Donovan McNabb serves day in jail for DUI arrest
Former quarterback Donovan McNabb was released from an Arizona jail Thursday morning after serving a one-day sentence stemming from his DUI arrest last December.
McNabb, 37, entered a guilty plea March 27 and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, with nine days of the sentence suspended. At 3:08 a.m. Dec. 15, he was pulled over by police for traveling 81 mph in a 65-mph zone, according to TMZ.
McNabb a Fox Sports 1 analyst, has had no comment on the arrest. News of it surfaced Thursday afternoon when Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office released McNabb’s mugshot with no explanation. Arpaio is the self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff.”
McNabb, 37, played 13 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also played for the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings before retiring after the 2011 season.
Chad Johnson returns to football -- with the CFL
Chad Johnson, the player formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, is back in pro football.
The wide receiver who was a six-time NFL Pro Bowler, signed Thursday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The Alouettes made the announcement on Twitter, particularly apropos given @ochocinco’s 3.6 million followers.
Johnson, 36, has not appeared in an NFL game since 2011, when he was with the New England Patriots. He was in training camp with the Miami Dolphins the following summer, but his contract was terminated the day after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after an incident involving his then-wife, “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, shortly after their wedding. He worked out a plea deal, but went to jail for a few days because, during a hearing on a probation violation, he slapped his attorney on the backside in celebration.
Troy Aikman “concerned” about Tony Romo’s second back operation
Tony Romo’s 2013 season ended a week early when he underwent surgery for a back injury and at least one person with very specific knowledge of back injuries is concerned for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
Troy Aikman, who had back surgery early in his career with the Cowboys and had problems before his retirement, said he “would be a bit concerned” about the prospects for Romo.
“I came back in a relatively short period of time because of when I had my surgery, so he’s at least afforded more time to get ready,” Aikman said at a United Way event Wednesday at AT&T Stadium (via Cowboys.com). “But having said that, two back surgeries in less than a year at his age, I would be a bit concerned.
“I’m hopeful that he’s able to come back everybody is. This team won’t be the same if he’s not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, ‘Hey, he’s ahead of schedule and everything’s going fine,’ I’m not sure how you can really measure that here in April.”
Aikman was 26 when he had back surgery; Romo has now had two back operations within the last year and will turn 34 on April 21. Aikman retired when he was 34.
Nike unveils Air Jordan XX9, the first high-def sneaker
What the heck are high-definition sneakers and do you really need them?
Who knows and oh, my, yes.
They’re the new Air Jordan XX9s, unveiled today by Nike and Air Jordan in New York. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook will wear them in the NBA playoffs this weekend, but they won’t hit stores until September, when they’ll go for $225. That’s plenty of time to ponder exactly what is a high-def shoe.
It’s one that, USA Today reports, “has 25 million pixels on its performance woven upper. It’s crafted by Italian artisans using a two-headed jacquard weaving machine normally for high-quality labels or silk neckties — definitely not shoes. It goes beyond appearance, however. From a structural standpoint, each pixel has a specific function and reason for being.”
Oh. Does it still squeak on a wooden floor?
“I was literally thinking about designing more and more with computer technology in mind and I was thinking about pixels,” Tinker Hatfield, who has designed 19 models of Air Jordans, told USA Today. “High-definition? Sort of, yeah.”
Two styles of the shoe, designed, Hatfield said, to “fit like a glove and to feel like you’re wearing nothing at all,” were unveiled: one in black and red and the other in black and orange.
Syracuse unveils uniforms that are decidedly less orange
Syracuse football debuted its new uniforms Wednesday and they are well, you be the judge.
In conjunction with Nike, players helped design the new look, which features three uniforms -- a home, road and alternate kit.
The main addition is the chest patch, which serves as a homage to the school’s “legend of 44 -- one of the most storied numbers in college football history worn by Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little, among others. The military-inspired graphic in the patch also references the school’s quad and the word “D.I.S.C.I.P.L.I.N.E” is printed inside the jersey.
Rising redshirt junior quarterback Terrel Hunt was one of the players that donned the new jerseys.
“We wanted to make it new but also keep the same tradition,” he said. “It was like the first day of Christmas for us.”