Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Trade Deadline Day Brings Out All Kinds For Live Shots

It's the last day of trading and acquisitions in the Premier League... if you're going to make a move, you better make it now...

And one of the teams that desperately needs to make a move is Everton if they're going to try and finish top four to get some more cup-based play outside the Prem...

But when live shots attack, so do the fans...
One word "pachyderm..."
((HT: SkySports/youtube))

BREAKING: Man Handcuffs Himself To Goalpost

((HT: Twitpic/HeyLandsberg))

Someone decided to interrupt the Everton-Man City game at Goodison in the 40th minute by doing what he did below...
#Happening now, soccer fan handcuffs himself to a goal post on Twitpic

No word as to why as of yet...
More when we know more...

1600 UPDATE:
From British presenter Hayley McQueen, through her Twitter feed...

According to @pneGianni the handcuffed man is none other than Jaume Marquet Cot, also known as Jimmy Jump, a well known pitch invader.

OR

@willperrybbc has added that apparently the pitch invader handcuff man is Dave Kelly. Head of Everton group Blue Union

Here's early video of the alleged transgression...
((HT: FoxSoccer/FoxSports.com))
<a href='http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=9c161911-4bb5-4c60-beed-756c08421845&src=v5:embed::' target='_new' title='Handcuffed fan stops the match'>Video: Handcuffed fan stops the match</a>

1620 UPDATE: More from McQueen...

Now been informed the mystery handcuff man was protesting about RyanAir, no idea why won't start guessing.

The only thing the HQ can figure is that RyanAir beat the analyst's estimates on earnings per share from the last quarter looking at it year-to-year...

Other than that...???
Dunno...

Yes, Blake Griffin has the dunk of the year..so far

((ht: nba.com))

Yeah, we know. We've seen it. We've been awake about 45 minutes and have already seen it 5-times on SportsCenter and another half-dozen or so posts here on the Internets.

In case you missed it, last night, Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers did the ultimate facial dunk on Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins.

And yeah, sure, it was pretty impressive. Though we certainly enjoy Mr. Griffin and his ever widening repertoire of dunks, we suspect this isn't the "Be-all, end-all, never to be repeated, greatest dunk ever" as it is being made out to be.

Sorry for the cynicism...

Thanks NBA.com for the video:

Monday, January 30, 2012

Okay, We'll Go Ahead And Post This... Bueller, Bueller...

((HT: TheHondaChannel))

Broderick is back, but it's for a car...


Although, it's not this...


It was nice to revisit, only briefly...

BREAKING: WPS Suspends 2012 Season

The Women's Pro Soccer Board of Directors voted Monday to suspend the 2012 season. Over the last year WPS has been involved in a challenge of keeping enough franchises to be recognized internationally as a legit enterprise. Part of that has to do with the legal battle with a former owner (remember the whole magicjack shenanigans).

From the league:

The litigation has diverted resources from investment in the league and has forced the Board to take action, suspending the 2012 season in order to address the legal issues head-on before moving forward with competition

"We are deeply grateful to our fans and partners for the tremendous support they have shown for WPS, our players and the sport. With our supporters and athletes in mind, we are committed to complete the hard work necessary to resume play in 2013 and reestablish WPS as the premiere women’s professional soccer league in the world." - Jennifer O'Sullivan, WPS CEO

So, for now, here's your piece of history...
The last WPS title game as Western NY beat Philly in PK's
((HT: womensprosoccer))

Another "Epic" Hockey Fight From The ECHL

The HQ would like to think that the ECHL stands for the "Epic Carnage Hockey League" just ask the Bakersfield COndors and the Ontario Reign

It was an "Epic" hockey fight. Because of the length, carnage, amount of guys who fought and the play-by-play.
((HT: ECHL/youtube))

Roof collapse!

((ht: telegraph.tv))

It wasn't quite the Metrodome roof collapse, though it did kind of look like something straight out of a Sy-Fy Network cheesy disaster movie.

This video is from a Slovakian ice rink where there was a youth team sponsored by former NHL player Richard Zednink was practicing when someone noticed the roof began to give way.

Apparently the snow got too heavy or the construction was crap. Either way, the roof, the roof, the roof done collapsed.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Frisby Front Flips A Snowmobile

((HT: ESPN))

The HQ often wonders what most motorized vehicles can do if people with death wishes are in control of them...

Some of you call these guys daredevils... the HQ calls them insane...

Heath Frisby qualifies for that insanity...

Here's the damage...


Now all we wonder is "what's left...?"
The HQ really has no idea...
Maybe this... at the 3:10 mark...

FA Cup: Villa Loses Lead In 15, Falls To Arsenal

((HT: FoxSports))

The Emirates got to see both sides of a big FA Cup 4th-Rounder between host Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Robbie Keane continues to show how vital a short-termer he is for the Claret Blue, but a key stretch of the second half tilited the world for Arsenal...

Here's the highlights, if you're a Gunners fan...
<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/video?vid=3621b112-741a-421c-ae36-c83a0248daec" target="_new" title="">FA Cup: Arsenal/Aston Villa</a>

5th-round is the Round of 16:

Liverpool vs. Brighton
Everton vs. Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday
Chelsea vs. Birmingham
Crawley Town vs. Stoke
Stevenage vs. Tottenham
Norwich vs. Leicester
Sunderland or Middlesbrough vs. Arsenal
Millwall or Southampton vs. Bolton

Everything goes the weekend of February 18 or 19.
And, by the way, Sheffield Wednesday is the name of the team, not when the do-over is scheduled...

14-Year-Old Wins Aussie Tourney

((HT:GameonALPG))

14-year-old New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of a professional golf tour event, winning the New South Wales Open.

Ko, the world's top amateur, broke Ryo Ishikawa's mark of 15 years, 8 months, and Australian Amy Yang's women's record of 16 years, 192 days in the Australian Ladies Masters.

Ko was four strokes ahead of Becky Morgan for the win...

"To be part of history is like a miracle," Ko said. "It's not something you can have by clicking your fingers."

Here are the final round highlights...
But you know how it ends...


Ko is set to play in, what her family says will be, close to 30 more tourneys this year- two more pro...

