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Reggie Bush wedding looked like a blast (Pictures)

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Reggie Bush and Lilit Avagyan held their wedding at one of the most prestigious resorts and wedding venues in the country on Saturday night. All indications are it was as perfect a night as expected.

The reception, which was held at the Grand Del Mar in Bush’s hometown of San Diego, was littered with high-profile athletes and celebrities. LeBron James and Savannah Brinson held their wedding at the same place last year.

Our award for best dressed at the Bush-Avagyan wedding is probably a bit biased. We’re going with Matthew Stafford’s fiancee Kelly Hall and her low-cut dress. Those of you who follow LBS closely know we kind of have a thing for Ms. Hall.

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Reggie Bush: Leadership was an issue for Lions

Reggie Bush BearsThe Detroit Lions started off last season promisingly by going 6-3. After that, though, it was all downhill. Detroit went 1-6 over their final seven games, finished third in the NFC North, and missed the postseason entirely.

In an interview on behalf of Carhartts with “SportsCenter” that aired Wednesday, Bush was asked about the late-season struggles and said the team’s leadership was an issue.

“It’s starts with leadership on the team — our leadership could have been better,” Bush told ESPN. “The veterans on the team, maybe we could have done a better job. In the second half of the season is when you need to be playing your best football, and that’s kind of where we feel apart.

“Chemistry is always important on the team and leadership is important. Those are just some of the things that I thought could be important. That can be as far as the way we practice, the way we approach the games, the way we approach film study. All the different things that factor into being a championship team.”

It’s hard to disagree with Bush’s assessment of the team. It was only his first season with the Lions, so maybe he didn’t quite feel comfortable being a team leader, though that might change after the way things ended. What we do know is that Reggie had a pretty darn good season for the Lions, combining for 1,512 yards and 7 touchdowns. Detroit also fired Jim Schwartz and hired Jim Caldwell, so maybe that will help change the culture around the team. They sure need it.

Reggie Bush was benched for fumbling

Reggie Bush BearsFor most of the season, Reggie Bush has appeared to be a perfect fit with the Detroit Lions. He has racked up at least 94 total yards from scrimmage in six of nine games. However, Bush found his opportunities limited on Sunday after he put the ball on the ground in the second quarter.

Head coach Jim Schwartz benched Bush after his first-half fumble — his second lost fumble in three games.

“Reggie didn’t have an easy time getting started today,” Schwartz said, according to The Detroit News. “That had a lot to do with our inability to get points in the second half.”

That was nice of Schwartz to not throw his player under the bus, but we all know what really happened. Bush was replaced by Joique Bell after his fumble led to three points for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell injured his foot in the second half, which may be the only reason Bush came back into the game.

“You turn the ball over, that’s what happens,” Bush said. “I’ve been in this league long enough to know that. There is nobody to blame but myself.”

Of course, the former USC star was not the only person who made mistakes. For whatever reason, Schwartz decided to try a fake field goal at the Pittsburgh 10-yard line while leading 27-23 late in the fourth quarter. Rather than opting for a chip-shot field goal to give his team a 30-27 lead, Schwartz made a regrettable call and kicker David Akers was stuffed trying to run the ball in.

“You can say whatever you want about me, but don’t say I’m scared because we ain’t,” Schwartz said. “This team is going to be aggressive. We didn’t play well enough to win this game but it’s not because we were passive.”

There’s a difference between being aggressive and making a dumb call. Attempting the fake falls under the latter category. Benching Bush may have cost the team as well.

Reggie Bush: Matthew Stafford fake spike was like Bush Push

If there’s anyone who can understand the feeling and emotion of winning in surprising fashion on a crazy fake spike play at the goal line, it’s Reggie Bush.

Reggie Bush pushBack in 2005, Bush’s No. 1-ranked USC Trojans beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium 34-31 on a similar quarterback sneak for a touchdown. USC was down 31-28 and had a 2nd-and-goal with seven seconds left. Matt Leinart tried to sneak the ball in and was stuffed, but Bush pushed him into the end zone in what is now considered an illegal move. The Trojans won the game to maintain their undefeated season, and the game is remembered as one of the best in the last 10 years and history of the rivalry between the teams.

After his Detroit Lions came back to beat the Dallas Cowboys Sunday 31-30 on Matthew Stafford’s fake spike-turned-quarterback sneak for a touchdown play, Bush sent this tweet:

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NCAA selling Reggie Bush autographed photo from vacated game

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The NCAA found enough wrongdoing with Reggie Bush to essentially strip the former USC star running back of his Heisman Trophy, force the school to vacate wins, and put the program on probation, but they have no problem selling autographed merchandise from the disgraced player.

