It is widely believed that Marshawn Lynch could be one of the best backs if the NFL if he finds a way to stay out of trouble. He did just that last season, and it resulted in over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns on 285 rushing attempts — the most of his five-year career. Unfortunately, Lynch is back to the whole trouble thing. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence near Oakland on Saturday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Lynch was arrested after a traffic stop and taken to Santa Rita Jail. He was reportedly cooperative with officers and submitted to a blood test once he was detained, which revealed that his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit of .08. As you can see from the photo above, Lynch decided to go with the mean mug for his close-up at the station.
In 2008, Lynch had his driver’s license taken away after pleading guilty to “failing to exercise due care toward a pedestrian.” He was suspended for three games in the 2009 season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge. Lynch also had marijuana in his car during the same traffic stop.
Last season, Lynch seemed to be on nothing more than a whole lot of Skittles. Since he is a repeat offender, you have to assume Roger Goodell will suspend the Seahawks running back for the start of the upcoming season. He got three games in 2009, so you can expect the penalty this time around to be at least that many, if not more.
Mug shot via the Mercury News
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President Obama was booed at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. on Monday night after First Lady Michelle Obama rejected him for a kiss when the two were featured on the arena’s “Kiss Cam.”
The couple was in attendance for the U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams’ games against Brazil. President Obama didn’t know he was on the Kiss Cam when he was shown, but the crowd began booing after the First Lady leaned in for a kiss before pulling away.
Luckily President Obama got a chance for redemption.
About an hour later in the fourth quarter, the two were shown on the Kiss Cam again and the president was tipped off by daughter Malia, who was sitting next to him. This time he got a kiss:
The Cowboys receiver was arrested on misdemeanor family violence charges in DeSoto, Texas, on Monday, according to WFAA.
When contacted by WFAA reporter Rebecca Lopez, Bryant did not talk about the incident and only provided this earth-shattering quote: “I’m good, I’m good.”
Bryant allegedly slapped/hit his mother, leading to his arrest.
We do not know exactly what Bryant did or did not do, but, at this point we can conclude that this guy is a trouble magnet.
Let’s do the list:
- – Suspended during 2009 season at Oklahoma State for lying to NCAA
– Refuses to carry pads at Cowboys camp per rookie tradition
– Gets into trouble at mall for sagging his pants
– Needs new contract to pay off jeweler, other debts
If you look at each item individually, it’s not a horrible rap sheet, and certainly nothing close to getting a DUI or threatening to kill someone. But it’s still not a good look and just signifies a lack of maturity and stability.
We still think Dez Bryant can be a good receiver for the Cowboys despite the problems, but he’s providing unnecessary distractions for the team.
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A Penn State club decided to rename the area where students camp prior to football games “Nittanyville” instead of Paternoville in light of the findings of the Freeh investigation.
Students began camping outside Beaver Stadium prior to football games in 1993 when the school joined the Big Ten. The camping area was named Paternoville in 2005, but leaders in charge of the club have decided to rename it Nittanyville.
“We always have discussed the idea of changing the name once Joe was no longer the head coach,” Paternoville Vice President Jeff Lowe said Monday in a press release.
“The discussions slowed down a bit in January as we waited for more information. With the Freeh Report being released, we began the process of careful discussion and planning so we could make the right decision if faced with the situation where we would have to change the name.
“The idea of being in the middle of a political war over the name, due to our association with Joe Paterno, has to lead to threats, hate mail and efforts from people outside of Penn State to try and ruin our ability to run an effective organization,” Lowe said.
At last check, the Joe Paterno statue remains outside the football stadium. The Penn State Board of Trustees reportedly are adamant about keeping it there, but at least some students were smart enough to recognize a change was necessary.
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Ir is highly unlikely that the Jets brought in Tim Tebow simply to be a backup quarterback or a contributor on special teams. As Rex Ryan and the New York coaching staff have mentioned, Tebow is expected to receive several snaps per game and be a big part of the team’s offense. He may be bluffing, but Ryan has made it clear that opponents should be ready for a dose of both Mark Sanchez and Tebow. Santonio Holmes does not feel as though that would be effective.
According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano asked Holmes in an interview if he thinks a two-quarterback system could be successful a the NFL level.
“No,” Holmes replied. “I don’t think so. Because you have to allow one quarterback to get in the rhythm of a game. And it starts from the preparation of practice. Making mistakes early in the game to finishing the game at the end, you don’t change a guy out just because he has a few mistakes early in a game. So I think coming into the season we have a lot to expect from Sanchez.”
As we know, Holmes was unhappy with the amount of targets he received last year. He and Sanchez have supposedly worked to build a stronger relationship this offseason (as the Valentine’s Day evidence will show you), but it would stand to reason that he won’t see as many balls if Tebow comes into the game for multiple snaps.
Like most other star receivers, Santonio has made it clear that he simply wants the ball. Personally, I agree with him that a two-quarterback system doesn’t work at the NFL level. It’s rarely ever implemented for a reason. However, it sounds like the Jets are going to try it at least in some capacity. The fact that Holmes is against it before the season has even begun is somewhat alarming for Jets fans.
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Andrew Austen may only be 14 years old, but he is still a role model and inspiration despite his young age.
