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02.25.09 at 10:15 am ET
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It’s not easy being Scott Eyre, and not just because no one is ever really sure just how to pronounce his name. He’s one of several ballplayers ‘€” a group that includes noted legal scholar Johnny Damon ‘€” who has had his bank accounts frozen due to the ongoing investigation into the Stanford Financial fraud case. Jason Giambi says there isn’t much he’s qualified to do once his playing career ends, other than maybe this. (Scroll down for the answer.) That’s quite a life you’ve made for yourself there, Mister. Although we shouldn’t be surprised. I mean, what was he going to say? Pharmacist? (Oh, wait……)

I have to admit I was never really a big Nate Robinson fan before (I’ve talked to some people who have dealt with him, and they all say to a man he’s a jerk), but I think I may have to change my tune after reading this. (Think they could find a role for him in “Anchorman 2″?) Although they still can’t seem to get his nickname right in the New York Post (via The Sports Hernia). How much could watching a Bears-Lions game cost you? How about $27,788.93? Awesome!

Here’s the best of the week in the NHL:

And to celebrate the looming deal in place that will bring Stephon Marbury to the Celtics, we’ll bring you the latest ‘€” and what appears to be final ‘€” short film starring our man Starbury and some dude from California.

(Check out YouTube for the previous four installments.)

Afternoon Links

02.24.09 at 2:25 pm ET
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Compiled by Drew Scott

In honor of this absolutely absurd half-court buzzer-beater by Devin Harris against the Sixers last night (see below), let’€™s take a look at some of the most clutch players and most ridiculous last-second shots in recent NBA history:

Maybe Devin Harris should strive to reach buzzer beater greatness like Michael Jordan:

Here are the Top 10 Buzzer Beaters from last season:

And here are a couple Paul Pierce / Ray Allen classics:

Pierce vs. the Hawks:

An oldie but goodie from Pierce during the 2006 season vs. Washington:

Ray Allen vs. Raptors:

Ray Allen vs. Charlotte:

Morning Links

02.24.09 at 8:56 am ET
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Maybe it’s just me. But if your manager organizes a day of pool away from the ballpark because your team needs a “break” from the game ‘€” and it’s only the third week of February ‘€” that’s a bad, bad sign. Of course, if you’ve been working hard in the offseason to stay in top physical form like CC Sabathia here, I can see why you would need to spend time away from the grind of staying in shape. (Well, I guess round is a shape…) Keeping on that Yankees’ theme, this blog has some great captions for Yankees photo day.

This guy is a jerk, and we’re glad he’s finally getting what he deserves. Here are the 10 Worst Contracts in the NHL. (Bonus: No Bruins.) And after watching this video, I’ve decided to call in sick and head to Home Depot:

Morning Links

02.20.09 at 8:09 am ET
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The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and Stephon Marbury won’t be coming to Boston. Well, look at it this way, Starbury fans ‘€” it’ll give him more time to work on his improv career. A story in SLAM Magazine revealed that Marbury was spotted at this bus stop, and, well, I’ll let you read about the rest here. The result was a pair of bizarre short films involving everyone’s favorite point guard with a tattoo on his head. Here’s the first one:

And here’s the second:

And just because it’s the end of the week, we’ve got another video for you. This one is the latest mascot injury, Bango the Buck. He tore is ACL helping another mascot perform a stunt during NBA All-Star Weekend. Love how the other mascots keep in character, playing to the crowd as Bango limps off the floor at the end, weeping inside his oversized mascot head:

To finish up, we’ve got a list of the top sports scenes in non-sports movies. Jose Guillen is a tougher dude that I am. And SI finally reveals the reason behind the removal of Danica’s tattoo.

A-Rod’s cousin and Ranger’s Tix

02.19.09 at 11:45 am ET
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Bob Mantz, international columnist for Bob’s Blitz,  writes that “Arod’s claim of being young, stupid, naive – all blown out of the water. His cousin Yuri was training with Charles Colaw (pictured left) prior to 2004. Doesn’t sound like a bumbling comedy show to us. Yuri knew bodybuilding as Colaw was / is a distinguished trainer and bodybuilder.”

