Robert Littal Presents BlackSportsOnline The Best in Sports Entertainment Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:45:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Joel Embiid: “I’m Romantic & I Don’t Beat Girls Up” Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:45:22 +0000 joel-embiid-sixers-draft


Joel Embiid aka the Chief of Twitter wants the ladies to know that he’s romantic and he does not beat up women.


Of course Embiid tried to delete the tweet instantly but there’s this thing called screenshot. The timing of this tweet is very ironic since Ray Rice just addressed the media today for the first time since being suspended for two games for hitting his now wife. We’ll let you decide if Embiid was taking shots or not.


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Local News Station Thinks Ray Rice Fights Like Spider-Man (Video) Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:37:06 +0000 ray-rice-wife-janay-palmer

The topic of Ray Rice’s domestic violence against his now wife is a very serious topic. However, either someone at this news station wanted to be funny or made a really bad editing error.

I am going to hope it was the editing error. Take a look at what happened when FOX 9 reported on the Ray Rice apology:

[Zach Halverson]

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MLB Network’s Hall Of Fame Coverage Gets Record Ratings Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:26:29 +0000 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Good sign for MLB and the Hall of Fame. After the embarrassment from last year with not a single living player getting into the Hall of Fame, and the LeBatard saga, MLB has bounced back.

This year’s televised coverage of the HOF inductions on MLB Network drew 516,000 viewers–not bad considering this a 411% increase from last year’s induction–but again, no one still on Earth got in.  When you consider the fact most of the regular season games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network draw around that number, if not less, this is quite the home run.

Still, before MLB can go running around the metaphorical bases, one has to remember who got in. Inductees like Greg Maddux, Joe Torre, Frank Robinson and Tony La Russa–among others, helps boosts ratings.

[Awful Announcing]

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Report: D Rose Didn’t Want to Play with Carmelo Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:54:18 +0000 derrick-rose-carmelo-anthony

There is a lot of discussion about Derrick Rose saying that he heard there was tension between him and the Bulls front office. Especially since Owner Jerry Reinsdorf issued a strongly worded statement. However, there was another nugget in that article that needs attention. There is growing evidence that Derrick Rose preferred to play with Pau Gasol over Carmelo Anthony:

Looking back, it’s clear Rose wasn’t all that interested in teaming with Anthony, who chose to return to the New York Knicks. Rose was much more aggressive in the Bulls’ pursuit of free agent Pau Gasol, not only asking for his phone number, but giving a hard sell to the big man on joining the Bulls.

And here is Rose on why he wanted to play with Gasol:

“[Gasol is] someone that I knew I could play with,’’ Rose said. “You think about Pau, him now being in the East, what he’ll be able to achieve with the way we play, the way we dump the ball in the post a lot. It could be great.’’

If you really think about it, this does make a lot of sense. Gasol fits more into the team mentality that the Bulls have created while Rose has been their star. It’s interesting to me though that Rose wouldn’t be aggressive to get a top 10 player in Melo who could really take pressure off him on the court though.

This will be an interesting season in Chicago.

[Chicago Sun-Times]

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D Rose Says Bulls Weren’t Happy Behind His Back; Bulls Respond Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:28:34 +0000 DerrickRose

Things could be getting tense in Chicago between Derrick Rose and the Bulls. At the very least, there is a miscommunication about the feelings in the organization as he recovered from injuries. Here is what Rose told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times about how the organization felt and if there was tension:

“I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.’’

Rose himself said he heard there was tension. In that case you can’t blame “sources” for bad information. Well unless you are Owner Jerry Reinsdorf:

“I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player. To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive. I’ve got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction.”

I don’t understand why Reinsdorf is mad at the Sun-Times. Rose himself opened the door for speculation that there was tension between his camp and the Bulls. I know sources are the fun punching bag these days but come on. Perhaps the owner should speak with Derrick instead of sounding off against the paper.

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Study Shows That Cowboys Have NFL’s Best Fan Base Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:20:46 +0000 Cowboys 1

The Dallas Cowboys over the past several years, have become sort of an easy target for criticism, slander, and ridicule and a lot of it is well deserved. But no matter what new low “America’s Team” seems to sink to, the fan base remains resolute and faithful.

So its no real surprise that they have the NFL’s best fan base, or at least that’s what Emory Sports Marketing Analytics suggests.

In a repeat from last year, the Cowboys have the top fan base in terms of our “Fan Equity” metric. This is a measure of brand equity that is based on fans willingness to financially support their team. Our rankings are based on the average Fan Equity score for the last three years (please note that the statistical model is estimated using the last thirteen years of data). But Dallas is no one time wonder; the Cowboys have taken the honors for this metric for the last five years. Following Dallas, are the fan bases of the Patriots, Jets, Giants and Colts.

Here is the rankings of the best fan bases across the NFL according to Emory’s analysis.


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49ers & Harbaugh Put Contract Talks on Hold Until After Season Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:56:07 +0000 Harbaugh

The San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh have reached an agreement. An agreement to put contract talks on hold until after the season. Here are the details from CSN Bay Area:

“We actually just had this conversation yesterday,” York said. “Lots of people were talking to him about it. We just said, ‘You know what, let’s not do anything during the season. Let’s sit down a week or so after the season is over and let everybody know we’re not focused on anything that’s off the field right now.’

