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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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“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.

Tom Brady is Even Charming When He Accidentally Pulls a B&E

What the hell is in the water in Florida that makes everything so weird? I know that the Florida Man meme that’s over 20 years old and I believe started as a category on the early Web 2.0 portal Slashdot is mostly caused by the lack of access Floridians have to mental health services but it is clearly bigger than that because it seems people start doing dumb shit the second their feet touch Florida soil.

Case in point: Tampa Bay Bucs Quarterback Tom Brady accidentally broke into someone’s house despite having never (as far as we know) just wandered into anyone’s house the entire time he played for New England.

TMZ had the exclusive scoop on how Brady just walked into someone’s house.

https://twitter.com/tombrady/status/1253376718645219338?s=21

I mean, good for him for having a sense of humor.

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WWE 24/7 Champion Rob Gronkowski is Coming Back to the NFL, Joining Brady in Tampa Bay

Win if you can, lose if you must but always cheat. This was the motto of WWE legend Bobby “The Brain” Heenan that the New England Patriots have really taken to heart during their reign as the top team in the NFL. That reign pretty much ended with the retirement of tight end Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady leaving for Tampa Bay. Next season will show if grumpy old Bill Belichick can win through the power of cheating alone without the natural talent of one of the NFL’s all-time top quarterbacks.

We thought we would see how Brady would do without the strong check-down receivers and tight ends he’s relied on in New England, especially in the later part of his career.

But it turns out that Rob Gronkowski is coming out of retirement and being traded to Tampa Bay to help his buddy Tom go out on top. Here’s what Gronk’s agent said about his return, via CNN.

“He loves new England. He loves the Patriots organization, Coach (Bill) Belichick, the Krafts, his teammates that are still there. He had an amazing run in New England. It was just time for him to continue his career with Tom Brady in Florida with Tampa,” said Rosenhaus. “It was something cool and exciting and challenging for him. He’s well rested and looking forward to playing with Tom again.”

I honestly think Brady may have begged him to come back. Yes, Brady is one of the best of all time, but he’s in his 40s, he’s in an unfamiliar situation and he doesn’t want to go out on a team that finishes under .500 when he finally does retire.

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Oh God, Are All Sports Going to Look Like Those Crazy, Empty-Studio Wrestling Shows Now?

There are few things that I’ve seen in my life that’s weirder than pro wrestling in an empty studio. I can barely imagine how weird something like baseball or football would be with no crowd. Maybe hockey would work, but sports are just different without the energy of the crowd.

Because of the coronavirus, however, we might find out what all those sports are like without a crowd. Deadline reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the key members of President Trump’s coronavirus response team, says that’s how sports are going to have to be for a while.

In Fauci’s vision, “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put them in big hotels, wherever you want to play. Keep them very well surveilled, have them tested every week. And make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family and just let them play the season out.”

This seems like a lot of work but I’m pretty sure that’s also how they film gay porn.

One of the problems here is that you don’t want players flying around the country every few days. Our system of sports is really a giant vector for spreading disease, but restarting sports is a big priority for President Trump because he’s friends with so many people who make a lot of money from sports.

Many different options for bringing sports back have been floated by league sources in recent weeks, but nothing official has been approved by medical experts or government officials. Baseball could be played in designated areas in Arizona and/or Florida, according to one proposal. A “bubble” could be created in Las Vegas or the Bahamas, where the NBA regular season or playoffs could unfold safely.

That’s probably the only way sports can actually continue. Find somewhere you can easily construct enough fields or courts and keep the players sequestered in hotels in the same area. You certainly can’t just be flying people across the country to 30-some different cities every week.

But it’s going to be super weird.

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Florida Man Declares WWE ‘Essential Business’ Amid Shutdown

There are a lot of words I would use to describe the WWE wrestling that’s taking place in empty gyms right now, and essential is not on the list. Weird, creepy, haunted, cursed…. those are the words I would use. But while Florida has ordered residents to shelter in place for the rest of April, ESPN reports that Governor Ron DeSantis and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings have decided that sports qualify as essential business.

A spokesperson from DeSantis’ office told ESPN on Monday that such services were characterized as essential “because they are critical to Florida’s economy.”

Yeah, that makes sense, and they’re not allowed to be open to the public. This means that there will be new, live episodes of WWE’s shows like Smackdown, Raw and NXT. Is 205 Live still a thing? I didn’t see any cruiserweight matches at Wrestlemania and the women’s division seems to have filled the role the cruiserweights filled in the old WCW, namely being the only good or interesting thing going on, but McMahon actually promotes them because he’s smarter than Eric Bischoff.

