The Third Shift


  1. Above: the first tweet from the official account for the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Below: the response to Deadspin when it posted said tweet in the #firsttweet trend today.

    Well played, anonymous Blazers PR person. Well played.

  2. DeAndre Jordan murdered Brandon Knight. Everyone saw it. Even Jordan made a face at what he’d done.

    DeAndre Jordan Monster-Alley Oop Over Brandon Knight (Mar 10 2013) (by Maxa711Clips)

  3. Mama, don’t let your kids play ball at Adidas schools.
(via Adidas Sleeve Zubaz College Basketball Uniforms Are Hideous | The Big Lead)

    Mama, don’t let your kids play ball at Adidas schools.

    (via Adidas Sleeve Zubaz College Basketball Uniforms Are Hideous | The Big Lead)

  4. I know this is two days late, but I’m still watching this otter dunk on a loop.

    Sea Otter Hoop Dreams (by Oregon Zoo)

  5. This is my favorite of the Sad Alex Smith at Super Bowl Media Day meme.

    This is my favorite of the Sad Alex Smith at Super Bowl Media Day meme.

  6. ☛ Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax - Deadspin

    Several itemized thoughts:

    1. You mean to tell me a series of press outlets didn’t even bother to call Stanford to see if Lennay Kekua existed, just for the sake of verification? That’s basic Journalism 101 shit.
    2. Well done to both Tim Burke and Jack Dickey — the latter being a senior in college. What were you doing when you were about to start your last semester? Shit.
    3. Seeing the notification “Manti Te’O’s Girlfriend Did Not Exist” from ESPN on my iPad is beyond surreal.
    4. SERIOUSLY, HOW DO YOU NOT FUCKING CALL THE STANFORD REGISTRAR TO VERIFY?
    5. Te’o is either very, very gullible or very, very closeted — and NFL teams who delve into his background for the combine will find out which one it is.
    6. This is the only story that could have blown Chip Kelly to the Eagles aside. All it needs is murder and you have a situation tailor-made for Lennie Briscoe, Mike Logan, and Jack McCoy. (Miss u, Law & Order.)
    7. No one will remember that Alabama won the BCS title unless you’re a Bama fan, because this will now be the subtext for the entire season.
    8. A rape scandal, a student cameraman dying, and a star linebacker quite possibly putting one over on the national media. This is not a good trend for Notre Dame.
    9. It is endlessly amusing to see writers for ESPN, SI, and the NYT wonder how the hell they didn’t do any sort of diligence and were made to look like lazy fools.
    10. John Skipper once said to a college class that Deadspin didn’t break news. I guess having to watch his anchors on SportsCenter cite Deadspin the whole time on this is the perfect crow for him to consume.
    11. The press conference with ND’s AD at 8 pm EST is now must-watch television.
    12. But really, you should read the article.
  7. ☛ If anyone is looking for a job in Oregon, this one seems pretty good.

    illustratedexample:

    Not listed in the requirements: Must be ok with Phil Knight designing dayglo uniforms for your team. 

    Also, “Minimum 5 years’ successful collegiate/professional coaching experience”

    Sorry Norv Turner, it looks like you haven’t racked up any successful years just yet. Keep trying buddy. 

    ability to gladhand whiny, bitchy boosters who complain despite going to BCS bowl games a plus, but not a requirement.

  8. And lo, this young man discovers he likes the ladies at the Wizards-Hawks game because DAT ASS. Even better: this is reportedly the younger brother of Hawks center Al Horford.

  9. ☛ How ESPN Ditched Journalism And Followed Skip Bayless To The Bottom: A Tim Tebow Story - Deadspin

    Not that a Gawker Media site is immune to what drives views, ever — but John Koblin put together a very good piece here.

  10. Philip Rivers’ second half of FAIL, encompassed by a failure to catch his own mouthguard.

    (via cjzero)

  11. END THE SCAB REF ERA NOW, GOODELL.

    An interception becomes a touchdown even with a freaking review.

    End the ref lockout now.

    If not, someone is going to be severely hurt on the field this season.

    The scabs have no control of the game at this level.

    (GIF via The Big Lead.)

  12. @BobbyBigWheel:
I think John L. Smith has lost Fayetteville http://i.imgur.com/ev38c.jpg (via @redditcfb)
Oh, that’s definitely gotta fall in the “bad signs” category.Post from @BobbyBigWheel on Twitter (via Scope)

    @BobbyBigWheel:

    I think John L. Smith has lost Fayetteville http://i.imgur.com/ev38c.jpg (via @redditcfb)


    Oh, that’s definitely gotta fall in the “bad signs” category.

    Post from @BobbyBigWheel on Twitter (via Scope)

  13. ☛ Mike Leach Struggling At WSU, Hindering Pac-12 Coaching Turnaround Movement - Pacific Takes

    It’s fine to say that talent usually matters more than schemes in college football, but that kind of glosses over why Leach was hired: given time to build recruiting classes, he gets overlooked guys that perform in his Air Raid system. Let’s remember he’s still working with Paul Wulff’s guys right now and they’re learning his offense. You don’t pick up the concepts overnight.