Captain America Looking For A Kidney

((HT: KGO-TV))

Not for himself, silly...

His mentor, Tom Martinez, has been a coach and mentor for Tom Brady ever since he was 12 years old. Now that Martinez is looking for a kidney (and has been for five years), Brady is stepping up asking for anone who could be a match to step forward...

From his Facebook account... and there may be hope...

Here's Sergio Quintana...

Chara Blows The FM Scale With Hardest Shot

((HT: NHL/NBCSP))

The Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara set the record in the competition with a 105.9 MPH slap shot...

Chara scofs at his slowness now...

Just look at what he did last night...


But the best part of the whole thing...???
Nashville's Shea Weber even broke the old record- set last year with an even 106 MPH shot...

Slowpoke...

Djokovic-Nadal Goes Monday Morning On Us

((HT: TennisAustralia/EuroSport/youtube))

For those of us who follow tennis regularly, and admittedly the HQ only does it around the time of the majors, Novak Djokovic is the man- currently.

And after a five-hour roll in the semis against Andy Murray, Joker had to go 5:53 in the final against Rafa Nadal- just to finish...

And, no that was not a misprint...

For those of you on the east coast, you got a bit of a "Breakfast At..." bonus. The match coverage started a little after 3AM eastern time and didn't finish until 10AM eastern time.

Here's how it ended...


The match was the longest final ever for a grand-slam event. The previous record was Mats Wilander's win over Ivan Lendl at the U.S. Open in 1988, which lasted 4 hours, 54 minutes.

The longest Australian Open final also involved Wilander when he beat Pat Cash in 1988. Today's match was also the longest in the tournament's history.

Not a shock...

But the best part was when, in the longest self-important thank you at the end of the tourney, aides had to bring chairs for both finalists to sit down in- since they were the last part of the ceremony and their bodies were locking up.

Four-letter play-by-player Chris Fowler had it right when Patrick McEnroe asked "What else do you say...?"

his response: "Thank you, Rafa. Thank you, Novak."

Here's last analysis from ESPN...

Towson State Stops 41-Game Losing Streak

((HT: Towson State their ownselves))

Congrats and huzzahs to the Towson State Tigers as they put their 41-game losing sreak to bed with an upset win over UNC-Wilmington...

Here's how it happened...


And here's how it looked inside the locker room afterwards...


The HQ congratulates head cpach Pat Skerry for putting that monkey some place else than on his suit coat.

OSG Buzzer Beater: Ga.Southern with the dagger on UTC

It wasn't a battle of two powerhouse teams, but it was a good game.

Southern Conference hoops. Georgia Southern and Tennessee-Chattagnooga. UTC leads for most of the game, pulling ahead by as much as 16 in the second half. But Southern comes back, taking their first lead of the game with just under 3-minutes left, 70-68.

It went back and forth and when the score was tied at 72 with just six seconds to go, Omar Wattad misses the runner, and the Eagles get the rebound with just a few seconds to go.

Southern takes it down the floor and when Willie Powers tries to drive in for the potential game-winning layup, he's cut off so he kicks it to the corner where a wide-open Jelani Hewitt drops the 3-ball from the left side.

Game over, Georgia Southern wins.

Your highlights from WRCB-TV in Chattanooga:

OSG Buzzer Beater: Idaho State Shoots Down Big Sky Leader Weber State

The Weber State Wildcats are the Big Sky Conference front runners. Saturday the Wildcats faced Idaho State and left Pocatello, Idaho with the tails between their legs.

Kenny McGowen nailed a three point shot at the buzzer to give the Bengals a 64-62 win over the Wildcats.

Here's the highlights. (Thanks KPVI Pocatello, ID)



“I felt it. As soon as I let it go and I heard the buzzer I knew it was happening." McGowen said in a press conference after the game. "That is a big one to be here at the Division I level. Weber State has an awesome team and the best player in the league. That is big. For us to come out with this win is huge.”

McGowen led the Bengals with 19 points.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

FA Cup: Evra Caught Napping, Liverpool Through

((HT: FoxSports))

By beating ManU even...

Here's the highlights, including Dirk Kuyt's game-winner off the long goal kick by Pepe Reina... good stuff...
<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/video?vid=dc4022ad-ba58-4542-bcbb-0009ba04d21c" target="_new" title="">Dirk Kuyt scores the winner</a>

Now, the oldest championship has an interesting set of match-ups for Round 5...

The biggest surprises coming through are Bolton over Swansea, Brighton over Newcastle, and the above...

Any game that ends in a tie gets played again from scratch...

OSG College: Cremins Out On Medical Leave

((HT: WCBD-TV Charleston))

And, in injury parlance, Cremins would be listed as "UFN"- uuntil further notice.

The 64-year-old head hoops coach at the College of Charleston has an "undisclosed medical condition" that needs to be addressed, and assistant Mark Byington will be taking over as the number one. The situation is listed as "non life-threatening."

Cremins issued the following release:

"I have decided to step aside to take a medical leave of absence. I have asked our Athletic Director, Joe Hull, to turn the team over to our Associate Head Coach Mark Byington. Mark is an outstanding young man and basketball coach. I have complete faith in him as do our players. Being able to come back and coach at the College of Charleston has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I hope everybody will continue to support our team and Mark."

Here's how it went down at the CoC with Andy Wontor...


The team is 12-8, but they've lost five of their last 7...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Add Ex-UGA Player To Donnan Lawsuit Queue

((HT: OnlineAthens.com/Shearer))

Add former UGA linebacker and defensive rookie of the year, Kendrell Bell, to the stacks of people who now want a piece of former UGA head football coach Jim Donnan and the whole GLC Holdings mess...

Or, alleged mess...

Bell, through his attorneys, claims that Donnan told him that the $2-million he invested with Donnan GLC would...

From Shearer:

“James Donnan guaranteed (Bell) that his investment was safe and that James Donnan would protect him. James Donnan was a father-figure to (Bell), and (Bell) trusted him implicitly.”

“James Donnan, as one of the two architects of the Ponzi scheme, was the prime salesman and largest beneficiary of the scheme. In short, James Donnan duped (Bell) into investing $2 million, and then diverted his money from GLC to (Jim and his wife Mary Donnan) or other investors.”


