Oh shit!!! Born Ready finna blow (and not in LeBron James ear this time)!!! Just when you thought Meek Mill couldn't possibly be having a worse day. All the sudden an enigmatic NBA player borrows his beat, and this may be a little bit biased, but absolutely CRUSHES it. If Meek Mill is still alive his first order of business should be to drop that Drake beef and worry about more pressing issues. Like the fact that Lance Stephenson AKA Born Ready AKA Slim Ross AKA Apollo Creed just beat up his beat like Sylvester Stallone at the end of the 'Rocky'. God, Philly just stays losing. Meek needs to do all he can to get the record off every shelf in America before people start realizing he's only the second best 'rapper' to use it. You think it's bad when the softest spitter in the game makes you look like Le Femme Nikita in front of your girl? You thought your anaconda couldn't snuggle up any tighter next to your own asshole? Just wait until a basketball player swoops in and drops a better record than you on the same damn day that you finally release your long awaited diss track. If there is a group of people less respected in the hip-hop community than R&B singers it's athletes turned rappers, yet both handed Meek Mill a death sentence on the same damn day. I wouldn't be surprised to walk past the local 7-11 and see Meek outside sitting Indian style, with his hat in hand, collecting bars. It's certainly better than his current hobby of collecting L's.
If I know anything about Lance Stephenson it's that he's socially aware. Rappers don't respect basketball players on wax, but they do when their song gets released immediately after the biggest train wreck of a diss record since Benzino's career passed away. Lance Stephenson is 'Born Ready' and Meek Mill is 'Ready To Die', or at least he should be with how this last week has transpired.
I know I hated on Damian Lillard for worrying more about rap than about basketball, but Lance has got to it all figured out. See, unlike Meek, you can actually understand Born Ready's bars, and this one struck a chord with Clippers fans everywhere, “I’m just tryna be the best baller I can be / Rapping is a hobby I just do it when I’m free.” Basketball? Hip hop? We are taking the game by storm this year! Even is Lance brings his 17% three point shooting with him, at least he'll provide some in-game entertainment both on the floor and through the speakers. He's the captain now...
...and apparently he took some tips from Aubrey (no homo).
NOLA- Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette is signing a one-year, league minimum deal with the Redskins, according to his agent Alvin Keels.
"Junior Galette will sign a 1 year deal with the Washington Redskins today," Keels tweeted. "Junior is grateful for the second chance he is being afforded by the Redskins and is looking forward to not only producing on the field but also to display the veteran leadership in the locker room latest will help lead the Skins in a quest for a Super Bowl run.
The deal is for the league minimum. This deal isn't about the money. Junior feels that he has a lot to prove both on and off of the field. He is grateful for the opportunity."
It's over, it's over baby! Junior Galette is officially a member of another team in the National Football League (probably for like a day until he goes full 'Ballers' and fucks a teammates mom or outs someone as gay), and therefore no longer my blog material! It's about damn time. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have said "I swear to God this is the last time I am going to talk about this fuck". This time it rings true. If Galette wants to do anything stupid, for instance, be himself, then somebody else can write about him. The only time Galette will be mentioned in this blog again is when I am using him as a comparison to make other, less moronic athletes look good. Well either that, or on November 16th, the day after Mark Ingram, CJ Spiller, and Khiry Robinson run him into the ground. So much for that $7 million dollar pay day Junior. Did that whole "drag your teammates names through the mud via a series of nearly indecipherable tweets" result in a couple interested teams getting cold feet? Who knew that teams wouldn't want to make a major financial commitment to player that's shown he can't handle the burden of it like an adult? I never would have imagined that an executive wouldn't want to induce his own locker room with, what can only be described as, cancer in it's most aggressive form, Junior Galette.
Just be glad Junior. Be glad that somehow, against all the odds, Daniel Snyder is still in a position to make personnel decisions. You want to know how far Galette has fallen? He's one year removed from a 4 year, $40 million dollar deal, he's playing for the most financially generous owner in sports, and he's playing for the LEAGUE MINIMUM. There are long snappers calling a man that has 22 sacks over the last two years their fiscal peer. I really do wish him luck, because when he's not talking he's actually a pleasure to watch on the football field. Unfortunately, he's one slip of the tongue from retirement, and knowing Junior that might not even be before the end of the weekend.
Source- WILLARD, OH (WOIO) -A Huron County man is behind bars on a $1 million bond, accused of shooting his neighbor in the head because she was mowing her lawn.
Police say 62-year-old Linda Ciotto was mowing her lawn Tuesday night around 9 p.m. when they say 50-year-old James Blair shot her in the head.
Investigators also believe Blair rolled the running lawnmower over her.
Ciotto lived next door to Blair's mother.
"I heard the lawnmower running. I heard that then after that I heard the shot," one neighbor said.
A quick look at the grass and you can see Ciotto had just started cutting the lawn.
They say Blair went inside his mother's home and would not come out for six hours. Authorities used tear gas to get Blair to surrender. Blair's mother, 72-year-old Billie Hinkle, was also arrested. She is accused of tampering with evidence. Deputies say she hid the murder weapon.
We're told Ciotto was in the process of selling her home so she could move to Columbus to live with family. Neighbors told 19 Action News reporter Q McCray that they didn't even know Blair lived with his mother.
I am of the mindset that, unless you have a natural chemistry with those that live in close proximity, the true mark of a good neighbor is someone that stays out of your business. Someone that keeps to themselves and at least attempts not to disturb you, and vice versa. That being said, you still have to be aware of your neighbors. For instance, one time I saw the guy in the house next store cleaning his gun in the backyard. Naturally, I turned my music down a little bit and went about my day. While you don't need your neighbor's life story, you shouldn't turn to a blind eye to all of which they are capable. When you are the women that gets shot in the head after you START lawn-mowing at 9PM, not only are you an asshole, but you're an inattentive asshole. Oh, you just didn't realize that the 50 year old man that lived next door, and was always giving you weird looks, lived with his mother? Something didn't strike you as odd about that guy? You just don't go from happy-go-lucky neighbor to running someone over with a lawnmower. There were blatant warning signs that went ignored before they ultimately culminated in your execution.
