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Bad sports, good sports: Totally devoid of clever observations

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I must apologize to my legions of loyal reader (hi Jeff!). Due to some unforseen circumstances, I am unable to present my usual brilliant commentary in this space today. I promise to return next week with something staggeringly witty, but for now, I will just share my list of good and bad stories of the week with minimal narration.  Thanks for your understanding.

Bad sports:

1) When Notre Dame got rid of wildly overrated blowhard head coach Charlie Weis, I thought they had decided to get away from that kind of arrogance in their leadership. Brian Kelly is proving me wrong.

2) Chris Cook, a cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings, was charged this week with attempting to strangle his girlfriend.

3) The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued by the family of Brian Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was badly beaten by two of the LA team’s fans on opening day in April. The suit names the two men accused of the beating, as well as the team. Although I am not sure I agree with the Dodgers being sued in this case, the team’s lawyer went way over the line in discussing the team’s counter-suit, filed last week. The lawyer, Jerome Jackson, actually suggested that Brian Stow himself held some responsibility for the attack. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little (OK, that was commentary).

4) Kris Dielman, an offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers, had a seizure on the team’s flight home from New York after getting a concussion during the game.

5) Look at this ridiculously illegal hit by Arkansas wide receiver Marquel Wade.  Brutal.

6) Antoine Montant, a champion in something with the absolutely frightening name of “speed flying,” was found dead in the Alps last week.

Good sports:

1) The St. Louis Cardinals won an epic game 6 of the World Series that some are calling the best game ever. They followed this up with a victory in game seven that gave the franchise their 11th-ever World Series title.

2) Earlier, in game 5, the Texas crowd was so incredibly loud that it actually caused the communication between manager Tony La Russa and his bullpen to go awry, contributing strongly to the Rangers’ win in that game.

3) Penn State football coach Joe Paterno led his team to a 10-7 victory over Illinois on Saturday, which pushed him to the top spot in all-time coaching victories for Division 1 football, breaking Eddie Robinson’s record.

4) Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, a favorite for the Heisman Trophy and a shoo-in to be the top pick in April’s NFL Draft, came close to blowing a game against USC on Saturday when he threw a late interception. He then did what all the great ones do: he made up for it. Luck took the Cardinal on four touchdown drives to win the game in triple-overtime.

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Alan Spoll is a software quality assurance director from the suburbs of Philadelphia where he lives with his wonderful wife and children. He has spent his entire life as a passionate fan of the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, Flyers, and Penn State. Recent Phillies success aside, you will understand his natural negativity. Follow me on Twitter - @DocAlan02
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2 Responses to “Bad sports, good sports: Totally devoid of clever observations”

  1. Alan, not a problem … so, what were the “unforseen circumstances?” … a trip to the ER after twisting your ankle dancing on top of the table, during last night’s Eagles/Cowboys matchup? :-)

  2. Thanks Jeff. Some not so great stuff going on, but I am confident things are on a positive road.

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