Conor McGregor, the little cocky Irish mick, brought his A game in trash talking to his Floyd Mayweather fight press conference today. Not only did he win the battle of the mouths at the mic with Pretty Boy he also clearly won the wardrobe style with this classic pinstripes suit with the not so subtle "Fuck You" written all over it. McGregor may be little in stature but he's got the balls of a heavyweight champion. I would still be surprised if he lasted more than 4 rounds vs Mayweather. For entertainment purposes I hope I'm wrong.
To say New York Yankees rookie/cyborg Aaron Judge put on a show last night would be an understatement. Not only did Judge have jaws dropping but he actually had fans and ESPN's Jessica Mendoza dropping their pants from on-air snail trails.
Judge is not from this planet. Nobody that big (6'7 280 lbs) should be hitting baseballs. It's just not fair and I was actually nervous he might kill one of those kids in the outfield with a line drive to the head. He's the new Terminator and yesterday just proved his first half of 30 HRs is no fluke. It looked like he was going to get kicked out in the first round as Marlins Justin Bour hit an amazing 22 HRs. No biggie for Judge who came up and just peppered 450 foot shots with ease including 4 500 foot plus long balls to advance.
After that it was obvious to everybody it was Judge's HR Derby. This felt like the dunk contest when Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins were battling it out in the mid 80's. It had this electricity that you don't see often in baseball. If anybody is going to bring back kid's interest in America's past time it should be Judge. He's a freak that is must watch TV. I don't even like the Yankees but I find myself turning to their games on MLBTV just to see if Judge is hitting. He's the Paul Bunyan/mythical figure who was built in a lab to crush the stitches off of every baseball he faces.
And I don't care if you don't like baseball it's fun as hell to watch someone that big hit it that far with little effort. It's must watch TV.
Conor McGregor posted this Floyd Mayweather knockout picture on his Instagram with the caption "I'm a filthy Irish animal." You gotta love the confidence of McGregor going into his first boxing fight with a guy in Mayweather who has never been knocked down much less lost a fight. The 28-year-old Fighting Irishman is a massive Vegas underdog and for good reason: it's a boxing match, not a MMA event. Can McGregor get close enough to Pretty Boy to even land his left hand hook? I'm not sure. Mayweather is the king of not taking a punishing blow. He bobs and weaves like a rabbit being chased by a cheetah. But if anyone can deliver a devastating KO punch it's McGregor.
After 11 years we have our first FIGHT t-shirt. Whether you like McGregor or Mayweather, MMA or Boxing, we hope you like this SportsCrack designed t-shirt.
Listen I get it nobody wants to hear some fancy, rich fucking golfer complaining about the "shitty conditions" of a golf course's rough in Wisconsin. I get it. I really do. But in all honesty this is ridiculous even for the professionals. I don't want to watch the PGA pros looking for balls they can't find. What fun is that? Imagine if Sergio Garcia hits a ball in the tall Wisconsin fescue of Erin Hills. We are literally talking about hours of searching, bitching, and boredom. Now I see why Phil Mickelson had to attend his kid's high school graduation this week instead of playing the US Open, which he has never won. Smart move Phil and yes we believe it's because you are a great family man you shady Madoff wannabe.
Video from a bar scuffle in Nashville involving Rex and Rob Ryan... pic.twitter.com/DXtVNkiPxo— Tom Martin (@4TomMartin) June 5, 2017
They might not be in the NFL anymore but you know brothers Rob and Rex Ryan don't mess around even at their older, more supposedly wiser ages. Rob and Rex were caught in a bar fight in Nashville while in town for the Stanley Cup (Go Predators!) at none other than Margaritaville. Apparently some drunk ass threw a drink at one of the brothers and in true Roadhouse style Rob and his beautiful flowing locks of hair went straight for the jugular. If you get in a fight and a dude goes straight for your throat especially a guy the size of Rob you probably should have a beer bottle in hand to crush over their skull. You gotta love the Bryce Harper Nationals jersey too. That jersey is just hanging on for dear life by every button ready to pop. Nothing says I came here to drink some beer and beat some ass than a Bryce road jersey in Nashville.