Donnan invested millions in GLC at the stat, but would receive a commission when he would bring in other investors. GLC, in court documents, allegedly brought in over $80-million, but only pulled in $12-million in activity.

The huge payouts apparently went to GLC's originators, Donnan and others who were at the top of the payment pyramid.

Donnan filed for bankruptcy protection last year and is in the process of trying to work out payment solutions for creditors. That first round of decisions is set for March.

For those of you who remember what Bell was like as a pro, an example is below...

OSG High: Buford High Coach Dies Of Apparent Heart Attack

((HT: MyFoxAtlanta))

Full disclosure...

The HQ knows the coaching staff of Buford ((GA)) High School and its administration and has for quite some time...

But when a 30-year-old dies playing pick-up basketball, it's a really sad thing...

Football assistant Ryan Daniel had an apparent heart attack while playing and the whole Buford community is shocked at the passing of a hometown athlete, coach, teacher, and friend...

Here's FOSG Denise Dillon talking to Head Coach Jess Simpson...

Buford Teacher, 30, Dies of Heart Attack at School: MyFoxATLANTA.com


HQ spoke to administration at Buford this afternoon and the school will remember Daniel in the short-term at an undisclosed time. Long-term, the football team will always remember Daniel...

They're all having a rough time having to deal with something they never have before and our thoughts and prayers are with them...

Patrick Witt may not have been totally truthful about Rhodes Scholar Candidacy

((ht: nytimes))
Patrick Witt

Wow!

Back in November, OSG Sports along with many other outlets reported on the story of now former Yale quarterback Patrick Witt making a decision about playing in the Yale/Harvard game rather than be in New York for a formal interview for a potential Rhodes Scholarship.

Well, it appears, that decision wasn't as "Painful" nor a statement of support for his team as we were led to believe.

The New York Times reports that Witt apparently had his candidacy for the prestigious honor suspended a week earlier after the trust found that Witt had been accused of sexual assault by an unnamed female student at Yale.

There was never a police report filed and the Times says Yale didn't believe it "fit" the criteria for a formal complaint. And in fact, the incident may or may not ever be truly known.

This comes on the heels of Witt's coach, Tom Williams being forced to resign after it was revealed he put on his resume that he too had been considered for a Rhodes scholarship that he passed on to play in the pros.

Confused?

The Times did extensive research on Witt and rather than try and explain the background, you should really click on the link to their story, it's fascinating.

Read the Richard Perez-Pena story on NYTimes.com RIGHT HERE

Okay then.

The story certainly doesn't paint Witt in a great light. Nor is it kind to Yale. But on the surface, no laws were "officially" broken, no rules violated. Witt appears to have just not been as forthcoming as perhaps he should have. It doesn't take away his academic achievements at Yale nor the accomplishments on the football field.

But it does raise some questions about honesty and truthfulness. There is nothing wrong about boasting about accomplishments like being a candidate for a Rhodes scholar. All anyone, we think, would ask is "Be truthful about what you say".

For more on young Mr. Witt, we give you "Inside Yale Football" from this past year. Thanks for the embed code Yale Athletics:

Amare' Stoudemire's All-Star Marketing Plan

Yeah, we know it is blatant commercialism. We know it is an opportunity for a cheap pop. But we always admire a good marketing gimmick.

This one is for Foot Locker and New York Knicks center Amar'e Stoudemire. The premise is pretty simple. Stoudemire is shown giving up what is portrayed to be his NBA Lockout job at Foot Locker so he can return to the NBA. The spot is to promote his bid for a berth in the NBA All-Star/Practice game.

The rest, while amusing, might not necessarily qualify for what George Costanza would call "Comedy Gold".

L.A. Stars Defeat Memphis Tams...Err Clips Over Griz 98-91. Where Was The Red, White & Blue Basketball?

The Los Angeles Stars and the Memphis Tams (aka L.A. Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies) mixed it up at the Staples Center in an ABA battle (The league died in 1976). The Stars won it 98-91.

Those of us at the OSG HQ wonder where was the red, white and blue basketball?

Here are the highlights and the ABA fashion show too. (Thanks NBA.com)



Now in our research we could not find any footage of the orginal Memphis Tams however we did find this clip from the old Memphis Sounds from 1975. It's a game against the old Spirits of St. Louis. Its a familar voice calling the game, Bob Costas had the call from the old Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis.



By the way, we could not find any L.A. Stars footage. We did find this photo from a Stars game in the late 1960's

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bettman: A 3rd Group Interested In Coyotes

((HT: 12News Phoenix/JHendrix70))

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there are now three groups showing interest in buying the Phoenix Coyotes to keep them in Glendale.

Bettman was hosting his weekly radio show broadcast from Ottawa when he divulged the information.

The two groups we all know are kicking the tires are:

1) Former San Jose Sharks president and CEO Greg Jamison and,
2) Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf's re-energized interest

Bettman said all this talk is just that right now, and that he doesn't want the Coyotes to move. He did say that if a sale is not completed with anyone to keep the team in town that they'd probably move.

But don't be surprised if there's another round of sales and wanting to sign paperwork, that the Goldwater Institute would be involved if there are alleged ownership shenanigans...

Here's FOSG Brahm Resnik and Goldwater institute pooh-bah Darcy Olsen to discuss the whole thing back when we had Round One with the Desert Dogs... and what may happen again if we get to Round Two...

Phil Knight Grills The World At JoePa Service

((HT: ESPN))

Master of Everything Swoosh, Phil Knight, was asked to speak at the Joe Paterno public memorial- and he made a point to make sure that he got the cheapest pop in the building...

He did...

Here's his tirade...


But, as we all know, Knight is entitled to say whatever in the hell he wants...
That's what makes this country of ours the best in the world...

Hockey Players Learning to Play Safer...???

((HT: KARE-TV))

In light of the two sudden injuries to youth hockey players in the state of Minnesota, current athletes are trying to continue to play the sports they love while trying to take the extra care and thought needed to play "smarter."

Minnesotans are trying to be examples for both the families of Jack Jablonski and Jenna Privette... how successful are they as of now...

