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Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Gon’ Do?

Earlier this year the Pittsburgh Steelers starting QB Big Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student while at a bar in Milledgeville, GA. The accuser claimed Roethlisberger encouraged her and her friends to take numerous alcoholic shots before cornering her in the ladies room and assaulting her against her will. Obviously, Roethlisberger denied all accusations. The case proved to be messy, but in the end Big Ben was not formally charged on any accounts, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for the first six games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s “personal conduct” rules. The comish had said he would consider reducing the suspension if Roethlisberger attended league-mandated counseling sessions, adhered to league rules, and stayed out of trouble. Today that six-game suspension slapped on Big Ben Roethlisberger back in April has now been reduced to four games.

I THINK THIS IS OUT-FREAKING-RAGEOUS. I can’t tell if Roethlisberger is actually a rapist or if he is just stupid for getting himself into this kind of situation, but either way I think the six game suspension should have stood. “Oh, you didn’t jump on any women in the past six months? Great job Ben! You get to play two weeks earlier!” Are you kidding me? For any regular person in this kind of situation they are absolutely going to jail and for Big Ben… well, his suspension gets reduced which, to me, is sending yet another message that an “entitled” athlete can get away with murder. Letting him off is just enabling him to continue his demeaning attitude towards women which, apparently, he has been doing since his college days. WAKE UP CALL BEN! You’re a professional athlete (AND A HUMAN) in the spotlight, that kind of behavior is unacceptable. I just have never gotten a good vibe from this dude and now he’s getting rewarded for “behaving.” On another note, during his four game suspension Ben is not allowed to practice with the Steelers, attend games, have contact with teammates/coaches, or represent the team in any way. I’m thinking that unstructured, free time away from football is probably not going to be the best thing. Big Ben doesn’t have problems on the field, he has problems off the field. But, what do I know, right? Oh, by the way, Roethlisberger was also accused of sexual assault in 2008… Does anyone else see a creeptastic trend here, or is it just me?

On to Badboy #2: Jeremiah Masoli. The University of Oregon’s starting QB was dismissed from the team this past spring after being arrested for possession of marijuana. Masoli was still on the team despite previously pleading guilty to burglary, but after the weed incident and driving with a suspended license, head coach Chip Kelly had had enough. Masoli transferred to Ole Miss as a graduate student who had one year of athletic eligibility remaining. Under NCAA rules if a student-athlete transfers from one university to another following a dismissal, they are required to warm the bench for a year. Masoli submitted a waiver to the NCAA this summer on the grounds that he was entering graduate school at Ole Miss and that his major was “not offered at Oregon.” Initially, he was not granted permission to play for the Rebels in the 2010 season, but today the NCAA overruled themselves and made the decision that Masoli is immediately eligible to play. I’m sorry… didn’t you get DISMISSED for being arrested, TWICE? It’s not like this guy was unhappy at Oregon or was looking to move closer to home, he got kicked off the team! But yeah, you’re right NCAA, this badboy should definitely get to play. Frustrating!

Badboy sidebars:

  • The Washington Nationals’ centerfielder Nyjer Morgan has been suspended eight games and fined an undisclosed amount on top of his previous seven game suspension for three wild incidents over the past week. 1.) August 21: Morgan intentionally throws a ball at a fan in the stands. 2.) August 31: Morgan runs over a catcher, when a slide was the obvious choice, and separates the catcher’s shoulder. 3.) September 1: Morgan charges the mound after a HBP and having a ball thrown behind him inducing a bench-clearing brawl. After the vicious dogpile was taken apart he was lead off the field with his jersey ripped open and arrogantly taunting the crowd. Come on man, control yourself. I know you’re a little guy, but come on man, figure out a different way to portray yourself as tough.
  • At least twelve UNC football players are suspended for the Tar Heels 2010 season opener due to misconduct regarding professional agents and allegedly turning in papers that were written by tutors. So much for a promising season.

For real, people? Just because you’re an athlete doesn’t mean you get to act like a total bonehead. If anything you should be more aware of your behavior because being in a constant spotlight everything you do or say is looked at under a microscope. Plus, people look up to you! You are given an amazing opportunity to be a role model, USE IT FOR GOOD, NOT EVIL!

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Let’s be real, everyone is excited, or at least interested, in seeing how Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Ochouno are going to co-exist in Cincy. PS: I know Terrell Owens hasn’t changed his name to Ochouno, I just still find it hysterical that Chad changed his name to his jersey number and I have taken it upon myself to call this athletically freakish twosome Los Ochos Locos. Will their current placid partnership last and help the Kitties to a Super Bowl ring OR will both of these ego-maniacal, loud mouthed, spotlight seeking wide receivers clash and be a detriment to the chemistry of their team? Personally, I am leaning more towards the latter. I just can’t see either one of these guys wanting to share the spotlight for the good of their team.

