NY Daily NewsAn Arizona student-athlete came up short in getting away with a yearbook prank.

Red Mountain High School student Hunter Osborn, 19, faces a whopping 69 counts of indecent exposure after authorities say he flashed his genitals in the football team’s yearbook photo. …

The stiff punishment accounts for each person present at a photoshoot where Osborn let his penis hang out over the waistband of his football pants. …

Osborn defended the brazen stunt to police as a dare by his teammates. …

Some of Osborn’s peers rushed to defend their embattled classmate jailed at a Maricopa County facility during the ordeal.

“I thought it was kind of a dumb prank he did,” Zach Anthony told KNXV-TV. “…I don’t think he deserved to have his life ruined.”

I’m with Zach Anthony. Was Hunter Osborne stupid for pulling the old Brett Favre in his team photo? Absolutely. But get a group of hormonal, testosterone-fueled teenage boys together in a group big enough and eventually one of them is going to try a stupid sexual stunt of some kind. It’s not just biology. Or sociology. It’s basic math. Put enough kids in the photo and something like this is bound to happen.

It’s deep in the subconscious of teenage boys to pull dumb pranks. It probably comes from when we were still apes. Some kind of ritual behavior to make the other apes laugh and demonstrate our worth to the group or whatever. So we threw poop or pushed each other out of the tree or did stuff with our man parts. And there’s nothing like being dared by one of your peers because the lure of the dare is irresistible. To turn down a dare is to show weakness. I’m not saying it’s right or makes sense. But it’s just how 19-year-olds are wired. It’s why we have kids doing “The Shocker” in their prom pictures and my friends and I used to scribble penises on each other’s homework.

So it’s ludicrous to think this kid, dumb though he may be, is in jail for this like he’s Jared from Subway. If anyone should be locked up, it’s the teachers and administrators naive enough to approve a photo of a bunch of teenage boys without inspecting if for someone exposing themselves. If you’ve been around high school kids as long as these educators have without seeing a gag like this coming a mile away, you’re not fit to teach.

Besides, after handing down a 69-count indictment, the prosecutors are just proving what juveniles they are, too. Free Hunter Obsorne.

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The Boston GlobeThe fatal crash between a duck boat and a woman on a scooter near Boston Common Saturday has raised concerns about the safety of the large, amphibious vehicles, particularly of the sightlines for drivers who tower above traffic on busy city streets.

“Anybody can see that the duck boat has a blind spot,” said Peter Furth, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. “The driver is up high and there’s some structure of the boat blocking the view of what’s down on the ground right in front of them.”

Robert J. Mongeluzzi, a lawyer who represents the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a duck boat managed by a Philadelphia-based company last year, said drivers cannot see significant areas directly in front and behind the vehicle.

“There’s no way to make an overly large, World War II military weapon with blind spots safe to drive on city streets,” he said.

It goes without saying that a woman losing her life in an accident like this is a horrible tragedy. We all have nothing but sympathy for her family and the passenger on the scooter she was driving and wish them nothing but the sincerest condolences. So in no way is what I’m about to say should be taken as a lack of respect for them or even their attorney, who’s merely advocating for his client.

That said, is this our response to a tragic accident? To say that all duck boats are deadly and need to be taken off the road? Is that the reaction of a sane and rational society?

Look, I have no particular dog in this fight. I don’t own part of a duck boat company. I took the tour once and enjoyed it. I share the road with the vehicles the way everybody else does. I’ve enjoyed all nine championship parades we’ve witnessed in the last 15 years. Beyond that, if the industry was wiped outlawed tomorrow it wouldn’t affect my life in the slightest.

But I do have a stake in how we as a people react to things. Whenever something horrible happens and someone loses their life, we feel bad about it. And that’s a good thing. It’s what separates us from a colony of ants. But then we feel it’s necessary to do something about it. Anything. Even if it’s a gross and unnecessary overreaction, like declaring all duck boats are death traps and must be banned like they’re assault rifles with wheels.

I don’t know what the safety record is with the things. I know reports are that the driver had a bunch of speeding tickets, though no one can say that he got them while driving for duck boat. But I do know that there isn’t some horrendous track record of them wreaking havoc in the streets and causing all sorts of mayhem. But the way the news cycle is now, by the end of the week it’ll sound like that. It’s going to be like that time a Domino’s Pizza driver was involved in a fatal crash and we had a national debate about whether the “30 minutes or less” guarantee was destroying America.

There are literally a dozen or more duck boats driving around every major city every moment of every day. There will be accidents. Just like there are with ambulances, Toyotas, ice cream trucks, minivans and, yes, scooters. And if we decide that we have to react to every fatality by banning the vehicle involved, it’s going to get very quiet out there.

Again, I can’t stress enough my condolences to the loved ones of the woman who was killed. And if there’s some way to make the duck boats safer, then by all means, I’m on board. But outlawing them because of this is insanity.

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Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.
A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.
Piggy-backing on the news of Pablo Sandoval's surgery, the guys take a look at some of the all-time worst contracts in MLB history.
Bill Belichick's son, Steve, has been promoted to coach the safeties for the Pats.

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Pablo Sandoval is going under the knife, and the guys declare his contract the worst in Sox history.
The Red Sox announced that Pablo Sandoval will go under the knife, leaving him out for the rest of the season. The guys discuss the worst contracts in Red Sox history.

I haven’t lived my life as a Notre Dame supporter to not vote for whichever candidate Lou Holtz endorses. He’s a Fighting Irish legend. The man who led them to their last national championship. The moral compass of their program back in the days of their Catholics vs. Convicts rivalry with Miami. And the crazy grandpa of ESPN’s college football coverage. So you’re damned right I’m not making a decision about who should have the nuclear launch codes without getting Coach Lou’s advice.

And you have to admire Holtz’s logic. He’s played Donald Trump’s golf courses and stayed at his hotels. Therefore he knows he’s going to be the kind of president who gives the country the divot-free fairways, well-raked bunkers and perfectly cut greens we deserve. The man who’ll Make America’s Hotels Great Again. If The Donald is good enough to get endorsed by a celebrity guest who probably got a free stay-and-play package at his resort, then by god he should be good enough for you and me.

Let’s just hope Holtz goes stumping for Trump on the day of the Indiana primary. The voters deserve his patented campaign speech.

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