Enter the Warzone, airing it out every Tuesday.
• TheNFL has reportedly zeroed in on a New England locker room attendant
who was the last person to handle the now-famous footballs before the AFC Championship.
In other words, the Pats have found the perfect Patsy.
• You know how this story ends: Sometime before the Super Bowl, the accused will swear on a stack of Bibles he deflated the footballs on his own accord without any direction from anyone in the Patriots organization.
Yup, it’s the old Lone Deflator Theory.
• Investigators also have unearthed incriminating video. But this being the NFL, we can’t be sure if anyone viewed it.
• While everyone focuses on PSI, no one is talking about the fact that the Seahawks have had more players suspended for PEDs since 2012 than any NFL team …
• Disregard what youread in Friday’s paper
. Our pick is Seattle, 28-24.
• New offensive coordinator Bill Musgravesays the Raiders will run more no-huddle next season
, similar to what Derek Carr did at Fresno State.
Now if only Carr’s receivers were as good as the ones he threw to in college.
• A report byESPN.com details Johnny Manziel’s “lack of commitment and preparation”
to football during his rookie season and a “continued commitment” to nightlife.
In other news, it gets dark after the sun goes down.
• Received two emails over the weekend complaining Fresno State wasn’t giving away iPads and $100 bills at women’s basketball games like it does for men’s.
Hold your grousing, people.
• Judging by the actual attendance at women’s games, your chances of winning are pretty good.
• Despite the program’s long run of success, the Bulldogs drew their largest crowds on nights when male fans were interested to see which glamorous outfit a certain attractive female coach would be wearing.
• Speaking of Stacy Johnson-Klein, aLinkedIn page
lists her current occupation as Manager II for the Javita Coffee Company.
Guess $6.6 million only qualifies as a small pile of beans.
• Look, women’s basketball isn’t for everyone. We get that. But if you enjoy watching a first-place team that’s well-coached and stocked with likable players, give Jaime White’s crew a shot.
• Bad news for Lakers fans:Kobe Bryant is out for the season
Good news: Nobody’s gonna accuse your team of tanking. It’ll happen naturally.
• After former Memorial High star Robert Upshawgot booted from a second university for violating team rules
, reader Jerry McKune sent in this comment: “I would bet a lot of NBA teams will (puff, puff) pass on him in the draft.”
• In what’s become an annual tradition, Alex Rodriguez is expected to issue a public apology when he joins the Yankees for spring training.
It’s the Yankees who should apologize for still having this pariah on their roster.
• Former major-league pitcher Ted Lilly, who earned more than $80 million during his 15-year career,is facing three felony charges
stemming from a $4,600 insurance claim.
Another example of how money can’t buy sense.
•Newspaper stories about teaches and coaches accused of having sex with underage students
sure are more troubling when you know the faces in those mugshots.
• For no particular reason: Adrian Dantley
• After Sports Illustrated laid off its last six remaining staff photographers,old friend John Branch
of the New York Times suggested the name of the magazine get changed to Sports Explained.
• SI will now use photographs taken by freelancers, which seems to be the way of the media world these days.
Keep it quiet, though. Don’t want our bosses getting any crazy ideas.