Today in sports: Suspended New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis finds something to occupy himself with while he's suspended, Tebowing will invade the latest installment of Madden, and the Detroit Lions can't stop fighting.
Don't cry for New Orleans Saints Bountygate implicatee Mickey Loomis. The team's general manager -- who was suspended eight games by the NFL for his role in the team's cash-for-cheap-shots program -- will spent his suspension as director of basketball operations for the New Orleans Hornets. Saints owner Tom Benson is in the process of acquiring the club, and apparently wants the man who reportedly lied to him about the existence of the Saints bounty pool to set the tone for his latest professional sporting venture. Makes sense! [The Times-Picayune]
So it looks like the latest iteration of the Madden NFL will feature digital Tebowing, you know, crouching down and acting all Tim Tebow-like after your score a touchdown, or don't throw a horribly wobbly interception. Armchair Tebowers rejoice! [USA Today]
Oh, dear: The fundamentally sound Chuck Knoblauch -- who became less fundamentally sound later in his career as a member of the New York Yankees when he could not complete a throw to first base -- has been implicated by former Brian McNamee, the former trainer of Roger Clemens as a user of human growth hormone. While on the stand in Washington today -- where the U.S. government is trying like the Dickens to convict Roger Clemens of lying to Congressional investigators -- McNamee also said that former Yankee left-handed reliever Mike Stanton acquired HGH. [AP]
Southern Methodist University has fired athletic director Steve Orsini. Normally, we wouldn't keep you abreast of the comings and goings of athletic directors, but Orsini presided over the school's move to the Big East, and also just made the very curious (but probably brilliant) decision to hire Larry Brown as men's basketball coach. [AP]
The Detroit Lions might have been able to go to the Super Bowl last year, had players been able to refrain from randomly punching people, which resulted in costly penalty yards. Already, the team seems to be headed down the same road: star second-year wide receiver Titus Young has been banned from optional team activities, reportedly because he "punched [safety Louis Delmas] when he was not looking" during a confrontation last week. This is also known as a sucker-punch, something Young has experience with, because he did the same thing to New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins during the Wild Card round of last year's NFC playoffs. [MLive.com]