Paula Deen Cast In Dancing With The Stars

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2010 file photo, Paula Deen speaks in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

LOS ANGELES ( – Paula Deen is leaving the kitchen for the ballroom.

The former Food Network star has reportedly been cast in season 21 of “Dancing With the Stars,” along with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza and the previously announced Bindi Irwin of “Crocodile Hunter” fame.

Hey ABC,

Bold strategy signing on to the sinking ship that is Paula Deen in the PC-police era. I personal don’t care because I don’t have a girlfriend and therefore have zero reason to watch pseudo-celebrities dance 1000 times better than my lanky body could ever do but I feel like they’re going to get a lot of backlash for this.

The backlash against Paula Deen was a little ridiculous. Oh an old white lady from the South has some backwards thinking about race? Color me shocked. About as shocking as that walking Confederate flag Phil Robertson not being a fan of Friends of Dorothy. It’s pretty likely that a lady who grew up during the Jim Crow South might have less than a nuanced view of race in this country.


Nik Stauskas Made The Canadian National Team

Nik Stauskas #10 of the Sacramento Kings holds up two bottles of ´Sauce Castillo´ prior to the game against the Utah Jazz on April 5, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

It’s been a pretty busy summer for Nik Stauskas. After being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers back in July, he also has another team to call home.

After spending six days in training camp, Stauskas made the final roster for Canada’s national basketball team, joining the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. Canada is competing in the 2015 Tuto Marchand Cup in Puerto Rico, a five team exhibition tournament from August 23-26. They’ll face Argentina on Sunday, Brazil on Monday, the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, and Puerto Rico Wednesday.

(I know this is old news but it’s news to me, and I wasn’t blogging at the time)

Atta boy Sauce Castillo. This came as kind of a surprise because I had no clue Stauskas was Canadian. Those Maple-chugging moosefuckers tend to look just like us. Skinnier, more denim clad versions of us. I guess its because politeness has no outward physical change in appearance.

But seriously this is a really good sign for Nik. Canada may be America lite but it’ll good for Stauskas to get some play in international ball. That kind of experience is invaluable even if it is just qualifiers for Rio. Hopefully he can pick up some tips from ROY Andrew Wiggins and stay far, far away from Anthony Bennett, the human embodiment of disappointment.


Darryl Dawkins Dead at 58

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Darryl Dawkins, known for his thunderous dunks and flamboyant nickname, has died. The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Dawkins died today. Following his professional playing career, Dawkins made his home in the Lehigh Valley. The 58-year-old made history in 1975, when he became the first player ever drafted directly from high school to the NBA. The Orlando native played 15 seasons in the NBA, spending the majority of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.

RIP to a Philly sports legend, Chocolate Thunder. This came as a huge shock as I had not heard that he was sick and he was only 58 years old. But Chocolate Thunder was anything but usual becoming one of the first players to jump from high school to the NBA. If he lived his life off the court anything like he played on the court it would make sense that he would unfortunately die so young. The dude holds the NBA record for fouls in a season and dunked like an absolute savage.

He may not have quite lived up to the expectations people had for him when he entered the league but a guy who gives you 11 and 7 for 7 seasons and is willing to go to war for your team

can play for my team any day.

PS- I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention that Darryl Dawkins didn’t believe Stevie Wonder (the man who gave him the nickname Chocolate Thunder) was actually blind. He might be on to something actually.