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Posted on Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT


Cheap Shots: The upside to Notre Dame academic scandal

Meanwhile, Jimmy Graham learning how not to dunk

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Notre Dame came under criticism and ridicule for the revelation that it is investigating academic fraud among its football players. Reports speculate players had papers written for them by other students. At least there's an upside: Notre Dame is finally competing on a level field with SEC teams.

Layups are fun

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said he will stop “dunking” the football after touchdowns to avoid penalties. In order to mentally adjust to not dunking, he'll receive counseling from a bunch of middle-aged white guys at the local YMCA.

Tough call

ESPN reports that free agent Shawn Marion will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, turning down overtures from the Indiana Pacers. Analysts are shocked that the chance to play with LeBron James is an easier sell than the chance to play with C.J. Watson.

The real news

The NBA season will open with a televised game between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 28 in San Antonio. Announcers are expected to dive right in and explain the significance of this game for LeBron James.

Limited options

Los Angeles Angels slumping slugger Josh Hamilton took himself out of the lineup on Sunday because he needed a mental break. The team has tried various tactics to help him break out of his slump, but performance-enhancing talks just don't work like the performance-enhancing tactics players used in the good old days.

Unnamed rookies slide by

Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel said it was an “honest mistake” when he was late for a meeting last week after the start time was changed. Other rookies were late for the meeting, too, but they were able to escape publicity under the “They're Not Johnny Manziel” rule.

Hot dogs? What are those?

During the opening of Levi's Stadium, the new home for the San Francisco 49ers, the concession stand ran out of house-cured salmon sandwiches and bay shrimp rolls. That's a shame. It was really hard for 49ers fans to conjure that warrior football spirit when the house-cured salmon ran out.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at

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