September 2008 Archives
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Tony Mandarich is coming clean about the fact that he was anything but clean during his college and professional football career.
In addition to his alcohol and painkiller addictions, Mandarich has admitted to using steroids, according to the article. This revelation should come as a surprise to anyone who is hearing about steroids or Tony Mandarich for the first time. Everyone else will surely chime in with a resounding, "Yeah, we figured."
The Journal-Sentinel reports that Mandarich makes these revelations on "Inside the NFL," which airs on Showtime this Wednesday.
Mandarich joined Sam Bowie in the early 90s as the benchmark for highly touted draft picks who fail miserably at the pro level. With this interview, we now know why.
This disturbing quote from the Journal-Sentinal article:
Mandarich, when asked about falsifying a urine drug test before his Michigan State Spartans played USC in the Rose Bowl, explained, "You got to improvise. You got to improvise." We're guessing he doesn't mean this type of improvise."There's other factors that were involved that nobody knows about that were way more of an effect on why I had the huge downfall in Green Bay than steroids (such as) drug and alcohol abuse. ... I was injecting a drug called Stadol ... and it was euphoric. I went from doing one injection on that one day, and a week later I was doing between five to seven shots a day for the next three years."
I've had a few heroes. They've primarily been sports stars like Cecil Fielder or musicians like Billy Corgan. And of course, competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi.
But after reading this story about a Florida man who punched a shark that was attacking his dog, my definition of "hero" has changed. None of those other guys ever did anything as awesome as this.
" Greg LeNoir watched in horror as a shark's mouth opened wide Friday, chomping a large set of teeth on his beloved 14-pound dog, Jake.
''Noooooo,'' LeNoir shrieked, fearing the worst.
But the case of the rat terrier versus shark has a happy ending.
''Jake's doing great,'' LeNoir's brother, Phillip, said Monday. ``And I still can't believe my brother jumped in the water and punched a shark.''
Neither can I, Phillip. Neither can I.
""Resilience" also touches on how Mourning was recruited as a star high school player. He writes that Maryland, Syracuse, Virginia and Georgia Tech all recruited him intensely and courted him with clothes, shoes, dinners at ritzy restaurants and a trip to a strip club.
"Everyone understood I could have gotten money at any of these places. The message was sent," Mourning writes.
The Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver proved that yet again after his 'Boys suffered a 26-24 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
"Owens, despite having 18 passes thrown his way in the loss to Washington, had what was deemed a serious conversation about the offense with quarterback Tony Romo after the game, according to multiple sources.
The types of routes and throws are what concerns Owens, the sources said. The receiver, who the sources said was venting to Romo about his frustrations, has not liked how some of the throws were coming from the quarterback as far back as the season opener.
Eighteen passes! Not getting the ball enough? C'mon!
The ironic part about this is that two games ago, Owens was held to just two catches and 17 yards receiving by the Green Bay Packers. After that performance Owens took on a team-first mentality and said it was all about the big star on the helmet and not his personal stats. This prompted all sorts of "T.O has changed" stories from the media.So, is the soap opera in Dallas just beginning, or is this just a little bump in the road that will go away quietly?
We'll be at U.S. Cellular when the White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins in a one-game playoff for a trip to the actual playoffs. And we couldn't be more excited about it.
These types of games have a long history of memorable events. Let's flip through the history books.
1951: Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Giants
Bobby Thompson hits a walkoff homer off of Ralph Branca, inspiring the iconic call from announcer Russ Hodges.
1978: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
Light-hitting Bucky Dent gets his name in the paper by lifting a pop-up into some netting above a huge Green Monster.
2007: San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
Matt Holiday caps a Rockies' comeback with an ugly slide that busts his face up as he scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly. The call is still under review.
???: New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs: Henry Rowengardner and the Cubs use trick plays and the floater to beat Hedo's Mets and prove kids are awesome.
Actually, the Minnesota Twins have a good chance to win if they don't get bogged down with a word problem in the clubhouse before the game. That and if they avoid hitting the ball to Griffey.
So yeah, anything can happen in these situations. Expect a full report on Wednesday.
BY MIKE LANSU Sports Pros(e) Contributor
The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday the Charlotte Bobcats fired about 35 non-basketball employees Friday.
But the 'Cats just signed Larry Brown. They are paying this guy $4,159,200 and this guy $5,050,000.
But don't feel bad for the employees, the paper said the organization provided severance packages and contacted NASCAR and Fox Sports Net on behalf of the former employees.
Really? NASCAR and Fox Sports Net? That's the best they could do? They couldn't even put in a call to the Atlanta Hawks or LA Clippers?
They can win during the day, as long as there is intense, mysterious fog.
Tom Skilling and Verne Lundquist in the same video? Outstanding.
The New York Post commemorated the final game at Shea Stadium with an outstanding 'Shea It Ain't So' headline, while the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel went with the bland, yet much more upbeat 'Brewers Clinch NL Wild Card'.
It's a well-known fact that monsters prefer to come out at night. Ask any six-year-old if you don't believe me.
So it shouldn't come as any surprise that the Chicago Bears -- Monsters of the Midway -- do their best work when the sky is dark and John Madden is in the booth. Sunday night, Kyle Orton threw a career-high three touchdown passes -- including one to Devin Hester (you remember him, right?) -- and the defense authored a brilliant goalline stand in a 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Resident sunshine-blower Kevin Allen would probably equate this win's importance with the creation of the printing press or use some other hyperbole, but let's call it what it is -- a season-saver.
That's not to say that this win makes the season. It's saying a loss very well could have broken it. After two consecutive come-from-ahead defeats, all signs pointed to a third when the Eagles drove into the red zone in the waning moments. But, as Brad Biggs writes, the defense stiffened, providing what could be a season-defining stand.
"The defense that wilted under a barrage of Brian Griese passes last week rose up to withstand three turnovers by Kyle Orton in the third quarter, allowing just three points out of it. But the stand that the Bears may look back on a few weeks from now -- if they can use this as a launching point -- will be the goalline stand with four minutes to go in the game. On third down from the one-yard line, Correll Buckhalter went nowhere trying to dive in the end zone. His effort on fourth down was snuffed out by defensive end Alex Brown and linebacker Lance Briggs.This all took place as a vast majority of live-bloggers did their best Chicken Little impressions, convinced the sky was falling and the Bears were about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
" 10:19: Roman Modrowski: they're going to scoreWith one huge tackle by Alex Brown, all was right in the Chicago sports universe. The Cubs are in the playoffs. The Sox are still in the hunt. And if the Bears can keep playing under the lights, they very well may find themselves there as well.
