I was watching the Tonight Show last night. Conan is so funny, and it was great seeing him talk to the Chula Vista all-star baseball team. One 13-year-old pitcher is 6'2" and almost as tall as O'Brien.

The accomplishment of these kids, as well as the good sportsmanship they've been showing, doesn't happen in all sports endeavors.

I saw video of Oregon State running back LeGarrette Blount punching a Boise State player (he should punch his mom for giving him that name). Apparently, the Boise player came over to shake hands after the game and said something other than "Hey...good game." Although, that's not an excuse to punch someone. It is poor sportsmanship, though. And I hope that player gets in trouble as well.

I do find it interesting that players often want to resort to punches after a little smack talking on the field. If you're that much of a headcase that you can't handle it, you have no business being on the field. You need to be in a mental hospital.

On the subject of football players and punching, there's a great movie coming out called "Big Fan" and starring comedic genius Patton Oswald (on this site, go to the movie section for a contest to win tickets to see it).

He gets punched by his favorite player when he approaches him in a nightclub. Great premise for a film, that these days, is probably hitting too close to home (pun intended).

One high school football player did do something right.

It's 6'4" Kaleb Eulls, who was on a bus when a 14-year-old girl pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot girls that had been tormenting her.

A few of the reports talk about how he wrestled the gun from her (as if it would be hard for a huge football player to do that). But it does take some major league (foot) balls to try and disarm anyone, knowing that you could easily be shot.

Kaleb grabbed the gun, jumped off the bus...and shot four of the opposing players.

Okay, I made that part up, just to see if you were paying attention.

He did jump off the bus and dismantle the gun, and is now being hailed a hero.

He's got a football scholarship to Mississippi State, and I'm hoping he has a successful career ahead of him.


mentaltwist Sept. 4, 2009 @ 11:56 p.m.

love stories of young kids doing good things for a change. keep them coming! as for the chula vista kids, i hope this moment in the sun lasts their entire lives, they played hard, they played clean, and they had me yelling at my tv every game!


Josh Board Sept. 5, 2009 @ 10:39 a.m.

I kept meaning to watch one of their games. But it wasn't until I stopped by my friends house, and she had the game on. I caught a few innings, and it was a blast.

I was going to write more about that team in this blog, but I try not to make my blogs so long. Also, the team has been covered to death everywhere. So I just gave them a quick shout-out.


Josh Board Sept. 5, 2009 @ 12:12 p.m.

UPDATES: The football player that threw the punch has been suspended for the rest of the year. Harsh punishment, as that was the first game of the season, and he's a senior. I'm not sure why nothing is happening to the kid that did the taunting.

Also, Jimmy Kimmel last night used the same joke I had in this blog. He did a fake press conference in which the player said that punching that guy is nothing compared to what he's going to do to his parents for naming him LaGarrette.


David Dodd Sept. 5, 2009 @ 12:30 p.m.

"Harsh punishment, as that was the first game of the season, and he's a senior."

Actually, the year suspension came more from what he did after he threw the punch. He had to be restrained by his teammates from going into the stands, and then threw punches at teammates that tried to stop him. He has a history of bad behavior as well. Also: He is being permitted to practice with the team so that he won't lose his scholarship. I think that all in all it's pretty fair.

And the kid that taunted should be suspended for at least a game, but he won't.


Josh Board Sept. 6, 2009 @ 12:13 a.m.

Thanks for the additional info, refried. Yes, I agree, the punishment isn't too harsh, knowing his history. I also wondered, if this guy was a player that was talking smack the whole game, so the kid on the winning team trotted over to say "Hey man, you talked a lot, and you're going to the locker room a loser." Because, it is odd for one player to just pick out a random player and go say something mean-spirited to him.

And I'm guessing, if it was a scenario like that, that would explain why the player that SEEMED to start it, didn't get into any trouble.


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