Sports Scandals

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    September 10, 2014

    Penn State Students Celebrate Lifting Of Postseason Ban With A Paterno Love Fest

    I will admit, I was glad when the NCAA handed down their stiff punishment to Penn State a few years ago in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sure, the massive scholarship reductions and multi-season bowl bans hurt a bunch of coaches and student-athletes that had literally nothing to do with J ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    2014 Summer Preview: What Will Sustain Us as a Sports Nation?

    The dirty little semi-secret in sports talk radio is that there are many hosts out there who dread the months of June, July, and the first part of August. Yes, the same time of year to which the rest of the free world counts down like a prisoner approaching their parole date, many in my business ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and the Moral Scolds of the Baseball Hall of Fame

    I've been to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. It's a nice place, tucked in the middle of a small, picturesque town in a hard-to-get-to part of New York. You can get lost for hours in the museum, looking at the artifacts of the game's past, being amazed at how the game's grown, mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Bob McNair Rushing To Repeat The Mistakes of the Past

    The saying goes that he who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it. And with the Texans supposedly on the verge of hiring Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, it's more than evident that Bob McNair has wiped the past from his mind. O'Brien is the current IT boy of the coaching world. A Bill Belichi ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Congrats To The University Of Texas On An 8th Straight National Title In...

    ....merchandise royalties! Indeed, while the on the field product for football has regressed to "decidedly average with hope this season" and the on the court product for basketball has devolved to "just plain bad," one thing the University of Texas does really well -- TWO things, actually -- cash ... More >>

  • News

    May 30, 2013

    Forced Apart

    North Texas Judge says lesbian couple can't live in same household with children.

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    May 23, 2013

    North Texas Judge Forces Lesbian Couple Raising Children to Live Apart

    A couple in McKinney, Texas, has been together for nearly three years. They've been together following one's messy divorce. They've helped raise the two young children that were on the receiving end of the acrimony following that split. After living under the same roof, the couple has, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    A-Rod Might Be (Okay, Probably IS) Fibbing AGAIN (w/ Steroid Denial Video Montage)

    Sports is big money, and for every $100 million contract where a team sees a return on their investment and then some, it feels like there's five where a team walks away with some serious buyer's remorse if not right after the signing, certainly by the time the contract has played itself out. Of th ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    PEDs: On The Differing Treatment of A-Rod and Ray Ray

    There were two major non-Super Bowl related sports stories last week. They both involved big name athletes using PEDs. There was the story from our sister paper Miami New Timesinvolving Alex Rodriguez and numerous other baseball players. And there was the bizarre story with Ray Lewis and deer antler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Straw Polling of MLB Hall Of Fame Voters Is (Sort Of) Good News For Craig Biggio And Jeff Bagwell

    As potential Hall of Fame classes go across all sports, I'm not sure that one city has more invested emotionally right now than the city of Houston does in balloting for next year's induction class into the Baseball Hall of Fame. First baseman Jeff Bagwell is on the ballot for the third time, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    College Football: Bear Bryant Award Finalists Revealed (Aggies Will Be Happy)

    If you're a prominent, successful college football player or coach, it is usually necessary to block out the second week of December. This is when most of the college football awards are handed out, the week after the regular season ends. For many, it's an exhausting, circuitous journey across the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Suspicious Minds: Craig Biggio's Hall of Fame Induction in Doubt Due to Steroids

    Baseball Hall of Fame voting brings out the stupid in many people, especially those people charged with casting the ballots. Amid cries of cheating and ruining the integrity of the game, a loud minority of the voters have made it clear they will never vote for any player who took PEDs. There are a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Bye, Bye "Jer": Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to Minimum 30 Years in Prison

    During the trial of convicted pedophile and former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, it was revealed that he would send actual love letters to one of his numerous victims, denoted in the case as Victim Number 4. The creep factor on these letters was off the charts, and they were all p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Texas Southern University Athletics: NCAA Calls Foul Once Again

    The Texas Southern University Athletics Department was once again cited for infractions by the NCAA Tuesday and placed on five years probation, something which certainly has to leave both its supporters and detractors discouraged. As the NCAA report noted, TSU "either has been on probation or had v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Penn State Scandal: My Statement To The Paterno Family

    "The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best." -- The Paterno Family, in a statement (how else?), 7/23/12 Since the moment that Jerry Sandusky was whisked out of the back of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Joe Paterno's Family Vows To Find The Real Child Molester Harborer

    Another day, another story from Happy Valley that makes me question my faith in mankind. Two, actually. First, predictably, three more men have come forward claiming they were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky, one citing abuse that took place all the away back in the 70's. If you remember, Sandus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Roger Clemens, Steroids, and the Baseball Morality Police

