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Look Smart: Heisman Trophy Ceremony

What: The most prestigious award in all of college sports will be awarded tonight in New York. The Heisman Trophy goes to the MVP in college football. Past award winners include Tim Tebow, Barry Sanders and OJ Simpson. This year’s Heisman Trophy is extra exciting because it has all the makings of a great reality TV series, including the villain, the underdog, and the good guy. Based on position alone quarterbacks are favored to win. In the past 10 years, eight quarterbacks have won the award. The Heisman Trophy ceremony is one the few times a game won’t be on at a bar. Who doesn’t love an award ceremony, even if there isn’t a red carpet.

To get the lowdown on the list of the nominees click here! (more…)

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Look Smart: Randy Moss traded to Minnesota Vikings

Who to know: Randy Moss, Tom Brady, Brett Favre

What to know: Randy Moss traded from the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings for a third round draft pick

Why you need to know it: Moss is a 7-time Pro Bowler receiver who was in the final year of his contract with New England. After the Pats gave Brady a contract but not Moss, the future Hall of Famer asked to be traded. Before the start of the season Moss said, “”When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted. I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling — feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down.”

Someone who did want Moss was Minnesota Vikings’ QB Brett Favre. Favre was  instrumental in getting Moss to come back to the team that drafted him and where he started his career. The Vikings were a Super Bowl favorite but are 1-2. Part of the reason for Minnesota’s  rough start are injuries to their recovers. Pro Bowler Sidney Rice is out for the first 6-weeks with a hip injury, and Percy Harvin is day to day with migraine headaches. The Vikings play the NY Jets on Monday night, and Moss is expected to be in a purple and gold uniform.

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Look Smart: MLB trade deadline

July 31st is the MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline. This means all that all players under contract can no longer be traded. If a player is placed on waivers, any team can claim him. The waiver trade deadline is August 31. The MLB was business across the country and across both the National and American league. But who exactly were the winners and losers?

Yankees were the biggest movers in the trade deadline, acquiring Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns, and Kerry Wood

Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox who are 6.5 games back from the Yankees traded for Jared Saltalamacchia. Saltalamacchia came from the Texas Rangers, who in return got  QB Chris McGuiness, RHP Roman Mendez, a player to be named later and cash considerations. Also acquiring “a player to be named later” are the New York Mets who traded Mike Jacobs to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hotlanta, this year’s sleeper team, traded for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth from the Kansas City Royals. Also in the National League, the San Francisco Giants made amends to their pitching staff by trading for pitchers Javier Lopez and Ramon Ramirez.

A depleted Chicago Cubs team traded for Blake DeWitt and minor league prospects to try and salvage any hope. The struggling LA Dodgers acquired Ryan Theroitt and Ted Lilly.

With so many names being thrown around… just look smart and know that the Yankees yet again made big moves.

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Look Smart: Terrell Owens and all the drama that comes with him

The Cincinnati Bengals are already off to a rough start with their newest acquisition Terrell Owens. T.O missed his flight this morning causing him to miss his first practice and press conference with the his new team. Despite Chad Ochocinco’s lobbying for the wide receiver to come to Cincinnati, it comes as no surprise that Bengals fans are a little hesitant about T.O. The outspoken outlandish 36-year old even has his own VH-1 reality show. T.O has long been in the spotlight and not always for good reason….

San Francisco 49ers: Terrell Owens played for the San Fransisco 49ers from 1996 to 2003. He parted on rough terms after giving an interview to Playboy magazine where he insulated that 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia was a homosexual. During the offseason in March 2004, Owens believed he was a free agent and reached a contract agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles, but the 49ers, believing they still had the rights to T.O, traded him to the Baltimore Ravens. The three teams reached a settlement before Owen’s case went to arbitration.

Philadelphia Eagles: On November 15, 2004, T.O appeared in an introductory skit for Monday Nigh Football with Desperate Housewives actresses Nicollette Sheridan. In the skit, Sheridan removes her towel in front of T.O, which outraged many for being too sexually suggestive. Problems first started between T.O and the Eagles during the 2004 season after he played hurt during the Eagles trip to Super Bowl XXXIX and did not think he received enough attention. T.O publicly criticized Eagles QB Donovan McNabb saying he got tired during the Super Bowl and that the Eagles would be undefeated if Brett Farve was QB. After continued outlandish public comments on McNabb and Eagles coaching staff, T.O was suspended for four games during the 2005 season and was later released by Philadelphia.

Dallas Cowboys: After singing with the Cowboys four days after his departure from the Eagles, T.O said he would try and maintain a low profile in Dallas. During his three seasons with Dallas, T.O had public spats with QB Tony Romo, blaming him for later being released by the team and even told reporters that he wished Jessica Simpson, Romo’s girlfriend at the time, would stop attending the games. Even during the Cowboys’ bye-week, Owens stole headlines by overdosing on hydrocodone in what many believe was an attempted suicide. T.O downplayed the event and criticized police for taking advantage of him to get media attention. During the Cowboys’ game against During a December 16, 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons, T.O spit on DeAngelo Hall after a play early in the game. The NFL later fined Owens $35,000 for the incident. After the 2007 season, Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells announced his retirement, when asked to comment on the situation, T.O told reporters he did not learn anything from the legendary coach.The Cowboys chose to release Owens in March of 2009. Owens claimed he learned of his departure by watching ESPN and was said to be blinded by the Cowboys.

After a brief stint with the Buffalo Bills, T.O will be in a Bengals uniform come August with other eccentric WR Ochocinco. Sounds like these guys need their own TV show… together.

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