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Posted by Matt on Friday, August 31st, 2012

Let the healing begin!!!

As a whole, the Penn State community has displayed ZERO contrition in the aftermath of damning findings included in their internal investigation (Freeh Report), as well as in response to the NCAA Sanctions.  Yes, they all hate Jerry Sandusky.  But more and more it seems like they really only hate him because he got caught raping boys, thus resulting in sanctions to the precious football program.

There are some saddened, embarrassed and apologetic Penn Staters.  Occasionally a member of the administration candidly admits shame and wrongdoing surrounding the 13 year (at least) cover up of a child rapist. Then the rest of the mouth-breathers demand he/she apologize. Any reasonable voices are being drowned out by the bitterly angry alumni, students, townies and former players.

The poor poor Paterno Family can’t keep from yapping, reminding everyone who the real victim is:

“Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth. The Freeh report, though it has been accepted by the media as the definitive conclusion on the Sandusky scandal, is the equivalent of an indictment — a charging document written by a prosecutor — and an incomplete and unofficial one at that.”

And then in response to the NCAA sanctions…

“Sexual abuse is reprehensible, especially when it involves children, and no one starting with Joe Paterno condones or minimizes it. The horrific acts committed by Jerry Sandusky shock the conscience of every decent human being. How Sandusky was able to get away with his crimes for so long has yet to be fully understood, despite the claims and assertions of the Freeh report.

“The release of the Freeh report has triggered an avalanche of vitriol, condemnation and posthumous punishment on Joe Paterno. The NCAA has now become the latest party to accept the report as the final word on the Sandusky scandal. 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.

Ok, we can stop it right there.  It goes on, but blahblahblah shameless whatnot, whitewash, etc…

Vocal PSU members can’t seem to trivialize the heinous crimes enough.  It’s all about football + their exalted leader.  The curtain has been pulled and the culture does not allow the community to believe its eyes.

It’s the “culture” that is obviously central to the problem.  It’s why they should have been given the Death Penalty.  It’s why the following garbage gets written…

Today, Penn State grad Eileen Morgan took a full-page ad out in the Central Daily Times to write this childish defense of Joe Paterno (and bitter craziness).

Dear Penn State Board of Trustees,
It is apparent you want us, the alumni, to move on. You implore us to move on. Here is a simple fact. We can and will move on, and will join you on a united front, if one of two things occurs. We will move on if 1) Indisputable evidence surfaces that clearly shows Joe Paterno knew that Jerry Sandusky was molesting boys since 1998/2001 and did nothing to stop him, (we already know that the findings of your $6.5 million Freeh report are fiction: ( or 2) You admit your hasty decisions starting back in Nov. 2011, (including firing Joe Paterno, accepting the Freeh Report, and agreeing to the NCAA sanctions) were a mistake, made under pressure and not based on truth, and that you did not act in the best interest of Penn State University.
One day you will have to look in the mirror and admit that you allowed this debacle to get out of control. Back in November, Penn State had no PR, so the media naturally turned to Joe, the face of Penn State, but he was allowed to say very little. The media applied some pressure and once you, the Board, fired Joe, that was all the world needed to conclude: He must have been guilty. You, BoT, were trying to distance yourselves from anyone who looked guilty so you could come out smelling like roses. Then you hired Freeh to validate your firing of Joe and again to make yourselves look like the good guys. Did it not once occur to you that, by making the icon of your own university take the fall, with no basis of wrongdoing, you were actually destroying the university? (NCAA sanctions, economic suicide, $$ lawsuits, accreditation fallout) You were anxious for so long to get rid of Joe that you couldn’t wait to throw the last jab. And here you are reaping what you sowed.

There will never be unity between the alumni and the Board until you start admitting your mistakes or until all of you who were active in Nov. ’11 vacate your positions, which could be years from now. You want to move on because it is too painful for you to live in this mess you made. I’m sure it is hard for some of you to look in the mirror or even get out of bed in the morning. We all know when we offend or do wrong to another, there are two choices, (wo)man up and admit it and make amends, and then MOVE ON, or sweep it under the rug and never move on. The one who was wronged can never move on until the offense is reconciled. This is why we, the alumni, cannot and will not move on. [GW note - !!!!!]

