Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kent State Football Player Found Dead

Photo via Kent State

Kent State starting center Jason Bitsko was found dead Wednesday morning in his off-campus apartment.

A cause of death hasn't been determined.

Coaches and players became worried when the rising senior didn't show up for morning practice. Bitsko's roommate went and found him in the room and immediately called 911.

Joel Nielsen, the school's Athletic Director said "We are heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thought's and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone who's life he touched"

Coach Paul Haynes added "Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family. As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time.

The 21-year old redshirt junior started all 12-games for the Golden Flashes in 2013 and was expected to be a starter this upcoming season.

After telling the team what happened, Haynes cancelled football activities for the day. Kent State opens their season 10 days from now at home vs. Ohio.

Bills Practice Ends With Full Scale Brawl


What is it this year with training camp fights in the NFL?

Yeah, sure, we's part of the game--guys trying to prove their manliness and all that. We get it.

But at some point, someone is going to hurt themselves.

It nearly happened to the Falcons when 2nd round pick Ra"Shede Hageman bruised his hand in a practice fight. Hageman though initially he'd broken it.

That being said, check out the Pier 6'er that broke out in Pittsford, New York at the end of this mornings practice for the Buffalo Bills.

Eric Wood and Bryan Johnson throw punches and then TE Scott Chandler jumps in to help Wood. The fight ends in a pile on the ground.

The Brawlin' Bills have one last practice left in camp...on Thursday and have an exhibition game Saturday afternoon. It's doubtful there will be any discipline...

Arsenal's Champions League Adventures Continue

((HT: UEFA/Champions League))

First, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey got a red card in the scoreless draw with Beskitas that means he sits out the second leg at the Emirates...

Not that Demba Ba almost didn't make that whole point moot off the kick-off...

But, just after the match was completed, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he was the target of a foreign object- "a bottle or something"- and the team reported the incident to UEFA.

UEFA's disciplinary department will now review the match report before deciding whether to take action as Wenger was not hit by the "bottle or something..."

Giants Protesting Rain Shortened Game After Groundscrew Snafu


Giants manager Bruce Bochy is challenging the result from last night when the Cubs were awarded a rain-shortened win over San Francisco.

Here's what happened that caused the delay and the shenanigans

But, from, here's why the game was called and not suspended:

Had the Giants led at the time of delay, the contest would have been postponed by virtue of MLB Rule 4.10, which states the game is complete if the home team is ahead through five trips to the plate by the visitors -- the case Tuesday.

The game couldn't be suspended through Rule 4.12(a)(3) for a field malfunction either, as the tarp was hauled manually.

The Giants are now 4 1/2 games out of first in the NL West and into a tie for the final Wild Card spot with the Braves, who have won five straight.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mike Hollis Puts His Foot Into Ice Bucket Challenge

((HT: Mike Hollis' Instagram))

We posted the Biz Nasty #IceBucketChallenge because of its sheer brilliance...

The former Jags kicker Mike Hollis is right up there with the Bill Gates version for challenges that are more ground-based...

There's a little William Tell vibe to it, too...

See...??? Once accurate, always accurate...kick

New Mexico Cancels Women's Soccer Opener Over Hazing Investigation

((HT: KOB-TV))

This weekend was supposed to be the opening of the New Mexico Lobos women's soccer season- a home game against Texas Tech.

That got wiped off the board as the school is in the middle of an investigation of an alleged hazing incident from the weekend.

Here's the latest out of Albuquerque

The hazing investigation stems from allegations that the freshmen who have left the team are now making against the women's soccer program. A parent of one of the players who left and a lawyer now associated with the case have been retained by one of the players- both confirmed the allegations made in the case.

“We are continuing to interview student-athletes and investigate what happened on Sunday night,” UNM Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs said when asked about the investigation. “I’ve consulted with Texas Tech, and in light of our continuing investigation, we have decided to cancel the game.”

The game won't count in the standings (as a win or a loss) since the 2014 NCAA Soccer Rulebook's Rule 7.4 states, "When a scheduled game is terminated before it begins, it is recorded as 'no contest.' Neither team is credited with a win or loss, regardless of the reason the game was terminated."

UNM women's soccer practice was canceled Tuesday and the first home game (now) is listed as being September 12th.

Kluwe And Vikes Settle Lawsuit


Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has settled his discrimination lawsuit against his former employer over his release.

Kluwe maintained that his opinions and his support for gay marriage along with the alleged behavior of special teams coordinator Mike Priefer toward Kluwe that included the use of gay slurs during practice got him released.

The Vikings are now donating to LGBTQ charities, enacting a zero tolerance policy within the franchise, and enlisting in sensitivity training as part of the settlement.

Here's the wrap on the lawsuit
"Our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff," Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf said in a statement released during Kluwe's news conference. "As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf in a statement. "We are glad a resolution of this matter has been reached, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive awareness of these issues."