Cooley Gets Schooled By Fitzgerald

February 18th, 2009

images28Check out this blog entry by Chris Cooley. It’s pretty funny and refreshing to see a guy who isn’t afraid to laugh at himself a little.

Here is the video evidence that proves he really did get punked by Larry Fitzgerald at the ProBowl.

I’m just not sure why Cooley is so shocked by Fitzgerald passing him by in favor of Anquan Boldin. Cooley, as a tight end for the Washington Redskins, is basically a glorified o-lineman who has permission to run routes and catch passes.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s great at his job. Obviously, or he wouldn’t have been in the Pro Bowl in the first place. But, the big boys up front get punked by the guys scoring the touchdowns all the time. So, if Cooley ever had any identity crisis over his position on the field (are TE’s receivers or linemen???) I think Fitzgerald pretty much cleared it up for him.

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Griffey Returns To Pacific NW

February 18th, 2009

ken-griffeysiIt’s a happy day indeed for Seattle Mariner fans. Safeco Field, “The House that Griffey Built” will be home to Jr. in 2009. When rumors of this were swirling  last week, I was afraid to hope. Growing up in the Seattle area during the Griffey glory days it will be great to see him back in an M’s uniform once again!

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Beckham Deal Still In The Works

February 18th, 2009

images27Despite an ultimatum from the LA Galaxy that a deal be complete before last Friday or the negotiations over David Beckham would end, AC Milan isn’t conceding defeat just yet. 

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted, “We have still got 20 days to close the deal. At the moment Beckham is indispensable for Milan. Galaxy has forced the situation, but there is time before March 9.”

Meanwhile, Beckham is reminiscing about his time with the Galaxy, “I’ve always said I don’t regret things and I don’t regret the two seasons at LA. They might have been disappointing in that we haven’t won anything or even made the play-offs — but I’ve met some really good people and there are really good people at the club.”

At this point it seems inevitable that Beckham will become a permanent fixture in Milan. All that’s left to consider is the family.

“It’s going to be tough for the family because when you have children, the main decision is where the kids are going to be happiest and, to be honest, the kids are so settled in America and so settled in their school.

“Me and Victoria will always put our children before anything. That’s the decision that, if something does happen, we will have to look at. Obviously, if we didn’t have the children, we would move straight away but we have enjoyed living in LA and love living there — and the kids are happy there.”

So, Posh and Becks fans, we can still hold on to the hope that the Family Beckham will at least reside in Cali in the off-season. Little consolation, I know, but we’ll take what we can get.

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Grant Hill’s Wife Rocks Oh’ Canada

February 18th, 2009

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The Award For The Most Self-Indulgent Sports Intro Ever Goes To…

February 18th, 2009

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Please Just Shut Up and Look Cute

February 18th, 2009

 

tony-parker-eva-longoriaTrue to form  Eva Longoria-Parker was all over her hubby, Tony Parker, last weekend at the NBA All-Star festivities. And, like I noted in my Valentine’s Day Hot Couples’ List, I like them and they are cute together but she really needs to stop talking about thier love life.
Eva gushed about spending the off-season in France, where Parker just bought a basketball team. “I love France and French men,” said Longoria smiling at Parker. “I mean I love this French guy.”
Eva, by now we all know you love your hubby and we’re truly happy for you , but France has enough cheese without you spreading it thick in every interview you do.

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If Shaq and Kobe Can Pretend To Like Each Other Maybe There Is Hope For Peace In the Middle East Afterall…

February 18th, 2009

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Israel and Palestine take note. The ball is now in your court.

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Caddy Knows Best

February 18th, 2009

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As if the newly released photos of Tiger Woods’ new son, Charlie Axel weren’t enough to keep the tongues of duffers around the world wagging, news is that everyone’s favorite swinger (of golf clubs, that is) may be ready for his return to competition.

According to Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’ caddie, Tiger is “a few weeks” away from a return to the PGA Tour and could decide within days where that return will take place.

