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Vanessa Bryant Suing Cops Who Tried to Get Laid Using Pictures of Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Crash

I never thought that “hey, how would you like to see the disfigured corpse of a sports legend who was tragically killed in a terrible accident” would be a particularly good pick-up line, but I’m not an LA County sheriff’s deputy because those guys thought it was a great idea. It’s like something out of The Big Bang Theory only instead of a pathetic guy who can’t get a woman to touch his penis offering to let them drive the Mars rover, it’s a pathetic guy who can’t get a woman to touch his penis showing her pictures of Kobe Bryant’s dead body. And who would actually want to sleep with the kind of sociopath who is impressed by that?

Vanessa Bryant isn’t happy about this development and can you blame her? Buzzfeed News reports she’s suing the sheriff’s department for “emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy,” because they don’t actually let you write “oh, come the f**k on” as the reason for a lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses at least eight deputies of taking photos of the victims at the crash site with their personal cellphones and showing them to their colleagues, and in one instance, a member of the public.

Things like this make “defund the police” seem a lot less controversial if you ask me. It’s perfectly reasonable to move funding to other departments of government that are better equipped to handle these situations. Why are the police even the people looking into a helicopter crash? Shouldn’t it be medical personnel and firefighters? Maybe if we spent money on police then we could afford firefighters who aren’t prisoners being paid pennies an hour.

A month after Kobe Bryant’s death, the Los Angeles Times first reported that sheriff’s deputies had shared private cellphone photos of the victims, and that Villanueva told the deputies that if they quietly deleted the photos, they would not face any discipline.

Following the reports, Villanueva admitted that he had ordered eight deputies to delete the images and he was “content that those involved did that.”

Treating this sort of depraved indifference to decency as some sort of schoolboy error is exactly the reason people are in the streets protesting in the first place.

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Kobe Bryant’s Widow Vanessa is Fighting With Her Mom Over Money

They say money can’t buy you happiness, which seems insane because not having to worry about bills would make most people much happier. The problem is that people who have money mostly seem to care about getting more money; what exactly does Jeff Bezos need more money for, anyway? You’d think at a certain point he’d go “really, I couldn’t spend all this money if I lived to be 500, I should pay my employees better and hire more people so they don’t have work like they’re building the pyramids” but nope, it’s just “f**k you, more money for me, lower taxes please.”

Vanessa Bryant’s mother, Sofia Laine, also wants more money. She gave an interview on Univision’s El Gorda y La Flaca where she said that after Kobe’s death, Vanessa kicked her out of her house, took her car and left her with nothing.

Vanessa Bryant tells a very different story, with news,com.au reporting she issued the following statement to the program after the segment aired:

My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, and yet my mother had the audacity to do a television interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name.

She has removed all her diamond jewellery, emptied the apartment I provided, and put away the furniture to make it look like she doesn’t have my support. My husband and I have supported her financially for the past 20 years, and continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony.

Contrary to previous reports, she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive of my daughters and me after my husband and daughter passed away.

Now I see what is most important to my mother and it’s more than painful. I hope that everything that is coming out about our personal relationship ends here.

So I’ve got two thoughts on that, and the first one is it sounds like she did take back a car from her mother for whatever reason, and I’m not going speculate on why.

My second thought, however, is that why would Kobe be the one who wanted to financially support his mother-in-law? That makes no sense. When I first saw this story I assumed that it was Kobe’s mother saying Vanessa was cutting her off, not Vanessa’s mother. I don’t know what Vanessa Bryant’s mother did to piss her off if this is even remotely true, but it must have been something huge.

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Conor McGregor Waved His Penis In a Married Woman’s Face, Allegedly

Following an incident last Thursday, Conor McGregor was arrested, questioned, and released in Corisca on Saturday after he allegedly got piss drunk and exposed his junk to a married woman as she made her way into a bar bathroom. Authorities are now waiting for the results of “key physical tests” and “examination of film evidence” before determining whether to arrest him again.

McGregor was in Corsica to attend the Calvi-Monaco Water Bike Challenge which he had to withdraw due to the complaint. Last week, he even posted about USADA coming to test him on his yacht.

McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, issued a statement that read, “I am irate and putting out a warning loud and clear: Conor McGregor is not and will not be a target for those seeking to score a headline or a payday.” Conor’s legal rep in Corsica says no charges have been filed while a rep for Conor says he “vigorously denies any accusations of misconduct.”

This is the latest in legal troubles for McGregor. You may remember him from his last great hit of punching an old guy at the bar because he refused to drink his whiskey. Bet you that old dude is pretty glad he was at the bar and not the bathroom.

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Odell Beckham, Jr. Likes to do WHAT in Bed?

Have you ever seen the video with the two girls and the cup? Or hopefully just the reactions to it without seeing the video itself? We did, of course, always realize that video was not meant just to make you want to vomit into the bowl of Cocoa Pebbles you were eating when your idiot friend said “oh, dude, you have to see this video” at 2 a.m., but rather it was meant to erotic. “Erotic to who?” you may be asking. Well, we finally have an answer to that: Odell Beckham, Jr.

It’s especially funny because he plays for the Browns.

For context, that’s Slim Danger, a pornographic actress who has a kid with Chief Keef and once hooked up with Beckham, who she says “likes to be shitted on.” I think the proper way to say that is “shat on” but she’s a porn star, conjugating verbs is not a super necessary life skill for her.

She also said he wanted her not to shower for 24 hours which I also find kind of gross. I mean, if you’re home alone in quarantine, whatever, but shower before sex.

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Pia Tolle

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As German Vice-Champion 2011 in the age of 14, she was member of Germany's artistic gymnastics national team for the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. After a heavy accident in 2014, she ended her career in 2015.

Sebastian Krimmer

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Sebastian Krimmer and Pia Tolle, artistic gym pros

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Novak Djokovic Goes For the Throat

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Vince McMahon Claims He Owns Real Names of WWE Wrestlers Who Aren’t Even Employees of the Company

Ahh, Vince McMahon. The man’s best idea was to make himself the biggest heel in wrestling, and it worked because behind the scenes he’s actually a huge asshole. Like, if you saw Wrestling with Shadows, the climax of that movie, the “Montreal Screwjob,” turned out to be the least-bad thing Vince did to the Hart family.

