Your morning roundup for Jan. 7, the day we learned how to make it in this crazy, mixed up city (or cities in general). Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we watched: We were all over the place last night. Caught the last quarter of the Cotton Bowl after watching a bit of Blow and Goodfellas and all of Bad Teacher.
What a terrible film Bad Teacher was. Whoever wrote it clearly went to the "replace funny things with a lot (and I mean a lot) of obscenities and vulgarities" school of comedy. Cameron Diaz was painful as the bad ass teacher with a filthy mouth who liked to be hungover all the time and Justin Timberlake made me super, super uncomfortable almost the entire time he was on screen. Jason Segal made things semi-normal, but still, the movie was way, way over the top.
What we're watching (all times EST, unless noted): Football: Bengals at Texans at 4:30 p.m. and Lions at Saints at 8:00 p.m. (both NBC). NBA: Chicago at Atlanta at 7:00 p.m. NHL: Vancouver at Boston at 1:00 p.m., College Basketball: Missouri at Kansas State at 1:00 p.m. (ESPN 3/Fullcourt) and Marquette at Syracuse at 4:00 p.m. (ESPN3/Fullcourt).
Eugene Smith's Photo Essay "Country Doctor": "After finishing a surgery that lasted until 2 AM, Dr. Ceriani stands exhausted in the hospital kitchen with a cup of coffee and a cigarette. "The nurses," LIFE noted, "constantly admonish him to relax and rest, but because they are well aware that he cannot, they keep a potful of fresh coffee simmering for him at all hours." Eugene Smith's empathy as a photographer, as well as his his capacity for capturing on film the tumult of emotions endured by men and women under duress, were hallmarks of his work and continue to astound and influence photographers to this day. In 1979, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund was founded to support those working in the profoundly humanistic style of photography to which Smith dedicated his life and his art." [Life]
Floyd Mayweather's sentence postponed thanks to...Lil Kim and Ray J?: "A judge agreed Friday to postpone a jail sentence against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a Las Vegas domestic violence case, allowing the undefeated boxer to make a Cinco de Mayo fight against an as-yet unnamed opponent. The ruling by Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa to allow Mayweather to begin his 90-day stint on June 1 came with the fighter's manager and supporters, including rap star Lil' Kim and R&B artist Ray J, in the courtroom as a defense lawyer cited the economic boost that Las Vegas could get from the bout. Mayweather, meanwhile, waited in the lobby of a nearby building to hear whether Saragosa would make him immediately begin serving the three-month sentence she imposed when the boxing champion pleaded guilty last month to a charge that he attacked his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010." [AP]
Toronto GM wants more fighting: "'If you want a game where guys can cheap-shot people and not face retribution, I'm not sure that's a healthy evolution," he said Thursday. "The speed of the game, I love how the game's evolved in terms of how it's played. But you're seeing where there is no accountability.' According to numbers provided by the NHL, fighting is down significantly this season. Through play Wednesday, there was an average of 0.8 fighting majors per game compared with 1.2 at the same point last year. 'To me, it's a dangerous turn in our game,' Burke said." [CBS]
Your people are pretty strange Interlude:
Refs could be suspended for being sixth man, failing to see sixth man: "[Sun Belt Conference coordinator of officials Mike] Wood said that it is within his jurisdiction that officials could sit for a game or more. Wood said that the scorekeeper should have also alerted that six players checked into the game. 'This wasn't a bunch of rookies,' Wood said. 'This is a good crew.' Wood said he spoke with the crew, as well as Western Kentucky athletic director Ross Bjork, and no one from the Hilltoppers saw the six players on the court. 'There are a whole bunch of times where there are six or seven guys on the court and it is technically a violation of the rule,' Wood said. 'You can blow the whistle and stop the play. But you can't go to the monitor and do it retroactively.' Retiring Sun Belt commissioner Wright Waters told ESPN.com Thursday night that he was told that the sixth player isn't involved in the play. But when watching the video you can see that no one is essentially involved in the play as Payton takes the inbound pass and dribbles through traffic before getting to the rim. [ESPN]
Post season football returns to Cowboy Stadium: "'Joe Adams has made big plays for us all year long," Wilson said. "We were struggling offensively until he sparked us. Great players make big plays, and he definitely got his.' Adams' 51-yard return early in the second quarter gave the Razorbacks a 10-0 lead before they even gained a first down. It was the first punt return for a touchdown in the Cotton Bowl in 51 years. 'It was another one of those where you just go, 'Wow!'" coach Bobby Petrino said. 'You could see when he made the catch he had in mind what he was going to do. We got some good blocks. ... Joe showed great acceleration, made another spectacular play for us.' Adams matched the SEC single-season record with his four punt return TDs. The senior receiver, who had five catches for only 22 yards Friday, was the only FBS player this season with multiple punt returns for TDs, along with rushing and receiving scores." [Arkansas Matters]
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