Sports Kabob – 2/3

Feb 3, 2010, 9:57 PM | Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 4:27 pm

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:

Joey Logano raced to his second NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown victory Saturday night, holding off 16-year-old Sergio Pena.
Unfortunately, because it was the Toyota All Star Showdown, Logano’s trophy was immediately recalled

Nude photos of Greg Oden have been leaked online and Oden has apologized for the scandal.
While the incident hurts Oden’s credibility as a role model, it does give him a possible future as a Massachusetts senator

Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $50,000 by the team Tuesday for making an obscene gesture at a mixed martial arts event last weekend.
Ryan apologized for the gesture and said he simply lost his composure after finding out that the venue’s snack bar didn’t serve gravy

The Academy Award nominations were announced this week and Avatar led all films with 9 nominations
Avatar should not be confused with the other movie about someone living vicariously through a much bigger, better, stronger version of himself: “The Archie Manning Story”

Kurt Warner retired after 12 seasons in the NFL. Warner will be known for turning around two terrible franchises in the Rams and Cardinals, and taking them to the Super Bowl
Warner really has his work cut out for him now though, as he has accepted the position of Director of Programming at NBC

Breaking more than a decade of silence, former U.S. coach Steve Sampson says he dropped John Harkes two months before the 1998 World Cup because the captain was having an affair with the wife of teammate Eric Wynalda.
Sampson said he first became suspicious when he overheard Harkes bragging that he had slipped one past the goalie, and the team hadn’t even played a game that day

Longtime head of the Professional Bull Riders Inc. Randy Bernard, the new CEO of the Indy Racing League, admits he knows next to nothing about racing.
In fact, he confesses that he was only hired because when he said he was the head of “PBR”, the racing league thought they would get free beer

Seattle added a needed, veteran right-handed bat to its roster signing Eric Byrnes to a one-year deal on Friday two weeks after he was let loose by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While some analysts thought Byrnes would not be signed to a new deal, many Diamondback fans knew that he would pop up somewhere

The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series and perhaps institute a college football playoff
Of course, Obama admitted that he’d compromise to keep the BCS pretty much the way it is, as long as he could say he passed the bill

Tom Watson says Tiger Woods needs to “show some humility to the public” when he returns to golf after sorting out his personal life.
Although, I thought it was Tiger showing his “humility” to too many people that got him in trouble to begin with?

That’s all for this week, leave comments and remember this is Jarrett Carlen revealing the shocking news that I am actually the Smoke Monster!

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

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