Carmelo Anthony, Pete Rose, Gisele Bundchen and Sunday's B/R Swagger Buzz
Carmelo Anthony, Pete Rose and Gisele Bundchen came, saw and absolutely conquered the B/R Swagger buzz on Sunday.
Melo is going to be in the New York area for the foreseeable future, so it makes sense that he would look to find himself a humble abode. Word came out on Tuesday that he and his wife, Lala Vazquez, are doing just that, but they would apparently rather settle somewhere else other than New York.
Pete Rose isn't getting into the Hall of Fame any time soon, but he is going to be officially single in the near future. He filed for divorce from his second wife, meaning baseball's all-time hit king will soon be on the prowl once again.
As for Gisele Bundchen, the internet nearly fainted today when pictures of her in a bikini surfaced. A little off if you ask me. I mean, she and Tom Brady are vacationing in Brazil at the moment, so I guess I'm just not sure what else people expected to see.
We also had a Bart Scott sighting and a couple excuses to talk about Charlie Sheen, so I suppose you could say that it was a busy day. For all the latest, you must read on!
Carmelo Anthony: Sounds Like Melo May End Up in New Jersey After All
Carmelo Anthony has been a member of the New York Knicks for barely two weeks at this point, but his rather lucrative $65 million contract extension is going to keep him there for at least the next few years. As such, Melo would do well to find himself some comfortable digs.
According to the good folks at TMZ, Melo and his wife, Lala Vazquez, are indeed looking for a home. They have no interest in living in New York, however. They would apparently rather live in New Jersey.
Naturally, they have their reasons, primarily the fact that New York housing is too blasted expensive, and they also want more space for their three-year-old son to run around in. Makes sense, and these are things that moving to Jersey would definitely solve.
TMZ's sources say that the couple has already passed on the luxurious neighborhood that New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez just moved into. Considering how there's a bit of controversy surrounding the fact that A-Rod is getting a ridiculous tax break on his new home, avoiding his neighborhood is probably for the best.
Still, for all this talk of how being traded to New York was all about Melo going home again, you would think that he would at least want to live in the city. But I guess not.
Gisele Bundchen: Gisele and Tom Brady Take a Break in Rio De Janeiro
Get excited, folks! We have a Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady sighting.
Yes, the New England Patriots quarterback and his Brazilian supermodel wife were in the news once again, this time because they have been located down in Gisele's native country. The timing of their holiday in Rio de Janeiro just so happens to coincide with the 2011 Carnival festivities, which of course is hardly an accident.
Gisele herself is set to feature prominently in one of the numerous Carnival parades, and she reportedly spent her Saturday afternoon learning the samba. On Sunday, however, she got a chance to relax. Just her, the hotel pool and about a hundred paparazzi. Apparently, Tom was elsewhere.
That about does it for your latest update on the premiere couple in American sports. Pretty enthralling, wouldn't you say?
Well, maybe not. But hey, such is life in the NFL offseason.
Pete Rose: Charlie Hustle Files for Divorce from Second Wife
Pete Rose, arguably the biggest pariah in the history of American sports, has apparently determined that he wants to go it alone from here on out.
According to a report from the TMZ, Rose has filed for divorce from Carol Rose, his wife of nearly 27 years. He cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and also stated in the divorce papers that he is willing to pay for spousal support.
Pete and Carol Rose got married in 1984, several years after baseball all-time hit king divorced his first wife, Karolyn.
Rose did not give a specific date for when his split with Carol will become official, simply saying that it is "TBD." He has been dating a model named Kiana Kim since 2009, and the two of them even went on Howard Stern's radio show last year.
Rose was of course banished from baseball in 1989 after being accused of gambling on games both as a player and a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. After years and years of denying that this was true, Rose finally came clean in 2004. Until he is reinstated, he will not be eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
As for if and when he will be reinstated, well, MLB commissioner Bud Selig doesn't seem to be in any rush.
Mike Tyson: Leave It to Iron Mike To Give Us a Reality Show Worth Watching
Subjective journalism isn't always appropriate. In fact, it often seems like it's quickly becoming taboo, which probably has a lot to do with the far-reaching buffoonery of the internet.
