A-Rod Sexting Somebody Else While Dating J-Lo is the Most Classic A-Rod Move Ever

From TMZ

Alex Rodriguez is dealing with an ex from hell — a woman who’s hit him up for cash for years is now threatening to expose private messages if he doesn’t cough up as much as $600k … TMZ has learned. 

We’re told A-Rod broke up with the woman back in 2014, and although it was never a serious relationship — more of a fling — she continued contacting him every now and then, asking for small amounts of money. We’re told he always turned her away empty-handed.

But things changed earlier this year when Alex got together with Jennifer Lopez. We’re told the ex suddenly started hitting up A-Rod for larger amounts of money. He did not give in, and finally within the last week … he told the woman he was in a happy, committed relationship with J Lo … and simply wanted to be left alone.

That final denial set her off, and she insisted she would not be ignored. Think Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction.”

We’re told she demanded $600,000 or she would contact multiple media outlets to offer text messages Alex had sent her. One source with direct knowledge believes the woman’s motives are clear: once A-Rod hooked up with J Lo … the ex saw dollar signs, and felt he would pay any amount to keep her quiet.

The source believes she intended to release old texts with Alex from when they were dating, and make it seem like he was still contacting her while dating Jennifer.

We’re told A-Rod is standing firm … he will NOT pay her a dime. Instead, his legal team is preparing to go to police and even federal authorities if the woman continues threatening him.

As for Jennifer … we’re told she’s fully aware of what Alex is dealing with, and not only stands by him, but empathizes … having gone through similar situations in her past.

It seems like this “isn’t A-Rod’s fault” and this girl is “crazy”, but I don’t know how much I’m buying it.  We have ALL seen Rodriguez lie before:

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We now know he lied here about using roids, and I’m prepared to say he’s bullshitting again. I have 0.0% evidence on this, so it’s basically A-Rod’s word against mine.

Ignoring the “he said-she said” stuff, if this is true, it is classic A-Rod. This guy simply cannot settle. He can be on top of the world and he’ll find a way to screw it up.

He had two chances to be an absolute legend and blew it.

One was in baseball, when he finished with one of the best statistical careers of all-time, but he went and flushed that down the metaphorical toilet because of multiple steroid accusations and suspensions.

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The other, and arguably more important, is now, when he is getting to date THE Jennifer Lopez. After all the screw-ups, rumors of disloyalty, a divorce, and being hated by half the country, Jennifer Lopez still said to herself, “Yes, I will date Alex Rodriguez”. A-Rod fucks, but with this whole scandal going down, he’s ruining another chance to be a legend because he wants to cheat the system.

Alex, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.

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One thing you have to give A-Rod is he is not complacent.  He won’t settle for just the best, and a great man once said “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying”.

We can lock A-Rod in for the biggest try-hard in the world.

Open Letter to Joe Girardi on How to Manage this Team to the Playoffs

What’s up Joe. How are ya? How are the kids? Good? Good. Now let’s talk baseball. I know you played in the big leagues, have been managing the Yankees for 10 years, and won a World Series title in 2009. Pretty impressive resume. So am I in any position to tell you how to do your job? Well I stopped playing baseball after 8th grade, have won countless baseball games on PlayStation 2, and got retweeted by River Ave. Blues last night. Does that mean I could manage this team better than you? Yes, it absolutely does. So I’m gonna help you out, pal. I won’t even ask for any credit, you guys winning games is all the reward I need. Grab a pen and paper, Joey, cause you’re gonna want to take notes.

Stop the Chris Carter Experiment

Think of Chris Carter as a science fair volcano. Except the volcano won’t erupt, but it will strike out in every single at-bat while you pay it 4 million dollars to do so. This guy has been a sad excuse at the bottom of our lineup for far too long. I don’t even care that he hit a home run last night. He is trash trash trash. Greg Bird is still hurt, but Tyler Austin is back at AAA, almost at full health. Austin is no All-Star, but he hit .241 with 5 homers and 12 RBI in 83 at-bats last year, more than respectable for his big-league debut. I genuinely feel bad for Chris Carter being as bad as he is, but then again I don’t. He’s gonna get paid $4 million to do a job just about as poorly as you can do it for a few months, then get released. Hopefully he’ll be gone within the week, and we’ll be able to say RIP in peace to his time in Pinstripes.

Skip Tanaka’s Next Start

This one is trickier than Chris Carter. We’re talking about a guy who has been the ace of this staff for the last three years that’s making $22 million. I get the whole “taking him out of the rotation will kill his confidence” theory, but he’s got no confidence out there as it is. You can see it on his face. Maybe a little time off to regroup and work on his mechanics is just what he needs. Going out and getting shelled every fifth day is no good for the guy’s confidence, just like going 0-4 every day wasn’t helping Bird’s. Either fill his spot in the rotation with Chad Green or Adam Warren, or call up Chance Adams and let’s see if this kid is the real deal.