Arod digs deeper: Thursday, November 11, 2004 – Examiner-Enterprise: ‘Fitness training means more than just getting into shape‘ by Trevor Persaud.

Quote, “Clients come to him ranging from college students with absolutely no money, exotic dancers, Hooters girls, doctors, doctors’ wives and CEOs. He’s even worked with Yuri Sucart, the personal manager of baseball great Alex Rodriguez.

Why are all these people coming to Charles Colaw?”
With eight certifications from nationally recognized schools such as the Cooper Institute, Colaw has worked at the popular 24-hour fitness gym in Dallas – which is where he trained Yuri Sucart and worked out with other big names, such as NFL player Tony Dorset, Jr. Sucart, he says, could get him tickets to Rangers games whenever he wanted. While working there, his superiors “wrote me up” for being outspoken about his faith.

Click here to read the rest of Bob’s blog post on A-Rod and his cousin’s connection.

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Morning Links

02.19.09 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to the latest edition of Kickers Gone Wild! First, Steelers’ kicker Jeff Reed gets all handsy with a paper towel dispenser at a gas station. Now, the Ball State kicker is arrested for driving drunk. Whatever happened to the days where kickers could be mocked openly without fear of them losing their you-know-what?

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Is there something we can do to Alexander Ovechkin to make things fair for the rest of the league. Like have him tie one hand behind his back, or something? This is getting ridiculous. Look what he did last night:

First and only time I’ve seen this collection of words together in the same headline. What, going to Houston or Phoenix isn’t as appealing as a trip to Hawaii? Whatever. (New Orleans, maybe. But definitely not Houston.) And as bad as life gets, just remember: you could always be a Bengals’ fan.

KG says what we are all thinking

02.18.09 at 12:07 pm ET
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No introduction needed:

Don’t invite Brad Penny and Larry Bowa to the same BBQ

02.18.09 at 10:44 am ET
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Sheesh. We knew Larry Bowa had a proclivity to speak his mind, but he really doesn’t hold back. He was asked recently about new Sox pitcher Brad Penny ‘€” the two were together in Los Angeles ‘€” and he let fly. Check out the story here. Yikes. “Put that on the (expletive) dot-com.”

Morning Links

02.18.09 at 9:45 am ET
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First, Allen Iverson’s tats magically disappeared in an issue of Hoop Magazine. Now, SI has decided to do the same to Danica Patrick. Not that we were paying that close attention, or anything. Really. In the wake of yesterday’s A-Rod press conference, there were some interesting quotes, but it was Johnny Damon who offered up the biggest head-scratcher. I’ll give Damon credit for being the only Yankee to speak (way to come out and back your teammate in the papers, guys), but his quote was hardly the kind of thing that would give A-Rod the moral high ground. (I love the idea of Damon offering that legal qualifier: What’s worse, Johnny, shoplifting or murder?)

Is there anyone else who thinks that this isn’t the way Ken Griffey Jr., should end his career? You sure you want to make this public, Heath Bell? You know, you don’t have to tell us in the media, everything. Of course, if it leads to an endorsement deal, I take that back.

And finally, here’s our highlight of the night from the NBA — love the use of the phrase “dumptrucking.”

Morning Links

02.17.09 at 10:24 am ET
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When it comes to cool grandmas, there’s Rappin’ Granny, my Grandmother (who taught me how to score a baseball game) and this elderly woman, a USC football fan who decided to partake in some tailgating action this past fall.

Hey, here’s a good idea ‘€” let’s give Michael Strahan his own show! (Dismissive rolling of the eyes.) Fox is apparently in talks with Strahan to give him his own sitcom. I know — make him a wacky dentist who refuses to get his teeth fixed. Make Jackee his next door neighbor who always calls him “Gappy.” Here’s a pic that’ll give you nightmares. No worries — the owner says he doesn’t want him. And here are some pics from inside the new Yankee Stadium ‘€” as one Whiner Line caller said, it’s the House that Roids built.