Terry Bradshaw shouldn’t apologize for Peyton Manning diss

josh60:

Sure Terry Bradshaw can take a swipe at Manning, he is a 4 time Super Bowl Champion, in spite of him starting.

Originally posted on For The Win:

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Terry Bradshaw has a one-man show called America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde. During a recent performance, the Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox studio analyst took the a mild dig at Peyton Manning’s lack of playoff success.

“Peyton Manning, considered the best quarterback to play the game today. Nobody would argue with that — if you like winning good during the season and losing Super Bowls, that’s your guy.”

Pretty benign, right? It’s not the nicest thing in the world, but when said on stage to elicit a few laughs, the statement is harmless.

(AP)

(AP)

But because everyone is so sensitive about things these days (and because ‘Bradshaw disses Manning’ makes for a great headline), this has become a minor dust-up.

Keep in mind that no one has actually said they’re offended, nor has Manning commented on this. (And he probably won’t. Do you honestly…

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Tony Gwynn was One of a Kind

Tony Gwynn

     Tony Gwynn was great. He was great at hitting, but most of all he was a great man. A friend of mine told me that he went to a card signing show several years back. Mr. Gwynn was doing something unheard of in sports today. He was signing his autograph at an autograph show for nothing to children. Yes, you heard me right, at a show, where most players only sign for money. He was a class act. He gave back more than he took. Following his retirement he could have just sat around but no, not the greatest hitter of his generation. He took the Head Coaching position at his Alma Mater, San Diego St., where he was a two sport star, he was drafted by the Clippers basketball franchise in 1981. He didn’t take a leave of absence until March of this year. He respected the game, the fans, even the media, always with a million dollar smile. RIP Tony Gwynn your greatness will be missed but not forgotten.

Big Game for Big Blue Tonight

Big man Julius Randle is enjoying the moment.

Big man Julius Randle is enjoying the moment.

Tonight’s the night for the Big Blue Nation of Kentucky Wildcat fans. After less than stellar play prior to the Southeastern Conference Tournament, few Kentucky fans thought that this night would even be possible, myself included. You see, I was born and raised in Illinois. But when most people think of Illinois they think of that town of corrupt politicians, and people who think that we are a bunch of rural dummies. That dreadful city that I’m referring to is Chicago, home of Major League Baseball’s lowliest team the Baby Bears, also known as the Cubs. Where I’m from, I’m just over an hour from St. Louis and about the same time in the opposite direction from Kentucky. The first town you arrive in after crossing the Ohio river is Paducah, which is also the site of the Tri-State regions NBC affiliate. That is how I became a Kentucky fan and part of Big Blue Nation. For as long as I can remember, WPSD, the NBC affiliates call letters, has always shown UK Basketball games. In the early 80’s, when I became a fan, they would show the games tape delayed after the 10:00 news. Their simply wasn’t anything greater to me than to spend the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s and get to stay up late and watch UK Basketball. Now, tonight again, they get the chance to do what Big Blue Nation expects them to do every year, win a National Championship. Louisville did it last year, with a former UK Coach, and it was like pouring salt in an open gash. But, if Kentucky can bring it home 2 out of the last 3 years, it will be a much sweeter accomplishment. It’s not going to be easy, The University of Connecticut won in 2011, the year before Kentucky’s last Championship. UCONN has maybe the best backcourt in the nation and a solid leader in second year coach Kevin Ollie.  One thing I will guarantee about tonight is that it will be a great show so tune in and GO BIG BLUE!

Why Baseball is striking out

josh60:

MLB fans showed their ignorance by cheering Braun.

Originally posted on rounding third on accident:

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Today is Wednesday April 3rd, which means baseball has just begun. For some this marks the beginning of a glorious summer and fall and for others it begins the long season of having to watch seemingly identical double plays and diving catches on SportCenter’s top plays. No matter which way you see it; baseball is in full force and is not going anywhere, at least until October.

Being a fan of the game, I spent opening day circling through the beginning slate of games, which were full of hopeful fans, teams and players. One player in particular caught my eye, and I’m sure many others as well. Ryan Braun. As you can likely recall, Braun was suspended for 65 games last season after being included in the Biogenesis incident. This was not long after Braun had failed a drug test but it was dropped due to a technicality…

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Facebook: Could it Become a Thing of the Past?

