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Eric Wood blames ESPN for Michael Sam not signing with team after release from Rams

eric-woodFrom the time Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday as part of their final cuts, speculation began about what would be next for last year’s SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Sam recorded 11 tackles and three sacks during the preseason, including this memorable one of Johnny Manziel. Despite showing perhaps more than some expected, Sam didn’t make the Rams’ 53-man roster.

After clearing waivers, Sam is now a free agent. However, the seventh round has yet to receive any offers. Why is up for debate. Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood has a theory and it involves the network that reported on Sam’s showering habits.

Certainly ESPN isn’t the only culprit of the massive amount of coverage Michael Sam has received since being drafted, but the point made by Wood is a valid one. Any team that signs Sam will obviously not only be signing a defensive player, but the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.

It would be premature to say Michael Sam’s professional football career is over after just beginning. The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have reached out to him, although they have yet to hear back. Whether it’s the Alouettes or someone else, the next team Michael Sam suits up for should be prepared to deal with the media attention that comes with it, fair or not.

Cubs warmup jerseys honor Jackie Robinson West Little League team

jackie-robinson-westLast month’s Little League World Series featured the individual brilliance of Mo’ne Davis, who became the first Little League player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The tournament also brought us the story of the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago, the United States champions. Despite losing to South Korea in the final game, the All-Stars from Chicago made the city proud.

During a rain delay between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs, the crowd at Wrigley Field gathered around televisions to watch Jackie Robinson defeat a team from Nevada to to claim the U.S. championship.

On Monday, the Jackie Robinson West team is being honored at Wrigley. As an added bonus, the Cubs wore special warmup jerseys and hats to salute their Little League counterparts.

The Jackie Robinson West team was also honored by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field over the weekend. Reverend Jesse Jackson hosted a breakfast for the players, their parents, and coaches. He will also be taking them to Disney World. A local funeral home paid the rent for the family of one member of the team for the next year.

To be sure, this has been an experience everyone involved with the Jackie Robinson West Little League team won’t soon forget.

Baylor students trampled running onto field prior to football game (Video)

Baylor officially opened its brand new McLane Stadium on Sunday with a 45-0 victory over SMU. Robert Griffin III was in attendance for the unveiling of a statue in his honor and so was George W. Bush, who handled the pregame coin toss.

baylor-line-tramplePrior to Baylor taking the field at home games, a tradition by the Baylor Line takes place. Freshmen gather in one of the end zones, charge onto the field, and create a tunnel for the Bears football team.

Unfortunately, some of the group had a memorable time for the wrong reason.

As the students rushed the field, a few ended up on the ground and were subsequently trampled. Thankfully, no one appears to have been seriously injured.

The Baylor Line has its own section behind the opponent’s bench and got a visit from the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner during halftime.

Logan Forsythe elbows Dustin Pedroia in head sliding into second base (Video)

logan-forsythe-elbowAs if the Boston Red Sox weren’t having a tough enough season already, Dustin Pedroia was forced to leave Saturday’s game early after taking a shot to the head from Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe.

Sliding into second base after tagging up on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Hanigan, Forsythe swung his right elbow, which connected with the left side of the head of Boston’s four-time All-Star.

Now, I’m not going to say that was intentional on Forsythe’s part, because that’s something only he knows. However, if you told me that doesn’t look like a natural motion I probably wouldn’t disagree with you.

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Skydiver with UCF-Penn State game ball landed outside stadium (Video)

ucf-skydiverPenn State and UCF got their 2014 football seasons underway on Saturday across the Atlantic Ocean in Dublin, Ireland.

Not surprisingly, there were pregame festivities at Croke Park Stadium, which included skydivers representing both teams delivering game balls. As we can see above, Penn State’s skydiver did what we have come to expect in such situations.

UCF’s skydiver, on the other hand, wasn’t as fortunate as he missed the stadium altogether.

Penn State went on to win the game 26-24 thanks to a 36-yard field goal by Sam Ficken as time expired.

I mean, if there was ever a sign Saturday wasn’t going to be Central Florida’s day, their skydiver landing on a railway line outside of the stadium had to be it, right?

H/T SB Nation

Terrel Hunt ejected for punching Villanova player in head (Video)

The Syracuse football team got their 2014 season underway with a 27-26 double overtime victory over Villnova on Friday, but for the majority of the game they were without their starting quarterback.

Late in the second quarter, Terrel Hunt was tackled by Joey Harmon during a rushing attempt. On his way to the ground, the senior quarterback was then hit up around his head by Dillon Lucas. Hunt took exception to the second hit and retaliated by punching Lucas in the helmet while both were laying on the ground.

Hunt was assessed a personal foul penalty and subsequently ejected.

While Hunt clearly threw a punch, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer didn’t feel the ejection was warranted when speaking after the game.

Shafer later backtracked a bit.

Shafer also said there would be no internal discipline for Hunt regarding the play.

Jesus Montero threw ice cream sandwich at heckling Mariners scout

Jesus-Montero-MarinersAt one point, Jesus Montero was a promising prospect in the New York Yankees organization. He was later sent to the Seattle Mariners in the trade that brought Michael Pineda, yes that Michael Pineda, to New York.

Since then, it’s been one bad thing after another.

Last August, Montero was suspended 50 games for his involvement with Biogenesis. Earlier this year, the catcher/designated hitter arrived to spring training 40 pounds overweight and said all he did after playing winter ball was eat.

Montero is currently in the minor leagues, where his bat has shown signs of life that led to the expectations placed on him a few years ago. Unfortunately, a recent incident involving a member of the Mariners organization will be all anyone is talking about for a while.

As Tyler Maun of MiLB describes, Montero approached the stands with a bat after exchanging words with a Mariners scout.

Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed to the AquaSox dugout on the third-base side.

According to a game offical, the cross-checker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero — who arrived at Mariners Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season — approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the cross-checker. Montero had to be pulled back from the stands by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, Safford said.

And the career of Jesus Montero continues to spiral out of control. As recently as 2012, Baseball America had Montero as its No. 6 prospect heading into the season. While his ability to hit helped earned that ranking, incidents like this won’t help him realize that potential in the majors.

In February, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said he had “zero expectations” for Jesus Montero. Whatever goodwill Montero may have built by hitting .286 with 16 home runs and 74 RBIs in Triple-A this season is probably gone now.

H/T Big League Stew