Vince is back on his bullshit with Wrestling, Inc. reporting Vince informed WWE superstars that they can’t use platforms like Twitch or Cameo or YouTube because he owns their real names, not just their wrestling personas.

WWE held a call with talent last Sunday regarding the reinvention of the product. During the call, it was said that WWE owns the real names of talent, not just their character names.

McMahon followed up by sending a letter on Thursday. McMahon wrote that it was imperative that they promote and protect the brand in every conceivable way, and that talent have 30 days to stop engaging with third parties.

“Some of you are engaged with outside third parties using your name and likeness in ways that are detrimental to our company,” McMahon wrote. “It is imperative that these activities be terminated within the next 30 days (by Friday October 2). Continued violations will result in fines, suspension, or termination at WWE’s discretion.”

This is like Disney claiming to own the name Robert Downey, Jr. because he played Iron Man. Which honestly, I could see happening.

The interesting thing to me is that WWE claims they don’t actually employ their wrestlers, calling them “independent contractors,” which lets them avoid certain obligations they would have to employees. Normally one of the trade-offs to that is that independent contractors can have multiple clients.

I’ll bet AEW will let you use Cameo. Just sayin’.

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Going Out on a High Note, The Washington Redskins are Accused of Secretly Filming Cheerleaders Nude

You have to know that you have seriously fucked up when calling your football team The Washington Redskins isn’t even the worst thing you’ve done as a franchise. Already embroiled in sex scandals, the Redskins are now accused of secretly making a nude video of their cheerleaders for owner Dan Snyder during a photoshoot for a bikini calendar back in 2008.

The Washington Post reports that outtakes from the shoot where the cheerleaders were out of their clothes were compiled into a video, which they have seen but aren’t sharing.

What the cheerleaders didn’t know was that another video, intended strictly for private use, would be produced using footage from that same shoot. Set to classic rock, the 10-minute unofficial video featured moments when nipples were inadvertently exposed as the women shifted positions or adjusted props.

The lewd outtakes were what Larry Michael, then the team’s lead broadcaster and a senior vice president, referred to as “the good bits” or “the good parts,” according to Brad Baker, a former member of Michael’s staff. Baker said in an interview that he was present when Michael told staffers to make the video for team owner Daniel Snyder.

I mean, keeping outtakes where the girls are nude when they didn’t agree to be nude is already unethical, but when you do post-production on it you’re really just going above and beyond, scumbag-wise. You could win some kind of skeevy guy award, like a Golden Cosby or something.

Dan Snyder does deny having any knowledge of the video, according to TMZ.

Yeah, we’d like a copy of this video, too. You know, for sciency reasons. Journalism. One of those.

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NBA, WNBA, MLB Players Strike on Fourth Anniversary of Colin Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest Shows How Things Have Changed

There were supposed to be three NBA playoff games on Wednesday night but none of them were actually played. It was widely reported that the players were boycotting because of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, yet another unarmed Black man, but players can’t actually boycott, only fans can. What happened on Wednesday day night was a strike. Technically it was a wildcat strike because the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement doesn’t allow players to strike like this.

What’s interesting and not as widely reported is Wednesday was four years to the day since Colin Kaepernick started the protest that lead to him being unofficially blackballed by the NFL by sitting during the national anthem. Kaepernick changed from sitting to kneeling a week later after discussing the protest with Green Beret Nate Boyer, who told Kaepernick kneeling alongside his teammates would get his point across while still being respectful to the armed forces.

Let’s think about how much has changed since one player kneeling was a scandal to today where one player not kneeling is newsworthy. I know you’re probably trying to avoid politics, especially with the horrifying realization that on January 21st, 2021 either Donald Trump or Joe Biden will be president, but politics is everywhere now. Everyone is stuck at home and they’re using that time to go on social media and watch cable news, the two things most likely to entrench people in political views and make them obsess over it.

But we’re also in a political moment where it’s impossible to just put your head in the sand and ignore it because it’s all around us. We’re seeing the level of police violence against the black community every day and the protests against it haven’t stopped. You should take a second to reflect and decide how you want to respond to this moment.

Me, I think Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had the quote that best sums up the current moment in time. “S**t doesn’t change. And it’s just the fact of the matter. Politicians really don’t give a f**k about us. All they care about is their own agenda. This is just the way it is and it’s upsetting. I’m sorry to use that language and go off. It’s upsetting.”

The Lakers and the Clippers are pushing to end the NBA season entirely right now, without a championship. Maybe you don’t agree. Maybe you’re angry. Most NBA players are Black, think about how they feel when they see yet another unarmed black murdered by police and people crawling out of the woodwork to justify it and then turn around and demand they entertain them without speaking up for themselves or their communities. These athletes have pretty big platforms and make a lot of money but they don’t actually have a lot of political power; refusing to play would hurt the bottom line of large companies like Disney, who owns ESPN and ABC and is looking to sports to make up the revenue that they would normally be making from parks and movies, and maybe, just maybe that would force them to take action and maybe politicians would actually listen to them.

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Well, That’s Not Good

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The Rock Buys the XFL, Better Hope He Can Make Investment Back Selling Copper Wiring from Stadiums

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might need to hire a better investment manager. The most electrifying man in sports entertainment just spent millions of dollars of his own money, along with funds from investment partners, to buy the XFL for $15 million, according to TMZ.

Apparently Johnson thinks he can turn the XFL into a real sports league, which seems unlikely seeing as how the league has gone bankrupt twice now.

The XFL was founded by WWE owner Vince McMahon during what was known as the Attitude Era of the wrestling league, when it was marketed to young adults and featured more violent stunts, sexier angles with female talent and more “adult” themed storylines.

The XFL was basically a football-themed expansion of this type of marketing, with rules that encouraged hits that would draw a penalty in the NFL as well as the kind of showboating the NFL discouraged at the time. McMahon said at the the time that the NFL was the no fun league and the XFL would be the extra fun league.

