Players receive fewer gifts due to bad decisions

It’s possibly the most famous list in the entire world. It’s the list to see if you have been good or bad in the past year. That’s right, it’s Santa’s “naughty and nice” list. In weeks just prior to Christmas, some sports stars landed themselves on the forever feared naughty list.

The most recent publicized scandal concerned Ohio State University’s star quarterback Terrelle Pryor. This leader of OSU’s offense was caught with four of his teammates in nights just before Christmas at a tattoo parlor.

Simply getting tattooed wasn’t why he made Santa angry, though. While at the parlor, Pryor and his teammates sold awards, jerseys — and now for the big one — their championship rings.

Maybe it’s just because I’m a female and most women dream about rings and diamonds and such, but who in their right mind would sell a championship ring? Rings for which players have worked so hard, one of the biggest accomplishments in life, something they will forever be able to have and reflect on.

Not knowing what sort of scholarships these players get, it is almost certain that Pryor gets most of his schooling free, if not all. He needs to get a grasp on what is important and stop thinking about money. He’ll make enough of it in the NFL.

The result of this stupidity is the five players have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011-2012 season. The university is hoping to appeal, wanting to get the number of games reduced. The players were able to play in the Sugar Bowl Jan. 4 despite their trouble.

Someone else in the football world was not so nice in the month of December either. For this incident, it isn’t a player involved, but a staff member of the team.

In the New York Jets game against the Miami Dolphins, strength and conditioning coach for the Jets, Sal Alosi, blatantly tripped cornerback for the Dolphins, Nolan Carroll, as he ran back a punt for what would have probably been a touchdown.

Forming a wall with about five other Jet affiliates, including players, they stood as close to the field as they could without actually being on the field and did not back down as they saw Carroll sprinting toward them.

Since this very controversial incident, Alosi has officially apologized to Carroll, to the Jets and to the NFL. Apologizing didn’t help his case, however, because Alosi has been indefinitely suspended. On top of the suspension, he has also been fined $25,000.

Since this sideline scandal, the NFL has further enforced the rule of being the proper distance away from the field while the game is played.

So in the weeks before Christmas Eve as Santa was preparing his sled, he also had to make some changes to his “naughty and nice” list. Instead of these two getting what they wanted, they should have received chunks of coal.

Author: Stacy Fannin

Stacy Fannin is a junior mass communication/journalism major and is the sports editor for the newspaper. She is from Cedar Park, Texas, where she lives with her mom, little sister and adorable cat, Dusty. Stacy enjoys being with family and friends. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, Dr. Pepper, the Green Bay Packers, Texas and England. Stacy enjoys eating junk food, being around family and friends (and her cat), and talking on her phone named Jeffrey. She is a huge fan of Dr. Pepper, chocolate and of course, the Green Bay Packers!

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