“We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times,” WWE said in a statement. “We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.”

On the other hand, these shows have people flying in from all over the country or even all over the world and then putting their hands all over each other. The only thing I can think of that would be riskier than pro wrestling right now would be filming bareback eyeball porn in an Atlanta airport.

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Gymnast Simone Biles Can Strip While Doing a Handstand

There was an episode of Seinfeld where Jerry dated an Olympic gymnast and felt like he couldn’t break up with her so soon after they slept together even though the sex was disappointing when he expected it to be mind-blowing because she’s a gymnast.

It doesn’t seem like Simone Biles is going to have that problem.

Yeah, that’s right, Simone Biles is a woman who just took off her pants with her feet while doing a handstand.

Ryan Reynolds was apparently gobsmacked by this.

This was also Reynolds’ reaction to being asked to do the original handstand challenge, which involved putting a shirt on while doing a handstand, started by Tom Holland.

Jake Gyllenhaal also took part in it.

You guys could just get Netflix like everyone else stuck in their house, you know.

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NASCAR’s Kyle Larson Found the Worst Time to Drop the N-Bomb

During an iRacing livestream on Twitch watched by thousands over the weekend, NASCAR driver Kyle Larson dropped the n-bomb. Encountering some sound issues, Larson checked his mic by saying, “You can’t hear me? Hey n-word.” A little while later, NASCAR driver Anthony Alfredo says, “Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud.”

Yikes, indeed. Larson has been suspended without pay. “We are extremely disappointed by what Kyle said last night during an iRacing Event. The words that he chose to use are offensive and unacceptable. As of this moment we are suspending Kyle without pay while we work through this situation with all appropriate parties,” Ganassi Racing said in a statement.

Here’s a hint to all the famous people streaming. Just stop talking. Everything you say, make sure they are one syllable words, preferably grunts. You aren’t on Xbox Live with your edgy 12-year-old friends anymore.

So far, Larson hasn’t given a response. Probably because his mom took away his internet.

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Colin Kaepernick Reaching Out to the Jets After Fake Signing

Yesterday, a tweet from a parody account tweeted that the Jets had signed free agent Colin Kaepernick. It shot up to over 13,000 retweets with a lot of those believing the the story.

What was a joke has now taken on a life of its own. After seeing the tweet, Kaepernick decided to shoot his shot. Kap has reached out to the Jets hoping for a deal. According to TMZ, he thinks he’d be a great fit. Not at all surprising. Anyone unemployed would tell a prospective employer they’d be a great fit for their company. Right now, 6.6 million Americans would tell a fetish site paying people to get their nuts crushed under a pair of high heels that they’d be a great fit for the company. And almost half of those people don’t even have nuts to crush.

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‘Wrestlemania’ With No Audience is Really Strange

Sometimes you don’t realize how important something is until you take it out. For instance, the live audience reactions and laugh tracks on TV shows. Sometimes they’re really bad, like on Sports Night or How I Met Your Mother. They even released MASH without the laugh track, which makes the show better overall. But if you take the laugh track out of a traditionally filmed multi-cam sitcom, it’s an absolute train wreck full of awkward conversational pauses for no reason.

It turns out that professional wrestling is the latter.

As someone who used to like pro wrestling quite a bit in the 90s, I thought I’d take advantage of my free WWE Network trial to watch Wrestlemania 36. It was one of the strangest experiences of my life.

The introductions to the night with Stephanie McMahon and Rob Gronkowski weren’t really that unusual for pro wrestling, although the normal fanfare of Wrestlemania being replaced with something that felt more like WWF Superstars set a strange tone.

The weirdness of no audience being present was somewhat offset by night one of the two-night event starting with a great women’s tag team championship match. I don’t normally watch wrestling to know who is who and the match had virtually no introduction, so I’m guessing that The Kabuki Warriors are the heels and Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are the faces because Asuka and Kairi Sane were the most entertaining wrestlers in the entire event and they dropped their titles to two women who didn’t appear to know a hammer lock from a ham sandwich.

I don’t know who decided it was a good idea to have Bradshaw do the color commentary for Wrestlemania, but good lord was he uninspiring. I know Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon are dead but there are options. Get Jesse Ventura or Jerry Lawler; hell, I’ll take Jim Cornette’s folksy boomer racism at this point.

