No one, it seems, remembered the birthday of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, so the quirky 7-footer swallowed his pride and took to Twitter to wish himself a happy birthday.

Adams, the second year man who known for his funny side, posted these tweets Sunday:



The confusion, it seems, stems from bad information on Adams' Wikipedia entry:


About an hour after Adams' tweet, the Thunder's official Twitter account sent out this message:


Adams, a New Zealand native and the 12th overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft, is coming off a solid rookie season. He played in 81 games for the Thunder, averaging about 15 minutes and four rebounds per night. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

As for a birthday gift, Adams isn't looking for anything too extravagant:



Full Story >>

Tim Howard is still living on cloud nine and has at least a few more weeks before the dust settles on his World Cup performance. The U.S. goalkeeper became an American sports icon by making a tournament-record 16 saves in the nation's 2-1 round of 16 loss to Belgium.

Howard's face is featured on a gold mine of memes and he recently landed on the cover of Adweek shirtless. His English Premier League club, Everton, is trying to recruit new American supporters.

Meanwhile, Howard, 35, may be trying to recruit himself to an American franchise. On Thursday, Howard, who joined Twitter in late May shortly before the World Cup, tweeted out a photo of himself in a Knicks jersey.


Tim, Knicks fans would love to hear your demands. If you are willing to accept the veterans' minimum, Phil Jackson may be able to weave you into the roster. If you are looking for big money, the Knicks are not your destination at this time. New Yorkers will be the first to tell you the franchise is one year away from the contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire ($23,410,988) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) coming off the books. Maybe try then.

Howard was born in New Brunswick, N.J. and grew up in the Garden State. His first two professional teams were the North Jersey Imperials of the United System of Independent Soccer Leagues and the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) of MLS.

The Knicks re-signed Carmelo Anthony to a five-year, $124 million earlier this week. However, they also traded former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler. The Knicks need a new defensive stopper. Considering Tim Howard is rumored to be able to stop anything, he seems like the natural upgrade for the Knicks defense. (Howard is 6-3, but as they say in basketball, he plays bigger.)

Unfortunately for Knicks and NBA fans, this Throwback Thursday is only a dream. Howard will be back in action for Everton in August. Americans will have many opportunities to see his Liverpool-based club play across the pond.

Full Story >>

Neither the Phoenix Suns nor the Philadelphia 76ers made the playoffs this past spring. The two teams play on opposite sides of the country, and other than hosting Charles Barkley's antics, the two franchises do not have a lot in common.

That did not stop the two teams from engaging in possibly the greatest Twitter interaction between two professional sports franchises ever (step it up, @LAKings). When the teams met Tuesday night in Las Vegas for NBA Summer League action, the Suns made an observation.







The Suns won the actual game 97-88 behind 28 points from T.J. Warren, the 14th overall pick from North Carolina State.

The Suns used a different fictional character to salute Warren:


Twitter and the NBA. What a country.

Full Story >>

J.R. Smith and Rihanna have a feud. That sounds pretty ridiculous, but it's true.

The friction between the New York Knicks guard and the recording artist's began May 8, 2013. One day after the Knicks beat down the Indiana Pacers 105-79 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden, a photo surfaced showing the two at a New York club for Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour After Party . Smith can be found over Rihanna's left shoulder.


At the time, the Knicks knotted the series at 1-1 and had three full days off. The series took a turn for the worst in Indiana, though. The Pacers won both Games 3 and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to go up 3-1.

With Game 5 looming and Smith struggling -- the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year averaged 14 points in Games 3 and 4 -- Rihanna lashed out on her paparazzi partner on Instagram. Here's a comment captured by Larry Brown Sports:

The Knicks lost the series in six games. Smith had an abysmal 2013-14 season and the Knicks missed the playoffs.

This did not stop Smith from taking a shot at Rihanna on Monday.

The caption reads, "Lmfao #greatmorningworld," but the meme text is what matters. The message is clearly a mockery of Rihanna following LeBron James, who played for the Miami Heat from 2010-2014. James signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his first NBA team, over the weekend.

Rihanna has seven Grammys. J.R. Smith's only professional All-Star Game appearance came in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Despite the comparison, it is perhaps to no one's surprise that Smith would take a shot at a much more successful individual. Besides, when has Smith ever passed up a shot, ill-advised or not?

Full Story >>

The New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as team president in March. His first major job in the team's front office was to keep star Carmelo Anthony in blue and orange. On June 23, Anthony told the Knicks he would opt out of his contract. On Sunday, he re-signed with the team on a five-year extension.

While Anthony pondered his decision, Jackson pursued another all-star free agent, Pau Gasol. Jackson coached Gasol for three and a half seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Gasol also played four and a half seasons for the Lakers with Knicks head coach Derek Fisher.

