You can't take lying kneeling down


There's taking one for the team, and then there's the punishment devised at a school in Alabama.

Shawn Rider, a pitcher at Bevill State Community College, missed a practice and then lied to coach Ed Langham about where he had been. Once the truth came out, it didn't exactly set Rider free.

Langham had Rider put on a catcher's mask and chest protector, then told him to kneel about 45 feet from a pitching machine, according to a report in The Birmingham News. While Rider stayed in place with his hands behind his back, the coach set the machine to fire 80 to 90 mph fastballs at the player, the report says.

The result - surprise! - was multiple bruises on Rider's arms and collarbone.

Rider called the police about the incident and went to an emergency room for treatment.

Bevill's athletic director is checking things out and has not taken any action against Langham.

"He's been here 10 years, and nothing has ever come up with him," AD Russell Howton told the News. "He runs a pretty clean-cut program."

Black and blue, but clean.

Read all about it

Far be it from Mr. Flip to criticize other publications. However, he did wonder about those newspapers that heralded Tuesday's presidential election result with a headline that read, "Oh-Bama!" They have just robbed themselves of a perfectly good headline should Alabama go on to finish undefeated and win a national title.

Lie for us

Remember that kerfuffle between the Cleveland Browns and Kellen Winslow a few weeks ago? Winslow was going to be suspended by the team for conduct detrimental to the team because he spoke out about having been stricken by a staph infection, something that had been an issue for other Browns players.

All of a sudden, you remember - Mr. Flip admires your memory, by the way, but repeats stuff anyhow - the suspension was dropped and things were hunky-dory. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, there was more to it than that.

A Browns public relations official had sent Winslow text messages advising him to make up some other illness besides staph when he talked to the media. After Winslow showed top club officials the text messages, the suspension went away.

And justice for all. Mr. Flip just loves a happy ending.

Good seats still available

You won't quite be seeing a sea of orange when Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State on Nov. 29 for the rivalry game known as the Bedlam. The stadium in Stillwater will have about 15,000 empty seats.

And, as with many things in sports, this is all about money.

This year, Oklahoma State initiated a policy that forced fans who want seats at the OU game to buy season tickets.

"The strategy isn't about the short-term consequences of empty seats for the 2008 Bedlam game but the long-term success of athletics at OSU," associate athletic director Craig Clemons wrote, according to The Oklahoman. "If we are to compete for championships in the Big 12 Conference, we must sell more season tickets."

The school did set a record by selling more than 39,000 season tickets, but each one goes for a minimum of $245, and a purchase of four is required.

To which Mr. Flip can only reply: Boomer Sooner!

Compiled by Sun news service and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who doesn't like attending sporting events, because someone is always complaining how his bag is blocking the view.

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