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As Yankees-Red Sox border wars go, this isn’t exactly Bill Lee getting his shoulder separated in a benches-emptying brawl or Jason Varitek feeding his glove to A-Rod, but it’ll have to do.

I guess this is what passes for bad blood between franchises that supposedly hate each other in 2016. Going at it in Valentine’s Day posts like two high school girls throwing shade at each other on Facebook. In our genteel, mannered, easily-offended world, the best rivalry in sports has gone from rugged men throwing haymakers in anger to entry-level social media staffers throwing snark.

Oh, well. At least it’s something. It’s some indication that maybe after years of playing nice, with Yankee legends being treated like they were winning those championships for us and absolutely zero animosity to be found anywhere, maybe, just maybe, these two teams are ready to get back to some good, old-school, mutual hatred as God intended. But I’m not holding my breath. Instead I’ll just satisfy myself with memories of the way things used to be.

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been heavily scrutinized this week for his actions both on and off the field on Super Bowl Sunday.

Newton came under fire when he appeared to back away from a loose ball after fumbling in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Then during his postgame press conference he gave mostly one-word answers before abruptly walking out on reporters, saying, “I’m done, man.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera apparently is not as concerned as fans and media members. In an interview with Pro Football Talk, Rivera defended his quarterback’s decision not to dive after his fourth-quarter fumble.

“I think he was looking for the rebound. When that group of guys came diving in, when it ricocheted backwards, he tried to turn and get after the ball,” Rivera said. “When you look at the circumstances he was looking at, I have no problem with that.”

As for Newton’s postgame surliness, Rivera said it simply was the result of the QB’s competitive nature.

Said Rivera, “The one thing about Cam that I think a lot of people have to understand is he hates to lose. He really does. And a lot of great ones have that.”

Rivers said the experience can all be used as a lesson for the future.

“Unfortunately, we just didn’t win the big one,” the coach said. “I think he’ll learn and grow from this situation and come back stronger next year.”

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham

 

 

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On Monday, adult film legend and uber sports fan Lisa Ann went on “Morning Men” with Evan Cohen and Mike Babchik on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio and talked about covering Super Bowl 50. Among the soul-baring revelations she made was the fact that Emmanuel Sanders is the player she’d most like to cook dinner for (which could be a euphemism or literally mean she wants to prepare a meal for him, my pornspeak is rusty) and this little gem:

“I got FaceTimed by both teams before the game started. I was pretty excited about that. I’€™m not telling you that! I kind of got in with that. I was really happy that I showered and looked decent when I got these FaceTimes. I got a FaceTime yesterday from the field right before the game from my friend who you remember, [Broncos tight end] Jeff Heuerman, who got injured at the beginning of training camp and didn’t get to play this season. I can’€™t count him because he didn’t play, is that correct?”

Unfortunately she did not say who from the Panthers FaceTimed her (which also could be a euphemism, but I’m guessing she meant the video calling option), but unless it also was someone on injured reserve, that is not a good look for Carolina. I mean, I know boys will be boys, but you’d like to think that just before the biggest game of their lives they’re focused on installing last-minute plays and going over the silent snap count, not calling the star of “Nailin’ Palin” and “Breast in Class 2: Counterfeit Racks.” Call me a purist.

Anyway, it would explain a lot. I don’t know how you go out and win a football game when guys on your team are FaceTiming with porn superstars right before kickoff. Unless she’s promising “dinner” for someone on the champions, which would be a hell of an incentive. And if that’s the case, I’d look right into the camera after the game and yell, “I’m going to Lisa Ann’s house for a nice home-cooked meal!!!”

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher

Knicks president Phil Jackson decided to cut ties with coach Derek Fisher on Monday. The firing took place after Fisher led the team to a mark of 23-31 this season and an abysmal 17-65 record last season. The Knicks have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Former Lakers and Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis will step in as interim coach for the remainder of the season. While he will have a chance to earn the head coaching position, there are a number of outside candidates the Knicks may be taking a hard look at.

One name that is thrown around with just about every coaching vacancy in the NBA is former Celtics assistant and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. There’s also former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, whom Jackson reportedly preferred over Fisher but could not hire because Shaw already had a job at the time.

Perhaps the most intriguing name on the list is Warriors assistant Luke Walton. The incredible job the 35-year-old did filling in for Steve Kerr this season has not gone unnoticed, and he almost certainly will be getting head coaching offers in the near future. One report indicated the Lakers would be willing to fire coach Byron Scott so they could hire Walton.

Walton and Fisher both played for Jackson with the Lakers, while Shaw and Rambis were assistant coaches under Jackson.

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham
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So while you were kicking back Sunday, enjoying a terrible football game, watching a subpar selection of ads and waiting for Peyton Manning to shamelessly whore himself out to major pizza and beer conglomerates, this is what feminist group NARAL was doing. Watching every commercial through the context of how it destroys the cause of female equality. And as you can see from these tweets, it took some major squinting to even see the ads through a worldview this narrow.

To review: Portraying a hungry, cranky Marilyn Monroe as William Dafoe is damaging to transgendered people. If you suggest an unborn baby likes Doritos, you’re being anti-choice. Mashing up the Odell Beckham Jr. catch with the common, traditional practice of catching a wedding bouquet is demeaning to women. And the mere suggestion grown women get sexually aroused by Ryan Reynolds is hate speech.

This is just further proof, as if we needed it, that no one can hurt a cause more than someone who supports it but is an idiot and a zealot about it. I don’t care where you fall on the issue, there’s not one woman in America who’s going to be denied an abortion because a cartoon fetus in a Super Bowl ad jumped out of its mother’s birth canal to go after some orange, triangular snack treats. And that legitimately funny spot no more “humanizes” fetuses than the Mountain Dew ad “humanizes” puppymonkeybabies.

But in an odd way, as delusional and misguided at the people who tweeted this nonsense out are, I sort of envy them. It must be easier to go through life as the self-appointed Fun Police. To evaluate everything you see, hear, touch, smell and taste not by whether it appeals to you or not, but by how much it offends you. To give up any pretense of whether anything is enjoyable and just focus on the extent to which it furthers your particular cause. I’d think that would be liberating. And a much simpler path to take through life as opposed to being entertained and trying to entertain others. I mean, sure, you run the risk of overreaching, looking ridiculous and setting your cause back decades. But I suppose that just gives you more to be offended about.

Then again, maybe I’m just being a clueless dad.

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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