I've said this before but I think it needs to be repeated. Baseball players can be the most sensitive, grudge-holding, fake tough guys in all of sports who hide behind these stupid "unwritten rules" of baseball for way too long. Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland is example 1A.
Three years ago Bryce Harper went deep twice on Strickland in the playoffs in the only two plate appearances they have faced off. Strickland did not like the way Harper did his HR trot and ran the bases on the first one. On the second one he did not enjoy Harper launching one into McCovey's Cove because Harper stood at home plate too long (OH MY GOD!) because the ball was right down the fair pole line and it was questionable if the San Francisco wind would keep it as a HR. Strickland covered his mouth with his Rawlings glove while yelling sweet nothings at Harper as he ran the bases. This is the kind of shit that needs to be squashed right away from baseball. This unwritten rule that you can't enjoy hitting a HR is so fucking stupid. It's one thing if you do a bat flip and act like an idiot like Jose Bautista and stare down pitchers who don't give a shit. It's another thing for you to throw meat and the batter crushes it out of the park and for you to act pissed off when all they are doing is running the bases and doing their jobs.
Strickland is 99.9% at fault for this fight. He clearly threw it at Harper because of some BS from three years ago. Grow the fuck up Strickland. I think it's telling that even Buster Posey wanted nothing to do with it. Everybody in the park knew Strickland was out of line. You don't bean people for your inability to get that person out. It's a chicken shit move. And I honestly don't blame Harper for charging the mound and throwing punches like a kitten. If someone was trying to bean me with a fastball because they suck at getting people out I too would either charge the mound or laugh at the idiot who throws me BP in playoff games.
What sucks about these baseball fights is the guy who gets hit and charges the mound always gets suspended when it shouldn't be that way. The pitcher was clearly trying to hurt Harper. It's a bush league move and some will say Harper needs to be the bigger guy and let it go but you try taking some baseball stitches on your side and see if you are all hunky dory. People pay good money to see Harper. Nobody cares about Strickland except his close family and friends and even that's probably questionable at this point. Strickland is basically your ex girlfriend who holds on to conversations that happened years ago and says "SEE I knew you were a bad guy!"
Suspend Strickland for 8-10 games but let Harper play. Harper shouldn't be suspended for this soft pillow slap fight and MLB can't afford to keep their brightest star (now that Mike Trout is out with a thumb injury) in the dugout because of some petty shit some loser relief pitcher felt.
Two of the top 3 Heisman vote getters from 2016 are back including the winner Lamar "Action" Jackson. But like last year Jackson came from out of nowhere to win the school's first ever Heisman Trophy for Louisville so don't take this list as the end all, be all.
Here is a look at the preseason candidates I feel have the best chance of hoisting the hardware in New York City.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: A playmaker with his arms and legs the reigning Heisman winner will have his work cut out for him this season as every opponent's objective will be to contain him. He took an insane amount of sacks last year: 46. Needs to cut it in half if he hopes to even walk to NYC.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Wake n Bake has back-to-back NYC invites in his back pocket as a Heisman finalist. If he wants to win one this season he has to beat Ohio State in Columbus.
Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Darnold seems to have the early momentum going for him in terms of preseason Heisman hype. Not a starter at the beginning of the 2016 season, he led USC to 9 straight wins to close out the year. If he puts up the numbers he did or exceeds them he's a lock for an invite.
JT Barrett, QB, Ohio State: It was a rocky up and down season for Barrett last year despite getting the Buckeyes to the College Football playoffs. His QBR continues to decline as he gets older which is alarming.
Jake Browning, QB, Washington: After having shoulder surgery it appears the Pac-12 Offensive player of the year is ready to roll and get the Huskies back to the playoffs. After finishing 6th last year in Heisman voting his main competition will be Darnold for West coast votes.
