takes note each week of lowlights and lowlifes in the world of sports at all levels.
   Here's the dishonor roll for the week ending Oct. 12, 2014:
(10) A.J. McCarron
   The former Alabama quarterback called out coach Nick Saban for a management style that tends to "handcuff" his offensive coordinators and said the team lacks "true leaders" to step up when things are going wrong.

   As Fran Tarkenton rightly noted, McCarron should stay silent and be grateful that Saban and 'Bama set him up so that he'll never have to buy anther meal or drink in that state again in his life. "He couldn't have played anywhere else but Alabama and to make any kind of comment is just disrespectful," Tarkenton said.

(9) NFL's techno-rebels
   Why are people aghast that the NFL fined Niners QB Colin Kaepernick for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after last weekend's game? Bose put up what we presume to be a large chunk of money for a sponsorship deal with the league, so it's only natural that the NFL is going to protect its partner.

   The people making it into an oppression issue probably don't understand why they can't get a Big Mac at Burger King.

(8) Landon Donovan
   Give it up, guy. Jurgen Klinsmann may have put you out to pasture a year too soon -- debatable, but possible -- when he didn't select you for the World Cup roster, but you were clearly on the downside of your career.

   The friendly with Ecuador last week was your chance to bury the hatchet and show you're the bigger man. Instead, you offered up lame jokes about Klinsmann apologizing.

   You're going to be miserable in retirement if you can't let go.

(7) Lame mascot ideas
   The AHL's Adirondack Flames unveiled their new mascot -- a red ball of flames named Scorch with a puck head -- and it bombed. Big-time.

   The Flames had to issue an apology for the unveiling, beginning with the preposterous background story of the mascot: According to the team, Scorch is the lone remaining flame from the fire that consumed much of Glens Falls in 1864, having smoldered in a blacksmith's shop that survived the fire.

   In the accompanying skit, which the team said Glens Falls Fire Department helped put together, Scorch overpowered a firefighter, which was intended to show the strength of the mascot and the team.

   Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame.

(6) Adirondack's other blunder
   AHL tough guy Trevor Gillies of the Adirondack Flames had second thoughts Saturday. Too bad he didn't have some first thoughts Friday. Gillies, who has a history of being disciplined for rough or reckless play in his pro career, went on Facebook to offer his apology for trying to mash the brains of William Carter by bashing the head of Rochester Amerks rookie William Carrier to the ice.

(5) The NASCAR brawl
   The good ol' boys were pushin' and shovin' at Charlotte Motor Speedway after Brad Keselowski clipped Denny Hamlin's rear bumper on the cool-down lap and later hit Matt Kenseth's car after Kenseth had removed his seat belt. Tony Stewart, who could have been the adult in the group if not for the fact that he's Tony Stewart, backed his car into Keselowski's No. 2 ride. It all ended with Hamlin in the garage shouting at Keselowski as crew members from both teams got involved, too.

   A not to Brad: Hey man, you're running out of friends and a pretty brisk clip out there. When even Matt Kenseth hates your guts, you're in need of some anger management and a PR makeover, pronto.

(4) Todd Gurley
   The University of Georgia running back, a strong candidate for the Heisman Trophy, got himself suspended by the school. Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples reported Gurley had accepted $400 for signing 80 pieces of memorabilia, a well-known no-no under NCAA rules, and TMZ later reported Gurley accepted even more -- as much as $2,000. Making it worse, 'SI' reported that there was video and photos of Gurley signing memorabilia, though no proof of cash changing hands.

   The rule sucks, but it is an NCAA rule. If Gurley needed -- really needed -- money, there are at least half a dozen impermissible ways that are way less likely to come to the attention of nosey reporters or NCAA investigators.

(3) Jerry Angelo
   The former Chicago Bears GM found himself back tracking from his comments about domestic violence in the NFL. In a USA Today story, Angelo said the NFL glossed over hundreds and hundreds of cases, and that he had made mistakes he wasn't proud about.

   It reeked of "I was a bad boy then but all's well now because I've seen the light.

   And it blew up in his face. A day later, Angelo was claiming to have had his words taken out of context.

   And that, of course, always ranks right up there with the ever-popular, "If I offended anybody, I'm sorry" non-apology apology.

(2) Adrian Peterson
   Smoking pot when you're already in a huge boatload of trouble? Are you freaking kidding us?

(1) Sayreville's scandal
   College and professional sports are screwed up plenty (see items 2 through 10 above). When high school sports joins the cesspool in awful fashion like what is alleged to have transpired in the football locker room at the New Jersey high school, it moves us all a step closer to throwing up our arms, screaming W-T-F at the top of our lungs and giving up.