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This minor league manager gets ejected; watch what happens next

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Watch the video below to see more on this meltdown, as reported by WMBF:

The Pelicans are in the national spotlight again, and if the viral video from Saturday’s Myrtle Beach Pelicans away game is any indication, you don’t want to get on Manager Joe Mikulik’s bad side.

While arguing a call at home plate with umpire Adam Beck during the fifth inning of the game against the Salem Red Sox, Mikulik was ejected – he angrily points at the umpire’s face, throws his helmet, and kicks dirt at the umpire’s feet. Mikulik even reenacts the play by Luis Mendez, sliding feet first into home plate twice.

It’s what happens next that made national news: Mikulik proceeds to remove his shoes and baseball jersey, and lays them over home plate, before making a defiant “Safe” signal and storming off the field.

“That’s enough, Joe,” the announcer says as the animated Pelicans manager walks off, barefoot.

Here’s the video:

Notre Dame named most delusional college sports fan base

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CollegeSpun.com rates Notre Dame Football Fans as #1 in The 10 Most Delusional Fan Bases In College Sports:

Is there a more overrated team in all of sports? Over the last 20 years, the Fighting Irish are a woeful 3-10 in the most important games of them all — bowl games. Plus, they posted an 0-4 record in BCS bowl contests, including a 42-14 whooping at the hands of Alabama in the 2012 BCS title game. They haven’t won a national title since 1988.

Despite these blatant facts, Notre Dame fans still consider the Fighting Irish to be an elite program. Need more proof? Notre Dame has only two 10-win seasons since 1994. Northwestern also has two 10-win seasons since 1994. That’s all you need to know.

The fans of the Fighting Irish are as delusional as any in all of college sports. They view their team as an elite and respected program even though they have had relatively no real success for an entire generation. Obviously Notre Dame has an extensive history, one of the grandest in all of college football, but that history is buried deep in the past. But good luck getting any Fighting Irish fans to admit that.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Notre Dame Football Fans
  2. Kentucky Basketball Fans
  3. Arkansas Football Fans
  4. Indiana Basketball Fans
  5. Oregon Football Fans
  6. Syracuse Basketball Fans
  7. Alabama Football Fans
  8. UCLA Basketball Fans
  9. Michigan Football Fans
  10. South Carolina Football Fans

I have to also excerpt the #10 entry in the list since the state of South Carolina was named #1 for college football thanks to the Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers:

The Gamecocks’ fans see their beloved program as one of the best in the SEC. But in order to be the best, you do have to win some big bowl games, right? Sure the Gamecocks have won three consecutive postseason games, but not once in the entire 16-year era did they even play in a BCS contest. Furthermore, in the 22 years that SC has played in the SEC, they’ve finished with a losing record in-conference 12 times. It’s only been the last three seasons, which all featured 11 wins, that South Carolina has put up double-digit victories since moving conferences.

Many South Carolina fans consider the Gamecocks an elite program but it is far, far too premature to put them in that category. They have had some big personalities come through Columbia lately, including the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft Jadeveon Clowney and their current coach Steve Spurrier. The attention that these personalities have received, much of it off the field, has helped build South Carolina fan’s delusion considerably.

Browns fan urinates on Art Modell’s grave, posts video to YouTube

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WBAL Radio reports:

A video had surfaced on YouTube of a man who appears to be urinating near the grave of late Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.  That video has since been removed.

The man is wearing a Cleveland Browns jersey and launches into an obscenity-laced tirade about Modell moving the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore.

The incident occurred at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville.

In an interview with WBAL Radio, cemetery spokeswoman Kim Tarleton calls it “disappointing and disrespectful” that someone would do such a thing.

Baltimore County police confirm they are aware of the video and are investigating.

Reporters via sports media sources on Twitter indicate that a Ravens urinated on Bob Irsay’s grave a few years ago. Irsay owned the Colts and moved them from Baltimore to Indianapolis.

Orioles’ Tommy Hunter discusses his Catholic faith

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An article in Catholic Review today discusses Tommy Hunter and his recent conversion to Catholicism. Hunter, who grew up a Methodist, recently received his First Communion and Confirmation from Auxiliary Bishop Denis Maden after taking RCIA classes at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

Excerpts:

“I think it’s cool,” said the 260-pound, 6-foot-3 blond-haired baseball player as he relaxed in the Orioles dugout this spring. “You have something that you’re held accountable for and I think that’s something that’s benefiting me in my life.

“It’s a little more stability in my life,” he added.

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Hunter met his wife, Ellen, an Ohio native who is Catholic, about three and a half years ago, and cites her for inspiring him to continue in his faith.

“My wife is definitely there to help me out and guide me along the way, which I couldn’t be more thankful for,” he said. “I was a hot mess before I met her.”

They attended Mass at the cathedral, where they connected with Monsignor J. Bruce Jarboe, the parish rector, who contacted Bishop Madden about confirming the baseball player.

Hunter’s wife, who works as an occupational therapist, served as his sponsor.

