Deflategate has been the subject of many late night talk show zingers the past few months, but Jeopardy! offered an older Patriots reference Wednesday night.

In the "Before and After" category, the show provided this clue:

The answer was "Who Is Peeping Tom Brady?" and as you might suspect, Patriots fans got pretty heated. Maybe it was unintentional, but this clue evokes the Patriots/Spygate flap of 2007.



Some, including NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano, are not buying the anti-Patriots conspiracy theory. They might be right.


Brazilian soccer star Neymar received a hefty four-game suspension for headbutting Jeison Murillo of Colombia in last month's Copa America. That meant he could not play with his team for any international matches during that time.

When we think of suspensions, we'd associate them with the lack of freedom. However, Neymar made the most of his down time from the national team.

After Copa America was over, he made the trip to Las Vegas. Sounds like a fun suspension already.

There, he ran into Michael Jordan and couldn't pass up the photo opportunity.


Neymar didn't stop there. He also ran into Houston Rockets teammates James Harden and Trevor Ariza and spent time in their poolside cabana. Continuing his celebrity tour, he also ran into Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida at UFC 189.

To top his suspension-induced adventure, he met U.S. Women's National Team member Christen Press at Encore Beach Club. He certainly wasn't sitting at home thinking about the headbutt.

He wore this shirt on the last day of his trip. He certainly lived up to that slogan.


With four Super Bowl rings, two MVP awards and many other accolades, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have no problem getting into the Hall of Fame.

But a select country club in Massachusetts could be trouble. Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, applied to join The Country Club, a 133-year-old establishment in Brookline, Mass. According to the Boston Globe, the club "is in no hurry to admit the glamorous couple, whose application to become members was first reported by the Globe a few weeks ago."

The club, which values "privacy and discretion," according to the Globe article, is worried Brady and his wife may attract too much attention because some of its 1,300 members believe he's simply too big a star. Even the idea of making Brady re-apply after his football career is over might not work.

“That sort of celebrity doesn't just wash off," a member told the Globe.

The Country Club has a history of being exclusive, as the Globe notes it only opened its membership to African-Americans in 1994. Deval Patrick, the state's first African-American governor, says he was rejected.

The application process is lengthy. Here are a few procedures, according to the Globe:

"All TCC applicants must be sponsored by two current club members and provide the admissions committee with testimonials from seven other people with whom the applicant has a personal relationship. Applicants also have to schmooze with members of the admissions committee at a cocktail reception held at the club. Applicants’ names are circulated among all the members, but the admissions committee ultimately decides."

Brady's status is still up in the air for the club, which sits adjacent to his mansion. His NFL status is also undecided, with an appeal of his four-game suspension for Deflategate in the works.

There is certainly a lot of attention on Brady at this point in his career. Maybe he'd be less of a distraction if Pete Carroll had called a run at the goal line. We'll never know.

A four-minute boxing video has gone viral, and debate about bullying and parenting continues to fuel it.

The backstory to the clip is that a father was apparently upset with his son's bullying of other kids. To teach a lesson, the dad put his son in the boxing ring against a more experienced fighter.

The result was predictable and brutal, but there is a good chance the son has a new appreciation for what it is like to be a bullying victim. Tough love.

The clip was loaded to YouTube at the beginning of the week, and at the time of this posting, it had nearly 3 million views.

TMZ took a closer look at it and noticed that former NFL star Willie McGinest was at ringside for this beatdown, and he was shooting video on his own on his phone.

At the 1:30 mark of the YouTube video, you can see McGinest capturing the action while taunting the bully, "Hit back, tough guy! Hit back, tough guy!"

TMZ also reported that McGinest "just happened to be in the gym that day" at Jack Rabbit Fitness in Long Beach and "had no role in organizing the event." Here is additional footage that TMZ compiled:

In the storied romantic comedy, "When Harry Met Sally," Billy Crystal's character famously says men and women can never be friends because "the sex part always gets in the way."

Drake and Serena Williams would beg to differ.

