AVP Tour, Bud Light Girls Roll Into San Francisco

So the question is this: Can the AVP Tour survive — outside of its traditional homeland of LA, that is — without the team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh? Apparently so. Check out the tour’s newest sponsor — Kentucky Grilled Chicken. If the product that David Letterman once dubbed “Hot, Oily Hens” can find a home on the beach volleyball circuit, the field is wide open.

Bud Light Lime Girls in SF

Stopped by Pier 32 in San Francisco on Sunday to catch the women’s and men’s finals of the San Francisco Open, which marks the beginning of the end of the 2009 AVP Crocs Tour. Second-seeded Jennifer Kessy and April Ross beat top-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs for the women’s title, and top-seeded Olympic gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beat second-seeded John Hyden and Sean Scott for the second straight weekend in the men’s final.

And the Bud Light Lime Girls continue to impress, although I’m still nostalgic for the Cuervo Girls. More photos after the jump.

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Ex-MLBer’s Ex-Wife Offering Herself as an Escort?

• The career route of Troy O’Leary’s ex-wife Annette: From elementary school assistant principal to escort-for-hire?

Annette Gray OLeary

Maurice Clarett decides he needs to spend more time in prison.

• A Rays fan takes a 40-foot drop at the Trop from an escalator.

• Hey, you Ole Miss Rebels - Mississippi State’s got two words for ya.

• The Titans will wear a special helmet decal in honor of the late Steve McNair. But some Tennessee fans aren’t so touched by the tribute.

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Volleyball Hottie Walsh Has Baby Bump, Set, Spike

A couple of months ago, Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor saw their streak of consecutive beach volleyball wins stopped at 112 and their streak of tournament titles stopped at 19. Now we might have an idea as to why: it turns out that Walsh was pregnant. Nothing like a little morning sickness to disrupt your playing.

Preggo Kerri Walsh

Walsh told ACCESS HOLLYWOOD that she and her husband Casey Jennings are expecting their first child, who was conceived in the days right after her gold medal victory in Beijing:

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Yeah, Brett, We Get It - You Like Shooting Things

• What’s more hilarious than showing up at practice and noticing that Brett Favre has put a dead animal in your locker? Reportedly it was a wild turkey, but usually when dead things end up stuffed in lockers in New Jersey, it’s not something to laugh about.

Brett Favre hunting

Ozzie Guillen is in love with a certain team on the south side…of the country.

Misty May-Treanor can win gold medals running around on a beach, but she can’t physically keep up in a competition that still includes Cloris Leachman. So now the well-endowed lawyer’s daughter is back in.

Vladimir Putin released a DVD to teach you about Judo. Next in the series of world leader instructional DVDs: Robert Mugabe’s ground-breaking series of curling lessons.

• Even Frank Caliendo has had enough of the Frank TV ads. And he’s the star of the show.

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Is Kardashian Back On Dancing With The Stars?

Who had a better night on Monday? While Reggie Bush might have returned two punts for touchdowns for the Saints, his team still did lose. Meanwhile, his main squeeze Kim Kardashian might be back on Dancing with the Stars, as E! ONLINE reports that she is in line for a repeat visit after Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles’ tendon prepping for her latest dance.

Kim Kardashian and Misty May-Treanor

Replacing May-Treanor with the already-eliminated Kardashian might strike some people as a weak attempt to replace one sex object with another, but really it a…OK, who are we kidding - that’s exactly what’s going on here. Would you rather see Cloris Leachman shake her Granny wares at you? I didn’t think so.

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Brog: Fat Slob Fielder Costing Crew Down Stretch?

One of the most overlooked stories of the baseball season is coming to the fore as the Brewers bumble down the stretch:

Prince Fielder Weight Comparison Fat Slob in 2008

Why is no one talking about how gigantic *vegetarian* Prince Fielder has become?

That photo looks like about a 40-pound weight gain in two years. I saw Fielder in L.A. a few weeks ago and he’s so fat now that he nearly keels over every time he has to make a defensive play. He also is having a subpar year and hasn’t hit a lick in the past month.

In early August, he attacked a teammate in the dugout and then later saying he didn’t need to apologize for his passion for the game. He’s 50 pounds overweight yet he’s passionate about his profession?

While no one is saying boo right now about Fielder’s overgrown girth (Ned? Doug? Hello?!), you can bet if the Brewers flame out again at the end of the season, and Fielder continues his downward hitting trend, the elephant in the clubhouse room will be impossible to ignore.

Tuesday Ellen DeGeneres had Olympic pixie (and hottie in my book) Shawn Johnson on her TV talk show. Yesterday, it was Olympic volleyball hotties Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor bouncing around while wearing next to nothing.

Ellen lusts after Olympic Volleyball chicks

(Ellen feels the need to strap on a diaper?)

SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY reports that during the show, May-Treanor talked about the “butt slaps” Walsh gives her during matches, saying, “I don’t notice it because I’m on the receiving end. … It’s like a high-five now.

