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Friday, October 21, 2016


NHL Cracking Down on Red Wings Octopus Toss Tradition

The MLB would never stop Boston Red Sox fans from singing Sweet Caroline in the 7th inning at Fenway Park. The NFL would never ask New York Jets fans to stop the” J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!” chant during the opening kickoff at New Meadowlands Stadium. The UConn athletic department can ask their students to stop chanting “sucks!” after every opposing player’s and coach’s name is announced at basketball games, but they won’t have any luck. Why, then, has the NHL asked Detroit to put a stop to the nearly 50-year-old tradition of the octopus toss at Detroit Red Wings home playoff games?

On Friday, Puck Daddy recapped the madness that has taken place in Detroit over the past few days, which began with Deadspin’s account of a Red Wings fan being encouraged to throw an octopus onto the ice by arena personnel during Game 1 and ending up ejected from the game and fined $500 by Detroit police.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the tradition and weren’t reading LBS back in 2007 when we explained it, the throwing of the octopus started in 1952. It’s eight legs signifying the eight wins a team needed to claim the Stanley Cup at that time.  Some opposition to the practice has been seen as recently as 2008, with the NHL threatening to fine the Red Wings $10,000 if an employee threw an octopus on the ice because of the “gunk” that flies off of it.


Spencer Hawes Dougie (Video) and Ranking the Rest

Over the past year, the Dougie has somehow become the thing to do for athletes all over the country.  It’s the standard celebration.  It’s something you do when you’re out having a good time.  It’s something you do to get a few laughs from your teammates.  Today, we’ve decided to show you the newest athlete Dougie video and then rank the rest.  I must say for a guy who is over 7 feet tall, Spencer Hawes’ Dougie isn’t that bad.  Check out the video, courtesy of The 700 Level and be sure to keep reading for the other Dougie rankings.

Now for the rest:


Ryan Mallett Took Public Speaking Based on Bobby Petrino’s Recommendation

If Auburn’s Cam Newton hasn’t been the most scrutinized figure in the NFL draft this year, then Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett certainly has been. Rumors of regular drug use by the quarterback have been as consistent as the praise over his cannon arm and tall frame, even though Mallett has never tested positive during a drug test. As if that’s not bad enough, NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes called him a “Caucasian street guy” who speaks with an Eminem or Vanilla Ice type of slang.

Apparently Dukes isn’t the only one who’s made that observation about Mallett. According to ESPN, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino tried to polish up Mallett’s speech his first summer in Fayetteville to make him appear more like a face of the program. Petrino had Mallett attend a class on speaking with the public and had him hone his communication skills with Chuck Barrett, the voice of Razorbacks football. “Blame it on texting and technology, Petrino says” according to the article.

Now even if Mallett’s character is defended vigorously against rumors of drug use by Petrino, a few noteworthy comments make you wonder if some of the stuff is true. Mallett’s father called his son “immature” his first year at Michigan (where Ryan first went to school before transferring to Arkansas). Ryan even admitted it took some time to mature after transferring. I understand that 17-year-olds can be immature when they’re living on a college campus for the first time — I’m sure I was — but maybe that’s where some of the character concerns have come from.

The only question now is whether Mallett is still immature, or if he’s ready to be the leader of an NFL team. When it comes to draft time, all it takes is one team out of 32 to believe he can be a leader and he’ll be set. Then it’s on him to prove all the character concerns were unfounded.

University of Waterloo’s Formula SAE Team Suspended over this Bikini Picture

Apparently the University of Waterloo moved to Amish country in Pennsylvania, or better yet the Middle East, because apparently they frown upon women wearing bikinis. The Waterloo Region Record reported on Tuesday that the school was shutting down the Formula SAE team that was building this race car for an international competition after a picture of one of the team members posing in a bikini by the car was released:

The suspension is until June 1 and “results from misuse of the student design centre space for an unauthorized photo shoot involving the Formula SAE vehicle,” said the dean of engineering, Adel Sedra, in a memo that was sent to all engineering students, according to the Record.

If that’s not a bad enough reason to suspend the team, then maybe this will make you feel even worse. The student “was entering a contest to be in a calendar, which would be helping to raise money for charity, and she needed the photos as part of her application” apparently.

Look, I don’t know too much about the situation other than what I’ve read, but this punishment surely seems excessive and unnecessary. If you’re looking to send a message, there are many more ways to do it than this. Why suspend the whole team for the picture? It doesn’t seem like that was needed, unless of course the school’s goal was to make every website in America for an outrageous punishment. Now if that was the goal, then they did a great job.

Matt Hasselbeck Practicing with John Carlson in a Parking Lot

When fans think of NFL players, they think of multi-million dollar athletes who have top of the line personal trainers and the best resources available to them. We’re talking exercise machines, recovery hot tubs, and indoor and outdoor facilities to practice. But many of us forget that with the lockout, players no longer have access to their team’s facilities, meaning they need to find an alternative for workouts.

Some people work out in private facilities, gyms, public parks, local athletic fields, and some … in shopping mall parking lots. That’s Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for you, who told ESPN that’s what he’s done with his tight end, John Carlson.

“I was throwing in a parking lot with John Carlson, our tight end,” Hasselbeck said. “I’m throwing in a parking lot in front of a Goodwill store and a mattress store in the rain, and people are like ‘can’t you go find a high school field?’ You have no idea what it’s like to get kicked out of a high school field by like a gym teacher, so I’m just going to stick to the parking lot.”

