Just so you're completely informed, of course, we should give you the basketball odds, too.
There's better news there, but not much.
Bob Huggins' team opens at 100-1 to win the national championship. It's not Kentucky (5-1), but it's not Boston College (500-1), either. Wow, they could be in for a long year at The Heights.
At 100-1, the Mountaineers are in a group behind 41 with longer odds and ahead of 26 others (there are 16 teams at 100-1). Again, on the up side, only three Big 12 schools are listed with better odds (Kansas 11-2, Baylor 50-1 and Oklahoma State 50-1), with three (Iowa State, Kansas State and Texas) also at 100-1 and Oklahoma at 200-1. TCU and Texas Tech are off the board.
And finally, it would be difficult from almost anyone's perspective to say that Adam Jones has been dealt a bum rap.
Really, now, the cornerback formerly known as Pacman introduced himself to college life by whacking a guy with a pool cue in Morgantown before he'd ever played a down for West Virginia.
By the time he reached the NFL in 2005 his reputation so preceded him that the Tennessee Titans, who had drafted him sixth overall, pushed for a clause in his rookie contract stipulating that he would be paid no bonus money if he was convicted of a crime. In his first two years with the Titans he was arrested or cited at least three times.
He would be involved in one way or another in other investigations at least 10 times in his first four years. The most serious, of course, was the 2007 shooting at a strip club in Las Vegas, allegedly by someone in his entourage, that left a bouncer paralyzed. That got him suspended for the entire 2008 season and a multi-million dollar judgment against him.
And that's just the Reader's Digest version. Whew.
But now, after seemingly putting himself on the straight and narrow, Jones finds himself in trouble again. Over the weekend, he was arrested in Cincinnati — where he now plays for the Bengals — for punching a woman outside a bar. And he doesn't deny it.
Here's where the bad rap might come in, though. Jones tweeted Monday that he "Just got arrested for protecting myself. I will not let this break me or change what I've worked so hard for.'' Jones and his lawyer say two women, both drunk, asked him to pose for a picture with them. When he declined one of them threw a beer bottle at his head. He slapped her.
OK, so maybe it's the same ol' Pacman. But the truth is, since 2010 Jones has really been involved in only one incident, for which he was convicted only of disorderly conduct. Otherwise he's been a model citizen.
If his account is true and he was just reacting to someone throwing a beer bottle at his head, he's being punished for being Pacman Jones. Lord knows he brought that reputation upon himself, but it seems now he's just being penalized for being who he is and not for what he has done.
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