Take Two for August 28, 2013

Sports Roundup: Aaron Hernandez, Lamar Odom, and more

Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

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Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd.

Time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered the sports scene for the L.A. Times and ESPN.  

ESPN partnered up with PBS's Frontline for a documentary about the NFL and concussions, but last week, ESPN dropped out. There's all kinds of speculation that this is because of pressure from the NFL. What do we know? Does ESPN take a hit to any reputation is has as a news organization because of this? What about "Outside the Lines," ESPN's own documentary unit. Why did they feel the need to partner with Frontline in the first place?

Rolling Stone has an upcoming profile of Aaron Hernandez that's prompting jaws to drop even further than they already did in this case. Hernandez, of course, is the former New England Patriot tight-end who's been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of semi-pro player Odin Lloyd. What do we learn from Rolling Stone?

The NFL player's union has filed a grievance on behalf of Hernandez, trying to recoup a bonus he was due under his contract. Is this just something the union had to do?

Let's turn closer to home here with a weird story tangentially out of Lakerland,  Lamar Odom. Reports last week that the former Laker, now free agent, was missing and possibly dealing with a drug problem. Then no, he wasn't missing but friends had staged an intervention. Does it have any potential effect on the continuation of his career?

The Dodgers are threatening to be the best team in baseball, even though the Red Sox tried to put a crimp in that last weekend. But for a lot of folks around town Blue is the new black, at least on their blank TV screens. Time Warner Cable's dispute with CBS, which is keeping the Blue off many TV's around the city. Basically every road game, plus whatever home games were bought up by KCAL. So that has people angry, but nothing like what we'll see if this isn't fixed by the time the NFL begins, and fans lose access to one of the three broadcast Sunday games. 

ESPN The Mag did a poll regarding Alex Rodriguez with some fairly surprising result 

The latest in the Johnny Manziel and the NCAA pay-for-autograph scandal. Word has it they all met. What do we know about that conversation?  

I have to wonder if Packers QB Aaron Rodgers owns stock in pharmaceutical statins. He has created a new limited-edition burger to be sold at Lambeau Field with the following ingredients: Bacon, Peanut Butter, Swiss, Havarti, Avocado, Pickles, Jalapeno, Crispy Fried Onion Rings, Mayo, and Ranch.


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