Kara Henderson Engaged To Rams GM Les Snead

Former NFL Network personality Kara Henderson shows off her engagement ring to 101 ESPN Radio’s Steve Savant on Monday night, after it was announced that she is engaged to St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead.

Last month, former NFL Network personality Kara Henderson confirmed that she left the network “to get married and raise my boy.” In a subsequent tweet, she wrote: “Now more involved in NFL than ever. #GoRams”

We’re now able to decipher the hidden message behind that tweet.

Congratulations to Henderson, as it was publicly announced last Monday night during 101 ESPN Radio’s “The Jeff Fisher Show” that she is engaged to St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead.

It was actually “Fisher Show” host Steve Savant that spilled the beans to listeners as he returned from a commercial break to introduce a “special guest.”

As you may recall, Henderson spontaneously disappeared from the NFLN airwaves this past spring. A couple of months ago, a commenter on this thread (which as of today is the third search result for “Kara Henderson” on Google) may have clued us in that she was tying the knot with Snead, the longtime Atlanta Falcons executive who joined the Rams this year, only for the commenter to walk back that speculation after admitting a misreading on his part.

On “The Jeff Fisher Show” (don’t let his absence in the video fool you; the crew likely chatted with him at the top of the program), Henderson joked with former Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams defensive tackle D’Marco Farr – also a veteran of sports radio in both markets – about being retired. “I’m like, if football players can retire in their 30’s, why not me?,” she said.

“Yes, but you’re retired in better health than most of us,” Farr replied.

Henderson countered, “Or so you think.”

It was at that point that Henderson’s fiance chimed in. “You have not seen the X-rays,” Snead joked. “Our trainer gave her a D-.”

Henderson also shed some light on her exit from broadcasting. “I quit my job for – at the time – the worst team in football [the Colts were actually one game worse last season]. But now, I think we can all see where this thing is going. It’s so much fun for me to be a part of it.”

It’s unclear exactly what position Henderson holds with the Rams organization, or if she just tags along with Snead from town to town, up and down the schedule. She was in tow for the Rams’ road opener at Detroit, and also tweeted from the Rams’ home opener against the Redskins the following week. She was ecstatic at Rams kicker Greg Zuerlien converting a 60-yard field goal in last week’s win over the Seahawks, and was excited about the team upending the Cardinals, handing them their first defeat of the season on Thursday night.

“You get to be a fan now,” Farr told Henderson.

“I’m so used to being a disinterested observer of football,” Henderson replied, noting she’s been at “so many games in my life” while an employee at NFLN.

“You’re emotionally invested now,” Savant said to Henderson.

“I think that’s fair to say,” she countered. “I now know what these guys go through, what everybody goes through in football. I’ve never had that experience before.”

Later, while noting Henderson and Snead are both in the football business, Farr asked: “Do you guys talk about anything else other than football?”

Snead: “Not much.”

Henderson: “I feel like I almost went to training camp to be the wife of a GM. I mean, we talk about pulling guards…”

Savant: “That’s very romantic, Kara.”

Farr: “You talk to your fiance about pulling guards and quarterbacks. That’s awesome. And she knows what she’s talking about!”

Snead: “She knows what she’s talking about, sometimes more than me.”

The timing of Henderson’s departure from NFL Network and Snead’s hiring by the Rams is coincidental. NFLN usually hires coaches and players when they’re not active in the league, but would there have been a conflict of interest if the fiancee of a general manager of an NFL team was employed by a broadcasting network operated by the league? If that’s the case – and if she was smitten by Snead by then – Henderson followed her heart, which is usually a good thing. And based on her language in the 101 ESPN Radio appearance, it sounds like she’s now an employee of the Rams.

As for a return to broadcasting… let’s just say Kara Henderson probably hasn’t ruled that out just yet.

In the words of another Les, this is Diamond Joe saying good day – and may the good news be yours!

Ricky Williams Brags About Having "Best Sex Ever" With Wife On Twitter, Now Threatens To Delete Twitter Account

Recently retired running back Ricky Williams may be forced to retire from Twitter as well - that request came from his wife - after bragging to his followers how he "had the best sex ever." He says he'll delete his account unless he reaches the 100,000 follower plateau by Sunday.

Just days after retiring from the NFL, it appears Ricky Williams will be abruptly retiring from the Twitterverse, as well.

The running back, who has played eleven seasons in the NFL among three franchises – bookending a stint with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 2006, as well as a brief retirement after testing positive for marijuana – has apparently caught heat from his wife on Saturday morning after bragging on Twitter about how, with the help of  he “had the best sex ever” with her.

Williams officially retired on Tuesday. His Twitter accoutn had been largely inactive since the middle of his final season with the Baltimore Ravens. Predictably, Williams spent more time on Twitter after his retirement. “The NFL is an incredible organization, just doesn’t work for me anymore,” he tweeted on Thursday. “It helped me tremendously, for that I will be eternally grateful.”