Sure, this guy could have handled the situation better. However, the only thing more infuriating than waking up to a lawnmower is trying to go to sleep or watch primetime television with a lawnmower in the background. If anything, this guy is a hero, and I am the pussy for not following through with my thoughts of viciously murdering those that keep me up at night. It's one thing to finish cutting your grass late, but starting that late is a move reserved for social pariahs. What's next? She opens all the windows and starts vacuuming at 11PM? It's a slippery slope. You don't need to send Christmas cards or offer to dog sit, but a little bit of respect goes a long way in not getting yourself killed. The fact of the matter is, the senior citizen that was living with his mother was on the verge of killing someone anyway. Why not have it be the lady that fires up the John Deere at dusk? Once the social cues go, it's not long after that everything goes too, and that would have only resulted in endless bad situations for all those around her. I think this is a win-win for the rest of the community.
Have anyone ever done a worse job killing themselves? God Lord Meek Milly. If Philadelphia wasn't already so used to losing then they might have a serious issue with the way this beef has played out. He didn't just lose a rap battle. He lost his credibility. Probably lost his famous, smoking hot girlfriend. Shit, he even lost his mystique as a "gangster rapper". Funny thing about diss tracks Meek, you can't just scream, yell, and mutter incoherently over a great beat. It's the ONE time when the fans are actually trying to listen to what you're saying. Rosetta Stone is right. That "song", or "track", or "diss", or whatever you want to call it was ILLEGIBLE. Four minutes long and I had to actively make myself listen to the last minute and a half. I went from excited and attentive to bored and unenthused in less than 60 seconds. It was like the time I lost my virginity, but wayyyy more awkward, and way less enjoyable.
I almost want to feel bad for him, but he brought this on himself. Drake eviscerated him in about 8-10 bars and Meek couldn't even give us 8-10 English words to combat the diabolical castration of his manhood. Doesn't he have friends? A confidant? Someone that can tell him the truth? You can't crap out a bunch of lyrics that no one can understand then try to save it by saying the Drake got peed on. I would rather be Drake with a pant leg soaked with the urine of another man than Meek Mill at this very second, and I don't even think it's remotely close. I would rather have R. Kelly come over and practice his technique on me and post it on WorldStar than be the rapper that got outrapped by a R&B specialist. Have your fun now Rosetta Stone. Take your shots White Castle. Take it couple of hard inches over the line Brazzers. It's almost time to put the body in the ditch and forget about Meek Mill forever, and I am all about cramming in as many jokes as possible before we do.
Radar- The ink was barely dry on Khloe Kardashian‘s divorce from Lamar Odom, before the reality star was hit with allegations her new flame, NBA star, James Harden, cheated on her with an Australian blonde. And now, RadarOnline.com has learned, after confronting the NBA star, she’s telling friends she’s doomed to stay single!
Kardashian “truly believed she had found a good guy in James, even though their age difference concerned her,” the source said. Harden is 25; Kardashian, 31. “The chemistry was really strong and intense, and Khloe thought this was someone she could get serious with.”
“But after the woman went public claiming she hooked up with James after he started dating Khloe, there was a confrontation,” the source said. “James denied hooking up with the woman, but Khloe just doesn’t believe him.”
You know, I am really starting to feel bad for Khloe Kardashian. I feel like she's looking for love in all the right places, but just keeps finding all the wrong guys. An NBA superstar 6 years her junior cheated on her? I mean, who would have seen that coming? I could have sworn James Harden was ready to settle down. The guy is already in his mid-20's, I can't believe he's still trying to penetrate strange ass during the prime of his career. I thought he got all of that out of his system at age 24. Let's be serious, odds are that James Harden doesn't even know what cheating means. Khloe probably went up to him and showed him the picture that this random skank posted in bed with him, and Harden was like "....and?". He probably didn't even think he wasn't allowed to do that. James Harden might be playing the dating game too, but his set of rules are wayyyyyy different. Much like when drives left, draws weak contact, and throws up some wild shot, James Harden gets the benefit of the doubt in these situations. You don't get to cry foul Khloe, that's Harden's move. Don't hate the player, hate the game, even if Harden is using some questionable tactics to win.
It is preposterously funny that Khloe Kardashian only dates athletes and rappers and complains to her friends that she's doomed to stay single. My question is, how do woman like the Kardashian show? I get that it's a guilty pleasure, but girls aren't even happy for their own friends when they are in relationships. They don't even want to hear their best friend babble on about the shitty guy she is sleeping with. However, when a millionaire goes on television and says she can't find a man it's entertaining? Even when the only reason she can't catch a good guy is because her dating pool only consists of the most promiscuous people on the planet that spend most of the year traveling all over the country? She's like a high school dropout that claims they can't get a job when they only apply to Fortune 500 companies. She's essentially fishing for killer whales. She might get a bite, but there ain't no way she's reeling one in. You know, unless he's addicted to crack.
When your pussy has housed more talent than the Hall Of Fame it's pretty apparent you have phased normal, average guys out of your target demographic. Think about that next time you watch the show ladies. Khloe Kardashian is single, and whining about it, because she will only date men with eight figure bank accounts and 10 inch dicks. You are single because the men whose existence she doesn't even acknowledge won't even acknowledge you. Happy viewing!
CBS LA- An In-N-Out Burger customer says he got an unexpected surprise with his burger and drink at the chain’s Downey location last year: methamphetamine.
