Athletes behaving badly

That mascot wasn’t helping one bit (update)

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Here’s a link to the video, if you’re curious. Thanks to Coyote, who is definitely With Leather. Great blog, great blog name.

Funny story from the NBA Development League: The Austin Toros’ mascot — Da Bull — almost cost his/her/its team the game the other night by prematurely celebrating. The lead to the story uses the fictional word “Bull-oney,” which should be a writing suspension in its own right. But here’s some of the rest from

“The mascot, known as Da Bull, prematurely ran onto the court and hung from the rim with .4 seconds remaining, apparently to punctuate center Loren Woods’ breakaway dunk that gave the Toros a four-point lead over Colorado. While hanging from the rim, the Toros detailed in a news release Thursday, Da Bull collided with a Colorado player. At the point of contact, the mascot’s head, to his horror, fell to the floor. The Toros were assessed a technical foul. The 14ers’ Von Wafer made the free throw, but Rick Rickert missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the score as time expired. Da Bull was suspended for two games and assigned by the team to 50 hours of community service. A replacement mascot will perform in his absence.”

We really don’t need to provide any follow-up, but:

1. Loren Woods and Rick Rickert were involved. That’s outstanding.

2. Von Wafer.

3. We think any mascot that can hang on the rim should be commended, not punished. But that’s just us. Furthermore, some sort of mascot controversy should now be part of every NBA Developmental league game. Who’s in charge? David Stern? A deputy? Make it happen.


Rick Rickert, not capitalizing on Da Bull’s mistake.

This is not the way to increase your playing time

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

We bring you the tale of Howard Stirgus, a Denton High senior basketball player who called in a bomb threat on the night of a game in which he wasn’t playing due to a fighting suspension. Stirgus, who is averaging 21.9 points and 9.8 rebounds, is now suspended indefinitely, of course. All around, not really a great idea — which is why we’re very surprised Ricky Davis hasn’t tried it before.

You can’t stop the Bengals; you can’t even contain them

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

They said it couldn’t be done. But Johnathan Joseph, displaying the can-do spirit that defined Cincinnati recently knew, otherwise. He proved it early Monday when he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, making him the ninth Bengal to be arrested in a little more than one calendar year. Congratulations! The only question remains: Where will you be when the Bengals boldly move into double-digits?

*Weeping openly while watching “The Notebook.”

*Reheating “questionable” Chinese food.

*Attending what we can only hope will be the second annual Carson Palmer Cornhole Classic!

Perhaps the particulate matter was oregano

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

ESPN is reporting that Michael Vick was not carrying marijuana or any other illegal substance in a secret compartment in his water bottle when he was busted at Miami International Airport last week. We’re not quite sure we believe that, but we’ll play along. What could the mystery “dark particulate” with a “pungent aroma closely associated with marijuana” have been?

*The colonel’s secret blend of herbs and spices used to make KFC chicken so delicious.

*Scented turf clippings from the Georgia Dome.

*A fine potpourri with which Vick planned to charm new head coach Bobby Petrino.

*Onterrio Smith’s prescription medication.

Innocent until proven … wait, he did what?

Friday, January 19th, 2007

The bizarre story of the Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter in September is scheduled to take another turn with a preliminary hearing today. Mitch Cozad, the accused, could face up to 48 years in prison if convicted. And all, it seems, because he wanted very badly to be the one to kick the ball on fourth down instead of Rafael Mendoza, who had a three-to-five inch deep knife wound in his leg to prove it. The good news? Cozad was able to pay his $500,000 bail by writing, “If I did it,” a *fictional* account of how he would have gone into Mendoza’s parking lot to gash him with a blade had he, you know, wanted to. Best part: A kicker had vanity plates reading 8-KIKR.