Here's Dave Schwartz with early answers, the HQ can hope anyway...

Report: Greg Schiano to the Tampa Bay Bucs

((ht: espn/schefter))

Well, it looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may finally have found a coach that isn't going to spurn them.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that they plan on hiring Rutgers Greg Schiano to be their next head coach.

Yeah, we're scratching our heads over this one too.

More details as the become available.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times gives us a little insight on Schiano and the process Tampa has gone through.

You can read his article RIGHT HERE

Hope many of these pundits who like Schiano are right. He had some early success at Rutgers, but the last 3-years haven't been pretty in Piscataway.

We'll keep an eye out about an announcement.

Lakers vs. Clippers: A New Rivalry?

Believe it or not, this game actually got kind of chippy. And in some ways, it was nice to see.

The LA Lakers, long the kings of Los Angeles took on the upstart Clippers Wednesday night and aside from it being a pretty good game, there was a bit of dislike expressed.

Specifically, the Lakers Pau Gasol and the Clippers Chris Paul.

After a Blake Griffin foul, the two teams headed to the other end of the court. While walking, Gasol and Paul got into a "Discussion". All the while, Kobe Bryant tried standing between them to keep the peace. That all went out the window when Gasol tried to muss Paul's hair. Paul didn't take it very well, though he managed to keep a semblance of cool on the floor.

The issue in question is right here with sound from Gasol:



The LA Times gives us the Chris Paul explanation, Paul wasn't happy:



Oh...the Lakers won, 96-91. Your highlights from NBA.com:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Auburn Nears Decision On Toomer's Oaks

((HT: WTVM-TV Columbus))

Sadly, it appears that the oaks on Toomer's Corner are heading downhill and will probably die- all thanks to Al From Dadeville and his inherent stupidity...

Auburn is trying to come up with solutions for the Oaks themselves after they die and what, if anything, may replace them in that ground- if it's safe to plant anything there ever...

The school has some ideas... but would like some more...

FOSG Debbie Shaw plays prominently in Elizabeth White's piece...


Al is still waiting for his trial to start. It's supposed to be late April...
It can't be over soon enough...

Patrick McEnroe Knows He's On Cable

Andy Murray was well on his way to horizon jobbing his opponent, and P-Mac just got all kinds of excited...

((HT: AustralianOpen/ESPN/youtube))


But that's why we like P-Mac... always says what he thinks...
Never ask a New Yorker to hold back, y'all...

Another Roof Collapse, But This One's In Hockey

And everyone is okay...

Richard Zednik was showing a group of kids around the ice surface in his native Slovakia, when this happened...
((HT: avalanchesuperstar via Huffington Post))


No one was hurt, thankfully...
And that's why the HQ showed this one...

Ga. Immigration rule costs Dawgs recruit

((ht: ajc.com))

This could easily become a political statement, but we will try our best to avoid making it such.

According to a report in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution, the University of Georgia football team lost out on a top football recruit due to a recently adopted Board of Regents policy.

That policy says the paper, cost the Bulldogs offensive line recruit Chester Brown, who is originally from Samoa, but attended High School in Hinesville, GA.

They quote a rule that says an "Undocumented student can't take the seat of an otherwise academically qualified Georgia resident who's been turned away due to capacity restraints."

Of course, nobody would "On the record" comment about what happened. Brown, only says that he had to withdraw his commitment to the school for "personal reasons".

Read the entire AJC.com story RIGHT HERE

We are surprised that somehow UGA didn't find a way to make this work. But we also realize the world we live in as well.

One of the questions that wasn't asked and we are curious about is how, if Brown was enrolled in a Georgia High School, could he not be eligible to play at a state school?

Yes, the story, at the end, mentions his family situation, but there are several unexplained things here. It seems as though, if Brown were living with his retired U.S Army uncle, someone would be aware of his status.

Like we said, we won't judge here, though it is tempting. We wish young Mr. Brown the best of luck, because it appears he will land in another state and play college football. We just don't understand why the rules aren't uniform...one way or the other.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MN Governor: Metrodome Or Nothing

((HT: MyFoxTwinCities))

And this can't really be going over well with the Vikings and the Wilf family...

It's the beginning of the General Assembly in Minnesota, and Governor Mark Dayton has told the team-slash-owner that it's either going to be on that site or nowhere else. And that will be discussed this session, without the idea of any other location.

Here's the why on that one...

Vikings Stadium: Metrodome or Bust This Session: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com


The Basilica of St. Mary's site would be a team preference as would a billion-dollar proposed development in the Arden Hills suburb. The Vikes are concerned about the lost revenue if they were to play on the U of M campus for the three years it would take to build the new Metrodome.

This ain't over... since the HQ understands the point-of-view of the owners.

Oh, we don't know, remember this...???
((HT: FoxSports))

Jay Paterno Talks

((HT: ESPN))

With the memorial plans for former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno in place, the town of Happy Valley is set for a very emotional couple of days...

But there are those who are already trying to take advantage of the situation...

According to University President Rodney Erickson, people are trying to auction off their tickets to the memorial for JoePa on Thursday. In an address to campus, Erickson feels that people will be recruiting more Penn State grads than before, and that athletics and academics can co-exist on campus.

Statecollege.com's Adam Smeltz also relays, from his Twitter feed, from Erickson: "Really, our moral imperative is that we become a national leader in the research, treatment and prevention of child abuse."

Noble goals, but the HQ will wait and see...

Tom Rinaldi sits down with the son of Joe Paterno on the days before the memorial on campus...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Amended Charges In Senser Case, Witnesses Come Forward

Amended charges have been filed in the Amy Senser hit-and-run crash from August in Minneapolis.

Senser was supposed to meet her two daughters and a friend of theirs for a concert. She never made it...

A friend of one of the Senser's daughters has now told police she overhead former Minnesota Vikings tight end Joe Senser telling his wife to “just go home.”

Coordinate that with two witnesses who have come forward. One of them, apparently, told police that a car matching Amy Senser’s was weaving and moving at what was termed "inconsistent speeds" before the accident that killed 38-year-old chef Anousone Phanthavong.

