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Jay Mariotti Arrested

According to the L.A. Times blog, Fanhouse writer and ESPN Around the Horn guest Jay Mariotti was arrested Friday night in L.A. and booked on suspicion of a felony, which would appear to be a domestic disturbance.  As of this morning, Mariotti was still being held on $50,000 bail.

When I first heard the news, I thought for sure it would have something to do with a DUI, since that seems to be the go-to crime for athletes and celebrities.  That doesn’t seem to be the case.  Here is the latest from the L.A. Times about the incident:

[Updated at 9:30 a.m.: LAPD sources said Mariotti allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend at a club in Santa Monica.

The argument continued at the couple's apartment in Venice, where some type of physical altercation allegedly occurred. Police were called to the apartment, and Marioitti was arrested. He is currently being held at the 77th Street station.]

Somewhere, Robert Ebert is smiling.

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ESPN’s Jay Mariotti arrested by L.A. police [Updated] [LA Times]

Bull Jumps Into Stands to Get Revenge

We’ve had quite a few misadventures in bullfighting lately. Well, maybe misadventures is not the correct term since all the disasters seem to be par for the course. We’ve seen a bull gore a matador in the nuts, a wimpy matador flee the ring, and the ultimate was the matador gored through the chin and out the mouth.

The latest escapade was a bull going for a joyride in the stands of a fight in Spain. Can you imagine some of the people in the front row? They all probably bragged to their friends that they had premium seats to a bullfight that day. Who’s the idiot now, huh? Check out this video of a bull jumping into the stands to exact revenge on the fans:

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Mike Tomlin in a Tough Position

No, this has nothing to do with the fact that Mike Tomlin’s two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback is suspended to start the season.  It has nothing to do with the fact that his No. 1 receiver was traded to the New York Jets.  This is more about what he’s wearing and who he’s with.

Apparently, a Barstool Sports reader got these pictures from some girls who partied with Tomlin.  According to the reader, the girls said the Steelers coach was “nuts and got wasted.”  Nothing wrong with having a little fun, but can’t Tomlin find something better to wear and someone better to party with?  All I can say is, woof.

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Reader Email – Does This Look Like The Face Of An NFL Coach? [Barstool Sports]

Broadway Joe Still Spitting Game

Was Joe Namath hitting on these two hot girls, or was Joe Namath hitting on these two hot girls?  If that isn’t the epitomy of an, “oh my God did you hear what he just said” face from the girl on the left then I don’t know what is.  As far as action at a preseason football game goes, I have to give the Jets-Giants New Meadowlands opener an A+.  We had Eli Manning’s bloody forehead, Fireman Ed’s shoving contest, and now we’ve tracked down a picture of Joe Namath hitting on two hot girls in a luxury box.

We’ll never know if Joe pulled some Suzy Kolber stuff up there, but he clearly got a few laughs and sometimes that’s all that matters.  Keep doing your thing, Broadway Joe.

UPDATE: A commenter, MW1218, has drawn to my attention that one of the young ladies is Namath’s daughter. Assuming it’s the brunette, Joe Namath has a hot daughter. Maybe he’s hitting on his daughter’s friend? As you can see, I’m not ready to completely back down, but thanks for the tip.

Photo Credit: Busted Coverage

Rays Debut the ‘BRayser’

For whatever reason, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon thinks it’s a good idea for his team to have fashion-themed road trips.  The picture above are the Rays new “BRaysers“, which is a combination of the words “Ray” and “Blazer.”  Clever, eh?  Apparently, the fashion work was done by fashion designer Julia Alarcon with the help of Rays TV broadcaster Todd Kalas, who was also sporting a BRayser on Tuesday night.  Personally, I’d prefer to be given a rookie hazing haircut.  For whatever reason, Maddon is thrilled with the hideous jackets:

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Is J.R. Smith a Nick Swisher Fan?

Alright, I know J.R. Smith’s nickname is “J.R. Swish.”  I suppose it’s a little clever since he can rain three-pointers at times and it almost rhymes with his name.  We also know that he likes flashing gang signs after hitting threes and using gang writing to Tweet.  Aside from all that, does anyone see the irony when looking at the above picture of J.R. Smith’s new “Swish” neck tattoo?

Let’s just say if I were Nick Swisher, I’d be flattered.  The new ink is conveniently located directly above the Yankee symbol he already had over his Adam’s Apple.  Maybe he’s a fan of the Yankees’ “Swish?”  Doubtful, but it’s fun to pretend a grown, male athlete has a man crush on another grown, male athlete.  Maybe when J.R. makes his daily LBS visit he’ll decide to get it removed Kenyon Martin style.

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Yes, J.R. Smith does have a new neck tattoo [ProBasketballTalk]

ESPN’s ‘The File’ Could Dig Up Some Intriguing Information

ESPN launched The File Blog (subscription only) on Tuesday through their Insider page on ESPN.com.  While a lot of us will undoubtedly refuse to admit it, the concept is an intriguing one that is sure to result in some interesting information from the sports world coming into the public eye.  The blog, which is run by Shaun Assael, “uses public information requests, court filings, government data, and reader-furnished material to go deeper into the stories that the sports world is talking about,” according to their homepage.

The introductory column includes a breakdown of how much it cost the Alabama football team to visit the White House in March, which ended up being a measly $97,327, among other interesting behind-the-scenes information from various college football programs.

The section that I found most mind-boggling was about none other than Tim Tebow.  Although Tebow is now at the bottom of the food chain in the NFL, carrying shoulder pads and being given a Friar Tuck haircut, we’re reminded that he was once on top.  In fact, when he became ill with a flu virus that was spreading throughout the Florida Gators locker room, Florida paid nearly $10,000 to charter him a private flight to Kentucky to play the Wildcats.  I realize the precaution was taken to protect the entire team, but it’s no coincidence Tebow was the one getting quarantined.  That’s what I call star treatment.

Bottom line is The File got it right on their first day.  You would have to be a fully delusional ESPN-hater to say the concept has no potential.  I’m not going to sit here and bash the idea, because I’m sure it will be providing us with some blog-worthy content in the coming days.

How the Tide roll [The File Blog]