It was about as controversial as going for the two-point conversion when the extra-point ties the game. At an LSU football pre-game tailgate on Saturday, fans were graced with the presence of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat who is battling to keep her seat in November's election.

Showing up wasn't Landrieu's risky move. After all, her opponent in the election also made an appearance at the very same tailgate. But in a bold effort to distinguish herself from her opponent, Landrieu got down-and-dirty by helping one fan perform a keg stand:


Landrieu's trick play has earned her plenty of national media attention, which is great if she's trying to win over the football-and-beer types from across the country's 49 other states.

In her current situation, though, Landrieu's decision is a bit more of a gamble: She's fighting tooth-and-nail in one of the closest Senate races in the country, and 'keg stand' headlines could turn off some critical conservative voters.

Then again, maybe the best political move would have been mounting up and partaking herself. As Landrieu told Mother Jones, though, such a performance was not in the cards.

"My first keg stand," Landrieu said. "[One student] wanted me to do it, but I said absolutely not —- at least not in front of the national press."

When it was suggested that the keg stand might have helped her campaign, Landrieu replied, "That's all right -- I'm not that desperate."

That's right: Mary Landrieu will not succumb to social and political pressure and do a keg stand like a monkey in public. If she's going to do a keg stand, it will be in the privacy of her own home.

You know, the same way normal Americans do their keg stands.

Everything went Falcons fans' way Thursday night. Devin Hester set the all-time returns touchdown record, Atlanta pasted the Bucs 56-14, and, apparently, female fans were openly grabbing male crotches as a form of celebration.

Well, at least one of them was. The point being: Things got a little PG-13 in the NFL's Thursday night game, and fortunately the TV cameras were there to capture to moment.

There's nothing to be said here that the video can't say for itself, so here you go:

If that's what getting a first down warrants, I'm curious to know what a touchdown fetches. Surely something that would make Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake blush.

What does Jameis Winston have in common with college-aged Peyton Manning? Other than being among the best quarterbacks of their time, they've both found themselves in hot water thanks to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Jameis Winston catches a lot of heat for his immaturity, and deservedly so. Even after the controversial rape allegation that cast a cloud over his Heisman-winning season, the Florida State quarterback has continued to make headlines for inglorious purposes, whether it's stealing food from a grocery store or yelling graphic sexual slurs in a public setting.

He's certainly no golden child. Then again, neither was Manning.

Today he's one of the most popular figures in the NFL, and well-known for his sportsmanship and for being an all-around good guy. But according to a new column by Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead, Manning should be counting his blessings that he didn't grow up in the social media era. As the article points out, Manning had a sexual misconduct suit against him that is virtually unknown to the public at large.

In the suit, Manning was accused by a then-University of Tennessee female trainer of dropping his pants during an injury examination, and placing his buttocks and private parts on her face.

That sounds bad on its own, but it gets worse: Another student-athlete observed the incident and, several years later, wrote Manning a letter, urging him to admit what he had done.

The trainer immediately brought her complaint to the university, and she won a settlement from the school before leaving her position.

But the incident resurfaced several years later, when Manning wrote his perspective in his autobiography. He described the trainer as having a "vulgar mouth." The trainer, who was then the program director at Florida Southern College, was demoted and apparently lost her job due to the vulgar accusation.

Manning had settled with her out of court over the incident, but he had to re-settle with her once again after discussing the incident on ESPN , which violated the terms of the agreement.

All in all, it's a story that tarnishes the image Manning has cultivated over a long, successful career, and an incident that he no doubt regrets. If this had become a major national news story while Manning was still in college, it's one that could have altered the course of his career.

TheBigLead argues that Winston and other athletes face extreme scrutiny for their actions -- not unwarranted, particularly in Winston's case, but extreme nonetheless. Social media has become a fishbowl in which famous individuals are routinely poked and prodded, and if Manning was of a different generation, we might all have a different opinion on the man.

Given the deeply negative public opinion focused toward the NFL this week, maybe it's the worst possible time for Manning to have this story resurface.

Then again, with all the other noise in the league, maybe it's the best week.

