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Talking Bull - T'eo fiasco just keeps getting weirder

How do you spell awkward? R-o-n-a-i-a-h


Just when you thought the last bit of painful awkwardness had been squeezed out of girlfriend-gate ( (c) Bull Run) it get even more painful. I really thought in 10 year we would all look like this as a 15 minute minute moment and footnote in an NFL players career. Instead it's looking like something that can, should, and will be made into a movie, albeit a lifetime movie.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to Dr. Phil McGraw -- voice his, Manti Te'o not in on it - ESPN
"Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love I asked him straight up, 'Was this a romantic relationship with you?' And he says yes. I said, 'Are you then therefore gay?' And he said, 'When you put it that way, yes.' And then he caught himself and said 'I am confused.' "

If this is true, and not a hail mary by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo aimed at keeping this thing going, then T'eo is looking more and more like a true victim here. Not a very bright victim but a victim none the less. It also serves as a that those little white lies, Like T'eo lying about who he met his girlfriend, can reall bite you in the rear.

It's like I tell my kids, No matter how bad something is lying makes it even worse".

At Marshall U they use deer antlers for lighting fixtures, at Alabama they use it to win Championships!

Deer-antler salesman saw Alabama players use product - ESPN
Key was quoted by SI as explaining the benefits of the spray to the Alabama players. "You're familiar with HGH, correct? It's converted in the liver to IGF-1," Key explained, according to the Sports Illustrated report. "IGF-1, or insulin-like growth factor, is a natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth. We have deer that we harvest out of New Zealand. Their antlers are the fastest-growing substance on planet Earth ... because of the high concentration of IGF-1.

Basically they were ingesting via the Lingual veins a naturally occurring steroid. Players for the LSU tigers also purchased the product during their National Championship season.

The Best news of the week for Penn State

Jerry Sandusky's bid for new trial rejected by Judge John Cleland - ESPN
Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict on child sex abuse charges.

It's time to move on from this and Sandusky rotting in jail with the former administration mostly gone gives PSU a blank slate and no real media appeal (beyond what any BigTen school will get).

Maybe they should just raid the Big East?

Big 12 wants NCAA to allow conference title game - ESPN
Down to 10 members after the departure of Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M in recent years, the Big 12 was forced to do without a championship game the last two seasons. Kansas State and Oklahoma tied for the championship with matching 8-1 records in conference play last season, and the Wildcats earned the automatic BCS berth after winning the head-to-head matchup.

Want to have your cake and eat it too?

I have heard that the Big-12 has said, pretty explicitly, that they will not add team who does not bring more money in than they would take from the conference pit.

Fine, great, I get that. In some ways its a very smart move to say "Why Cincinnati? They would not increase our per team Television contract. But like all decisions in life you have to live with it. The cost of not having 12 teams is not Conference Championship game (ask the Big East).

But they want that as well and I sure hope the NCAA says no. A more reasonable request by the 12 would be to ask for permission to use the NCAA conference Championship week for some Marquee match ups. Like Oklahoma and Texas.

Don't quite know how I feel about this...

Judge rules NCAA athletes can legally pursue television money - ESPN
Judge Claudia Wilken issued her ruling Tuesday, rejecting the NCAA's motion that players in the antitrust suit led by former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon should be precluded from advancing their lawsuit on procedural grounds.

If I were king of the NCAA I would offer this compromise

1)The money would be divided among *everyone* from *every sport*. Thats right everyone from your Heisman trophy winner to the womens field hockey goal tender.

2) Players only see the money if graduating from the school. Want to leave early for the NFL? get kicked out for bad grades or living the thug life? than no money for you

3) Money would be held for use as continuing education grants until the player is 35. Then given as cash if they want it. If that pro sports career does not work out and you want to go to grade school you'll get some grant money. Otherwise wait until just before middle age and then you get it (With provision for emergency situations like medical issues)


Buffalo Bills Watch

Andre Reed, The man who showed no fear going across the middle of the defense is one of the most under appreciated receivers in NFL history. He may finally get his due and end up in the hall of fame and Buffalo Rumblings makes the case.

NFL Hall of Fame 2013: Marv Levy On Andre Reed's Credentials - Buffalo Rumblings
Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed will know on Saturday evening whether or not he will get the call from the Pro Football Hall of Fame to be a member of the Class of 2013. One Hall of Famer thinks he belongs, and it should come as no surprise to Bills fans.

Around the MAC

Ohio cancells their game with EMU because of an off capus mugging.

Ohio-Eastern Michigan cancelled due to armed robber on the loose - Hustle Belt
The precaution was taken after a women near campus was robbed at gunpoint, who apparently had all of five dollars on her. The gunman then went loose and headed toward campus. As a precaution, Ohio University closed down campus, sending home non-essential employees, and this lead to the basketball postponement.

NIU bounces back in a big way!

Northern Illinois wins, and this is why sports are awesome - Hustle Belt
The Huskie players then went nuts at center court. And you couldn't blame them one bit. They went from that to this. It's hard not to feel something warm and fuzzy for this team. They're not a very good squad, but they bounced back from awful national exposure — things that could rip apart the scabs and psyche of a program even further — to a thrilling victory.