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  1. Naughty kids lose gifts to eBay 09:12 AM CST on Friday, December 24, 2004 Associated Press HOUSTON - The father of three children went from playing Santa Claus to playing the Grinch after he determined his children were being naughty instead of nice, and taught them a lesson on by auctioning their presents on eBay. And they'd better watch out -- the tree may come down, too. A Pasadena information technology specialist decided to auction the presents because the youngsters, ages 9, 11, and 15, had misbehaved. "One thing we teach around this house," said the man, who asked the Houston Chronicle not to reveal his name, "is that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people." "BAD CHILDREN get no Nintendo DS. Santa will skip our house this year," the man announced in his eBay posting to sell three DS systems with PictoChat and Metroid. Also offered were three games for use with the system. "No kidding. Three undeserving boys have crossed the line. Tonight we sat down and showed them what they WILL NOT get for Christmas this year. I'll be taking the tree down tomorrow." Thursday night, the auction wound down with bidding at $465.01 -- below the price the man had set. "If you don't buy them, we'll return them to the store," the seller known online as magumbo--2000 reported on the site. The man refused to divulge his reserve price, saying late Thursday that he would probably list the items again. "These are normally really good kids," he said. But in a single day, he added, the boys fought one another, used vulgar language and gestured obscenely. The man blamed at least part of the family discord on being lax. "It seems like we'd say what we were going to do, then bend and back off a little," the 41-year-old father said. "We'd ground them for a week, but they'd really be grounded for three days; we'd take away video games, but they would still watch television. It decayed to the point that groundings don't work, putting them in their room, timeouts don't have any effect." The man and his wife announced the possible punishment in a family meeting earlier this week. "We told them to think about what kind of brothers they were being, how they were treating their parents and what kind of men they were going to grow up to become," he said. "We told them they were destroying each other and the calm and peace in the household. It had to stop." The boys pledged to be nice, but were back to their old ways the next morning. The next evening, a second family meeting was held to announce that about $700 in video games would be sold on the computer auction site. The oldest boy, the man said, responded with a challenge to carry out the threat. The father said his wife has been in tears since the final showdown. "I don't do it outwardly," he said, "but I'm crying on the inside." This text is invisible on the page, but this text is affected by the invisible item's flow. This text is invisible on the page, but this text is affected by the invisible item's flow.
  2. Vick Agrees to $100 Million, 10-Year Deal Michael Vick couldn't be happier. The Atlanta Falcons offered him the ultimate show of respect with a 10-year contract that guarantees the star quarterback an NFL-record $37 million in bonuses and is worth more than $100 million. "It is, man. It is," Vick said with a smile on Thursday. "You know, making a commitment says a lot, not just to me, but to our team. It means a lot to me." Vick told The Associated Press two hours before a scheduled news conference to announce the deal that his agent, Joel Segal, reached an agreement in principle with Falcons general manager Rich McKay after Atlanta's overtime victory over Carolina on Saturday night. Vick confirmed that the deal is worth over $100 million. "I just went out and played my game and didn't worry about it," Vick said. "I just left in the hands of my agent and my attorneys (to) take it from there." Vick's contract surpasses the $98 million deal Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning signed in March. Manning was guaranteed $34.5 million in bonuses. According to a league official who requested anonymity, Vick reached incentives in his original contract, a six-year, $62 million deal, that would have allowed him to void the 2005 and 2006 seasons next month. Had he done so, the 24-year-old Vick would have become an unrestricted free agent on March 2. Vick's new deal was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on its Web site. "We've said on numerous occasions that this franchise is committed to bringing a world championship to the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, as well as to building a sustainable winning organization consistently in the hunt," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. "Today's contract extension for Michael, in our opinion, moves us closer to achieving those goals." Vick, the No. 1 overall draft pick of 2001, has a 24-12-1 career record. He is 14-4 since returning from a broken ankle last year, and this season led the Falcons to just the third division title in franchise history. Atlanta earned a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs following the win over Carolina and Green Bay's loss to Jacksonville. The Falcons (11-3) visit New Orleans on Sunday, but Vick missed his second straight practice Thursday because of an injured left shoulder. Rookie Matt Schaub hasn't been told he will start, but the third-round pick from Virginia is prepared to do so. If he does play, Schaub won't try to play like Vick, who leads the NFL with 7.6 yards per carry. Schaub, like many of his teammates, considers Vick to be a freak of nature. "Yeah, pretty much," Schaub said. "I always thought he was watching him on TV, but seeing it up close every day is something else." Vick, chosen Wednesday to his second Pro Bowl, needs 80 yards to break the single-season record for rushing by a quarterback, set by Chicago's Bobby Douglass in 1972. In a Week 8 victory at Denver, Vick became the first player in league history to rush for 100 yards and pass for 250 in a single game.
  3. AS a Washington Redskins fan, I hope the Cowboys put all there eggs in the Tim Chang basket. He is system quarterback, like Andre Ware , Ty Detmer and All of the tech qbs.
