Tower of Tower Bridge while telling the South Tower that she's next (katchop)

The players admitted to fighting off the fatigue after getting very little sleep. The team arrived at the hotel around 7 a.m. London time, grabbed a few winks and boarded buses to hit the practice field less than six hours later.

“We’re tired but it’s more of a tune-up day. Nothing physical, those days are out of the way,” nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. “We got those out of the way back in New England. It’s more of a tune-up to make sure we’re still on track and we’ll rest up today.”

Miami Dolphins Love That Wildcat

October 24, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are in love… with the Wildcat.

Ronnie Brown is fully recovered from a horrific 2007 knee injury (katchop)

Ronnie Brown is fully recovered from his 2007 knee injury (katchop)

Ricky Williams visited a video store recently and gave Madden ’10 the ultimate test ride: He took the control and ran the Wildcat in the Dolphins’ offense. It was like Woody Allen stepping inside the screen.

Williams was impressed enough to buy the game and now plays on the Internet in complete anonymity, except for one signature tendency: On any third-and-short play, he always runs the Wildcat.

“Works every time,” the Dolphins running back said. “Pretty much like in our games.”

Isiah Thomas ‘Blindsided’ By Magic Book

October 23, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

A new book co-authored by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird detailing their careers detours several times to blast Isiah Thomas. Thomas is mentioned 26 times in the book, and none of the comments are complimentary.

Isiah Thomas reacts to the knife Magic Johnson stuck in his back (katchop)

Isiah Thomas reacts to the knife that he says Magic Johnson stuck in his back (katchop)

MIAMI (AP)—Hall of Fame players Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson famously kissed moments before tip-off of Game 1 of the 1988 NBA finals.

Today, the relationship clearly isn’t anywhere near as close.

Thomas told SI.com earlier this week that he is “really hurt” over criticisms levied by Johnson in a new book chronicling the careers of Johnson and Larry Bird. According to Thursday’s SI.com report, Johnson said Thomas questioned his sexuality after the Los Angeles Lakers star retired in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV.

Johnson also tells the Web site that he helped play a role in keeping Thomas off the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. “Isiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics,” Johnson said in the book. “Nobody on that team wanted to play with him. … Michael didn’t want to play with him. Scottie (Pippen) wanted no part of him. Bird wasn’t pushing for him. Karl Malone didn’t want him. Who was saying, ‘We need this guy?’ Nobody.”

Jeremy Shockey Still Talking About NY Giants

October 22, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Jeremy Shockey of the New Orleans Saints just can’t stop talking (or Tweeting) about the New York Giants.

Jeremy Shockey wants people to notice him (katchop)

Jeremy Shockey wants people to notice him (katchop)

But he did take a swipe at Big Blue via his Twitter account, saying that this week’s game against the 2-3 Dolphins might even be tougher than facing the Giants.

Tweeted Shockey: “Miami has a great team… this will be a bigger test for OUR TEAM than last sunday!!!”

Wow. First, Richard Seymour rubs it in Antonio Pierce’s face for the linebacker’s comments that playing the Raiders the previous week felt like a scrimmage. And now it’s Shockey’s turn to tweak Big Blue.

Cleveland Browns Fighting Flu

October 21, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Cleveland Browns are fighting a flu outbreak that has made several starters ill.

The Cleveland Browns and Eric Mangini are fighting a flu outbreak (katchop)

The Cleveland Browns and Eric Mangini are trying to beat a flu outbreak. Vegas oddsmakers have the flu as a 3 point favorite. (katchop)

On Wednesday, 12 players, including Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers and five other starters, missed practice with flulike symptoms as the team began installing the game plan for Sunday’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

Mangini scaled back the workout in hopes of keeping his healthy players from getting sick. He’s also emphasizing preventive measures to stop the virus from spreading deeper through the team. If players are showing any symptoms, the Browns are sending them home.

