Just a day after the Clemson Tigers dined on fast food at the White House, former NFL star and "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan offered to give the college football champs a "proper meal."
"I would like to invite the Clemson Tiger football team here for a great meal," Strahan said during Tuesday's broadcast. "Come out here, everybody. Whoever can make it, we'll hook you up with lobster. ... Whatever you want, we're gonna take care of you."
Co-host Sara Haines suggested they add caviar to the menu.
"Per egg is a lot of money," she said. "Are you paying? We don't have a lot of money."
"It's out of my pocket," Strahan replied. "I've got you guys."
Earlier that morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he served the football team fast food "because of the shutdown" and personally paid for the spread.
Former major-league pitcher John Wetteland was arrested on a child sex abuse charge Monday in Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Wetteland, 52, who spent 12 years pitching in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records.
Wetteland, who lives in Trophy Club, Texas, was booked and released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond, WFAA reported.
Wetteland spent most of his baseball career as a closer, earning 330 saves and compiling a 2.93 ERA. He was the closer for the Yankees’ 1996 World Series champions and was named the series’ most valuable player. He had an American League-leading 43 saves in 1996.
Wetteland is a member of the Rangers' Hall of Fame, the Morning News reported.
The case was being investigated by police in Bartonville, according to the newspaper.
A Pennsylvania woman is accused of assaulting her girlfriend and putting a dog in a microwave during an argument about the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to the Morning Call, Kirsten J. Gaskins was arrested Sunday on charges of simple assault, animal cruelty, harassment and drug paraphernalia possession following the incident at a Hanover Township hotel.
Colonial Regional police said Gaskins, of Philadelphia, became enraged Sunday night after the New Orleans Saints rallied to beat the Eagles and advance to the NFC title game, the Call reported. Gaskins yelled, pushed and struck her girlfriend, then threatened to kill her dog, according to the police report.
When police arrived, they found a Pomeranian in the microwave, the Call reported. The dog was not hurt, authorities said.
Police also alleged that Gaskins had marijuana paraphernalia in her pocket. She was arrested and later freed on $20,000 bail, the Call reported.
The public address announcer for the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team apologized for racist comments directed toward an opposing player during Saturday night’s game, WPVI reported.
“Let’s snip the ponytail,” announcer Shawny Hill said to the crowd about Georgia Swarm player Lyle Thompson, who is of Iroquois descent, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
In a tweet after the game, Thompson said the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center yelled they would “scalp” him.
"I know Philly takes pride in their ruthless fans but I didn't know it was like that lol. ... now I know ... just haven't heard stuff like this since HS," Thompson tweeted.
Brendan Bomberry, Thompson’s teammate, tweeted that Hill’s comments were “disgusting and a reality for my ancestors.”
Hill issued an apology that he also posted on Twitter, saying he was “deeply sorry” for his comments.
“My words were poorly chosen and were not intended as racially motivated, Shaw tweeted. “I understand the profound hurt my words have caused. I offer my sincere apology.”
The Wings issued a statement, noting they “do not tolerate discrimination of any sort,” and promising disciplinary action. The National Lacrosse League called Hill’s comments “inappropriate” and promised disciplinary action, the Inquirer reported.
Georgia won Saturday’s game, 13-11.
When a man attempted to rob Polyana Viana with a cardboard cutout of a gun last weekend, she showed him a completely different -- and very real -- pair of guns.
Viana, 26, of Brazil, is a fighter in the Women’s Strawweight Division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The mixed martial artist, whose nickname is “Dama de Ferro,” or “the Iron Lady,” told MMA Junkie that the attempted robbery took place Saturday night as she waited for an Uber in front of her Rio de Janeiro apartment building.
“When he saw I saw him, he sat next to me,” Viana told MMA Junkie. “He asked me the time, I said it and I saw he wasn’t going to leave. So I already moved to put my cellphone in my waist, and then he said, ‘Give me the phone. Don’t try to react, because I’m armed.’
“Then he put his hand over (a gun), but I realized it was too soft.”
Viana said she thought the man was possibly armed with a toy gun or a knife.
“He was really close to me. So I thought, ‘If it’s a gun, he won’t have time to draw it,’” Viana told the news site.
Viana stood up. It was then that the man learned that the red MMA T-shirt the 5-foot, 5-inch, 115-pound woman was wearing did not mean she was a fan of the sport.
“I threw two punches and a kick. He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then, I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, ‘Now, we’ll wait for the police,’” she said.
While waiting, Viana said, she kept the man’s arm immobilized. She also pulled out her phone and took at least one photo of the bloodied, swollen-faced attempted robber.
Dana White, president of the UFC, shared the photo on Instagram, alongside a photo of Viana.
“On the left is @polyanaviana, one of our @UFC fighters, and on the right is the guy who tried to rob her. #bad(expletive)idea,” White wrote.
The photo has since gone viral, the incident making news across the globe. Viana received praise for the way she defended herself.
Several people pointed out that she beat the man up while wearing flip flops. Others shared a photo of the cardboard weapon the man is accused of using in the attempted robbery.
Viana told MMA Junkie that the man initially tried to play off his actions.
