Pop Culture Roundup: How Many Licks Does It Take?

Marchand Makes Love, Not War

File this one to “sentences I never thought I’d have to write”: the NHL may or may not have politely asked notoriously pesky Bruins star Brad Marchand to refrain from licking people.

The bizarre request was first reported on the heels of the B’s playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, during which Marchand appeared to lick Leo Komarov on the neck during an in-game scuffle.

This wasn’t the first time Marchand has gotten a little fresh with Komarov–he smooched the Leafs forward earlier in the regular season. Komarov has been a good sport, and the post-game interviews on the topic have been a gift to NHL fans.

“I told him I have a wife and a baby, so I can’t do it right now,” said Komorav after the pair’s first tender moment back in November. “I kind of liked it.”

When asked about his actions after the playoff game, Marchand played coy.

“He keeps trying to get close to me. I don’t know if he has a thing for me or what. He’s cute.”

Both Marchand and the NHL have since denied that the call from the league took place. It seems that Marchy will be allowed to lick people to his little hate-filled heart’s content.

The Redskins Are in Hot Water

Another day, another cheerleading scandal in the NFL.

This time, the Washington Redskins are involved, and it’s a doozy. Several cheerleaders have stepped forward, claiming that the team forced their involvement in a 2013 trip to Costa Rica that can be described as horribly degrading at best.

The women state that the team invited a group of all-male sponsors to sit in and ogle them during a calendar photo shoot that required many cheerleaders to be topless or wearing body paint. One describes acting as a barrier to shield a nearly-nude friend from the prying eyes of strangers.

Following the shoot, several of the women were reportedly pressured to escort the sponsors to a nightclub. The scene is heartbreaking in its description, with many cheerleaders bursting into tears upon hearing these new expectations for the evening. The team maintains that cheerleader participation wasn’t mandatory, but the women involved say that they strongly felt their jobs may have been at stake if they didn’t comply.

Joe Kelly’s Day at the Park

Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly is truly living his best life this season.

He wasn’t allowed in the clubhouse while serving a six-game suspension for his involvement in a bench-clearing Sox-Yanks brawl, but Kelly couldn’t be kept away from the ballpark.

After taking in Friday’s game from the Monster seats, Kelly spent several innings on Sunday in the bleachers, enjoying the view with some of Fenway’s most diehard fans.

Kelly superstitiously hopped around the ballpark, trying to find the perfect spot to generate some runs. It turned out to be the Sam Adams party deck, and the Sox won 4-3.

Photo credit: The Hockey News

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