Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: 15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

With the start of a fresh new workweek comes a brand new episode of “15 Minutes of Fame,” the weekly sports-themed video blog featuring Geoff Driscoll of Any Sport Any Time
and myself.

This week we’re talking Roller Derby (and introducing our own nicknames), the coverage that Wayne Gretzky’s 50th birthday received this past week, the NHL’s All-Star Fantasy Draft and a whole lot more! In this week’s edition of The GABBYs (The Good & the Bad, By You): A 15MOF milestone, Canucks get Sweatt-y, NFL commissioner takes a pay cut; Erik Johnson sings the Blues, Raptors end a long streak and NASCAR is too long!


See something that you think should be a GABBY? Give us a shout! You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, you can find us on Facebook or shoot us an email at 15MinutesYEG@gmail.com!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kerrzy & Migs Friday WorkOut!

It's Friday, which means it's time for another installment of the Kerrzy & Migs Friday WorkOut!

Each week Kerrzy's Notebook and Forca Freemotion Body come together to bring you a detailed walkthrough of a different workout that will get you looking and feeling like a champ in no time. Last week we were heavy on the medicine balls – this week, Miguel takes us through a (not so) Short Circuit:


For this week's workout you'll need a knee-high plyo box, some red resistance tubing, an eight-pound medicine ball and a jump rope. You'll also probably want to write this all down and keep it nearby because there are three circuits of three exercises that you'll be doing three times each and it can get a little bit confusing!

In all, this workout should take you close to half an hour, doing each exercise for forty seconds and then taking a 20 second rest. Here's how it works:

Circuit 1) Medicine Ball Chops, Plyo Box Step-Ups, Skaters

Circuit 2) Lateral Box Step-Ups, Tube Y’s, Med Ball Standing Russian Twists

Circuit 3) Jump rope, Med Ball Slams, Box Squats

Give this workout a shot and let us know how you did by leaving us a comment! You can also get in touch with us at FWOEdmonton@gmail.com.

Want more? Click the links below to go through our previous WorkOuts:


See you next Friday!

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

Mamma Messi

We’re going to start off this week talking about birthdays – with all the media attention given to Wayne Gretzky turning 50, you’ve probably had enough of “birthday” storylines, but I’ve got an important question to ask all of you:

What did you get your Mom for her last birthday?

The reason I ask is that there is literally no way it was as awesome as what two-time FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi got for his Mom! When she turned x years old last weekend, her superstar son got her a La Liga goal!

Moments after beating Racing Santander goalie Toño on a 33rd minute penalty kick attempt, the Barcelona striker lifted up his jersey to show off the message he had written on his undershirt before the game: “Feliz Cumple Mami!”


What does he get for being a good son? A fine of between 2,000-3,000 euros. Come on! I think someone in the league office must just be upset that the $20 Subway gift certificate he got his mom wasn’t nearly as thoughtful.

I wonder if Messi had a backup plan ready incase he didn’t score?

Speaking of Fines…

An English Premier League club has been fined £25,000 for not fielding a strong enough side!

Back in November, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway made some wholesale changes to his lineup ahead of a game with Aston Villa, which they lost 3-2. Now, when I say “wholesale changes,” I’m saying that no one who played this past weekend against Manchester United featured in the Villa loss.

Apparently that violates some new rule and the league decided to throw the book at Holloway, when in the past they’ve dished out at least one “suspended” fine.

That’s what happens when you basically dare the league to punish you for something (from ESPN):

“If I got fined for picking a weakened team I would resign – I would pack it in. I don’t care what anyone else says – I can do whatever I like. Let the Barclays Premier League tell me otherwise. Who the hell are they to tell me how to do my job?”

Yeah, that’ll do it! I love that he got the league’s title sponsor in there too – what a company man.

So, did he quit? Not as of right now – though Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston says he has spoken to Holloway about it and “[will] not accept his resignation.”

If he does end up leaving and Oyston is forced to appoint an interim manager, do you think they’ll be fined again for fielding a weak coaching staff?

Throwing Money Away?

Here’s one you don’t hear every day: an MLB pitcher who didn’t feel like he was earning his huge paycheck says he doesn’t want the cash…

League minimum? Nope. The NY Times reports that Kansas City Royals right-hander Gil Meche is walking away from $12-million in guaranteed money!

Let that sink in for a moment and then check out what he told Times reporter Tyler Kepner: “When I signed my [five-year, $55-million] contract, my main goal was to earn it. Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it.”

Meche didn’t pitch much (0-5 in nine starts) last season, in part because of a bum shoulder that has been surgically repaired twice and isn’t getting any better. It takes a real man to stare down a massive pile of what is essentially free money and decide against throwing on your swimming trunks and going scuba diving through it (what, you wouldn’t scuba dive through $12-million worth of paper money?).

Think about this guy’s situation for a second – his employer knows his body isn’t at its healthiest and that they won’t get a whole lot out of him, but they weren’t trying to get rid of him or anything. Kepner writes that the Royals “fully expected Meche to pitch in relief…If nothing else, they believed Meche could be a positive influence for a young roster.”

Basically, they were willing to pay Meche all that money to be a mentor! I should record some tapes and send them to KC, maybe there’s a job for me there!

Other stuff…

After a couple of instances where fans watching from home got players disqualified, the head of the PGA is thinking about changing some rules

Ted Williams, the formerly homeless guy with the golden voice, has left rehab against doctor’s orders and his whereabouts are “unclear” as of right now…

In honor of this weekend’s NHL All-Star game, here is an amazing find from Yahoo's Puck Daddy:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Polamalu’s Hair: Week Twenty-One Notes

Hair We Go!

When the current NFL season started back in September, there were 32 teams getting ready for what they hoped (realistically or not) would be a championship season.

Heading into the last weekend of January only two teams remain though, as the Pittsburgh Steelers get set to face the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas. Now, if you think the big story here is Ben Roethlisberger vs. Aaron Rodgers, I regret to inform you that you are absolutely wrong.

No, there is a much bigger battle being waged on February 6th: That would be the one between Head & Shoulders and Suave.

That’s right folks, the flowing locks of Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu (our hero here in the football division of Kerrzy’s Notebook) will go “head to head” with the golden mane of Green Bay’s Clay Matthews on that fateful Sunday.

While Polamalu has represented H&S for a while now, Matthews is the newest newest member of the Suave team after signing an endorsement deal this week.

Lucky for you, this battle has already begun over at HairBowl.com where fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite head of hair. As the site notes (with I’m sure no pun intended), Polamalu has a bit of a “head start” over Matthews, another former USC Trojan.

Part of the reason he’s out in front is that Troy's Hair jumped all over Twitter long before Clay's Hair did. Yes, that’s right: they both have Twitter accounts!

You know who else has a Twitter account and awesome hair? I’m just saying…I wonder if either of these guys could get me an endorsement! My hair could be the PR hair for Troy’s Hair! It could work!

Towels & Ties

While the Steelers and the Packers duke it out on the field at Cowboys Stadium in two weeks, there will be a different type of war taking place in the stands…a war involving towels.

