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Braves Look To Replace McCann

July 29, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Braves will be without Brian McCann for a little while.

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves looks a little like Bat Boy.

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves looks a little like Bat Boy.

From ESPN

Somewhat lost in the unsatisfying way the Atlanta Braves-Pittsburgh Pirates game endedearly Wednesday morning was the fact the best catcher in baseball — certainly he’s No. 1 in fantasy by a healthy margin this season — was forced to leave early with a strained left oblique. Brian McCann is pretty good, folks; he leads all catcher-eligible players in home runs and is second in RBIs and batting average to Victor Martinez!

I’m no doctor, but a strained oblique is obviously a big deal for anyone attempting to hit a baseball, and it’s a hindrance to playing catcher as well, but the Braves believe this is a short-term injury, one that shouldn’t cost McCann more than three weeks of playing time. Of course, there’s always a chance the problem lingers.

Original Photos Yahoo, magazine-agent

McNabb Becomes A Viking

July 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Donovan McNabb is now a Minnesota Viking.

Donovan McNabb looks happy to be on the Minnesota Vikings.

Donovan McNabb looks happy to be on the Minnesota Vikings.

From Yahoo

Quarterback Donovan McNabb(notes) will play for a different team for the third straight year, pending the final details in a trade that will send the six-time Pro Bowler from the Washington Redskins to the Minnesota Vikings. Word is that the Vikings would send a sixth-round pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013 to the nation’s capitol for McNabb’s services.

Original Photos phillysportsdaily, halloweencostumes

NFL Back? Favre Too?

July 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

It seems like labor peace in the NFL has arrived, and that can only mean one thing.. another summer of Favre comeback talk – and this time it’s the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brett Favre wonders how life would be in an Eagles uniform while backing up Michael Vick.

Brett Favre wonders how life would be in an Eagles uniform while backing up Michael Vick.

From USA Today

Philadelphia Eagles starter Michael Vick added fuel to the fire started by a Philadelphia radio sideline reporter over the weekend, saying that he would be “honored” for Brett Favre to join the team.

After Howard Eskin of WIP radio tweeted that Eagles were interested in signing Favre as a backup after Kevin Kolb is dealt, Vick tweeted Sunday:

“I would be honored to have Brett Farve as a backup. That will be amazing Learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career.”

Original Photos blogspot, turner

Brewers Trying To Keep Focused

July 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Milwaukee Brewers will be without Ryan Braun for a little while.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers almost caught a moon shot.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers almost caught a moon shot.

From The Sacramento Bee

Ryan Braun is out of the starting lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers against the San Francisco Giants to rest his lingering left calf strain.

Braun says he feels fine and he didn’t re-injure his calf after playing the last two games. Mark Kotsay started in his place Friday night.

The injury sidelined Braun for the All-Star game despite being the NL’s top vote-getter. He also missed more than a week before the break, and the Brewers want to ease his transition back.

Original Photos Yahoo, imageshack

Vick Gets Endorsements

July 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Mike Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles is starting to get some endorsements.

Mike Vick has recently signed several endorsement deals, but getting together with the Milk Bone people is probably not in the cards.

Mike Vick has recently signed several endorsement deals, but getting together with the Milk Bone people is probably not in the cards.

From Yahoo

This month, Vick was re-signed as a pitchman by Nike (he was merely receiving products from them upon returning to the NFL) and has inked a deal with MusclePharm. In June, Vick got back in the promotions business in a smaller way when he signed to help promote a helmet padding system created by Unequal Technologies.

While Vick is still a long way from being the marketing dynamo he was earlier in his career, what’s happening is at least very surprising to those in the marketing business.

Original Photos prestonspeaks, channeladvisor, use

Cubs Disappoint

July 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Chicago Cubs are having a rough season.

Chicago Cubs fans got to watch the season premiere of Breaking Bad on their way out of Wrigley.

Chicago Cubs fans got to watch the season premiere of Breaking Bad on their way out of Wrigley.

From The Daily Herald

The Cubs dropped a 7-5 decision Sunday to the Florida Marlins, and let’s be clear about one thing: the loss was the Cubs’ own fault.