On Saturday, Gasol announced he would join the Chicago Bulls, leaving the Knicks and other teams in the dust.


Tied down by the salary cap, the Knicks needed Gasol to take less money to play for Jackson and Fisher. On paper, his signing was a long shot in New York.

That did not stop Jackson from poking fun at his former player on Twitter:


The picture is actually timely and location-specific. The image captures a moment on June 30 in which lightning struck Chicago's three tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, Trump Tower and the John Hancock Center, at the same time.

Jackson served as an assistant with the Bulls from 1987-1989 and head coach from 1989-1998. He won six championships with the Bulls and five championships as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004, 2005-2011. Jackson also won two championships during his 1967-1978 tenure with the Knicks (he retired in 1980 after two years with the New Jersey Nets).

Full Story >>

A larger playing surface and more players on the field aren't the only adjustments Chad Johnson has had to make since moving north of the border to play for the Montreal Alouettes.

Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowler who last played in the NFL for the New England Patriots in 2011, has also had to learn how to read French. And so far, that hasn't gone so well.

Johnson tweeted that he's already racked up 15 parking tickets in Montreal, complaining that the street signs are all in French. The wide receiver sent this message to Montreal mayor Denis Coderre in hopes of help:


Coderre, an active tweeter, quickly responded:




Rather than learn to read French, Johnson has started taking the subway, and that too has been quite an experience:



As Johnson spends time in Montreal (he signed a two-year contract with the Alouettes in April), we can only hope for more of these moments.

Full Story >>

About two weeks ago, the Washington Redskins hired Ben Tribbett to "help guide the team's battle over their controversial nickname."

On the surface, this made sense. Tribbett was a liberal blogger for his site, "Not Larry Sabato," which he shut down after joining the Redskins. Tribbett, 34, whose background is in Democratic politics in Virginia, defended the Redskins name even before the team hired him.

The Washington Post recently ran Tribbett's Facebook post from last October as a reminder:

Put aside for the moment whether the Boston Tea Party argument is legitimate or overlooks what might have actually happened, because Tribbett is now done with the Redskins.


What prompted Tribbett to resign after just two weeks? The plot thickens quickly.

Tribbett's main claim to fame on Not Larry Sabato was breaking the George Allen "macaca" story in 2006. During a campaign stop while running for a second term as U.S. Senator from Virginia, Allen used the word "macaca" when he spoke to a supporter of his opponent, Jim Webb.

The "macaca" in question was S.R. Sidarth, a rising college senior on Webb's campaign who had been filming Allen's rallies that week. Sidarth is a second-generation Indian-American and a Hindu, and Tribbett insisted that "macaca" was a racial slur. Allen, who had previously been governor of Virginia, said he had made up the word.

Allen lost the election. Tribbett's attacks on him stemming from the macaca controversy were a factor. Even years after the campaign, the flap about the word continued. The issue flared up again after the Redskins hired him, this time to Tribbett's detriment, as cited the Washingtonian:

Some of Tribbett's fellow bloggers noted that during the George Allen episode, Tribbett's blog linked to a list of racial slurs to demonstrate that “macaca” was indeed a slur; that list, his critics say, also included "redskin."

So, Tribbett made a name for himself by bashing a politician for being racist and then he became the man in charge of defending what he had once considered to be a racist name.

Then there is the issue of George Allen. His father, also named George Allen, was Redskins coach from 1971-1977, which included an appearance in Super Bowl VII. His brother is Bruce Allen -- president and general manager of the Redskins.

It could not get any weirder, right?

Wrong. Of course it can.

The Indian Country Today Media Network discovered some of his tweets -- which can be viewed as being derogatory toward Native Americans -- from a Las Vegas casino in 2010:

Late Monday night, Tribbett began to wave the white flag and then called it quits. In addition to his resignation tweet, here's what he posted.





Tribbett proceeded to retweet what appears to be a shot at him from Keith Olbermann and a user going by House of #Nats:


In an exclusive interview with the Washingtonian, Tribbett had the following to say:

"The team name is not what people are making it out to be. I don't agree with what's going on with the attacks on it. I was on record with that long before I joined them. Frankly, the Redskins, when I was growing up, brought the community together more than anything. I don't want to see them change the name. I just don't want to be at the forefront of the debate."

And with that, Ben Tribbett's two weeks in the Redskins' front office is over. He was hired to defend the team's name. Instead, he brought negative publicity to himself and the franchise.

Kids, the Internet can be your best friend or your enemy. Let Ben Tribbett serve as an example.

[H/T Indian Country Today Media Network, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post]

Full Story >>

In June 2013, Alex Rodriguez's name came to the forefront in the Biogenesis Baseball Scandal. During the second half of the season, much of the news off the field surrounded Rodriguez's fight with Major League Baseball. On Aug. 5, Rodriguez, after rehabbing his hip, made his season debut under appeal on the same day MLB suspended him for 211 games -- through the 2014 season. Rodriguez has since settled for a suspension for the 2014 season and played 44 games in 2013.