The problem with this is that pro wrestling is seen as fake and that perception carried over to the XFL. Now, pro wrestling does involve some pretty impressive athletic feats and wrestlers do risk injury, so it’s not fake, but the results are pre-determined and even though the XFL wasn’t, it was hard for people to accept McMahon’s involvement in a sport that was entirely fair. Also, a league made up of players who weren’t good enough to make it in the NFL just didn’t feature play that was as fun to watch as the NFL.

Then there was the 2020 return of the league. It’s not McMahon’s fault that it was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the only thing we really heard about it was that players weren’t allowed to kneel during the national anthem. During the time the XFL was out of business, we also learned about CTE and how practically everyone who plays pro football has it, so that “we want to encourage harder hits those pussies in the NFL won’t allow” mentality was never going to fly. The NFL also shed their uptight rules against excessive celebrations years ago, so the relaunched XFL came across in the media as ironically being more conservative than the NFL.

XFL history aside, though, only one competing football league to the NFL has ever had any success, and that league was the AFL. The way the AFL found success was to merge with the NFL, and teams from the pre-merger NFL comprise five of the six winningest franchises in the league over 50 years later.

Basically, the best that The Rock can hope is that the XFL makes an impressive enough showing under his ownership that when it collapses it gives him enough cache in the world of legitimate sports that he can buy a real team in a real league. Maybe the Denver Broncos.

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At Least She Lasted 7 Seconds

Some say Estrada vs Adkins was a complete mismatch on July 24. Those people would be very correct.

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Watching Baseball Managers and Umpires Mask Up to Argue Is So 2020

Major league baseball is back. That means brawls and umpire versus manager arguments. Masks on fellas!

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You Can Watch Jake Paul Get the Crap Beat Out if Him Before Mike Tyson’s Comeback Fight

Mike Tyson, fresh off of beating the s**t out of a shark, the only thing he hadn’t beaten the s**t out of yet, is getting back in the boxing ring. I’m excited because the last time I saw Iron Mike in the ring he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear off. I know he boxed after that but who wants to see a 40-year-old Mike Tyson get knocked out by some dude you’ve never heard of? That was only worth watching when Buster Douglas did it.

Tyson’s exhibition match against Roy Jones, Jr. is going to have an amazing undercard match if you’re a fan of watching Jake Paul get his ass kicked.

Jake Paul, the worst thing to happen to YouTube since people discovered its algorithm encouraged pedophilia, is going to box former NBA player Nate Robinson who I’ve never heard of because I’m not a huge basketball fan but he’s now my favorite boxer of all time. Seriously, I know it’s just an exhibition celebrity match but is it to much to ask of Robinson that he do to Jake Paul what Muhammad Ali did to Ernie Terrell?

Robinson sounds like he has something to prove at 36, saying “I wanted to show that I’m a world-class athlete. I played college football, played in the NBA for 11 years, and I’m excited about this venture into the sport of boxing. Jake Paul, I want all the smoke.”

I have an idea: let Jake Paul fight Mike Tyson. There are no losers in that fight. You know, except Jake Paul but tell me you don’t want to see that. Look me in the eye and say “Nah, I’d rather not watch Jake Paul, Earth’s worst human, get his face rearranged by the greatest living former heavyweight champion.” You can’t do it and you know you can’t do it.

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The Last Thing The Washington Redskins Will Do Before Name Change is Get Accused of Massive Sex Scandal

If you’d have asked me last week, I’d have told you that the worst thing about the Washington Redskins was their name. They recently announced they’re changing it, and while it’s the right thing to do, like most name changes and episodes of TV shows being pulled, it’s ultimately a hollow gesture meant to distract from all the horrible stuff they’re doing.

In the case of the Washington Redskins, the horrible stuff they’re doing is allegedly sexually harassing 15 women who previously worked for the organization. Do you think they knew this was coming when they decided to change the name?

They really did a lot of work substantiating the report, too.

Some of the alleged perpetrators left the organization before the report was published, and the post tweeted that “three team employees accused of improper behavior abruptly departed, including Larry Michael, the club’s longtime radio voice, and Alex Santos, the team’s director of pro personnel.“

Fox News reports that  “Michael would reportedly make comments about the appearance of female colleagues in a sexual manner. And in 2018, he was caught on a “hot mic” talking about a college-aged intern’s physical features. Santos, on the other hand, was reportedly accused by six former employees and two reporters who cover the team of making inappropriate remarks about their bodies and asking them if they were romantically interested in him, according to the newspaper.”

The only woman who went on the record, Emily Applegate, said that “It was the most miserable experience of my life. And we all tolerated it, because we knew if we complained — and they reminded us of this — there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.“

The allegations cover most of most of Dan Snyder’s time as owner, though none of the allegations were about him. Still, Snyder is going to have to take responsibility here; he was the owner and allowed this alleged climate of harassment to go unchecked for a decade.

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The Washington Redskins Will Have a New Name and Logo

The Washington Redskins issued a press release today saying that they will be changing the name and logo of their team because white people suddenly care after decades of pressure from Native American groups.

On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep sponsors, fans and community appraised of our thinking as we go forward.

Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.

Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.

Hilariously, to me, the press release was still on Redskins stationary so the name and logo they’re replacing are in the letterhead.

So what will the new team name and logo be?

I’m proposing the new name be The Fighting Whites. Yeah, remember that making the national news? That was almost 20 years ago. It was so long ago that when The Daily Show covered it the reporter was Stephen Colbert and he was still funny.

I’ve made a lot of hay about how these sorts of gestures, like banning an episode of The Golden Girls, are something no one wanted or asked for and are distracting from the real issues, but Native American groups have been asking sports teams to change their names and logos to something that isn’t based on Native stereotypes since the 1940s. It’s long overdue.

Now the problem is that the Kansas City Chiefs spent all their money on Patrick Mahomes and won’t have any left for someone to desigcan their new name and logo while the Redskins have avoided that problem by being terrible at football so they’ll have lots of time and energy and money to devote to their rebranding.

