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Sports Kabob – 12/16

Ladies and gentlemen (and especially ladies), welcome to the Sports Kabob, a skewered look at the world of sports and pop culture.

Here are the top stories:

Robert Kraft, asked about the Carolina Panthers’ accusations that Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss did not go full speed in Sunday’s game, stood by Moss. “I can only speak for myself. I really believe him, and support him,” Kraft told the Boston Herald
Of course, Kraft also said that he really believes that Tiger Woods is a virgin

A Canadian doctor who has treated golfer Tiger Woods and many other pro athletes is under a joint U.S.-Canadian investigation for possibly providing performance-enhancing drugs.
Of course, it should be pointed out that the performance enhancing drug rumored to have been given to Tiger was not a steroid, it was Viagra

Tiger Woods was selected Wednesday as the Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press.
And, in addition to that honor, Woods was also selected as the Athlete of the Decade by members of Hustler magazine

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest gave Tiger Woods his support Tuesday, explaining in a blog post that he has made similar mistakes as the superstar golfer.
So apparently on top of everything else, it has now come out that Tiger Woods once beat up several fans during a tournament and used to drink alcohol while playing

Sports card and memorabilia maker Upper Deck Co. said Tuesday it will continue its relationship with Tiger Woods.
Not only that, to support Tiger, the company will be changing its name from Upper Deck to Back Seat

Former Bills quarterback JP Losman is returning to the NFL after a stint in the upstart UFL. He has signed with the Oakland Raiders
Losman said that after his time in the UFL, he was looking forward all year to returning to the highest level of football…but instead will settle for playing for the Raiders

Illinois insurance executive Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty Tuesday to secretly shooting nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who repeatedly called her stalker a sexual predator in court
And to make matters worse, Barrett is also being sued by a generation of teenage boys who have gone blind from over watching the Andrews video

As Mesa continues efforts to keep the Chicago Cubs, the city is prepared to spend up to $750,000 for new batting cages at the team’s spring training complex at Fitch Park.
And as added incentive to stay, officials say Cubs team members can play any golf course in Mesa during the team’s normally slow month of October

NFL rushing leader Chris Johnson says speedy Miami Dolphins receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was a no-show when they arranged a foot race during a pool party on Miami Beach. The subject arose during a conference call Wednesday with South Florida media
However, after only hearing the words “race” and “media”, the Reverend Al Sharpton did show up

Two Missouri women’s basketball players suspended after an off-campus fight will not face criminal charges for allegedly beating up a male cheerleader.
However, the male cheerleader will face years and years of relentless ridicule from his peers

That’s all for this week, leave comments and remember this is Jarrett Carlen commending the Cardinals for their holiday spirit. After watching them commit 7 turnovers on Monday, it’s clear that they understand this is the season of giving.

For more of my observations on the world of sports, as well as politics, entertainment and current events, follow me on twitter @JarrettGC.