Monday, May 13, 2013

Brandon Marshall wants Titus Young to get some help

Former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young isn't gathering much sympathy in the court of public opinion after three arrests in the past week.

It has been a historic downfall for Young a former second round pick and was thought to be a major contributor for the Lions for years to come. Now it's all about trying to get his life back together.

Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall sympathizes with that Young is going through and says that he hopes Young gets treatment.

“He needs to get the right treatment plan,” Marshall said. “I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder a few years and got the right help, the right treatment, and now I’m advocating for it. Mental health in itself is just so stigmatized, it’s a taboo topic in our homes, in our communities, and we need more people to talk about it and not make Titus Young or people like myself or others who can’t fight for themselves a national punchline.”

“Guys like Titus Young, it doesn’t necessarily mean he has to be diagnosed, but if we’re not treating these cases properly, it just gets worse,” Marshall said. “I hear people say his career is over. Well, first of all, it’s really not about his career right now. It’s about his life. And second of all, if he gets that in order, we’ll be looking at a success story, and this is a guy who will be in a locker room and guys will be coming to him for advice.”

Marshall said that he tried to reach out to Young but wasn't able to reach him. Marshall had some off field issues himself and was willing to get treatment. I don't know if Young may be willing do the same but I hope so because in a strange way I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy.

Brady Hoke says Notre Dame is 'chickening out' of rivalry game with Michigan

The Notre Dame-Michigan football game is a storied rivalry. From Harry Oliver's 51-yarder to Desmond Howard's diving grab, the game has had plenty of epic memories. The Fighting Irish are one of Michigan's main rivals along with Michigan State and Ohio State. Too bad the rivalry will be put on hold from 2015-2017.

There was already a two year break scheduled for 2018-2019, so there will be at least a five year break in between games.

The reason, Notre Dame will be scheduling ACC teams in the future since their other sports teams will be a member of the conference.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke doesn't like the fact that the Irish won't be playing the Wolverines and went as far to say that the Irish are "chickening out" of their game with Michigan.

 "The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they're chickening out of," Hoke said Monday during the West Michigan Sports Commission Annual Luncheon at the J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids.

The remark drew thunderous applause from the crowd.

"They're still gonna play Michigan State, they're gonna play Purdue, but they don't want to play Michigan," Hoke continued. "I don't know how they made that decision ... I really do ... But anyway, that's a great national rivalry game. It's a great game."  

I don't really care for Notre Dame but with conference realignment it just made the game more difficult to play. With a beefed up Big Ten schedule I would think Hoke might want to play a lesser team so his team can remain in the college football playoff chase.

The teams had been operating under a three-year rolling contract -- meaning, either program could cancel the series with three games' notice. Notre Dame served Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon with that notice in the moments leading up to kickoff of last year's game at Notre Dame Stadium.

Anyone that follows college sports knows Notre Dame is all about the money. That's why they have all their teams except football in the ACC so they can remain independent and keep all their television and bowl money to themselves. So now they can schedule the Dukes and the Wake Forests of the world and cancel out on Michigan. Michigan brings in more money than Purdue or Michigan State, but in my eyes I feel the Irish view those as more winnable games.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Patriots bringing in Felix Jones for a visit

Free agent running back Felix Jones doesn't have too many miles on him but he's always getting bit by the injury bug. Maybe that's why he's still looking for a team.

Jones has spent his five years in the league with the Dallas Cowboys and the former first round pick is an unrestricted free agent. Among his potential suitors are the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots.

Even after acquiring LaGarrette Blount last week, the Patriots are bringing in Jones for a visit. Jones has already visited with the Eagles and worked out for the Bengals. With the stable of running backs New England has I don't know if they would have room for Jones. Somehow they always seem to find a role for someone.

Jones has pass catching ability and good speed so that shoud allow him to find his way onto a NFL roster.      

Tommie Frazier says the '95 Huskers would beat Saban's Crimson Tide

In the mid 1990's the Nebraska Cornhuskers had a powerhouse football team. Under coach Tom Osborne's guidance the Huskers won three national championships and was very close to a fourth. No team has come close to that type of dominance until Alabama's Nick Saban led squad has put together quite a run.

The Tide have strung together three national championships and have been the flag bearer for the mighty SEC.

