Thursday, August 16, 2007


Somethings you just can't make up...

Embattled NFL quarterback Michael Vick, facing federal charges related to his alleged participation in dogfighting, has been hit with a "$63,000,000,000 billion dollar" lawsuit filed by a South Carolina inmate who alleges the Atlanta Falcons star stole his pit bulls and sold them on eBay to buy "missiles from Iran," FOX News has learned.

Jonathan Lee Riches filed the handwritten complaint over "theft and abuse of my animals" on July 23 in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va.

Riches alleges that Vick stole two white mixed pit bull dogs from his home in Holiday, Fla., and used them for dogfighting operations in Richmond, Va. The complaint goes on to allege that Vick sold the dogs on eBay and “used the proceeds to purchase missiles from the Iran government.”

The complaint also alleges that Vick would need those missiles because he pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda in February of this year.

“Michael Vick has to stop physically hurting my feelings and dashing my hopes,” Riches writes in the complaint.

Riches wants $63 billion dollars “backed by gold and silver “ delivered to the front gates to the Williamsburg Federal Correctional facility in South Carolina. Riches is an inmate at the facility serving out a wire fraud conviction.

• Click here to read the filing against Vick.(pdf)


Every summer, the town of Omak, Washington, hosts the Omak Suicide Race. Horses and riders charge down a 210 foot , 60-degree slope at full speed, then swim 50 yards across a rocky and rapidly flowing river, and then charge back up a similar hill. If you survive this gauntlet, you get to do it for two more heats plus the final over a total of four days.

Growing protests about the cruelty to the horses who run the race, and increased concern over the ethics of the event, have prompted several major corporations, including Wal-Mart and Diageo PLC (the maker of Crown Royal whiskey, Captain Morgan rum, and Smirnoff vodka), to withdraw longtime sponsorship this year.

The Omak Suicide Race originated in 1935 as a promotion gimmick and the brainchild of Claire Pentz, publicity chairman for the Omak Stampede, an annual rodeo that happens each August. Suicide Race organizers developed the spectacle hoping to draw tourists by showcasing horses and their riders in deadly situations night after night. It seems to be working.

The Suicide Race operates independently from other Stampede events. Over the years, race organizers have worked to align it with the traditional Native American horse racing of the local Colville tribe, but evidently the current form bears little resemblance to the Colville Indian Keller Mountain reservation races of the past which were never held at night.

Organizers, including at least one veterinarian, say it’s all good…

Huh? Did he go to the Bad Newz Killa Kennels School of Veterinary Medicine?

Just another version of “keepin’ it real.”

Obviously, animal activists are screaming about this event, and this year it’s under more scrutiny than ever.


Michael Silver’s column on Yahoo Sports Monday a.m. talked about how PETA (and we would say to a lesser degree the ASPCA) have fulled the media fire surrounding the Vick case to unbelievable heights.

He talks about the simple fact that there are crimes against animals and crimes against humans, and now the line is blurred about which is worse.

Enter Leonard Little who in 1998 drove home after celebrating his birthday, ran a red light in downtown St. Louis and caused a collision that killed another motorist while blowing a .19, nearly twice the legal limit. Littlee eventually pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and spent 90 days in jail. When he returned to the Rams after an eight-game NFL suspension, Mothers Against Drunk Driving protested outside a Rams game, but few people noticed.

According to Silver: “It's a horrible story, but it might have contained at least a slightly redemptive touch had Little assuaged his guilt by urging others never to make the same mistake. He could have become a vocal and visible spokesman for consuming alcohol responsibly. He could have used his platform as a star athlete to try to save the lives of future drunk-driving victims.

Instead, Little drank and drove again…and was arrested for driving while intoxicated…Little, charged with a felony for driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender, was later acquitted after his lawyer convinced a jury that the arresting officer hadn't followed proper procedures in conducting the field-sobriety tests…In other words, Little triumphed in court thanks to the legal equivalent of the Tuck Rule – only with a far more subdued reaction by the offended party (in this case, anyone with a brain and/or a conscience) than that displayed by Raider Nation.

I always thought that MADD, which tried to draw attention to the case, was a robust, publicity-savvy advocacy group. But, apparently, PETA is the big leagues, and MADD is rookie ball.”;_ylt=Ar7GErWbAtEzUozI3B4ErNtDubYF?slug=ms-morningrush081307&prov=yhoo&type=lgns


THIS IS SHAQ. This is Shaq thinking "what the f*#% am I doing in China?"

Well Shaqmiester it's a fire breathing performance during a publicity event at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, southwestern China's Sichuan. You, Mr. Shaq O'Matic, are on a promotional tour around China at the invitation of Li Ning, China's leading sportswear manufacturer. No doubt, the Ning Man is paying you large coin to be there.

That's what the "螺丝" you are doing in China.

(AP Photo/Color China Photo)


GUILTY. Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, seen here in 2004, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges in a betting scandal in which he gambled on games that he officiated.

(Photo by AFP/Getty Images/File/Ronald Martinez)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Evidently the whole keeping it real loyalty to your home boys is a one-way street.

With two more co-defendants distancing themselves from Michael Vick, the embattled Falcons quarterback was considering on Monday whether to accept a plea agreement for his alleged role in a dogfighting operation.

Sources told ESPN's Kelly Naqi that Vick attorneys Larry Woodward and Billy Martin met with federal prosecutor Michael Gill and the investigators on Monday afternoon. The attorneys planned to speak with the quarterback in the evening to see what direction he wants to go in.

That comes on the heels of news that co-defendants Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips are scheduled to appear in federal court in Richmond at the end of the week and are expected to accept their own plea agreements. Peace's hearing is at 9 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, while Phillips will appear on Friday at the same time. Plea agreements would clear them to testify against Vick.


The Duke Blue Devils made a long overdue first step toward becoming a legitimate Division I football school when it suspended indefinitely leading tackler Michael Tauiliili following his arrest for a variety of charges ranging from driving while impaired to pointing a gun.

Tauiliili, who prior to the 2006 season changed last name from Brown to Tauiliili to honor his Samoan heritage, is the Blue Devils starting outside linebacker and best defensive player.

The move is seen by ACC pundits and experts as the first step to emulating what has become a common occurrence at other ACC football stalwarts the likes of Miami, Florida State, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

“I thought we would never have a player who would get arrested,” said Duke head coach Ted Roof, “This is a giant step forward for us, not only did one of our guys get arrested but he beat all the other bad boys at the big ACC football schools to the punch. I’m very proud of him.”

Sources close to Brown-Tauiliili said the erratic behavior stemmed from a disagreement at a Durham Little League Potluck Supper and Tequila Drinking Contst where Tauiliili had taken a group of elderly patients from the Trinity Old Folks Home as part of the Love Me, Love You, Love Duke, Coach K Makes Us Do This Crap and Our Football Coach Is Scared of Him Neighborhood Outreach Program. Evidently, one of the old geezers who had served in Somoa during WWII claimed Tauliliili was spelled with five “i’s,” not four.


Wake Forest has hired long-time assistant coach Dino Guadio as its new head basketball coach, succeeding the late Skip Prosser two weeks after Prosser died of a heart attack. To say that Guadio and Prosser were close is an understatement – Prosser was his closest friend, the best man in his wedding and the godfather of his youngest daughter.

The school introduced Gaudio at a news conference last week, and the administration gave him a vote of confidence by signing him to a five-year contract. The 50-year-old Gaudio has spent about half his life as Prosser's assistant. He has also had two head-coaching stints, at Army (where he went 36-72) and at Loyola of Maryland (where he was 32-52).

The school's decision to maintain continuity by hiring Guadio was an effort, in part, to make sure the Demon Deacons can hang onto their outstanding recruiting class. Al-Farouq Aminu and Ty Walker are widely considered two of the country's top 20 high school players.

Yes, we will wait the appropriate amount of time and then we will start making fun of Coach Gaudio. In all likelihood, the Flintstones will be involved.


Evidently new UNC football head honcho Bruce Davis wants more improvements to the 60,000 seat Keenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill. The last round of improvements were done at the behest of head coach Mack Brown, and that effort led directly to a National Championship for the University of Texas Longhorns. Money well spent, no doubt.

It appears that UNC has hired the same architects who recently revealed a plan for "improvements" and Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium.


MOVE OVER DEAN. University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams, a 2007 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, addresses the visitors during an appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. According to a press release from Coach Williams, the theme of Coach Williams induction speech was "Coach Williams Can Endorse Any Product Coach Williams Can Hold in Coach Williams' Hand." He is seen here in this photo demonstrating his "Coach Williams' endorsement pose."

(Photo by AP Photo/Nathan K. Martin)


WHAT A DIFFERENCE THREE WEEKS WILL MAKE. This affable looking fellow is Drew Weathorford, the staring quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles. Currently he is worshiped by Seminole Nation and hailed as the "next big thing" that will lead the Noles back to their rightful spot as ACC Champs and National Champion contenders. In all likelihood, somewhere between 8:09 and 8:23 pm on Monday, September 3rd during FSU's opener against Clemson, every single FSU student, faculty member, alum and fan will HATE HIS GUTS after he either fumbles or throws an interception in each of FSU's first two possessions. These turnovers will lead to two quick Tiger touchdowns, and an early and insurmountable 14-0 lead. Clemson will win the game, Bowden will say "Dagummit" and Seminole Nation will be suicidal.

Any questions?

(Photo by AP Photo/Phil Coale)


SO THE OFFENSE STILL SUCKS, but the defense looks better. First round draft pick via LSU LaRon Landry #30 of the Washington Redskins hits Kerry Collins #5 of the Tennessee Titans during a preseason game last Saturday. The Skins third team beat the Titans third team. Offensive geniuses Al Saunders and Joe Gibbs have yet to score one SINGLE effing point in a preason game with thier first team in TWO years. Danny's gotta love that...

(Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)


JUST PLAIN GOOD. San Francisco 49ers fan Pat Wong holds up a poster for Bill Walsh before the 49ers and Denver preseason exhibition NFL football game in San Francisco, Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. Walsh, who was a former 49ers head coach, died earlier this month.

(Photo by AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


THIS WOULD GET YOU A STIFF FINE IN THE NFL...A decal noting the Interstate 35W bridge is stuck to the batting helmet of Minnesota Twins' Torii Hunter as he waits on-deck against the Seattle Mariners Monday night. The collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis 11 days earlier killed nine and left three people still missing.

(Photo by AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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