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Bo Pelini: Marijuana use is ‘out of control’ in society

Bo-Pelini-NebraskaBo Pelini spoke at the annual Big Red Breakfast on Friday morning and provided more than just his thoughts on the upcoming season. According to Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald, the Nebraska coach somehow went off on a tangent about weed. His basic message was that drugs are very, very bad, mmkay.

“It is out of control,” Pelini told the crowd of about 250 people, noting that marijuana use is an issue in all levels of school. “Let’s face it, it’s not OK. I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out there.”

Bo also said the Cornhuskers are lucky it has not been an issue within their program.

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“Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program,” he said. “But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem.

“I think it’s something in society we need to get fixed, but unfortunately they get bad information.”

Interestingly enough, Pelini’s comments came on the same day a report surfaced indicating the NFL is considering more lenient penalties for marijuana use. It sounds like Pelini would like a word with the league before that happens.

H/T Deadspin

Jesus Montero threw ice cream sandwich at heckling Mariners scout

Jesus-Montero-MarinersAt one point, Jesus Montero was a promising prospect in the New York Yankees organization. He was later sent to the Seattle Mariners in the trade that brought Michael Pineda, yes that Michael Pineda, to New York.

Since then, it’s been one bad thing after another.

Last August, Montero was suspended 50 games for his involvement with Biogenesis. Earlier this year, the catcher/designated hitter arrived to spring training 40 pounds overweight and said all he did after playing winter ball was eat.

Montero is currently in the minor leagues, where his bat has shown signs of life that led to the expectations placed on him a few years ago. Unfortunately, a recent incident involving a member of the Mariners organization will be all anyone is talking about for a while.

As Tyler Maun of MiLB describes, Montero approached the stands with a bat after exchanging words with a Mariners scout.

Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed to the AquaSox dugout on the third-base side.

According to a game offical, the cross-checker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero — who arrived at Mariners Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season — approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the cross-checker. Montero had to be pulled back from the stands by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, Safford said.

And the career of Jesus Montero continues to spiral out of control. As recently as 2012, Baseball America had Montero as its No. 6 prospect heading into the season. While his ability to hit helped earned that ranking, incidents like this won’t help him realize that potential in the majors.

In February, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said he had “zero expectations” for Jesus Montero. Whatever goodwill Montero may have built by hitting .286 with 16 home runs and 74 RBIs in Triple-A this season is probably gone now.

H/T Big League Stew

Ronda Rousey reportedly wanted by WWE

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey has a lot more going on in her life at the moment than just mixed martial arts. The undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion has launched her acting career with “The Expendables 3″ and “Fast & Furious 7.” Might she also be working with the WWE in the near future?

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, WWE is reportedly preparing an offer for Rousey to get her to appear in an upcoming pay-per-view event. Here are the details of the subscription-only report, courtesy of Fansided:

Following her enjoyable visit to WWE’s SummerSlam show in Los Angeles on August 17th, The Wrestling Observer says that the company is more interested than ever in doing business with the mixed martial artist.

Her time at and around the Staples Center earlier this month – specifically her interactions with Stephanie McMahon – opened a lot of eyes to the champ and her potential value to WWE. Combine that with her role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3, a film that disappointed at the box office but which featured WWE-friendly celebs like Sly and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and suddenly Rousey became a figure of great interest to WWE brass.

The Observer believes the company will be making her an offer to do something for them on television and/or pay-per-view (PPV) very soon.

Rousey has quickly become more than just an MMA fighter. She’s a full-blown celebrity, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the McMahon family try to cash in on her fame. As Fansided reminds us, Stephanie McMahon flashed the “Four Horsewomen” hand gesture toward Rousey when she was sitting ringside at Summerslam. Rousey proudly flashed it back.

I’m sure it’ll happen at some point. Rousey wouldn’t be the first athlete to jump between the WWE and UFC, and she has been open about her desire to become a successful actress. As The Rock could tell you, WWE can certainly help with that.

H/T Black Sports Online

Join the LBS annual NFL Pick ‘em challenge, win prizes!

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It’s that time of year again … back by popular demand, we will be running our annual LBS NFL Pro Pick ‘em Challenge.

How well do you know the NFL? Think you can beat LBS experts Doc Brown and Del with your pro football picks? Join the league and see what you can do.