Former Husker quarterback Tommie Frazier was recently elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and spoke about comparing the Nebraska teams of the '90s against the Alabama teams of now. He had a lot to say and when asked who would win he was biased about his pick. He says the Huskers would'v beaten the Tide.

 "They won back-to-back championships. That right there compares," Frazier said. "But it's a different time, different era. There are some good things that they did and there are some good things that we did.

"And there will always be that burning question in everyone's mind, 'Well, which team is better?' Well, in my mind, I already know which team is better. I say it publicly all the time that I don't think there's any team out there that would have beat that '95 team.

"And over a five-year span, I don't think there's too many teams that put up a record of (60-3). Coach Osborne built something special here in the mid-90s. Even though he built something special during his whole career, for some reason those mid-90s into his last game, those were special years. And I think it's going to be hard to duplicate that."

If it wasn't for a missed last second field goal against Florida State we might not b having this conversation. we might not be having it if it wasn't for Shevin Wiggins' kicked ball that allowed Nebraska a share of the title in 1997. We could easily say the same for Alabama. If not for the politics of the BCS they wouldn't be back to back as we speak.

There was no let up in those Nebraska teams and that's where I give them a razor thin edge. despite being a modern day dynasty Bama has gone 61-7 in the same five year stretch.

It's a different era and a different time. We'll always have these debates of who was the greatest and which team was better. But that's what makes sports so great.

Minnesota governor questions Chris Kluwe's release

Chris Kluwe's release from the Minnesota Vikings has stirred up a slight debate. Many are questioning whether the Vikings released Kluwe for being outspoken on a number of issues or was he released because of his punting ability or lack thereof.

One person that seems to be in Kluwe's corner is Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. Dayton finds it kind of fishy that Kluwe was released a short while after the Vikings said there would be an open competition for the punting job between Kluwe and fifth round draft pick Jeff Locke.

“I don't feel good about it,” Dayton, a Democrat, said. “I mean I'm not in position to evaluate the role and their punting abilities. But it seems to me the general manager said right after the draft that they were going to have competition. Well, then he brings the one guy [fifth-round pick Jeff Locke] in, he kicks for a weekend and that's the competition? I mean, I just think sports officials ought to be honest about what the heck is going on. Same way I think public officials should be honest about what's going on. So that bothers me probably as much if not more than the actual decision.”

“If you're going to check and see who's the better kicker under the pressure of an NFL season, seems to me you at least go into the exhibition games and have them both kicking under that kind of pressure,” Dayton said. “If you're to have true competition, that's how I would think you'd resolve it in a straightforward way.

“But that's their decision to make. They don't give me political advice. I don't give them coaching advice.”

I don't agree with the way it all went down, but maybe the Vikings wanted a younger, cheaper option which I find nothing wrong with. It's the way business is done in every way of life. But don't say there is an open competition and can a guy after seeing one guy kick over the weekend.

Dayton can have an opinion, but he's out of his element. Governors should govern and coaches should coach.

"It Girl" of the week: Karli Madaline

This week's "It Girl" of the week is Karli Madaline

Monday, May 6, 2013

Kobe Bryant calls Floyd Mayweather "Bobby Fischer with gloves"

After his victory over Robert Guerrero Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather impressed another fight fan from afar.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was impressed with the way Mayweather handled his business. Bryant tweeted: @FloydMayweather is like Bobby Fischer with gloves #vino".

Bryant is referencing the great chess master, who many considered to be the greatest chess player of all time.

"I told him this is chess, not checkers," Mayweather said.  

Lakers teammate Metta World Peace agreed with Bryant's assesment of Mayweather.

"They have a lot in common," World Peace told Yahoo! Sports. "When you get great athletes and look at them you see these similarities in the way their mind works.

"There is this focus and mindset that comes from knowing you have the physical and technical ability to outperform your opponent, that you are starting out with that advantage already in your pocket. From there it is about executing when it matters and they have both done that time and time again."

Even after the layoff and having to shake the ring rust, Mayweather is still at the top of his game.

Packers' Aaron Rodgers to appear in NBC's "The Office"

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is adding more to his acting resume'. He's going from State Farm commercials to "The Office".

This will be Rodgers' prime time acting debut as he'll be appearing on an episode of NBC's "The Office".

Rodgers will be playing a judge in an a cappella singing competition.

Acting isn't new to Rodgers as he also appeared in local television commercials for personal injury attorney David Gruber.

