Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mets replace ‘Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow promo with Matt Harvey (PHOTO)

After the HBO hit show “Game of Thrones” sent the Twitter world into a frenzy Monday by including a photo of Jon Snow — a popular character who was presumably killed at the end of the last season — in a promotional tweet for their own upcoming season, the New York Mets answered with a copycat tweet of their own.

Only the Mets’ tweet features pitcher Matt Harvey in place of Snow.

And whether or not the Snow character is dead meant nothing to Mets fans who fought like the Starks and Lannisters over who should have been featured in the promo:

While other fans, they just wanted some more realism in their fantasy world:

And, coincidentally, didn't the Mets try and kill off Harvey last season too?


Referee robs Patriots of potential touchdown with ‘inadvertent whistle’ in game against Bills (VIDEO)

It looks like more than just the wind was blowing at Gillette Stadium last night. There were also "inadvertent" whistles and a referee's overinflated call to keep things swirling about.

But it was indeed a premature whistle blow during the Monday Night Football game that almost derailed the Patriots unbeaten streak before they managed a 20-13 win over the Bills.

Early in the third quarter, Danny Amendola caught a 14-yard pass from Tom Brady and was about to take off with an open field in front of him. But before Amendola could make his way down field, an official blew the play dead. It would later be announced as an "inadvertent whistle."

It was unclear why the whistle was blown, as no flag was thrown as Brady and Amendola were both well in bounds.

The confusion had fans, players and coaches in a frenzy.

In the end the Patriots were given the ball at their own 45-yard line where Amendola made the catch and then received another 15 yards due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed to the Bills as coach Rex Ryan had stepped on the out of bounds line.

And is anyone sure vengeful commish Roger Goodell wasn't hiding out in the stands with a whistle in his mouth last Night?

But, more importantly, that play cost me 12.9 points and a win in my fantasy league.

That really blows.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Antonio Cromartie's wife gets in nasty Twitter war with Jets fans

While her husband Antonio Cromartie was battling on the field against the Texans Sunday, the Jets cornerback's wife, Terricka, was having her own little war with Jets fans on her Twitter account.

Most of the tweets started early in the second half and got increasingly more vile. Many of them were insults about the number of children her husband has and the number of women he has had them with.

“I’ll Knock ur husbands teeth out one shot, u him and the 9 filth kids can meet me anytime,” one person tweeted at her.

The cornerback's wife kept firing back:

 The back-and-forth went on until her responses to the trolls turned downright venomous.

“Yo mama a Thot (sic) she should of aborted your ugly ass,” she wrote back at one person.

She later deleted several of her tweets during the game.

But when one fan asks her about the Patriots’ fan base, she responded, “at this point compared to the s–t we get [Patriots fans are] Amazing and Loyal.”

“To Sum it all up the Jets Fan Base ain’t s–t Period,” she wrote.

Cromartie didn’t fare well in the Jets’ 24-17 loss, and refused to speak to the media after the game.

But he had plenty to say to the Jets fans.

“At the end of the day my wife nor my kids r on the field so shld never b disrespected by our own fan base like this,” Cromartie tweeted after the game, along with a screenshot of some of the vulgar tweets directed at his wife.

Social media at its worst.

Ole Miss fan allegedly assaulted by police during LSU game (VIDEO)

Police officers working during Ole Miss' 38-17 win over LSU on Saturday appear to have assaulted an Ole Miss fan inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium during the game.

Shocking video shows the moment a university police officer appears to punch Chris Barnes, a soldier with the National Guard, while he was at the game with his wife, Holly, after three officers approached him and tried to remove him from the stands.

His family say he had done nothing wrong and that police had mistaken him for someone who had thrown a cup from a few rows behind, reported the Clarion-Ledger.

Barnes appears to be arguing with the cops and, as he tried to resist their attempts to eject him from the game, one officer punched him in the eye.
A video posted on Facebook by Holly Barnes shows the three police officers confronting her husband and wrestling him to the ground when he refused to leave.

She claims her husband suffered a concussion andorbital wall and maxillary sinus fractures as a result of the assault.

The Oxford Police Department confirmed Sunday morning the officers in question don't work for the department.

"The officers involved are not officers with the University Police Department, but are certified officers from other jurisdictions hired to work security at home football games," wrote Ole Miss campus police in a statement provided to the media.

Barnes' family now plan to take action over the "wrongful assault."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Australian kid hiccups way through national anthem at baseball game (VIDEO)

Seven-year-old Ethan Hall was given the honor of singing the national anthem ahead of the Australian Baseball League game between the Adelaide Bite and Brisbane Bandits and turned what could have been a vocal disaster into one of the cutest renditions of the song in history.

Seems the red-headed youngster got a case of the hiccups during the song. But Ethan didn't let the little interruptions ruin his big moment and battled through the song like a trooper.

He even shared some high-fives with the players afterwards.

Next time Ethan, chug a gallon of milk, breathe into a paper bag and have someone throw a little scare into to you before hitting the stage.