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UFC’s Platinum Mike Perry Is Definitely Not Ageist

UFC’s Mike Perry and Conor McGregor share one thing in common. They both like punching old people in the head. Where Mike Perry and Conor McGregor differ, however, is that Mike Perry can actually knock out a 70-year-old. Though McGregor still has $50 million on Perry, so Conor can find solace in that.

According to reports, Perry was at Table 82 in Texas with his girlfriend/cornerwoman and her friend slamming Berry Mojitos — as one with face tats usually does — when things got physical. Not the good kind of physical either. The bad kind of physical where Perry allegedly punched an employee in the eye as well as his girlfriend’s friend. He then dropped some N-bombs like he was Oprah giving out free cars.

As he belligerently exited the building, an old man followed him out and at one point mocked him. Perry told him he’d knock his old ass out, to which the old man replied, “Let’s see you do it, motherf*cker,” before charging at him with his best impersonation of a windmill. Oh, the hubris of old people.

After Perry laid the old guy out, he leaned against the wall and waited for the cops. They spoke with Perry who said people kept putting hands on him. The old guy was still unconscious, having hit his head against the cement, and was taken to the hospital where he said he was suffering memory loss. Mike Perry was released back into society. Mike Perry also had no comment.

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Patrick Mahomes’ New Contract Will Pay Him Kardashian-Level Money

I’ve some sports players make some serious money; David Beckham made $20 million a year playing for Real Madrid and the LA Galaxy gave him $50 million to come to the US for a year and get absolutely no one any more interested in soccer than they were previously. But Patrick Mahomes just signed a new contract that’s paying him an insane $500 million over ten years.

If you’re keeping score at home, that is the biggest contract in the history of professional sports.

This new contract is an extension of his existing contract, so he’s signed to the Chiefs through 2031 when he’ll be like 35, so this basically guarantees he’ll retire as a Chief. It’s also got a $145 million injury guarantee and a no-trade clause. It’s a long-term contract that keeps Mahomes in Kansas City for ostensibly his entire career, but he clearly didn’t get the short end of the stick.

Considering Mahomes lead the NFL in basically everything for the past two years and is about to settle the argument about if Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, I think he’s worth it.

Mahomes is so good that it’s fun to watch him play even if you’re not a fan of the Chiefs. He’s such a good player that no one has even brought up that the Chiefs are really going to have to change that name soon. But once they do they’re going to sell so many jerseys that contract may just pay for itself.

They sounded really high on him in their statement on the signing, too.

“Since he joined the Chiefs just a few years ago, Patrick has developed into one of the most prolific athletes in all of sports,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement about the quarterback who led the team to its first championship in 50 years.

“With his dynamic play and infectious personality, he is one of the most recognized and beloved figures to put on the Chiefs uniform. He’s an extraordinary leader and a credit to the Kansas City community, and I’m delighted that he will be a member of the Chiefs for many years to come.”

And he did all that with fully inflated footballs.

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COVID Is Coming for the WWE and the NFL

Sports were fun. Fun to watch, fun to play, fun to talk about with your Australian girlfriend because Aussie sports are all like, Bizarro versions of actual sports. My girlfriend explained netball to me for like an hour and it made me realize how much I miss basketball, a sport I haven’t watched since Michael Jordan called Larry Bird a bitch.

We may never have sports again, at least not the way we knew them. Those stadiums full of cheering fans? The WWE couldn’t even have like 50 guys in the Performance Center without having someone test positive for COVID. They’re not even a sport!

But at least the real sports are faring better right?

The NFL seems to have “statistically, someone is going to die” levels of infections. It seems to be just in Texas, but ESPN reported that both the Cowboys and the Texans have players who tested positive for the virus.

None of the Cowboys players had been at The Star, the team’s facility, during the offseason, per league rules. The team has been in consistent contact with the players and the club has an infectious disease consultant on its medical staff. A source said one player had flu-like symptoms late last week but was feeling better, and the other players tested have been asymptomatic.

The NFL has some problems. CTEs are so common in the league that I think the latest study shows you can get one just from watching football. Now COVID is coming for everyone who survives that.

It’s supposedly just a small number of players and all but one have been asymptomatic, and the one player with symptoms has mild ones. But how did so many players get it? And if there were games being played now, the whole locker room could have it as well as tens of thousands of fans. And is it wise to have teams of 100-some people flying around the country to play games? We’re just going to have to face that for the foreseeable future, sports are probably going to be on hold.

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Todd McFarlane’s Worthless Balls: Collection Shown in ‘Long Gone Summer’ Has Lost Millions in Value

Comic book fans have known for years that Todd McFarlane is not the sharpest skate in the… ice skate… holder… thing. The dude drew some iconic Spider-Man covers and created Spawn, an inexplicably popular character from the post-Watchmen era of “extreme” comics, but have you ever listened to him talk?

Seriously, what is going on there? Why is he just sitting in a warehouse drawing Spawn? What is going on?

If you watched ESPN’s latest 30 For 30 doc Long Gone Summer, which you probably didn’t, you saw Todd McFarlane’s balls. As anyone who read Wizard Magazine in the late 90s and early 2000s already knew, Todd blew millions of dollars on baseballs. In particular, he spent over $3 million on Mark McGuire’s record-setting 70th home run ball from the 1998 season, a record that was almost immediately broken by Barry Bonds.

TMZ looked into how Todd’s balls have faired over the years and they don’t look good, folks. That ball Todd played $3 million for in 1998? He’d be lucky to get $400k for it now, and it’d probably be closer to $250k. And Todd bought a lot of baseballs, not just the one. Imagine telling your accountant when you’re doing your taxes that you need to write down millions of dollars of losses in baseballs.

This is the same day that TMZ reported a LeBron James basketball card is expected to sell for a million dollars. That’s like, four times what Todd’s balls are worth. Plus the card will make a much cooler sound in the spokes of your bike.

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UFC’s Fight Island Is Real and It’s Not What You Think

UFC’s mysterious Fight Island has been revealed. If you thought fighters were going to go at it Survivor style on a tropical island, think again.

They’ve identified Fight Island as Yas Island in the beautiful Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Hmm, I guess you can get a good hurricane drink over there.