In a suit filed against the Irvine burger chain Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Fred Maldonado said he felt sick after drinking his In-N-Out beverage on March 9 of last year, and the following morning discovered two capsules and a napkin at the bottom of his cup.
Maldonado returned to the restaurant to speak with the manager, who apologized and offered Maldonado a certificate for a free burger. Later testing determined the capsules contained methamphetamine and appeared to have been illicitly manufactured, according to the suit.
Maldonado said he suffered nausea and severe mental distress from consuming the drink. He’s alleging negligence and strict liability and is seeking unspecified damages, according to the suit.
“Customer safety is one of our highest priorities,” In-N-Out Burger Executive Vice President Arnie Wensinger said in a statement. “We will vigorously defend these baseless claims.”
I will say this. There is a little something fishy about In-N-Out. So no, I wouldn't be surprised if you told me that they were making their employees take MDMA during their shifts. Mostly because I don't think that a worker at a fast food chain, no matter how good of a fast food chain it is, should ever be as happy as the burger flippers at In-N-Out are. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate my food served with a smile, but it definitely isn't something that I require, or even expect for that matter. With that said, In-N-Out accidentally drugging customers is where I draw the line. Hey Fred, you literally would have been better off hurling fruitless allegations at ANY other fast food joint. Hell, you got a better chance of 'Ruth Chris Steakhouse' giving you a compromised product. The assembly line at In-N-Out is unlike any I have ever seen. Those beautiful bastards makes Santa's elves like like a bunch of clumsy midgets. There's no chance the calculated movements of an In-N-Out employee included accidentally dropped some mood altering drugs into your drink.
Let's say for a second they did mistakenly dose a paying customer. This definitely wouldn't be the reaction. First and foremost, if you got a couple of E pills in your drink the last thing you would be crying about is an upset stomach. You would have driven your ass back there to complain that your fast food burger was so good that it was making you hump your steering wheel. Furthermore, I don't know the chemistry behind manufactured drugs, but if MDMA had been dropped in your drink and you had felt the effects of it, wouldn't that mean that it had dissolved in your drink? If you had gotten high you would have had no proof and since you have proof you obviously didn't get high. How about not being a lazy middle aged man that eats fat food everyday and a little cheat meal wouldn't leave you feeling nauseous and "mentally distressed". Be a bigger pussy Fred, seriously. Think about the process that would have had to happen for this to be real. Fred buys fast food. Fred eats fast food. Fred's tummy hurts. Fred goes to sleep. Fred wakes up. A lightbulb appears above Fred's head. Fred goes through the trash and finds drugs and a napkin in his cup. Couldn't have been his shitty, absent minded children throwing away meth, could it? Nah, it's much more likely that Fred drank the entirety of his drink with a napkin and pills in the bottom of it and didn't realize until the next morning. Really nailed it Fred. Next time take your fraudulent lawsuit to 'Jack In The Box'. At least that's reasonable.
Hey Steven, what's that fragrance you are wearing? It smells vaguely familiar. I think I had the same one in middle school. Wait...is that...:sniff, sniff:....desperation? Jesus Christ Steven, have a little pride man. You are an accomplished professional athlete. If a team wants you they will let you know. Darren McFadden has been hurt for like six minutes. Steven Jackson is like the guy that is waiting in the weeds for a girl to be single, and then asks her out the night she breaks up with her boyfriend. You're coming on too strong bro. You're going to scare her away. Photoshopping the number 39 in the clouds above AT&T Stadium before you're even a member of the Cowboys is like buying a engagement ring before the first date. It's like carving "SJ <3's JJ" into a picnic table before your first casual lunch there.
You remember in high school when you were asked to do a powerpoint presentation. You always dolled it up with as many graphics as possible to make the actual content look better than it was? That's the equivalent of Steven Jackson careful crafting his number into the bright lights of Dallas Cowboys football. Yeah, that picture actually does look pretty awesome, but it doesn't change the fact that it illustrates an inferior product. It's like putting a super creative cover sheet on an outdated resume. A 30 year old running back applying for a job in the NFL is like a manual laborer applying to a be line worker at a to work at an advertising firm. It's an unnecessary addition. Just like we've got graphic designer's leaving artists outdated, we've got cheap 22 year old running backs making aging halfbacks obsolete. It doesn't matter how good the pitch is if the employer doesn't trust you to follow through on it. Steven Jackson may have a future in marketing himself, but his future in delivering on his athletic promise may be coming to an end. There is no surer sign of that than an ex-Pro Bowler that has to remind teams that he is still unemployed.
LBS- “It’s kind of disturbing if you think about it,” Leach said, per Mike Schlabach of ESPN.com. “With everything that’s going on, we’re worried about how much air goes into a ball when everybody uses their own ball. It’s not like it’s a forged football.
“We waste a lot of time with that, and then we worry about the Kardashians. How can it be that we laugh about England’s obsession with the royal family? At least the royal family has college degrees and military service.”
“Give them an empty football and let them fill it however they want to,” he said. “If your quarterback wants a deflated football, your soccer-style kicker is going to want it kind of full. If your quarterback wants it really full, your straight-on kicker is going to want less air in it. It’s a regulation football; let them use it however they want to. You use your own ball.”
Okay fine, Mike Leach is a little bit out there. Always has been, always will be. So, with that said, you have to take any of his opinions with a grain of salt. That's why I am able to forgive him for going off the rails with that whole Kardashian/Royal Family comparison. Mostly because it's funny listening to old, white football coaches ramble incoherently (shoutout to Lou Holtz), but also because he brings up the very point that I made when the news of DeflateGate officially leaked. If you want to two professional football teams to compete on an even playing field, why the FUCK would you let them play with separate balls? Damn near seven months later, and still no one has answered that question for me.