And now you find yourselves desperate to repair and rebuild the image of Penn State, an image which you single- handedly allowed to be torn apart. Maybe you should first repair and rebuild the trust within our family, and then together, we can restore our great university. It is time to fight for what is right. Please remember this, ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand.’

Sincerely, Eileen Morgan, Concerned Alumni, & Friends of PSU

Ok, Eileen.  We get it.  You’re the victim. You + Joe Pa and all the other navy & white-clad losers who just want to tailgate and watch some FOOTBALL (ARGH!!!) while the child raping is kept to the quiet rooms.

In true ESPN style, they will be broadcasting tonight’s PSU pep rally. Let the Healing Narratives begin. There must not be a Jets’ practice they can cover.  ESPN – You’re also the worst.

Listen idiots. A bunch of kids were raped and had their lives ruined because of your chosen leadership.  It’s on the record. It’s in the evidence.  It’s in Joe Pa’s own sworn testimony!  It’s time for the mouth-breathing shitheels to grow up.  Admit it. Show some class and contrition.  Focus on the victims.  With the kids in your heart, clean house and try to move on.  And don’t forget it’s just a fucking football game.

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First Priorities Of Second Mile

Posted by Matt on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

From Sarah Ryley at The Daily:

Around the same time a graduate assistant allegedly approached Paterno in 2002 to say that he had witnessed Sandusky raping a boy in the locker room showers, Paterno and three fellow investors, including longtime Second Mile board chairman Robert Poole, had just secured financing to build a $125 million luxury retirement community, according to public records.

While coaching a big time college football program, Joe Paterno found the time to work closely on various business deals with board members of Second Mile – the charity Sandusky used to fish for the victims he abused for decades.

The Second Mile has said in a statement that Sandusky told the charity he was under investigation in 2008 and was immediately removed from programs involving children, although Sandusky didn’t resign until last year. In an interview with The New York Times published Saturday, Sandusky said Paterno never confronted him about the accusations.

So just to be clear:

JoePa discussed the following with Second Mile officials:

  • $125 million luxury retirement community (to be built on PSU property);
  • golf resort and related restaurant and inn;
  •  bottled water company;
  • a coaching website;
  •  a chain of convenience stores.

Yet according to the Emperor’s minions, JoePa didn’t talk about the following with Second Mile officials, his longtime pederast assistant, (or 9-1-1):

  • Sandusky raping boys.

I guess there’s no money in it.

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Go Badgers!

Posted by Matt on Saturday, October 1st, 2011

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Can’t Spell “Secession” Without “S.E.C”

Posted by Matt on Thursday, September 15th, 2011

When the LSU Tigers host a college football game, there are obligatory camera shots: the band, the co-eds, kitschy Cajun shit, and the mascot, Mike The Tiger – a live Bengal Tiger who loves hearing the screams of 90,000 drunk fans.

Mike The Tiger, though native of South Asia, always looks miserable in his makeshift Baton Rouge habitat.  It’s not the cage, it’s the humidity.

5th Generation Tiger

However, though the Mascot is etched in LSU’s tradition, it’s not where the school’s nickname came from.  They are instead named for a cutthroat battalion of Confederate troops. Shocker.

The Tigers were just a small subset of the 12,000 Louisiana soldiers in Virginia in 1861. Most were decent, God-fearing men who served their state honorably. But there were enough criminals and drunkards mixed in to give the entire state’s contribution a bad reputation. The good were lumped together with the bad, and because Wheat’s Tiger Battalion was the most infamous, all became known as the Louisiana Tigers…

Trouble began anew not long after Colonel de Choiseul assumed command of Wheat’s Battalion, when, as he said, “the whole set got royally drunk.” That day an inebriated soldier twice snapped his loaded musket at the colonel’s orderly outside his tent, but the gun failed to discharge and the man was subdued. Later in the day unknown Tigers (Jordan Jefferson + Co.?) succeeded in “knocking down & badly beating & robbing … a washerwoman of the battalion in a thicket not a hundred yards from the guard house.” That night a free-for-all at the guard tent woke the colonel. With pistol in hand, he found the guards battling seven or eight Tigers who were trying to free some of their comrades. De Choiseul slugged one man who charged at him and finally restored order “with seven or eight beauties bucked & gagged in the guard tent.”

