Tiger Woods Seriously Considered Retiring To Become A Navy SEAL, According To Hank Haney

Could you imagine if he had done this during his prime?  The only historical equivalent I can think of is Ted Williams.  Pat Tillman was a very good player, but by no means the most dominant athlete in his sport.  From Golf Digest:

“Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL. I didn’t know how he’d go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan….I thought, Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life.”

Now THAT would have been a story.  Apparently the same bum knees that are preventing him from dominating golf again also curtailed his dream of being a SEAL.

[Golf Digest]

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Kevin Youkilis Is Reportedly Marrying Tom Brady’s Sister

In related news, thousands of Boston sports fans were reported to have died when their heads exploded in excitement.  From the Boston Herald:

This is supposed to be hush-hush and on the deep down-low, but you know us. It’s time to pop the bubbly because Kevin Youkilis and Tom Brady’s sis, Julie, are engaged!

The happy couple, who spent Super Bowl week together with the Brady clan in Indy, got engaged “recently” after dating for at least a year, we’re told from a few F.O.Ys.

So where was Youk’s betrothed when he was making the red carpet scene at the Maxim Super Bowl bash? Nowhere to be found. But we were reliably informed that Tom Brady’s future brother-in-law was stashed in the family suite at the stadium to watch 12 lose his second championship to Giants you-know-what Eli Manning.

It does sound like gossip, so take this one with a grain of salt, maybe.

[Boston Herald]

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Tim Tebow Turned Down Kim Kardashian

If you didn’t like him before, you should stand up and give him a rounding ovation for turning down the most vain person in the history of the world.  From Enquirer via celebitchy.com:

Kim Kardashian hopes to hitch her falling star to America’s hottest athlete, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow — but he doesn’t want anything to do with her!

Sources say that Kim has been telling pals she wants to land a date with the devout Christian football sensation, who made national headlines for miraculously leading his mediocre team to the NFL playoffs.

“Kim has a big crush on Tim,” a friend confided. “She says he’s not only very handsome but seems like a guy with really strong values.”

But it’s more than just infatuation for Kim, 31. Even though she has her own money, pals claim she’s also seeing dollar signs in the 24-year-old hunk! The once red-hot reality star’s popularity has tanked recently, particularly after her sudden separation from pro basketball player Kris Humphries after just 72 days of marriage.

Since then, ratings for her flagship reality show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” are down 14 percent. The buxom brunette has also lost endorsement deals, and her paid public appearances, which have netted up to $600,000 apiece, are dropping off at a rapid pace.

“Kim needs to rehab her image to get her career revved up again,” explained another source. “Dating someone like Tim Tebow would certainly do the trick.”

But even her family is telling her not to hold her breath.

“Tim’s been made aware of Kim’s crush, and although flattered, he’s not interested,” said a source.

“He’s an avowed virgin who’s saving himself for marriage and is looking for a woman with similar values, not someone with two failed marriages AND a sex tape in her past!”

God Bless Tim Tebow. I watched the Kardashian final last night where the marriage to Kris evaporated into thin air. She has the maturity of a ten year old girl and I wish her nothing but the utmost unhappiness in life.

You don’t get married to try to boost your publicity or increase your appearance fees. I’m glad at least one famous person in the world realizes that.

GB^2

[Enquirer via Celebitchy.com]

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Actor Rob Lowe Reports Peyton Manning Might Retire Today

What a world we live in.  From Rob Lowe’s Twitter account:

First this one: “Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow. #Colts”
 
And then this one: “@richeisen My people are saying Manning will retire today. What do you hear? #NFL
 
Say it ain’t so!
 
[Rob Lowe via Twitter]
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The Florida Marlins Will Likely Be The Focus Of Next Year’s Showtime Series “The Franchise”

Excellent choice with Logan Morrison, Carlos Zambrano, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez and Ozzie Guillen all in the same room on a day-to-day basis.  I predict at least one fist fight.  From Variety:

Showtime and Major League Baseball are believed to be close to a deal that would make the Miami Marlins the featured team in the second season of docuseries “The Franchise.”

“The Franchise” embeds cameras with its focus team over a period of months to gain on- and off-field insight.

A year ago, the series followed the San Francisco Giants in the wake of their 2010 World Series title and averaged 651,000 viewers over eight episodes.

In contrast, the Marlins (who changed their name from Florida to Miami over the winter) finished in last place in their division in 2011, but they offer other storylines including a new stadium, a personality-filled new manager in Ozzie Guillen, and established and rising stars in Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and Mike Stanton.

Carlos Zambrano, who was traded to Miami after a volatile 10 years with the Chicago Cubs, could also get considerable on-camera play.

This will be fantastic television.

[Variety]

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The NHL Is In Discussions To Hold The Winter Classic At The Big House Next Year

LOVE this. From Puck Daddy:

Michigan Stadium is known for being the biggest college football venue in the land, playing to crowds of more than 110,000 every fall. But the 84-year-old stadium, affectionately referred to as The Big House, is also no stranger to outdoor hockey.

And that’s got the NHL’s ears perked up.

Multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports this week that the NHL is in advanced discussions with the University of Michigan about holding the 2013 Winter Classic in Ann Arbor.

One source, who spoke on a condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the matter, said Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon wasn’t initially sold on the idea of the NHL hosting an outdoor game at Michigan Stadium. But over a matter of a couple of weeks, the source said “something happened to make it go from looking like it could happen to [a point where] it probably will.”