But when it comes to reality television, a writer such as myself really has no choice but to take up a subjective point of view. After all, there are some things that just aren't worthy of objective journalism.
Right then, now that we have that little preamble out of the way, I suppose now would be a good time to give you my personal opinion of Mike Tyson's new pigeon-racing reality series, Taking on Tyson. The show debuts tonight on Animal Planet, and in a word, I am absolutely thrilled about the idea.
The sports world has produced only so many people that just seem to be custom-designed for television, and Iron Mike is one of them. This used to be because he was a crazy-good fighter. More recently, it's been because he's just plain crazy.
With this new series, however, we're going to get an inside look at a man that is by all accounts still crazy, but also quite passionate about his most hallowed hobby: breeding, raising and, eventually, racing pigeons.
Of course, this is not just Tyson's hobby (although that wouldn't be surprising). There's an entire subculture of people who are apparently rather enthusiastic about this kind of thing, and this is another reason to tune in. Indeed, how can you not be curious about these people?
It probably sounds like I'm treating this whole thing as some kind of gimmick. And this is true. But hey, this is reality TV we're talking about here. And besides, at least Tyson's show is centered around a gimmick, an effort that is not really made in some of the more prominent reality shows these days (societal soul suckers like Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of [Wherever] come to mind).
The phrase "must-see TV" is thrown around far too frequently these days, which is especially alarming considering how many options people have at their disposal at any given moment. Of course, it is overwhelmingly obvious that almost none of the shows that boast to be "must-see TV" are actually worth watching.
I obviously haven't seen it yet, but this is not the case with Tyson's show. It will at least be entertaining, and all those who have always had something of a fascination with the former heavyweight champ (i.e. me) should learn a thing or two as a bonus.
My guess is that I'm hardly the only person who thinks so, and the show will probably bring in pretty good numbers as a result. Here's hoping that the buzz can last, and Taking on Tyson will be a hit for years to come.
Shad Gaspard: Former WWE Tag Team Champ Not Happy About Jaywalking Arrest
Shad Gaspard, a professional wrestler who rose to fame as a member of the infamous "Cryme Tyme" tag team for WWE, was arrested in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.
This is perhaps not all that surprising given Gaspard's past. He's been arrested numerous times for things ranging from simple assault to looting and burglary. Still, it's not every day that somebody actually gets arrested for jaywalking. And because this is exactly what Gaspard was arrested for in Columbus yesterday, there is reason to be suspicious.
According to TMZ, the official stance of the police is that Gaspard was arrested for resisting arrest and for obstructing official business. However, Gaspard's wife said he told her that he did nothing to resist arrest after he was busted crossing the street on his way to Arnold Fitness EXPO.
She also said he actually went so far as to get into a kneeling position, but that the arresting officers shoved his face in the dirt anyway.
Josh Barnett, the former UFC heavyweight champion, was with Gaspard at the time, and he agreed via a tweet that Gaspard had done nothing wrong.
"Shad Gaspard arrested because a Columbus officer abuses his authority," wrote Barnett. "False jaywalking charge + attitude turns to handcuffs and tackling."
As for why he thinks he was arrested, Gaspard told his wife that it was clear that he was "being profiled." Or, in more blunt language, that he was being "treated like a n*****."
Given the testimony of both Gaspard's wife and Barnett, it's really pretty hard to argue with him. Once again, you don't often hear about people getting arrested for jaywalking, so this situation is pretty iffy either way.
For the record, the Columbus PD has been mum on Gaspard's arrest to this point, which makes it even easier to take Gaspard's word for it.
Brandon Davies: Dismissed BYU Forward Has the Support of Tim Tebow and Others
To this point, my guess is that just about every angle of the Brandon Davies situation has been talked over in exhaustive details by just about every sports fan in the country. Not everyone thinks it was right for BYU to dismiss him from the basketball team because he violated the school's honor code by having premarital sex, but the truth of the matter is that them's the rules. And indeed, who are we to say otherwise?
Well, the good news is that nobody cares what you, me or any other John Q. Sports fan thinks. But when somebody like Tim Tebow has something to say, people listen.