Complete article is pretty good if you love Civil War History.

As for LSU? They’re laying the 3.5 on the road tonight against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, named of course after Mississippi’s less effective Bumbling Bulldog Battalion, annihilated at Vicksburg and labeled as such for their genetic defects, demodetic mange, hip dysplasia and heart problems.

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Wake Up The Echoes

Posted by Matt on Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Via the Tribune/Anna North at

Last year, Elizabeth Seeberg committed suicide after an alleged sexual assault by a Notre Dame football player. Now another woman says that she was assaulted by a Notre Dame student — and that once again, the university didn’t take the case seriously.

The second woman hasn’t been named — but we’ll call her M, for St. Mary’s College, where (also like Seeberg) she was a student when the assault occurred. According to the Chicago Tribune (which also assiduously covered the Seeberg case), M reported being assaulted on Sept. 4 by a Notre Dame student in his dorm room. She was drunk and can’t remember the night, but her friends found her afterwards “with blood seeping through her denim shorts and running down her legs.” M said she was a virgin before the assault “and would never have consented to sex.”

Like Seeberg, she quickly went to Notre Dame police and underwent a medical exam. She also said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to press charges. So the police did nothing until M’s father called to complain. At that point — nearly a week after the attack — detectives made some attempt to investigate, but M said of one of them, “It seemed that protecting Notre Dame was her best interest, not me.” Ultimately, county prosecutor Michael Dvorak chose not to file charges because “It would be difficult to convince a jury that the woman was too intoxicated to give consent.”

Dvorak said the delay in investigation had no effect on his decision, but the Tribune talked to lots of experts who are critical of Notre Dame’s handling of the case. Says lawyer Barry Spector of the police department’s decision to wait, “That’s not an investigation. The suspects have a chance to get their story straight and to hire a lawyer. If you want to do a real investigation, you talk to them right away.” Other experts pointed out that police may not have wanted to pressure M to participate in an investigation during a time of trauma, but there’s a difference between giving a victim space and just not following up on her accusations (possibly in the hopes that they’d simply go away). And M and her family feel Notre Dame was guilty of the latter.

What’s more, they see a pattern. Recalling the Seeberg case, M says,

Looking back, I’m surprised that they dealt with my case in the exact same way after the loss of another student’s life. I thought that would have given them incentive to speed up my case.

Apparently not. In fact, the Notre Dame police didn’t even assign M’s case to anyone — let alone begin investigating — until 3 days after the assault occurred. The reason: “the department was stretched thin by the first home football game of the season.” Presumably some police presence was needed at the game, but, at least symbolically, this sends a disturbing message about where Notre Dame’s priorities lie.

Coach Brian Kelly: complicit, fat-fingered.

Notre Dame is a magical place.  A fucked up kingdom, taken from the pale weathered hands of the North Indiana Amish, and given to the entitled prick children of suburban Catholic royalty. A city-state where the police answer to the all-powerful football program, who in turn answers to the gold-dripped athletic department, who in turn answers to the dictatorial cabal known as the ‘Fellows’ and their Board Of Trustees.

On April 8, 1967, the Fellows of the University approved new Bylaws which, except to the extent of those powers reserved for the Fellows, delegated the general power of governance to a Board of Trustees. This Board of Trustees consists of members of the Congregation of Holy Cross as well as laymen and women. The Trustees hold at least three regular meetings each academic year and operate under the following thirteen (13) standing committees: the Executive Committee, the Governance and Nominating Committee, the Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, the Investment Committee, the Finance Committee, the University Relations/Public Affairs and Communication Committee, the Committee on Social Values and Responsibilities, the Audit Committee, the Committee on Athletic Affairs, the Facilities and Campus Planning Committee, the Compensation Committee and the International Facilities Committee.

