Tuesday was a busy day in the world of sports on and off the court, but most of the big headlines came from off the field: Richard Sherman referred to Thursday Night Football as a ‘Poopfest’, Jim Harbaugh was his vintage self, Wake Forest Football is dealing with an odd scandal, and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics continue to look worse.
Get Ready for Thursday Night Football ‘Poopfest’
This week on Thursday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks will battle the Los Angeles Rams just four days after both teams last played. As a result, Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman is NOT happy. He didn’t hold in his emotions while talking to reporters Tuesday.
“Poopfest. It’s terrible, we got home like 1 o’clock in the morning, something like that on Monday and then you’ve got to play again. Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they’ve been doing it all season, so I guess we’re the last ones to get the middle finger,” Richard stated.
The veteran went on to reference a key argument against TNF, player safety.
“Because it’s just no regard, it’s hypocritical, as I’ve stated before. They make this huge stance about player safety. Then you put the players in tremendous danger.
“We’ll be well-aware come the next CBA negotiations about things like this. There’s really not much you can do right now. It’s part of the revenue, etc., etc. And the league probably has something else up their sleeve. They might have a Friday night game planned. Who knows?”
While the game itself may be a poopfest because Seattle is good and Los Angeles isn’t, the league is trying to make the game seem somewhat exciting.
Jim Harbaugh Fires Back at ‘Jive Turkey’ Coaches
When the Los Angeles Rams fired Jeff Fischer earlier this week, the big question around the NFL became “who would take his place?” Well, some people thought maybe Jim Harbaugh would and now the University of Michigan Head Coach is laying into them for those comments.
Harbaugh: I'm not leaving Michigan. Not even considering it. A lot of this talk is coming from our enemies, from coaches, you know the names
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) December 14, 2016
Harbaugh: You know the top three (coaches) I'm talking about. We know them as jive turkeys…. That's the way it is.
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) December 14, 2016
Harbaugh dropping that bomb on those coaches is something that just never happens. Hard to emphasize how rare that is.
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) December 14, 2016
Jive turkeys man. They’ll get ya!
Naturally, Michigan players were asked about the rumors too and they believe their Head Coach.
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson has bought into Harbaugh’s message and believes what his head coach has to say.
“He said he’s staying here, he ain’t going nowhere, a lot of it, unfortunately, is just distractions caused by — some of it’s by other teams. And it hurts in recruiting, I think. If they’re saying ‘Jim Harbaugh’s going to the NFL, some recruits will think there’s no stability in the coaching job at Michigan.
“A lot of it is created for a distraction (for) recruiting. I can’t see him going anywhere, this is where he wants to be.”
Wake Forest Broadcaster Apparently Leaked Info to Opponents
In what will probably be the weirdest story of a college broadcaster for a long time, a Wake Forest broadcaster completely sold out the team he played, coached, and used to broadcast for until this week.
After Wake Forest lost 44-12 to Lamar Jackson and Louisville last month, head coach Dave Clawson said “We are concerned that there was some type of security breach” and the athletic department decided to investigate. It looks like Clawson was right. ACCSports.com (a site that covers the conference) reported Tuesday that Wake Forest’s investigation concluded their own radio analyst, Tommy Elrod, gave game preparation information to opponents. SB Nation’s Blogger So Dear has the full release from the athletic department’s investigation; here are the key parts.
“Following the Louisville football game on November 12, Wake Forest conducted a thorough investigation to determine if confidential and proprietary game preparation information had been compromised. The investigation was not limited to the situation with Louisville and was comprehensive in nature. The investigation determined the following:
- Based on emails, text messages and phone records, Tommy Elrod, a radio announcer for Wake Forest football games, provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions, starting in 2014.
- No members of the Wake Forest athletic department, football staff or players were involved in any way in these actions.
…Elrod has been terminated immediately from his position at IMG and will no longer broadcast Wake Forest football games. He has been banned from Wake Forest athletics and its facilities.
It does not get weirder than that.
The Rio Olympics Continue to Look Worse and Worse
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have been over for a couple months, but they still look worse as days go on and Brazil continues to accrue debt.
According to a report from the Associated Press, organizers are still in debt of $3.7 million owed to the International Paralympic Committee.
“Never have we faced an issue like this with an organizing committee being so late paying travel grants,” IPC spokesperson Craig Spence said to the AP. “Some of our smaller national Paralympic committees, who took out loans to pay for their travel for the Games, are now in serious danger of defaulting on their repayments.”
