The Strange 9-1-1 Call in Ex-NFL Kicker Rob Bironas's Fatal Car Crash

Categories: Football, Sports

Rob Bironas
When it rains, it pours, and when it comes to bad news in the NFL, it's been a monsoon over the past few weeks.

The spate of domestic violence stories around the league, from Ray Rice to Jonathan Dwyer, were recently joined by child abuse charges against Adrian Peterson, and make no mistake, those stories are all horrific and hopefully a warning sign for awareness and a need to never repeat them.

But this weekend, the depressing violence was followed by the macabre story of the death of former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas, who passed away in a single-car accident on Saturday night.

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College Football, Week 4: The Weekend in Tweets, Vines and YouTube

Debbie R
We rate teams according to the super-scientific "Iron Sheik" scale.
We're still waiting, college football.

Still waiting on that "Holy shit!" weekend of games where some foundational pieces of the Top 25 get shaken up and we see the earth shift a little bit in this brave new world of college football where all roads lead to a post season playoff, albeit a miniature four-teamer.

(This is where I gaze longingly at a cartoon "thought bubble" over my head with a bracket for a 16 team playoff, and a tear slides down my face like the Native American in the old commercial where he sees some regular American folks tossing trash on the ground in our great nation.)

This weekend was flush with opportunity -- spunky, revived West Virginia hosting Oklahoma, Mike Leach hosting a somewhat overrated Oregon, Auburn traveling to take on Bill Snyder at night, and of course, Clemson taking on the Jameis-less Seminoles.

In the end, we got a little bit of entertaining football, numerous opportunities to make fun of Jameis Winston, another Dabo meltdown, and the rankings all pretty much look status quo, save Dan Mullen and Mississippi State finally beating LSU (in Baton Rouge at night, no less!).

Thankfully, even ho-hum college football is still college football, and we were given a few nuggets that will make you chuckle from the weekend.

Like these....

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Giants 30, Texans 17: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

So I guess the Texans aren't going undefeated. Damn.

Through the first three weeks of the season, it's readily apparent that Bill O'Brien and his staff have made some headway in fixing some of what ailed this team in 2013. However, after Sunday's 30-17 loss to the New York Giants, it's equally apparent that there is still a long way to go to make this team a consistent week to week threat to win football games.

The first half saw the Texans get a heavy dosage of what has become their customary, weekly turnover luck, with the Giants fumbling inside the Texans' ten yard line as well as mishandling a snap on a field goal. Yet still, at halftime, it was 14-0 in favor of the Giants, and could've been 24-0 easily.

The Texans fought back in the second half, cutting the lead to 17-10 late in the third quarter, but in the end, the defense's inability to stop the run (Rashad Jenning just gained another ten yards as you read this sentence), the offensive line's inability to protect Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Ryan Fitzpatrick's inability to protect us all from Evil Ryan Fitzpatrick (three INT's) all led to this team's first loss.

Hey, no harm, no foul, even if the Giants were 0-2. Hell, you could argue, if anything, the Giants' desperation explains a big part of the convincing nature of the win. They needed this. The Texans were overwhelmed, and maybe a little tired (West coast last week, East coast this week).

As always, there were winners and losers. Let's quickly roll through them, shall we?

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Cougars Whip the Rebels, While Rice Embarrassed by Old Dominion

Are you ready for some football? Well, the Cougars weren't ready to kick things off Saturday
Morning football, evening football, there was plenty of college football for Houston-area fans on Saturday as Rice hosted Old Dominion in the morning and UH hosted UNLV that night. There were also plenty of seats available so that fans could come to the stadiums and watch the games, but those seats mostly remained empty for the games.

The surprise result of the day was undoubtedly Rice (0-3) falling 45-42 to Old Dominion (3-1) on Saturday. The Owls offense played an outstanding game, rolling off multiple clock-crunching drives behind the power running of Jowan Davis (150 yards on 24 rushes) and Darik Dillard (70 yards and three touchdowns on 14 rushes) as the Owls racked up the points. Unfortunately, the Rice defense mostly took the day off, letting ODU do about whatever it wanted to do, whenever it wanted, including driving the length of the field with 1:05 left in the game so as to kick the game-winning field goal. Things were a bit different at TDECU Stadium as the Cougars (2-2) struggled for the first half before quickly hitting overdrive in the second half to destroy UNLV (1-3) 47-14.


Once again the Cougars were hit with a slow start. UNLV started the game with a nine play, 70-yard drive doing whatever it wanted to the vaunted UH defense. The Cougars responded in a way that has become all too familiar to UH fans that involved QB John O'Korn throwing an interception. After a missed UNLV field goal, the Cougar defense proceeded to shut UNLV down while the offense struggled to find any kind of rhythm, and limped to the half with a 13-7 lead.