Canelo Alvarez defeats Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision 

Canelo Alvarez made a case for himself as boxing’s next superstar after winning a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto and win a piece of the middleweight title in Las Vegas.

And in doing so, Alvarez becomes first Mexican to win junior middleweight AND middleweight titles and set up the possibility of a megafight with Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion who was watching at ringside.

Alvarez won the WBC version of the title that Cotto vacated days earlier for not paying sanctioning fees. The fight was for a 160-pound title, though it was fought at a catch weight of 155 pounds.

And Alvarez, whose only loss came to Floyd Mayweather Jr., took it to Cotto early and hard — winning rounds with big right hands and uppercuts starting from the opening bell. Cotto tried to box and had his moments, but Alvarez was clearly ahead as the Mandalay Bay casino crowd stood on its feet as both fighters traded punches in the final rounds.

As the rivalry matchup between the Puerto Rican and Mexican idols went on, Alvarez began landing more of his punches as he patiently stalked Cotto around the ring.

Cotto boxed well at times and landed flurries of punches, but his didn’t seem to have nearly the same power as those thrown by Alvarez.

In the final rounds, Alvarez caught Cotto with a series of punches that seemed to shake him some though he was never down and never appeared in real trouble.

Alvarez was a 3-1 favorite coming into the bout, largely because he is 10 years younger than Cotto and a bigger puncher. 

And although the ages didn’t seem to make a difference, the ringside judges were surely influenced by the much harder punches that the red-headed Alvarez landed. 

Alvarez won by scores of 117-11, 119-109 and 118-110. The Associated Press had him ahead 116-112. Cotto was credited with throwing 629 punches to 484 for Alvarez, but Alvarez landed 155 to 129 for Cotto.

I'm sensing a rematch.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Galeano outpoints Cameron for NY title during Broadway Boxing card in Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

Photos by Tony Mangia

There was plenty of action to go around Friday evening, when DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returned to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn for the latest installment of the popular show.

The main event featured a battle of the boroughs between Bronx’s Chris “Golden” Galeano and Brooklyn’s Shawn “Killa” Cameron with the two 156-pounders vying for the vacant New York State Middleweight title at stake. The 10-round affair was a classic boxer versus puncher matchup of styles between two southpaws with each displaying their strengths. Many rounds consisted of exciting exchanges when the two engaged on the inside. Cameron appeared to control the early rounds with his pressure and aggression, throwing in combination. However, by the fifth frame, he was winded and Galeano’s slick boxing skills took over. Over the second half, Galeano calculatingly countered Cameron’s wide-open advances with pinpoint straight lefts until the final bell.

The judges tallied scores of 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93, all for Galeano, who improved to 10-0 (1 KO) with the unanimous decision verdict. Cameron suffered his first defeat, bringing his record to 10-1 (5 KOs). 

Before that, Brooklyn’s own former two-time world champion Amanda Serrano battled the much shorter Djemilla Gontaruk, of Liege, Belgium, in an eight-round Junior Welterweight contest. Serrano began throwing in combination at the outset, and was particularly effective with her right hook.

Though Gontaruk nicknamed "The Pitbull" showed tremendous heart, referee Sparkle Lee felt she was taking too much punishment and elected to halt the action at 1:38 of round three. With the victory, Serrano upped her record to 25-1-1 (17 KOs), while Gontaruk fell to 9-3 (1 KO).

A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Noel Murphy improved to 5-0 (2 KOs) with a very impressive performance against the tough Anton Williamson of Brooklyn. 

The aggressive Murphy applied pressure and overpowered Williamson in every round. A right hook dropped Williamson in round four, but the referee ruled it a slip. The Irishman landed thudding hooks to the body, accurate countershots, and demonstrated deft footwork and defense to earn a four-round unanimous decision with three scores of 40-36. 

Murphy has quickly become one of the more popular up-and-comers throughout the New York area. 

In his pro debut, Welterweight Tyrone James of Elmont, NY, outworked the awkward David Perez, now 0-2, of Pittsburgh, PA, before halting him in round three.

Russian Middleweight southpaw Artur Akavov, 160¼, and current WBO European titlist, made an impressive US debut demolishing Fredy Lopez, 157½, of Chiapas, Mexico, with a TKO at the 2:04 mark of the second round. 

Patrick Day, the former #1-rated U.S. amateur and NY Golden Gloves champion from Long Island, was shockingly upset by Carlos Garcia, of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. An overhand right hurt Day right off the start and Garcia threw a follow-up barrage to force a referee stoppage at 1:19 of the first round. A stunned Day fell to 11-2-1 (6 KOs), while Garcia upped his record to 9-14-1 (8 KOs).

The opening bout saw Canadian Super Middleweight prospect Francy Ntetu, 168, of Montreal, tactically outboxed Oscar Riojas, 169½, of Monterrey, Mexico, over eight rounds, often switching stances to mix up his attack. Scorecards read 77-74 and 76-75 for Ntetu, and 76-74 for Riojas, improving the Canadian’s record to 16-0 (3 KOs). Riojas fell to 9-4 (3 KOs).