The episode airs this Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. CT.

Mike Ditka would take a chance on Tebow

Mike Ditka once traded an entire draft for Ricky Williams when he was coaching the New Orleans Saints. So it doesn't seem far fetched that Ditka would have Tim Tebow on his roster if he was still coaching today.

Ditka thinks there is a place for Tebow at quarterback or another position. Tebow has scoffed at switching to tight end or H-back, preferring to try to make it as a quarterback.

From the Sun-Times' "4 Downs with Ditka" column on Sundays: 

“I think [Tebow] can play quarterback in the NFL, but whatever offense you run might have to be tweaked a bit. This kid is a talent and he proved it in college. He is an outstanding leader. Now, does he have an unusual throwing motion? Yes. But there a lot of quarterbacks that didn’t have a perfect throwing motion. Some of them turned out to be great quarterbacks because they were great leaders. I really do think there’s a place for him. If not at quarterback, I think he could play tight end. If I was in the league and coaching today, I would take a chance on him at quarterback.”

That's why Ditka is a studio analyst today. If you recall, when he coached the Bears he had a hard time settling on a quarterback. That's part of the reason the Bears only have one Super Bowl to their credit despite being one of the dominant teams of the 80's.

Ditka comes from the old school where wins, leadership and heart were valued more than yardage, 40 times, and arm strength.  A lot of those old school guys didn't pan out either but you wouldn't mind going to battle with them. That's why he said he'd give Tebow a shot.

But before all the Tebow fans paint him as a winner, a Mark Sanchez led New York Jets team beat the  New England Patriots in a road playoff game and nobody calls him a winner.

Stoudamire leaving Memphis for Arizona

Memphis assistant Damon Stoudamire will be leaving to take an assistant coaching position at Arizona.

It'll be a homecoming of sorts for Stoudamire, who played at Arizona from 1991-1995 under former coach Lute Olsen. After spending 14 seasons in the NBA Stoudamire got into coaching.  He spent two seasons on the Grizz bench under Lionel Hollins. Stoudamire has been on Josh Pastner's staff the past two years at Memphis.

Stoudamire fills the vacancy left by the departure of James Whitford, who left Arizona to become the new head coach at Ball State. Prior to his two seasons at Memphis, Stoudamire was an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2009-11.

The hire will help Arizona but will hurt Memphis, especially in recruiting as he was well liked by the local AAU and high school coaches.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner now has two vacancies to fill on the sidelines before next season.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pacers' Jeff Pendergraph first player fined in the playoffs for flopping

Jeff Pendergraph of the Indiana Pacers has been the first player to be fined under the NBA's anti- flopping rules. The league fined Pendergraph $5,000.

Pendergraph was fined for his Game 5 flop while defending the Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith. In the regular season players get a warning for flopping. In the playoffs there is no warning given. Players automatically receive a $5,000 fine and the amount goes up for each offense.

Odds are Pendergraph won't be trying that again.

Petition wants President Obama to force Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow

Out of all the things a President has to worry about I'm sure making a NFL team sign a particular player is at the top of the list.

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell has no interest in signing New York Jets castoff Tim Tebow.  Since Caldwell won't sign him a Jaguars fan has taken matters into his/her own hands by petitioning President Barack Obama to force the Jaguars to sign Tebow.

As of April 30, there's an official petition on the White House's 'We the People' website asking President Obama to call Caldwell and tell him to sign Tebow.

Here's the full petition:

Jacksonville Jaguars fans want the team to sign recently released QB Tim Tebow. However, rookie general manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars David Caldwell is blocking this from happening. If the Jaguars sign & START Tebow, home games will be sold out, sales will spike, the team will win and the fans will be happy.Mr. Caldwell is ignoring lots of facts about the misunderstood Tim Tebow while in Denver: Passer rating of 125.6 is highest ever in Broncos postseason history. Most yards per completion (31.6) in NFL playoff history.100.5 QB rating is best ever for a Broncos QB in his first start.Third most passing yards in a game by a Bronco rookie QB. (308, in his 2nd start), First 15+ point comeback in the final 3 minutes of an NFL game since the merger,7 game winning drives in just 16 games!

The prez has more important matters on his plate than forcing the Jags to sign Tebow. I'm sure this petition will not get enough signatures.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Owens makes his bowling debut

Not being in a NFL camp is killing Terrell Owens but he is finding ways to keep busy.

