If the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense is unprepared for opposing wide receives in weeks to come, we now know why.

According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, the Jaguars' receiving corps is so depleted that the team has resorted to using ball boys and equipment assistants as scout team wide receivers.

A suspension to Justin Blackmon and injuries to Mike Brown and Stephen Burton has seriously thinned the number of available wideouts. Cecil Shorts and rookie Ace Sanders are the only two healthy receivers currently on the active roster, although practice squad players Jeremy Ebert and Tobais Palmer will likely be on the field Sunday.

Jacksonville is last in the NFL with only one receiving touchdown through three games. The Jaguars are averaging 211 passing yards-per-game, which is the fourth worst in the league.

"It’s just part of the game," Shorts told ESPN of the Jaguars' predicament. "Being a professional, being in the NFL, you get hurt, things happen. You’ve got to be able to bounce back from it and those are the guys that have to be able to step up and play. We’re definitely confident in Ebert and Tobias. They’ve been with us since April so they definitely know the system. I’m excited for them to go out there and get an opportunity."

While scout team players are usually reserves anyway, they play a crucial role in preparing the team for its next opponent. Having ballboys and equipment managers mimic NFL receivers won't help much as the Jaguars attempt to turn around what has been a terrible start to the season.

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For most college basketball teams, reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament signifies a successful season.

For Florida Gulf Coast, the 15th-seeded Cinderella squad that knocked off Georgetown and San Diego State in March, the run to the Sweet 16 merited rings.

Nicole Auberach of USA Today, whose excellent profile of Florida Gulf Coast was published this week, tweeted these photos of the rings:



The rings look pretty cool, and you've got to love that they have "Dunk City" engraved on them. However, some people on Twitter questioned whether a team deserves rings for winning two games at the NCAA tournament:



In most cases, teams probably wouldn't get Sweet 16 rings. But for Florida Gulf Coast, a squad that literally made history with its run, we can see a case for the jewelry.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans will be seeing a lot of quarterback Josh Freeman on Sunday, although it may not be on the field.

In an awkward twist Freeman, who was benched for this weekend's game against the Arizona Cardinals, is featured on at least some of the tickets for the game.


Talk about bad timing. Sure, there were questions about Freeman's job status coming into the season, but not many people foresaw him only completing 45.7 percent of his passes and throwing more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two) through three games. Makings matters worse is the fact that Freeman and coach Greg Schiano don't have the greatest of relationships.

And the photo of Freeman isn't the only unfortunate aspect of these tickets. As you can see, Freeman is wearing Tampa Bay's "creamsicle" throwback uniforms in the image. The Bucs were scheduled to wear those uniforms this week, but those planned were nixed because of a new recommendation by the NFL's Head, Neck, and Spine Committee and the Player Safety Advisory Panel.

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The seniors on the swimming team at the Naval Academy recently paid tribute to Joe Rosenthal's iconic 1945 photograph of U.S. soldiers raising the American flag at Iwo Jima.

And being swimmers, these young men added a neat twist to the original image. They staged their photograph underwater.

Check it out:


And for comparison's sake, here's the original:

Tip of the cap to these First Class Midshipmen (Firsties, for short), for this classy salute.

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Any Baltimore Ravens fans who were concerned about team chemistry after a recent incident involving Jacoby Jones and a stripper named Sweat Pea can put their worries to rest.

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie discussed the fiasco on his weekly radio show on Baltimore's WNST.net, and it seems like the whole situation was overblown. While Jones was indeed bleeding from a laceration he suffered at the celebration, McKinnie said Jones didn't get hit over the head with a champagne bottle by a stripper on a party bus, as some reports made it seem.

McKinnie said the party on the bus consisted of "me, my teammates, and my friends that came in town for the game and for my birthday and stuff like that. Not any strippers. I don’t know where this came from.”

And if anyone needed further proof that this is all water under the bridge, McKinnie said the Ravens coaches trolled Jones this week at practice by playing Tommy Roe's 1966 hit, "Sweat Pea."

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Bravo, John Harbaugh.

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Fed up with poor grades and reports of disrespect and cyberbullying, a high school football coach in Utah took a drastic step recently -- he suspended the entire team.