    A noticed something in Aug. of last year that intrigued me. My son, who just turned 13, wanted to make sure that it was O.K. to start a Facebook account. The funny thing about was that he wanted his own account for 1 and only 1 reason, to use his account for playing games. I thought to myself that, sure, he’ll catch on to the Facebookmania and soon he’ll be doing what many of us do, popping on their several times a day to check on his status, other friends, etc. As of the middle of March nothing has changed. He has not updated his profile, added friends, or check in several times a day. Maybe they (Fb) have a solution to this already but if they have it is poorly known. If Facebook wants to continue it’s dominance in the social media world it’s going to have to find a way to appeal to the kids who are not quite old enough to have their own accounts. They need to create a “mini-facebook” where the accounts can easily transfer over to a Facebook account when they turn 13 because, let’s “face” the facts, kids are becoming so tech-savvy by the time they turn 13 that they think it’s for us “old people” like people in their 30’s or even, God forbid 40’s (really old people). This will become a major issue to the tech giant that they will have to tackle if they haven’t already, and if they have, they need some serious marketing help on getting this out to not only the targeting audience, but to the “old” parents as well.

Mark Richt would be afraid to change to early signing period

josh60:

Can’t say I blame him, he can get the recruits. Now they just need to stop playing “old man offense”.

Originally posted on CollegeFootballTalk:

The conference commissioners will discuss and debate whether or not to add an early signing period to college football’s recruiting calendar later this year. Georgia head coach Mark Richt seems to feel concerned about the idea.

“I always say ‘Be careful what we ask for’ because I don’t know what that will do to our recruiting calendar,” Richt said to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I think there’s some sanity to it right now. I think if everybody plays by the same rules, then it’s good as it is.”

There are many details to sort out with regards to a potential early signing period. Right now it is purely in the discussion phase, with no concrete plans to implement. Whether or not it would even be possible to add it to the recruiting calendar for the Class of 2015 is unknown, although it may be more likely to become a reality…

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College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

josh60:

Virginia loss was bad for them. I think if Duke can win the ACC tournament, they deserve strong consideration for the last #1 seed.

Originally posted on CollegeBasketballTalk:

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1. Florida (29-2, LW: No. 1): There is no National Title favorite this season. This isn’t like 2012, when Kentucky won it all, or 2009, when everyone had North Carolina winning the title. There isn’t even a team like Louisville from last season. But if I had to bet my life on one team making a run to the Final Four, it would be Florida. They just don’t have any exploitable weaknesses.

2. Wichita State (34-0, LW: No. 2): 34-0. They did it.

RELATED: See the latest NBCSports.com Bracketology

3. Arizona (28-3, LW: No. 3): The Wildcats lost at Oregon this week, but that doesn’t change my opinion of Arizona for the time being. The Ducks are streaking and winning the second leg of a Pac-12 road weekend is never an easy thing to do.

4. Villanova (28-3, LW: No. 9): The Wildcats might be…

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This one-man a cappella version of the ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out’ theme is the best thing you’ll see today

Originally posted on For The Win:

Internet hyperbole aside, if the invention of sliced bread had been recorded and uploaded to YouTube, that clip still wouldn’t be as great as Smooth McGroove’s a cappella performance of the theme from Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out.

Speaking of the bearded Mr. McGroove, if you have some free time check out his YouTube page for more one-man performances of video game themes of yore.

(Thanks to Bob’s Blitz for sharing the video.)

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Phil Jackson says Lakers dynasty broke up because of Shaq’s ‘clown role’

josh60:

`Interesting to me that Jackson says that Michael (Jordan) couldn’t defend when he was on the All-NBA Defensive Team numerous times, not to mention his awards for being Defensive Player of the Year.

Originally posted on For The Win:

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(Photo via USA TODAY Sports Images)

BOSTON — As arguably the greatest coach in basketball history, Phil Jackson won 11 championships with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.

If anybody would know the differences between those all-time greats, it’s him. In a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Jackson shed some light on their work ethics.

“Shaq didn’t work at it,” Jackson said. “Michael was able to succeed despite all kinds of limitations in his game. He couldn’t hit an outside shot. He couldn’t defend. But all of that went away because of his work ethic. Kobe saw that as a pinnacle that he had to reach, and he took it to a whole new level.”

After winning three straight titles with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2002, O’Neal and Bryant had a famous falling out, and Jackson pointed to their personalities as…

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