Josh Helmuth delivers the top sports stories of the past weekend.
An investigation led by the NFL revealed that the New Orleans Saints were involved in a bounty program intended to injure opposing players. Reportedly led by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and involving up to 27 players, the pool reached a height of $50,000 or more in 2009, the year the Saints won the Super Bowl. Knockouts were worth $1,500 and Cart-offs $1,000. Reportedly the same system was in place when Williams was in Washington, coaching for the Redskins as well. Some players declare this kind of thing has been going on forever. I call it Boxing, UFC, Mortal Kombat.
Major League Baseball has expanded it's playoff system. The format changes from 8 teams, to 10 – adding one more Wild Card team from each league. The catch: both of the Wild Card teams will face off in a one-game playoff to decide who gets to play in the division series. So while two extra teams get in, essentially the Wild-Card round will be like a fight to the death play-in game. Fair? Maybe not. Dramatic? Extremely. Just imagine if the Rays win the AL east and the Yankees and Red Sox have to fight it out to make the Division Series. Heads will explode!
The St. Louis Rams have the number two pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and they're trading it away. With the Colts expected to take Stanford stud quarterback Andrew Luck, the number two pick has turned into the RG3 sweepstakes – the right to pick up Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, out of Baylor. Rams GM Les Snead said he won't give a number, but that 'multiple teams' have contacted the team about trading for the number two pick. Because the Rams already have Sam Bradford at quarterback, they're hoping to get a different first round pick, along with multiple picks from the 2nd round and/or future picks.
After a 36 hour delay, Matt Kenseth took the Daytona 500 in the weeee hours of Tuesday morning. While Denny Hamlin won in Phoenix on Sunday. The St.Louis Cardinals signed Yadier Molina to a 5 year contract worth 75 million, making him the second highest paid catcher in the game. And the Nets' Deron Williams dropped 57 on the Bobcats Sunday – the highest point total in the NBA this season.
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