As these sad sad stories imply, the Board cares only about the school’s reputation ($), and if some St.Mary’s co-ed has to be scarred for life by being sexually assaulted by some Busch Light fueled, super-aggro and underachieving 4-star recruit, so be it.

I picture these awful people like the Council of Cardinals, in South Bend’s version of the papal conclave – some smoke-filled room where they drink scotch and make indigent Paraguayan women walk across hot coals, just because they enjoy watching it.

I grew up a huge Notre Dame fan. I saw them beat Miami 31-30 in 1988. To this day, it is still the most memorable sporting event I attended. It was a 1 vs. 2 battle dubbed “Catholics vs. Convicts” by the self-righteous Domers.

Times have changed. Or maybe they’re just worse at cleaning up the messes. ND, Boo.

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Maybe The Gators Should Hire Randy Shannon To Clean Up The Program

Posted by Matt on Sunday, December 12th, 2010

I wrote this a while back and never posted it. In light of Urban Meyer Favre-ing it up again, I thought I would post it.
And yes, the word of the week is “sanctimonious.”

"V" For Values

On September 14, Florida playmaker Chris Rainey was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of aggravated stalking, a charge resulting from Rainey allegedly sending his former girlfriend a text message that read, in part, “Time to die bitch.”

Meyer dismissed Rainey from the team the following day, saying that Rainey had violated the program’s “core values.” The 2-time national champion defended the program saying, “It’s not a dirty program. We follow the rules and some guys make mistakes and we’ve got to correct those mistakes. We follow the rules.” Meyer added he was “real upset” and also vowed, “enough’s enough.”
One month, 2 losses, and a considerable drop in the polls later, Meyer welcomed Rainey (and his 4.3 “40″) back to the team.
I’m disappointed that he violated a core value of our program, but he continues to pay a price for his actions. Chris will have to meet a set of conditions to become a part of our team again, and although he is practicing, he will not play this weekend. The timetable for his return will depend on his ability to follow the guidelines we have laid out for him.”
This is just a hunch, but I’m guessing that timetable will lapse some time before the Georgia game on October 30 (it did).
While Rainey’s death threat surely violates the “core values” of most human beings, his actions are pretty much par for the course when it comes to Meyer’s players. According to the Tribune, Rainey was the 28th Gator arrested during Meyer’s tenure. In contrast, the former poster-children for misbehavior down the road at Miami have had only one player arrested during the same period under Randy Shannon (since fired for not winning enough games).
The sanctimonious fog of Tim Tebow has lifted and the core values of Meyer’s program can be seen as plain-as-day. Success on the field trumps all other concerns, including the character of the players he recruits. Sure, a lot of other programs function in a similar vein, but please don’t try to sell me “change” and “contrition” as the pattern continues to repeat itself. If Meyer wanted to recruit kids with stronger character, he could. Like Northwestern or Duke, he would have a smaller pool to draw from, but he could certainly “correct some of the mistakes” his program had made.  But he doesn’t really want that. The same old story remains, and Florida’s alumni, fans and administration will ignore these recurring offenses as long as Meyer continues to follow through on the only 2 “core values” that really matter to them: money and Wins. 
See you next year.

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Gratuitous Balls! 2010 College Football Preview

Posted by Matt on Thursday, August 26th, 2010

You’ve come to the 2nd Annual GW College Football Preview. I love CFB because it truly brings out some of the worst and most bizarre behavior in people. You really find out where people stand – like when your 50-year-old bachelor uncle paints his chest to support a school he never attended.  It’s like politics – but with a ball and fewer idiots (indeed). Last season’s preview can be found here. Enjoy.