“Jim and I will sit down a week or so after the season is over and we’ll figure out where we go.”

There is a slight risk of the 49ers making another deep run that raises Harbaugh’s value even more but York said that’s “a good problem to have.” Harbaugh does have two years left on his deal so there is time but no coach ever wants to enter that lame duck year with just a year left on the deal.

Right now things seem likely to get worked out after the season but don’t be shocked if a curveball isn’t thrown in the mix during the season.

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Bama Fan Lines Up 103 Hours Early For Fan Day (Video) Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:21:25 +0000 Bama Fan 103 hours early

Alabama fans are known for having extreme levels of passion for the Tide so how does this guy rate on the scale? Bobby Hunter got in line 103 hours early so that he could be first in line for Bama fan day. Meet the 32 year old man with 5 kids:

Bobby is using vacation time to accomplish this and already has seven Nick Saban autographs. This is real dedications to your team. Hopefully it doesn’t ran on Bobby since he says he will be sleeping in his chair until fan day. I really hope that the Tide do something special for him now that the word is out.

[Busted Coverage]

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Reader Rips Washington Post for Comparing Ray Rice to Fred Flintstone Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:12:12 +0000 1935-Reader-Calls-Out-WaPo-Columnist-for-Comparing-Ray


A Washington Post columnist is in some hot water for comparing Ray Rice to Fred Flintstone. Well not really, but one reader did not appreciate the comparison and decided to write a letter to the editor expressing his contempt.

Sally Jenkins of the Washington wrote this talking about the Ray Rice controversy.

As Stephen A. Smith says, “See, we keep talking about the guys, when we never talk about the elements of provocation.” See, some guys can sound so dumb you’d think they had a chair broken over their head, but the first element of provocation a woman should avoid is calling them on it, whether it’s an NFL official justifying a two-game penalty for a running back going all Flintstone on his wife, or an ESPN announcer who holds your cable subscription hostage while he tries to string two sentences together. As Smith likes to say to “the female members” of his family, “Let’s try to make sure that we do our part in making sure that doesn’t happen.”

A beloved Flintstones enthusiast named Martin Kramer from Takoma Park, fired back at Jenkins and explained why she should not compare the man to the fictional cartoon character.


I got a real kick out of this.

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Report: Kevin Love Won’t Sign Extension With Any Team He’s Traded To Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:59:08 +0000 Celtics willing to give up picks for Kevin Love

The Kevin Love saga has taken another plot twist. According to The News-Herald, Love won’t sign an extension with any team that trades for him. That includes the Cavs:

In a rather new development, it now looks as if Love won’t sign an extension with any team in which he’s traded, even the Cavaliers. He can get far more money if he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2015, and re-signs with the team in which he is traded. That puts considerably more risk in a trade, especially if the Cavaliers are giving up a prospect like Wiggins.

This actually makes a lot of sense for Love because he can get a lot more money by becoming a free agent and either re-signing with the team he is traded to or moving on somewhere else. The problem with that is a team like Cleveland will want an assurance that he will re-sign if they are giving up a prospect like Wiggins.

This could get interesting now.

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Isaiah Thomas Says He’s Going to Kill Sacramento Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:54:14 +0000 isaiah-thomas-pistons

Let the trash talk begin.

After signing a new deal with Phoenix, Isaiah Thomas says he felt disrespected when the Kings signed Darren Collison and plans on making them pay.

Via CBS Sports:

“I understand if you bring somebody like Chris Paul that’s somebody that I’m not going to start over no matter what, I’m going to play my role and I’m going to compete. But if you bring in somebody, a draft pick or somebody that’s just not better than me I feel like it is disrespectful. When they picked Darren Collison, I felt like it was time for me to move on.

I tell everybody I love Sacramento, I always will love Sacramento, but when we play them I’m going to kill Sacramento.”

I actually hope Thomas drops 50 on the Kings every time he plays them. He proved his worth and he is much better than Collison. The Suns definitely won big in this situation while the Kings took yet another L, something they’re familiar with.

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Brady Hoke Says Devin Gardner is the Starter For Now Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:44:23 +0000 devin gardner


Earlier this week during Big Ten Media Days, Brady Hoke was asked multiple times who his starting QB would be. Even though the team brought Devin Gardner with them to Chicago to represent the team, Hoke would not name him as the guy.

Today while in Bristol on Numbers Never Lie, he admitted that Gardner is the starter for now at least:

“Going in (to camp, there will be competition between Devin Gardner and Shane Morris),” Hoke said during his appearance on “Numbers Never Lie.” “We’ve got great competition. (But) if we opened the season today, Devin would start for the Wolverines.”

It’s not surprising that Gardner has the leg up based on experience but based on his performance last year, the leash will be short so to speak. Don’t be surprised if you see both QBs get snaps in game action this season.


