Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DEVELOPING: Irsay Fined $500K, Suspended 6 Games


As an after-effect of his plea bargain that led to one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated, the National Football League has suspended Indianpolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for six games and fined him half-a-million dollars- the maximum amount under league rules.

Irsay sent out the following statement shortly after the announcement of his suspension:

I acknowledge the mistake I made last March and stand responsible for the consequences of that mistake, for which I sincerely apologize to our community and to Colts fans everywhere. Even more importantly, though, I am committed to do everything in my power to turn this whole experience into a positive event for myself, my family, and the community. In retrospect, I now know that the incident opened my eyes to issues in my life that needed addressing and helped put me on the path to regain my health. I truly hope and pray that my episode will help in some small measure to diminish the stigma surrounding our country’s terrible and deadly problem of addiction. It is a disease like other progressive, terminal diseases—one that can only be successfully treated by understanding, committed hard work, and spiritual growth. I am deeply grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and support during these past few months from my family, friends, care-givers, and our great community. Please know I am firmly committed to staying on my path to good health and I look forward to a great season.

Here's the latest after the arraignment in Indianapolis

Irsay cannot be present at the Colts facility, practices, or games. He cannot be at any league or league committee meetings- or anything involving any other team for that matter. He also cannot do media interviews or say anything team-related on any form of social media... something he always was fond of doing on his Twitter feed.

He will also be subject to treatment, counseling, and testing during his suspension.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Four Phillies Pitchers No Hit The Braves

Geez it sucks to be a Braves fan this year.

The Philadelphia Phillies used 4-pitchers to throw the first "Multi-Pitcher" no-hitter since 2012, beating the usually hapless Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday afternoon.

Cole Hamels, Jake Dierkman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon are your pitchers of record as the Phillies just laid one on the Braves who have scored one run in the last 3 games---total.

Hamels was not sharp, walking 5 in 6 innings along with hitting a batter. But he struck out 7 as the punchless Braves continued their pathetic performance of hitting with runners in scoring position.

All-in-all, the Phillies foursome combined to strike out 12 Atlanta hitters.

Marlon Byrd robbing the Braves Chris Johnson of a hit here in the 3rd was perhaps the closest the Braves came to getting a hit all day.

Thanks MLB.com (we'll try adding more, when highlights available)

ICYMI: Astros Fire Bo Porter

((ht: chron.com))

It's gotta be somebody's fault right?

Happy Labor Day Bo Porter, hope your resume is updated. The Houston Astros decided on Monday to fire you.

The Astros parted way with their 2nd year manager who with one of the youngest--and cheapest lineups in baseball, cobbled together a 110-190 record.

G.M Jeff Luhnow made the announcement in Houston this morning, tossing aside Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley and promoting Tom Lawless as interim team manager.

Yes, there were reports circulating in Houston that Porter and Luhnow did not exactly...um, get along and that was briefly touched upon during the impromptu press conference.

Lunhow said "When you think about the relationship between a manager and general manager, it's complicated. We are looking for a collaborative environment, a unified environment."

((Ed. Note--Feel free to interpret that as you will. The message isn't exactly subtle))

Read the entire story from the Houston Chronicle RIGHT HERE

Now, that being said, many baseball experts consider the Astros one of the most up-and-coming franchises in baseball. The team, under owner Jim Crane essentially has sold the present day with the hope the future will yield titles. It remains to be seen if that will happen, though the presence of future stars like George Springer haven't hurt.

MLB.com writer Richard Justice (former Astros beat writer) talks about what happened and where the team goes from here:

Football Reporter Has Unique Use For Vanishing Spray

((HT: SkySports))

It's the end of the transfer window in football overseas at 6PM Eastern.

Sky Sports News, the 24-hour sports channel overseas goes balls-to-the-wall covering the european implications of the transcations that involve every level of the sport.

That means that they pogo from one live shot to another getting updates and gossip from each Premier League ground and it is must watch television on a bunch of different levels...

Reporter Gary Cotterill was at Queens Park Rangers HQ waiting for the standard "roll down the window live shot interview" with manager Harry Redknapp. But, he still had to do live shots...

Fans can be fans, so Cotterill employed a genius move to keep fans back so he could get work done...

Cheers to the QPR fans who played along...

Our First Hail Mary Win Of The Year

((HT: Bluedogsu))

And it comes from one of the more prestigious HBCU rivalry games of the year...

Jackson State was trailing Florida A&M 17-16 with time running out when this happened...

So, DeSean McKenzie gets the tip drill down and JSU wins 22-17...

"We worked on that — a matter of fact, all of fall camp," first-year head coach Harold Jackson told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Ros Dumlao. "It was something we worked on to the right side, and we threw it to the left side this time. And we never worked on it in the left side. ... But it doesn't matter what side we worked on. Hey, it works as long as we come out with a victory."

And, you did...

Here's QB LaMontiez Ivy and McKenzie after the game...
((HT: Clarion-Ledger))

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Niners McDonald Out On Bail

((HT: KGO-TV))

We now have the first test for NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell's new stance on domestic violence...

San Francisco 49ers DL Ray McDonald is out on $25,000 bail after being charged with felony domestic violence in an overnight incident with his (apparently) pregnant girlfriend. The case is now going to the Santa Clara County DA's Office.

Here's the latest on the newest incident that confirms nothing good ever happens after 1AM or so...

San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke released a statement:

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment."

But the most interesting piece of irony seems to be that McDonald was arrested in the same house that now-suspended DE Aldon Smith allegedly partied before getting arrested on DUI charges last month after getting into an accident.

McDonald is due in court for his next appearance September 15.

OSG High: Ohio HS FB Game Called Because Of Fight

((HT: Fox 8/WEWS-TV))

A high school football game between Garfield Heights and Collinwood (OH) was called because of a fight that started either in one of two places: after a cheap shot on the field and escalated on the field, or something that started in the stands and ended on the field with that outburst...

Newsnet5 in Cleveland found this video

Initially, five people were arrested but two were released after the first hours in the investigation.

Here's (believe it or not) chopper video of the moment the fight happened...

And the update

Garfield Heights (OH) City Schools released this statement: “Because the safety and security of every person who attends co-curricular activities at the Garfield Heights City Schools is of the utmost importance, district officials, game officials and security personnel made the decision to cancel the game instantaneously. Local officials took appropriate action, and the community can rest assured knowing that those students of the Garfield Heights City Schools who were involved will be swiftly and appropriately dealt with by the district.”