The NFL is the biggest business in professional sports and it is a business of winning. That's why they have the most cases of gamesmanship/cheating. Teams and players will do anything to get ahead. So when you leave them alone in the locker room with an air pump and a bunch of footballs that only they will be using you are basically enabling their questionable judgement. Of course they are going to test the limits off what is legal when you willingly give them the opportunity to. You know why pitchers alter the ball every chance that they get? Lack of institutional control, either intentionally or unintentionally, by the MLB. If you don't want Tom Brady to use a deflated ball then don't give him the opportunity to deflate the ball. Just put a ball on the field and tell both teams to deal with it. We have to pander to every preference and desire of both quarterbacks because most of them are making $20 million a year now? When you make that much money I should be able to give you any kind of ball and you should be able to make it work. Here take this medicine ball and hit your receiver on a 20 yard out because you are being paid handsomely to do so. You think the NBA cares if LeBron likes his ball to have a little less gripe than Steph Curry does? Not a chance. It's a competition, and in an organized, fully funded competition all other factors should remain equal. I would think the first thing on that list would be the object required to score any and all points, but what do I know, I'm not a needy multimillion dollar quarterback that can tell the difference between 10 PSI and 15 PSI.
Look where we are at now. We have both parties in a pissing match about who lied about what. We have destroyed evidence, false allegations, appeals, lawsuits, injunctions, and (insert any more legal terminology here). Ten different newsworthy updates on the situation every day. Yet still, no one can give me a reasonable answer as to why the NFL gives a bunch of morally compromised NFL players the leeway to modify their own balls. Mike Leach and I may have different stances on DeflateGate, but at least we both realize it's about the air pressure of a fucking football that the NFL has continually left in idle hands. With the circus that has come of this I think it has become easy to forget that.
NY Post- Sheldon Richardson stood before reporters Thursday and proclaimed, “I’m not a dope fiend.” Clearly, he’s just a dope.
The Jets defensive lineman was charged Thursday in Missouri with resisting arrest and a variety of traffic violations for a July 14 incident that involved him going 143 mph, trying to avoid police and eventually getting caught with a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his car, which reeked like marijuana, according to police. A 12-year-old and two other adult males were in the car.
Richardson hid this arrest from the Jets, who did not learn of it until the media reported it Thursday.
This comes on the heels of a four-game suspension from the NFL for failing a test for marijuana. Only repeat offenders of the league’s drug policy draw a suspension, so this was not the first time he flunked a test.
On the first day of training camp, Richardson stole the headlines for his stupidity. The immensely gifted Pro Bowl defender now could face a lengthy suspension from the NFL for violating its code of conduct.
JPP, you can come out from whatever van of fireworks you are hiding inside, Sheldon Richardson just reduced you to back page news. That's got to be the best part about playing in New York right? Sure, the media scrutiny is exponentially worse in comparison to other areas of the country, but you always have an entirely different roster that you can depend on to take the attention away from you. Especially when that other roster has 'Jets' scripted across the side of their helmets. When that's the case the spotlight being stolen is more of a certainty than a mere possibility. We can debate whether Jason Pierre-Paul damn near blowing his hand off with a firework is dumber than Sheldon Richardson getting pulled over going 143 MPH with a gun, drugs, and a child in the car, but to me it comes down to quantity versus quality. I think the JPP story gets the nod when we are talking about quality, but Sheldon Richardson takes the cake in terms of quantity of stupidity. JPP just had one split second of retardation while Richardson made like seven incomprehensibly terrible decisions over the course of a night.
Is playing for the Jets THAT bad? I'm confused, because I don't think you do all the things that Sheldon Richardson did unless you want to face more supplementary discipline from the league even after your substance abuse suspension. Richardson was like, "4 games, that means I got to play 12? Nah, way too much". Think about it. You may get let off with a slap on the wrist for driving 143 MPH while street racing. You may get let off for getting pulled over reeking of weed. You may get let off for having one semi-automatic gun in the car. But to do all those things simultaneously, WITH a child in the car is going to get you booked every single time. Especially when you are 300 pound bearded black man in, what I can only imagine, was a vehicle that costs six figures. Not exactly the definition of subtlety my dude. This is as close to an NFL player can come to turning himself in. He may be dumb enough to do all those things, but he can't possibly be dumb enough to think he was going to get away with doing all those things? You don'ts flashing lights in the rearview and act surprised when you are going 143 MPH. All this story is missing is him driving right through the doors of a police station. Maybe I am giving too much credit. Maybe he does have an interest in playing football in New York this season. However, much like JPP, he's going about it the stupidest way possible.
NY Times- “I don’t know how many fingers he has,” Mara said, addressing reporters as the Giants welcomed players for the start of the preseason. “We have no idea what type of condition he is in and that gives us no comfort. We don’t know any more than you know.”
Asked if he had any idea when Pierre-Paul planned to report to training camp, Mara answered, “None.”
“We have to plan on moving forward without him,” Mara said. “I don’t see how we can count on him, certainly not for the opening of the season.”
“I don’t think we’re going to do anything until we actually see where he’s at,” Mara said. “He’s a rare athlete who has played at a very high level before. He is a great kid and we’ve loved having him around here. He fits in well.
“I can only surmise that he’s not receiving very good advice.”
“All of that is negotiable,” Mara said with a small smile. “But nothing is on the table until we see him and can assess the damage caused by the accident.”
“He told me that this was a little bump in the road and that he would be back as good as ever,” Mara said. “I’m disappointed he’s not here because this is the best place for him. We have the best training staff in the league and have access to some of the best doctors in the world.”
Asked what his primary message is to Pierre-Paul, Mara responded, “Come home.”
