In one of the most asinine excuses ever known to man, Brian Cushing & the Texas asked the NFL to reduce or rescind the four-game suspension given to star linebacker Brian Cushing on Monday, saying he has a unique medical condition stemming from something called overtrained athlete syndrome.
He said the syndrome can trigger hormonal spikes after breaks in training, explaining why he would have tested positive for a fertility drug last September — a drug he said he never took.
Here’s the best part: “I think that’s the final diagnosis we came up with,” he said, “and a lot of doctors have supported why this has happened.”
2010 USC TROJANS SIGNING DAY CLASS
Total Signings:18 Top150 Signings: 10 Five-star commits:2 Four-star:13
|Robert Woods||87||WR #1||WR||6-1||180||Junipero Serra H.S. (CA)|
|Markeith Ambles||83||WR #4||WR||6-2||185||Henry County H.S. (GA)|
|Xavier Grimble||83||TE #1||TE||6-5||241||Bishop Gorman H.S. (NV)|
|D.J. Morgan||83||ATH #7||ATH||5-10||175||Woodland Hills-Taft H.S. (CA)|
|Kyle Prater||82||WR #9||WR||6-5||200||Proviso West H.S. (IL)|
|Jesse Scroggins||82||QB #2||QB||6-2||189||Lakewood H.S. (CA)|
|George Uko||81||DT #5||DT||6-4||299||Don Antonio Lugo H.S. (CA)|
|Demetrius Wright||81||CB #6||CB||6-1||185||Corona Senior H.S. (CA)|
|Patrick Hall||81||LQ||ATH||6-1||185||Saint Bonaventure H.S. (CA)|
|Dillon Baxter||81||ATH #12||ATH||5-11||190||Mission Bay H.S. (CA)|
|Nickell Robey||80||CB #13||CB||5-8||160||Frostproof H.S. (FL)|
|Christian Thomas||80||TE #8||TE||6-3||234||Highland H.S. (CA)|
|Randall Telfer||80||TE #10||TE||6-4||215||Rancho Cucamonga H.S. (CA)|
|Anthony Brown||80||ATH #21||ATH||5-10||176||Henry J. Kaiser H.S. (CA)|
|Giovanni Di Poalo||77||OG #38||OG||6-4||260||Saint Bonaventure H.S. (CA)|
|Glen Stanley||OLB||6-2||240||Ocala, FL||Eastern Arizona College|
2010 UCLA BRUINS SIGNING DAY CLASS
Total Signings:22 Top 150 Signings:6 Four-star commits:9 Three-star:13
|Owamagbe Odighizuwa||84||DE #2||DE||6-3||235||David Douglas H.S. (OR)|
|Jordon James||83||RB #5||RB||5-10||188||Corona Senior H.S. (CA)|
|Malcolm Jones||81||RB #8||RB||6-1||217||Oaks Christian H.S. (CA)|
|Anthony Barr||81||ATH #11||ATH||6-4||223||Loyola H.S. (CA)|
|Dietrich Riley||81||S #10||S||6-1||196||Saint Francis H.S. (CA)|
|Aramide Olaniyan||81||OLB #13||OLB||6-2||200||Woodberry Forest School (VA)|
|Kip Smith||80||K #2||K||6-0||200||Legacy H.S. (CO)|
|Josh Shirley||79||OLB #19||OLB||6-3||210||Henry J. Kaiser H.S. (CA)|
|Tevin McDonald||79||S #18||S||5-11||180||Edison H.S. (CA)|
|Chris Ward||79||OG #15||OG||6-4||285||Mater Dei H.S. (CA)|
|Cassius Marsh||79||DT #33||DT||6-4||290||Oaks Christian H.S. (CA)|
|Paul Richardson||78||WR #67||WR||6-1||180||Junipero Serra H.S. (CA)|
|Anthony Jefferson||77||S #48||S||6-1||172||Cathedral H.S. (CA)|
|Kody Innes||77||OT #43||OT||6-4||270||Saguaro H.S. (AZ)|
|Eric Kendrick||77||OLB #47||OLB||6-1||205||Hoover H.S. (CA)|
|Jordan Zumwalt||76||ILB #26||ILB||6-4||215||Edison H.S. (CA)|
|Sealii Epenesa||76||DT #79||DT||6-2||300||Iolani School (HI)|
|Derrick Bryant||76||DE #91||DE||6-4||230||Brookhaven H.S. (OH)|
|Shaquille Richardson||75||CB #73||CB||6-1||170||Los Alamitos H.S. (CA)|
|Wesley Flowers||75||DT #88||DT||6-4||250||Edison H.S. (CA)|
|John Young||73||TE #69||TE||6-3||252||Loyola H.S. (CA)|
|Wade Yandall||73||OT #137||OT||6-4||294||Carson H.S. (CA)|
Kudos to Ramona Shelbourne on her new gig for EspnLosAngles.com, espousing on the inconsisent, difficult-to-read play of both the USC and UCLA hoops squads.