Owens made his semi-pro bowling debut in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships debut at the National Bowling Stadium. Owens didn't bowl great but he wasn't terrible either. Owens bowled games of 185, 129, and 161 for a total of 475. I know it's not all that but it's better than I can do so I won't make any jokes about him.

"The first game went pretty well," Owens told "I'm still new to this, so when I saw some of the guys switching balls, I felt I should switch, too. I probably should have stayed with the same ball. I ended up going back to the first ball I used and made some other minor adjustments with my feet and eyes."

As the celebrity owner of the Dallas Strikers, one of eight five-player teams in the new Professional Bowlers Association League, Owens has spent a lot of time around the lanes this year. He recently decided to take his game up a notch, working with several coaches and PBA bowlers such as Mark Baker and Norm Duke.

"I have a lot of stuff going on right now, but there happened to be a break in my schedule," Owens said. "I wanted to experience this tournament, and the experience was good. I'm really into bowling, and I like it a lot."

At least it sounds like he has something to do to occupy his time nowdays instead of trying to sell himself to an NFL team.

Steve Smith doesn't see Phil Jackson's role with the Pistons as a natural fit

When Phil Jackson was hired as a consultant by the Detroit Pistons many figured that there was more to it than just being an unpaid consultant.

Some think it might be a ploy to undercut current Pistons president Joe Dumars and take over the front office role himself. The question I have is, why is Jackson helping the Pistons?

NBA TV analyst Steve Smith has the same thought going through his mind. Smith, like myself remembers  Jackson being a mortal enemy of the Pistons while he coached Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Smith says that Jackson's role with the Pistons doesn't look natural.

Remember when he said the Pistons were bad for basketball? Or when he disregarded them as champions after the Pistons beat down his Lakers in 2004. No, this isn't natural at all.

"His experience, because of the years he's been around the league, championship pedigree, all the rings and big games he's been apart of," Smith said. "(But) I'm still scratching my head, why, other than the obvious."

"It doesn't look natural from a Pistons perspective," Smith said. "I'm thinking as a Pistons fan before I was in the NBA, from MSU. I'm old school. (Seeing someone) from the Bulls or Celtics, the old-school rivalries."

Many in the Detroit area still feel Dumars should get a chance to rebuild the Pistons into a contender. Many think that this is a way to ease Dumars out of the front office.

What does owner Tom Gores do if Dumars wants one guy and Jackson suggests another?

We'll just have to let it play out and see what happens.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ansah's 3-D glasses get him free IMAX movies

Detroit Lions number one draft pick Ziggy Ansah wore some hideous 3-D glasses to the NFL Draft. But despite the goofy look the glasses have already paid off for Ansah.

 The glasses, which Ansah told reporters he acquired when he went to see "Thor," are just part of the Ghana native's unique identity and sense of humor. 

The joke, which was a dare from friends at BYU, is about to pay off in a unique way for Ansah. It turns out IMAX caught wind of the fashion statement and have offered a gift in appreciation.

Ansah will get to view all IMAX 3-D movies for free for a year.

A letter to Ansah from IMAX executive vice president Brian Bonnick reads:

"We, at IMAX, couldn't help but notice your keen sense of style at the NFL draft his year. You made quite a fashion statement with your pair of 3D glasses. As a member of the Detroit Lions, you share our love for the color blue and we would like to add an IMAX silver lining for you -- we would love to celebrate your first year in the NFL with the opportunity to see all IMAX 3D movies on us for the next year.

If that's the case maybe I'll wear those goofy glasses year round so I can score me some free movies.  Lord knows they're costly.

Lions fans should hope they have a lot of football instructional videos in them there IMAX theaters.       


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Heat's Udonis Haslem has his home burglarized

A Broward Sheriff's Office report says that Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem's house had been burglarized. The authorites did not report whether any valuables were taken.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office report released Thursday, someone broke into the house April 13 by prying open a side garage door. Deputies responded after a home alarm activated, but no one was inside when they arrived.

Closets in the house had been ransacked and alarm boxes had been ripped off the walls. Deputies say some belongings were found in trash bags and other valuable items were left untouched. Authorities surmised that the thieves left hurriedly when deputies arrived.