Jason Pierre-Paul may be pretty high up there on the list of athletes that have compromised their athletic future by doing something completely stupid and unnecessary. However, don't you dare sit there and tell me he hasn't handled this absolutely perfectly since. Going into the offseason the Giants would have considered it a complete tragedy had JPP showed up to camp missing a finger. At this point? If he comes back with both arms they'll consider it a minor miracle. John Mara is right. he's not getting good advice, he's getting GREAT advice. Everyone knows that when you have bad news for someone you avoid them at all costs for as long as possible. Pretty simple concept actually.
Get into a fight with your needy girlfriend? Avoid her for a week. When you tell her you just needed your space she'll be ecstatic that the relationship isn't over. Owe your bookie some money? Go off the grid for a couple of days. Show up with half the cash and he'll just be glad you aren't dead and he isn't out the whole sum of money. Have you ever ignored your mother's phone calls for a day or two? She's not mad that you hit ignore because you were too busy watching the same SportsCenter for the third time. When you finally call her back she'll be crying tears of joy that you aren't in a ditch somewhere. The Giants organization is made up of a bunch of human beings and just like the rest of us, they have a natural inclination to assume the worst possible outcome. With the uncertainty surrounding JPP since he decided to light a firework and, I can only assume, forget what a firework does, who knows what the Giants are thinking. I can tell you this much. Whatever they think is wrong with JPP is way worse than what is actually wrong with him. I got to 'hand' it to him, he's really got his 'finger' on the pulse of his employer's expectations. He may be a bad teammate for not showing up to camp, but relative to the imagination of the Giants brain trust, he'll be a much healthier player when he does. For the sake of JJP's ability to multitask, I really wish this level of self awareness kicked in before he decided to treat his hand like a launching pad.
Hey Boston, get your own fucking franchise player! It's not my fault you guys can't figure out how to play semi-coherent baseball during seasons when you aren't winning the World Series. Doesn't mean you should be rolling out the red carpet for the Devils only chance of being relatively relevant this season. Sure, it's cool that Cory gets to live his dream of taking batting practice at Fenway Park, but let's reel it in a little bit. Giving him his own locker and equipment bag? Embroidering an authentic jersey for him? Letting him meet and fraternize with the players? This wasn't just done as favor to one of the best goaltenders in the entire NHL, that would be way too nice of a gesture for a team as bad as the Red Sox. This was a recruiting ploy.
You see those cuts? You mean to tell Cory can't excel playing small ball and defending the plate? I can say without a doubt he would lead the league in seeing-eye singles and have the best positioning of any catcher in the league. There would be no such thing as a wild pitch. With the talent currently on the Red Sox roster, Schneider would be the closest thing they had to a 5 tool player. So don't tell me that visit wasn't granted with an ulterior motive in mind. Not when he has the prettiest swing that batter's box has seen since their last pennant race. What's the procedure for filing inter-league tampering charges? The Devils already had a star player, that they gave a massive contract to, bolt to an inferior league for a superior paycheck, and I'll be damned if I will sit idly by and watch it happen again. That pale, Irish ginger may fit in great in Beantown, but he fits perfectly between the pipes in New Jersey. Save the grandious meetings and pissing contests for the next overrated Japanese pitcher that hits the market. What do you think this is, NBA free agency?!? That's my goalie, and I will die before I Iet him go full Masshole, no matter how much he could improve that train wreck of a team.
PFT- While nothing is imminent, the New Jersey Devils’ decision to buy out Dainius Zubrus has set the table for them to make a trade or free agent signing.
“It really wasn’t about Dainius himself,” Devils GM Ray Shero told The Record. “It was more about the roster spot/flexibility moving forward. … If something comes along and we don’t have a roster spot – not so much the 23-man roster, but up front in terms of let’s say you’re carrying 13 forwards, 14 forwards and you don’t have any spots – then you can’t do anything.”
Call me a pessimist, but I am skeptical. No, I am not skeptical of whether buying out Zubrus was the right move for the franchise going forward. I am definitely not skeptical of the direction Ray Shero seems to be going in retooling this roster. On the contrary, what I am skeptical of is the fact that I am not at all skeptical. It doesn't feel right. Saying from the get go that below average players like Steve Bernier, Bryce Salvador, and Peter Harrold wouldn't be brought back? Drafting a fast, scoring forward with a high ceiling? Acquiring a young, cost controlled right winger for a couple mid-round draft picks? Signing Adam Larsson to a long, team friendly contract? Buying out Zubrus? Saying that his spot will potentially be filled by another acquisition at forward? This all seems to good to be true. Like if they had put out a poll as to how Devils' fans wanted to see this offseason shake out, Lamoniello's departure excluded, this is exactly what the majority would have voted for. I feel like I am in the middle of a dream where everything I think inevitably happens. It's like I am the General Manager of the New Jersey Devils, and I got to say, I feel a little uncomfortable being the heir to the thrown of a legend.
Give me a terrible signing Shero. Just one. Something that would be the proverbial 'pinch' that will awake me from this alternate reality. Not some anchor of a contract, but maybe a 2 year deal for a declining scorer that doesn't fit the system (does Michael Ryder have a twin brother in the league)? Maybe an over-the-hill defenseman that's going to take playing time away from the young nucleus of defenseman the Devils have battling for an NHL roster spot (is Volchenkov's contract up yet)? Just a single move that reminds me that I am not actually in sole control of your brain. One trade to show me that my overly opinionated ass isn't qualified to run a professional sports team. You keep making the correct decisions and you'll keep encouraging pompous assholes like myself to continue to be outspoken about the direction of the New Jersey Devils. Don't do it for me, but do it for anyone and everyone that has to associate with me. The last thing I need is someone in my corner that actually knows what they are talking about. I was unbearable enough when I was wrong, I shutter to think what will happen if I start being right.