The rest of the first night was a bit of a slog. A lot of wrestlers have crowd appeals built into their routines and did absolutely nothing to change those routines when there’s no audience. I couldn’t help but imagine what a sociopath Hulk Hogan would look like cupping his hand to his ear in an empty studio like this.

A lot of the spectacle and pyrotechnics seemed especially out of place in this audience-free performance. As an example, Becky Lynch drove the cab of a truck about 20 feet in an empty parking lot. I’m sure it seems cool when there’s an audience cheering for you but this just highlighted how silly some of these things are.

The first night ended with what can only be described as the most bizarre thing I’ve ever see on pro wrestling. The Undertaker fought AJ Styles in a graveyard and it was filmed like a TV drama. The problem is that wrestling choreography is really impressive in a boxing ring but not so much in a TV drama. I’ve seen Sarah Michelle Gellar in more entertaining fights. It was a real low-note to end night one on.

Night two started by confirming what I had already believed from night one, that women’s wrestling is better than men’s wrestling now. Charlotte Flair fought Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship in an opening match was the highlight of the evening. Being a Flair, Charlotte really knows how to put on a show. It was the first time I’d ever seen her wrestle and she did not disappoint.

If you’ve ever thought wrestling is kind of gay, you should check out the last man standing match between Edge and Randy Orton; I’ve seen gay porn that was less homoerotic than that match. Orton kept telling Edge he loved him before the match turned into sweaty dudes grunting in a gym. It was also about 10-15 minutes too long. There’s only so long you can watch dudes hit each other with whatever they find lying around backstage and have it be entertaining.

There were two heavyweight championship matches and they were both around a minute long, which was crazy. Definitely the shortest matches of the night, but it was kind of a relief after watching whatever the hell that Firefly Funhouse thing was. I had never actually seen John Cena wrestle before tonight and I still haven’t. He did fight a puppet and I found out you can say shit but not fuck on WWE Network, but I still have no idea why everyone hates John Cena.

All in all, I can’t say I recommend watching wrestling without an audience. The women’s matches were all great, as was the tag match between the Street Profits and Angel Garza and Austin Theory because they all reminded me of the type of wrestling the WCW Cruiserweight division used to do. The Fatal Five-Way match for the Smackdown Women’s belt was the only match in the entire two night, six hour event to take advantage of the lack of audience and have the wrestlers talk through the match. But it’s just too weird for me. And coming back to watch some wrestling after two decades to these empty-house shows just didn’t make think I’d missed anything.

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Tom Brady is Taking His Deflated Balls and Leaving New England

It’s the end of an era as Tom Brady announced he’s leaving the New England Patriots as a free agent and will be playing somewhere else, though no announcement on where he’s going yet.

Brady made the announcement on his Instagram early Tuesday morning.

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It’s the end of an era, Brady and Bill Belichick were like the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of cheating at football.

Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued responses to the news as well.

It’s actually kind of sweet that Robert Kraft says Tom Brady is like a son to him and that he loves him. Do you think he was getting a squeezer in the back room of a massage parlor when he dictated that letter?

Of course, the speculation is now on what team Brady will eventually sign with. Tampa Bay is leading the speculation right now, and while there was early speculation that the Las Vegas Raiders were interested in Brady, the just signed Marcus Mariota to be the backup to David Carr, so it seems unlikely they’ll bring Brady onboard now.

The LA Chargers and Miami Dolphins are also rumored to have expressed interest in Brady. It seems likely he’ll play for one of those teams next season. You know, provided there is a next season and it isn‘t cancelled because of the coronavirus.

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Kevin Durant, Three Brooklyn Nets Teammates Diagnosed with COVID-19

One of the biggest names in sports has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

Kevin Durant -- a former NBA MVP and scoring champion and two-time world champion -- shared the news himself with a reporter this evening.

Kevin Durant Snapshot

“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told journalist Shams Charania of The Athletic. “We’re going to get through this.”

Durant made his candid admission shortly after multiple outlets confirmed that a total of four Brooklyn Nets players had tested positive for the virus.

The names of the other three players are not known at the moment, with Durant presumably choosing to go public with his identity as a way to send a word of precaution to others around the world.

With so many schools and businesses closed throughout the United States and people panicking, or even ignoring advice to stay inside as much as humanly possible...

Kevin Durant in the Finals

... it can only help to spread this important message for huge stars such as Durant to hammer home this point.

We salute him for doing so.