Anyways, apparently, Chad Ochocinco is more than ready for the upcoming NFL season… and he’s letting everybody in on his master plan. Mr. #85 already has a big plan for his self-expected first TD in the Bengals first regular season game against the New England Patriots. During home football games in Gillette Stadium there are Minutemen standing behind each end zone prepared to fire their rifles in celebration when the Pats score in order to recognize the history in the New England region. Ochocinco tweeted in anticipation of their season opener announcing that when (uhhh… how about if?) he scores a touchdown he will be taking a gun from one of the Minutemen and firing it to kick of his season with a BANG. If I’m one of the fans sitting near the end zone and Ochocinco scores… I would absolutely be ducking and covering, who knows what could go wrong! After watching Cirque de Ochocinco the past few years, it doesn’t surprise me that he already has a plan regarding celebrations. So, prepare yourselves for a Week 1 show and for the NFL to strike down a hefty Week 1 fine. Of course ya’ll have to remember that’s IF Ochocinco even gets into the endzone. Dear God, help us.

Maybe he is trying to break the record for the first player to get fined during the 2010 season. Wait a second… he already got fined $25,000 for Tweeting during a pre-season game. Nevermind the 90 minute pre-game through post-game obligations rules about technological communication (which, duh, includes social networking sites), Ochocinco said “Screw that!” and Tweeted during the Bengals pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles about a rough hit he took. But don’t worry, he apologized… through Twitter. ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME MAN?! The antics are getting out of control. How about you let your play do the talking instead of your actual mouth via Twitter or a reality TV show. Let’s take a look back at a couple notable Ochocinco No-No’s:

  • “The Bribe”- $20,000: Ochocinco is fined for flashing a dollar bill at a referee during a replay challenge in an attempt to jokingly “bribe” the ref.
  • “The Poncho & Sombrero”- $30,000: After scoring a touchdown Ochocinco donned a sombrero and a poncho as part of his celebration.

Who knows what this season will bring, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

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Favre: 2 Retirement: 0

August 18, 2009: Brett Favre announces his comeback to professional football.

August 18, 2010: Brett Favre announces his comeback to professional football.

Deja vu, huh? The Favre versus retirement battle seems to be a little one sided. Last football season the Minnesota Vikings were one pass away from reaching the Super Bowl. The strong chance of the Vikings being able to finish atop the NFC North and advance to the Super Bowl this season is what Brett Favre says is bringing him back to the team for (at least) one more year. Favre stepped out on the field this morning with his teammates and got right to work, just like he did last year. In today’s press conference he made it clear that he could not guarantee to be healthy for the entire season… well, DUH! No athlete has a warranty on their health. But thanks for the gesture, Brett.

I know some people are sick of Favre’s yearly farce, but I can’t help but love the guy and I’m incredibly happy that he is coming back for another season. I think one reason that I’m ok with his indecisiveness is that he has made fun of himself for it! Last year’s SEARS commercial featuring Brett trying to decide if he was going to buy a TV or not… BRILLIANT. The guy is pushing 41 years old and he can still deliver a rocket threaded right down the center of the field for a TD as good, if not better, than anybody else. He gets the snot knocked out of him and somehow continues to get up time after time. Going into his 20th season, Favre holds the NFL record in: most career touchdown passes, most career passing yards, most career pass completions, most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts, and most career victories as a starting quarterback. WHEW! What a track record. How can you NOT love this guy? If you are one of those people who are sick of his consistent inconclusiveness, hear me out. He is physically unbelievable, mentally as tough as nails, and one of the NFL’s all-time greats… you have to at least respect the old man and admit that you are going to tune in to as many Vikings games as you can to see if the 40-year-old version of Favre can still be “the man.”

If you think about it, Brett is actually a genius. He “retires” after the season, doesn’t have to do any of the off season work, literally gets dragged back to Minnesota by teammates and coaches, gets back in shape and into a rhythm within .2 seconds, and swoops in like Superman to be the leader of his team. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?

Could this year be THE year for the Vikings? Can Brett lead them to the Super Bowl? Can he be as good as we was last season? Will his ankle hold up? Will this really be his final season? All of these questions will be answered over the next six months. So, tune in and let the Favre saga continue.  GO BRETT!

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