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Tony Bosch reportedly supplied high schoolers with PEDs

Tony BoschNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has been the biggest story to come out of Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis of America aging clinic, but A-Rod’s use of performance-enhancing drugs may not be the most disturbing storyline. According to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Bosch provided numerous high school students with PEDs.

Former Biogeneis employee Porter Fischer reportedly told “Outside the Lines” that he often saw high school students that were as young as 16 and 17 come to the clinic, some of them with their fathers. Fischer said the minors were given “sports performance packages, which would include HGH and testosterone.”

Biogenesis documents obtained by “Outside the Lines” include the names of 10 Miami-area high school players with dollar amounts next to their names. “Outside the Lines” reporters who observed the Biogenesis clinic when it was open said they frequently saw young men entering and leaving the clinic.

Another Biogenesis employee who spoke under the condition of anonymity said that packages for young athletes typically included HGH and a drug called Sermorelin, which stimulates growth hormone release in the body. He said that Bosch would regularly inject young athletes with HGH and other prescription drugs even though he is not a licensed physician.

The sons of Lazaro Collazo, a longtime pitching coach at the University of Miami, were two of the high school players that were listed in the documents. Collazo insists he has no idea how their names ended up there.

“I just don’t know,” he said. “Look, I’m being polite, but you keep asking me things I don’t know about. I never got anything from Tony Bosch.”

Fischer expressed disappointment that law enforcement officials have not pursued a case against Bosch.

“[Some] of the time I would see some come in by themselves, but most of the time, their parents,” Fischer said. “But still, if a 16-year-old person can’t tan without their parents’ permission, I don’t know how in the world it’s possible that somebody can get this stuff.

“What kind of parent wants their child taking this kind of stuff?”

It’s obvious that Bosch is intent on making Rodriguez out to be the villain, which is convenient given the fact that baseball fans want answers. A-Rod is a cheater, and he deserves to be punished accordingly. That said, Bosch allegedly put the health of young athletes at risk. In my opinion, that is a far greater concern.

Robert Ayers mocks Philip Rivers (GIF)

Robert Ayers Philip RiversDenver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers decided to have some fun with Philip Rivers during the Broncos’ 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Philip Rivers had to call a timeout on the third play of the Chargers’ opening drive of the second half, leaving him extremely frustrated. As he stomped off the field, Ayers mocked him by mimicking him. It was pretty funny.

Ayers had two tackles in the game. Rivers had 217 yards, two touchdowns and two fits.

GIF via @cjzero

Peyton Manning ‘Omaha’ call may be snap count direction

Peyton Manning Omaha

Peyton Manning made “Omaha” a well known part of Sunday’s AFC playoff game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers.

Known for his extensive audibles and pre-snap directions, Manning kept saying “Omaha” while calling plays and barking instructions to his team on the field during the game. The word “Omaha” quickly began trending on Twitter and was mentioned on social media, leading to many jokes and observations. But what exactly does “Omaha” mean?

Our friend Lance Zierlein, who is a host for Sports Talk 790 in Houston and comes from a football coaching/scouting background, shared an explanation for what he believes “Omaha” meant:

To further break that down, Manning/Denver picked a word that starts with an “O” as their code word for when they’re trying to draw the other team offsides. That would let his team know not to jump on the first “hut” he says.

Interestingly, right after Zierlein tweeted that, Manning drew the Chargers offsides. San Diego had five neutral zone infractions at that point. However, after Zierlein tweeted that note, I observed that on the Broncos’ four-quarter drives, the snap came immediately after Manning yelled “Omaha.” Perhaps he changed the code word’s meaning at that time to keep the Chargers off-balance. It seemed like “Omaha” then began to mean snap the ball on my next sound.

In fact, Manning’s former coach Tony Dungy said on Twitter that Manning even got the Chargers to jump twice with fake Omaha calls.

Omaha, Dungy noted, is a term universally used by football teams. Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Tony Romo and even Eli Manning have all used it, as have many more. In simple terms, Omaha is just a code word that generally means the team is changing something about the play called in the huddle. On Sunday, it seemed like Omaha was a code word for the snap count.

Whatever the case, the city in Nebraska sure appreciated all the extra publicity:

Sports writer tells Colin Kaepernick to turn his hat around, act like a professional

Colin Kaepernick backwards hat

I’ve never heard of Sal Maiorana, but it seems like he’s one of those old school journalists. How do we know that? The cranky fella complained after the San Francisco 49ers-Carolina Panthers game that Colin Kaepernick was wearing his hat backwards and not acting like a professional.

When a follower compared Kaepernick to Philip Rivers, Maiorana brought out other quarterbacks who he thinks embody class.

Because Aaron Rodgers has never worn a backwards hat while addressing the media:

Aaron Rodgers backwards hat

And jeeze, look at all these other classless NFL quarterbacks:

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Ron Rivera does not regret play-calling, decisions on goal line

Ron Rivera PanthersThe Carolina Panthers lost at home to the San Francisco 49ers 23-10 on Sunday and were eliminated from the playoffs. The Panthers’ inability to score from the goal line may have been the difference in the game, but coach Ron Rivera is not second-guessing their play-calling in those situations.