10:19 Bear Fan in Utah: not looking good
10:19 RogersPark Kris: looks that way
10:19 NJ: th quarter bears choke
10:19 woody: offense missed a chance to end this game
10:20 Qumar Zaman: this is embarrasing
10:20 Roman Modrowski: all we're going to hear is how tired the defense is
10:20 NJ: now they can run to
10:20 Roman Modrowski: we hear that every week
Al Michaels claimed during the broadcast that Chicago was the No. 1 sports town in America. And on this Sunday, it'd be hard to argue.
Tropical Storm Kyle forms in Atlantic Reuters
Look, he has a ruled named after him.
"Houston, 37, earned just as much fame toward the end of his career for the knee problems and long-term contract that caused to NBA to name a rule after him.
As the face of the franchise at the time, Houston was signed to a six-year, $100 million contract in August 2001. He was still owed nearly $40 million through 2007, including $19.125 million for the 2005-06 season when he called it quits.
As part of the new collective bargaining agreement in the summer of 2005, teams were allowed to waive one player whose salary would not count against luxury tax computations. It was called the "Amnesty Rule" but became known as the "Allan Houston Rule."
Reynolds can take solace in the fact that life at the top of the strikeout world isn't so bad:
In subsequent seasons, I've become less interested. The show has gone downhill, in my opinion. Tonight, Season 5 of Michael Scott's dysfunctional office begins on NBC.
There are tons of unanswered questions. Will Jim propose to Pam? Will Michael get back together with Jan?
And what about the new H.R. lady? What's her situation?
I want to hear some predictions for the upcoming season and if you're still watching "The Office".
"The kids were real motivated to look as best as they could," she said. "When you walk out there and you feel so proud about what you're doing, that's the goal of the whole thing. The kids had the package."
"Helm said some cheerleaders told her they cried after a meeting in which the uniforms were confiscated."
"Give Orlando Cabrera credit: Between hands of Texas Hold 'Em, playing dominoes and mastering the art of the five-minute change, shower and dash after games, the White Sox shortstop has found time to set the stage for his exit from the South Side.
An exit in which he undoubtedly will point the finger at the organization months from now, insisting, ''They were the problem, not me.''
Cowley details comments made by Cabrera on the ''Boers & Bernstein'' on WSCR-AM (670).
"Then there was this little gem on the clubhouse antics: ''There are guys that want to be clowns or want to be funny or want to be this, but what I don't like is there's a time for that and a time to get serious in a ballgame, and I don't see that. ... You can have fun, but at the same time, you have to take care of business.''
That apparently includes calling up to the press box to have your errors overturned onto your teammates -- whom, coincidentally, you have taken no time to know.
The White Sox hold a 1/2 game lead in the AL Central and play the Minnesota Twins tonight. Probably a big game.A Sun-Times poll reveals readers aren't so confident Ozzie & Co. will reach the playoffs:
Will the Sox make the playoffs?
""You can't outrun Father Time, as hard as you try to do it," Brown said. "There comes a time when you say 'I can't keep up the way I used to.' "
"A University of Montana student remains hospitalized after he was repeatedly stabbed over a game of beer pong last weekend.
Collan J. Sheppard, 23, has been charged with felony assault with a weapon and is being held on $50,000 bail.
Sheppard, who is from East Glacier, stabbed Jerry Brady Stewart in the abdomen and the arm, puncturing an artery after the alleged disagreement, according to court records.
The incident occurred around 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning at 1117 Cleveland Street, where a party was being held and several people were playing beer pong in the basement.
UM sophomore Brenna Gibson − a member of the household − said Sheppard became angry with her over a "house rule" − a rule observed by some who play the game that depends on the household in which the game occurs.
"Jennings is the first basketball shoe endorser for the brand, which has signed him to a multi-year contract that is incentive based. Although Jennings has a three-year deal with the Italian team, it is well known that he has an out after each year.
"The endgame is for Brandon to make it the NBA and be the impact player that everyone is predicting that he'll be," said Steve Battista, Under Armour's senior vice president of brand.
In case you haven't heard of Jennings, and why he decided to play for Pallacanestro Virtus Roma of the Italian pro league instead of in the NBA, ESPN's Andy Katz can educate you.
Or if you prefer moving pictures:
"Fans inside the stadium were evacuated, but players remained on the field during the incident. Bomb squad members further investigated the packages and determined they were simply several hot dogs in foil wrappers. Sadly, the wieners were detonated as a precaution."
Thankfully, there's a new holiday to fill the void.
Today is National Punctuation Day.
You're probably asking yourself how to best observe this momentous day. We've got you covered.
- Sleep late.
- Take a long shower or bath.
- Go out for coffee and a bagel (or two).
- Read a newspaper and circle all of the punctuation errors you find (or think you find but aren't sure) with a red pen.
- Take a leisurely stroll, paying close attention to store signs with incorrectly punctuated words.
- Stop in those stores to correct the owners.
- If the owners are not there, leave notes.
- Visit a bookstore and purchase a copy of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style.
- Look up all the words you circled.
- Congratulate yourself on becoming a better written communicator.
- Go home.
- Sit down.
- Write an error-free letter to a friend.
- Take a nap. It has been a long day.
Burrress' agent Drew Rosenhaus appeared on "SportsCenter" moments ago to talk about the punishment.
"Obviously he was not at work and he was attending to a family matter," Rosenhaus said.
"That's really all that I can say about that because it's private and has to do with he and his family.
No doubt there was an infraction -- we accept that -- but we don't except the penalty for the infraction. Plaxico and I believe it is too strong."
Rosenhaus said that Burress was not accepting the punishment without a fight.
"We are in the process of appealing this. Were hoping to have a hearing with an arbitrator to get Plaxico reinstated, certainly in time for the Seahawks game."
Rosenhaus confirmed he was filing a grievance to the league.
"We were hoping we could work something out which would have a lesser ramification on Plaxico and the team. He's very dejected about it. He wants to be there for his teammates, for his coaches for the organization. He regrets what happened on Monday, but he has done an awful lot for this organization and he doesn't feel it's appropriate for him to miss a game."
Rosenhaus said he hopes the appeal is heard as soon as possible.
