is now a gay dating site

24 Sep

If you were looking for the team take on the Dallas Cowboys after their Sunday 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you may have gone to to do so. And if you did so, you would have been rather surprised to see what website popped up.

Yeah, we're thinking that this isn't what Jerry Jones had in mind. The debacle actually started in 2007, when the Cowboys organization had a winning bid of $275,000 on the domain name but didn't pay up due to an internal miscommunication. From, back then:

The domain name brought in a $275,000 bid from a phone-in bidder at the recent TRAFFIC domain live auction in Hollywood, Florida. The bidder had been earlier identified to be a representative from the Dallas Cowboys NFL team. An inside source confirmed with DomainNameNews that the deal began to fall apart over a misunderstanding with the bidder on what the bid of "275″ actually meant. It appears the bidder thought they were buying the domain for $275.00 rather than $275,000.

The site sat for several years, but now, the owners of the domain have set things up.

The Dallas Cowboys can still be found at, of course, but you'd assume that the team would have liked to own the shorter and seemingly more obvious domain name as well. However, those pesky extra digits befuddled them, a then-silent bidder swept in and took the name for a larger bid, and a whole lot of people looking for news and notes on America's Team will instead get a dating site for "men who enjoy the same country living lifestyle."

Are you a country western cowboy looking for a man to ride into the sunset with? Come and create [a] relationship with singles [who] share your appreciation for the country way of life. You'll be able to find your perfect match here.

"We are extremely excited to have decided on a direction for this property," Darren Cleveland recently said in a press release. Cleveland is the President of City Advertising and part of the owners' group. "Gay dating is a primary target for this website. However, we will also serve the needs of straight daters as well."

Well, diversity is a good thing.

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Braves rough up Halladay, beat Phillies (Yahoo! Sports)

22 Sep

Atlanta Braves' Mike Minor pitches in the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Another strong start from Mike Minor has the Atlanta Braves one step closer to erasing last year's debacle.

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Earlier today, we reported what appeared to be the NFL's latest conflict-of-interest debacle with its replacement refs. One side judge was pulled from the Week 2 New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers game for his public displays of Saints fandom, and it was revealed that the field judge in the Week 1 Arizona Cardinal-Seattle Seahawks game may have been paid by the Seahawks as a practice official in recent years.

Then, in an interview that must have had the league office passing out the Advil, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said on Philly radio station 94WIP that one of the officials in the Eagles' Sunday win over the Baltimore Ravens told McCoy that he needed the running back for his fantasy football team.

"It was more like joking," McCoy told me on the phone Tuesday afternoon during an interview promoting BODYARMOR SuperDrink. "People blew it up into more than it was. It was definitely that.

"But I'll tell you what," he said with a laugh, "I wouldn't mind if [the officials] gave us some calls in some of those games for their fantasy teams."

In truth, McCoy is a bit less heavy on the subject of replacement officials than some have been. "There are times when players get frustrated, but to be honest, I think [the calls] have gone both ways. There have been bad calls for the opponents and bad calls for the Eagles, so it goes both ways, and it really matters who's playing ball."

Joking or not, we're hoping that the NFL will advise the official in question that any appearance of impropriety at a point where all replacement officials are taken to task at a forensic level isn't the best way to go.

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Video: Brandon Weeden enveloped by American flag during pregame; probably should have stayed there

10 Sep

The Cleveland Browns went into their 2012 regular-season opener with a rookie quarterback (Brandon Weeden), running back (Trent Richardson) and right tackle (Mitchell Schwartz), the first team to do so since the 2002 expansion Houston Texans. That Texans team got quarterback David Carr sacked an unbelievable 76 times, and Carr ended his rookie season with 233 completions in 444 attempts for 2,592 yards, nine touchdowns, and 15 picks.

In the end, Weeden's debut was far worse when he went up against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday ... and the debacle started before the Browns even took the field.

You can imagine what Weeden might have been thinking pre-game. "OK, good throws ... get ready to roll ... the Eagles' defense is rough; great pass rush, but we can get this done ... remember, there's more than one read in the NFL ... wonder what I'm gonna do for my 29th birthday ... boy, I sure wish Justin Blackmon was here ... say, Mike Holmgren kinda looks like Andy Reid with that bristly mustach..."

/THWACK. "What the $%^&*()???"

Yeah -- and then, this happened.

"Got no warning," Weeden told Yahoo's Mike Silver via text on Sunday night. "Was throwing like I always do and they came haulin' ass with that thing right at me."

