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Sports blotter: In the rough

Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 30, 2010
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Sports Blotter: Dead Duck

Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 24, 2010
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Cardinal sin

Drunken golf-cart fun at Stanford; plus, an aspiring NHL goon takes his show off the ice
Here's one you don't hear every day. J.J. Hones, a point guard on the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad for a DUI. No big deal, right? Happens all the time in college sports.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 16, 2010
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Bust busted

Keith McCants mccan't stay out of trouble; plus, another Clockwork Orange homage
Bring up the topic of biggest NFL draft busts of all time and most people come up with the same short list of notorious names, all of them quarterbacks.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 10, 2010



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Phillip Merling: Oh, baby

A Dolphin gets flagged for illegal hands to face; plus, Zach Randolph resurfaces
This week's foul NFL news emanates from down South, where Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Phillip Merling was busted for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 02, 2010
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Parental advisory

The pros take a back seat to their misbehaving moms and dads
An exceedingly bizarre sequence of events transpired this past week — the parents of two different playoff-competing NBA players were arrested in separate incidents, one on each coast.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 26, 2010
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Spring fever

LT’s self-abuse defense, a bag job at Notre Dame, and heading back to school in Texas
The Lawrence Taylor case is progressing, and as expected, each passing day upchucks new sordid details into the gossip-o-sphere.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 24, 2010
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Sacked

NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor takes another hit
We always knew Lawrence Taylor was a good bet to get in trouble.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 17, 2010
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Amazing grace

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 04, 2010
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Facebook fracas

Clinton Hart has one too many friends; plus, a pack of ’Dawgs starts chasing the Ducks
Sooner or later, Facebook had to figure into the sports-crime scene. There are at least two cases now of pro football players getting arrested for assault in fights resulting from their wives looking at their Facebook friends lists.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 05, 2010
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Mirror, mirror

Smashing up cars in South Alabama; Plus, it's that frisky NFL draft time of year
Virtually every year, like clockwork, a college-football player is arrested for getting blasted and then running around town vandalizing cars — a crime that almost always involves ripping multiple side mirrors off of multiple automobiles.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 28, 2010
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QB freak

No charges for Roethlisberger, but Big Ben’s reputation might be sacked
Trying to parse the situation with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his sexual-assault allegations, one comes to some interesting conclusions. The strategy pursued by law enforcement in this case speaks volumes.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 22, 2010
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Cookie monster

Senseless tragedy at FIU; plus, late-night fun at Marshall and some Oregon fallout
The Florida International University football program was rocked recently when running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death in front of eight witnesses — allegedly by an ex–FIU teammate.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 14, 2010
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The dumbass chronicles

Shaun Rogers flunks out; plus, fun at the clubs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Right about now, every football fan in America is asking him- or herself the same question: if Shaun Rogers is dumb enough to bring a gun to an airport, what did the guy score on the Wonderlic?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 08, 2010
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Hello, we’re Johnny Cash

Stacked all-star tribute/benefit at the RISD Auditorium
The Nave Gallery in Somerville kicks off its month-long salute to the Man in Black next week.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2010
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Number two blues

Ryan Leaf’s sad story continues; plus, Ronnie Brown driving wild in Atlanta
As we approach NFL draft season, it’s fun to look back at those great draft prospects of yore, the workout warriors and combine heroes who titillated coordinators, coaches, and fans leading up to the big selection day in New York.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 01, 2010
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Pirates' ransom

The fun in Oregon is over, as east-coast athletes go on a kidnapping spree
Well, enough of the funny stuff with the Oregon Ducks’ recent crime wave. This week, we’re back into the world of straight-out, nasty, pointless, idiotic violence, committed by young athletes with everything to lose and only a few bucks to gain.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 24, 2010
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Kelly's zeroes

Oregon Football makes the leap and pays the price; plus, taser fun on the Bayou
Like Bob Beamon's long-jump record or Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, it was once thought that no organized sports team would ever approach the string of arrests racked up by the infamous Portland Jail Blazers club of the early 2000s.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 17, 2010
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What the Duck?

Oregon, again; plus, all the news that's fit to steal, and home invasions at the Citadel
The burgeoning crime wave wracking the University of Oregon Ducks football team — reporters out there are calling it the "bird flu" — has now spread in an unexpectedly hilarious direction.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 10, 2010

Get smart

Budget problems? It's the stupidity, stupid.
There are lots of theories about what's wrong with Maine's economy.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 10, 2010
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Lame Ducks

Oregon football closes in on infamy; plus, a Villanova Wildcat needs litter training
Wow, it sure has been a nasty couple of weeks for the University of Oregon and football coach Chip Kelly.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 03, 2010
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Oregon fail

With no one to hit on the field, underclassmen take to the streets
This is the time of year when you start seeing a lot of arrests involving non-draft-eligible college-football players — underclassmen, mainly.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 24, 2010
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Rocky pot

It's murder time in Tennessee; Plus, Warren Sapp gets flagged for hands to the face
Late last May, a goofy-looking guy named Charles Austin Corn — a student at the University of Tennessee — was shot in South Knoxville in what looked like an attempt to rob his stash. He was unable to communicate with police after the shooting and died five days later.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 17, 2010
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Rocky Mountain low

A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 10, 2010



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Texas stranger

A Dallas fullback plays cowboys and valets; Plus, the Laird brothers learn from their elders
Gilbert Arenas, you might've started something.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 10, 2010
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Bengals and Bulldogs

Cincinnati's back on the sports-crime map. Plus, a Georgia alum fills in the blanks.
There hasn't been a whole lot to cheer about in New England Patriots country of late, and I'm not sure that this will fit the bill, but let's try it on for size.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 03, 2010
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Poor reception

Talk radio helped energize Scott Brown's Senate campaign. Will it doom the Democrats in 2010?
The right loves to rant against the "liberal-media elite," but there's one key media sector where the conservative id reigns supreme: talk radio.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 08, 2010



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