They fell to 20 games under .500 at 38-58 largely because they couldn’t get a quality start out of pitcher Randy Wells and because their offense went from the second inning until two outs in the eighth between basehits.

But that didn’t stop Quade or his troops from taking off on second-base umpire Lance Barrett for an apparent blown call on a pickoff play in Florida’s 3-run eighth inning that gave the Marlins a 7-4 lead.

Kerry Wood had just put runners on with two outs on a hit batter and a walk. With Emilio Bonifacio at the plate, Wood wheeled and threw to second in an attempt to pick off pinch runner Brett Hayes.

The throw looked to shortstop Starlin Castro looked to have Hayes, but Barrett called him safe. Quade did not argue, but Wood kicked up a minor fuss.

Bonifacio then reached on an infield single before Wood issued a bases-loaded walk and a 2-run single.

Ballgame.

Original Photos Yahoo, nj,com

NFL Inches Closer To Agreement

July 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL and the NFLPA may be on the verge of an agreement .

The NFL lockout is inching towards an agreement.

The NFL lockout is inching towards an agreement.

From USA Today

Barring any last-minute snags, NFL owners and players are on a path that could lead to a new collective bargaining agreement this week.

While the end to the four-month owners’ lockout is not a done deal, substantial progress was made late in the week and indications are that ownership may vote to ratify the new labor contract at their league meetings Thursday in Atlanta, a person with knowledge of the talks told USA TODAY on Saturday.

Original Photos corkscrewagency, teamcoalition

Clemens Gets A Gift

July 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Roger Clemens evidently got lucky thanks to a mistrial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Durham is shown action during the Roger Clemens perjury trial in this artist rendering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Durham is shown in action during the Roger Clemens perjury trial in this artist rendering.

From The NY Daily News

Years of investigation, research and preparation were put in jeopardy Thursday when the government made a key error in the Roger Clemens perjury trial and Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial.

Just weeks from a verdict that would have either set Clemens free, or, as Walton said in the courtroom Thursday, sent him to prison, the questions on everyone’s mind are:

How badly did the government screw it up? And what happens next?

As the shock of the judge’s ruling subsided, legal experts raised the possibility of several different outcomes, ranging from a dismissal on the grounds of double jeopardy (not likely, most say) to a plea agreement between the government and Clemens (more likely Friday than it was Thursday, in the wake of Walton’s pointed message to Clemens that he would most definitely be going to jail should he be convicted).

Original Photos timesunion, tecproductions

James Harrison Gets Crazy

July 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers said some crazy stuff about Roger Goodell.

James Harrison sounds like someone who's flown over the cuckoo's nest.

James Harrison sounds like someone who's flown over the cuckoo's nest.

From The Washington Post
Heavily fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “crook” and a “devil,” among other insults, in a magazine article.

The 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year hasn’t been shy about ripping the league after he was docked $100,000 for illegal hits last season. In the August issue of Men’s Journal, his rants against Goodell reach another level of wrath.
“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison told the magazine. “I hate him and will never respect him.”
His other descriptions of the commissioner include an anti-gay slur, “stupid,” “puppet” and “dictator.”

Original Photos steelerstoday, wikinut

The DJ3K Marketing Machine

July 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Since Derek Jeter reached his 3,000th hit the New York Yankees have been selling all sorts of merchandise to commemorate the event.

The New York Yankees are even selling bottles of Derek Jeter's game day urine.

The New York Yankees are even selling bottles of Derek Jeter's urine from the day of his 3,000th hit.

From chacha.com

Jeter’s 3,000th hit has its own campaign that has been titled ”DJ3K,” and everyone is trying to cash in on it. DJ3K has been turned into a logo that will be branded on merchandise for fans, everything from shirts to cellphone skins to bobbleheads. One popular New York sporting goods store, Modell’s, has said it will stay open past its closing time as long as fans continue shopping.

Another way DJ3K is cashing in is with the dirt on the field. After the game, a groundskeeper will scoop up five gallons of dirt from the batter’s box and shortstop’s patch into a bucket. This will be the dirt that is under Jeter’s feet as he makes his 3,000th hit. That dirt will be used in key chains, disks framed with photographs and other limited memorabilia for sale.

