Some golf fans at the U.S. Open in University Place, Washington, just south of Seattle, decided to give Henrik Stenson a clever cheer Friday. As Stenson teed off to begin his second round, he heard several fans shout, "We love Swedish Fish."

Stenson is a native of Sweden. Swedish Fish, the jelly candy, is a product of Mondelez International, the company that used to be called Kraft Foods, which is based outside Chicago. Ah, the wit.

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Possessing small amounts of marijuana for personal use is legal in Washington, so perhaps some weed might be responsible for the cheer. But frankly, if you've got the munchies and still want to salute Stenson, wouldn't Swedish meatballs be the tastier choice?

Last year, a group of 3- and 4-year-old girls in Edmond, Oklahoma, were in the same dance class. Some of their mothers wondered if the girls might be interested in softball. To make the sell on softball easier, the moms took a clever approach: Use Frozen as enticement.

The team ended up being called The Freeze. Its uniforms included turquoise shirts and white pants, consistent with Elsa's color choice in the movie.

For the team photo, the girls went for the full Elsa effect, wearing dresses. With eye black. And cleats.

One of the team moms, Betsy Gregory, is a photographer, and she handled the shoot. She wanted to capture some of that fierce Frozen spirit.

As relayed in a column by Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Gregory told the girls to "pretend that your brother stole something from you."

Gregory posted some of the photos on Facebook, and the result was a viral sensation. That wasn't Gregory's intention, but now that it has blown up, she hopes the message is clear. As she told Carlson: "You’re a little girl, and you can do anything. Don’t let people get in your way. Go for it. Wear an Elsa dress and play softball."

For Tom Brady, talk isn't cheap.

The Boston Globe reports that the two-time NFL MVP commanded $170,000 to speak last month at Salem State University. His talk, moderated by Jim Gray, amounted to the first and only time he has publicly discussed the accusation that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs during their AFC championship game matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

Brady's appearance came the day after Ted Wells' report concluded that it was "more probable than not" that the Patriots knew about the deflated footballs. Asked about the report by Gray, Brady didn't have much to divulge.

“I don’t really have any reaction [to the Wells Report]," Brady said to the enthusiastic, sold-out crowd. "It has only been 30 hours. I’ve not had much time to digest it. When I do, I will be sure to let you know how I feel about it. And everybody else.”

Brady was paid by the nonprofit Salem State University Foundation, which sponsors the school's annual speaker series. A University spokeswoman told the Boston Globe that no public money was used for the event, which raised $40,000 from ticket sales and sponsorships. The Foundation has raised $20 million over the last five years.

According to the Globe, the Salem State Foundation is also used to provide scholarships to students, enhance the student experience and recruit faculty from diverse backgrounds. The fact that it paid Brady $170,000 for an hourlong talk has some people upset:




For reference, $170,000 is more than George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice or Al Gore normally earn for a speech. Peyton Manning, himself a Super Bowl champion, got $105,000 to speak at Oklahoma State in 2014.

Brady, who is estimated to be worth $120 million, is set to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 23 for a disciplinary hearing. The four-time Super Bowl champion is appealing the four-game suspension handed down to him by the NFL for his supposed role in deflating the footballs.

Slowly but surely, Johnny Manziel seems like he might be growing up.

First, there was the news that the 22-year-old entered rehab after his tumultuous rookie season. Then Manziel moved into a new home in the Cleveland suburbs surrounded by "old people."

And now Manziel is indicating that he'll change his image on the field.

Manziel this week told reporters that he'll ditch his trademark celebration, the money sign, after making a big play.

"The money sign will not be back. I will not be making it," Manziel said at Browns minicamp. "Last year is last year, it was what it was and it was not very good. So for me, I'm trying to close that chapter and just build on what I’ve done so far this year and just move forward, and try to close that chapter in my life. Not one that I’m very proud of, not one that I want to look back on very much and dwell on, that’s for sure."

Manziel famously threw up the money sign when he was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He also performed the gesture after his only touchdown of the 2014 season, a 10-yard scramble against the Buffalo Bills.


But the celebration has, for the most part, backfired, and opposing defenders used the celebration to mock Manziel. Both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Redskins taunted Manziel with the money sign.

A Heisman winner and record-setting quarterback at Texas A&M, Manziel struggled to see the field in his first NFL season. Playing behind Brian Hoyer, Manziel only attempted 35 passes in five games. His season ended Dec. 21 after he injured his hamstring against the Carolina Panthers.

Duringthe offseason Manziel has reportedly gotten into altercations with fans at a nightclub and on a golf course. His erratic behavior earned him the nickname "Johnny Idiot Face" from WWE heavyweight champion Seth Rollins.

It's the indisputable Patriots proof you've been waiting for: Tom Brady is really bad at dancing.

Fine. Maybe there are juicier fish to fry. But for the moment, let's be happy to have this video of Brady making a fool of himself on the dance floor.

The footage comes from New England's Super Bowl rings party, where team owner Robert Kraft handed out the gaudiest rings ever bestowed upon professional athletes.


The moves I learned at the Edelman and Gronkowski School of Dance are really paying off!

Posted by Tom Brady on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"The moves I learned at the [Julian] Edelman and [Rob] Gronkowski School of Dance are really paying off!" writes Brady in the caption to this video he posted on Facebook.

If that's what Brady learned at school, we're going to make the strong recommendation that Brady re-take some classes.

Failing a class taught by Rob Gronkowski: That's a new definition of low.

The title of Jake Gyllenhaal's upcoming boxing drama is Southpaw, but the promotional material for the movie suggests it should instead be called Orthodox.