So often in sports players feel slighted by decisions that are strictly business driven. It's good to see that Matt Barnes cherishes being a part of something bigger in transforming the Clippers into a formidable team, without holding any grudges towards how his tenure with the organization ended. Let's be honest, if there was someone to blame for Barnes ending up in Memphis, it's Spencer Hawes. When a team offers to take the world's tallest anchor off your roster under the condition that they also get the expiring contract of Matt Barnes then you have no choice but to comply. No matter how much Matt Barnes brought to the table in terms of personality, toughness, and three point shooting, it's a small price to play to unload the biggest abortion of a free agent acquisition in recent memory. Regardless, with the moves that the Clippers made over this offseason, Matt Barnes departure may not be noticeable on the the stat sheet, but it very well could be noticeable in the team's attitude. Like him or hate him, and that generally depends on whether he plays for your team or not, Matt Barnes is the kind of player that every coach loves. A player who will literally do anything to win. The player that doesn't need touches, but is very effective when he gets them. The player that stands up for his teammates and doesn't stop hustling. It's easy to say that this offseason has been a positive one, but it would be a disservice to a guy that put his heart into being a Clipper not to acknowledge that the Memphis Grizzlies got a hell of a bench player this summer.
Oh, and he's still going to foul the shit out of DeAndre. I wouldn't expect any less...
This may be surprising, but I actually respect Gilbert Arenas opinion here. I don't respect the conclusion he came to from said opinion, but I respect the opinion nonetheless. I may be fairly in tune with the happenings of the NBA , but in terms of basketball and the nuances of the game, I am definitely more of a casual fan. So when Arenas says that LeBron doesn't have a quick first step and is better when already in motion, it may not be something I had realized, but it definitely makes sense. When he says that he isn't great at changing direction and plays a straight up game, not predicated on crossovers and ball handling, it's actually enlightening. Mostly because those are things that never crossed my mind while watching LeBron James over the course of the last decade plus. With that said, he loses me when he proclaims that LeBron James isn't a #1 option.
The last thing I want to do is sit here and defend LeBron James. While it is a pleasure to watch him play basketball, it's damn near unbearable to watch his antics after the whistle and off the court. However, if we are going to have ex-NBA superstar that went from 'Agent Zero' to absolute zero over the course of a year or two downplaying his accomplishments, then defend LeBron James is exactly what I will have to do. Here is my biggest issue with people that criticize LeBron for being more of a facilitator than a scorer, it's ALL subjective. What defines a number one option? In my opinion , it's a player whose hands you want the ball in when the game is on the line. Whether that player puts the ball in the hoop himself or passes it to a player that is wide open for a higher percentage shot. Whatever has the highest probability of putting points on the board. Why does a "number 1 option" need to have the capability of being a great 1-on-1 player? Last time I checked, NBA games weren't being played at Rucker Park. You can't sit here and tell me that LeBron James needs a 'go-to' guy around him to be successful when he has a history of out scoring said 'go-to' guys while putting up gaudy assist and rebounding numbers. Now, does he need more talent than he had during the NBA finals? Absolutely. That would go for Jordan, Kobe, and Magic as well. No single player could have taken a team whose second best player was, at times, either Timofey Mozgov or Matthew Dellavedova and beat a 67 win team en route to a championship.
Do I doubt that if LeBron James was more worried about personal statistics than winning than he could put up unforeseen numbers? Not at all. However, LeBron James' 'potential' isn't based on how many points he scores, it's based on how many championships he wins, and you don't win championships by worrying about yourself first. Sure, LeBron pushed himself to the absolute limit and damn near won Finals MVP as the loser, but that's the key word, he was the loser. Basketball is a team game, and LeBron's teams are better when he is making the talent around him better, instead of trying to do it all by himself. You can describe James however you'd like, but no matter who else is on his team, he will always be the primary option.
OC Register- San Diego officials have chosen Sept. 11 as the deadline for the NFL’s Chargers to agree on a new stadium in Mission Valley and thus commit to staying in San Diego.
City officials told the Chargers on Tuesday the two sides need to reach a deal by the September deadline on the proposed $1.1 billion stadium in order to meet legal requirements that would enable a Jan. 12 special election to be held for the stadium.
City and San Diego county officials also outlined a financing plan, according to NFL senior vice president Eric Grubman, for “a public/private project requiring very significant funding from NFL and Chargers sources.”
The Chargers walked away from negotiations with the city and the task force last month, calling the city’s EIR timetable “completely unrealistic” and inconsistent with the California Environmental Quality Act. Carmen Policy, the point man for a proposed stadium in Carson backed by the Chargers and Raiders, told the Register last week he is confident the NFL will approve the two teams relocating to Los Angeles County this fall.
I think San Diego may have gotten a little mixed up in regards to who has the upper hand in this situation. This is like when you are in the midst of a relationship that's on the rocks, and the other person has better options coming their way, and instead of catering to their every need, you give them an ultimatum. Well, good look San Diego, hope you weren't too big of a fan of having the Chargers in town. They were sitting on the fence, and you basically just drop kicked them over the other side into the arms of another, much better looking, man. Were you even trying to play your cards right, or was this the equivalent of setting the entire deck on fire in defeat? I got to be honest, that's kind of what it feels like. The Chargers WANT to end up in Los Angeles. If San Diego is so dead-set on keeping them around they should be cooking them breakfast, giving them full control of the TV remote, and offering up the occasional morning blowjob to convince the Chargers of their long term potential. "Take me or leave me" doesn't work when you are the secondary choice. You have to hang on for dear life and hope that the primary choice fucks it up somehow. Right now San Diego is the wife, but the Chargers are constantly working late. Constantly giving excuses that don't add up. They may not be with Los Angeles yet, but they certainly smell like they been. If San Diego wants to make to make it work they should do everything in their power to keep the divorce papers away from the Chargers, not expedite their arrival.
