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BEST DUI STORY EVER!

August 20, 2008

 

 

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Driving drunk is not funny. Each year approximately 42,000 Americans are killed by drunk drivers.

On the other hand…

This has got to be the greatest DUI story involving an athlete EVER!

According to the Grand Rapids Press, University of Michigan running back Kevin Grady was arrested for DUI in Wyoming after police found him pulling a Tony LaRussa. Grady was passed out in his vehicle. The running back was unconscious with his foot on the brake.

Grady failed a field breathalyzer test. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.28 – more than three times the legal limit.

Grady also failed a field sobriety test. SPECTACULARLY.

When asked by the arresting officer to recite the alphabet, Grady said,

 “O, R, S, J, L, P.”

When the arresting officer asked Grady to name a number between 12 and 14, Grady answered,

“15”

Finally, the officer asked Grady whether Mickey Mouse is a dog or a cat. The running back responded,

“Dog.”

Apparently a Michigan education isn’t what it used to be.

 

KEVIN GRADY

USC TAILBACK SUFFERS THIRD INJURY OF PRESEASON

August 19, 2008

JOE MCKNIGHT

First it was the jock itch. Then USC tailback Joe McKnight injured his fingers by slamming them in a doorway in an incident the Trojan coaching staff SWEARS wasn’t horseplay.

Now, McKnight has a hyperextended elbow. McKnight suffered the injury during a scrimmage at the Coliseum on Saturday. He was in an arm brace Sunday and is expected to miss several more days of practice.

McKnight, who was one of USC’s most highly recruited running back prospects in years, is one of six highly talented players scrambling for carries in the crowded USC backfield.  McKnight averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season but has yet to break through as a number one back for the Trojans.

JOCK ITCH EPIDEMIC HITS USC FOOTBALL

August 15, 2008

 

From the LA Times also Deadspin, and With Leather:

The Los Angeles Times ran an article Thursday that says up to 25% of the USC football team is currently suffering from tinea cruris. Otherwise known as “jock itch.”

Don’t laugh. It’s not funny. One of the Trojan players is quoted as saying, “It burns!”

Another says the outbreak is so bad some of the players can’t walk.

Ok, I lied. It IS funny.

 

DID TAMPA BAY QB FIX GAMES IN COLLEGE?

August 7, 2008

BRUCE GRADKOWSKI

A former University of Toledo basketball player was arrested today and charged with point shaving. The arrest comes a little more than a year after a former Toledo football player, running back Scooter McDougle, was accused of taking money and cars from a Michigan gambler to fix college football and basketball games.

During the time that the point shaving scandal was going on, Bruce Gradkowski was the school’s starting quarterback. He was also seen hanging around Gary Manni, the guy accused of masterminding the point shaving scam. The Toledo Blade says the FBI has often floated Gradkowski’s name as a possible conspirator.

Gradkowski played the last two seasons with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He received extensive playing time in 2006. Despite Tampa Bay stocking up with a pile of quarterbacks, Gradkowski was not re-signed by the Bucs. However, he is in camp with the St. Louis Rams.

ESPN.com ran a brilliant article about the Toledo scandal last August. That story brought Gradkowski’s name into the mix. Since then, several other media outlets have picked up on Gradkowski (an NFL quarterback) and his possible role in fixing games. Before the scandal, Tampa Bay coach John Gruden was a vigorous defender of Gradkowski despite his mediocre pro results. Now, not so much.

 

One other interesting aspect of the Toledo gambling case is the role that Las Vegas gambling entities played in bringing the scandal to light. Kenny White of Las Vegas Sports consultants alerted Nevada state officials about questionable bets surrounding Toledo games. MGM Mirage actually took most Toledo games off the board in 2005 and restricted betting on the team.

The NFL fears Las Vegas.  This is just another example of Vegas being the good guy. They’re actually a policing force on gambling. Vegas is the cops not the criminals.

