Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hannah Storm gives tearful monologue on state of NFL at close of Sportscenter (VIDEO)

Hannah Storm provided a powerful, impassioned and personal message at the close of Sunday morning’s Sportscenter, scolding the NFL and how they’ve handled this week’s series of violent incidents. 

She raised a lot of great questions to fans and to those at the NFL, including what does zero tolerance even mean in light of what we’ve seen now and in past episodes of criminality.

Storm told the audience how her Monday morning was ruined with the release of the Ray Rice video, and all the drama that followed. 

Through tears, Storm tells how she couldn't explain the situation to her young daughter.

And finally, before sending the show to NFL Countdown, she asks, "What exactly does the NFL stand for?" 

The segment speaks for itself:

Greg Norman nearly loses his left hand in chainsaw accident: Report

Golfing legend Greg Norman is lucky to escape with his his left hand intact after nearly cutting it off with a chainsaw, according to a post on his Instagram feed.

"Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected," the 59-year-old Norman said in the caption to a photo of the Australian golfer in a hospital bed. "I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand."

Another photo posted on Instagram last week showed the golfer, known as The Shark,  using a chainsaw with the caption:

"Time to trim the sea grapes today. Never ask someone to do something that you can do yourself. Love to work!"

Norman won 91 professional world events and was ranked the world's best golfer during the peak of his career. He now lives in Florida.

Get well Shark.

Yankees' Chris Young appears on Mets' tickets (PHOTO)

Chris Young may have been dumped by the Mets but that won't keep the image of the one-time poster boy for the team's futility from popping up at Citi Field — even if it's in a smaller version.

Young, now having a resurgence for the cross-town Yankees, was prominently featured on Mets-Nationals tickets at Citi Field Saturday. The photo was of him running the bases with his name and Mets' uniform number above his shoulder probably brought back forgettable memories of his time spent in Flushing for a lot of Mets fans.

"That's crazy," Young said when he heard about it in the Orioles visiting clubhouse Saturday.

Young struggled with the Mets, posting a .205 batting average with eight homers and 28 RBI in 88 games. The Mets eventually released him. The Yankees quickly signed him to a minor-league deal and promoted him to the majors Sept. 1. He's hitting .400 with three home runs and eight RBI for the Bombers since.

Maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Adrian Peterson smiles in mugshot after being charged in abuse of 4-year-old son (PHOTO)

In a photo that's sure to be floating around the Internet forever and come back to haunt him, NFL star Adrian Peterson appears to be smiling in his mugshot after being charged with severely abusing his 4-year-old son.

The Minnesota Vikings running back was arrested for allegedly beating the young boy on the back, buttocks, legs and scrotum with a "switch" back in May, according to KHOU.

The disturbing details are heartbreaking and come out the same week as the video of Ray Rice punching his future wife was released.

Peterson reportedly beat the child repeatedly and later texted the boy’s mother, said law enforcement officials.

You will be “mad at me about his leg,” he texted, adding that he “felt bad after the fact.”

Peterson turned himself in to Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Saturday at around 1:06 a.m. CT, KRPC reported. He was let in through a side entrance after landing in Houston.

Peterson was released at 1:35 a.m. after posting the $15,000 bond, ESPN reported.

The running back was indicted Friday for reckless or negligent injury to a child in Montgomery County, Tex. He lives in The Woodlands, a suburb north of Houston.

The Minnesota Vikings didn't waste any time deactivating Peterson for Sunday’s home game against the Patriots.

CBS Sports rejects ad featuring Pledge of Allegiance: Report

The CBS Sports Network will air a portion of the recent Horse Heaven Round-Up Rodeo from the Benton Franklin Fair in Washington this Sunday — but might have stunk up the corral with their own little cow pile as well.

The network rejected a local real estate commercial, featuring a cute 4-year-old girl reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, because it is too political, according to KVEW-TV.

After Windermere Real Estate submitted the commercial to the network, fair and rodeo director Lori Lancaster received an e-mail stating that the commercial was rejected by CBS due to its political nature.

A CBS spokesperson said that is not the case and whomever sent that e-mail must have had false information.

The spokesperson said the commercial was rejected because it was too local.

At the end of the ad, the Windermere logo features the company's Tri-Cities address. A CBS spokesperson said this doesn't appeal to a national audience — like a celebrity butchering The Star-Spangled Banner or some sort of wardrobe malfunction.

Windermere then submitted a second commercial.

This one was accepted according to CBS because it did not feature the local Tri-Cities address.

The Horse Heaven Round-Up is one of the premiere rodeos in the Northwest and part of the Big 4 Rodeo Association, along with the Pendleton Round-Up, the Walla Walla Frontier Days Rodeo and the Lewiston Round-Up.

The Pledge of Allegiance commercial in question has been running locally and local Windermere agent Dave Retter said that it will continue to run. His granddaughter is the girl in the 30-second spot

Renner claims the commercial isn't about his granddaughter or selling real estate, but a patriotic message of hope.

College football coach moves game to accommodate daughter's wedding: Report

Wagner College head coach Walt Hameline had a dilemma on his hands after his youngest daughter, Kelly, told him last fall that the wedding date she had her heart set on fell on a day the Staten Island football team was scheduled to play Monmouth University.

"How can you do this?" was his first reaction said Hameline. "What are you thinking about? It's football season. Ever since she was a baby she went to every football game."

Then, Hameline's proud father of the bride sensibilities took over. And, with the help of an old friend, Monmouth coach Kevin Callahan, he was able to reschedule the game.  

Now Wagner will visit its old Northeast Conference rival on the Jersey Shore this Saturday, giving the Seahawks an open date on Sept. 20 — the day of the wedding.

Callahan had pencilled in Wagner for Sept. 20 on Monmouth's schedule, but was able to move the game, lock it in and build the team's remaining schedule around it.

"We had the flexibility to make it work. I was more than happy to do it," said Callahan, who has been coach at Monmouth for 22 years.

"It's her wedding present and a lot of presents to follow throughout life," Hameline said Friday.

The coach is just grateful his daughter's wedding didn't conflict with Wagner's game last week at Florida International, an FBS school. Hameline said Wagner was paid $240,000 for that trip to South Florida.

"Let's get this straight," Hameline said, "I wasn't calling FIU up."

Alex Avila uses backstop netting as trampoline to make catch (VIDEO)

If you thought that netting behind home plate was only there to protect fans from wayward foul balls, don't tell Alex Avila.

The Detroit Tigers catcher used the web-like backstop as his own personal trampoline Friday night to make a sensational leaping catch in the fifth-inning against the Indians.

Coincidentally, the Tigers also bounced back into first place of the AL Central with a convincing 7-2 victory over the visitors.