As stated many times before around here, Millen led the Lions to a 31-84 record after taking over as CEO and team president in 2001.
"Reports say that it is unclear if Millen was fired or removed himself from the equation, but the news comes just days after Bill Ford Jr. publicly stated he would have fired Millen if it were his decision but he lacked the authority to do so. The authority rested with his father, who has been the sole owner of the Lions since 1964.Finally, indeed.
Phone messages left for Millen, head coach Rod Marinelli and other team officials were not returned.
The Lions' 0-3 start this season stirred the groundswell for Millen's apparent demise. The Lions have won only one playoff game during Ford's tenure and are an NFL-worst 31-84 since Millen took over in 2001. Millen has gone through three head coaches, none of whom have been able to turn the Lions into a winner.
Although as of late morning no official word had come from the Lions regarding Millen, reports of his firing had fans excited.People were driving past the team's headquarters, honking horns and cheering. One man in a pickup yelled, "Finally!" as he drove past the entrance.
Matt Millen is shown here in 2002 with first-round draft pick Joey Harrington. (AP Photo)
Matt Millen has been fired as the Detroit Lions president and CEO, according to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com.
This should come as welcome news to my Sports Pros(e) counterpart, Kyle Koster. A Michigan native and Lions fan, Kyle recently shared his thoughts about Millen.
He refused to give a Lions-related story a clever headline here.
Even Sports Pros(e) contributor Bruce Koster even weighed in on the Lions' ineptitude here.
Kyle will surely offer his own analysis on this blog later today.
Elsewhere, Roy Williams told the Detroit Free Press it's not Millen's fault. ESPN's Kevin Seifert has already published his analysis, stressing the importance of finding the right replacement for Millen.
Fans at Murphy's Bleachers who watched the Cubs fall apart during the 1984 National League Championship were allowed to booze during the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, and last I checked both Murphy's Bleachers and Wrigley Field were still standing. (Al Podgorski/Sun-Times)
Wrigleyville bar owners are up in arms over Mayor Daley's proposal for bars and restaurants to cut liquor sales after the seventh inning during potential title-clinching games, our Fran Spielman reports. The booze-sale hiatus would last all of two innings and pick back up at the end of the game.
This is a colossal waste of time. Never mind the fact that this could cause hordes of angry, drunken Cubs fans (instead of just dejected, drunken Cubs fans) to spill out of the bars and onto the streets. Never mind the fact that they put the west border of the Wrigleyville booze ban at Racine, leaving bars like Cullen's, Messner's, Hye Bar, Mystic Celt, Guthrie's, D'Agostino's and a smattering of others in the clear.
Calling this a voluntary moratorium on liquor sales while threatening to yank liquor licenses for those who don't volunteer kind of defeats the purpose of 'volunteer' in the first place and smacks of nothing more than governmental meddling.
As a former bar tender, I can say with confidence that bars are crafty places, and their crafty owners will find crafty ways to circumvent this proposal and they should, because those places tend to be pretty dead in the baseball-less winters. And in case you have been wearing earplugs and a blindfold for the past few months, these are tough economic times and the people who work in bars should be allowed to take full financial advantage of the Cubs' good fortune.
If you're going to ban booze sales in Wrigleyville bars after the seventh inning, you're clearly going to have to regulate how booze is packaged and sold during the seventh inning. If these bars are smart (and, as I mentioned before, they are) they'll start pushing sales of buckets of beer and three-for-one drink specials during the sixth and seventh innings.
Does the proposal call for stopping the sale of liquor after the seventh inning or the serving of it? If the language of the proposal says to stop the sale of liquor, what's to stop them from giving away free-drink tickets for use after the seventh inning?
That bars will craft more ways than I can think of to get around this proposal is reason enough to call it a waste of time. There's got to be a better way to keep fans responsible during the game and after. It shouldn't fall on City Hall to make it happen. It should fall on Cubs to encourage their fans to have have some class. It should fall on the bars to keep their clientele under control and it should fall, foremost, on the fans themselves to buck the stereotype that so many insist is unfair, yet manage to live up to night after night outside my bedroom window.
That said, Daley's essentially asking some of the most stressed-out, borderline alcoholic fans in the world to eschew their M.O. Their thirst for alcohol during the games -- especially the playoffs -- is an unstoppable train. If something idiotic happens after a Cubs win, it's more likely that it'll happen as a symptom of the tit-for-tat mindset that the ban would spur rather than in spite of the hour or so that fans won't actually have stopped drinking in the first place.
Deadspin weighs in with a Deadspinian photo of a compromised Mark Cuban.
Chicagoist weighs in and notes that the same doctrine will be in effect during the White Sox potential playoff run at Jimbo's and First Base on the South Side -- which, let's face it, is just silly for so many reasons.
Ardent Sox fan Richard Roeper agrees that the ban is ridiculous.
According to those in the know, Sapp's performance was somewhat impressive.
The Palm Beach Post's Kevin Thompson says Sapp has a chance this season if he can stop staring.""Big boys can dance," exclaimed excitable judge Bruno Tonioli after the performance by Sapp, who stepped confidently around partner Kym Johnson to the strains of Stevie Wonder's hit Do I Do. "You showed us all."
Since both Kevin and I dance like Elaine Benes, we need you to tell us if ol' No. 99 was impressive, unimpressive or neither."The big fella is pretty light on his feet, isn't he? NFL players have done really well on the show. While Sapp is no Jason Taylor or Emmitt Smith, he has a nice bounce in his step. If he can keep his eyes off his cutie-pie partner long enough, the one-time defensive tackle should stay in the game for several weeks.
Some fans deemed these outfits "inappropriate," according to Idaho U. dean of students Bruce Pitman. What do you think? (NWCN.com)
Sports Pros(e) turns its attention to Moscow, Idaho for the first time ever this morning, where the University of Idaho cheerleading squad is being ordered by the university to wear more clothing. It seems their new outfits were deemed too skimpy by some fans. But, as Bruce Pitman, dean of students, was quick to point out to the Associated Press, "To be fair, there were a number of fans who liked them." Of course there were.
With a story like this brewing, the blogosphere is sure to be bubbling. RightFielders had this to say:
"The new Idaho cheerleader uniforms have been fitted, ordered and will be worn in October for the first time. They are 6? longer than the cute versions, remove the team logo from cheerleader ass, and generally look like something your ancestors wore on the Mayflower. They are in black and silver, so picture something resembling a linebacker on the Oakland Raiders."
