random ramblings fred riecke, gamblersdata

busty female fighter……Fighters with breast implants will not be able to ply their trade in Louisiana after the state’s Boxing and Wrestling Commission passed a rule on Wednesday prohibiting their participation unless they receive clearance from the doctor who performed their surgery. According to The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the emergency measure is in place for at least 60 days while the commission gathers more information on the matter. “If they want to look good, then they don’t have to be in the ring,” commissioner Harold Williams said during the meeting. The rule appears somewhat arbitrary given the fact that it covers mixed martial arts and boxing, but not professional wrestling, which the commission also regulates. It also seems more than a little discriminatory given the inherent danger in combat sports. The issue surrounding the newly imposed rule originated when an unnamed female fighter in the state withdrew from a scheduled bout due to a problem with her breast implant, raising concerns over who would be financially responsible if such a problem occurred during the course of a state-sanctioned match.

…Andrew Luck has led his team to 8 fourth quarter winning drives in the 17 games he has played. That is not too shabby. Funny thing is that people were shell shocked when he ran the ball in last week to beat the Raiders. Evidently many fans didn’t realize or remember that he did a lot of running in college.

…Four pretty well known teams tasted defeat Saturday. USC, Notre Dame, Texas and Florida all ended up on the wrong side of the score. And that’s the first time that has happened since 1976!

…Has the NCAA forgotten about Miami and the mess that was the Canes just a couple of years ago? They took forever to investigate and are taking another lifetime to act upon it.

…Now Oklahoma State is on the firing line with a 5 part story courtesy of Sports Illustrated that if true might be enough to merit the death penalty. But hold your horses on this
one, there is going to be much more on the story and the out right bias one of the investigative reporters had against Oklahoma State. (For more on this see our Columns section)

…Here is what one of our favorite sports writers Jason Whitlock had to say about SI’s Thayer Evans and Thayer’s credibility as a journalist. (Transcription via Tulsa World): “Having
worked with Thayer Evans at Fox Sports, having followed his work for some time, I am completely and utterly flabbergasted that a legitimate news outlet would allow Thayer Evans to be
involved in some type of investigative piece on college football that tears down a program, and particularly one that tears down Oklahoma State when it is no secret what a huge,
enormous, gigantic Oklahoma homer Thayer Evans is. This is just incredible. Knowing the lack of competence that’s there with Thayer Evans, knowing the level of simplemindedness that’s
there with Thayer Evans, to base any part of the story on his reporting is mind-boggling.”

…Add Whitlock re: Thayer: “When I learned Thayer Evans was involved, I just said, there’s no way I’ll read this because there’s no reason to trust this reporter on anything of any
substance. He’s simpleminded. He’s a hack that can’t write. This isn’t personal, I promise. I have no reason to dislike Thayer Evans personally, and I don’t. But I’ve read enough of
his work this guy isn’t qualified for this job and by now Sports Illustrated and anybody else should be well aware of this.OK, Whitlock. I think we get the point. Thayer Evans sucks.
Let me end by saying this and I honestly mean this without malice. It wouldn’t shock me if Thayer Evans couldn’t spell “cat” and I say in all seriousness.”

…Talk about a life in shambles, somebody please get this guy some help. For the third time in a month, Jason “Mayhem” Miller has been arrested in Orange County, California. The
latest incident took place on Monday, when Miller was taken into custody and later released on bond, according to county public records. Miller was booked on a contempt of court charge
for an alleged violation of a “stay away” order, MMA Fighting reported. According to the website, Miller was remanded to a local jail on Tuesday on California Penal Code 166(c)(1),
which covers willful and knowing protective order violations. According to the statute, the charge is punishable by imprisonment of not more than one year in county jail, a fine of not
more than $1,000, or both. His next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10.

