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Ben Cotton Grabbed in Nuts by Tony Jerod-Eddie (Video)

While a healthy discussion has broken out over Nebraska coach Bo Pelini’s treatment of the refs and quarterback Taylor Martinez Saturday, a few Huskers fans took the liberty of pointing out that A&M wasn’t acting like a bunch of honor students either. At the bottom of a pile in the first quarter Saturday night, Texas A&M junior defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie can be seen pinching sophomore tight end Ben Cotton in the thigh and gasp! — balls! Check out the video:

That sort of stuff goes on at the bottom of the pile all the time, but it’s usually not in plain view like it was on TV. Maybe getting publicly ridiculed for being dirty will help curtail this sort of behavior in the future. There’s certainly no place for nut grabbing another man. Ever.

Nick Sorenson: Saints Were Eye Gouging, Crotch Grabbing

In a year full of surprises and a lack of truly dominant teams, one of the biggest shockers of week seven was the Cleveland Browns hammering the New Orleans Saints on the road 30-17. Nothing compares to Oakland’s butt-whopping in Denver, but Cleveland’s road win is close. The Saints were so stunned and upset over their poor showing that they did anything possible to try and swing things back in there favor.

Some Browns players told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Saints were playing dirty, gouging eyes and grabbing balls. “They were gouging my eye and ripping into my face. It was dirty, but that’s just what happens,” safety Nick Sorenson said after the win

Sorenson wasn’t the only guy subjected to dirty play — receiver Josh Cribbs said “They were grabbing my crotch.”

That raises our season total of Browns nut grabs to two, at least of which we know. I actually saw the play about which Sorenson is complaining. He jumped in to recover a second quarter fumble by Pierson Prioleau on a kickoff and a Saints player jumped on top of him, reaching for Sorenson’s face. Eye gouging seemed to be the least of what was done, so these weren’t just accusations — they’re facts. Thanks to Pro Football Talk for pointing out the story.

49ers’ Anthony Davis Latest Victim of Shaun Smith Ball Grabbing

After last weekend’s NFL games, an interesting little story emerged when Browns center Alex Mack informed the public that Chiefs defensive end Shaun Smith grabbed his package during a game.  Mack understandably retaliated and drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty from the officials after the play.

One week later, San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis drew the exact same penalty after retaliating when Smith pulled the exact same stunt and grabbed his genitals, according to Davis.  The penalty on Mack a week ago led to a missed field goal for the Browns.  The penalty to Davis on Sunday created a second-and-22 for the Niners after they had just converted a first down.

“He tried to feel me,” Davis said. “That’s weird, right?”

While the penalty may have been costly for San Francisco at the time, Niners coach Mike Singletary seemed understanding of the reaction from Davis. “I think he got hit inappropriately,” Singletary said. “After a while, there’s only so much you can take. He (Davis) was wrong for retaliating and he knows that.”

It’s obvious this little perverted tactic Smith has developed can help his team and be costly for the opposition, but it’s completely out of line.  You can’t expect a guy to allow someone to grab a handful of his man zone and not do anything about it.  The NFL should strongly consider looking into it and slapping Smith with a fine if they determine he’s made a habit of grabbing balls on the gridiron.

Browns’ Alex Mack Says Chiefs’ Shaun Smith Grabbed His Junk

We all know dirty play is commonplace in the NFL.  Players try to get any little advantage they can by throwing cheap shots during plays and after the whistle.  Most of the shots go unnoticed by the official, so we never hear about it.  However, I must admit I didn’t know things got that dirty.

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, via Pro Football Talk, that Chiefs’ defensive lineman Shaun Smith grabbed his genitals during a play near the end of the first half of Sunday’s game.  The refs apparently missed it, but they flagged a fired-up Mack for unnecessary roughness shortly thereafter.  The penalty on Mack led to a missed field goal and the Browns went on to lose by two points.

“I don’t think he should be able to do that,” Mack said of the alleged dirty play.  “I’m still fired up about it.”

I’m not sure what’s worse — grabbing a guy’s balls during a play or gouging at someone’s eyes while they’re down.

Smith, on the other hand, responded to the accusation exactly the way you might expect.  “I don’t have no comment,” he said. “I don’t recall doing anything like that. I’m not known for being a dirty player or anything like that, so I don’t know what that was all about.”

Now, children.  Let’s try to play nice and keep your little boys out of it.