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Nick Saban says Penn State should add tax to athletic event tickets to support child abuse funds

In the wake of the recent Free investigation that revealed that Joe Paterno covered up for Jerry Sandusky, many people are calling for Penn State’s football program to receive the death penalty. Instances of child sex abuse went on for years at Penn State and a number of university employees — including Paterno — swept them under the rug to protect the football program’s image. Rather than punish the program itself, Nick Saban has proposed an alternative.

“Maybe they ought to tax all the tickets that they sell on athletics and give the proceeds to some child abuse organization,” Saban said. “Or something like that, rather than worrying about some punishment that is really going to have no positive affect on anything.”

Saban also described the situation as “criminal” and said it reflects poorly on a lot of people. His point is that rather than reprimanding the program just for the sake of punishment, they should try to make something good come from a bad situation. Obviously you could argue that a tax would be unfair to fans who have to pay more money, but it’s their choice to continue supporting the football program.

Regardless of what punishment is handed down to the university, there are going to be people affected who did nothing wrong. Players who knew absolutely nothing about the Penn State scandal have already had to deal with the consequences of the horrible actions of a handful of people. By tearing down statues and renaming organizations, people are simply proving that they no longer support Paterno. Saban’s point is that they need to find a way to give back, and in my opinion it’s a pretty good one.

Miguel Batista: Mets are the best team in baseball, better than the Nationals

If records mean anything to you, you probably don’t think the Mets are the best team in baseball. Or the second best, or the third best, or the…you get the point. New York is eight games behind the Nationals in the NL East. They are 4.5 games behind the second-place Braves. Currently amidst a brutal six-game losing streak, the Mets desperately need to avoid a sweep against Washington on Thursday night if they want to remain in the Wild Card chase. Despite their recent struggles, reliever Miguel Batista’s confidence remains sky high.

“Right now (the Nationals are) playing good baseball, but I don’t believe they’re a better team than us,” Batista told reporters after Wednesday’s loss. “They’re playing great baseball. But better team? I believe we’re the better team. We just have to play as we’re supposed to. Every team goes through a bad stretch, from the greatest to the worst.

“I remember I told (manager Terry Collins) two month ago: ‘I haven’t seen a team better than us.’ … We just have to believe how good we are and just go out there and perform. I believe we are the best team in baseball. We just have to play like one. That’s what we’re not doing.”

And now, for a return to reality. It’s nice that Batista still has confidence in his club, but the Mets are currently only a game above .500. Meanwhile, the Nationals seem to keep getting better. It’s starting to look like New York’s only shot at avoiding another missed postseason is a one-game playoff at the end of the year, and even that is slipping away. Maybe the Mets need to take a page out of the Batista Book of False Hope. Otherwise, their season could be over before they know it.

H/T DC Sports Bog
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Jets reportedly planning to use Tim Tebow as red zone quarterback

When the 2012 season is finally underway, will Tim Tebow simply be a backup quarterback? Mark Sanchez is hoping he plays well enough out of the gate for that to be the case. Santonio Holmes just wants the ball no matter who’s throwing it, but he doesn’t believe a two-quarterback system would work at the NFL level. While it will likely be Sanchez’s job to lead the Jets down the first 95 yards of the field or so, it sounds like the last few could belong to Tebow.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, sources close to the Jets say the coaching staff is planning to use Tebow in red zone situations to either carry the ball or replace Sanchez as an extra blocker in obvious running situations. It’s a nice thought, but it may not be that simple.

As Pro Football Talk pointed out, the Jets had one of the best red zone offenses in football last season. For all the problems they had on offense, very few came inside their opponent’s 20-yard line. The only team in the NFL who converted more red zone trips into six points was the Lions. Is that something New York wants to mess around with?

It would be these types of reports that would concern me if I were a Jets fan. We know Rex Ryan wants to give Tebow a significant role in the offense because he has already said that. But are they doing it because Tebow creates a buzz and they have to feed the Tebowmaniacs, or do they truly believe using two quarterbacks will help Sanchez grow into the starter they believed he could be? Time will tell.

Photo credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

US Olympic athletes star in very unique trick shot video

Several of the US Olympic athletes recently got together with the trick shot masters from Dude Perfect and put together one of the most unique trick shot videos we have seen to date. As they prepare for the London Games, athletes from sports that span from wrestling to fencing took time out of their training schedules to create some YouTube mastery.

As you can see from the video above, Dude Perfect combined some of their famous long distance shots with some trampoline dunks and a bunch of new stuff. They even stepped into the wrestling ring with some of the US’s most fierce competitors. My personal favorite, the “Long Shot for London,” had to have taken at least 30 takes to pull off. Otherwise, these dudes are a lot better than I thought they were.

How does this rank in terms of trick shot videos? We have seen college quarterback trick shot videos and ones that are shot on the golf course. We’ve even had some that are absolutely hilarious. But as far as timing and originality are concerned, the Olympic trick shot video just may rank at the top of the list.

Michael Vick: Eagles can be a dynasty like the Cowboys and Niners of the 1990s

The people of Philadelphia are starved for a Super Bowl. The Eagles have not won an NFL championship in the Super Bowl era, which began in 1967. Donovan McNabb led them to the NFC Championship Game several times (and beyond it once), but Eagles fans who are under the age of 52 have never seen their team win a championship. Michael Vick thinks that could all change in the near future. Not only that, but he thinks it could change in the form of multiple Super Bowl trophies.

“When I look at our football team and what we have on paper, I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there, Vick said according to CSNPhilly.com. “I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”

At least he left the Steelers out. Vick is referring to the Niners teams that won three Super Bowls from 1988 to 1994, the Cowboys teams that won three from 1992 to 1995, and the Packers who won an NFC championship in 1995 and then the Super Bowl in 1996. Talk about setting the bar high. Vick did, however, acknowledge that getting to the postseason is the first priority for a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008.