I guess when Hasselbeck tries to pull his teammates together in the huddle and say, “hey, it’s just like those days in the parking lot” he’ll have a real-life reference. Honestly, I never ever thought it would come to something like this. How do they even do things without yard markers? Does Hasselbeck tell Carlson to run down to the Accord and cut in? Run a streak to the jeep? I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine practicing in a parking lot is a good thing. Let’s just hope it’s pretty well deserted.

Roddy White Rips Alex Smith on Twitter

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took some seemingly unprovoked attacks at Alex Smith on twitter Friday. No idea what prompted the tweet, but here’s what Roddy said:

I’m not sure if White is campaigning for a GM job in San Francisco when his playing career is over, but that seemed like some advice that came out of nowhere. White also added in another tweet that “2 coaches have been fired for tht mans performance,” excuse the grammar and typos.

Look, I’m not sure where it all came from, but why do we need reasons to speak the truth? As I’ve said many times before, Alex Smith is not the answer in San Francisco. White is actually incorrect because Smith has gotten more than two coaches fired if you count offensive coordinators. Look, when your own receivers are taking shots at you, you know it’s bad. My only question is why Jim Harbaugh may be interested in keeping Smith around next season.

Thanks to C-Note for the story

Adam Lind Pesky Pole Home Run Ball Controversially Overturned

Adam Lind hit a ball against the Red Sox Friday night that was initially ruled a home run but was later overturned by the umpires. The ball landed between Pesky’s Pole and the spot on the wall where the yellow line is drawn, making it a foul ball. Here’s a picture of the play caught by NESN:

Luckily for Toronto the play being overturned didn’t impact the outcome of the game as they won 7-6, but you better believe John Farrell would have gone crazy had they lost. The good news is we finally have instant replay to get the calls right. I have an idea for the geniuses at Fenway Pahk, how about repaint the wall? Tomorrow. Thanks.

ESU Linebacker Steve Lattimer Tests Positive for Steroids, Suspension Pending

Shock waves were sent through the ESU program Friday when it was revealed linebacker/defensive end Steve Lattimer tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Lattimer is facing a three-game suspension from the NCAA for the positive test which will likely weaken the Timberwlves’ defense over the next month.

Lattimer’s positive test is no surprise to folks who have followed the ESU program closely over the past few years. The senior pass rusher entered the program as an undersized walk-on linebacker who saw action in just three games last season. He added over 30 pounds of muscle during the offseason and impressed the coaches with a relentless work ethic and ability to blow past offensive linemen during spring and fall practice. He was rewarded by being named the starting defensive end/linebacker in the 3-4 system, and he’s produced results. On the year, Lattimer has six sacks and nine tackles for a loss.

A source with knowledge of the drug test tells LBS that Lattimer tested positive for anabolic steroids. Lattimer’s new muscular physique would certainly point to steroid use, so the positive test is not a surprise. Additionally, the burly defensive star was accused of sexual assault by a female on campus who described Lattimer’s behavior that night as “consistent with roid rage.” The charges were later dropped.

This post is a part of the Friday Film Festival at Larry Brown Sports. All contents of the story are purely fictional and based entirely off the sports movie, The Program. To learn more about the movie, go here.

LA Times Explains Decision to Print ‘Faggot’ in Kobe Story Online, in Paper

Anyone who opened up their LA Times on Thursday or read the online version of Mike Bresnahan’s story on Kobe being caught on camera saying “f—ing f—–” may have been surprised to see the full text of Kobe’s homophobic slur published. Whereas most news organizations used the term “homophobic slur” or blurred out the word, the Times actually printed the offensive word in its story. You can see that in both the newspaper and online version:

It was quite shocking to see the word “faggot” in the newspaper as LBS contributor Gene pointed out, so we asked the Los Angeles Times what led to their decision to print the offensive word. The Times’ VP of Communications, Nancy Sullivan, explained it to us over email:

“Derogatory terms such as the one in the Kobe Bryant story are rarely printed in the paper, for obvious reasons. However, when the use of the word IS the story, as was the case with Bryant’s utterance, it is important to print it for clarity and accountability. This has happened with the other offensive terms in years past. But using such offensive words is never done lightly and, as was the case in this instance, is always cleared at the highest level of the editorial department. There needs to be a very good reason to use it, and in this case, because Bryant’s use of the term and the strong reaction to it from several different corners were the reason for the story, our judgment was to go with it.”

Juxtaposing the decision to publish the actual slur was the decision to describe Kobe’s f-bomb as a “curse word.” It was a tough call for the Times’ editorial department as you can tell, and I’m not sure if printing the offensive term helps or harms the message. Obviously we concur that when the word becomes the story it’s hard to avoid publishing it (as we did in the title), but it was no easy decision for the paper, especially because many people find the word to be offensive. If they didn’t, then Kobe’s words wouldn’t have become a story.

Peyton Hillis Riding White Running Back Mystique to Madden Cover Vote Semis

Unlike past years when the cover of the popular John Madden football video game was selected by EA Sports, this year they chose to have the cover determined by a vote. Sports Nation has hosted a 32-player March Madness-style tournament (one athlete per team) to determine who will end up on the cover of the game. They’re down to the semifinals and the four remaining players are Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, and Peyton Hillis. Ask yourself one question: which athlete does not belong?

In that group, we have a Super Bowl MVP, the MVP runner up, a four-time Pro Bowler, and a guy who has 1,574 career yards and 17 touchdowns. The guy with the fewest accolades out of that group is by far Peyton Hillis.

Don’t get me wrong, Peyton Hillis was pretty outstanding last year until getting hurt, but he really doesn’t belong with those three just yet. Those other three guys are stars in the game while Hillis has had one good year. And his one good year wasn’t even as good as say, Arian Foster’s one good year. So how did he end up in the semifinals of this tournament?


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