Pinkett: Irish need 'a few bad citizens' to win

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Pinkett: Irish need 'a few bad citizens' to win

According to Allen Pinkett, one bad egg won't spoil the whole bunch. In fact, for Notre Dame football, a few bad eggs is what could breed success for the Irish.
In an interview with WSCR on The McNeil and Spiegel Show today, the former Notre Dame running back and current Irish radio analyst Pinkett said that in order to have a successful team, you "gotta have a few bad citizens." Pinkett referenced Ohio State's recent successes, noting that "they would have two or three guys that were criminals."
Pinkett said having a few law breakers suit up every Saturday gives a team an edge and chemistry, as opposed to having a team full of "choir boys."
"You get your butt kicked if you have a team full of choir boys," Pinkett added.
Quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were suspended for the Fighting Irish's season opener against Navy in Dublin, and running back Cierre Wood and defensive end Justin Utupo were suspended the first two games of the season for violating team rules.
I dont want any mass murderers or rapists. I want guys that maybe get caught drinking that are underage, or guys that maybe got arrested because they got in a fight at a bar," Pinkett said, "or guys that are willing to cuss in public and dont mind the repercussions of it.
And he wasn't misquoted or taken out of context, either.
I absolutely meant that, he told McNeil and Spiegel. Chemistry is so important on a football team. You have to have a couple of bad guys that sorta teeter on that edge to add to the flavor of the guys that are going to always do right. You look at the teams that have won in the past. They always have a couple of criminals."View the story "Pinkett: Irish need 'a few bad citizens' to win" on Storify

Watch: James Blackmon Jr.'s buzzer-beating 3 gives Indiana win after Penn State erases late deficit

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Watch: James Blackmon Jr.'s buzzer-beating 3 gives Indiana win after Penn State erases late deficit

Indiana's season has been pretty shaky so far, and the Hoosiers almost had one of their worst losses yet on Wednesday night.

Despite holding a game-high 14-point lead with nine and a half minutes left and a 13-point lead with five and a half minutes left, Indiana let Penn State battle all the way back in the closing moments. The Nittany Lions scored seven straight to cut the gap to just six with three minutes to play. The Hoosiers had an eight-point lead with a little more than a minute to play, but the Lions used an 8-0 run to tie the game on a pair of Lamar Stevens free throws with four seconds to go.

That's when James Blackmon Jr. played hero, preventing Indiana from dropping to 2-4 in Big Ten play with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that delivered a 78-75 win in Happy Valley.

Check it out:

The Hoosiers slipped away with a win despite an ugly final few minutes. After taking that 14-point lead with 9:19 left in the game, Indiana was outscored 22-11 the rest of the way.

The Hoosiers truned the ball over 17 times on the evening, leading to 17 points for the Lions.

But Blackmon's clutch triple was part of a big night. He scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists. Robert Johnson and Thomas Bryant each scored 17 points and hauled in seven and nine rebounds, respectively.

Tony Carr had a huge performance for Penn State, scoring a game-high 24 points. Shep Garner, who hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to cut it to a two-point game, finished with 15 points, and Payton Banks had 10 points in the loss.

This narrow escape isn't likely to alleviate any of the concerns anyone has about Indiana, which is now 13-6 overall and and 3-3 in the Big Ten. A win's a win, and the Hoosiers have two of them in a row. But there doesn't appear a surefire win left on Indiana's schedule, meaning every night will be a fight to stay on the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble, something we didn't think we'd be saying when the Hoosiers scored non-conference wins over Kansas and North Carolina.

Meanwhile, the upstart Penn State group is 11-8 overall and 3-3 in the league, Wednesday's defeat snapping an impressive two-game win streak with victories over Michigan State and Minnesota. Now comes the really hard part: back-to-back games at Purdue and at Wisconsin.

SportsTalk Live: David DeJesus discusses time spent with Joe Maddon, World Series criticism

SportsTalk Live: David DeJesus discusses time spent with Joe Maddon, World Series criticism

"Be sexy."

That was one of two rules manager Joe Maddon told David DeJesus when the Tampa Bay Rays acquired him in 2013.

DeJesus appeared on SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss his time spent with Maddon in Tampa Bay.

"Just be yourself out there," DeJesus said of Maddon when the Rays traded for him. "I want you to have fun and I want you to just have that ora of 'just don't worry, just go out there and play.' It kept the whole team loose."

DeJesus also shared his thoughts on Maddon's questionable managerial decisions in the World Series.

Hear that, and more, in the video above.