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So Johnny Football Got Paid. Who Cares?

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M star quarterback.

Yesterday news broke that the NCAA is investigating Texas A&M star football player Johnny Manziel for getting paid at least $10,000 to sign memorabilia for an autograph broker. If the allegations turn out to be true, Manziel would have violated a NCAA rule that states:

Subsequent to becoming a student-athlete, an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual:
a. Accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind, or
b. Receives remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual’s use of such product or service.

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The Cooley Factor


I was at a Redskins game the day Washington dropped Chris Cooley from its roster. The fans were incensed. I was confused. When was the last time Chris Cooley played in a game? Hadn’t he been injured for two years? But the Cooley jerseys were out in full force, and this was a preseason game. Redskins fans were genuinely upset. All I could think of was this: Read more…

There’s No Whining In Baseball

Cutch signing my kid's baseball during BP, opening weekend 2012

Andrew McCutchen is the first bona fide All Star position player the Pittsburgh Pirates have had in many years. He was voted in this year, not placed on the team because every team gets at least one representative. He also happens to be leading the majors in batting average by a nice margin, and is in the top five in the National League for HRs and RBIs. As of this season, he even has a contract that matches his performance.

And yet, because he’s a Pirate, he doesn’t get the respect he would if he were a Yankee. Twenty plus losing seasons and the franchise’s reputation for snatching mediocrity from the jaws of greatness will do that.

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The Tweet Off Their Back

LPGA Tweets

This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” moments.  The LPGA debuted a new addition to the caddy bibs at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship this week in Pittsford, NY:  twitter handles. Yes, that’s right, LPGA players with twitter accounts will have them advertised on the backs of their caddies. Read more…

A Sandwich Sculpture of Robert Griffin III

Sandwich sulpture of RG3

Do you guys want to see something really scary? Like messed up, nightmare frightening? Like salmonella scary?

Because Subway made a sandwich sculpture of RG3.

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