Monthly Archives: October 2014

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 6

The “Worst Fanbase of the Week” Trophy goes to… Florida Panthers fans

The Florida Panthers will never be mistaken for a franchise with great potential, or a fanbase with great enthusiasm. Since they went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996 it’s been all down hill.

All of those claims were reaffirmed in dramatic fashion Monday night when a whopping seven thousand people showed up to the BB&T Center to watch their Panthers lose 1-0 to the Ottawa Senators.

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After the first period the place was nearly empty. Announced attendance was 7,311, the lowest in Panthers franchise history, but the number that actually showed up and stayed was most likely much lower.

This franchise has struggled for much of its existence. It’s not entirely shocking that a cold-weather sport like hockey would struggle in sunny South Beach. But attendance has never been this bad for the Panthers. News like this does not help to stop relocation rumors from spreading.

The “Cold Shoulder” Trophy goes to… USC Athletic Director Pat Haden

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After USC’s 28-26 win over #10 Arizona last weekend, former Trojan runningback LenDale White was highly critical of USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox on social media.

Fast forward to this week in The Coliseum in Pasadena. White made an appearance on the Trojan sideline to watch his alma mater take on the Colorado Buffaloes. Except he was not welcomed by USC Athletic Director Pat Haden.

According to White’s twitter account, Haden had him escorted out of USC’s stadium by the police.

White proceed to go on a long Twitter rant calling Haden a “coward” and asking USC to fire his “punk ass.” White was a star at USC running alongside former Heisman winner Reggie Bush back in 2006.

The “Trick Play of the Week” Trophy goes to… The St. Louis Rams

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To beat a superior team, you need superior play-calling… and some luck.

The Rams faked out the defending champion Seahawks with an amazing play on a punt return. On a Seattle punt, St. Louis returner Tavon Austin drew the attention of Seahawks players and drew them over to the left side of the field acting like he was catching the punt.

But the punt actually went to the right side, where Stedman Bailey caught it and had a wide open run to the endzone after all of Seattle’s coverage team was drawn to the left.

Genius.

The Rams went on to upset the champs 28-26 after a gutsy fake punt in their own territory late in the game. Kudos to Jeff Fisher for playing to win the game.

The “Do Whatever It Takes To Win” Trophy goes to… Bay Area Radio Stations

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San Francisco is usually seen as a very accepting place. Except in regards to one song related to this year’s World Series between their San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.

In anticipation for Game 1 Tuesday night, a couple of San Francisco radio stations have banned the playing of Lorde’s hit song “Royals” for obvious reasons.

KMBC, KFOG and KOIT have all agreed to temporarily pull the song from their rotation.

Sucks for Lorde fans in San Francisco. But if the Giants can pull out the series in two weeks I think they’ll be able to forgive and forget.

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 5

The “Forgetting What Team You’re On” Trophy goes to… LeBron James

In an exhibition game Saturday between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James made a superb pick on Anderson Varajao to spring Heat guard Norris Cole to the basket.

Except there’s only one problem… LeBron James doesn’t play on Norris Cole’s team anymore.

James, now on the Cleveland Cavaliers, accidentally set a pick on his current teammate Varajao, to inadvertently help his former Miami Heat teammate, Cole.

Maybe James simply forgot that he is no longer wearing a Heat uniform? Or maybe he wishes that he was still playing in Miami?

Even the best basketball player in the world makes mistakes.

The “Boys Have At It” Trophy goes to… NASCAR drivers Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski

Tempers flare when everything is on the line in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. Those tempers boiled over for some drivers after Saturday night’s race in Charlotte, NC.

In the closing laps of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth made significant contact. After the race finished, Keselowski tried to crash into Hamlin in retaliation for what happened earlier in the race.

As the cars funneled into pit road, Kenseth had already taken off his helmet and seatbelts when Keselowski rammed into his car from behind in another retaliation attempt.

Hamlin confronted Keselowski in the garage area to “discuss” things, and following that altercation, Kenseth sprinted over to fight Keselowski in-between haulers and initiated a brawl between the two drivers and pit crews.

With all of the news surrounding the dangers of fighting in racing since the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward sprint car incident a few months ago, it will be interesting to see what kind of penalties NASCAR will dole out to these drivers.

I doubt there will be any additional retaliation attempts next week on the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway.

The “Flop of the Century” goes to… Jamal Adams

During Saturday night’s LSU-Florida game in Gainesville, the Tigers’ Jamie Keehn punted the ball away to Florida’s Andre Debose.