Durant signed as free agent with the Nets a few weeks after suffering a torn Achilles heel in the NBA Finals as a member of the Golden State Warriors.

As a result, he has not played at all in the 2019-2020 season.

Kevin Durant in Brooklyn

This season was postponed indefinitely last Wednesday night after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was also diagnosed with virus.

Since then, star Donovan Mitchell and breakout Detroit Pistons player Christian Woods have also come down with COVID-19.

In the Nets statement, meanwhile, the team said of the players who were diagnosed, three were asymptomatic while the fourth is currently exhibiting symptoms.

We don't know into which of these categories Durant falls.

Kevin Durant Gets Hurt

“All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians,” reads this message, which  was posted by multiple reporters.

It continues:

“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting.”

The Nets were in Los Angeles to play the Lakers when the league shut down games -- and sources now confirm that all the Lakers players will soon also get tested.

This includes LeBron James.

Kevin Durant Speaks

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 187,100 people have tested positive for the coronavirus around the globe, according to the New York Times.

The United states has seen at least 5,303 cases since the outbreak began, and 96 people have died in the country so far.

Along with Durant, such stars as Tom Hanks and Idris Elba have been diagnosed.

Please, everyone, heed the advice of experts... keep your distance from as many people as you can... and let's all be responsible citizens of the world.

Trey Adams, Potential NFL Star, Admits to Having a Shockingly Small Penis at the Combine

Washington Huskies lineman Trey Adams is 6’8” and 327 pounds and he wants you to know that in spite of that, he has a tiny cock. It’s just barely even there. He’s never even seen it, in fact.

Okay, I’m exaggerating, but he did tell scouts at the NFL combine that he wanted a bigger penis.

I am a fan of this guy. I really like this answer, and I’ll tell you why. “What would you change about yourself?” is one of those idiotic questions you get asked by interviews and you have to answer it like it’s not the dumbest thing you’ve ever been asked. Daria was making fun of these kinds of questions like 25 years ago. It’s basically a test of your ability not to call the person asking it retarded.

Adams gave this all the thought and respect it deserved.

Also, not for nothing, but when you’re 6’8” and over 300 pounds, your dick is going to look tiny no matter how big it is.

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Are the Proposed NFL CBA Changes Adding More Games Good or Bad?

The NFL is negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement between the team owners and players in advance of the expiration of the current agreement next year. There are a lot of points being discussed, such as changes to free agency and the salary cap, but the most interesting one is the proposal to add a 17th game to the regular-season schedule and two more teams to the playoffs, resulting in two more playoff games.

Expanding the schedule is something I’ve heard about on and off throughout my lifetime and it wouldn’t be the first time the NFL has changed the schedule. In 1978, the league added two regular season games to the schedule by cutting two preseason games, and in 1990 they added a 17th week to the schedule, giving every team a bye week at some point in the season. They even experimented with a second scheduled bye in 1993, but quickly reversed course in 1994.

The extended season has worked out pretty well for the league, and there’s a certain simple genius to the way the schedule is currently designed. Each conference has four divisions consisting of four teams each and divisions are scheduled against each other on a rotating basis. Every year a team plays each team in their division twice, four teams from a division in their conference, four teams from a division in the other conference and two teams from the divisions in their conference they didn’t play this season based on where those teams placed in the standings the previous season.

It’s hard to say how an additional week would be scheduled; the simplest solutions would be to add either a second game against the teams that finished in the same place in divisional standings from the in-conference division teams play that season or to add a game against the team with the same conference standing from the other conference. Neither of these are particularly ideal, and a 17-week season adds another complication: is it a home or away game?

A cross-conference game could be scheduled so the NFC gets an additional home game one season and the AFC gets that home game the next season. There have also been rumors of this 17th game being played overseas or at least out of country in places like Europe, Canada and Mexico where the league wants to expand to buy doesn’t want to add additional franchises in. The proposed expansion would add 16 games to the 18-week schedule, so one could easily be played in foreign markets almost every week.

Richard Sherman, the 49ers cornerback, said last month that he felt the 17th game was only being introduced because the league has been trying to get an 18 game season for years, despite all the talk from the league about trying to reduce the incidence of CTE, which is currently somewhere in the neighborhood of “everyone who has ever touched a football has it.”

He’s probably right, the league has wanted an 18 game schedule for a while. The reason given has basically been that it’s so terrible when a player gets injured in a preseason game that doesn’t count, but players are less likely to be injured in the preseason if only because they’re less likely to play, especially in they’re starters. Preseason games can also helps coaches decide which players to keep or promote, and some have argued two preseason games isn’t enough. But regular season games make a lot more money for the league and owners, so you can see why they’d want more of them.