Here’s how it works:

You will pick every NFL game every week against the spread. You will have up until 5 minutes before kickoff of each game to enter your pick for each game. Your worst week will be dropped (protection in case you forget to do it one week). If at the end of the season you are in the top 3, you will cash out.

Prizes:
1st place – $100 gift card
2nd place – $50 gift card
3rd place – $30 gift card

There will also be occasional prizes for weekly winners (depending on what kind of free giveaway swag marketing folks send us).

We are also adding two new features this season. Weekly winners will be recognized on the site and asked to provide their expert picks for the following week along with Doc and Del. There will also be a weekly guest picker in addition to Doc, Del and the previous week winner. If you are interested in being a guest picker for one of the weeks, please email us or comment below.

To sign up for the league, go to Yahoo! Sports Pro Football Pick’em. League ID: 35524. Password: samshowertime

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Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones he wants to play for Cowboys

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson admitted late last year that he has daydreamed about playing for the Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans before he retires. Peterson grew up a Cowboys fan outside of Dallas, so it makes sense that he would think about representing his home state. A recent report makes it seem like Peterson is more serious about that than we initially thought.

In a lengthy profile of Jerry Jones for ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Don Van Natta Jr. wrote about a phone call that the Cowboys owner shared with Peterson back in June. Van Natta was with Jones in his private suite at the time a phone was handed to Jerry that had Peterson on the other line.

“Well, I understand, Adrian,” Van Natta heard Jones tell Peterson. “I’d like that, too … Well, I love your story. I love your daddy’s story. I’ve always respected what you’ve been about. I’ve always been a fan of yours.”

It quickly became clear what the two were discussing.

“Well, we’ll see what we can do, if we can make that happen,” Jones said. “Hmm hmm … I’d like that, too … Well, we’re talking pig Latin here, but let’s see if we can do that … We’re talking pig Latin here, but let’s see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks.”

Jones confirmed that Peterson told him he wants to play for the Cowboys, which may not have been a great idea. While Jerruh didn’t think the call should be considering tampering, NFL rules state that a club that is contacted by a player who is under contract with another team “must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player’s rights” or face potentially “severe” penalties.

Jones said he did not contact the Vikings about the call.

Peterson is 29 and in the fourth year of a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Vikings. It would only be human nature for him to be tired of losing in Minnesota, though the Cowboys have become the poster team for mediocrity in recent years. Plus, they have a promising young back in DeMarco Murray.

But if Peterson wants to force his way out of Minnesota, there’s no doubt he can find a way. And if that day comes, expect the first call his agents make to be to Jerruh.

Josh Shaw reportedly got in fight with teammate who told him to ‘come clean’

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Josh Shaw was suspended indefinitely by USC on Wednesday after admitting that he lied about how he injured his ankles. Shaw did not save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning in a swimming pool and is not a hero. Before Shaw told the truth, a teammate reportedly confronted him to tell him he knew he was lying.

According to TMZ, Shaw was “aggressively confronted” by a respected member of the USC defense on Monday who knew he was lying with the story about saving his nephew. The teammate reportedly urged Shaw to come clean by getting in his face and yelling, “Why you lying?” Several other players supposedly had to step in and separate the two.

[PreviouslyPolice responded to scream at apartment of Josh Shaw's girlfriend]

The most amazing part of this story to me is how quickly USC gobbled Shaw’s story up and ran with it. A story published on the Trojans official website praised the senior cornerback for being a hero and included a heartfelt quote from head coach Steve Sarkisian. Given how quickly people found out Shaw was lying, you would think some basic fact checking from the start could have saved USC the embarrassment.

Jeff Fisher rips Josina Anderson for Michael Sam shower report

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Jeff Fisher is the latest person to criticize Josina Anderson for her report Tuesday that included information on Michael Sam’s showering habits with the St. Louis Rams.

Though ESPN apologized for the “manner in which” they presented the report, Fisher still had harsh words for Anderson.

“I’m extremely disappointed in her piece,” Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday. “I think it’s unethical. I think it’s very, very unprofessional. Not only the piece itself, the content. The manner in which she did it.”

Fisher went on to say that Anderson was “out of line” for contacting Rams players outside the facility to put together her report.

“She was out of line because she went and contacted several players on their personal time. Misled them with questions and then put this piece together.”

I won’t get on Anderson for doing that. Part of being a good reporter is developing relationships with players so they feel comfortable giving you information. She obviously was successful at accomplishing that. Her report provided some information many felt was pertinent to the situation, but the manner in which it was reported was terrible.