News And Views In The Ever Changing World Of Sports

News And Views In The Ever Changing World Of Sports

We can all agree that at this time of the year there’s not much news out there that one would deem newsworthy in the world of sports. As of now there’s not really much to opine about as it now stands. Well that’s unless you’re an aggrieved USC Trojans’ fan then you can’t take solace in the fact that the SEC or NCAA won’t as of yet be investigating the allegations into the fact that former Gators’ player Maurkice Pouncey may well have improperly accepted $100,000 whilst attending the University of Florida while on his athletic football scholarship. Well nothing new there given the fact that Gators’ football coach Urban Meyer is bout as strict with his players as the Los Angeles County Court System are on their treatment of Hollywood celebrities . But then again what else should one expect ? It has become the norm to see athletes and celebrities be treated as nothing more than Pre-K children each time they ran afoul of the law or knowingly break the rules of an educational institution and that of the NCAA .

Knowing what we already know about collegiate athletics when stories such as this come to the public’s attention we can either choose to ignore them or we can choose to discuss them like mature adults. But then again when discussing collegiate sports and in particular football it can border upon sectarianism in its resolve in trying to garner anything intelligent or enlightening as part of any type of debate or discussion. The NCAA > for its part can come across as a rather toothless organization whose bark more often than not is worse than its bite !


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Below I’ve either provided links or in part piece of an ongoing story for you to peruse that we might discuss. So by all means having read the links provided then do chime in with a comment.

Courtesy of USA Today & Sean Leahy

Report: Steelers rookie C Maurkice Pouncey tied to improprieties at Florida

C/G Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers’ first-round draft pick, may be facing some uncomfortable questions once he signs his first NFL contract later this summer.

According to ESPN, the University of Florida is investing claims that Pouncey received a $100,000 payment from the representative of an agent prior to playing in the Gators’ Sugar Bowl win over the University of Cincinnati in January.

“We were made aware of some information in early June that we reported to law enforcement and we then shared with the NCAA and the SEC,” Gators AD Jeremy Foley said in a statement released Monday morning. “At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida.”

Pouncey entered the 2010 NFL draft after his junior season, but his twin brother Mike, a potential first-round pick in the 2011 draft, remained in Gainesville, Fla., for his senior season. He is also an offensive lineman.

If found guilty of improprieties, Florida could have to vacate its Sugar Bowl victory over the Bearcats.


Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports

Russell pleads not guilty not guilty in Alabama case

Ex-Raider Russell pleads not guilty in Ala. case

MOBILE, Ala. (AP)—Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell(notes) pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegal drug possession Tuesday in Alabama.

Russell, 24, is a former LSU star who was released by Oakland after being the No. 1 draft choice in 2007. He entered the plea in court in Mobile. He is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, codeine syrup.

Authorities have said that he did not have a prescription for the drug and that he was arrested July 5 at his home as part of an undercover investigation.

His attorney, Donald Briskman, said in a phone interview that there were about nine or 10 people in the house and that he believes once all the evidence is known, Russell will be exonerated.

Russell, a prep star in Mobile, had no comment after his court appearance. He has been free on $2,500 bond.

Briskman said he asked for an early hearing in order for Russell to get the case behind him and renew his effort to play professional football. A hearing in his case is set for Aug. 11 to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

One of the NFL’s biggest No. 1 draft busts, Russell completed just 52.1 percent of his passes in his career, with 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and 15 lost fumbles. He won only seven of 25 starts.


Someone explain to me what it was that Al Davis and the rest of the Raiders’ front office saw in JaMarcus Russell to begin with ? I’ve heard it said that temperament and maturity doesn’t matter when it comes to being professional athlete . Without either then an athlete will fail to show presence of mind to become a success to begin with ! Well the idiot who made that summary and asinine remark is too dumb to realize what’s needed to compete at the professional level ! Russell had none of the attributes required to make it at the next level !

Fedrigo denies Armstrong Tour de France stage win

OK so tell me who the hell is actually interested in the Tour de France to begin with ? Lance Armstrong may well be the nom-de-plume for the moment. But he’s not going to win the event nor was he ever like to add to his tally of seven consecutive wins. Lance’s time has come and gone ! nd besides the sport itself is rife with cheating nd prolific steroid use. Never mind the fact that the sports’ governing body UCI has about as much presence in dealing with the matter as the US government’s stance has been on immigration reform and that of the US economy. Both have become those respective legislative bodies’ Waterloo. The former seven time champion currently sits in twenty fifth place some 34 minutes behind the current leader Alberto Contador of Spain ,a winner of the race in 2007 and 2009 .

Sorry Lance you’re no longer worthy of being lauded as some hero , not when the sport of cycling is rife with as much cheating that’s alleged to have gone on within the sport over the past decade. Now you’re in the midst of an ongoing battle of words with one of your fellow compatriots in Greg Lemond , himself former winner of the event. Why don’t you boys just kiss and make up instead of coming across like pair of Ru Paul’s drag queen cast offs from the drag queen’s reality show ?