“We’re being really aggressive preventatively,” he said. “If there’s any sign of it and we think it’s heading that way, we’d much rather try to minimize the effects on the player and also possibly the exposure to the rest of the group.”

Mangini implied the sick players had not yet been tested for H1N1 virus. He said some of the cases were new, and he might not be able to reveal any test results because of medical privacy laws.

As the Browns were practicing, a large box containing white pharmacy bags containing Tamiflu, a prescribed medicine to treat and prevent flu, was delivered to the team’s headquarters.

Jason Campbell Still The Starter For Redskins

October 21, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn plans to keep Jason Campbell in the starting lineup.

Jason Campbell will remain the starting QB, despite the custom made hat that owner Dan Snyder gave him (katchop)

Jason Campbell will remain the starting QB, despite the custom made hat that owner Dan Snyder gave him (katchop)

Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said Tuesday he would almost certainly return to Jason Campbell as the starting quarterback for Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the first game in which Zorn will relinquish his play-calling duties to offensive consultant Sherman Lewis.

The club also signed veteran offensive tackle Levi Jones, who had been out of work after spending his entire seven-year career as a starter with Cincinnati, in a move that further emphasizes the dire situation of Pro Bowl tackle Chris Samuels. Some NFL sources expect Samuels to miss the rest of the season after suffering a neck injury Oct. 11 at Carolina.

StubHub Makes Mr. Met Mad

October 20, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Ticket broker StubHub inadvertently sent out an email on Monday inviting customers to purchase tickets to see the New York Mets play in the 2009 National League Championship Series.

Mr. Met is angry with StubHub (katchop)

Mr. Met is not happy with StubHub (katchop)

The company sent an e-mail Monday offering tickets for Mets’ playoff games.

“Be there alongside your New York Mets as they chase baseball immortality,” the e-mail said. “Go to StubHub, where you’ll find a fantastic selection of tickets to every playoff game—so you experience the championship chase live and in person.”

StubHub said e-mails were sent to fans promoting several teams not in the postseason.

“This was due to an e-mail glitch,” spokeswoman Joellen Ferrer said in a statement.

Knicks Beat Maccabi Tel Aviv

October 20, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The New York Knicks played the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday. The crazy game featured an ejection of the Israeli head coach and Rabbi intervention.

David Lee of the New York Knicks in action against Maccabi Tel Aviv (katchop)

David Lee of the New York Knicks in action against Maccabi Tel Aviv (katchop)

Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, who organized yesterday’s Knicks-Maccabi Tel Aviv charity game at the Garden, claimed the referees did wrong by ejecting Maccabi coach Pini Gershon, who nearly created an international incident yesterday when he refused to leave the Garden court.

Gershon picked up two technicals in a 53-second span — an automatic ejection in the NBA — with 5:05 left in the third quarter of the Knicks 106-91 exhibition victory. But Gershon stubbornly stayed put after referee Ben Taylor gave him the heave-ho, creating a 10-minute delay as Garden security, the referees, his assistant coach and even Knicks guard Nate Robinson tried to get him to depart.

With the referees threatening to forfeit the Israeli team, Gershon, seen winking and snickering on the sidelines, wouldn’t budge before he finally agreed to be escorted off to cheers from the pro-Maccabi crowd of 14,602.

Boston Bruins Shake Up Roster

October 19, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins, upset with sitting in the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference, traded Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild.

The Bruins might be panicking, but Zdeno Frakenchara isn't worried (katchop)

The Bruins might be panicking, but Zdeno Frankenchara isn't worried (katchop)

Only seven games into the 2009-2010 NHL campaign the Boston Bruins have sent forward Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild.

In return the Bruins will receive winger Craig Weller, a second round pick in 2011, and the rights to prospect Alexander Fallstrom.

Kobasew, 27, has dressed in each of the Bruins seven games thus far, tallying one assist and two penalty minutes. In 368 career games, he has 78 goals and 77 assists for 155 points, and 272 penalty minutes.

