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Should sportswriters be allowed to gamble on sports?
Some pre-Super Bowl food for thought from my Boston Phoenix colleague Sean Kerrigan: Financial...Originally posted on soxmobster.tumblr.com. Chris Faraone's book, "How I Learned to Stop...
| February 04, 2011
Sports blotter: In the rough
Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
| July 02, 2010
Sports Blotter: Dead Duck
The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
| June 25, 2010
Here's one you don't hear every day. J.J. Hones, a point guard on the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad for a DUI. No big deal, right? Happens all the time in college sports.
Drunken golf-cart fun at Stanford; plus, an aspiring NHL goon takes his show off the ice
| June 18, 2010
Bring up the topic of biggest NFL draft busts of all time and most people come up with the same short list of notorious names, all of them quarterbacks.
Keith McCants mccan't stay out of trouble; plus, another Clockwork Orange homage
| June 11, 2010
Phillip Merling: Oh, baby
This week's foul NFL news emanates from down South, where Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Phillip Merling was busted for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.
A Dolphin gets flagged for illegal hands to face; plus, Zach Randolph resurfaces
| June 04, 2010
An exceedingly bizarre sequence of events transpired this past week — the parents of two different playoff-competing NBA players were arrested in separate incidents, one on each coast.
The pros take a back seat to their misbehaving moms and dads
| May 28, 2010
The Lawrence Taylor case is progressing, and as expected, each passing day upchucks new sordid details into the gossip-o-sphere.
LT’s self-abuse defense, a bag job at Notre Dame, and heading back to school in Texas
| May 21, 2010
We always knew Lawrence Taylor was a good bet to get in trouble.
NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor takes another hit
| May 14, 2010
Sooner or later, Facebook had to figure into the sports-crime scene. There are at least two cases now of pro football players getting arrested for assault in fights resulting from their wives looking at their Facebook friends lists.
Clinton Hart has one too many friends; plus, a pack of ’Dawgs starts chasing the Ducks
| May 07, 2010
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
| April 30, 2010
Trying to parse the situation with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his sexual-assault allegations, one comes to some interesting conclusions. The strategy pursued by law enforcement in this case speaks volumes.
No charges for Roethlisberger, but Big Ben’s reputation might be sacked
| April 23, 2010
The Florida International University football program was rocked recently when running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death in front of eight witnesses — allegedly by an ex–FIU teammate.
Senseless tragedy at FIU; plus, late-night fun at Marshall and some Oregon fallout
| April 16, 2010
The dumbass chronicles
Right about now, every football fan in America is asking him- or herself the same question: if Shaun Rogers is dumb enough to bring a gun to an airport, what did the guy score on the Wonderlic?
Shaun Rogers flunks out; plus, fun at the clubs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
| April 09, 2010
Bland theft auto
Man, talk about a meme that won't die!
Ex-Patriot Terry Glenn's suburban sprawl. Plus, Charles Rogers needs a nap.
| January 15, 2010
In the world of sports crime, there are two kinds of arrests. In the first, an athlete causes a public scene in some way, the police come, and the athlete is eventually squeezed into the back of a cruiser and taken away. The other kind of crime happen
Accused athletes unleash their attorneys
| August 28, 2009
The biggest story in sports media last week was the discovery of surreptitiously shot nude-video footage of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, whose comeliness has made her a favorite — and sometimes a fetish — of the online sports commentariat.
ESPN's odd double standard on sex
| July 31, 2009
We could be heroes . . .
With all due respect to David Bowie's lyrics — and certainly to all the men and women in the military at all levels — the concept of "hero" as it pertains to the media's use of the term has sadly become overblown.
Superlative sobriquet overused as blanket term for all military members
PHILLIPPE AND JORGE
| February 11, 2009
Let’s just say it’s been a while since we’ve seen a pound-worthy entry to the annals of pot busts, as we did this week.
Sports blotter: "Gone to pot" edition
| December 17, 2008
Sports blotter: Burress edition
| December 10, 2008
You do a thing often enough, you tend to get good at that thing.
Sports blotter: "Absolutely fell out of my chair" edition
| December 03, 2008
Bad idea jeans
Sports blotter: "You’re looking at some years, son" edition
| November 25, 2008
Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
| November 19, 2008
He choked big time
Sports blotter: "Ugly incident" edition
| November 12, 2008
Quiet before the storm
There have been a lot of mysteries surrounding the Patriots in the Bill Belichick years, not surprising given the intense effort the team puts into maintaining airtight clubhouse and organizational secrecy in general.
Sports blotter: "Good call, coach" edition
| November 05, 2008
BBs and b-balls
A few years ago, it looked like college athletes shooting strangers with BB guns was going to be the boutique sports offense of the 21st century.
Sports blotter: "Inducing panic" edition
| October 29, 2008
Details right now are still sketchy, but Thunder Collins, a former University of Nebraska running back who was once considered a sure-fire NFL star, has been charged with murder.
Sports blotter: "Next Lawrence Phillips" edition
| October 02, 2008
Bad times for kickers
Here’s a depressing-ass story that tells you everything you need to know about the life of a retired mediocre athlete.
Sports blotter: "Not so high on the hog" edition
| July 16, 2008
Highway to hell
The former SEC linebacking great should be available, after being Tasered on March 28, following a bizarre loitering arrest in Prichard, Alabama.
Sports blotter: "Not-so-free agents" edition
| April 23, 2008
Rooney doesn't rule
Funny, funny stuff coming from Pittsburgh — a relief, actually, to see some other city’s storied NFL franchise balls-deep in an ethical nightmare.
Sports blotter: "Pardon my French, but you're an asshole" edition
| March 26, 2008
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