Posts for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Category

DeSean Jaccson Took a Swipe at LeBron James on Instagram

Kyle Scott - June 11, 2014

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By my count, DeSean Jaccson has been a part of only two playoff wins – both during his rookie season – and four losses. His Eagles teams were 2-4 in postseason games and he was just cut ostensibly for being the worst teammate ever and a possible threat to the well-being of said teammates. And yet… he figured he’d take a completely unnecessary shot at two-time NBA champion and five-time Finals participant LeBron James via extraordinarily passive aggressive Instagram post. This makes sense.

And to refute that image: No, Jordan just had Pippen and Kobe just had Shaq. So it’s not like they had help or anything.

UPDATE: Not surprisingly, DeSean is sort of all talk, via (@973espn):

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Shaun White Showed Up at the Mount Saint Joseph Prom Last Night

Kyle Scott - May 3, 2014

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Here’s an email sent by Mount Saint Joseph last night:

Over a month ago, Carly Monzo ’14 created a video asking two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White to her senior prom. Carly creatively used a Hero 2 GoPro camera to film the entire video (GoPro was one of Shaun’s sponsors) and featured music from his band, Bad Things, in her video ask, GoProM?. Carly posted her video online and received over 8,900 views in only a month.

Tonight, to Carly’s surprise, Shaun White arrived at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club around 9:30 p.m. to accept her invitation to the prom. Shaun White and his band, Bad Things, performed three songs to wrap up the evening. This exciting event was filmed and will air on Access Hollywood. Once we have further details we will share them with you.

What a guy.

Here was the video:

I’m not really a fan of these, because they’ve completely jumped the shark and put celebrities in the awkward position of almost having to accept invites to far-flung events with sometimes creepy people (Carly seems normal), but this one was well done and it worked. Love the move by White surprising Carly at the Whitemarsh Valley CC.

Somewhere, other snowboarders are pissed that Shaun White didn’t take their sister to prom.

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The Best Bob Costas Story Yet

Kyle Scott - March 7, 2014

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Take everything you read in the New York Post with a big helping of salt. It goes down better that way. But, for the purposes of a slow Friday morning, we’ll just assume that their Page Six report today is true, that Bob Costas’ red eye thing was a result of a botox injection gone wrong:

Bob Costas got his infamous case of Olympic pink eye from botched Botox, a source claims to Page Six.

NBC’s prime-time Olympics host, who had to take a six-day absence after coming down with viral conjunctivitis in both eyes, contracted the infection after a Botox procedure to smooth out wrinkles prior to the Olympics. Our source said, “Bob’s eye infection was due to botched Botox. This isn’t the first time he’s had it.”

NBC strongly denies that Costas — who arrived to host the games in Sochi with a forehead smoother than the Olympic luge track — developed the infection from a Botox procedure.

A spokesperson from NBC Sports insisted to us, “This has zero truth to this. Zero.”

Probably doesn’t, but it’s on the web now, which means IT HAS GOT TO BE TRUE:

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Costas is known to respond to stuff like this, so I say there are two possible follow-ups:

1) Costas responds with a swarmy statement ripping gossip rags like the New York Post.

2) Costas responds with a swarmy statement admitting that, yes, even vertically challenged sportscasters need a little synthetic assistance once they make it into their sixties and are facing 17-straight nights of national TV work. Ends with: Now if only they had a governmentally approved procedure to make me look like Matt Lauer. 

Either way, Costas wins. COSTAS ALWAYS WINS. Write that down.

Russian Medalists Get New Cars Because Of Course They Do

Kyle Scott - February 28, 2014

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Perhaps our final Winter Olympics post (thank God– the games were a huge letdown this year).

Having success in Sochi was important for Russia so they could create tons of international capital to spend by invading the Ukraine the world could come away with a better view of them. Predictably, their medal-winning athletes are being taken care of… with A NEW CAR:

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev handed out keys to a fleet of white Mercedes-Benz cars to 44 medalists next to Red Square in Moscow on Thursday, according to reports.

Three different classes of cars were offered for the three medal colors. They were adorned with the Russian Olympic Team logo, assuring they will stand out on the roads.

“I was a bit shocked at the car I was given,” gold medalist biathlete Anton Shipulin said, according to R-Sport. “Of course I knew what kind of model it would be, but I didn’t totally believe it.”

There are some issues though, some of which were cleared up in reports out of Moscow.

The minimum driving age for cars in Russia is 18. Figure skating champions Yuliya Lipnitskaya and Adelina Sotnikova are 15 and 17, respectively. Those without licenses also received a paid-for driver, according to The Associated Press.

Few things here:

1) That’s awesome for the athletes.

2) No problem with the colors – gold, silver, bronze – but is putting the Russian Olympic Team logo on them really necessary? I mean, nothing says hey, come kidnap me and hold me for ransom in the Caucasus region better than having your flashy car branded with a sticker that says “I’m rich and famous and important to Mother Russia.”

3) Yulia gets a driver? Really? Come on, Vlad, does she really deserve one after falling twice in the women’s skate? I think not. About four years chained to that aforementioned wall next to a patch of ice should prepare her for Gold in Pyonsndngndfndsnhcnancang, South Korea.

It’ll Be Sweden in the Gold Medal Game

Kyle Scott - February 21, 2014

Photo credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Sweden beat Finland today, 2-1. They’ll play in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday. See you there, Henrik. See you there.

And I’ll see you, readers, here:

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USA. USA.

Figure Skaters Without Makeup

Kyle Scott - February 21, 2014

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This is the McKayla Maroney conundrum. Figure skaters and gymnasts are forced to look like porcelain dolls while performing their routines. Some of them look like that all the time. Others, like Maroney, morph from frightening dance slave:

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… into kind of hot:

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To explore this phenomenon, Yahoo has put together a nice with and without makeup slideshow of Olympic figure skaters. Most look different off the ice (for the better). But I love how tight-face Meryl Davis is exactly as Eyes Wide Shut-masquerade-mask with makeup as she is without. Those cheek bones never settle, baby!

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Ah!

View the full slideshow here. Spoiler: Ashley Wagner doesn’t look like a clown all the time.

H/T to (@rob_stott_88)

UPDATE: The Video an American Luger Posted of a Wolf in a Sochi Hotel was a Jimmy Kimmel Hoax

Kyle Scott - February 20, 2014

UPDATE: The Orlando Sun Sentinel reports:

Don’t believe that footage of a wolf in a Sochi hotel.

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel orchestrated a hoax with U.S. Olympic luger Kate Hansen, Inside Edition reports. The syndicated magazine got confirmation of the video foolery from Sandy Caligiore, a publicist for the United States Luge Association.

You can catch Hansen at 11:35 tonight on WFTV-Channel 9. Hansen plans to Skype with the late-night shost, Caligiore said.

God dammit. That video is totally going to keep going and reveal that it was filmed inside ABC studios in LA. Nice shot by Kimmel in what has been Jimmy Fallon’s week.

Just another night in Sochi: brown water, shower cameras, wolves* roaming the halls. Hot. Cool. Absolutely terrifying.

*Honestly, it’s probably just a husky. But still.

Here’s the “Cross-Check” That Cost the US Women the Gold Medal

Kyle Scott - February 20, 2014

Photo credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The US Women’s Hockey Team blew a 2-0 lead with under four minutes to play in the third period and lost to the Canadians 3-2 in overtime. There’s no excuse for that. But Canada was given a power play in the extra frame when Hilary Knight was called for a cross-check on this breakaway. It looked bad at full speed, but you tell me if there was any contact:

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Canada scored on the power play. They win gold. But tomorrow…

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See you there.