Before the double-standard police come knocking, this news comes a couple weeks after the Vandals' football team was forced to have the school logo removed from the bum of their pants, as Deadspin discussed Sept. 6.
This is interesting, considering the football stands are one of the last places you'll find fans showing displays of decency and decorum.
What do you think? Should your school's cheerlearders be forced to wear more clothing? Is it fair for the school to be forcing these cheerleaders to get new uniforms?
Today, Lions vice chairman Bill Ford said if it were up to him, he'd pull the plug on the great Millen experiment.
""I think the fans deserve better and if it were in my authority, which it's not, I'd make some significant changes," Ford said Monday.
Asked by a reporter if he believed Millen should leave the team, Ford said, "Yes, I do."
The Ford Motor Co. executive chairman is the son of William Clay Ford, the franchise's owner since 1964.
There's nothing like waking up on a crisp Saturday morning to the sound of your school's marching band blasting the fight song while high-stepping across quad. Sadly, college is but a memory for us here at Sports Pros(e). But that doesn't mean we aren't still crazy about our alma maters. Especially since we each have viable Heisman candidates racking up gaudy numbers.
Kevin's Missouri Tigers are 4-0 after feasting on non-conference opponents. Quarterback Chase Daniel completed 20 consecutive passes against Buffalo while racking up 439 yards passing. He also has two first names, and as some people say, an impeccable sense of fashion.
Meanwhile, Javon Ringer is gaining rushing yards at an alarming rate up in East Lansing, Mich. The Michigan State running back is second in the nation with 699 yards on the ground and first with 11 touchdowns. Eleven! Because homer-ism in this town is a one-horse race, I didn't want to be the first to say "Ringer" and "Heisman" in the same breath.
Thankfully, someone else did.
Kyle Orton bows his head, presumably to pray, during yesterday's loss to the Bucs -- a loss that is a part of a great man's great plan. (AP Photo)
While questioning the very existence of an omnipotent God, I once asked a friend why such a God would allow suffering in the world. Her answer: God has a plan. We must accept that plan and have faith that His is a plan divinely wrought and beyond human understanding.
Sub the word "God" for "Lovie Smith" here and you begin to have a good idea of why the Bears allowed the Buccaneers to come back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win with a field goal in overtime.
Some fans (possibly those who were heard booing the team at various points of yesterday's game) would prefer to cast themselves as Job of the grandstands and wonder why Lovie Smith and Co. would scorn them so. Still others may wonder why, two weeks in a row, the Bears -- who are far-and-away the greatest team that has ever brandished the NFL logo on their uniforms -- could possibly lose late-game leads and, ultimately, both games.
Think about it. Clearly Lovie has something cooking. After all, how can you have a storybook season if there's no story? To create and conjure that story, however, the team must overcome some major obstacles.
Perhaps these doom-and-gloom Bears fans would prefer Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey" if Achilles and Odysseus would have just marched through Ancient Greece unscathed and unmolested. Not this fan. This fan can appreciate the virtue of a little scathing. That's why my lips don't purse at the bitterness of this overtime loss.
After all, what could the team possibly gain by winning all the time?
Pride? That's a sin.
The envy of other teams? Let's be honest -- we would never want to force sin upon another team.
Winning games early in the season only exposes your weaknesses for later games. That's not to say that the Bears have any, but if players are forced to exert themselves, it's possible that some could develop. Even the Gods in Homer's day were corruptible. I suppose most fans would have the players exert themselves to the brink of their abilities, saving no energy for the Super Bowl or, in Odysseus' case, the Cyclops.
To those fans, I assure you of this: Lovie has a plan. We must accept that plan and have faith that His is a plan divinely wrought and beyond the understanding of we simple-minded fans.
For it is without this faith that we would surely parish.
From Bears blogfather Brad Biggs:
" The Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not leave cheap shots on the field Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field as some strong allegations regarding dirty play were made afterward.
It was the skirmish after Brian Griese's two-yard pass to Jerramy Stevens on third-and-nine from the Bucs' eight-yard line that heightened emotions in what had been a chippy affair. Tampa was going to have to punt from its own 10-yard line early in overtime, setting the Bears up with premium field position, before one of the all-time boneheaded Bears' penalties moved the chains for the Bucs.
Cornerback Charles Tillman was singled out in the fracas for squaring off with Tampa wide receiver Michael Clayton and called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. For his part, Tillman said emotions got the best of him.
"I was just trying to pull them off and one thing led to another,'' he said. "It got a little physical. [I've] just got to be smarter than that. No excuses.''
But it all started in the trenches where Bucs right tackle Jeremy Trueblood was rolling around with defensive end Adewale Ogunleye. Trueblood leveled some serious accusations after he was asked by the Sun-Times if he was at the root of the skirmish.
"If you want me to be truthful with the situation, I don't know who it was, but they grabbed me in places they shouldn't have grabbed me after the play and that's what started the whole thing,'' Trueblood said. "I told people in interviews earlier that it got chirpy. I think those guys take a lot of pride in what they do, and we take a lot of pride in what we do, but one thing I don't stand for is someone grabbing you in your genitals.''
Asked to identify the guilty grabber, Trueblood said he could not.
"I don't know who it was,'' he said. "But whoever was beneath [me] paid the price. I was just doing what I do on a block, I was just laying on top of him, not moving. That [stuff] happens on every play, excuse my language, but that happens on every play. Someone is going to grab and someone is going to poke. We were kind of letting it ride. I was going to get up, I was going to walk away. I don't know what happened with Tillman. I don't even know who our guy was involved with it. We were an extenuation of the whistle.''
The good news? Trueblood did not have to give up creative control, spin-off rights and theme park approval for Mr. Grabber, Baby Grabber, and any other Grabber
family character that might emanate there from.
And the Buccaneers won, 27-24.
Miami Arena, where Rony Seikaly once roamed, is now more. Want proof? Here you go.
Don't worry, this was all supervised.
Tonight, the work has already been done for me.
Lions season officially over Detroit Free Press
"Matt Millen was speechless when a reporter approached him at halftime.
They were on the right path -- to the unemployment line.
Stay the course and pay no attention to that fast-approaching iceberg.
The front-office comedian looked as though he finally had seen enough Sunday. If creating a coaching staff in his own image was Millen's objective in his third try, he succeeded.Rod Marinelli is as clueless as his boss.
And although we aren't saying we are responsible for this improbable run, we certainly didn't hurt. In fact, we went on record early around here regarding Tampa's finest.
