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High School Football Star Gets His Own Smartphone App

College football recruiters have no excuse not to know the name Kelvin Taylor, thanks to a new smartphone app.

Developer Billy Carson of ZenForce Media created the Android app for the Glades Day School junior running back, which includes highlight videos, game photos, and the latest tweets from his Twitter account, @ImKelvinTaylor.

His father, former NFL running back Fred Taylor, approached Carson about creating the app for his son. Since its launch two weeks ago, the app has been downloaded 180 times. An app for the iPhone should be available in the near future. Read more

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Marriage, Michele, and Movies

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we challenge Michele Bachmann to a staring contest, take a journey through the t-shirt of Novak Djokovic’s dad, and uncover the history behind the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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Hopkins-Dawson Set For Oct. 15 On HBO

Bernard Hopkins will defend his WBC light heavyweight championship Oct. 15 on HBO when he steps in the ring with Chad Dawson.

It’s Hopkins’ first title defense since he defeated Jean Pascal on May 21 to become the oldest champion in boxing history.

A venue for the fight is in the works and will be announced later this summer.


NBC's Collinsworth Working as HS Football Coach During Lockout

Cris Collinsworth, a former Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals and now an analyst on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, is spending the lockout working as an assistant football coach at his son’s high school in northern Kentucky. At the invitation of head coach Dale Mueller, Collinsworth is coaching receivers for Highlands High School.

Collinsworth wrote on,

I am going to get my football fix this fall even if the lockout cancels the NFL season. Highlands High School’s head coach Dale Mueller (winner of 4 straight state championships) called to ask if I would be interested in coaching wide receivers. I laughed. He said he was serious. The pay wasn’t much (zero), but he promised I would have fun. My son Jac is one of the receivers on the team, and I had already polluted his brain with most of my receiving advice. But what the heck, the NFL will probably miss at least half of their season anyway, I agreed. Today (May 31) is my first day. I just got the playbook and I feel like a first year rookie all over again. The plays are scrambled eggs in my brain, and I feel a little anxious. But, I love coaching. I coached many of these kids in the junior football league, and they always kept me entertained.

I have a theory on coaching. Today’s kids missed the fun part of sports. We all grew up playing sports in the yard or on the street. We created our own rules and settled our own disputes. We fought and cussed for the first times in our lives with our best friends. By the time we put on a uniform, we had already fallen in love with the game. Today, these kids are being coached by adults and put on select teams by the time they learn their ABC’s. They miss all the fun stuff. They almost look at sports as a job. Too bad. One of the reasons I took this job is that Dale Mueller brings the fun back to football. He makes everything a game. The kids giggle and laugh all day at his toilet paper stories and games of tag.

I had a Xavier Soccer coach tell me that at least once a week he rolls the ball out on the field and steps aside. He lets the kids play so that he can learn from them. He said they have a creative imagination that no adult could understand. I hope I can bring some of that imagination to Highlands HS. After four straight state football championships, there is only one way for the Highlands Bluebirds to go with me. Maybe the NFL will save me and actually play football, but if not, you will know where to find me on Friday nights. Go Birds!

Your Friday nights may be covered, but what about your Sundays?

NFL Network to count down Top 100 players of 2011

As a follow-up to its popular series on the Top 100 players of all time, the NFL Network will count down the Top 100: Players of 2011 in a series that kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m. The 10-part series will introduce players in sets of 10, with 100-91 presented in the first installment. Each of the players will be lauded by a coach, fellow player or some member of the media. A sneak peek of the series is airing Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Some noteworthy aspects of the Top 100:

  • Quarterbacks are only the third-most represented position on the list with 12. Wide receivers are the top position represented with 18 ranked players, followed by defensive ends with 13.
  • The Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers are tops in team representation with 7 players
  • Three 2010 rookies appear on the list
  • 57 of the 100 ranked players are first-round draft picks
  • Only one Heisman Trophy winner made the cut of 100.
  • No kickers or punters made the top 100.

One Heisman Trophy winner? I’m guessing it’s Charles Woodson and not this guy. As for no kickers or punters, well, that’s not a surprise, since most football players refuse to admit that special teams comprise one-third of the game.

Meanwhile, some of the presenters include:

Will Jones-Drew be introducing Jay Cutler? That’d be a nice touch.

Following Saturday’s premiere (which will air following day three of the NFL draft), the Top 100: Players of 2011 will air Sundays at 8 p.m. on the NFL Network.

Mike Tyson: Love animals, don't eat them

Mike Tyson‘s transformation from ear-biting boxer who offered to eat an opponent’s children to pigeon-kissing vegan is apparently complete. Tyson, whose television series on racing pigeons, Taking on Tyson, runs on Animal Planet, is now starring in a Last Chance for Animals ad campaign that has him kissing a pigeon beside the words “Vegan: Love Animals, Don’t Eat Them.”

Apparently Iron Mike watched the ending of Rocky IV and took Rocky Balboa’s words to heart: “If I can change! You can change! Everybody can change!”

ESPN, Oprah make dream come true for aspiring sportscaster

Cleveland resident Ron Brown is a big fan of ESPN and has always wanted to a sportscaster. He was watching ESPN News the other day when something downright cool happened. Take it away, Mark Dawidziak of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

Ron Brown was sitting in the bar of a Winking Lizard restaurant Sunday evening when he heard his name mentioned by an ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor.

“Here’s a story that caught our eye,” “SportsCenter” anchor Kevin Negandhi said. “There’s a guy in Cleveland, Ohio. His name is Ron Brown. Ron apparently has always dreamed of being a sportscaster.”

Brown, who lives in Cleveland, was sitting with his best friend, James Hill, who had invited him to the Winking Lizard on Huron Road in Cleveland. It was a setup, as Brown learned.

“Well, it seems that Ron’s best friend, James Hill, wrote into ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and asked if they could hook him up with a reporting gig for his favorite sports network, ESPN,” said Negandhi’s co-anchor, Ryan Burr, according to a transcript provided by ESPN. “So, Ron are you watching?” Read more

Foxwoods Only Interested in Sponsoring the Last Five Minutes of New York Knicks Broadcasts

You may feel the urge to gamble if you happen to catch the last five minutes of any game on MSG Network during the next five years. Why? Foxwoods will sponsor the final stages of television broadcasts and will take over signage within the arena.

According to statistics, ratings for New York Knicks and New York Rangers games jump 25 percent during the last five minutes. Those numbers, of course, depend a bit on whether the teams are competitive (win streak!) but a sports-marketing consultant tells The New York Times “the upside far, far outweighs the downside.”

In addition to the increased viewership, the final five minutes appeal to advertisers because consumers are engaged. We would think this might be a negative thing since being engaged with the game at hand would mean the viewer wasn’t going to be distracted by advertising, but whatever, we’re not the marketers. Also, the final five can take forever, meaning Foxwoods will be ever-present for a long stretch of time.

What does the casino get for its reported $1 million per year? Read more