Archives for: 2007, week 51

12/20/07

NCAA: FSU Seminoles Players Caught Cheating, Suspended.

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Florida State University (7-5) has suspended up to 25 football players from participating in the Music City Bowl vs Kentucky (7-5) on New Years Eve.

The suspensions were handed out after a six month investigation into allegations of player academic cheating. Players names have been withheld and many will speculate when FSU takes the field 20-25 men short. Some players suspensions are rumored to carry over into 2008.

Excerpts of FSU's report state a part time tutor helped athletes with exams and an athletic department employee typed papers, filled in answers to quiz questions (often times without the player being present). Yet to be reported is the extent of academic fraud. Rumored reports claim as many as 900 FSU students are under investigation.

Legendary Head Coach Bobby Bowden's once feared teams have fallen on hard times in recent years. Bowden guided FSU to 11 consecutive Bowl victories from 1985-1995 and 10 or victories 14 straight years (1987-2000). Since 2001, FSU has won 10 games only once and haven't won a conference title since 2005.

FSU may also face official sanctions from the NCAA... especially when considering athletic department employees conspired with players.

2007 has been a scandal filled year in sports. NFL, MLB, Soccer, Biking, Nascar, Tennis, NCAA right down to reports of suspected referee misconduct at youth football games in Richardson Texas.

12/19/07

Britain's Olympic Baseball Team Searches For Sponsor

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Unless the British Baseball Federation can collect $50,000(UK) to cover travel related expenses the National Team will be forced to withdraw from next months Olympic qualifying tournament in Taiwan.

The International Olympic Committee has declared 2012 will be the final year baseball will be presented as an official competition. After recent success Britain's team has been highly optimistic of representing their country in baseball for the very first time (2nd place finish in Barcelona).

UK Sport, Britain's agency which finances the countries Olympic athletic participants, recently declined to sponsor the team a second time (sponsored Barcelona qualifier). Britain and their national team now seek an outside sponsor so they may play in Taiwan's Olympic qualifying baseball tournament.

It will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate and helps these lads fulfill their dream of becoming their countries historical first Olympic baseball team. Britain has many proud countrymen & women, perhaps willing to contribute? Big corporations? Successful entertainers?

All are waiting to see which British hero steps forward.

12/17/07

NFL: Favre Passes Marino To Become All Time Passing Leader

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Future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre, starting his 251st consecutive game (271 including playoffs), shattering legendary Dan Marino's all time passing mark on a 7 yard slant play to Donald Driver in Sunday's game vs St. Louis.

After the game Favre showed his humble praise for the man who's record he broke: "I've said this all along: I've never considered myself to be in the same league as Dan Marino. What a great passer, maybe the greatest passer ever... The way he did it is maybe the way you'd coach another guy to do it."

Favre now stands alone with 61,405 yards passing with many more on the way. 2007 has been a record setting year for Brett. He's conquered most wins, touchdowns, passing attempts and interceptions.

His play has been exceptional this season leading the Green Bay Packers to an NFC best 12-2 record (tied with Dallas). Two games remain and Favre currently ranks 2nd in passing yards behind New England's Tom Brady with 3905.

Favre's ultimate goal is to lead the Pack back to the Super Bowl. Beating St. Louis clinched a first round Playoff bye. If Green Bay finishes with the best conference record then they'll own home field advantage which is a tremendous advantage to the men playing December/January football on the frozen tundra. Dallas and Green Bay own the NFC's best records, 12-2 (Dallas has tiebreaker advantage).

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