"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." -Abraham Lincoln
You ever gone on a date with someone that doesn't drink? Rhetorical question. Chances are, you probably haven't. You know why that is? Because people that don't indulge themselves in some life's vices are extremely hard to relate to. I'm not saying you need a drinking problem, or a drug problem, or a gambling problem, or an infidelity problem to be normal. However, I am saying that one or two of those things, in moderation, make you who you are. They shape you. They make you approachable . We are talking about a surfer boy from Hawaii, that went to a major University, and played at the very highest level in college football. If a person with those experiences doesn't have at least one skeleton in his closet than it becomes worrisome. Think about Marcus Mariota's position. He's the quarterback of an NFL team now. A leader of men. Men that are likely to have troubled pasts. Men that have undoubtedly seen some shit while coming up through the ranks of college football. Mariota's job is to create chemistry between those men on the field, and to a lesser extent, off the field. How can you be on the same page as your quarterback when you can't understand him as a person. The guy that managed to avoid every single demon he may have encountered in his past is the outcast. He's not one of the guys. It's natural to fall victim to an evil or two as a superstar, pseudo-celebrity, football player. In fact, it's actually expected.
Yeah, in theory, NFL teams would much rather have the player that has no rap sheet whatsoever. They generally try to steer clear of the Junior Galette's of the world, but if the choice is between a choir boy and a kid with a blemish or two on his resume then give me the kid that has worked through his troubles. The kid who has things that make him tick. The kid who has a little bit of personality to him. The other kid? The one that always makes the right, by the book, decision isn't going to ascend to the top of the NFL, because football is a volatile game. The right play isn't always the right play. It's result oriented. Sometimes the questionable decision is the one that makes a good player a great player, depending on how often that decision ends up successful. If there is a sport that lends itself to reckless behavior it's football, and sometimes a little bit of recklessness off field translates to a successful player on the field. Give me the guy that knows how to handle both extremes over the player that always plays it straight down the middle.
Metro- Three young women from Chechnya managed to con two Isis recruiters out of $3,300 (£2,100), which they planned to spend on a long holiday.
The terror group had allegedly reached out to the girls’ social media account and asked them to join their cause.
Instead of turning them down, the trio remained in touch with militants and even sent them fake pictures to keep them interested.
As soon as the money was wired to the girls’ accounts, the communication stopped.
‘I don’t recall any precedent like this one in Chechnya, probably because nobody digs deep enough in that direction,’ police officer Valery Zolotaryov told a local Chechen newspaper.
‘Anyhow, I don’t advise anyone to communicate with dangerous criminals, especially for grabbing quick money.’
Members of a radical terrorist organization have trouble talking to women unless the women are being paid handsomely to interact with them? Who knew? With the state of the dating game being such a war zone I thought their cool headed, down-to-earth approach would really translate. Shame on me for thinking a group that prides itself on navigating sensitive situations with such finesse would have at least a little bit of game to fall back on. At the very least I thought they could keep their tab under four figures. Jesus Christ guys, have a little respect for yourself. You start paying $3,300 for a couple DM's and you slide yourself right out of the market for real, physical contact. Especially with the freaky, violent shit you guys are in to. I would imagine that doesn't come cheap, even for the most experienced "professional". Probably why they took the money and backed out. Can't really blame them for getting cold feet at the prospect of being beheaded on video. The thought of that could make the wettest Chechnyan pussy dry up like it was left roasting in the Russian sun.
Well, now that we picked the low hanging fruit I guess we should get to ISIS' marketing tactics. It appears someone is in need of a little rebranding. Hell, organized racists don't even have a recognized logo anymore and you don't see them shelling out over three grand for a couple more supporters. I know you only get out of the business what you put into it, but I think the cost-benefit analysis seems slightly off kilter with this move. Adding a few women to ISIS? What's next? Female NFL coaches? Come on ISIS. You need to enhance your reach to the target demographic before you start worrying about the peripheral groups. Three young women aren't going to do much for the reputation of an Islamic terrorist organization. You guys don't even let women acknowledge their own tits and now you want to bring them on board to expand your brand? That's like the KKK starting a heavy Hispanic push. I applaud the progressiveness, but the business savvy could use a major overhaul. Focus on the irrationally angry, sexually frustrated male Jihadists, and any woman that comes along with is just icing on the cake. Got to imagine that's a better business plan than taking the bait of some internet fraud and having a couple professional criminals end up as prized catfish.
Pink- The statement reads: “Transitioning is a very difficult process and even tougher at an older age (I’m 42).
“Your body doesn’t respond to hormones very well as compared to being in your teens or twenties and I have a built a very good life for myself that I am hesitant to give up.”
Janae Marie has described herself on Instagram as a “Transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body.”
The record holder added: “I am naturally competitive and always loved sports but there’s no denying I’m transgender and that I was always drawn to femininity as well.
“Gender identity and personality tests that I have taken in an effort to figure myself out always indicate that I am both hyper-masculine and hyper-feminine.
“Exactly what I need to be at peace with myself is something I am still not 100% certain of.”
No...No, no...No, no, no. That's it. I'm out. Say what you want. You want to say that I am not a progressive, accepting person? That's fine, go right ahead. Because that picture right there. Yeah, the picture of Lou Ferrigno in a wig, is wayyyy too much for me. I'm all for people being who they want to be. Bruclyn Jenner is a chick? Cool. Rachel Dolezal is black? Fine. At least they are something. But this disgusting beast has no idea what the hell she(?) is. She's both hyper feminine and hyper masculine? There's only so much time in the day sweetheart. There aren't enough man hours (woman hours?) in the week to be the overly exaggerated version of fucking everything. This is like if I walked around wearing black makeup and RocaWear sweatsuits during high school. You can't simultaneously be goth and ghetto and you definitely can't be Superman and Superwoman at the same damn time. If you wanted to be a girl maybe you should have stopped military pressing 18-wheelers and transporting redwood trees on your back a couple of years back..