Ellen DeGeneres Pam Anderson

Later, show guest Pamela Anderson asked DeGeneres, “Are (Walsh and May-Treanor) coming out?” Anderson then ripped off her dress to reveal a bikini, saying, “I can’t help myself.

Funny, I thought that was Ellen’s line.

I got to thinking about it, and I realized that I’m probably the only person breathing who has hosted both the USC and Ohio State radio broadcast pre- and postgame shows. And taken calls from fans of both teams on their home radio station.

I worked for Ohio State radio flagship WBNS in Columbus back in the ’90s, and along with my football gameday duties, co-hosted a daily sports talkshow with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

SbB Girl Jenna at USC Football Game

(SbB Girl Jenna at USC game with tickets from My Boy Barry)

And in the early ’00s, I hosted pre- and postgame activities for then-USC football radio flagship KMPC in Los Angeles.

I’ve had a couple people ask me this week about the intensity of the fans from the two schools. I can say, unequivocally, that Ohio State fans are the craziest I’ve ever come across.

When I cohosted Herbstreit’s daily show, we had to put a moratorium on OSU-Michigan calls to the show except for game week, ‘else that’s all people would ever call about. No matter what time of year. Meanwhile, like everything else here, USC gets a little swallowed up in the massive L.A. market. Not to mention the local UCLA fans who despise the school they call the University of Spoiled Children.

SbB Girl Jenna at USC Football Game

(SbB Girl Jenna at USC game with tickets from My Boy Barry)

And when I first arrived in L.A., back in 2000, the Trojans were trying to escape the depths of the Paul Hackett era. With Ohio State gamedays still fresh in my mind, I remember well how pathetic I thought USC tailgating was at that time. The atmosphere was subdued at best, and the campus nearly devoid of students on game day. It was appalling.

But since Pete Carroll’s unprecendented run of championship football, things have changed dramatically. Now the Coliseum area is a swarm of food, booze and frolic before SC games. Not at the obscene scale of Ohio Stadium pregame, but give it time. And a few Donatos franchises.

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Oprah’s Next Big Endorsement: Chicago Olympics

If the International Olympic Committee is anything like Oprah Winfrey’s stay-at-home mom audience, Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid is a shoo-in. Her Midas Touch has made Dr. Phil a wealthy man, given Barack Obama a huge boost in his quest for the Presidency and now she’s helping Chicago pitch its bid for the 2016 Olympic games.

Tickets for seats at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion will be distributed today beginning at noon at the park for Wednesday’s taping of an “The Oprah Winfrey Show” episode featuring swimming sensation Michael Phelps.

Phelps will be joined by more than 150 Olympic medal athletes, including gymnast Nastia Liukin, swimmer Dara Torres, basketball player Kobe Bryant and beach volleyball players Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. Read more…

Jeff Gordon Very Happy With Model Wife & Mom

Be back at 8 p.m. ET for Tuffy’s live blog of tonight’s Tennessee-UCLA tussle.

Jeff Gordon believes wife Ingrid Vandebosch is quite the model mother.

Jeff Gordon Ingrid Vandenbosch

Roger Clemens’ kid Koby gets cuffed after brawling at a bar.

O.J. Simpson pal Tom Riccio bets he can rent out ad space on the limo he’ll be taking to the Las Vegas courthouse.

Matt Leinart doesn’t like being Kurt Warner’s backup.

Peter King isn’t pleased with new “Inside the NFL” co-host Warren Sapp badmouthing the previous Sapp-less seasons of the show.

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May-Treanor, Walsh Win Oly Gold, Promptly Lose

Sad news out of Ohio this morning (well, sadder than the usual Ohio-related fare, anyway): Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh lost yesterday in the AVP Crocs Cup Shootout, the U.S. Open of the volleyball circuit*. Which means the gold-medal-winning duo dropped their first match in more than a year.

Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh

The span stretches 112 victories and 19 titles. And in a coincidence that will certainly make for a wonderful twist when their story is inevitably sold to LIFETIME television, May-Treanor and Walsh fell to Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh, the same team who last beat them on Aug. 19, 2007. Mind-boggling, I know.

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Blog Jam: Craig Sager Talks Travels w/Ted Turner

• MOUTHPIECE SPORTS sits down with Craig Sager, and the fashionable sideline reporter shares a fun story about Ted Turner changing planes ’cause he was Fonda Jane.

Craig Sager and the ladies of SbB

• RANDBALL hears the editor-in-chief of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES’ saying that Jay Mariotti will be missed - but “not personally, of course“.

• BUGS & CRANKS learns that Kenny Rogers is no fan of instant replay in baseball, and the perturbed pitcher blames A-Rod for it’s introduction.

• THE SLANCH REPORT wishes PEOPLE magazine would have chosen a better photo to announce Misty May-Treanor’s appearance on this season’s “Dancing With The Stars“.

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