Fight Island aka Yas Island aka our fighters won’t have to wear masks here island also has a mall, waterpark, an F1 racetrack/hotel, Ferrari World and Warner Brothers World Theme Parks.

UFC has been building the infrastructure for fights ever since THE VIRUS HIT. That dirty virus. Per ESPN:

The designated area of Yas Island that will make up Fight Island includes an arena, hotel, training facilities and dining establishments, per the UFC. It will also include a “safety zone” of 10 square miles in which the only people permitted will be athletes, coaches, UFC staff and limited personnel.

UFC 251 has been announced as the first card on the island. As far as cards go, it’s pretty strong. Check it out:

UFC Welterweight Championship: Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Gilbert Burns

UFC Featherweight Championship: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway

UFC Bantamweight Championship: Peter Yan vs. Jose Aldo

Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas

Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant still fights? Her and her fake boobs seem to be more about being an Instagram model than actual fighting.

The headliner, Kamaru Usman versus Gilbert Burns, looks decent. No Jorge Masvidal though. That dude still wants more money.

What’s really interesting are the two fights below the headliner.

Volkanovski versus Holloway is a rematch of their fight from last December’s UFC 245. Volkanovski took a unanimous decision in five rounds, but it was close. No argument with the decision here. What’s interesting is Holloway is still so young and can improve. Let’s see what new tools he brings to the fight.

Yan versus Aldo is another good one. Yan is on the rise, but still overlooked. He ko’d a 40-year-old Urijah Faber with a leg kick to get the title shot.

UFC 251 takes place July 11th. Leave your masks at home, we’re doing this Dana White-style.

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Drew Brees Would Be So Sad to Hear You Say That 😢

Context: Drew Brees doesn’t like you kneeling.

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Triple H Says WWE Would Love to Have Ronda Rousey Back Despite (or Maybe Because of) Everyone Hating Her

Ronda Rousey is a spectacular fighter, one of the best the UFC has ever seen. She’s also cocky, arrogant and a poor sport who assumes everyone should love her regardless of that because of her talent. This is what made watching her get knocked the fuck out by Holly Holm so satisfying on a visceral level; it had a lot of parallels to when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson, except Mike Tyson is kind of lovable.

Rousey took her first professional loss so well that she stepped away for a year, came back only to lose again and then retired from fighting to be in the WWE where they can agree to let her win in advance, which they kind of did. Rousey was kind of popular as a babyface, or fan favorite, and she had a long run as champion.

But Ronda Rousey was not Becky Lynch, probably the most popular woman in WWE history. Lynch was probably supposed to be the heel, or bad guy, in her feud with Rousey, but the fans were not having it and Rousey was forced to be the heel because the fans already hated her and loved Becky Lynch. Becky Lynch ended up beating both Rousey and Charlotte Flair, the daughter of Nature Boy Ric Flair, at Wrestlemania 35, which was Rousey’s first loss as a singles wrestler; she took it as well as she took her first UFC loss and hasn’t wrestled in over a year.

This might all be part of what pro wrestlers call kayfabe, which is the act of maintaining the illusion that pro wrestling storylines are really happening rather than scripted, but Rousey laid into WWE fans for not liking her last month, calling them “a bunch of fucking ungrateful fans that don’t even appreciate me.”

Like I said, Rousey was the bad guy when she left the WWE, and this sort of fits with that character, but that’s also just what Rousey was like before she joined the WWE.

Triple H, the husband of WWE owner Vince McMahon‘s daughter Stephanie, coincidentally just told TMZ that the WWE would love to have Rowdy Ronda back whenever she’s ready. And it just so happens that Becky Lynch, the biggest superstar of the WWE women’s division and the very person Rousey was forced to turn heel because of, is on maternity leave.

So one of two things is happening here: either the WWE is building up hype for the return of one the biggest names in their women’s division in the press or Ronda Rousey is just an unpleasant, egotistical person who is publicly airing her grievances with fans for liking someone else more than they liked her. They both seem equally likely to me.

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Will Ferrell is the Newest Seattle Seahawk

One somewhat overlooked thing about a massive global crisis like a pandemic is that even if you don’t get the coronavirus and you aren’t having economic issues caused by the accompanying recession, it can still be hard on you mentally. The future looks bleak and people don’t know how to deal with this, honestly. There’s so much conflicting news about the future and the virus that it’s easily to just resign yourself to not knowing anything.

What I’m saying is that it’s important to keep people happy. Vanity Fair reports that the Seattle Seahawks tried to keep their players happy but brining in Will Ferrell, completely unannounced, to a team-wide Zoom meeting.

As he continued zinging players, he told Luke Wilson to “tamp that shit down” and “cut your goddamn hair,” but a little Googling shows that this Luke Wilson is different from the Luke Wilson that co-starred with Ferrell in Old School.

The comedy continued until he eventually took off his shirt, calling it a “yoga body.”

If Will Ferrell can do one thing well, it’s riffing in character. He and Molly Shannon have covered multiple parades in character as Cord and Tish and it killed, people loved it.

As for why Ferrell did this now, well, he and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll are friends, so Ferrell did him a favor to keep spirits high for his players.

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The NFL’s New Pot Policy Is More Lenient, But Doesn’t Go Far Enough

The NFL recently approved a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union which brought a host of changes like adding a regular season game and expanding the play-offs with two more wild-card teams. One change that has flown under the radar, though, is the revision to the pot policy.

Sports Illustrated reported that change would mean no suspensions for positive marijuana tests, and added “The testing period has been limited to the first two weeks of training camp, and the threshold for a positive test has been raised from 35 to 150 nanograms of THC.”

The Sporting News additionally reports that “if a player tests positive during the two week stretch of training camp, his test is reviewed by a board of medical professionals that has been appointed by both the players and league. The board then decides if the player needs treatment.”

Here’s where the problems begin, because there are penalties for skipping this treatment and no one actually needs treatment for marijuana, zero people have ever died from smoking pot. There haven’t even been any reports of people developing lung cancer from smoking pot who didn’t also smoke cigarettes.

The question is, though, why is there any testing for cannabis at all? It’s not a performance-enhancing drug and it basically has no negative side-effects.