Yankees Boot Ronan Tynan

October 18, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees canceled plans to have Ronan Tynan sing his usual  “God Bless America” during the ALCS after he admitted making anti-Semetic comments.

Ronan Tynan singing at Yankee Stadium (katchop)

Ronan Tynan singing earlier this year at Yankee Stadium (katchop)

In his apartment building this week, Tynan ran into a real estate broker showing an apartment to a house hunter, Dr. Gabrielle Gold-von Simson.

The broker assured Tynan, “Don’t worry, they are not Red Sox fans.”

Said Tynan: “I don’t care about that, as long as they are not Jewish.”

Minnesota Wild’s Big John Scott

October 17, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

John Scott of the Minnesota Wild is gigantic, and is fighting anyone he can. That includes Anaheim Duck George Parros, who blogged about getting roughed up by Scott.

John Scott of the Minnesota Wild is almost 9 ft. tall on skates (katchop)

John Scott of the Minnesota Wild is almost 9 ft. tall on skates (katchop)

I had a pretty bad start to my season, fighting-wise. I’m coming off of a hand injury from last year so I have been a bit tentative, which is probably the worst thing that anyone could be in a fight. If you need evidence of this, I would invite you to watch my first fight this year against John Scott of the Minnesota Wild. He caught me with a pure right that sent me to the ice, probably one of the cleanest punches I have eaten in my career.

Clayton Kershaw, At Your Service

October 16, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Los Angeles Dodgers saw young ace Clayton Kershaw meltdown against the Philadelphia Phillies last night.

Clayton Kershaw (katchop)

Los Angeles Dodger Clayton Kershaw prepares to serve up a home run ball on a silver platter during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies last night (katchop)

Kershaw, 21, the most promising young pitcher of another generation of Dodgers, became the third-youngest Game 1 starter in playoff history Thursday night.

He aged a lot in the top of the fifth inning.

That was when a 1-0 Dodgers lead became a 5-1 Phillies lead.

When Kershaw was tagged for a three-run homer by Carlos Ruiz and a two-run double by left-handed Ryan Howard.

Why Mike Sims-Walker Was In Doghouse

October 16, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Jacksonville Jaguar Mike Sims-Walker was inactive last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks because he missed his bed check to be with a woman.

Mike Sims-Walker was in Jack Del Rio's doghouse last week in Seattle (katchop)

Mike Sims-Walker was in Jack Del Rio's doghouse last week in Seattle (katchop)

Everyone wants to know why Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker was deactivated for Sunday’s 41-0 blowout at Seattle.

Well, the answer is simpler than you think.

Sims-Walker missed bed check Friday night due to a visit with a female friend that went a little long, according to an NFL source, who described the situaton by saying, “undefeated and untied.”

Eli Manning Is At Home In The Dome

October 15, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

New York Giants QB Eli Manning is looking forward to playing in the city he grew up in.

Eli Manning and his big arm will be in the Superdome on Sunday (katchop)

Eli Manning and his big arm will be in the Superdome on Sunday (katchop)

The youngest son of Saints legend Archie Manning, Eli Manning went to the Superdome almost every weekend the Saints were home, and his father even took him to a road game every now and then.

When the Saints won their first playoff game in franchise history in 2000 against the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams, Eli Manning was there.

Ask Easy Eli about some of his early heroes and the names roll off his tongue.

Quarterbacks Bobby Hebert and John Fourcade, the ‘Dome Patrol’ of linebackers Sam Mills, Pat Swilling, Vaughn Johnson and Rickey Jackson. Lots of great defenses.

And it was only roughly 12 minutes from his home.

Gilbert Arenas Is Keeping Quiet

October 14, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Washington Bullets Wizards star Gilbert Arenas doesn’t want to speak to the media anymore, and he’s getting fined for it by the NBA.

Gilbert Arenas isn't talking to the media (katchop)

Gilbert Arenas isn't talking to the media (katchop)

Arenas and his team were fined $25,000 apiece Tuesday by the league because he has not been talking to the media during the preseason, including before and after exhibition games.

