Rice Gives Up On Pro Golf After 92: “Had Enough”

Jerry Rice made his latest attempt to play professional golf this week at the Nationwide Tour event in Spartanburg, S.C.. The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports it was a record-setting 48 hours.

Jerry Rice quits pro golf

Rice shot an opening round 92, the highest score ever since this Nationwide Tour event began in South Carolina’s Upstate in 1992.

Rice talked before the tournament of buying Cristal for everyone if he’d reached his goal and made the cut. He saw those hopes doused early when he couldn’t avoid the water at The Carolina Country Club.

After his second round 82 today, which had him at 30 over par for the tourney, Sean Jensen of GOLF WEEK noted that Rice blew off the media.

Scary part: Despite the the horrific 36 holes, the AP reports Rice still had another 18 to go tomorrow!

He’ll remain at the BMW event longer than at his last tournament. The celebrity competition calls for pros to play each of three courses in North and South Carolina before cutting to the top 60 and ties for Sunday’s final round.

Though in a stunning turn of events, Rice was “disqualified” following his second round. Read more…

Andre Rison Proclaims Self Best WR Of All Time

Best wide receiver of all time? That’s easy — it’s Andre Rison … um, according to Andre Rison. And if he owned NFL Films, he could prove it. Wait, what?

Andre Rison

Rison, in an interview with the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION which was published on Sunday, says that Jerry Rice has been unfairly called the best receiver of all time. That’s rubbish, he says. And in Rison’s defense, it’s true that Rice has never won a Grey Cup. Read more…

Speed Read: Devin Harris Miracle Shot Sinks 76ers

You know who had a good night on Monday? Devin Harris of the New Jersey Nets. Not only did he score 39 points, but he sunk a game-winning half court shot as time expired to lift his team to a 98-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. The entire play was about as nutty as you can get in the NBA, with Harris having his initial shot blocked before recovering to sink the game-winning basket a fraction of a second before time expired.

Devin Harris

As BLACK SPORTS ONLINE points out, Harris’ shot raised a whole host of questions: was he fouled in the act of shooting; did he travel after recovering the initial blocked shot; and did he really get the shot off before time expired.  Take a look for yourself and be the judge (and please pay attention to Violet Palmer, who emphatically waved off the shot, probably because she’s an awful referee):

As for the 76ers: as THE 700 LEVEL points out, this loss was a microcosm of their season: for the sixth time, they lost a game they were leading with ten seconds to go. So the next time you complain about a close game your team lost, keep in mind that it could be worse - you could be a 76ers fan.

If Devin Harris had a good night on Monday, then the New York Knicks’ Nate Robinson continued his great month of February. Not only did he win the NBA Slam Dunk title by (literally) leaping over Dwight Howard, but he’s been a beast on the court as well. Besides blocking Chris Bosh, Robinson has been on a scoring tear. His 41 points against the Pacers marked the fourth time in the last six game he’s scored 30 points or more, helping lead the way to a 123-119 victory.

Nate Robinson

Meanwhile, not having such a great day or month is Marvin Harrison. It’s hard to imagine the possibly second-greatest wide receiver in NFL history playing for another team than the Indianapolis Colts, but that’s the real possibility after the INDIANAPOLIS STAR reports that Harrison is all but certain to be cut by the team, barring a last-ditch effort by team owner Robert Irsay. Then again, if Jerry Rice can play for the Seahawks…

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Brog: Now The REAL Reason I Miss LA So Much!

Looks like I’ll be finally heading back to L.A. beginning on Wednesday. Hopefully I’ll be in town by Sunday night, in time to score a Game 5 get-me-in from one of my very generous ticket broker acquaintances. If not, there’s always Craigslist. Coincidentally, HHR has a great bit today on some current Lakers-related posts on the site. Here’s a sampling:

Lakers Craigslist Ticket Postings

Now you know why I miss L.A. so much. By the way, that last guy is completely screwed. Alas, if only he had an Armitron to offer.

Ross Nethery of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL reports that Jerry Jones used a speech at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention this week to crow about his new $1.1B stadium. That’s right, a ballpark that will host eight regular season football games per year will cost over a billion bucks.

Jerry Jones Billy Bob Teeth

Almost as absurd as that cost was Jones’ justification for the obscenely-overdone building - via SBJ’s Nethery:

Jones said he could have built the new facility for about $700M. “The reason I’m spending [$1.1B] on that stadium in Arlington is because of perception,” he said. “Only a fraction of football fans will ever set foot in it, but hundreds of millions will see it on television.” How the stadium looks is important, he said, as well as “how John Madden talks about it, and how Al Michaels talks about it, and let me assure you that after I’ve had some time with them, they’ll know everything there is to know about it.”

So the cost was elevated into the ether because of “how John Madden talks about it”?

Since when do an extra couple hot dog and nachos runners to the booth set you back $400M? Now, if he was talking about adding jalapeno poppers to the press box menu, he might have an argument. Read more…

Hunting From Helicopters, Hugging Erin Andrews

• A Florida Marlins reliever finds relief in shooting critters from ‘copters.

Apocalypse Now helicopters

Erin Andrews reveals what Bruce Pearl texted after their halftime hug.

Steve Nash is not concerned if he never gets NBA championship gold.

Baron Davis shares a soulful song.

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Bad Idea Dept.: Current 49er Wearing Rice’s #80

John Ryan of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS reports that wide receiver Isaac Bruce, recently acquired by the 49ers, is considering wearing Jerry Rice’s offically retired #80 when he takes the field next season.

Jerry Rice Isaac Bruce

Rice has ok’d the possibility though a final decision has yet to be made. We’re surprised Rice signed off on Bruce wearing his number, considering the Hall of Famer’s own experience wearing a hallowed numeral. Read more…