 

TODAY’S CHICAGO TRIBUNE LINKS TO JIMMY CLAUSEN PHOTOS FROM THE BIG LEAD

August 6, 2008

GREAT MOMENTS IN BLOGGING HISTORY: THE BIG LEAD PRINTS PHOTOS OF NOTRE DAME QB JIMMY CLAUSEN PARTICIPATING IN THE “BEER OLYMPICS.”

Today’s Chicago Tribune links to photos of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen from the sports website The Big Lead. The photos show an underage Clausen drinking and reportedly participating in the “Beer Olympics.”

The paper says Notre Dame is investigating the incident.

OKLAHOMA RECRUIT KICKED OFF FOOTBALL TEAM FOR RAP VIDEO

August 1, 2008

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Incoming wide receiver Josh Jarboe was kicked off the Oklahoma football team today because of a Youtube video he made rapping about guns and shooting people. Jarboe had been convicted of carrying a gun to school earlier this year.

JOSH JARBOE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ASSISTANT COACH NEEDS TO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY

July 29, 2008

BARRIS GRANT

This from the “Cuff ‘Em” segment at Busted Coverage:

According to police, New Mexico State assistant football coach Barris Grant obstructed justice and taunted a domestic violence victim last week.

The Las Cruces Sun-News says Grant refused to tell police the identity of one of his football players who beat a woman in the school’s parking lot. Grant reportedly told police, “I’m not going to give you s**t.” He then taunted the female victim who was being treated for injuries by paramedics.

CUBS MAY CALL UP FORMER FOOTBALL STAR

July 25, 2008

JEFF SAMARDZIJA

The Chicago Cubs are expected to recall pitcher Jeff Samardzija from Iowa Friday. He would replace Kerry Wood who was placed on the DL by Chicago Thursday.

Samardzija is a former All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame. He was an NFL prospect before signing with the Cubs.

After a slow start in class A, Samardzija is 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA in six games at triple A Iowa. He has 40 strikeouts in 37 innings.

FORMER MIAMI QUARTERBACK BUSTED

July 24, 2008

KENNY KELLY

Former University of Miami quarterback and Major League baseball player Kenny Kelly was arrested yesterday. He was charged with three felony counts of trying to deal marijuana.

Kelly played 11 seasons of professional baseball appearing in 26 Major League games with Tampa Bay, Cincinnati and the Washington Nationals. He was the University of Miami’s starting quarterback in 1998 and 1999 leading the Hurricanes to a Gator Bowl win over Georgia Tech.

BOISE STATE HOSES LONGTIME ANNOUNCER, GETS LEFT AT THE ALTER BY HIS REPLACEMENT

July 1, 2008

In recent years Boise State University has been an emerging powerhouse in college athletics. Particularly in football. Their overtime win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl was one of the greatest thrillers in college football history.

Believe it or not, the Broncos are the winningest team in all of college football since 1999. They are 102-24 in that period (an .809 winning percentage.) They also have the winningest home record in all of college football over the past five seasons. The team went a perfect 13-0 in the 2006 season and is regularly in the nation’s Top 25, finishing as high as #5.

Not bad for a school that didn’t become a Division One program until the late 1990’s and wasn’t even a four year university until the mid 70’s.

With their small-school underdog status, Boise State has developed a bit of a cult following nationwide. They are also the only team in football history that plays its games on BLUE turf.

Here’s another interesting fact about Boise State University athletics: In the entire history of the school only ONE man has called all of the Broncos football and basketball games. That man’s name is Paul J. Schneider.

PAUL J. SCHNEIDER

Schneider is obviously a Boise institution. He has been the football and basketball team’s only play-by-play announcer for the past 33 years. He is also a popular local radio morning show host, former tv anchor and for years was also the announcer at the city’s horse racing track.

Schneider is your typical small town announcer. What he lacks in ability he certainly makes up for in enthusiasm. He is also one of the great homer announcers in all of sports. Boise State never committed a foul or a penalty in 33 years on the basketball court or football field if you listened to Paul J’s calls of the games. The Broncos were robbed by the refs on EVERY play.

