TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 21:  Royce White #30 of the Houston Rockets poses for a portrait during the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at the MSG Training Center on August 21, 2012 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Hey, remember Royce White? He’s balling out in Canada now

Royce White is perhaps the most famous recent example of how professional sports is not yet equipped to put players with special mental health requirements in the best positions to succeed. White was a standout for Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State, but had difficulty transitioning to the professional game for a variety of reasons. Here’s […]


There’s a fake Lane Kiffin at the college football national championship game

Normally when you hear the words Lane Kiffin and disguise, you think “Ah, so he brought back the Joey Freshwater persona.” But not this time! Instead, we have someone cosplaying as Lane himself at the championship game. Kiffin of course is not at the game, having been relieved of his playcalling duties by Nick Saban […]


UNLV-Utah State women’s hoops brawl features eight ejections & a player hopping on one leg to join the fight

As winter descends across the United States, tensions have flared all over. Including this women’s college basketball melee. Earlier Saturday, a fight broke out between coaching staffs at the Missouri-Georgia men’s game. And then later Saturday night, this happened during the UNLV-Utah State women’s game: Oh man. Legit hands were thrown there. It’s important to […]


AHL Outdoor Classic played despite rain, somehow, and it wasn’t ideal

Rain, in a hockey game? Yes, indeed. The NHL was worried about that very possibility during last week’s Winter Classic in St. Louis, but they avoided any issues. Well, the AHL decided to give the Outdoor Classic –between the Ontario Reign and Bakersfield Condors — a go on Saturday night in Bakersfield, California… as rain flooded […]


Oregon Ducks’ star Dillon Brooks ejected after kicking opponent in the groin

Well, this is certainly becoming an unfortunate basketball trend, with Oregon Ducks star forward Dillon Brooks the latest perpetrator. First, just a few hours ago, Grayson Allen took another shot at an opponent. He missed, thankfully. Then Brooks — a preseason All-American — tried the same sort of thing while the Ducks were in Pullman […]

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 08:  Head coach Mark Jackson talks with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 8, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Mark Jackson thinks ESPN is too pro-Golden State with its coverage

Mark Jackson is an interesting figure in broadcasting. He’s one of those guys who is certainly unafraid to say what’s on his mind, but in Jackson’s case that can work against him, since what’s on his mind is often quite a bit out there. Like when he brought up Richard Jefferson costing a Jackson-coached Golden […]


So Grayson Allen may have just tried to trip someone again

If you thought Grayson Allen’s issues were somehow cured after a one-game suspension, then hello Coach K! Thanks for reading! For everyone else who realized Allen was only suspended because the ACC would have done it anyway (and maybe for longer), then today’s new incident comes as no surprise to you. Here’s Grayson (that his […]


Somehow no one is dead after this rally car went over a cliff

Hey, it’s a desert rally race along a cliff! What could possibly go wrong oh dear everything. Everything has gone wrong. Here’s the video, taken during Stage 4 of the Dakar Rally in Argentina. There’s plenty of screaming, so watch your volume: Here’s a bit of context, via Road and Track: The team of […]


Today in real or fake: Bill Simmons launches weird anti-Nick Saban podcast tirade

This is an odd one. On Friday, Bill Simmons released another episode of his podcast, The Bill Simmons Podcast. (He must have hired the same consultant as Dave Matthews.) It starts around the 54:00 mark, as Simmons nears the end of a segment featuring Ringer deputy editor Mallory Rubin. As they discuss this year’s college football playoff, […]

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:  ESPN Commentator Chris Berman introduces Hall of Famer Bruce Smith during the game between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 15, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Chris Berman stepping down from several ESPN hosting duties

This day may have been a long time coming, but that doesn’t make it any less surprising: Chris Berman is stepping down from most of his traditional duties at ESPN. That’s according to this report from John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal. Berman will still have a presence on the network, but it sounds […]


Sherlock is back, and we have to talk about The Six Thatchers’ ending (SPOILERS)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back as Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Let’s talk about Sunday’s season four premiere, “The Six Thatchers.” “The Six Thatchers” served as the fourth season premiere of Sherlock. And my goodness, what a return to this particular world. So, there’s no real way to discuss the main developments of the episode without […]

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Martellus Bennett compares winning with Patriots to losing his virginity

Martellus Bennett has built an entire personal brand out of his willingness to say just about anything, at any time, to anyone. When Bennett joined the Patriots this offseason, it was perhaps fair to wonder if he’d fall in line with the New England dogma that seemingly forces players to avoid creating a distraction at […]

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24:  A Buffalo Bills fan hold up a sign reading "SUH'S AN ANGRY ELF" before the game against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Michael Adamucci/Getty Images)

LeGarrette Blount absolutely went off on “dirty player” Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh is a tough player to like. The Dolphins’ defensive tackle has tripped opponents,  stomped opponents, slung Jay Cutler violently into the turf (which probably made a few people happy around the league, to be honest), and shoved other opponents to the ground, which he did again Sunday with Patriots’ RB LeGarrette Blount. Today, […]


Sherlock is back on Sunday! Here’s what to expect from season 4

 It’s been a lengthy hiatus for Sherlock, but the series proper returns this Sunday evening on PBS. Aside a fantastical one-off special last winter set mostly in the Victorian era, there have been no new episodes of Sherlock since January of 2014. That long wait is about to be over, so what should we expect? (Don’t say […]