Joe Senser's cell phone records also show a call associated with a place called "Florida Detox, Inc.," as well as calls to Amy Senser's brother -- who is a metro-area Twin Cities police officer, a law office and a drug and alcohol treatment facility. Those four calls were all made the day after the accident happened.

Here's the latest from the Twin Cities...
((HT: MyFoxTwinCities))

Charges: Joe Senser Told Amy to ‘Just Go Home’: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com


Amy Senser is scheduled to stand trial April 23rd on charges of "criminal vehicular homicide" and "failure to notify police in a timely manner."

The HQ, really, can only say that this new stuff doesn't look good for anyone in the Senser family...

Period... and it looks like both Sensers may not escape this one...

Live Television Takes A Pole...

((HT: MyFoxBoston))

You have to be aware of your surroundings- especially on live television...

Simply because you never know what might end up on your doorstep...
Just ask former Patriot Tim Fox and Doug Goudie...

Watch out for the pole!: MyFoxBOSTON.com


The HQ imagines the pole is questionable to return...

Tim Thomas Exercises Free Speech By Lack Of Assembly

It was that day for the Boston Bruins...

They got to meet the Commander-in-Chief, give him an honorary sweater, take pictures, and go on their merry way. But one of the two Americans on the squad, all-everything goalie Tim Thomas, decided not to show and join the group.

GM Peter Chiarelli tried to convince him otherwise, but #TimThomaswouldntgo...

Here's Thomas' explanation as to why...

"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"


Here's what the rest of the class did...
((HT: NHL))


Sufficed to say, the HQ thinks Tim Thomas doesn't like the idea of everyone getting a trophy...

Ovie Gets Three Games

The NHL has suspended Washington's Alex Ovechkin 3 games for yesterday's hit on Pittsburgh's Zbynek Michalek...

Seen below with the explanation by discipline czar Brendan Shanahan...
((HT: NHL))


The Caps are one point out of seventh in the Eastern Conference, but only two points out of ninth with the Maple Leafs on their heels. It will be interesting to see how the Caps and all the fantasy owners who have Ovechkin will deal with his vacation.

Kyle Williams Got Death Threats

The son of White Sox GM Ken Williams found the ugly side of sports after the 49ers loss to the New York Giants...

Fans ((which is short, always, for fanatics)) started hammering him on his Twitter feed- even going as far as threatening the lives of a wife and child he doesn't even have...

Kyle Williams muffed two punts in the game, including the one in overtime that set up the game-winning field goal. He was playing through a shoulder injury sustained in the third quarter, but his dad made no excuses around it in accordance to his performance.

"He thinks he may have separated his shoulder in the third quarter, so he is in the training room. That information he has not said anything about publicly and will not because he felt strongly that he could get the job done. There are no excuses; we don't do that. I don't want that misconstrued."


Ray Ratto discusses the "Kyle Williams Game"
((HT: CSNBayArea))

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ann Mara Wants Nothing To Do With Terry Bradshaw

So, what does she do...???

Interrupt his post-game interviews to explain how chapped she is...
((HT: FoxSports/NFL/youtube))


Nothing like live TV, eh...???

DEVELOPING: Chip Kelly To Bucs (UPDATE: Or Not)

And we're not talking East Tennessee or anything like that...

It's the big-boy Buccaneers, as in Tampa...

According to the Football Scoop and others, the soon-to-be former Oregon head coach is already in the throes of assembling a staff to head to Tampa...

Here's how KGW started looking at it in Portland...


After meeting with Bucs GM Mark Domenick met with Kelly and they're hoping to have a deal done, officially, within the next day or so...
((HT: KVAL-TV))


Monday Update: Claiming he has some unfinished business, he's staying...
((HT: KATU-TV/KVAL-TV))

Heading To Indy: Pats And Someone Else

((HT: CSNBaltimore))

The New England Patriots are heading to the roman numeral classic version 45 in Indianapolis, and a lot of people would say that there are two people directly responsible- The Baltimore Ravens WR Lee Evans and kicker Billy Cundiff.

Cundiff missed a 32 yard, game-tying field goal with time running out in Foxborough. If you look at his plant foot, it was aiming left. And much like a golf swing, wherever that plant foot is aimed that's where the ball is going...

Taking a step backwards, Lee Evans is falling on the sword as well since the game-winning TD was knocked out of his hands...


Here's Cundiff's miss...
((HT: CBSSports.com/NFL))


Now we all wait to see who survives in the NFC...

Prem Week 22 Ends With Two Big Match-ups, Lead Stays 3

((HT: SkySports/PremierLeague/youtube))

A lot of people looked at the end of the Week 22 table gave soccer fans two huge games: the first was Tottenham at Etihad against Man City.

The first half was a bore, but the second was back-and-forth excitement with four goals in a little over 9 minutes. Two goals by City gave the impression that Spurs were in trouble. But they came back with two of their own.

Here's the Gareth Bale goal that tied the game at 2...
((HT: FoxSports))
<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/video?vid=3c7f9621-f972-4083-8eda-63161fab02e4" target="_new" title="">Bale's left-footed punisher</a>

But it all came down to Mario Balotelli, who really should not have been on the field after stomping a Spurs player, netting a PK in extra time for the 3-2 win to put City six points clear.

Game two gives us Arsenal against ManU- more on that as it develops...
A goal by Danny Welbeck for United in the 81st minute gave the visitors a 2-1 win at the Emirates over the Gunners.

Goals by Valencia and van Persie tied the game at ones by the 71st minute. So, at the end of the day, Man City's lead is back to three points as the teams have a nine-day break before resuming play.

Here's Welbeck game-winner...
((HT: FoxSports))
<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/video?vid=333edeba-1d26-4c7e-8523-378942c2fac0" target="_new" title="">Welbeck shoots down Gunners</a>

BREAKING: JoePa loses battle with cancer

(((HT: Associated Press)))

The Nittany Lions and the rest of the college football world lost an icon this morning. Joe Paterno, affectionately known as JoePa, lost his battle with cancer this morning in Pennsylvania.

Below is the statement released by the Associated Press this morning:


STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (AP) — Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal has died. He was 85.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.

