Archive for June, 2010

The victor of the longest match in the history of tennis made an appearance on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’. John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in an eleven-hour match that covered a span of three days.

Monday night Isner did the “Top Ten” list on Letterman, listing the top ten things that went through his mind during the match, but with a comedic touch.

Overall it was a pretty entertaining list, should’ve seen the last one coming. Watch the video below.



Remember those days as a kid when you would wake up every Saturday morning and rush straight to the TV to catch the new episodes of your favorite cartoon shows?

Yeah, I miss those days, but now you have a reason to rekindle your childhood memories without having to make some excuse so your buddies don’t ridicule you.

Could the NFL's new cartoon series bring back Backyard Football?

The NFL and Nickelodeon are teaming up to bring you “Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core”. The series is based on the league’s website for kids, and is about a ten year-old boy with superpowers that include the skills of an NFL player, but for all we know those so-called “superpowers” could very well be steroids. Never know these days.

There is one downside though; each episode will only last around five minutes, although there are 22 of them and a one-hour movie that will air on Super Bowl Eve.

Different NFL players and coaches will lend their voices, including Eli Manning and Sean Payton. The show kicks off in September, around the time the NFL season starts.


Pat Tillman, a safety for Arizona State University, was selected with the 226th pick in the 1998 draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Normally a player drafted 226th overall is just trying to compete for a roster spot, much less a multi-million dollar contract.

Tillman defied the odds and became a star in the NFL, accumulating 344 tackles over the first four years of his career. Things were looking ever-so bright for the local hero, but then tragedy struck.

September 11, 2001, was a date that changed the world as we knew it forever. This also happened to be Tillman’s contract year, and while most players would have their thoughts set on cashing in on a big contract, he had his mind elsewhere.

Tillman was offered a 3.6 million dollar contract by the Cardinals, a well-deserved amount for the time and dedication he had put in on the football field.

But in a time of crisis like 9/11, the U.S. military needed help and support more than ever. Tillman decided his loyalty to his country was more important than his love for the game of football, and turned down the 3.6 million dollar deal in favor of a stint with the military.

On April 22, 2004, it was reported that Tillman was killed in action by the Taliban, but later evidence surfaced that the cause of death was friendly fire, with speculation that the government covered up Tillman’s death.

I don’t know a lot of details so I will stop there, but a new movie titled The Tillman Story will hit theaters August 20. The documentary focuses on Tillman’s family trying to uncover what really happened to Pat Tillman, and looks to be very entertaining. Watch the trailer below.


It’s been a busy week for English royalty in the sports world, with Queen Elizabeth attending a few tennis matches at Wimbledon and Prince Harry throwing out the first pitch at a Mets game.

To my and most likely all the present photographers dismay, the prince put out a pretty good throw. I’d imagine the Queen throwing a baseball is in my top five list of things to see at a sporting event.

UFC president Dana White has an eye for talent when it comes to fighting, but apparently that good fortune doesn’t translate to the NBA.

White  made a wager with Snoop Dogg on the NBA Finals, picking the Celtics to win the series against the rapper’s Lakers, with the winner taking home $20K out of the opponents pocket.

In all fairness to the nature of the bet, the winner was to donate the money to charity. The ‘Snoop Youth Football League’ was the lucky destination of Snoop’s winnings.

Actor/musician Donnie Wahlberg also made a $20K bet with Snoop against the Lakers, so all in all the hip hop hustler walked away with $40K for his charity.


USA soccer suffered a fatal blow in a loss to Ghana to end their 2010 World Cup dreams, but looking back on the tournament USA soccer will now be looked upon in a different light, one with respect and dignity. So if you’re one for looking on the brighter side of things, there’s that.

Former President Bill Clinton was present just as he was for the USA’s epic win over Algeria, and was accompanied by none other than rock star Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.

The camera showed Clinton and Jagger multiple times, but apparently Lakers star and NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant was more conspicuous.

Other notable people who were there that I know of are CBS broadcaster Katie Couric and Phoenix Suns guard Jason Richardson, although I’m sure there was an overload on non camera-shy celebrities.


LeBron James can officially sign with a new NBA team if he chooses come July 1, and one of the few teams with a chance at getting him are the New Jersey Nets. Rapper Jay-Z is part-owner of the Nets, and also happens to be good friends with LeBron.

The hip-hop mogul made an appearance on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ where he talked LeBron and the team’s new Russian billionaire owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, aka “the tall guy”.


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Howard Baldwin, the former owner of the NHL’s Hartford Whalers, wants to bring an NHL team back to Connecticut after the Whalers moved to North Carolina and are now known as the Carolina Hurricanes.

His main obstacle will be to show an increase in fan interest as to convince NHL officials that Hartford offers a viable market, and it appears he may have inadvertently hit the jackpot.

Megan Fox, the popular actress and source of  male-oogling, was spotted wearing a shirt supporting the extinct franchise. Granted Fox wouldn’t be my first guess as a celebrity supporter of the team and hasn’t actually declared her fandom publicly, but stranger things have happened.

You can bet this photo will be at the beginning of the powerpoint Baldwin shows NHL officials.

On Wednesday Team USA advanced in the World Cup after a critical rally, capped by a Landon Donovan goal during the first minute of stoppage time.

Former president Bill Clinton was in South Africa for the game and predictably met with the team after the game, although he interacted with them more aggressively than you might imagine.

There’s nothing like crackin’ open a Budweiser with a former President of the United States of America, but judging from that picture Mr. Clinton has already downed a few. The shirtless man is US defender Carlos Bocanegra.

President Obama called Team USA to congratulate them on their victory and wish them good luck in the upcoming match against Ghana. Thankfully, no beers were chugged on his end during the encounter.


After the Lakers won the NBA Finals, Ron Artest made sure he gave credit where credit was due during a post-game interview, and it turns out his therapist is the one to thank for his performance.

Artest made an appearance on George Lopez Tonight on Tuesday, but he did more than talk basketball and championships. He performed his new single “Champions” live, and also did a skit with actress Helen Mirren.

The sketch features Mirren as Artest’s psychiatrist, in which she tries to help Ron relax and prepare for game seven of the finals. Watch the video below.