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Annoying NFL Texts: Do the Pats know something about Josh Gordon the rest of us don't?

When an NFL team acquires a troubled wide receiver who's played 11 games the past five years, it's usually not worth more than a few lines of agate type. When the wide receiver is Josh Gordon, and the acquiring team is the New England Patriots, one has to wonder if there's something going on …

Ian Rapoport

DEBATE: Is N64 better than PlayStation One?

<i>DEBATE is a new feature that attempts to answer humanity's most burning questions through the prism of The Loop's oft-combative (and always distracted) Slack channel. Inspired by Sony's unveiling of the new PlayStation Classic, this week we begin with a topic that continues to drive a wedge between</i> …

PlayStation

Bryson DeChambeau's big purchase ahead of the Ryder Cup had nothing to do with golf

Bryson DeChambeau is in great shape to win a first FedEx Cup this week, but he's so excited about playing in his first Ryder Cup next week that on Tuesday night he made a special purchase to take to Paris. And it had nothing to do with golf.<p>THE GRIND: Phil's unusual Ryder Cup "preparation" & a …

Ryder Cup

Two Boston Red Sox fans are really overvaluing the Fenway Park banner they found

Two Boston Red Sox fans believe they are holding their beloved baseball team hostage over a banner meant for Fenway Park that wound up in their possession. What they don't realize is that the<p>treasurerolled-up piece of vinyl they found in a brown paper bag on the road would probably cost the Red …

Boston Red Sox

This is the greatest political attack ad in American history (and that's saying something)

It's election season here in the stars and stripes, and that means engines are running a little hotter than usual. And by hotter than usual, we mean steaming on the side of desert highway while the people who put a carnival barker in the Oval Office and the people who will literally never forgive …

Harrison Ford

Investigation finds that English police chief has. . . a bad temper on the golf course?

An internal investigation has cleared an English police chief of any wrongdoing in a possible cover up. However, it has exposed something else about the man. He has a bad temper on the golf course.<p>According to BBC News, Mike Veale was accused of hiding information in an abuse probe regarding former …

BBC

Trying to hit this 100-mph sinker from Jordan Hicks does not appear to be fun

Wayyyy back in April, when the New York Mets were good for like 10 days, Rob Friedman aka @PitchingNinja on Twitter gifted us with a GIF of a seemingly impossibly pitch to hit from the hammer of Thor, Noah Syndergaard. While Friedman has posted plenty more great pitching GIFs since (it's kinda what …

Jordan Hicks

Sony to release mini PlayStation Classic, make your inner '90s kid weep sweet tears of joy

If you grew up on a steady diet of <i>Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</i>, Stone Temple Pilots, and <i>Hot Shots Golf</i>, hoo boy, do we have good news for you. Hot on the heels of Nintendo's miniaturizations of the iconic NES and SNES consoles, Sony has announced they are reviving the original PlayStation—probably the …

Final Fantasy

Good news, golf fans: Ryder Cup replica urns (Yes, urns) are now available

Got a golf fan in the family? Well, we've got the perfect gift idea for him/her! They just can't use it until they're, um, well, dead.<p>Urns for Ashes is now offering a Ryder Cup replica urn. And all kidding aside, this thing looks pretty sweet:<p>Here's what it says under product description:<p><i>A perfect</i> …

Ryder Cup

Senators GM gets asked what he's optimistic about, hilariously stares into space and says "we're a team"

Going through a rebuild is tough for any team's fanbase, especially one that nearly made it to the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago. But sometimes the window closes and it's time to blow it up. In those cases, you at least want your general manager to attempt to put a bow on things and tell you …

San Jose Sharks

You can bet on whether Paulina Gretzky will show up at the Ryder Cup

The 2018 Ryder Cup has produced a slew of prop bets as usual, but here's one we didn't see coming a few weeks ago: Will Paulina Gretzky be there?<p>Amid growing questions about her relationship with fiancé and Team USA's top-ranked player Dustin Johnson, oddsmaker Bovada has issued a wager surrounding …

Ryder Cup

FanDuel, New Jersey gambler in dispute over potential $82,000 NFL bet

The legalization of sports gambling has been met with excitement by many, including two co-workers who shall remain nameless. But some growing pains are to be expected with such a quick transition into the booming industry of betting on games. And one Garden State gambler is already in a dispute …

New Jersey

NCAA one-ups No Fun League, plans to ban North Texas trick punt return

The NCAA is one of the most corrupt, negligent, incompetent, exploitative, and downright out-of-touch sports organizations on earth. And that's all before news broke that the collegiate coalition of suck are, as of Monday night, considering a ban on Keegan Brewer's incredible fake fair catch punt …

Human Interest

Forget Tiger and Phil. The stakes are greater in this match between golfers, who are vying for California's governorship

It does not have the appeal of “The Match,” the Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods Boondoggle in Babylon, inasmuch as politicians aren’t held in the high esteem that athletes are.<p>But for those whose politics are influenced by politicians’ golf proclivities — hopefully, none of you — there is another …

Human Interest

According to Vegas, college football's sneakiest team is in the SEC (and it's not LSU)

Week 3 in college football featured a host of impressive performances from some sneaky teams, BYU's upset of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt scaring Notre Dame and Oklahoma State dominating Boise State, just to name a few. But no win was bigger than LSU's over Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium, snapping the …

