Jets free agent safety Eric Smith is not supportive of the players' group workouts during the work stoppage. "I don’t understand why guys are doing this stuff," he told The Washington Post. "You’re risking injury. And you got the rookies who aren’t getting paid any money, flying in to do these workouts. So they’re putting themselves in a hole before they make any money."

Smith, 28, who will be a free agent, returned home to Ohio and has been living with his parents and working out on his own.

Rangers forward Sean Avery, who aggressively supported gay marriage in New York — a bill making gay marriage legal in the state was passed last week — now wants the league to get behind him. "It would be great for the NHL to take the lead among professional sports leagues in terms of social equality and justice and be out front and progressive regarding issues like this," he said.

Former Red Sox star Wade Boggs, whose most famous television acting gig was a guest spot as himself in an episode of "Cheers" in the 1980s, appeared in the Syfy channel's original movie "Swamp Shark," which debuted Saturday night. Boggs plays "dimwitted lawman Deputy Stanley," who helps an evil sheriff cover up the accidental unleashing of a gigantic man-eating shark into the Louisiana Bayou. Boggs explained that he based his character on Yankees pitching legend Ron Guidry, aka "Louisiana Lightning."

Lakers guard Ron Artest, whose actions helped spark the most embarrassing brawl in NBA history in 2004, is changing his name to Metta World Peace. Metta is a Buddhist term meaning loving-kindness. Artest's attorney filed a petition in court, and it will be considered on Aug. 26.

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber, attempting an NFL comeback after a stint as a talking head on NBC, did an interview with New York sports radio host Mike Francesca Wednesday, and it did not go well. "The guys at NBC, and I know all of them, they felt that you did a bad job, and they said you thought you were entitled," Francesa said, telling Barber he was fired after his stint was a "failure."

According to several reports, legendary Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was arrested Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. The 81-year-old Bulger, who had been on the run from authorities since 1995 when federal agents were about to arrest him in connection with 21 killings, took place inside a Southern California building without an incident, according to reports. According to The Los Angeles Times, the FBI had been conducting a surveillance operation in the area where the arrest was made.

The NFL might be in a work stoppage, but the Eagles and Giants haven't toned down their feud. Days after Eagles receiver LeSean McCoy called Giants running back Osi Umenyiora "overrated" and "soft" (and was threatened by Umenyiora in return), Giants receiver Steve Smith posted photos on his yfrog account showing his team celebrating the Super Bowl XLII title around a picture of an empty Eagles trophy case.

“Boston loves a winner. And will not tolerate a loser. Bostonians play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed ... because the very thought of losing is hateful to Massholes.”
--Patton (edited somewhat by me)



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Boston has the most obsessed baseball fans in America, according to a statistical analysis by Bundle.com. The website based its rankings on attendance, team revenue and fantasy baseball participation, along with spending on entertainment and dining out. Following Red Sox Nation are fans of the Giants, Cubs, Cardinals and Yankees.

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