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Posted: Friday February 6, 2009 1:21PM; Updated: Friday April 10, 2009 2:05PM
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THE BOTTOM 10
The Week's Worst In Sports
 
BOB KNIGHT
A better paradigm for youth: Kick chairs onto the court, bully players, intimidate subordinates and colleagues and generally act like a horse's behind

The critics of Michael Phelps included the Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster who, after the swimmer owned up to smoking marijuana at a party, said on the Mike and Mike radio show: "Once you've become a participant in a sport that is observed by a lot of people, you then assume a responsibility to kids ... when you discard that responsibility then you have not upheld what you should be doing."
 
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FAN
In a just world, this would've happened to the General

Patrick Rempela, a 64-year-old high school basketball zealot from Michigan City, Ind., was arrested on charges of battery after the official he attacked turned out to be an Indiana state trooper.
 
ANNALS OF MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN'S SPORTS-I
At least there are precious few jokes about women drivers in this country

Owing to its ban on female drivers, the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation turned down a request from a Russian woman to compete in the recent Hail Baja Rally in Riyadh, costing the event official status in the year-long points race.
 
ANNALS OF MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN'S SPORTS-II
We have to assume that celebratory disrobings are frowned upon, also

Officials of Estghal, one of Iran's top soccer clubs, disbanded its women's team and fined two coaches because they arranged a game between the women and the club's male youth squad, a violation of Islamic law that forbids physical contact between unrelated men and women.
 
SARAH PALIN
Fortunately, she resisted the temptation to name her youngest son Boo-yeah!

Having hung the moniker of Track on her oldest son because she was a runner, the former vice presidential candidate and presumptive hope-of-the-Republican party tells Esquire that her desire to be a sportscaster was so strong that she named her daughter Bristol after the Connecticut town in which ESPN is located.
 
COMCAST
Does that mean they'll get $20 for those two GoDaddy.com commercials?

The cable giant offered each "impacted" viewer $10 as compensation for mistakenly inserting 30 seconds of a pornographic movie into its broadcast of the Super Bowl in the Tucson area.
 
THE PRO BOWL
Can you get Comcast in Miami?

Following Sunday's annual NFL touch football game, known as the Pro Bowl, the venue will switch from Hawaii to Miami, a venue that upsets Redskins running back Clinton Portis both because of potential incidents ("there's too much to get into ... they'll be people getting DUIs, people getting suspended ...") and fashion deficiencies ("they don't have any leis in Miami, they don't have flower shorts to walk around in).
 
ANDY KENNEDY
"Hey, buddy, compared to Chad Johnson, this is the amateur hour"

A recently-released video taken after his arrest by Cincinnati police for assault shows the Ole Miss basketball coach pleading for leniency and promising that, if he is arrested, it will become "an international altercation." A police officer brushed off his complaints by saying: "You think we've never arrested somebody that's made national media? ... We deal with the Bengals all the time."
 
TRUTH IN MARKETING
But it's not All-Stars who need the help

The jerseys for next Sunday's NBA All-Star game, promises Adidas, use "strategically-placed powerbands" that "boost power to key muscle groups" and generate "up to a four percent increase in vertical leap."
 
AMERICAN CINEMA
If it stinks, the real Hanson brothers know where to find you

A remake of the sports-movie classic Slapshot, penned by the screenwriter of 21 (mediocre) and directed by the director of Fun with Dick and Jane (awful), is in the offing.
 
 
 
This Week's Most Captivating Blog Entry
Kyle Harrison, midfielder for the Los Angeles Riptides of Major League Lacrosse, listing the things that he's found fascinating since moving to California:

"Avocado. Back home (Baltimore) I was never really into it, and to b honest, the texture still weirds me out a bit. But, it's EVERYWHERE out here and it's taste amazing on pretty much anything! My favorite sandwich of the moment is at Whole Foods. Wheat brea, lettuce, mayonnaise, turkey, cheddar cheese, avocado and salt and pepper. It's off the chains, and so is Avocado."
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