Maybe Josh Gordon believes that idle hands are the devil's playground. Or maybe he's just discovered a passion for working a sales floor.

Either way, Josh Gordon isn't giving up his new job as a car salesman. Despite recently having his season-long ban for drug use reduced to 10 games by the NFL, the Browns wide receiver continues to put in long hours with the Sarchione Auto Group in Randolph, Ohio.

The owner of the dealership told NFL.com that while Gordon will see his schedule change, he still plans to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the company.

A key provision of Gordon's reduced sentence is that he is now allowed to work out at team facilities. Previously, he was banned from all Browns facilities. After revising the league's drug policy, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell downgraded Gordon's suspension, which was for marijuana use.

That means Gordon will now be working out on team property most days of the week. The dealership owner acknowledged that they would have to make some adjustments, but that all parties still plan on seeing Gordon show up for work.

Gordon has reportedly been working full days at the dealership and has made an earnest effort to learn the car sales trade. While the star receiver hasn't made a sale yet, he's remaining upbeat and continuing to receive training from the staff.

It might not make much sense to most fans, but at least Gordon's continued commitment to the dealership suggests that he's trying to become a more responsible individual.

That's always been a question mark for the highly talented receiver, so Browns fans should be excited about the 23-year-old's busy schedule.

A Korean politician did not handle himself well after his district lost out on the chance to have a new baseball stadium.

Kim Seong-il, a councilman in Changwon, South Korea, promptly pelted mayor Ahn Sang-soo with an egg for the decision to put the NC Dinos new stadium in Masan instead of Jinhae, the district Seong-il represents.

Here's a video of the action, set to an amusing soundtrack:

As you can see, Seong-il nails his first throw and misses the second. Hopefully the pitchers on the team in Seong-il's district have better aim than he does.

It should be noted that Seong-il came prepared for the occasion, as he was ready with the eggs once the decision came down. This is reminiscent of Terrell Owens storing a Sharpie pen in his sock just in case he scored a touchdown during a 2002 game against the Seattle Seahawks. It makes one wonder, how many politicians and athletes have come prepared for moments like these but were not able to use their instrument of choice?

Another interesting point is that the councilman just heads out the door like it's business as usual. Nobody stops him, unlike this situation involving objects being thrown at a politician:

Nobody tells James Dolan what to do. Nobody. You tell the New York Knicks owner to recognize his roster isn't equipped to win an NBA title, he won't. You tell him to think twice about enlisting Isiah Thomas as an adviser when Thomas is best-known to Knicks fans as a terrible decision-maker, he won't.

You tell Dolan no one wants to hear his crappy band play music? He pulls out a kazoo on live television.

Dolan and his band, J.D. and the Straight Shot, were Tuesday's musical guests for WNYW's morning talk show, Good Day New York. The band played a few blues tunes that were completely overshadowed by Dolan's decision to whip out his kazoo mid-song:

The performance was so memorable that host Rosanna Scotto could not, for the life of her, recall the band's name.

Perhaps we can all thank Phil Jackson for taking on the brunt of decision-making within the Knicks organization, thus allowing Dolan to chase his dreams of becoming a blues musician. Though, to be fire, Dolan wasn't any more distracted last December, playing a concert just hours after the Knicks dumpster fire was stoked by a 31-point loss to San Antonio.

Dolan had previously said he plans to involve himself less in the Knicks' day-to-day affairs, and it appears "J.D. and the Straight Shot" is the ugly by-product. Unfortunately, as Knicks fans know too well, the pain of too much Dolan won't easily be alleviated: Mr. Dolan has booked a gig for his band to open for the Eagles at Madison Square Garden.

While the blues does seem like an appropriate music genre for a man New Yorkers associate with frustration and resigned disappointment, I'm pretty sure Christopher Walken's fever wasn't cured by a prescription for more kazoo.

They tried that sketch, but it got cut in dress rehearsal.

Being an NBA superstar and five-time champion has been rewarding and exciting for Tim Duncan. But getting to appear in his favorite comic book character? Duncan might be delirious when that upcoming issue of The Punisher by Marvel Comics is released.

