Friday, April 18, 2014

Coach Q Did Not Like Your Call, Sir...

((HT: Josh Gold-Smith's Vine, NHL on NBC))

The Blackhawks-Blues game went into multiple overtimes and ended after midnight eastern time this morning...

At a key moment in the second overtime, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville wanted a delay of game call for a puck that cleared the boards and went into the crowd...

He didn't get the call- which brought this display...


No word on whether Q-Stache should get a call from New York or Toronto over this. But the HQ hopes that the move just gets credited to the heat of battle...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easiest Triple Play You'll See For A While...

((HT: MLB/YES))

Sean Rodriguez did the one thing you really don't want to do with runners on first and second...
Pull a pitch right at the third baseman...

You can guess what happens next...


CC Sabathia has now been on the mound for the last three triple plays the Yankees have fielded and Rodriguez has now hit into the last two triple plays the Rays have had turned on them...

Strange Moves: Reports Surface Frank Haith to Leave Mizzou for Tulsa

It's not often coaches leave a "Power" conference to move backwards.

But that's exactly what soon-to-be former Missouri head basketball coach Frank Haith appears to be doing. Multiple reports say Haith will leave the SEC East Division Tigers and replace Danny Manning at Conference USA's Tulsa.

There are conflicting reports as to why Haith would step down. CBSSports.com cites a source saying he bailed after a disappointing 2013-14 season where the fanbase seemingly turned on him for that and a team that had some off the court issues. That same source said if he tanked with the Tigers this season, Haith would be done.

Read the CBSSports.com story RIGHT HERE

The departure of Haith raises more eyebrows in the perception of SEC Basketball. It comes on the heels of Cuonzo Martin leaving Tennessee for the University of California and Tony Barbee being let go at Auburn. And the question by some is "All these coaches are black". In the SEC, it's a legitimate question.

But there's some explanation as well. Barbee did little to nothing at Auburn during his tenure there. Haith struggled at Missouri, but the reason behind him leaving can only be explained by him. As for Martin, that's the one we and many others question. Tennessee made it to this years Sweet16 in the NCAA Tournament and despite a "Non-Dominant" regular season, the Vols were a tough out in the SEC Tournament and the team nobody wanted to face in the NCAA's. Yet Martin had to endure a "Fire Cuonzo Martin" website and a petition with 30,000 signatures calling for his removal in Knoxville.

But what about Haith?

Time will tell. Could he be running? Could he be tired of being questioned at Missouri? Could Mizzou be headed for trouble? All legitimate questions. All because a coach left the green pastures of the SEC for the less green pastures of Conference USA. And for all the questions, there aren't a whole lot of answers.

What sayeth you?

Swan Racing On Life Support...???

((HT: NASCAR on FOX))

Swan Racing looked like they would be an interesting player in the small-team big-money world of NASCAR this season. 50 Cent's SMS Audio and Speed Stick Gear signed on for the two-car team of Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman...

Here's the SMS presser from Daytona:


But with 10 wrecked cars between the two, and the two ranked 34th (Whitt) and 38th (Kligerman) in points, Swan is being honest about their future:

"Swan Racing is in the process of reviewing its current situation and the ability to continue to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," the team said in a statement released Thursday on their Facebook page. "The team has been unable to secure the kind of sponsorship required to effectively operate the team. As a result, the team management is exploring every available option. We hope to be in a position to provide a detailed update in the near future."

Whitt has the best finish of the two of 18th at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. But he also has seven finishes of 27th or worse. Kligerman's year has been worse. He has DNF'ed four times in the 8 races this season...

His adventures included this incident at Daytona
((HT: NASCAR on FOX))

Aaron Hernandez Associate Arrested On Lying To Grand Jury

((HT: WHDH-TV))

And obstruction of justice and witness tampering involved with the investigation around the Odin Lloyd murder...

Nice hat trick...

Allegedly...

Oscar Hernandez, Junior (no relation to the ex-Patriots tight end) was arrested as a part of a gun trafficking investigation from Florida to Massachusetts. Three firearms involved in the shooting have been linked to the murder of Lloyd and Hernandez is charged with influencing the testimony of the man who reportedly sold the weapons.

Here's the early returns on the arrest...
WHDH-TV 7News Boston

Hernandez could get up to 20 years in prison on the witness tampering charges, up to 10 years on obstruction charges and up to five for false testimony.

He is set to appear in a court in Orlando to determine if bond will be allowed- and what amount that will be. He should be extradited to Massachusetts to face the charges after that, but the timetable isn't known for that part of the process at present.

Jabari Parker Is Going To NBA, Will Enter NBA Draft

Is anyone surprised Jabari Parker would enter the 2014 NBA draft?

After the year Parker had for Duke he was ready to go.

Duke University has announced that Parker will forgo his college eligibility and entire the NBA Draft.

Here's Parker explaining his decision.  Thanks SI.com



Parker won the 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year award averaging 19.7 points per game, second in the ACC in scoring.  He averaged 8.7 rebounds per game.

"Jabari could not have been better. He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be – outstanding everyday on the practice court and in the classroom and a very humble young man,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He had a fantastic freshman year and is so deserving of the opportunity to play in the NBA and follow his dream."

While it was a tough decision for Parker he's ready to make this step.  

Mankato Players Meant No Disrespect To Old Coach, Paragraph Taken Out Of Context (UPDATED: They'll Play For Hoffner))

((HT: KEYC-TV))

When you say something publicly, you can't take it back...

That's what the Minnesota-Mankato football team is facing right now after they went public with their desire that their old football coach who was their new head coach return to being their football coach after their old-old football coach who had his contract not renewed and came back after an arbitor's ruling took over as their new head coach...

They want Aaron Keen back as head coach and not the recently-reinstated Todd Hoffner...

Claiming their paragraph was "taken out of context" both sides met this morning on campus...

Here's the morning gathering after yesterday's statement
KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -

Short of not allowing for any kind of depth in their sentences or discussions between parties when the cameras were off yesterday, the HQ is unsure how that could be taken out of context...

As a collective unit, we’ve all agreed that we will stick together and show our support in having Aaron Keen as the head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato,” junior safety Samuel Thompson read from the statement. “We’ve all become outstanding community members, students and athletes, in the last year and a half since the removal of Todd Hoffner. Throughout this process, our voice has been silent. It is time our voice is heard. We want information, we want answers, because this is our team.”

What's the out of context part...???

Jus' axin...

PM UPDATE: The players met for two hours with the Athletic Director and Hoffner and they're now united in their support of Hoffner and will play for him and Keen...