Stevie Johnson took it up a notch with his touchdown celebration mocking Plaxico Burress' legal troubles yesterday.
The celebration was solid, but Stevie didn't do himself any favors dropping two balls that should have been game winning TDs .
Plaxico handled the situation diplomatically saying,
"I've seen worse and I've heard worse. It doesn't bother me at all. The result I'm looking at is that we won the football game and he turned around and dropped three wide open balls to lose the game for his team. If I was a player that's how I would evaluate myself."
I'm hoping Johnson's celebration opens the door for more players mocking on each other about personal situations.
My first suggestion would be for Plaxico to celebrate his next touchdown and mock Stevie Johnson's anger at god when dropping big passes.
Former Channel 3 weatherman John Fredericks has returned to Las Vegas after an excursion to Montana where he ended up sleeping in the streets for three weeks.
Fredericks struggled with depression after the death of his dog and left his job at Channel 3 and would later compund his problems by leaving a large number of harassing voicemails to a woman he met on the internet.
As his problems in Las Vegas grew, he decided to leave for Missoula, Montana hoping to find work.
His voyage to Montana would only bring further anguish as he could only find work cleaning cat litter boxes for $9-an-hour.
The loss of his six-figure salary left him pawning his possessions to feed his replacement dog and driving a mo-ped to work.
Fredericks decided to return to Las Vegas after two scooter accidents, which his new dog was a passenger in had left him unnerved.
He returned to his Las Vegas home to find it overrun by squatters.
Fredericks long list of hardships would finally be broken up with some positve news after that.
He would live in the house for a month in the poor conditions until a good Samaritan paid to get the house set up with heat, water and electricity.
Fredericks knows that his decisions have more than likely cost him his career in broadcasting, but holds out hope that he'll get a second chance.
"I know I'll never work in broadcasting here again due to my stupidity. But everybody tells me this is a city of second chances."
Wasn't it sad to see one of the good guys go? Not really.
We were told for years that Joe Paterno did it the right way. It turns out, he did it the same way all the other big winners did.
Today's USAToday story slugged - "Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side" - strongly suggests that JoePa was different than other coaches, who put football before standards of decency.
In April 2007, as many as two dozen football players forced their way into a party at an off-campus apartment and assaulted several students at the party, including Britt's son, Jack, who was severely beaten. Six players faced criminal charges as a result of the brawl. In the end, many of the charges against the players were dismissed, and two players pleaded guilty to misdemeanor offenses.
In the middle of the school's internal investigation, Triponey said Spanier ordered her to meet with Paterno. Triponey said she had repeatedly refused to discuss cases with Paterno because she didn't want to compromise her impartiality. "The coach was not happy with that," Triponey said in a telephone interview with USA TODAY. "Many times he tried to insist upon a meeting with me, asked others to have meetings with me. Sent his wife (Sue) one time. In the middle of cases. This became a bone of contention."
"The coach was literally telling his players that they couldn't cooperate with judicial affairs or they would get kicked off the team. So we were going nowhere in getting to the bottom of things," Triponey said. "I said to the coach, 'This would be so much easier if you would tell your players just to tell the truth.' He was livid, and the message to me was, 'I can't do that. They have to play for me and I can't ask them to rat on each other.' The president also chimed in and said, 'Vicky, the coach is right. We can't expect the players to tell the truth.' So that's the environment that was underlying this whole debate about who's in charge."
Ronda Rousey is not just content to rack up olympic medals and world championships over the course of her career, but would rather inspire the next generation of women's MMA to be a part of her legacy.
Rousey, who fights Julia Budd at Strikeforce insde the Pearl at the Palms this Saturday, joined DC and the Sunshine Man earlier today and talked about the legacy she wants to leave in the sport:
"I'm not scared to set lofty goals and I feel like the positive mark I can leave in this sport is being recognized as, 'Oh, if it wasn't for Ronda Rousey, women's MMA wouldn't be where it is today.' I know I can say that about Gina Carano. I never would have fought if it wasn't for her. She made me see that it was a possibility to acually have a career in women's MMA. I want the next generation of girls to look at me in the same way."
The first woman to ever medal in women's judo at the Olympic level also descirbed the sexism she faces competing in a male dominated sport:
"There's never been a dojo or gym that I've walked into where I've felt welcome right away. I've always had to fight for respect and recognition."
Rousey is well on her way to reaching her goals by winning her first three fights, all by armbar, in a combined 1 minute and 39 seconds.
It also doesn't hurt that she's a talented trash talker as well.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck knows funny. And Bill Maher is not funny.
That's why she took a grand total of 55 seconds before attacking Maher over a joke he made on his Real Time show many months prior.
Maher respectfully explained that he does a comedy show, to which Hasselbeck decided to continue to press the issue about the joke and make all the women on The View uncomfortable and desperate for a topic change.