This year Boise State is switching radio stations. After 33 years as the Broncos announcer, Paul J. Schneider has been unceremoniously dumped by the school.

Schneider’s dismissal wasn’t your typical team-switches-radio-stations-and-gets-a-new-announcer move. The station that eventually acquired Boise State’s broadcast rights said it would be willing to talk to Schneider about a role in its Bronco broadcasts. A local blog uncovered documents that showed the school actually PLOTTED Schneider’s ouster.

The plan was to replace Schneider with a relative of one of the school’s boosters. The new announcer was going to be Karl Karcher. Karcher is a relative of Carl Karcher-as in the “Carl” from the Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain and an heir to the family fortune. The plan was for the idiot-rich-kid heir to get the announcing job then have his family donate millions of dollars to the Boise State athletic department. 

Unfortunately for Boise State, Karcher’s station didn’t get the radio contract. Boise State eventually settled on Dave Koehn for the Broncos announcing job.

DAVE KOEHN

Great choice. Koehn is considered a rising young star in broadcasting. His selection by Boise State was an inspired one. Particularly since their original decision was to dump an icon who is a local institution in favor of the hamburger guy’s nephew.

Unfortunately for Boise State, karma’s a bitch. After he had already accepted the job and just hours before the formal announcement, Koehn got offered the play-by-play gig for the University of Virginia.  Koehn took about five seconds to think over his decision then showed Boise State the same loyalty that they’d shown Schneider. He bolted town and took the Virginia job before ever being formally hired by Boise State.

Today’s Idaho Statesman has the news that Boise State has finally hired it’s replacement for Schneider-it’s former U-Mass announcer Bob Behler.

(*one inside radio note: longtime San Diego sports talk show host and former Chargers and Seahawks announcer, Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton, flew into Boise to apply for the job. He wasn’t hired-how big a slap is that?)

Behler was no better than Boise State’s FOURTH CHOICE for the job. That’s why they treated an icon like Schneider like crap and threw him out as if he were yesterday’s trash? For Bob Freakin’ Behler?

Schneder isn’t the only local legend that Boise State has treated like garbage.

Ian Johnson was Boise State’s hero in their stunning Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma. In a once-in-a-lifetime moment, Johnson made the game-winning score then PROPOSED TO THE CHEERLEADER on camera before a national audience.

IAN JOHNSON AND HIS FUTURE WIFE

Visually, it was the crowning moment in Boise State history. Unfortunately, in Idaho, the fairy tail doesn’t always come true. Yes, Johnson did get the girl. The cheerleader said yes to his proposal and Johnson did eventually marry Chrissy Popadics. But, in one of the most under reported sports stories ever, the couple had “30-40 people suggest” they shouldn’t get married.

Why? Because, according to the good people of Idaho, Johnson is black and Popdics is, well…white. The couple even received DEATH THREATS proving once again the only things ever to come out of Idaho are potatoes and Nazis. Thanks for the memories Ian Johnson! Johnson even had to hire extra security for the wedding which was held in Boise. Johnson paid for the security guards out of his own pocket.

The school refused to make any any kind of statement condemning the actions of the racist morons who threatened their Fiesta Bowl star or even offer any statement backing Johnson and his young bride (a former BOISE STATE CHEERLEADER.) Instead, Boise State spent all of its efforts trying to cover up and minimize the incident.

 Ian Johnson and Paul J. Schneider are arguably the two biggest heroes in the history of Boise State University. Nobody has done more for the University in terms of years of service (Schneider) or visibility (Johnson.) Yet both have been treated like crap by the university.

The treatment of Schneider and Johnson also says a lot about athletic director Gene Blaymaier and his administration cronies who are truly vile, contemptible human beings.

The Ian Johnson incident was particularly shameful. By refusing to condemn racist death threats to its star player, the school, by inference and inaction, indirectly condones racism.

If people knew what evil, detestable human beings were running the school, Boise State wouldn’t be beloved as the plucky-little-university-that-could.

They would be universally despised.