On Tuesday night, Mr. T took part in a “Shoot the Puck” promotion during the Calgary Flames-Chicago Blackhawks game in the Windy City. As you’ll see in the video below, he managed to score a goal from center ice. Impressive! But even more so was him comparing organizers asking him to shoot the remaining pucks to Rocky Balboa asking him for a rematch in Rocky III. Enjoy! READ FULL STORY
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Even if you picked Georgetown to make this year’s Final Four in your office March Madness pool, it’s difficult not to be rooting for Florida Gulf Coast University, which became the first No. 15-seed ever to reach the Sweet 16 after the high-flying Eagles upset the No. 2-seed Hoyas and No. 7 San Diego State. FGCU has a thousand great underdog storylines, beginning with the fact that every one of its players is older than the college itself, which only opened its doors in Fort Myers in 1997. The Eagles’ coach, Andy Enfield, built an impressive professional and college coaching resume upon his shooting expertise — he was a record-breaking scorer at Johns Hopkins University, where he set NCAA marks as a free-throw shooter — but this is only his second year as a head coach. For leading the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament, FGCU presented him with a bonus of… $5,000, a paltry sum in the world of top-tier NCAA basketball coaches. Fortunately for Enfield, he cashed out of a lucrative Wall Street job before re-entering the coaching ranks and money isn’t a huge issue. (Of course, there’s also the matter of his attractive model wife…)
But all that is background noise to what the Eagles have been doing on the court. They aren’t just beating more famous teams; they’re beating more famous teams: Out-shooting them, out-hustling them, and most certainly out-jumping them. In two NCAA Tournament games, they’ve padded their highlight reel with enough amazing alley-oops and powerful slam dunks to wallpaper an entire college dorm room with posters of spectacular slams. Only the Eagles aren’t surprised, as they are playing the game with absolutely no fear, wagging their tongues after draining threes, celebrating rim-rattling jams with a chicken dance, and crowing about life in “Dunk City,” their nickname for Fort Myers.
For their Cinderella success, they’re rewarded with a date with powerhouse Florida later this week, the ultimate in-state Goliath to their David. Against the heavily-favored Gators, FGCU is like the Hickory Huskers from Hoosiers, that is if Jimmy Chitwood could break a team’s back with a fast-break alley-oop dunk.
Check out the “Dunk City” music video below — come for the mad rhymes, stay for the real game highlights. READ FULL STORY
President Obama has turned against Nate Silver!
…in his NCAA Tournament bracket.
The president shared his Barack-etology picks for this year’s Final Four with ESPN’s Andy Katz, and he went against top-seeded Louisville, who famed numbers-cruncher Silver considers the favorite to win the tournament. To be fair, Obama didn’t exactly go out on a limb, picking Silver’s second choice, Indiana, to beat Louisville in the finals in Atlanta. In fact, the president seems to have a keen appreciation for the numbers that Silver tabulates, since they each selected three of the same four teams to reach the Final Four.
Watch the President below, as he cops to his Big-10 bias, sends Notre Dame home early for their horrible neon green uniforms, and explains who Joe Biden wants to see go all the way. Orange you going to take a guess? READ FULL STORY
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my editor you might ask? For those of us still invested in his career (and the length of his hair, it’s longer!), it’s that we haven’t seen many photos of Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch since he was promoting Savages in June 2012. Last night, the former Canadian Junior Hockey League player was snapped enjoying the Ducks-Kings game in L.A. with a small beer, a big grin, and a Riggins-esque wardrobe. In short, we’re as happy as he looks in this pic. READ FULL STORY
John Perrotta was a racetrack lifer when he got the call from David Milch in 2008 to come to California to join the writing staff for Luck. He’d represented jockeys and managed the stables owned by billionaire breeders for decades, so he was the perfect person to bring authenticity to the gritty drama that starred Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. His Luck cohort Bill Barich recently wrote in an essay for Narrative Magazine that Milch liked to say that Perrotta “knows where the bodies are buried,” but that’s just a Milch-ian way of saying that his pal knows everything there is to know about the sport of thoroughbred racing, from the barns to the jockey club to the luxury boxes. And while Luck‘s demise was ugly, with HBO pulling the plug after one low-rated season and a cloud of bad publicity surrounding the deaths of three horses, Perrotta and the show’s small but dedicated following still aren’t ready to say goodbye to the colorful collection of characters that roamed Santa Anita for just nine episodes.