And more than that, football is a brutal game. All athletes put a lot of stress on their bodies, but NFL players uniquely so. CTE is rampant among former players, with some 90% likely having it. Brett Favre says he was taking a month’s supply of opioids every two days at one point and was a quarterback, one of the positions where players take the fewest hits.

So why are there any rules at all against cannabis use at all? This is a situation where letting players smoke pot instead of prescribing opioids could literally be saving lives. And it could also save us from seeing Brett Favre’s hog while he’s wearing crocs.

And  the NFL is now ahead of other sports in pot policy. For example, the Olympics strips athletes of medals for using pot. To what end are sports using these draconian anti-cannabis rules? Who benefits from this, other than Purdue Pharma? We’re legalizing cannabis across the US and across the world, and it’s time we stop punishing people for using this harmless drug.

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Did the Patriots Really Draft a Nazi Kicker?

So things in New England are going well since Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay. The NFL draft began Thursday night and over the weekend only one of the players the Patriots drafted has a tattoo of a white national hate group’s logo.

Wait, what?

That’s right, the Patriots’ fifth-round pick, kicker Justin Rohrwasser, has a tattoo of the “Three Percenters,” a far-right group that’s part of the militia movement.

This, of course, has raised some eyebrows. I always had my issues with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but at least those dudes weren’t Nazis.

Rohrwasser has a good explanation, though, reportedly saying “I got that tattoo when I was teenager. I thought it supported military support. Obviously, it supports something I do not want to represent. It will be covered.”

I mean, that makes sense. Who hasn’t accidentally gotten a racist tattoo to support the military?

This is essentially an explanation straight from an episode of The Simpsons. Specifically Season Five, Episode Two, Cape Feare.

I never get tired of that episode.

By the way, the NFL de facto banned Collin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality but the dude with the Nazi tattoo just gets to go “I made an oopsie,” and everyone moves on?

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30 Best Athletes of Irish Descent: Today and of All Time

Best Irish Athletes

Watching athletes perform at the peak of their career is astounding to many. After all, sports and athleticism have been revered practically since the dawn of civilization.

Ancient sculptures and artwork depict some of the warriors and athletes of their time. In more modern times, as a culture we watch a multitude of sporting events live or broadcasted on one of the many sports networks available.

Regardless of the sport, spectators are always wowed by the abilities of those professional athletes.

Going Pro

Becoming a professional athlete requires a lot of hard work and training paired with physical talent and superb reflexes. While much of the athleticism can be learned and perfected through training, some innate talent often lies within the person themselves.

Could having some Irish ancestry possibly contribute to having a good career as an athlete? The answer is uncertain but below you can find the names of some famous and astounding athletes who all share that one thing in common, whether it’s a little or a lot of their genetic makeup.

The following terrific Irish athletes are listed in alphabetical order by their last name.

1

Muhammad Ali

Many do not realize that the great professional boxer, Muhammad Ali was of partially Irish descent.

Ali was mostly African with English and Irish, however, without him, this list would be incomplete. Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. was his birth name but changed his name after converting to Islam and becoming a Muslim in 1961.

His nickname is simply, “The Greatest” and many agree that he was indeed that.

Ali began his training as an amateur boxer at the early age of 12. By the time he was 18, he had won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division of the 1960 Summer Olympics.

By the time he was 22, he had won the 1964 world heavyweight championship versus Sonny Liston. As the leading heavyweight boxer of his era, he headlined some of the more famous boxing matches in history such as the Thrilla in Manilla versus Joe Frazier and The Rumble in the Jungle versus George Foreman.

In a time when managers often spoke for their fighters, Ali was outspoken and charismatic.

2

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong began competing as a triathlete as early as age 16.

In 1989 and 1990, Armstrong was a national sprint-course triathlon champion. By 1992, he had begun his career as a professional cyclist and was with the Motorola team.

While Armstrong had some success in professional cycling, in 1993 he was diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer. After his recovery, he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation (currently the Livestrong Foundation) to assist other cancer survivors.

He returned to racing in 1998 and won seven Tour de France titles as well as a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Unfortunately in 2012, it was found that Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs during his career and all titles which he won after August of 1998 were stripped from him. He was also banned from any competitive sports which follow the World Anti-Doping Code.

3

Rick Barry

Rick Barry is a former professional basketball player for both the ABA and the NBA.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 and is the only basketball player to lead the NCAA, ABA, and NBA in scoring for a single season.

The Barry name has continued on in the NBA as his sons Brent, Jon, Drew, and Canyon Barry have all played professional basketball as well.

4

James J. Braddock

This American boxer fought under the name James J. Braddock and had several nicknames in his career.

He was nicknamed Bulldog of Bergen, Pride of the Irish, Pride of New Jersey, and Cinderella Man. He was called “Cinderella Man” because of his terrific comeback in 1935 when he defeated Max Baer for the heavyweight title.

Previously, he had been forced to work on the docks and collect social assistance during the Great Depression. It is said that Braddock had an iron chin and paired with a strong right hand and a great counterpunching style made him a formidable opponent.

5

Tom Brady

Even those who don’t follow sports closely probably know the name Tom Brady.

Many people consider Tom Brady to be the greatest quarterback of all time since he’s won so many awards and accolades in his career. He currently holds the record for the most Super Bowl wins by a player as well as the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl at the age of 41.

Tom Brady has won four Super Bowl MVP awards as well as three NFL MVP awards in his professional football career which began when he was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2000.

In 2020, Brady became a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

6

Billy Conn

The Irish American Billy Conn, born William David Conn, was also known throughout most of his professional boxing career as “The Pittsburgh Kid”.

Conn was a Light Heavyweight Champion who is well known for his fights against Joe Louis. Throughout his career, he had only 11 losses, one draw, and 63 wins – 14 of them by knockout.

7

Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time.

Today, Jimmy Connors still holds three Open Era men’s singles records with 109 titles, 1,274 match wins, and 1,556 matches played. Among other joint Open Era titles, Connors has earned two Wimbleton titles, five US Open titles, and an Australia Open title.

In addition, Connors also earned 17 Grand Prix Super Series titles and three year-end championships.

