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I’m a bit surprised that this story isn’t making more news. An Indiana man is suing the Pacers, their mascot and claiming injury when he took part in a free throw contest.

What the article says is, “the lawsuit states that Jackson began to leave the basketball court but was tackled from behind by the team’s mascot, “Boomer,” a 6-foot-tall blue cat with gold whiskers.”

After reading this lawsuit in its entirety, I’m a bit surprised by the media’s handling of this incident. What was presented was a much more scaled down version of the events of that night. Surprisingly, the media did not cover the thuggish actions of several Indiana Pacer ballplayers. Thankfully, we here at Joboo believe in several things, one of them being presenting the information to the public.

Oh, who the hell am I kidding, I saw that the lawsuit was not on the internet in its entirety (I’m looking at YOU thesmokinggun…) and we decided we just had to put this gem up. The beginning is a bit stale and mostly covered in the news article, however, this thing gets entertaining when Jeff Foster hits the scene. I know I’m asking for a leap of faith, but Trust me on that one.

The PDF should hopefully have attached itself below…

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Tank Johnson was busy at Super Bowl Media Day…at least I assume so. I gather the assumption is fairly safe since media types tend to be drawn to Human Interest stories when it comes to athletes. And if anything qualifies in that realm, it’s multiple charges of gun possession and the need to have judicial permission to attend the Super Bowl.

So, Tank got some obvious attention on Media Day and reporters got to use OBVIOUSLY WITTY AND OH SO FUN AND NEVER GET OLD lines like “Tank left his arsenal in Chi-Town” in their ledes. Tank spoke with the media and mentioned how he was considering going to Subway for dinner and then turned to the company that he keeps.

“I’ve just got to keep my circle tight with the people who care about me and keep good people around me,” Tank said.

He continued to speak about how the arrest has changed his life, like Barbaro’s injury and the world we live in, for the better. Tank mentioned that the arrest “opened my eyes”, which I’m sure makes him a better person these days.

We may or may not have any reporters on the ground in Miami to cover Super Bowl week (we filed for a Media Day Press Pass, but were damn near denied when the NFL discovered that arleen removed us from her blogroll), but we do have this story to file about things that may or may not have been said regarding Tank’s eyes now being opened…And other general media day comments.

“The thing you notice about Tank, after the arrest, is his compassion,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said from his media day perch that happened to be a royal thrown donated by the Egyptians. “Ptolemy XII sat in this shit…I don’t think Denny crowned him personally, but you get the idea.”

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Roy Williams coming to you folks once again on the Internets. Ya’ll like my catch to end the ballgame against the Rams this past week? Yeah, so what if I was out of bounds? It was a hail mary at the end of a loss, you’re lucky Roy gave a damn enough to catch that ball. My recollection of that moment in 10 years will be of the catch, who cares about the scoreboard?

Now, sitting here watching this playoff contest between the Dodgers and the Mets, I’m reminded of a playoff moment from the 1980s. It was the ’88 World Series. A’s and the Dodgers. Do you remember Kirk Gibson? Well, I do. He had injured his leg in the previous series, but was ready to go in Game One of this game. He came up with the Dodgers down 4-3 and a runner on first base against Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the 9th, two outs. Everyone lives to be in a situation like this…Gibson even worked a 3-2 count, and then, it happened, the moment Roy will never forget…

Gibson swings on a backdoor slider…connects…High fly ball into right field…and a lazy can of corn into the glove of the rightfielder. Great moment, he just couldn’t produce, but, to Dennis Eckersley, a job well done and I’m sure he was celebrating.

Until next time, remember, I’m Roy Williams…Hey, in Roy’s world, the score doesn’t matter, baby. And when the score don’t matter, we have to look at the moments that could have mattered.

Since this was just a short take, feel free to check out my longer look at last year’s USC Trojans Rose Bowl Victory. 

Yes, folks, here I am, Roy Williams, coming to you at the Joboo blog. Now, some of ya’ll might be wondering why I need to come to this blog to put folks about the information. And it’s a good question. Reality is that if Roy Williams started his own blog, the amount of hits would be astronomical and without a doubt computer breaking. Even if the hit counter reads 100, you know I’ve got the potential to break down 100k plus.

First off, to all the sayers-nay, doing their thing, you seen Peter King breaking news on Chris Simms all night? Now you want to try and say the Lions going to come in last? Going to be the only 0 for 16 squad? Please, Ya’ll can kiss Roy’s ass on that. Prediction: I ain’t gonna lose my damn spleen.

Hell yes that is a guarantee.

Now, I’m not here just to guarantee victory against the St. Louis Rams this week, I’m here for a purpose. You know ESPN Classic. Of course you do. This is like a written version of ESPN Classic. Seein’ games through the eyes of Roy Williams. Tonight, I take a look back at the Rose Bowl to end last season’s college football season.

I take the time to reflect on USCs 52 – 33 win over the Texas Longhorns. An epic game, I hope I can do it justice.

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