In an effort to show their solidarity with the team, staffers of the Jets went outside together and did 30 pushups — 10 for each penalty committed by the team at Thursday's practice. Even fitness-oriented owner Woody Johnson joined in. "In this age of Rex [Ryan], this is so indicative of how people are willing to run through a wall for him," explained Jets executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins. The executive said fans now want to get on board as well, so a system is being developed to alert followers as to how many pushups to do each day.

Former White Sox executive David Wilder was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was skimming money off the top of contracts with prospects from the Dominican Republic. According to a report, Wilder was using the money to fund a gay bar he owned in Phoenix that was struggling financially. Wilder was the first individual charged following the FBI investigation, although representatives from other clubs — including the Red Sox and Yankees — reportedly also are under investigation.

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I love the Patriots like I love my country: In a completely biased, irrational, jingoistic, my-football-team-right-or-wrong, star-spangled championship banner-waving, “Foxboro: Love It or Leave It” bumper-sticker kind of way.



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Last week, it was Kevin Garnett who was engaged in some heated discussions with Bucks big man Andrew Bogut. Tuesday night, Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire took his turn. Stoudemire objected to what he felt was an intentional elbow from Bogut during the Bucks' 107-80 blowout win. After receiving a technical foul for taunting Bogut, Stoudemire took his argument to the Bucks bench, engaging in a back-and-forth with Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles.

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the ballot for its veterans committee, and the most prominent names are late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and his frequent sidekick, Billy Martin. Results of the voting will be announced Dec. 6. In other news from around the web, read about why Isiah Thomas' dreams of returning to the NBA may be fleeting, and why Tom Brady is being credited with another shrewd decision for taking a share of Under Armour as part of his deal to endorse the company's products.

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was furious Sunday during the Dolphins' 26-10 loss to the Ravens, but it wasn't just because of the loss. Crowder became incensed and had to be restrained by his teammates because, he later explained, Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain spit in his face. McClain denied the accusation, but Crowder was adamant after the game. "Le'Ron McClain spit in my face," he said. "That's some real [expletive], so if you talk to him tell him he's a [expletive] and if he ever comes to Miami he's got to see me. ...

Randy Moss' departure from Minnesota apparently was triggered by his rude behavior toward some employees who were catering a post-practice meal for the Vikings. This got us thinking about other infamous incidents in sports involving food. Who can forget then-Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens tossing items from a postgame buffet at a writer, an NFL assistant coach's naked trip through a fast food drive-through window, or Jim Schoenfeld's "Have another doughnut" rant at an NHL official?

Despite being coach at Florida International University, Isiah Thomas doesn't mind letting everyone know he would prefer to be in New York. In an interview with ESPN, Thomas was asked if he thought about eventually replacing 69-year-old Donny Walsh as Knicks president.

The surfing world is in shock following the death of three-time world champion Andy Irons, who was found dead Tuesday morning in a Dallas hotel room during a layover on a trip to his home in Hawaii. The 32-year-old Irons had withdrawn from a tournament in Puerto Rico because of an illness related to dengue fever, according to his sponsor, and his illness apparently worsened during his flight home.

FOXBORO — New England Revolution star forward Taylor Twellman announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium due to lingering effects from a serious concussion and neck injury in August 2008.

 

"Today is hard," the 30-year-old Twellman said. "It's unfortunate to lose your career to injury." 

 

Twellman was injured on Aug. 30, 2008, in a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy and was limited to just two games in 2009 and did not play this past season.