Jim Nantz on why he gave Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono his tie after the national title game: “It’s a personal Final Four tradition. The tie symbolizes a lot to me. My father, who taught me to tie a tie. I just felt, years ago, that I wanted to do something to honor a senior on the team that wins the title, to give them something to bring home. I bring a new tie to the game every year, and I find a player who I’m inspired by everything about them. What they do on the floor, what they do in the classroom. That was an easy one tonight.”
By now it’s becoming increasingly clear that Jim Nantz is more than just America’s preeminent play-by-play announcer. He’s also a complete lunatic. A pretentious, toast-obsessed, Peyton Manning-worshipping, egomaniacal screwball so in love with the smell of his own gas that he thinks some kid who just achieved his lifelong dream of winning a national championship will somehow have the moment enhanced by Nantz giving him his discarded clothes.
Right. Because the whole championship experience — being celebrated on national TV, cutting down the nets, seeing the banner go up in your home arena, getting treated like a hero on campus for the rest of your days — is all sort of hollow unless you get to bring home one of Nantz’s accessories.
Honestly, I can’t decide what the best part of the story is. It could be that Jim Nantz so narcissistic he’s become Fat Elvis at the Vegas Hilton, handing out his sweaty scarves to polyester-pantsuited housewives. Or it could be the fact he thinks it’s somehow special that his dad taught him how to tie a tie, like that makes their relationship unique in all the world.
But if I had to decide, I’d say my favorite part is the reaction of Arcidiacono and everyone around them, as they try to figure out what Nantz is up to. The looks they give him are the faces of people trying to assess exactly how creepy this gesture is. Is it just garden variety weird, or is this “Mr. Grey will see you now”-level freaky. Either way, here’s hoping this is a tradition that remains unlike any other. Because we don’t need more of it.
NBC News — Police in Manchester, Connecticut arrested a husband and wife after an argument at Royal Buffet got out of hand on Saturday night.
Manchester police say they were called to 410 West Middle Turnpike for a dispute that started as an argument over crab legs at the buffet table and escalated into a physical confrontation. During the scuffle, a 21-year-old man was punched in the face and lost a tooth.
That man’s mother jumped in and used pepper spray on her son’s attackers. Her actions were in self-defense and she is not facing any charges, according to police.
Police arrested Clifford Knight, 45, and Latoya Knight, 38, both of Windsor. … Police said the suspects are husband and wife.
Let’s not quibble about who’s right and who’s wrong in all this. I’m not here to weigh judgment one who did what to whom or who threw the first crab leg. Because where you see a bunch of dopes punching each other out over the shellfish at a $15 buffet, I see a beautiful love story.
Call me a hopeless romantic, but there’s something intensely beautiful about this story. Clifford Knight is aptly named because it’s rare these days to see chivalry like his. Defending his lovely wife’s honor and her dinner at the same time. Against a man half his age, no less. That kind of devotion is rare nowadays. And I feel like a lot of men would have not come to their wife’s defense like him. Instead, they’d just let some punk grabs the last of the crab legs while they kept filling their plate with the Mongolian beef and sesame chicken and tried not to make any trouble.
Well, not my man Clifford. He came riding in wearing shining armor and fought for the woman he loves. To him, those marriage vows mean something. To love and cherish, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, through crustaceans and pepper spray. Godspeed to those two love birds. They can sit at my dinner table anytime.
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Well, you knew this was coming the moment Villanova’s Kris Jenkins drained the 3-pointer that won the NCAA basketball tournament and put a dagger into the heart of North Carolina. The Internet already had been putting the Crying Michael Jordan face on everything imaginable for months. To the point that it had pretty much been played out. But then in some weird, cosmic manifest destiny, the biggest sports moment of 2016 plays out with Jordan sitting right there in the stands. The Twittersphere’s response was as instant as it was inevitable. And kudos to the guy who worked in Sad Ben Affleck as well. But after this, it’s time to retire Crying Jordan for good. You’re never going to enjoy a better moment than this. I gave you the last hour of the night Monday plus a day, and enough’s enough. .
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“I’ve never put my hand on any women,” the defensive end told ESPN’s Adam Schefter in a sit-down interview Monday. “In my whole entire life, no sir.”
Hardy said his conviction in the bench trial was “a flimsy situation,” despite the fact that girlfriend Nicole Holder accused him of a violent attack and had visible bruises on her body afterward.
“Pictures are pictures, and they can be made to look like whatever they want to,” he said, adding: “I didn’t say I didn’t do anything wrong. That situation occurred and that situation was handled, but as a man you can’t avoid situations that aren’t your fault or are your fault. … Saying I did nothing wrong is a stretch, but saying I’m innocent is correct, sir.”
Hardy, who played his first five seasons with the Panthers, was suspended 10 games by the league for his transgression, although it was reduced to four games by an arbitrator.
He appealed his guilty verdict and the case was thrown out in February 2015 when Holder refused to cooperate with authorities.
TMZ Sports has video of the incident, which the website claims escalated when someone talked trash to Wolfe and his friends. The man TMZ identifies as Wolfe is seen throwing a punch, although it’s not clear if it landed. TMZ reports that Wolfe later left the club bloodied after being hit in the face with a glass bottle.
Wolfe, who had 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 12 games last season, his fourth in the league, signed a four-year, $36.7 million contract extension in January.
— Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who was in the middle of a nightclub brawl that sent two off-duty police officers to the hospital, will not face criminal charges for the February incident.
McCoy, who played six seasons for the Eagles, and his companions argued with the officers in a misunderstanding about who purchased a bottle of champagne, but Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said Monday that he can’t prove who started the fight. He added that it’s legal to act in self-defense or in defense of others.
McCoy’s attorney claims the player was only trying to break up the fight. He still could face discipline from the league.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 5, 1978, the Red Sox sold to the White Sox which right-handed pitcher who spent three seasons in Boston and recorded a 0.00 ERA in 6 1/3 innings in the 1975 World Series?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think every shot’s going in, and this one was no different.” — Kris Jenkins, after hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Villanova a 77-74 victory over North Carolina for the NCAA championship
Mikey Adams, Christian Arcand, and Lenny Megliola discuss the clip of Greg Hardy with ESPN's Adam Shefter declaring his innocence in previous domestic violence accusations.
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