‘Hot’ Discount

1. OREGON: GW is stepping out here. Former Ducks’ QB, 3-Strike Candidate and Heisman hopeful Jeremiah Masoli was kicked off the team and has perp-walked his way to Ole Miss. He may still get a Heisman, it will just have to be at Mississippi, or through a window at the Nokia Theatre Times Square.  However, if healthy, Nate Costa is an adequate back-up and is surrounded with a lot of weapons and a great O-Line. Their LB unit is also top-notch. With USC down, I see a window open for the Ducks to run the table (though I wouldn’t necessarily consider the Pac-10 “weak”).  They are a bona fide top-5 squad who will keep it interesting for both the Oregon fans and the Eugene Police Department.

2. BOISE STATE: This team pisses me off. They’ve built up enough street cred by kicking the shit out of their little sisters that they’re now considered on par with BCS teams who have to play in competitive conferences. Like Reagan turning ‘victory’ in Grenada into intense popular support, Boise State trumpets their 253-2 (or whatever) conference record as if they’re playing in the SEC.  If they can get past Va Tech opening weekend, they might be able to write their championship game ticket. It must be nice to play 3 challenging games a year. Fuck Idaho.

3.  ALABAMA: They lost some serious monsters on Defense, but this will be offset by the sheer power of the increased obnoxiousness set to emanate from the fans of the reigning NCAA champions. Dear God, you can already taste it. Fewer teeth means fewer impediments to block their cringe-worthy, unintelligible yokel screams.

4.  WISCONSIN: The Badgers are loaded on Offense.  Many of the Badger Faithful are loaded with cheese curds. Watch the seismic readings in the Great Lakes’ Region after 3rd Quarters at Camp Randall this season.

5.  OHIO STATE: On paper, Alabama and Ohio State are probably the best 2 teams in the nation. On illegibly written paper, they also have the 2 most townie-heavy fan bases. That aside, I just don’t think the schedule works out for them.  They’ll both end up with one loss, allowing BS(u) to back-door (literally and figuratively) both Alabama and OSU. The Buckeyes should have a punishing offense, making it a co-favorite in a very strong Big 10 .

6.  NEBRASKA: They lost the Nation’s best player in Ndamukong Suh, but remain loaded all over the field. They might end their stay in the Big XII with a conference title, and then leave the next morning like the cheap whores they are.

7. MIAMI: The ‘Canes are back, but their schedule is kickin.’  I believe it goes something like @ Ohio State, @ Pitt, Colts, Va. Tech, @ Vikings (Monday Night), v. Federal Maximum Security All-Stars (Neutral).

8.  TEXAS: After being thrown to the wolves 5 plays into the BCS title game, I thought back-up QB Garett Gilbert performed relatively well. He won’t be a problem, but it’s still difficult to replace Colt McCoy, the greatest name in football – until this guy.

9. FLORIDA: Debauchery will reign once again in Gainesville. Tim Tebow of Nazareth has left to back up the amazing Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. Now many formerly inspired and hopeful co-eds are free to do with their intact hymens what they’re supposed to do – lose them at a frat “foam party” to a blacked-out, 6th-year Senior. By the way, the Gators will be fine and Urban Meyer is still an ego-maniacal douchebag.

10. IOWA: Adrian Clayborn is the best Defensive player in the nation. However, I’m worried about a very inexperienced O-Line protecting and an interception-prone QB.  Maybe Rick Santorum can call in a favor from the Big Homophobe Upstairs in exchange for some Iowa W’s and additional 2012 Caucus points.


11. OKLAHOMA: QB Landry Jones should be in the running for 1st team All-Big XII. And judging by that mustache, he might be a front-runner to compete for the all-date rape team.

12. TCU: This is another mid-major team that is earning the respect of the masses. H/w, at least the WAC has some legit competition. However, this team has always bothered me, mostly because of their fans, whose over-smiley faces remind me of the characters in Soundgarden’s ”Black Hole Sun” Video.  Of course, if the “Texas Christians” lose, that means the terrorists have won. Look for the Terrorists to take on ACC#3 in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl.

13. VIRGINIA TECH: Virginia Tech might be done carrying the ACC for a while. Virginia Tech’s ranking in the 2011 edition of US News & World Report’s Best Colleges is 69 – which is ironically not allowed in on-campus housing.

