Posted on: September 7, 2009 11:12 am
Edited on: September 7, 2009 11:16 am
When covering Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl game last year it became perfectly clear that the Buckeyes were hiding quarterback Terrelle Pryor from the media. Then, I thought it was because Pryor might be injured. Colleges hide injuries all the time.
Now, I know why they did.
On Saturday, Pryor defended Mike Vick saying, among other things, "everyone kills people, murders people."
Searching the memory bank for the last time I killed someone.
Let me check my datebook.
Nope, nothing noted that says, "Kill someone today."
I have however murdered the following: jelly donuts, chocolate chip cookies, bags of chips and on occasion the English language.
People? Not so much.
I think I understand what Pryor was trying to say. I think. Maybe. Kinda.
He was basically trying to say everyone makes mistakes. Which is true. But not everyone murders people, Terrelle.
Just want to make that clear.
This is what Ohio State needs to do now: get Pryor a media coach. A true professional who can guide him through the hot glare that is being one of the best players in the country.
He's going to need it.
Posted on: September 5, 2009 9:20 pm
Hopefully Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's shoulder isn't injured too badly. It doesn't look overly serious. That's the good news.
Bradford, however, remains yet another illustration of why college players with his kind of ability should take the cash and run.
Returning was a tremendous risk. There was a good chance had Bradford departed last year he might've gone first to the Detroit Lions. Might have. The player who did, Matthew Stafford, signed a $41 million deal.
That's what Bradford gave up and even if the shoulder injury isn't significant it still gives something to NFL teams to obsess. They love obsessing. When contract negotiations begin, those same teams will use the injury against Bradford to try and lower his contract demands, no matter how minor it might end up being.
If you don't believe that, you don't know the NFL. It happens all the time.
So even if Bradford comes back next week (and a sprained shoulder joint many times takes weeks to heal) his draft status for 2010 has already been slightly injured.
If he does miss a few weeks his draft stock takes an even bigger hit.
Take the cash and run. Run fast. And don't look back. That's what Bradford should've done.
And it's likely that's what he's thinking right now.
Posted on: September 4, 2009 6:45 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2009 7:45 pm
This is one thing we can all agree on: Don King needs to sign LeGarrette Blount.
His boxing name can be LeGarrette "Ducker Punch" Blount.
Where many of us will disagree is the length of the suspension.
A year? A full season? Really?
Not four games or six games but a year?
What Blount did was awful and maybe he's lucky not to be facing assault charges but this continues an argument I've been making recently which is sports leagues and teams are acting with complete impunity when it comes to discipline issues. They're doing what they want with little resistance.
The NFL suspends at will, the NBA does the same, and now college football has joined along.
We've entered a period in sports history where the athletes have almost no rights and there's a mob mentality about disciplining players.
It's the Wild West in sports now when it comes to punishment.
This is no excuse for Ducker Punch Blount. Let's be clear on that aspect.
He's probably going to pay for this mistake much, if not all, of his life.
Blount just became the 21st century Kermit Washington or Marty McSorely. Washington's life was never the same after he sucker punched Rudy Tomjanovich.
In many ways that's going to be punishment enough for Blount.
Posted on: April 20, 2009 1:23 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2009 3:51 pm
...or just another day in the life of an Internet radiocast in Mississippi.
The site Deadspin wrote about this. I'd provide a link but doing so might violate several FCC laws.
If you want to hear some of the most jaw-dropping, foul, offensive juvenile language you've ever heard, listen to the audio. It's not high quality but you can make out the words. I was particularly interested in the one guy who said he once humped his bed as a kid.
Who would ever admit that publicly?
The backstory: a radio station in Mississippi, WXRR-104.5, was live streaming the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles spring game on the Internet. A couple of low rent turd blossoms who were part of the broadcast crew (though it's not officially sure who was saying what) were talking and didn't know their conversation was being broadcast.
They casually toss around the N-word, talk about sex with plus-sized women, burp constantly, talk some more about sex with large women, burp some more, talk about sex with the Southern Miss cheerleaders, and discuss the length and size of their bowel movements. The phrase "huge breasts" is mentioned once or twice except another word for breasts is used instead.
The casualness in which the N-word is tossed around -- all kidding aside -- is striking to hear in the 21st century.
The audio is over 30 minutes long. The station has apologized and claimed to have reprimanded the people involved.
It's unreal to hear the conversation but also quite instructive. My guess: there are probably a great many conversations like these off the air inside a great many radio broadcast booths throughout the country (and especially in parts of the South and especially in Mississippi).
The only difference is these guys got busted.
Posted on: February 4, 2009 4:40 pm
The University of Nebraska has asked the poster of an item on Facebook to remove the entry.
The item was a party invitation and it appears below. It was tasteless and crude. Referring to a woman as a "hoe" is never a good thing.
More importantly, a number of Nebraska football players had accepted invitations to the party.
The Nebraska athletic department was not amused after discovering the party invite and asked whoever put it up to take it down.
Good for Nebraska.
Tolerating that kind of attitude towards women is unacceptable. That's the kind of attitude that produced such Nebraska class acts as Christian Peter and Lawrence Phillips.
Nice to see this version of the Nebraska athletic department understands that.
Posted on: January 6, 2009 1:36 am
Edited on: January 6, 2009 1:41 am
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ohio State lost a big bowl game. Well, that's no so unusual. This was Ohio State's third straight loss in a BCS bowl.
What's truly a little stunning is how the Big Ten did this bowl season. Well, maybe not stunning to some of you but stunning to me. They finished 1-6 which is abysmal.
If you need any further proof that the Big Ten has become slow and out-dated, this bowl season is it.
They look great when playing each other but once the Big Ten gets outside its conference, they get waxed.
Can someone please explain this?
Posted on: January 6, 2009 1:24 am
Edited on: January 6, 2009 1:37 am
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- He took shot after shot in the first half. After one, I wasn't so sure he'd get up.
Colt McCoy is one tough bastard. He showed in the Fiesta Bowl something we all knew which is that he's talented. Now we also see he's tougher than concrete.
I've stated this before and it should be repeated. He'll be a better pro than Sam Bradford, and Tim Tebow won't be playing quarterback in the NFL. If I was a pro team, I'd grab McCoy as fast as possible.
The final several minutes of the Fiesta Bowl was typical McCoy. He went 78 yards in 11 plays in just 1:42 and was cool the entire time. "I can't think of a better place to be at that point," he said of the game-winning drive. "I want to be in the last drive, going for a championship."
McCoy wasn't perfect. He tossed an interception in the final seconds of the first half that erased what looked to be a certain touchdown.
He made up for that mistake at the end of the game with that outstanding drive and now goes down as one of the great players in Texas history.
Who'll be pretty good in the pros, too.
Posted on: January 5, 2009 10:33 pm
Just got an update from Fiesta Bowl officials regarding the injury to Ohio State player Shaun Lane. He was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure but is moving his arms and legs just fine.