Teammate Chris Bosh also had his home broken in to in early April. Theives made off with around $479,000 in jewelry and valubles.

Raiders lose interest in Vince Young

Vince Young is still a man without a team. After reportedly putting together some strong workouts for the Oakland Raiders, the Raiders are going in another direction.

After spending a fourth round draft pick on Tyler Wilson, the Raiders lost any interest they had in Young.

Young has been working out with the hope of getting another shot in the NFL after stints in Buffalo and Philadelphia didn't go too well.

In my opinion, Young is no more than a third quarterback and maybe a fringe backup. I don't see any team that's so starved for a quarterback that will give a roster spot to Young.

If he can't make it with another NFL team, there's always Canada. The Montreal Alouettes own his rights.

Knicks regret wearing their "funeral" outfits

While I do agree with J.R. Smith's assessment of "if I played Game 4 the series would be over", I don't agree with all the talk and grandstanding him and his teammates were doing before Game 5.

The Knicks talked about going to a "funeral" and ending the Boston Celtics season. The team even dressed in all black outfits to signify the moment. Instead the Celtics showed pride and told the Knicks that they weren't dead yet. Maybe the Celtics should show up wearing Freddie Kruger sweaters and hats before Game 6.

The Knicks regret that little stunt and are now focused on knocking the Celtics out in Game 6.

“We was going to a funeral,” (J.R.) Smith said. “But it looks like we got buried.”

Smith owned up to being a key part in this whole deal by mouthing off about Jason Terry before Game 5. But the ringmaster of this funeral stunt, Kenyon Martin, didn't want to talk about it.

“I'm not talking about that,” Martin said. “If you want to talk about basketball, we'll talk about basketball.”

I guess I wouldn't talk either if I only chipped in a bucket and had five fouls.

The Celtics haven't been horrible, they've just killed themselves in one quarter of each of the first three games. The Knicks should've known that the Celtics wouldn't just roll over for them. This team has a lot of pride and veterans that have been through the playoff battles.

Now we'll have to see if the Knicks can bounce back in Game 6 or risk having the Celtics "2004 ALCS" them.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vinny Del Negro isn't too happy with DeAndre Jordan

The Los Angeles Clippers have dropped three straight in their first round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. I'm sure Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro isn't too happy about that, but what really has him fired up, besides the seat he's sitting on, is the play of center DeAndre Jordan.

Del Negro is dealing with the losses, a hobbled Blake Griffin, and his place on the hot seat. So it naturally irks him to see Jordan, a talented, athletic big man come up with a lame effort against the Grizzlies. Del Negro needed Jordan to be big in a pivotal Game 5 but Jordan came up with a six point, eight rebound effort in a 103-93 loss.

Del Negro ripped Jordan after the loss for the way he's come up short against the Grizzlies front line throughout the series.  

"I don't know if crossroads is the right (word) but there's definitely a level you have to play at right now that is much different," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He has a much different responsibility now. He understands it.

"I haven't seen the consistency that I like. He hasn't seen the consistency he would like."

"I didn't see him controlling the game the way I thought he needed to, and at that stage you have to go with someone you feel can," Del Negro said. "Maybe Ryan Hollins could have played a few more minutes after looking at the tape.

"But those are decisions that are made during the heat of the battle, and you go with your rotation as best you can. At this stage of the game you want to stay with your rotation, but if they're not being productive, you have to look at other guys you have confidence in, that have produced throughout the series."

For reasons unknown to me Del Negro is on the hot seat. He pushed for a Jordan for Kevin Garnett deal before the trade deadline and Chris Paul might be skipping town. He's trying to pull out all the stops after being ahead 2-0 in the series and seeing the bottom fall out. The Clippers will have to try to win Game 6 on the road with a hurting Griffin and the way things have been going I don't see it happening.

It looks like this may be the end for Del Negro.

Torii Hunter's son seeking $40 million in lawsuit

Torii Hunter's son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, has filed a lawsuit for $40 million in damages from those who accused the 17-year-old of sexual assault last year. Torii took a leave of absence from the Los Angeles Angels last season to be by his son's side in this case. Hunter is currently an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers.

Hunter's attorney Larry Friedman, says there is also the possibility of legal action against the Prosper (Texas) Police Department, which, Friedman claims, "investigated a crime that didn't exist for over a year after the accuser recanted her complaint."

