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Charles Barkley Video: Watch Sir Charles’ Hilarious Weight Watchers Comments

So much for Charles Barkley serving as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

The outspoken NBA Hall of Famer and TNT personality was caught trashing the famed weight-loss program of which he is the new face during the first quarter of Thursday night’s game between the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks. Sir Charles referred to Weight Watchers as “a scam,” not unlike paying people like him to sit and watch sports.

Of course, the Basketball Player Formerly Known as the Round Mound of Rebound had some good things to say about the program. He revealed that he has, indeed, lost two pounds per week and a whopping 38 pounds overall and that he’s been keeping up with all the weigh-ins.

Barkley then claimed that he’d never pay for Weight Watchers, and that he’s doing it only because he’s getting paid for it.

As offended as the folks at Weight Watchers might be, at least they weren’t the Atlanta Hawks. Barkley went on to rip the Hawks, calling them a bunch of “nice guys” and suggesting that they go after Dwight Howard. Luckily, Reggie Miller was there to inform Sir Charles that DH12 has no desire to play for his hometown team.

Gotta love Barkley’s honesty and candor, even if it’s not supposed to be on camera. Let’s just hope Weight Watchers doesn’t come down too hard on him.

After all, he’s never missed a weigh-in.

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Oakland Raiders: Former Raider Reggie McKenzie Hired as General Manager

According to csnbayarea.com, the Oakland Raiders have hired Reggie McKenzie as their general manager. 

Under Al Davis, the Raiders never hired a GM, as Davis made the majority of the team’s decisions on his own. Still, with Davis’ recent passing, there has been a lot of talk that the Raiders would hire someone to make the football decisions.  

McKenzie is currently the general manager of the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. He was also an NFL player and was drafted by the Raiders in the 10th round of the 1984 draft. He took over the role in Green Bay in 2008, but had previously worked in the organization’s front office since 1994. 

Heading into the playoffs, the Packers are the No. 1 seed in the NFC. No contract can be put in place until the Packers have completed their season.

Nevertheless, this is a very interesting and groundbreaking moment for an Oakland Raiders organization that will finally have a general manager. 


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MLS Transfers: Houston Dynamo Make Their First Deal of the Offseason

Nathan Sturgis, a 24-year-old journeyman midfielder, joined his fifth MLS club in only seven years yesterday evening, landing with the Houston Dynamo.  This young utility player has seen brief stints of both success and lackluster play throughout his MLS career.  

Houston signed Stugris from Toronto FC for a conditional 2014 draft pick (essentially not much).  

It would appear that Toronto unloading Sturgis might mean that Aron Winter has his targets set on bringing in another piece to his side.  Losing Sturgis (who did not particularly impress in Toronto) frees up both cap room and an American international slot.  

Having just last season signed Sturgis from the Vancouver Whitecaps for a first overall (eighth) pick in the 2011 SuperDraft, Toronto sees a great deal of loss as this deal goes through.

Houston looks to Sturgis to add depth and leadership.  President of Business Operations Chris Canetti told MLSsoccer.com that:

Dom [Kinnear] knows in his mind what he likes, and when he really likes a guy he envisions, far more than anyone else, how that guy will fit into the club and into his scheme. That was certainly the case with Adam Moffat and hopefully it will be the same situation where Dom sees Sturgis in a certain role with our club and he finds success…I think that’s a positive to get a young player with good experience that’s been around a couple of different organizations, Canetti said. He’s a professional and knows how to approach things and brings some youth to the squad.

Sturgis has been touted early as becoming an instant role player with Houston—someone who can play multiple positions and whose experience in the league can provide leadership.  

Although certainly not a blockbuster deal in any form, this is Houston’s first dip into the transfer window this offseason.  Sturgis is a player with several international caps at youth level, who is looking to find a home in the MLS and revitalize his career.

Both parties are wishing that Houston is where Sturgis finds his form once again.