The three-time All-Star point guard became one of the NBA’s most popular players thanks in part to his engaging personality and a willingness to speak his mind, including via a wide-ranging blog.

But he stopped producing the blog and steadfastly has been refusing to do interviews since the Wizards held their official media day on Sept. 28. Asked by a reporter last week when he’d begin speaking again, Arenas said it would happen only after the NBA tells him he has to talk.

Jacksonville Jaguars Trying To Regroup

October 14, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Coach Jack Del Rio and the rest of the Jacksonville Jaguars are feeling the heat after they were crushed by the Seattle Seahawks 41-0.

David Garrard is greeted by fans as he heads off the field. (katchop)

David Garrard is greeted by fans as he heads off the field. (katchop)

David Garrard was sacked four times and fumbled twice. Maurice Jones-Drew was bottled up just about every time he touched the ball, finishing with 34 yards on 18 carries. There were dropped passes, poor throws and a season-high nine penalties for 73 yards.
The defense failed to generate much pressure on Matt Hasselbeck, who threw for 241 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters. The unit also struggled to cover Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who had a combined 11 catches for 175 yards and four scores.
The Jaguars seemingly gave up at the end as the Seahawks milked the final 11 minutes, 53 seconds by running 13 consecutive times and then taking three knees.
“It was a tough day for everybody,” Garrard said. “It was a day where everybody just had a bad day. We don’t usually have a collective bad day from everybody. It’s unfortunate, but we’re ready to move on.”

Team Bonding With The Philadelphia Flyers

October 13, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers are on a “team bonding exercise” in Florida.

Philadelphia Flyers: scoring goals, so easy even a caveman can do it (katchop

Team bonding for the Philadelphia Flyers include activities such as 'Cave Painting', 'The Magic Of Fire' and 'Tennis With Billy Jean King' (katchop)

It’s a break from the norm,” said captain Mike Richards. “It’s a great opportunity to get away from daily routines, have a little fun, and hopefully enjoy some bonding time.

“That’s important, especially with new guys on the team. You tend to learn a lot about your teammates on trips like this, even the guys you’ve been around for a few years. It’s something positive and a little different.”

Denver Bronco Throwbacks

October 13, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Denver Broncos broke out their throw ups throwbacks for their game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Kyle Orton of the Denver Broncos in the M&Ms uniform (katchop)

Kyle Orton of the Denver Broncos in the M&Ms uniform (katchop)

The Denver Broncos uniforms. My. God. I heard the announcer say they were throwbacks to the franchise’s original uniform in 1960. I seriously doubt this. Why would the original design of the team’s uniform be based on the colors seen at the bottom of a bronco’s stall? That’s disgusting. 1960 was not a crude time. No, there has to be some other explanation. My guess: While the rest of the league is wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Broncos are trying to create awareness about some sort of digestive ailment.

Wade Phillips, Cowboys Living Dangerously

October 12, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys is still coaching the team, but for how long?

In Kansas City on Sunday, Wade Phillips did his Neo impersonation yet (katchop)

In Kansas City on Sunday, Wade Phillips did his best Neo impersonation yet (katchop)

Fire a coach after a regular-season victory?

It’s rare, yes, but this is a man who changed coaches after a Super Bowl win.

The right thing now would be to remove Phillips during the bye week and give offensive coordinator Jason Garrett – the one-time heir apparent whose career has been a roller coaster ride since 2007 – the final 11 games to see if he can create a sense of urgency as head coach.

I have my doubts since this club is so far removed from real accountability, but it’s worth a shot. In fact, if Jones wants to keep that playoff winless streak from reaching 13 years, it’s his only chance.

Cleveland Browns Get An Ugly Win

October 12, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Cleveland Browns gave Eric Mangini his 1st victory as Browns head coach.

