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Luke Caparelli Kicked Off Wake Forest Football for Facebook Comments

Who the hell would’ve thought such a headline would even be a possibility 10 years ago? What has this world come to when players get kicked off teams for things they write in personal internet profile pages? Let’s just say it wouldn’t be the first time facebook created a stir amongst collegiate athletes. Anyway, getting to it, Wake Forest running back Luke Caparelli was kicked off the team for comments he had on his Facebook page:

[Luke Caparelli] has been dismissed from the team after writing on his Facebook page that he would “blow up campus.”

Campus police said 19-year-old Luke Caparelli posted the note on the social-networking page on Jan. 13. The note was written in third person and included a threat that Caparelli would have an Uzi submachine gun “locked and loaded in his bag.”

The affidavit said Caparelli acknowledged writing the statements but said he wouldn’t do anything to harm anyone on campus or hurt the school.

I would make a comment about this kid ordinarily, but he’s 19 and made a dumb move. He’s already paid the price of his (stupid) action. I’m still just blown away about the weight these myspace and facebook pages carry these days. I mean kids can’t get away with anything. Then again, what the heck kind of moron writes that he’s going to blow up campus anyway?

ASU Fans Get Rowdy, Throw Bottles

One of the better college basketball games over the weekend was between Washington State and Arizona State in Tempe. Arizona State led early in the game, but then they got down big in the second half, only to come back and bring it within a point. James Hardin missed his last shot which would’ve given ASU the win, and quite obviously the fans were pissed about the 56-55 loss.

[Coach Tony] Bennett said his assistant coaches told him that “a couple” Washington State players were hit by debris thrown from the stands as they left the floor. Bennett did not identify the players.

“A couple of our kids did get peppered in the head by water bottles coming off the court,” Bennett said.

“That’s unfortunate. There’s a lot of energy and emotion, but you know, you don’t throw stuff at players. And who knows? Maybe it was trying to go at the official and maybe it dovetailed at him. I hope not. It’s heat of the moment. But nobody got hurt, so we’ll live to fight another day.”

All I can say at this point is … good thing there aren’t any Milton Bradleys on Washington State. Then again, I’ve seen fans behave far worse. Oh, and far as the pictured chicks go, clearly they cannot be happy about these rowdy fans ruining the reputation of ASU fans. Don’t worry, I still think quite highly of you all.

Dodgers, Padres, Baseball, in China?

I wasn’t too happy about the NFL going to London, and I’m not too fond of the NBA globalization efforts. Pretty soon our sports won’t even be our sports, if the current league execs have their ways. Why? Globalization gives the owners and leagues more opportunity to generate revenue. And with that, we lose home games to watch and get thought of as being less important in the eyes of clubs. This all brings me to the announcement that the Dodgers and Padres will play an exhibition game in China. Everyone wants to crack the Chinese market, but thankfully it appears as if baseball there won’t work. “Explaining the rules is hard enough in the USA to people who are new,” Dodgers Manager Joe Torre said at a news conference here Thursday. “You have to be able to witness the game.” My favorite comment however, was this as a selling point for baseball in China:

Gene Orza, chief operating officer of the MLB Players Assn., was more blunt on the subject of Asian physique.

“We’ve got to tell these children, ‘You’re not going to grow to be a basketball player. You’re too short. Try baseball,’ ” he said.

I’m sure that’s exactly what they want to hear. Gene Orza always good for a chuckle. Good thing baseball hasn’t exactly caught on over there, you know, being thought of as a counter-revolutionary sport and all. There’s one, and only one thing that could be useful about baseball in China: there’s 1.3 billion arms over there — certainly one of them has to have a better arm than the likes of Brett Tomko, right?

Novak Djokovic Beat Roger Federer at the Australian Open, Wow

This week has been perfect for me; I’m not used to watching live sporting events while doing the site. With the Australian Open, I’ve been catching all the matches live and have witnessed the upsets as they’ve occurred. And of all the results these past two weeks, perhaps none was more significant than Novak Djokovic beating Roger Federer. Djokovic knocked off Federer in straight sets, though I wouldn’t call it a dominant win. Djokovic controlled the match, yet he struggled against the world’s top player. But Novak had confidence, and he had the strokes, and he didn’t crumble when he got down a break in the 1st set, nor when he trailed in the third set tiebreaker before closing out the match. Novak without a doubt proved that he is for real, and that there is a bonafide change on the tennis landscape.

Roger Federer is a man in the prime of his career, at the peak of his game. He rarely loses. He hardly even loses sets. He has reached the finals of the past 10 grand slam events, and won eight of them. Such a run in men’s tennis is unprecedented. Roger Federer has easily been the most dominant player in sports over the past three years. As he said in his post-match press conference, he’s created a monster because he needs to win every tournament. Everyone wonders about him if he even loses a set in a match — they say he’s playing poorly. And alas, Federer was knocked off the mountain top, by someone other than Nadal, on a surface other than clay, in a Grand Slam. And that is a monumental event in men’s tennis. Novak Djokovic has most definitely arrived.

(and may he continue his hilarious impressions and karaoke)

Kevin Durant Jersey Commercial Is Simply Fantastic

I’m not exactly sure what it is. Maybe it’s for the same reason people like seeing footage of their favorite athletes playing ball in the backyard when they were kids. Maybe it’s the way it tells the journey through the basketball life as a player. Maybe because it reminds you that before the players were superstars in the NBA, they were also on a middle school team just like me and you. Just watch:

I can’t describe it, but I love seeing that commercial. Every single time it’s on it captivates me. Maybe it’s just because it’s simply brilliant.

Linkage: Good Sex in the Big East

Jim Spanarkel has a special message for you [Awful Announcing]

Big Daddy Drew explains the difference of blogs and journalists [Deadspin]

Skins fans want to fire Jim Fassel, and he hasn’t been hired [DC Sports Bog]

Brett Favre‘s rejuvenation, a lot like Clemens, Bonds … hmmm? [Sedano Show]

Are you familiar with the term, passion bucket? [Obscure Sports Quarterly]

Yankees should learn that you can lose for free [The Sporting Blog]

Baseball GMs wisely locking up their young players early [Baseball Authority]

Red Sox now selling advertisements on their jerseys. Yuck. [FanIQ]

There’s one rocky relationship between Kevin Love and Oregon [Signal to Noise]

Can Norm Chow succeed as a recruiter? [Gutty Little Bruins]

Enough of this Tom Brady Boot Crap

Hopefully I can bring some closure to this awful topic that’s been so prevalent in the sports world the past few days. Why all of a sudden did the sports media turn all paparazzi on Tom Brady? Why did people grow so frantic about a football player visiting his girlfriend with a walking boot on his foot? The treatment of this story by the media was both absurd and disgusting. Honestly, I was truly embarrassed to be a sports fan watching the media prod the photos like they were chastising Britney Spears for driving with her kids on her lap.

Oh my god, oh my god, look, Tom Brady has a walking boot on! Oh my god, he’s hurt! Oh my god, he went out to a club at night and wasn’t wearing the boot! Seriously, to see some of my favorite sports shows break this down or use tabloid stories as their leads made me sick.

Wednesday night at Sporting News Radio, host Todd Wright asked his guest (a writer covering the Patriots) about eight minutes into the interview if there was any concern about Brady’s ankle. Wright prefaced the question by asking if he properly placed the Brady question in the context of the interview — towards the end of it — where an issue of less importance would belong. It was proper placement; it’s an overblown story but still merits some discussion. Bottom line: the guy is fine, just suffering from battle wounds like any other player would be following a rigorous game the previous day. He’s going to shred the Giants and win another Super Bowl MVP. End of story.