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Grayson Allen perpetuates the Duke stereotype one “knee” “jerk” reaction at a time

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Duke guard Grayson Allen is not doing himself any favors. Perhaps playing basketball at the next level isn’t in the works, or simply this won’t have an impact. Perhaps there are no immediate consequences for Allen.

Wednesday night against Elon, Allen clearly tripped an opposing player, clearly as a reaction, clearly out of frustration.

It’s not the first incident from Allen of the tripping nature. Back in February of last season, Allen was “reprimanded” by the ACC for tripping a Florida State player. That was this second tripping incident of his career, this marks his third.

Some are calling for Allen to be suspended by Duke or the ACC. Coach K for his part did not say whether Allen would be suspended but said that his actions are “inexcusable”. 

In actuality, Grayson is totally not the stereotype he is perpetuating.



But the perception is there .


Help Wanted: Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Help wanted. Snow Shovelers. Please show up at Lambeau Field 1265 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304 Pay $10 per hour. Must be 18 years or older.

No Joke.

The Green Bay Packers, America’s only fan-owned sports team, needs help shoveling snow.

The team announced Wednesday that they will pay persons 18 years or older $10 per hour to shovel snow for the team.

According to the Sheboygan Press,  the team needs about 650 people Thursday to shovel snow in prep for Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

The team says shovels will be provided by the team.

How about a drive to beautiful Green Bay?




Does this look like a man who wants a headache?

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Jon Gruden, former Super Bowl winning head football coach and perhaps the best or most widely known, color analyst in all of big-time sports broadcasting has once again declined interest in an NFL or college football coaching job. This is about the 60th time in the last five years.

According to multiple reports Gruden had interest in the Los Angeles Rams head coaching vacancy.

It seemed like a match made in heaven. Gruden in Los Angeles, man.

It’s beautiful click-bait. It’s a wonderful December story. It heats up the interwebs, but never, ever, has substance.

Jon Gruden said on ESPN radio’s Mike and Mike Tuesday he has no intention of coaching right now.

I love football, I’ve said that a million times, and I just want to say that I’m very happy doing what I’m doing,” Gruden said via Yahoo Sports.

“There’s a lot of chips on the table but right now I have no intentions of coaching. I really enjoy what I’m doing. I feel like I’m close to the fire. I’m getting plenty of satisfaction out of doing what I’m doing.”

What Gruden is telling us is that coaching the Los Angeles Rams is not better than broadcasting Monday Night Football with unfettered access to any NFL team and no loyalties to play or work for except for the boys in Bristol, CT who are quite thrilled with anything Gruden.

No Jon Gruden is not leaving Monday Night Football to coach your 4-10 football team.

Jon Gruden addresses rumors of him being a coaching candidate in the NFL.

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Today’s Sports Pages: Jon Gruden, Rashaan Salaam, Cubs National Anthem Singer

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Los Angeles Times: Jon Gruden states he’s not interested in the Los Angeles Rams jobs, per Chuck Shilken. “Right now I have no intentions of coaching,” Gruden said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike.” I really enjoy what I’m doing, and I feel like I’m really close to the fire and I’m getting plenty of satisfaction out of doing what I’m doing.”

Chicago Tribune:  Remember the National Anthem singer for the Cubs during the World Series? Turns out a bullet nearly killed him 22-years ago. Wayne Messmer tells his story to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune. “Without walking a mile in Messmer’s shoes, as they say, it seems easy to understand why this was not your ordinary fashion statement. The near-death experience more than two decades ago still frames every day for Messmer, 66, best known for the baritone voice that made Anthem Singer a brand in Chicago. Around 1:50 a.m. after a Blackhawks victory that April night, Messmer walked the block-and-a-half to his car after leaving Hawkeye’s Bar and Grill on 1458 W. Taylor St. When Messmer attempted to drive away, two men approached the vehicle and one, a 15-year-old, shot him in the neck from point-blank range with a 9 mm pistol.”

Washington Post: A pro poker player by the name of Phil Ivey, self-dubbed the Tiger Woods of Poker is ordered to repay $9.6 million to a casino.

New York Times Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 trophy winner, was found dead this month. Now, many wonder if brain damage and the pressure of living up to Heisman hopes contributed to his end.

New York Daily News: Andrew McCutchen to the Mets does not have a lot of traction.


Yahoo Sports: Micheal Lee of The Vertical writes the Clippers still aren’t ready for the Warriors.

CBS Sports: Micheal Floyd could face jail time for “super-extreme” DUI.

USA TODAY: Dan Wolken writes Alabama has good reason to fear Washington.

College Football we have a problem: The Bowl game conundrum

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Thankfully, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery saved the day and gave the college football diehards something to talk about in the lulls of December.

The LSU running back and the Standford running back will miss their respective bowl games so as to “prepare” for the NFL draft.

There are two sides to the story (maybe 3 such as individual personal factors or the unknown such as Fournette or McCaffery’s personal circumstances, things happening at the school, inside the locker room and stuff like that).

A) Fournette and McCaffery are their own brand, product and now enter adulthood attempting to financially benefits themselves as best as possible.