The Canadian rapper, 28, has been spotted all over Wimbledon, hanging out with tons of famous people and watching intently as Williams, 33, won another Grand Slam tournament.


Naturally, Drake's presence sparked rumors of a romance. Williams quickly shot those down.

"We've been friends for, like, so many years," Williams told a reporter after her semifinal victory over Maria Sharapova. "Just like family."

A look at the pair's past reveals that may or may not be true. Drake and Williams have been linked for years, and they're so close that in 2012 Williams' ex-boyfriend, the rapper Common, felt the need to lay down a serious Drake diss track.

Drake and Williams have vacationed together and played tennis together, leading Drake to brag that he can beat Williams "when she's playing with her left."


It's understandable why Common was frustrated. Drake and Williams started hanging out shortly after Common and Serena broke up in 2010. Drake in 2011 had this to say about Williams:

"I really, really love and care for Serena Williams," he told Complex. "She's incredible. That’s someone I'm proud to say I know. She’s definitely in my life and I'm in her life. It’s great to watch her play tennis. Very impressive."

While rumors have died down in recent years as Williams and Drake have been linked with other people, there are still flare-ups which suggest they have feelings for each other. Last year there were reports that Williams and Rihanna, another on-and-off Drake flame, had a confrontation at a Drake concert in Paris.

And even though some have suggested Drake was Williams' Wimbledon good luck charm, the truth is her good luck charm is another man who is likely her boyfriend. Patrick Mouratglou, Williams coach, has guided her to eight Grand Slam titles in 13 tournaments since teaming up.

Andy Kennedy faces a tall task at Ole Miss, and only part of that challenge is winning on the basketball court. Drumming up support from a football-first fan base is a continual challenge throughout most of the SEC, particularly at schools not named Florida and Kentucky.

Fan support is much more than just ticket revenue, too -- it's an important recruiting tool for the program. So it makes sense that Rebels head coach Andy Kennedy would be eager to try something new in letting Ole Miss fans know his team exists.

That he chose to parody the DirecTV commercials starring Rob Lowe is all the better for the rest of us onlookers.

"Randy" Kennedy, Andy Kennedy's self from an alternate universe, is everything you'd hope: Be-wigged, be-moustached, and sporting too-tight shorts with a polo T-shirt tucked in snug.

Randy doesn't look like the kind of guy you want your children spending time around, but he's no-nonsense, a throwback from a different time when basketball coaches doubled as gym teachers, and when leisure suits were regarded as semi-classy attire.

Randy should not be a college basketball coach, but he should very much be known to the world -- and for this commercial, we give thanks.

Lowe gave a thumbs up for Kennedy's performance:


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In case you just emerged from your basement fallout shelter after several years spent anticipating a nuclear winter, here's one of the Lowe spots:

It turns out Allen Iverson's infamous "practice" rant is useful for more than just a good laugh.

A federal judge this week cited Iverson's 2002 press conference, in which the Philadelphia 76ers star utters the phrase "we're talking about practice" 22 times. The judge, Gerald Bruce Lee, was ruling in a case concerning the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations.

Below is the clip from 2002. Iverson was responding to criticism from 76ers coach Larry Brown that he had missed several team practices:

Judge Lee affirmed a 2014 Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruling and ordered the cancellation of the Redskins’ federal trademark registrations. He claimed that in arguing for the restoration of the trademark, the team was confusing the decision not to renew the trademark with the trademark itself.

Here's the excerpt from the ruling, which is likely the first piece of legal literature to cite Allen Iverson.


The judge is noting that even though he affirmed the lower court's decision to deny the team new registration, Washington can continue to use the logo until its appeals are exhausted.

While this language has certainly earned the case lots of publicity, the logic behind these words appears flimsy. In his "practice" rant, Iverson wasn't correcting a media misconception. He was arguing that even though he missed practices, he shouldn't be criticized because it was "just practice" and he was supposed to be the team's franchise player.

Judge Lee, on the other hand, is arguing that lawyers conflated two issues. He's essentially saying lawyers confused the issue of the validity of the trademark and its renewal, which is a valid point but not quite the same logic Iverson was using. Iverson was trying to distinguish between the more important of two events, while Judge Lee was attempting to clarify which issue is at stake.