Paterno's son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

The storied career of "JoePa" included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.

But his reputation for success with honor was shattered when a former assistant was charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year span, including some in the Penn State athletic complex.

Critics said Paterno should have done more to stop it. He was fired Nov. 9. In all, Paterno guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons.

Unlike Onward State's editor Devon Edwards, OSG Sports tripled checked this information before running it. :)

More information about Paterno's death as it becomes available.

Matt Millen, former Penn State linebacker from 1976-79, in an interview on Sunday morning believes that Paterno died "of a broken heart... and that bothers me."

"Knowing what Joe was and how he operated his life... for the way it ended... for it to fall into this whole mess, judging from the words I heard him say... I know this whole thing could have just been killing him. I know those are the wrong words to use. I don't know how else to explain it. It's a shame..."

Paterno, shared something of the same fate as the man who he passed for career coaching wins- Alabama's Bear Bryant. Bryant lived only six months after retiring as the Crimson Tide head coach, and conventional wisdom dictated that once his fate was sealed by the university that Paterno would go the same way.

Brent Musburger when asked about Paterno and his death concurred Millen's sentiments saying, "I don't think there's any question about that. He went to his grave wondering if he could have done more. But I think his good deeds far outweigh his lapse in judgment."

Here is the full family statement on the passing of Joe Paterno:

It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled.

He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community.

He has been many things in his life - a soldier, scholar, mentor, coach, friend and father. To my mother he was and is her soul mate, and the last several weeks have shown the strength of their love. To his children and grandchildren he is a shining example of how to live a good, decent and honest life, a standard to which we aspire.

When he decided to forego a career in law and make coaching his vocation, his father Angelo had but one command: Make an impact.

As the last 61 years have shown, Joe made an incredible impact. That impact has been felt and appreciated by our family in the form of thousands of letters and well wishes along with countless acts of kindness from people whose lives he touched. It is evident also in the thousands of successful student athletes who have gone on to multiply that impact as they spread out across the country.

And so he leaves us with a peaceful mind, comforted by his "living legacy" of five kids, 17 grandchildren, and hundreds of young men whose lives he changed in more ways than can begin to be counted.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania or the Penn State-THON, The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.


1400 UPDATE: A candlelight vigil has now been scheduled for 8:00 tonight at Old Main on the Penn State campus...

Here's how WHP-TV in Harrisburg aired the story late last night...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Another Outdoor Classic: Marlies And Bulldogs

((HT: AHLWiki/Sportsnet))

In the season of Winter Classics that are outdoors, the AHL-triple-A franchises for the Habs and Leafs, the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies, had their outdoor game as a preview of tonight's indoor game at the Post Office in downtown Toronto...

Here's the highlights...


The game was the largest crowd ever to see an American Hockey League game in Canada. Attendance at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton was 20,565 for the "Steeltown Showdown" with game-time temperatures at -4 C (25 F)...

Florida State On Something Resembling A Roll

((HT: WRALSportsfan.com))

Part of the HQ runs this story knowing that the other shoe will drop and drop hard in the near future- it always does when it comes to basketball...

First, it was the blowout win over North Carolina in Tallahassee where Tarheels coach Roy Williams left his walk-ons on the floor... but he thought he was bringing them with the rest of his squad with 14 seconds left in regulation down by more than 30...

Now, the Noles hit a buzzer-beater to break Duke's 45-game win streak at Cameron Indoor to win 76-73

Coach K feels bad for his kids...


But we still know he loves Duke...

Here's the Snaer game-winner...
((HT: ACC/ESPN/youtube))

DEVELOPING: Local Reports- Paterno "Near Death" ((UPDATED: Paterno Dead at 85, Or Not...))

((HT: Citizens Voice Newspaper, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre))

Michael Sisak's article brings some sad news- if true...

Sue Paterno has called close family and friends to the State College, Pa. hospital where Joe Paterno has been undergoing lung cancer treatments.

It was to say a "final good-bye" to the legendary college football coach.

The official family statement won't go that far yet...

"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications," the statement said. "His doctors have now characterized his status as serious. His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

More when we know more...

2050 UPDATE: Paterno has died at the age of 85 according to multiple sources...CBS Sports was one of the first to report the story...

More as it becomes available...

The immediate "more" is that the family spokesman is saying the reports are untrue...

Dan McGinn, the Paterno family spokesman, at 8:57 p.m. on reports of Joe Paterno's death: "Absolutely not true."

2115 UPDATE: The Penn State newspaper, the OnwardState, is reporting that Penn State players have received an e-mail confirming Paterno's passing...

2125 UPDATE: The beauty of the 24-hour news cycle gives us this from Scott Paterno... through his Twitter account...

CBS report is wrong - Dad is alive but in serious condition. We continue to ask for your prayers and privacy during this time.

Sally Jenkins from the Washington Post, who was the journalist to most recently interview Paterno while he was undergoing chemotherapy...

Has this: Joe Paterno is failing, but reports that he has died are untrue. I wish there was a character to signal disgust.

Take the reports from all these different angles however you wish...
More when we know more...
Again...

2130 UPDATE: Sara Ganim, who has been reporting on the Sandusky investigation for the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, has some more words on this...

Source close to family told me reports #JoePaterno is dead and that he was taken off a respirator are both erroneous .. Family very upset

Ganim also says that Paterno is very sick, but able to communicate...

OnwardState has released the following...

We were confident when we ran with it, and are still trying to figure out where our process failed. We apologize sincerely for error. (2/2)

To OS followers: Our 8:45 pm tweet about Joe Paterno's death appears to be inaccurate, according to @JayPaterno, who says he's alive. (1/2)


And the HQ sees this following up as an entirely different story altogether...

2020 UPDATE: The first step has already gone down... OnwardState has publicly apologized, even as CBSSports first linked to them without a mention and then decided to narc on them after all hell broke loose...

From OnwardState... a big decision and gutsy...

I will be stepping down from my post as Managing Editor, effective immediately. I take full responsibility for the events that transpired tonight, and for the black mark upon the organization that I have caused.

I ask not for your forgiveness, but for your understanding. I am so very, very, sorry, and we at Onward State continue to pray for Coach Paterno.