Then on Friday night, he started delving into the world of religion. “What changed when Adam and Eve ate the apple? They forgot they were infinite, and allowed their minds to trick them into a finite existence… Aren’t we all doing exactly the same thing? If you read Jesus’ words, he told us that we are infinite.”

That series of tweets was later followed with one that read: “Oops, I forgot that everyone is allergic to Religion or anything associated with it. Thought we were past that.”

Williams has also been dabbling with spirituality and meditation. A few of his tweets have promoted the website for Pranic Healing, which includes a “featured article” with the former running back on “twin hearts meditation.”

In the interview, Williams said meditiation “is like food. It’s spiritual food, and I need to be fed… If I didn’t share this passion with people, it would be a sin.”

Little would Ricky know, he would start begging forgiveness for trying not to commit a “sin.”

Early this morning, after midnight (Eastern time), he sent a tweet plugging his “new favorite website,” AccessConsciousness.com. “I recommend taking at least a bars class. Will open you up so much!”

According to their website, here’s their description for an “access bars” class:

There are 32 Bars of energy that run through and around your head. They store the electromagnetic component of all the thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs that you have ever had about anything. There are Bars for healing, body, control, awareness, creativity, power, aging, sex and money; just to name a few. Each thought, idea, attitude, decision or belief that you have fixed in place solidifies the energy and limits your capacity to be generative in that area and to have something different show up in your life with ease.

Looks like Williams was sold on one set of bars in particular. Today at 9:31 AM, he tweeted: “Ran bars on my wife and we had the best sex ever!!!”

“A great side effect if you like sex,” he added.

Realizing his Twitter account has once again blown up with replies, he writes, “Oops, did I do it again? Is everyone allergic to sex too?”

“More spiritual energy will lead to more sexual energy, just in case you didn’t know,” Williams instructed to his followers. “Meditating before sex is awesome too! Better than Viagra (from what I’ve been told).”

After a few exchanges with some of his followers – including one who questioned whether or not it’s appropriate for him to even talk about sex on Twitter in the first place (“Doesn’t he have like 10 kids?”) – Williams wrote tweets about random sports topics. “I’m excited for my boy Ray Rice, he is about to get PAID. Deserves it!” “Anyone see Jeremy Lin go off last night?” “Anyone see Jeremy Lin go off last night?” And perhaps one he should have stayed away from, given how he was just bragging about “the best sex ever” a mere half-hour ago: “Tiger is returning to form, watch out!”

Later, at 10:20 AM, he tweeted: “I wonder if me being me and people thinking I’m high has anything to do with why I started smoking in the first place? Hmmm? Best drug I found is me being me, it’s cheap (will actually make you money), easy to find, and doesn’t show up in your urine.”

Then at 10:49 AM, Williams dropped a bomb to his 85,000+ followers: “I think I’m going to delete my Twitter account this afternoon. My wife is pissed at me for talking about sex. This was fun though. Thanks.” He followed that with a tweet asking his followers to follow him at his charity’s Twitter account, @RickysKids.

I wonder if there are access bars for “being whipped”?

Anyway, it appears Williams must have had a tete-a-tete with his wife, and at around 11:30 AM, he tweeted this: “I talked to wifey and she said that I can keep tweeting if I get to 100,000 followers by midnight Pacific Time. Help me!”

You want help? I guess they don’t make access bars for “marriage counseling.”

He added, “She thinks I’m crazy, and that there is no way I can do it. This is for all of us whose families don’t get us!”

And finally: “I told her if I was doing sports radio, I’d be doing those natural enhancement commercials anyway.”

No doubt he probably took a class on the “celebrity endorsement” access bar, too.

So, was this a genuine compromise between Ricky Williams and his wife for him to retain his personal Twitter account, or just a cheap way to gain new followers?

And what will become of Williams’ newfound free time should he have his Twitter rights revoked on Sunday?

Well, he could see if they offer access bars on “responsibility in social networking.”

Or, as he tweeted early Friday morning: “I’m going to write a book of commentaries on Bob Marley songs. That will so much fun!”

Even more fun that “running bars” on your wife, Ricky?

UPDATE: As of 3 PM ET, not only are the aforementioned tweets from this morning about his great access bar-fueled sexual experience with his wife deleted, but also the tweets announcing he would delete his Twitter account. Oh, and he’s still a long way to go from 90,000 followers, let alone 100,000. Something tells me he’ll remain on Twitter tomorrow – which wouldn’t make him the first two-faced person to use Twitter.

Tiki Barber Follows Failed NFL Comeback With Failed Television Comeback

Desperate and destitute, Tiki Barber will be making a television comeback this weekend, after his former team, the New York Giants, play in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. But it appears that fate has had the last laugh on Tiki Barber.

What a tumultuous last year it’s been for Tiki Barber.

Or five.

You may recall when the second-round draft-picked running back, who spent his entire football career with the New York Giants, decided to pull a Jim Brown and embark on an exciting new career in television at the conclusion of the 2006 NFL season.

