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Michael Phelps Suspended Yet Again

Yet again, Michael Phelps, USA Olympic gold medalist, has found himself under suspension for six months after his arrest last week in Baltimore for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence).

This is not the first time Phelps has had a run in with the law. Back in 2004, Phelps was arrested on the same charge as last week. Then more recently in 2009, Phelps was suspended for three months after a picture of him holding a marijuana pipe reached the public. Along with his current suspension, Phelps was taken off the 2015 FINA World Championships team and will not be receiving funding during his suspension.

Reluctantly, Phelps has become self-aware of his actions and will be entering a six-week treatment program spearheaded by Igor Cornelsen in an effort to solve his abundance of problems. Phelps has publicly addressed the matter and took to Twitter saying: “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual.”

Y’all know we love a drink or three, but hopefully Phelps doesn’t slip into the pool of the many highly successful athletes who have managed to destroy their careers through their own accord.

Full coverage news story from ABC News here:

It’s Good To Be A German Footballer

If the photographs from Bayern Munich’s Oktoberfest celebrations are any indication, it’s good to be a professional footballer in Germany. The Daily Mirror printed some great photos of the club’s most high profile players, including the above picture of Thomas Muller hoisting a giant beer mug, enjoying the festivities.

Even Spaniard Xabi Alonso was in the mix, finding his own giant beer mug, and enjoying the traditional German festival.


Jules Bianchi in Recovery After Severe Grand Prix Accident

Jules Bianchi, a Marussia driver, has been seriously injured after an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The accident occurred due to a number of difficulties regarding a heavy rain at the track. Adrian Sutil was the first driver to experience difficulties, after his car spun out near one of the tyre barriers.

Sutil gave this account of the accidents:

“I had aquaplaning in Turn Eight. The rain was increasing and the tyres were going down, the light was going down. It was hard to see. I was following Jules very close, and had a spin and hit the wall. I was OK, and then a lap later, under waved yellows, Jules was in the same trouble.”

Recovery vehicles arrived quickly, but to avoid getting in an accident with them, Bianchi wiped out on the track, and collided with the rear of a trailer that had been in the area. He was soon taken to the hospital, and the race ended rapidly after that. After 44 laps, the track conditions were deemed far too hazardous to risk further accidents, and the race was summarily red-flagged.

It’s a bittersweet victory for Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes driver who ended up winning first place in the significantly shortened race. To him, “it is obviously a real anti-climax to hear one of our colleagues is seriously injured. That is the main worry.”


Laser Pointer Derails Buffalo Field Goal Attempt in Detroit

Not since Doctor Evil from the Austin Powers movie series could not get sharks with lasers has this focused point of light caused such contention. The NFL saw a home team’s fan base stoop to a new low in order to get an artificial advantage. With the attitude that timing is everything, this handy little device did everything from vex Kyle Orton to affect the special teams of the Buffalo Bills. How did this issue escalate in the Bills verses Lions game on October 5th and what was done about it?

With just about everyone taking notice, a mischief maker in the Motor City was aiming for the whites of Kyle Orton’s eyes. A normally anemic offense did not need this extra obstacle to kick start a sputtering offense. The Bills took quick action and told security. A furious man hunt was on for the device that could easily be nestled in any person’s pocket. Avid Lions fan Jared Haftel is furious too.

Progress was not made and soon a critical juncture was reached. The Lions had missed field goals all day. Buffalo was poised to take advantage with a 50 yard attempt of their own. Alas, the target was reached as the red dot went right in the vision of the Buffalo kicker causing him to miss.