“We believe in what we do,” Rivera said after the game via the Charlotte Observer. “I’m not going to second-guess anything that we did, this year or before. We’re going to learn from it.”

The Panthers were first stuffed at the goal line on their second drive of the game. They were down 6-0 at the time and had three shots at scoring from inside the three but were unable to convert. They tried a run with Cam Newton that gained two yards, then a handoff to Mike Tolbert that was stuffed, and then they went for it on 4th-and-1 instead of kicking a field goal. Cam Newton came up short on his QB sneak attempt, keeping the score at 6-0.

The Panthers ended up getting their touchdown after forcing a 49ers punt from the 3, returning it to the 31, and throwing a TD pass on their first play to go up 7-6, so all worked out well. But after scoring their touchdown, the Panthers were stuffed again.

Carolina had a 2nd-and-1 at the San Francisco 1-yard line while up 7-6. They were unable to get the touchdown and settled for a 24-yard field goal to go up 10-6. They didn’t score any more points for the rest of the game.

“You get the ball on the 1, you’ve got to figure out how to score,” Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross said. “They stopped us two different times down there. We’re normally a very good goal line, short-yardage team, and we weren’t today. That was a big, big part of why we lost.”

It sure is. The momentum for the game may have drastically changed had the Panthers gone up 14-6 instead of 10-6. But they were stopped twice, and that’s a big reason why the 49ers are moving on.

GIF via GIFD Sports

Julius Thomas fumble call was the wrong one (GIF)

Julius Thomas catchThe referees made a bad call by determining Julius Thomas fumbled in the second quarter of the San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos playoff game on Sunday, but luckily the call didn’t hurt the Broncos on the scoreboard.

Denver had a 3rd-and-2 at midfield and Peyton Manning threw to Thomas. Thomas seemed to be bobbling the ball and never really had control, but the calling on the field was reception and fumble because he was stripped. After reviewing the play, the referees said the ruling on the field would stand.

Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz laid out the three options for the call: incompletion, catch and down by contact, or reception and fumble. Very few people thought that they would call it a fumble, because it either looked like an incompletion or that Thomas was down before being stripped. But in what seemed to be a “ball don’t lie” type of twist, Chargers kicker Nick Novak slipped and missed on his 53-yard field goal attempt.

GIF via GIFD Sports

Philip Rivers throws fit after Nick Hardwick doesn’t snap him ball (GIFs)

Philip Rivers snapPhilip Rivers was fuming after his center Nick Hardwick failed to snap the ball on a 3rd-and-7 play, resulting in a delay of game penalty for the Chargers. San Diego had a 3rd-and-7 from their 23 late in the first quarter following a Broncos touchdown, and Rivers was desperately trying to signal to Hardwick that he wanted the snap. Hardwick couldn’t see it, because he never snapped the ball, leading Rivers to blow up.

The Chargers ended up punting, and Rivers somehow got involved with Eric Decker and grabbed Decker by the jersey.

GIFs via @cjzero 2

Eric Decker is a model like his wife Jessie James

Eric Decker Five Four

Eric Decker is living the life many people dream of. The guy is a stud football player, married to a woman who is a singer and model, and he is also a model himself.

Decker paired with Five Four Club, which is a clothing company that delivers clothes to clients on a monthly basis if you sign up. I recently learned that he was working with them through his Twitter feed and after seeing one of their commercials.

Decker, who had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, was listed by People Magazine as one of the sexiest men alive in 2013. It probably helped that his profile was raised by his reality TV show with his wife “Eric & Jessie: Game On” on E!, which has covered their day-to-day living.

The two got married in June and are expecting their first child — a daughter — within the next two months. Jessie recently shared a photo on Instagram of how she looks being pregnant at 7 months:

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Wes Welker wearing enormous helmet for playoff game

Wes Welker helmet

Wes Welker is wearing what appears to be a supersized helmet for the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers playoff game to help protect his melon.

Welker suffered a concussion in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans and missed the team’s final three games of the regular season. He’s been medically cleared to come back since the playoffs began and practice all week for Sunday’s game, so he’ll be getting his second crack at the Chargers this season.

His oversized helmet — however funky it may have looked — is a good idea for protection. It also reminded many sports fans of the ginormous helmet David Wright once wore after he got hit in the head with a pitch:

David Wright helmet

Image: Twitter/Hugging Harold Reynolds

Colin Kaepernick mocks Cam Newton’s ‘Superman’ celebration (GIF)

Colin-Kaepernick-SupermanSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarterback against the Carolina Panthers, and he did his best to annoy the home fans in the process. After scampering into the end zone, Kaepernick mocked Cam Newton by busting out his “Superman” touchdown celebration.

It was a cocky move from Kaepernick given the fact that the score only gave his team a 10-point lead, but I’m sure it was something he planned to do ahead of time. I’m guessing the fans had plenty of not-so-nice things to say to him on his way to the locker room.

GIF via @cjzero

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