Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tampa Bay TV Station Apologizes for Showing Buccaneers Player's Penis on Air

A Tampa television station is apologizing after it showed a naked Tampa Bay Buccaneer player on the air.

WTVT, the FOX affiliate in Tampa, was interviewing Bucs OL Donald Penn after their Week 12 loss to the Titans.

While that interview was happening, another Bucs player was undressing in the background. You can't see the player's face, but home viewers were able to catch a glimpse of the player's private parts.

The station apologized later during the broadcast saying:

“Earlier in the Bucs’ post game there was an inadvertent shot and we apologize for that.”

This is not the first time a TV station has give viewers an eye full.

In 2008, Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe unknowingly showed himself to the world when KSMP, the FOX affiliate in Minneapolis, aired video of a naked Shiancoe toweling himself off after a victory against the Detroit Lions.

Report: Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh Suspended Two Games for Arm Stomp

The NFL announced Tuesday that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended for two games following his stomping incident against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

He will miss Sunday night's game at New Orleans and Week 14's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Suh was ejected in the Week 12 loss to the Packers after stepping on the arm of Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Suh reportedly called commissioner Roger Goodell to apologize over the weekend, but that apology apparently wasn't good enough.

Also, Suh didn't help himself after Thursday's game when he defended himself, saying he lost his balance and that is what led to him stepping on Dietrich-Smith's arm. Suh also failed to show remorse for the stomping, essentially blaming the officials for his ejection.

However, on Friday, Suh backtracked and posted this apology on Facebook:

"My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand -- by winning."

This is not thge first time Suh has been in trouble with the commissioner's office. He's been fined multiple times during two-year career and earlier this year he traveled to New York to meet with Goodell about his aggressive style of play.

Barring an appeal, Suh will be back for the Lions Week 15 match-up with the Oakland Raiders on December 18.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Percy Harvin On the Brink of Superstardom

The Minnesota Vikings were forced to get Percy Harvin more involved in the game plan Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. With Adrian Peterson out with an ankle injury, the Vikings turned to Harvin as their main playmaker.

Harvin would not let them down.

He responded with season highs in touches, catches and receiving yards. He also scored a 39-yard touchdown on a seam route that had him matched up against a linebacker. This was a new strategy for the Vikings, who haven't used Harvin as a deep receiver much at all this year, despite his speed.

Harvin, who's in his third NFL season, caught eight passes for 95 yards and carried the ball five times for 11 yards. Harvin was also used as the Vikings goal line back on two straight plays in the fourth quarter. On one of his runs, it looked as if he scored on a one-yard plunge, but was ruled down by the refs.

Harvin was also responsible for setting up that goal line situation with 104-yard kickoff return. He just missed scoring a touchdown when he was tackled at the one-yard line. Harvin's 104-yard return was the longest play in NFL history that did not result in a touchdown.

Harvin finished Sunday with 210 total yards. According to the Minnesota Vikings PR department, in 40 career games, Harvin has seven games with 200-plus total yards, which is a franchise record.

The Vikings have said for weeks that they want to get Harvin more involved in the offense, and recently they have. In his past four games, Harvin has 24 catches for 278 yards and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing). In the previous seven games, Harvin had 27 receptions for 276 yards and zero touchdowns.

Harvin is clearly the best receiver the Vikings have and it would serve them well to continue feeding him the ball - even when Peterson returns. Harvin and rookie quarterback Christian Ponder have established a good report and I expect that will continue to improve this off season.

Harvin appears to have rid himself of the dibilitating migraine headaches that forced him to miss games and practices last season. When he's healthy, he's pound-for-pound one of the toughest players in the NFL and on the verge of becoming a superstar.

Fantasy spin: Harvin's big game on Sunday should be a welcomed sight for Harvin owners. After a slow start to the season, he's finally producing fantasy points. Harvin had a season-high in fantasy points in Week 12 and I expect that trend to continue. Despite being 2-9, the Vikings will continue to find ways to get Harvin the ball. The Vikings will use these next five games to help bring Ponder along and build towards next season, which will include plenty of Percy Harvin.