More specifically, a war involving the type of towels that generally aren’t used to dry oneself off in a time of great moisture.

That war is born of an inner war, happening deep inside the soul of McArthur Towel and Sports president Gregg McArthur. You see, McArthur T&S is the company that manufactures Pittsburgh’s beloved Terrible Towel, which ESPN tells us they’ve been making since 1997. The company is located near Green Bay though and according to Gregg McArthur, they “bleed green and gold.”

They say they’re working on a rival towel for Packers fans to buy and wave around at the game in an effort to create a “towel war” between the two sides. I wonder if they make Packers ties as well…

If so, I bet Chicago car salesman John Stone would be interested. Did you hear the story about this guy?

He was fired from his job for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie to work on Monday, a day after Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a win over the Chicago Bears for the NFC title and a trip to the big game. NBC Chicago says his boss told him a few times to take the tie off or go home. Long story short, he didn’t take the tie off.

Once this story spread like wildfire across the internet, Stone’s ex-boss Jerry Roberts offered him his job back (provided he didn’t wear the tie again), but he said no thanks. Can you guess why he said no? Oh, it might have been all the other offers he got since the story blew up!

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Stone is now working for a rival car dealer and there are people from all over the place calling in and talking about buying vehicles from him. All because of a tie! What a great means of self-promotion.

I think I have to start dressing more business-like, but in a controversial kind of way. Any ideas for me?

Strange Brew

With the very real possibility of a lockout hitting the NFL, the league’s commissioner turned some heads on Wednesday…

In what can only be described as a moment of sheer madness, Roger Goodell said that if there’s a work stoppage when the current CBA expires in March, he’ll take a pay cut. A pay cut of almost $10-million.

That’s right folks, Goodell says he and the league’s chief negotiator Jeff Pash (who is said to rake in about $5-million per year) will both chop their salaries down to $1 if there is no football!

The owners want the players to take less money in a new CBA and this is likely a way to try and show that the league really want to get a deal done. Do I believe that Goodell will actually give up $9,999,999 while the owners and players squabble over money? No.

The director of communications for the NFLPA seems to be on the same page, telling the LA Times that “this decision is irrelevant to the process.” Carl Francis says what Goodell needs to do is guarantee that there won’t be a lockout!

You know, he’s right. Whether or not Roger Goodell is making his full salary has nothing to do with anything when it comes to CBA negotiations. Plus, the way football contracts are put together I’m sure that money is buried somewhere else anyways!

That wasn’t the only labor-related news this week: After being ousted from the playoffs, NY Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie went all in on the league and the players union about the negotiation process.

Are these the crazed ramblings of one player, or does Cromartie speak for a larger segment of the player population here? That could be another wrinkle in what looks like it’s going to be quite the Battle Royale.

Other stuff…

If you “picked” the Jets to go all the way, I guess that loss last weekend really boogered up your plans…

Chad Ochocinco is changing his name again…umm back to Chad Johnson?

Poor Jay Cutler – the guy sprains his knee in the NFC Championship game and is told he can’t go back in and everyone jumps all over him for not being tough enough…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Happy Birthday Wayne!

While it’s nowhere near a record, today certainly marks another milestone in the life of The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

The man who once scored 50 goals in 39 games is now 50 himself, years removed from his last twirl around an NHL rink yet still beloved by millions of hockey fans around Canada and the rest of the world. A quick Google search of his name this morning reveals hundreds of articles written in honor of the #99’s big 5-0. A glance on Twitter shows page upon page of reaction to the fact that it’s Gretzky’s birthday (both good and bad, but mostly good).

Whether or not you enjoy the fact that the man’s birthday is getting so much coverage, there’s no denying this point: Wayne Gretzky still means a lot to a lot of people.

It’s been just over 4,300 days since Gretzky took an emotional skate around Madison Square Garden after notching his 2857th career point in a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins – the end of a long, productive and historic era in the NHL. To me, the fact that so many people care about his 50th birthday is a true reflection of the mark he left on the game and the people who watched him play it over all those years.

I’ll admit, for those of you who feel suffocated by Gretzky coverage in the past few days, it has been a bit much at times. The way some people have been eulogizing his career, you might have wondered if something terrible had happened to him if you didn’t know it was his birthday (because it’s his birthday, you know). Again, hate it or love it, that outpouring from all corners of the hockey world speaks to the respect and admiration garnered by The Great One during his career, and afterwards.

When people get to reminiscing about their most memorable Gretzky moment or talking about what he meant to a city like Edmonton, there is no stopping them!

Today, in honor of Wayne Gretzky’s big day, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on just how amazing his accomplishments were, and still are. Take a look up and down his list of NHL records, read up on his time in the NHL and really try to let it sink in just how far anyone else is from being the dominant player that Wayne Gretzky was. Also, scroll down for some Gretzky clips from YouTube and a few of my favorite Gretzky-themed “tweets” from the past day or so (including one of my own, for good measure).

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Looking back on some of the big moments in his career, it’s interesting to note how even after he moved on, the Edmonton Oilers always seem to pop up – his first pro goal came against Edmonton, his 802nd career goal was assisted by a former Edmonton teammate, he broke Gordie Howe’s points record against the Oil at the Coliseum…I suppose history is just funny that way. Here’s that first goal of his pro career:


Isn’t it amazing that after all these years, no one has really come close to beating Gretzky’s record of 50 goals in 39 games?


I’m no mathematician, but I’m guessing it’ll take a few 50-in-39s if anyone hopes to reach Gretzky’s career mark of 894 goals. Here he is breaking Gordie Howe’s record with #802:


One of the things that made Wayne Gretzky such a threat out on the ice was that he was just as lethal passing the puck as he was when he was putting it on net himself. Years before he broke Howe’s goal scoring record, he also became the all-time league leader in points (finishing his career with 970 more points than Mark Messier, who also recently turned 50):


I dare you to try and watch this last video without getting a little bit emotional:


Happy birthday Wayne!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Hoop & The Harm: Notes from the Hardcourt

Beyond The Arc

It hasn’t been a banner season for Jay Triano and the Toronto Raptors, and that was more than evident on Monday night.

A shorthanded Raps team fell prey to some last-second heroics from Rudy Gay to win the game for the Memphis Grizzlies, an eighth straight loss for the fourth-worst team in the entire NBA. The hurt doesn’t end there though.

When you’re not winning and things aren’t really going well, you try to hang onto the small victories out there on the court, to give you something to feel good about. Well, the Raps have one less accomplishment in the works as a streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer came to an end on Monday too.

Before going 0-for-13 in that loss to the former Vancouver Grizzlies, the Raptors went 986 straight games with at least one swish from beyond the arc – an NBA record dating back to February 26th, 1999. To put into perspective just how long ago the streak began, here are some tidbits from the Raps website (from when the streak hit a decade in 2009) and some of my own. Since that first three pointer:

-There have been three US elections and two Presidents, along with four Canadian elections and three Prime Ministers.

-The average price of gas was 49.9 cents per liter in February of 1999. I believe we are hovering around a dollar per liter today.

-The NBA’s salary cap was $30-million in 1999…this season it’s $58-million (the minimum salary a team can have is still $13.5-million more than the cap was in ’99)!