As ESPN points out, Tebow is one of many high-profile athletes that has opened up about the Davies situation. Not surprisingly, the Denver Broncos quarterback and former Florida Gators great was sympathetic to Davies' cause, saying that everyone deserves a second chance.
"I do always think that people definitely deserve second chances because no one is perfect, and we mess up everyday," he told the Orlando Sentinel. "There should be a punishment, but I don't know that he should maybe...I don't know. I don't even know the situation, but I just always think about giving people a second chance. Maybe he deserves one, but I don't know the situation."
Obviously, Tebow's not the kind of guy that's going to throw anybody under the bus. The dude has always had an essentially flawless moral compass, and it's pretty easy to agree with him when he says Davies deserves a second chance.
Not so forgiving was New York Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire. He posted a series of tweets that were a little hazy on the details, but also rather damning of BYU.
Said the first tweet: "Don't ever go to BYU, they kick a Young Educated (Black)Brother OUT OF SCHOOL. The kid had premarital sex. Not suspended, Not Release. Wow!"
Stoudemire then added: "P.S.With his girlfriend. Come on BYU don't kick the kid out of school. Let's be honest he is n college. Let's the kid live a little."
The only problem with Stoudemire's tweets is that Davies has not been thrown out of BYU quite yet. His case is up for review by the honor code committee, and they will make the call whether or not he can stay at a later time.
Stoudemire must have caught wind of the truth, as he later tweeted, "I totally understand the actions of BYU, I totally respect the school an the conduct rules. BYU has a great athletic program."
That last part is undeniably true. There's a very good chance that the Cougars will be granted a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and they should be able to make some noise once the thing gets going. Because Davis was their leading rebounder, the point has been repeatedly stressed that they showed some exceptional fortitude by not exempting him from the rules.
Still, this is a situation with no discernible gray area. You're either on one side of the fence, or you're on the other. At this point, I think what everyone wants is for Davies to be given the second chance that Tebow spoke of.
If he does, then that's just great.
If he is given the boot, on the other hand, we could have a 30-for-30 story on our hands.
Charlie Sheen Night: Bakersfield Condors Aim to Capitalize on Charlie Sheen Buzz
No, you're not hallucinating. Charlie Sheen really is everywhere these days. Like oxygen and the Holy Trinity, he is ubiquitous. Must be the tiger blood.
Or is it Tiger Blood?
Either way, it appears that the Charlie Sheen hype is finally going to make its first foray into the sports world next Saturday. The Bakersfield Condors, a minor league hockey team, have announced that they will be holding the very first "Charlie Sheen Night" when they take on the Idaho Steelheads at Rabobank Arena on Saturday, March 12.
As for what Charlie Sheen Night entails...well, how much time do you have?
The first thing you'll see when you arrive will be a rock band from Mars playing in front of the arena. Anybody who shows up either dressed like any of Charlie Sheen's movie characters or simply wearing a fedora will get in for $2.50. However, if you show up with a clean drug test, you get in free of charge.
Once inside the arena, there will be 2-for-1 Tiger Blood Icees and snow cones for kiddies, and the first 1,000 males who show up will receive a Charlie Sheen mask.
As far as the goings on the ice are concerned, Natalie Kenly and Rachel Oberlin, Charlie's two "goddesses," will serve as honorary captains.
Best yet, if you bring $2 million (precisely what he's missing out on with each canceled episode of Two and a Half Men) with you, you get to own the Condors.
And yes, according to team president Matthew Riley, the Condors plan on winning the game.
Oh, how I wish I was making this all up. But I'm not.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go plan my trip to Bakersfield.
Mark Cuban: Dallas Mavericks Owner Looking to Join Forces with Charlie Sheen
Speaking of Charlie Sheen, it appears that I spoke too soon. But that's okay, because the other bit of news we got about him on Sunday was even better.
Indeed, it's not too often that I get to file something under the old "too good to be true" tab, but the idea of two controversial figures like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and a confirmed oddball like Charlie Sheen being in cahoots together definitely makes the grade.