Sincerely,

Devon Edwards


Biggest question... will CBSSports say something...???

Sally Jenkins, who is on a roll tonight, would like for the editor to step forward... interesting idea...

The CBS editor who went with the story of Paterno's death should tweet his own name, instantly. Step up.

2300 UPDATE: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman, through Andrew McGill's feed, Mount Nittany Medical Center has no plans for any kind of presser involving anyone tonight...

Dempsey Gets First American Hat Trick In EPL

((HT: FoxSports.com/Premier League))

He pulled it off in FA Cup play a little over a week ago, and now with a little help from his friends Fulham's Clint Dempsey grabbed a piece of history with the first hat trick for a colonist in Premier League play.

And to think Fulham was actually down 1-0 in this one...

Here's the edited version...
<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/video?vid=b3d31c83-2e5b-4e25-bd59-6e55aefe496b" target="_new" title="">Clint Dempsey is sensational</a>

Fulham now solidifies themselves in the log-jam in the middle of the Prem table with the 5-2 win over Newcastle. United is still tied for 5th with Arsenal, and now Fulham is tied with Swansea and Everton for 12th at 26 points...

OSG High: Boomer Makes Backboard Go Boom

((HT: WISH-TV))

With the Pacers out of town last night, the team mascot went over to do some of his standard tricks at a local high school game...

Vandalism ensued...
((HT: smilecontagiously7))


No word on whether or not the Pacers will reimburse New Palestine High for their trouble. Also, the HQ has no idea who won the game with Triton Central since the game was moved to the school's other gym.

US Women Start Four-Ringed Qualifying With 14 Goals

And, yes, it was in one game...

At BC Place in Vancouver, it was a busy night for USWNT head coach Pia Sundhage and the stars and bars. The United States scored three goals in the first seven minutes in a 14-0 rout of the Dominican Republic in the opening game of CONCACAF qualifying.

Amy Rodriguez tied a U.S. record with five goals in a game -- all in the second half -- and the 14 goals are the most the Americans have ever scored in a game, besting their previous mark of 12.

But the larger concern in the tournament is the seriousness of the knee injury of Ali Krieger- a team spokesman said the injury was "serious" and would be reevaluated.

The tourney also has Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico, and only two berths will be awarded out of qualifying...

Here's some of the goals, since it would take all night to edit them together...
((HT: UniversalSports))

Penn State BOT Gets Change

And it may too little too late, just like everything else on campus in the wake of the Sandusky scandal...

Last night, the Board of Trustees was notified that the top two members- chairman Steve Garban and vice chair John Surma- both said they were not seeking re-election.

They were immediately replaced by banking executive Karen Peetz and potato magnate Keith Masser, who both ran unopposed and received unanimous votes.

Garban and Surma claimed their decision was based on "the increased workload" from the scandal...

The HQ sees that as really weak from someone who is retired and the other who is on the board of US Steel, but that's just us...

Harold Hayes has the latest from Not-So-Happy Valley...
((HT: KDKA-TV))

OSG High: Miami Teen Battles Heart Disease To Play

((HT: SFHSSports.com))

FOSG Lydia Feliciano has the story of Miami Beach ((FL)) High teen David Perez who has battled an entire lifetime of heart disease and is still pursuing his dreams of playing high school football...



Good stuff for your winter months to keep you in a football mood...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Remembering Sarah Burke

((HT: CBCTheNational))

It is now time to reflect and remember the legacy of Freestyle skiier Sarah Burke...

Ian Hanomansing caught up with those who knew her best...


And the last question brought up to Scott Russell is the rub from all of this risk.

Bernie Fine Accuser Wants Civil Case Halted

((HT: WSYR-TV Syracuse))

In a simple statement from his attorney, Bernie Fine accuser Zach Tomaselli is indicating that he wants his civil suit against the former Orangemen assistant basketball coach halted...

From the office of Tomaselli attorney Jeff Kulikowsky:

“Our office, along with Co-counsel Alan Perer, is withdrawing representation of Zach Tomaselli and will be dismissing his case. We are sad and disappointed that we cannot pursue justice for Zach, but we will continue to support him in his recovery.”

Earlier this week you'll recall, current jailhouse attendee Floyd VanHooser admitted that he lied about a Fine molestation to get back at the coach for not supporting him in a criminal case. Two other former SU ball boys have come forward, but the statute of limitations for any molestation claim would have only applied to the Tomaselli case.

Tomaselli told both the Syracuse Post Standard newspaper and the Syracuse University student newspaper, The Daily Orange, that he lied and doctored emails in an effort to convince media that Fine molested him.

Here's the latest from Syracuse...


So, the HQ asks: Now what...???
We dunno, either...

REPORT: Updyke Turns Down Plea Deal

((HT: Birmingham News))

Evan Woodbery of the Birmingham News, among others, is reporting that alleged Toomer's tree poisoner Harvey Updyke turned down a plea deal.

The deal would have meant a sentence of 13 years behind bars for his act of treachery and a permanent ban from Alabama football games...

The HQ figured where that would go immediately- if not sooner- in all of this...

Here's Updyke returning to a Lee County court earlier this week when his current attorney, Everett Wess, asked the current judge in the case recuse himself and tried to move the trial out of Lee County ((AL)).


The trial is scheduled for March, but the HQ will believe it when the HQ sees it.

Lewd Bama fan from BCS game found and arrested

((ht: ledger-enquirer.com))

The mystery of the Alabama fan who put his genitals in the face of a passed out LSU fan after the BCS Championship game has been solved. And yes, there was a YouTube video of this.

32-Year-old Brian Downing, who apparently lives in Smith Station, Alabama is facing charges of sexual battery and obscenity and was booked into a New Orleans jail on Thursday afternoon.

The arrest apparently came after Downing and his attorney showed up at the Russell County, Alabama sheriffs office so Downing could turn himself in. He apparently is the cousin of Russell County's sheriff.

It all appears to have gone down the night of January 9th after Alabama had shut down L.S.U in the B.C.S Championship game. Downing and the unnamed victim were at a Krystal restaurant on Bourbon Street. The LSU fan was apparently heavily intoxicated and wearing LSU gear when he was found and mocked by several 'Bama fans. Someone shot the entire thing on a cellphone camera...which was bad, until Downing allegedly dropped his drawers.