Connors won three majors within a single calendar year in 1974, only the second man in the Open Era to do so. However, he was not permitted to compete in the French Open that year.

Connors won both the US Open and Wimbleton in 1982. Connors retired at the age of 43 in 1996.

8

John Daly

John Daly is a professional golfer well known for his driving distance off the tee. In fact, this trait has earned him the nickname “Long John”.

Daly was the first player on the PGA Tour to average more than 300 yards per drive over a single season in 1997. He also averaged more than 300 yards per drive each season from 1999 to 2008.

Two of his most notable victories were the 1991 PGA Championship which was dubbed a “zero to hero” victory and the 1995 Open Championship when he won against Costantino Rocca.

9

John McEnroe

John McEnroe is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and was known for having some confrontational on-court behavior at times.

McEnroe held the number one ranking in both singles and doubles with 77 singles titles and 78 doubles titles, still a record for the highest men’s combined total of the Open Era.

Aside from winning many titles in singles, doubles, the US Open, and Wimbledon, McEnroe’s 1984 singles match record of 82 – 3 is still the best single-season win rate of the Open Era.

When it came to year-end tournaments, McEnroe brought his top game, winning eight singles titles and seven titles for doubles, records for each.

McEnroe has been named the ATP Player of the Year as well as the ITF World Champion, not once, but three times — in 1981, 1983, and 1984.

McEnroe also had a hand in five Davis Cup titles for the U.S. and later served as team captain.

10

Jack Dempsey

The Irish and Native-American professional boxer, William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was in the Boxing Hall of Fame which existed previously.

The Ring magazine has Dempsey ranked as tenth in their list of all-time heavyweights and seventh among the Top 100 Greatest Punchers.

Dempsey competed from 1914 to 1927 and was the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926.

Dempsey was nicknamed both “Kid Blackie” and “The Manassa Mauler” during his boxing career.

It’s stated that Dempsey had an aggressive fighting style paired with great punching power that made him a formidable opponent in the ring. Dempsey was one of the most popular fighters of his time and his fights were known to set both attendance and financial records, including the first million-dollar gate.

11

John Elway

John Elway is the general manager and president of football operations for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. Prior to going into management, Elway was a quarterback for the Denver Broncos, spending his entire 16-year professional career with the team.

At the time of Elway’s retirement in 1999, he had the most recorded victories by a starting quarterback and was the second most prolific passer in NFL history.

He was also one of only two players to ever score a rushing touchdown in four different Super Bowl games. Elway and the Denver Broncos won their first Super Bowl title in 1997. They won the Super Bowl again the following year which was the final game of Elway’s career of which he was voted MVP.

One of the most notable moments in Elway’s football career was the moment known in NFL lore as “The Drive”. This was during an AFC Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns in 1987 when Elway helped to engineer a 98-yard touchdown that tied the game.

In 2000, Elway was inducted into the College Football Hall of fame, and later in 2004, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

12

Whitey Ford

Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford, also nicknamed “The Chairman of the Board”, played professional baseball as a pitcher.

Whitey Ford spent his entire Major League Baseball career with the New York Yankees which lasted 16 years. Ford was an MLB All-Star ten times and World Series Champion six times in his career.

In 1961, Ford won both the Cy Young Award and the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

In 1974, Whitey Ford was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. That same year, the Yankees retired Ford’s number 16 to honor him.

13

Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy is well known for wrestling with his brother Matt Hardy as one of The Hardy Boyz tag-team wrestlers in the WWF. As a team, they participated in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches which were crowd-pleasers blending sensational entertainment and professional wrestling.

Later the team included Lita and became the Team Xtreme. Alongside his brother, Jeff Hardy had held a dozen world tag team championships with WWE, ROH, and TNA.

Jeff Hardy also had success in a singles wrestling career winning a total of six world championships.

He currently performs with WWE with the SmackDown brand.

In addition to his wrestling career, Jeff Hardy has also been involved in projects involving motocross, painting, and music. He is part of the band PerxWhy?Gen – pronounced “peroxygen” – and co-wrote the autobiographical bestseller The Hardy Boyz with his brother Matt.

14

Matt Hardy

Matt Hardy is a professional wrestler best known as part of The Hardy Boyz tag team with WWE. In fact, he co-wrote The Hardy Boyz autobiographical book with his brother Jeff, which became a bestseller.

He has also run as a singles performer with promotions such as Impact Wrestling (formerly TNA) and Ring of Honor (ROH).

Currently, Matt Hardy is signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

His wrestling career has spanned three separate decades and has combined entertainment and athleticism utilizing a variety of gimmicks and social media through persona changes throughout his time in the ring.

Matt Hardy has been a world champion three times as a singles wrestler by twice winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the ECW Championship.

15

Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan is a professional golfer who is often considered one of the best players in the history of the sport.

He was 34 when he had his first major win. Today, Hogan has nine career professional major championships which tie him with Gary Player for the fourth all-time player.

To date, Hogan is one of five players to have won the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, The Open, and the PGA Championship.

Hogan is well known for his ball-striking ability and his influence on golf swing theory.

16

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is well known for his twenty-year career as a player and shortstop in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees.

Jeter is a five-time World Series champion and has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards including 14 All-Star selections and five each Gold Glove Awards and Silver Slugger Awards to name a few.

He is the all-time career leader for the New York Yankees in games played, hits, plate appearances, doubles, stolen bases, times on base, and at-bats.

In late 2017 Jeter became part-owner and CEO of the Miami Marlins MLB team.

The Yankees retired his uniform number 2 in 2017. Jeter was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020.

17

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd is a former professional basketball player in the NBA.

Kidd was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the NBA draft. In his first season with the Mavericks, he was named co-NBA Rookie of the Year.

He later played for the Phoenix Suns and New Jersey Nets before returning to the Mavericks.

Throughout his career, Kidd has been an NBA All-Star 10 times, an All-NBA First Team member five times, and nine times an NBA All-Defensive Team member.

Kidd is also a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner as a member of Team USA in 2000 and 2008. He also has been inducted as a player into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Currently, Kidd is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

18

Conor McGregor

UFC fighter “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. Need we say more?