Last week, Perrotta posted “Out of Luck … Buy Low, Sell High” on America’s Best Racing website, resurrecting the show’s characters and picking up their stories several months after the season 1 finale. Ace’s prize pony ran in the Kentucky Derby; Walter Smith kept his colt out of the big race, perhaps to steer clear of harsh questions into his mysterious past; and Jerry headed to Las Vegas to compete in the World Series of Poker. Perrotta calls it fan-fiction, nothing more, but for followers of the show and people who saw something poetic in the lives of the people and horses that collide at the track, it’s both exciting and bittersweet to meet these characters again.
Perrotta, who’s now the agent for Hall of Fame jockey and Luck star Gary Stevens, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his plans for his blog — a second “episode” debuts later today — and how he’s still mourning Luck‘s cancellation.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Reading your first blog post — your first episode, I should say — I realized how much I missed these characters, especially those Degenerate gambles. Was it cathartic to revisit them, after what happened with the show, or painful?
JOHN PERROTTA: I loved them all so much, and they are real people to me. The jockey agent and the jockeys and the Degenerate gamblers were all people that I’ve lived most of my life with. The trainers, especially. I’ve known those guys. I was surprised at the reaction [the blog post] got, but in retrospect I’m not surprised now because as the characters are real to me, then when you read more about them, you don’t need to see it. You can imagine it. So when I talk about Goose or Marcus and those guys, you can put a face on them. READ FULL STORY
Sports Illustrated has revealed its 2013 Swimsuit Issue cover, which features 20-year-old model and untalented car-washer Kate Upton (again!) braving the harsh Antarctic tundra in an open white parka and hopefully fleece-lined bikini bottoms. See the full, absurdly booby image (NSFW, BUT WHY ARE YOU STILL AT WORK?) after the break. READ FULL STORY
Even professional athletes secretly want to be rock stars.
ESPN The Magazine has put out a music issue — on newsstands Feb. 8 — explaining that sports and music are more intertwined than ever. As part of that coverage, the magazine got a bunch of athletes to recreate iconic album covers – everything from Alex Morgan showing she’s One of the Boys (above) to Allyson Felix posing at Beyoncé.
Over on ESPN’s website, they have behind-the-scenes pictures and videos of each athlete getting into character, which means you can check out the details behind Felix giving her fiercest face as Bey, or Ryan Lochte floating in a pool (of course) a la Nirvana. They also have athlete playlists, if you think that may finally be the thing that gets you to the gym.
Check out Lochte’s album cover below, and head over to ESPN for more. READ FULL STORY
Today marks the one-year countdown to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and those inspirational NBC packages on the athletes are already taking shape: Yesterday, after skier Lindsey Vonn crashed at the Alpine World Championships and suffered a knee injury that will require surgery and six to eight months of rehab, she vowed to be ready for Russia.
In happier news, there is a $2,000 USA Luge Fantasy Camp being held in March, the 2013 USA Curling Nationals Championships will be televised later this month, and U.S. Figure Skating recently crowned its 2013 champs. Videos below. Time to care! READ FULL STORY
My overwhelming thought following tonight’s rippling terrain of pricey Super Bowl commercials was that Doritos missed a great cross-promotional opportunity by not joining forces with Calvin Klein. There’s always next year. Below, zip through a bunch of 2013′s most memorable — best AND worst! — Super Bowl ads. READ FULL STORY
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