NFL Star Shames Ex-Teammate About Allegation

Tuesday I broke the news that former Auburn football player Stanley McClover claimed in an interview with HBO Real Sports that he received extra benefits in violation of NCAA rules from a former Auburn assistant coach when the two were at the school.

Ronnie Brown calls out Stanley McClover

Wednesday I reported that McClover was subsequently wavering on his claim about the former Auburn assistant coach after his former high school coach disputed his story.

In remarks to Charles Goldberg of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS today, current NFL and ex-Auburn football star Ronnie Brown essentially called out his former Auburn teammate McClover for his comments to HBO.

Brown to Goldberg about his recent conversations about McClover:

“He had told me that HBO had come to him and wanted to do a piece on should athletes get paid, and I said, ‘Oh.’

“And then Stanley said, ‘They’re going to do something on my charity.’ And I said, ‘That’s cool. That’s a good way to get the charity out there.’

“I found out that Stanley was talking about he had a choice to go to different colleges, and one of the reasons he chose Auburn was because they offered him money. So I called him. I said, ‘Whoa, what is this? What is this about?’ Read more…

Video: Dan Marino Drops S-Bomb On Live CBS TV

While doing Dolphins-Bucs highlights today on CBS TV, Dan Marino accidentally dropped an s-bomb: “The Dolphins finish the sh– off.

Dan Marino Inside The NFL Freakout

Knowing that Dan is in the efforting Hall of Fame, this is no time to hate.

Video of today’s slip after break. Read more…

Speed Read: An Evening Of Florida Pillow-Fighting

Normally, you don’t see a broadcast booth spend a plurality of a football game raving about the “time of possession” statistic. Then again, normally, you don’t see a team win said battle by a full 30 minutes of game time, which is precisely what Miami did to Indianapolis last night. And then again, you don’t normally see a team control the ball for fewer than 15 minutes of the game… and win anyway.

Pierre Garcon gets two thumbs down
(”Okay, so you just scored the go-ahead touchdown. Allow me to retort: BOOOO THUMBS DOWN TO YOU BOOOOOOO!”)

But lo and behold, thanks to the quickest of quick-strike offenses, the Colts did exactly that; thanks to touchdown drives of 1, 6, and 4 plays, Indianapolis prevailed in Miami, 27-23. Indeed, the Colts’ longest drive of the night was a 9-play drive that led to a 2nd quarter field goal; on the other side of the field, the Fins had exactly one shorter drive: an 8-play, 25-yard drive that ended in a punt. After that, literally every drive of theirs was 9 plays or longer. That’s the longest shortest drive since [ERROR WE ARE NOT ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU CLIENTS ABORT, RETRY, FAIL?].

Ah, but without turnovers, time of possession is effectively meaningless. Read more…

Kiffin Career KO’d?; What Can Brown Do For You?

Lane Kiffin better be updating his resume, although he’s still currently employed by the Raiders - as of this writing, anyway.

Lane Kiffin wipes face

Ronnie Brown runs roughshod and passes perfectly over the Patriots.

Brady Quinn may finally get his big break with the Browns next weekend.

Mike Golic’s son gets caught in Notre Dame underage beer bust.

• SbB writer Scott shares his own special memories of Yankee Stadium, such as taking a leak between Bobby Murcer and Ron Santo.

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Speed Read: NFL Nuttiness and MLB Melancholy

What a weird, wild weekend it was in the National Football League. And that doesn’t even count the craziness over Lane Kiffin’s job status.

Ronnie Brown Dolphins

(This just in: Ronnie Brown has scored another touchdown)

The biggest head-scratcher (since nothing is surprising about the Raiders anymore) must have been how the 0-2 Dolphins were able to obliterate the 2-0 Patriots - in the House That Brady Built, no less. As a result, Ronnie Brown becomes the new fantasy football flavor of the week, and Joey Porter gets some vindication.

In the meantime, stadium spectators were treated to some bonus football in East Rutherford (yay!) and Chicago (boo!). Last-minute field goals worked in Indy (Colts now 0-2 in new home) and Orchard Park (So long, Lane!), but not so much in Denver (Saints should’ve kept John Carney around). And Tony Romo does what Roger Staubach, Don Meredith or Troy Aikman never did - win in Green Bay. No wonder Jessica Simpson loves him so. (And hopefully Tony will bring his babe back a lovely cheese sampler.)