-Stuff like iPods, Bluetooth headsets, Hybrid cars and YouTube didn’t exist when that first three-ball found mesh. The hard drive on your 1999 laptop was probably about six or seven gigabytes…Napster was just about to burst onto the scene. People listened to music on Discmans! Do you have any good ones?

The point is: 1999 was a long time ago! Lets hope the Raps give their fans something else to cheer about sometime soon!

Staying in the Nest?

Some good news for the New Orleans Hornets to kick off the week – the team isn't going anywhere!

That is, at least for now.

The NBA had to buy the bankrupt team earlier this season because the owners could no longer afford to run it, and that led to some speculation that the franchise could be on the move. One thing leading to that speculation was the prospect that the team could opt out of its arena lease, should attendance fall below an average of 14,735 for a two-season period.

The good news on Monday was that the team met the attendance benchmarks needed to keep the lease going, which in effect keeps the team in New Orleans for at least another season. The even better news on Monday was that a David West fade away jumper with 0.5 seconds left handed the Hornets a 91-89 win over the OKC Thunder, a ninth straight victory.

It’s nice to see that the locals really want to keep the Hornets in town and are willing to rally around each other to make it happen. The league is currently looking to sell the club, but ESPN notes that could be tough to do with the impending labor dispute.

Either way, at least this is a feel-good story for now. Compare this situation with what’s happening in the NHL with the Phoenix Coyotes: In New Orleans, the people want the team to stay and the league wants to help make that happen. In Glendale, no one seems to really care that the team might leave (except for the fact that they’d have an unused rink) and the only one really pushing for the team to stay is the NHL!

Good on the people of New Orleans – I hope it works out down there!

Price is Right?

How much would you pay to watch the two worst teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference in person?

Keeping in mind that the average ticket price in the NBA is about $48, I want you to think about what you’d be comfortable paying for the chance to sit in the stands as the 13-32 NJ Nets take on the 8-36 Cleveland Cavaliers:

A) $48 – Who cares who is playing, I’ve never seen an NBA game
B) $20 – I don’t care what the league average is! These teams stink!
C) $10 – I’d pretend to be a student if it meant cheaper tickets
D) 11¢ – It’s the only way I’d get my money’s worth!

If you chose “D,” you would have been in luck on Monday night, says the NY Times' Off the Dribble! There were reports on Monday afternoon that tickets were selling for as little as a quarter online, which set off some kind of “price war” that eventually saw some tickets drop all the way down to eleven cents.

Benjamin Hoffman reports that a courtside seat for $180 was the most expensive seat sold that night on StubHub.com, while the cheapest sold for just 48 cents.

My goodness is that ever sad! I wonder if Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov ever regrets his purchase…

Other stuff…

Speaking of the Nets, they’ve backed away from a potential trade for Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony…so what now?

Ricky Rubio hasn’t even played an NBA game yet and he’s apparently ready to give up on the Minnesota Timberwolves…

Is age starting to slow down the LA Lakers? A Laker legend seems to think so…

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: 15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

With the start of another work week comes another episode of “15 Minutes of Fame,” your favorite weekly sports video blog featuring Geoff Driscoll of Any Sport Any Time and myself, Kerrzy.

This week, we’re talking about concussions and the NHL (and how they will be affecting the league’s upcoming All-Star game), the $50-thousand fine handed out by the NHL to LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi, the latest allegations against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and much more!

Stick around for another round of GABBYs (The Good & the Bad, By You) and another installment of Quick Hits, too!


See something that you think should be a GABBY? Give us a shout! You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, you can find us on Facebook or shoot us an email at 15MinutesYEG@gmail.com!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Around the Rinks (Jersey Fail Edition)

It’s been an interesting week for jersey gaffes hasn’t it?

The Buffalo News reported last week that forward Rob Niedermayer went a full three games (and three different jerseys) with his name misspelled before someone pointed it out to him. While it wasn’t quite as high profile as the NHL’s “Nick Lindstrom” slip-up at the 2008 Awards Show, it’s still pretty bad because it happened on the ice.

At least he had a jersey to wear though!

Yahoo’s junior hockey blog Buzzing the Net brings us this hilarious fail: The WHL’s Vancouver Giants forgot their jerseys when they headed to Kamloops to face the Blazers on Saturday…so what did they do?

If you answered “play the game in Blazers practice jerseys,” you’re absolutely right!

I feel for the play-by-play guys having to try and figure this one out on the fly! Here’s what I don’t get though – did they not even have their own practice jerseys?

So we’ve covered misspelled names, we’ve covered misplaced shirts. What about the cancelled jersey orders?

Former San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings last week, after ending a short stint in Russia’s KHL to give the NHL another go. In order to get back on the ice though, the veteran had to clear waivers, and that’s where things get interesting.

A few weeks after trading one of their starters away for practically nothing, the New York Islanders decided to snipe the 35-year-old off of the waiver wire! Imagine that – you think you’re headed to Detroit to possibly challenge for a Stanley Cup and you end up on a team that is about 20 points out of the playoff picture with 35 games to go.

Ouch.

Well, I hope that no Islanders fans preemptively ordered that Nabokov jersey just yet, because he says he isn’t coming! In fact, the NY Daily News reports that he actually hung up on Isles GM Garth Snow when he tried to get in touch with him on Saturday.

Don Meehan, Nabokov’s agent, tried to clear things up later on by saying the whole thing was a misunderstanding and he didn’t know it was Snow on the phone…

As for his “future” with the Isles, here’s what the Russian had to say about his situation on Sunday (via ESPN):

“I think I’m going to stay home for now, I’m sticking with my decision. It’s nothing against the Islanders and their organization. It’s nothing to do with that. It’s just that I’m at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs. I don’t see how I could help the Islanders or what I could do for them. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. And I hope they understand that.”

If Nabokov sticks to his guns and doesn’t report to the Islanders, the team can either suspend him for not reporting (which seems dumb), or they can put him on waivers and try to trade him if he clears. The problem there is, there is no way he would clear because someone like the Detroit Red Wings would more than likely snap him up.

Oh, and did I mention he has a no-movement clause in his contract?

The NY Daily News also reports that the Isles could “toll” the contract, which means they can make it count for next season if he doesn’t “honor” it.

What do you think about this scenario?

I think it seems a bit silly to think that Nabokov could end up being “suspended” and under contract with the Islanders for a whole other year because of this. Obviously there are rules to follow, but it doesn’t seem right that a free agent can sign with one team, yet end up somewhere else just because he started the season in a different league.

Does anyone else find it ironic that a player with a no-movement clause is being forced to go somewhere he doesn’t want to go?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Around the Rinks

Another Shot?

Peter Forsberg’s on again, off again relationship with the NHL appears to be “on again.”

Well, not quite. But sort of.

The 37-year-old, who hasn’t played in the NHL since April of 2008 because of a recurring foot injury (among other things), is back in his old stomping grounds to see if he’s still got it. ESPN reports Forsberg will start skating with the Colorado Avalanche today in an effort to gauge where he’s at as far as conditioning and to see if his foot holds up at that level.

