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Yankees Emphasize Russell Wilson over Cam Newton Qualities in Media Training

All New York Yankees can check their attitudes at the door—along with any other excessive outward emotions or opinions.

Following the trend of encouraging progressively more prescribed athlete reactions, the renowned baseball organization aimed to instill within its players the makings of a proper postgame interview.

Their subjects of study? Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Cam Newton.

According to ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand, the session went something like this: 

During the Yankees’ media training, the Super Bowl is being used to portray the right and wrong way to act. Part of a video shown to pitchers and catchers compares how Cam Newton handled his Super Bowl loss to the way Russell Wilson dealt with his defeat the previous year.

Sports fans are already well aware of the dichotomy between Wilson’s polite bow and Newton’s abrupt exit, but as many have pointed out, passion is a difficult thing to quell.

Wilson’s teammate Richard Sherman was mightily criticized for his own postgame outburst. Recently, fellow Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas took to Twitter to criticize the NFL’s restrictions on individual expression. 

The various personalities seem to suit Seattle, but don’t expect the Yanks to be embracing the assortment of commentary. If tight-lipped is what they’re aiming for, however, perhaps Marshawn Lynch would have been the best example of all. 

[Yahoo Sports]

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People in Sports Who Had the Best and Worst Year Ever

In life, and in sports, nearly everyone experiences prolonged periods of both success and failure. Of course, the 2014 sports year was far from different, as fans were treated to some truly memorable performances, of both the good and bad sort.

Madison Bumgarner, for example, had a downright iconic year, establishing himself as one of baseball’s all-time greats with the type of postseason pitching we’d never seen before.

In a similar vein, Russell Wilson led his Seahawks to the mountaintop and, in so doing, catapulted himself into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

In contrast, however, Tiger Woods battled injury all year long and lost his spot atop golf’s world rankings, while Robert Griffin did the same and lost his stranglehold on the starting quarterback spot in Washington.

So, with these guys and others in mind, we’ve done our best to highlight 10 People/Teams in Sports who had the best/worst year ever.

We should note, we’ve dodged the heavier side of sports in 2014, excluding from our list major violators like Donald Sterling, Jameis Winston, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Roger Goodell.

Instead, then, we’ve explored those who struggled for non-legal reasons, and exalted the athletes who had a dream 2014.

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Is a ‘Bad Economy’ a Legitimate Excuse for Fans to Resist Buying Season Tickets?

Sports are a quality-of-life issue.

When budgets are tight, which goes first: season tickets or replacing the stove? Well, that depends—does the stove still work?

Keeping your granddad’s seats at The Meadowlands isn’t as important as paying the rent. Starting your own tradition with friends or children doesn’t carry the same imperative as little Joey’s school books.

Nevertheless, season tickets are far more valuable than a new DVD, blouse or video game. Yes, even Madden. In a possessions-obsessed world, it’s time to refocus on giving ourselves real-life experiences rather than merely things.

When was the last time that a new electronic toy let you say, “Yeah, man, I was there!”? The last time that a pair of shoes helped you bond with a relative from a different generation? That “Quest for the Planet Zycor” or “Gunman 14” truly inspired you?

Sports serve a multitude of purposes in our society: catharsis, escapism, motivation. As we head into the Olympics, let’s not forget that sports represent the evolutionary step of cheering our team on to victory as opposed to killing the tribe across the river.

That lesson alone is worth season tickets.

There’s a magical force field around a stadium that refuses to let the real world invade. I defy you to carry daily stress past the ticket-takers—who, by the way, are always smiling. Of course they’re smiling; they work at Tropicana Field.

Forget Disneyland; Dodgers Stadium is the happiest place on earth!

For a couple of hours, all we need to think about is cheering on our Kings/Thunder/Giants. No bills, bosses, laundry or responsibilities. The biggest decision: whether or not to put onions on that dog.

Come on, you know it sounds like heaven.

Remember how it feels getting dressed for a date? Getting the look just right? The tingle of anticipation? Playing out different scenarios in your head as to how the evening will go?

Going to a professional game is just like that.

Making sure your brand new RGIII sweatshirt is ready; worrying just a little bit about Osi Umenyiora. Wondering whether Cliff Lee will finally get a win or if anybody will get a puck past Jonathan Quick.

And then there’s the awe. Maybe we can’t pack up and head to the Grand Canyon, but sheer athletic brilliance can also take your breath away. Heck, Marshawn Lynch’s playoff run activated Richter scales across Seattle.

The hands-down best Super Bowl tweet came from filmmaker Albert Brooks:

“You never watch pro football and think, ‘I could do better than that.’”  

Sports are a showcase for the possibilities of the human body and the human spirit. We can’t do what the athletes do, but we can bear witness to and celebrate the excellence. Much as we may hate to admit it, Al Davis had that right.

And we can celebrate together. Look at the “Jumbotron” during any seventh-inning stretch and you’ll see America displayed at its best as the cameras roam the stands. Men and women; all ages and ethnicities.

“Take Me Out To The Ballgame”* was written as a woman’s plea to be taken to see baseball instead of a show. Females at the ballpark were frowned upon back in 1908. Kind of gives it a whole new meaning, huh? 

Going to “the game” is a privilege and a joy.

If you need any more justification for keeping (or getting) your season tickets, take another look at the Los Angeles Kings’ trip to the Stanley Cup championship. 

What else is there to say? Sadly, some people don’t understand the joyous holiday of attending a sporting event.

Alas, I can’t help them.

It’s like a joke: if I have to explain why it’s funny—it’s lost on you. Give your tickets immediately to someone who “gets it.” Sports outings are too precious to be wasted on the ungrateful.

“Take me out to the ball game.


Take me out with the crowd.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

I don’t care if I never get back.”



*Lyrics by Jack Norworth, Music by Albert Von Tilzer


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Peyton Manning as Football Experiment

Junior Seau Changes Us Forever

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New York Mets’ Affiliate Offers Christina Aguilera National Anthem Redemption

Who said the New York Mets don’t know how to have a little fun?

In one of the funnier and more frivolous moves this offseason, the Mets‘ Class A Short-Season affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones have invited Super Bowl scapegoat Christina Aguilera to have a National Anthem do-over at MCU Park this season.

Aguilera, who butchered the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner last weekend, has an offer on the table from Cyclones GM Steve Cohen to come down to Coney Island and take part in the pre-game festivities.

According to the Cyclones, they will even hand the global megastar a set of lyrics, to avoid further embarrassment.

A press release published on the team’s website says: “Each year, it seems like someone makes a mistake and because it happens in the Super Bowl, the whole world is buzzing about it the next day.  This year’s victim is four-time Grammy Award Winner and Staten Island, NY native Christina Aguilera whose slip-up during the Star-Spangled Banner has everyone talking.

“With that in mind, the Brooklyn Cyclones have offered Christina Aguilera the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at MCU Park this summer. The team will even provide her a copy of the lyrics to prevent another mishap from occurring.”

Cohen said of the proposal: “We’ve all made mistakes. But when most of us make mistakes, it’s not in front of 100 million people watching in every corner of the world. When a player makes a mistake, they usually don’t get a shot at redemption, but with a singer, that’s a different story.”

I absolutely love the Brooklyn Cyclones jumping on this gimmick. It’s stupid and random, but it made me laugh. What’s even funnier is the fact that Aguilera is from Staten Island, home of Brooklyn’s closest New York-Penn League rival Yankees.

The minor leagues are as much about fun as baseball, especially the lower you go down the farm system. The Cyclones continually churn out great stories as promotions as much as they have on-field success.

Their Ike Davis bobblelegs giveaway and ‘Jersey? Sure!’ themed night were both fan favorites in 2010 and each promotion was voted the second best of its kind in the minors in MiLB’s year-end vote.

With a bunch of other jersey giveaways, as well as the new Angel Pagan bobblehead promotion set for June 20, the Cyclones’ PR team seem to be right on track again. Who knows, you might even catch Aguilera redeeming herself. 


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New York Yankees: Fox’s Joe Buck Sticks It To A-Rod at Super Bowl

Late in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV, the camera flashed New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sitting with his girlfriend Cameron Diaz.
Diaz was feeding A-Rod popcorn at the moment, and Fox’s Joe Buck was elated to have caught the slugger being feed like a baby. It was typical A-rod awkward.
At that moment in the broadcast, Buck was narrating around the box seats what celebrities were where, like Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, President George W. Bush, his wife and Ashton Kutcher. Buck obviously had direct video access of this feed as he was pointing out each star.
Buck is no dummy. He knows how to piss off Yankees fans and A-Rod is an easy target.
Admittedly, my first reaction was whatever the definition of “yuck” is in the dictionary. It is so typical that A-Rod has to be fed, but maybe because it was by Diaz that made it so gross.
Diaz serves right into A-Rod’s want and joy of hanging with celebrities. This offseason A-Rod has been photographed at parties in Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Mexico and most recently Paris, and that is just off the top of my head.
This Diaz-A-Rod relationship is not sitting well with me, as she seems like more of a distraction than Kate Hudson or his ex-wife Cynthia or even his stripper friends.
Considering the state of the Yankees right now, if A-rod doesn’t hit as hard as he has partied this offseason, sh*t will hit the fan. His visit to Paris was as recently as January 26 and I doubt he brought his trainer along with him.
A-Rod will have to wave adios to Diaz shortly as spring training begins shortly. His 2010 numbers took a dive below his career average, and he looked tired.
A-Rod has to be aware that Yankee fans expect big things in 2011.
So, as much as I hate to admit it, Joe Buck’s anti-New York reporting definitely hit a nerve with me.
Buck knew exactly what I was thinking during the feeding, as he commented,

“I’m sure Alex is thrilled we just put the camera on him at that moment.”
As for Diaz, who once said in Harpers Bazaar interview,

“I grew up with the Dodgers, but now I’m a Yankees fan.”
My message to her is please stay with the Dodgers; it’s better for everyone and A-Rod can feed himself.

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New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Diaz and Popcorn

Alex Rodriguez has been known to upstage a major sporting event in the middle to draw attention to himself, and the 2011 Super Bowl was no exception.

While the Green Bay Packers battled the Pittsburgh Steelers, Alex Rodriguez was sitting in his luxury box with his beau Cameron Diaz. Surely, Rodriguez must have realized that he would be seen when Diaz started feeding him popcorn during the second quarter.

Previous major sporting events Rodriguez interrupted include the 2007 World Series, when, through agent Scott Boras, Rodriguez he announced he would be opting out of his 10-year, $252 million contract with the New York Yankees that he had previously signed with the Texas Rangers.

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Since his marriage broke up in 2008, Rodriguez has been spotted dating a number of women, including celebrities such as Cameron Diaz. Rodriguez is a perennial All-Star third baseman and shortstop.

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