As Spence claims, money that was supposed to go toward those grants was instead seized by creditors through lawsuits and court orders.
– Neither Adam Eaton nor Chris Sale is on the Chicago White Sox anymore, but the two could be collaborating shortly on a historic piece of White Sox memorabilia.
“I think I may have the only one that didn’t get cut up. I secretly yanked mine down when he wasn’t looking, and as of right now I think – besides the coaches; the coaches are one thing – but I want to know for sure that I’m the only player that didn’t get his cut up.”
– Wright State forward Steven Davis unleashed a filthy dunk.
Did he just use his defender as a step ladder?!
– So apparently Wonder Women has been an honorary ambassador to the United Nations for quite some time? Well that was until recently at least.
— Phil Jimenez (@Philjimeneznyc) December 13, 2016
People complained about Wonder Woman being an UN ambassador because she's curvy instead of her being,i don't know,fictional?
— Cristian Garro (@CrGa98) December 13, 2016
– Every year around August or September, MLB rookies across the sport would dress up in crazy costumes. The choice of costumes was endless, until now.
The policy, obtained by The Associated Press, prohibits “requiring, coercing or encouraging” players from “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.”
– The Seattle Sounders celebrated their MLS Cup by parading through Seattle on Tuesday and during the parade a police officer was injured by a trolley.
— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) December 13, 2016
The extent of the injury is unknown, although ESPN reports the injury appeared to be to the officer’s leg. An AP report said the injury is not life-threatening in nature.
Bike officer injured in collision with trolley near parade route at Queen Anne Av/Mercer St. More details as they become available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) December 13, 2016
– There’s been a lot of debates all over the internet lately about if theorizing is good for TV and if trailers are good for movies. Adam Driver, the actor who played Kylo Ren in Star Wars Episode VII, is jumping into the conversation.
During an interview with CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell, the lack of an Episode 8 trailer came up, to which O’Connell asked Driver if he’d prefer no trailer coming out at all. Here’s how he responded:
“I think that’d be bold. I’d love it, yeah! Then no one would know anything. The less people know, I feel like, the more exciting… the more of an event it is.”
Our own Ian Casselberry dives into the discussion here. I love trailers, but Driver and Casselberry do make an interesting points.
– Do you want to be an offensive coordinator for Rutgers’ football? Now is your chance!
What more does Rutgers even need in an OC? pic.twitter.com/H9KWNYqd46
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 13, 2016
– Who doesn’t love adorable young baseball fans pleading to GMs to not trade their favorite player!?
Sound logic don't you think? pic.twitter.com/4hueD0c6fq
— Jeff Luhnow (@jluhnow) December 13, 2016
– Colorado Rockies’ pitcher Chad Bettis is dealing with a particularly tough form of cancer.
“I was completely caught off-guard by my diagnosis but have subsequently found that the vast majority of cases occur in men 20 to 40 years of age and that the survival rate is 99 percent when contained and caught early. This only reinforces my belief that each of us needs to be totally in tune with our own physical health, and that taking action sooner than later when we feel like something is off can sometimes literally be the difference between life and death.
My growing family and I would like to say thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and kind words. We will get through this! Better together!
– Michael Phelps honored fellow US swimming legend Katie Ledecky at ESPNW’s IMPACT25 show.
Every time she got in the water, it didn’t matter what time of year it was, how rested she was, where she was swimming, who she was swimming against — she was cranking best times, national records. It was incredible. I remember thinking, This girl might be the real deal.
Right now, she’s untouchable. There are swimmers who might push her, but no one is going to beat her. I remember what that feeling was like; it’s a great place to be. You know that if you put in the work, the reward is going to be there at the end. The challenge becomes longevity — how long can you keep it up?
– The NFL announced early Tuesday morning the eight teams who would be playing in London in 2017:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 13, 2016
– The NFL also decided recently it will be retiring Pink October and instead allow teams to support as many cancer causes as they’d like during a three week period in October every season.
“It’s a balancing act,” Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s VP of social responsibility, said. “We have seen a lot of success in having focused, strategic campaigns. Focusing on one cause, fundraising for it, bringing it to life, choosing a message, spreading word among our fans. We are committed to that.”
A Random ‘The Office’ Related Video:
I will pay someone to construct this in my office.
One Last Glorious Moment of Procrastination
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