Sunday, August 31, 2014

Niners McDonald Out On Bail

((HT: KGO-TV))

We now have the first test for NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell's new stance on domestic violence...

San Francisco 49ers DL Ray McDonald is out on $25,000 bail after being charged with felony domestic violence in an overnight incident with his (apparently) pregnant girlfriend. The case is now going to the Santa Clara County DA's Office.

Here's the latest on the newest incident that confirms nothing good ever happens after 1AM or so...

San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke released a statement:

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment."

But the most interesting piece of irony seems to be that McDonald was arrested in the same house that now-suspended DE Aldon Smith allegedly partied before getting arrested on DUI charges last month after getting into an accident.

McDonald is due in court for his next appearance September 15.

OSG High: Ohio HS FB Game Called Because Of Fight

((HT: Fox 8/WEWS-TV))

A high school football game between Garfield Heights and Collinwood (OH) was called because of a fight that started either in one of two places: after a cheap shot on the field and escalated on the field, or something that started in the stands and ended on the field with that outburst...

Newsnet5 in Cleveland found this video

Initially, five people were arrested but two were released after the first hours in the investigation.

Here's (believe it or not) chopper video of the moment the fight happened...

And the update

Garfield Heights (OH) City Schools released this statement: “Because the safety and security of every person who attends co-curricular activities at the Garfield Heights City Schools is of the utmost importance, district officials, game officials and security personnel made the decision to cancel the game instantaneously. Local officials took appropriate action, and the community can rest assured knowing that those students of the Garfield Heights City Schools who were involved will be swiftly and appropriately dealt with by the district.”

ICYMI: Florida vs. Idaho PPD Because of Weather


You don't often see or hear about a college football game being rained out.

Yet that is exactly what happened Saturday night in Gainesville, Florida.

The Florida Gators season opener vs. Idaho was delayed for 3-plus hours Saturday night before officials and the teams decided to cancel it. The Gainesville area was pummeled with heavy rain, lightning and thunder most of the evening Saturday. The Gators had requested the later kickoff to try and avoid the heat, instead, they had to deal with the late afternoon and evening thunderstorms that always crop up in the Sunshine State.

Mind you they did TRY to play, at one point the did the opening kickoff, but more lightning and rain chased the teams and fans out of the stadium.

No word yet on when...or if the game will be rescheduled, apparently both teams have Oct. 25th as an open date, the question is, does either team want to play.

Our guess is they will have to play that day. Ultimately, they'll need to have that 12th game to make everything official with the NCAA. Rather than being snarky and saying it won't matter or UF may need it to be bowl eligible, we'll just have to wait and see what they decide to do after a good nights sleep.

Worst Entrance Idea Ever: Eastern Michigan vs. The Concrete Wall


We have no idea who thought knocking down a concrete wall with a sledgehammer to initiate the team running out on the field would be cool.

Because all it did was make Eastern Michigan University the butt of an endless parade of jokes.

Check out what happens when the Eagles try to "Break Down the Wall" and run out onto the field.

Sure, they eventually did it...sort of. But in that time, the student section had pizza delivered, the alumni drove home and came back and the guys broadcasting the game did their halftime report early (ok, so maybe that's not so funny, it's early on a Sunday morning)....

We should add maybe it worked, albeit unintentionally since the Eagles beat Morgan State 31-28.

Anyway, here's your video which unfortunately has the god-awful ESPN like music on it. We'd really like to hear the nat sound or broadcast version instead...

Washington Huskies Barely Hang On In Chris Petersen's Coaching Debut

It was a struggle but the Washington Huskies prevailed barely over Hawaii 17-16 in Chris Petersen's head coaching debut at U-Dub.

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL
“Our guys played hard." Petersen said. "I think there were some good individual plays. Certainly as a team we didn’t play nearly like I think we can play. I think it’s going to be a big wake up call. It’s just hard to win games against anybody.”

The Rainbow Warriors jumped on the Dawgs for 10 unanswered points before Washington's offense began to wake up when John Ross scored on the ground for 20 yards in the first quarter and catching a pass from quarterback Jeff Lindquist for 91 yards.

Washington took a 17-10 lead at halftime and then didn't score again.

Hawaii added a pair of field goals but the rally feel short.

“I just feel like our whole team played too tight." Petersen said.  "We got off to a bad start and we were playing not to lose. At times, our defense would get into a rhythm, do some good things and our offense wouldn’t do anything. It started to snowball a little bit.”

“We had our chances, both offensively and defensively."  Hawaii head coach Norm Chow said.  "We need to get better, and we need to be a better football club.”

That Was A Close One For #1 Florida State, Survive Over Against Oklahoma State 37-31

The opening game in college football is always a crap shoot.  No pre-season, no scrimmages against another team.  You start in the heat of battle.

Florida State was invincible last year on their way to a BCS national championship but 2014 is another story.

An inspired Oklahoma State team gave the Seminoles all they could handle but FSU prevailed 37-31.

Florida State is still a work in progress and that's not necessarily a bad thing when you can overcome adversity.

"We understand how to win games, and we're doing a good job" Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. ." I'm proud of them for doing that."

"Oklahoma State was outstanding out there." Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said. "You know, they played hard. They never gave up. They never gave up."

“This team won’t back down from anybody,”  Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said.

And the Pokes didn't back down on the Seminoles.

Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh was outstanding throwing for 203 yards and a touchdown and leading the Cowboys is rushing with 51 yards.

Most importantly Oklahoma State didn't fold in the spotlight on national TV after spotting Florida State with 17 unanswered points early in the game.

“We feel good about where we’re at,” Walsh said. “We’re upset about the loss, but going into film tomorrow, there’s going to be a lot of good things to build on.”

"I thought they (Oklahoma State)  did a heck of a job." Fisher said. " I told you Mike has a got a good football team, and he's a heck of a football coach."

Jameis Winston finished the game completing 25 of 40 passes for 370 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  They weren't the gaudy numbers Winston put up in his season opener last year at Pittsburgh but his 28 yard touchdown run late in the third quarter will be stored in the memory banks.

It was also the longest run in Winston's career.

With the college football playoff a reality this is the first example of survive and advance in college football.  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Aleshin Crash Overshadows IndyCar Finale

((HT: IndyCar Series/IMS Radio Network))

This is flat out scary from Friday night's practice at the Fontana Speedway in the concluding race of the 2014 IndyCar season involving Mikhail Aleshin and the low groove.

Aleshin was listed in serious but stable condition with a with a concussion, fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle and chest injuries. Qualifying had been frozen at the time of the wreck and Aleshin, actually, had the 8th fastest time on the grid for the season finale.

Sadly, Fontana has had a lot of wrecks in the track's IndyCar history including racers like Will Power, AJ Allmendinger, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Takuma Sato. Greg Moore passed during the 1999 race at Fontana from injuries he received in his crash.