…Floyd Mayweather nickname is “Money.” One company is suing him to get theirs. According to TMZ, White Glove says Mayweather hired them on the day of the Game 7NBA finals to
purchase four tickets to the game at AmericanAirlines Arena, including three courtside seats valued at $25,000 apiece. The company claims Mayweather never paid for the seats, so now
they’re suing him for the $80,000 value of the tickets, plus interest.

…I’m taking Lane Kiffin in the who gets fired first battle with Mack Brown. I don’t care if Pat Haden says he is 125% behind Kiffin, it’s a sure thing he goes after this season if
not sooner. Do you remember who was ranked 1st last year? Do you remember who was a cinch to win the Heisman? USC finished the year losing 6 of 7 and their pathetic loss to
Washington State is inexplicable other than Kiffin just can’t coach an offense for sure. Personally, I think USC will be both happy and lucky to finish 6-6. Lane has had his
quarterbacks for three years and apparently doesn’t trust either to throw the ball past the line of scrimmage. Mack Brown? Firing your defensive coordinator in week 2 is never a good
sign. And an Alabama fan website said that Texas is willing to break the bank to get Nick Saban. That might buy Brown the rest of the year.  However, with USC’s blow out of BC and another Texas loss, things are looking bleak for Brown and the Texas team that I could probably run on for 100 yards.

…Wladimir Balentien hit his 55th home run of the season for the Yakult Swallows on Wednesday night, tying Japan’s single-season home run mark set by the legendary Sadaharu Oh in
1964, and tied by American Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Venezuelan Alex Cabrera in ’02. With 22 games remaining on the Swallows schedule, Balentien seems like a lock to finally break what
is still largely considered Oh’s record. It’s no coincidence that Rhodes and Cabrera — both of whom played briefly in the major leagues prior to their long, successful careers in Japan
— finished with exactly 55 homers. Oh’s record has long been held sacred, both because of his stature as the greatest Japanese player of all time and because of the long-held biases
against foreign players, or gaijin. More to the point, however, Oh remained in the game as a manager and, out of pure chance, that directly impacted the pursuits of his record by
Rhodes, Cabrera and American Randy Bass, who hit 54 home runs in 1985: All were walked repeatedly by Oh’s teams (the Yomiuri Giants in ’85, and the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in ’01 and ’
02).

…Former six-division champion Oscar De La Hoya has voluntarily checked himself into an undisclosed treatment facility and did not attend Saturday’s showdown between Floyd Mayweather
and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. The 40-year old De La Hoya, the president and founder of Golden Boy Promotions, one of the most powerful promotional companies in boxing and the co-promoter
of Mayweather-Alvarez, confirmed the news in a statement. Oscar got mixed results for his Golden Boy team with Danny Garcia coming up a winner and Canelo Alvarez losing to Mayweather.

…Notes on the fight – When C.J. Ross was announced as a judge I told everyone that she was a horrible judge.  And C.J. didn’t disappoint as she obviously was watching a fight that existed only in her world calling it a 114-114 draw.  Ross was one of the judges that had Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao.  How she keeps her job is anybody’s guess.  I thought Alvarez did about as well as he could.  Mayweather is simply too skilled defensively and clever enough offensively to beat anyone.  Of course, that style doesn’t always make for interesting fights and this was hardly a barn burner.  Is there anyone out there that can beat Floyd at his weight class?  I don’t think so.

…One loss can all but remove a college football team from the national championship conversation, and with defeats this past weekend, several teams with BCS title aspirations –
Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Notre Dame and USC – all had their odds lengthened significantly at the LVH SuperBook. At the top of the board, meanwhile, Alabama still sits alone, but
Oregon – which blew out Virginia, 59-10, in Charlottesville on Saturday – has narrowed the gap on the LVH board. The Ducks are now 9-to-2, down from 6-to-1 last week, overtaking Ohio
State (5-to-1).

…The NFL fined Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews $15,000 for his hit Sunday on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NFL.com reports. Matthews hit Kaepernick out
of bounds during the second quarter of the team’s 34-28 loss and was flagged 15 yards. The play also resulted in an error by officials that led to a 49’er touchdown rather than a field
goal.

…Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland, according to multiple reports. Goldson was
flagged on the play for a personal foul after leading with his helmet to disrupt a pass intended for Cumberland. The Jets tight end had to leave the game to receive stitches in his
chin. Cumberland was considered a “defenseless” receiver on the play which led to the personal foul call. After the game, Goldson told reporters that he can’t “play timid” and has to
“play football” while the referees have a “tough job” of officiating hard hits.

…Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers has a warrant out for his arrest in Michigan, according to MLive.com reporter Andy Hoag. This is the fourth time in 18 months that
a judge has issued a warrant for Rogers’ arrest. Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank issued the warrant for Rogers who faces five misdemeanors from two unrelated incidents. He
also failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing. Rogers, 32, entered rehab with help from the NFL for marijuana and alcohol abuse. Frank said that Saginaw County officials as well as
NLFPA officials are attempting to locate Rogers but have not found the former Lions receiver. Rogers was taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

…A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ obstruction-of-justice conviction stemming from rambling testimony he gave during a 2003 appearance
before a grand jury investigating elite athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bonds’ testimony was “evasive” and capable of
misleading investigators and hindering their probe into a performance-enhancing-drug ring centered at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, better known as BALCO. Like several other
prominent athletes who testified before the grand jury, Bonds was granted immunity from criminal prosecution as long as he testified truthfully. But after Bonds repeatedly denied
knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs — he testified he thought he was taking flax seed oil and other legal supplements — prosecutors charged him with obstruction and with
making false statements. A jury convicted Bonds of a single felony count of obstruction, stemming from when he was called before the grand jury in San Francisco in December 2003. Bonds
was asked whether his trainer, Greg Anderson, had ever injected him with a substance, and he replied by discussing the difficulties of being the son of a famous father. Bonds’ father
is former major leaguer Bobby Bonds. The jury deadlocked on three other counts that Bonds made false statements stemming from his denial that he knowingly used drugs, and those charges
were later dismissed.

…The Lamar Odom saga continues, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better for the troubled NBA veteran. Odom has been charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence
after his Mercedes-Benz was pulled over on a Southern California freeway last month. The Los Angeles city attorney’s office said Friday that the charges stem from Odom’s Aug. 30 arrest
in the San Fernando Valley. Odom could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. Odom will be arraigned Sept. 27. He reportedly hired attorney Robert Shapiro, who is best
known for his work on O.J. Simpson’s defense team, to represent him in proceedings.

…How do you explain to the 2,000-some odd women on your campus why a punt returner who’s awaiting trial on five counts of rape has been invited to your school? If you’re Alcorn
State, you don’t. This is the entirety of what Alcorn State president Christopher R. Brown II has to say about how former Vanderbilt wide receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie — one of
four ex-Vandy players accused of raping an unconscious girl and filming the act (an event that has gotten national attention) — wound up playing in a game for Alcorn State last
Saturday before getting kicked off the team Thursday, after a series of media reports.

…Add Ex Vandy player – “Alcorn failed to sufficiently examine the allegations against McKenzie before allowing him to participate in our football program,” Brown said via a prepared
release on Thursday. “In an effort to provide educational opportunities to a Southwest Mississippi student, Alcorn State University made an error in judgment.” Ya think?

…One Texas A&M fan has decided to show his pride in the Aggies by paying a whopping $115,000 for a special vanity plate that reads “12THMAN.” The plate, which is maroon and white and
features the Texas A&M logo, was sold through an online auction. The fan placing the winning bid is slated to receive his coveted license plate in an on-field celebration during A&M’s
monumental clash against top-ranked Alabama. No word yet whether the plate cost more than the car it will go on.

…$115,000 for a license plate? How about almost $700,000 for an ugly green jacket? What kind of price tag does a green jacket have these days? How about a modest $682,229.45.
The jacket was sold Sunday by an auction host appropriately named “Green Jacket Auctions” in Denville, N.J. They claim the price for the article of clothing is the highest ever paid
for a piece of golf memorabilia. This isn’t just any green-colored jacket, though. No, it is the piece of Augusta National lore that once belonged to the inaugural winner of the
Masters, Horton Smith. Smith actually won the prestigious event twice, first in 1934, and again in 1936. However, Augusta National did not begin awarding its famed green jackets to
champions until 1949, at which point each of the previous winners were given jackets retroactively. Smith passed away at the age of 55 in 1963 and was ushered into the World Golf Hall
of Fame in 1990. His jacket was reportedly believed to be lost until a family member allegedly found it hanging in a closet last month. I’m gonna check my closet to see what might be
hanging in there.

…A “tipsy” Red Sox fan has been arrested after allegedly choking the Tampa Bay Rays mascot during Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays game in St. Petersburg, according to Boston.com. From
Boston.com: Each time Trevor James Martin, 27, wrapped his hands around Raymond’s neck and pulled him back toward a railing, the mascot had “to push off of the defendant in order to
break loose,” according to a St. Petersburg police report. Martin was clearly tipsy, and was seen slurring his words and staggering around the stadium, witnesses told police. He told
police he had consumed two beers during the game, police said. The Rays employee who portrays “Raymond” in costume, did not press charges for battery. Police charged Martin with
disorderly intoxication in a public place, according to the report.

…In an effort to weed out unruly fans, the Seattle Seahawks say they will have undercover police officers wearing opposing team apparel beginning with Sunday night’s highly
anticipated matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks announced the plan Wednesday, saying the goal is to ensure a safe environment for all fans, including those supporting
the visiting team. The Seahawks say game day staff will intervene against unruly behavior, foul or abusive language and verbal and physical harassment of opposing team fans or stadium
guests and staff members. Any fans asked to leave for violations of fan conduct will have to complete a four-hour online educational course at their own cost before they will be
cleared to attend events at the stadium again. That’s a good idea and should be standard procedure in all stadiums to curb the threat of violence.

…The NCAA is at it again making yet another nonsensical ruling. The NCAA has denied a hardship waiver for a Rutgers guard whose father and brother died in a two-month period last
season, reports the New York Post‘s Zach Braziller. The NCAA grants the waivers – which let a transfer play immediately – for athletes to be closer to a sick relative, among other
reasons. But the deaths of two loved ones apparently isn’t enough. Kerwin Okoro, a New York native, wanted to be closer to home – and his mother – after losing his father Stanislaus to
a stroke and his brother Idiongo to colon cancer. He transferred from Iowa State to Rutgers and was expected to be a part of new coach Eddie Jordan’s rotation this season.

…Add NCAA idiocy – there may still be hope. In another case where a former Marine was denied immediate eligibility at Middle Tennessee State University for playing in a rec league
while in the service. after an outcry, the NCAA declared Steven Rhodes eligible.

…Final add and good news – Kerwin Okoro, a former Iowa State player who transferred to Rutgers to be closer to home after two recent deaths in his family, was granted his waiver for
immediate NCAA eligibility, the school announced Friday night. “I would like to thank the NCAA for granting me a waiver,” said Okoro in the release. “I am very humbled by all the
support I have received throughout the process, both from my basketball families at Rutgers and Iowa State. I look forward to working with my teammates and coaches to have a successful
season. I feel very fortunate to be at Rutgers and close to my family. I can’t wait to play ball.” The aboutface from the NCAA brings to a close the most curious of the high-profile
waiver decisions this summer. Okoro, who only averaged 3.6 minutes a game last season in Ames, Iowa, wanted to move closer to his remaining family in New York after his father and
brother died within a three-month span. The problem I have with the NCAA here is why they didn’t get it right this first time. It seems that unless there is a public outcryit’s
business as usual within the NCAA. Common sense should prevail and an appeal shouldn’t be necessary.

 

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