Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Latest Lines

Apologies for lagging in posts this past week—in between finishing up a job, starting a new one and a cross-state road trip, my days are starting to blur together. Plus, my Chargers completely crashed and burned Sunday, so I'm still recovering from the loss (not to mention my hangover due to post-game depression.)

But here are the latest lines from the past week in sports:

1. After losing their starting QB Peyton Manning to injury, the Indianapolis Colts are setting new team records (in a bad way). They are still winless and suffered a humiliating 62-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. 
 photo via SBNation

2. The Washington Capitals remain the only undefeated team in the NHL, holding a record of 7-0.
 3. The Oakland Raiders were also subject to QB injury and picked up former Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer (even though he did nothing to help the team who was shutout Sunday.)
 photo via Footbasket

4. Tributes are taking place all over the country to pay respect to Dan Wheldon, the race car driver who tragically died in a race recently. Safety issues are being brought up throughout the racing community to try to prevent more accidents.

5. A St. Louis Cardinals player made a statement announcing that his teammate Albert Pujols is a better baseball player than the legendary Babe Ruth. 
 photo via Total Pro Sports

 6. Speaking of baseball and the Cardinals, the Texas Rangers are up on the Cards 3-2 in the World Series. If the Rangers win tomorrow night, they take the ring.

7. Two weeks of the NBA have already been officially cancelled, with rumors swirling that two more weeks will be headed down the same path.

8. The NFL took the stage in London this weekend (as they do once a year now), and the Chicago Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccs. 
photo via NFL

Now go impress a sporty stud with one (or all!) of these pick-up lines!

And please keep voting! Only a few days left.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Latest Lines

After a positive response from last week's "Latest Lines" post, I've decided to make it a weekly thing. At the beginning of each week I'll provide you with the biggest happenings throughout the past week of sports. These can serve as a convo starter (aka pickup line) or can simply update you on what you need to know regarding sports.

Here are this week's latest lines:

1. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Detroit Lions Sunday, taking away their undefeated season.

2. Speaking of the Niners and Lions, the head coaches got into a bit of a man fight after the game. Neither coach will be fined for the bitchyness.

 photo via NFL

3. The first BCS standings of the season came out this weekend (it's a big deal for college football fans). LSU is ranked at the top right now (see the rest of the standings here). 

4. 33-year-old race car driver, Dan Wheldon, tragically died in a car crash during a race in Vegas. He was the Indy 500 winner this year and left behind a wife and two young children.
 photo via Mirror

5. Several NBA stars started negotiating contracts and playing overseas since the lockout is still in full effect. The first couple weeks of the NBA season has already been cancelled, and we're waiting to hear more.

6. The Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals are the two teams who have made it to the World Series. Game 1 starts this Wednesday in St. Louis.
 photo via Fox News

7. The Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins suck. None of these teams have won a game yet this NFL season.

8. Danica Patrick (who is not only gorgeous, but has been keeping up with the boys for years) is done with Indy Car racing, but will continue racing stock cars with Nascar.
 photo via Women of Sports

Don't forget to check out Game 1 of the 2011 World Series on Wednesday.

Speaking of not forgetting...vote please!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mascot Wars

I recently had a friend tell me that when she isn't sure who to root for in a game (or doesn't care about either team), she judges by best mascot or logo. And while I've heard girls chose their team of choice by hottest star or cutest jersey, mascots were something I had never considered. Although I personally think it's best to root for your hometown team, I also liked the originality of her opinion. 

If you agree with my friend, here are the competing mascots in Week 6 of the NFL, along with my (unbiased!) opinions of who's cooler:

Early games (1:00 Eastern)

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Panthers are sleek, fast and gorgeous. Clear winner here.
photo via EveryOneWeb

Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Since I don't exactly know what a bengal is (some sort of tiger?), I'll go with the horse.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions
A lion is way more badass than a dude during the Gold Rush.

