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Mirror, mirror

Virtually every year, like clockwork, a college-football player is arrested for getting blasted and then running around town vandalizing cars — a crime that almost always involves ripping multiple side mirrors off of multiple automobiles.
Smashing up cars in South Alabama; Plus, it's that frisky NFL draft time of year
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 30, 2010
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Getting the boot

Last month, we announced the triumphant return of the Florida State football program to the summit of the sports-crime world.
The Seminoles do it again. Plus, will the real Vontae Davis please stand up?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 01, 2009
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Cocaine blues

Wow. That's all I can say after seeing the mug shot of former Jacksonville Jaguars star wide receiver Jimmy Smith, busted last week on pot and crack charges.
Jags great Jimmy Smith done in by illegal tint and an imaginary friend. Plus, the Nevada Wolf Pack goes down shooting.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 01, 2009
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Strange tales

Freaky. That's really the only word to describe the story of Amalia Tabata Pereira — the wife of top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect (and former Yankee farmhand) Jose Tabata.
Deportation and baby-napping collide in Florida. Plus, a badger double DUI shakes up the Justin Miller Award standings.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 01, 2009
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Tiger trap

There are a lot of famously troubled college sports programs out there, the majority of them football teams.
Sports blotter: "Walking in Memphis" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 20, 2008
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Trouble in Iowa

Gross, nasty, disgusting story out of Iowa recently — from Iowa City, to be exact, home of the University of Iowa.
Sports blotter: "Also trouble in Washington" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 04, 2008


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Zip line

There was an extraordinary incident in Akron, Ohio, this past week involving 20-year-old Rydell Brooks, a sophomore guard on the UA Zips basketball team.
Sports blotter: "Guns and skimasks" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2008

Lord of the thighs

This article originally appeared in the March 15, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Aerosmith should throw in the towel


By DOUG SIMMONS  |  March 11, 2008
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Bob's your uncle

When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007
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Pure idiocy

We’ve had some real winners light up the crime blotter this year.
Sports blotter: "Genius of the year" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 07, 2007
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Off point

Lots of class being shown this year by New York–area point guards.
Sports blotter: "Celtics fans still hate this guy" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 24, 2007


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Brown out

A few years ago it would have seemed unlikely that former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown would leave any legacy at all, but that situation has clearly changed.
Sports blotter: "All people named 'Brown' " edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 10, 2007
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Too high

One wonders, at times, if there is some kind of Norse God of sports crime.
Sports blotter: "T-High" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 25, 2007
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Texas trouble

Some college-football positions just seem to be cursed, arrest-wise.
Sports blotter: "When's he going to talk about Michael Vick?" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 06, 2007
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Triple double

Several big-time D-1 sports schools have found themselves enmeshed in complex multi-arrest imbroglios this week.
Sports blotter: Incriminating phone evidence edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 18, 2007
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Surprise, surprise

This sports-crime-column thing . . . most every week it’s some variation of the same old thing: dorm rape, huge bags of weed unearthed, an Indiana Pacer flashing a gun in a strip club parking lot at 3:30 am.
Sports Blotter: "Not a busy week" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 29, 2006


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The new U

Slowly, imperceptibly, the cumulative arrest record of current and former Ohio State University Buckeye football players is approaching the status of great football crime families, nearing the Olympus where live giants like Miami and Florida State.
Sports blotter: Buckeye edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 01, 2006
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Big trouble in little Carolina

I must have missed that chapter of The Purpose-Driven Life.
Sports blotter: tobacco road edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 26, 2006
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She heard something pop

The world of sports journalism has for decades been one giant Willie Wonka chocolate factory for the tired cliché. And while sportswriters themselves are generally just literate enough to keep from confusing their products, the general public may be excu
Plus, the troubles of the Delaware Blue Hens
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 08, 2006