Following Union's (Roosevelt, Utah) 40-16 loss to Judge Memorial (Salt Lake City), Union coach Matt Labrum told the team that each of the boys would have to earn the right to play the next game.

“We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going," Labrum told the Deseret News. "We felt like we needed to make a stand.”

On Saturday, one day after the loss to Judge Memorial, Labrum gave each of the players a letter outlining the steps they needed to take to be reinstated. The tasks included attending all practices and completing an individual service project. The players also had to memorize this quote and recite it to one of the coaches:

"Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece — by thought, by choice, courage, and determination."

School administrators, as well as most parents, supported the decision. Jenn Rook, whose son is a sophomore on the team, told the Deseret News that at first she was skeptical of the suspensions, but upon learning what led Labrum to make the decision, she came to understand his thinking.

"I do support it," Rook said. 'These boys are not going to be hurt by this. It’s a good life lesson. … It’s not a punishment. I see it as an opportunity to do some good in the community.”

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The Arizona Cardinals have found a unique way to reboot the always beloved foam finger while also paying tribute to injured safety Rashad Johnson.

For those who missed it, Johnson suffered a gruesome injury to his finger while trying to make a tackle during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. The tip of Johnson's left middle finger was essentially severed.

The injury is pretty grotesque, but if you'd like to see it, check out his twitter page.

Just days later, the Arizona Cardinals released this design for a prototype:


Here's our two cents: We applaud the Cardinals for their creativity. The foam finger is a good idea, but it might make fans a little squeamish. Plus, this isn't exactly the most child-friendly souvenir.

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The Washington Redskins' start to the season has been no laughing matter.

Coming off an inspiring campaign in which first-year quarterback Robert Griffin III won Rookie of the Year and propelled Washington to a division title, the Redskins are 0-3 this season.

But one CVS is cashing in on Washington's struggles with a dash of humor. ESPN's Darren Rovell retweeted this image from one of the pharmacy's branches in Harrisonburg, Va.


Ouch.

We know at least one Redskins fan who will likely be needing tons and tons of tissue this season.

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Floyd Mayweather has become one of the most prominent athletes in the world not only because of his undeniable boxing skill but also because he is an unbelievable self-promoter. In other words, he knows a thing or two about showmanship.

For several of his most recent fights, including his Sept. 14 bout against Canelo Alvarez and his May 2012 fight against Miguel Cotto, Mayweather had pop superstars Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne escort him to the ring. So how can he top that dynamic duo?

With the one and only "Twerk Queen."

In an interview with Billboard, Mayweather says he would like Miley Cyrus to walk him to the ring for his next fight.

"I was thinking about letting the twerk queen Miley Cyrus bring me out, why not?," Mayweather said.

That would be quite the spectacle.

Cyrus, of course, made headlines for her "twerk-heard-round-the-world" at the VMAs. Her dance, and the ensuing controversy, have propelled her to the center of America's pop culture stage. So in that sense Cyrus seems like a good fit for the role.

In explaining why he chose Bieber to walk him out, Mayweather said he is looking for people who are at the top of their profession.

"When you're the best, you only want to surround yourself with the best," Mayweather said. "He's an exceptional artist. He's the future."

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New York Yankees superfan Joseph Neubauer was recently faced with a tough decision.

Neubauer told CBS New York that he hadn't missed a Yankees home game in 38 years. But when a rain delay forced the Yankees to reschedule a game for Sept. 19, 2012, he had to choose between work and baseball. He chose the Yankees.

Neubauer's bosses at Taxi and Limousine Commission, where he had worked for nearly three decades, weren't happy about him skipping work. So on July 31, 2013, they fired him. They told CBS New York that this wasn't the first time he had cut work to attend a baseball game. A judge suspended Neubauer for 60 days without pay in 2011 for traveling to Phoenix to attend the All-Star game even though his request for vacation time had been denied.

In 2010, Neubauer was suspended for 25 days after calling in sick to attend 13 Yankees games.

Neubauer is now appealing the termination, and he told CBS he is feeling a bit remorseful.

“I feel like I regretted it in a way," he said. "I just want to try to come back."

The CBS New York story did not cite why Neubauer's plight is coming to light now after nearly two months since his dismissal. Perhaps Neubauer is staging a PR offensive.

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