While the goofiness commenced on the gridiron, it was a sad day in the dugouts.  We all said goodbye to a long-revered institution. Yes, yesterday was the last telecast this season of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball”. No longer will viewers of the Worldwide Leader start their week off with the amusing verbal antics of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. We will miss them so.

Jon Miller Joe Morgan

Oh, and some ballpark in the Bronx closed up shop, too.

The latest AP college football poll is out, and there’s a new face entering the ranks after a bit of a drought - a 24-year drought, to be exact. The Vanderbilt Commodores enter the poll at #21 after outlasting Ole Miss 23-17, bringing their record to 4-0 and, more astonishingly, first place in the SEC. What a great day for Jay Cutler!

It’s still very early in the season, but wouldn’t it be remarkable if the ‘Dores could run the table and claim their first-ever SEC crown? (Hey, if Northwestern can win the Big Ten, why not?)

And when they make the movie of Vandy’s victorious story, we already know who should be cast as head coach Bobby Johnson:

Bobby Johnson Steve Martin

Actor-comedian Steve Martin. Disagree? Well, excuuuuuuuuse meeeeeeee!

And now on to some other pressing matters:

• STREETBALL bounces over some helpful do’s and dont’s of the basketball dress code.

Erin Phillips Australian basketball player

Of course, whatever Aussie b-ball babe Erin Phillips wears is fine with us.

• Taking a cue from the Mitchell Report, the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE is pumped to present its own list of football players found using & abusing performance enhancing drugs.

• PRO FOOTBALL TALK is surprised to discover who owns the website - it taint Chad Ocho Cinco, but embattled ref Ed Hochuli.

• YARDBARKER rides the rasta slopes by shushing down some cool running video of the Jamaican Ski Team.

• Brett Edwards of AOL FANHOUSE laughs off the upcoming comedic showdown between Baron Davis & Chris Bosh.

• KUSA-TV in Denver drinks in news of ex-Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville getting arrested for a DUI.

• Speaking of illegal alcohol consumption, the DES MONIES REGISTER reports that 19-year-old Iowa LB Dezman Moses has been suspended for four games after being charged for public intoxication.

• BUGS & CRANKS shows how you too can cut up & mow down your very own ravishing Rays mohawk.

• The OAKLAND TRIBUNE plays the name game, as the McAfee Coliseum is officially once again the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

• The WASHINGTON POST learns that being a minor league baseball GM doesn’t require a geography degree, as Syracuse’s GM thinks Toronto is the capital of Canada.

In honor of the weakest of NFL Week 3, here’s today pertinent poll:

Which 0-3 team has the best chance of finishing the NFL season winless, thus bringing shame upon their city & fans for years to come?

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Dolphins End Patriots’ 21-Game Winning Streak

And there goes the perfect season. Everyone knew the Patriots wouldn’t stand a chance at matching last year’s (almost) perfect season after Tom Brady lost the various CLs in his leg, but who would’ve guessed that the lowly Miami Dolphins would be the ones to break their winning streak. Or that they’d do it in such convincing fashion?

Bill Belichick, not happy

The loss ends the Patriots’ run of 21 straight regular-season victories. Meanwhile, the win for the Dolphins matches all of the victories they had all of last season. And hey, did you hear about this Ronnie Brown fella? He had a pretty decent game.

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Blog-Another-Round: The NBA Draft Drinkin’ Game

• ROTOHOG is set for a thirsty Thursday of their own, as they serve up their version of the NBA Draft Drinking Game.

NBA Budweiser beer glasses

Darren Rovell of CNBC smells something rotten about the so-called Tiger Woods apple core for sale on eBay.

• MiLB.COM takes a behind-the-scenes look at video of the ballgirl making such a great leap forward. (Bonus: the article is written by Benny Hill.)

• PRO FOOTBALL TALK discovers that the woman who was recently arrested with Marcus Vick had earlier in the yea sued Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown.

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