"Lindsay said in a statement. 'My goals are to compete hard, to be a productive member of the team and to do whatever I can to help Ohio State win championships.'"
-Tim May, The Columbus Dispatch
Chad Lindsay, the recent four-year graduate from Alabama who transferred to Ohio State this year is eager to help out in any way he can to help the Buckeyes get that elusive championship. I can't say I expected any other type of statement from Lindsay, but it's also nice to hear from him about coming to Columbus.
With the offensive line being one of the weaker positions on the team, adding Lindsay will help out immediately, both in his experience and filling another starting spot. His presence will also allow younger linemen to improve their skills, without being thrown into the fire from the start.
"All for one letter change?" Whitner said Wednesday at the Browns' second day of minicamp. "I'd rather not."
-Pat McManamon, ESPN.com
Donte Whitner, the former Ohio State safety and current Cleveland Brown, has decided not to change his last name from Whitner to Hitner. Known as a big hitter around the league, Whitner was considering changing the name to expand his image.
After talking with former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson, who had once changed his last name to Ochocinco, Whitner decided to keep everything the same because of the amount of legal documents he would have to change.
"We ask that Nike live up to its dedication to inclusion, the group said in a news release. "Profiting from Native Mascotry is not being diverse; it is not being inclusive."
-Matthew Kish, Portland Business Journal
A Native American group on Monday asked Nike to stop selling merchandise that includes the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo. The group, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, is looking to put an end to Chief Wahoo after a Twitter campaign with the hashtag "#Dechief" and the Indians' logos with Wahoo removed from them.
Nike has not yet responded to the situation. I put this under the same category as the troubles the Washington Redskins have faced. It seems it will only be a matter of time before the Redskins and Indians will have to do away with the offensive names or mascots.
"Winston: I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I'm taking full responsibility. In a moment of youthful ignorance, I walked out of the store without paying for one of my items."
-Bud Elliott, Tomahawk Nation
In one of the most off-season-ish stories of the year thus far, Jameis Winston was issued a citation on Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs from Publix. Winston was then suspended from the Florida State baseball team until he finishes his community service.
Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher backed the baseball suspension: "I fully support Coach Martin's decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will." Of course, with any big story as odd as this one, the Internet responded accordingly.
I strongly recommend taking a look through those top tweets put together by SB Nation. My personal favorite from the list? Probably this one.
STICK TO SPORTS
- This is what happens when you don't support Columbus public television.
- Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay agree on the best running back prospect in this year's NFL Draft. Here's a hint: English translation? "The Handsome One."
- Another great photoshop of FSU quarterback Jameis Winston.