Hampton Basketball Player Killed In Gun Accident

Theo Smalling, the popular senior team captain of the Hampton University men’s basketball team, was killed early Saturday in what police are calling an accidental shooting in a nightclub parking lot.

Theo Smalling

The 22-year-old was shot in the abdomen after another man, 21-year-old Dominique Devon Smith, mishandled a pistol, said police, who have charged Smith with reckless handling of a firearm.

There’s a countdown clock on the front page of Hampton’s basketball web site which shows 17 days and a handful of minutes remaining until the Pirates being their season, Nov. 14 at LaSalle. Running next to the clock is the university release on Smalling’s death; a sad juxtaposition which serves as a reminder of just how fragile life can be. Even if you’re 22. Read more…

Michael Vick Blames Others For That Thing He Did

Even though he spent 18 months in federal prison and two seasons out of the NFL, Michael Vick still has a chance to once again become an actual, legitimate NFL football player. It’s a lot more than most convicted felons can say about their pre-crime careers, but the NFL is truly a meritocracy; if Vick can perform, someone will be willing to pay him handsomely to do so.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could have banned Vick for life and the majority of NFL fans might’ve have been fine with that. Instead, he granted Vick a second chance; all he has to do is stay out of trouble for the first half-ish of the season, “show genuine remorse,” accept responsibility for his actions, and he could be back on the field, in the money. And yet, that appears to be too much for Vick to handle. How stupid is this guy?

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