I’ve come to the realization that I have a thing for attractive women who play classical musical instruments. Celtic Women. Those ones who call themselves Hot Chicks who did that cover of “Toxicity” by System of a Down a while back. I suppose as fetishes go, I could do a lot worse. I mean, string instruments aren’t exactly Rex Ryan‘s foot thing or buying panties out of a Japanese vending machine or something. And besides, my talented Irish Rose is a cellist, so maybe it’s a cause-and-effect situation.
That said, there is one thing I like more than a hot woman playing violin. And that is a hot woman playing “Star Wars” themes on dueling violins using a lightsabers as bows while doing cosplay as a Jedi and a Sith Lord. It’s like all my worlds colliding into one big nerdgasm.
Well done, Taylor Davis. You have made a fan out of me. May the Force be with you. Always.
This is the video that’s taken over the Internet. Chris Paul and Aaron Rodgers doing trick shots with the sorcerers from Dude Perfect.
I am deep in the spirit of the holiday season, feeling all tidings of comfort and joy, peace on Earth and goodwill toward men and all that. Otherwise I’d make some crack about how Rodgers admitted he likes his footballs over the legal limit but is such a media darling he could raise the price of the AIDS drug 100-fold, spoil “The Force Awakens” and out Santa Claus to the children of the world and we’d still adore him.
But I’m not in that mood. Instead I’ll just say this is pretty cool. Especially the one where the bowling ball releases the balloon and he pops the balloon for the win.
Washington Post — Win or lose, it’s basically Christmas every week for some NFL players. It’s a common sight to see players exchanging jerseys after games with either childhood friends, former college or NFL teammates or simply out of mutual respect. …
There are apparently some teams that don’t allow players to swap jerseys after the game. [Dashon] Goldson said he tried to trade jerseys in Week 9 after the New England Patriots game with wide receiver Julian Edelman, but Edelman said the team won’t allow it. …
“I think that’s whack but, hey, to each its own,” Goldson said. “That’s the only team I’ve encountered that didn’t.”
There they go again. Those classless Patriots. Those lying, cheating, unsportsmanlike, classless Patriots. Every other team in the NFL engages in the sacred tradition of the jersey exchange except those weaselly Patriots. It’s probably because Robert Kraft is too cheap. He wouldn’t pay Darrelle Revis, and he won’t spring for a couple of new jerseys over the course of a season. Or Bill Belichick doesn’t want those shirts getting around because someone will find they’re covered with a secret lubricating compound or wired on the inside with special signal-jamming equipment or something. Figures.
Oh, wait. The Patriots do allow tradesies on jerseys. As a matter of fact, Pats players do it all the time. Julian Edelman couldn’t be bothered to swap with Dashon Goldson for the simple fact that one Julian Edelman shirt is worth a pallet of boxes filled with Dashon Goldsons, so he let the kid down easy with a polite fib. But that doesn’t mean the Washington Post should let the truth get in the way of a good smear.
Of course this isn’t the first lie spread about the Pats, and it won’t be the last. I guess my only question is, When does the independent investigation begin, and how many draft picks will it end up costing them?
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Hornets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Rockets at Magic, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV) College basketball: Auburn vs. Harvard, 5 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Central Connecticut at UConn, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico vs. BYU, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bryant at Michigan, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Illinois vs. Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Utah Valley at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pepperdine at Portland, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Green Bay at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Poinsettia Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. Boise State, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: GoDaddy Bowl, Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
Odell Beckham Jr.
— As Odell Beckham Jr. prepares for his appeal hearing Wednesday, reports continue to swirl about what triggered his cheap shots on Panthers cornerback Josh Norman in Sunday’s game that led to the receiver’s one-game suspension.
NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin told the New York Daily News not only was Beckham hearing homophobic slurs Sunday, he has been hearing similar trash talk all season.
“He deals with it a lot,” said Irvin, who said he has spoken to Beckham multiple times since Sunday’s game. “For some reason, everybody goes after him with gay slurs. He’s a different kind of dude. He has the hairdo out, he’s not the big muscular kind of dude. The ladies all love him. He’s a star. I wonder why people are going in that direction. It blows my mind. I told him he can’t let stuff that people say get to you.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera, however, said no such behavior would be allowed on his team.
