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Welcome to the latest edition of Barack-etology!

For the fourth consecutive year, President Barack Obama has taken a few minutes to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket alongside ESPN's Andy Katz, hoping to choose his second National Champion in that time.

In 2009, Obama correctly predicted that North Carolina would be cutting down the nets and this year he's going back to the Tar Heel well. Who will UNC defeat in the title game? Which 12 seed does the President think will knock off a five seed? Find out now:

As for THG's staff picks? We're so glad you asked!

Hilton Hater: Baylor, Michigan State, Florida State, UNC
Free Britney: Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio State

Best of luck in your pool, readers!

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NFL star Brandon Marshall has been accused of - and denied - punching a woman in the face at a New York nightclub despite detailed reports to the contrary.

According to reports, the wide receiver was outside a club in Chelsea around 4 a.m. last Sunday morning when he got into an argument with a group of people.

He allegedly threw a punch that connected with 24-year-old Christin Myles.

Marshall, B

It's unclear at this time if Brandon Marshall intended to strike the woman ... or if she was collateral damage as Brandon was trying to KO someone else.

Either way, Myles says she suffered a black eye and filed a police report.

According to the New York Post, Myles was nervous about filing because of Brandon's high profile status, but ultimately she decided to go through with it.

But Marshall's lawyer says the 6'4", 230-pounder did NOT strike Myles, however, claiming she was hurt in a DIFFERENT brawl that went down at the club.

Remind us never to go out to said unnamed club.

BTW: Marshall was just unloaded by the Miami Dolphins in a trade to the Chicago Bears for a couple of draft picks. Nicely played by the 'Phins.

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Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay held a joint press conference this morning in which they confirmed his days in Indy are over.

Manning played 14 years in Indy, earning 11 playoff appearances, 11 Pro Bowl selections, eight division titles, four MVP awards and one Super Bowl.

"I sure have loved playing football for the Indianapolis Colts," he said. "I've been a Colt my entire adult life ... but we know nothing lasts forever."

"Our circumstances make it best for us to take this next step."

Peyton

Manning choked back his emotions. "I love it here, I love the fans," he said. "I'll leave the Colts with nothing but good thoughts and gratitude."

"I've been blessed to play here," Manning added, thanking the city, fans, team and media. "Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart."

Owner Jim Irsay lauded Manning's career with the team while announcing its conclusion amid a "long difficult process." They will retire his #18 promptly.

Irsay says the Colts' salary cap issues and decision to rebuild necessitated his release, but Manning was "completely unselfish" in accepting the outcome.

"There will be no other Peyton Manning," said Irsay while getting emotional. "We've been so blessed to have him. He's always part of the horseshoe."

Manning said he was "confident" about resuming his NFL career, though it's unclear where that might take place when the NFL returns in September.

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Tim Tebow as The Bachelor?

It's been talked about, by host Chris Harrison no less. This week, Chris asked the Denver Broncos star whether he would be interested in being the star of the show.

"They always say yes, but it never happens," Harrison said. "He did say yes ... but he would never do it. He has a little job called quarterback for at least another year."

Tim Tebow Pic

Tebow said he'll pass, so to speak, via Twitter: "Haha rumors can be crazy! Even though I've watched the show before, I'm definitely not gonna be on the Bachelor."

Could you imagine if Tim Tebow were The Bachelor, though?

The dates he would take the women on would be amazing:

  • Listening to Taylor Swift and sipping water at home
  • Tebowing at various national landmarks
  • Hanging out with his family
  • Playing board games
  • Watching game film

NOTE: For the latest developments on the wild, crazy current season, which Tebow most definitely would not approve of, follow this link for The Bachelor spoilers.

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Former college football star Marcus Vick, the younger and possibly more troubled brother of Michael Vick got popped this weekend for contempt of court.

Marcus turned himself in to authorities in Newport News, Va., on Sunday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to appear for two court dates.

Those dates stem from a suspended license charge, and by not showing, Marcus not only joins our celebrity mug shot page, but will spend 10 days in jail.

Marcus Vick Mugshot

Sweet deal. He will then be transferred to officials in Montgomery County, Va., to face separate charges stemming from an unrelated incident. Great.

According to reports, Vick failed to pay a $40,000 settlement in a civil case in which he was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2008.

Marcus Vick was 19 at the time.

Vick was booted off the Virginia Tech football team back in 2006 following a string of arrests and has been involved in multiple legal issues since.

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Disgraced former baseball star Lenny Dykstra on Monday was sentenced to three years in a California state prison after pleading no contest to grand theft auto.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig sentenced Dykstra to hard time after refusing to allow the 49-year-old to withdraw his no contest plea.