Iverson was indeed "talking about practice," if only to degrade it, while Judge Lee was not talking about whether or not the trademark is offensive.

Carson Palmer may be a decade late to the party, but at least he's making a grand entrance.

The Arizona Cardinals' quarterback showed his humorous side with his first posts on Instagram and Twitter.

Palmer put up an image of his face photoshopped onto the poster for the Fox show, "Last Man on Earth." Palmer changed the title to, "The Last Man on Social."


Better late than never! Excited to share the journey with you guys this year. #BirdGang #LastManOnSocial

Posted by Carson Palmer on Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Better late than never! Excited to share the journey with you guys this year. #BirdGang #LastManOnSocial

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Palmer's entrance into the world of social media is up there with the fantastic first posts of Phil Jackson, Tony Romo and Dale Earnhardt Jr..

Making the joke even better is the fact that Palmer bears some resemblance to Will Forte, the star of "Last Man on Earth."



Palmer joins 1.44 billion other active users on the world's most popular social network.

It would have made sense for the 2002 Heisman Award winner to join Facebook in 2005, shortly after it was launched and when he was a Pro Bowl quarterback. But back then the social network was mostly used by high school and college students. Now, one decade later, Palmer is 35 but is five years younger than the average American Facebook user.

Palmer is hoping to have a lot of good news to post on Facebook as he returns after tearing his ACL last November. Shortly before the injury he had signed a three-year, $50 million extension with the Arizona Cardinals that has him under contract through 2017.

If Palmer needs any tips for how to use Facebook he should turn to social media savant Tom Brady.

Drake is never one to shy away from the spotlight, especially at sporting events. If you've got a courtside seat, he's got a fanny ready to work -- and it's better when he gets to chat it up with Mark Wahlberg and other types.

Drake is such a sucker for sports that he's somehow become the unofficial mascot of Toronto's NBA team. Now, he's doing work across the pond, snapping pictures with any remotely famous person he can get his hands on.

It's unclear if he's watched any tennis, but he's got plenty of proof he was in attendance, starting with this picture with tennis legend John McEnroe:


Johnny Mack!!!

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Drake also grabbed an Instagram moment with Novak Djokovic, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world:


Novak in the cut.

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But when it came time to pose with women's tennis star Billie Jean King, Drake was beaten to the social media punch -- King was the one to post proof of their physical coming-together:


The whole "Drake likes sports" thing is getting a little exhausting, but we have some great ideas to breathe life into the whole production. Drake needs to start showing up at less media-laden events: think the College World Series, the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Then he makes his way to truly bizarre settings: Rooting on Team USA at the World Softball championships, decked out in Canadian attire while rooting on his country's crew team at the Olympics. Eventually the Internet gets hold of a grainy image of Drake standing in the first row at a championship cricket match between India and Sri Lanka.

Because if you're going to become a parody of yourself, at least do it well, Drake.

The 'Summer of Gronk' tour that has raged on ever since the end of Super Bowl XLIX has yet to slow down, and now fellow Boston sports star David Ortiz is getting in on the action.

The Red Sox slugger collaborated with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on a ridiculous-but-fun music video that serves as a tribute to Dunkin' Donuts.

Given that Dunkin' Donuts is the coffee-and-donut chain of choice throughout most of New England, it wasn't hard for the two stars to drum up enthusiasm for their performance, which features Gronk breaking it down with lyrics while Ortiz works as a disc jockey.

The singing leaves much to be desired, as one could probably anticipate, but the pair makes up for it with overflowing enthusiasm and some well-placed autotune.

Gronk also busts out some strong dance moves, even if they are heavy on the hip thrusts.

Is this the summer anthem we've all been waiting for? Hopefully not -- once the novelty wears off, all you're left with is a repetitive, grating "musical" performance. But there's some decent shock value that Dunkin' has wisely exploited, and Gronk's pop culture value remains higher than ever.

And now, on to the next stop on the Gronk Summer Tour.

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