St. Louis Rams vs. Green Bay Packers
 I'm totally obsessed with anything to do with cheese, so I'll go with Green Bay (and because I really want to party with these guys).
photo via Declan10

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants
Obviously being a giant would be pretty amazing.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
I think the Steelers sound way cooler than they actually are. Jags.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
I'm just going to pretend that Philly means the "bald eagle," in which case any American would have to go with them here.
photo via Jason Hahn

Afternoon games (4:05 or 4:15 Eastern time)

Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
Any association with Texas I'll take.

Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders
I'll be honest. I wasn't sure what a "brown" was, so I googled it. This is what I got:
photo via Gunaxin
I don't get it, but this fella looks pretty awesome, so I'm gonna go with Cleveland.

Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots
I'd take being a cowboy (girl) over ANYTHING. Pretty sure I was one in my past life.

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Now what's cooler than a drunken sailor? Buccs all day.
photo via Sky

Sunday Night Game (8:20 Eastern)

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
With their luscious locks and bulging muscles, who wouldn't want to be a vik?

Monday Night Game (5:30 Eastern)

Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Judging by the amount of dolphin ankle bracelets I had as I child, my heart is with Flipper.
photo via The Guardian

So whether you're a true fan rooting for a team out of love, or for which mascot is best, to each their own—at least you're getting creative. Enjoy another weekend of football!

Also, please keep remembering to vote!!

(Special shout-out to everyone who has been voting/pimping me out through social media this week—I couldn't ask for a more supportive group of friends and family. It means so much to me! Alright, enough mush, but for real, thank you!)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Big Screen Babes

One of the best things about sports flicks (and TV shows) are the uber babes that grace the screen, playing out their inner athlete fantasy. From baseball cuties to mature men, take a look at some of the most desirable fake athletes to light up our screens.

Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins, Friday Night Lights (TV Show)
By far the hottest thing to walk planet Earth, Taylor Kitsch played bad boy Tim Riggins in one of the most epic TV series of all time.
photo via Knoxville

Kyle Chandler as coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights (TV Show)
Though Kyle Chandler may be more of a catch for a mom than myself, something about his family-man, tough-coach persona gets my vote.
photo via Washington Post

Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward, The Fighter
There is nothing this man can do that isn't over the top sexy—including boxing. Mark plays an underdog in one of my favorite movies of the decade and he does it well.
 photo via MPG

Channing Tatum as Jason Lyle, Coach Carter
Another one of the world's finest, Channing is known for playing confident, gorgeous athletes, and in Coach Carter he does not disappoint.
photo via Mediablvd

Paul Walker as Lance Harbor, Varsity Blues
Back when Paul Walker was a baby he played a Texas QB, charming the screen with his perfect smile and baby blues. 
 photo via Cinema Source

Matthew Davis as Matt Tollman, Blue Crush
Remember this bombshell from the chick flick Blue Crush? He may have been a one-hit wonder, but what a hit it was.
photo via All Movie Photo

Freddie Prinze Jr. as Ryan Dunne, Summer Catch
This brings me back to my obsession with him in my early years, as he was a token crush for any girl in the late '90s. Although this movie wasn't one for the books, Freddie sure made up for it.
photo via All Movie Photo

So next time you're about to pop in a DVD with your man (or without), agree with a sports theme and enjoy these lovely leading men.

Also, please VOTE once a day, everyday. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Latest Lines

While enjoying football over burritos and beer yesterday, a couple of my girlfriends asked to give them a quick rundown on what was going on in the games. They were headed to meet up with guys of their liking and wanted to sound super sporty. They were actually trying to watch the games and understand, but they were seeking a little extra help to unscramble the overwhelming madness of football.

So here I am, offering some of the biggest happenings in the world of sports this week. Use these as a pickup line, or as a simple checklist of what to know this week—it's up to you!

1. Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis, died this weekend at the age of 82. He was a legend not only in the hearts of Raiders fans, but throughout the NFL and the game of football.
 photo via Nation News

2. The San Francisco 49ers (who weren't expected to be anything great this year), absolutely killed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and took their record to 4-1 this season. 

3. The NHL kicked off their season late last week. The Boston Bruins will try to hold on to their Stanley Cup title as champions from last season.
 photo via NHL

4. Tim Tebow, the backup QB for the Denver Broncos (who seriously loves God and has been riding the bench since being drafted) looked like a star and may be the new starting QB in Denver. 