Many other MLB players are not fans of Rodriguez. Since A-Rod's kerfuffle with the league, many fellow members of the MLBPA have been outspoken.

One is pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who happened to have been traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Yankees on Sunday. Rodriguez, although suspended, is a contracted member of the Yankees who plans on returning for the 2015 season.

Last June, when Rodriguez joined Twitter, McCarthy had this to say:


For reference, the dictionary definition for masochism is rather explicit.

Also, in case McCarthy, or anyone else is wondering, Rodriguez is still tweeting to his 110,000+ followers, despite his suspension. Apparently, he has been watching the World Cup.


Rodriguez represented the United States in the 2006 World Baseball Classic before flipping to the Dominican Republic in 2009 (he never played when an MRI revealed a cyst in his right hip), but that is neither here nor there.

Thanks to Sports Pickle, a second McCarthy anti-A-Rod tweet was found. However, after Sports Pick retweeted the message, the tweet was deleted.

Here is the recovered image:

MRSA stants for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacterium that causes multiple infections in humans. In other words, it is a very bad thing to have in a team's locker room.

It sounds like the Bronx Zoo has a new conflict to deal with. With the Yankees at 44-43 and 3.5 games back in the American League East, this is not the kind of problem the team needs.

Somehow, in some way, A-Rod is still bringing problems to the Yankee clubhouse. One, actually, Brandon McCarthy, may call him a bacteria to team chemistry.

But maybe the acquisition of McCarthy (and his strong stance) is just another way of Yankee management telling A-Rod that the team isn't so eager to see him back next season.

[H/T Sports Pickle]

Full Story >>

July 1 marks the anniversary of multiple historical and athletic events: The start of the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), the founding of China's Communist Party (1921), WFAN in New York debuting as the nation's first all-sports radio station (1987) and Derek Jeter's "The Dive" into the stands (2004).

Also, on July 1, 1996, the Charlotte Hornets traded Kobe Bryant, the 13th overall pick in that summer's NBA draft, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hornets received center Vlade Divac. As Bryant was 17 at the time, he needed his parents to co-sign his first NBA contract.

On Tuesday, Bryant trolled his former team of five days Twitter:


And Instagram, with the caption: "On this day 18yrs ago the hornets told me right after they drafted me that they had no use for me and were going to trade me. #thanku #Believe #usmnt #lakers #jwest #drbuss #letsGo #USA."

On the surface, this appears like Bryant telling an inspiring story. On the same day the U.S. National Men's Soccer Team went to battle against a greater foe in Belgium, Bryant told his underdog story.

However, Bryant may be exaggerating. In a 2008 piece in the Winston-Salem Journal, Bill Branch, who was the Hornets' head scout in 1996, negated rumors of a Bryant trade demand or the Hornets second-guessing their pick.

Instead, the trade, made by the franchise now known as the New Orleans Pelicans, was actually verbally agreed to before the draft.

"The deal was actually done a day ahead of time, and it was Vlade for a player to be named," Branch said in 2008. "If I remember right, they didn't even tell us who they wanted us to pick until about five minutes before the pick was made. So it was never a matter of us actually drafting Kobe."

This did not stop Bryant from sending a fiery tweet Tuesday.

Bryant has never been one to keep his mouth shut, whether he was accused of rape or feuding with Shaquille O'Neal. Or feuding with Karl Malone over "The Mailman" possibly hitting on his wife. Here's a throwback clip from 2004 with John Saunders and a much younger Stephen A. Smith (not that Saunders was not younger too):

Full Story >>

Since his papal inauguration in March 2013, Pope Francis has been commended and resented for his "progressive" approach, which contrast from the teachings of his predecessor, Pope Benedict. The Vatican City has experienced a very critical and possibly groundbreaking first year under Pope Francis.

Part of this has been their use of Twitter. On Tuesday, before Pope Francis' birth nation of Argentina kicked off with Switzerland in the World Cup Round of 16, the verified account VaticanCommunication (@PCCS_VA) tweeted this:


The tweet features Swiss fans drinking and enjoying the match on television. The Swiss Guard serves as the pope's protectors.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis shows distaste in the background, standing under a cross, with a blue and white scarf to represent Argentina.

The cartoon can get a chuckle out of most modern Catholics. The drinking nearly crosses a line, but hey, the Church is progressive, remember?

And Pope Francis reportedly had a good sense of humor about the match, telling the Swiss Guard that "it will be war!"

VaticanCommunication has more than 96,000 followers and the account had about 6,700 retweets at 3 p.m. ET.

Pope Francis' Argentina won the actual game, 1-0, on a goal from Angel Di Maria.

Full Story >>

Syndicate content