In a statement issued last week, Brandon said the NHL had approached him about the Winter Classic but that “there are a lot of complex circumstances that need to be ironed out before anything moves forward.” Brandon did not reply to e-mail messages Wednesday.

Athletic department spokesman Dave Ablauf said Wednesday that any confirmation  of an agreement at this point would be “premature.” But reached by phone  Wednesday by Yahoo! Sports, Ablauf said, “We’re listening.”

According to Sports Business Daily this week, “An NHL exec said that the league will make an announcement on next year’s [Winter Classic] ‘by the Jan. 29 NHL All-Star Game and that next year’s event will ‘break records.'”

The two teams being discussed most for the league’s annual outdoor are the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. One Michigan source said obstacles remaining  include what the university’s financial take would be, as well as the issue of obtaining a waiver to sell beer at the event.

I don’t think I have to explain how awesome this idea is.  I’m not sure how realistic it would be to sell the thing out for a hockey game, but just imagine if it was at 80% capacity or so.  That would be something else.

[Puck Daddy]

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There’s A Rumor Circulating That Sandusky Pimped Out Young Boys To Wealthy Donors

OH MY GOD.  How bad is this going to get?  From Business Insider:

Sportswriter Mark Madden went on WEEI in Boston and reported a rumor that alleged child molester Jerry Sandusky would pimp out boys to rich donors. “I hear a rumor that there will be a shocking development from the Second Miles Foundation … That Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors.”Madden claims it’s being investigated by “two prominent columnists.”

We’d say this is ridiculous, and that you should take it with a grain of salt. But Madden actually wrote about Sandusky for the Beaver County Times six months ago — long before the scandal blindsided everyone else this week.

Madden also claimed Sandusky was forced out of Penn State in 1999.

“I think you’ll find out that Jerry Sandusky was told he had to retire in exchange for a cover up.”

Sandusky retired at 55 in 1999, a year after Pennsylvania police investigated (but did not prosecute) him for alleged molesting a boy.

Again, label this under “RUMOR.” But Madden has been out in front of this story before, so stay tuned.

Please don’t be true.

[Business Insider]

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Penn State Is Allegedly Planning Paterno’s Exit

He’s gone.  From The New York Times:

Joe Paterno’s tenure as coach of the Penn State football team will soon be over, perhaps within days or weeks, in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal that has implicated university officials, according to two people briefed on conversations among the university’s top officials.

The board of trustees has yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a prestigious brand will not survive to coach another season. Discussions about how to manage his departure have begun, according to the two people.

Paterno was to have held a news conference Tuesday but the university canceled it less than an hour before it was scheduled to start.

At age 84 and with 46 seasons as the Penn State head coach behind him, Paterno’s extraordinary run of success — one that produced tens of millions of dollars for the school and two national championships, and that established him as one of the nation’s most revered leaders, will end with a stunning and humiliating final chapter.

This is the first thing they’ve done right.  Way more to go though.

[NY Times]

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Brock Lesnar Admits He’s Considering Making One Last Appearance In Professional Wrestling

Great news.  We’d love to see him take on the Undertaker after their infamous post-match stare down when Lesnar lost his UFC title belt.  From ESPN:

In a conversation with ESPN.com on Tuesday, Brock Lesnar dismissed the notion that he’d consider a full-time return to professional wrestling, reiterating that he remains committed to the UFC and to mixed martial arts. That said, Lesnar’s inclusion in a new wrestling video game underscores an on-going relationship with WWE and he admits that he could be interested in a one-off swan song in sports entertainment someday, like the one rumored with the Undertaker at this year’s WrestleMania.

“I think under the right circumstances I will [have one last match],” Lesnar told ESPN’s Jon Robinson. “I think if Vince McMahon and I were able to sit down at the same dinner table and break some bread that we could come up with some kind of game plan. At the end of the day, I’m an ultimate fighter. That’s who I am and that’s who I’ll always be. I was an entertainer but at the end of the day, I’m still as real as it gets. I think a lot of things have to fall in the right places for something like that to happen.”

Stamp of approval.

[ESPN]

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The Best Rumor Of The Day Is A Report That Sarah Palin Once Hooked Up With Glen Rice During His Days At Michigan

This is way too good.  From the National Enquirer:

Publishing sources familiar with the contents of author Joe McGinniss’ highly-anticipated book “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin” have revealed shocking secrets that will impact her decision to enter the 2012 presidential race.
 
In the book, which will be published on September 20th, McGinniss claims Sarah had a steamy interracial hookup with basketball stud GLEN RICE less than a year before she eloped with her husband Todd.
 
Sarah hooked up with the NBA great, then a 6-foot-8 junior at the University of Michigan when he was playing in a college basketball tournament in Alaska in 1987, the book says. At the time, Sarah, just out of college, was working as a sports reporter for the Anchorage TV station KTUU.
 
A publishing source told The ENQUIRER that McGinniss claims Sarah had a “fetish” for black men at the time and he quotes a friend as saying Sarah had “hauled (Rice’s) ass down.”
 
A source unrelated to the book told The ENQUIRER, Todd was very much in the picture at the time and the couple married just nine months later.
 
In the book, McGinniss quotes Rice as confirming the one-night stand.
 
I can’t tell you happy this made me this morning, regardless if it’s true or not. How will the tea party respond?
 
[National Enquirer]
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