You know those weekends when you look around at 9pm on Sunday evening and say to yourself, “Where the hell did the last two days go?” Well, that’s me right about now. I couldn’t really tell you what I did this weekend because I don’t really know – and not for reasons induced by alcohol. I’m just not really sure where the time went, which means that I neither did anything so awesome or horrible that it was memorable. But either way, I still had a better weekend than these people.
As both the NBA and NHL regular seasons come to an end, another season begins: firing season. First on the chopping block: Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner.
A Saturday night loss to the New Jersey Devils in their final game of the season had the team finish with a 36-32-14 record on the season. Boughner, who has been the coach for two seasons, was given the ax after the game, alon with assistant coach Paul McFarland. According to a statement from Panthers general manager Dale Tallon,
“We made a tough decision today and have relieved Bob Boughner of his duties as head coach. We didn’t meet expectations this season and share responsibility for that fact. After careful evaluation, we have determined that this is a necessary first step for our young team and we will seek to identify a transformative, experienced head coach with Stanley Cup pedigree to lead our team going forward. We’re grateful to Bob, Paul and their families for their hard work and their dedication to the Panthers organization and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
A possible ray of light for Boughner – his predecessor, Gerald Gallant, went to the Stanley Cup finals with Las Vegas after he was fired as the Panthers’ head coach, so maybe it’s not you, it’s them. [Via ESPN]
I don’t particularly care for public speaking (although I do it frequently enough that you think I’d be over it by now), but image if you were giving a speech and some weirdo just tackles you, which is what happened to retired wrestler Bret Hart on Saturday night – and it wasn’t even a WWE stunt.
At the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday at the Barclays Center in NYC, the 61-year-old former champion was giving a speech with Nattie Neidhart, whose late father Jim Neidhart competed alongside Hart in The Hart Foundation team when a fan rushed the ring and grabbed Hart around the waist.
The situation was handled quickly, with security and wrestlers such as Ronda Rousey and her husband Travis Browne stepping in to subdue the attacker, who was described as “wearing a rasta hat and blue shirt.” Once he was removed, Hart and Heidhart resumed speaking and rest of the ceremony proceeded as planned.
Nice recovery. [Via US Weekly]
Have you ever watched Storage Wars and seen some of the stuff that people luck out with getting after they blindly buy a storage unit? Well, if you’re James Rice of Jan’s Used Furniture in Griffin, GA, you hit the jackpot.
The unit Mr. Rice purchased belonged to retired NFL player Terrell Owens, who apparently stopped making payments on the Atlanta storage unit, causing it to be auctioned. According to TMZ, the unit contained all kinds of cool memorabilia, including “custom bust of TO, old playbooks, autographed helmets, cleats, and even a copy of an NDA that we’re assuming the NFLer gave to people at parties.”
Owens is pissed the items were sold, saying that his people had been trying to get in touch with the storage company for “years” but had gotten no response. For his part, Mr. Rice is willing to give the items back to Owens…but I’m assuming that offer comes with a rather hefty price tag. Hey, it’s not his fault T.O. wasn’t paying his bills. [Via TMZ]
Late Night McDonald’s Diners
I can’t remember the last time I went to McDonald’s, and I certainly can’t remember the last time I went late night (my go-to is Taco Bell), but for those of you that like to hit the Golden Arches at 2am, your menu options are about to become more limited.
According to the restaurant, starting at the end of this month, Signature Crafted Recipes, Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwiches, Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, Filet-O-Fish and premium salads will no longer be available from midnight to 5 a.m. Andrea Abate, spokesperson for McDonald’s, said that “We’ll be simplifying what’s served after midnight so customers can get the most popular favorites.”
I’ve got to ask…was there anyone rolling up at 3:15am with a real hankering for a premium salad anyway? [Via CNN]
Lesson: never, ever, celebrate too early.