“I think just getting to the postseason right now is our focus,” he said. “The Super Bowl is going to come if it’s meant to happen. Some of the best teams have some of the best luck. Maybe we’ll have some of that. I think our focus needs to be one game at a time, just getting into the postseason.”

The Eagles would not have signed Vick to a six-year, $100 million contract if they didn’t think he could lead them to at least one championship. That being said, you always need to be careful when throwing the word “dynasty” around. Teams are careful about using it when they’ve won their second Super Bowl, let alone ones that have never done it.

Photo credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Santonio Holmes to NY Media: ‘Be there to support us, not try to break us down’

Santonio Holmes is entering his third season with the Jets, but apparently he is still somewhat unfamiliar with the way things work in New York. The media are not your friend. Writers and reporters may try to build close relationships with the players so they can get quotes for their stories and successfully do their jobs, but they are just as happy with a locker room that is in shambles as their are with a team who is one win away from the Super Bowl. Both make for great reading.

However, Holmes decided to lecture the media on Wednesday about being a part of the team.

“If you guys want to be, and this is for the New York media, if you guys want to be a part of our team and want to feel so important, be there to support us, not to try to break us down,” he said during a podcast interview with NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek. “Because (there’s) not one day that we all step in that locker room and we try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that person played because it affects the team the way one person plays if they don’t play to perfection.

By saying things like this and being open about quitting on the team, Holmes makes the life easier for the New York media. He doesn’t seem to get that.

“If the New York media wants to be a part of our team and wants to continue writing about us, write positive things, stay away from the negative because it doesn’t do anything good for our team that you want to report all the negative things that happen and that’s all you want to talk to us players about,” Holmes continued. “We live for one thing and that’s to play football and not to entertain you people in the media.”

They don’t want to be a part of the team. They want to do their jobs by writing stories people are interested in reading and reporting news people want to hear. If that comes in the way of locker room drama or a team that is self destructing, they have no problem with it whatsoever.

Photo credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Chipper Jones calls out Melky Cabrera for crotch chopping again

Melky Cabrera antagonized Braves fans for the second day in a row, and this time Chipper Jones called him out for his actions.

During the third inning of Tuesday’s series opener between the Braves and Giants, Cabrera did a “suck it” crotch chop to the Braves fans after making a catch.

Cabrera repeated the gesture at least twice during the Giants’ 9-4 win on Wednesday. He did it after homering in the sixth, and again after Gregor Blanco’s home run in the 11th made it 9-3.

On top of that, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area says Melky teased Braves fans by pretending to throw balls to them, and that he did a hand gesture after Jason Heyward decided not to tag on a ball hit to him in deep left (seen above).

Chipper Jones, who was probably frustrated after committing two costly errors, took note of Cabrera’s behavior.

“That’s Melky, and that’s why he’s not here anymore,” Jones said after the game, per CSN Bay Area. “He got a little happy when I think (Gregor) Blanco hit the home run. That won’t be forgotten.”

Sounds to me like someone is getting dosed on Thursday. That will probably be fine with Braves fans who booed Cabrera after he homered. The former Brave was really doing some bush league garbage all series long.

Division II player Angelo Sharpless delivers the dunk of the millennium (Video)

Introducing Angelo Sharpless, a 6’4″ junior SF for Elizabeth City State University. Sharpless decided to casually dunk a basketball at the Ben Wallace Pro-Am Summer League game in Richmond, Va. And by casually dunk, we me go absolutely ape and deliver one of the greatest Phi-Slamma-Jamma’s we’ve seen outside of NBA Jam. This may be the only time you will ever hear the name Angelo Sharpless, but this highlight may live on for a long, long time.

Plus this was either filmed during peak decibel level at the Superdome, or that’s the quality of audio you get when you decide to film with a potato. We’re going to go with the latter.

H/T MidwestSportsFans via Deadspin

Brett Lawrie goes all out to make catch, takes scary fall into camera well

Brett Lawrie against the Yankees on Wednesday showed people what Mike Trout meant when he said the Blue Jays third baseman plays “crazy hard.”

Lawrie equal parts scared and impressed those watching when he sacrificed his body leaping over a railing and tumbling some five feet into a camera well when trying to make a play on a Mark Teixeira foul ball skied toward the dugout. He didn’t make the catch. But still. “Good job, good effort!

No surprise, Lawrie came away limping and left the game, but it wasn’t so much slamming his body into the concrete floor as it was his leg banging on an adjacent railing on the way down. He’s listed as day-to-day with a bruised calf.

But seriously though, is Mark Teixeira trying to maim everybody in Yankee Stadium’s foul territory or something?

Chael Sonnen, Rampage Jackson trade hilarious trash talk

Back in October, when Chael Sonnen challenged Anderson Silva in front of the entire world, he upped the ante by throwing in a surprising “loser walks” wager.

“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck,” Sonnen said after manhandling Brian Stann at UFC 136, an event in which Silva was in attendance. “I’m calling you out Silva, but we’re upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC forever.”

Silva agreed to the fight, although Sonnen later backed off on his offer. But one devastating Silva knee to the chest (face?) and a TKO loss later, Sonnen still remains part of UFC even though he’s reportedly considering retirement. However, Rampage Jackson is holding Sonnen to his word.

“He sucked … he should stick to his promise to leave the UFC,” Jackson told MMA Elite. “He should go somewhere where people like his interviews and love the way he is, the way he talks s**t on everybody. I can’t stand that boy. F*** Chael.”

Of course Sonnen found out about those remarks. And of course the arguably biggest s-talker in the history of UFC wasn’t going to bite his tongue. Here’s his awesome rebuttal (via MMA Mania):

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