Fun Fact of the Day: After a no good, very bad 1-15 season, the Cleveland Browns have decided to lower ticket prices to between $5-15 per game for 40% of the stadium for next season.
The good Oak days… The N.Y. Knicks have more drama—but this time it’s not about Carmelo Anthony (phew!). Last night, former Knicks player Charles Oakley was arrested for assaulting several members of security while at the Knicks v. L.A. Clippers game. Oakley was seated a few rows behind Knicks owner James Dolan and was making abusive comments towards him, when security went to escort him out of the stadium. For his part, Oakley denies saying anything to Dolan. Their relationship has been frosty for a while now and Oakley’s been very critical of Dolan in the past. He even encouraged superstar LeBron James not to go to the Knicks when he was a free agent in 2010.
His shoes were made for walking. Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry has used his role as UnderArmour spokesperson to take a firm stance against President Trump. Back up, what’s going on? This week UnderArmour’s CEO said that Trump would be an “asset” as president. When asked about the comments, Curry jokingly agreed, if you remove the “ET from asset.” UnderArmour immediately faced backlash on social media for its pro-Trump comments and they were forced to clarify that the company does not support Trump’s controversial social policies. Yesterday, Curry said that he spoke with many members of UnderArmour’s camp to make sure the company’s core values were of inclusion and diversity. He said he wouldn’t rule out walking away from his spokesperson deal, if anything changes.
Hit them where it hurts. The Big 12 is going to withhold 25% (or roughly $7.6M per year) of its future revenue payments to Baylor until the school can pass an independent audit. ICYMI, last year, Baylor was swept up in a huge sexual assault scandal. It was revealed that Baylor officials helped cover up assaults and domestic violence incidents committed by football players. In response to public outcry, Baylor’s president was demoted and the head coach was fired. Now, the Big 12 wants to run its own review to make sure Baylor has the right systems in place to prevent future sexual assaults.
A fine line. When the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl this past weekend, a lot of Pats-haters around the country were annoyed because they think of the Pats as big cheaters, cheaters, pumpkin-eaters for scandals like Deflategate and Spygate. Afterwards, current NFL analyst and former Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders defended the Pats against Spygate, in particular. He said that the Pats didn’t do anything wrong, because other teams like the Indianapolis Colts under former coach Tony Dungy also stole signs back in the day. Can you remind me what all this stealing signs stuff is all about? Stealing signs is a term borrowed from baseball. A team “steals signs” when it tries to interpret the opposing team’s messages about which plays they are going to call. Teams have been trying to steal signs to gain an advantage for as long as the sports have existed. That’s why you’ll see coaches covering their mouths when they’re talking on the sidelines or quarterbacks using secret code words when they call plays. What did Tony have to say? Dungy didn’t exactly deny Sanders’ accusations. He admitted that the Colts stole signals but he said they weren’t cheaters like the Pats. That’s because the Pats impermissibly used video equipment to record opposing teams practicing, which is explicitly against NFL rules.