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Durant vs Harden vs George Highlights Are Must See (Video) Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:32:47 +0000 Durant_vs_Harden_vs_George_Team_USA

Team USA practices can create some pretty fun battles between the NBA’s best talent. That point is driven home well by these videos from a King of the Hill battle between Kevin Durant, Paul George, and James Harden.

The defense isn’t great but I won’t nitpick. Enjoy the show from three very skilled offensive players thanks to USA Basketball.

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Report: Mason Plumlee To Make Team USA Over DeMarcus Cousins Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:21:14 +0000 Mason Plumlee Block

You have to have role players right? If the report by Brian Windhorst is to be believed, Mason Plumlee is likely to make Team USA over Demarcus Cousins:

Plumlee wasn’t one of the 19 players brought in to “tryout” for a spot on Team USA but was on the scrimmage team to play against them. Based on talent, you have to scratch your head at this potential move. Let’s get this out of the way now though that Plumlee did play for Coach K at Duke from 2009-2013 so perhaps he is familiar with him and has a role in mind. Or the cynical side says it’s bias.

Only time will tell if it’s true that the Nets big man will make the team over Boogie.

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Manziel Says It’s Him vs The Playbook Right Now in Camp Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:10:47 +0000 Johnny Manziel Playbook

Johnny Manziel like any rookie has a big learning curve. The Heisman winner admitted that learning curve earlier today:

It’s a process for me. It’s not something that I should just come in here naturally because I played well in college and just know how to run this offense.

It’s a complete 180 from everything that I’ve been used to. And it’s going to take time. It’s a process coming from a spread, air raid system in college to a pro style system that’s very unfamiliar [to] me as far as terminology and routes.

Right now, it’s me versus the playbook and there’s nothing else.’

That all makes sense but then GM Ray Farmer’s thoughts were shared via Ian Rapaport:

This isn’t all that surprising but I can’t help but wonder if those nights and weekends partying are catching up with Johnny. He has given himself zero room for error with his off field activities so he only has himself to blamed for the conclusions drawn from these reports. Right now it sounds like Hoyer will get the nod but it’s early in camp.


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Jamaal Charles Actually Broke Teammates’ Ankle with Juke Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:14:43 +0000 chiefs-jamaal-charles-carted-off

Jamaal Charles is one of the hardest players to take down in the open field in the NFL. His teammate Sanders Commings found that out the hard way after Charles actually broke his ankle with a juke move:

That’s actually a terrible way to get injured. I’m sure Jamaal feels bad about what happened but he can’t really help it. Get well soon Sanders.

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Air Force Unveils Alternate Uniform with Two-Tone Helmet (Photos) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:03:34 +0000 Air Force Alternate Uniform

Today Air Force revealed they will be wearing these alternate uniforms at some point during this upcoming season. This is a pretty sharp look, especially the helmet.

It seems like everyone likes these and I agree. This is a solid A effort. These are excellent.

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A&M Players React to New Facilities That Includes Barbershop (Video) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:53:46 +0000 Texas A&M barbershop

It’s not everyday you see a college facility with a built in barbershop. Texas A&M unveiled their new football complex and it is impressive. It includes 100 HD TVs, and underwater treadmill, hot and cold tubs, and so much more. Here is what Kevin Sumlin had to say:

“The renovated complex shows them that we care as coaches, our administration cares, the University cars. And when you have something like this it also gives you an expectation. You treat someone first-class and you want first class performance and first class actions. To me, those go hand in hand.”

Now see the players reaction to seeing the facilities:

Should we call this the facility that Johnny built or no? For the record A&M says the $16.8M project was funded solely by donations.


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Andrew Luck Still Apologizing For Pass That Tore Wayne’s ACL Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:36:11 +0000 Reggie.Wayne.injury.

Andrew Luck seems like a stand-up guy. So much so that he can’t stop apologizing to Reggie Wayne for the bad pass that led to Reggie tearing his ACL last year. Well, Wayne finally had to tell him to stop it and that injuries happen in football:

“After the hundredth time of (Luck) saying, ‘My bad,’ that’s when I told him, ‘Hey, don’t worry about that. Let’s finish the season up. I’m going to be fine. I’m going to be back out there with you,’” Wayne said. “It’s just football. It’s brutal. It tears your body up. I didn’t blame him and I didn’t expect him to blame himself. It was already written for this to happen. Maybe it was a blessing. Maybe it was an opportunity for my bones to heal a little bit. Maybe I can sneak another year or so, I don’t know. After that time, we talked. We had a good discussion and that was a wrap.”

In this situation, both guys are pretty nice. I am not sure every WR would be that nice about that even though it’s not like Luck threw the ball like that on purpose to injure his best WR. I bet this helps their chemistry even more and Wayne has a big bounce back year.

[Indy Star]

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Russell Simmons Wishes He Signed Shaq to Rap Deal (Video) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:23:32 +0000 shaq-face-3-1

Back in the day Shaq had a rap “career.” He was alright but no one would ever confuse with him Black Thought or Andre 3000. Russell Simmons was asked if he could have worked with any athlete/rapper who would be and he said Shaq was “kinda cool.”

Maybe Uncle Russ doesn’t remember but here are Shaq’s skills:

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