According to a Philly.com profile, Austen lives in the lower East part of Pennsylvania and competes in several different sports despite being born without a right hand. Austen’s parents initially pushed him into soccer figuring it would be easier for him. Though he excelled at the sport, he stopped playing because he found it boring. Instead, Austen now plays a lot of golf, baseball, and basketball. He’s actually so good that some coaches don’t even notice he’s only playing with one hand.
Philly.com’s story says Austen was in a basketball draft for the Narberth League that was conducted in a “blind” manner where coaches did not evaluate players before selecting teams. It wasn’t until he had scored six points in the team’s first game that his coach, Brendan Dougherty, realized Austen doesn’t have a hand.
Not having a hand doesn’t even seem to matter.
“The kid is an athlete, he can just flat-out play,” Dougherty told Philly.com.
Austen is also a pitcher on his American Legion baseball team. He plays in a manner similar to former Angels pitcher Jim Abbott, who was also born without a hand; Austen fields with his left and switches his glove quickly enough to use his left hand to throw.
One team even tested him this summer.
Dwight Howard’s inability to decide on his future has resulted in the NBA’s most tiresome story line over the past year. He has repeatedly said he wants out of Orlando, but then signed on for another year with the team, and yet he still reportedly wants out.
The private messages he sent one person over Twitter indicate he’s upset with the Magic organization. Responding to a question from Markee Randolph, who goes by @MagicMarkee on Twitter and says he works at Amway Center and has had conversations with Howard in person, Howard sent the following DMs:
Some of those messages discuss perception and how the Magic have made him look bad. But then he sent a few more messages venting about Orlando’s lack of concern regarding his health:
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Triathlete Leah Prudhomme needed several rabies shots after being attacked by a sea otter while swimming in a Minnesota lake last week.
Prudhomme, who has done seven half Ironman triathlons and also coaches triathletes, suffered the injuries while training with a friend for her second full Ironman Triathlon. The two were swimming in Island Lake near Duluth when Prudhomme was attacked.
The details according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
[Prudhomme and a friend] swam around an island and veered back to shore. As they passed a bog, Prudhomme felt a nip at her ankle. She stopped, frantically treading water. Up popped the otter’s head before it dove back underwater and attacked “ferociously.”
The otter left 25 bite marks around Prudhomme’s legs, feet, and back, but luckily her wet suit took the worst of it.
“It just kept coming after me,” said Prudhomme, 33. “You never knew where it was going to bite next.”
Otter attacks are extremely uncommon — there reportedly have only been 40 in the last 20 years. Prudhomme isn’t letting the attack deter her; she’s planning to compete in the Duluth Triathlon next month on the same lake.
“I’m scared, but it’s one of those things you don’t want to let get the best of you,” she told the Star Tribune. “It’s not like I’ll be bitten by another otter.”
Maybe not an otter, but perhaps an alligator?
The Knicks reportedly are not planning to match the contract offer Jeremy Lin has from the Rockets, and that may be wise for more than financial reasons. If the comments from J.R. Smith are any indication, Lin’s contract could be a troubling issue for Knicks players.
“Without a doubt,” Smith told SI’s Sam Amick when asked if Lin’s contract would be a challenge for teammates. “I think some guys take it personal, because they’ve been doing it longer and haven’t received any reward for it yet. I think it’s a tough subject to touch on for a lot of guys.”
Carmelo Anthony may have indicated a similar feeling when he termed Lin’s contract “ridiculous” over the weekend, although we can’t be sure if he was talking about the entire 3-year $25.1 deal, or the $15 million “poison pill” salary Lin will earn in the third year.
Amick also reports that Raymond Felton agreed to sign-and-trade from the Blazers to the Knicks with the understanding that New York was not going to match Houston’s offer for Lin.
Whether or not Lin is worth the contract depends on how he plays over the next few years. I certainly think he can prove he’s worth it. But these comments indicate jealousy over money is a factor in locker rooms, and it probably is an indication that some players were jealous of all the attention Lin got last season.
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Earl Bennett and Jay Cutler have a relationship that dates back to college, where the two played together at Vanderbilt. This season, the Bears would like to get more out of both of them. Bennett’s production was solid in 2009 when Cutler first arrived in Chicago. He caught 54 balls for 717 yards that season, but he has fallen off a bit over the past couple seasons and totaled only 381 yards last year. Cutler has also been disappointing and has not come close to duplicating his terrific 2008 season with the Broncos.
Despite the underwhelming production, Bennett feels as though Cutler is the best quarterback in the NFL.
“We have the top running back arguably in the league, top quarterback, the receiving corp is deep,” Bennett told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM NFL radio Monday according to Around the League.
Schein then took the opportunity to ask Bennett if he was saying he thinks Cutler is better than Aaron Rodgers. Jay’s old buddy gave a very definitive answer.
“Of course,” he replied.
If Cutler is ever going to break out with the Bears, this has to be the season. He should be more comfortable with receivers like Bennett and Devin Hester, and the Bears have reunited him with his favorite top-flight receiver in Brandon Marshall. Perhaps Bennett is simply trying to suck up to Cutler after angering him by revealing the sex of Jay and Kristin Cavallari’s baby. Whatever the case, Cutler simply is not even close to as good as Rodgers and about five or six other quarterbacks across the league.
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