Pro Boxer To Undergo Most Radical Of Surgeries

Go ahead and take a good look at the picture below for a second. You’re looking at the face of professional boxer and Ricky Hatton sparring partner Rob Newbiggin. At first glance, a couple of things really stand out about this picture. First, the quality - it’s a screen capture from an MSNBC profile of the boxer. Second, the head - Newbiggin appears to have “cornrows” tattooed on his dome. Makes grooming easier, whatever. Third, the nose - Newbiggin’s nose looks like it’s been broken a dozen or so times…and it probably has. Such is the life and look of a low-level pugilist who’s devoted his career to getting punched in the face.

Rob Newbiggin

But Newbiggin is not your everyday average Scouser fighter, despite the hardscrabble looks. No, Newbiggin wants something more out of life, something more than most people could experience. You see, Rob Newbiggin has decided to become a woman.

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Week In Review: Brady’s Bride w/Nude Black Guys

• It’s not often your wife poses with four muscular naked black men - but such as it is in the madcap marriage of Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen.

Gisele Bundchen Photo Shoot With Black Guys

Ricky Hatton, thanks to Jennifer Dooley, may have survived okay from Manny Pacquiao’s pummeling - but three Filipino fans didn’t.

• Tennessee b-ball coach Bruce Pearl is Volunteering for married life again, as he announces his engagement to blonde beauty Brandy Miller.

Jessica Simpson admits that whenever Tony Romo takes the field, she texts everyone she knows to pray for him.

Carrie Prejean, Miss California 2009 & recent pal of Michael Phelps, gets her panties in a bunch over a revealing pic revealed from her younger days.

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Pacquiao Belts Songs, Not Faces, At LA Nightclub

We now know how Ricky Hatton spent the day after getting his face turned into hamburger meat by Manny Pacquiao: drinking beers at the pool with his statuesque fiance. But what about the guy who was the meat tenderizer last Saturday night? What did he do to celebrate the victory that cemented his place as the current top pound-for-pound fighter in the world? Well, he sang, of course.

Manny Pacquiao

The LOS ANGELES TIMES says that Pacquiao took to the stage at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night and gave an enthusiastic crowd a performance, this time belting out songs instead of blows. You see, Pacquiao is already an established singer in his native Philippines, and perhaps has eyes on reaching the English-speaking world as well. After what he’s already accomplished this year, are you going to doubt him?

Video evidence after the jump:

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Pacquiao KO Punch Somehow Kills 3 Filipino Fans

Ricky Hatton seems to have survived Saturday night’s knockout at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, thanks to some rehab with his long-legged fiance Jennifer Dooley and a couple of pints of Guinness. Unfortunately, some of the Filipino fighter’s fans didn’t.

Manny Pacquiao Ricky Hatton

Pacquiao’s 2nd-round jab to the English fighter’s jaw was a devastating one - so devastating, in fact, that three people in the Philippines died while watching it.

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It Looks Like Ricky Hatton Is Going To Be Alright

As you know by now, the biggest boxing fight of the year ended in total embarrassment the other night for Ricky Hatton, who couldn’t even last six minutes in a ring with Manny Pacquiao. I was in Vegas last week and ran into a number of British fans who had made the trip all the way across the pond to see their boy fight. I’m sure they were really happy with how that turned out.

Ricky Hatton

So, knowing that he had let down thousands of fans who had traveled thousands of miles to see him, not to mention the millions of people back in the U.K., Hatton had to be pretty devastated, right? Well, if by “devastated” you mean hanging out with with his leggy girlfriend the next day at the MGM Grand pool and throwing back a few Guinness like he doesn’t have a care in the world, then I guess he was.

Video link, and photos of the girlfriend, after the jump.

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To No One’s Surprise, Floyd Mayweather Is Back

My grandmother gave me one piece of advice before she died. She said, “don’t trust a boxer or a rapper when they say they’re retiring.” Well, grammy, you were right again. Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his comeback, just a year after his “retirement.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Money Mayweather, always the shrewd businessman, honed in on the one weekend people are paying attention to boxing to hold his press conference. He claims he’s returning to reclaim his throne, but the real reason is a little less romantic.