Eric Mangini savors the sweet taste of victory (katchop)

Eric Mangini finally gets to savor the sweet taste of victory (katchop)

If you thought it was painful to watch on TV, consider the hearty faithful of 70,526 predominantly Bills fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium who paid to witness it. Anger and despair poured out of the building after Buffalo’s final, desperate play ended in a fumble after three laterals.

“We lost to the worst team in the NFL at home,” an elderly fan said departing the stadium.

Donald Brashear Still Not Winning Fans

October 11, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Former nemesis and current New York Ranger Donald Brashear is still not winning over the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Donald Brashear feels like he's in Land of the Lost when skating at the Garden (katchop)

Donald Brashear feels like he's in Land of the Lost when skating at Madison Square Garden (katchop)

It’s a tough crowd,” said Brashear, 37, who is with his sixth team since making his N.H.L. debut with the Montreal Canadiens during the 1993-94 season. “But I’ll find a way to win their hearts.”The unwelcome mat stems from Game 6 of the Rangers’ opening-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals in April, when Brashear leveled a blindside hit on Blair Betts, the Rangers’ penalty-killing specialist, midway through the first period. The blow fractured Betts’s eye socket and knocked him cold.

Mark Teixeira Sparks Yankee Win

October 10, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Mark Teixeira’s 11th inning home run powered the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins last night.

Mark Teixeira electrifies Yankee Stadium (katchop)

Mark Teixeira electrifies Yankee Stadium (katchop)

The first-year Yankees star connected against Jose Mijares(notes), hitting a drive that skipped off the top of the left-field wall and into the rollicking, sellout crowd. He tossed aside his batting helmet as he approached home before being mobbed by his teammates.

“I don’t think there’s anything better in sports,” Teixeira said. “Best place to play in the world.”

Has LaDainian Tomlinson Slowed Down?

October 09, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Some folks in the media are starting to feel that San Diego Charger RB LaDainian Tomlinson’s assault on the record book is over.

LaDainian Tomlinson is finding it tough to run with a fork stuck in him (katchop)

LaDainian Tomlinson is finding it tough to run with a fork stuck in him (katchop)

Tomlinson had started slowly last season, grinding out 190 yards on 57 carries though the first three games, but he responded with an LT-like 106 yards on 20 carries in Week Four, with two touchdowns, including a 41-yard romp that buried the Raiders in the final moments of a Chargers win.

But it hasn’t been the same since. In fact, he has had only one run longer than that 41-yarder in the meantime, a 45-yard rush against a beat-down Broncos defense in Week 17 last season.

Philadelphia Flyers Are Scary Good

October 08, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers are having their best start to a season in over a decade.

The usually bloodthirsty Philadelphia Flyer fans are thinking Stanley Cup this year (katchop)

The usually bloodthirsty fans of the Philadelphia Flyers are thinking about a Stanley Cup this year (katchop)

Although, for a fan, it is absurd to get too high or too low three games into an 82-game season Flyers fans can’t help themselves.

For the first time since 1998 the Philadelphia Flyers have a started a season 3-0. What is more impressive is the way they have done it.

Edgerrin James Saluted By Indianapolis Colts

October 08, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Edgerrin James of the Seattle Seahawks was paid a tribute by the Indianapolis Colts prior to their game last Sunday.

Peyton Manning tries to reminisce with old friend Edgerrin James (katchop)

Peyton Manning tries to reminisce with old friend Edgerrin James (katchop)

In what was an otherwise glum Seahawks locker room following a 34-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, James flashed a few wide smiles as he thought about an afternoon he said would be one of the more memorable of his career.

James spent the first seven years of what will be a Hall of Fame career with the Colts before leaving following the 2005 season as a free agent and signing with Arizona. Now in his first season with the Seahawks, Sunday was his first game in Indianapolis since leaving town, and he was greeted with a huge ovation the first time he carried the ball, and later with a video montage of some of his Colts’ highlights to more applause.

“I’ll always look back on this day,” he said of a game in which he gained just 16 yards on four carries. “This day right here will always be special to me.”

