The big story of the day comes from the SEC, but it would not go under the category of a “feel-good” story.

Former Arkansas standout and current Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones was arrested on felony drug charges. and is currently free on $2,500 bold.

Arkansas police said the former Razorbacks standout was seen on Arkansas’s campus chopping up cocaine with a credit card inside his car and when police approached the former first round pick, officers had to withdraw their weapons because Jones refused to raise his hands.

If convicted, Jones faces jail time and at the very least, will more than likely be released from the Jaguars.

Jones’ story is a sad twist in what has been a disappointing professional career. After proving to be a workout machine in the NFL Draft combines, the QB, turned WR’s stock skyrocketed all the way into the first round.

But since being in Jacksonville, Jones has been unable to prove himself to be a legit star receiver in the professional ranks, having just 101 catches in his three seasons.

I hope that there is a silver lining to this story, but it seems as though Jones was caught red-handed. I hope that if the allegations are true that the former Razorback can get back control of his life so he can resume his playing career.
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Two big stories also emerged out of the NBA today and I will tackle both of them as today is a slow day for LSU news.

We will begin with what we are sure of and that is that my team, the Houston Rockets signed veteran guard Brent Barry to a 2-year deal worth $1.8 million per season. The signing comes a few months after the team swung and missed on Barry in the middle of this past season after he was bought out of his contract by the Sonics.

All-in-all, this is huge for the Rockets. Barry proved in the NBA Playoffs that he can be an elite role player when his team has stars who demand double teams. With the Rockets, if a team chooses to send two defenders at either Yao Ming or Tracy McGrady, Rockets coach Rick Adelman can counter with both Steve Novak and Barry, giving Clutch City the ability to stretch the floor better than any team in the NBA.

The second story of the day is speculation, but if it turns out to be true, we can crown the 2009 NBA champion now. According to numerous media reports, the Lakers and Kings are in trade discussions about a move that would potentially send Kings forward Ron Artest to Hollywood in exchange for Lakers Point Forward Lamar Odom.

If this goes down, the Lakers will be overwhelming favorites to win the championship next season. With Artest in the fold, the Lake-Show will be able to have someone to match up with Paul Pierce, while also having back Andrew Bynum to match up with Kevin Garnett in the paint, thus switching the balance of power in that series, should the two meet again.

Sure, Artest is not a model citizen and is not . . . How can I put this . . . SANE, but he is a terrific basketball player who seems to play his best basketball on the biggest stages.

This is a trade that works for both teams, as Artest is sure to be gone from Sac-Town following next season anyway, so getting Odom for him is a much better alternative than losing him to free agency.

I will have some juicy Hornets gossip in tomorrow’s post.
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So far we’ve been on both the left and right coasts in our new Top 10 list, having visited Florida State and Oregon’s home fields. Today we stop in the heart-land of the country and also the heart-land of Big 12 country. For the No. 8 stadium on our list, let’s visit the corn fields of Nebraska and Memorial Stadium.

No. 8 College Football stadium most difficult for opposing teams to play in: Memorial Stadium (Nebraska)

We often hear that something is the “toughest ticket in town,” but indeed Nebraska football tickets are the toughest ticket in town as the team has sold out an NCAA-record 288 straight games dating back to the 1962 season.

As the home of the Cornhuskers since the 1920s, Memorial Stadium has seen many renovations and additions in its long and storied history and has ballooned from a 31,080 capacity stadium to the 85,500 it holds today.

But regardless of the changes in appearance of the stadium or the changes in the playing surface on the field, the one constant remains that Memorial Stadium is a tough place for opposing teams to go into and leave with a win and that is good enough to land this Midwestern Mecca on our list.

Check back tomorrow to see the next stop on our tour of the Top 10 stadiums in all of college football.
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Headlines:

Howard’s 2 homers anchor Phil’s win – Seriously, has there ever been a player with a .234 batting average that is on pace to strike out 200 times that is this damned good? Howard is Mr. Everything for the Phils, despite his black-eyes, having 27 dingers and 83 RBIs on the year. Can a sub .250 hitter really win MVP? We may just find out.


M’s cut Sexson and put Bedard on DL
– Just when you think this team has hit rock-bottom, they find a way to sink deeper into the quick sand. My question is this: Ichiro is approaching his mid 30’s. If the right offer comes, should they explore moving him?

Kings’ Miller suspended 5 games for drug breech – From what I understand if I remember this correctly from the Chris Anderson suspensions, you are not suspended unless if it’s your third or fourth violation, so this is more serious than it seems on the surface. I hope Miller can get things right before it becomes too late.
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That’s all for me. I hope you all have a blessed weekend.

P.S. In a few days, I will be adding a pod cast segment once a week to my show. It will be called the “Fan’s Five” and the premise of the show is I will take five emails from you, the fans, and will answer them. They can be about any subject — LSU, MLB, NBA, NFL, etc…, but I warn that I will try to answer one question per sport. The show will last around 30 minutes, and will be a great addition to our family here at the Palace.

IF you want your questions to be featured on the first show, send them to gisclaircasey@gmail.com and I will let you know if your question has been chosen.

Come football season, I will be adding some subscription-only insider content pertaining to LSU and SEC football, so if I choose your question, I will give you a free subscription.

So keep your eyes open for that.

Take care and Geaux Tigers!

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