Win the Weekend: How Many TCU Players Failed Their Drug Tests?
Plus, Josh Hamilton's first interview since his relapse, El Paso's Komen Race, and George H.W. Bush's hosiery.
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How Many TCU Players Actually Failed the Drug Tests?
Comments about a drug test given to the TCU football team by two players arrested as part of Wednesday’s big drug-dealing bust were probably hyperbole.
“What can they do? Eighty-two people failed it,” safety Devin Johnson (pictured above) had said to an undercover police officer about the February 1 test, reportedly given after a prized recruit declined to join the Horned Frogs program due to his discomfort with drug use among the team.
A source told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram‘s Stefan Stevenson that only five players failed the drug test, with eleven showing trace amounts that were within the margin of error. And 86 players passed the test.
“There was definitely a small group of guys using weed but nothing more than that,” a second source, identified as an unnamed player, told Stevenson.
Meanwhile, Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy suggested that the whole thing might be overblown: “A few grow-your-own pot smokers and a couple of pill peddlers don’t add up to a severely dangerous drug problem, or justify ballyhoo usually reserved for the decennial change of sports conferences.”
Komen Foundation Races March on
The first Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure since the controversy involving the Dallas-based charity and Planned Parenthood is in El Paso this Sunday.
Corrie McLagan of Reuters reported that some people had second thoughts about participating this year, but those concerns seem to have largely dissipated, especially since the two organizations have made up.
While nobody can really say for sure until the race actually happens, El Paso’s News Channel 9 reported that the race organizers are speculating there could be as many as 15,000 participants, up from 12,000 last year.
Josh Hamilton’s “Makeover”
On Wednesday, Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton did his first one-on-one interview since his well-publicized relapse with GBTV, the network of the now Texas-based former Fox News host Glenn Beck.
Hamilton did not actually speak with Beck, but rather his own friend and pastor, Dr. James Robison of LIFE Outreach International.
Hamilton said he was undergoing a “Josh Hamilton makeover” and was focused on “doing things right a day at a time.” He also acknowledged that he’s taking this latest relapse more seriously than the last one, which he dismissed as “just one night” without examining why it happened or might again.
George Bush Wears Garish Socks
(Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle)
Who doesn’t love that picture, taken this past January at the Houston Marathon?
As Tony Freemantle of the Houston Chronicle reported, the 87-year-old former President, who is often in a wheelchair now due to a condition called lower body parkinsonism, has become a “colored socks fan” who has even started giving them away as gifts.
Wrote Freemantle: “He has green and black striped socks. Pink and salmon striped socks. Orange socks with yellow polka dots. Socks with the American flag. Orange and pink socks. Blue striped socks with lavender accents at the top.”
“I suspect some people think this old boy is a little strange,” Bush said.
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