'Two' many sports spit stories, thanks


'Two' many sports spit stories, thanks

Read about the Tiger Woods spit scandal here on Wicked Good Sports.

Ridiculous. Justin handled the situation with just the right amount of Shut-the-Hell-Up for the PGA commentators who sobbed over Le Tigre coughing up a hairball on the green.

I read the blog, laughed, and prepared to move on.

No such luck.

"Jared Sullinger says he was spit on"

Aw, geez.

The best college basketball player in the country tweets that he got hit with some spit and it's newsworthy? Being spat on isn't on my Bucket List, but the way this is being handled by the media -- in the fad of creating a story based off athlete tweets -- is monumentally lame.


-- "The spit has since hit the fan."

-- "Bo Ryan said on Monday's Big Ten coaches teleconference that there are video cameras all over Kohl Center and he had seen no evidence that any saliva was hurled."

They should have cordoned off the area. Perhaps drawn a little chalk outline on Sullinger's face of where the spit made impact? Can you even write in chalk on someone's face? Someone should look into that. That person should also look to see if there's any spit DNA left and get it tested to find the culprit. I nominate an Associated Press writer to do the work, as clearly, they're bored over there.

-- "After a day or so of bloggers, columnists and the general public weighing in on "Spitgate," the coaches were asked about it on the Big Ten teleconference on Monday."

Seriously? This was something that needed be weighed in on? Good God.

And who asked the question? Who asked the Ryan and Thad Matta about projectile saliva? I want to know. It's as absurd as asking NFL coaches about Tom Brady's hair.

"But it's out there -- we have to ask. We're just doing out job as reporters."

No. NO. Your job is to ask Tom Izzo about how significant the road ahead is for his reeling Spartans. Your job is to ask John Beilien about the surprise contributions of his freshman.

Write a column about Storming The Court epidemic in America. Write a column about how difficult it is to be as awesome as Jared Sullinger is. Giggity-go for it.

Ryan's treatment of the issue as a non-issue is best;: "All I know is we won the game, deal with it, our end, their end," the Ohio State coach said.

I wish people were more respectful of each other, but they aren't. Alas, the "Hugs Not Loogies" campaign doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Maybe PA governor Ed Rendell was right: We're turning into "a nation of wimps."

And I'm not even talking about Sullinger; he had a right to be disgusted and say so. I'm talking about information-obsessed wimps who need every day of the athlete life drawn-and-quartered until the thing bleeds out. And dies.


Doomed, we're all domed.

Might as well dance.

Randy Moss: Roger Goodell is 'biggest reason' for NFL's problems

Randy Moss: Roger Goodell is 'biggest reason' for NFL's problems

With the NFL facing more PR issues by the day, Randy Moss has identified what he feels is wrong with a league that can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

In wake of the Josh Brown situation, which saw the NFL blame the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office for the lack of initial punishment given to the Giants kicker for domestic violence, Moss said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown that commissioner Roger Goodell is the league’s biggest problem. 

“[This is] a bad time to show up now, breast cancer awareness month where we’re supporting the women, and then you come up with this Josh Brown, where it doesn’t seem like we are supporting women,” Moss said. “I think the NFL needs to take a deep look. I think the owners are mad, and Roger Goodell, he is the biggest reason to all of this stuff that’s fallen downhill with the NFL. I have to agree with that.”

Brown was initially given a one-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy stemming from his 2015 fourth-degree domestic violence charge. On Friday, the 37-year-old was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. 

Steelers know they'll have their hands full with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett


Steelers know they'll have their hands full with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett

PITTSBURGH – So far this season, Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski have combined for 39 catches, 644 yards and five touchdowns. Making the numbers that much more impressive is the fact the numbers were rolled up with Gronk inactive for two games and fairly useless in another thanks to his hamstring injury.

Will the Steelers slow the roll of Robellus Grennetski?

Hard to imagine. As Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, Gronk alone has tuned up the Steelers with 26 receptions for 403 yards and seven touchdowns in six meetings.

Fittipaldo explored the strategies the Steelers defense may unveil Sunday afternoon when the Patriots and Steelers get going. He also pointed out that the return of linebacker Ryan Shazier after a three week layoff and injuries for safeties Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden may put Pittsburgh at a disadvantage.

Said Shazier: “They have the tandem they want at tight end. Now they can use tight ends the way they want. You have to respect everyone on the field. Both of them are good blockers, good pass threats and great at running after the catch.”

Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Pittsburgh will alter its approaches.

“We have to be able to play more than one defense,” Butler said. “They’re very good and they’ll pick you apart if they can figure out what you’re doing. We just have to execute the defense more than anything else. If we can do that … that’s been our problem for the most part. Some of the things that went on last week, we missed some things we should have made mentally.”

What “went on last week” was a 30-15 loss to the Dolphins.

Pittsburgh hasn’t been a big-play group so far -- eight sacks and three picks -- nor have they seen a gauntlet of great quarterbacks in the first six games. 

Interestingly, their losses have been to Ryan Tannehill and rookie Carson Wentz, probably the two quarterbacks one would figure Pittsburgh would do best against.
Between a smoking hot Brady and a can’t-be-stopped tight end tandem, there’s probably not a lot Pittsburgh can do aside from hoping for an off day.

Said linebacker Arthur Moats hopefully: “You have to continue to mix it up against (Gronkowski). You can’t give him the same look over and over. He has success on guys like that. If we disrupt him, and rush Brady and speed up his clock, I definitely think that will help out.”

In theory, perhaps. In practice? We’ll see.