The two additional post-season games (which bring in even more money) also have pros and cons. The move would take the wild card week bye away from the second-place team in each conference, and that perk is extremely valuable to high-ranking teams. Teams that play on wild card weekend are at a big disadvantage; since the first-round byes were added in the 1978 season, only ten teams who played on wild card weekend have won the Super Bowl, and six of those wins happened in an 8-year period from the 2005 to 2012 seasons.

It would be much more fair to just add four more teams to the playoffs and eliminate byes altogether, which is how the playoffs worked from the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 until the 1978 expansion.

These changes, if approved by the NFLPA and the players themselves, wouldn’t take effect until the 2022 season at the earliest. I like football and more games, especially more playoff games and big, international regular-season games seems like a lot of fun. But with all the new information about CTE and the concerns it raises about schedule balance, I just don’t know if this proposed expansion, which team owners have agreed to, is a good idea.

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Mike Tomlin Defends Mason Rudolph in N-Word Controversy

One of the most blatant fouls I’ve ever seen in a football game was this past season when Myles Garret of the Cleveland Browns cracked Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet. It seemed incredibly out of line and Garret was suspended for the rest of the season. But then Garret claimed he was reacting to Rudolph calling him the n-word, and everyone stopped and said “oh, yeah, I can see that, that totally makes sense.”

Everyone except for Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin, I guess. Tomlin went on ESPN radio and defended Rudolph, via SB Nation.

“These accusations are serious. Not only in terms of Mason Rudolph’s character, but his professional pursuits. Nobody on that field, as a member of the Cleveland Browns or the Pittsburgh Steelers corroborated what Myles Garrett said. That was founded by us and the National Football League.”

Tomlin went on to explain how the story concocted later by Garrett didn’t fit into how these situations usually transpire following an incident of this nature.

“I was on the field immediately after that altercation and subsequently after the game. I’ve got a lot of personal relationships within that organization over there in Cleveland. At no point did anyone within that organization come forward and say, ‘Mike, heads up, we’ve got a situation here,’ or something of that nature that you would expect that comes with those type of allegations.”

It’s true that we haven’t seen any corroboration of Garret’s claims, but his suspension was lifted by the NFL and ended up being pretty light because, I mean, come on. Look at the guy. Even The Onion got this one right.

If the Steelers has just signed Collin Kaepernick, none of this would have happened and they might have finished higher than 8-8. I’m just sayin’.

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What the Hell Did Chaka Khan Do To the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game?

Chaka Khan is a musical icon. She’s a legend. And I don’t know what the hell is going on with her but it has not been her week. Last Wednesday, she was kicked off of The Masked Singer, only the third contestant eliminated in the contest. Pretty embarrassing for a legendary singer to barely last longer than Drew Carey in a singing competition.

Then on Sunday, she got a chance at redemption when she sang the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. It went… well…

Now, I get that when someone sings the anthem they want to make it their own, so to speak, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I really don’t know what the fuck Chaka Khan was singing here.

If you changed the words to that, I don’t think the average person could identify what she sang there as “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

It didn’t go over well on social media, either.

All of us are Kyle Lowry.

And of course she drew comparisons to Fergie’s performance in 2018.

But for my money, the Fergie/Chaka Khan mash-up won the day.

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Russian BJJ Competitor Payzutdin Aliyev Paralyzed After Breaking Neck in Competition

During a grappling tournament at the Tinkoff Arena in Russia, 26-year-old Payzutdin Aliyev tried for a flying armbar. His opponent stepped back to avoid being caught by it which caused Aliyev to land on his head and break his neck. You can hear the crack in the video below. And if you didn’t realize something bad just happened, the screams of pain that came afterward might might be able to tip you off.

The Russian fighter was “diagnosed with a brain contusion, a closed craniocerebral trauma and a fracture of the cervical vertebrae with damage to the spinal cord.” A follow up CT scan showed his arms and legs were paralyzed in addition to his broken neck.

Yet another reason why I don’t participate in sports. Or any physical activity for that matter. Now when that stupid doctor says I should really consider working out, I’ll show him this.