Bench Chase Headley

I’ll keep this one brief, but I could go on for hours about Chase Headley. Bench him now. Can’t hit from either side of the plate, and is one of the worst defensive third basemen in the league. Ronald Torreyes did a great job filling in for Didi when he was hurt, so let him play third every day until Gleyber Torres is ready to make the jump to the big leagues.

Keep Aaron Hicks in the Lineup Every Day

Honestly, Aaron Judge’s hot start has been the second biggest surprise from Yankees named Aaron this season. Hicks was almost Chase Headley level bad last year. This year? Looks like our center fielder of the future. A switch-hitting outfielder with speed and power, his 8 homers and 31 RBI through 45 games have already matched his 2016 totals in 123 games. His .329 batting average ranks 5th in the AL, and he’s second in on-base percentage (second!) behind Mike Trout. Obviously there’s no choice but to play him every day with Ellsbury out right now, but even when he comes back, you can’t take Hicks out of the lineup besides to rest him every once in awhile. Either try and trade Ellsbury (although you’re gonna have to eat a lot of that contract to do so), or see what kind of return you can get for Gardner. I wanna keep Brett as much as the next guy, but if you can sell high at the deadline and get a player back who will make a major-league impact right now (back of the end rotation guy or a late-inning reliever), I think you have to at least consider it.

You’re doing all right, Joe. I’ve never thought you were the best manager, or even a good one, but I’ll give you credit where it’s due with this team in first place right now. Take my suggestions into consideration, and hopefully we’ll see this team go deep into October. Don’t be a stranger, feel free to hook me up with some tickets sometime and we can chat in person. Good talk, pal.

Regards,

Nick

Landon Collins’ Charity Softball Game Was A Hit

 

Thanks to the services of Joe Ruback (AKA License Plate Guy), Landon Collins, Brandon Jacobs and many other New York Giants, the first annual Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game was a huge success. The proceeds from the event went to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, a charity run by the coach that helps families (financially, emotionally, and practically) who have children with cancer.

Because of all the support and ticket sales, the game raised $30,000 for the Jay Fund.

The event also featured a dodge-ball tournament and a home run derby (which was dominated by safety Andrew Adams after hitting 16 home runs) along with the actual softball game. The current New York Giants roster was matched up against the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl Champion Rosters.

 

The rosters were jam-packed with Giants legends such as Mario Manningham, Chris Snee and Plaxico Burress, along with current New York stars Damon “Snacks” Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jason Pierre-Paul.

I was lucky enough to be there for the event (helping shoot video with SharkBite Productions) and got a chance to be around the enviroment of the fans and the players. Many viewers noticed that the event was “more structured” than charity softball games attempted in years prior.

Even Eli got in on the action.

The players were everything you’d expect. Zak DeOssie, JPP and Corey Webster were atop the list of humorous players, while Eli and Landon were very layed-back. Seriously, like 30,000 people asked them for a picture and they posed for everyone, along with signing a copious amount of autographs for fans.

It was a good time, for a good cause, with some good people.

Don’t Tell Me That Pick-Up Games Don’t Matter

The 2011 movie Moneyball delivered to us not only another great movie with fat Jonah Hill, but also a rather memorable quote: “We’re all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children’s game, we just don’t…we don’t know when that’s gonna be. Some of us are told at eighteen, some of us are told at forty, but we’re all told.”

And while this article isn’t specifically about baseball, the quote still speaks volume. For most of the world, the games that mean something decrease with age once we’re told our competitive careers are over, and the trips to the blacktop or the turf or the backyard, playing pick-up with the boys, feel like the most important days of our lives.

Sure, from the outside, does it look a little weird to try really, really hard in a game to 11 where the winner receives literally nothing? Yeah, I won’t deny it.  But on the inside? You’re dialed in.  You’re throwing up shots left and right trying to fix your shot for the major comeback that’s never happening. You’re trying to look off the make-believe safety and throw a Dilfer Dime into the back of that endzone come hell or high water. And damn’t…you should be proud.

I think everybody remembers Hurricane Doug (a living legend) from that really funny Taco Bell commercial.  Hurricane Doug is you, he is me…he is us.

Besides his decision of eating Taco Bell right before an intense pick-up game, which is within the top five worst ideas in civilization’s history, Doug should be idolized.  That confidence he brings into an irrelevant game of basketball is great, and is what makes it fun.

These games give us a chance to fill Kobe’s shoes, or run like Randy Moss, and even on those rare occasions you get a good wiffleball game going, hit the shit out of the ball like Griffey.

My point being that being the try-hard of the friend group isn’t a bad thing, all it does is it makes the game that doesn’t “matter” feel like it does.  And for all the kids out there that stopped playing sports after high school, that matters.

The games we play may not mean anything anymore, but they still matter.  Keep going hard.

Except you, Brett Favre. Give it up already.

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Playing pick-up football in jeans is an absolute joke.  That’s what 20 years of football and 300 concussions gets a man.

