Fun Fact of the Day: The Columbus Blue Jackets are the hottest team in the NHL! They have won 16 games in a row and are now just 1 win shy of the Pittsburgh Penguins record 17-game winning streak set in 1993.
Kicking, screaming, and spitting. Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested yesterday on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment with a bodily substance. What happened? He was caught wandering the halls of a hotel and banging on doors to random rooms late Monday night. When hotel security stepped in, he poked one of them in the eye. The hotel called the police, but that didn’t stop Pacman from kicking and head-butting the cops or spitting on the nurse that took his blood sample. Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first run-in Pacman has had with the law. He was ordered to pay $11M in 2012 because of his involvement in a bizarre shooting at a Las Vegas strip club.
Not this again. With Tom Savage concussed, the Houston Texans are back to starting QB Brock Osweiler, in this week’s wild-card round playoff game against the Oakland Raiders. Texans fans aren’t happy about it, because Osweiler has been massively disappointing this season. He’s been particularly terrible at throwing long passes downfield. His 27% completion percentage on passes of 15 yards or longer is the second-worst of any QB in the NFL for the past 10 years.
Don’t give in to that team mentality. Minnesota fired its head coach Tracy Claeys. The problem wasn’t his performance on the field. In fact, Claeys led the Gophers to a 9-4 record—the team’s second most wins in a season since 1905. But off the field, Claeys was heavily criticized. Why? Claeys vocally supported his team, when they briefly decided to boycott their bowl game. The team was trying to stand behind 10 football players that they argued were suspended without due process. That all sounds OK, until you hear about the incident the players were allegedly involved in. The suspended players were suspected of an ugly gang rape of a female student that involved as many as 10-20 men. Most people applauded Minnesota’s administration for taking a hard stance against sexual assault and did not approve of Claeys’s response.
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Giant Beliebers. The N.Y. Giants took the day off on Monday, and the team’s wide receivers decided to spend their time partying in Miami. Superstar Odell Beckham Jr. went clubbing in South Beach with Justin Bieber and the entire wide receiving corps was spotted sunbathing on a boat. Now, Giants fans want them to stop goofing off and get back to practice. The Giants take on the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round of the playoffs this weekend.