WATCH: Former NFL WR Chad Johnson wishes he could have played for Philadelphia

Former NFL WR Chad Johnson gives a NSFW explanation for why he should have played for Eagles

Long before Howie Roseman passed on Justin Jefferson for Jalen Reagor, they picked a Pac 10 star from UCLA over several big-named prospects, including a future Bengals legend.

The Bengals drafted Chad Johnson in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft out of Oregon State.

Johnson finished his career with 766 catches for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdown catches, clearly outdoing Freddie Mitchell, who the Eagles selected at No. 25 overall in the first round.

Johnson was in Allentown for DeVonta Smith’s celebrity softball game and gave a unique reason for why he should have been in Philadelphia during his career.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” Ochocinco said Saturday via Chris Franklin of NJ.com. “I like how they call people d**** and s***. There is no fanbase like this. They f*** beat up Santa. Who does that? I fell in love with the city, hearing the stories in the couple of months training with Boots. I wished I would have been able to play here.”

The incident, also called The Santa Claus Game, took place during the 1968 season against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

With the Eagles sitting at 2–11 on the season. Tied 7–7 at halftime, fans pelted Santa Claus with snowballs.

The incident played a massive part in Philadelphia and the fanbase’s developed reputation over the decades.

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LM24, Hour 7: Rain throws teams another curve

The seventh hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours brought darkness and more rain, lots of it. Another heavy rain shower, this time mainly over the pit lane and run to Tetre Rouge, caused another round of panicked pit stops for wet tires, and unfortunately …

The seventh hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours brought darkness and more rain, lots of it. Another heavy rain shower, this time mainly over the pit lane and run to Tetre Rouge, caused another round of panicked pit stops for wet tires, and unfortunately more incidents.

Thankfully there were no major accidents, though a handful of key cars ended up damaged. The first to be spotted off-track was the JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488, which had just taken the lead of GTE Am. Giacomo Petrobelli lost control of the car at Karting, and ended up stranded in the gravel.

Seconds later a Toyota and Ferrari 499P went off at the same place, but avoided hitting any barriers and had to use the access road to get back on track.

Rain then began to hit Indianapolis and Arnage. Frederick Lubin had an off without contact in the No. 22 United ORECA, before the No. 9 PREMA OREECA stopped in the same runoff area and was t-boned by the Racing Team Turkey ORECA of Salih Yoluc, the Turk a passenger sailing over the track, straight-lining the apex. Both cars made it back to pit lane for repairs.

Once the field came in and took wet tyres, the rain eased and cars stopped going off track. The No. 2 Cadillac was the only car to suffer a notable off later in the hour, Richard Westbrook spinning at Mulsanne Corner, losing a chunk of time and describing the conditions as “dangerous.”

There was a significant car to hit mechanical trouble, though. Adding to Porsche’s series of unfortunate events in the race so far, the No. 75 ground to a half with a loss of power. Mathieu Jaminet did get the car fired again, before stopping again before the end of the hour. The IMSA guest-entered car has since been officially retired. Porsche now doesn’t have a 963 on the lead lap.

As for the running order. The No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari now has a clear lead. Alessandro Pier Guidi has been masterful in the wet, pulling away from the No. 94 Peugeot which remains the surprise package of the race. Loic Duval put in a huge effort to keep the car in contention. He did, however, drop from 27 seconds behind to 1m24s behind Pier Guidi during the hour. The No. 51 is fully in control at the moment.

What about the No. 50 sister Ferrari? It is down to fifth having lost 30 seconds at its most recent stop due to an unplanned car reset.

The No. 7 and No. 8 Toyotas are third and fourth behind the No. 94 Peugeot.

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In LMP2, the hour saw a lead battle between the No. 34 Inter Europol ORECA of Fabio Scherer and No. 23 United Autosports ORECA build up, with Tom Blomqvist in the No. 23 reeling in Scherer throughout the hour. It will be interesting to see if the No. 23 will take the lead on pit lane or on track.

After JMW’s woes in the rain, GTE Am is now led by the “Rexy” Project 1 Porsche. The fan favourite has enjoyed an impressive run in the opening hours and has stayed out of trouble. With Matteo Cairoli now back aboard, his mission is to pull away from Michelle Gatting in the Iron Dames Porsche that is currently 22 seconds behind. The No. 54 AF Corse Ferrari is third.

Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 has also stayed out of trouble and run a steady race. It is 43rd overall.

Alabama Baseball falls in Game 1 of Super Regionals to Wake Forest

The No. 16 overall seed Alabama Crimson Tide fell in Game 1 of the Super Regionals to No. 1 overall seed Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons defeated the Crimson Tide 5-4.

The Alabama baseball team opened up Super Regionals on Saturday with a loss against Wake Forest. The Tide fell to the Demon Deacons by a final score of 5-4.

The scoring started when leadoff hitter and center fielder Tony Hawke delivered a solo shot to right-center field.

In the home half of the second inning, the Deamon Deacons delivered with two more insurance runs.

With Wake Forest pitcher Rhett Lowder virtually cruising through two innings of work, the Alabama bats woke up. The nine-hole hitter, Caden Rose hit a solo shot to left field in the top of the third inning to cut the Demon Deacons lead to 3-1.

In the fourth inning, designated hitter Dominic Tamez came through with a two-out walk. The next batter, Colby Shelton came through with a two-run home run to tie the game at three a piece.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Tide had two outs. Starting pitcher Luke Holman had finally settled in on the mound. A check-swing strike three call was requested to the third base umpire in which the umpire ruled that the batter did not swing.

