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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.
Hmm… If you are not up on your “Any Given Wednesday” (hosted by Bill Simmons on HBO) watching, now’s as goo a time as any to catch up. Discussion goes in on everything from tatts to the best b-baller to rap to perhaps a budding “rap-like” beef between guest Kevin Durant and former teammate Russell Westbrook. And you know guest Nas can weigh in on much of that.
And both guests agree… Every basketball player wants to be a rapper. And every rapper wants to be a basketball player. Bill’s got both on here. Great show! Start with the clip above and continue after the jump below.
Uh oh. Colin, you can drop back for a second and let brother Roland put the blitz on Billy [Bob] O’Reilly. Sacked him!! When Roland goes, “So, Bill, DAMN your book,” you KNOW the ‘turn up’ turned the corner!
“Bill, what books are you reading?”
Roland Martin gave Bill O’Reilly a history lesson on patriotism and African Americans.
O’Reilly wants Colin Kaepernick to read his book about patriotism, but Martin, host of NewsOne Now says O’Reilly has it all wrong and offered a series of tiles that O’Reilly should read instead.
Former governor of Minnesota and veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Jesse Ventura, speaks on the Colin Kaepernick controversy above. Some will be surprised at what he has to say. But most who know Ventura will think, “Yeah.”
We asked the former Navy SEAL what he thought about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest during the national anthem by taking a knee.
Yeah. Hell yeah! So there is one of your so-called disrespected soldiers ‘Murica. Ventura fought for our right to protest; to take a stand. Or in Kaepernick’s case, a knee. Watch.
Tell you what… Marshawn Lynch might be done with pro football, but we are not done watching him go ‘Beast Mode.’ This is a definitely different field of play. But on an outdoor adventure with Bear Grylls, there is not much time for ‘play’ anyway. Watch the trailer for Lynch’s episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls.
Plucked from a medieval tower along the Corsica coastline, Bear and Super Bowl Champion Marshawn Lynch are dropped deep in a rugged mountain range where they navigate cliffs, dark chasms, and come face-to-face with the secretive French Foreign Legion. Spying a wild hog, the pair pursues the beast, but securing it for dinner will require Marshawn to dig deeper than he ever did on the gridiron. Along the way, Marshawn details his upbringing in Oakland, his “beast” mentality on the field, and his unexpected retirement.
Knockouts during knights’ fights are very rare, but when they happen, they look very impressive!
So… first of all… KNIGHT fights? Where they do that at? Apparently, on M-1 Global – that and all kinds of MMA videos, fights, promo, interviews with fighters on there. Like this one right here. CRAZY fight to the finish: the finish being one dude in armor beating SHIelding off another!
We got you on travel. Globetrotting experience out the wazoo. But this beach hazard report…wow! Must know info, esp. for beach bums and big wave chasers. Peep.
Beaches promise sun, surf and sand; everything you need for a paradise vacation or getaway. But all that beauty can be deceiving. Beneath its emerald waves, there can be all kinds of dangers. And it’s not just the water that you may have to worry about. Here are some of the most dangerous beaches found around the world.
Vacations on the beach are one of the most popular choices for winter getaways. Imagining the sun reflecting off the waves and glittering sand beneath your toes. But it’s not always as serene as it appears. Whether it’s dangerous rip tides, shark attacks or massive overcrowding, some beach dreams can soon turn to nightmares. Nestled in some of the most incredible locations around the world, these beaches hide a deadly secret. Before booking your summertime getaway, it may not hurt to do a little research into your destination.
When you look at the parallels between cultures, you learn more about yours as well as theirs. Cuba’s burgeoning skate culture came about as the poor people there becoming practioners, doing their thing in the park, with other people there loving and nurturing something of their own right where it is happening, and the outside world recognizing its beauty and coming to partake. Sounds like Hip-Hop’s beginnings, right? Cuba skate culture is evolving in a way we recognize. Salute! They did not ‘invent’ skating per se, but this is their own flavor. Get a taste of Cuba’s skate scene with the trailer above from VICE SPORTS.
Cuba’s skate scene has no funding, very few resources and not much to speak of in terms of a skate park. But despite those obstacles scene is growing, thanks in part to organizations like Cuba Skate and the kids that want to see it furthered. We travelled with Ishod Wair, Lucien Clarke, Andrew Reynolds and special guest photographer Arto Saari to see the best skate spots that the country has to offer and take note of a vibrant underground skate scene on the verge of change.
Bahahahahahahaha!!!! The graphics and the game horn though! You will forever think differently of ‘The Worm’ after watching this. Think breaking his… um… carrot… THREE TIMES would stop Dennis Rodman’s sex game. Nah. In his words, he is “good to go.”
Dennis Rodman tells us how he’s broken his d!ck 3 times.
Okay, VICELAND, we know you always get the full story. But yooooo, this one is over the top.
So… Serena The Warrior Of Tennis… Her Royal Fashioness… who in ancient Rome we would call Maximus Gluteus… is gonna give us TWERK lessons?? Meaning, she will, literally, shake what her mama gave her?? Oh, thank you, Mama Williams!!
What good have we done to deserve such a treat? Know what. Never mind. Please, Serena, give us the best minute of our day!