Duncan broke the news on the Facebook page of his auto-customizing business called BlackJack Speed Shop:


The San Antonio News-Express reports that Duncan has been a big Punisher fan. His knee brace is decorated with the Punisher logo. His son, Draven, was spotted wearing a Punisher shirt after the Spurs beat the Heat in the NBA Finals.

The Express also noted that Duncan enjoyed attending the Alamo City Comic Con event last year:

Anyone remember the Spalding ad from the 70s with Julius Erving and Rick Barry that appeared on the back cover of many comic books?

Clayton Kershaw's charity events are always packed with celebrities, and now Joc Pederson can count himself among them. The Dodgers rookie made an appearance earlier this month at Kershaw's Ping Pong 4 Purpose, a star-studded fundraising event for the Kershaw's Challenge organization.

As far as his MLB career goes, Pederson is still wet behind the ears. But he's been in the Dodgers clubhouse long enough to have a few first impressions. Check out the video below for Pederson's experience off the field:

While there are still many questions to be answered as the NFL investigates its handling of Ray Rice's assault case, there are already a handful of prominent voices calling for commissioner Roger Goodell to step down and an intriguing candidate to take his place.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Karl Rove and several columnists have advocated for Condoleezza Rice, who once said that running the NFL would be her "dream job."

Goodell has come under intense scrutiny for giving Rice only two-game suspension. After release of a video showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee, there are questions as to how much Goodell knew when he initially punished the Baltimore Ravens' star running back.

Goodell has asked former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to investigate the league's handling of the issue. And while any judgement is still far away, some observers are already calling for Goodell to step down.

Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York (coincidentally the same state Goodell's father represented in the U.S. Senate), is one of those critics. She's said that if Goodell lied, he "has to step down." In his place Gillibrand advocated for Rice.

"She's a role model and she's smart. She loves the sport. She performed extremely well as secretary of state," Gillibrand said of Rice. "She's a very smart, qualified woman who probably could make a huge difference in the NFL."

Writing for The Telegraph, Oliver Brown noted that Rice's diverse background could help her as NFL commissioner:

"Irrespective of one’s political sympathies, Rice has brought prodigious energy to discharging every responsibility she has been handed, whether as national security advisor or provost of Stanford University. Tenacity and forensic problem-solving are the hallmarks of her leadership. Zalmay Khalizad, US ambassador to the United Nations under George W Bush, recalls how she would captivate world leaders with little to interest in the NFL with her encyclopaedic knowledge of the game."

While it's unclear if she would take the job, the 59-year-old Rice certainly has the sports credentials for the top spot. Not only is she a professed diehard football fan, she is a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee. She's also one of the first two women admitted to Augusta National.

Two years ago, Rice modeled a Browns jersey as part of a campaign for NFL's women's apparel:

Almost exactly one year after the "Cousin Terio Dance" took the sports world by storm, another move has swiftly transitioned from pop culture to the sports stage.

Fans watching the U.S. squad accept the championship trophy at the 2014 FIBA World Cup may have noticed the players (except for Derrick Rose, who has always been reluctant to dance) do a sort of shimmy when the confetti started falling.

This dance is called the "Shmoney Dance," and it has its roots in a video produced by an obscure Brooklyn rapper named Bobby Shmurda. It's not the most intricate dance -- it consists of some hip shaking and raised arms -- but the Cousin Terio dance wasn't exactly the tango either. The "Schmoney Dance" continues a long line of sports shimmies, covering everything from the nae nae to the Ickey Shuffle.

The "Shmoney Dance" received perhaps its most important endorsement when Beyonce and Jay-Z recently tried it out during their "On The Run" tour.

Rappers Chris Brown, Drake and a host of other celebrities have done the dance. And NBA players Nick Young, DeMarcus Cousins and Dorell Wright were Shmoney dancing before it was popular.

In addition to the FIBA appearance, the "Schmoney Dance" has made its way into both the NFL and college football.

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas did the dance after scoring a touchdown during his monster Week 1 performance against the Indianapolis Colts.

Then, on Saturday, Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips got in on the party after a sack during the Sooners' game against Tennessee.

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