It’s just the latest comeback attempt for the Swede, who won two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche before darting off to Philadelphia for two seasons. He was traded to Nashville in 2007 and wrapped up his NHL career in Colorado the next season. He didn’t play much in 2008-09 back in Sweden with Modo, his first pro club, but got into 23 games the following year and represented his country at the Vancouver Olympics.

Forsberg has always been a very unique player – a mix of grit (bordering on dirty) and skill (bordering on greatness) not often seen from a European. In 706 career NHL games he scored 249 goals and put up 885 points, with another 171 playoff points in 151 games.

Before we get too carried away, it’s worth noting that Forsberg hasn’t signed a contract or anything with the Avs. It does make you wonder though, doesn’t it?

Every player wants to go out on his own terms and Foppa hasn’t been able to do that.

If he shows he can still skate with the big boys, should the Avalanche bring him back and give him a shot? They’ve got more than enough room salary cap wise and they just lost Tomas Fleischmann for the rest of the season. Maybe they could pry Alex Tanguay away from the Flames and reunite the AMP line, one of the deadliest in team history!

Quick on the Draw

Some crazy moments on Friday night at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY.

The hometown Sabres fell 5-2 to the visiting Islanders but I don’t blame you if you missed Nathan Gerbe’s two snipes. One second it was 4-0 for the Isles, the next it was 4-2!

Gerbe, the NHL’s smallest player at 5’5, beat Isles goalie Kevin Poulin with a backhander at the 16:38 mark of the third period to make it a 4-1 game. On the ensuing face off, he pressured an Isles defenseman and suddenly found himself all alone down the left side of the ice with the puck and snapped a shot over Poulin’s shoulder at 16:43.

That’s two goals in just five seconds, a Sabres franchise record and the lone highlight for the team on the night.


The NHL record was set by Nels Stewart of the Montreal Maroons in 1931 and equaled by Deron Quint of the Winnipeg Jets in 1995 – they both scored twice in four seconds.

What does Gerbe think of his accomplishment? “It’s embarrassing,” he said after the game. Okay, well the rest of us think it’s pretty awesome…

Seven seconds after his second goal though, Gerbe took a slashing penalty. So, he was a +2 with two goals on two shots with two penalty minutes all in a span of 12 seconds. Nice!

Old Time Hockey

The Ottawa Senators haven’t had much (or anything) to cheer about lately, currently riding a five game losing streak with just one win in their last twelve games…but they made the highlight reels on Thursday night!

Granted, it wasn’t for anything positive.

A 6-2 Senators loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia featured ten fighting majors inside the final seven minutes of play and a total of 126 penalty minutes, 116 of which came in the final 6:48. Philly’s Jeff Carter fought Jesse Winchester, exactly four minutes later it was Ottawa’s Nick Foligno and Claude Giroux, and then as soon as the puck dropped three other fights broke out.

Here is Jarkko Ruutu and Scott Hartnell, Chris Neil and Jody Shelley and Matt Carkner fighting Sean O’Donnell (which wasn’t much of a tilt):


At least this pointless series of fights was good for something, as the Sens came out one night later and put the boots to the Montreal Canadiens in front of the hometown fans at Scotiabank Place…

Just kidding, they lost 7-1 and are now 1-8-3 since star forward Jason Spezza went down with a shoulder injury on Boxing Day!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Kerrzy & Migs Friday WorkOut!

Happy Friday!

The end of the week is upon us once more, which means two things: The weekend is here and it’s time for another installment of the Kerrzy & Migs Friday WorkOut!

If you aren’t familiar with this project, what you’ll find here every Friday is a new video from Forca Freemotion Body's Miguel Cunha and I detailing a workout that we’ve done during one of our Friday WorkOuts.

Last week we tackled a Millenium Place staircase; this week, we are (medicine) balling out of control!


What you’ll need this week is an 18-pound Dynamax Ball, and 8-pound medicine ball, a wall and an open bit of floor.

This circuit consists of four exercises, which you’ll be doing six times each over the course of the workout. For each station you’ll be doing as many reps as you can in 40 seconds, resting for 20 seconds and then moving on. If needed, take a two minute break at the halfway point.

Here are the four stations:

-Dynamax Pick & Toss
-Medicine Ball Floor Slams
-Mountain Climbers
-Medicine Ball Wall Side Toss

Leave us a comment and let us know how you did! You can also get in touch with us at FWOEdmonton@gmail.com.

For last week’s video, click here. See you next Friday!

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

National _______ League

Did you hear what happened last week in the National Lacrosse League?

The Boston Blazers brass are a little red in the face after a halftime production drew some bad press from everyone but “Scorch,” the team’s mascot. Personally I don’t know what all the fuss is about – what says “fun for the whole family” like a “best lap dance” contest?

That’s right! Three female contestants from the crowd squared off during the break at the TD Garden in Boston to see who could give “Scorch” the best lap dance, as an arena full of parents and kids looked on.

While I don’t think the mascot was complaining, plenty of fans did and the team was forced to issue statement in the aftermath of this incident. The team’s president and GM said the halftime act “was clearly not executed according to plan,” and that he was “extremely disappointed” with what happened.

Here’s a fan video of what went down:


No word on how upset Mrs. Scorch was when this video surfaced, though it’s safe to say she was probably fuming!

The worst part of this whole thing is that the Blazers beat the Edmonton Rush 10-7!

Drunk Sports Fans

“Collllllllllllllllllllllllld Beer!”

Researchers in the US must be running out of things to research; either that or they’re just very creative! I came across an interesting article this week that dealt with inebriation and sports, two things that seem to go hand in hand at arenas and stadiums around the world.

Scientific American reports that a group of researchers went to thirteen different baseball games and three football games and asked people in attendance if they would take a breathalyzer test on their way out. They found that, of the people who said yes, eight percent were too drunk to drive and forty percent registered “some level” of alcohol in their systems.

Looking a little deeper, the study says people under 35 years old were nine times more likely to be over the legal limit and tailgaters were 14 times more likely.

Are you surprised by those numbers?

I probably should be, but I’m not – have you ever seen the amount of sweat pouring off one of those poor beer vendors by the second period of a hockey game? They’re dripping! It’s also not surprising that young people tend to drink more than older people or that “tailgaters” are far more likely to be hammered – isn’t the point of tailgating to sit in the parking lot before a game and drink?

The one interesting (and not completely obvious) thing about this study is what that eight percent means: For example, that would be over 1,300 people at a sold out Oilers game! The study isn’t saying that these people are getting behind the wheel, but it makes you wonder about how many are.

Lets be real here though, I’m sure those numbers are a bit on the low side!

A Case of Dangleitis

Have you heard of a kid named Tomas Jurco?

The Saint John Sea Dogs winger took part in the CHL Top Prospects game this week in Toronto, playing for Team Cherry in a 7-1 loss to Team Orr, but he really made a name for himself in the Skills Competition (also a win for Team Orr).

