Bob Finnan of the News-Herald annually writes one of the funnier look-backs at the Cavs season. The 2011-12 edition is here, replete with Chris Grant’s first tweet and a geography lesson.
NFL Players Union president Dominque Foxworthy took to the pages of USA Today to defend the union’s stance on the bounty suspensions. Criticism has gone like this: How can the union defend guys who were intentionally trying to hurt others. Wrote Foxworthy: “Players have seen no specific, detailed evidence of player participation in a pay-to-injure program. We know a coach crossed the line, but where is the evidence that any players actually committed themselves financially or tactically to carrying out a ‘bounty’ program?. He called Goodell’s actions “news media leaks, character assassinations, PR campaigns and legal manipulation to mislead the public.” Ah, harmony. USA Today had called the players tone deaf about the scandal.
Anthony Castrovince, one of the rising stars in baseball writing weighs in on Cole Hamels drilling Bryce Harper for no reason other than he could. Castrovince calls Hamels’ action numbskull baseball and quotes Cal Ripken: “There are real reasons on how you play the game, and embarrass the game. That’s old school. But just to come up and drill somebody for no reason, I don’t remember that being old school.”
Andrew Bynum (still) has some growing up to do.
Jonathan Vilma wants just a tiny bit of paperwork from the NFL before he accepts his suspension.
Buzz Bissinger wants to ban college football. What sounds wacky actually has some sound foundation. Starting with: “In more than 20 years I’ve spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics. That’s because college football has no academic purpose.” To verify that the system is out of control, check this article from six years ago about Gordon Gee at Vanderbilt.
Business Week addresses the Fausto Carmona Hernandez issue.
Finally, here is Maria Menounos playing volleyball. Why? Because we can.