Ulfig said the scam to lease cars from dealerships by providing fraudulent information and claiming credit through sham businesses showed sophisticated planning.

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Dykstra has had a series of legal woes in a post-career downward spiral that has included a stint at a sober living facility and exposing himself to peeps on Craigslist.

In a rambling, impassioned plea for probation, Dykstra said he's tried to make amends for past transgressions and said he would be cleared of any wrongdoing.

"I'm doing everything in my power to be a better person," he said.

The judge wasn't buying it and denied his request to undo his plea of no contest. Dykstra, wearing a gray suit with a blue shirt, was remanded to custody.

Dykstra has earned nearly a year's worth of credit due to time already served. His defense attorney said Dykstra was singled out because he's a celebrity.

Dykstra initially pleaded not guilty to 25 counts after police arrested him and found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone at his home.

He changed his plea in October to no contest and in exchange prosecutors dropped 21 criminal counts ... but the big ones still earned him a trip to prison.

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LeBron James' purse (yes, purse) became the talk of the NBA yesterday.

At halftime of Sunday's Celtics/Knicks game, ABC relayed a shot of Miami Heat stars James and Dwyane Wade entering the Staples Center to do battle with the L.A. Lakers.

Wade was "the personification of sexual chocolate" according to one blogger, in a muscle shirt, while LeBron ... carried what appeared to be a stylish man purse / toiletry bag:

The reactions to this will, undoubtedly, be split into two camps:

  1. Ryan Seacrest, David Beckham, Kanye West and Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation, who will declare it "dope" and scramble to find out the designer.
  2. Everyone else, who will be LOLing at the fact that LeBron not only lost to the Lakers 93-83 Sunday, but lost his dignity by a much greater score.

What do you think of LeBron's man-purse? Fab or fail?

 

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Lamar Odom is on his way back to the NBA.

The Dallas Mavericks star - who had volunteered to play a game in the D League in order to get back into shape after missing a week of action for personal reasons - will suit up tonight for a game against the Utah Jazz.

Lamar Odom at Work

And he has a lot to prove to Coach Rick Carlisle.

"Our fans want to know that Lamar's in," Carlisle told ESPN Dallas 103.3. "Our players want to know that Lamar's in. It's not about how many points he's scoring or rebounds; those things are a factor. Our fans, our players want to see the guy playing like his pants are on fire and we haven't seen that so far and that's got to change."

Don't worry, though, Rick, Khloe Kardashian Tweeted late this week that she's "putting fantastic vibes out into the universe. Vibes do your thing."

So everything will be fine.

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Lamar Odom is not ready to play in the NBA again. Not yet at least.

The reality star, who left the Dallas Mavericks over a week ago to be with his ailing father, has been temporarily relegated to for his team's D-league affiliate, the Texas Legends, for one game in order to "get his legs back under him," a source tells ESPN.

Lamar Odom on the Bench

That contest will take place tomorrow night and then Odom - whose 7.7 points per game this season are half his career average - will likely rejoin the Mavs for a big game against the Thunder on March 5.

Lamar's wife, meanwhile, is facing a problem of her own: Khloe Kardashian and her sisters have been sued for $5 million because they are bit fat liars. Well, big skinny liars. But still.

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U.S. President Barack Obama was actually the guest on Bill Simmons’ "B.S. Report" podcast today ... something we don't see Mitt Romney doing anytime soon.

During the 24-minute, basketball-oriented sit-down, Obama guaranteed a Chicago Bulls title before he leaves office ... presumably by 2017, not this summer.

He also raved about fellow Harvard grad Jeremy Lin, the underdog who's sparked Linsanity around the nation (and the New York Knicks' recent win streak).

“I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for awhile,” Obama boasted.

Obama-Lin

The Prez said that his Secretary of Education, former Harvard basketball captain Arne Duncan, had talked about Lin while the point guard was still in college.

“It’s a terrific story. He seems like a wonderful young man; it elevates this great sport all around the world,” the 50-year-old Commander-in-Chief added.

Simmons, ESPN's hilarious and knowledgeable Sports Guy, went on to ask the president’s opinion on who the best basketball player of all time is.

Obama took a safe, biased (and hard to argue with) route: Michael Jordan.

Simmons also asked him to name the best character on the critically ignored but beyond awesome HBO series The Wire, to which Obama said, “It’s got to be Omar, right? I mean, that guy’s unbelievable ... That was one of the best shows of all time.”

It really was. Seriously, go Netflix it. Today.

And watch Obama's full talk with Simmons.

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