B) Both Fournette and McCaffery made a commitment and received free room and board to their respective programs, and to participate in their respective team’s games if at all possible and healthy.

Both sides of the story are both right. Fournette and McCaffery should not be criticized simply to preserve their draftability and personal health prior to their first NFL season and professional career.

On the flipside one can think is there a lack of commitment to the football team or school from both of these guys?

Who is making the decision to sit the game out, an agent, a family member, the head coach? Or are these guys making the call themselves.

So no big deal. Well not quite.

As Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports points out, this is only just the beginning.

The Bowl system may be destroyed by the actions of and decisions of two.

Wetzel writes “It’s just there is also nothing wrong with the other way, the way Christian McCaffrey just uniquely busted open for plenty of future stars to follow.”

The worst nightmare for AD’s and Bowl organizers is if post-season games are treated like exhibitions where star players are held out for health. A) No one would watch these games, by-in-large, save for diehards B) certainly travel and ticket sales for such bowl games would be decimated.

A) No one would watch these games, by-in-large, save for diehards B) certainly travel and ticket sales for such bowl games would be decimated.

How do you enforce it?

How can you force a sure-fire NFL draft pick to play?

You can’t.

You can’t penalize it.

You can only adapt.

One possibility might be the ushering out of Bowl games for the Power 5 conferences where most of the top draft picks reside, and a move to a more broad playoff system, which could include 6, 8, 16 teams.

Daily Buzz: College Basketball weekend picks, Darius Miles, Craig Sager

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This weekend looks to be one of the first big, big weekends, in college basketball. We’ve had a few nice games so far this season but this weekend is packing a punch.

Here are a few games to keep an eye on if you are a hoop crazed college basketball fan:

Most notably North Carolina vs Kentucky at a neutral site in Las Vegas, NV. A test for both teams and measuring stick and impact on the seeding of the NCAA tournament.

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No. 21 Notre Dame vs No. 15 Purdue

Ohio Stave vs No. 2 UCLA

No. 18 Butler vs No. 9 Indiana

No. 7 North Carolina vs No. 6 Kentucky

Davidson vs No. 3 Kansas

Wake Forest vs No. 17 Xavier



Darius Miles former NBA player sadly according to St. Louis Dispatch columnist Ben Fredrickson, filed for bankruptcy and all his stuff was auctioned off flea-market style. The potential buyers couldn’t get over the wasteful spending, the over-spending on unnecessary items. Sadly it appears that Miles was battling many problems and spending was the outlet.

It hurts when people die. When beloved sports legends die, we gather on social media and in a way it’s a community mourning that appears to be somewhat healthy. That is the case with the death of Craig Sager yesterday. Outpouring of tributes and sadness that this incredible personality passed away at the age of 65.





Minnesota football players are threatening to boycott the Holiday Bowl due to the announcement of 11 suspensions of football players Tuesday by the university.

After the Arizona Cardinals released Michael Floyd for a DUI arrest the New England Patriots have claimed the wide receiver.  

Steve Young states the San Francisco 49ers owners, the York Family, only cares about making money, which they are, despite the team losing.

“You don’t have to win to make money,” Young said. “That’s (the York’s) A game. Their equity value in the team is their A game. It’s what drives them. It’s what drives most of the owners. It’s what matters. It’s what they think about. It’s what they talk about. And the B game, is whether we win some games. It doesn’t mean that you don’t want to, or you don’t really want to, or it’s not really important. It’s just not the A game.



The legacy of Craig Sager: You don’t give up

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You don’t give up, you keep fighting to live.

You give it your absolute best.

That’s the message Craig Sager lived and we saw played out in the final years of his life.

Sager-who has worked as a sports broadcaster for Turner since March of 1981, passed away today at age 65 from cancer. Sager was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014.

Perhaps not a perfect man or perfect dresser but someone who suffered tremendously and still kept fighting and made us laugh-often courtside.

“He’s gone through more stuff, treatment wise, than anyone I’ve ever known,” his colleague Ernie Johnson said recently.

He wasn’t a legend his entire career. It was his dogged determination that got him into our living rooms in the first place.

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Ultimately he showed us that medical conditions, or even impending death, need not dim the light of life.  He had always been a hard worker, self-made, but he physically battled the disease with an incredible effort perhaps unmatched in the public arena.

And so you and I don’t give up because we’re all fighting something.

Sager was a cultural institution in the N.B.A.

Now he’s a cultural institution in the fight against cancer.


LeBron sits and the world reacts

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LeBron James wasn’t the only Cleveland Cavalier to sit out the Cavaliers 93-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night.

The Cavs starting lineup was as follows:

Mike Dunleavy F

Channing Frye F

Tristan Thompson C

J.R. Smith G

DeAndre Liggins G

Missing of course besides James was Kyrie Irving  and Kevin Love, two perennial All-Stars.

No one was injured. It was just needed rest, according to Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue.  The Big Three would sit. The fans in Memphis would get the pleasure of watching J.R. Smith hoist up fifteen shots and make four. But the fans in Memphis come to see the Grizz right? Wrong. They come to see the Grizz except for a select group of teams, which include the Warriors, Cavs and Spurs. For those visits, entire mini-season ticket packages are built around. For those games the secondary market on StubHub for example triples in value often.

