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Barstool Sports Editor Pulls Pics of Brady's Son After Visit from State Police

Barstool Sports editor David Portnoy pulled photos of Tom Brady‘s naked 20-month-old son off his website after a visit from Massachusetts state police, who told him the pictures were causing unnecessary headaches for a lot of people. A lot of people had called to complain, and the state attorney general’s office opened a preliminary investigation as to whether posting the pictures constituted child exploitation.

“I’ve never had cops knock on my door for anything in my life,” Portnoy said in an interview with the Boston Globe yesterday. “That is not a coincidence that this is one of the first times I’ve taken something down.”

The pictures showed the baby frolicking on the beach with his mother, Gisele Bundchen. Portnoy did not take the photos, but drew fire for his decision to post them alongside commentary about the size of the boy’s genitalia. That didn’t sit well with many readers, nor with the producer at WEEI radio station in Boston. Portnoy had been a regular on-air guest, but was dropped after posting the pictures.

“What he did was completely irresponsible,” Jason Wolfe, the station’s vice president of programming, wrote on Twitter. “It’s not about whether he was allowed to do it or not. It’s about common decency. And he showed none.”

Lawyers said Portnoy would probably not face child pornography charges because he did not appear to have “lascivious intent” in posting the picture. Some said that posting the images may have violated the child’s privacy rights, depending on where the photographs were taken.

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Sox-Yanks Score Highest Ratings of Season for Sunday Night Baseball

Neil Best of Newsday is reporting that the overnight numbers for last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN were the highest for Sunday Night Baseball this season, with 3.6 percent of homes in major markets tuning in. Boston led the way with 17 percent, while New York posted 8.6 percent.

Boston beat New York 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday to move one game ahead of New York in the standings. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera blew the save in the 9th inning, and Sox right fielder Josh Reddick won it in the 10th on a walk off single off Phil Hughes that scored Darnell McDonald. It was Rivera’s 14th blown save against the Red Sox, his most versus any team. Boston has won 10 of 12 versus New York this season.

Craig James Wins Awful Announcing Contest, Will Replace Joe Morgan on Wall of Shame

Congratulations to ESPN football commentator Craig James, who beat Fox droll-monger Joe Buck in the finals of Awful Announcing’s 32-person tournament to determine who would replace former Sunday Night Baseball commentator Joe Morgan on AA’s four-person Mount Rushmore. James joins Pam Ward, Dick Vitale and Tim McCarver on the facade.

James defeated his broadcast partner Mike Patrick in Round 1 and was never tested along the way, also beating out some of the biggest names in AA lore – Rick Reilly, Stephen A. Smith, Chris Berman, and Joe Buck. His victories over Berman and Buck were astoundingly ginormous. 77% of the vote against Berman and 85% of the vote against Buck (over 21,000 votes in the Final were cast for Craig James).

Is James an “awful” announcer? That’s debatable. Frankly I’ve never found anything he’s said to be particularly insightful or inflammable; but he’s a former college football star from Texas, who happens to be telegenic, so he gets a lot of airtime on the World Wide Leader. Is he an “awful” human being? That assessment might have more traction, at least when you consider Awful Announcing’s take on why James was so unpopular among voters in the site’s tournament.

In case you’ve been in the Alaskan wilderness the last two years, James’ son Adam was at the center of a scandal that resulted in Mike Leach being fired from Texas Tech. Since, Leach has been on a crusade against Tech, Craig James, and ESPN in what appeared to be a “he said, she said” kind of roundabout argument.

But when excerpts from Leach’s new book, Swing Your Sword, were introduced it was a gamechanger. Now, we had visible proof through e-mails between James and his hired trolls at Spaeth Communications that the PR campaign against Leach was largely bogus. Spaeth and James conspired to falsely vilify Leach, forward lies from Adam James as truth, pollute blogs with fake comments, and feed fabrications to ESPN “reporters,” all the while grinding a personal axe against Leach for not treating Adam James with the regality that he deserved. Simply, Craig James took part in a false character assassination using his position in the college football media and on the “leader” to do nothing more than carry out his petty, childish, pathetic personal agenda.

U.S. Steel Has Zero Sympathy for Steelers Fans Who Miss Work

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in this weekend’s Super Bowl. (Did you hear?) The city is, understandably, excited. The company from which the team takes its name, however, not so much.

According to a memo sent out by the management of U.S. Steel, employees who miss work on Sunday or Monday without a good reason will face “severe disciplinary action.”

USW International vice president Tom Conway isn’t taking the news lightly. Read more