Somehow, none of Weeden's teammates noticed the embarrassing episode, and after a 10-second adjustment to his new situation, Weeden was able to bail out from under the flag.

"I was kneeling and just crawled out," Weeden told Silver. "It was about 10 seconds but it felt like forever."

Actually, Weeden did share this episode with a team equipment man, who was also shrouded by the giant flag.

"I looked at him and said, 'This sucks.'"

Three hours later, Weeden may have wished that he'd spent the entire afternoon under the flag -- he had as rough a NFL debut as could be imagined. Caught short by his inability to adjust to pressure and hesitations when trying to process multiple reads, Weeden finished his first real NFL game with 12 completions in 35 attempts for just 118 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Browns lost a close one, 17-16, but that was more about the fact that Michael Vick struggled equally, throwing four picks of his own. If the Browns had gone for and succeeded with a two-point conversion following D'Qwell Jackson's 27-yard interception return with 13:59 left in the game, Cleveland could have forced the game into overtime. Of course, we don't know what ghastly result Weeden might have prompted with his play in a fifth quarter, nor could we imagine what horrors the grounds crew at Cleveland Stadium might have prepared for him before the extra frame.

"The outcome wasn't what I wanted," Weeden said, "but I wasn't overwhelmed."

The tape shows otherwise, but it's possible that Weeden was still affected by his impromptu Flag Day. He's got a second chance to make a first impression against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.

That game is set to be played at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium, but that shouldn't bother Weeden. He's already figured out that in some cases, home-field advantage is nothing but a myth.

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Raiders DT Kelly: Cards QB Kolb is ‘scared’ – Kevin Kolb | ARZ

18 Aug
Raiders DT Tommy Kelly ripped into Kevin Kolb after Friday's preseason debacle, calling the quarterback "skittish" and "scared."
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Rick Nash Derby: Should Logan Couture really be non-starter for SJ Sharks?

20 Jul

Columbus Blue Jackets' GM Scott Howson may not have as much leverage as he'd like in the Rick Nash derby, what with his making Nash's trade request public in a skin-saving, foot-shooting, P.R. debacle last February, but that hasn't stopped him from aiming high with his asking price.

Two weeks ago, we learned that he requested Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes, only to elicit snickers. On Thursday, CSN Bay Area reported that his discussions with the San Jose Sharks hit the wall months ago, because he won't budge from Logan Couture as a starting point, and Doug Wilson unequivocally will not start there:

The San Jose Sharks haven't had any discussions with the Blue Jackets regarding their captain Rick Nash in "months," a source has told

The Blue Jackets haven't come off of their insistence that Logan Couture be a part of a deal for the scoring winger, which is a non-starter for San Jose.

But here's the question. Should Couture be a non-starter?

After all, this is Rick Nash, regarded as one of the league's premier power forwards. And I'm sure that the prospect of Nash skating with a premier playmaker in Joe Thornton is enough to keep many a Sharks fan sitting down until the excitement passes. Is it possible that the creation of that dynamic duo is worth losing Couture?

No. It isn't.

In his first two seasons, Couture has 63 goals and 121 points. Meanwhile, over that same span, Nash has 62 goals and 125 points. That's practically identical production.

Of course, Nash isn't playing with Thornton, and Couture is, at least for part of the time. Presumably, Nash could do a little more damage on Thornton's wing.

But really, that's the only way he does. If you want Nash to exceed the totals he's presently putting up, you'd best employ a playmaking centre, and if you trade Couture to get him, you've only got one to offer, and that's Thornton.

And even then, it's a pretty big gamble, one that I wouldn't expect Doug Wilson to make after he got burned making it last time. Submitted for the approval of the midnight society: Dany Heatley.

Granted, Heatley and Nash are different players, but they aren't that dissimilar, and a lot of the chatter about a possible Nash-Thornton pairing echoes the chatters about a possible Heatley-Thornton pairing before that happened.

You'll recall that it didn't really work out. Sure, Heatley had 82 points in season one, but he dropped to 64 points in season two, losing his spot on the first line and the first unit powerplay in the meantime before being moved for Martin Havlat.

That was Dany Heatley, who came to the Sharks after breaking 80 points in a down season in Ottawa. Nash has never had an 80-point season. Maybe he does alongside Thornton, but, as Heatley proved, that alone isn't going to win you the Stanley Cup.

A better option might be to avoid this headache and keep Couture, who isn't being paid $7.8M a season, provides the same production Nash provides now, and can play a host of positions and situations Nash can't. He won't eat up your capspace and he doesn't need to be on the first line to succeed.

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