That said, folks back in the Tri-Valley of Eastern Washington are disappointed reading about the upstart Bruins defeating the Cougars, 74-62. Again, the continued scrappy play of Mustafa Abdul-Hamid provided a constant spark. The Bruins are now one game out of first place – and two games out of last – in the Pac-10 conference standings. The conference Champion will get a bid, but will that champ be the only team from the Pac-10 to make the tourney?
I’m telling you, how can you not harken back to this guy during times such as these:
Oh yeah, that’s right.
I will tell you this, however, Kevin O’Neill is doing a helluva job in obscurity (and sanctionville) after the implosion of last year’s Trojan squad. I’ll bet even this guy is proud:
Bytheway Dodger fans – have you checked out Dylan Hernandez’s Twitter yet?
As far as the Angels are concerned, an unemotional goodbye is in order for strangely estranged Native Son Gary Matthews Jr., traded unceremoniously for Brian Stokes, another California kid. Matthews never really fit under Arte’s regime; always the fourth outfielder, sort of in a Juan Pierre-esque fashion – Matthews definitely is good enough to play centerfield wherever he wants, but his hitting just hasn’t been the same since the suspiciously successful 2006 year he had with the Rangers. The HGH accusations didn’t sit too well at home, nor with the Angels’ brass.
Also I keep saying it – don’t sleep on the Kings this year. NHL pundit Jason Sapir says they still may be too young, but with inspirational wins such as the 3-2 comeback over the Red Wings becoming commonplace, don’t be surprised if they ride young goalie Jonathan Quick to a deep run in the Playoffs. With five Olympians, the squad is immensely talented. And well coached. Even with the rift between negative18er Jack Johnson and stud GM Dean Lombardi, the Kings are playing well, and holding on to the seventh seed in the West.
For the record, the Bruins won the first three matchups during my years in Westwood, the tail end of eight in a row total (1991 – 1998).
Uncle Ricky Neuheisel will continue his drive take the town from Uncle Pete. Nelson Rosario, Kevin Prince, Jonathan Franklin and Lake Balboa Birmingham‘s Milton Knox will solidify UCLA’s future on the offensive side, and Brian Price & Alterraun Verner will shut down Matt Barkley and the misused stable of backs in the McKnight/Gable-less USC backfield. For the record, I like Carroll quite a bit but his handling of the QB position from the anger at the departure of Mark Sanchez to the unbridled, cloying, hyperbolic praise for his current Superfrosh has left the first real question mark of his otherwise outstanding tenure.
Regardless, UCLA’s momentum will shine stronger than the Trojan might can handle. The city capital will once again be situated between Bel-Air and Brentwood. The Bruins will win, Los Angelinos. The Bruins WILL win.
29 – 28
Good to see the College Pranks are still taken seriously by some spirited students:
WESTWOOD — Someone has vandalized UCLA’s beloved bruin bear statue ahead of Saturday’s football game against rival USC.
The vandals cut through a protective tarp and dumped red and yellow paint on the mascot, which is poised in the center of the Westwood campus. Suspiciously, USC’s colors are cardinal and gold.
Workers were seen attempting to remove the paint Wednesday morning. It was not immediately known what time the vandals did the dirty work.
The bruin statue was protected with an anti-paint coating for situations such as this.
Over at the University of Southern California, students were seen camping out by the Tommy Trojan statue, which was wrapped in duct tape or plastic to protect it from such an attack.
The Trojans and the Bruins face off at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum.