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NFL cheerleaders lose team-issued outfits to don creative Halloween wear

- October 29th, 2014

Who says it’s the “No Fun League”?

Cheerleaders around the NFL this week donned Halloween garb in place of their typical team-issued outfits.

And some of the costumes were actually pretty creative – particularly the Tennessee Titans’ “Laces Out” girl crouching down in the front row.

Our renowned costume analysts took a shot at figuring out what each of these young ladies is dressed as.

Here it goes:

(Back row L to R) Wonder Woman, Minnie Mouse, Fire Fighter, Cat (Cheetah?), Pilot, Tina Turner, Bat Girl, The Green Lantern.

(Front row L to R) Jasmine, Football, Hippie, Mario, Luigi.

Scroll down to check out some of the other costumes that appeared on sidelines around the NFL this week.

Then check back Thursday to see our gallery of athletes dressing up this year.

(L to R) Cheetah, Pirate, Princess of some kind, Valentines Day lingerie, Unknown

(L to R) Wonder Woman, Robin, Normal cheerleader?

There are a lot of repeats here.

A few things stick out here – Tinker Bell (front left). And what appears to be a Marilyn Monroe attempt (front right).

Sens’ Chris Neil appears to issue Jackets’ Jared Boll eye gouge

- October 29th, 2014

We’re “not sure” what it was, either.

But it certainly looked like an eye gouge from Ottawa Senators tough guy Chris Neil Tuesday night.

Towards the end of a first-period dust-up between Neil and Columbus Blue Jackets’ Jared Boll, Neil appeared to rake his left hand into Boll’s right orbital.

When the referees separated the duo, Boll struggled to open his right eye.

Both received fighting majors for the incident.

Neil received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for, uh, pulling a stunt usually reserved for the WWE.

Neil appeared to have an explanation afterward. And Boll seemed to acknowledge it.

Who knows how genuine it was.

WATCH: Single punch ends North American Hockey League fight

- October 28th, 2014

Ever heard of the North American Hockey League?

Me neither. (While doing a search, there are two leagues with the same name, although the league in question is the professional loop with teams mainly based in Quebec, and not the junior league in the U.S.)

But, hey, they have some guys who can throw.

During a game between the Cornwall River Kings and Sorel-Tracy Eperviers last Friday, Guillaume Coude and Dylan Garrioch dropped the gloves.

Then, in one devastating punch, Garrioch crumpled to the ice, coming dangerously close to banging his head on the surface.

Watch how Coude seemingly mesmerized Gerrioch by twirling his right hand before landing some sweet chin music.

The video is undoubtedly of “viral” interest.

But there are some dark undertones to it.

We profiled Garrioch back in 2011 after he sought help for depression issues from the same doctor who treated Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby during his bout with concussion issues.

“When you take 500 shots to the head, there’s going to be some damage,” Garrioch told us at the time.

It seems that number has since gone up.

Connor McDavid’s shot ‘exploded’ puck during practice: Coach

- October 28th, 2014

Connor McDavid is often compared to Sidney Crosby.

Seeing as he’s posted 2.8 points per game through 12 contests this season, the 17-year-old super prospect has certainly been living up to the lofty expectations placed on him by, well, just about everybody in hockey.

The phenom putting up a sky-high point total, it seems, is a given. No HUGE surprise there.

The 6-foot-1, 183-pounder smashing a puck into pieces?

That’s a bit out of left field.

I’m no puck expert, but when I’ve seen broken pucks they’ve almost always been split in half.

So, I’m not entirely sure if this is a setup by McKee or a legitimate representation of what happened at Erie Otters practice.

For argument’s sake, let’s believe McKee.

And, now, remember who he is.

He played 802 NHL games for the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The fact McKee has never seen a player do this before says something.

In case you’ve missed the hoopla surrounding McDavid (uh, where have you been?), here’s a highlight pack showcasing McDavid’s 2013-14 season:

‘No means no!’: PR guy ruins ESPN’s interview with McCoy

- October 28th, 2014

There are lots of nightmare stories from journalists and their dealings with public relations guys.

This latest incident just so happened to be beautifully broadcasted for all of North America to see.

Colt McCoy, the winning quarterback for the Washington Football Team (insert racially sensitive name here) defeated the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 in overtime on Monday Night Football.

McCoy was about to give an interview to ESPN Deportes, the broadcaster’s Spanish language station, when out of nowhere, Washington’s PR guy pulls McCoy away from the interview and starts to escort him to the club’s locker room.

But it’s what the man yells as they’re rushing away, which sums up their interaction that occurred prior to the on-air interview, perfectly.


Thankfully ESPN Deportes reporter John Sutcliffe did in fact get his interview after that odd initial rejection.

Lesson here kids? Be nice to your PR guy when you become a big wig reporter.