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Tressel MUST be Fired …

Wins MUST be Forfeited …

Players MUST be Declared Ineligible …

Ohio State Must be Charged and Found Guilty of Having a Lack of Institutional Control …

50 Cars MUST be Returned or Paid for …

Yes, that’s right 50 cars, and we’re not talking about 25-year-old used cars, we’re talking about Brand New Chrysler 300M’s and better. Wherever the story of Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes ends, it is clear to all that corruption has taken a strangle hold over the University’s Athletic Department and it all stems from the Football Program. One or two cars, and you say “Well it was just those guys”, FIFTY cars, and now you must say “It’s the whole program”.

Updated: May 7, 2011, 10:15 AM ET

Report: Ohio State faces more scrutiny

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s director of compliance is reviewing at least 50 car sales to Buckeyes athletes and relatives to see if they met NCAA rules, The Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday.

The newspaper reported that a salesman who received game passes from Ohio State athletes handled many of the deals at two different dealerships. Ohio State has since taken the salesman, Aaron Kniffin, off the pass list.

Athletes are prevented from receiving special deals not available to other students. They are not permitted to trade autographs for discounts. Both dealerships display signed Ohio State memorabilia in their showrooms.

 One car, a 2-year-old Chrysler 300 with fewer than 20,000 miles, was titled to then-sophomore defensive player Thaddeus Gibson in 2009. Documents show the purchase price as $0. Gibson said he did not know why the title showed a zero for the purchase price and said he was still paying for the car.

State law requires dealers to report accurate information about all car sales for tax purposes.

School officials have seen no evidence of players getting special treatment in vehicle sales, Douglas Archie, associate athletic director for compliance, said in a statement Saturday.

“Consistent with our standard procedures, we are nevertheless reviewing these sales to assure ourselves that our policies were adhered to,” he said.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor‘s mother and brother also purchased cars from the dealerships. Kniffin loaned his own car to Pryor for a three-day test drive to Pryor’s home in Jeannette, Pa.

Kniffin and the owner of one of the dealerships he worked for, Jason Goss, have attended seven football games as guests of players, including the 2007 national championship game and the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

Ohio State already has five players — including Pryor — serving five-game suspensions for accepting improper benefits from a tattoo parlor. The NCAA is investigating coach Jim Tressel, also suspended for five games, for knowing about the benefits but not telling superiors.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

It’s over, Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay Lightning have eliminated the remnants of the Sidney Crosbyless Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 to advance to the 2nd round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Crosby missed the remainder of the season after sustaining a Concussion, and last playing January 5th. He returned to practice at the end of the regular season, but was never able to get on the Ice for a Playoff Game, and it showed as the Penguins amassed a 3-1 series lead before eventually falling miserably to the “Team That Yzerman Built” in seven games. Now, the City of Pittsburgh, Penguins Fans, and the Country of Canada as whole are left to wonder if and when they’ll ever see #87 on the Ice again. Or has Sid the Kid come, and gone away?!?

Here’s a twist on an old classic, and surely somewhere in Canada a musician is putting this Simon and Garfunkel Classic to good use as they look for their lost hero.

“Where have you gone, Sidney Crosby
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson
Sid The Kid has left and gone away
(Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey) “

-A Concession Stand Original-

This is the Detroit Red Wings Johan Franzen, it’s the NHL Playoffs, and he’s a Hockey Player!!!

Where are you Sidney Crosby? Real Hockey Players are on the Ice …

Here’s the local coverage of the Hit that gave Franzen between 21 and 23 Stitches before he returned to Game 2 today which the Wings would Win to go up 2-o against the Coyotes!!!–Shane-Doan-differ-over-impact-of-23-stitch-hit

From his own Coach’s mouth, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is attempting to rehab a potentially season and career ending concussion.

“We’ve said it before and continue to say, he has a couple more steps to go in his rehabilitation before he can even think about returning to play,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday. “I don’t know how fast that’s going to happen. I don’t know if it’s going to happen.”

