Speed Read: Wait - WSU Cougar RB Almost Died?

It’s not often that injury news takes us completely aback, but that’s absolutely the case over in Pullman tonight. One slightly mentioned aspect of last weekend’s game pitting Washington State against Southern Methodist was WSU’s tailback, James Montgomery, suffering an apparent knee injury. Not that those aren’t serious, but, y’know… they happen.

James Montgomery WSU

But one thing that doesn’t usually happen is a potentially fatal injury that nobody recognizes immediately. That’s what apparently befell Montgomery during the game; after the game, he reported increasing discomfort with the knee, and went in for surgery on Sunday morning. It probably saved his life.

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Redskin Says Ex-Teammate Taylor “Hates Money”

Professional athletes make a lot of money. Like, tons of it. So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Jason Taylor has turned down $500,000 just to work out with the Redskins. Not only that, but rejecting the workout bonus led to the team releasing him, which will cost him another $9 million.

Jason Taylor

(Cooley: Taylor Turned Down $13,000 Per Day Just To Work Out!)

As Redskins blogger/tight end Chris Cooley figures it, Taylor would have been paid $13,000 per workout if he had agreed to the deal. And that would be literally just to show up at the gym and lift some weights and stuff. Which is pretty infuriating for those of us who, you know, pay to go to the gym. Cooley goes as far as to say that “JT hates money.”

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Phelps Not The Aqua Object of Amanda’s Affection

Michael Phelps apparently needs to work on his social skills & wardrobe.

Michael Phelps Amanda Beard

No wonder Amanda Beard doesn’t want him.

• An Orlando artist bluffs a local magazine into believing that he used to play for the New York Yankees.

• Any Hollywood film studios want to help blow up Texas Stadium?

Hideki Irabu may have beaten up a bartender after chugging down 20 beers, but he did pay his bar tab.

• One CFL coach is a cut above the rest - since he uses a knife at practice.

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D.C. Ladies Love Jason Taylor … For His Dancing

One of the perks of being a professional athlete is that the ladies take notice. You don’t even have to be in shape, because you’re worth several million dollars. Amazing what money will do.

Jason Taylor

But there are apparently other reasons why the Capitol’s finest ladies love Jason Taylor, the freshest, hippest, salsa-y-est player on the Redskins. The CANADIAN PRESS reports that some of them don’t even realize he’s a football player. They just love him for his Dancing … on the Stars. (Last sentence in my best David Caruso voice.)

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Dan Marino To Put On Dancing Shoes, Laces Out

Now that Brett Favre has gone and broken just about every one of his “unbreakable” passing records, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino will try to satisfy his craving for the spotlight by appearing in next season’s run of “Dancing with the Stars”.

A youthful Dan Marino

According to the PALM BEACH POST, the man who holds the record for most, uh … passing yards in a season(?) will follow Jason Taylor to become the second consecutive Miami Dolphin to take off his cleats and strap on some dancing shoes.

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With Today’s HOF Game Football is Back, Sort Of

Tonight’s Hall of Fame Game, a matchup of guys wearing Indianapolis Colts jerseys against other guys wearing Washington Redskins jerseys, marks the debut of the 2008-09 NFL season - if you count football games played by people you’ve never heard of in high school stadiums that have no bearing on the win/loss record of either team as an actual NFL game.

Darrell Green and Art Monk Inducted into Hall of Fame

NBC’s coverage of tonight’s game is sure to draw in an audience, the majority of that audience might consist of the key demographic of degenerate gamblers excited about the opportunity to throw money down on football for the first time since the Arena Bowl but an audience nonetheless.

Aside from the degenerate gamblers, Redskins fans will also have an interest in watching at least a portion of tonight’s game; partially to see their new head coach Jim Zorn work the sidelines but mostly to enjoy the celebration of two of the franchise’s greats Art Monk and Darrell Green who were inducted into the Hall yesterday.

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Blog-O-Rumba: Kim K. Next Star To Go Dancing?

• GOSSIP GIRLS trots out one of the next possible candidates who may go “Dancing With The Stars” - Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian dancing

Good thing Reggie Bush is getting her in shape.

• Speaking of previous Dancing fools, Matt Mosley of ESPN’s HASHMARKS hikes up highlights from Jason Taylor’s first news conference as a Redskin.

Steve Cofeld of YAHOO SPORTS catches Floyd Mayweather Jr. possibly parking his Mercedes in a handicapped spot.

• DEADSPIN uncovers some Virginia Tech players taking off their new unis to the delight of the females at a Hokies football clinic.

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Taylor Dancing His Way to DC, Traded to Redskins

Jason Taylor won’t be Bill Parcells’ headache anymore (and vice versa), as the Dolphins defensive Dancing star has been traded to the Redskins.

Jason Taylor Dancing With The Stars

(Taylor’s getting a different view next season)

Jason La Canfora of the WASHINGTON POST reports the deal was sealed on Sunday. And if you believe Redskins VP of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato, it was all done faster than a foxtrot with Edyta Silwinska.

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Packers Looking To Pluck Taylor From Dolphins?

Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK passes along the latest scuttlebutt from Green Bay. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with Brett Favre. The Packers have apparently shown interest in the services of Jason Taylor.

Jason Taylor tiger monkey

(No, not the Bengals - the Packers!)

It’s no big surprise that Taylor’s not particularly chummy with Dolphins management at the moment. So the lads from Lambeau decided to make an “exploratory inquiry” with the men in Miami about the defensive Dancer.

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Schilling Calls Out Kobe; Laker Girl’s Celtic Past

Brooks is heading back to L.A., maybe snag some Game 5 seats (if necessary).

• Seems that Curt Schilling isn’t such a big fan of Kobe Bryant.

Curt Schilling Kobe Bryant

• A Laker Girl’s been caught playing for the other team - the Celtics.

Big Brown’s trainer chooses to crap all over his jockey.

• The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of fight in them this year - even between themselves.

Oscar De La Hoya still has his panties in a bunch, once again claiming that his crossdressing phots are fakes.

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