That's when things turned illegal.

Read a full description of how the story unfolded from the Columbus Ledger RIGHT HERE

Ok.

Really, there isn't a lot we can add here. This seems to be a case of drunken idiots being drunken idiots and doing idiotic things.

Plain and simple. There isn't much else to say about it. If Downing is indeed found guilty of this, he deserves everything he gets. It doesn't mean the LSU fan should have been so drunk he passed out, but he did and it still doesn't excuse what was done to him

This is just something the legal process will have to take care of. But it is still somewhat appalling.

WTVM-TV in Columbus, GA gives us the TV version of the story:



Here's the side from the Bama side of the border...
((HT: Alabamas13.com))

OSG High: Jeff.City (Mo.) Helias' Deion Hughes Launches From 70 Feet Off Glass And In

This wasn't a buzzer beater to win the game, it came before halftime but it's a good one.

In the cross town rivalry between the Helias Crusaders and the Jefferson Cith Jays Tuesday night Helias' Deion Hughes hit from long, long range.

Rod Smith describes the action from Fleming Fieldhouse at Jeff. City High School. By the way, you can see the shot at 1:11. (Thanks KRCG-TV.)



Helias won the game 62-52 to win their sixth straight. Hughes had 19 points in the game.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

BREAKING: Sarah Burke Dies From Injuries

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke has died from injuries sustained in the superpipe accident at the Park City, Utah resort she was practicing in last week.

Burke had been in a medically-induced coma and in critical condition since hitting her head in a fall at the superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort on January 10th.

Here's Burke winning the XGames-15 skiing event in the superpipe...
((HT: ESPN/XGames))


More when we know more...

1600 UPDATE: Amy Donaldson of the Deseret News has the following statement from the Canadian Freestyle Skiing Association...

"What defines Sarah now is what has always defined her," said Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge. "She was always very gregarious, very outgoing and popular with those around her. She is very giving in terms of her time, especially in the sport."

Burke's family released the following statement regarding her passing at 9:22AM local time:

"The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude for the international outpouring of support they have received from all the people Sarah touched."

Hospital officials at the University of Utah hospital say Burke sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after falling into cardiac arrest on site in Park City before she was taken to hospital. As a result, doctors say Burke passed away "peacefully surrounded by those she loved."

The hospital also said that Burke's organs and tissues were donated to "save the lives of others."

For more information on making donations on behalf of Sarah Burke, the family is asking everyone go to http://www.giveforward.com/sarahburke.

The family will not be making any future public statements...

1700 UPDATE:
Judge told FOSG and Sportsnet Big Hoo-Hah Glen MacDonald, through Glenny-Mac's Twitter Feed:

told me Sarah would've won gold in 4 different Olympics if her sport was given opportunity. She was that good.


Burke was instrumental in getting women's skiing events entered in the Winter Four-Ringed Circus. She was trying to get freestyle in her home country events in Vancouver, but it will be included in the Sochi Games in 2014.

To say she was a pioneer and a trailblazer isn't using hyperbole, and her impact and vision in the sport will be missed immeasurably...

Here's early coverage from our friends at CTV...
((HT: CanadianHQTV))


1715 UPDATE: More from Glen MacDonald...

Sarah Burke was injured practicing a Flatspin 5 - a move she has done many times before. Peter Judge called it a "freak accident"


1725 UPDATE: Courtesy of our friends at GlobalToronto, here is part of the text of the statement released from Burke's family through Burke's publicist, Nicole Wool...

It details the nature of the accident and how Sarah Burke was injured...

As the result of Sarah's fall, she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain. The rupture of this artery led to a severe intracranial hemorrhage, which caused Sarah to go into cardiac arrest on the scene. Emergency personnel responded and CPR was administered on the scene during which time she remained without a pulse or spontaneous breathing. Studies in the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department indicated that she retained brainstem function. She was placed on life support and a protocol of therapeutic hypothermia was initiated to protect her brain. An angiogram indicated the site of arterial bleeding, and on Wednesday, January 11 the injured artery was successfully repaired.

After the operation, numerous neurological examinations, electrodiagnostic tests and imaging studies revealed that Sarah sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest, resulting in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved. In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others.

While early reports in the media stated that Sarah's injury was a traumatic brain injury, it is important to note that Sarah's condition was the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain during cardiac arrest.


2030 UPDATE:
Here's early coverage from ABC4 in Salt Lake City

Jerome Simpson Indicted On Marijuana Charge

Not that the HQ is surprised or anything...

And this was one charge he couldn't go all-Gymkata on and avoid...

A Kentucky grand jury indicted the Bengals wide receiver on a felony count of trafficking marijuana. If he is found guilty, the crime could put Simpson in the pokey for anywhere from one and five years. But, since he does not have a criminal record, Simpson could be eligible for "diversion"- whatever that means.

Simpson has been under investigation since mid-September when 2-and-a-half pounds pounds of marijuana was allegedly delivered to his home from California. Authorities say Simpson's girlfriend signed for the package that was addressed to a "Jason Snider."

The package was discovered by a drug-sniffing dog on its way out of the state of California, according to California Department of Justice spokesperson Michelle Gregory, and tracked to the Simpson address.

Here's the original story from our friends at CPO, since it was after all, Brother Phil's old address...


No word yet on the fate of Simpson's roommate, Anthony Collins...

The Player Joins The Wranglers...

The Player is coming back to play football...

Just indoors, though... he'll be part-owner and participant for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League...

"[Owens] has an ownership stake," Wranglers co-owner Jon Frankel said after the signing. "This is a business decision. I'm glad everybody looks at the players' aspects. I can't believe T.O. will come out of that tunnel for the Allen Wranglers."

Frankel said he would like to schedule a news conference at the Allen Events Center late next week- open to the public...

If that doesn't spell train wreck, the HQ doesn't know what would... for GM Drew Pearson... and the rest of the IFL...

Mike and Mike discuss...
((HT: ESPN Radio)