“If there is something out there that is factual, that there is truth or hard evidence, please present it to us as well so we can act accordingly,” Rivera said. “We don’t tolerate that here. We don’t. If there is some truth to it we will react to it and handle it appropriately. Until there is, there’s nothing for me to do.”
One thing Rivera couldn’t deny is that a Panthers player was wielding a baseball bat as he confronted Beckham before the game — something Irvin said also upset the second-year receiver. Video has emerged of Panthers practice player Marcus Ball, with bat in hand, walking up to an angry Beckham as the Giants warmed up, but what they said was not clear.
The Panthers have said the bat is for inspiration, but the league reminded teams Tuesday that “no foreign objects unrelated to the uniform or playing equipment are permitted on the playing field and sidelines on game day.”
Rivera said he was banning the bats, “because I’m going to hear it if I don’t. That’s the truth of the matter. So to avoid the situation and set of circumstances, let’s just eliminate it. So that’s what we’re going to do. Again, it’s the No Fun League for a reason.”
Meanwhile, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Tuesday night that he called the officials during Sunday’s game to offer a reminder that they could eject players, and they would have the league’s support if they did. He said the officials now realize they should have done exactly that.
“The crew was doing a really tough job of trying to keep the game under control,” Blandino said. “They had spoken to both head coaches. They had spoken to the players. There was a point during the game when I did get on the headset to the replay official to remind the referee that, ‘You can eject players. You’ll have our full support. This thing cannot get out of control.’
“Things did tend to settle down as the game got closer in the fourth quarter, but certainly there was a point there where it was getting a little bit crazy.”
— The Colts offense has struggled of late, recording just two offensive touchdowns in the last three games, and receiver T.Y. Hilton believes he knows the reason why: the coaches are holding the team back.
“The throws have been there, but we just haven’t been calling them,” Hilton said. “It’s more the play-calling.”
Rob Chudzinski has been calling plays since Pep Hamilton was fired as offensive coordinator after Week 8, and Hilton wants him to be more aggressive with the team’s receivers.
“We’re not really using us — Donte [Moncrief], me, Phillip [Dorsett],” Hilton said. “We’re fast guys and we’re not going down the field how we’re supposed to. We’re running stick routes, chain routes. I mean, you can do that, but at some point, you have to take your shots to get the defense [moving] back.”
Asked if the struggling offensive line might be part of the reason for the conservative play-calling, Hilton couldn’t say.
“I don’t know what’s going on [with the coaches],” he said. “I’m just out there running routes. Whatever the play call is, that’s what we’re running. Hopefully it gets better this week.”
Mehmet Degirmenci, who plays for Sanayispor, objected to a seemingly harmless bump from Dallicaspor’s Kayhan Karakas by racing over and kicking Karakas in the side of the leg, dropping him to the ground. Degirmenci was immediately given a red card by the referee, but he wasn’t done. He then delivered a brutal kick right to Karakas’ face before walking off the field.
Caracas appeared to have a concussion, and he needed nine stitches, but he said it could have been worse.
“Thank god that kick came near my jaw,” he said. “If it had hit me directly in the face, it could have broken my nose, made me blind or break my neck.”
Degirmenci, who was kicked off his team, claimed that Karakas insulted his mother.
“I had no personal problem with Kayhan. It was a heat-of-the-moment thing,” he said. “I tried to apologize to him after the incident, but he refused. I apologize to him. I regret it, but I reproach him for cursing about an educator and mother.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 23, 1986, which Red Sox player whose batting average declined each of his seven seasons in Boston signed as a free agent with the Mariners?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I couldn’t say thank you enough. It was something that the eyes filled up with tears and just thinking back to my induction to the Hall of Fame that my dad would have really liked to look up there and see my number next to Ted [Williams]. That was the thing that ran through my mind. On May 26, him and my mom will have the best seat in the house. They will be looking down and it will be a very proud day for my family.” — Wade Boggs, during an appearance Tuesday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, talking about the Red Sox’ decision to retire his jersey number