Human Interest

Phil Mickelson's Ryder Cup "prep," a Tiger "sighting" at Starbucks, and a teen prodigy turns trailblazer

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we’re just glad the new scoring system for the Tour Championship doesn’t start until next year. This year’s season finale is the final chance for me to win my Tiger Woods-will-win bet with colleague (and arch-nemesis) Brian Wacker. I had all of this …

Human Interest

Let’s be the only people online to break down the "Captain Marvel" Trailer

With Tuesday's release of the trailer for “Captain Marvel,” we finally have a look at a post-Thanos universe, and by that I mean we have a look at a pre-Thanos universe, unless everybody has fallen into the Soulstone or Quantum Realm, which would obviously scramble up time even more, and you know …

Captain Marvel

Conor McGregor launches most inevitable Irish whiskey brand ever

If, in the fallout of of last summer's Mayweather-McGregor fight, you put money on Conor McGregor getting in a pinch with the mob, attacking a bus full of co-workers, and launching an Irish whiskey brand before setting foot in the octagon again, well, good for you Nostradamus. Enjoy your new …

Human Interest

NFL gambler earns crazy $17,000-to-1 payout by correctly picking entire slate of games

Chicago Bears fans rejoiced when Prince Amukamara intercepted a Russell Wilson pass midway through the fourth quarter on Monday night and returned it for a touchdown. We can only imagine the reaction of one lucky person who became King of the gambling world this week thanks to Prince's play.<p>The …

Human Interest

Texas A&M are bringing mesh-y back with 1998 throwback uniforms

Things that were big in 1998: <i>Titanic</i>, Brandy, Crash Bandicoot, and mesh. Lots and lots of mesh. Thankfully for fans of classic Big 12 football and big-ass FUBU, the Texas A&M Aggies—now purveyors of classic SEC football—are dusting off their iconic '98 mesh uniforms for a October 6th matchup with …

Human Interest

World Cup star N'Golo Kante misses last train home, stops at fan's house for dinner and game of FIFA

There was no shortage of sports heroes doing heroic sports stuff this weekend. Ryan Fitzmagic arrived to his post-game press conference dressed like Conor McGregor on laundry day. A kid from North Texas faked a fair catch and took it to the house. Zlatan roundhoused his way to 500 career goals. The …

Conor McGregor

Philip Rivers, who has EIGHT children, tells Dan Patrick he's not done having children

For all the great content "The Dan Patrick Show" has provided the internet with recently, we should be tuning in every day to see what happens next. But nobody's got time for that, and that's not a knock on the show, because it's actually quite good, it's just that people have jobs and stuff during …

Philip Rivers

Baseball coach named Zane Gonzalez gets mistaken for Browns kicker by Twitter idiots

Cleveland Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez had a rough day at work on Sunday, so rough that he is likely about to lose his job, with reports already surfacing that the team is working out veteran free agents like Blair Walsh and Cairo Santos. Is it fair to jump ship this quickly on a guy that holds the …

Zane Gonzalez

Man pulls gun on golfer who hit a ball into his backyard

A Pennsylvania man pulled a pistol and threatened a golfer who had hit a wayward shot into his backyard, according to police. And, well, this is why you obey OB stakes and don't go onto someone else's property, even if you just put a brand new ProV1 into play.<p>CBS Pittsburgh reports the incident …

Condé Nast

How'd Your Team Do Twitter Edition: The Browns almost won again

Last week the Cleveland Browns didn't lose an NFL game. Sure, they didn't win it either, but their 21-21 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers marked the first time that the Browns didn't lose in 18 games, the last victory coming on Christmas Eve of the 2016 season against the Chargers. It was just …

Zane Gonzalez

Recapping the Big Ten's historically horrendous day of football

The Big Ten has made many strides in the last decade to place itself in the conversation with the SEC as college football's top conference. Just ask any of its fanbases, each one, even Rutgers, holding on to that one time Ohio State beat Alabama as its crowning achievement. We kid, we kid.<p>That …

Penn State

North Texas return man fakes out entire Arkansas punt team, scores one of the TDs of the year

The Arkansas football program has had its fair share of low points in recent years. Enough of them to make Razorbacks fans believe that there is nowhere to go but up for new head coach Chad Morris. On Saturday, at home against North Texas, the Hogs may have hit rock bottom.<p>Already down 7-0 halfway …

Bills mafia tailgates banning table slamming, outrageous drunk behavior in a huge blow to NFL's most fun fanbase

This isn't an RIP to Bills Mafia, but consider this a huge blow to the rowdy, raucous and ridiculous behavior that occurs in upstate New York for every Buffalo Bills game. Tailgaters at Buffalo Bills have become legends on social media—meeting new heights of table-crushing, dizzy-batting and …

New York State

Parents find son's baseball glove in thrift store 40 years after he lost it, probably feel bad for grounding him

It's a little-known fact that a 90 percent of the sporting goods industry is supported by absent-minded kids who lose equipment their parents buy for them, thus forcing their spineless parents to buy the same thing for the kids a second time.<p>Actually, this is just a theory, but it's at least worth …

Thrifting

The NFL's best team, according to Vegas, might surprise you (Hint: It's not the Patriots)

Who is the best team in the NFL this season? It's a question football fans will be asking up until Super Bowl LIII in February, but it's one that Vegas sportsbooks always need to have a handle on. A constantly-changing ranking of all 32 teams is how oddsmakers set point spreads each week, and if …

Los Angeles