Fan Fighting League! LSU Bro Fight Video Is Delightfully Absurd (VIDEO)

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Now THIS is how you film a fight. Bravo.
This past weekend, I traveled to Norman, OK to watch the Sooners take on the Tennessee Volunteers with some friends.

Among them was my radio partner Ted Johnson, a three time Super Bowl champion and 10 year NFL player from 1995-2004. Ted and I started doing our show together, along with Rich Lord, back in March, and we were talking about what's been good and bad the first several months of our show.

The first thing Ted brought up was this: "Dude, I just can't believe how serious and 'non-sports' the subject matter is that we've had to discuss. I feel beaten down some days, like everything we talk about is more life-related or crime-related than sports-related."

You know what? Ted's absolutely right.

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Adrian Peterson Child Abuse Case Is Latest NFL Crisis

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Mike Morbeck
All last week, we were worn down to a nub by the Ray Rice domestic assault case.

Elevator security videos, indefinite suspensions, and allegations that the commissioner of the NFL may be lying about what he knew, didn't know, or at the very least efforted during the due diligence process. By the end of the week, the "Ray Rice story" had become the "Roger Goodell story" with the possibility of Goodell being relieved of his duties on the board.

It was not a fun week. And the whole time we were discussing and dissecting the story, we knew it would take a bombshell to somehow trump the interest in Roger Goodell's handling of Ray Rice's transgressions.

It took exactly three days to get that bombshell.

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Houston Texans Don't Get Arrested That Often, Compared to Other NFL Teams

Categories: Football, NIMBY

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Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has not been arrested since signing with Houston. You go Fitzpatrick.

The outing of Ray Rice, whose stunning knockout of his fiance (now wife) was caught on elevator cameras and viewed more than 8.6 million times on YouTube, has caused football fans around the country to take a second look at the NFL stars they thought they knew. Good news for Houston -- the Texans are relatively well behaved.

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Aggies (And Kyle Field) Take Out Owls

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John Royal
One of the many divots in the Kyle Field turf on Saturday night
The story should be the Texas Aggies (3-0) defeating the Rice Owls (0-2) by a 38-10 score. It should be about the thrilling play of A&M quarterback Kenny Hill. The story could have been about the Owls trying for their first win against Texas A&M since 1980, or the first time ever that the Owls opened the season with two consecutive road games against ranked teams. Instead the focus is three things: field conditions so bad that the NRG Stadium field looks good in comparison, a bizarre series of plays at the end of the first half that cost Rice a field goal and A&M a touchdown, and the same old thing of Rice beating Rice.

DIVOT AFTER DIVOT AFTER DIVOT

The grass field at Kyle Field is brand new. Brand new as in planted this summer. Brand new as in it had more divots than a golf course being pounded by a bunch of first time amateurs trying to figure out how to drive off of the tee. Members of the grounds crew constantly trotted out on the field between plays attempting to fill in divots and replace dirt, and conditions were so bad that Rice head coach David Bailiff had to receive assurances at the half from the A&M athletic director that steps would be taken to insure the safety of the players in the second half.

"They told us what they were going to do, and I was comfortable with that," Bailiff said of the A&M assurances.

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Where To Watch Out-of-State College Football

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Maple Leaf owner Olivia Blair, who just wanted somewhere to watch hockey 9 years ago, and Ray the bartender, Buffalo fan.

College football fans just can't hold a candle to their NFL counterparts. It's hardly anyone's fault but the alumni associations that charge bars an arm and a leg to host their watch parties, but with Houston's transplant culture the way it is, it's probably harder to get five Northwestern fans in a bar on a Saturday afternoon than it is to find a good tailgate during hockey season. The odds aren't that much better at the actual games, but just short of heaping on the blame on the team itself (just start winning), here are some places that die-hard (read: recently graduated) fans can go to catch that game they suspect no one else cares to watch.


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This Weekends Best Bets: "Cleveland Punter Gets Face Stomped" Edition

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Joel Kramer
Finally, a safe haven from TMZ videos of domestic violence incidents and replays of Roger Goodell's sweaty face, lying his ass off to America.

Actual football!