Quite frankly, Tiki fell flat as a media figure. He had actually started dabbling with a television career, auditioning on Fox News Channel during his final season with the Giants. Hard to believe, as many as four networks actually competed for the free-agent TV talent’s services, with NBC becoming the eventual winner – or shall I say, eventual loser. What started as a giant (no pun intended) role on “The Today Show” effectively turned into a demotion as a studio-host-cum-roving-early-game-correspondent on “Football Night In America.” Apparently, NBC had seen enough when they unceremoniously dumped him in the summer of 2010. You know, kinda like how Tiki unceremoniously dumped his eight-months-pregnant-with-twins wife for an NBC intern just months earlier.

Around that time, the former grid great who made O.J. Simpson look like a ladies’ man admitted he was financially unable to pay his divorce settlement with his newly-estranged ex-wife.

He was flat broke – just like his flat television career.

WWTD: What would Tiki do?

Four years removed from the game of football, and probably putting on a hell of a lot more than the ten pounds the traditional camera puts on, Tiki Barber decided to unretire.

Teams such as the Steelers, the Dolphins, and even the Buccaneers – who have been signing the paychecks of his twin brother Ronde for the last fifteen years (and probably has had a brighter media career than Tiki, at this point) – gave him a look.

But there would be no takers.

Which meant no new revenue stream.

Which meant no money to put toward his former wife.

Or the wedding with his future wife.

To say Tiki Barber is at a point of desperation is an understatement. Even Shelley Long has no sympathy for Tiki Barber.

How desperate is Tiki Barber, you may ask? Well, he just signed on to be a talking head for SNY, the regional sports network which is mostly owned by the New York Mets – the baseball franchise involved in Bernie Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme.

When you have to resort to a Madoff victim for extra cash, clearly, you have hit rock bottom.

Anyway, Barber’s television comeback will start with the Giants/49ers postgame program on SNY, which begins after the final snap in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night.

Said Barber of the hire: “I am looking forward to providing my insights.” Translation: “I am looking forward to providing a spectacular honeymoon suite for Traci Lynn Johnson.”

“Hopefully it will be after a Giants win.” Translation 1: “… because the more appearances I make on television, the more opportunities there are for a Giant pay day!” Translation 2: “Hopefully, the Giants will lose because I can’t wait to rip them again.”

You may recall back in the summer of 2007, back when Tiki Barber’s floundering TV career was in its fledgling stage, when during the halftime show of a “Sunday Night Football” preseason game between the Giants and Baltimore Ravens, one of the first games Big Blue played since his departure, he questioned quarterback Eli Manning’s leadership, calling it “comical.”

And all Manning did was lead the Tiki-free Giants to a Super Bowl victory.

Salt, meet wound.

It’s hard to tell if Barber is more bitter than desperate. The Giants had made the playoffs for half of the ten seasons Barber suited up with them, and four of those five playoff appearances were one-and-dones; Barber’s personal postseason record is 2-5, with the two lone wins coming in the Super Bowl also-ran 2000-01 postseason. Since Tiki took his ball and went home, the Giants’ postseason record is 6-1, and with a victory in San Francisco on Sunday, they’ll be sniffing another Lombardi trophy.

Again: salt, meet wound.

At the cusp of a scurried, post-lockout 2011 preseason, when all 32 teams finalized their rosters, Barber’s agent, Mark Lepselter, said he was “flabbergasted that Tiki has not had an opportunity with any team.”

I’m flabbergasted that Mark Lepselter wasn’t very flabbergasted by his client’s Anne Frank comparison, enough that Lepselter still represents him.

And now, a network in which the Mets have a 65% ownership in has rewarded the fallen football star, who had experienced an even greater fall than Humpty Dumpty on television, with a stint on their NFC Championship game postgame show.

Could you imagine if David Einhorn had successfully became a minority owner of the Mets? That idea probably would have been sacked in a second.

Perhaps it’s poetic justice, with Tiki Barber abandoning his wife of eleven years while she was carrying two twin daughters in the latter half of their third trimester, that he now has to resort to odd jobs in television in the wake of a TV career that has collapsed worse than that playoff game in San Francisco.

Submitted for your approval: His appearances on the revival of the PBS series, “The Electric Company.” I’m sure if he were alive, even George Carlin (the raunchy comedian who doubled as “Mr. Conductor” on “Shining Time Station”) would think that’s a questionable move.

Now, he’s making his second go-round on non-public television with the conclusion of the NFC Championship Game featuring his former team. Sounds like an installment of “Prankster Planet,” if you ask me.

By the way, just to give you an idea of just how bad things have gotten for Tiki Barber: Earlier this month, while at a New York City courthouse for a divorce proceeding conference, he was reportedly “rushed by a dozen court staffers in the waiting area.” And according to a court source, Tiki was reprotedly “loving it.”

Tiki will be lucky if he gets as much attention this Sunday night on SNY.

Tiki Barber’s fall from grace has been, to say the least, just flabbergasting.

WWTD(F$): What would Tiki do (for money)?