I am going to stray from my comfort zone of baseball for this edition of “The Hump”. Plenty of headlines in things non-baseball.
- Aurora, Colorado – your fellow countrymen and countrywomen are here for you. Although the vast majority of America cannot even begin to comprehend what you are going through, we certainly are here to provide shoulders to lean on. Stay strong. And kudos to the three men who took a bullet and eventually died in order to protect their girlfriends. And also a great move by the Broncos for visiting the shooting victims in the hospital on Sunday. But alas he has emerged, the Dark Knight himself – Christian Bale visited the victims in Aurora on Tuesday. Who says all Hollywood types are assholes?
- NCAA president Mark Emmert handed down some stiff penalties to the Penn State football program – all of which were well deserved. It turned the story over to football again, however, not humanity and morals,which is what it truly is about. Not implementing the “death penalty” was a good move by Emmert. Practically every other sport in “Happy Valley” benefits from the money the football program rakes in and if the “death penalty” was imposed, said sports would lose a lot of funding for something they had no part in. The shake down: $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban, a reduction in scholarships, free transfer for any player wanting out, and vacating Paterno's wins from 1998-2011. Congratulations Bobby Bowden, you're now the all-time winningest coach in college football.
- Bravo to Packers offensive lineman TJ Lang for calling out his fellow NFL brethren with this tweet:
Dear co-workers.. These are pretty cheap.. Try one out pic.twitter.com/7eMdNVD7
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) July 22, 2012
- Oh Adam Scott, it was painful to watch (even though I'm watching it again on television). Bogey-bogey-bogey-bogey over the last four holes. A truly gut wrenching way to lose The Open Championship – aka the British Open. I don't think anything else needs to be said to qualify this for one of the “3 Down” spots. This certainly doesn't take anything away from the way Ernie Els played. He's a class act.
- Aaron Berry – you're not invincible. After just two forgettable seasons with the Lions, he was cut after his second arrest of the offseason. His crimes this time: three counts of simple assault and a firearm was involved. Last month he was arrested in Allentown, PA on suspicion of DUI. I guess he doesn't follow TJ Lang on Twitter.
- Chad Johnson? Ochocinco? Who gives a shit? He changed his name back to Chad Johnson because he's now a married man, and who wants to be Mrs. Ochocinco? This seems to be the only way he can get in the news anymore now that his NFL career is in a downward spiral. Good luck with that one Dolphins.