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Madison's Juicy Sports Stories, Featuring Jim McMahon's BYU Confessions

Madison Besser |
April 15, 2011 | 12:33 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

Jim McMahon spoke out recently about BYU's honor code. (Creative Commons)
Jim McMahon spoke out recently about BYU's honor code. (Creative Commons)
1. The Brandon Davies story was national news when he was kicked off the BYU basketball team for violating the university’s honor code. Being in college it’s hard to imagine abiding by those rules and having fun at the same time. 

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon played his college ball at BYU, too. In an interview with ESPN Radio on Monday; he shared his thoughts on the BYU honor code.

“You had to find girls who kept their mouths shut,” McMahon said. He has always been rumored to be a partier but I’m sure these comments made BYU officials livid considering it came from one of the most popular athletes in school history.

2. News of Mark Sanchez and other sports legends getting stuck in a USC elevator spread across the world in what seemed like seconds. The New York Jets QB took part in a panel discussion for USC’s Nike Sports Speaker Series on Thursday titled, "For the Good of the Game: The NFL at a Crossroads." Other panelists included agent Leigh Steinberg and former NFL players Willie Gault, Toi Cook and Shelby Jordan.

The panel became the talk of the town when news broke that the program was going to start late because Sanchez, Steinberg and Gault were stuck in an elevator.  They were in the elevator a total of 50 minutes before they got out.

“At first I thought it was kind of a joke — 'Oh, in 10 minutes we'll be out,'” Sanchez said of the ordeal. “We were killing time. I went over the email … about the topics we were going to go over. Once we got out there it turned out great. … It was a great day."

I’m sure Mark was glad he didn’t get a flag for delay of game for being late.

3. Point shaving is something we don’t hear much about these days, which is for the better. However, the University of San Diego’s all-time leading scorer Brandon Johnson is among a group of 10 people who have been indicted in connection with a college basketball bribery ring.

Johnson allegedly took a bribe to fix a game in February 2010 and solicited another player to fix a separate game the previous January. Johnson, who starred on the 2008 team that upset Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament’s first round, is currently a member of the NBDL’s Dakota Wizards. If convicted, he could face up to five years in jail. If he’s lucky maybe he’ll get to be bunkmates with Tim Donaghy.

4. Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will miss the next 6-8 weeks due to a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone in his right shoulder. The reigning American League MVP injured his shoulder sliding head first into home plate.

As troubling as the injury may be for the Rangers, Hamilton’s comments about the play were even worse.

“It was just a stupid play,” Hamilton said. “I definitely shouldn’t have done it.

“I listened to my third base coach... The whole time I was watching the play I was listening. [He said], ‘Nobody’s at home, nobody’s at home.’ I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t want to do this. Something’s going to happen.’ But I listened to my coach. And how do you avoid a tag the best, by going in headfirst and get out of the way and get in there. That’s what I did.”

I understand being upset that you’re hurt, but blaming your coach for a freak accident like that is just flat-out disappointing to hear. I used to be a Hamilton fan because of his remarkable comeback from drug addiction, but his throwing his coach under the bus for this is just ridiculous.

5. Let’s call this time Rose Fever. Earlier this week the potential MVP was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. This is the first time a Bulls player has been on a weekly cover issue since Michael Jordan in 1999.

The Chicago native has the city, not to mention the NBA, buzzing about just how far he can lead the Bulls in the playoffs. Having already grabbed the top seed in the East there’s no reason to believe he can’t lead them out of the conference and into the Finals just like MJ did six times.

As good as he’s been let’s not make the comparison just yet.


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