Deondre Francois, QB, FSU: Francois will get plenty of chances to make a Heisman push starting with week 1 in Atlanta vs Alabama.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: The Big Ten offensive player of the year appears to be the best returning back in the nation. If Barkley puts up another 2000 plus all-purpose yards and has Penn State in National Title consideration he should "hurdle" to get an invite.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama: The SEC offensive player of the year as only a true freshman Hurts will need to improve his passing efficiency as teams will continue to stack the box in order to stop the run.
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: The rising senior had a spectacular 28 TD-to-4 INT ratio last year. Perhaps one of the more underrated players in the nation, if Rudolph can get the Cowboys a Big 12 Championship he will be a contender for the Heisman.
BACK FROM INJURY
Seth Rosen, QB, UCLA: Coming off shoulder surgery the Rosen One will need to live up to his high school hype and beat the likes of crosstown rival USC in order to crack consideration.
Derwin James, S, FSU: James is coming off a meniscus tear in his left knee that caused him to redshirt 2016 season. While he is a safety he is also a special enough athlete to garner recognition like Jabrill Peppers did last year for Michigan.
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama: Coming off a broken leg in the National Title game vs Clemson no Heisman list would be complete without at least one Bama running back on it. Scarbrough will get plenty of chances to make a statement like Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry did starting in week 1 vs FSU.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT
QUARTERBACKS: Trace McSorley (Penn State), Luke Falk (Washington State), Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), Quinton Flowers (South Florida), Josh Allen (Wyoming)
RUNNING BACKS: Royce Freeman (Oregon), Nick Chubb (UGA), Josh Adams (Notre Dame), Derrius Guice (LSU), Kamryn Pettway (Auburn)
WIDE RECEIVERS: James Washington (Oklahoma State), Calvin Ridley (Alabama), Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame), Courtland Sutton (SMU)
THE MULTIPURPOSE CANDIDATES
Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: Coming off nearly a 1000 yard season receiving Kirk also had 3 kick returns for TDs last season. He's one of the most dynamic players in the nation and will be feared by all special teams coordinators.
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn: The Baylor transfer is already getting serious Heisman dark horse consideration talk down in Auburn because of his dual-threat capabilities. If Stidham can lead Auburn to a SEC Championship game you better believe he can also make it to NYC for a Heisman invite.
Brandon Wimbush, QB, Notre Dame: The redshirt sophomore is the unquestioned leader of the ND offense now with Deshone Kizer in the NFL. Wimbush has the same build and leadership skills of Brady Quinn who was a two-time finalist and also has plenty of offensive weapons around him to lead a potent Fighting Irish attack this fall.
Kyle Allen, QB, Houston: The Texas A&M transfer put up some impressive numbers in the SEC before suffering a AC sprain in his shoulder. At Houston he will be given the chance to run Major Applewhite's offense that should put up points and contend for a New Year's six bowl.
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston: Defensive players have basically next to none shot at winning the Heisman but I still gotta put Oliver on this list because he's that special. As a true freshman last year he started all 12 games and despite the constant double teams he managed to sack the QB five times.
Arden Key, DE, LSU: Key is one of the top underclassmen's in Mel Kiper's 2018 NFL Draft position rankings. Coming off a 12 sack season the rising junior will be a force to be reckoned with all year vs the Bayou Bengals.
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson: Still just considered a freshman Lawrence is a future #1 overall draft pick who is so great it would be impossible for me to keep him off this list. While playing nine games as a true freshman Lawrence racked up 7 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two block kicks and a team-leading 20 QB pressures. It would not be shocking to see Lawrence get double digit sack numbers this season.
Boom Boom has been on fire ever since the Orioles called him up late last season. With 10 HRs in his first 83 professional at-bats he is the second fastest in MLB history to reach double digits. Boom Boom is a Golden Domer who has taken the MLB stage on fire with his majestic shots.