For all those bemoaning the current slow state of American sports, there's plenty of action going on north of the border. The Canadian Football League just finished Week Three of its schedule, and as usual, there have been some insane highlight-reel plays. One in particular came Saturday when Hamilton Tiger-Cats' receiver Chris Williams (formerly of New Mexico State, the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns) returned a missed field goal by Toronto Argonauts' kicker Noel Prefontaine (formerly of Arizona State, San Diego State, the Baltimore Ravens, the Los Angeles Xtreme and the Kansas City Chiefs) 119 yards for a touchdown. Video after the jump:no comments
Jay Cutler is one of the most polarizing figures in sports. Wether it's trying to decipher his toughness, his moodiness, his body language, his personal life, or his ability to be an elite quarterback, there has been no shortage of debate over Cutler. Although, when you leave an NFC Championship Game due to a non-obvious injury, generaly seem like your sulking your way through life, and get a reality TV star pregnant, perhaps some controversy is bound to come your way.
Somehow though, this performance of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field over the weekend also has tongues wagging because of the typical disinterest shown by Cutler during his "riveting" performance. Well, that and the fact that Cutler's performance ranks alongside Da Coach, Jeff Gordon, a possibly drunk Steve McMichael, and Ozzy Osbourne as one of the worst renditions since the passing of Harry Carry. Here's the video proof courtesy of our friends at SportsGrid.
What's most intersting is that Cutler has seemingly been on an image enhancement tour this offseason. The Bears QB has agreed to make a weekly appearance on Waddle & Silvy throughout the NFL season on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago. Cutler also has opened up slightly about his impending fatherhood and marriage. However, it's videos like this that make you think some animals just can't change their stripes. Maybe Cutler should have done more to research some of the better performances of the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley. As long as Trent Dilfer doesn't start analyzing his singing mechanics in an arrogant tone though, perhaps Cutler will survive his latest "controversy."
(video via SportsGrid)
When the NFL released their new blackout rules - forcing a team to sell out just 85% of its stadium capacity instead of 100% to air games on television locally, it was seen as a forward-thinking move to help fans. The relaxed blackout rules would theoretically allow most NFL teams to sell a reasonable amount of tickets and allow their own fans who can't afford the hundreds of dollars it costs to send a family to a game to watch their favorite team. It's a win-win situation, right? However, there's been a slight rub.
Only one NFL team has accepted the 85% stadium capacity threshold as opposed to the iron curtain of the 100% sell-out blackout rule. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.no comments
Monday July 16
Los Angeles Angels @ Detroit Tigers (ESPN 7PM) Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, John Kruk
Tuesday July 17
San Francisco Giants @ Atlanta Braves (MLBN 7PM) Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter [Alt: Mets @ Nationals]
Wednesday July 18
Philadelphia Phillies @ Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 3PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Pirates @ Rockies]
New York Mets @ Washington Nationals (ESPN 7PM) Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra
Miami Marlins @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Thursday July 19
Chicago White Sox @ Boston Red Sox (MLBN 7PM) Matt Vasgersian, Billy Ripken
Friday July 20
San Francisco Giants @ Philadelphia Phillies (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Braves @ Nationals]
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals (WGNA 8PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Saturday July 21
Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox (FOX 4PM) Thom Brennaman, Eric Karros
San Francisco Giants @ Philadelphia Phillies (FOX 4PM) Tom McCarthy, Mitch Williams
Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels (FOX 4PM) Chris Myers, Mark Gubicza
Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Brewers @ Reds]
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals (WGNA 7PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Sunday July 22
MLB Hall of Fame Inductions (MLBN 12:30PM)
Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets (TBS 1PM) Dick Stockton, Ron Darling
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals (WGNA 2PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels (ESPN 8PM) Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Terry Francona
David Feherty certainly has a way with words most announcers can only dream of... but I'm willing to bet even he was surprised with how he described this putt at the John Deere Classic this weekend. The Deere isn't exactly one of the glamour events on the PGA calendar and with a few of the CBS regulars on vacation, Feherty moved into the booth from his normal on-course reporter's role. So, golf's resident humorist spiced up the commentary with something he probably couldn't get away with at Augusta, describing a Chris DiMarco putt as "just a wiener length short."
*Resists urge to make Greg Oden or Brett Favre joke.*
Yea, that probably hasn't been uttered on a golf telecast before, but if Jim Nantz uses this phrase at the PGA Championship next month, it may have a future in the game. We can only hope.no comments
Maybe Mavs owner Mark Cuban is feeling empowered after he incinerated Skip Bayless in his own backyard on First Take, because Sunday night on Twitter he went after ESPN's top dog - Bill Simmons. What would cause Cuban to fire a shot towards Grantland's sovereign soil? It began when The Sports Guy didn't exactly give Dallas a ringing endorsement for their offseason signings of former Clippers teammates Chris Kaman and Elton Brand on Friday...
Put it this way: I wasn't crazy about Elton Brand and Chris Kaman playing together in 2006 when they were still good.— Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33) July 13, 2012
The Shark Tank star must have caught wind of Simmons' tweet as he eventually sent these stinging replies:no comments
Yesterday, we told you about Arsenal's Lukas Podolski's claims that an interview on ESPNSoccernet.com was fabricated. Podolski is a star on the German national team and will play in the English Premier League this coming season. Soon after Podolski's statement and our article, ESPNSoccernet pulled the interview, done by Nick Bidwell, which had been featured in the main portal of the website.
Today, ESPN has offered a statement to AA about the interview and it being scrubbed from the website. From the network's communications department:no comments
This has to rank right up there with one of the strangest stories I've ever seen. ESPNSoccernet today published an interview with German striker Lukas Podolski. Podolski has made 101 career appearances with the German National Team including at Euro 2012 and moved from FC Koln in the German Bundesliga to Arsenal in the English Premier League ahead of next season.
The interview was done by ESPNSoccernet's Nick Bidwell. Bidwell has done interviews with Manchseter City's Yaya Toure, Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes and GK Manuel Neuer, and others in the past year. So, an interview with Podolski shouldn't be anything out of the ordinary, right? Except one slight detail.
Podolski says the whole thing is made up.
Charles Barkley is no stranger to speaking his mind and being honest about the issues that effect today's NBA. Recently, he spoke out on a radio interview in Philadelphia on 97.5 about the on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, neverending, mindnumbing, dizzying, insanity-inducing trade saga. Now that the Brooklyn Nets, Dwight Howard's first choice, are officially out of the running this story will continue to drag on. Charles Barkley is fed up with it, which is true for 99.7% of America. This quote comes via USA Today:no comments
The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks were all set to play a baseball game this afternoon in Chicago, but have been delayed. ESPN reports the game is being delayed because of an event that could have Biblical proportions.
Snow. In Chicago. On July 13th.
Yes, it is a Friday the 13th... but snow in Chicago? When it's currently 91 degrees farenheit at 1:30 Friday afternoon? Seems like a stretch. Could this be just another hilarious ESPN Mobile fail? We're waiting for sources to confirm the report.