Actually, there’s a lot to say about McGregor, but we’ll stick to the highlights of his fighting career thus far.

Conor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist, boxer, and competitor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

He has been both featherweight and lightweight champion in the UFC and is ranked ninth in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings, third in the UFC lightweight rankings, and fourteenth in the UFC welterweight rankings.

The lovable, rogue, and sometimes villainous McGregor is the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two weight divisions simultaneously and he’s not likely to let anyone forget it. 

McGregor has headlined five out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events and his headline bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov broke the record for MMA events with 2.4 million pay-per-view purchases.

His debut boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. had 4.3 million pay-per-view purchases which landed it second for the most purchases in history.

19

Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire, nicknamed Big Mac, is a former Major League Baseball first baseman.

McGwire’s professional career spanned from 1986 to 2001. He played for both the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals and won a World Series championship with Oakland in 1989.

He was coaching St. Louis when they won the World Series championship in 2011.

McGwire was known for being one of the most prolific home run hitters in the history of the sport. He holds the record for his at-bats per home run ratio as well as home runs in a single season and home runs hit by a rookie.

Unfortunately, McGwire was a central figure in baseball’s steroid scandal and in 2010 he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

20

Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale is a former professional basketball player known for playing for the Boston Celtics his whole professional career.

McHale was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from the NBA, McHale has worked as a head coach, general manager, an on-air television analyst.

21

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick has broken records as being the best female professional racing driver in history.

In the 2008 Indy Japan 300, she became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race.

Danica pushed herself and became a racing champion and legend within the male-dominated sport.

22

Michael Phelps

While Michael Phelps does come from a mixed heritage, it does include Irish descendants.

Michael Phelps is a competitive swimmer and is the most decorated Olympian of all time, having won a total of 28 medals. Of the 28, 23 are Olympic gold medals, being an all-time record as well. He holds the long course world record for the men’s 400-meter individual medley.

Phelps is an eight-time winner of the World Swimmer of the Year Award and has won the American Swimmer of the Year Award eleven times.

Phelps also won the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in both 2012 and 2016.

After his wins in the 2008 Olympic Games, Phelps was awarded Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year.

23

John Brian Patrick Quinn

He is most commonly known simply as Pat Quinn and by the nickname, “The Big Irishman”.

Quinn is a Canadian and began his junior career in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). After his high school graduation, he accepted a scholarship from Michigan Tech but was unable to play due to signing his rights to the Detroit Red Wings.

However, he decided to join the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Central Alberta Hockey League instead. The team went on to the 1963 Memorial Cup.

After turning pro, Quinn played for several minor leagues and was with the Tulsa Oilers when he was called to join the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL in 1968.

He is probably best known in his Rookie season with the Maple Leafs for an open-ice bodycheck on Bobby Orr which left him unconscious and started a brawl. This occurred during the playoffs against the Boston Bruins in 1969.

In his career, he also played with the Vancouver Canucks and the Atlanta Flames until an ankle injury caused him to retire in 1977.

Since then, The Big Irishman has gone on to coaching and has worked with teams such as the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Edmonton Oilers.

24

Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers over the course of a 27-year career.

He was also CEO of the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros.

Ryan pitched right-handed and his pitches consistently exceeded 100 miles per hour. Ryan was MLB All-Star eight times in his career and holds the MLB record for career strikeouts at 5,714.

Ryan also takes the lead with pitching seven no-hitters which are three more than any other pitcher in history. Ryan was nicknamed, “The Ryan Express”.

In 1999, Nolan Ryan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Three players in history have had their number retired by at least three teams, Nolan Ryan, Jackie Robinson, and Frank Robinson.

25

Ken Shamrock

Kenneth Kilpatrick is better known as Ken Shamrock and during the course of his career has been a bare-knuckle boxing promoter, professional wrestler, mixed martial artist, and a kickboxer.

Shamrock, also called “The World’s Most Dangerous Man”, is one of the pioneers of MMA and has been one of the biggest names in the field.

He’s been a headliner for over 15 main and co-main events in both the UFC and Pride FC which have set several pay-per-view records.

During his wrestling career, WWE has credited him for popularizing the ankle-lock submission hold.

26

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater has the distinction of being the only surfer in this list of athletes of Irish descent.

Slater is often said to be the greatest professional surfer of all time. He is best known for winning 11 world surfing championships.

In addition to surfing, Slater is also an author, model, actor, and businessman.

27

Sam Snead

Sam Snead was a professional golfer who was said by many other players and experts to have the perfect golf swing.

Snead was considered to be one of the top players in the world for nearly four decades and often regarded to be one of the greatest players of all time.

He was nicknamed “The Slammer”, “The Long Ball Hitter from West Virginia”, and “Slammin’ Sammy Snead”.

Snead is credited with winning 82 PGA Tour events, which is a record. Although he never won the U.S. Open, he was runner-up four separate times.

In 1974, Snead was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

28

John Stockton

John Stockton is a retired professional basketball player and is often considered to be one of the greatest point guards of all time.

Stockton spent his entire 19-year NBA career with the Utah Jazz from 1984 to 2003. The Jazz made it to the playoffs each year and in 1997 and 1998 the team made it to the NBA Finals.

Stockton was NBA All-Star ten times and holds the NBA records for most career assists and steals.

John Stockton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice, in 2009 for his individual career, then the following year as a member of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team, “Dream Team”.

29

Johnny Valiant

John L. Sullivan, better known by his ring name of “Johnny Valiant”, was a professional wrestler and manager.

Valiant competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) which later became the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

He held the World Tag Team Championship twice during his career in 1974 and later in 1979.

30

“Irish” Micky Ward

Born as George Michael Ward Jr. in 1965, “Irish” Micky Ward, is an Irish-American former professional boxer.

Micky competed in boxing matches from as early as 1985 until 2003.

In 1997, Ward challenged for the IBF light welterweight title, and in 2000 held the WBU light welterweight title.

Many remember Ward for his three fights with Arturo Gatti; two of these fights were awarded Fight of the Year by The Ring magazine.

The 2010 film, The Fighter was based on his early career and starred Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward.