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The most popular athletes in each US state

Those are some interesting results.

That said… the headline obviously exaggerates. The map shows the most-searched-for athletes… a completely different category than the most-popular athletes. But still interesting. I guess that LeBron James is the default most-searched-for, unless someone really popular in a state beats him out. With Derek Jeter on the decline, the Knicks sucking and no good quarterbacks to speak of (currently), I guess LeBron makes sense in New York. I didn’t think Adrian Peterson would rule four states. It’s crazy that Andrew Wiggins has a state already, prodigiousness aside.

And I know Geno Smith went to West Virginia, but, really?

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New Mexico RB Arrested After Alleged Gang Rape

University of New Mexico running back Crusoe Gongbay has been arrested along with two other men after allegedly gang raping a woman in a car. The RB is being charged with rape and kidnapping. Here are the details from

“Officers were dispatched to the Casa dorms, they met with a female, they subsequently took her to the same unit the sexual assault nurses examiner,” said Lt. Tim Stump of the UNM Police Department.
KRQE News 13 has learned that the alleged victim was at UNM Fiesta’s event on Saturday, April 12, 2014, and later went to a house party off campus. News 13 has learned that the woman says she was taken from the home just before three in the morning, April 13th, 2014, by the three men.
News 13 has learned that the three men gang raped the woman in a car, then dropped her off at the dorm.
The alleged victim’s lawyer has also released a statement:

“My client is no longer in school, has moved back home, and is receiving therapy. She and her family are concentrating on healing and recovery, one day at a time. She is counting her blessings and thankful to be alive. My client appreciates the work of the UNM police and the support of University officials. The media and public are asked to respect her privacy while she concentrates on recovery, and not direct any efforts to contact her.” – Brad D. Hall, attorney for alleged victim.

Coach Bob Davie is aware of the situation and says that due to the serious nature of the charges, Gongbay is suspended indefinitely.



Packers website uses Aldon Smith photo to show what a criminal looks like

The Green Bay Packers official website conducted an “Ask Vic” session this afternoon, in which fans can post questions for editor, Vic Ketchman.

Well, a Packers fan from Saint Paul, MN named Brandon had a question for Vic about team character:

“Vic, it seems the Packers place a high emphasis on character during their selection process, as can be shown by the tremendously low arrest rate. This seems like a simple strategy to sustain success, yet, it seems more of a rarity in the NFL than the standard. What other teams are as committed to personal character?”

The Packers responded by posting this photo:

Then they proceeded to give Brandon his answer:

“Nobody wants a locker room full of criminals. All teams place a premium on character. Draft picks are too valuable to waste on guys in jail. It’s all a matter of where you draw the line. Some teams are a little more willing to gamble on a guy with some issues in his past. Aldon Smith had some red flags when he was coming into the draft, and it might be catching up to him just as it did with Holmes, but the 49ers have gotten a pretty nice return from their investment in Smith. Where do you draw the line? Every team has to answer that question in its own way. George Young said it’s not a game for the well-adjusted, and I am a George Young devotee. I don’t need a locker room full of choir boys. My line has some loops in it.”

What do you think? Are the antics of Smith worth his play-making ability and the success he brings to the defense of the 49ers? Or, do the Packers have a point about his behavior catching up with him and sticking to high-character players?


Gilbert Arenas was the 30th highest paid athlete last year

Never forget the Orlando Magic are still paying Gilbert Arenas.

Gilbert Arenas hasn’t played a game in the NBA in two years, but he was still one of the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2013.

ESPN recently released its list of highest-paid athletes in the world based solely on salary and prize money. Among the Floyd Mayweather’s, Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Lionel Messi’s and Kobe Bryant’s of the world was the mercurial Arenas.

That’s right, Arena’s checked in at No. 30 on the list, ahead of Tigers star Miguel Cabrera.

The former Washington Wizards guard made more money than every NBA player except Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki.

This all stems from the Wizards signing Arenas to a six-year, $111 million deal. After being traded, the Magic used the amnesty clause on Arenas in 2011, so his salary doesn’t count against the team’s salary cap or luxury tax.


Girl meets LeBron James, thinks he’s Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose looks like he’s gonna be better than ever when he returns.


Police Believe There are More Alleged Darren Sharper Rape Victims

There are currently eight women and five states who are accusing Darren Sharper of drugging them and then sexually assaulting them.

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report did an extensive and frankly quite frightening report on Darren Sharper . One of the things that was included was that police believe there are more women out there who may have been drugged and raped by Sharper.

Two law enforcement officials who asked not to be identified—one in Arizona and one in Louisiana—believe in the possibility of more alleged Sharper victims who have declined to come forward.
Also, it appears that Sharper had a type of woman he sought out.

Few details about Sharper’s accusers have been made available by law enforcement. Yet police reports in Tempe show that at least some of the female complainants aren’t just similar in terms of their allegations—they are also similar in appearance: white, with long hair, in their early 20s or younger, thin build, standing approximately 5’6″ tall.
I encourage you to read Freeman’s entire article. It is a chilling account of what may have happened to these women. It is always innocent until proven guilty, but it certainly doesn’t look good for Sharper.



Dwight Howard calls teammate his “babe”

Not exactly sure what is going on here.

It will be probably followed soon by “I was hacked” or maybe this is how Dwight shows affection to his teammates. I get confused by the acronyms, so maybe Dwight thought it was Man Crush Monday even though it is Tuesday.


Ricardo Lockette Called 911 After Kaepernick’s Accuser Refused to Leave

A couple of questions.

1- If she was allegedly passed out how could she refuse to leave?

2- If she wasn’t passed out, why did she lie to cops?

3- What happened before the refusal?

Just some things to consider while you are reading this.


The Dodgers Have A Mascot Now: Behold The Horror

In my mind the Dodgers have never needed a mascot and never will as long as that roly-poly, cartoonish parody of himself, Tommy Lasorda, is alive. But look above: yikes!

But they have one now. Although the team would really prefer — no, they insist — that you not call the thing you see above a mascot. For one thing, it has no name. Also it has no apparent gender and is not allowed inside Dodger Stadium … just like Justin Bieber. But it has been around outside, posing for pictures and such, since the team’s opening day against the Giants this past weekend.

Dodgers executive vice president Lon Rosen refuses to let him come out of the closet, however. LA Times:

“It’s not a mascot,” said Rosen. “It’s a unique performance character.”

See, that’s what’s great about being a marketing wiz, you can just make stuff up. Rosen also called it a “bobblehead character,” so you can see he’s really trying hard.

Rosen said three more “performance characters” will be unveiled in the coming weeks, though he was unwilling to say if they would all look like variations of Godzilla-sized bobbleheads.
Actually Godzilla would be cool.

But it’s just like the Dodgers to create a mascot for the first time in its history, and deny that they did so. Hey, he’s just a friendly fan with a big head.

Does the unnamed mascot know how dangerous it is out in the Dodgers parking lot?

But above all we’re just glad that Larry King is working again.



Possibly The Greatest Thing I Have Seen This Year

The Tampa Bay Lighting told a true love story through the kiss cam.


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