Gossip: Samuel L. Jackson visits New Orleans, Tim Tebow to New Jersey?

In most instances, actors should stick to acting and athletes to playing sports. The cross-over success rate is very low. Right, Shaq? But sometimes it’s worth a morning jump.

On Thursday night, in a tradition started earlier this season by Ron Burgundy himself, the Hornets let actor Samuel L. Jackson introduce the starting lineups prior to the Clippers-Hornets game in New Orleans. We’ll give the overall performance a B — it was looking like a C, until Jackson channeled his inner Jules.

“And they will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy New Orleans and you will know their name is the Hornets when they lay their vengeance upon you.”

Your daily Tebow dump

Tim Tebow going to New York kind of reminds us of Clark Kent going to Metropolis. This innocent, righteous farm boy is about get his system shocked in the big city. Tebow has spurned temptation in the past, but not like this.

Jets officials are encouraging Tebow to reside in New Jersey (read: far away from Kate Upton). still, that’s not stopping the offers from pouring in.

Jay-Z’s 40/40 club has offered to have sparkling cider on ice for Tebow. Rick’s Cabaret strip club has an ad offering a free lap dance. And, per Larry Brown Sports, a bar has created a new drink for Timmy called “No Sex on the Beach.”

Welcome to the bright lights, Timmy.

Terrible announcing, Part I

We won’t hide our disdain for the college hoops announcing duo of Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery. For some reason, CBS considers them among their best tandem. So much so that they didn’t re-up Gus Johnson, the only guy who can make Buffalo Wild Wings exciting.

Anyway, with time winding down in the Ohio State-Cincinnati game Thursday Lundquist mistakenly referred to Ohio State as the Bobcats. No, Verne. Ohio State is the Buckeyes. Ohio University is the Bobcats. Meanwhile, sideline reporter Lesley Visser called Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta “hot.”

Is it just us or is Ms. Visser started to resemble a Real Housewife?

Last look at the Sweet Sixteen

Here’s what we know: Ohio State, Syracuse, Louisville and Florida are in the Elite 8. The remaining four will be decided today. If you want our predictions, bang it here. Now that the sports stuff is out of the way, enjoy Coed Magazine’s list of best in show.


Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.


Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."


Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.


Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).


Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.


Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline


Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.


Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.


Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.


Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…