J.J. Watt

If you ask Bob McNair, this whole Deflategate scandal is a problem of character. And if it were his team's face of the franchise, this whole mess never would have started.

As Tom Brady waits for a federal judge to rule whether the league can suspend him for his role in the NFL's big scandal of the offseason, the Houston Texans owner is eager to point out that this isn't a matter of cheating -- it's an issue of cooperating with the league during an investigation.

Brady's decision to destroy his cell phone interfered with that investigation -- and revealed something about his character, McNair thinks. ESPN reports that, in an interview with Houston's Sports Radio 610, McNair drew a distinct line between the Patriots' star and his own.

"What escalated the whole thing is that Brady and the Patriots were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn't," McNair said. "If it was J.J. Watt, I think he would have been cooperative, and it wouldn't be a question.

"I don't think J.J. would destroy his cell phone."

In Houston, Watt is seen as the golden boy. That's not to say he doesn't have flaws, but as far as he's revealed, those don't include lying and deception:

The Texans will host the Patriots in December, which will no doubt thrust McNair's comments in between the teams -- and give them a chance to settle things on the field.

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling was a great pitcher. He might be even better at putting his foot in his mouth.

After ESPN suspended the former MLB star from its Little League World Series coverage, as well as other baseball broadcasts on the network, Schilling had some free time on his hands. He used that time to lash out at a media member who had reported on the offensive tweet that had gotten Schilling in trouble in the first place.

The tweet, posted below, attempts to draw parallels between Muslim radicals and the Hitler-led Nazis.

Schilling Tweet

Schilling later deleted the offensive tweet and then published an apology:


Just when it seemed like he'd learned the error of his ways, though, Schilling sabotaged himself with an angry letter that is sure to ruffle the feathers of his employer.

Schilling sent the long email to Dan Levy at Awful Announcing, which published the email in its entirety. In it, he tears into Levy for his coverage of Schilling, which the pitcher perceived as unfounded personal attacks.

"I don't have a racist bone in my body, never have. Anyone that knows me even a little knows that," Schilling writes. "Yet you, like so many others, continue to destroy what's left of the publics [sic] trust and confidence in media by creating a story of your own design and liking when you didn't need to, and smearing someone's reputation to do it."

Schilling also criticizes Levy for not considering the former pitcher's children and how they might react to criticisms directed toward him. And he makes it clear that while he apologized for the tweet, he didn't take back what he said.

"The forum was about as poor a choice as I could have made in trying to elicit a potential discussion on that topic," Schilling writes. "I did not, and will not apologize for the content of the tweet."

In fairness, Schilling also praised Jessica Mendoza and said she deserves to be in a broadcast booth, calling her "a better person than she was a player."

At the end of the long letter, Schilling asks for the email to remain private.

"I did not write this letter for public consumption, I wanted to do this direct, to you, and have this remain between us," Schilling writes.

Much like Schilling's other attempts at self-expression, that hope didn't pan out.

Jarrod Haschert faced his fears with Ronda Rousey.

No, he didn't get in the octagon with the MMA fighter. He asked her on a date.

On Aug. 22, Haschert made headlines when he posted a video asking Rousey to the Marine Corps Ball. Haschert is stationed in North Carolina.


Hey guys, I'm trying to take Ronda Rousey to the Marine Corps Ball this year and I need your help to reach out to her and her fans. Please share this post and video. Thank you!!

Posted by Jarrod Hash on Saturday, August 22, 2015

In less than two weeks, the Facebook video garnered more than 4.66 million views, over 200,000 shares, and sparked social media help to persuade Rousey.

On Tuesday, the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion said, "I would go, for sure." Rousey admits Haschert is cute, but she advises him to be a "gentleman" and be careful how far he takes things on the first date.

Rousey is concerned about communicating with Haschert, but the TMZ cameraman is persistent he can make it happen.

"Just find me at Whole Foods," Rousey says.

Rousey's next fight will be against Holly Holm on Nov. 15 at UFC 193. Rousey originally expected to fight in January, which would have conflicted with the Dec. 11 ball.

Ronda Rousey Stare

Rousey can attend, but she wants dates for her friends. When TMZ found her, she was in a Los Angeles parking lot with three others.

"He needs to find dates for my girls and then we'll all go," she said.

Jennifer Aniston married boyfriend Justin Theroux in a quiet ceremony in early August. The shockwave of excitement that rippled through celebrity gossip circles inspired some melancholy from one of the NFL's biggest stars.

For J.J. Watt, Aniston's wedding marked the end of a dream Watt had held for years: To one day marry the actress, whom he had the pleasure of finally meeting earlier this summer:


I'm not even going to try to pretend like I acted cool when this happened. #LifeMade

A photo posted by JJ Watt (@justinjames99) on

During a sideline interview at Houston's preseason game against New Orleans, Watt told Erin Andrews he had caught word of the ceremony, and he's working to recover.

She got married a couple weeks ago," he joked. "So I'm heartbroken and I'm moving on, but I understand.

