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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Cheerleader Sues High School, Facebook To Blame

It occurs to me that we’ve gone several hours without a high school cheerleading controversy, so here you go. The parents of Mandi Jackson have filed a $100,000 lawsuit against officials of Pearl High School in Mississippi, claiming that their daughter’s cheerleading coach invaded her privacy by logging into her Facebook page and reading her email. This story is very shocking and confusing to me: Mississippi has the Internet?

Facebook? Man, that’s sooooo freshman year. But it’s taken some time for this to get to the litigation stage, after Jackson was booted from the cheerleading squad in 2007. That’s when one of her coaches looked at her Facebook page and found obscene correspondence between Jackson and another cheerleader. Nice work, Ms. Ballbricker. Read more…

NAACP: HS Player’s Shotgun Death Not A Suicide

Updating a story from last week, the mystery behind prep football star Billey Joe Johnson’s death only deepens. Johnson, you might recall, was killed after apparently sustaining a self-inflicted shotgun wound during a early morning traffic stop on December 8.

billey joe johnson

Since then, many people have tried to piece the story together, often with nothing more than hearsay, rumors, and idle speculation. Joining that fray is the NAACP, who announced that they do not believe Johnson’s death was a suicide:

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HS Football Star Kills Himself During Traffic Stop

Everyone makes mistakes. Sure, some are more condemning than others, but human beings can always work to get beyond them. That’s no longer the case for 17-year-old Billey Joe Johnson, one of the nation’s top underclassmen running backs who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being pulled over by a traffic patrol officer in Northeast Mississippi early Monday morning. Forget layoffs and economic distress, this is about as depressing as you can possibly get.

billey joe johnson in action

How big a loss is Johnson to the sporting world? Well, the odds are that in the coming years you would have learned a lot more about him. The junior was being recruited by just about every school in the SEC, and he had scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, among others.

Police are keeping quiet about whether Johnson’s death was a suicide or a pure accident, but an accidental shooting that instantly kills him (i.e., that hits his head or carotid artery) with a shotgun seems like a major leap of faith. After all, he was either wielding or moving a shotgun, and the fact that he had a shotgun sitting in the front of his truck would lead one to believe he had a pretty good idea of how to safely operate one.

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Favre’s Nephew Is Somewhat Good At HS Football

New York Jets quarterback and Peter King mancrush Brett Favre wasn’t the only member of the Favre family who had himself a nice weekend.  While Brett was busy helping the Jets dispose of the hapless St. Louis Rams in a 47-3 drubbing — it was 40-0 at halftime — his nephew Dylan Favre was back at home in Mississippi getting things done as well.

Dylan Favre

Dylan threw for five touchdowns in Bay St. Louis St. Stanislaus’ 42-27 win over Poplarville, and the fifth touchdown turned out to be a record breaker. Favre broke the legendary Clifton Davis‘ Mississippi state record of 42 touchdown passes in a single season with his 43rd (and he did it all in Wrangler jeans!), and now he’s got folks wondering if he’s going to follow in his famous uncle’s footsteps.

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