Time for another edition of my Sports Walk of Shame and Sports Hall of Honor. Three of the six entries involve the Los Angeles Rams.
First, three new entries into the Walk of Shame:
The holier-than-thou conference scheduled meaningless powder-puff games in mid-November. The playoff committee should penalize any school that does this for an easy victory.
Here is the list for Nov. 17:
The Citadel at Alabama
Idaho at Florida
Liberty at Auburn
UMass at Georgia
Rice at LSU
UAB at Texas A&M
Chattanooga at South Carolina
And I really hope one of the underdogs wins.
LA Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald
After the 36-31 victory over the Seahawks ended Sunday at the Coliseum, Donald was on the sideline. Instead shaking hands with the opponents and just walking to the locker room, Donald put his helmet back on and jogged across the field to confront Seattle center Justin Britt.
During he game, Britt shoved Donald moments after Donald stepped out of bounds while running downfield. That caused the first altercation between them. Who knows what happened in the trenches, but putting your helmet back on after the game to start an altercation doesn’t exactly make you look tough or brave.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy
After defensive back Thabo Mwaniki announced he was transferring from OSU, Gundy went on a rant about all transfers, saying it’s “liberalism” and being a “snowflake”.
Obviously, Gundy is injecting his political opinions, which is fine, except in this case it’s not appropriate.
For years, college athletes were glorified slaves to the school they signed with initially, regardless of how they were treated or how much they played. Now coaches like Gundy are all butt-hurt and whine over players opting to try to improve their situation.
But no one says anything about coaches, many of whom like Gundy ($5 million in 2018) make millions of dollars, leaving one school for another to make more money or coach at a bigger and better school. They also leave behind all the kids they recruited and no doubt made assurances to about signing with that school.
And ending on a high not, here are entries into the Sports Hall of Honor:
The Rams front office
After learning the team would get an extra home game Monday night because the field in Mexico City is a quagmire, the Rams announced they would give away tickets to first responders to the California fires and the shooting in Thousand Oaks.
Rams offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth
Whitworth donated his game check Sunday – a whopping $540,000 -- to the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting.
Matt and Sybi Kucher
PGA golfer Zach Johnson had a big problem when his caddie, Damon Green, fell ill in the middle of the opening round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic last week in Mexico.
No worries. Matt Kuchar said his wife, Sybi, would be happy to step in and carry the bag for Johnson. Sybi is no amateur. She has caddied for her husband several times over the years.
Call it karma, but Matt went on to win the tournament, his first PGA Tour victory in four years.