    There are still a lot of people upset about last week's Roger Clemens verdict. Sure, most of the people appear to be sportswriters and not actual tax-paying citizens, but that's beside the point. Sportswriter Ken Rosenthal and his baseball-reporting pals see the whole thing as a travesty of justice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Jerry Sandusky Will Not Testify, Defense Rests In His Trial

    BOB COSTAS: Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys? JERRY SANDUSKY: Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? BOB COSTAS: Yes. JERRY SANDUSKY: Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys. -- No ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    February 14, 2012

    Jerry Sandusky's Wife Nearly Runs Over a Reporter (w/ VIDEO)

    It's been awhile since we've had a Jerry Sandusky update, and frankly since there's no Web site that's able to track his whereabouts GPS-style (at least not one that we as citizens have access to), it's probably best for everyone that when news breaks regarding the alleged pedophile that I volunteer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Jerry Sandusky's Ill-Advised Statement on Joe Paterno

    On Sunday morning at 9:25 a.m. EST, legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was pronounced dead at the age of 85 after losing a swift battle with lung cancer. As you all know, Paterno had spent the waning moments of his existence as one of the more polarizing figures in sports as colle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Clifton Grasham-Reeves and Kaci Pomerenke: A Tale of Two Texas Sex Cases

    Is the Texas justice system simply a crapshoot? Is there still an enormous double standard when it comes to sex crimes? Or has Jerry Sandusky cast a huge shadow over future sentences for all those convicted of sex crimes against children? A while back we introduced you to the tale of Clifton Grash ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011
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    July 6, 2011

    Roger Clemens' Attempt To Convince Us Brian McNamee Is Satan Starts Today

    These two guys will not be going out for a beer together during the trial​"If Mr. McNamee's mouth is moving, he's making an inconsistent statement," Roger Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin during a recent hearing The doldrums of summer sports boredom should get a nice little B-12 shot (pun absol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Craig Biggio, Steroid User?

    Wait, Craig Biggio did what?​Craig Biggio used steroids. Yes, you read that right. Craig Biggio used steroids. At least that's the latest allegation to come from Jeff Pearlman, the man who says Jeff Bagwell used steroids but refused to offer up any evidence of Bagwell using steroids. Of co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    NFL Playoff Best Bets (and a Tiger Woods Wagering Lesson)

    Angry Birds: As good a playoff-picking method as any​Every Friday (Thursday some weeks) when I go to fish the lines for that weekend's football games off the Internet, I go to the same site. (Point of non-disclosure: I will not reveal the name of the site which I use to wager go to. Easily t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Suspecting Jeff Bagwell

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Jeff Bagwell Denied Entrance Into Hall of Fame

    Bagwell won't be a Hall of Famer this year.​Rumors of steroid use likely prevented former Astro first baseman Jeff Bagwell from being elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame as voters denied him entrance today. This was Bagwell's first time on the ballot. Bagwell will remain eligi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Thanksgiving 2010: The Post Where We Get All "Thanky"

    Thank you. Thank you very much.​As we prepare to gorge ourselves today on turkey (Cajun fried is the choice here), stuffing, pumpkin bread, and perhaps something green (maaaaybe, but probably not), I want to first thank all of you who stop in and read the stuff on the blog here, not just my st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Texan Duane Brown, Accidentally Taking Performance-Enhancing Drugs

    Our Cowboys Week logo should have Duane Brown peeing in a cup​Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown has been suspended for four games because of a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.His explanation? "I unknowingly took a supplement tainted with a banned substance and now have to deal with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    1 In 5 Texas Republicans Support Secession; 1 In 5 Texans Support Roger Clemens

    Roger Clemens: Texas does not have your back​Public Policy Polling is a respected firm that recently did a survey on the governor's race and other political matters.They threw in some other questions, too, and found some intriguing results. A full 21 percent of Texas Republicans support secession, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Three Firefighters Fired Over Racially Insensitive Comments (Updated With HFD Response)

    Another in a series of racial problems for HFD​Three Houston firefighters have been "indefinitely suspended" over racially insensitive comments made on a patient's record, a firefighters union said today. Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, said his group ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Roger Clemens Gets His Day in Court

    Rusty Hardin seekin' justice​What sports fans have been expecting for over two years finally happened Thursday as an indictment alleging perjury and obstruction of justice was handed down by a Washington D.C. grand jury against Roger Clemens. Perhaps the only surprise from the indictment is that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Clemens to Be Indicted for Making False Statements to Congress