Braylon Edwards Is A NY Jet

October 07, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Cleveland Browns have traded Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets for Chansi Stuckey, Jason Trusnik and yet to be announced draft choices.

Braylon Edwards has been traded to the NY Jets (katchop)

Braylon Edwards has been traded to the NY Jets (katchop)

The former Michigan star and former Pro Bowler comes to the Jets with his share of off-field issues. The NFL is investigating whether he violated the league’s conduct policy following accusations he assaulted a man outside a nightclub on Monday.

Edwards allegedly punched promoter Edward Givens, a friend of NBA star LeBron James, following an argument in downtown Cleveland. Police are also looking into the incident.

Problems Continue For The Oakland Raiders

October 07, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Napa, CA. District Attorney is now handling the investigation of Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable.

Ton Cable might wind up behind bars (katchop)

Tom Cable might have some bars in his future (katchop)

The police started the investigation in August, when Cable allegedly assaulted defensive assistant Randy Hanson at the team’s training-camp hotel in Napa. Hanson was treated for a broken jaw.

Initially, Hanson wouldn’t name his alleged attacker, but NFL.com reported last week that the assistant finally named Cable to police. Cable continued to talk around questions about the alleged incident at a news conference Monday, saying he’ll let the legal process take its course.

Ray Lewis Of The Baltimore Ravens Is Angry

October 06, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Ray Lewis is upset about roughing the passer penalties called on the Ravens.

Ray Lewis was upset after the Ravens' loss to the Patriots (katchop)

Ray Lewis was agitated after the Ravens' loss to the Patriots (katchop)

Without totally going off the wall here, it’s embarrassing to the game,” Lewis told reporters after the game. “You can’t do that. Tom Brady’s good enough to make a play. Let him make his own play. You can’t end the play like that, and then throw the flag. No, man. The embarrassing part is when he understands that, and he walks up to one of us and says, ‘Oh, that was a cheap one.’”

Battle Of The Blades Premieres

October 06, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Bob Probert made his debut in Battle of the Blades, and was promptly voted off the show.

Bob Probert was knocked out of Battle of the Blades (katchop)

Bob Probert was knocked out of Battle of the Blades (katchop)

Former National Hockey League enforcer Bob Probert used to “dance” on the ice when he dropped the mitts with other hockey tough guys, but his figure skating skills need work.

Probert and partner Kristina Lenko were the first pair ousted on CBC’s Battle of the Blades figure skating reality show on Monday night. The pair went head-to-head with Marie-France Dubreuil and Stephane Richer, but were unable to avoid elimination.

Boston Bruins Get Mad

October 05, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins exacted revenge on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Boston Bruin Milan Lucic knocks the block of off Jay Harrison (katchop)

Boston Bruin Milan Lucic knocks the block off of Jay Harrison (katchop)

You knew they’d be (ticked) off after the loss to Washington,” said former Bruin Andrew Alberts, who had a tough night, coughing the puck up for a goal and then getting hammered in a third-period fight with Shawn Thornton. “They came out flying after the drop of the puck. We were on our heels and they got some goals right way. They were on the PP and kept scoring we couldn’t catch up”.

Manny Ramirez Is In A Slump

October 04, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Manny Ramirez and the Los Angels Dodgers have won the NL West, but are limping toward the playoffs.

Manny Ramirez is having trouble seeing the ball (katchop)

Manny Ramirez is having trouble seeing the baseball (katchop)

No, they won’t last long at this rate. Not with Ramirez morphing from baseball’s best hitter to its biggest rally killer. He struck out four times Friday night in a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies, who trail the Dodgers by one game with two to play.

Ramirez swung and missed at fastballs, curveballs and changeups. Especially fastballs. He came to the plate with six runners on base, five in scoring position. Fans exhorted him to deliver, standing and screaming in Mannywood. Manny wouldn’t.

Rio Gets 2016 Olympics, Chicago Heartbroken

October 03, 2009 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

Rio de Janeiro has been awarded the 2016  Olympics.

