Speed Read: Floyd’s Follies Continue to Roil USC

Tim Floyd, USC’s men’s basketball coach for the moment (and this after almost becoming a leader of Wildcats), allegedly paid a handler a thousand dollars in cash to be delivered to O.J. Mayo in a successful attempt to encourage the young point guard to follow through on joining USC for a season after signing his letter of intent.  (No, the handler wasn’t Li’l Romeo.  Good guess, though.)

O.J. Mayo Tim Floyd

Everyone from the handler to Floyd to USC could be in varying levels of trouble if true.  Therefore, absolutely no one except YAHOO! SPORTS’ source will speak on the record.   Their investigative journalism has been hit and miss, though their commitment to providing original reporting has not wavered.

It’s unclear how seriously the reporting from the site with the silly name can be taken, though, as they clearly do not have fake conversations where they hype their stories around a ridiculously small table while being filmed in black-and-white.  It’s not really journalism if it’s colorized.

E60 from ESPN

(Journalism!)

From one stereotypically smoky back room to another, Delaware’s legislature has passed a law permitting sports betting in a desperate attempt to fill a gaping $600 million maw in the state budget.  The governor has promised his signature on the bill once the state Supreme Court has spoken to the state constitutionality of the bill.

Delaware is one of only four states with a legal exemption to a 1992 federal law banning sports gambling and the only one east of the Mississippi.  State lawmakers have high hopes of becoming a gambling mecca for sports enthusiasts; one called the opportunity “an unbelievable cash cow”.  Again, it’s unclear how true this can be if no one will be allowed to gamble on the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Wilmington Blue Rocks - Rocky Bluewinkle

(The only thing you can tease here is the moose, sir)

Finally, from one set of rocks to another, Boston came back to defeat the Orlando Magic 92-88 last night to take a 3-2 series lead in a highly predictable collapse from the team in blue that has only one mode: jack the three up and cross your fingers.

Magic against Celtics

Houston also got a condescending pat on the head for their Game 4 effort without Yao Ming before being penetrated 118-78 by the Lakers and falling behind 3-2 in their series. The Rockets now only have one reliable position: fetal.

Phil Mickelson and wife

(”… so that’s winning!  Interesting.”)

On the other hand, three fine NHL Game 7s have now been scheduled after wins by Anaheim and Boston last night.  Detroit never found its offense despite approximately 40392109 minutes on the power play while Carolina’s Cam Ward couldn’t quite figure out what all that goalie equipment should be used for. One possibility: handing off $1,000 in cash to the next O.J. Mayo?

Anaheim Ducks

And now a hail of bullet points discovered behind the olive loaf sandwich in the break room fridge; you know, the fridge that sent half your office to the hospital

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ARod Ignores Negro Leagues Honor 5 Straight Yrs

The Negro Leagues Baseball Muesum’s Legacy Awards were recently announced, and Alex Rodriguez has once again been most-honored.

Negro Leagues Museum

The KANSAS CITY STAR reports “this year Rodriguez is the winner of a Josh Gibson home run award (his fifth) and an Oscar Charleston MVP award (his fourth). But he’s never been here to personally receive any of those honors.”

And, “A-Rod hasn’t confirmed he’s coming” this year, “But as of Wednesday, neither the Yankee slugger nor his representatives had said he isn’t.

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Francona Not Allowed To Wear Pullovers In Games

BASEBALL TELLS SOX’S FRANCONA THE PULLOVER IS OVER: MLB’s fashion police throws the book at Terry Francona, as the Red Sox manager is no longer allowed to wear pullovers during games:

Terry Francona pullover

The BOSTON HERALD reports that Major League Baseball is banning the comfortable clothing from part of the official uniform. VP Bob Watson, referring to the decision as the ‘Francona Rule’, said that managers must wear a team jersey or jacket while deliberating in the dugout.Watson maintained, “You can’t wear your nightshirt, or whatever it is. You can wear it before games, or after games, but not during games.”

Eric Wedge John Gibbons pullovers

Cleveland’s Eric Wedge and Toronto’s John Gibbons have also been known to pose in pullovers while working. MLB had earlier stated that first offense for the fashion faux pas would be a $1,000 fine, strike two would cost $5,000, and strike three would mean a one-game suspension.But even with the uniform uproar, the Yankees always somehow manage into play. The Herald story has a poll asking readers if they agree with the new rule.

Francona Rule Poll

The choices are:”No, Terry Francona should be allowed to wear what he wants.”

-or-

Sure. As long as they don’t make him wear pinstripes.”