Original Photos meijer, hollywood, steinersports

Ortiz Gets Violent

July 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox fought Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox lost his composure last night.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox lost his composure last night.

From The Boston Herald

Cue the chaos.

“He obviously said something to David,” Red Sox starter  Josh Beckett said after Ortiz and Gregg attempted to throw a few haymakers, neither connecting. “David’s not the type of guy — something had to have set him off. I don’t know what it could’ve been.”

Both players are almost certain to receive suspensions. Ortiz didn’t make himself available for comment, but Gregg did. Turns out, he wasn’t happy with Ortiz’ etiquette.

“It is 3-0, they are up seven, and I think there are some ethics to this game and guidelines that you have to stay within,” Gregg said. “Run. You hit a lazy fly ball, you have to run the bases. And apparently, he didn’t like me telling him that stuff and he came out there. If he thinks there’s something wrong with me saying that, then he has other things he has to check out in this game.”

Original Photo Yahoo, imfdb

Alternate Logo: Minnesota Timberwolves

July 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Michael Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves was arrested for marijuana possession.

The Minnesota Timberwolves may need a new logo after Michael Beasley was arrested for marijuana possession.

The Minnesota Timberwolves may need a new logo after Michael Beasley was arrested for marijuana possession.

From The Star Tribune

The traffic stop occurred about 3 a.m. June 26 on Hwy. 12 near Carlson Parkway, said police Capt. Scott Boerboom. Beasley was driving 84 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone, Boerboom said.

Officers who stopped Beasley, 22, smelled marijuana in the car and found slightly more than a half-ounce in the vehicle, Boerboom said.

A police report said the marijuana was found under the front seat. Beasley said the marijuana belonged to a friend whom he had just dropped off, according to the report.

Original Photo bigtradeup

Lackey Hearing Lots Of Boos

July 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Boston Red Sox fans have not been kind to John Lackey this season.

Red Sox fans do not like John Lackey

Red Sox fans do not like John Lackey

From The Boston Herald

It’s been mostly bad at Fenway this season for Lackey, who has a 3-4 record and a 9.09 ERA in seven home starts.

The Jays jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings before Lackey allowed four runs on five hits in the third while recording only one out on a deep fly ball to center.

The boos from the 38,072 grew progressively louder with each Toronto hit before transforming into the loudest ovation when manager Terry Francona emerged to remove Lackey with the Sox trailing 7-0.

Original Photos cbsboston, respig

Richards Picks Rangers And Riches

July 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Rangers have signed Brad Richard$ to a big contract.

Brad Richards looks good in a NY Rangers uniform, but his bank account looks better.

Brad Richards looks good in a NY Rangers uniform, but his bank account looks better.

From Blueshirt Banter

Clearly, the Rangers’ front office decided that Brad Richards was indeed worth the risk. The immediate benefits to this Rangers team are obvious.  Richards has scored at least 20 goals in 9 of his 10 NHL seasons.  He has posted at least 25 power play points in 8 of his 10 seasons.  He will fit an immediate need both in the #1 center slot, and quarterbacking the power play.   He has a Stanley Cup ring and a Conn Smythe trophy to his credit, from his days with current Rangers’ coach John Tortorella.
The contract he signed is a nine year contract worth $58.5 million.  The deal takes him until he turns, avoiding the ‘Kovalchuk’-rule cap restrictions that come with contracts that take a player past 40 years of age.

Original Photos blueshirtbulletin, bleacherreport

NBA Lockout

July 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

NBA owners mean business with their lockout.

Basketball fans need an MBA to follow the NBA's labor dispute.

Basketball fans need a MBA to follow the NBA's labor dispute.

From The Washington Post

As the NBA enters what looks to be an extended lockout, team owners want fans to believe a few things. They want us to believe that the league’s economic structure is fundamentally broken, that 22 of the league’s 30 teams are losing money, and that the league’s core economic problem is player compensation. In other words, they’re saying the players make too much money.

There is a word for what they’re doing on that last point: They’re lying.

They might not be lying about losing money — but the extent of those losses is a matter of considerable debate. The owners claim they lost $370 million last year. But, when amortization and interest are removed, $250 million of those “losses” vanish.

Original Photos floatingthought, mortgagepluscc


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