Winners of the Week in the Sporting World

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a few knuckleheads in the sporting world – just to break up all the talk about the NFL Draft:

Ryan Leaf.  In light of his arrests on March 30 and April 1 in Montana for oxycontin possession (he stole them from two different people), Texas has withdrawn his probation deal in which he received 10 year’s probation for drug possession and issued an arrest warrant  Bail is set at $126,000, and he has a court date in Montana looming.  For someone so talented in college, he has trumped Maurice Clarett for burning out after his college career (Clarett has since cleaned up his act).  I can’t wait to see what comes up next!

Metta World Peace.  The NBA player formerly known as Ron Artest is at it again.  After elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden in the head (causing a concussion), he was suspended for seven games – just as the playoffs start. “It was bad timing for me and then physically, it was bad timing for Mr. Harden”  Metta said in a statement.  This is the same guy that was suspended for 86 games in 2004 for jumping up the stands at Detroit to fight the fans (among other suspensions), and wanted “time off” from his regular job (making insane amounts of money playing basketball) to promote his rap career.  This guy is self absorbed and deserved the suspension (and probably a hefty fine as well).  Thug for life indeed.

The BCS honchos.  There is something about those guys that make my blood boil.  After spending a week in Hollywood, Florida, Bill Hancock (head of the BCS) and commissioners from the college conferences made real headway in finally establishing a playoff of sorts – nah, I’m lying.  Basically they tentatively came up with some conclusions that they could have done over a conference call.  First, they are doing away with the automatic qualifying/ non automatic qualifying conferences (what the hell kind of difference does it make?  Will we ever see a Sun Belt conference team in the National Championship?)  They decided that the games should be in a neutral stadium (just like the bowls), and that it won’t be a 8 or 16 team playoff.  And – that’s it, that’s all they accomplished.  They meet again in June, and hopefully there will be more progress (although they have been known to reverse any progress they have made).  By the way, who pays for these “junkets” anyway?  If it’s on the BCS’ dime, then it is a conflict of interest because the BCS contract is up in 2014.

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