It would seem that Watt's efforts to woo the former Friends star didn't progress much beyond this 2011 tweet:


Which, while ostensibly sincere, probably faded quickly into the ether comprised of thousands of tweets by other desiring, anonymous men.

Maybe next time Watt sacks Aaron Rodgers, he can ask for some tips on picking up Hollywood celebrities -- Rodgers is dating actress Olivia Munn. Until then, Watt will have to settle for his daydreams, and hope his next crush isn't also lost to matrimony. Maybe the whole Caroline Wozniacki thing works out.

Luis Suarez has bitten three opposing players. Let that sink in for a second (no pun intended): Three times, he has chosen to express frustration on the soccer pitch by digging his teeth into other players.

At last summer's FIFA World Cup, the Uruguayan striker was suspended for four months after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Suarez rebounded to score 25 goals in 43 total appearances in his 2014-15 debut season with Barcelona. Suarez finished second in UEFA Best Player in Europe voting, behind teammate Lionel Messi.

When Messi won his award last week at the Champions League drawing, Suarez tried to snatch it away. A video shows Suarez pretending to bite Messi.

The fake bite is all in good fun, as Suarez can now joke about his biting escapades, although, this probably would be funnier if he'd only committed one bite, rather than three.

Messi has not exactly been well-behaved himself. This summer, he received a yellow card for a head-butt in a match against Roma.

Barcelona won both of its first two matches in La Liga in 2015-16. The club is also attempting to defend its Champions League crown.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the undisputed faces of soccer. On Thursday, one face was innocently smiling, while the other had a devilish grin.

At the UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw, Ronaldo was photographed while wearing a pristine pinstriped suit. The reigning 2013-14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award could not be more clueless about what was happening in the background.


Behind him, Messi, who won the 2014-15 UEFA Best Player In Europe Award during the festivities, photobombs the pretty boy's moment. Ronald came in third.

Messi's Barcelona and Ronaldo's Real Madrid both play in Spain and could not be drawn into the same group. Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League Final in 2013-14 and Barcelona won in 2014-15.

Justin Gatlin could not keep up with Usain Bolt, but a Segway could.

Bolt won his second gold medal Thursday at the world championships in Beijing with a time of 19.55 in the 200 meters. Gatlin finished second, as he had to Bolt in the 100, at 19.74.

Bolt's celebration was interrupted when a Segway, with a cameraman aboard, bumped into a raised camera track and veered into the sprint champion's ankles.

Bolt goes down, then slowly somersaults his way back to his feet -- and comes up limping.

But Bolt was able to shake it off. He continued jogging around the track. He took pictures with the crowd and acted like he would during any other celebration. After all, the victory was his fourth straight in the 200 meters in the World Championships. He also won Olympic gold in the event in 2008 and 2012.

The extent of the Segway accident appears to be minimal:


Jamaica can exhale. Bolt is going to be fine.

But what if the Segway had a Henry Rowengartner effect and Bolt came back even faster than normal?

Wanting to distinguish itself as so many football programs before it, Pennsylvania's Belle Vernon Area High School thought it could get in on the colored football field game.

They went with gold. So far, reactions are mixed.

There is, of course, the problem of gold turf from an aesthetic perspective: It's not a pretty sight:


But in Belle Vernon, the frustrations are also financial. Yes, $200,000 -- the price tag for the turf -- is a big chunk of money to pay for a footbal field-long eyesore, particularly when it's part of $1.4 million in renovations made to the stadium.

It's particularly upsetting because, as noted by WTAE in Pittsburgh, the school district is currently locked in a wage battle with the teacher's union. The district is trying to minimize wage increases, which would potentially deny raises to most teachers while instituting a salary freeze, even as it engages in big-money spending on the football stadium.

The money would seem to dictate where the district's priorities lie. As with its decision to deny better salaries to its teachers, one has to question the wisdom of painting a football field gold -- and at a steep cost.

Then again, maybe the field is the perfect living metaphor for Belle Vernon's decision-making skills.

Are you craving a Bodyarmor sports drink? Probably not, because the brand was founded in 2011 and it is still not very popular. But would you like to drink Bodyarmor after watching Rob Gronkowski talk about it while dressed as a 1980s professional wrestler? Probably, because that is awesome.

There is nothing like a low quality video of Gronk flexing and grunting a lot of things. At different times, his performance borrows from the playbooks of the Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.

Gronk is an investor in the company, and other investors and spokespersons include James Harden, Mike Trout, Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman, Kevin Love, Buster Posey, Sydney Leroux, Skylar Diggins and Klay Thompson. Kobe Bryant is on the Board of Directors.

Jordan Clarkson was a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable 2014-15 Lakers season. The 2014 second-round pick averaged 11.9 points in 59 games, including 38 starts. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and found a supermodel girlfriend in Chanel Iman.

Clarkson is also a savage when it comes to Knockerball. Decked out in his inflatable gear, Clarkson left Iman and teammate Nick "Swaggy P" Young on the ground at JaVale McGee's charity softball game for JugLife.

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