Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 on the final day of the MLB season to narrowly edge Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title.
After accomplishing such a feat, one can expect an outpouring of praise and adulation from fans, friends, family and peers. Unless those folks have the wrong number.
A flurry of congratulatory messages were texted to Gordon in the wake of his feat -- only he didn't receive several of them because they were sent to his old number. Instead, Joe Adel received those messages and shared them in a tweet to Gordon: "I think I have your old cell phone # n people are giving you love and your not receiving it. Congrats man"
Adel is a former pitcher for the USF baseball team so he's probably used to some celebrity. But nothing can prepare you for having a pro athlete's following.
Here's hoping Adel has unlimited text messages.
Is Jay Cutler criticized too much?
After Chicago's oft-maligned quarterback delivered a gritty come-from-behind win over the Raiders on Sunday, that question was posed to Bears tight end Martellus Bennett.
is Jay Cutler too often criticized? Martellus: "They threw rocks at Jesus, & Jesus was an excellent guy who did a lot of awesome stuff."— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) October 4, 2015
Before comparing Jay Cutler to Jesus, Martellus Bennett compared him to Keanu Reeves in the movie 'The Replacements'— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) October 4, 2015
It's safe to say the tongue-in-cheek Bennett is having some fun here, but what an answer.
The quotes predictably earned some laughs and retweets on Twitter, and good on Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley for posing the question to Bennett -- the self-proclaimed "black unicorn" -- who's always a good quote.
In a league that has increasingly devalued three-down, do-it-all running backs, Alfred Morris is an outlier. He can bruise inside, speed to the corner, catch, block, and make Pro Bowl selections look easy.
So one would be forgiven for thinking Morris, in his fourth year as Washington's bellcow, believes he deserves a little preferential treatment.
In a warm, revealing blog for the Washington Post, Dan Steinberg discusses Morris' unique pregame routine, one that has made him a local favorite in and around FedEx Field. Before each home game, the running back gathers with stadium ushers and security guards in the corner of an end zone and just, well, talks to them.
He calls them "my Stadium Fam," and if you think there isn't peace and happiness at FedEx Field on fall Sundays, you've never observed these 20-minute sessions, which start with laughter and end with a prayer.
It sounds silly: work chit-chat like this is newsworthy? But on the Mount Olympus where successful, talented NFL players reside, the bond that Morris shares in these meetings, which he's joined since his rookie year, are rare.
"My first reaction was, 'Dang, this is Alfred Morris.' You know what I'm saying?" one stadium attendant is quoted as saying. "But seeing how cool and relaxed he was in talking to us, it made us feel cool and relaxed and easy talking to him."
It's not Morris' only humble quirk. He also cruises around in a restored 1991 Mazda he calls Bentley:
Recently we brought you the top 10 players, as rated by the latest "NBA 2K" game.
The ratings for "NBA Live 16" also are here -- and they're quite a bit different.
Here's the top 10 (and ties):
1. LeBron James (97)
2. Kevin Durant (96)
T-3. Anthony Davis (95)
T-3. Marc Gasol (95)
T-3. Blake Griffin (95)
T-3. James Harden (95)
T-3. Chris Paul (95)
T-8. LaMarcus Aldridge (94)
T-8. DeMarcus Cousins (94)
T-8. Stephen Curry (94)
T-8. Russell Westbrook (94)
That's right: LeBron James (no surprise) is No. 1, 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant is No. 2, and a handful of talented stars across positions come in tied for third.
Meanwhile, the reigning NBA MVP is tied for eighth -- definitely an eye-opening number for a player many consider the best in the league. Then again, perhaps "NBA Live" is drawing upon more than just last season for its ratings; few before 2014-15 had Curry in that top-player-overall conversation.