Who wants MORE rare photos of Phil?!


Who wants MORE rare photos of Phil?!

By Mary Paoletti

Aw, nuts. The Lakers got bounced from the playoffs by the Mavericks this weekend. But not only do the two-time defending champions need to deal with their humiliating underachievement, they also might need to find a new coach.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak believes Phil Jackson is retiring. Seriously. For real this time.

"I think this is it," Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles. "We'll sit down and talk, but I've gotten no indication that he won't retire."

I thought it was strange that SI has a "Rare Photos of Phil Jackson" feature on its website today. The guy didn't die, he's just retiring. Maybe.

What kind of weirdo, in the face of this possibility, is clamoring for Phil candids? Especially crap like...

A pic of Phil reluctantly reaching for his new baby.

A shot of Phil doing crunches in really tiny shorts.

Come on, now. I get SI's "Lovely Ladies" of Hot Clicks thing -- people like looking at beautiful women. But WHO wants to look at PHIL?

The apparent answer: somebody. And since WGS is all about supply-and-demand, we've decided to dig for some even more rare photos of the for-now Lakers coach.

The weirdos get what the weirdos want.

Both of Phil's parents were Assemblies of God ministers. Here's a photo of little Phil at his first church camp. Turns out, he was just a few bunks down from Doug Collins! What a coinkidink!

As he got older, Phil moved toward Zen and Buddhism.

He even tried to live a more modest life. Here's a photo of Phil in his purest phase of living.

It didn't take long for Phil to realize that poverty and humility were stupid. So he decided to try and squeeze profits out of idiot consumers. Here's the cover shot from his first, ridiculous book:

After his team won the 2010 NBA Championship, Phil wanted a biographical movie made about awesome he is. Unfortunately, the concept got lost in translation between Phil and the writers. Here's a shot of their first creative mock-up. It was eventually scrapped then salvaged by DreamWorks.

It's a decent start, but don't worry, we'll keep digging through Jeanie Buss' trash for more photos.

...Ya' bunch of freaks.

Randy Moss: Roger Goodell is 'biggest reason' for NFL's problems

Randy Moss: Roger Goodell is 'biggest reason' for NFL's problems

With the NFL facing more PR issues by the day, Randy Moss has identified what he feels is wrong with a league that can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

In wake of the Josh Brown situation, which saw the NFL blame the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office for the lack of initial punishment given to the Giants kicker for domestic violence, Moss said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown that commissioner Roger Goodell is the league’s biggest problem. 

“[This is] a bad time to show up now, breast cancer awareness month where we’re supporting the women, and then you come up with this Josh Brown, where it doesn’t seem like we are supporting women,” Moss said. “I think the NFL needs to take a deep look. I think the owners are mad, and Roger Goodell, he is the biggest reason to all of this stuff that’s fallen downhill with the NFL. I have to agree with that.”

Brown was initially given a one-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy stemming from his 2015 fourth-degree domestic violence charge. On Friday, the 37-year-old was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. 

Steelers know they'll have their hands full with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett


Steelers know they'll have their hands full with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett

PITTSBURGH – So far this season, Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski have combined for 39 catches, 644 yards and five touchdowns. Making the numbers that much more impressive is the fact the numbers were rolled up with Gronk inactive for two games and fairly useless in another thanks to his hamstring injury.

Will the Steelers slow the roll of Robellus Grennetski?

Hard to imagine. As Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, Gronk alone has tuned up the Steelers with 26 receptions for 403 yards and seven touchdowns in six meetings.

Fittipaldo explored the strategies the Steelers defense may unveil Sunday afternoon when the Patriots and Steelers get going. He also pointed out that the return of linebacker Ryan Shazier after a three week layoff and injuries for safeties Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden may put Pittsburgh at a disadvantage.

Said Shazier: “They have the tandem they want at tight end. Now they can use tight ends the way they want. You have to respect everyone on the field. Both of them are good blockers, good pass threats and great at running after the catch.”

Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Pittsburgh will alter its approaches.

“We have to be able to play more than one defense,” Butler said. “They’re very good and they’ll pick you apart if they can figure out what you’re doing. We just have to execute the defense more than anything else. If we can do that … that’s been our problem for the most part. Some of the things that went on last week, we missed some things we should have made mentally.”

What “went on last week” was a 30-15 loss to the Dolphins.

Pittsburgh hasn’t been a big-play group so far -- eight sacks and three picks -- nor have they seen a gauntlet of great quarterbacks in the first six games. 

Interestingly, their losses have been to Ryan Tannehill and rookie Carson Wentz, probably the two quarterbacks one would figure Pittsburgh would do best against.
Between a smoking hot Brady and a can’t-be-stopped tight end tandem, there’s probably not a lot Pittsburgh can do aside from hoping for an off day.

Said linebacker Arthur Moats hopefully: “You have to continue to mix it up against (Gronkowski). You can’t give him the same look over and over. He has success on guys like that. If we disrupt him, and rush Brady and speed up his clock, I definitely think that will help out.”

In theory, perhaps. In practice? We’ll see.