Kevin Scarbinsky, of the Birmingham News, has a great article about how the boys at the NCAA always claim they’re not “sending a message” when they hand out sanctions, but the reality is that they really, really do. Latest case in point: Georgia Tech’s football program which managed to turn a minor violation into a major infraction by not following the rules of their investigation process.
Today’s sports question: How many Division 1 football programs can one “scout” bring down? So far it looks like only one, but we have a late report that the coach of the LSU Tigers, Les “Is More” Miles, has also spoken to the NCAA about a guy named Willie Lyles and his association to the program.
As the NFL lockout lingers, the list of arrests grows longer.
First, Hines Ward was arrested for DUI, and then the big shocker, Packman Jones was arrested for assault.
Now, we have the Bengals’ Cedric Benson arrested on some kind of domestic violence charge, Marvin White (also from Cincinnati) was arrested for some kind of dispute at his child’s daycare center, and Jerry Hughes of the Cowboys (but maybe headed to the Bengals) arrested for some kind of bar brawl. We predicted earlier in the year that this might happen with an extended lockout: the players have no contract, the NFL has no control over these “civilians” and the Pro Football Player Crime Wave of 2011 will likely continue.
Keep your women and children safe indoors!
We’ll let other tell the story better than we can, but apparently ESPN has suspended one of it’s writers after a book came out by former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach that was critical of college football analyst and pretty boy Craig James. That’s AFTER ESPN game Feldman permission to write the book! Read our friend Brooks’ article then join the #freebruce campaign on Twitter.
Okay, we made that last part up, but it is true that a new study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (published in the July issue of the journal Research in Sports Medicine) shows that men are twice as likely to fake a soccer injury during a game than woman are. But here’s the most interesting part–especially for those of us who loath the knee-grabbers–about the study: After watching videos of 47 matches, a total of 270 apparent injuries were observed, a rate of 5.74 per game, compared to a “definite” injury rate was only 0.78 per match. So, there are about five “fake” injuries per game for every one real one.
Below is a video of some of the worst soccer “dives” ever caught on tape.