Want to buy a an NBA franchise, and you have about $315 million? Well, you're in luck. The Golden State Warriors are up for sale. Though you may have to wait in line, because Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, has been waiting for his chance at owning the team for a while.Christopher Cohan, who owns an an 80% stake in the Warriors, ended months of speculation and officially put the team up for sale Monday. He's hired Galatioto Sports Partners to help facilitate the sale. Reports of a possible sale have been around since last July. Ellison has reportedly been wanting to buy the team (Oracle has the naming rights to the team's arena) but bemoaned in January that "unfortunately you can't have a hostile takeover of a basketball team." Now he might have his chance.The Warriors, by the way, are described as "are a premier NBA franchise" in a press release put out by the team. If by "premier" you mean the last place team in the Pacific Division with a 19-50 record, that is. Well at least it makes you more "premier" than the New York Knicks, I guess.(via SB Nation, USA Today, Yahoo! Sports)
Don't expect Jimmy Clausen or Tim Tebow to be wearing a Browns jersey next season. Mike Holmgren isn't quite sold on them. Interviewed by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Browns President said the team would draft a quarterback. However, he wasn't too keen on Clausen or Tebow.In regards to Clausen, Holmgren said:"I wish I liked him more," he said. "You know how you have a type of player that you like? It's not scientific. People like him a lot. He'll go high. But it would be hard for me [to take him]." Translation: We've had enough of Notre Dame QB's thank you.As for Tebow, while he was invited to pay a private visit with the Browns, Holmgren doesn't seem willing to use a projected second round draft pick on him...."There are areas of the football team that we really have to help -- the secondary, offensive line -- to get the team better. This year it would be pretty hard to use the second [round] pick to get a quarterback. It would be pretty hard for me. "Next year might be easier. We've got [three picks in the third round and four in the fifth round] going for us. But I'd have to have another second-round pick [to take a quarterback in the second round]." If if makes Browns' fans feel happier, there was no mention of Colt McCoy. So he might still be on the radar in Cleveland. (via Cleveland Plain-Dealer)
It does seem that Lane Kiffin is easily going to beat Natalie Grubbs in the first round of Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive Madness tournament. So it might be time to start scouting out Kiffin's "Sexy" competition, starting the the Sports Bracket, where Lane and Natalie are located.(2)Tanith Belbin vs. (15)Daniela HantuchovaThe lovely ice dancer Belbin holds a slight 51%-49% lead over the beautiful Slovakian tennis player.(4) Serena Williams vs. (13) Gina CaranoSerena may be the queen on the tennis court, but MMA star Carano reigns supreme in this match-up 84%-16%(5) Ana Ivanovic vs. (12) Heather MittsThe soccer star is easily beating the tennis star 68%-32%(6) Lindsey Vonn & Julia Mancuso vs. (11) The "Panamanian Cricket Team"America's Olympians are getting beat by what may be the phoniest sports entity since the Swedish Bikini Team 69%-31%. Patriotism obviously means nothing to voters.(7) Matt Stafford's Girlfriend (Kelly Hall) vs. (10) Scott Podsednik's Wife (Lisa Dergan)America's love for football stretches wins out against America's Pastime 61%-39%(8) Erin Andrews vs. (9) Danica PatrickDanica is edging out Erin 52%-48% in what is obviously a hotly contested race.Should they both make it through Kiffin would face Danica Patrick in round two. Brace yourselves for an epic battle.(via Esquire)
The Associated Press is reporting that ESPN will air an interview with Tiger Woods tonight at 7:00 P.M. Eastern. Tom Rinaldi will reportedly be handling the interview for the World Wide Leader.No further details about the interview are available, but don't expect any salacious new information coming from Woods. This will probably be as sanitised for his protection as the Bob Costas interview with Mark McGwire was. You'll have to wait for the next batch of Woods' illicit text messages to pop up online for that.(via boston.com)
Yeah, I had to go there.
The band, that is. Not the basketball team.
