Friday July 31st, 2015

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The Saga of Michael Sweetney

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​ The second annual "Basketball Tournament"a five-on-five basketball tournament in which fan-vote-determined teams to battle in a winner-take-all single-elimination tournament for $1 millionconcludes this weekend. One of the players still competing is former Knick Michael Sweetney, who (as the above photo indicates) is up to 320 pounds but in a much better place mentally than during his career. Sweetney suffered through an undiagnosed bout with clinical depression during his career, prompted by his dad's death just before his rookie season, causing him to eat too much and not take care of his body. He had given up basketball but started seeing a psychiatrist six months ago and is getting back in shape with the hope of playing a couple years of pro basketball overseas. His team's game will air on ESPN Saturday at 2 p.m. 


Hammon Time

The Sacramento Kings hired Nancy Lieberman as an assistant coach, joining Spurs assistant Becky Hammon as the only female assistant coaches in the NBA. Hammon had already set the bar pretty high by leading San Antonio to a summer league championship, but set it even higher Thursday with this impressive performance of the M.C. Hammer classic U Can't Touch This.


Ronda Rousey's Biggest FearFighting in Octagon or Swimsuits?

As Ronda Rousey prepares to take on Bethe Correia for the bantamweight title at UFC 190 on Saturday, SI Swimsuit unveiled a raw, behind-the-scenes video of Rousey discussing her biggest fear.  It's been a busy few days for Rousey. Both LeBron James and UFC fighter Conor McGregor admitted they wouldn't fare well in a fight against the UFC champion and Thursday she received a surprise post-workout hug from a young fan. 


Lovely Lady of the Day

Sam from Toronto requested energy drink model Marissa Kimberlin earn LLOD honors. Excellent choice. (here's the full-size gallery)


Random Stat of the Day

Bryce Harper apparently hits better in high socks or stirrups than in he does in baggy pants.


Pat Burrell Twitter Chat Fail

Former Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell decided to answer a few questions on Twitter. Unfortunately, his reputation as a lady's man became the focal point of just about every question. 


Pablo Sandoval Salary in Donuts


Dad Bod Day


J.J. Watt Takes B.P.


Ouch! 


Odds & Ends

Chrissy Teigen's butt shake prevented John Legend from eating chicken wings ... Stuffed chipmunks re-enacted a Michigan-Michigan State college game ... Free-agent running back Steven Jackson really wants to play for the Cowboys ... MLS Commissioner Don Garber says the league is losing money, but exposure remains high ... Victor Cruz wore a No. 45 Michael Jordan shirt to training camp ... More racist Hulk Hogan comments have been leaked, this time from a jailhouse conversation with his son ... Tom Brady made an impressive one-handed catch in Patriots practice Thursday ... Oakland Raiders vs. Harry Styles ... Conan is being sued for allegedly stealing jokes from Twitter ... The Beatles 'forgot' dozens of songs ... The 10 richest people of all time ... Ranking every Led Zeppelin song ... 


Cowboys Cheerleaders Re-Enact Controversial Dez Bryant Non-Catch

Even Cowboys fan have to enjoy this.


Jay Pharoah Imitates Stephen A. Smith

The Saturday Night Live cast member imitates everyone's favorite ESPN personality during an appearance on SINow.


Surprise!

A news reporter gets the scare of her life from a videobomber. (H/T Next Impulse Sports)


Timeout with T.O.

Our good friend Tiffany Oshinsky reviews the week in sports.

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