    Falling Star: Clemens will be indicted on perjury charges.​Roger Clemens testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over two years ago saying that his former trainer Brian McNamee had lied about his use of steroids. Today, federal authorities have decided the former Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Suspension Stands: Texans' Cushing Out First Four Games

    All natural?​Brian Cushing had better get his training regime in order, because the NFL isn't buying that "Overtrained Athlete Syndrome" nonsense. Today, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league will uphold the second-year linebacker's four-game suspension for taking a banned perfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Roger Clemens: Ex-Red Sox GM Jumps On The Steroids Bandwagon

    The smell of indictments in the air...​I'll admit that I've taken my share of potshots at Roger Clemens. I've tried to rely on matters that have been part of some record, or have some evidence for support, like The Mitchell Report, Clemens' public statements, and things said to Congressional inves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    USC Trojans: They're Different From 1980s SMU How, Exactly?

    Snoop & Pete: BFFs​The Southern Methodist University football team was hit with NCAA sanctions on February 26, 1987 because of a slush-fund created to pay players. Seeing as how the Mustangs were a repeat offender -- they were already on probation for recruiting violations -- the NCAA le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans: Relevance, Thy Name Is Cushing

    Cushing, perhaps pondering the medical mysteries he's endured​The word "relevance" has been thrown around quite a bit these last couple years over at Reliant Stadium, as in "The Texans are seeking...." They're finding out the hard way the fast track to relevance is sometimes covered in hCG. Someh ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Game Time: My Five-Point Plan To Make Tiger Woods Popular Again

    Ever since the sultry stories of Tiger Woods' "other life" started to leak out after Thanksgiving, the attempts to rebuild Tiger's image have gone from predictable.... even more predictable.... downright creepy.... (Can I coin the phrase "Nike-rophilia" for the act of using a dea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Game Time: Earl Woods' Force Ghost Asks Tiger The Tough Questions, In The Name Of Nike

    So earlier this week, we got this presser from Tiger Woods at Augusta.... For those who don't want to waste nine minutes of your life watching bullshit, just know that Tiger plans on being nicer to all of the fans, he has had to view himself in a way he never thought he'd have to, and he's never tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Men Are Pigs, Film At 11

    With apologies to Warren Zevon: Keep on riding, riding, ridingTiger and Jesse JamesKeep on riding, riding, ridingAll those tattooed dames 2010 is already proving to be a banner year in celebrity implosion. The continuing saga of serial philanderer Tiger Woods was good enough, but then the news bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    How Not To Give a Public Apology: A Video Primer for Tiger Woods

    After months of anticipation, The Fallen One Tiger Woods will finally speak publicly this morning about his sex addiction (or at least, his addiction to having sex with an assortment of bar skanks and porn actresses). Don't expect pointed queries from a variety of media outlets, Woods won't be takin ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Game Time: Buddhism Announces That It Has Dropped Tiger Woods

      So there you go. Tiger Woods is sorry. Or so he says. If we can sift through the 15 minutes where time stood still in sports bars around the country, if we can somehow ignore all of the "hostage crisis"-level coverage this is getting on CNN, ESPN, and the Oxygen Network, then we can all step ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Roger Clemens vs. Brian McNamee: Dismissed (Mostly)

    As happened so many times in his career, when it came to clutch time, Roger Clemens has failed to deliver. U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison today dismissed most of Roger Clemens' defamation suit against Brian McNamee, Clemens' former trainer. Ellison partially dismissed the suit on jurisdi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Expected to Plead Guilty of Perjury; A-Rod Still a Scapegoat

    At ten o'clock this morning, a federal prosecutor and Miguel Tejada will appear in front of a U.S. District Court judge and a six-page criminal information will be entered before the Court. It is expected that, at that time, Tejada will plead guilty to lying before Congress. It is thought that the ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    Oh, Miguel Tejada, Lying To Congress Is Not A Good Thing

    The off-season has been pretty lackluster for the Houston Astros.It just got a whole lot more luster-er, but not in a good way. Their shortstop, Miguel Tejada, has been charged with lying to Congress over whether he used steroids.He had denied the allegations in 2005, saying he'd never used any perf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Barry Bonds Might Not Go to Jail

    As far as I'm concerned, the big news is that Barry Bonds might be getting off. Yep, that's right. Barry Bonds might not be going to jail. For those who don't know all of the details, but do know that Bonds is going on trial in March, know this. He's not going on trial for using steroids. He's ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Tejada's Turn Under the Grand Jury Microscope

    When word came out that a grand jury had been convened to investigate Roger Clemens, Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane asked him to not come to the Astros camp for spring training. I wonder if Drayton is going to ask the same thing of Miguel Tejada. Because it is now being reported that the Feds ... More >>

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