 

“He’s probably 95 percent of the way there. He was waiting for the birth of his second child which just came last week so he’s ready to go. He just needs a little bit more walking. He hasn’t been able to walk too well,” he added.

“Anytime in the next few weeks he’s going to tee it up. He definitely wants to play a couple of tournaments before Augusta so any day now he’s going to make a decision when he’s going to play.”

This is obviously great news to golf fans. Woods has not played since having surgery on his left knee a week after winning the U.S. Open last June.

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The School of Sportsmanship

February 18th, 2009

images26Last month I posted on a widely reported story of a girls’ high school basketball game in which the final score was 100-0. I criticized the winning team’s coach for his disregard for sportsmanship and humility. Add to that the black cloud that has been cast over the sports world in recent weeks with drug scandals, arrests, etc., and it’s easy to become jaded and negative toward the world of sports in general.

But every now and then a story emerges that completely restores your faith in the ability of sports to bring people together and bring out he best in human nature. I came across such a story today.

On Saturday, Feb. 7,  Milwaukee Madison senior  and captain of the school’s basketball team, Johntell Franklin, lost his mother, Carlitha, only 39 years old, to a 5 year battle with cancer. His principal and coach, Aaron Womack Jr. was with Franklin at the hospital though his team was scheduled to play a game against DeKalb (Ill.) High School that night.

DeKalb had traveled more than 2 hours to Madison for the game and waited patiently an additional 2 hours as Womack rushed from the hospital to the school to coach his team.

“We were sympathetic to the circumstances and the events,” said DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman  in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We even told Coach Womack that it’d be OK to call off the game, but he said we had driven 2½ hours to get here and the kids wanted to play. So we said, ‘Spend some time with your team and come out when you’re ready.’”

Franklin understandably,  had indicated to his coaches that he would sit out that night’s game. After having a change of heart,  Franklin decided he wanted to play and arrived at the gym in the second quarter. But Franklin’s name was not in the scorebook because his coach didn’t expect him to be there.

Womack chose to put Franklin in the game despite a rule that required the referees to charge the team with a technical foul for putting a player in the game who was not on the roster. Knowing the situation, Rohlman told the referees that they did not want the call. 

Having no other choice but to follow the rules the referees charged Milwaukee Madison with a technical foul.

This is where the story takes an amazing turn.

“I gathered my kids and said, ‘Who wants to take these free throws?’” Rohlman said, recounting the game to the  Journal Sentinel. “Darius McNeal put up his hand. I said, ‘You realize you’re going to miss, right?’ He nodded his head.”

McNeal approached the free throw line and twice rolled the ball out of bounds in a gesture of amazing compassion and understanding.
“I did it for the guy who lost his mom,” McNeal told the newspaper. “It was the right thing to do.”
After the game, which Madison won, the two teams (who had already met twice previously) sat down together, as is their tradition, for pizza ”four kids to a pizza, two Madison kids and two DeKalb kids,” Womack told the Journal Sentinel.
In response to the game, Womack later wrote to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle,
“As a principal, school, school district staff, and community you should all feel immense pride for the remarkable job that the coaching staff is doing in not only coaching these young men, but teaching them how to be leaders…I’d like to recognize Darius who stepped up to miss the shot on purpose. He could have been selfish and cared only for his own stats [I hope Coach Rohlman doesn't make him run for missing the free throws].”
If you’re a parent who has ever debated over whether or not to include your kids in athletics this is precisely why you should. There is more to be learned on a football field, a basketball court or in a hockey rink than passing a ball, shooting a lay-up or perfecting your slap shot. This story reminds us all that we are lucky to have some amazing coaches out there that are wisely guiding young athletes and teaching them valuable lessons both in and out of the sports arena.

 

 

 

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Kenseth’s Day at Daytona

February 15th, 2009

images-111Congrats to Matt Kenseth in his first Daytona 500 win. NASCAR officials called the race in the 152nd lap of the scheduled 200-lap race due to rain, but that didn’t ruin Kenseth’s parade!

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