We included this item in Tuesday’s post on Jay Bilas’ amazing takedown of the NCAA, but we figured it deserved its own post so nobody missed this hypocritical act.

As LBS tipster Joel shared with us, the NCAA official store is selling a Reggie Bush autographed 8×10 photo of the former Trojans star running away from the Oklahoma Sooners during USC’s 55-19 win at the 2005 Orange Bowl. They’re charging nearly $180 for it.

After the NCAA concluded that Bush violated rules by accepting gifts from at least Dec. 2004 onward, they forced USC to vacate their last two wins in the 2004 season. Those two games were a Dec. 4 win over UCLA, and the shellacking of Oklahoma to punctuate an unbeaten season. The Trojans also vacated all their wins in a 12-1 season the next year. They were placed on probation for four years, received a two-year bowl ban, and lost 30 scholarships over three years because of Bush’s violations. Oh, and as a bonus, the NCAA told USC to disassociate itself with Bush.

So the NCAA will penalize a school and individual for violating rules and tell the university not to associate with the individual, but they have no problem profiting off that same player’s name, image, and autograph. That’s really sound logic, right there.

Reggie Bush: Lions team most talented I have ever been on

Reggie-Bush-DolphinsReggie Bush may not have gotten the ball as much as he would have liked during his five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, but he did win a Super Bowl and play with some of the game’s best players. The 2009 Super Bowl champion Saints were loaded with big names like Drew Brees and Marques Colston on offense and bruisers like Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper and Darren Sharper on defense. Apparently that level of talent did not match up to the 2013 Detroit Lions.

During a recent interview with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, Bush was asked if he believes his current team is the most talented he has ever played on.

“I do,” Bush said, via MLive.com. “I feel like our talent matches up with anybody’s in this league. … We’re really talented and we just got to work hard. And leadership has to improve. We just got to improve in all areas and I think we’re going to be a tough team this year. We’re going to score a lot of points.”

In a sense, Bush is right. The Lions have a tremendous amount of talent on offense, led by the best receiver on the planet in Calvin Johnson. That being said, this is a Detroit team that finished 4-12 last season. Reaching the playoffs in 2013 would require a major turnaround, but Bush has his sights set on a championship.

“I came here to work,” he told the Detroit News on Wednesday. “I didn’t come here to vacation. I came here to win championships, to win football games, and that’s what I look forward to doing.”

Confidence is a positive and it’s nice to see that Bush is optimistic about his new team, but the Lions need to be careful not to set the bar too high. Earlier this month, Nick Fairley said he expects Detroit to reach the Super Bowl in 2013. Super Bowl? As much talent as anyone in the league? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

Nate Burleson tries to convince Reggie Bush to sign with the Lions

The Detroit Lions are in need of help at the running back position, and the name Reggie Bush seems to keep coming up in association with their backfield. Although he once again showed that he is susceptible to injury last season, Bush played in all 16 regular season game with the Miami Dolphins and nearly rushed for 1,000 yards. He also hauled in 35 receptions out of the backfield.

While I highly doubt Bush is capable of remaining healthy and being effective as an every-down back, he could be a nice fit in an offense that throws the ball a lot like Detroit’s. That’s why Lions receiver Nate Burleson is trying to recruit him.

“I’m going to just say this, ‘Reggie Bush, you already took your talents to South Beach, come on to Detroit,’” Burleson told NFL Network’s NFL AM on Monday morning, via Around the League. “He still has that legend behind him. … And if I can get Reggie Bush in a Detroit Lions uniform, ooh-wee, watch out.”

It’s a nice idea, but it may not be that simple. As Around The League’s Chris Wesseling pointed out, Detroit is currently just $2 million below the projected salary cap for the 2013 season. There Lions have 23 unrestricted free agents on their roster, so they will have to take care of some of their own in addition to seeing what’s available. At age 27 and coming off his two best seasons as a pro, Bush is going to look to cash in on what should be the final big contract of his career.

The Lions were a disappointing 4-12 last season, but their record is not a good indicator of where they’re at as a team. They have some holes — mostly on defense — and very little money. With the way Joique Bell emerged as a viable running back option toward the end of last season, they might be best suited spending their limited funds elsewhere.

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