This is both hilarious & sad at the SAME DAMN TIME. SMDH. Terrible. Just Terrible.
— Cliff Skighwalker (@Skighwalker) January 18, 2017
Miami doing the right thing: Retiring the jersey & number of the man who helped bring the franchise its first NBA title… Shaquille O’Neal. Great ceremony. Moms rolling in the scale replica ‘Shaq Diesel’ rig, Coach Pat Riley lavishing the big man with justly deserved praise, and much more. Great watch.
Finally… The R… oh wait, that’s another pro wrestler’s schtick. Ha!
But wrestling fans might be feeling like “finally” when the kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing, limousine-riding, jet-flying son of a gun gets his 30 For 30 shine on ESPN. Watch the teaser above for the ESPN documentary for The Nature Boy Ric Flair. Wooooooooo!
Three-point shoot-out between two Atlanta icons makes for one hell of a vid! Highly entertaining, and we got it cued up for you above. The Human Highlight Reel is nice shooting that pill …still! Wonder if 2 Chainz could talk him into stepping into the booth, though? He did ask about performing as part of the bet. Hmmm. NBA Ballers do be trying to rap. Hahaaa!
(The 2 Chainz rant about possible Russian involvement, too. A must see! Oh, and 2 Chainz is rocking the home crowd at Philips Arena on December 30, 2016. Ought to be a great event all-around.)
Quick! When you conjure up a visual of a dude sitting down to talk to his ex, what do you think? Cringeworthy viewing, right? Well, nah. Kind of a trick question if you aren’t told that it’s the renaissance revolutionary cool rapper Common. And his ex? Oh that’s super sexy tennis star Serena Williams. Much better imagery in your mind now, of course.
On this ESPN’s The Undefeated: In-Depth… Serena and Common… speaking on fame, sports, and race and gender issues. Start above and continue after the jump.
This trailer is intriguing. Check it out.
ESPN, the world’s sports leader, is going to do a documentary on the XFL, the failed football league borne of and bearing more than a slight resemblance to Vince McMahon’s leading sports entertainment franchise, World Wrestling Entertainment. Any televised sport has to be entertaining enough to bring eyeballs and ad revenue, right? So maybe Vince thought he could put out an entertaining football program with no sweat. Whatever the motivations and machinations behind the result and resulting demise, we should learn something watching this 30 For 30.
(Speaking of learning something… Do you know what XFL stood for? Answer: It was NOT Xtreme Football League! It was not an acronym at all. Learned something already, huh?)
Comedy: John Cena Lampoons The University Of Alabama’s Football Players’ Academic Performance On SNL (Video)
Three judges (Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson) play favorites while reviewing students’ (Mikey Day, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena) projects.
Okay, knowing that @ojones1 is on the squad and that he is an Alabama alum and die-hard Tide fan aside… this is hilarious! Shout to A Tribe Called Quest and Dave Chappelle for getting eyes back onto Saturday Night Live for real back a while ago. So glad to have caught this ep. Damn O-Jeezuz, your school’s athletes research many of those ’round orange bananas’? And banana
peel crust for real?? BWAAAAAHAHAAAAA!
But fair is fair. Read the @ojones1 commentary/response/rebuttal/whatev after the jump!
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) November 19, 2016
File this under most memorable football plays… Actually, South Carolina State’s Joe Thomas Sr. had a few of them Saturday. To make history, and put a happy ending to his story, all he needed was one. No spectacular break away plays, but I’ll tell you what he did break: any and all notions of what ‘old’ is supposed to look like.
Used to be the only way to see 55 playing football was on a player’s back. No more, thanks to Joe!
Come back from a 3-1 situation to win the NBA Finals… and a trip to the White House. How dope is that?
Please watch footage from the Cavs visit with the U.S. President and First Lady, as well as Vice President Joe Biden. And reeeeally watch as Present Obama daps-and-back-pats the bruhs while offering ‘official’ handshakes to the rest. Just like on Key & Peele. Hahaa!
Respect and honor to the veterans assembled there, and to all who’ve served. Just like First Lady Michelle Obama and the Cavs showed.
Damn. Greg Oden described himself as ‘the biggest bust in NBA history’ (damn, and damn again). There is a very somber tone to this whole interview. More coming to grips than moving on. Though leaving due to injury and going back to school should be seen as just that.
How would you describe your career now?
I don’t have one right now…
Short and not really sweet. Watch.
Every professional athlete has had a particular moment when they realized that the game they were playing wasn’t going to be just a hobby — that they were special and capable of competing with the best in the world. In this installment of “When I Knew,” Kristaps Porzingis remembers the moment when he knew he was more than just another teenager.