Two girls said in May 2012 that McClinton-Hunter and three other boys from Prosper (Texas) High School forced them to have sex, but the girl who made the allegations against McClinton-Hunter recanted her statement less than 48 hours later. In February, a grand jury declined to indict McClinton-Hunter. 

One of the other boys was indicted on a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. The case is pending.

The lawsuit, filed in Collin County, Texas, seeks to "recover damages against the girls and the parents of the girls who made the false accusations of sexual assault against Darius that falsely branded as a 'criminal,' ruined his reputation, sent him to an Alternative School for a year, got him kicked off the Prosper High School Football Team and banned from High School Sports."

In my personal opinion the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I don't know the facts of the case so I won't go and say the girls are lying or say that it was consensual. But if one has recanted her statement there is some truth to both sides of the story.

It's a ridiculous amount of money Hunter is seeking, but I do agree that false rape allegations and the like should be punished harshly. This is a period of time, unfortunately, where men and women are not equal, but opposite of the way it had been for centuries.

Jim Boylan out as Milwaukee Bucks head coach

The Milwaukee Bucks were swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat. The Bucks have swept interim coach Jim Boylan out of town. Boylan took over for Scott Skiles midway through the season.

In 50 games, Boylan went 22-28 and 0-4 in the opening-round sweep to the Heat.

The Bucks confirmed the news and general manager John Hammond said: "At this time we feel it's in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team. We appreciate Jim's efforts not only in his time as head coach but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee.

"We wish Jim and his wife Jan the best."

It didn't help that Boylan had occasional clashes with point guard Brandon Jennings and that J.J. Redick hadn't spoke to Boylan during the playoffs. There was some disconnect with that team.

The Bucks have some major decisions coming up this summer in addition to finding a new coach. The team must figure out what to do about Jennings, Monta Ellis, and Redick, all free agents.

If the Bucks remain intact they do have some pieces but they must find the right coach that can make it work.

Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson is rumored to be a candidate for the job.

Former Packer Leroy Butler, loses church speaking engagement over Jason Collins tweet

NBA player Jason Collins has received a lot of support and some backlash after announcing that he was gay. He has become the first active player in a major sport to do so.

Former Green Bay Packers safety Leroy Butler offered a few words of support via Twitter. 

Congrats to Jason Collins.

Seemingly harmless, but not to the church where Butler had a speech scheduled.  A Wisconsin church cancelled Butler's engagement because of support to Collins for being strong enough to come out and announce that he was gay.

Butler tweeted: “Wow, I was scheduled to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event. I said ok why? Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on Twitter,” Butler wrote. “I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral cause, FYI the fee was $8,500, then I was told if I removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event. I said no, only god can judge.”

I'm not one to get into the religious aspect of this whole debate. But churches would condemn millions if they knew about all the others sins that happen daily. I can see where the church has their beliefs and they can cancel out anyone who doesn't share them.

I applaud Butler for not bowing down and caving in to how many feel about Collins coming out.

Personally, if Collins was on a team I was a fan of I wouldn't care as long as he helped my team win games. Other than that, it's his life.

I understand both sides of this debate but I wonder how the church Collins attends feels about it.

Geno Smith's former agents wish him the best

New York Jets second round draft pick, quarterback Geno Smith fired his agents after his free fall through the first round of the NFL Draft. Although Smith said that the draft experience wasn't the sole reason, most believe that is why he gave them the boot.

His former agents, Jeff Nalley and Erik Burkhardt of Select Sports Group  have taken the high road in this and have wished Smith the best in his NFL career.

“We worked tirelessly for Geno Smith and all of our draft prospects,” the firm said in a statement released to PFT.  “The NFL Draft is unpredictable, and we prepared Geno and all of our draft prospects, as we do every year, about what can happen during the draft.   Not only did we tell him that what transpired on the first day of the draft was possible, the question of whether Geno would be a first- or second-round pick was arguably the most talked about subject in the three months leading up to the draft.   We wish Geno the best.”

Maybe if Smith would've performed better after West Virginia took a nosedive because their defense wasn't very good he wouldn't have lasted until the 39th pick. When you're the quarterback of your job is to lift team to a victory no matter what adversity you face. When it became evident that the key to beating the Mountaineers was to keep the defense on the field it was Smith who should've taken his game up another notch.