Cubs manager Piniella retiring after season

Right so this should come as a surprise to whom ? Cubs’ manager Lou Piniella announces that he’ll retire at the end of the season . Low and behold after all of the torture that lovable Lou has suffered at the hands of this team and organization I’d like to commend him on his decision to begin with ! It’s not as if the team was ever capable of winning a World Series title to begin with ! Instead there’ll just be another year added to over a century of infamy and sheer ineptitude. As for those endearing fans who attend Wrigley Field religiously each season I for one just hope that they can continue to endure the suffering that they’ve had to withstand ! At some point in the future things my well change but who know when that might be ? Even the purists nd pundits can’t decide when that will be but somehow they’re holding out hope for change in the fortunes of the Chicago Cubs . How about you ? Do you ever see things turning around for the baseball club ?



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Alan Parkins aka …. tophatal ………. 🙂

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13 thoughts on “News And Views In The Ever Changing World Of Sports”

  1. I think there’s many more schools that have the same things going on as USC and Florida. I think in Florida’s case they shouldn’t be penalized since there’s no way the program can control what the kid did…

    I’m done talking about Jamarcus 🙂

    Lou’s time has come and gone in Chicago. They have some talent on that team, so I’m not sure why they are so underwhelming… I guess they are cursed!


    1. chappy 81

      What’s the use in having an athletics director and compliance officer if they’re not there to make sure that NCAA rules re being strictly adhered to ? Or is that the way you believe taht schools ought to conduct their programs with everyone turning a blind eye to the breaking of those rules ?

      USC set the bar to where it’s at and the whining bitches as in their fans scream because they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar .

      Meanwhile the likes of Pete Carroll , Tim Floyd and Mike Garrett go unpunished when they knew full well what was going on. Always an excuse but never anyone wanting to seek out an answer as to why it all happened.

      Russell’s problems were psychological and had anyone within the Raiders’ front office bothered to really to take look at the guy they’d have figured it out from the get go. His problems at LSU were well known right off the bat . But they were too busy fawning over his alleged talents as they saw it.

      tophatal ……. 🙂


    2. chappy 81

      A character like Piniella was never going to lead the Cubs anywhere as the team just didn’t have what it takes ! We all witnessed that for ourselves when Carlos Zambrano had his meltdown. They’re not fit to wipe a baby’s ass much less play baseball in the majors .



      tophatal ……… 🙂


  2. What!!!??? Lohan skank won’t serve 90?? She pissed all over the legal system and still gets a slap cause of “overcrowding”….piss on her and those like her…..put up some damn tents like in Arizona and make em do their time there!!
    So what else is new about the NCAA?? Stuff happens lot more than we know….I dunno if it harms anything if the player(s) aren’t throwing the game or shaving points for the spread….some, like TMZ and ESPN have too much time on their hands. Ya know it is only a crime iffen you get caught…right?


    1. al clements

      Thank the asinine legal system in L A County for that sh_t to begin with ! Lohan and her legal team were looking for another get out jail free card and more likely than not those as_holes may well grant her , her wish.

      “Tweet me please ? Or you could sext me “?

      The NCAA now makes the US government seem tough on crime. But if only that were true …… ? aLike I said in the piece their bark is far worse than their bite !

      “My Lindsay is far too pretty to go to jail ” ! Dina Lohan mother of actress Lindsay Lohan

      Were that any common criminal then 6 months would have been the minimum they’d have been looking at ! As for Lohan’s mother stating that her daughter shouldn’t be behind bars she ought to shut the fu_k up be a parent and not an enabler to her child. Let’s just hope that one of the inmates in there “turns Lindsay out” ………..mind you she’s already experienced that side of life so we’ve been led to believe .

      Ta-ta’s galore now that’s what I’m talking ’bout !


      tophatal ………… 🙂


    1. Chris Humpherys

      Your cut will come from the fact that Urban and the alumni will be asking for more donations for the program . The boosters will no doubt weigh in also .

      “What would Jesus do Tim” ? ” Well coach he hasn’t spoken to me today but I think that he’d want for us to pray for the program ” !

      What would Tim Tebow do with Pam Anderson ? Oh I forgot Tim’s still a virgin or is he ?


      tophatal ………. 🙂


  3. Alan,

    The reports I’ve read have mentioned that Lohan will only serve 14 days of her sentence.

    Now about the Cubs, I’m not sure it’s the punishment that the fans are addicted to, but instead just the fact that Wrigley is an amazing place to see a ballgame.



    1. Meehan

      Quit talking about the Cubs as they’ve not been relevant to the game of baseball for almost over a century. Lovable losers that’s the best way to describe the team

      Joy and pain sunshine and rain .


      ’bout the only thing they’ve got going for them at present …… hot chicks !


      tophatal ………….. 🙂


  4. As far as the “overcrowding” goes, this is how it works in Hollywood. When a celebrity is convicted of a crime and ordered to serve jail time, their agent calls the prison and alerts them of this. Through a wink or a nod (or both) the prison then transfers a bunch of prisoners over to that particular jail so that when the celebrity arrives it will be considered “overcrowded”. Then after a short stint, the celebrity is sent home, and a couple of weeks later the original prisoners are shipped back ot their real homes.



    1. Meehan

      The justice system in the state of California is a joke to begn with. Anyone who believes otherwse is a complete dumb s_s ! Plea deals seem to be the norm even for major felonies. It’s as if the DA ‘s officers are incapable of doing their jobs properly .

      “Lindsay will become my bitch ” !


      tophatal ……………. 🙂


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