If you're someone who is more the traditionalist, you can say what you want about Thursday Night Football -- the short week dilutes the quality of the product, NFL football is meant to be played on Sundays (and Mondays), Thursday belongs to college -- but if ever there were a week where we needed on the field stuff to wash the horrific taste of the off the field trials out of our mouths, it's this week.

Naturally, of course, one of the two teams in tonight's game is the now former employer of the wife beater in question, one Raymell (yes, RAYMELL) Mourice (sic) Rice. So we can't totally escape Rice talk.

But since the game is on CBS and the NFL Network (historic first ever simulcast!), we at least won't be subject to Chris Berman's less than insightful analysis of the league's handling of RAYMELL Rice:

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Fan Fighting League 2014 Is Underway! Texas Tech And UTEP Fans Brawl

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Beauty is probably in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the proliferation of cameras (security, cell phone, or otherwise) in public places.

I mean, I'm guessing right about now, Ray Rice (and to a "walls are closing in" extent, Roger Goodell) probably longs for the days where to take a picture of someone, you needed an actual camera with a flash bulb, and when security footage surfaced, it was grainy and not nearly as plentiful.

Let's be honest -- with no footage of his TKO of his wife, Rice is probably waking up at the team hotel this morning and getting ready for Thursday Night Football.

Me? I love the age of omnipresent cameras, the content whirring of footage being shot everywhere we go. I have nothing to hide. My peccadilloes are pretty boring, and the exciting stuff I do is social media-friendly.

Also, the ever present video camera spawned the Fan Fighting League, and the 2014 FFL season got underway big time late Saturday night in El Paso!

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Penn State Students Celebrate Lifting Of Postseason Ban With A Paterno Love Fest

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Penn State
They want it back..

I will admit, I was glad when the NCAA handed down their stiff punishment to Penn State a few years ago in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Sure, the massive scholarship reductions and multi-season bowl bans hurt a bunch of coaches and student-athletes that had literally nothing to do with Jerry Sandusky's multi-decade flood of evil inflicted upon young people, his raping of several young boys in the State College area. From a certain standpoint, yes, NCAA president Mark Emmert's swift punishment was entirely misguided.

But punishing and embarrassing the Penn State football program would also hurt the legions of Joe Paterno truthers and cult-like weirdos that seemed to pervade the alumni base and the State College community (not all of you, Penn State, but enough to be really, really annoying and more than a little creepy), and I was totally cool with that.

I found those people offensive, tone deaf, and one layer removed from being a little evil themselves. "If punishing the football program was punishing the Paterno-ites, well lets start lopping off those scholarships" was my general thought.

Over time, though, I did soften.


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Trench Life: Chris Myers and Duane Brown are Crucial to the Texans' Success, On and Off the Field

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Ask any NFL player about training camp, especially players whose teams toil in the sweltering, 9,000,000,000 percent humidity of Houston, and ultimately he will circle around to one word. You can set your watch to it.

Grind. The NFL preseason is a grind.

To be truthful, the preseason is actually more of a sub-grind to the master grind that the players' NFL calendar has become -- off-season workouts in the spring, organized team activities and mandatory mini camps in June, training camp in the summer, and the regular season from September through January. All this physical pounding, somewhat ironically, for the privilege of playing even more football in January and, hopefully, February.

Texans center Chris Myers is on his tenth grind.

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The Big Ten Is Terrible, So Maybe The Longhorns Would Fit Right In

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Back in 2010, when the wheels of realignment began to slowly grind college football's conference structure into the made-for-TV, geography-agnostic menu of fabricated rivalries, rumors abounded that the University of Texas would get the ball rolling by joining forces with the Big Ten.

Largely a Midwest conference at that time (In 2010, Penn State was the only Big Ten school that a geography teacher would've said is not in the Midwest.), the Big Ten would have benefited from Texas' clout, its cachet, its pretty good football, a new gateway to the South, and most importantly, more money.

Lots and lots of money.

As we know now, Texas' move never happened. After flirting with the Big Ten and damn near having sex with the then-Pac-10 (now Pac-12), Texas decided to stay put after the powers that be in the Big 12 allowed the school to create the Longhorn Network and keep all 300 million of its dollars to themselves.

Good for them. Too bad they suck at football now.

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