The 6’2, 193-pound Slovak is a very talented offensive player with highlight reel written all over the way he plays. During the Showdown Breakaway portion of the Skills Competition on Tuesday night, Jurco pulled a couple of moves I had never seen before and finished up with an old classic from the Book of Dangle.


Isn’t that first move just sick?! You’re probably sitting there thinking to yourself “Yeah but lets see him try that in a game!” My friends, this is one confident kid.

There is no question that those shootout moves are pretty epic, but wait until you see what Jurco is doing in this next video!


Again – you’re probably thinking to yourself “There is no way that twirling stick trick is real.” I thought the same thing, but during the Sportsnet broadcast of the Top Prospects game, play-by-play guy Peter Loubardias said he actually saw Jurco doing it during warm-ups!

Are you kidding me?! I can’t wait to see more highlights from this guy!

Other stuff…

The NHL All-Star game could be missing some star power with Sidney Crosby still out with a concussion. Oilers forward Ales Hemsky also has a concussion, while Calgary captain Jarome Iginla is sitting this one out for personal reasons…

If you’re into cycling drama, Sports Illustrated has some very interesting things to say about seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong…

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had a huge sports brawl featured on the blog…so here’s one from an NCAA hockey game between Minnesota and North Dakota!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Polamalu’s Hair: Week Twenty Notes

Goodbye Brett?

If it feels like we’ve been through this song and dance before, it’s because we have been.

Brett Favre filed his retirement papers with the NFL this week, which appears to close the book on the career of a legendary Super Bowl winning quarterback after a 20th season in the pro ranks. That news comes at the end of a dreadfully disappointing 2010 season that saw his numbers drop off, injuries get the best of him and his prized “consecutive starts” record come to an end.

Is Brett Favre done for good though?

It looks that way – he’s said time and again that “it’s time” and he has come to peace with that idea. Further to that, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he isn’t interested in trying to convince the old gunslinger to come back for another season.

So, is Favre done for good?

Given his history, I felt the need to ask that question at least twice. I think it is probably over for him, but you can never really tell until near the end of the offseason when he gets that itch to play again. Right now it’s easy for him to say that it’s over because he’s sore, he’s probably still nursing a concussion and he’s definitely still feeling the sting of a 6-10 season.

The real test will come in mid-summer when he gets that itch again and he’s feeling rested and healthy. I think if anyone reaches out to him they might have at least a 50/50 shot of bringing him back, especially if it’s a lockout-shortened season!

Then again, Favre might want to just lay low for a little while after yet another massage therapist has come out with allegations about him!

Stephanie Dusenberry went to Deadspin with her claims after seeing the lame punishment given to Favre over the Jenn Sterger allegations this season, a story also broken by that website. Sterger alleged that Favre sent her dirty pictures and he admitted to leaving messages on her phone, but the NFL fined him $50,000 for not cooperating with the investigation.

Dusenberry tells Deadspin (via The Huffington Post) that she had problems with a number of Minnesota Vikings players, including Favre, and even went to the police at one point (though she says she was told there wasn’t much they could do).

It seems like every week there’s something coming out about Brett Favre doesn’t it? Do you think all of these stories take away from all the things he has done on the field over the course of his career?

I have a feeling that a few years down the road people will still be talking about Favre’s disastrous 2010 season, both on an off the field.

Pats Drama

For a team that is known for keeping quiet and just going about their business, there was quite a bit of drama surrounding the New England Patriots since we last spoke.

On Sunday they fell 28-21 to the NY Jets, ending their season, but it was a previous meeting with New York that was making headlines.

Earlier this season the Jets were fined $100,000 by the NFL for forming a “human wall” on the sideline during a punt in a game against the Miami Dolphins. The team’s strength and conditioning coach wound up being fined and suspended by the team for actually tripping a Dolphins player.

As it turns out, the Pats tried the same thing back in Week 2, says Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer!


According to ESPN, the league says the positioning of the Patriots players was legal because they were “offensive lineman prepared to enter the game.” However, if one of them did try to trip another player, then there is a problem.

That wasn’t even the best Pats/Jets moment of the week either! Ahead of Sunday’s game, New England receiver Wes Welker decided to have a little bit of fun at his press conference:


Welker, clearly poking fun at the foot fetish drama that Jets coach Rex Ryan found himself in the middle of a few weeks ago, makes 11 “foot references” in the span of nine minutes!

The Pats benched Welker for the team’s first possession of the game.

Safety First (after fashion)

It seems like anytime somebody tries to bring safety and coolness together it just doesn’t work out.

Take the minivan, for example, or baseball’s “concussion helmet” that only a handful of players have decided to use as balls are thrown at 80-100 mph in their direction. If you don’t want some extra protection in that scenario, it must be a dorky looking piece of equipment, wouldn’t you agree?

Well the NFL is in the same boat – they’ve been trying to cut down on head injuries, but the number of concussions being sustained by players each year doesn’t seem to be changing. There has been talk this season that maybe the helmets are part of the problem, with some old-timers suggesting that players feel untouchable with all that padding on.

Getting rid of padding isn’t the direction the NFL wants to go, in fact, they’re looking into their own concussion reducing helmets. But, ESPN's Page 2 asks, can they look cool?

A fellow by the name of Michael Princip has designed a helmet called the Bulwark which looks pretty sweet and is made in a way that protects players more than the current buckets do. Princip says a helmet design will never take concussions out of the game, but his design helps to prevent them.

Head injuries aren’t the only thing teams have to worry about though – the NFL is also looking into making knee and thigh pads mandatory for next season.

Other stuff…

Brett Favre says his former club is going all the way…no, not that one. The other one.

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen writes to his season ticket holders, promising a better season in 2011…

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t quite hitting the panic button yet when it comes to a potential lockout…but he's close!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Ivor (For The) Wynne?

What a mess over in Hamilton!

After months of meetings, disagreements, votes, committees, threats and grandstanding by both the owner of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and that city’s municipal government, it looks like it’s back to square one.

Last week Hamilton city council voted to look into the feasibility of – get this – refurbishing the once “no longer viable” Ivor Wynne Stadium instead of building a whole new facility. Much like every other part of this stadium squabble though, the announcement didn’t come without a bit of controversy.

Some Hamilton councilors are riled up about the process, and rightfully so!

The city’s mayor, Bob Bratina, fired off an email at 5:45 am last Tuesday to let his colleagues know that a 20-year lease agreement had been reached, in exchange for a new-look Ivor Wynne. That’s right – the mayor made a deal and held a press conference about this before it was even formally presented to the rest of city council.

Seems like Bratina was a little quick on the draw, doesn’t it? After a lengthy debate, council took the phrase “preferred venue” out of the motion, saying it gives too much to the team. Did I mention the mayor’s press conference was held in the Ticats dressing room?

Council, somewhat begrudgingly, passed a motion to have a report on the plan drawn up for them to review next Monday. It was a unanimous vote but the Hamilton Spectator caught up with some grumpy councilors afterwards, including Brenda Johnson who summed up the feeling best: “We don’t know squat, and I think we need to know squat.”

As for the renovations, the team wants to knock down and rebuild the south stands and make improvements to the north end, giving it a capacity of 25,000, at a cost of about $115-million. Around sixty percent of that money would come from “senior levels of government” through Pan Am games money, with the city coughing up the remaining $45-million (or most of it).