A pitch later designated hitter Danny Corona hit a solo shot to right field to give the Demon Deacons a one run lead.

Alabama hitting coach Matt Reida had a verbal exchange with one of the umpires resulting in a subsequent ejection. In between innings, Alabama head coach Jason Jackson walked out on the field and provided logical reasoning for why he thought the call on the field was incorrect.

Needless to say, that one run would ultimately come back to bite the Crimson Tide.

Wake Forest would score again in the sixth inning to take a 5-3 lead.

In the eighth inning, Rose delivered with his second home run of the game, but it was not enough in the end.

The Demon Deacons took Game 1 by a final score of 5-4. Holman fell to 7-4 while Lowder improved to 15-0 on the season.

A start time for tomorrow’s Game 2 of the series is to be determined at this time. We will be sure to keep you updated!

Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow the Alabama baseball program.

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Man City! Treble dreams complete with Champions League triumph

Man City made history in winning the Champions League

Manchester City has, at long last, claimed the elusive Champions League title.

Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Inter 1-0 on a second half strike from Rodri, before riding their luck as the Milanese side put their goal under siege late on.

Man City held on though, getting their hands on Europe’s biggest prize. The Champions League joins the Premier League and FA Cup in their trophy case, making Man City one of just 10 European clubs to ever manage a treble.

In truth though, Man City had been expected to dominate Saturday’s final over an Inter team that finished 18 points off the pace in Serie A. Instead, Simone Inzaghi and the Nerazzuri frustrated Man City for long spells, and then created chance after chance in the game’s final 20 minutes.

Here’s how a tense day in Istanbul played out.

How to watch Texas baseball vs. No. 8 Stanford in super regionals

Texas is two wins away from reaching the College World Series for the third year in a row.

After sweeping the Coral Gables regional last weekend, Texas will now face No. 8 Stanford in super regionals. Continue reading “How to watch Texas baseball vs. No. 8 Stanford in super regionals”

Hornets offseason primer: LaMelo Ball extension, No. 2 pick, potential cap space, and more

The Charlotte Hornets will focus on selecting the best player with the No. 2 pick while organizing their long-term books.

The 2022-23 season for the Charlotte Hornets went more poorly than they could’ve imagined. The arrest of Miles Bridges on the eve of free agency and the subsequent charges pressed against him completely changed their offseason plans. On the court, multiple ankle injuries to LaMelo Ball set the team back as they struggled to get back in the mix for the play-in tournament. The Hornets appear to be far away from being a competitive team anytime soon.

Although this was one bad season, over a decade of poor drafting and just two playoff appearances have culminated with Michael Jordan finally deciding to sell his majority stake in the franchise. The Hornets are heading into the offseason with flexibility and a high draft pick, a position many teams envy. But will they execute those decisions with enough precision to change their long-term outlook?

Here is a preview of the 2023 offseason for the Charlotte Hornets.

Cody Williams looking to bulk up ahead of freshman season

Cody Williams spoke about what he’s focusing on most ahead of his freshman season

Cody Williams, the highest-rated recruit in Colorado men’s basketball history, is in Boulder and preparing for his freshman season. It’s very possible that he’ll be a one-and-done college player, but that won’t come without a productive next few months.

In a recent interview with Will Darkey of DNVR Buffs, the 6-foot-8, 180-pound Williams revealed that putting on weight is his primary focus this summer. The five-star small forward appears well aware of the jump from high school to Division I and he’s hoping to make things at least a little easier on the physical side (h/t DNVR Buffs).

Getting into the gym and building muscle is a big focus for Williams this summer for his freshman season at CU.

“My biggest thing is getting my weight up and getting stronger because now I’m playing against grown men at this point,” Williams told DNVR Buffs. “So I just want to put on some extra pounds.”

Williams, who recently played in the 2023 McDonald’s All-American Game, added that he’s no stranger to facing top-tier talent and that’s helping ease any pressure ahead of his first college season.

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Chicago Bulls GM job labeled as ‘least wanted’ in NBA

The Chicago Bulls are in a tough spot, and their GM job might be one of the worst in the NBA right now.

There is no easy answer for the Chicago Bulls this summer. After snapping their four-year playoff drought in 2021-22, they took a step backward this past season, getting eliminated in the Play-In Tournament. Now, with no direct path to improvement, they must decide whether to run back the same middling core or blow things up and reset the roster.

Arturas Karnisovas has no interest in a rebuild, but that may be what’s best for Chicago. At the same time, however, they are just two years removed from their previous rebuild. According to The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, the Bulls’ GM job is the “least wanted” in the league.

During a recent edition of his podcast, “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” Simmons tore into the Bulls, explaining just how disastrous their situation is.

“I don’t know what their move is,” Simmons said. “They don’t have a first-round pick this year. They lost their Franz Wagner pick. DeRozan’s in his mid-thirties now. I’m not a Zach LaVine guy… he’s certainly fine, just not personally my cup of tea. He might be yours, just not for me. There’s talk about a Vooch extension, which makes me super nervous, it was in the news. I don’t know if Patrick Williams is going to be good. I don’t really know what the moves are with this team from a roster standpoint.”

It seems as though the Bulls are intent on keeping Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic together, but what’s the ceiling of that core? That part is unclear, but unfortunately, it’s not a championship.

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NFC South roundtable: Who will be the division’s MVP?

Who will be the MVP of the NFC South in 2023?

A three-time NFL Most Valuable Player just left the NFC South—and, unsurprisingly, he was the Most Valuable Player of the NFC South for as long as he was in it. So, who’s going to step up and lay claim to the honor now?

Here are our managing editors’ picks for the division’s MVP in 2023.