Odds and Ends: Zab Judah perfects the backhanded bet

Boxers are a confident breed and they just love to talk trash. Zab Judah is no different, so he decided to open his mouth and actually bet Shane Mosley a nice chunk of change that he would knock him out in their upcoming fight on May 31. Don’t worry, the bout is going down in Las Vegas.

That’s free money,” Judah said. “If he’s so confident and so much in shape, then why didn’t he take it? The last time I put a $100,000 bet on the table was against Corey Spinks. What did I do? I knocked him out.”

Mosley declined. But this is what’s great about boxing. Any other sport and Judah’s suspended; here, he’s celebrated.

In other news…

[10,000 Takes]: Gopher blasts hockey ref.

[The Big Lead]: Like father, like son.

[]: Herm Edwards Is Bitter.

[Skate 2 Stick]: Gordie Howe is old!

[]: So, how’s your bracket holding up?

[The Professional Cheerleader Blog]: Magic cheerleaders do their magic on a trampoline.

[]: Another wrestler gone before his time.

[]: When Pacman and the Playmaker get together you know it’s going to be good.

[]: High School assistant coach tries to have a beer party with his athletes.

[]: 20% drop in NFL crime over last year. Just wait; Pacman’s back.

High School Sports

Getting ready for March Madness with old school H.S. football lunacy

We know that March is typically a month dedicated to the madness that is tournament-style college basketball. So, we figured there is no better way to get you ready for the thrilling comebacks and last-second victories that will inevitably come as the month draws on than by hitting you upside the noggin with one of the greatest rallies in the history of sports. Sure, it’s close to 15 years old and its high school football, but it is guaranteed to get the juices flowing for a month when anything that can’t happen usually does.

Here’s the setup, Plano East (TX) is trailing John Tyler (TX) by 24 points with just three minutes to go. Enjoy.


[]: Amazing Comeback

High School Sports

High school water polo players get unwanted attention on the internet

We feel sorry for all the teenage water polo players in California and it’s not just because they are teenage water polo players. Turns out that a number of pictures of adolescent H2Oers are winding up on a handful of gay Web sites. Apparently it isn’t all fast cars, fist fights and hot chicks in the O.C. Damn show lied to us.

An Orange County Register investigation has found that some of the pictures, of boys as young as 14, were displayed next to photos of nude young men and graphic sexual content.

An international water polo official and a spokeswoman for a group of Orange County water polo parents says it’s “just horrible” for someone to “take what these kids are doing and take it out of context and exploit these images.”

Police at the University of California, Irvine, say they are investigating whether a campus police dispatcher had photographed the high school athletes for gay-oriented sites.

The man has not been charged.

Wait a stinkin’ minute. We didn’t know Herbert was working again. And in California no less.


[]: Teen Athletes Unwittingly Featured On Porn Sites

High School Sports

This is not exactly what the Grecos or the Romans had in mind

From what we’re told, this is high school wrestling and it certainly appears to be a couple of pimple-popping adolescents, but it sure looks like WWE to us.

He [Brent Foxhoven] ended up finishing third in the tournament, but he clearly pulled off the highlight of the weekend.

Foxhoven said he has been practicing the move for a few weeks, and he seized his opportunity to show it off.

“He almost pushed me out of bounds,” Foxhoven said. “I was hoping he would come up on it. It was the perfect spot to hit it.

That’s what she said.


[]: Nebraska Wrestler Flips Out Of Tight Spot

High School Sports

As long as guys compete in figure skating then girls get to play hockey

We’re all about equal opportunity, so when we heard that there were a couple of high school girls playing on the school’s hockey team, we thought it was pretty cool. After all, what guy doesn’t want to hang out with a girl who’s willing to strap on the pads and check you right into the boards?

Now, we know that girls playing typically “boys” sports is nothing new. There are some great female competitors on football, baseball, basketball and even hockey teams all across this great country of ours. We were just always kind of curious as to how or why these girls would choose to endure the physical and verbal abuse of playing with the big boys instead of going down the typical path of feminization by society.

Well, here’s the story behind these two girls’ love for skating and eventually hockey.

I had to walk out and push to keep my balance, and my dad would dangle my Barbie dolls on a string and make me go get it,” Olivia [Fraioli] recalled.

Brittany [McManamey] went through similar training.

“If I went a certain amount of distance, that’s how much he’d pay for candy. Like if I went two feet, he’d pay $2,” she said.

Wait, you were trained to skate in the same fashion that horses are trained to pull carts, by dangling proverbial carrots just out of reach. We thought that was only effective with WNBA players.


[]: H.S. Girls Take to the Ice

High School Sports

`No ifs, ands or butts about it’

We’re not sure how this got past us, we try our best to stay abreast of all the latest happenings on the high school cheerleader front, but we really dropped the ball on this one. Cut us some slack, we got all worked up for Turkey Day, okay.

Six California cheerleaders were suspended after displaying their best assets during a football game halftime show. Geez, what ever happened to showing a little creative school spirit?

You know that repressing these girls from allowing them to express themselves can only lead to other questionable behaviors in an attempt to show their team devotion.


[]: Anyone for Fun `n’ games

All Other Sports

Rope burns should be the least of your worries when playing tug-of-war

When you think about tug-of-war, you usually don’t think about the possibility for serious injury. After all, it’s just a bunch of people pulling on a rope. What’s the worst thing that could happen, the fat guy serving as anchor falls on his butt? Wrong, try having your hands cut off.

