Bogus Charity Offer For Free Publicity? Why Not!

In a promotional announcement before the season, Liberty Mutual Insurance announced it would donate a total of $1 million to charity if a college football game this season was completed with no penalties.

So you're saying there's a chance?

(‘So you’re saying there’s a chance?’)

Excerpt from the press release:

Pioneering the pursuit of sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence on the field, the quest for the penalty-free game – worth $1 million to charity – is taking place for the first time during the 2010 season.

Liberty Mutual will (up to $500,000 per team) to a charity selected by each school. If more than one game is completed penalty-free, the million-dollar donation will be split among all winning schools’ charities.

Quite a financial gamble Liberty Mutual is taking, considering that the last penalty-free game between two college football teams was 24 years ago. (Army vs. Navy, 1986.)

Now let’s welcome in Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual senior vice president, to expound on his company’s generous 16,000-to-1 charitable offer: Read more…

Speed Read: Pacers Make Kobe’s Milestone Moot

Congratulations to Kobe Bryant for scoring his 22,000th career point against the Indiana Pacers last night. Your reward? A total fourth-quarter collapse by your team’s defense and a head-scratching 118-117 loss. Personally, as I gift I’d rather receive a pair of socks, or even a gift certificate to Arby’s than that.

Lakers bench after loss to Pacers

(Sasha - wha’ happened?)

The reason the Lakers blew a 15-point fourth quarter lead was simple: they stopped playing defense. They gave up 32 points in the quarter and six offensive rebounds, the last being Troy Murphy’s tip-in that gave the Pacers the victory. It’s the first Lakers loss to a bad team this season, but knowing the team’s recent history of falling victim to seemingly overlooking bad teams. (Between them and the USC football team, there must be something in the LA water.)

Meanwhile, Dallas Stars winger Sean Avery’s mouth has gotten him in trouble yet again. He’s been suspended indefinitely for “inappropriate public comments” after running his mouth before a game against the Calgary, specifically targeting Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who happens to be dating Avery’s ex, hottie actress Elisha Cuthbert.

Elisha Cuthbert

Here’s Avery’s comments. If you look closely, you can see his teammates praying for an errant piece of Sputnik to come crashing down on him:

A class act, that Sean Avery. USA TODAY breaks down some of his recent “greatest hits“, including his swipe a few years ago at French-Canadians. This is Avery’s first season with the Stars, but he’s already managed to alienate his team. Dallas owner Tom Hicks said that the team would have suspended Avery if the league didn’t, and teammates like Marty Turco are already sick of his act. And we know how opponents feel about him.

Which loudmouth would you most like to see get a case of permanent laryngitis?

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Army-Navy Game Looking For New Home, Sponsor

Even though it hasn’t meant much lately in the Top 25 scheme of things, the annual Army-Navy game is still a special & respected tradition in college football. And it may be coming to a city near you, thanks to the good people of [insert corporate entity here].

Army Navy Game program cover

The NAVY TIMES reports that the service academy showdown is looking to take its game cross-country, somewhere different than Philadelphia, Baltimore, or the same old places between West Point and Annapolis:

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