Blog brother Kevin Allen lived near beautiful Tropicana Field for a while, and raved about the intimate nature of the building. I mean, where else could this type of tomfoolery fly?
"One of our favorite rituals at the Trop was to send half of us to the third-base side and the other half to the first base side and have a conversation across the field as the game was going on. Those watching at home could make out perfectly what we were saying. Whenever an opposing pitcher came in to warm up, we would give annoyingly loud (and often high-pitched) sound effects to the ball. At one point, Francisco Cordero told us in so many words to refrain from doing that.While the rest of the world waited for the collapse to come...it didn't. The Rays smashed their previous high-water mark for victories, and have battled the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox tooth and nail.
In fact, it looks like the only way teams have been able to best these guys this year is to *cough* cheat. Just kidding, A.J. We'll never get sick of you hosing a hustling Joe Cowley at second base.
Congratulations, Tampa Bay Rays. You're this week's Sports Pros(e) smile, wink and acknowledging head nod award recipients. (it's a coveted award, don't knock it)
Because we're always trying to put on finger on the pulse of what is important to our readers, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that tomorrow is International "Talk Like a Pirate Day."
The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Houston Astros this weekend, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in Chicago to play the Bears and the East Carolina Pirates are at North Carolina State. We'll see if these teams do anything special to commemorate the occasion. I doubt it.
For tips on how to act like a pirate, consult this list.
Also, check out the Pirate Name Generator.
You can hear the song here.
And here's the best attempt at transcribing the lyrics I could find:
""Someday We'll Go All the Way"
Yeah, don't let them say that it's just a game.
Well, I've seen other teams and it is never the same.
When you go to Chicago, you're blessed and you're healed, The first time you walk into Wrigley Field.
Heroes with pinstripes and heroes in blue, Give us the chance to feel like heroes do.
Whether we'll win and if we should lose, we know Someday we'll go all the way.
Yeah, someday we'll go all the way.
We are one with the Cubs, with the Cubs we're in love.
Hold our heads tall as the underdogs.
We are not fairweather, but farweather fans.
Like brothers in arms, in the suites and the stands.
There's magic in the Ivy and the old score board.
The same one I stared at as a kid keeping score.
In a world full of greed, we could never want more.
Someday we'll go all the way.
Yeah, someday we'll go all the way.
Here's to the men and the legends we've known.
Giving us faith and giving us hope.
United we stand and united we'll fall
Down to our knees the day we win it all.
Yeah Ernie Banks said, "oh, let's play two".
I think he meant two hundred years.
Playing at Wrigley, our diamond, our jewel.
The home of our joy and our fears.
Keeping traditions, and wishes anew,
The place where our grandfathers' fathers they grew.
The spitual feeling if I ever knew.
And when the day comes for that last winning run, and I'm crying and covered with beer.
I look to the sky and know I was right today.
Someday we'll go all the way.
Yeah, someday we'll go all the way.
The answer? Apparently it is.
First, there was the Duke-UNC fiasco where the guys landed in the wrong stadium.
Not to be outdone, the Cincinnati Bearcats tried the same stunt, but were foiled by a wire.
And now today we're minding our own business when this minor-league baseball clip comes across our desk.
(Shakes head in amazement, Googles "parachuting lessons" and ends post)
The video can be viewed here. (This may be offensive to viewers.)
Howard says, "The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black."
Then there is some reference to Barack Obama that I can't make out.
The video was shot at a charity flag-football game in July.
This isn't the first statue error this year, and it's not even the first problem with a statue honoring an athlete named Ernie. When the Cubs unveiled their Ernie Banks tribute this spring, there was a pretty major grammatical error on it.
Whomever is in charge of the Ernie Els statue better not screw it up.
" According to Forbes.com: "With 7.3% unemployment and a gallon of gas going for just under four bucks, the Windy City has some economic headwinds that result in a perfect storm for stress. Chi-town's pollution problems (it ranked No. 7 in terms poor air quality) and lack of breathing room (it's No. 2 in terms of population density) couple to create a Midwestern Molotov cocktail of stress."As of right now, 57 percent of Sun-Times readers agree that Chicago is Stress City, USA.
Let's open it up to the nation, though. Tell us where you live and how much it stresses you out/is a walk in the park. Be warned though, we Chicagoans will not relinquish this crown without a fight.
Mariotti told the Trib, whose writers were often the target of some of his most pointed columns:
"The Sun-Times' lawyer threatened me with a lawsuit in 64-point type. Things sort of stalled."
This comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering that Mariotti-to-the-Trib rumors were called a matter of when, not if on Deadspin last week.
The site has changed its tune with today's headline, "Tribune Kills Mariotti Talks As A Thankful Populace Rejoices."
This would seem to be good news for some Tribsters who were wary of "Hurricane" Jay's potential arrival. Over at Michael Miner's News Bites blog on the Chicago Reader Web site, Trib columnist Mike Downey is quoted saying: "Only six groups would be offended by Jay being hired. The Cubs. The White Sox. The Bears. The Bulls. The Tribune staff. And our readers. Everybody else is going to say, 'What a great hire!'"
When he left the Sun-Times, Mariotti said he was in talks with several Web sites that he would potentially write for. It'll be interesting to see at which of those sites he eventually lands.
In case you've forgotten the blow up surrounding Jay's departure, Kyle had an excellent wrap-up of all the drama here.
I'm not entirely sure how to put this, so I'll let Local6.com do the talking:
"Cooley, however, said he was studying in the nude, and he didn't examine his photo closely before posting it."
You get the picture -- Cooley definitely unwittingly (or was it) posted a photo of his swimsuit part on the intertube.
Cooley, of course, apologized. He left his readers with this explanation of why the post wasn't immediately taken down: "The picture wouldn't have been up for so long, but we were in the middle of winning a big game."
It had 78 combined points, a healthy amount of Terrell Owens and an extremely funny moment courtesy of DeSean Jackson. But one thing that struck me as strange was the on-air apology from the joke-y Tony Kornheiser.
The comment in question happened when the guys at ESPN cut to the Spanish language feed of former Arkansas Razorback Felix Jones' kickoff return for a touchdown.
Here's what Kornheiser said: "I took high school Spanish and that either means 'nobody is going to touch him' or 'could you pick up my dry cleaning in the morning."