5. The final four teams in the MLB are the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers. Brewers are up on the Cardinals 1-0 and the Rangers are up on the Tigers 1-0.
photo via USA Today

6. This weekend kicked off the first week of "bye" weeks for the NFL. A bye week basically means a week off for that football team and every team will have one this season. Make sure to make adjustments on your fantasy team if needed.

7. Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings scored three touchdowns in the first quarter of his game Sunday. He is the man and if you have him on your fantasy team like I do, we owe him a huge "thank you!"
photo via USA Today

8. The Green Bay Packers (5-0) and the Detroit Lions (4-0) are the only undefeated teams left in the NFL.

9. The NBA is still currently in a lockout, with many stars looking overseas for contracts.

And the most important thing this week...

10. The San Diego Chargers beat the Denver Broncos (though barely!) and took their record to 4-1. 
 photo via NFL

Enjoy using these to impress a babe or to feed your inner sports star. Catch the Monday Night Football game tonight to see if the Detroit Lions can hold on to their perfect season, while taking on the Chicago Bears.

Please vote if you haven't today. Thanks!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Shape Magazine Blog Awards

If you haven't heard, Cosmos & Cleats has been nominated (YAY!) for Shape Magazine's Best Blogger Awards.

I'm in the "sports nuts" section and up against some stiff competition! The contest lasts for the next few weeks, so please take a second to vote if you're a Cosmos & Cleats reader - every day if you can!

I appreciate all the support and all the word spreading. My readers are seriously the best!

Back to normal sporty stuff ASAP! Have a great weekend!

You didn't think I'd leave you without a little Friday afternoon goodness did you?
Ladies, meet David Wright of the New York Mets
photo via Mens Health

Thanks everyone!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

NFL Goes Pink

Notice anything extra cute about the boys playing football recently? From gloves, to mouth guards, and of course shoes, NFL stars were sporting neon pink all weekend long.

Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants
photo via USA Today

For the past few Octobers the NFL has teamed up with the American Cancer Society for a month-long campaign called "A Crucial Catch." Players, coaches, and NFL staff have the chance to raise awareness for Breast Cancer by wearing pink. The more pink each player wears the better, as these items are being actioned off and money will be given to team charities and the Cancer Society.

Antonio Garay, San Diego Chargers
photo via CBS News

Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
photo via Examiner

Want to help out but not a football stud? Here is what I'll be picking up this week to help support our lady lumps and the NFL. And even though I'm not a huge fan of girly sports gear (or guys in pink), this is definitely an exception. Props to the players and those of you helping to fight the battle!

Find your own team's gear and learn all about the campaign here

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Postseason Players

 I'll have to admit that my mind has been solely focused on football—on and off this blog—but with baseball season at its peak, it's time for some baseball love. My apologies to those who are completely sick of my everything-football posts, but with the Padres' season long gone, I had to switch my focus to avoid serious depression.

After a crazy past week of baseball, some teams are starting to drop like flies, while others continue forward towards the World Series. 

Tampa Bay celebrates winning the AL wild-card spot
photo via NJ.com

Here's a little run down on the current MLB sitch: Wild-card spots (no freaking clue what a wild card is?—click here) have been won, and there are eight teams left in the running. Four teams from the American League and four teams from the National League. This is called the AL and NL Division Series and which ever teams win three games first move on to the next round, the AL and NL Division Championships.

Here's who's left:

American League
Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays 
[Texas leads series 2-1]
 New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers
[Detroit leads series 2-1]

National League
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
[Series tied 1-1]
 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers
[Milwaukee leads series 2-0]

After this week, four teams will be left (two from each league). There will eventually be one team left from each league and they will play in the World Series—but more on that later. 

photo via You Play Ball

I'm personally hoping for Detroit (shout out to my Michigan fam!) to take home the ring this year, but you can't beat a face like Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (above). Enjoy the end of baseball and all the babes that come with it!

Cosmo Clue:
The MLB is currently in the AL and NL Division Series of the playoffs.