Look at this fucking self-description, "transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body". No, see, what you are, my dear, is fucking confused. That much is certain. That's so many adjectives to describe ONE PERSON'S sexuality that I am not even sure I follow what end result she is going for. What I am sure of, is that she is now a sexual pariah, because NO ONE wants to fuck whatever the fuck she identifies herself as. Considering the rabbit hole that America has gone down sexually, it's actually impressive to find someone that no one wants to sleep with, though I think this may be as close as we get. Janae Marie Kroc is exactly the reason why they tell people to wait and make sure before they make drastic changes to the body. We aren't talking about choosing between Coke or Pepsi, she literally had a hard time deciding between raging, steroid fueled muscles and a vagina. While I don't understand how that can be a hard decision, no matter which side you are leaning towards, I definitely understand that you can't choose both. I know, I know, life's not fair, but it's full of difficult (I guess?) choices. One of those choices is whether you want to look like Chyna or Triple H, but you can't look like Chyna ate Triple H. Is it possible that this guy did so much HGH that his balls just shriveled up into nothingness? That would be a hell of reason to just chop the rest off and go full female. In fact, as far as I'm concerned, it's the only valid reason.
With three sons, the bodybuilder also said that she was unsure as whether she would live as a woman full-time.
What a fucking pussy (please don't hit me).
TMZ- NFL star Junior Galette -- who was just released by the Saints for off-the-field issues -- was charged with 3 misdemeanors in Louisiana stemming from a traffic stop gone wrong ... TMZ Sports has learned. We've obtained court docs which show Galette was pulled over in his green Mercedes on July 7th -- but during the stop, cops say they noticed Junior was driving on a suspended license.
Cops also say he didn't have proper tags on his car at the time.
Ultimately, Galette was charged with 3 counts -- and has been ordered to appear in court on August 10th ... the same day he has a hearing in a civil case filed by a woman who accused him of domestic violence.
It's one thing to constantly have run-in's with the law. A lot of professional athletes have suffered form an inability to stay out of trouble away from the football field. The difference with Junior Galette is that he is doing so at an unprecedented rate. I can't even finish one blog about him, without having three more on deck. It's like the charges against him are multiplying by the second. I'm like a rape and a murder away from starting Unsportsmanlike-Stupidity.com and devoting the entire thing to him. I am not going to discuss how dumb it is to drive a hundred thousand dollar car with a suspended license as a black athlete with a monstrous beard. Subtlety, you're doing it wrong. It's not even worth discussing the lack of brain cells this man possesses. At this point, there probably isn't a crime he hasn't committed. News outlets are just waiting to release them in a timely fashion so they can get the most publicity out of him. You flood the market all at once and you sacrifice clicks. That's a little blog science for you.
I'm not even mad at him anymore. We've passed the stage of pitying him as well. It's gotten to the point where I am honestly just impressed. Junior Galette has managed to have OVERLAPPING COURT DATES FOR TWO COMPLETELY SEPARATE CRIMES. There are 365 days in a year, and that's not enough dates to make sure that each transgression can have it's own 24 hour period. Good thing none of his teammates are suing him for dragging their names through the mud, or the guy would never have a day off from discussing his infractions. Let's say Roger Goodell were stupid enough not to suspend him, since it's never smart to put anything past the NFL. Even without facing supplementary discipline I am not sure Junior Galette has enough time to play professional football. Eat, sleep, commit crime, defend yourself against said crime. There are only so many hours in a day. If football is a full time job, then so is Galette keeping himself out of prison. He's like a walking, talking, tweeting manual for what not to do as a professional athlete. They should make a montage of Junior's career and give it to all rookie's upon entering the league. Tell Herm Edwards to save his breathe at the rookie symposium. If these guys are visual learners there's no better example of how not to conduct yourself than Junior Galette. The idiot that did literally everything he possibly could to make sure that the $18 million he made last year is the last paycheck he ever receives from an NFL franchise, all in one summer.
Toronto Politician Norm Kelly (And The Rest Of The Internet) Trolled Meek Mill After Drake's Diss Track Dropped
Here's when you know that you stand very little chance of winning a rap battle. When you sell 200k in the first week, are engaged to a pop/hip-hop superstar, put out a series of tweets accusing your opponent of the most despicable rap crime in history, and people still aren't fully on your side. People are just like "welllll, he still makes fire jams". Shit, Drake almost won the battle by not having to respond to get people on his side. A dude who is generally regarded as one of the softest guys in the rap game basically beat you without showing up. Jesus, I almost feel bad for Meek Mill. He's like the most famous rapper that no one cares about. I know the name of more Drake albums than Meek Mill songs, and he's not constantly doing shit (other than releasing good music) to stay in the news.
Looks like Meek didn't realize what he was getting himself into when he came after a soft, jewish, Canadian, R&B singer that raps from time to time. Bet he thought he would just steamroll him with his street appeal. No sir. Not if Drake, his rap diss that emasculated (and may have murdered, still waiting on the coroner's report) Meek Mill, and a white-bred politician named Norm have anything to say about it. Canada doesn't have much Meek, but they do currently have the biggest star in hip-hop, whether you appreciate his approach to the craft or not. I don't want to say Meek Mill came at the crown and missed, because his allegations definitely made an impact, just not enough of one. It's like the carnival game when you throw the baseball at the milk bottles. Except Meek's throw hit dead center and none of the bottles moved. He threw his best punch and Drake, Norm, and the rest of Canada just ate it and laughed in his face. The only possible way to have less street cred than a guy that lost to Drake is to be a gangster rapper that gets trolled by Norm Kelly, a Toronto City Councillor.
Rest In Peace Meek Mill.