And here's the subsequent apology: "I said something before I shouldn't have said, I apologize for it. Not my first mistake, undoubtedly won't be my last, but a 100% apology."
Normally, I'm pretty sensitive to what could be construed as offensive. And generally I err on the side of caution, thinking that there's little to be gained by bringing race or language into a joke. But in this case, I don't think Kornheiser meant to be demeaning or intentionally insult anyone.
On the other hand, we live in a hyper-sensitive world and a major network would be irresponsible to risk receiving bad press over something like this.
Do you think Kornheiser had anything to apologize for? Has the pressure to be 100% politically correct at all times detracted from commentators ability to say what the average fan is thinking? Did you even notice this exchange, or were you too wrapped up in the game on the field?
While this show isn't exactly my cup of tea, I'm glad to see these guys getting some pub. A while back, the Sun-Times featured them as a local group on the rise. Lead singer Chris Wallace was nice enough to regale me with tales of the road and to talk about how much fun they're having.
Nice work guys.
Jackson discarded the ball before he crossed the goal line on what was initially ruled a 61-yard touchdown. After a Cowboys' challenge and some incriminating evidence, the Eagles retained possession on the 1-yard line.
Brian Westbrook ran it in on the next play, so in the big picture this brain cramp won't have an impact on the final outcome. But Jackson should get used to seeing the clip for the rest of his career. If he has any questions, I'm sure Leon Lett could help him out.
More Hochuli: This mildly graphic fake picture from The Onion.
Monday Night Football soon.
Sports Pros(e) predicts: Cowboys 27, Eagles 17
Ted Lilly almost sent the world spinning wildly off its axes this afternoon when he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
See, his teammate Carlos Zambrano didn't give up any hits last night. No team has every thrown back-to-back no-hitters. The St. Louis Browns came close in 1917 by tossing no-no's on consecutive days. Nice try, guys.
Sadly, journeyman Mark Loretta drove a single into right field with two outs in the seventh inning. It's hard to be mad at Mark Loretta, but c'mon dude, we wanted to see some history.
" Eleven people were killed in a stadium riot in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a soccer player tried to use witchcraft to win a local match, U.N.-backed Radio Okapi reported on Monday.
Nyuki club was losing to local rivals Socozaki on Sunday when Nyuki's goalkeeper advanced up the pitch and tried to use "fetishist" spells to turn the tide of the match, Okapi said, without giving more details.
What you're about to see is going to confuse you. An unbelievably bad call confused Norv Turner and the general concept of time confused Dick Enberg, who thinks the game is over with 24 seconds left on the clock. And Mike Shannahan confused us all by going all Tom Osborne at the end.
BY BRUCE KOSTER Sports Pros(e) Contributor
Well another Sunday, another episode of "you can't make us win" at the Silverdome/ Ford Field O' Dome. Locations, years, coaches and quarterbacks are all meaningless distractions that comprise the undefinable blur marketed as the Lions.
Officially, I quit rooting for them about 1985. But I must confess they are still my team. I know it's twisted, but I love the way they deliver. They give me what I'm expecting every time I invest three hours of my Sunday couch time.
I'm there to see my team do ANYTHING they can to not win a game. Today, once again I witnessed a masterpiece painted on the big green canvas. My guys unwittingly stumbled into a come-from-way-behind 1-point lead with seven minutes left in the game.
I've long maintained that Stone is one of the premier color analysts out there and that it was a shame that things got awkward with the Cubs.
"Steve Stone will slide from the radio booth over to TV after agreeing to a six-year deal to handle color-analyst duties for television broadcasts beginning in 2009, the Sox said today.
Does the introduction of the former Cy Young winner excite you? Are you more apt to tune into a Sox broadcast now? And what about the Hawk-Stone dynamic? Will they mesh together?
(Thomas DeLaney Jr./STNG)
I can't say that I saw "Bring It On" or the subsequent sequels, but I doubt they are as interesting as the story coming out of Green Bay this evening.
Apparently, 33-year-old Wendy Brown really wanted to be a high school cheerleader. And although I never saw "Never Been Kissed", I doubt Josie Geller stooped to the level of stealing her daughter's ID to fulfill her dreams.
"Julian Pooley, the manager of the Surrey History Centre in England, said Thursday he has authenticated a reference to baseball in a diary by English lawyer William Bray dating back to 1755 - about 50 years before what was previously believed to have been the first reference to what became the American pastime.The notion that the national pastime may have originated overseas just doesn't sit well. It certainly makes this ditty a little less appealing.
What do you think? Big deal or small deal?
Again, nothing new. But still entertaining.
The Sun-Times sports staff appears to be giant fans of this move.
It's hard to believe it's been seven years since that horrific day. And it's harder to believe that we need reminding that this is the anniversary of that fateful event.
Please take a moment today to hug your loved ones and cherish the gift of life while remembering all the families that were forever effected by this tragedy.
I first stumbled across the gem in April and since have made it a point to bring it up as much as humanly possible. It is truly one of the best stories I've ever heard.
It involves Hall of Fame third baseman and a whole bunch of beer.
Squadron, 28, played Giants to 30-year incumbent Martin E. Connor's Patriots, defeating him in the Democratic primary for New York State Senate. Meanwhile, a look back at Squadron's career shows that he played the part of an in-training Tom Brady to Sen. Charles E. Schumer's Drew Bledsoe when he worked as an aide in Schumer's office.
The sportly metaphors don't end there. The Village Voice gives Squadron a one-two punch of criticism in a recent article, even going so far as to say he has "a glass jaw" when it comes to stepping up to tough questions about his finances.
Squadron's story thus far -- that of a rookie who seems to come from out of nowhere to shock the cagiest of veterans -- reminds us that sometimes, an underdog isn't an underdog at all, but rather a topdog whose face the spotlight has yet to hit at just the right angle.
That's what's fun about politics and that's why we love sport. That nothing's given. That an unknown can shock us all.
It's explains the world's fascination with a Chicagoan named Obama and an Alaskan named Palin.
And it explains Chicago's newest fascination with a guy named Matt who, to quote Teddy Roosevelt, speaks softly and carries a big stick -- or football.
If the goal didn't even count.
Real Salt Lake forward Fabian Espindola's aerial acrobats took a turn for the worse when he stuck the landing on a nifty flip and fractured his left leg. Video after the jump.
"Hoppy Hoffman, who owns a store that sells Arkansas State apparel, came up with a new promotion this season: 1 percent off after each home football game for every point the Red Wolves win by.