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“I’ve got some guys on this team who are pretty big believers in faith so it’s easy to be real with people,” Hunter said. “The things we go through, not many other people have to go through, and it’s kind of a unique setting that you get to experience with other guys.”

Terps lacrosse player charged with sexual assault at concert

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This story was originally spotted at Eye on Annapolis.

MyFoxDC reports:

A 19-year-old man is behind bars after police say he sexually assaulted a 49-year-old woman after she fell asleep in the grass at a concert at Jiffy Lube Live last weekend.

According to investigators, the incident happened Sunday night during the Zac Brown Band concert at the venue in Bristow, Va.  The victim woke up and found the man—whom she didn’t know—lying beside her and touching her inappropriately.

Prince William County police say the suspect, Benjamin Chisolm of Davidsonville, Md., walked away from the victim, and was eventually detained by police for public intoxication.  He was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Chisolm is being held without bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on July 17.

Chisolm is a lacrosse player at the University of Maryland. As a freshman this past season, he scored two goals. He played high school at South River and was an all-state player.

Watch a new Adidas commercial featuring Sammy Watkins

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Sammy Watkins, who the Buffalo Bills picked 4th in the 1st Round of the 2014 NFL Draft, has a new commercial for adidas Springblade Drive shoes.

Watch the commercial:

Watkins played football in college for Clemson, here’s a video of a kickoff return he made for a touchdown against Maryland in 2011:

Hat tip: Tigernet.com.

South Carolina ranked #1 state for college football

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Here’s what Brian Pederson of Bleacher Report says about college football in the Palmetto State:

When searching for the best college football, from top to bottom, look no further than the Palmetto State. Though South Carolina and Clemson are the only FBS programs in the state, they’re regularly among the top teams in the country.

Both 11-2 a year ago (which includes Clemson’s loss to South Carolina), both are on three-year streaks of 10 or more wins. Each won its bowl game in 2013, with Clemson taking the Orange Bowl over Ohio State and South Carolina downing Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.

And their losses aren’t too shabby, either. Clemson’s other loss was to Florida State, while South Carolina fell on the road to Georgia and Tennessee…but also was the only squad to beat Central Florida and one of two to top Missouri.

While there are better individual teams out there, and some states have more good ones, there’s one thing South Carolina has on all of them, or rather, doesn’t have: no scrubs.

The full Top 10 (of 41 states since not every state has a FBS program):

  1. South Carolina
  2. Alabama
  3. California
  4. Texas
  5. Florida
  6. Missouri
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Louisiana
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Oregon

Other notable rankings (at least to me): North Carolina ranks 19th, Maryland 20th, Pennsylvania 21st, and Georgia 22nd.

More on the rankings:

There are 128 schools that play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, and while top-25 polls and bowl results can tell us about how individual schools rank against each other, those don’t take into account a state’s full body of work. That’s where we come in.

Using their FBS programs’ 2013 performance as a barometer, we’ve taken the initiative to rank the states based on the state of their football prowess. Where does your commonwealth or territory stand?

@NFL Twitter account makes a dig at Johnny Manziel #sadmanziel

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The above tweet was made by the @NFL account at 9:54 EDT (6:54 PDT.) The Dallas Cowboys had just made the 16th pick of the draft and it wasn’t Johnny Manziel. I’m not sure who’s sadder at the news, Johnny Football or Jon Gruden. The Gruden-Manziel bromance, along with Mel Kiper, Jr., made many people remember that the draft is on the NFL Network and change the channel from ESPN.

Right now it’s 10:28 PM EDT (7:28 PM EDT) and the New Orleans Saints just picked Brandin Cooks with the 20th pick. Green Bay is on the clock now with the 21st pick.Manziel still hasn’t been picked. Are his attitude and off-the-field problems playing a role?

Is Tony Romo a happy man right now? Will Manziel drop farther down than Brady Quinn did a few years ago? How long will the tweet stay up before someone at the NFL deletes it? As of right now, it’s still up.

UPDATE

The Cleveland Browns made a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to pick Manziel at 22. That’s the exact same pick the Browns drafted Brady Quinn at. How’d that work out for them?

Floyd Mayweather says he dumped girlfriend after abortion

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NY Post

Boxer Floyd Mayweather claimed Thursday that he broke up with his long-time gal pal after she allegedly aborted the couple’s unborn twins.

Mayweather made the shocking allegation against former squeeze Shantel Jackson in Facebook and Instagram postings that included an ultrasound photo and the accompanying medical paperwork.

“The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies,” he wrote.

Mayweather, 37, quickly removed the bombshell postings, but an editor from ABC7 captured the image.

Mayweather has a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas this weekend. He and his girlfriend got engaged in 2013 and he gave her a $10 million ring. They broke up earlier this year.

LifeNews has more on this story.

40 Years Ago Today

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40 years ago today, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th home run, eclipsing the previous career record held by Babe Ruth. Many consider Aaron to be the last clean Home Run King, thanks to all of the questions surrounding Barry Bonds and performance-enhancing drug use.

The video of Aaron breaking the record is below.