Cancer Patient Inspires Nwestern Lacrosse Legacy

• The Northwestern Wildcats women’s lacrosse team has won five straight national titles - thanks in part to the inspiration of honorary teammate & young cancer survivor Jaclyn Murphy.

Northwestern lacrosse team and Jaclyn Murphy

• Ladies & gentlemen of the jury, Plaxico Burress would like to have a little chat with you.

• A high school cheerleader is suing after her coach logged in to her Facebook account & then kicked her off the team.

• Current Viking & former Bear Bobby Wade sez Brian Urlacher doesn’t think new Chicago QB Jay Cutler is all that manly.

• The Big 12 Conference is looking to move their football championship game to the new Cowboys Stadium…permanently!

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Does Anyone Want Tix To The Big 12 Title Game?

Saturday’s Big 12 Championship between Oklahoma and Missouri might seem like a bit of a mismatch, but it’s still the most important game of the year outside of the Alabama-Florida SEC title tilt. If OU wins, they’ll play for the BCS title, while a Missouri upset would throw the BCS into chaos.

empty Arrowhead Stadium

(Good seats still available, OU fans)

Despite all this, it’s not exactly the hottest ticket in Kansas City. Even with an in-state university playing in the game,  there are nearly 8,000 seats unsold as of today. Guess the Tiger fans aren’t too confident of their team’s prospects in this one.

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Mack Opened Door For OU With Inexplicable Vote

So you’re a Texas fan. You’re mad at the world because, despite beating your biggest rival by 10 points on a neutral field, they’re going to the Big 12 Championship and, in all likelihood, the BCS Championship instead of your Horns. You’re looking for a scapegoat. Well, we’ve got one for you: His name is Mack Brown.

mack brown worried

(Mack Brown giveth, and he unintentionally taketh away.)

That’s right, the very coach who helped put Texas in this position is also partly responsible for keeping them from holding the No. 2 spot. Brown has a vote in the Coaches’ Poll, one of two polls balanced against the BCS computer rankings to determine the overall BCS Standings. Instead of voting for his Longhorns as the nation’s No. 1 team, Brown picked someone else (we’re betting undefeated Alabama). Two voters picked Oklahoma No. 1. The result? The Sooners end up with a one vote edge in the Coaches’ Poll … and with an edge of less than two-tenths of a poll in the BCS Standings.

Of course, that means Oklahoma is headed to the Big 12 Championship Game, with a serious inside track on the BCS Championship. Meanwhile the Longhorns will have to settle for a date in the Fiesta or Orange Bowl, barring a stunning upset by a Missouri team that looked more cooked than Thursday’s turkey throughout most of a loss to Kansas.

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Blog-A-Roni: Rangers Turn Shea Into Slip ‘N Slide

• 100% INJURY RATE washes up video of the Texas Rangers turning Shea Stadium into their own personal Slip ‘N Slide.

• BOBCATS PLANET punches up a clip of a Celtics fan getting a warm reception by the Staples Center crowd.

• It pains LOHUD YANKEES BLOG to reveal that the Yankees have sprained their Wang.

• MIZZOURAH (by way of EDSBS) takes a bite out of comparing Big 12 football squads to potato chips & similar salty snacks.

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Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach Fined $10,000 By Big 12 For Ref Comments

LEACH’S POST-GAME TIRADE TOPS OFF WITH $10,000 FINE: Mike Leach refused to back down from comments he made about last Saturday’s officiating. And now his words have cost him a sizable sum:

Mike Leach chair

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that the Texas Tech coach was fined $10,000 for the remarks he made following the Red Raiders’ loss to the Longhorns.The fine was the highest ever handed down by the Big 12 Conference, doubling the previous record of penny- pinching punishment.

The HOUSTON CHRONICLE adds that Leach was also given a reprimand by the Big 12 (oooh, scary!). The conference also warned the Tech coach that any similar outbursts in the future could result in a suspension.