14. PITT: Wanny Wanny, Ohhhh baby, New Years’ Bowl!

15. OREGON STATE: What’s up with the rampant criminal behavior in the state of Oregon’s football programs? This is the best arrest of the off-season.

An Oregon State University football player has been dismissed from the team following an arrest early Sunday morning.  Tyler Patrick Thomas, 19, of Kalispell, Mont., was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

According to information from the Corvallis Police Department, at about 4:51 a.m., police were called to 519 N.W. 14th Street after a 32-year-old woman reported there was a naked man in the upstairs office of her residence. When officers arrived, they ordered him to get on the ground several times, but he refused.

Then Thomas, who had reportedly been drinking, got into a “three-point stance” and lunged at the officers, who Tased him. Thomas was booked into Benton County Jail but was released later the same day.  Thomas, an offensive lineman, redshirted the 2009 season for the Beavers.

16. NORTH CAROLINA: Butch Davis has brought a talented squad and possible sanctions back to UNC. Welcome back to big time college football.

"Mrs. Jo Pa? No?"

17. PENN STATE: Years ago, I was dangerously over-served while attending a Penn St. @ Illinois night game. We were sitting in the PSU section. I was later told I repeatedly yelled, “Joe Pa, I had sex with your wife!” While certainly disrespectful, it would’ve also been pretty gross if it was true.  I apologize.

18.  ARKANSAS: On 8/14, Hog Sports Radio Reporter Renee Gork asked Petrino a routine question. Petrino responded to the question, but ended by saying, “And that will be the last question I answer with that hat on.”  You see, Gork was wearing a “gasp” Florida Gators’ hat. Predictably, this instigated an overreaction only suitable for SEC Country, and Arkansas in particular. The hayseeds called Gork with death threats, and Gork’s employment was subsequently terminated. All for wearing a different school’s hat.

Now I don’t primarily blame Petrino for Gork losing her job. He will never be joined on a probably deserved “Wrongful Termination” suit, if she chooses that avenue. However, Petrino’s indignant and childish refusal to answer questions from Gork certainly rings a little hollow. On July 13, 2006, Petrino signed a 10-year, $25.6 million contract to keep his Louisville cap on as their head coach. 6 months later, he was apparently sick of his Louisville hat and left for a  $24 million/5 year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Less than a year later, Petrino quits DURING his first NFL Regular Season, tossing the Falcons hat aside, and takes his carpetbagging-ass to Arkansas, where he apparently learned the virtues of loyalty and hat-wearing conformity.

QB Ryan Mallett is NFL-ready, but if you’re looking for (another) insufferable SEC Coach to root against, Petrino is right there for you.

19. USC: The pompous and insufferable USC athletic program replaces the pompous and insufferable Pete Carroll with the pompous and insufferable Lane Kiffin. Kiffin will end up clearing 7-figures, which is slightly more than his star players will receive.

20. CINCINNATI: Brian Kelly has left, allowing me to not hate Notre Dame once again. In his place, Butch Jones should still be able to put together enough pieces to make some hay in the Big East.

Now go get way-over-the-top excited for the athletic adventures of some 18-23 year old college kids!

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FuckGate(s) 2010!

Posted by Matt on Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I use a solid amount of bad language. In particular, the word “fuck” can convey pretty much any emotion and be used as any part of speech. However, I don’t condone gratuitous swearing, particularly in front of kids or clergy. Children should learn swear words the same way I did, from their father while he is watching a sporting event after a couple martinis:

“Oh my God, this Larry Bird can fucking shoot…Honey, I think the kid needs some food.”

(1) Speaking of my family, Joe Biden closely resembles a member. I’ll leave it at that. On cue, he dropped a fairly predictable  f-bomb at the post-signing press conference for the health care bill. Leaning over to Obama, a mic picked up Uncle Joe saying, “This is a big fucking deal.”

This story is already worn. And regardless your opinion of health reform, we can all agree it’s a pretty big fucking deal.

(2) On an even more enjoyable note, Mike Florio wrote this in yesterday’s

At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups.  The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test.

Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow’s group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.