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Snoop Dogg Is Sorry He Overreacted to Gayle King’s Interview About Kobe

A week or so ago, a clip of Gayle King asking WNBA star Lisa Leslie if Kobe Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case complicates his legacy made the rounds. A lot of Kobe fans began frothing at the mouth calling Gayle disrespectful with her question. This included Snoop Dogg who called her a “funky dog head bitch” and was trying to “tarnish my motherfuckin’ home boy’s reputation.” He told her to “back off, bitch, before we come get you.” And rightfully so. Don’t you know how many championships Kobe won?

Snoop is now taking it back saying her overreacted. He said his mom told him “2 wrongs don’t make a right.”

To be fair, this was a valid question. In 2003, a worker at a ski resort in Colorado alleged Kobe Bryant had sexually assaulted her. Her identity was leaked which lead to the media and Kobe’s defense team dragging her. A week before opening statements, she told the court she wouldn’t testify. She later sued him in civil court. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount. During the investigation, Kobe partially admitted to the act. In one interview, he even told the investigator he should have done what Shaq does and pay them off. After all this was done, Kobe bought Vanessa Bryant a huge rock to make it up to her.

This is pretty similar to the Chris Brown fans who say Rihanna deserved being punched in the face so much that she ended up looking like tenderized meat. It’ll be interesting to hear what Brown’s fans have to say whenever he dies and they ask about this domestic violence incident. I’m sure the answer will be something like, “Oh, but did you see the way he danced?!”

Then again, 5 championships does deserve to erase an alleged sexual assault. That POS Chris Brown has only one grammy. And Harvey Weinstein? He’s going to need a lot more Oscars to erase those rapes from everyone’s memory.

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Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero Haven’t Even Fought Yet, But There’s Already a Winner

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This Instagram Model Tried to Streak the Super Bowl

If you thought the Super Bowl halftime show was too sexy… you’re a prude and need to grow up. But you’ll also be pleased to know that you were barely spared the image of a naked woman with her bits uncovered.

Instagram model Kelly Kay was picked up by security and the police trying to charge the field and show everyone her naughty, filthy lady parts that she should be ashamed of. I mean, can you imagine if some 14-year-old had been watching and seen a breast? It would have ruined a perfectly good night of watching grown men beat the absolute shit out of each other and get CTE.

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Not ur baby 💘

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I can’t but think we missed out here.

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High fashion 💖

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Pineapple on pizza? 🤪🍕

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I don’t know what’s going on here, but I don’t think the real story is going to live up to what I have in my mind.

SEE ALSO: The Instagram model wanted for ‘sexually assaulting a dog’

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Brittany Matthews: Patrick Mahomes’ Girlfriend Goes Viral With Super Bowl Celebration Pic!

There was a time when the Super Bowl was notorious for lopsided games and blowout victories that failed to live up to the weeks of hype that preceded them.

But on Sunday night, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs delivered a stone-cold classic and ushered in what could be the start of an exciting new dynasty.

Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes was the NFL's MVP for the 2018 season, so it's not like he came out of nowhere.

But at 24, the former Texas Tech phenom hasn't been in the spotlight nearly as long as your Tom Bradys or even your Russell Wilsons.

So while even casual fans are familiar with the biographical backgrounds of Gisele and Ciara's husbands, much less is known about the personal lives of Brittany Matthews and her Super Bowl-winning boyfriend.

Yes, Brittany is the longtime partner of Patrick Mahomes, and many fans are just learning her name today, thanks to this awesome photo:

Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews

"We fought for our right to PAAAARTYYYY" Matthews captioned the pic, referencing the Beastie Boys hit that became an unofficial anthem for the Chiefs during their successful 2020 playoff run.

In case there was any question as to which team had captured her heart, Matthews captioned the pic "#chiefskingdom"

The photo racked up 100,000 likes before it was a few hours old, and the adoring comments from fans have continued to roll in.

"Wow!!!!!! This is the pic of the century! Love you both!!" wrote Mahomes' agent, Chris C. Abbott.

Brittany Matthews

Sadly, the quarterback's State Farm representative has yet to remark on the image.

Patrick and Brittany met when they were both students at Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas.

The couple went to the prom together, and they've been an item ever since.

Matthews owns her own fitness company, Brittany Lynne Fitness, and has been a diehard Chiefs supporter ever since Mahomes was drafted by the team in 2017.

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She's been chronicling the afterglow of the team's victory in the hours since Mahomes led the Chiefs to an unlikely fourth quarter comeback over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

The photo above has also earned quite a few favorable comments, as well, including one from the man himself:

"Iconic pic!" Mahomes commented.

Indeed it is. 

A fitting pic for an iconic occasion.