It's like Christmas in March for St. Mary's fans!The Gaels of St. Mary'sAh. hear they are callingThe young loves, the true lovesTo the Sweet SixteenAnd so my belovedWhen Wildcats are fallingThe loves bells shall ring out, ring outFor you and me
It's the moment you've been waiting for: The (almost) daily update on how Lane Kiffin's doing in Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive Madness" tournament. As of 4;40 PM EST, Kiffin still is beating first round opponent Natalie Grubbs by a commanding lead. He leads 58%-42%.It may be a little premature, but to celebrate Kiffin's almost certain victory, I decided it was about time our little Princess Lane needed a name worthy of such a title as "Sexiest Woman Alive." So what better way to find Lane a name than checking out some the internet's inevitable drag queen name generators? Oh, don't act like you're surprised they're out there. Anyhow, here's a sampling of what I came up with:Blogthings.com's Drag Queen Name Generator: Amanda Playwith.Rum & Monkey: Charlamaine Tension Midsumma Drag Name Genarator: Lois Carmen Denominator Of course he could always go with the obvious "Elaine Changer," "Helena Troy," "Lanie Kitten" or "Lanie Backstabber. "
As if things at Oregon weren't bad enough, the school is looking for a new athletic director. Mike Bellotti has left Oregon to become an college football analyst for ESPN. Belotti is not the latest rat to leave the sinking ship known as Oregon, but he's one of the few that haven't been thrown out.This included several members if Oregon's "Insane Clown Posse" football team, and men's basketball coach Ernie Kent, who was fired for poor performance.Where there are deeper reasons behind the resignation are uncertain, but Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojonarowski tweeted that "Oregon's Mike Bellotti isn't resigning because Nike has World Wide Wes and Lynn Merritt running his basketball search. He wants to do TV." Which implied how much influence the Oregon based company has on the Oregon program.(via The Sporting Blog, Adrian Wojonaroski's Twitter)
What did Ryan Mallett think of LSU Freek's video where music was added to a clip of Mallett making his way on the Arkansas Kansas with his injured foot resting on some sort of four-wheeled something-or-another? You know, this one?Well, when asked he seems amused by it. “You’ve got to take it with a grain of salt...There’s going to be people from other teams putting it on the Internet. A million people have sent it to me in my e-mail. I just laugh every time...It doesn’t get to me or anything.”That's nice, it still won't get Mallett back on the Ryan List, though.As for LSU Freek, he tweeted " First time ever a target of mine has confirmed he saw my potshot... Props to Mallett for having a sense of humor."(via Mr. SEC, Arkansas News, LSU Freek's Twitter)
Don't be alarmed, but Tom Brady still hasn't shown up for the Patriots' voluntary offseason workout program in Foxboro. He's still out in Los Angeles with wife Giselle Bundchen his two sons, and a new dog. Brady claims "that he still does the required training, just not always in Foxboro because his lifestyle has changed with a wife and two children."Like I said probably nothing to worry about, but it makes you wonder if this is how Brett Favre started in his lack of spending his offseason with the team ways.(via National Football Post, Boston Herald)
University of Georgia President EvilMichael Adams was not happy with the untidiness of some Georgia tailgaters in Athens last year. Well, more like a lot of tailgaters. The North Campus was pretty much trashed last year after several home games.Now UGA has come up with some new regulations to prevent future untidiness, along with a lot of fun. Reportedly banned from the North Campus next season are "tents, kegs, generators, televisions, amplified music, grills and cookers, tables longer than 4 feet and household furniture (folding chairs are OK)." Setting up for for tailgating will not be permitted "until four hours before kickoff."In addition "pull-behind items such as trailers and cookers" are banned from the campus entirely, along with "golf carts and ATVs."It could be worse. Dr. Evil Adams said that banning tailgating on the North Campus was brought up. “I think they hit a sensible, happy medium for now.”Happy being matter of perception.Got a problem with this? In that case Spencer Hall has a few words of wisdom:"It would be really, really nice to support someone getting furious about this, but cleaning up after yourself at a tailgate is basic football fan etiquette, and the people who share our fair state fail at doing that even along the roads of the place they consider home. (Their cars, however, are very clean.) It is a violation made worse by the beautiful campus being trashed in the process."Hard to argue with him there, even if he is an unrepentant Gator.(via Athens Banner-Herald, EDSBS)
Someone apparently has had enough of the shenanigans of some players of the Oregon Ducks' football team. A billboard in Eugene, Oregon was painted with images of eight current and former Oregon players who have been involved in incidents ranging from the embarrassing to the criminal. The players were painted with clown makeup on their faces, symbolizing how their actions have made the University of Oregon a look like laughing stock to the nation.The players on the billboard are Jeremiah Masoli (recently pleaded guilty to a second-degree burglary charge. Suspended for 2010 season, ), LaMichael James (pleaded guilty to "a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from an altercation with his former girlfriend." Suspended for first game of 2010 season), Kiko Alonso (DUII. Suspended for 2010 season), Rob Beard ("pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of physical harassment." Suspended for 2010 season opener.), Garrett Embry (involved in the burglary with Masoi. No longer on the team.), Jamere Holland (dismissed from team for violating team rules after an incident with his Faebook account), Matt Simms ("pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of harassment" involving a fight with fellow kicker Mike Bowlin. Dismissed from team), and most notoriously LeGarrette Blount (punched Boise State player Byron Hout live on ESPN. Suspended part of last season.)Not pictured is Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who should probably be shown wearing the sad clown makeup of the late Emmet Kelly. Perfect for the coach of what is slowly becoming the NCAA's version of the Insane Clown Posse.(via Dr. Saturday, ESPN, KMTR.com, KVAL.com, KOINlocal6.com, The Register-Guard, OregonLive.com)
As of the time this is being written (11:58 PM EST) Lane Kiffin is beating Natalie Gulbis in the first round of voting for Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive Madness tournament 58% - 47%. It's beginning to look like Esquire doesn't think the joke's so funny anymore, though. They've replaced the image of Gulbis originally posted (at left) with one that's a little more flattering. Better vote now before the magazine comes to their senses.(via Esquire)
Okay, I'll give you this, for a mascot costume, the Notre Dame Leprechaun looks pretty realistic. Most of the cosplayers on the sidelines who dress up as humans look pretty creepy. Like Purdue Pete, for example. The Leprechaun looks almost human, by comparison. Whoever sculpted that head should be given a medal or something. Most fiberglass mascot heads look huge and goofy, the Leprechaun's head on the other hand...Wait, what's that? That's an actual person in a leprechaun suit? That's not some fiberglass head on that body? How embarrassing! Prancing around in a furry outfit with a giant head is one thing. But roaming around without any sort of mask has to show some total lack of dignity. Or shame. Or Both.Oh well, Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody. Stay safe.
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