Said one of the other players in response:  “Shut the f–k up.”  Other players in the room then laughed.

Hey-o! For those non-sports-nerds who have never heard of the Wonderlic, it’s a test they give to NFL draft hopefuls. Tim Tebow, despite being an Academic All-American and the golden-boy of the Christian Home School Movement, scored a 21. Objectively, this is not good (worst among the top QB prospects). However, considering he was taught with only one Book, it’s pretty fucking brilliant.

Back to the story…Tebow is now staunchly denying this took place.

Not one single word of it is true,” Tebow told me.

Tebow has a very genuine and disarming way about him.  There’s an innocence and kindness in his voice that conflicts with the image of a highly successful college quarterback, who was arguably one of the best college football players of all time. 

He was nevertheless firm and resolute in his denial.

"Ahh...I know the answer to this one..."

“One of the number one things for me is being someone of character and when I say something people can take it to the bank,” Tebow said.  “That story is absolutely not true.”

Tebow then named several of the other players who were in the room, and he invited me to check his version with each of them.

Tebow explained that he said nothing to the group of roughly 100 players, and he said that he spoke only to BYU quarterback Max Hall.

After talking to Tebow, I immediately contacted the source for the story, who agreed with my assessment that Tebow is “the real deal.”  But the source didn’t back down.

It’s possible that Tebow made a comment intended for Hall that was overheard by another player, who then made a profane comment in response that was not heard by Tebow.  Still, Sexton told me in a follow-up e-mail that Tebow “never said anything remotely close” to what had been attributed to him.

We’ll keep digging on this one.  We’re confident that our source didn’t make it up, but we were impressed by Tebow’s willingness to reach out and explain his position.  Though I’m usually even more skeptical when someone tells me multiple times in a seven-minute conversation that he always tells the truth, when Tebow said it I believed it.

That said, there has to be a way to harmonize the two stories.  Tebow believes he’s telling the truth, and I believe our source.  We’ll keep after this one and report back when we have more.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the resolution of this story; in particular, the identity of the guy who (allegedly) gave Tebow the long overdue STFU. He’ll be moving up my draft board. FuckGate 2010!!!

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The Crimson Cried

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Having trouble determining a rooting interest for tomorrow night’s BCS Championship Game? Well, if Alabama head coach and arrogant carpetbagger Nick Saban doesn’t make you want to throw on some burnt orange apparel, this might: [via deadspin]

Tomorrow night’s forecast for Birmingham, Alabama, calls for freezing temperatures and snow, possibly mixed with rain. It’s a Southern TV meteorologist’s wet dream. Which is why everyone is preemptively pissed at them for interrupting the BCS Championship with storm updates.

Sounds like some pretty bad weather. Maybe they’ll have to cancel classes at University of Alabama, located in nearby Tuscaloosa.  What’s that? The public university already cancelled 3 days of classes for a 3 hour sporting event? Excellent. I guess when your institution is ranked between SUNY-Stony Brook and UC-Riverside, you’ve earned a post-Christmas-break break. Anyway…

Keep in mind, these break-in weather updates have not actually taken place yet…but [esteemed local journalist] Paul Finebaum, scared the bejezzus out of everyone by convincing them that the game interruptions would definitely happen and allegedly called ABC weatherman James Spann a “fraud.”

Yet, the station was besieged with “personal, nasty threats” for not yet doing something that they never said they would do in the first place. The station has been forced to repeatedly promise that they won’t steal one second of precious football from the locals’ picture boxes.

Bah' Finebaum!

Look, all America can agree that the job of weatherman is easily mocked (Keep fuckin’ that chicken!). And while I understand that in Alabama, “U of A sports journalist” probably ranks right between Governor and Cross Burner; it’s still pretty ridiculous to preemptively blow you fucking stacks over the possibility of a 5-second interruption, or some flashing graphic in the corner of the screen. God forbid some poor sap working 3rd-shift gets informed about driving conditions.

I hope there’s an ice storm and a huge fucking blackout in Birmingham. Good luck, Mother Nature. (half-hearted) Hook ‘em Horns…

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