Would you like to know what the backup plan is?

Tiger-Cats fans better hope it doesn’t come to this: A 5,000-seat stadium at the west harbor location. Not only would that cut ticket revenue by about 80 percent, but also I’m pretty sure that 5,000 seats isn’t up to CFL standards!

Lost in the shuffle here are the poor people of neighboring Burlington, Ontario, who were given some false hope over the holidays that they might end up being the new home of the team.

The Spec says at least one Burlington councilor feels “jilted” by how things went down.

Rick Craven told the newspaper that the Tiger-Cats approached the city about a new building on Christmas Eve – a $100-million venue that would have required no capital contribution from them. He says now they can’t help but feel a bit used, especially when the team admits they kept Burlington in the dark about the renovations they were also considering.

That same article also says that the Burlington facility would have had a capacity of just 9,000 though, which simply isn’t enough.

So, at the end of the day, here’s where they’re at: City Council gets a look at this report on Monday and will have a week to decide whether or not to go forward with it. That takes us to January 31st, which is one day before the Pan Am Games deadline to confirm plans for a stadium.

If this matter isn’t resolved by then, that big chunk of “Pan Am” money goes out the window and the city embarrasses itself in front of whoever is watching – the people of Hamilton, the province and the rest of Canada, the CFL community, and of course the Pan Am Games people.

Personally I’m not sold that this thing is a done deal just yet – there have been twists at every stage so far and the delivery of this news to the rest of Hamilton city council (and the sour taste it left in the mouths of some) could be a big factor in whether or not it passes. The prospect of rebuilding after the idea that a new building would be put up has to be disappointing to everyone involved, but I guess you have to go with what works.

What do you think?

Do you think they’ll get it all sorted out by that deadline? Are you disappointed to learn that, after months of talks, the two sides opted for renovations instead of a new facility? Should both sides here be at least a little bit embarrassed about how things have gone so far?
Leave me a comment!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Hoop & The Harm: Notes from the Hardcourt

Melo Out?

Another week has come and gone and, wouldn’t you know it, Carmelo Anthony is still a member of the Denver Nuggets.

For weeks the rumors have persisted that Melo was on his way out of the Mile High City, with the NJ Nets listed as the most likely destination. He has stated that his preferred destination would be the NY Knicks, but at the same time I think he only really said that because he was asked the question.

Carmelo Anthony holds all the power in this situation and I’m quite sure that he knows it, too.

If the Nuggets don’t trade him, Melo will likely leave at the end of the season for nothing. If they try to trade him somewhere he doesn’t want to go, a refusal to sign a contract extension with that team will make the deal go sour. For the person trying really hard to hate Anthony in this situation, put yourself in his shoes: By accepting a trade, you’re helping out the team that brought you into the league – but why go somewhere you don’t want to go when you can just wait for free agency at the end of the season?

There are rumors that the Nuggets have given the NJ Nets permission to speak with Anthony in an attempt to convince him that the Nets (who are supposedly moving to his home borough of Brooklyn soon) would be a good fit. Once again, the success of the massive three-team deal between the Nuggets, Nets and Pistons all relies on Anthony signing an extension in Jersey.

The meeting hasn’t even been scheduled and it’s already not looking good for Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov – here’s what Anthony told reporters this week (via ESPN):

“I don’t want to talk to nobody. I let the front office handle that type of stuff. It ain’t my job to be talking to New Jersey, New York, the Lakers, Dallas, no one. That’s not my job to do…I can’t talk to them people. The Denver Nuggets still pay me.”

Meanwhile, the NY Knicks appear to be getting ready to jump into the mix if the New Jersey bid fails.

A lot of analysts have said that the Knicks don’t have enough to offer, or at least as much as the Nets do, to make a solid run at Anthony. Team president Donnie Walsh says he’s confident that the Knicks could secure “more than one” first-round pick, thought he wouldn’t say how many.

If the Nets don’t land Anthony before the trade deadline, the real story here won’t be who ended up with the superstar – it’ll be that Nets part owner Jay-Z drops to 0-2 in the hunt for star players!

Griffin in 3D

It turns out LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin can do more than just dunk...

To those people who think that Griffin is a one-dimensional player, check out these numbers: In a 114-107 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, the rookie had 47 points, shooting 19-of-24 from the field with 14 rebounds for his 27th straight double-double and 33rd of the season!

Here’s a look at Griffin doing his thing (my favorite highlight comes at the 50-second mark):


I can’t wait to see what this guy has in store for the Dunk Contest!

Hurtin’ Heat

When the NBA’s newest superpower was formed in Miami, there was one thing that most people figured out right away: if the Big Three get hurt, the Heat are hooped.

Obviously injuries are tough on any team, but when you’ve got so much invested in three players the situation is magnified a bit. Right now, Heat fans are living a mini-nightmare – mired in a three-game losing skid, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are all nursing injuries.

ESPN reports that James and Bosh both sat out practice on Monday with sprained left ankles, while Wade hurt his knee in a collision with another player in a loss to Chicago on the weekend. James was hurt in a loss to the Clippers, before watching his team get thumped by Denver and drop a close one against the Bulls.

The Heat host the Atlanta Hawks tonight and the team says Wade is probable, James is a game-time decision and Bosh is doubtful to play.

Imagine being a Miami season ticket holder and hearing that James, Bosh and Wade might not play in that night’s game. Dibbs out!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: 15 Minutes of Fame

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another episode of “15 Minutes of Fame,” your favorite weekly sports video blog!

Each week, Geoff Driscoll of Any Sport Any Time and I comb through the wide world of sports for the best and the worst that it has to offer, and we bring it right to you. This week, we’re talking about the Edmonton Oilers at the halfway point of the season, we revisit the six All-Stars we picked a few weeks back and we introduce another round of GABBYs (The Good & The Bad, By You).

In this week’s GABBYs: NHL discipline, Taylor Hall, Cricket, Ted Williams, LeBron James and the MLS dolphin!


See something that you think should be a GABBY? Give us a shout! You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, you can find us on Facebook or shoot us an email at 15MinutesYEG@gmail.com!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Kerrzy & Migs Friday WorkOut!

Happy Friday!

Not only does this wonderful day mark the end of the workweek (for most people), it also means that it’s time for another workout video from Kerrzy’s Notebook and Forca Freemotion Body (for everyone)!

Each week we’ll be going through a different workout, step-by-step, to help you unlock your potential and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Last week we hit up the kettlebells in a fierce pyramid scheme.

This week, the focus turns to cardio as Miguel takes us through a workout that’ll make you stop and stair:


For this workout it helps if you’re somewhere like Millennium Place in Sherwood Park, where there is a 235m track a set of stairs that has roughly 25-30 steps.

For the first fifteen minutes:

-Single steps up and down the staircase, five times
-Recovery lap around the track (50-60% intensity)

For the second fifteen minutes, it’s time to crank up the difficulty a bit:

-Double steps up and down the staircase, five times
-Recovery lap around the track (50-60% intensity)

It doesn’t sound like much, but once you give this one a shot you’ll most certainly feel the burn. Try to get up and down those stairs as many times as you can in that 30 minute time slot and then see if you can beat that number the next time you try it out!