– The Players’ Tribune
The best figure skater always wins, unless she’s Surya Bonaly and you are landing a backflip during a competitive run. It is so dangerous, doing it is illegal; and judges heavily penalize competing skaters for doing it. Only four have, successfully; and Surya is the only female of those. Damn shame they only award the ‘dainty’ in such competition. Awarding athleticism is what allows the average sports fan to get into demure sports for more than the “ooh, look how pretty” factor. Thanks to Serena Williams, who is hella sexy AND a beast mode competitor, we can see past the stuffiness of tennis and be amazed at her athleticism. For gymnastics, guys can thank Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas and the like for making ogling athletes in barely-there-wear as they go for the gold something they can watch with their gals.
Baseball. If you’re a fan, you love it; including all its imperfections… the duration of the game, the pace, the lack of action, etc. But those things will have to be fixed to attract new fans; fans that are not currently ‘into’ the sport. Major League Baseball (MLB) knows. Vox knows. And now there’s a video to let us know. All that’s left is to right the ship or write the sport off as America’s Pastime.
MLB games are now longer than epic movies, but it wasn’t always that way.
David’s story begins by him talking about his going back home to Africa…Tanzania specifically. It’d be an interesting human interest piece if this was just that. But this is a Spike Lee [Lil] Joint. Why the Spike Lee treatment? And why on ESPN? David is activist & baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s son. ESPN’s headline – “Jackie Robinson’s son is a coffee farmer in Tanzania” – rather oversimplifies what this documentary is covering, but it’s a good watch!
The headline should read: Team USA Gets OWNED At Kabaddi World Cup 2016… But we’ll be back world… We’ll be BACK!
Wow, Kabaddi looks VERY interesting! American sports fans, this could be it! Okay, let’s back up a touch. What you see above is, as the commentator conveys starting around the 9-minute mark, the genesis tenet of a true world sport: “It’s a simple game to understand. Very tough to play.” But watch now, understand a bit of the way in, and understand that this Kabaddi thing is already enjoyed by MILLIONS, already being covered on ESPN3, already being played by teams from nations worldwide, already presenting a World Champion chosen via tournament games… Again, wow! Imagine a sport that has something in it for lovers of football, basketball, soccer…tag…f’n Red Rover… AND ‘Rasslin (yeah, the Greco-Roman stuff but with pro wrestling’s pop appeal)! This Deadspin (respect!) article put it perfectly:
Kabaddi is kind of like schoolyard tackle football, without the football. Or like red rover played by overzealous wrestlers. The PKL version of the game is played indoors on a large, rectangular mat and the teams are broken up into two sides, blockers and raiders. A raider must foray into the opposing half, tag a competitor, and then make it back to their own half without being tackled. The raider must do so with only one breath, repeating the word “kabaddi” so the referee knows they haven’t inhaled. Points can be gathered in a number of ways, but basically it’s just a bunch of big dudes tackling and evading with combinations of brute strength and agility. It’s fast-paced, visceral, intuitive, and a very big deal in India.
– Jemayel Khawaja
Uh oh. Will Americans actually watch en masse a game not invented in the homeland? Truthfully, such remains to be seen. But if any sport has a legit chance, it is Kabaddi. Bet on it.
(And if and when Vegas starts laying odds on it. It will truly be IN… you can bet on it!)
Full disclosure: I really did not know who Miko Grimes was. Not important. Her eventual husband did, and while we might infer that things weren’t always heavenly, hearing her talk about how she rides for him… man… intense! Might even say HOT. Something very ’90s Hip-Hop about this Gangsta Chick. Gotta admit that I like it. Even though I know she’s a handful.
Okay, two handfuls (wink). Do you SEEEEE that top? Fitting her where she’s so gifted. Wowzers!
Suffice it to say, Miko Grimes is the business. But she is well-informed and about her business, so you really gotta hope her man (husband, Brent Grimes, pro ball player) stays on point. Miko’s outspoken on some of everything: from the treatment of NFL players, shutting down groupies and hangers-on, and much more (as shown in the sit-down vid above).
Regarding career ups & downs for her former Falcon, then former Dolphin, hubby Brent, Miko gives her side of those goings down, too. Again I say WOW. Of course, I know Miko would absolutely DESTROY me (I’d fall too hard and stay down). But ohhhh, what a way to go!
That is one helluva a wig! It hid Big Papi, in plain sight, from a bunch of Bostonians… who rode right next to him in a Lyft!
See what happens when Boston’s beloved slugger David Ortiz goes behind the wheel as a Lyft driver to surprise passengers. Things we know: Big Papi is just as good at driving on the road as he is in the ballpark. Also, he looks pretty good in a wig.