“He told me to let him go, like, ‘I just asked for the time,’” Viana told the website. “I said, ‘Asked for the time my (expletive),’ because he saw I was very angry. I said I wouldn’t let go and that I was going to call the police.
“He said, ‘Call the police, then,’ because he was scared I was going to beat him up more.”
The MMA fighter said she later learned she had been correct -- the man was armed only with a piece of cardboard he had cut into the shape of a handgun.
Rio de Janeiro police officials have not identified those involved in the incident but confirmed to CNN Sport that an attempted robbery had taken place.
“A criminal was found immobilized by civilians after trying to rob a person on site,” a police statement read. “A fake gun was seized with him.”
Viana told CNN Sport that she remained calm throughout the incident, partly because she sensed the man was a thief when he sat next to her.
“I did not do it on impulse,” Viana told the news network. “I was calm. I knew what I was going to do, but I only did it because I knew he did not have a gun.”
She urged other robbery victims to not use her actions as inspiration in similar situations.
“I would not recommend it at all. I’m a trained fighter,” Viana said, according to CNN. “I knew how to defend myself because I have knowledge and more so because I managed to stay calm.”
Millions of people tune into the Super Bowl, and not just for the ball game.
The commercials are half of the excitement of the show and have been for nearly as long as the Super Bowl has been around.
Here are some of the best Super Bowl ads to grace our TV screens:
Coca-Cola's Mean Joe Greene commercial
The iconic Super Bowl ad originally aired in 1979 but aired during Super Bowl XIV in 1980. In the classic Coca-Cola ad, Joe Greene accepts a bottle of the soda from 9-year-old Tommy Okon after a tough game. Thirty-six years later, the pair had a reunion.
Apple's Macintosh "1984" commercial
The ad aired only once during Super Bowl XVIII, but the dystopian themes left the Apple commercial in our minds for decades after. The ad featured a runner escaping an army, tossing a sledgehammer and destroying Big Brother, likely symbolizing then-dominant IBM. The Ridley Scott-directed ad announced the debut of the Macintosh computer.
McDonald's "The Showdown" commercial with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird
The 1993 ad aired during Super Bowl XXVII. Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird sees Michael Jordan opening a bag with a Big Mac and fries and decides to play him for it. A never-ending shooting match ensues.
Pepsi's security camera commercial
Pepsi aired the humorous ad in 1996 during Super Bowl XXX. A Coke salesman restocks a gas station refrigerator with the drink, but gets tempted to try a Pepsi from the refrigerator next door. As Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" plays, he grabs a Pepsi, to disastrous results.
Snickers commercial with Betty White
A more recent ad aired in 2010 during Super Bowl XLIV and starred Betty White and the late Abe Vigoda. It marked the launch of Snickers "you're not you" campaign. Betty White plays herself in an intramural football game, with sharp comebacks and one-liners.
A former offensive lineman for Louisiana State University nearly died on a duck hunt in Mississippi late last month after one of his group’s hunting dogs caused a shotgun to shoot him in the leg.
Matt Branch, 29, had his left leg amputated at the University of Mississippi Medical Center following the Dec. 28 accident, according to the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson. He has undergone several more surgeries to repair the damage caused by the shotgun blast.
He is expected to recover, his best friend, Micah Heckford, told the Clarion-Ledger. A GoFundMe page set up to held pay for Branch’s treatment had raised nearly $73,000 as of Wednesday. The goal is $75,000.
Heckford said Branch, who lives in Monroe, Louisiana, with his wife and 1-year-old son, was part of a group that was hunting on land farmed by members of Branch’s family.
“They farm all the land around Eagle Lake,” Heckford told the newspaper. “Every year we go over there. For the most part there’s five to eight of us that have been going six or seven years now. We deer hunt in the evenings and duck hunt in the mornings.”
The group of five awoke the morning of Dec. 28 excited about a new day of hunting, Heckford said. They began loading up a Polaris Ranger with supplies, which included Branch’s shotgun, which he laid down flat in the bed of the vehicle.
As Branch stood on the passenger side, a Labrador retriever named Tito jumped up into the bed of the Ranger to find himself a seat, the Clarion-Ledger reported. As the dog walked in the bed, he stepped on the gun’s safety mechanism and somehow pulled the trigger, causing it to fire a blast through the bed and into Branch’s thigh.
“Everybody looked up. The first thing I saw was Matt and within two to three seconds he realized he was hit,” Heckford said.
Branch’s cousin immediately called 911 and the rest of the group got Branch, who had been struck in the femoral artery and was bleeding heavily, into the Ranger and drove to the closest road where paramedics could meet them, the newspaper said. As they waited for help, they laid Branch’s 6-foot, 6-inch frame on the ground and elevated his legs as Heckford kept pressure on the wound.
It wasn’t until paramedics cut off Branch’s pants and waders that Heckford realized how badly his friend had been hit.
“I think that’s when it hit me how serious it was,” Heckford said. “It was at that point in time I realized how much he had bled. His pants were just soaked in blood.”
A CaringBridge page set up to keep family and friends updated on Branch’s condition went into further detail.