Then Arkansas State won its home opener 83-10 on Saturday.
"We had a ball with it," said Hoffman, who owns The Design Shoppe. "It was so much fun yesterday."
In other lopsided action, the Slovakia women's hockey team took it the Bulgarians, 82-0.
"Slovakia outshot the Bulgarians 139-0 during the 60-minute game, played in Latvia. The margin of victory is a record for a women's International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.
Bulgaria was outscored 192-1 in the Olympic qualifying tournament.
Call me lame, but I can't get enough of these animals-doing-things-people-do stories. Whether it's a water-skiing squirrel or a Frisbee-catching dog, you know people are going to automatically joke that the animal can perform this skill just as well as a human professional.
The latest example? Tonka, the football-snapping dog from Tinley Park.
In all fairness, this took place at a charity event and we commend Oden for giving back to the community.
Evidently, the world could end on Wednesday when scientists in Switzerland will attempt to re-create the immediate aftereffects of the Big Bang.
As the saying goes, what a difference a day makes. Twenty four hours ago, it's safe to say that the vast majority of informed football enthusiasts didn't expect the Bears to win, much less dominate the Colts 29-13 in a game that was pretty much in the books by the middle of the third quarter. It's safe to say, however, that I was a bit more optimistic than the average football enthusiast with my 32-24 prediction yesterday.
But even I didn't expect the Bears' defense to fare as well as it did against a Manning-led Colts offense. As Danimal pointed out in a comment on yesterday's Bears Brightside, "Well, you got the bears offense right, but why give them so little credit on defense?" Well put for a man who claims to be half-Dan, half-animal.
Just so we never forget the haters, here's a look back at some of the Tribster's Bears-related headlines from before last night's big victory over the Indianapolis Colts:
Rick Morrissey: No cause for optimism with Bears
Mike Downey: Bears unlikely to surprise in 2008
The closest the Tribsters came to anything resembling accuracy in the days leading up to yesterday's victory came from David Haugh:
5 ways Orton can succeed in the Bears' offense
Note to Colts: We're not in 2006 anymore -- subtitled 'Injuries to Colts' offensive line, Manning's lack of practice present opportunity for upset'
And here are some of the headlines following the Bears' victor (Note that none are titled 'I was wrong; Kevin was right':
Forte shines in debut as Bears stun Colts
Pretty good as openers go
Rick Telander: Backfield bonanza
Couch: A re-defining moment
Mike "Bears unlikely to surprise" Downey: Showtime for Bears
David Haugh: Bears gushing in Lucas Oil opener
So what can we take from the Bears' opener? Are they 'back' in that pessimistic way that Midway Monster doubters try to crawl secretly back onto the Bears bandwagon?
That would indicate that the Bears went somewhere in the first place. Expect the doubters to question whether this week was a fluke and hearken the Bears' playoff loss to the Panthers to end the 2005 season as an indicator of how the team might perform next Sunday.
Jake Delhomme and the Panthers hung on by their fingernails to 'Shock the Chargers' yesterday. They're battered. They're not as deep as the Bears. This team's in good shape. This city's in good shape. Get excited, Chicago. We're better than they thought and at least as good as I think.
" According to a press release by the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL informed Ocho Cinco earlier Sunday that he will have to wear his original name on the back of his jersey.
Ocho Cinco stepped on the field Sunday with the nameplate "C. Johnson." The receiver had a legal name change in the state of Florida this summer so he could wear his former nickname of "Ocho Cinco" this season. Although the NFL recognized the name change, the release says "certain issues remain [with the NFL] to be resolved before Ocho Cinco will be permitted to wear his new surname on his jersey."
"He will wear the name Johnson on his jersey today and will be referred to as Chad Johnson on the official play-by-play sheet," the statement said. "Further questions should be directed to the league office."
Whatever his name is caught a grand total of one ball for 22 yards in the Bengals' 17-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
"The Patriots offered no official word about the extent of Brady's injury -- ''They're looking at him, doing some tests on him, so I don't have any information there,'' coach Bill Belichick said after the game -- or about how long he would be out, but Yahoo! Sports reported Brady, who wasn't available for comment, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee.Video of the injury, complete with another very concerned Michigan Man, after the jump.
''It's bad,'' a team source told Yahoo! Sports. ''We're going to have to play without him.''
One Patriots player told ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer: ''[Matt] Cassel's our quarterback for the rest of the year.''
Kevin handles the Bears. I handle the Lions.
Obviously, today was not a good day to be me.
Only Rick Telander thought the Bears would finish within a touchdown in this Super Bowl XLI rematch.
Meanwhile, the Tribsters have become completely obsessed with Kyle Orton's facial/neck hair when they're not too busy predicting that the Bears will not win more than eight games this season.
I'd like to go on record on this, the first official NFL Gameday Sunday of the season, and reiterate my unwavering, righteously indignant belief in the Bears this season. This is a franchise that thrives on lack of expectation and on-paper talent. It's a franchise that constantly challenges us all to rethink our notions of exactly how an NFL team should be run. It's a franchise that, yes, in the past has caused us to think twice about whether we want to spend time, emotion, energy and prayer on any sports team ... ever.
But we are Chicago.
We're not, as one Deadspin contributor who doesn't even live in the Midwest and grew up nowhere near the Chicago metro area so smugly dubbed us, the city of Shrugged Shoulders. We're Chicago. Which means that even if we don't win, we still win. We may not have invented the mustache, but we perfected it. We may not have invented encased meat, but we devour it with more reckless abandon than Austria and Germany combined. And we may not have invented losing, but we do it with more charm, style and gut-wrenching epicness than anyone in the world.
We win because we're nothing more than Chicago -- City of the Century, birthplace of grit. I'd take a thousand Cade McNowns over one Tom Brady if it meant that I never had to live anywhere else or root for any other team with the blind optimism of a gadfly.
With that, I offer this prognostication: Bears 32, Colts 24.
It wasn't pretty. The 38-year-old Liddell was knocked out 1:51 into the second round with a mighty overhand right to the jaw.
Whoever decided to get Sun-Times White Sox beat writer Joe Cowley a twitter account deserves a raise. The man flat out understands how to use this new-fangled gadget.
His latest gem may take the cake.
Yesterday, the three-time gold medalist registered a 9.77 in the 100 meters after nearly falling out of the blocks. I'm certainly no Grantland Rice, so let's just let the videotape do the talking.
