Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nets pay tribute to deceased 'Superfan' with custom warmup suits (VIDEO)

The Brooklyn Nets organization honored superfan Jeffrey Gamblero, who died on Sunday night, with a nice tribute before Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat.

All of the Nets players and staff wore customized warmups to honor the colorful Gamblero — real name Jeffrey Vanchiro — the 38-year-old former poker star who tragically died after tumbling from a two-story Brooklyn building.

The shirts featured the No. 44 in neon colors as a nod to Gamberlo's customized jersey and bright shirts he would wear underneath at almost all Nets home games.

The Nets also tweeted a photo of the players and fans at Barclays Center when they honored Gamblero with a moment of silence.

Gamblero went down in Nets fan history for infamously being carried out of Madison Square Garden by security on Dec. 2 — after Knicks fans complained that he was being too rambunctious in the stands.

The video (below) of Gamblero being escorted out, holding his prosthetic leg, will  probably be his legacy. No pun intended.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jorge Posada bilked out of $11 million in 'jaw-dropping' money scam: Report

Former New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada has reportedly lost $11 million in a money-management scam that his lawyers have labeled "jaw-dropping."

The Puerto Rican catcher, once worth $117 million, was approached by a pair of Cuban-American men in 1999 who targeted Latin American baseball stars. Juan Carlos Collar and Anthony Fernandez proceeded to take total control of Posada's finances and regularly requested blind sign-offs while he was on the road, reported the N.Y. Post.

The full extent of their alleged fraud won't be revealed until they go to court next year as Posada and wife Laura prepare to sue Collar and Fernandez for $11.2 million in damages.

Posada did not discover the conspiracy until after he fired Collar and Fernandez, who operated under their own company Quantum Family Office Group, for unrelated reasons in 2010.

An independent audit by a new company unearthed the discrepancies.

According to documents seen by Vice Sports, the scams did not start until after the pair left Merrill Lynch to start up their own firm.

In one dramatic misplacement of funds, said The Post, the pair put $3 million of Posada's money into a plot of land their firm owned in Florida.

Posada was told they were "developing an elite equestrian-themed community for the wealthy" that he could have a stake in.

The land is now rented by a farmer and Posada has no control over it.

"I’ve never heard of anything like that. It’s jaw-dropping," Posada's lawyer Barry Lax said.

'They would go to Jorge and they would have a stack of documents to sign, and they would just say "Sign here."

"And Jorge would sign it. He completely trusted these guys with all of their finances.

"All of their money. Whatever the Posadas made went directly into their accounts with these guys. That’s the kind of trust they had.

"The Posadas never in any way used other money managers, other investments. Everything was through these guys."

Somebody actually stole Josh Thomas' NY Jets playbook: Report

New York Jets backup cornerback Josh Thomas tweeted Monday that his playbook — stored on a team-issued iPad — was stolen.

According to a team spokesman, Thomas' iPad, which contained the playbook, and his passport were among several items taken. The incident occurred in New Jersey, but not at the Jets' facility. The good news is that the Jets were able to wipe the data from the iPad remotely.

But not before he issued a public appeal to have the items returned.

And it may be no coincidence that this Sunday's opponent is the Patriots.

In the offseason, you may recall, former Jets defensive coordinator and current Browns coach Mike Pettine said that Patriots coach Bill Belichick had gotten his hands on copies of the Jets' playbook in the past.

Can you say iPad-gate?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Philly politician calls Gov. Christie a 'Fat assed ... creep' for being Cowboys fan: Report

Gov. Chris Christie, that unabashed Dallas Cowboys fan from New Jersey, created quite a stir when he sat with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-27 loss on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

And it didn't take long for that kinship to ignite a social media frenzy.

Eagles fans called for Christie's impeachment and Cowboys fans in Texas were already casting their votes for the New Jersey pol if he makes a run for president were only some of the tamer comments.

But besides losing a few more votes in south Jersey's Eagles territory, the Guv lost all love from politicians across the Delaware River.

Earlier in the week, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called Christie "pathetic" for being a Cowboys fan: “How can a Jersey guy be a Cowboys fan?" Rendell said in a radio interview. It’s pathetic.”

But a Twitter rant by Philadelphia councilman-at-large Jim Kenney, a Democrat, who — after watching Christie high-five with Jones during the nationally televised game took his attack to a more personal level:

Rendell said Christie's allegiance to a division rival, while "legal," shows an "inferiority complex" and a need to be a frontrunner.

“If you are a Jerseyite or a Pennsylvanian and you’re rooting for the Cowboys, it means you’re not secure in yourself and you wanted to root for a team that was a team in your youth that was a constant winner," he said.

“Tell him I think he’s nothing but a wuss," he added.

Get over it Eagles fans, Giants fans already have.

'Prosthetic leg' Nets fan thrown out of NBA game jumps to death: Report

The Brooklyn Nets superfan who had to be carried out from a game amid claims that he attacked another spectator with his prosthetic leg earlier this month, has died.

Jeffrey Vanchiro past away after allegedly jumping from a window on the second floor of his father's house in Queens, NY on Saturday night. He sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord in the fall.

Vanchiro, a former professional poker player also known as Jeffrey Gamblero, reportedly jumped from the building in a disorientated state.

The colorful Vanchiro had become known to fellow Nets fans for his loud cheers, even louder outfits and dancing during games.

But Vanchiro made headlines and became a sort of viral video folk hero when he was ejected from the Nets-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden (video below) on December 2 and was carried out of the arena by security.

Vanchiro's fiance said that he had behaved erratically since being ejected from that game.

"After that, he was a completely different person,'"Kristi Evans told The New York Times.
"He was paranoid. He was erratic. He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional."

The Garden has denied Vanchiro's account that he was ejected for merely being a passionate fan, claiming he refused to cooperate with arena security and was bothering nearby guests with his demonstrative behavior.


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Tom Coughlin has 99.9 percent chance of returning to Giants: Report

After 11 seasons, it's beginning to sound like Giants fans may be seeing Tom Coughlin at MetLife Stadium for at least one more. And, despite three consecutive playoff misses, Ol' Redface might get one more chance to get things right.

“99.9 percent he’s back,” a source familiar with the club’s thought process told The  N.Y. Post Sunday night.

Quite remarkable, since the odds of the 67-year-old Coughlin returning were at 50-50 only a few weeks ago.

Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have remained tightlipped on Coughlin's future, which they do after every year, but they have said they plan to meet with the coach after the season.

“I have no comment,” co-owner John Mara said Sunday following the Giants second straight victory — a 24-13 win over the Redskins.

“No comment,” co-owner Steve Tisch added.

This will be the fifth time in six years the Giants have missed the playoffs under Coughlin. Of course, the one year they did quality for the postseason, they won the Super Bowl for the second time during his tenure.

The reasons which have "weighed strongly" on ownership's support of Coughlin include injuries to the Giants this season, Coughlin's ability to remain respected in the locker room, the benefit of keeping offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo for another season.

And don't forget the stability he provides to quarterback Eli Manning — the only head coach he has ever played for.

Loyalty carries a lot of heft in the Giants' philosophy of making decisions but, those two Super Bowl rings sure carry a lot of weight too.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Texans quarterback Tom Savage hands off ball to invisible back (VIDEO)

When rookie Tom Savage first entered the Texans' game in Indianapolis against Colts, the noise from the hostile crowd made for a miserable start. 

But things only got worse when was sacked on this botched exchange with running back Arian Foster who wasn't even there.

Savage held his own and finished the game with 10 completions on 19 passes for 127 yards. He was sacked once and threw one interception.