Friday, December 17, 2010

Benched: Donovan McNabb

Just when it looked like the worst!
Washington Redskins' highly valued QB, Donovan McNabb, has been #benched for the remainder of the 2010-2011 NFL season with Rex Grossman scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Redskins reported earlier today.

"I also told him (McNabb) that I could not guarantee him that he would be back next year," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told the team's website (

McNabb, 34, started every game for the Redskins (5-8) this season after being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles in April. Although he inked a 5-year, $78 million extension with Washington a few weeks back, his future with the franchise was day-to-day.

He was guaranteed an extra $3.5 million this year under the extension, but the deal allowed the Redskins to release him before next season without any additional payment. That was a warning sign!

"I talked to Donovan after practice (on Thursday) and I told him that once we were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs that I made a decision to start Rex Grossman," Shanahan said.

"I also told Donovan that there's nothing he could do in the final three games that would influence me on what he has done over the last 13 games," the coach added.

"Right now I have to do what is in the best interest of this organization and that's to get a good feel for where we're at the quarterback position," Shanahan said.

Look for John Beck to be Grossman's backup for the remainder of the season.

Grossman, 30, has not started a game since November 9, 2008 when he was with the Chicago Bears, and he underperformed and got dealt.

He played the final two minutes of an October loss to the Detroit Lions after Shanahan benched McNabb the first time.
Talk about disrespectful.


Kobe Bryant's Lower Merion Gym

The snow drew on Philadelphia (and surrounding area) residents last night, as its downfall created dangerously slippery roads and congested traffic jams all throughout the city.

That being said, Lower Merion High School's gymnasium dedication ceremony endured a 45-minute delay, because the man to whom it was being dedicated fell subject to the city's conditions. However, when Kobe Bryant finally arrived, the venue erupted...seemingly forgetting they had been waiting a while for this very moment.

Bryant's Lakers are in the middle of an Eastern swing that will put them on the Wells Fargo Center court against the 76ers tonight at 7pm.

But on yesterday evening, the focus was on the Lower Merion version of Bryant, the high school sensation who led the Aces to the 1996 PIAA state basketball championship and then skipped to the NBA June of that year.

Bryant, formerly of Wynnewood, donated $411,000 to fund the newly renovated facility - part of Lower Merion High School's newly completed $100 million campus, which opened this fall.

Fans - some of whom paid up to $250 a ticket to attend Thursday's ceremony - milled around high school halls decorated with photos and news clippings chronicling Bryant's standout senior season.

All of Thursday night's ceremony was dedicated to the growing legacy of Lower Merion's most famous alumnus: Bryant, a five-time NBA champion at age 32.

The list of speakers was wide-ranging, from Bryant's high school coach to his high school English teacher, Jeanne Mastriano.

Bryant's coach at Lower Merion, Gregg Downer, even pointed out one crucial, little-known, fact: that Bryant still wears his Lower Merion shorts under his Lakers shorts.

Bryant himself spoke only briefly, admitting that public speaking made him nervous.

"This is where I came from. This is where I grew up," Bryant said. "I didn't go to college. This is my university. This is where my memories lie."

Bryant concluded: "I'm going to calmly put myself out of my misery and slide back to my seat."

As a devout Philadelphia 76ers fan, I hope you feel the need to express those same exact words come the fourth quarter tonight!

Seriously, this is big. I hope the younger generation takes KB24's notion and realizes it for it's worth. What he does for his community, Alma Mater, and predecessors is not to be overlooked.


Video: Chrisette Michele - Goodbye Game

I know...more Chrisette Michele. But check this video out, and let me know what y'all think. I'm not going to lie, it kind of scares me...


Video: Diddy-Dirty Money x Jimmy Kimmel

Diddy-Dirty Money stopped by Jimmy Kimmel‘s show last night and performed the Swizz Beatz produced cut “Ass On The Floor." The performance was pretty "tastic," so if you want to waste about 4 minutes and two seconds of your life...HERE. Afterward though, Sean “Diddy” Combs sat down for a one-on-one with Jimmy about not buying Christmas gifts and burning weaves at his launch party.

Check the interview after the JUMP.