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Wooley’s Weekly Winners 7-27-12

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Community members pay their respects at the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, after hearing of Paterno's death, outside of Beaver Stadium on January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85 years old, had been battling lung cancer. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Community members pay their respects at the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, after hearing of Paterno’s death, outside of Beaver Stadium on January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85 years old, had been battling lung cancer. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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As another week passes it’s time to bring you my weekly winners for the final week in July. As always, follow me on Twitter @WooleyMammoth85 and let me know whether you agree with my list and if not, who you would add in their place.

Detroit Tigers

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Omar Infante- Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

After sweeping the White Sox to take a game and a half lead last weekend, the Tigers wasted no time and making a trade to address their needs going forward.

Not only did Detroit land a pitcher in Anibal Sanchez to solidify their five man rotation, they brought back former Tiger Omar Infante to plug their biggest hole this season, second base.

Will this be enough to propel them over the top?

Hard to say. But you have to give the team credit, they’re all in for trying to win a World Series.

NCAA

As the reports continued to come out about the Penn State sexual abuse case, it seemed inevitable that the University would be handed a very harsh punishment and the NCAA did not disappoint.

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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Penn State Nittany Lions(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Not only did the Nittany Lions have their scholarships reduced by 10 for four years, they were also banned from competing in bowl games for four years and fined $60 million dollars.

On top of all that though, the NCAA took care of the student athletes by giving them an option to either remain at Penn State and keep their scholarship regardless if they played football or not, but they could also transfer to any other institution and be eligible to play immediately.

I personally would have preferred the death penalty and had the University not accepted these sanctions, they would have been handed a four year death penalty—but I feel what was handed down was the next best thing.

Jim Schwartz

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Jim Schwartz (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

You have to admit, you didn’t see it coming that the Lions were going to release Aaron Berry, even after you heard the news of him being arrested for the second time this off-season.

But as the facts started to trickle out that the reason for Berry’s arrest was not a typical DUI, but because he was waving a gun at three people, you knew it was coming.

Sure, it probably was a tough decision to make for the team but it was the right one and hopefully the last off the field issue Detroit has to deal with it.

The Lions however have to be careful that they don’t set the bar too high with some of the other players on their team, because what if a higher tier player like Suh gets into more trouble in the off-season?

Would they think of releasing him? I doubt it. But then how to justify Berry’s release?

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