Enter Jamal Adams.

As the ball sailed out of bounds, the LSU true freshman proceeded to get in Debose’s face and talk a little trash. DeBose gave Adams a little smack in the facemask, and the LSU freshman jumped back as if he had been shot.

The theatrics of Adams’ NBA-style flop worked as DeBose was flagged on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct.

LSU went on to win the game 30-27 on a late FG from Colby Delahoussaye.

The “Meanest Fanbase of the Week” Trophy goes to… Oakland Raiders fans

Oakland Raiders fans have never been pegged as one of the nicer fanbases in the NFL. Anytime your colors are black and silver with a pirate mascot and a reputation for perennial futility your fans are going to be a little ruder than normal.

On Sunday, Raiders fans gave the San Diego Chargers a rude welcoming on their drive into the Oakland Colisseum.

They egged the Chargers bus.

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Eggs? Really?

Of course, in anticipation of a big divisional matchup, one can understand why Raiders fans wanted to give their overmatched team a slight edge.

Keep it classy, Oakland.

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 4

The “Woman of the Week” Trophy goes to… Katy Perry.

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This Saturday ESPN’s College Gameday made its first trip to Oxford and the University of Mississippi. Ole Miss’ infamous “Grove” was the spot for Gameday’s set among a mass of passionate Rebel fans.

Enter Katy Perry.

The former Ole Miss Rebel, now famous singer/pop star, was chosen as the show’s guest picker for the big college football games of the day.

Perry, in only a way she could, made quite a scene while picking her teams. She reveled her love for Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, brought a bigger pencil to challenge Lee Croso’s, and even took a jab at LSU with a stupid corndog joke. Through it all, Perry was as entertaining as she is during one of her performances.

The real accomplishment for Perry was in regards to what she was actually brought on the show to do, make picks. She was remarkable. She called #12 Mississippi State to upset #6 Texas A&M, and the biggest pick, choosing her Rebels to upset #1 Alabama, which they did in a 23-17 stunner.

After the game, Perry took to social media to troll Alabama head coach Nick Saban, and then took it upon herself to hit the Oxford bar scene following the game.

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A Rebel fan caught Perry in her crowd-surfing/beer-chugging moment. Drink it in, Katy, you deserve to celebrate.

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The “Ecstasy of Love/Greatest Selfie Ever” Trophy goes to… Ole Miss couple

Keeping things in Oxford, events actually occurred on the football field that did not involve Katy Perry.

The Ole Miss Rebels upset #1 Alabama 23-17 with a fourth quarter comeback led by QB Bo Wallace. As Ole Miss students poured onto the field, one Rebel couple couldn’t contain their emotion.

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That’s right. The two decided to have an impromptu celebration makeout session on the field following the big win. Luckily, neither of the mystery lovers were harmed in the taking of this selfie.

Speaking of that, credit to this dude for snapping the photo. It may become a part of Ole Miss folklore in the coming years.

Also, do I spot a diamond ring on that left hand as well? If that’s the case what a great story to tell your kids when they grow up. “Yeah, son, the Rebs knocked off Bama and your Momma and I just kinda felt like kissing. Hotty Toddy!”

The “Blowout Love” Trophy goes to Kyle Allen

Sticking with the theme of love, as 12th-ranked Mississippi State shellacked #6 Texas A&M, Aggies back-up QB Kyle Allen decided to spit some love game with a pretty girl on the A&M sideline.

Props to Allen. In my opinion there’s nothing wrong with trying to find a girlfriend on the sidelines of a college football game, especially if you’re a smitten backup quarterback looking for a date.

All we can hope is that Allen got her number and the two are out on the town Saturday in College Station.

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Mississippi State went on to knock off #6 Texas A&M 48-31 in Starkville, capping off an unbelievable day of college football for the state of Mississippi. For the first time EVER, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will both be ranked in the Top 5 at the same time.

The “Too Big for a Nerf Ball” Trophy goes to… Kyrie Irving

Switching gears now to the NBA, or in this case the National Indoor-Basketball League. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will have a lot of fun this season tossing alley oops and dunk to LeBron James every night.

Over the weekend Irving had a little fun tossing lobs and dunks with his brothers inside his own house… on a Nerf basketball hoop.

I’m shocked that the hoop stayed on the wall and did not break in half. Must be a nightmare for Cavs fans to watch their star point guard horsing around risking injury.

Maybe he will learn some moves that he can apply this week when the NBA preseason starts up for the Cavaliers.