The next 2 minutes and 53 seconds were a glorious display of bitterness and awkward attempts to redirect the conversation.
Hasselbeck tried to claim that her feelings were not hurt even though Barbara Walters seemed to think so.
She also received no backup from Joy Behar, which killed her argument that she knows funny because she "works with funnies," when Behar stated that comedians ride the line from time to time on appropriateness.
It's clear that Hasselbeck was making it a personal issue because there is no reason to brink the joke up otherwise.
Maher said it best, "You're a public figure and when you're a public figure you're out there and fodder for comedians."
I'll add that she should also grow the hell up.
But I also like Maher's explanation of the confrontation during his appearance on Letterman last night.
Rex Ryan was still a little sore about losing to the Patriots last night when this fan hurled this taunt his way, "Hey Rex. Belichick is better than you."
Rex reacted the way Rex reacts these kinds of things. He told the fan to, "Shut the f**k up." (18 second mark NSFW)
Rex does make a solid point.
The Jets were embarrassed by the Patriots last year on a Monday night game 45-3, but used that defeat to motivate Bart Scott and the rest of Gang Green to a 28-21 win in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs.
So, really a 37-16 win in week 10 of the season should not be the basis for judging Rex Ryan against Bill Belichick's coaching abilities.
Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's adviser, told ESPN.com that Floyd would be fighting on May 5th, 2012 at the MGM Grand against an unnamed opponent, but did try to insinuate it would be Pacquiao by saying they wanted "...the little fella."
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, joined Gridlock earlier today and gave his thoughts on the announcement and the man who made it:
"Mayweather always says I'm my own boss, but Leonard Ellerbe called the little guy out. Who the f**k is Leonard Ellerbe?... He's a gopher. He does things Mayweather doesn't want to do. Who's he? All of a sudden he's the manager? All of a sudden Al Haymon's out and Leonard Ellerbe's calling the shots? They mentioned the little guy . They won't even mention him by name. So, I think i's just bullsh*t."
You really get the sense that the Pacquiao camp is really getting sick and tired of dealing with the tactics of the Mayweather camp.
Roach goes on to say that he hopes the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight happens, but admitted that he's uncertain at times.
The consensus on almost every 2012 NFL Mock Draft I've see so far is that USC quarterback, Matt Barkley, is a lock to be first round pick.
Depending on what television talking head you listen to Barkley is rated as the second or third beast quarterback in the upcoming draft class.
Steve Caric, of Caric Sports Management (CSM), spoke with Gridlock today and feels that Barkley shouldn't even be drafted until the third round (20 minute mark):
"I'm not saying I don't like him at all. I'm not saying that if he came out this year I wouldn't take him in the third round. I probably would. I don't think he's a bad quarterback. I don't want it to be construed as that, but I do not in any shape or form think he's a franchise quarterback that I would take in the first round. And I probably wouldn't take him in the second either..."
Caric, who represents Rams running back Stephen Jackson, explained why he feels that taking Barkley in the first round would be a reach:
"This is probably going to be one of the strongest quarterback classes that we've seen in the last 5-7 years. I'm certainly not going to reach for a Matt Barkley in the first round if I don't have to."
Listen to the whole interview here. Caric also explains why the BCS bias against Boise St is ridiculous and why he believe the Bengals shouldn't be looked at as contenders yet.
This is probably really upsetting for Washington coach, Steve Sarkisian, to hear as he recently stated that he feels that Barkley is just as good as assumed number one pick, Andrew Luck.
If Caric's assessment of Barkely is accurate, then I think we've found our winner for that awkward draft day wait.
Mike Tyson also shared his thoughts on Joe Frazier with Gridlock earlier today.
"[Frazier] was just a remarkable man. The way he fought in the ring was the way he lived his life. He was very confindent and always a pleasure to be around. JUst a wonderful man. He's someone the boxing world will never forget."
You can listen to Mike Tyson express his thoughts on Joe Frazier here.
Maybe he was thinking about moving to one of those third world nations where all the 2011 Texas Rangers World Champs merchandise will wind up and he can pretend that Neftali Feliz was able to to get his fastball past David Freese.
Or maybe, he's a complete moron.
There's no way to be sure.
According to this guy's friend who sent the picture to Big League Stew this guy did this before game 7, which I can only assume only he thought if it didn't work out he could just expand that Dallas Mavericks championship tattoo out to cover up his shame.
As bad as that tattoo is, it may not be worse than what another fan from the state of Texas has done to himself.
Can you make it to to the playoffs, first?
Apparently tattoo artists in the state of Texas just don't care what you want to mark yourself up with.
Who wanted Tony Romo Super Bowl MVP?, you're up next. Get in the chair.