Parker (Colorado) police said Henry Barrett and Mitch Helfer were injured in the gymnasium of Lutheran High School last Friday during a homecoming pep rally event. They were part of a tug-of-war team of 40 to 50 juniors who were competing with 40 to 50 seniors.

After Barrett and Helfer wrapped the rope around their hands and tugged, the rope tightened and cut deeply into the bottom part of their hands and across their knuckles.

“It’s something I don’t think you would want to wish on any student body — to observe something (like that) that is happening in your gymnasium,” said Randy Lowe, CEO of the Colorado Lutheran High School Association.

It sounds like the kids are recovering which is good news, but these guys have a long recovery road in front of `em. We’re hoping that Hulk Hogan took notice of this horrible accident. If you do nothing else as host of the revamped American Gladiators, we beg you Hulkster, please pull all the necessary strings to have Tug-O-War banned. That event totally sucked before we even knew it was dangerous.


[]: Parker Students Recover After Tug-Of-War Accident

High School Sports

High school girl dunks and dunks and dunks and dunks…

There used to be this crazy myth that “white men can’t jump.” There was a movie about it and everything, maybe you’ve heard of it. Well, it’s pretty evident that claim is completely inaccurate. You did see Brent Barry sky at the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest, right? If that wasn’t aerial poetry in motion then we don’t know what is.

So, now that we’ve established that whites can dunk, let’s turn our attention to the stereotype that women can’t throw down. We know that there have a handful of ladies to dunk in a game, most notable Candace Parker and Michelle Snow, but they were in college. If you really want to see a myth get busted to bits then you’ve gotta check out Houston’s Brittney Griner.

She’s a junior in high school (verbal commitment to Baylor) and she’s 6-foot-7 with a size 17 shoe. Apparently, she’s been described as “a Charles Barkley type in a Plaxico Burress body.” By “Charles Barkley type,” we’re assuming they mean in her tenacity and drive to play bigger than she really is because we’ve seen the video and Sir-Cumference hasn’t displayed hops like hers since he was going coast to coast for the Sixers in those itty-bitty shorts.

Her dunks might not be all that flashy, but she’s got a much higher conversion rate than Nate ‘Do Over’ Robinson. Then again, we seriously doubt she could block Yao Ming.


[]: Have you seen her?

High School Sports

Florida high school football teams get blasted with suspensions following bench-clearing brawl

The hammer came down today following a huge brawl during a high school football game between the players of Florida’s Miramar and Flanagan. In all, 56 players got suspended for anywhere from one to six weeks for their roles in the fight.

It’s considered by many to be the biggest mass suspension in Florida high school history with 29 suspensions going to Miramar and 27 more going to Flanagan. It all went down on September 28 during the third quarter of the game.

A cameraman for the Sun-Sentinel High School Sports program was rolling after a scuffle broke out following a play. Pushing quickly turned into thrown punches and grappling, as players from both benches rushed in to help their teammates.

“I saw one of the football players push somebody in the dirt, push their head down in the dirt. And then I saw the whole team just come out and fighting,” said one student.

Another student agrees with the suspensions, “I believe it was deserved because fighting is not tolerable amongst all schools, so I think they should have got it.

The entire offensive squad that was on the field for Miramar and the entire defensive squad for Flanagan got suspended, in addition to a bunch of other kids that came off the benches to join.

While something like this could happen anywhere in the country, it figures that it would happen in Florida. Obviously, these kidos should be receiving their scholarship letters from Miami and Florida International at any minute now.


[]: Mass suspensions in Broward throw high school football programs for a loop
[]: Dozens Suspended After Broward Foot-Brawl

New England Patriots

Who’s your daddy? Why, it’s Tom Brady!

Life can’t get much better fro Tom Brady right now. He was just named the world’s best dresser, the Pats have finally assembled a quality receiving core around him, and he’s got a handful of Super Bowl rings. Oh, yea, he’s also dating the smokin’ hot supermodel Gisele Bundchen. In addition, drooling babes from all seven continents now have a new moniker for the hunky signal caller…D.I.L.F.

Brady’s ex, Bridget Moynahan, gave birth to little boy yesterday and Moynahan’s publicist says that both are doing just fine. Brady left the Patriots preseason workouts in order to see the birth of his first child, but it is unknown if he arrived in time. Even if Brady didn’t make it in time to see the sloppy delivery, he still has an entire lifetime ahead of him to bond with his little man. Who knows, in 17 years Brady could end up being his son’s high school quarterbacks coach. Sound crazy? Not if you’re John Elway.

Elway is leaving the comfortable confines of retirement for a job at his son’s Cherry Creek High School. Jack Elway is the senior QB for the squad so it probably doesn’t hurt any to have possibly the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL dishing out advice. Of course, Jack has been hearing his old man repeat the same old stories a thousand times now, so it’s really nothing new.

It’s good,” Jack Elway told The Denver Post. “It’s nice to have him out there, but I’ve actually always had him as a coach at home.

But with all the crazy “little league dads” out there, the head coach of the team has to be worried that there will be eventual problems that could result.

As a coach, you’re trying to not have fathers on your staff,” he said, “but this is a little different deal.

Don’t worry Tom, if you keep racking up the yards, TDs and rings then your kid’s coach will make the exact same exception.


[]: It’s a boy for Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady
[]: Elway To Coach Son In High School As QB Coach