Leave us a comment and let us know how you did! You can also get in touch with us at FWOEdmonton@gmail.com.

For last week’s video, click here. See you next Friday!

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

Karma Police II: Karma Harder

The Karma Police are working overtime this week trying to keep up with the goings on of the National Basketball Association…

On Tuesday, after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost by more than anyone should to the LA Lakers, former Cavs star LeBron James pointed out on Twitter that “Karma is a b****.” He has since come out to say that the tweet wasn't about the game and wasn’t even a comment from him.

Either way, King James and his Heat lost to the lowly LA Clippers on Wednesday, capping a run of 21 wins in 22 games. To make matters worse, he sprained his ankle and missed his first game of the season on Thursday in Denver. To make matters even worse than that, without LeBron the Nuggets beat the Heat by almost 30 points!

Speaking of the Nuggets, there are some new developments to report in the Carmelo Anthony saga.

Melo may have his wish to play for the NY Knicks granted soon, despite heavy interest in trading for him being shown by the NJ Nets. The Nets are working on a multi-team deal to acquire Anthony, but it all comes down to him actually wanting to sign an extension with the team. The Knicks are apparently now reaching out to other teams to see if they can facilitate something the Nuggets would consider.

Another One?!

What is it with us and prognosticating animals?

There was Paul the Octopus at last year’s World Cup, TSN had Maggie the Monkey making NHL playoff picks for a few years – now Major League Soccer is trying to get into the spirit with a dolphin named Chesapeake.

The Baltimore National Aquarium resident went head-to-head this week with “the pundits” ahead of the MLS SuperDraft, the league’s yearly draft of college-aged players. The top six prospects all kicked a ball into the water and the dolphin was supposed to bring back the ball of the player it thought would go first overall.

Chesapeake brought back the ball of University of California defender AJ Soares, but the Vancouver Whitecaps apparently had some better intel than the dolphin did. With the first overall pick they ended up selecting forward Omar Salgado.

So, what went wrong? A spokesperson for the aquarium said ahead of time that the dolphins have a bit of “football fever” right now because of the Baltimore Ravens being in the playoffs. It makes sense that it would pick “Soares,” doesn’t it? I feel for poor Chesapeake, had it picked the right player, it might have become famous like lucky animals before it.

You never know, it could have ended up starring in a documentary and everything!

Buy or Sell: NHL Guardian Project

After reading through what I’m about to share with you, I think I can honestly say that I’ve now seen it all.

The NHL’s latest attempt at expanding its fan base is straight up “comical” – you’ll see what I just did there in a second. The league is teaming up with Spider-Man creator Stan Lee to create 30 superheroes in an effort to reach “tween boys” and bring a “new audience” to the NHL.

So far twelve of these "Guardians" have been released, the latest of which is The Shark (guess the team!). The Shark is low-key, but can become more tenacious at the drop of a hat. He’s a technopath who can interface with any kind of computer data or software but has poor eyesight. He appears to get around on some type of lightning bolt looking skis.

As for The Oiler – for some reason he seems to live in the Northwest Territories, he hangs out with oilrig workers, enjoys hard work and has a “quirky” sense of humor. Oh, did I mention that he’s 10-foot-5, weighs 950-pounds and shoots oil?

This whole thing seems pretty silly, but maybe I’m just missing the point. What do you think?

Other stuff…

You: Boy, that Vernon Wells sure is overpaid. Wells: I agree!

Tostitos says it had nothing to do with what sounded like a shameless plug in the dying seconds of the Tostitos BCS National Championship game…

More personnel issues for the Cleveland Cavaliers…

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Polamalu’s Hair: Week Nineteen Notes

It’s Personal…Again

It seems like if the NY Jets aren’t talking trash in the lead up to a big game, there is something wrong…Don’t worry though, Jets fans, there is plenty of smack-talk coming out of that locker room this week!

Coach Rex Ryan is once again declaring an upcoming match as “personal” – last week it was “personal” between Ryan and Colts QB Peyton Manning, this time around, Pats coach Bill Belichick is his target. Ryan says there’s “no question” its personal after he admits he was “outcoached” in a 45-3 loss to the Patriots at the start of December.

For his part, Belichick says…well…not too much, but that’s what you expected, isn’t it?

The coach isn’t the only one running his mouth: Did you hear what Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie said this week about Pats QB Tom Brady?

When asked what kind of guy Brady is, Cromartie replied that he's an a-hole and threw in another swear word for good measure! He’s upset that Brady apparently pointed to the Jets bench after scoring a touchdown in that lopsided win on December 6th. What do you think Brady said about that?

If you guessed “not much,” you are absolutely right! From ESPN:

“I’ve been called worse. I’m sure there is a long list of people that feel that way. But he’s a good player. [Darrelle] Revis is a great player. They have a great secondary. They’re one of the best defenses we’ve faced. We spend a lot of time preparing for them, and what they’re capable of doing over there.”

Brady went on to say that he doesn’t think he’s ever pointed at anyone after a touchdown and doesn’t remember doing it against the Jets. It’s hard to stir up controversy in New England, but did you notice the tiny shot Brady took at Cromartie? He calls him “a good player” and in the next sentence calls Revis “great.”

That’s about as close we’ll ever get to a public insult coming out of that locker room I think!

The Favre Files

His career is allegedly over, his team didn’t make the playoffs and he wrapped up the season with a string of injuries…but Brett Favre is still making headlines!

Let’s start with that pending lawsuit against the old gunslinger: ProFootballTalk reports a third massage therapist could become involved, as we learn a few new tidbits about the case.

The lawyer representing Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole says Favre’s alleged “advances” were made directly to this third woman. They say he sent messages to the unnamed third lady, asking her to come to his hotel with Scavo.

Lawyer David Jaraslowicz says that woman has contacted him and it’s “possible” that she’ll be joining the lawsuit. Here’s an interesting little fact: he also acknowledges that Favre made no direct communication with Scavo or O’Toole.

Meanwhile, the co-defendant in the case says the whole thing is “baseless,” at least when it comes to her involvement.

Lisa Ripi was the massage therapist supervisor for the Jets and says she did nothing wrong, accusing the two plaintiffs of trying to “jump on the bandwagon in the hopes of getting a financial windfall,” says Newsday (via USA Today). She may be right – TMZ reports one of the accusers was recently sued by American Express for not paying an almost $19,000 credit card bill!

That’s not the only thing going on in Favre’s world though – his sister was arrested on Wednesday during a raid of a Mississippi meth lab.

Brandi Favre, one of five people arrested, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and generating hazardous waste and was being held on $40,000 bond. The Associated Press reports she could face up to 30 years in prison on each count and fines of up to $1-million.

A local police officer says the 34-year-old is “always in trouble.” I guess it runs in the family, to a certain extent!

One other note: The Huffington Post reports that Jenn Sterger, who was allegedly on the receiving end of some dirty picture messages from Favre, is set to make her first public appearance since the scandal sometime in March.