According to a report from ESPN, Cuban confirmed on Sunday that he has reached out to Sheen, who of course has gone from being a major sitcom star on Two and a Half Men to being one of the biggest internet cult heroes in some time. Cuban talked to Sheen about developing programming for HDNet, the cable network that he owns.
Exactly what Cuban has in mind for Sheen isn't quite set in stone, but the Mavs owner said he talked to him about either hosting a talk show or starring in his very own reality show.
My guess is that the majority of the general public would rather see the latter. Indeed, if people think the cast of Jersey Shore is worth watching, just wait 'til they get a load of Charlie Sheen. It would have to be a prime-time affair, of course. Sheen may be sober at present, but every indication is that he's still bat[bleep] crazy, albeit in a very fun and amusing way.
Personally, my one question is, assuming it even comes in the first place, exactly how long Sheen and Cuban would be able to keep the good material coming. We all know Cuban knows how to draw a crowd, but he doesn't seem too interested in being overly buffoonish these days.
It's too early to tell as far as Sheen is concerned in that department, but he seems warped enough to keep the good stuff coming for at least a couple more years.
Well, I think it's obvious where I stand on this whole thing. Make it happen, fellas.
Donald Brashear: Former NHL Enforcer Caught Doing Best Patrick Kane Impression
I may as well go ahead and admit that up until Tuesday afternoon, I had never heard of Donald Brashear. I'm sorry, but those of us who don't follow hockey all that closely only really know the big names. You know, like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Crosby.
In any case, I dug around a bit and saw an article about Brashear that was published a couple days ago in the New York Times. It details Brashear's post-NHL career in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, and you just got the sense that, despite the fact Brashear is pushing 40, his love of hockey has not waned even the slightest bit.
Now, courtesy of 25Stanley, "The Finger Licking Sportsfeed," we have the attached video. In it, you can see that, not unlike Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, one thing Brashear apparently likes just as much as hockey is the bar scene.
Brashear doesn't do anything terrible in the video, mind you. All he does is stand around on a stage with a bunch of musicians, pounding a beer and waving to a small, albeit adoring, crowd. I guess I'll apologize again if this comes as a bit of a disappointment.
In fact, my guess is that this wouldn't even be news at all had the piece in the NY Times not been published so recently. The man profiled in that article and the man in this video don't quite match up, and like it or not, there is at least a little bit of comedy in that.
Bart Scott: Scott Says Pro Wrestling Is No Different from Dancing with the Stars
Working for the NFL means that your job is basically to show up and take some of the most crushing physical abuse that human beings can inflict on one another. Off the field, however, heaven help you if dare to engage in anything else even remotely dangerous.
Yes, the NFL's Standard Player Contract restricts players from participating in, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk so aptly put it, "potentially hazardous activities."
The specific rule regarding player conduct away from the field is as follows: "Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury."
Thus, when New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott showed up at a TNA wrestling event and proceeded to get involved in the action, there were quite a few people in the media who thought that he may have gone a little too far. After all, professional wrestling may be notoriously fake, but it is definitely physical, and it can certainly be dangerous.
Scott didn't really do any wrestling during his brief cameo, but he did end up in an ankle lock, after which he quite convincingly limped away from the ring.
When Scott was asked about his wrestling appearance during an interview with ESPNNewYork.com on Saturday, he shrugged off any notion of controversy by comparing pro wrestling to one of the more celebrated reality shows on TV.
"It would be like going on Dancing With the Stars," he said.
Coincidentally, it was just announced this past week that Hines Ward, veteran wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be participating on the 12th season of DWTS. He's not the first active football player to do so, mind you, as Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson and Bart's Jets teammate Jason Taylor have also appeared on the show in recent years.
Obviously, parading around a dance floor with a professional dancer isn't all that similar to getting into a wrestling ring with a handful of burly men, but you can see Scott's point. It's all meant for show, and the physical aspects in either arena are very much under control.
Besides, because the possibility still exists that there might not be a 2011 NFL season, Scott would do well to explore other careers while he has some time on his hands.
If there is a lockout, my guess is that both TNA and WWE will be making quite a few calls. Wouldn't that be a kick in the head?