Now Tim Duncan of the Spurs has been sitting out selectively as he aged. (See Gregg Popovich and five NBA titles.)

Now LeBron is doing it and the world has reacted.

Jason Terry:

Tony Kornheiser of Pardon the Interuption and Washington Post fame, states the fact that LeBron would miss a game while healthy was a “disgrace”.

As reported by Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News Kornheiser said:

“This is a disgrace. There’s only two teams that you buy a season ticket for. You buy it for Golden State. And you buy it for Cleveland,” said Kornheiser. “Cleveland goes into Memphis one time. And none of these players is going to be there?”

LeBron when questioned by reporters prior to Wednesday’s game said the call was his coach and didn’t seem to have an appetite to justify the reason for sitting. (Though many blame LeBron directlly).

“I do whatever my coach asks me to do,” James said per Cleveland.com.

“My coach wants me to rest, I don’t buck my coach. That’s what he wants and that’s what we gonna do.

“I’ve been in this league 14 years. I shouldn’t have to explain me sitting out a game or not playing games. I’ve played in every arena, including Seattle that’s no longer here. It’s not like it’s my first year. I’ve got 14 years. I’ve paid my dues and more than a lot of guys in this league. But I’ll ride with my coach.”

Jim Harbaugh appears to be over Ohio State loss, excited about FSU’s renegade

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You have to give Jim Harbaugh credit. As much as many try to discredit the head football coach at the University of Michigan, he’s incredibly resilient.

Speaking to media at the Orange Bowl press conference Harbaugh quoted Sir Andrew Barton to explain his mindset.

“It was a tough loss,” Harbaugh said, via Rivals.com. “But as Sir Andrew [Barton] said, ‘Fight on me men. I’m a little hurt but slain, I’ll lay down and bleed a while, but then I’ll rise to fight again.”

Harbaugh and his guys will take on Florida State Dec. 30th against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.  The game is perhaps the most compelling of the non-playoff matchups to close out the college football season.

Harbaugh stated he has re-watched the Ohio State loss where questionable officiating calls cost him $10,000 for criticizing officials after the game.  However, Harbaugh states that he hasn’t changed his mindset on the incorrectness of the calls in the game, doesn’t plan on doing so and still doesn’t believe he should be allowed to voice his concern publically without a fine.

Michigan finished the season at 10-2 and ranked sixth in the final college football playoff rankings, while Florida State finished at 9-3 and finished 11th in the final rankings.

Meanwhile, Harbaugh genuinely seems pumped about the Florida State spear.

Per ESPN: “[Florida State is] one of those great programs, one of those great traditions. Renegade the war horse. The spear. The tomahawk chant. I’ve never been to a game at Florida State. I always wanted to. I always wanted to go to their stadium and see what that atmosphere was like in person.”

“This will be as close as I’ve ever been to that. I’m very much excited about that and looking forward to that. I’m gonna get some chills I know when [Renegade] comes riding out there. … That is one of the coolest things. A lot of teams got cool things. We got cool things and other teams got cool things. That is right up there with one of the coolest things.”



Did the Yankees really need a closer this bad? Chapman rakes in $85 million

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Late, (very late) Wednesday night the New York Yankees signed closer Arolis Chapman, their old buddy, to a five-year $85 million contract  He’ll be paid on average more than $17 million per season or roughly 340 times what the average New Yorker will make.

He also will be the highest paid closer in the history of the game, surpassing what the Phillies paid Jonathan Paplebon in 2012 with a four-year $50 million contract. Also the highest paid reliever in the game last season was Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox at $13 million per season.

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The big question is why did the Yankees sign Chapman?

Money does not appear to be the issue.  Last summer, the Yankees appeared to be in a rebuilding phase.

After trading Chapman to the Cubs in July of last summer, they also got rid of another reliever you may have heard of named Andrew Miller, who dominated the postseason with the Cleveland Indians.  November 17th they traded catcher Brian McCann to the Astros. In September they traded Phil Coke to the Pirates.  In August they released A-Rod, allowed Mark Teixeira to retire at season’s end, traded Carlos Beltran to the Rangers, and sent Ian Nova to the Pirates.

Another Yankees stalwart Brett Gardner is said to be on the trading block. While they recently signed Matt Holliday to a one-year deal at the twilight of his career.

This was the beginning of a rebuilding phase which may not come to fruition until 2019, right in the middle of Chapman’s contract.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com writes:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman has a grand plan — a pretty good one, I might add — to build toward the franchise’s next “uber” team by 2019. When the tide of the Yankees’ young talent collides with one of the greatest free-agent classes in baseball history, the Yankees could form something special.

So the Yankees will grab Chapman now, hope he stays healthy and helps them win a little with bigger hopes for 2019.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, via ESPN.com, “The attraction to (Chapman) is we know he can pitch in New York and there is no draft pick attached.”

“Then it just comes down to money and terms. We will compete to a certain level and then we’ll see if that is good enough. If it is not, that is why we are staying in contact with all of them.”

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