In the film Gyllenhaal plays a fictional, down-and-out boxer named Billy Hope who tries to recover the glory he once achieved in the ring. Because the movie is titled Southpaw, it seems safe to assume that Gyllenhaal's character is a lefty.

In boxing, southpaw fighters lead with their right hand while orthodox boxers lead with their left. But as boxing fans are pointing out on social media, the promotional poster for the film has Gyllenhaal leading with his left hand:



For reference, here's a true southpaw, Manny Pacquiao, leading with his right hand.


And here's the Southpaw poster:


Something seems off. And people are noticing:





Making matters worse, Andrew Joseph of the Arizona Republic notes that one of the trailers for the film has Gyllenhaal knocking out an opponent with his right hand while in an orthodox stance.

Presumably the film, which was overseen by Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and is set to be released on July 24, had a boxing consultant to help with the fighting scenes. So the best case scenario is that this is simply a poor choice of images for the poster and the trailer.

The worst case scenario, it seems, would amount to a pretty embarrassing error throughout the movie.

Cam Newton knows it may not be the best idea for him to continue playing "Knockerball," but by the looks of it, the game is just too fun for the Pro Bowl quarterback to quit.

For those who aren't familiar, Knockerball is a game in which two people put on heavily padded plastic balls and run full force at each other. Here's Newton playing a few months ago:


whyEASTER"egg"HUNT? whenUcanEASTER"HEAD"HUNT!lol #KNOCK1NheadsOFF -1OVE

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It's not hard to see how someone could get injured playing Knockerball. And if that someone was a franchise quarterback who recently signed a $100 million contract extension, well, there are more than a few people within and outside the Carolina organization that might be upset.

Nevertheless, Newton was spotted playing Knockerball recently at his first annual "Kick It With Cam" kickball tournament in Charlotte. He can be seen in this video going head-to-head with Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown.

Newton better hope Brown doesn't hold that hit against him come football season.

And this next hit is even worse. Newton crushes some poor soul so hard that his or her shoe falls off:


Cam is MEAN with the bubble.

A video posted by Tadd Haislop (@taddhaislop) on

It's clear Newton is having a blast while destroying the dreams of his Knockerball opponents, and at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, he probably wins more than he loses. But considering that during the past 15 months he's had ankle surgery and fractured his ribs in a car accident, some think he should avoid anything that might result in another injury.

ESPN's David Newton in April asked the Panthers' organization what it thinks about Newton playing Knockerball. Their response wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement:

"We have no comment. Thanks."

Marcus Scribner remembers the good old days, back when he was attending Staples Center regularly and the Lakers were winning titles. But times have changed: The Lakers have suffered through a rough couple of seasons, and Scribner's work on the hit comedy Black-ish has kept him from watching games in person as much as he'd like. But during his appearance at the annual Sports Spectacular to raise money in the fight against obesity and diabetes, Scribner tells ThePostGame he's confident that a few new additions to the roster will make the Lakers competitive once again.

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Nick Young was on SportsNation on Friday, and he was blindsided with a challenge he probably never saw coming.

The show played a game in which Swaggy P had to listen to rap lyrics and then guess whether the lyrics were from songs by either his fiancee, Iggy Azalea, or Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant.

It didn't go well. It did, however, make for decent television.

Kobe, as you probably don't remember, attempted to have a music career back in the days when he had hair.

Despite a self-titled album graced with the Midas touch of a Tyra Banks cameo, it failed. Kobe's music career failed. He was forced to pour all of his egomania in basketball, which worked out pretty well for him.

Fortunately for all of us, the NBA's history with forays into rap is remarkably long -- and troubled. Recent albums by guys like Lance Stephenson and Metta World Peace are well past the heyday for rap artistry that Kobe was a part of.

In fact, the greatest example of the NBA-rap crossover came in 1994, when an album called "B-Ball's Best-Kept Secret" hit the world. The album features 16 tracks, most of them involving NBA players including Shaquille O'Neal, Cedric Ceballos, Gary Payton, Brian Shaw, Dana Barros, and the incomparable Jason Kidd.

In fact, Kidd's song is so terribad that it warrants inclusion, so you can enjoy the full song below.

Bear in mind, this is a real song rapped by Jason Kidd, and without a shread of irony:

Did you catch that? Jason Kidd actually said the sentence, "I was good on the dribble like an infant."

The 90s were the best.

One day out from facing her former team in the FIFA Women's World Cup, Sweden head coach Pia Sundhage has opened up with some interesting observations of her former team.

Sundhage is a world-class coach and previously led the U.S. women's national team to two straight World Cup finals, as well as a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. When she left U.S. Soccer to helm the national team of her home country, she was graciously thanked on her way out by everyone associated with the team.

That doesn't mean she checked her opinions at the door. Sundhage opened up to The New York Times about her impressions of several U.S. stars from her past teams, most notably embattled goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Asked this week about her comments about Solo in the Times article, Sundhage elaborated.

"She's a piece of work," Sundhage says. "But that’s good as well. Things happen around her … She’s the best goalkeeper in the world, so why wouldn’t you try to make her happy? And at the same time, she has a team spirit. It’s a little bit of a bumpy road."

Sundhage also had a very determined opinion of what U.S. star Abby Wambach's role on the team should be. According to the Swedish coach, she's even told the 35-year-old how she would have handled her presence on the team.

"I told her: 'If I stayed, you would be a sub. The best sub ever. But a sub,'" Sundhage says. "There was no question about that in my mind."

Those words might seem pointed, but let's understand one thing: Sundhage loved coaching the U.S. team, and she was fantastic -- in 107 matches, she only lost six times.

The U.S.-Sweden match on Friday will be a nostalgic one for both sides -- but it should also prove to be a great show.

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