 

Yankees/Red Sox Series Preview

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Yankees/Red Sox is starting to look like an actual rivalry again, and it has me feeling like a little kid on Christmas. It’s the best rivalry in baseball, one of the best in sports, and the one that was a highlight of my childhood. It hasn’t been much of a rivalry at all the past five years or so, with at least one of the two teams seemingly having somewhat of a down year. But now, we’re looking at the top two teams in the AL East, both with cores of young stars looking to take the league by storm.

In the first two games these teams played this year, the Yankees won both at Fenway behind strong outings from Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino. They held the Sox to a combined one run and seven hits over 18 innings. While Severino has looked like an ace all year, the guy who is actually supposed to be the Yankees’ ace, Tanaka, has looked like anything but that. The guy has an ERA north of 6, and has given up 11 homers in his last 31 innings pitched. He takes the ball tonight against Drew Pomeranz. If Tanaka could have a strong start tonight and pick up the W, it would be a HUGE confidence boost for not only him, but his teammates as well. If the Yanks want to make a legitimate postseason push this year, Tanaka needs to be more like the guy we saw throw a shutout at Fenway instead of the one who got tagged for three homers and six runs in the first inning on Derek Jeter night.

As for the rest of the series, we’ll see CC Sabathia take on reigning AL Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello Wednesday, and Michael Pineda take on David Price in the series finale Thursday. I’m really excited to see how the Yankees fare in this series. These young guys (Judge, Sanchez, Hicks) haven’t battled for a division title yet, and even though it’s only June 6, every game counts against the Red Sox. The Red Sox have an impressive young core too, with the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi, and Mookie Betts, so I’m interested to see how they handle a game like this as well.

Speaking of Betts, ESPN would not shut up about how the handle of his bat is shaped different during the last series, and the company that makes his bats didn’t take it too kindly when I complained about it on Twitter.

Like congrats, you have one MLB player using your stupid bats. My baseball days are long gone, but I’d rather walk up to the plate with a tree branch than a freaking Axe Bat. Gotta love Twitter beef though.

We may not be back to the glory days of Jeter diving into the stands, A-Rod fighting Varitek or Manny being Manny, but this could be the first look at a great rivalry for years to come.

 

First pitch in the Bronx at 7:05 tonight, let’s hope Masahiro rises to the challenge.

Throwback to One of the Greatest Videos to Ever Grace the Internet

As a big LeBron fan who also can’t stand Kevin Durant, the first two games of the Finals haven’t exactly been what I was hoping for. So I’m not gonna write about them. Because I don’t know about you guys but if I see one more “Is KD better than LeBron now?”, “Are the Warriors the best team of all time?”, or “Will LeBron leave Cleveland again?” article, I’m gonna lose it like Lamar Odom post-Khloe (Tristan Thompson’s play through the first two games has kept the Kardashian curse alive, by the way.) So let’s throw it back to two of the more lovable NBA players of the past decade, Nick “Swaggy P” Young and Gilbert “Agent Zero” Arenas.

Basically, if you haven’t seen this video, Gilbert shows up to Swaggy P’s house shortly after his breakup with Iggy Azalea and makes himself at home. I don’t wanna spoil anything, so watch and enjoy.

First of all, NoChillGil may be the most fitting Snapchat username of all time. Guy is a straight savage. There are a few snaps in the video that are genuine laugh out loud worthy, but the last one does it for me. “Making room for your IG bitches” is just about as classic of a line as you can get.

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So as far as the best NBA duos go, LeBron and Kyrie or Steph and KD don’t even come close to Gilbert Arenas and Swaggy P. Or Swaggy P and his IG bitches.

Top Five Ugliest Players in the NBA Finals

First off, this list is long overdue. Ugly players come and go, but these players are on the biggest stage in the world right now, and there is no hiding. These are guys playing in front of millions of fans that in reality shouldn’t be allowed in public, let alone a professional court.

5. Channing Frye

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At first glance, he’s not that bad.  Good skin, good facial hair.  Take a second look though. His eyes are all crooked, he’s got elephant ears, and his head is uncomfortably long. He just defines the term “asymmetrical”.

4. Matt Barnes

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One thing about Matt Barnes is his shot is probably uglier than him, but that doesn’t excuse his fish eyes.  Personally, I’m not a fan of tattoo sleeves, but some people pull it off. Matt Barnes…you do not, and Kobe still didn’t flinch.

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3. Draymond Green

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His goatee looks like it was Sharpied on, for starters. His ears look like they start on the back of his neck and his nose pretty much takes up his whole face.  Maybe it’s just this picture because there’s times when I’ve seen not look as miserable, but wow this one is bad.

2. James Jones

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James Jones looks forty years older than he actually is, and his eyebrows can simply be mistaken for wrinkles. There’s also something about the tip of his head that severely pisses me off.  Overall, it just kind of looks like his face is being stretched outward.  Confirmed…ugly.

  1. Zaza Pachulia

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This guy makes the the Hunchback of Notre Dame look like John Stamos.  His face looks like he is suffering from a lifetime allergy attack.  I don’t want to beat a dead horse but Good Grief is this man hideous.