Politicians love to say that the buck stops here, but who really means it? Certainly not Senator Braley, for whom the buck is just getting going. The co-owner of the Lions and Argonauts reportedly pocketed somewhere between $4.5-million and $6-million from last Sunday's Grey Cup at revamped B.C. Place, and with next year's game in Toronto carrying a standard ticket price of up to $399, that was likely just the tip of the financial iceberg.
The former "Michigan man" was doubtless over the moon to get a jump-start on the 2012 season with his new gig in Arizona this past week, but the age-old problems of coaching testosterone-fuelled student-athletes, as well as those of being a parent, remain a constant. "She's only 15," he warned his football players, according to SI.com, upon introducing daughter Raquel. "I had to tell my guys at the other school not to Facebook her." Something tells us Bear Bryant may have handled it differently.
Rightly or wrongly, the Bears quarterback got ripped last January for a lack of leadership when he took himself out of a game with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, and it seems that trait has carried over to his personal life. Asked about his re-engagement to reality star Kristin Cavallari, Cutler told ESPN Radio on Thursday that he was "kind of just along for the ride." Guess some guys just don't like wearing rings.
Soccer players have long had a reputation for being soft, and the former Liverpool winger did little to lessen that theory this week by getting intimidated by a sea sponge. Babel took offence to Bikini Bottom's most famous resident lighting up at his children's party, but once the actor playing SpongeBob SquarePants revealed himself as a recently released convict, the Dutchman meekly offered to have a puff with him. After all, you know it's not a party until you see your father smoking cigarettes with a cartoon character.
While Chicago's newest right fielder has 10 million reasons to be overjoyed at being the first signing of the Theo Epstein era in the Windy City, wife Kim was even more ecstatic at the two-year deal, calling it "like 15 Christmas mornings all piled into one day" on Twitter. Yes, because what Cubs fan doesn't want to find an injured-ravaged 32-year-old who batted .240 last season under the tree?