  4. UT RB Hardeman charged with drug possession, suspended 03:44 AM CST on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 By CHIP BROWN / The Dallas Morning News AUSTIN – Texas backup running back Erik Hardeman has been suspended indefinitely from the team after being charged with possession of a controlled substance – a second-degree felony – and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Austin Police Department, Hardeman was arrested and charged after the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over by undercover officers for failing to signal a turn in North Austin just after midnight last Tuesday. According to the affidavit, Hardeman was one of three people in the car and was found to be in possession of 20 grams of cocaine and less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Hardeman, who was not driving the vehicle, was also found to be carrying $3,774 in cash, according to the affidavit. If convicted, Hardeman could face up to 20 years in prison and or a $10,000 fine on the felony charge. He faces up to 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine on the misdemeanor charge. Hardeman posted $15,500 bail for the two charges and was released about 7:30 a.m. last Tuesday, according to officials at the Travis County Jail. Hardeman couldn’t be reached for comment and, according to court records, didn’t have an attorney as of Monday. Hardeman, a redshirt freshman who was highly touted out of Pflugerville High School, wasn’t cleared academically to play this season and has yet to see action for Texas. Hardeman practiced with the team this season but was allowed to stop practicing with the team six weeks ago to focus on his academics. Texas coach Mack Brown learned of Hardeman’s arrest Sunday and said Hardeman would be suspended indefinitely, “pending the outcome of the legal process.” Hardeman appeared to be a strong contender along with Selvin Young and Ramonce Taylor to replace senior running back Cedric Benson next season. But now his status on the team is in jeopardy. E-mail chipbrown@dallasnews.com
  5. First off I do not want to sound like I’m making excuses, but Texas is ranked 14 in the nation for a reason. They are a talented deep team that plays exceptional on offense and even better on defense (NT shot just 31 percent from the field and hit only 5-of-28 threes). If NT had just shot decent from the field, it would have been respectable. I was also impressed with Isaac Hines rebounding. We should have a chance to win the next 3. @ UT-Pan Am- (12-11), Southern (12-16), Southeast Missouri State (12-22).
  6. Some scantly-clad full-sized posters Brooke Burke Jenna Jameson Carmen Electra Gwenaelle Chauveau
  7. JayDub, What NT female athlete aren't you in love with? Heck what female aren't you in love with??
  8. ARE YOU ON CRACK? We are losing our quarterback, two offensive lineman, tight end, wide receiver (5). The entire starting front 4 and three of the four defensive backs (7). We are also losing our punter and deep snapper (2). That is 14 players out of 25 starters. These players have been crucial in the success of this program and will be missed. I would like to go 9-2 or 10-1 every year, but with the losses we are going to suffer, it is ridiculous to think that is possible. If we can go undefeated in the SunBelt next year, I would think it was Dickey's best coaching job.
  9. Welcome back, Reb! We're glad your daughter came here as well.
  10. Lets start with (in no particular order): 1. The death of Drew Smith 2. The loss of Branch & Nwigwe to grades and off the field problems. 3. The loss of Cobbs to injury 4. The graduation of six of the best players to play at NT. 5. The loss of two key coaches. Yes, we did sign Jamario, but that only negates No. 3.
  11. Former DeSoto star comes home from K-State Member of 2003 state basketball champs leaves K-State 12:54 AM CDT on Friday, September 17, 2004 By TRACY SCHULTZ / The Dallas Morning News Dez Willingham's life has changed. For the moment, anyway. After years of basketball practices and games, he is taking a break. Instead of pouring in points, Willingham is poring over books. Willingham, who in 2003 helped DeSoto to its first state championship, left Kansas State after one season. He is taking classes at Mountain View College. "It's different being a regular student," Willingham said. "But I'm just going with the flow. It's kind of nice to just go to class and go home. I work out, but it's not so structured." It's quite a change for Willingham, who helped build DeSoto into a title team. He spent four years on DeSoto's varsity. As a freshman, Willingham helped the Eagles to 18 victories. He averaged 15.3 points and eight assists in his final season and was named first-team all-state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as well as SportsDay's player of the year. At Kansas State, Willingham jumped into the mix quickly. He played in 22 games, starting 11, as a freshman. Willingham averaged 4.4 points and 2.8 assists. With Willingham, Kansas State posted a 14-14 record. It was the first time in five seasons that the Wildcats didn't finish with a losing mark. But the contributions were painful. A shoulder injury in December hindered Willingham for most of the season. Despite the pain, he kept going. The Wildcats noticed. During the team's annual awards banquet, he received the most inspirational player award. The support of the Wildcats wasn't enough, though. Neither were the visits from his parents, who traveled to all home games. Willingham was homesick. The injury only added to it. After undergoing shoulder surgery at the end of the season, Willingham was unable to participate in workouts. "It gave me a lot of time to think about stuff," Willingham said. Willingham said he realized he didn't want his parents making the 1,060-mile round trip between DeSoto and Manhattan, Kan. He didn't want to be away from them, either. "I don't think I picked the wrong place," Willingham said. "I just wasn't thinking about being so far away from home. It was hard leaving my teammates. I had fun, and it was a good experience. But I wasn't thinking about basketball. I just wanted to be closer to home." Willingham said he has requested a release from Kansas State. He plans to remain at Mountain View through the spring. He has his sights set on returning to Division I basketball after earning his associates degree. "I'm going to use this as a redshirt year," he said. "After this year, I'll be energized and ready to go."
  12. Why go there? Kevin is a hard worker, who is an asset to the team.
  13. Barnett suspended for marijuana arrest Associated Press Oct. 7, 2004 12:00 PM TUCSON, Ariz. - A freshman defensive lineman has been indefinitely suspended from the Arizona team after his second arrest on marijuana possession charges. Yaniv Barnett, 18, did not attend Wednesday's practice and is suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, said coach Mike Stoops. He was arrested Monday with three other students by university police on suspicion of marijuana possession outside Arizona Stadium, according to a police report. Sgt. Eugene Mejia, a university police spokesman, said Monday's arrest was Barnett's second on marijuana possession since September, but he had no further details on the first incident. Barnett, of Cibolo, Texas, had four tackles in three games so far this season at defensive tackle for the Wildcats.
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