“No one realized the amount of blood that was being lost because it was flowing through his waders into his boots,” the page read.
Paramedics initially took Branch to Merit Medical Center in Vicksburg, where doctors were able to stabilize him well enough that he could be flown to UMMC, which has the state’s only trauma center, the page said.
“He’s been in ICU at University since Friday (Dec. 28) evening and, in order to save his life, we had to make the choice to amputate his lower left leg,” the page read. “He’s not out of the woods yet and it’s a long road to recovery, but we’re getting positive signs by the hour.”
After the accident and initial surgery, Branch required more than 200 units of blood. All tests showed that his cognitive function, which could have been affected by the lack of blood bringing oxygen to his brain, is fully intact, the page said. Several blood drives were held in Mississippi and Louisiana to replenish the blood he’d used during his surgeries.
Branch started to wake up over the weekend and on Tuesday, 11 days after his accident, he was off the respirator and more fully awake, the CaringBridge page said.
ESPN reported that Branch played for LSU from 2009 to 2011. After playing in 28 games, his career ended in his junior year due to several injuries.
Heckford told the Clarion-Ledger that his friend’s near-fatal accident has him thinking more about gun safety.
“All of us have hunted for 20 years or more and none of us thought about that happening. We were just moving 200 yards to set up and hunt,” Heckford told the newspaper. “The opportunities for an accident are there and we just don’t realize it. We think we’re being safe, but are we?
“If there’s a shell in that gun, anything can happen.”
For Bears fans who criticized Cody Parkey’s missed field goal at the end of Sunday’s NFC wild-card game, a Chicago brewing company has issued a challenge -- kick a 43-yard field goal and win free beer for a year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The Bears lost 16-15 to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles when Parkey’s field goal attempt hit the left upright of the goal post and then dropped down, bouncing forward off the crossbar.
"You can't make this up," Parkey said after the game. "I feel terrible. I let the team down. That's on me. I have to own it. I have to be a man."
It’s not even an official miss any more. On Monday, the NFL officially changed the miss to a block, crediting Eagles defensive lineman Treyvon Hester with getting a finger on the ball to alter the trajectory of the kick, ESPN reported.
Parkey has been subjected to heavy criticism and has been the subject of many internet memes since the play. Officials at Goose Island Brewing Co. took to social media to issue their frothy challenge.
“A lot of armchair kickers on here are saying that they could hit that field goal, which we find DOUBTFUL,” Goose Island tweeted Monday. “You’re gonna sit there on your throne of potato chips and vape pens and criticize this dude’s athleticism? GET REAL.”
Goose Island will set up field goal posts outside its taproom in Chicago. Fans can attempt kicking a 43-yard field goal during the brewery’s normal business hours this weekend, the Sun-Times reported.
Patrons who make the kick will win free beer for a year.
“All you pro athletes can come out and prove us wrong,” Goose Island tweeted.
It was a gruesome injury, unbearable even for hardcore football fans to watch. And it moved a young fan to write a letter of encouragement.
When Dallas Cowboys receiver Allen Hurns snapped his fibula during the first quarter of Saturday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, it was reminiscent of the injury Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered in November 1985 when his leg was broken by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants.
"So, when you see a guy like that go down, it hurts,” Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott said after the Cowoys won 24-22. “Just seeing how nasty that was, it hurts a lot.”Hurns was hurt after making a 14-yard catch on the Cowboys’ second possession of the game, The Dallas Morning News reported. Seattle safety Bradley McDougald fell on Hurns’ left leg, snapping his ankle, the newspaper reported.
The injury also affected a young Cowboys fans, Luke McSwain, who wrote a letter to Hurns, WFAA reported.
“I saw the Cowboys-Seahawks game last night. I saw you get hurt. I hope you are okay,” McSwain wrote. “Don't worry, you have the best doctors in the world. I prayed four times for you. You will get way better shortly.”
“Tell Luke I said thanks,” Hurns tweeted to the boy’s mother, Kim McSwain, adding that he will be ready to play next season.
Professional wrestlers have rallied to support Toni Storm after hacked nude photos of the World Wrestling Entertainment star from Australia were leaked online, news.com.au reported.
Storm, 23, deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts after images and a video were shared across social media, the Daily Mail reported.
Storm, who wrestles with NXT UK -- a developmental arm of the WWE -- received encouragement online from several wrestlers, including SmackDown General Manager Paige, who was a victim of hackers who leaked a sex tape of the wrestling star in 2017.
“#WeSupportToniStorm from someone that has experienced the same thing I strongly support you girl,” tweeted Paige, 26. “It’s gonna be hard and people are gonna be mean because they don’t understand.
“But you’re strong, talented woman. You’ll get through this. Your future is too bright to be dimmed.”
Wrestler Titus O’Neil tweeted “there are some really SICK People in this world,” adding “I truly pray for the best for Toni Storm.”
Through the years, up to 15 current and former WWE stars have had personal photographs or videos leaked online. The wrestlers include Hulk Hogan, Maxine, Melina, Victoria, Kaitlyn, Xavier Woods, Summer Rae, Seth Rollins and Charlotte Flair, news.com.au reported.
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