Brazil sent Pele and Chicago buzz killer Steve to make case for Rio (katchop)

Pele and friends react to the stunning news that Rio was awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics, leaving many in Chicago looking for someone to blame (katchop)

The awarding of the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro set off a joyous celebration in the city, long known in roughly equal measure for its beaches, its carnival and its vast, crime-ridden shantytowns.

It was met with a fervent hope that Brazil — often characterized as the eternal “nation of the future” — might finally be approaching its vast potential.

“I say with all frankness: Our time has come,” President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declared Friday morning in Copenhagen. Teary-eyed, he later told reporters, “The decision is a homage to the people of Rio, who normally only appear in newspaper pages with bad news.”

Clinton Portis Still Recovering

October 03, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Washington Redskin’s head coach Jim Zorn says Clinton Portis is 50/50 to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Clinton Portis was roughed up by the Detroit Lions last week (katchop)

Clinton Portis was almost eaten alive by the Detroit Lions last week (katchop)

He’s just questionable. That’s all. Fifty-fifty,” Zorn said after practice today at Redskins Park.

Portis did not take any reps in practice this week. Ladell Betts and Marcus Mason split the first-team reps, and Zorn said Mason would be active this week. If Portis sits out, Anthony Alridge would be the team’s fourth active back, joining Betts, Mason and special-teams standout Rock Cartwright.

“He’s paid attention, and he’s trying to get it right,” Zorn said of Portis. “I mean, he’s as frustrated as anybody. I’m putting words in his mouth, but I don’t mean to.

Patrick Kane Wants To Forget Taxi

October 02, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks open their season against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki.

Patrick Kane is often reminded of that taxi episode (katchop)

He night not like it, but Patrick Kane knows that his summer taxi episode will be following him around for a while (katchop)

The 20-year-old Kane, the top pick in the 2007 draft and the rookie of the year in 2007-08, made headlines off the ice this offseason when he was arrested for an altercation with a cab driver in his hometown of Buffalo. Kane and his cousin, James Kane, pleaded guilty to a non-criminal charge of disorderly conduct and were given conditional discharges.

Kane, who has apologized to fans and family for the distraction, has apparently put the incident behind him. The Blackhawks hope he is just as dangerous this season as he was a year ago.

Atlanta Braves: Time For A Nap

October 01, 2009 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Atlanta Braves have been eliminated from playoff contention.

It might be nap time for Bobby Cox and the Atlanta Braves (katchop)

Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox looks ready for a nap (katchop)

Pete Orr hit a tie breaking single in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals beat Atlanta 2-1 on Thursday night, hours after the Braves were eliminated from playoff contention.

Orr’s one-out single to left field drove in Ryan Zimmerman, who opened the ninth with a double off Rafael Soriano (1-6).

The little drama remaining in Atlanta’s late playoff push ended about an before the game when Colorado clinched at least the NL wild card with a 9-2 win over Milwaukee.

No ‘A Team’ For The San Diego Chargers?

October 01, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shawne Merriman may miss the San Diego Chargers Sunday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Shawne Merriman is looking a little like Mr T. (katchop)

Shawne Merriman pities any fool who says he looks like Mr T. (katchop)

Dick Wells, senior sports analyst at youwager.com says, “San Diego was supposed to have linebacker Shawne Merriman back on their defense for this game. He could still prove to be the “it” factor when these two teams meet. If Merriman could manage to keep constant pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, he could force him to throw to the Chargers secondary. That could spell disaster, even for a world championship team. But with Merriman’s recent injury, it would really help if LaDainian Tomlinson was in the mix, and he’s got a bum ankle. If the Chargers can manage to get any revenge at all, they’ll probably only barely be able to do it, and just edge the Steelers out.” The odds makers at youwager.com have the Steelers as a 6-point favorite in NFL odds.

EDIT: Looks like Tomlinson may play after all.


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