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July 25, 2007|From SportsBusiness Daily

Monday's monologue from NBC "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno:

"It was a hot day. I was sweating like Michael Vick asking for a doggie bag.... Falcons [quarterback] Michael Vick has been indicted for running a dogfighting ring out of a house he owns. I think he's getting a little bit desperate too. Today, he gave all his dogs peanut butter to keep them from talking. The evidence looks pretty bad against him. His only chance of getting off now: an all-cat jury. You know what I think the judge should do to Michael Vick? He should

"Let's see what's going on in the NBA, or as they're calling it now, the National Betting Assn. This is a huge scandal. The FBI is investigating charges one referee, a man named Tim Donaghy, may have bet on basketball games over the past two seasons, including some games he officiated.

"See, I knew there was an explanation for the Clippers making the playoffs a couple of years ago. This is being called the most awkward day for the NBA since Father's Day. There's now speculation that Donaghy may implicate other referees or even league officials because he has reportedly hired a Florida attorney who specializes in defending whistleblowers. But aren't all referees whistleblowers?

"What is happening to pro sports lately? You've got a star NFL quarterback accused of running dogfights [and] an NBA ref betting on games. What's next, are they going to tell us pro wrestling is fixed?

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