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Metcalfe's Musings — Gordon learns his fate and it isn’t nice
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM


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Finally, the National Football League has come down with the expected calendar-year-long suspension of the Cleveland Browns gifted but troubled (sound familiar?) wide receiver, Josh Gordon.

I really wonder why it took the NFL that long — it must have seemed like years, especially for Browns’ fans — to come to a decision.

How many times must a guy screw up before he gets set down?

To claim it was second-hand marijuana smoke seemed, to say the least, an interesting legal move.

At worst, it seemed it was a “don’t blame me/it wasn’t my fault I was with these guys/I didn’t know what they were doing when they lit that match or flicked that lighter and I smelled something funny” stratagem that only a … er … dolt would have accepted.

Maybe the NFL’s totally blown 2-game suspension of running back Ray Rice — forget everything else; that was ridiculous — also had something to do with the wait.

Supposedly, the NFL is making changes in its player-conduct policy to deal with it but apparently, Rice won’t be affected.

As far as Gordon, you hope for his sake he gets some help and he can return next year.

However, perhaps it opens up another can of worms.

They just did a survey of players — apparently only 82 guys responded — who believe marijuana is no worse than alcohol.

I also have read articles that there is a move among some players — it seems to be growing, too — to ask the NFL to allow marijuana use to deal with the pain issue, especially since two states (Washington and Colorado) have legalized it.

We shall see where that goes but if something happens quickly, you think perhaps Mr. Gordon will ask the NFL to reconsider?



The Cincinnati Reds put starting pitchers Mat Latos and Mike Leake on revocable waivers.

That means they have three options: if some team claims them — my guess is more than one will, especially Latos — either the Reds can pull them back, let them go straight up or they have 48 hours to work out a trade with the offenders!

Champ Bailey, Michael Sam among NFL cuts
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


For the first time in his career, Champ Bailey was told he isn't good enough.

Jettisoned by the New Orleans Saints after a difficult training camp, the 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback was the most notable name when NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 active players Saturday.

A close second was Rams rookie Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

Reds lose yet another 1-run game, 3-2 to Pirates
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Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Saturday, August 30, 2014 5:42 PM )


Associated Press


PITTSBURGH — Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price figures it is pointless to break down his club's performance this late in the season.

"Everyone knows our strengths and weaknesses by now," he said. "We don't score runs consistently enough and it's hurt us in close games all season."

That was a problem again Saturday as Neil Walker hit a 3-run homer in the first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates made it hold up behind starter Vance Worley, beating the Reds 3-2 for their fourth straight victory.

With heavy heart, Kuchar hovers around the lead
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Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


NORTON, Mass. — With an orange ribbon on his hat and nine birdies on his card, Matt Kuchar pulled within a shot of the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not that he needed a reminder but a message posted on the scoring table spoke to the emotions involved in this tournament.

Players were offered a chance to donate to a trust fund for the 4-year-old daughter of Lance Bennett, his caddie. Bennett's wife, Angela, died of a seizure Wednesday. Kuchar decided to play to raise awareness and get the tour involved in helping the family.

Gordon says Stewart could run strong in Atlanta
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Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


HAMPTON, Ga. — Jeff Gordon is expecting Tony Stewart to be a contender in his return to the track.

Kevin Harvick will be on the pole but Stewart, who will start 12th, will be in the spotlight in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race tonight at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart is competing for the first time since the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. in an Aug. 9 race at a dirt track in upstate New York.