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Speed Read: Yawn, Another Bulls/Celtics Classic

A few days ago, I thought that nothing could in the Celtics vs. Bulls series could top Boston’s wild OT victory over Chicago in Game 5, featuring Paul Pierce playing out of his mind to carry Boston to the win, Kirk Hinrich getting tripped by Rajon Rondo and smashing his face on the floor, or Brad Miller almost getting his faced ripped off (again by Rondo) before missing potential game-tying free throws with two seconds left to seal the victory for the Celtics.

Joakim Noah

But after last night’s Game 6 in Chicago,  I was clearly very, very wrong, as the Bulls’ 128-127 win in triple OT has not only pushed the series back to Boston on Friday for a deciding seventh game, but pushed the series from “epic” to “best ever” territory. And we can forget the qualifiers like “best ever first round series” or “best ever non-Finals series” - based on the series so far and what we can expect on Friday, this might be as good as an NBA series can possibly get.

Kirk Hinrich and Rajon Rondo square off

Just to recap some of the highlights, the fun started when Rondo and Hinrich got into it again early in the first quarter, with Rondo basically slinging Heinrich into the scorer’s table, with Heinrich immediately popping up looking for blood. Cooler heads prevailed and no one was ejected, but it sure served warning about what was to come.

Keep in mind that this game - and the series - should have all rights been over midway through the fourth quarter as the Celtics used a 25-2 run - 25-2! - to turn a 12-point deficit into a 99-91 lead with just under four minutes to go. In most series - hell, in any other series - a 25-2 fourth quarter run by the defending champs is enough to put an end to things.

But there were the Bulls, seemingly unable to grasp just how screwed they were, using their own 10-2 run to take the game to overtime. And from there, it was on. Taking the role of one-man team for the Celtics last night was Ray Allen, who scored 51 points including a game-tying three at the end of the second OT.

Even Allen wouldn’t be enough to fend off a wave of Bulls, all looking to be part of the heroics. One minute, it was John Salmons suddenly becoming unstoppable while scoring 35 points. The next it was Joakim Noah screaming down court after a steal for a ferocious dunk that led to a three-point play and Pierce fouling out with 35 seconds left in the third OT. And finally, Derrick Rose turning in the defensive ply of the season by blocking Rondo’s potential game-winner with three seconds left.

The series has been exhilarating, frustrating, ridiculous and incredible. But as Jalen Rose wisely pointed out on ESPN after the game, the Bulls will have people over the next two days congratulating them on their win, while the Celtics will be stewing on the anger of dropping it, which could be all the motivation they need. Remember what happened last season when the Celtics were pushed to a first-round Game 7 by an upstart team? For the good of sports, I hope history doesn’t repeat itself - sports fans deserve a classic game to end a classic series.

Meanwhile, Bill Simmons’Ewing Theory” - where a team inexplicably plays better without their star player - seemed to be alive and well elsewhere in the NBA playoffs last night. Despite having Superman grounded with a suspension after his hard foul on Samuel Dalembert, the Dwight Howard-less Magic were able to drill the 76ers 114-89 to close out their series.

Howard spent his time Twittering during the game, and I can tell you that I understand absolutely nothing he wrote. (Except for something about the Polish Hammer, which makes me wonder why he’s writing about former WWF wrestler Ivan Putski.) Not Twittering was Howard’s teammate Courtney Lee, who was too busy recovering from surgery on his sinus cavity which could cause him to miss the first few games of the Magic’s second round series to “tweet”.

The other example of the Ewing Theory came from out West, where the Rockets’ 92-76 victory over the Trailblazers clinched their first playoff series win since 1997. This was all done, of course, with Houston star Tracy McGrady on the shelf for the season since late February recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee. Coupling the Rockets’ success with Denver’s closing out of New Orleans - giving Carmelo Anthony his first playoff series victory - and there’s now no question who is going to be known as the Best Player Never To Have Won A Playoff Series.

