Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mark Schlereth-Daniel Schlereth making NFL-MLB history

ESPN football analyst Mark Schlereth, the winner of three Super Bowl rings, might be making Major League Baseball history within the next few days. That's if his son Daniel Schlereth pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, if the younger Schlereth, a lefty, pitches for the D'backs, he and his father will become the sixth father-son combination to either played in the NFL or the MLB. If he pitches, it is expected to be in relief. Schlereth was the 26th overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks last June. In the Double-A ball this season, Schlereth has three saves with a 1.42 ERA. He also has 21 strikeouts in 19 innings.

The elder Schlereth, a lineman, won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos and one with the Washington Redskins. The other tandems include the likes of Baseball Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Yogi Berra. Here are the other father-son tandems:
    Father - Son
    Yogi Berra (MLB) - Tim Berra (NFL)
    Lou Brock (MLB) - Lou Brock (NFL)
    Jack Snow (NFL) - J.T. Snow (MLB)
    Lee Gross (NFL) - Gabe Gross (MLB)
    Don Patterson (NFL) - Corey Patterson (MLB)
    Mark Schlereth (NFL) - Daniel Schlereth (MLB)
Schlereth's first game in an Arizona uniform was Friday. He did not play in the team's loss. The D'backs play the Atlanta Braves this weekend. Sports Arizona reports that Mark Schlereth was Twittering at the game Friday. Among the Tweets, "Daniel is getting warm in the pen and i’m about sick! nervous daddy!"

Friday, May 29, 2009

Where amazing happens in Cuckoo's Nest, Teen Wolf, Hoosiers and more

This is getting out of hand. Every person in the continental United States apparently has posted at least one athletic feat on YouTube with the NBA's theme music for "Where Amazing Happens." Now even Hollywood movies are getting the same treatment on YouTube.

Here are a few. Our favorites are the first five.

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

2. Hoosiers

3. Teen Wolf

4. The Karate Kid

5. Rocky IV

6. Semi-Pro

7. Space Jam

8. White Men Can't Jump

9. He Got Game

10. The Simpsons (Not sure if this is from the movie, but it was a struggle finding that tenth one.)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

QB stuff: Michael Vick, Tom Brady and Tony Romo (via T.O.) has photos of former NFL quarterback Michael Vick's home confinement. TMZ also has a photo of New England quarterback Tom Brady riding a bike with his son on board.

And then here is video of Buffalo Bills wide out Terrell Owens acknowledging that Dallas QB Tony Romo failed to mention his name.

Knowshon Moreno wins Upper Deck's dance celebration contest

Upper Deck had its 2009 NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on May 16. And it appears its touchdown dance contest was the hit of the event.

According to, new New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was one of the show stealers.
    When I informed USC QB Mark Sanchez the night before about Upper Deck’s TD Dance competition, he just looked at me and said, “I don’t dance. What am I gonna do?” I told him he’d dance on Saturday and that a Michael Jordan signed jersey was at stake. “Hmmm, maybe,” he said.

    When Sanchez’s two-man group came around on Saturday, which included New York Jets teammate Shonn Greene (RB, Iowa), he remembered our conversation and seemed genuinely excited. When he finished his interview, where he mentioned former Jets QB Brett Favre has always been one of his idols, he hurried over to the end zone and went right to work. He even incorporated Greene to help him perform an end zone “football birth” for the competition. With Greene lying flat on his back with a towel strewn over his legs, Sanchez served as delivery doctor and - calling out QB-like signals - pulled a football from between Greene’s legs. The crowd went wild, right up until Sachez spiked the newly born baby football!
If it wasn't for helping out his teammate, Sanchez would have received an F for his dunk celebration, which was so very 1980. Of course, maybe he was going for the retro look. The winner? Denver Broncos rookie running back Knowshon Moreno, from Georgia. Moreno's winning prize? A Michael Jordan-signed red Chicago Bulls jersey (with a rumored retail price of $1,699.99). Moreno is wearing his winnings (backwards) at the end of the four-minute video.

Competing were Mark Sanchez, Matt Stafford, Mohamed Massaquoi, Michael Crabtree, Nate Davis, Glen Coffee, Ramses Barden, Knowshon Moreno, Andre Brown, Donald Brown, Aaron Curry, Josh Freeman, Shonn Greene, Percy Harvin, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Tyson Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Stephen McGee, Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Pettigrew, Javon Ringer, Jason Smith and Chris Wells (with help from Brian Robiskie).

In order to compare these rookies with other NFL players, here's a link to ESPN's top 10 celebrations. Looks like a few of the rookies borrowed their dances from the pros.

Also occurring at the same event were interviews (sponsored by Panini Bread):
  • Patrick Turner's interview with Mark Sanchez.
  • Interview with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Stephen McGee.
  • Interview with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Robiskie.
  • Seattle Seahawks' Aaron Curry interview of St. Louis Rams' Jason Smith.
  • Interview with Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew.