Shanda Sounds Off: Harlem Shake meets sports, Serena turns paparazzi

Published On March 7, 2013 | By Shanda Foster

Serena gets stopped at Honda Classic

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1. having a value beyond all price; invaluable: a priceless artwork.

Priceless is also the look of shock on tennis star Serena Williams face when she is stopped from attempting to photograph Tiger Woods while taking a shot at the Honda Classic. Take a look…

Williams was a good sport about the situation and joked about it over Twitter.

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Joe Flacco inks deal for $120 million

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Joe Flacco inked himself a nice deal. (Maxwell Kruger-USA TODAY Sports)

Ravens QB Joe Flacco has finally reached a deal with the Baltimore Ravens for a reported $120 million for six years, making him the highest paid athlete in NFL history. Details on the huge deal have been released this week. According to CBS Sports, Flacco will receive $52 million in guaranteed money. Further details of the deal:

  • Averaging $20.1 million over the life of the deal, which is slightly more than Drew Brees ($20 million).
  • Averaging $62 million over the first three years, which is $1 million more than Brees in the first three years of his deal.
  • Flacco’s salary-cap number is $7 million, which is $12 million lower than the cap hit from the exclusive franchise tag. That means the Ravens have more money to spend on keeping their own free agents like safety Ed Reed and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger.
  • Based on the $120.6 million deal, he will make an average of $168,908 each day of the regular season for the next six years.

There’s been a lot of questioning on whether or not the Super Bowl champ deserves what he got. So what does Flacco have to say about it?

“I think I bring to the table what I bring to the table,” Flacco said. “The fact that we won the Super Bowl just comes with that. If we didn’t win the Super Bowl this year, I still think I’m worth the same. It may not be seen that way, but that’s the bottom line. I think I give this team the best chance to win moving forward, whether we won or lost.”

Good for you Flacco, speaking up and letting people know what you’re worth!

Silberman’s NFL Combine trip ends prematurely

Lauren Silberman's NFL tryout didn't last long. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

Lauren Silberman’s NFL tryout didn’t last long. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s been a week since Lauren Silberman, a 28-year-old soccer player from New York City, made history by being the first woman to have an NFL tryout as a placekicker at this past weekend’s Regional Scouting Combine in Florhan Park, NJ.
Unfortunately, Silberman’s tryout was cut short after aggravating a right quad injury. The injury caused Silberman to call it quits after only her second kick off attempt.

According to ESPN, her first kick off attempt, at the 35-yard line went 19 yards and her second went only 13 yards. With one more kick off and five field goal attempts, Silberman tried to convince officials to let her continue but after a discussion, her day eas ended. Although, she wasn’t able to continue in her journey toward the NFL, we have to give her props for attempting to go out there and compete with the guys. Hopefully this is just the beginning, can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.

Delonte West to the D-League

Delonte West has changed his mind about playing in the D-League. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Delonte West has changed his mind about playing in the D-League. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s been a long rocky road for former Celtic Delonte West. After being released by the Dallas Mavericks and receiving no interest by other NBA teams, West has changed his mind about playing for the NBA’s D-League. According to Yahoo Sports, NBA teams have been uneasy about taking a change on West who is known for his “behavioral issues” and battling bi-polar disorder.

Playoffs are only two months away and playing in the league may be the only way he might work his way back into the NBA. It was announced in February that West will play for the Texas Legends; however, West never arrived. With the realization that this might be his last chance to get back on an NBA team, West has apparently reconsidered a place in the D-League. If he plays well with the team the possibility of him picking up a 10 day contract with the NBA before the season ends is a lot more plausible.

Video of the Week:

It’s taken pop culture by storm for the entire month of February and it’s become the next “Gangnam Style”. Harlem Shake videos are popping up everywhere you look. The crazy fad has been re-created by businesses, celebrities and now the University of Kentucky.

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About The Author

Shanda Foster is a media personality who got her start as a journalist. She began her career writing press releases and bios for clients at a public relations company. She then decided to pursue her passion of journalism and started contributing to fashion and entertainment online publications. Foster went on to contribute for other publications and began writing an entertainment column for In 2009, Shanda entered the broadcast media world as the third member of Playaction Sports Radio. Her entertainment reporting, sports knowledge and humorous personality gained her attention locally. So sit back and enjoy the ride!