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NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets

Joel Kramer
Coming into the season, we all knew the Texans' schedule was relatively light. Granted, every team on the Texans' schedule was looking at the Texans as one of their opponents to justify thinking the same thing.

But here we are, two weeks in, and with the Texans at 2-0, the Colts at 0-2, and the NFC East being even worse than we'd thought, suddenly this is getting really interesting.

Check out the latest Super Bowl odds, courtesy of Bovada, with the Texans 2014 opponents in bold:

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A Tradition Like No Other: NFL Jackasses Getting Arrested for Domestic Violence

Parker Anderson
Ok, NFL, you are seriously ridiculous.

Perhaps it's unfair of me to address the league as one collective entity, because honestly, most of the guys in the league, all of the ones I've associated closely with, are seemingly good people. They do things for charities, they're kind to other adults and to children, they look you in the eye when they address you.

However, the commissioner of the NFL is a goddamn clown (the Michael Scott to the NFL's Dunder Mifflin), a vast contingency of the owners and coaches are wishy-washy, flippy-floppy billionaire empty suits, and yes, I'm sorry, players, but this small little cadre of wife and child beaters are ruining the bunch for me right now.

Yesterday, I joked that maybe we would make it through one radio show (NOTE: I do four hours from 2 to 6 p.m. every day on Sports Radio 610.) without a domestic violence incident involving an NFL player being reported.

Well, I was partially right. There wasn't a single one.

There were actually two.

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Root! Root! for Root Sports Houston!

Say hello to the new name of CSN Houston.
If Judge Marvin Isgur approves the bankruptcy plan proposed for CSN Houston, Houston sports fans will be able to watch the Rockets this season. They'll no longer be able to watch the Dynamo, or any of the Houston-centric sportscasts aired by CSN Houston, but the return of the World Poker Tour should make up for that, right?

Word came down Tuesday that if the plan is approved, 75 of the network's 105 employees will lose their jobs. That includes most of the on-air talent and the behind-the-scenes personnel such as camera and graphics operators, producers, statisticians and other support personnel. These people aren't required for DirecTV/AT&T operations because with these entities, local product is strongly discouraged.

Most of Houston never had the chance to see CSN Houston because of disputes between network owners and the other various cable/satellite providers over the cost of distributing the network. AT&T/DirecTV will tell you the cost was too high. Astros owner/network partner Jim Crane says that that price point was established by Drayton McLane and Les Alexander so they're the ones at fault, and Crane has filed a lawsuit against McLane alleging fraud because of this. And if you talk to McLane, he'll strongly dispute this contention. But no matter who was at fault -- something that may be known only after many years of lawsuits -- the fact remains that over 60 percent of the Houston market was unable to view the network.

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TMZ: Dwight Howard "Blows More Reds Than Communist Hooker"

Categories: Basketball, Sports

Photo by Jeff Balke
Howard is seeing red...lights. What?
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is a happy, free-spirited guy to go with his tremendous talent on the court. He is also, apparently, a scofflaw, at least in Florida. According to a report by TMZ, Howard recently had his Florida license suspended for multiple traffic violations, mostly running red lights.

Red-light cameras -- those things we see all over Houston that pissed off Houstonians so much that they were rescinded, but the equipment remains atop our intersections because government -- caught Howard running lights nine times in ten months beginning in 2012 and once more in 2014 for a total of ten violations. Court records indicate he paid for nine of the tickets, but the one outstanding ticket -- for a whopping $285 -- is outstanding, triggering the suspension.

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Adrian Peterson's Childhood Beatings Recalled by Family Members

Police photos obtained by CBS Minnesota allegedly showing injuries sustained by Peterson's abused child.
If it comes down to a jury trial, Adrian Peterson's potential lack of guilt in his recent indictment on charges of child abuse are held together by one simple premise:

Adrian Peterson's brutal discipline methods (used on at least one of his children) are a product of the same (or possibly worse) punishments doled out to him by his father and others when he was a young boy in Palestine, TX.

Even the other recent sports world transgressions that were so lopsided in the court of public opinion had at least some divisive or polarizing element to them. Should Ray Rice really be suspended indefinitely just because video turned up of the punch that already got him a two game suspension? Was it fair that Donald Sterling's racist comments were recorded without his consent by his girlfriend?

In those cases, there's little debate that Ray Rice and Donald Sterling are not very good people. The questions are more about how their respective offenses were handled.

With Peterson, the moral debate is more complicated.

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Minnesota Vikings Reverse Course, Remove Adrian Peterson From Team Activities

MN National Guard
With pressure from state government and corporate sponsors mounting, the Minnesota Vikings did an about-face early Wednesday morning and decided to remove Adrian Peterson from all team activities until his child-abuse case in Montgomery County is resolved, placing the Pro Bowl running back on the exempt/commissioner's permission list.

The decision, which comes just two days after the Vikings had reinstated Peterson following deactivation for the Vikings-Patriots game last Sunday, was announced in a statement by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf:

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