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USC appeal denied - implications for Ohio State?
Wed, 25 May 2011 19:10:13 -0700

USC officials confirmed today that their NCAA appeal concerning the infamous Reggie Bush case was denied. Big X fans at first glance might not care; after all, USC is just that Hollywood school that used to basically own the Rose Bowl every other year, right? But in fact the case raises an interesting question: What is the NCAA going to do about Ohio State and Jim Tressel?

Delusional Loyal Buckeye fans will tell you that the cases have nothing to do with each other. But take a closer look and you might just see the sweat in sweater vest. Both schools had a coach accused of lying to the NCAA: Ohio State and USC. Surely the head coach has more responsibility than an assistant coach, right? Dig a little deeper into the USC case and you'll find the evidence that Todd McNair knew Bush had been paid consists of a few minutes of phone calls between McNair and Lloyd Lake, and the (contradictory) evidence of Lake, an accused felon trying to sell a book. The evidence that Tressel lied, on the other hand, is overwhelming. Ask any prosecutor (or defense attorney for that matter) which case he or she'd prefer.

USC was hit in part because they should have noticed Reggie Bush was driving a 1996 Chevy Impala with rims. Ever been to LA? If you have, you'd know a car with rims is hardly a red flag. Meanwhile, Terelle Pryor is rolling in loaners from dealers, crossing state lines, and dozens of players are buying cars from a local used car dealer, but that's not a red flag? Sure, most college kids can drive Escalades while their cars get fixed, right? Uh-huh.

Todd McNair was given a show cause; if Jim Tressel gets anything less, expect a firestorm of public reaction. And if Ohio State doesn't get hit with sanctions, something's seriously wrong with the NCAA's enforcement process. Or maybe it already is. After all, this is the same organization that declared Perry Jones ineligible for the NCAA tourney for benefits he received in high school, while in the same year allowing Pryor & friends to play in the Orange Bowl. Makes sense, right?




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Source: concern Mauer might miss rest of season
Wed, 18 May 2011 06:30:09 -0700

Our source, who is close to the situation, tells us that the Twins have been deliberately vague regarding Joe Mauer's health not out of an interest to protect his privacy but instead to protect ticket sales. The team's official announcement that Mauer had" bilateral leg weakness" certainly raised eyebrows, causing many to wonder what was really going on.

Sunday's article in the Star Tribune didn't exactly clear things up. The All Star catcher, clearly miffed at perceptions that he should be playing or isn't really injured, seemed defensive in an interview with Jim Souhan. He confided that bilateral leg weakness was probably a poor choice of words by the Twins, and expressed frustration at his inability to play. Ever the consummate professional, Mauer left it at that, but it seems to us that he would rather clear the air about what is a legitimate health concern. Instead, it appears he is being muzzled by team executives who fear fans will stop coming to Target Field if they learn Mauer's health status.

What we've been told is that Mauer suffers from a legitimate ailment and needs plenty of time to rehab. There was (and may still be) concern that he will miss the rest of the season. It's just unfortunate that the Twins have seemingly elected not to be forthright about the situation, leading to mounting frustration on the part of Mauer and Twins fans.




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Farewell to Number 3
Tue, 17 May 2011 18:38:43 -0700

Although we didn't plan it this way, perhaps it's fitting that we are re-launching CaseJack on the day the Minnesota Twins say goodbye to one of the most loved local sports heroes, Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.

In an era when flash and fanfare supersede substance, Killebrew ended his life the way he lived it, graciously. He was as renowned as much for his kindness and generosity as his prodigious displays of power. Harmon Killebrew was a great power hitter when home runs were scarce, and an even greater man in a time when great men also seem to be in short supply. He will be missed by us all.

Farewell, Harmon Killebrew.




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Annie Duke is new pro poker league commish
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:10:24 -0700
Federated Sports & Gaming announced today that Annie Duke will be the commissioner of a newly formed professional poker league. Federated is headed up by former World Series of Poker commissioner Jeffrey Pollack, who also has experience with NASCAR and the NBA. The league will award a limited number of two, three and four year memberships based on a mathematical formula that will not include online poker or cash wins. Up to 10 lifetime memberships will also be awarded. The league plans four televised regular season events a million dollar championship freeroll for 2011.


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Tournament Roundup
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:20:59 -0700

Two big tournaments wrapped up last week. Our friends at the Heartland Poker Tour kicked off 2011 with a bang, drawing 553 players to the main event, which was held at the Red Rock Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Several big names were in attendance, including First Lady of Poker Linda Johnson, Annie Duke, Scotty Nguyen, Tiffany Michelle, Darvin Moon, and Jen Harman. From this group, only Darvin Moon cashed, placing 37th.

However, it was a behind the scenes poker insider, Rob Perelman, known for his work on Poker after Dark and other shows, who claimed the title and over $150,000 in winnings. Other notables at the final table were the flamboyant JJ Liu and MMA fighter Heath Herring. Check out the HPT site for more details and a complete wrapup.

The celebrity turnout appears to be part of a new marketing strategy for the HPT, as they strive to remain loyal to their brand as the everyman player's tour, while seeking to mix in just enough glamour and celebrity appearances to draw more viewers. It's a strategy which we believe should serve them well.

The big tournament of the week, meanwhile, took place at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where incoming Stanford grad student Galen Hall survived an epic heads up battle with Chris Oliver to win the main event and $1.8 million. Team PokerStars pro Chris Moneymaker enjoyed a good run, finishing 11th for $130,000. The main event also witnessed the highest finish for a woman in the PCA, as Ana Marquez came in 10th. Other events included the $5000 Bounty Shootout, won by Andrew Chen, the $100,000 Super High Roller event, taken down by British pro Eugene Katchalov, and the $25,000 High Roller event, claimed by Canadian Will Molson. For a complete write up of all the events, go here.




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