In terms of cheer section humor, this only rivals Gonzaga students chanting "Broke Back Mountain!" to opposing players from Idaho a few seasons ago.
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"He laughed at the stuff because he is so beyond all of that," a person close to Rodriguez said Monday, according to the report. "Personally he feels like he's in a great space in his life and felt very comfortable last year in the clubhouse and with his relationship with his teammates." According to the report, a person close to Rodriguez said A-Rod "doesn't feel like he had any real relationship with [Torre]," and thus isn't hurt by anything Torre might have said or written about him in "The Yankee Years."
"Back in 2004, at first Rodriguez did his best to try and fit into the Yankee culture -- his cloying, B Grade actor best," the book says, according to an excerpt obtained by 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand. "He slathered on the polish. People in the clubhouse, including teammates and support personnel, were calling him 'A-Fraud' behind his back.
'He was phony,' said Mike Borzello, the former Yankees bullpen coach and one of Rodriguez' close friends, 'and he knew he was phony. But he didn't know how to be anything else at that time. Then he started to realize what it is all about and what people feed off of, and thought, 'Hey, I can really be myself.'"
"One thing you can't lose sight of is we've taken four punches from really good teams. But you have chances for big wins still on the schedule, and you don't need to get them all. You need to get a couple. But on days like this it looks like you could never get any."
-Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, ESPN
Arsene Wenger remains optimistic over the deal to get done within the month's transfer window. Should the deal get done, Arsenal will need Arshavin to perform to the level he showed in the Euros to overcome Aston Villa's three point advantage for the Champion's League final spot from the Premiership.
"The fundamental understanding over the transfer of the player has been achieved between the clubs," read a statement on Zenit's official website. "At the moment the basic obstacle in realising the transaction is Andrei Arshavin's personal requirements."
Torre describes general manager Brian Cashman as a less than supportive ally who betrayed him on several fronts, and says that his star player, Alex Rodriguez, was often referred to by his teammates as "A-Fraud" and was obsessed with his perceived rival, shortstop Derek Jeter.Both bombshells should not be surprising, but the manner in which they are rumored to be dropped, and the classy men who wrote the book, is. Verducci is one of America's best baseball writers, and Torre is one of the most professional men in all of baseball. Torre however, should be given every opportunity to slam his former employer after the ruthless manner the Steinbrenners forced him out.
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"We missed [Farmar] a lot. He makes our second unit go, he's the motor. Now that he's back, everybody falls into their natural positions and we are back clicking on all cylinders."With four players averaging in double digits, and one of the league's most valuable Sixth Men, in Lamar Odom, it was no suprise that the Lakers obliterated the Spurs. Gregg Popovich's veteran team were held to just 21% from distance, and let the lights-out Lakers shoot 46% from the floor.
-Kobe Bryant, ESPN.
"I can't say what will happen, Even if my contract says that I'll be here until March. We'll have to see. At the moment I'm enjoying this experience. I'm at one of the biggest clubs in the world. And having won gives us confidence to continue."
-David Beckham, ESPN
The doubt that shows through the words of England's most famous footballer is alarming considering that Beckham came to America to be an ambassador for the game of soccer, and prolong his wife's entertainment career.
While the latter crashed and burned in Hollywood, the former has failed to live up to the hype. Beckham vowed that he would revolutionize the game, but so far he has come stateside as an entertainer, and not an athlete.
His television appearances have been on entertainment channels and new programs, but rarely sports programming. Beckham numerously declined invitations to appear on America's premier soccer call-in show, Fox Football Fone-In, and only has appeared on ESPN a few times, one of which for the network's ESPY Awards.
The Beckhams have failed in America, and Milan could be the place where they could revitalize their careers. Victoria fits in well into the fashion scene in Italy's version of Hollywood that is Milan. David as noted, is starting to thrive for A.C. Milan as the aging midfielder has started to fit in with a side full of superstars like Ronaldinho, Kaka, and the ageless wonder, Paolo Maldini.
Although it would be a major disappointment, and a big let down in America for the Beckhams to leave after failing to finish their challenges, Milan seems to be a perfect location for the power couple. Should the Los Angeles Galaxy allow Becks to remain in Italy, it would force the hand of the MLS team as they encounter the exact same issue with other star player, Landon Donovan. Donovan is on his own loan spell at Bayern Munich, and should both players stay in Europe, the Galaxy and the MLS would lose their two most marketable players.
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While USC stars Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, and Clay Matthews are making a strong case to all start for the South team and all play themselves into the NFL Draft's first round, the story line once again was set up perfectly for Laurinaitis to oppose the speed freaks from the South.
Whether it was Ohio State's three straight beat downs to Florida, LSU and USC, or their heartbreaking loss to Texas, something has got to be the reason for his absence. The last time we saw him on the field, Colt McCoy shredded his defense on the last drive of the Fiesta Bowl. How can he settle with that being the last moment prior his potentially bright NFL career?
Considering Laurinaitis was once seen as a top 10 pick, his play in the Senior Bowl would likely provide a case for him in the NFL Draft despite the dismal performances of Ohio State in their aforementioned failures.
To me it seems clear, his departure from the game is strange way to not get out played by the nation's other big name linebackers, as he hopes the NFL scouts dwell on his combine numbers and his monster stats accumulated within Big Ten play.
For a guy who competes has hard, and seemingly plays to win as much as Laurinaitis, it baffles me at his absence.
The Senior Bowl is the perfect opportunity for the little Animal Warrior, as it is the NFL and their coaches themselves that run the show in Mobile. How can such a hyped NFL prospect pass on a virtual open tryout with the league?
The decision is ridiculous.
Whether it was previous Senior Bowl failures like Andre Woodson, or a fear of a potential injury, I think all of America deserves an explanation as to why Marcus Freeman is the only Buckeye that will hit the field Saturday.
Laurinaitis's loss is the gain of the three Trojan backers, and unless he shows up big time in next month's combine, it will one event that he will regret.
The Bears are what we thought they were, they're what we thought they were. We played them in preseason, who the hell takes a third game of the preseason like it's bullshit, Bullshit!? We played them in the third game, everybody played three quarters; the Bears are who we thought they were! And that's the way we took the damn field. Now if you wanna crown them, then crown their ass! But they are who we thought they were, and we let 'em off the hook!Although that game provided the locals with their low point of the year, arguably the football season's most shocking and dramatic game was only two months later in college football's Fiesta Bowl.
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“I’d be a wide receiver,” said the 6-6, 205-pound Kobe Bryant. “I’d be a bad (man) too. No more red zone issue,” he explained. “Just throw it over the top. I’m (Randy) Mossin’ it.”