The inclusion of the word “IF”, and the exclusion of the word “SEASON” would seem to indicate however unintentional, that the Penguins and likely the NHL Poster Boy himself doubt that he will be able to resume his budding Hall of Fame career. For the sake of the Penguins organization, their fans, and the NHL, hopefully Crosby can not only get back on the Ice, but get back there at the level that has made him the news story that he is. At the end of the day his legacy has likely already been written. He’s already become the youngest Captain in NHL history to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup, and that same year helped lead Team Canada to Olympic Hockey Gold on Canadian Home Ice. The rest of his career should be spent chasing Howe, Gretzky, Lemieux, and Yzerman. The rest of his career “if” there is one should not be spent in the company of LaFontaine, Lindros, and Kariya.

Here’s the Link to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s article:

Courtesy of The Onion Sports Network , here is the first image of Sidney Crosby’s return to the Penguins lineup.

There is no need to Blog any further other than to simply share the following:

Ralph Nader: Replace scholarships

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to “de-professionalize” college athletes.

“As we near the exciting conclusion of ‘March Madness’ — which would more accurately be described as the 2011 NCAA Professional Basketball Championships — it’s time we step back and finally address the myth of amateurism surrounding big-time college football and basketball in this country,” said Nader, whose League of Fans is proposing that the scholarships be replaced with need-based financial aid. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the proposal Thursday, ahead of its official release.

“An entire industry has developed in the youth sports arena — club teams, personal trainers, etc. — to prey on families’ dreams of an athletic scholarship.

— Ralph Nader, on eliminating college scholarships for athletes

NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said that referring to college athletes as professionals defies logic.

“They are students, just like any other student on campus who receives a merit-based scholarship,” he said.

Nader, a former presidential candidate, argued that his plan would also help reduce the “win-at-all-costs” mentality in high schools, by reducing the incentive of college scholarships.

“An entire industry has developed in the youth sports arena — club teams, personal trainers, etc. — to prey on families’ dreams of an athletic scholarship,” he said. “The lure of the elusive athletic scholarship is the primary — sometimes the only — marketing tool these youth sports entrepreneurs use.”

He said he would try to gin up support for his proposal from university presidents, Capitol Hill and the Education Department

“We’ll use all the levers,” Nader said. “We’ll use the parents of athletes who’ve been mistreated and sick, and forced to play when they’re injured.”

Nader added that he hadn’t yet canvassed Capitol Hill, but figured he’d find lawmakers who are concerned about the way college athletes are treated.

The Drake Group, a college athletic watchdog organization, has called for replacing one-year athletic scholarships with need-based financial aid, or with multiyear athletic scholarships that extend to graduation.

Nader said that colleges should either integrate athletics into the educational mission by eliminating college scholarships, or, “openly acknowledge the professionalism in big-time college sports, remove the tax-exempt status currently given to athletic departments, and make universities operate them as unrelated businesses.”

The longtime former head of the NCAA, Walter Byers, has called for paying college athletes.

Nader said his proposal was the opening initiative of a rejuvenated League of Fans, a sports reform group that has been dormant for some time.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

Another must share … Gotta Love the Onion Sports Network!!!

PITTSBURGH—Following a Tuesday skate-around in which concussed team captain Sidney Crosby practiced for the first time since January, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told reporters that his star player, who spent the majority of the press conference passed out and only occasionally woke up to vomit, is progressing nicely and should be back on the ice soon. “His recovery is right on schedule,” Bylsma said as Crosby quietly slurred a complaint about how bright the lights were, fell into a daze, and began convulsing. “We’re seeing some definite signs of improvement. We just have to keep at it until he can stand without assistance.” Bylsma claimed the team could expect Crosby to return as early as next week, or when he can remember who he is, where he is, and what hockey is, whichever comes first.

Goalie Fights

Posted: February 3, 2011 in Hockey, Uncategorized

Nothing like a Good Goalie Fight …

Vernon Beat Down & Bloodied Waaah …

Ozzy takes Waaah Down …

The Dominator trips up Waaah …

Like Father … Like Son

A little AC/DC …

A Nice! left last night …