Beast Mode

There was one play last weekend that stands apart from the rest, and it may well be the play of the entire season. Do you know which one I’m talking about? It was so intense that it resulted in seismic activity around the stadium!

If you missed it, there are two words you need to know: Beast Mode.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch put his stamp on a surprise victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints last Saturday with an amazing 67-yard run for a TD late in the fourth quarter. He broke through the first wave of tackles, broke through the second wave and then sprinted away from the third. Still on his feet, Lynch delivered a stiff-arm near the 35-yard line that would send a normal person to hospital and continued down the sideline. With the end zone in sight, he had the people of Seattle on their feet as he crossed the plane and put the Seahawks up for good.

He tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that more people are talking to him about the run than the win this week, but when you see it you’ll understand why:


The video has become a hit on YouTube, with some very awesome (and very creative) reproductions…like the Tecmo version:


Here’s another beauty – the footage is the same, but the music seems oh-so-fitting, doesn’t it?


Other stuff…

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he doesn’t think a lockout would be “disastrous” to the sport…others disagree though!

Apparently Seattle Seahawks fans are getting ripped off at the Qwest Field beer counter…

Philadelphia Eagles backup QB Kevin Kolb says he wants to be a starter…even if that means going elsewhere!

Last Saturday’s playoff games apparently set a bunch of TV ratings milestones for the NFL…

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Karma Police?

The new year hasn’t been kind to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers so far and if Tuesday night is anything to go by, it doesn’t look like things are about to change anytime soon.

The Cavs are 0-6 to start 2011 and 1-20 since a loss to LeBron James and the Miami Heat to start the month of December. On Tuesday it wasn’t so much that they lost though, it was how they lost! A Cleveland team depleted by injuries is now picking up the pieces of a shattered collective ego after a 112-57 loss to the LA Lakers at the Staples Center.

For the mathematically challenged, that’s a 55-point defeat!

I hope Cleveland’s resolutions for 2011 didn’t have anything to do with winning, because at this rate they’ll never score more points than anyone! I blogged this week about the Cavs changing hotels in LA to avoid bumping into the Heat, who are also in town…I’m thinking they should probably cross the street the next time they see those Lakers too!

NBA.com quotes guys like coach Byron Scott and forward Antawn Jamison talking about how embarrassing the loss was and what a “rock bottom” moment they’re in right now, but the real question is this: What does LeBron think?

LeBron James has been hated in his old stomping grounds ever since “The Decision” took him from Cleveland to Miami, especially with the Heat soaring and the Cavs looking like a men’s league team. He didn’t say much when team owner Dan Gilbert blasted him this summer though and he kept fairly quiet when his new team thrashed his old team by 28 points in early December and beat them again mid-month. This time though, it seems he just couldn’t resist:

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“Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!”

That comment is probably directed mostly to Gilbert, whose childish outburst after LeBron decided to leave (written in Comic Sans) made him look like a fool. Looking back on what he wrote, I think I’ve zeroed in on one of the key lines:

“Until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma. Just watch.”

Dreaded spell and bad karma? Since the final game of November, the Heat are 21-1, while the Cavaliers are a lowly 1-21 (with two losses to James’ Heat). If anyone is under a spell, it’s the team that can’t even field an NBA-caliber team at the moment – you know, the one with the .211 win percentage and the 8-30 record!

I know some people hate LeBron James for “The Decision,” or simply for leaving the Cavs in search of something better (I’m not one of those people, for the record), but you’ve got to give him this one.

Haven’t we all wanted to stick it to someone like he just did at one time or another?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Hoop & The Harm: Notes from the Hardcourt

Blockbuster in the Works?

After months and months of speculation and denials, could Carmelo Anthony soon be on the move?

Reports from across the world of basketball say a deal involving as many as 4 teams and upwards of 13 players is being worked on as we speak that would, among other things, see Anthony shipped from the Denver Nuggets to the NJ Nets.

Not long ago the 26-year-old soon-to-be free agent reportedly said he’d only accept a trade to the NY Knicks…and while New Jersey isn’t quite New York, the Nets may soon be calling Brooklyn home. That would give them something in common with ‘Melo, who hails from that very borough.

ESPN reported on Monday that the Nuggets are riled up because so many details of the potential deal were leaked to the media, and so they’ve added a demand that another player be added to the mix. The Nuggets want to get rid of Al Harrington in the trade before they’ll allow it to happen – no word of if they leaked that info, or if it was another leak from the other side!

The Nets are reportedly willing to part ways with forward Derrick Favors (number 3 pick in 2009), All-Star guard Devin Harris and at least two first round picks. Apparently Chauncey Billups would go from Denver to Jersey (whether or not he stays there is another question), with Detroit’s Rip Hamilton joining him, while the Nuggets would get a couple more players “for salary-cap purposes,” says ESPN.

Detroit would receive Johan Petro and Troy Murphy from the Nets.

Of course, the whole thing could fall through if Carmelo Anthony says no deal! ESPN says the Nets will get a chance to meet with the player if a potential trade agreement is finalized, which is when owner Mikhail Prokhorov and part-owner Jay-Z will try to convince him that New Jersey (Brooklyn) is the way to go…

If Hova can’t reel ‘Melo in when he gets a chance, he’ll be 0-for-2 when it comes to bringing big name stars to the Nets! I think at that point it would be time to maybe stick to rap…

Avoiding the Heat

As hot as the Miami Heat are right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that other team’s in the NBA aren’t looking forward to bumping into them, but this takes it to another level:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are changing their hotel plans to avoid being in the same facility as the Heat while both teams spend some quality time in Los Angeles. The Cavs play the Lakers tonight and the Heat face the Clippers on Wednesday.

The company line from Cleveland is that two NBA teams staying in the same hotel makes it difficult because they need the use of meeting rooms, suites, laundry facilities and things like that. Not so fast though, says ESPN - this particular hotel hosts several teams at a time fairly often. Interesting fact: the Cavs and the Heat are usually out west at this time of year because it’s when Disney on Ice is in Cleveland and the circus is in Miami. The More You Know!

Speaking of the Heat, they’ve now won 13 straight on the road and 21 of their last 22 games for a 30-9 record. Without LeBron James, the Cavs are 8-29 and are having absolutely no luck – they just lost Anderson Varejao to a torn ankle tendon that he hurt while running in practice!

How big is that loss for Cleveland? Well, Varejao was averaging nine points and 10 rebounds per game, and they’ve lost their last 10 games by an average of 9.5 points! Basically, they can’t afford to give up numbers like that!

MPP Goes To…

Never mind Most Valuable Player…who is the NBA’s Most Popular star at the moment? If you’re going by YouTube views, it’s LA Clippers rookie Blake Griffin!

The Huffington Post reports that the NBA’s YouTube channel features 17 Griffin videos, the most of any player. YouTube says his popularity will likely rise even higher in February as he participates in the league’s Dunk Contest…Here’s a little taste of why Griffin is so popular:


Another guy participating in the Dunk Contest is Washington’s JaVale McGee – here’s a look at what we might see from him:


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