Carlos Quentin sits -- dejected, forlorn, in pain -- in the dugout Friday night during the White Sox game against the Angels at the Cell. (AP Photo)
Remember how Carlos Quentin has pretty much kept the White Sox in the playoff hunt all season, saving face for the team's general manager Kenny Williams along the way?
Yeah, that's all pretty much moot now that Quentin broke his wrist and may be out for the rest of the season. However, he would like everyone to know that it was NOT a rage-induced wall punch that busted his right wrist, as was the rumor Joe Cowley told us via Twitter.
As he told the Trib's Mark Gonzales:
"My last at-bat, second pitch, I fouled it off against [Cliff] Lee," Quentin said in describing how he broke his wrist Monday in Cleveland. "Something I've done thousands of times since I was a kid. I had my bat in my left hand and kind of hit down on the bat head with my right hand [with a] closed fist. I hit it a little bit low and nicked my wrist.
He would also like (the other) Sox Nation to know that he did not punch a wall. Once again, the words of my mother come back to ring true: Don't hit.
But if he must hit, I offer this advice to Quentin: Hit a (soft) wall. Hit a pillow. Just don't hit the top of your bat. Otherwise, your team might wind up feeling queasy, as Chris de Luca tells us.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella showed up three hours later than he planned to Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati Friday night. Turns out he and first-base coach Matt Sinatro got lost in Ohio and drove 90 miles in the wrong direction.
It'd probably be funnier if the Cubs hadn't lost their sixth straight game.
Hilarity after the jump.
The least we could do is make an uninformed prediction about the big kickoff game tonight.
And apparently he did it by sending an e-mail to the NFL Network's Adam Schefter.
And if Jered Weaver's hand injury is an indication, they're going to find unique ways to do it.
This from ESPN.com:
"The last three or four years, I've said this is my last season going in, but for some reason I end up putting up fairly decent numbers, and it makes it worth it to come back," said McClain, who has played in just 32 major league games.
For sheer dedication and stick-to-it-iveness, we give Scott McClain this week's Sports Pros(e) smile, wink and acknowledging head nod award. (it's a coveted award, don't knock it)
Perhaps more miraculously in the game, future where-are-they-now fodder subject Barry Zito pulled off his third win in his last four starts.
It's a sad day, indeed, for doubting Thomases everywhere.
Surely teaming with a Dutch vodka company can only help in the quest for the first World Series since 1908. For context, prohibition didn't take effect until 1920.
The presidential candidate not appearing on tarmacs* with Levi Johnston is evidently a long shot to take over as manager of West Ham, a member of the English Premier League.
And now, never one to avoid stealing a headline, that lovable scamp Johnston is set to join the Palin family on stage at the Republican National Convention, according to the Associated Press. Plus, he's getting tarmac face time with John McCain himself.
Forget the political implications. We're much more interested in what this means for America's fourth-most-popular professional sport.
The NHL season doesn't hit the ice until Oct. 4, but already hockey has invaded the collective subconscious -- at least here in the Midwest -- in ways we've never seen before.
The important question amid all this hoopla is this: Has the American mainstream finally come around to jumping on the hockey bandwagon, eh?
Is Levi Johnston -- the 18-year-old dubbed 'hunk' by too many media outlets to count -- exactly the unintended marketing tool that this too-oft-forgotten sport needed to boost its highlights from the final moments of Sports Center to -- dare I say -- the middle of the show!?!?!?
So enticing has this one amateur hockey player become to the media that it's gone and tracked down his mother, a self-proclaimed "country gal," who wants no part of the spotlight.
So attractive is this story that media outlets have taken to quoting the infamous unnamed 'relative' with this provocative nugget: "He's a good guy."
I can't imagine what's next for young Levi Johnston along this rocky road he faces. But one thing is for sure: The most famous high school hockey player of all time is good -- no, great -- for a sport that's getting better at being perceived as getting much better.
I've mentioned I love the Lions, right?
Our de facto younger brother Ricky O'Donnell tells us that Johnson's fantasy value just skyrocketed, but the real story is the backfield
Williams signed a one-year contract extension with the Miami Dolphins this weekend and by all accounts seems like he's got his life moving in the right direction. He's taking classes at Nova Southeastern University and plans on becoming a doctor after he retires from football.
Today, I'll take a look at the Lions' signing of Rudi Johnson and how it all but guarantees Detroit a trip to the playoffs.
Brittney McGlone leads a pack of stiletto-wearing Australians who set a world record for ... um ... most random world record ever set? (AP Photo)
Brittney McGlone can run fast in fancy shoes -- this, according to Reuters. She proved it today when she won the first-ever Stiletto Sprint at Sydney Harbour in Australia. The 18-year-old McGlone joined 264 stiletto-sporting sprinters in setting a new world record for the most women to run an 80 meter dash wearing 75mm high heels.
McGlone didn't just win, as the video below shows. She dominated. Perhaps she'll feel a bit lonely at the top, however, after she sees the video and the other runners finishing in arm-locked solidarity.
So dedicated to the sport of hockey is Levi Johnston that he declared on his MySpace page, "I live to play hockey," according to the New York Daily News.
So dedicated to the sport is Levi Johnston that he's willing to play through pain -- a cracked tibia, no less -- to help his team to victory, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Ignoring entirely vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's plea for privacy, the media has jumped all over the opportunity to discover everything it can about Levi Johnston. All that we here at Sports Pros(e) can deduce at this point is that he's the most famous high school hockey player of all time.
Asking the media not to respect privacy in a family matter is kind of like asking the Mongols to plunder everything but the China -- leave the fine China, please?
To which the Mongols reply simply: Smash.
Deadspin delves into it here.
Huffington Post focuses on the 'redneck' thing here. And Max Blumenthal weighs in with the taste-free, aren't-I-a-clever-devil moniker 'Juno from Juneau.'
Our own Carol Marin, however, reminds us that it's really none of our business to begin with here.
Once regarded among the hardest hitters in the NFL, Lynch was a key figure in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl run during the 2002 season.
The Patriots also cut cornerback Fernando Bryant, who had been taking reps with the first team during the preseason. This surprised even fellow defensive back Rodney Harrison, who simple sentiment to the Boston Globe about summed it up: 'Wow.' The article certainly confirms that there's a lot happening right now in Patriotville.
In honor of Lynch and his hard-hitting ways, we offer a YouTubian tour of some of Lynch's greatest hits of the past year or so: