Prince Fielder Reports To Spring Training In Biggest Shape Of His Life

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SUNRISE, Ariz.—After arriving to spring training and settling into the team’s clubhouse, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder told reporters that he was in the biggest shape of his entire life.

“I feel good about this season,” the 275-pound Fielder said. “This is the first spring training I’ve shown up to where I don’t feel like I can get any bigger, so that can only mean good things for me,” he added.

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NASCAR Introduces Closed-Captioned Car Sounds

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—NASCAR officials announced today that the stock-car racing association would integrate closed captions of the car sounds made at all its future races. Citing a fan survey, NASCAR chief communications officer Brett Jewkes told reporters about the initiative.

“We’re excited to bring this part of our exciting sport to our television broadcasts,” Jewkes said. “Our comprehensive fan survey indicated an overwhelming positive response to the loud vrooms, rumbles, and screeches heard in person at races and over our broadcasts’ audio, so giving that experience to fans unable to hear it, such as those with hearing difficulties, was a logical next step,” he added.

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Kevin Garnett Already Teaching New Young Teammates How To Properly Disrespect Opponents

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MINNEAPOLIS—Speaking to reporters at the team’s practice facility, Minnesota Timberwolves players said that new power forward Kevin Garnett is already teaching them how to properly disrespect their NBA opponents.

“His impact was felt immediately,” star rookie Andrew Wiggins said of the influence Garnett has had on the young team members’ ability to trash-talk and insult other players. “He’s been mother-fucking players at the highest level for two decades, so he knows what he’s talking about,” Wiggins added.

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Super Bowl XLIX Media-Day Highlights

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– Russell Wilson volunteers at Phoenix-area hospital to shake bad-boy image
– Bill Belichick uncomfortably thrilled to take question from terminally ill child
– Tom Brady spends entirety of interview berating event’s caterers
– Julian Edelman humiliated after diary is read aloud by Rob Gronkowski
– ESPN analysts Tedy Bruschi, Ray Lewis, and Steve Levy contemplate discussing just what the point of media day is, and how all this pomp and pageantry is really an extension of Americans’ obsession over frivolous things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things before deciding to talk about football inflation
– Stephen Gostkowski points out that a real neutral site would be someplace geographically right between Boston and Seattle, like Fargo
– Seahawks punter Jon Ryan arrives with plastic-wrapped mound of ice on throwing shoulder
– Live-hawk handler waiting in middle of media floor for bird released from top of Seattle’s CenturyLink Stadium
– Pete Carroll admits he’d give all this up to follow just one more Eagles tour across the country in his ’72 GTO, man
– Rookie reporter ridiculed by colleagues for throwing several questions right at Richard Sherman
– Luke Willson fields question on when he and Reese Witherspoon will team up for Legally Blonde 3
– Marshawn Lynch jumps off stage, grabs crotch after completing requisite five minutes of interview time

Old-Fashioned, Physical NFL Game Full Of New-Age, Modern Brain Trauma

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PITTSBURGH—NFL analysts across the nation delighted in Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, praising both teams for playing an old-fashioned brand of rugged, physical football that was riddled with brain injuries.

“This was just a good old slugfest,” ESPN analyst Mike Ditka said during a post-game show. “That was a great example of how football should be played: hard, physical, and fast,” Ditka continued, remarking on the run-heavy game that left multiple players with life-altering concussions.

Other analysts and former players lauded the game’s departure from what they believe has become a pass-focused version of the game that penalizes players for playing too aggressively.

“It feels good to finally get back to football after all that’s happened this year with Ray [Rice] and Adrian [Peterson],” FOX analyst Terry Bradshaw said of the game, which had its play stopped on three separate occasions to tend to players dazed from slamming into each other without slowing down.

The adulation for the game, whose high-speed collisions resulted in cranial damage that would likely not be discovered for years by the untold players who suffered it, continued from NBC’s Sunday Night Football color commentator, Cris Collinsworth.

“In a game like this one, so late in the season, flags shouldn’t decide it; thankfully, they didn’t,” Collinsworth said, approving of the lack of penalties levied for the scores of head-to-head spear tackles committed during the game.

“Deciding the fate of the playoffs is of the utmost importance,” Collinsworth added before marveling at a replay of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton being thrown onto his neck by a Steelers defender and lying prone for several seconds.

“Now that’s football,” Collinsworth said.

Researchers: Ancient Mayans’ Deadly Hoop Game Frequently Ended With Brutal Low Scores

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AUSTIN, Texas—Researchers today discovered the ancient Mayan ball-and-hoop game that frequently ended in human sacrifice also regularly resulted in brutally low final scores. Archaeologists at multiple excavated sites in Central America unearthed scoring tablets engraved with the unthinkably boring tallies.

“It’s a fascinating development,” said Mayan Exploration Center researcher Michael Rockford. “That the Mayan people turned to a game so barbarically difficult and bereft of any offensive fireworks for their entertainment is baffling.

“It appears some of these games, which might take days to complete and finish with several participants decapitated, ended without anybody scoring at all, if you can believe it,” Rockford added.

Participants in the game were tasked with getting a rubber ball through a wall-bound stone hoop, with some illustrations suggesting hands were not allowed to be used in doing so. Players were many times mercilessly heckled by bored audiences before having their still-beating hearts cut from their chests in sacrificial ceremonies.

“Obviously, it paints a pretty savage picture,” Rockford said, describing the games that ended with blood-soaked courts and unfilled scoring tablets. “The closest modern-day equivalent we have is basketball, but this game was much less civilized and refined; no dunks, no alley-oops, not even any fast-break layups. These athletes very often couldn’t hit a bucket if their lives literally depended on it,” he continued.

At press time, Mayan Exploration Center representatives were contacting the Philadelphia 76ers to request that all team records from this season be destroyed to prevent future generations from uncovering similarly horrifying offensive ineptitude and ascribing it as something Americans actually enjoyed.

Furious Raiders Threaten NFL Films’ Planned DVD Release of Team’s 2014 Games

Source: Bleacher Report

Source: Bleacher Report

OAKLAND, Calif.—The Oakland Raiders issued threats of violence and unrest toward NFL Films today after learning of the company’s planned release of a collectible DVD of each of the team’s 2014 games.

“Should this vile media be released, we will find no recourse but to enact swift, powerful justice upon those responsible,” Raiders owner and supreme leader Mark Davis said in a team-issued statement lambasting the potential release of 2014 Raiders games to a national audience. “Such an act of defamation will not be met idly,” Davis added.

Experts believe Davis’s overly protective declaration is a desperate attempt to keep the misled, long-suffering Raiders fan base from being exposed to any media or thoughts on the team from outside entities.

“We’re talking about a group of people delusional about the glory of their team,” sociologist Nathan Glencoe said. “From the time most are indoctrinated into Raiders fandom, they’re blasted with team-issued propaganda brainwashing them into thinking this is still not only a successful franchise to support, but a triumphant one,” he explained.

“These poor people really believe the Raiders are a powerful, magnificent organization, and the DVD release would undo all that,” Glencoe added.

The Raiders’ systemic feeding of grandiose misinformation to its fans dates back to the 1970s, when previous team owner and grand ruler Al Davis seized power in the team’s front office. “Since then, it’s been a sad trail of lies and torturous deception that Mark [Davis] inherited seamlessly,” Glencoe said. “Things like ‘Darren McFadden’s rocket-like speed decimates opposing defenses,’ or ‘Derek Carr’s downfield missiles are an unstoppable force.’

“Anything to distract the masses from the horrifying reality they’re living,” Glencoe concluded.

Upon receiving word of the shuttered franchise’s threats, NFL Films announced it would instead distribute a “Raider Greats” copy in its San Francisco/Oakland market while re-branding the original DVD as a football-bloopers compilation elsewhere.