Meanwhile, I’m sure you’ve taken the time this week to butter up your friend with the illegal cable box, since there is a big-time boxing match coming up this weekend as giant killer Manny Pacquiao takes on Ricky Hatton. Since there’s only two days to go until the fight, the fighters have shut up as the hype machine ramps up to sell PPV buys and tickets, meaning that everyone has to get their two cents in about the fight.

That includes the trainers, who seem to be threatening to become the bigger story than their charges. Hatton’s new trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been defending claims that his combative presence has created problems in the Hatton camp - tough to do when you remember what a jerk Hatton’s father/trainer could be. Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is telling people that Mayweather was a “poor choice” to train Hatton and that he would have been better served making a different choice of trainer - like himself.

And with any big fight, the media has to track down some brain-damaged, washed-up former champion to give their bleary opinion on who is going to win the fight. God knows where they find these poor sods, but I hope they at least bought them breakfast. People like this sad case named Oscar De La Hoya, who drooled out an opinion for the DAILY TELEGRAPH:

“Hatton can confuse you, offset you, and especially with the Mayweather factor in the corner in this fight,” he told Telegraph Sport. “I know Mayweather, what he is capable of, what he plants – those little details he plants in your head.

“I’m crossing my fingers that Mayweather and Hatton can go undefeated for many years to come. There will be a chess match going on mentally and physically between both camps but, with all due respect to Freddie Roach’s training ability and his team, Mayweather is the better trainer.”

“I’m speaking from experience. He is more technically sound. He teaches you the craft, the art of boxing. He’s old school – an amazing trainer – yes, he’s one crazy son of a gun, but mentally he plants those little details in your head for you to become King Kong inside the ring.”

It sounds to me like De La Hoya’s fight against Pacquiao should have been stopped about eight rounds earlier than it was; clearly the 200 straight blows to the head he took during the fight have rattled his brain to the point of no return. And think about this: if De La Hoya thinks Mayweather Sr. is a better trainer than Roach, what would have happened to him if Mayweather Sr. had trained Pacquiao instead of Roach? Yikes!

Hinrich vs. Rondo was pattycakes compared to some NBA playoff incidents. Which one is your favorite?

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Manny Pacquiao Ran Away After Dad Ate His Dog

I remember as I was growing up making many a complaint about things my parents did or wouldn’t let me do. My friends all had similar grievances, as I’m sure you did with yours, as well. Things like making you be home by 11pm when your friends got to stay out ’til midnight, or not buying you that hooker for your 18th birthday (thanks for nothing, dad!). Then today I read about Manny Pacquiao’s father, and I have to say, I appreciate my parents a lot more.

Now, my mother would never let me get a dog when I was growing up even though I wanted one, and maybe that’s a good thing. I mean, since I never had a dog of my own, that means my father never had a chance to eat him as I watched in horror. Manny Pacquiao? He wasn’t so lucky.

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Mayweather Returning To Ring To Face Pacquiao?

When Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his retirement and pulled out of his scheduled rematch against Oscar De La Hoya, it opened up a chance for Manny Pacquiao to step into his place for the fight. And after beating De La Hoya to a pulp for eight rounds, Pacquiao stepped into Mayweather’s place as the universally recognized best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Floyd Mayweather loves money

And if we know anything about boxing, it’s that retirements are about as meaningful as “loser leaves town” matches in pro wrestling. Which is why it’s hard to be shocked with word from THE MANILA TIMES that Mayweather has begun training and wants to take on the winner of the Pacquiao/Ricky Hatton fight. So, Manny Pacquiao.

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Porn Producers Make Play For Shiancoe’s Talent

• If Visanthe Shiancoe’s NFL career doesn’t pan out, there’s always the open invitation to join the adult film industry.

Visanthe Shiancoe Bubble Butt BBQ

Carmelo Anthony’s favorite kind of record - 33 in the 3rd.

Vassily Ivanchuk could face a two-year ban for doping - not from the NHL, but from the World Chess Federation.

• Boys & girls playing basketball together? That’s too sinful for our schools!

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